Oils for Minimalists: Essential Oils You Need for DIY Recipes

Does the thought of getting started using essential oils stress you out? I can completely relate. Using oils came slowly for me, but now, they are such a part of my life that I can’t even imagine living without them!

I wanted to give you a little information about some oils that will help you realize that you CAN get started using oils slowly and a little bit at a time.

**Keep in mind that when I talk about therapeutic properties of oils, I specifically am talking about Young Living essential oils. I personally have changed my life so that I minimize toxins that I take into my body. With Young Living, I know there are no fillers or other things in the oils. Check out their Seed to Seal promise if you want more information here.

Top Oils to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

If you have a budget where you can only purchase a few main oils, these three are great for starting out. They are the most frequently used in my daily life, and they are also good for so many things that they will be the best options for you as well. Please know that I can help you. Subscribe to the blog at the bottom of this page, and I will contact you with information you need to get your oily life under way! There are so many options for starter kits with Young Living, so I am here to help you navigate all of that.

  1. Lavender: When you think Lavender, think calming. This oil will calm your skin if it’s red or itchy, it will calm your nervous system when needing to relax or meditate (or fall asleep), it will calm any bites or wounds you may have. It is relaxing when diffused and can just be a nice smell in your house.
  2. Lemon: Lemon = detox. Detoxify your home by making DIY cleaners or using lemon oil as an air freshener in your house (detoxifying the air). Drink lemon oil in your water for a wakening, detoxifying drink. It will help wake you up and clear junk out of your body. Use lemon oil as a glue remover (like goo gone) to get rid of labels or stickers. Lemon is also energizing and smells great.
  3. Peppermint: Peppermint oil is cooling. Cooling to your digestive system, cooling to your skin, and cooling to muscle tension. I love peppermint for any upset stomach issues or muscle tension – knots in my back, neck or head tension.

**The three oils above can be mixed for a variety of health boosting combinations. Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint (fondly known as “LLP” in the oily community) is a combo helpful to boosting the immune system. This is especially important during seasonal transitions – going from summer to fall or from winter to spring can wreak havoc on your immune system causing tiredness, constipation, and allergy symptoms. I’m not a doctor and I can’t prescribe things, but I’m all for an immune boost anytime – especially during the change of the season.

The Next Best Oils

After the “Top 3” oils, there are a couple of more that I wanted to give an honorable mention. These oils are the next best “heavy hitters” that you should consider adding to your starter oils kit.

Tea Tree: Also known as Melaleuca, this oil has great “anti” properties. I think of Tea Tree in the products it’s in such as household cleaners, skin care, shampoo and body wash. I like to add a few drops of Tea Tree to my shampoo to help support a healthy scalp. I add it to my cleaning supplies for a boost. If I get a pimple, I might put a drop of Tea Tree on my skin at night hoping for the zit to disappear by morning. This one doesn’t smell the best, so I add a lot of citrus (like lemon) to it if I am going to diffuse it in the air.

Thieves: If you haven’t heard about Thieves oil, you may be living under a rock! Just kidding – kind of. This is an immune-boosting blend of cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary (and more). This oil smells so good – just like fall – but I use it all year round. I like to add Lemon (or Orange) to this in my diffuser. It’s awesome. This oil can be added to tea or coffee for a spicy jolt, or it can be put directly onto your skin to help give a boost in your immunity. My kids roll this on their spines in the morning – I feel like it is body armor for when they go to school. Put a few drops in a spray bottle to spray on things you touch – shopping cart handles, keyboards, doorknobs. Add some to aloe vera gel and shake for a good hand sanitizer.

What Do I Do Next?

Once you get your oils in the mail, you are going to want to set them on your counter immediately. Start using them – try it! Just start slow – one drop at a time. Here’s what I do on a daily basis to help you get started:

When I wake up, I head to the kitchen to get a glass of water. I put a drop of Lemon in the glass first, then add water and start rehydrating right away. If I workout in the morning, I might put a drop of Peppermint and Lemon in the glass for a focusing boost. When I take a shower, I have added Tea Tree to my shampoo for my scalp (I have a dry, itchy scalp), or if I have a pimple, I add a drop of Tea Tree to that. I roll Thieves on my feet and/or spine before I head to work.  During my work day, I have Peppermint and Lemon to drink during the day. The Peppermint is also helpful if I eat something that doesn’t agree with me (I will rub it right on my stomach), or if I have any muscle tension from typing at my desk! When I get home, Thieves and Lemon go in the diffuser while I’m cooking supper or my kids are doing their homework. At bedtime, I rub Lavender on my feet or wrists, or I diffuse it to help me relax and fall asleep.

If you start a routine, oils become part of your daily life. Think of them like vitamins, you feel so much better when you use them consistently and daily.

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5 Steps to Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

Anyone tired out there?

You need sleep. You want sleep. How can you get it?

If you’re anything like me, it’s not only you that’s not sleeping. I mean, I have kids and a snoring husband. At least one of those things wake me up at night if I don’t wake up on my own, so how can you get a good night’s sleep?

I’ve read books and listened to webinars on sleep and its importance. I also know that I’m a 8-9 hour a night sleeper (at least that’s what I need). So here’s what I do to have a good night’s sleep.

Step 1: Quit the Caffeine
Personally, I need to be done with any caffeinated drinks at Noon. If I have any after that – I can count on trouble falling asleep.

Step 2: Eat a lighter dinner
This is a rule from Ayurvedic teachings. When you eat a light dinner and close the kitchen early (it’s 6:00 here) your stomach has time to digest the food and won’t keep you up at night. I only have water or herbal tea after 6:00 if I can help it. Bonus: You just might lose weight when you take out night eating – try it!!!

Step 3: Establish a nightly routine or ritual
Another Ayurvedic lesson – figure out what works for you and use it every day! For me, I like to take a bath with some relaxing Lavender oil followed by self-massage (Abhyanga in Ayurvedic terms) with either Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil (from Young Living) or good old sweet almond oil – I like Viva Naturals Sweet Almond Oil 16 fl oz, 100% Pure and Hexane Free, Ideal for Skin and Hair with Lavender or Cedarwood in it. Both of those are relaxing and calming. I turn off electronics an hour before bed, take my nightly probiotic, and read a little bit.

Step 4: Keep the room dark and cool
Light from streetlights, cars, or neighbor’s houses can affect your sleep quality. Get room darkening curtains and keep the thermostat between 60-67 degrees.

Step 5: Diffuse or use oils topically
Essential oils have been key in our family’s sleep routines. Tranquil roller goes on my kids’ feet. Lavender on my own. Cedarwood is in the center of my forehead or on my crown and Valor is on my husband’s big toes (for snoring). I keep Peace and Calming II in my bedside drawer in case I wake up at night and can’t get back to sleep. We diffuse Cedarwood and Lavender throughout the night (and turn the diffuser light off!).

What kinds of things do you try at home? I would love to hear about your sleep routines!

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Top 10 Oils You NEED…and what to do with them

Essential oils have been a HUGE part of my life in the past few years. I use them for all different parts of my life – health and wellness, supporting my body systems, replacing household products, and replacing beauty products. I truly use oils all day long. I decided that maybe I should give a list of MY top 10 oils. These are oils I reach for every day. Here we go!!

  1. Lemon: 

    • Put a drop of lemon vitality in your water to give it a citrus-y boost!
    • Add a couple of drops of Lemon Vitality in your pancake, cake, or waffles.
    • Lemon in the diffuser smells great!
    • Support skin health – cleanse your skin and look young! (use at night to avoid possible photosensitivity)
    • It contains limonene, which supports many systems including cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, and excretory systems.
  2. Lavender:

    • Calming for bedtime – diffuse or spray in your bedroom
    • Add a few drops to the bathtub for a soothing, relaxing spa-like experience
    • Rub it on your feet before you go to sleep
    • Supports skin health – especially gentle on face and great for any skin traumas
    • Supports seasonal respiratory problems – diffuse, inhale or apply topically
    • Supports your nervous system and aids in relaxation
    • Just typing about lavender made me relax. So that’s cool. 🙂
  3. Peppermint:

    • Soothing for your digestive system – rub it on your tummy or add a drop to water
    • Helps “open up” the respiratory system when put on lungs or sinuses – use a carrier oil!
    • Ingest Peppermint Vitality oil for fresh breath or add it to your coffee for a yummy treat
    • Helps stimulate your nervous system to increase focus and energy – diffuse or inhale from the bottle
    • Can aid in relaxing tense muscles after workouts or in stressful situations
  4. Tea Tree (Melaleuca)

    • Great for cleaning anything in your home
    • Put it on your skin – great for oily skin or blemishes while being gentle
    • Spray it on your scalp or mix it into your shampoo or conditioner
    • Combines well with lemon for cleaning properties and for getting rid of odors in your house
    • Can treat mold – diffuse it with clove in a smelly basement
  5. Frankincense

    • An all-time favorite for grounding and calming for me
    • Supports the immune system – take internally in a capsule or under tongue
    • Great for supporting your skin health! Gentle on the skin and may help aging skin
    • Supports Nervous, Cardiovascular, and Endocrine systems as well as Respiratory
    • A great “g0-to” oil for anything that is bothering you!
  6. Oregano

    • Extremely powerful immune support
    • Put it on your feet if you feel like something might be coming on (then put on socks so you don’t smell like a pizza parlor 🙂 )
    • Use short-term, because it really is powerful
    • It is a “hot” oil, so use carrier with it – it will definitely tingle on your skin
  7. Stress Away

    • This is a Young Living-specific blend that contains copaiba, lime, cedarwood, and more
    • Brings peace to my daily life
    • Diffuse throughout your house for a low-stress day
    • Put on diffuser jewelry – earrings, bracelet, or scarves for an all-day smell
  8. Clove

    • Supports dental health – a key ingredient in the Thieves line of oral care
    • Supports immune system – also an ingredient in Thieves oil
    • When diffused, helps purify the air while smelling like a fall day – Yum!
  9. Thieves

    • Another Young Living specific blend containing cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, and more
    • Spicy and warm smell for the diffuser – smells great and gives a good immune boost
    • Supports immune system – use daily in a roller on your feet or spine
    • Key ingredient in the Thieves cleaners, soaps, and oral care
  10. Orange

    • A great addition to any oil in the diffuser
    • Helps improve focus and may have calming affects on people
    • An uplifting scent I add to cleaning products for a citrus-y smell

So there are some of my favorites!

My advice to you is to get these oils and put them in your house!! Keep Lavender, Tea Tree, and Frankincense (Frank) in your bathroom to add to your nighttime routine. Lemon, Orange, and Peppermint can be in the kitchen to add to water or diffusers. Thieves should be right next to your diffuser with Orange! Stress Away needs to be near your old perfume/body spray bottle – GET RID OF THAT and use Stress Away instead for a less toxic choice of smell.  Oregano is in my “medicine cabinet” so I can reach for it for short-term immune support. Remember to keep carrier oil close by.  Clove is with the Oregano – again for immune support.

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s that time of year!

I start getting antsy and need to get things clean. I work full-time outside of my home, so it just never seems like enough time. This means that basically, I need to be extremely organized in my cleaning, and it does take some time, because I don’t want to do it all in one day!

I can share some tips and tricks with you. Start at the top and work your way down. This applies to your house as well as each room. If you have a 2-story house, start upstairs and work your way down. I also have a little checklist you can download and print FOR FREE!!!

Spring Cleaning Checklist
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So click above and get started!! Also, subscribe to my blog so that you can get my DIY recipes that will be coming this week!  All to get you ready for a clean house!