Make Your Own Essential Oil First Aid Kit: Video and Printables

MYO FA Kit HorizontalWe’ve all been there before:  It’s the middle of the night and one of the children needs urgent attention or its the middle of the day and one of the children comes to us crying and needing help.  If you’re anything like me, those times are the ones where we need our oils and remedies at the ready, but they aren’t always easy to find.

I just had a wonderfully fun morning with some of my local team members this last Saturday where we spent the morning listening to an awesome CD set from Dr. Peter Minke on the subject of Family First Aid with Essential Oils.  We all learned a great deal, and it became very clear to all of us, that we should have many of these items at the ready so we don’t need to worry about finding them in a pinch.

So I created this video to give some helpful tips and tricks as you create your own Essential Oil First Aid Kit:

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French Aromatherapy: The Awkward Truth

French Aromatherapy The Awkward Truth

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Ok, let’s just get one thing straight right out of the gate.  I don’t do hype.  I just don’t.  But for some reason there is a great deal of hype and emotion involved with the discussion of essential oils, particularly essential oils that come from network marketing companies.

It. Is. Silly.

Unfortunately, there are some people who simply have a bias against network marketing as a business model and allow that to color their perception of a company’s worth.

This bias often causes somewhat under-informed people to form very strong opinions about perceived quality, price points, and marketing, but without much first hand information or research.

One such argument that is levied against people in the essential oil network marketing field is that we made up the concept of different “schools of thought” in aromatherapy to create a false construct in order to sell you more product.  These people also frequently contend that the whole French and British school concept is a made up argument to sway the weak minded to dangerous methods of oil use.

BOGUS.  I call FOUL.

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Can Thieves Cleaner Clean this Tough Carpet Stain?

Can Thieves Clean It Carpet Stain

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I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for safer cleaners.  The difficulty is, most of them don’t work very well.  Or if they work they only work for very specific tasks.

So you need an all purpose spray, and a glass cleaner, and a de-greaser, and a tub cleaner, and a carpet cleaner, and a laundry spot treater, and the list goes on and on and on.

NO GOOD.

Because seriously, who wants twenty cleaner bottles in their laundry room, natural or otherwise?

No, I needed something that both worked, wouldn’t cause me to die of fume inhalation, and could go the distance with multi-tasking!

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Drama in Essential Oil Land

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So if you follow the essential oil news much, you have likely heard about the FDA cracking down on doTerra and Young Living, both prominent sellers of essential oils,  over the way some of their independent distributors were promoting their products.  Haven’t read that story yet?  Check out one explanation.

It is probably a good way to remind any of us who publicly discuss health matters that we ought to always be careful about sharing any information in the public arena.

But, unfortunately, what it boils down to in practical terms is this:

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Recipe: Guilt Free Cake Batter Shake

Guilt Free Cake Batter ShakeOk, so it’s been a while since I’ve put together any recipes for a low sugar lifestyle, but I am finally back in the saddle of Trim Healthy Mama since my recent loss.  It feels good to be back, eating a wide variety of tasty food, and enjoy treats that satisfy my sweet tooth, without having sugar or artificial sweeteners!

One of my favorite ways to get in a quick breakfast is to turn to my Vitamix.  It’s sortof a long story, but we got the Vitamix just about a year ago, and compared to other blenders, I don’t think I would go back.  This thing is a workhorse, and makes DELICIOUS blended treats!

Which leads me to this tasty low-carb, low-fat, sugar free delight.  Oh yes, a Cake Batter Shake.  It’s perfect for getting you through the between meal munchies without adding inches to the waist and it tastes AWESOME and is super filling.

Oh, and did I mention it will take you a MAX of TWO minutes to get this in your favorite cup?  Oh yeah.

Oh, and if you are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, it is a Fuel Pull (FP)!  Even better!

So, let’s just get to it, shall we?

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Why I Ignore the “Essential Oil Wars”

Why I Ignore the Essential Oil Wars

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It is no secret that I love Young Living Essential Oils.

It is also no secret that there are other companies of assorted sizes and perceived qualities that compete with Young Living.

And also, it’s not a secret that a great many people like to play up the conflict between companies.

I want to pose the question of  “why do they want to call attention to it?”  Sometimes it is people from my company, sometimes it is people from another competitor, and other times it is from people who aren’t officially affiliated with any big name company.  But why do they want to capitalize on the hype?  I’ll leave you to think through that question.

 Is there REALLY a War?

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Have a Happi(er) Period with Essential Oils

Have a Happier Period

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Ok guys, I’ll give you a day off.  Especially if you are a male family member.  If you don’t want your brain cells scarred by lady stuff, then I suggest you pass on this one.

Ladies?  Stick around, because if you are like most women, we all have a visitor once a month that we wish we could make a bit less uncomfortable.  I’ve found some great strategies to make my monthly visit from Aunt Flo much less eventful and so I’d love to share my secrets with you.

So, what do I use?

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Spotlight on PanAway and a Giveaway!

Spotlight on PanAway Essential OilWell happy Labor Day weekend everyone!!!  We’re back in the saddle after a brief power outage that kept us from the computer for most of the week.  But never fear, we’re BACK!

In honor of our hard working friends, family, and selves I’m going to share about the amazing pain busting essential oil blend called PanAway!

PanAway is actually my husband’s favorite essential oil blend because he works an incredibly physical job and comes home with muscle and joint aches on a daily basis.  He applies the PanAway on location and it helps him to be able to relax and lose the pain from the day.  In fact, this is the oil that convinced HIM of how well the oils work!

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Empty Arms: Recovering Physically from Pregnancy Loss

Recovery from Pregnancy Loss

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I am blessed to have two beautiful children.  I am also blessed to have three children born straight to heaven.  I wish they were here with me, but I know they are not lost to me forever.

I lost two babies before my son and daughter were born, and this last  April I lost my most recent child, a precious little boy, at 18 weeks.

Because of his age I chose to be induced to deliver him and had the privilege of  seeing him and saying goodbye.

For anyone who is in the position to make this choice, I highly encourage you to consider asking to see your baby.  It was not at all bad, certainly not how I imagined, and it was a beautiful moment of healing for me.  It brought me some closure that I never had with my other two losses.

Unfortunately, shortly after I delivered him I hemorrhaged and had to have an emergency surgery to stop the bleeding.

I lost enough blood that I needed a transfusion and an overnight stay in the hospital.  To say that the physical trauma was more than I was expecting is an understatement.  The doctors and nurses who took care of me that evening were amazing, and I am TREMENDOUSLY grateful for them saving my life.

But the long road of recovery, both physically and emotionally had just begun and with my discharge from the hospital I had to figure out how to bring my body back from a pregnancy that went nearly half way and the difficult delivery that followed.

This week I will share some of the things I have done to help give my body the most help physically as well as some of the things I am doing to prepare for the possibility of a future pregnancy.

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Ask the Readers

Ask the Readers

I am working on a new article and I need YOUR help!

I am looking for folks who used essential oils of any brand before they used Young Living.

What I would like to know specifically is, have you noticed a difference since switching to Young Living from the other brand, and what is different to you?

I would love to share some of your stories in an upcoming article!

So tell me, what have you noticed?  Would you share with me in the comments?