Essential Oils for Wintertime Wellness and Comfort – Webinar Notes

Essential oils can be very helpful for keeping warm, healthy and comforted during the cold, dark, months. Here are some oils and products that contain oils that I highly recommend to keep stocked in your homes!

Essential Oils for Wintertime Wellness and Comfort - Webinar Notes

Watch the full webinar video below, or just read through the notes and pictures.


First, let’s start with some basic essential oils education for those who are new!Essential Oils 101 - What Are They and How do they Work?

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are steam distilled or pressed from plants – from the leaves, roots, bark, stems, rinds or seeds.

They are much more concentrated, and therefore, more potent than dried herbs. 1 drop of peppermint oil is the same as 26 cups of peppermint tea! 1 drop of lemon oil is the same as 16 lemon rinds!

They are the lifeblood of the plant that initiates regeneration into the cells. They enhance the immune system of plants, and they work the same for humans. Anything that our blood does for us is what the essential oils do for the plant –

They can effectively combat the damaging effects of toxins, impurities and harmful substances in and around our body.

They are very powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants create an unfriendly environment for free radicals that our bodies are in contact with daily. Free radicals come from sources outside your body, such as tobacco smoke, toxins, or pollutants, and can damage our bodies’ cells, proteins, and DNA by altering their chemical structure.

Essential oils can quickly penetrate the tissues of the skin, and from there diffuse throughout the body in the blood and tissues

1 drop of EO’s contains 40 million trillion molecules. Which means that the molecules are very small and they can affect the body at the cellular level by penetrating the cell wall to repair damage and boost the immune system. The  molecular structure of some oils are even smaller and contain high amounts of sesquiterpenes, which is a chemical constituent in pure essential oils, that they can even cross the blood-brain barrier (Lemon, Cedarwood, Vetiver), making essential oils powerful to deal with issues of the brain.

EO’s work synergistically WITH the body to help it heal itself because they are recognized by the body as nutrients, unlike synthetic chemicals which the body recognizes as foreign substances.

How to Apply Essential Oils - Aromatically, Topically and Internally

Three Ways to Apply Essential Oils

Aromatically

  • Diffuser – my favorite way to use EO’s
  • Changes mood & emotions, kills airborne germs and odors
  • Easy, safe, less is more

Topically

Because of their molecular structure, Essential Oils are rapidly absorbed by the skin. Applying the oils to the Vita-flex points on a foot that relates to organ system will activate their reflex (that foot chart is shown here in the slide. You can see the chart in the guidebook that I give to all of those who sign up as a member underneath me). Applying the oils to your feet is a great way to absorb the oils into your body. With over 2,000 pores in each foot, they have some of the largest pores on your body.

  • Takes just 2-3 sec for oil to reach bloodstream when used topically.
  • Takes 20 min for an oil to reach every cell in the body.
  • 2 ½ – 3 hours to fully metabolize
  • This is a powerful and effective way to use oils!
  • Use vegetable carrier oils, organic is best, like Sweet Almond, Olive, Jojoba, Coconut, Fractionated Coconut, etc. to dilute the oil.
  • Do a skin patch test first to make sure you won’t have a reaction, especially when new to oils.

Internally

  • Young Living is one of the only brands on the market that is actually safe to ingest.
  • If the oil bottle label indicates it can be used as a dietary supplement, then it is safe to take internally.
  • Can add oils to food for flavor (just need a drop or two – lemon, basil, oregano, thyme, etc.)
  • Put a drop of lemon in water, or dilute in coconut oil and add to herbal tea
  • Put in enteric coated gelatin capsules (doesn’t dissolve until it’s in the intestines, safer), Young Living sells these capsules.
  • Not recommended for children.

How to Properly Dilute Essential Oils

Proper Topical Dilution

Okay, now I want to show you how to dilute your oils safely and effectively for topical use, as this is probably the most common question people have when they first start. This is advice I’ve gotten from both Young Living’s guidebooks and aromatherapy experts.

First, let’s talk about carrier oils. The are vegetable oils that are used to dilute the essential oils and “carry” them over your skin. It is an economical way to use your oils and it’s also safer, especially for children and infants.

When you’re new to oils, I suggest to always start with diluting because your body isn’t used to the oils and it could have a detox effect, which results in a rash, itching, headache or nausea. So, I say, start slow to be safe.

I’m going to be talking about carrier oils in this section, and that is any cold pressed vegetable or nut oil like sweet almond, coconut, fractionated coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, and even olive oil!

  • For babies to age 5, dilute 1 tablespoon carrier oil to 2-3 drops essential oil.
  • For children ages 5-10, dilute 1 tablespoon carrier oil to 3-6 drops essential oil.
  • For teens and adults, dilute 1 teaspoon carrier oil to 2-6 drops essential oil.

Remember, these are general guidelines. Use your best judgement and the more accustomed you body becomes to natural living and oils, the better it can handle them and use them!

FREQUENCY is also very important when sick or dealing with a chronic issue. Oils metabolize in the body after 2.5-3 hours. So, you can reapply that often when you’re sick, or 2-4 times a day.

 

A Few Facts about Our Health and Homes

 

So, now I want to share about our everyday lifestyles, and how they can be affecting our health. BUT, I do not like to dwell on doom and gloom, and want to know that there is a solution to these problems!

Did you know that the average home contains over 63 hazardous products? From antiperspirants to perfumes, from toilet bowl cleaners to over-the-counter medications, from skin care products to “air fresheners” and candles with synthetic perfumes, our bodies can have a hard time filtering it all out. Can we all agree that we live in a more toxic society than ever before? And our precious kids and even pets are also exposed to these harmful chemicals – wouldn’t you agree they deserve something better?

Today, chronic illness of some kind plagues roughly half of the adult population in America, and now we’re seeing more children with compromised health. Our lifestyles, the products we use and the food we eat all contribute. Do you agree that we no longer have a healthcare system, but a sick-care management system? Today we have a pill for every ill. But I have a healthier choice for you, that has worked wonders for me and my family!

Why I Like Young Living Essential Oils

Why Is Young Living Different?

So, there are a lot of essential oil brands out there. What makes Young Living so special?

I mentioned at the beginning of the class about my story and how I used to buy the cheapest oils I could find on Amazon, they smelled nice for my homemade cleaning supplies but didn’t work to get rid of things like headaches, bug bites, acne or poison ivy. I thought all essential oils must be a quack.

That all changed when I started buying Young Living

Now, essential oils are not regulated by the FDA, so you do have to do your own research to make sure you’re buying a truly pure oil.

Young Living owns all their own farms and they are located all over the world, near the plants’ native environment. Anyone can visit these farms and watch the planting, harvesting and distillation processes, and many folks in the business I know have seen it first-hand!

Young Living Oils are first distillation only. Think of olive oil – there is Extra Virgin, which is the first press of the olive and is the most potent, then there’s regular Olive Oil, which is the second press, so less potent. All of Young Living’s oils are potent, called the first distillation, or the first press.

The oils are rigorously tested both in-house and by third-party, in fact, only 28% of the batches actually pass lab tests for purity and quality and are then sold, the rest are used as pesticide and herbicide!

All the weed control is done by hand!

They’ve been in business for over 20 years and are experiencing crazy, record growth in 2014. Now is a great time to join and you’ll get tons of support from me and my team on how to use your oils or even start your own oil business!

Citrus Fresh - An Immune-Boosting Essential Oil Blend

Beat the Winter Blues and Boost the Immune System with Citrus Fresh

Beat winter blues, support your immune system, and create a happy environment with Citrus Fresh!

This is a blended oil of orange, tangerine, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit and spearmint. Citrus oils are very high in d-limonene which help to support cellular health and fight off unwanted microorganisms.

It helps to ease normal anxious feelings, like when family is over for the holidays and the turkey is burning, and the kids are going crazy! At the same time, it increases mental accuracy and attentiveness when applied to the temples and/or diffused.

We like to call lemon, liquid sunshine, and all of the citrus oils have that emotional profile. They are very emotionally uplifting and happy, great to diffuse to keep the mood in the house happier. This one in particular also inspires creativity!

It’s a great oil to diffuse to as an air purifier and to lift the mood, or to use internally to boost and support the immune system.

Scientific Study on D-Limonene

Thieves Hard Lozenges - 100% Natural and Safe, Perfect for Sore Throats!

Help for Sore Throats – Thieves Lozenges

Thieves® Hard Lozenges will refresh your mouth and breath and provide soothing relief for your throat.

Lightly sweetened with the low-glycemic sugar maltitol, these lozenges deliver the power of Thieves®, the university-tested essential oil blend, along with the flavor of natural peppermint and lemon essential oil. Thieves contains lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, clove and cinnamon to help fight germs.

These are all-natural and non-toxic, which is much more than you can say about store-bought lozenges!

Drink Herbal Tea with Essential Oils for An Immune System Boost!

Herbal Tea with Essential Oils

Herbal tea is so warm and comforting, and a great way to prepare your body for bedtime as the warm liquids help move things through the intestines. The essential oils and herbs will aid in digestion and support the immune system by fighting free radicals and germs!

The coconut oil is helpful to dilute the oil, so it doesn’t just sit on top of the tea.

My favorite brands of herbal tea are Traditional Medicinals and Yogi, both of which come in organic varieties. Like this one – Throat Coat

Pair it with a chamomile tea (where to buy) right before bedtime to lull yourself to sleep!

Top it off with a cute tea mug lid (where to buy) that also serves as a tea cozy!

The Amazing Properties of Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano Essential Oil – High in Antioxidants and Phenols

This only isn’t only good for flavoring spaghetti, it is a very strong and powerful oil that supports the immune and respiratory systems!

It is very high in antioxidants, which help the body the fight free radicals that we come in contact with on a daily basis from chemicals found in beauty products, foods, our homes, cleaning products and more.

It’s also very high in phenols, which help to protect the body against oxidative stress (see this clinical study on phenols).

This has become a staple in my household, along with Thieves. I used it a few weeks ago when I very much under-the-weather. I gargled both oils and used them on my throat and feet about six times a day and I recovered fully in two days!

 

ImmuPro- excellent chewable and tasty supplement to take to support the immune system!

ImmuPro Chewables – Easy, Tasty Immune Support

ImmuPro™ has been specially formulated to provide exceptional immune system support when combined with a healthy lifestyle and adequate sleep to support the body’s needs.

This power-packed formula combines naturally-derived immune-supporting Ningxia wolfberry polysaccharides with a unique blend of reishi, maitake, and agaricus blazei mushroom powders to deliver powerful antioxidant activity to help reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress from free radicals.

ImmuPro provides zinc and selenium for proper immune function* along with other chelated minerals which emerging science suggests are more easily absorbed by the body. It also delivers melatonin which encourages restful sleep by promoting the body’s natural sleep rhythm.*

With non-GMO dextrose instead of fructose and more Orange essential oil than ever, this formula delivers more of what you want and less of what you don’t! This delicious fruit-flavored chewable supplement also has the same great wolfberry flavor but with a new crunchy texture.

Stop Germs with Thieves Spray and Hand Purifier

Stop Germs with Thieves Spray and Hand Purifier

Here are two easy and convenient ways to stop germs, and they are natural and safe! Unlike antibiotic products in the store that contain triclosan (a carcinogen), these germ-fighters are powered by the Thieves essential oil blend.

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier – it smells wonderful and works to cleanse and purify the hands when there is no access to water.

Thieves Spray – can be used on grocery shopping carts, toilet seats, doorknobs, countertops, and the hand to protect from dust, mold and undesirable microorganisms and some even use it in their mouths when they have a sore throat! This small bottle is perfect for traveling or keeping in your purse or backpack.

Breathe Again Essential Oil Blend for Respiratory Support

Breathe Again Roll-On

Got a clogged up nose or sinuses? This is the roll-on for you! Breathe Again is excellent and powerful for respiratory support.

Breathe Again contains four powerful eucalyptus oils: Eucalyptus staigeriana, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata, and Young Living’s original Ecuador single, Eucalyptus blue.

Eucalyptus oils contain high amounts of cineole, which have been studied for their potential to support healthy lung function.

The essential oils peppermint, myrtle, and copaiba also play an integral part in this blend. Breathe Again is available in a portable roll-on applicator, making natural relief available anywhere.

Essential Oils for the Holidays, Baking and Fun!

Holiday Oils for Baking, Atmosphere and Fun!

Christmas Spirit – excellent name for this oil as it really is happy and uplifting! I’ve been diffusing it non-stop this season and the bonus is that it contains great germ-fighting oils to help boost the immune system! So, let your house smell like Christmas by diffusing this fun oil while staying healthy at the same time.

Cinnamon Bark Vitality Oil – has been sought after for ages for it’s ability to promote wellness. It is thought to promote healthy cardiovascular and immune function, and acts as an antiseptic. Wonderful to use in holiday baking – in cinnamon bark, bread, DIY pumpkin spice latte and more!

Orange Vitality Oil – a sweet, uplifting oil that is also calming and relaxing! Could use to set a holiday atmosphere or in baking. It also helps with digestion and the tummy, so it could be used after a big or heavy holiday meal. High in d-limonene which aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration.

Nutmeg Vitality Oil– soothing and comforting, boosts energy, and supports the nervous and endocrine systems while being a wonderful addition to pumpkin pie and other holiday desserts!

Chewable Vitamin C Tablets - Super C

Vitamin C Chewable Tablets – Super C

Super C™ Chewable is a wonderful and delicious way to get your daily dose of vitamin C. Even better, it’s the most complete, biologically utilizable vitamin C supplement available which means that because it is made of a whole food source (acerola cherries), the body recognizes it and can actually use it. It is designed for those who have difficulty swallowing pills, and has a nice, tangy citrus flavor that goes down easily and starts working immediately.

Take 1 tablet 3 times daily or as needed. Free of common allergens. No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, salt, starch, corn, wheat, yeast, or soy products.

The Amazing Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils

Diffuse, Diffuse, Diffuser

I can’t say enough about the wonders of diffusing! Not only does it purify the air, helping to eliminate airborne germs, it also eliminates stinky odors, lifts a bad mood, enhances concentration, relaxes and calms, and helps with the sniffles or a sickness.

It works by using cool air (not warm as that removes the therapeutic properties of essential oils) to disperse the essential oils back into tiny molecule form, which can then be absorbed into the skin and inhaled for our benefit.

I have found when I diffuse every night, my children do not get sick nearly as often as when I forget to diffuse for a few nights. I find it’s a necessity for natural health. My brother-in-law diffuses eucalyptus and peppermint every night as it helps him to wake up feeling refreshed and breathing easy. Without it, he feels sluggish and stopped up.

Pictured above are the home diffuser (comes in the Premium Starter Kit!), the Aroma Lux diffuser, the Travel Home Diffuser and the amazing Aria diffuser. See all of Young Living’s high quality diffusers here.

 

Young Living's Premium Starter Kits - the best and cheapest way to get started with essential oils!

How to Get These Amazing Oils and Products

Now, I want to share with you how you can get these oils, because they are not sold down at Whole Foods or your corner Walgreens. The oils sold there are much less potent, and some are even adulterated. But Young Living’s oils are very high quality, therapeutic grade oils.

The way that Young Living has decided to sell them is through individual members sharing with others – they don’t pay for an advertising department and use us instead so we can offer you support. When you buy oils in store or online from just anywhere, you won’t get a team of support helping you learn how to use the oils. And especially when you join my team! We offer monthly Facebook classes, webinars, promotions, giveaways and blog posts so you are always learning!

Okay, you can purchase the oils we just discussed for $163 and that would be the retail price. No sale or discount. But there’s a much cheaper way to get them. I know I’m always looking for a deal, and this is definitely it!

And this is the way I started with Young Living and I highly recommend it. You can actually get this set, plus a home diffuser, PLUS this little starter kit with an extra oil in it, Stress Away, Ningxia Red samples, and little sample sachets you can share or throw in your purse, all starting at $160! You save over $150 this way. At the same time, you automatically become a wholesale member which means you get 24% off everything!

Now, don’t let the term member scare you. There are no monthly minimums or order requirements. In order to keep your membership after one year, you just need to purchase about $50 worth of products the next year. If you don’t want to, that’s fine! No one is going to hunt you down – there are no penalty or cancellation fees and you could reinstate your membership at any time. AND there are no monthly minimums you have to order or a requirement to sell.

Young Living's Essential Rewards Program

Essential Rewards Program – How to Get Oils for Free!

Once you’re a member and find you’re using your oils and products on a regular basis, it really makes sense to join the Essential Rewards program to save you money!

So, what exactly is this program?

Young Living’s monthly program where you order 50 PV per month and earn 10-25% of your order total back in points to use as store credit AND get reduced, flat-rate shipping. Cash in those points to get free oils!

How to Earn Points Back

  • When you’re with the company:
  • 1-3 months, you get 10% back in points
  • 4-24 months, you get 20% back in points
  • 25+ months, you get 25% back in points

Design Your Own Program

You can change your order every month, it does not have to be their recommended kits or products. You can change your ship date each month, too! Can’t do it one month? Get a grace month! No contract, no fees, no penalty fees.

Since this spring, I have been able to use over 200 points, which means I’ve gotten over $200 of free oils and products! I love the program.

Click Here to Buy Your Premium Starter Kit!

About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

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