Our winter protocol for boosting immunities and avoiding sickness with kids.

Last winter we were SO SICK. My toddler got cold after cold and just couldn’t seem to kick it. :( Our entire family even got an awful case of Hand Foot Mouth disease during the summer. Lets just say it wasn’t a season that was easily forgotten. This year we knew we needed to be on top of it, unless we wanted to spend another season at home feeling miserable. So, after much research, this is our new sickness protocol!

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1. PROBIOTICS. 

We are being consistent about giving our kids probiotics this year. Every morning they get probiotics mixed into their milk. We like to switch up which probiotic we use periodically so that we get different strains. It’s also important to make sure its a quality probiotic. We love Young Living’s for our toddler. We use Baby Gaia and Klaire Labs for our 9 month old. My husband and I are currently taking Garden of life’s, but we also love Young Living’s Life 9!

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2. IMMUNITY ROLL ON.

I made a roller bottle of 5 drops thieves, 5 drops lemon, and 5 drops frankincense. I filled the rest of the bottle with sweet almond oil since that’s what I had on hand, I normally use fractionated coconut oil. It’s important that the oils are diluted especially for sensitive baby skin! We also diffuse thieves all winter long! My husband and I use a stronger roll on! More thieves and Immupower (an awesome oil blend I got for FREE last month). If you are interested in making a wellness roller bottle, I recommend getting a starter kit and wholesale account – it is the most affordable way to purchase quality, 100% pure essential oils!

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3. ELDERBERRY SYRUP

Elderberries are full of antioxidants and are fantastic for boosting immunities and helping heal from colds quickly. I made my own syrup using bulk herb stores organic elderberries. The toddler gets 1 tsp and we take 1 TBSP.

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4. LIMIT SUGAR

Sugar reeks havoc on the immune system. We are using honey as a substitute for the occasional sweet treat! :)

5. WHOLE FOODS DIET

The body best fights sickness when it is being supported by a whole foods diet. We eat a bunch of healthy soups in the fall and winter! And we try and get a variety of fruits, veggies, whole grains (freshly ground), and fermented foods, etc.

6. COD LIVER OIL

Cod liver oil contains vitamin A & D which are both so important for a healthy immune system! My babies take Nordic Naturals. The baby gets the liquid and my toddler loves the chewable ones. :) My husband and I take Carlson’s.

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7. NINGXIA RED

We love having a shot of this super fruit & essential oil blend! It not only tastes great and boosts energy (a necessity when my babies keep me up at night!) but it is amazing for the immune system and overall health. It contains Gogi berries and several other super fruits! The mix provides an incredible dose of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fiber (so it aids digestion as well). It is definitely pricey, but that’s because it is packed with powerful whole food, organic fruits and oils. The way I fit it in our budget is by saving up the reward points I earn through my monthly order and then once I have enough I’ll order a 4 pack for FREE! ūüėÄ Essential rewards is definitely the way to go to be able to afford Young Living’s products on a budget. :)

 

How do you avoid and fight sickness!?

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Oils & Pregnancy

I am currently 33 weeks pregnant with baby #2 (the final count down has begun!!!) and I have used oils all the way through both pregnancies with amazing benefits and results! It can be nerve wracking using oils while pregnant if you don’t know how to use them safely and which oils are okay¬†while pregnant and which are not. While it is good to use caution with oils while our bodies are working so hard growing an amazing little person, it is also good to support your body with oils that can cause your pregnancy to be SO much more comfortable! Below I will share my very favorite oils to use while pregnant!

  • Morning Sickness –¬†Peppermint – While you don’t want to go too crazy with peppermint, it can be a game changer when it comes to morning sickness. Just inhaling it can really settle the nausea. Lemon – Add a couple drops to your water and settle your tummy. Digize – Dilute with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and rub onto your tummy for nausea relief.
  • Headaches/Migraines –¬†I have had A LOT of headaches with this pregnancy and while I know it’s technically okay to take Tylenol, I really prefer to take it as infrequently as possible. Peppermint diluted with coconut oil and rubbed on my temples, forehead, and back of neck has come to the rescue so many times!!! Lavender¬†is also helpful with more minor headaches as well, my favorite is to mix both peppermint and lavender and really nip the headache in the bud!
  • Sleeplessness –¬†Sleepless nights anyone?! I struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep terribly during pregnancy and Peace and Calming¬†has been amazing for me! Diffuse this little gem at night and rub a drop on the bottoms of your feet and big toes. It smells amazing and is so calming. Tranquil – This is an essential oil roll-on blend that I¬†put on my wrists and back of neck¬†right¬†before bed. It is relaxing, calming and helps induce sleep. You can also apply topically and/or diffuse Lavender to help with sleep.
  • Stretch Marks¬†– Gentle Baby, Lavender and Frankincense mixed with a carrier oil and massaged onto affected areas (belly, chest, hips). My favorite is to mix a drop Frankincense with Rosehip oil and massage it all over my tummy before bed! It is so moisturizing and also helps if your skin is feeling itchy!
  • Hormonal Acne & Blemishes –¬†Lets be honest, pregnancy may bring a “glow” for some people, but some of us more unfortunate souls end up struggling with unwanted and unappreciated hormonal acne. My lifesavers are Tea Tree and Frankincense! Use Tea Tree as a spot treatment on individual spots and use a drop or two of Frankincense mixed with your night cream and rubbed all over your face.
  • Fatigue/Exhaustion – Especially during the¬† first and third trimesters our bodies can be quite worn out from all the work they are doing making a baby! To combat this, I love to diffuse uplifting and energy giving oils! Grapefruit and Orange are¬†awesome for this, they smell great and really boost energy levels.
  • Immunity Boosting – Thieves, Thieves, Thieves you guys!!! Seriously, it’s the best!¬† While pregnant our immune systems are compromised and it is easier to get sick. We are currently entering the cold/flu season here and I have been diffusing Thieves on the daily as well as rolling it onto my feet at night!
  • High Blood-Pressure – This may not be an issue for some of you, but I was diagnosed with Hypertension during my first pregnancy and I’m trying everything I can this time to keep my blood pressure¬†stable. Throughout my pregnancy and before every OB appointment I drop Ylang Ylang onto my wrists, rub Lavender onto the bottoms of my feet and put Stress-Away onto my chest and back of neck. This has helped me SO SO much!!! It’s worth the time and effort it takes to remember to apply the oils!

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A couple other items I LOVE to use while pregnant:

  • Stress Away Roll-On¬†Stress Away is one of my very favorite oils even when I’m not pregnant, but the anxiety and stress that pregnancy can cause can really be helped out with this amazing blend! Keep it in your purse and roll it onto your wrists anytime you feel the need!
  • ClaraDerm Spray – I use this spray to prepare for labor and delivery. Just spray your *ehem* lady parts 1-3 times daily for the last 4 weeks of your pregnancy! It helps immensely! I didn’t tear at all having my first baby. This spray is also AMAZING for post partum healing, but I will talk about my favorite post-partum oils in a future post!

If you are interested in any of the above listed oils, you can get them HERE.

Some oils to avoid while pregnant: Rosemary, Fennel, Clary Sage, Juniper, Basil, Jasmine, Sage, Cinnamon, Wintergreen.

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Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Fall is upon us and that makes me so stinkin’ happy! The crisp air, colorful leaves, cozy sweaters, pumpkin bread, boots, apple picking… I could go on. Fall is easily my favorite season, and with the changing weather one of my favorite things to do to cozy up my home is to make it smell like Fall! I do this with my favorite essential oils and my gorgeous diffuser.

Here are some of my favorite Fall diffuser blends:

  • 4 drops Thieves & 4 drops Orange. This smells DIVINE and will be benefiting you by boosting your immunities, killing all the yucky bacteria that comes with the cold/flu season, and creating a calm peaceful atmosphere.
  • 3 drops Orange, 2 drops Cinnamon, 2 drops Frankincense. Um YES.
  • 4 drops Thieves & 4 drops Stress Away. Diffuse this for a spicy – warm vanilla scent that will make you want to snuggle up on the couch with a big cup of chamomile tea! (or maybe that‚Äôs just me?)
  • 5 drops Clove, 2 drops Orange, 1 drop Cedarwood. Mmm, so warm and cozy.

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It’s so simple, smells AMAZING, and has so many great health benefits for you and your family! Ditch your candles this year with their artificial fragrances and chemicals and grab some of these truly amazing oils instead!

You can get them here: Essential oils

If you already love diffusing, tell me what your favorite Fall blends are!

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Essential Oil Starter Kit Breakdown

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¬† ¬†¬† As you well know, I use oils ALL the time! They have revolutionized my medicine cabinet, replaced toxic chemicals in my house, and are vital to the care and health of my babies and family! With that being said, I am excited to announce that Young Living is running a sale on their starter kits! If you’ve been interested in essential oils for a while now but just haven’t quite taken the plunge, now is the time to do so!¬†Starter kits are already a super discounted way to start your oil collection, and now they are an extra 10% off! This is such a FANTASTIC DEAL!!!!

The oils in the kits are all must haves in the home! I’ll break down each oil with a little summary on some of the uses for them.

Grab your kit here!

Raven

  • Thins mucus and decreases cold and allergy symptoms
  • Boosts immunities

Panaway

  • Soothes tired and sore muscles
  • Great for massage after workout
  • Relieves growing pains on children
  • Decreases menstrual back pain

Stress Away

  • Calms anxiety
  • Relaxes
  • Uplifts
  • Lowers blood pressure

Citrus Fresh

  • Heightens focus
  • Calms anxiety
  • Breaks up clogged milk ducts
  • Smells amazing

Frankincense

  • Great for all types of skin care
  • Moisturizing
  • Healing
  • Reduces swelling
  • Heightens focus
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces appearance of scars and stretch marks
  • Considered “universal oil” because of its many uses

Lavender

  • Great for skin care
  • Calming and soothing
  • Relaxation and sleep aid
  • Relieves pain and headaches
  • Kills bacteria

Digize 

  • Aids digestion
  • Soothes abdominal distress

Thieves

  • Boosts immunities
  • Fights sickness
  • Treats infection
  • Great for housecleaning and disinfecting
  • Smells phenomenal!
  • Possibly one of my favorite oils (a must have during sickness season)

Lemon

  • Uplifting
  • Detoxifying
  • Great as a household cleaner
  • Boosts digestion
  • Adds yummy flavor to water
  • Brightens complexion
  • Fades scars

Copaiba

  • Drives oils in and ramps up the effects
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Pain reliever
  • Great for teething babies

Peppermint

  • Reduces fever
  • Aids digestion
  • Reduces congestion
  • Relieves pain

 

As you can see these oils have SO many different uses and are so versatile! Plus, a little goes a long way so these bottles last for quite a while!

I can’t remember the last time Young Living did a sale like this!! Don’t miss your opportunity to get all of these oils PLUS a beautiful diffuser (I am in love with how these diffusers look and work! Cheap ones break down quickly so quality is important) The kit also comes with a household cleaner and Ningxia red sample. Oh. My. Gosh. Such a deal!! Right!?

Grab your kit here! And I will send you a FREE diffuser recipe card to help you get started using that gorgeous new diffuser!

I can’t emphasize enough how good this deal is!! And it ends Friday folks, so don’t wait!

 

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If you already have a stockpile of oils and a quality diffuser, check out the sale on the makeup kit!!! I have had my eye on this kit for a while and now its on SALE woohoo!!! This is a great way to replace all those toxic makeup products and feel good about what you are putting on your skin! :)

 

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