What's Wellness got to do with it?


Team Oils Made Simple succesfully hosted a 5 day Wellness Workshop over on facebook! It was a huge success, but several people wanted it in writing to refer back to. We got you all covered!


We started the week with the history of Thieves and moved right into it's uses. Heard of Thieves? It is an immune boosting, powerhouse oil that smells like fall!


Back in the 15th Century, in the middle of the Bubonic Plague, 4 thieves were arrested for stealing from the dead. What was most puzzling about this case was the fact that these thieves remained healthy. Desperate for a possible remedy, authorities offered a more lenient sentence in exchange for their secret to not catching the disease.

The 4 men admitted to being spice and perfume merchants, unable to sell goods because of the Plague. They concocted a mixture of herbs and oils that they soon found was protecting them from the disease. The authorities remained true to their word of a lesser sentence, and then spread the news to doctors who are said to have begun using the blend to treat their patients and protect themselves from sickness.

Based on the legend, Young Living developed their own Thieves blend using the same ingredients the thieves Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary! With the gorgeous change in weather, comes the need to boost our immune system! Thieves is perfect for boosting your internal defenses that fight off cold weather blues!

The tea includes the benefits of Thieves and Lemon essential oils and honey.

Simply take a tea cup and add:

1 drop Thieves Vitality 2 drops Lemon Vitality

1 TBSP of Honey 1 cup hot water






This simple recipe can easily be adjusted to your taste. I personally like to steep Peppermint tea and add these ingredients, plus an extra drop of lemon. It’s delicious AND has wonderful benefits. What’s not to love?!


I recommend putting the Thieves Roll-On on your feet and spine 2-3x daily, but you can also wear it behind your ears and on your wrists. Something I cannot stress enough is this: in order for your oils to work, you have to be using them!!! Not just using them when you are not feeling well. Using them every. single. day. Consistency is KEY! Think about it this way, you don’t eat one salad and then reach your goal weight. You don’t exercise one time and drop 20lbs. You have to put the time and work into it. Supporting your body with oils is just like that. Using them every single day is when you will see results.



After we talked about Thieves, Ashley gave us the 411 in order to keep our skin hydrated and healthy.

I am loving Rose Ointment, to help my skin gain that extra hydration. This is perfect for sensitive, rough and dry skin. The rose oil helps with improving skin texture and tea tree oil helps soothe the rough skin.

Benefits:

  • Replenishes the moisture barrier by sealing moisture into the skin.

  • Promotes healthier looking skin.

  • Easy to use.

How to Use:

Apply Rose Ointment to skin as needed. I like to add this to my lips, cuticles and other areas with dry skin. It's not recommended use after over sun-exposure. Be sure to wear sunscreen if used this before going into the sun.

We stayed on the topic of healthy hands a moment longer and Melissa shared,

"Thieves hand sanitizer- what could be a better ready to use item to have right now? As a nurse & a mama, I keep this on hand wherever I go. It has a great smell, unlike other hand sanitizers on the market. This hand sanitizer smells like fall in a bottle. My kids love it as well, & ask for it by name. The ingredients are safe for you & your children, and it’s infused with essential oils that are good for you. No need to worry if it has harmful ingredients, like some other brands on the market. With “sick” season approaching, you will want to make sure you order some of this to help keep you healthy this season.

My Thieves hand sanitizer, came with my Thieves Starter Kit!"


Who else is an obsessive compulsive hand washer?

Did you know there are tons of chemicals and fragrances in hand soaps? You DON’T want it in your hand soap. These chemicals that are "allowed" as trade secrets or even displayed have been known to cause infertility, cancer, and hormone issues. Anyone sign up for that just to wash their hands?

We want to avoid that junk, but still need to wash our hands, right?

Enter Thieves Foaming Hand Soap! Thieves hand soap will cleanse and defend your skin thanks to the essential oil blend. With pure orange and lemon essential oils, ginkgo biloba and vitamin E, it contains gentle ingredients, so it can be used often without drying your skin.

Fun Hack: You can turn 1 bottle of Thieves foaming hand soap into 3 bottles!

Remove 2/3 cup from the bottle and store for later. (or put 1/3 cup of the soap in 2 foaming hand pumps from Amazon.) Fill with water. That's IT!

DIY Thieves Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

-10 Drops of Thieves Oil -1/3 Castile Soap -Water

Directions:

Combine Thieves oil & Castile Soap into foaming hand soap dispenser. Fill the rest with water leaving some room for air. Close with soap pump, inverted and use!


What’s one thing you can’t imagine going without in the fall? Campfires? S’mores? Chilly Weather?

Well, friends don’t let friends go without Thieves Chest Rub. Especially mom friends!

It supplies OTC grade relief with all natural, plant based ingredients Hands-free application Throat irritation relief Sniffles be gone Perfect for Post-Campfire Lungs

It is formulated for ages 2 and up to be used on the chest & throat. Use how you feel comfortable, but at my house even the tiniest babe gets it on the soles of his feet under some sockies!


Ditch that ol’ faithful, chemical laden blue tub for this goodness!

Best part about it isn’t even the relief in the tube, it’s what isn’t included! NO parabens NO phthalates NO petroleum NO dyes or artificial ingredients NO fragrance or parfum

~why hello there handsome, welcome to our bathroom cabinet~





Here is a DIY chest rub recipe I keep on hand for those stuffy moments.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup refined Coconut Oil 1/4 cup Olive Oil or other Carrier Oil 1 heaping TBSP Beeswax 30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil 20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil 15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil Jar or Tin for Storage

Instructions:

Fill a medium sauce pan 1/2 way with water. Heat on medium-high to boil. Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout in the water and add your oils (coconut, olive, and beeswax). Allow oils and wax to melt, then remove from heat and add essential oils. Mix. Place into a 4 oz jar and allow to cool. Seal.

Are you going to add this to your must haves?


Got a cough? A scratchy throat?

Put down the Halls down and slowly back away.


Thieves Spray Hack

If you don't have all the simple ingredients to make Renee's Thieves Tea recipe or you're on the go, you may have the Thieves Spray that comes in your Oils Starter Kit! Did you know that it could be used as a throat spray?! Beware, it is strong, but it will help boost your immune system and numb your throat kill the irritation.

As with all Young Living products, Thieves Spray contains only naturally derived, plant-based ingredients and houses the signature spicy-citrus scent of Thieves essential oil blend, aka "Fall in a bottle" !!! It's safe to use around the kiddos and fur babies and it's the perfect size to throw in your purse, backpack, or luggage!⁣ ⁣

We love using Thieves Spray on:⁣

  • Light switches⁣

  • Kitchen sinks⁣

  • Doorknobs⁣

  • Public toilet seats⁣

  • Bathroom counters⁣

  • Smelly shoes⁣

  • Car surfaces⁣

  • Shopping carts⁣

  • Any other small surface⁣ ⁣

Why I love it so much:⁣

  • Naturally derived, plant-based ingredients quickly clean and freshens surfaces.⁣

  • No rinsing required.⁣

  • Small, portable size makes it easy to throw in a purse, backpack, or luggage.⁣

  • Perfect for use on many different types of surfaces.⁣

  • Safe to use around your whole family, including children and pets.⁣

  • It comes in the Premium Starter Kit!⁣ ⁣


Thieves Cough Drops

If you already have Young Living Account, or you're considering it, add some Thieves Cough Drops to your monthly wellness box this month! You'll thank me in November. Thieves Cough Drops are minty and sweet, but unlike those on the shelves, they have ZERO processed sugar, dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives. They are naturally derived from therapeutic-grade essential oils like peppermint, lemon, and thieves.


Cough Drop Kid Hack:

You know those awesome silicon teethers that you used for them when they were little babes, it works out perfectly with a cough drop! I put two Thieves Cough Drops in the teether and let her suck on it — perfectly safe for her and it’s giving here some serious relief from the coughing! ⁣⁣










We are all familiar with strawberries and blueberries. But are you familiar with the berries that are taking wellness by storm?

Elderberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They can help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, too. Some experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms.

Goji berries, or wolfberries, have been used as food and medicine in China for more than 2,000 years. This fruit has emerged as a natural immunity booster, weight loss aid and anti-aging agent. Wolfberries are the key ingredient in NingXia Red. The benefits of NingXia Red include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants.

With the Fall weather changes, more people suffer with coughs, colds and sniffles, all things that you don’t want to deal with, especially during a pandemic. So this Elderberry and Wolfberry Super Syrup may be just what your body needs.

This recipe uses an Instant Pot. If you do not have an Instant Pot, just pour the water into a medium saucepan and add elderberries + wolfberries (do not add honey or EOs). Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey, and a drop of each essential oil and stir well. When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into an 8 oz or quart sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle. Taking NingXia Red daily is a great way to boost your immune system and help keep you well during this season. NingXia Red can be used alone or mixed into juices, smoothies or many other delicious recipes. Make NingXia Red a part of your daily routine for optimal wellness.



Young Living is so much more than oils! It is wellness. Dare you to watch this video & be convinced differently.

Here’s the thing, I get asked all the time if oils are “safe for my babies”. I totally understand you’re concerned because this is new to you, foreign! Here’s the thing though, do we ask if OTC things are safe? What the side effects are? Do we ask about the safety of our candles and wax warmers or household cleaners? I sure didn’t!!!! This is not to guilt trip you, I was you! I’m not perfect by a long shot, but I am learning every day how I can do better for my little ones.


When Ellie (2) or Nolan (1) start the day with sniffles, we start the day with a warm bath to release some stuffiness and a heavy dose/application of my favorite "baby cold" blend!

//How do you soothe a baby with a cold?//

Baby Cold Blend: 2 drops Frank 2 drops Lemon 2 drops Lavender Add to a 10 ml roller topped with coconut oil or your carrier oil of choice and roll all over the spine, feet, and chest

Recipe for the baby bath: .5 cup Epsom Salt .25 cup Baking Soda 2 drops each Lavender, Lemon & Frank Essential Oils

Mommy Cold Detox Bath: .5 cup Epsom Salt .25 cup Baking Soda 3 drops Lavender 3 drops Frank 2 drops Raven or RC

Good news! Here are some oils/blends that can help when those sniffles and stuffiness try to bring you down so you can enjoy all the Fall things!


Seasonal Roller/Diffuser Blend

Good ole LLP! Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils.

Great for those sniffles, runny noses, itchy and watery eyes, and itchy throats from those seasonal annoyances (think pollen, smoke, etc). Diffuse or use in a roller blend. I use both.

For a roller, add 10 drops each of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint to a 10 ml roller bottle, then top off with a carrier oil. Roll on bridge of your nose.

For diffuser, simply add 3 drops of each oil, add water and enjoy!

Check out my video below to see how these helped me over the weekend.


Breathe Again Roller

The Breathe Again roller is a Young Living pre-made roller. It contains oils such as Copaiba, Peppermint, and 4 different types of Eucalyptus. It's invigorating and great for stuffiness. Roll on neck/chest and jawline.

I keep this one on hand!


Here are some great diffuser blends to try:

-Sniffles- 2 drops Raven 2 drops Thieves

-Breathe Easy- 4 drops Raven 3 drops Peppermint 3 drops Lemon

-No More Stuffiness- 3 drops R.C. 3 drops Lemon


We've made it this far without talking about Supplements, but we aren't done yet! Young Living is super awesome because they send you free stuff with your qualifying monthly orders, so I've gotten to stash some of these supplements back and have them on stand-by when I've needed them.

BUT.... I've also learned that when I take these supplements, I NEED them. I can FEEL such a difference in my body and SEE a difference in my hair, skin and nails. They’re a reflection of what’s going on inside, right? Beauty comes from within in more ways than one. And my energy level, how that has changed! That’s probably the most notable change of all.

I’m going to do a quick overview of a few that are AMAZING for keeping our bodies happy and healthy! But really you need to experience these first-hand!

Lauren shared this;

"Pro Hack: We use inner defense for my teenage son's hormonal skin issues. And, when I started to feel an ache in my ear for my new daith piercing, out came the inner defense I had on hand to ward off any sign of infection."

And Jess says,

"I am loving Super C Chewables! Since our bodies have a hard time absorbing Vitamin C this little chewable allows the Vitamin C to absorb and balance electrolytes. Super C helps support, circulatory functions and promotes overall health! I think it taste really yummy like those chewable vitamins you have as a kid but without artificial coloring, flavor, preservative and added sugar. "


You know we had to get the scoop on cleaner for you too, Emily taught us a thing or 2 in this video

"This time of year has me loving all the fall smells like cooked pumpkin bread and pumpkin spice coffee .

Lucky for me I found a household cleaner that not only smells like fall in a bottle (cinnamon, clove along with others) but it is chemical free meaning safe for our babies both human and fur I don’t have to put the dogs outside while I steam clean the floors anymore for fear they’d lick their paws and ingest fake fragrances/chemicals.

Side note, fragrance as an ingredient even has my dermatologist putting signs up suggesting patients to use fragrance free laundry soap and personal care items...something to think about! Our skin is our biggest organ...

Thieves cleaner is easy to make and one concentrated bottle lasts me forever! I use this cleaner to clean counters, make hand soap, add to steam mop to clean floors, even mix a cap with sink full of water to clean veggies and fruits from grocery store!

Seriously, what other cleaner can do all that safely?! Can yours????

Easiest switch I have done to rid my home of chemicals and starting a chemical free lifestyle!"


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Kenzie Byrd

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