A few years ago, in January of 2015, I posted a video (actually, it's chopped into 3 sections) of a class I did on the use of Essential Oils during pregnancy and on children. I recently updated that information and am re-posting the paperwork. I did a lot of research for this class -- several weeks were spent reading and gathering information, not to mention the years I spent using oils on my own family so that I had personal experience and knowledge regarding the use of the oils on little people. Please remember that Essential Oils are neither CANDY nor TOYS and that they should be treated as if they are medicines. They are potent! A drop goes a long way, and I always use a carrier oil when applying oils to my children.
Also, I didn't produce this cheat sheet as an academic work. I have not saved or posted any of the articles I read or the places where I received my information. Much of it can most likely be supported by searching online. This is simply for your use in your home, to make life easier for you and help you better understand what oils to use and when. Be blessed!
About 10 years ago, I got my first book on using herbal remedies. I still remember how blown away and excited I was that dandelion was not only safe to ingest, but good for me!
Unfortunately, life kind of took over and although I'm grateful to say that I spent those years learning tons about essential oils, I didn't spend much time on herbs. This year, I finally began learning a little bit about herbs. I still have a long way to go; but, one thing I am very excited about is mullein. It's that fuzzy plant you see growing in the fields in the summer that eventually shoots up a rod of beautiful tiny yellow flowers. The whole plant is amazing, but today, I want to tell you one way in which I'm using mullein.
I think one of the coolest things about herbs is that anyone can use them. It doesn't take a genius to walk out to the field, pick some leaves, roots, or flowers, and put them to work. The tricky part is knowing how to use them. Mullein can be used as a tincture, infusion, tea, or oil infusion. Because of its amazing cold/flu, cough, and lung healing qualities, I decided to chop up the leaves and place them in olive oil to make an oil infusion.
Now, with the soothing and expectorant properties of mullein added to my Congestion essential oil blend, I have an excellent go-to product for any cough, sinus congestion, or lung irritant.
Introducing: Congestion Balm
I hope you love it, too!
A couple of years ago a friend called me at 10:00 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving with questions regarding what to do with her young child's broken leg. It was itchy, hot, painful, and the child was not happy! Of course, the only medical facility that would be available for the next two days was the ER. That's the way it seems to always go!
Hi there! I want to tell you about a new blend that I’ve been concocting. One of my children is a pre-teen who is beginning to see occasional breakouts. Having been there once, I know that this is one of the down sides of growing up. Oftentimes, when I get a few blemishes, I’ll just put a touch of lavender oil or tea tree oil on it and it goes away; however, at times, I find the neat oils to be too powerful and they irritate the skin, instead. There are other oils, too, that are suitable for curing irritated skin, and at times, plain coconut oil is the remedy that we need.
Here’s what I decided to concoct for my child:
Using a 10 ml roll-on bottle (which we sell in the "empty bottles" section of the store), I placed fractionated coconut oil (which we sell in the “single oils” section of our store) into the bottom ¼ of the bottle.
Then, I placed
4 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
4 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
2 drops of Myrrh Essential Oil
Then, I filled the bottle to the top with fractionated coconut oil and voila! The blend is SUPER inexpensive and it works amazingly well. I hope this helps you, too. Be blessed.
Protect Spray -- You Can Make It!!
This Biochemist turned stay-at-home-mom did a pretty cool experiment on cleaning products, including Thieves spray, Thieves cleaner, and essential oils in hydrogen peroxide. Click here to find out why I'm changing my cleaning routine!
I want to tell you a little bit about three of our Essential Oil Blends that people often misunderstand.
First, Bug Out.
Bug Out was formulated when I began to see a naturopathic doctor a few years ago. As she read my test results, she called out several pesticides that were in my system and asked if I used a bug spraying company at my house. Yes, I did, and the test results were showing it! I had been absorbing the chemicals and they were wreaking havoc on my system. I wondered, "If it's affecting me this much, and I don't roll around on the floor...how much is it affecting my children to spray our baseboards and doorways?" I began to do a little bit of research regarding bugs and found that there were some essential oils that are particularly good at repelling bugs. The Bug Out blend trial began. Since then, I've been using Bug Out regularly as a baseboard spray in my home, and weekly in my mop bucket with vinegar and a squirt of natural dish soap.
When I use Bug Out in my mop bucket, I see very few bugs. I might see a spider on occasion or a camel cricket. I spray the baseboards a couple of times in the spring time, as the bugs re-appear, and then a few months later in mid-summer. Again, in the fall, I'll spray a couple of times as the bugs try to find their winter home. During the winter, I rarely, if ever, spray the baseboards. Unfortunately, I haven't found an oil that repels flies well enough to keep them away (though diffusing will keep them away short-term). If I find one, I'll let you know! In the mean time, Bug Out is a great way to relieve yourself of unwanted pests along with unwanted chemicals and bug spraying company bills. We're saving roughly $400 a year by being healthier and the oils are working great!
Next, Purity (formerly Cleanse).
The original Cleanse blend was formulated as a sort of copy-cat version of Purification, by Young Living. I had discovered that Purification worked great on my family for repelling insects in the wild, and it was great for pulling out wasp/bee stings, and for killing bacteria. Over time, the blend changed as my preferences did, and we ended up with the oil we carry now. It's clean, refreshing, and it kills bacteria and mold. I've used it to pull snake venom out of my dog's face (and she's still alive, 5 years later!). It works great for repelling mosquito, chiggers, and ticks around our house. (Peppermint also repels chiggers, if dropped onto a cotton ball and rubbed across the chigger-prone areas of the body, but use caution because it might burn.) Purity destroys stinky smells, too. Once, someone smoked in my car a LOT while they were borrowing it. I couldn't get the smell out for anything. Eventually, I put 6 drops of Purity on a wash cloth and hung it from the rear-view mirror for a couple of days. When I got into the car, I couldn't believe it -- the smell was completely gone, and was replaced with the wonderful scent of Purity oil!
This blend was formulated with burns, cuts, and scars in mind. I first created it because we seem to always have a toddler in the house who falls a lot while learning to walk, climb, etc. I needed something that reduces inflammation, cleanses the skin, and soothes upset babies. This was the answer!
Because it has so much beta caryophyllene, Copaiba is said to be the most powerful anti-inflammatory oil available today; and, it is safe for even the smallest person to use. Tea Tree oil is exceptionally good for the skin, and it's anti-bacterial. Lavender is anti-bacterial, soothing to skin, and calming. The three together make a powerful, effective, and safe oil for everyone in my family.
So does it work?
I've been using Extinguish for a long time on scars, bruises, inflamed cuts, and burns. Once, I put my hand into the oven while it was wet and accidentally touched the rack (I know...duh). It peeled my skin back immediately, leaving a nasty open wound. For three days, I put Extinguish on the spot, and it healed quickly, neatly, and painlessly! Extinguish works quickly and amazingly effectively when our little guy falls and bumps his head. If we put the oil on, generally, there is no bruise. If we don't put it on, he has an inflamed bruise for days. A friend used Extinguish on her son when he had a skateboarding accident, and a nasty scar had begun to form on his face. It healed very nicely and helped remove the scar tissue quickly. I highly recommend giving this oil a try!
I hope this information helps you better understand how to use these oils. Give 'em a try! And let me know if you have any further questions.
We’ve recently added Wool Diaper Covers and Longies to our store. "What's so special about wool?" you might ask. Wool has many unique properties that make it a superior fabric!
Wool has a frequency that draws energy to its wearer.
Everything has a frequency, whether it's a radio, person, fork, or fabric. People generally have a frequency of about 80-100. Man-made fabrics, such as polyester, have a frequency of near "0," which means that when we wear them, they are drawing energy from our bodies outward. Cotton has a frequency of around "50," and organic cotton has a frequency of about "100," so it's pretty neutral with our bodies -- not harming too much or helping. Linen and wool are superior fabrics for attire, because their frequencies are around "5,000" each. That means that they draw energy to us, rather than drawing it away! The interesting thing about linen and wool, though, is that when the fibers are intertwined (a.k.a. linsey-woolsey) they have a "0" charge. Maybe this is why the Bible tells us not to mix linen and wool!
Wool is self-cleaning and antibacterial.
Wool diaper covers never smell like urine or feces. As you use them, you simply allow them to dry and use them again. The only time you need to wash them is if they get soiled. Once every month or so, they need to be lanolized so that they continue to absorb moisture; but, that’s it for upkeep because wool doesn’t mold or attract bacteria.
Wool absorbs up to 20% its weight in liquid.
This is why it makes such great diaper covers! Not only is wool a great natural fabric for your baby’s health, it is excellent at absorbing urine when the diaper is full. The only time I’ve ever had a wool cover leak (even on a complete diarrhea blow out) is when it was time to lanolize. The lanolin coats the wool, helping it to keep in the moisture so that it continues to do its job.
Some general information on Wool Diaper Covers:
How many do I need of each size?
It depends on how poopy your baby is. My first child soiled her diapers all the time and I couldn’t keep covers clean in time; but, one of my friends told me that she didn’t even need all four of the ones she’d purchased for her baby. Generally, though, six covers per size is sufficient for any baby.
How to wash the Wool Covers:
As painful as it sounds, it’s best to hand-wash them. I throw mine in the washer sometimes (inside out), but it definitely decreases the life of the covers, and they continue to felt when I do this. Hand-washing covers once or twice a month really isn’t as painful as it sounds, especially if you lanolize them at the same time!
How do I lanolize them?
Purchase lanolin (Target and Wal-Mart both sell it in the nursing section) and a gentle laundry detergent. Then follow these steps:
In order to establish my “authority” on this matter…haha…I’ll tell you that I’ve been cloth diapering for 9 years. I’ve used everything from Chinese Prefolds, Flips, and Inserts, to BumGenius EcoBums, Bummies, and Kushies. I have found that it’s cheaper for me to use Wool Covers over BumGenius, which is what I used to favor. At $15-$27 each for PUL covers, I’ve found that the buttons break, the Velcro gives out, and the elastic stretches long before I’m finished with them. Wool is a natural product that just gets better with time. So, yes. I believe it IS cost effective to use wool, and it’s better for the child, too.
If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us or leave a comment below. Blessings!