Young Living Essential Oils

Essential Oils (EO) have changed my life.

My plantar fasciitis is better (PanAway EO, Valor EO, wintergreen EO). No more indigestion (peppermint EO). No more tension headaches (PanAway EO). No more fluoride in my toothpaste (coconut oil, baking soda, lemon EO). No more undesirable ingredients in my deodorant (coconut oil, arrowroot, baking soda, EO of choice). My life has become surrounded by essential oils.

And, here’s a newsflash … I have little vertical lines above my upper lip – from my lip line to about 1/2″ – 3/4″ above my lip line. OK, so I’m sixty-five on the twenty-eighth of this month … I still don’t like them. I read on one of my Facebook essential oil blogs to try frankincense mixed with a little coconut oil. Yeah, right … those lines have been there for years and years … not likely, but what the heck.

I started scooping a wee bit of coconut oil on the tips of two fingers and then one drop of frankincense about two weeks ago. I dismissed comments made to me about how good I looked … but when a good friend told me (yeah, she’s the honest type I can trust) I looked in the mirror. The lines on my right side had faded a good bit … while the left side looks better, there’s still some work to be done there. Maybe it’s because I’m left- handed???

Who knows, but I know this … that dang stuff works.

I had become an independent distributor for Young Living – not because I wanted to become an independent distributor – but because the starter kit for $150 had a diffuser (retail: $96) and ten (10) essential oils including PanAway and I wanted to pay wholesale prices for my oils. No real interest in ‘hitting the pavement’ or ‘knocking on doors’ or coercing my friends/family to buy … I wanted them for me … just me. Well, that didn’t quite work as I planned … people want these oils … and Young Living has a seed to seal guarantee that can’t be beat. So I took the plunge and opted for a Young Living personal website so whomever could order directly. It didn’t take much effort on my part … just a couple bucks a month and I’m up and running. Check it out … SimplyWyse.

I love Young Living Essential Oils!
I love Young Living Essential Oils!

20 Great Ways to Use Essential Oils

  • Runny nose … swipe a drop of lemon down each side of the nose to dry it up. Stay out of the sun afterwards to avoid sunburn.
  • Drowsiness … combine peppermint and orange, apply to the back of the neck, next inhale the oil left on your hands.  Or add 4 drops of each to your diffuser.
  • Itchy, irritated eyes … dab lavender with a bit of carrier oil on the facial bones surrounding your eyes (careful to keep oil away from eyes).  If applying to children, make sure they don’t rub their eyes until oil is absorbed.
  • Allergies … mix up equal parts of lavender, lemon and peppermint – sure beats antibiotics!  Apply to bottom of your feet morning and night and diffuse it, too.
  • Earache/Infection … combine 2 drops basil or Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree) with a little carrier oil and rub around the rim of the ear, behind the ear and just inside.  Apply several times a day.  Note:  never drop essential oils directly into the ear.
  • Bad breath … a drop of Peppermint on your tongue and you’re kissable fresh again.
  • Athlete’s foot … Melaleuca (Tea Tree) works wonders!  Apply neat (meaning undiluted) to affected areas twice a day.
  • Toe fungus … Melaleuca (Tea Tree) – dab the affected toenail with a saturated q-tip morning and night.
  • Unsightly warts or skin tags … use a Q-tip to dab one drop of oregano or frankincense oil on the affected area morning and night.  Both are a hot oil so you won’t want to spread it around.  Skin tags should fall off in two or three of weeks.  Warts will take a bit longer but eventually will disappear. For kids: lemon works. too. Apply morning and night and don’t cover with a Band-Aid; it’s important to let the area breathe.  Also, it’s convenient to put the EO in a roll-on bottle so kids can apply themselves…they like taking charge   Be careful of too much sun after the application of lemon oil.
  • Cellulite … pour a bottle of grapefruit into a 4 oz. bottle of fractionated coconut oil and rub into problem areas after shower or bath.  You’ll smell divine and your skin will be so soft.
  • Fleas on Your Dog … drip a couple drops of Melaleuca (tea tree) on back of your dog’s  collar.  Or, tie a bandanna with a few drops of Melaleuca (tea tree) around your dogs neck and watch fleas flee!
  • Dog’s Ear Infection … place 1 of drop of Melaleuca (tea tree) and carrier oil on a cotton ball, wipe inside of ear several times a day.
  • Dog with Sunburned Nose … dab a little lavender with carrier oil on his nose for relief.  This works for people too!
  • Fever … a few drops of Peppermint mixed with a carrier oil and applied to the torso can drop body temperature by 3 degrees in minutes.
  • Burns … a drop of lavender will immediately stop the pain and mitigate tissue damage.
  • Heartburn … a couple drops of peppermint in a small glass of milk will knock out heartburn.  Or, try rubbing a few drops of Di-Gize blend over your chest.  It really works!

 

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It is what it is

My feet hurt. I’m nearly 65 so it isn’t a huge surprise after years of flip-flops – apparently flip-flops are not a good choice. But I lived in southern Florida for sixteen years – flip-flops happened … a lot. OK, so now I know it wasn’t the best choice for me. That was then. This is now. I cannot change what was, but I can change what I do next. After seeing podiatrists and orthopedic gurus – and while following their advice for inserts, surgery, and promises of good times to come. I’m still waiting.

So, here goes. Yes, I had a bunion and had it surgically removed. Let’s start there as it was my first foot surgery. It was better for a while but other problems popped up. Seems I had ‘learned’ to depend on my bunion to help me balance. So, what does that really mean? It means once the bunion was removed I no longer had stability during movement. No big deal, right? I mean I would adjust, right? Sure but changing my stance while walking created a new problem. You see, I had asked my surgeon for a prescription for physical therapy, but he declined and I didn’t argue (that was then, this is now). I continued my life not realizing the damage was causing. But, it’s all good, right? I mean, really – he’s the doctor and who am I?

That was my left foot. While I managed to function I began to notice a new problem with my left foot. I had some discomfort across the ball of my foot – something similar to walking on a lumpy wad of tissues. I was uncomfortable walking on the ball of my foot so I did what I had to do. I began to twist my foot to avoid direct pressure to the ball of my foot and headed to my doctor. He said it was a Morton’s Neuroma and suggested surgery. Not a big deal, he said, just a snip-snip. That little snip-snip not only did not remove or repair the Morton’s Neuroma, but it did deadened the nerves on the tips of my three middle toes – which, to this day – are not right. Plus, it caused damage to my middle toe causing it to curl unnaturally making it even more difficult to walk.

So … back to the drawing board. I again asked my surgeon for a prescription for physical therapy and again he said it is not necessary. This time I insisted. The surgeon’s assistant returned and tossed the physical therapy prescription on the table. “It won’t help, but here’s the prescription.” He left. I was left in the room with only my thoughts. While it would have been easy for me to make a fuss, I quietly went to the reception desk and requested my files and films. The office manager came to the window and asked if everything was all right. I told her all would be just fine once I received my medical records and films. She said it would take some time. “I’ll wait,” I said. She appeared somewhat disgusted, but I learned later it wasn’t with me, but the doctor. Imagine that. I wasn’t the first – on that day – to request medical records. I didn’t need to wait too long before I was given all my records and a CD with my x-rays. I was dismissed.

So, now I’m without a doctor …. but I had a prescription for physical therapy and I felt all was good with the world. But was it? … stay tuned.