Essential Oils: An Overview

Without fail, at least once a month I get a version of the following text: talk to me about essential oils. Where do I start? I am overwhelmed. How do you know how to use these?!?

Well. I am a nerd. I read and research. I am also preppy with some pretty solid hippy leanings. I also don't trust modern medicine until I have to. (Of course I vaccinate my kid. Can we not get into this right now?). I don't think that essential oils are the reason that we haven't had to give Lyla antibiotics yet, but I do think that they have helped fend off some nasty stuff and get rid of the nasties that she has contracted. Kids are petri-dishes of germs. I figured that instead of responding with the same text information over and over and over, I would just make this post as a resource for you oil loving mommas/humans/babies. And for you oil curious folks. I see you!

1. Just order the starter kit from Young Living. 

There is a ton of research out that that supports my decision as to why I trust Young Living over anything else, but just go with this tidbit: I will not put any oils directly on my skin (or either of the LB's) that are NOT young living. Sometimes, especially at work, I will diffuse some non-YL oils because they are cheaper and I am mostly going for smell. I just trust YL, but do your own research


Here is what is in the starter kit... priced separately this stuff would be over $200 and it really just gets you rockin' and rollin'. 

  • Dewdrop Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection (5-ml each) Lavender, Copaiba Vitality™, Peppermint Vitality™, Lemon Vitality™, Frankincense, Thieves® Vitality™, Purification®, RC™, DiGize™ Vitality™, PanAway®
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love it? Share it! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love it? Share it! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

When you click on that starter kit link, you can also look at the other options for starter kits. Honestly, the only other one I would recommend starting with would be the Thieves kit. But let's chat if you're confused by which one to start with. 

I don't do their NingXia Red thing, I am starting to get into the Thieves cleaning stuff because that is the miracle oil, and until right this second, I haven't had a membership or ordered a starter kit because I didn't want to sign up for ANOTHER thing. I wasted so much money doing this. Ordering oils from friends separately was ridic.  

So back to the point: don't be me. Order the starter kit. And likely another bottle of Thieves. It's amazing. 

*** Want to get overwhelmed by choices? Look at this thing. It lists all of the oils separately (as well as more research). 

2. Order this Book: The Bible of Essential Oil-ing

This book answers the how do I use all of this stuff questions. It lists out all the momma and baby illnesses that occur (hand, foot, mouth, anyone), and the essential oil recipe to help treat or prevent it from becoming worse. You just have to have it. 


3. Fractionated Coconut Oil

You use this to dillute the oils for babies and kids. It's a must do. (You don't need to order the fancy YL V8 whatever oil to dilute. This will work just fine). 

4. For Babies and Kids Specifically

Order Sniffleease oil when you order your starter kit. It's freaking amazing and around $18. I would put it on my chest when Lyla was congested as I breastfed her and she could breathe. I now diffuse it in her room and lather her in it with every cold. I have re-ordered this 6 times. Count them, 6. 

So, questions? Help? Thoughts? You can email me as well if you don't want to leave your comments in the comments. I hope that this is a better version of the rambling texts that I send to my friends and family who have questions. :) 

*This post contains affiliate links and if you order the starter kit from YL, you'll be in my "business line." I truly am not trying to build a business out of this... I would however, take all of the oily discounts and oils that I can get. You can email me questions about this as well. :) 

**I am not a doctor. Or a pro at oils. At all. I just like them and how they have helped my family. 

Retail Therapy for Mom and Baby

I am taking Glennon Melton's advice and not writing from the open wounds, and waiting to share until a little more peace and healing and settling has happened in our lives. Just know that while this month has been the hardest and most trying that we have ever had, we are all alive. I am more grateful for that than I ever have been. Both LB and I are very bodily (him: knee surgery, ICU stay. Me: car accident) and spiritually sore at the moment. And truthfully, wrung out. 

So I am sharing what new fun things I have bought as a form of light retail therapy in the past few weeks. (#coping). If I didn't spend money at Amazon or Target I would be a wealthy woman. I mean that genuinely and truly. 

LB sucks at Mother's Day. Period. He has had two tries and he just blows it each time. So, I have taken the reigns and decided to just celebrate myself as a damn good mom this year. Here's what I got for myself: 

And because part of Mother's Day is that I am a mom... here is the Lyla goodness that she is digging lately. 

  • This sweet yoga book. They do yoga at her school and she is really into it. 
  • Really good, easily spreadable organic-ish sunscreen for kiddos and family. I reeeeeeeally like this stuff. Best we have tried. 
  • While it is creepily funny to watch your one and a half year old baby run around with a knife, she loves to chop vegetables and she can't be stopped. 
  • A great water table. All kids love them. They just freaking do. I am not creative enough to make one of these on our own and for $40, this thing rocks. 

So like I said. A little low-key retail therapy for the Bennett Fam. What are you digging lately? If you tell me it will make me happy for even 5 minutes, I'll do it. I'll buy it.