Why I Use Essential Oils

The Mushy Mommy and Essential Oils

Five years ago seems like a long time. But over five years ago a journey for me began that I would have never quite predicted. I was just like every other mama - I had a baby registry filled with popular baby brands and products such as Johnson and Johnson’s and I had not much thought really to the things we were using on our skin.

I suppose when I think back, there were signs that this would be “me” one day. As newlyweds with a small budget, I tried to squeeze organic items into the grocery cart sometimes just because I figured, “they must be better for us.” I didn’t know why. When my daughter was born and I had a stock pile of Johnson and Johnson’s, I opted for the “natural” version first. I didn’t really know why. For as long as I can remember, I never really took over the counter medicines - I just always let things run their course. Again, I didn’t know why.

Sometimes we do things and we don’t even realize that there are subconscious reasons why we are doing them. I look back now and realize that I did know there were “healthier” ways of living and I sometimes chose those ways, but I didn’t know why.

And then one day when my daughter was about three months old I was sent an article about Johnson and Johnson’s baby products and it lit a fire under me. I began researching and returning things back to the store. I began reading books like “Healthy Child, Healthy World” and educating myself on ways to protect my health and most of all, my baby’s health.

Aside from being a natural birth junkie and a die hard breastfeeding mama, I wasn’t some tree hugging hippie. I was just a girl on a mission to make our home a safer place. I was just a mama bear protecting her cub. Being a hippie was something that slowly evolved because I chose it.

While on my journey of changing my baby’s skin care products, our cleaning products and then later my own beauty products, I kept coming across information on essential oils. You’d think they were this new, hit thing, but it turns out they were not. I was just new to the picture. So off I went to the local health food store for some errrllllssss.

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And I found them. In fact, I found a few different brands and asked a few questions, but I knew little. I was deceived and thought that a brand was locally made because it had a local logo on it. I knew little about these oils or how to use them or how they even worked. Like um, how does just smelling a plant make me happy? Can someone please explain that?!?!

So to speed this life story up some, I later attended a Young Living class, heard all of the spill and went home begging for a starter kit.

I knew it was what I needed! It was what we needed!

And I am here to say that it took me nearly three freaking years to make them a huge part of my life. Which was so dumb.

I mean I used them and all, but not religiously. I didn’t educate myself on them and I didn’t really use the groups that I was a part of the way that I should have. Then one day comes and I’m pregnant and sick as can be with sinus junk and those oils freaking worked. They helped me more than the junk I was told to use by my doctor!

And they’ve been helping US ever since.

You see I use essential oils for everything. From cleaning to skin care, mosquito bites to respiratory support and emotions to sleep. When my mind is racing, I use oils. When I feel anxious, I use oils. When my kids are crazy, they get oils. When our noses are stuffy, we have oils. When they color on something, we have oils. When our skin is a little cray cray, we have oils. When I want to prevent wrinkles, I have oils. When everyone around you is sick, we have oils. And so on and so on.

I use oils because God placed those precious plants here for us. Essential oils aren’t some new fad, they are biblical and historical. They are what so many have used to help support us over time. And yes, when oils aren’t enough - we have doctors! But you know what? So often, oils ARE enough. In our home, it’s oils and supplements first - doctors later.

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I use essential oils because while they are not a magic pill, they help keep a lot of the bad guys out. Stuffy noses and seasonal allergies still appear on occasion, but the bad guys are usually out the door. And I have oils, good supplements and a decent diet to thank for all of that.

I use essential oils because today’s world is filled with chemicals, toxins and quick fixes at every corner you turn. If something is slightly wrong, everyone wants to medicate. If something smells bad, we cover it with cancerous plug ins and if food isn’t growing pretty enough, we genetically grow it in a lab. Like what the hell man, our bodies didn’t sign up for this. Increasingly high cancer rates, infertility, autoimmune diseases, allergies, asthma, learning disabilities and so much more didn’t just increase for no reason. It’s because our bodies are in contact with crap that it can’t handle.

We can’t fix it all, but we can sure make some changes!

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So our family uses essential oils to help protect our body, health and overall well being. I use essential oils so hopefully I can live a little longer and be less of a cranky zombie. I use essential oils so I have to go visit my kid’s doctor and sit in the sick room with people coughing on me a lot less than before. We use them every single day.

I don’t use them because I am perfect. I’ll still eat all of your chocolate cake and drink some wine. I don’t use them because I am cooler than you or because I am a kale eating, seaweed loving health nut. I use them because I have learned enough by now to know that these son of a guns work and they are helping us and so many others around me.

I am just a mama bear, protecting her cubs. I am just a woman making a decision to be a little healthier. I am just a girl relying on some good oils, mother nature and Jesus. I’m just a mama, hugging my kids tight and huffing in all the oils from their little necks.

Don’t sit on the bench and wonder about them for so long like I did. Don’t just dabble in and out of them like I did. Don’t think you’re not “hippie” enough. You can do this mama bear, you really can. And I will gladly help you along the way.

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Natural Ways to Protect Your Health This Winter

It’s fall and the holidays are around the corner and your calendar is about to become pretty full with obligations and gatherings. As fun and joyful as this season is, this is also the season of the germs!

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Fall and winter unfortunately bring their own visitors to everyone in the form of germs that continually make their way into people’s homes. They make us miss school, miss work and holiday parties and they make us feel awful. Sometimes it seems that no matter what you do that you can’t just stop it.

In 2017 our family was not as on top of our health game. Even though we had essential oils in our home, we didn’t use them nearly as much or as routinely as we should have. When you’re a mom, it can be difficult to add things to your routine. In 2017 we experienced the flu, pneumonia, strep and never ending colds. It was awful.

By 2018, I had learned a few good tricks and more to help protect my family as best as I could. Thankfully all that entered our home was runny noses and coughs. While the things we do like good supplements and essential oils are not magic pills that will NEVER let you catch anything, they surely will do their best to improve your immune health to keep you from catching all the germs and to help support you faster if you do.

A good immune system goes well beyond just using some Thieves oil. To be honest, I am still trying to educate myself on it. However since we are entering the season of the cooties, I figured it was a great time to talk about how we guard ourselves and especially our children.

  • Elderberry. This is huge! If you have social media, you likely saw all of the posts last year that floated around about elderberry. Elderberry is excellent at helping to boost immune support AND to actually help people who have the flu. We take elderberry gummies daily that we get from Amazon or our local health food store, but really you should take locally made elderberry syrup to get the benefits of the local honey in it.

  • Vitamin D. Most Americans are low on Vitamin D and it effects a lot in our health. Vitamin D has the ability to improve your mood, increase your energy and increase your immune system. In our home, I take this daily. If you suspect your children are low on Vitamin D, give them some Vitamin D3 gummies from Nordic Naturals.

  • Immune support vitamins. Our children also take a gummy that contains vitamin C, zinc and Echinacea. We get these at Trader Joe’s but they are available in many places. These are extra vitamins and herbs that have the ability to increase immune system function. Any one of those three are good to add to your supplement routine.

  • Essential Oils. Yes, you knew I would mention this right?!?! Essential oils are huge for our health because if used daily (preferably twice a day) they can help increase the immune system. They can also support you tremendously during times of immune distress. We have a homemade roller for our children that contains Thieves, Lemon, Copaiba and Frankincense and we roll it down our kid’s spine daily (Add Oregano for extra oomph and to smell like a pizza). All four of these oils are geared towards immune function and all four even come in the Young Living starter kit. Did you know that simply diffusing the oils can help increase boost your immune system and cleanse the air? YES! Thieves oil is tested over and over again for it’s astounding abilities.

  • Diet. Did you know that your gut is basically your second brain? Or that your gut is actually where your immune strength comes from? If our gut is all wonky, everything else will be this way as well. Eating a clean diet and eliminating sugar is huge for the immune system. We are not perfect here, it’s our weakness towards complete natural wellness. We’re human and the more we know, the more we can do. Try to add items high in Vitamin C and get in the healthy fats and greens that your body needs. Cut back on the sugar your kids are eating, especially if you start to suspect that germs are in the home and runny noses begin. Cut back on sugar and load up on whole foods, oils and supplements.

  • Smoothies. Yes smoothies! This is a great way to load up on fruits, veggies, healthy fats and more by fixing yummy smoothies for you and the kids. Making a strawberry banana smoothie is a favorite for kids, but add in some kale, alfalfa, collagen powder, chia seeds, etc… and give it a boost of nature’s goodness. They will not know the difference!

  • Young Living’s Inner Defense. My husband and I take this the second we suspect that our kids may be sick or if we feel anything coming on. You CAN take it daily for year round immune health, but we use it as more of an emergency supplement to kick the germs out. These are larger capsules so you would likely only give them to adults and young teenagers. This capsule is formulated with the ingredients in Thieves oil and it has the ability to help your body fight off whatever may be invading it.

  • Ningxia Red. This is one of the most antioxidant rich drinks on the market. It is powered by the wolfberry (just look up the crazy benefits from this berry). One of the beautiful things this drink can do for you is boost your immune system as well as help with energy levels, cholesterol, blood sugar and much more.

  • A good probiotic. This brings us back to gut health. You want a good probiotic daily to help improve your gut which in turn will improve the immune system among many other things. There are also kids probiotics available as well!

  • Stick to the natural brands. If you’re buying your vitamins and supplements from big box stores, chances are they are full of synthetic ingredients and the gummies are full of corn syrup. Most popular and well known vitamins sold in the big box stores are not as productive in the body as a more plant based vitamin that doesn't contain added synthetic ingredients. In other words, it’s ingredients were all grown in nature and not created in a lab. Browse places like Whole Foods, even Amazon, your local health food store and of course Young Living. Break away from the big labels and big box stores.

  • Don’t run to the doctor. We absolutely love our pediatrician, but from the months of October through March, I try to stay far away from there. If your child has just common cold symptoms or a low grade fever, maybe reconsider running to the doctor’s office where more germs are lurking. Follow your motherly instinct, but if you think it’s nothing to worry about, then stay away. When you see something alarming or when a few days pass by with no progress, then consider turning to your doctor. Until then, do everything you can to make your child comfortable and to support their immune system naturally.

We do something called transfer buying basically. Instead of purchasing our supplements, hygiene, beauty, makeup and kids’ products at big box stores, we purchase truly non toxic and plant based products for our family from Young Living.

We do something called transfer buying basically. Instead of purchasing our supplements, hygiene, beauty, makeup and kids’ products at big box stores, we purchase truly non toxic and plant based products for our family from Young Living.

As much as I love winter and the holidays, the germs that come with it are nothing to play with. If you stick to a routine and have good, healthy habits in line for your whole family - then there’s a chance you’ll be a lot healthier and stress a lot less when your child plays with Billy with the runny nose.

If you’re interested in learning more about protecting your health this fall and winter, or if you’re interested in using essential oils - contact us and consider beginning your journey with our community. We help support each other through these trenches of motherhood, snot noses and cold coffee!

I hope that you find this article helpful to help you learn how to navigate this season a tad bit more naturally and hopefully a lot more healthy.

Easy, Fool Proof Ways to Cut Chemicals From Your Life

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Every day we get on the Internet and see new articles revealing the dangers in particular foods, products and cleaners. Every day we can feel more overwhelmed, confused and hurt. It seems as if sometimes there's no right way to go or correct product/brand to use. 

However every day we have the chance to do better, despite the overwhelming headlines. Even when it seems so confusing, we have the option to make small changes that we know are better for us. Science may change their opinions on things like chocolate and red wine over time, but there are just certain things that is basic and easy to follow. There are certain "facts" that have overtime never changed. 

If you want to start cutting some chemicals and toxins out of your life and routine, here are some easy and basic ways to do so! Don't let these changes overwhelm you, make them slowly over time as you can. This isn't all or nothing or even all at once, it's at the pace that works for you!

  1. Pop into the local health food store. Even a small town will typically have a natural food/health store nearby. Stop in for some motivation to browse around and see what sorts of items you can switch out. Healthier cleaners, vitamins, food items and more, deodorant, may be right at your fingertips and you didn't even know it. 
  2. Stop the idea of "all or nothing." I'm a firm believer in that nothing can be perfect. You can eat a day's worth of organic meals and yet still stop by Chic Fil-a for a milkshake after a long day. These things happen and it's okay. Less is more. Having less is better for your health, but it's okay to live life on the edge sometimes. Start with the items you breathe in at home and put on your skin, work on your diet later. 
  3. Read a good book. I recommend "Healthy Child, Healthy World." This book is especially great for mothers, but is still so full of knowledge for us all. Also any good book of "Natural Remedies" is a great tool to have on hand! 
  4. Find a support group. There are typically support groups on Facebook for natural minded mamas or people. I love Baton Rouge Natural Moms, Green Moms Network or you can even navigate some of our information for more tips! 
  5. Filter your water. Make sure your drinking water is filtered somehow. 
  6. Microwave less. This is something that I struggle with too! When you're not in a hurry, take the frozen veggies out of the bag or the can, and cook them on the stove. 
  7. Skip all the Bath and Body Works. Most women have been guilty at some point or another of harboring a basket full of these goodies. Toss them, regift them, recycle them...just get rid of them and their temptation to be used disappears. Search for a handmade soap that consists of basic things like lye or shea butter and essential oils. Use a basic lotion with minimal ingredients that you can pronounce. 
  8. Find a truly plant based cleaner. With Thieves cleaner, you only need ONE cleaner for your whole home. It's truly plant based and it disinfects naturally. While there are other decent plant based cleaners (Honest Co., Seventh Generation) out there, Thieves has always been the one that I trust the most. 
  9. Toss the Tupperware. Invest in some glass Pyrex dishes for storing your leftover food. Plastic tupperware containers contain tons of toxic chemicals (even the BPA free ones) and are very harmful to your health. Even if you don't heat food in them, chemicals still leach into the food (especially if you place warm food in there). 
  10. Toss the fake scents. Candles, air fresheners, plug ins and the like, are some of the most toxic ingredients in the home. They are cancerous, can affect the endocrine system and they can contribute to respiratory issues and things like asthma and allergies. Choose a natural beeswax or soy candle and/or stick with essential oils or homemade potpourri. 
  11. Eat more FRESH food. If your food is grown from the ground, you're doing good. Buy more fresh and less from the box. Choose organic if and when your budget allows. 
  12. Try charcoal soap. A truly good charcoal soap is great for the skin and can be great as a face wash as well! They are also very inexpensive.
  13. Switch deodorants and perfumes. This one is for someone who has already begun their journey and research. Find a good, natural deodorant (this is huge for women's health) and skip perfume in favor of essential oils! 

Trying to ban all chemicals and toxins is nearly impossible. Things will get by, things will be enjoyed and splurged on and you'll learn as you go where you where and what you want to focus on. Just strive for your best and you'll get there. The more you know, the better you can do! 

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