Essential Oils for Kids

by Cassandra Philpot

August 2016

You can use essential oils for just about everything. They help with moods, sleep, and behavior. This isn’t only for adults either, Young Living has their very own essential oil kit for kids. Here is what is in the Young Living Kids kit:

  • GeneYus – Sacred Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Cedarwood, Melissa, Blue Spruce, Palo Santo, Galbanum, Bergamot, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Geranium, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang, Hyssop, Black Spruce, and Rose essential oil.
  • Bite Buster – Idaho Tansy, Citronella, Palo Santo essential oil.
  • SniffleEase – Eucalyptus Blue, Palo Santo, Lavender, Dorado Azul, Ravintsara, Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Cypress, Black Spruce, and Peppermint essential oil.
  • Owie – Idaho Balsam Fir, Tea Tree, Elemi, Cistus, Hinoki, and Clove essential oil.
  • TummyGize– Spearmint, Peppermint, Tangerine, Fennel, Anise, Ginger, and Cardamom essential oil.
  • Sleepylze – Lavender, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Tangerine, Bergamot, Sacred Frankincense, Valerian, and Rue essential oil.

These are all blends of different essential oils and the synergistic effects of the oils are very beneficial to kids. Here are what these blends do:

  • Helps children stay on task.
  • Soothes sensitive skin.
  • Supports healthy skin.
  • Calms the body.
  • Uplifts the senses.
  • Relaxes the mind and body.

They are safe for you and children to use. Which blend you use and for what purpose will determine how you use or apply the oil. For example, Bite Buster is supposed to be good for the skin and can be used on bug bites and itchy spots. Sleepylze can be used before bedtime, naptime, or to cause relaxation to the child. Just apply a few drops behind the neck, ears, and on the wrist. You can find out more about this kit by going to the Young Living website.

They also have an essential oil blend for mother and babies called Gentle Baby. It’s safe for the mother and baby before and after birth. It’s supposed to be calming and help relax the mind and body. It’s great for first time moms, hard pregnancies, and upset babies. It can be added to baths to soothe babies and moms. You can put a few drops in the palms of your hands and massage onto your upset child.

If you would like to purchase the KidSecents oil collection or the Gentle Baby oil blend. Rebecca Geiger and myself (Cassandra Philpot) both sell Young Living essential oils and would be happy to help you.

Let Go of Your Headaches for Good

by Rebecca Geiger

July 2016

What a pain in the neck! Literally, 90% of headaches are caused by muscle tension in the head and neck regions. Headaches can be so debilitating that you feel like you are dying. I have experienced this myself. I have also experienced the relief (and then regret of thinking I was dying) when the headache finally went away.

When I discovered that my occipitofrontalis was just tight and causing pain in my neck and side of my head, I was relieved and a little embarrassed that I really thought I had a tumor and was a goner. This is a real concern for some folks, but why do we automatically think of the worst possible cause rather than the most likely cause?

We may never really be able to answer that question, but here are some factors to consider. The most common reason for headaches is muscle tension. Besides muscle tension, headaches may be caused by dehydration, low blood sugar, allergic reaction, overheating or other stressor.

Any job that you have solicits the opportunity for a repetitive use injury, so this may also be a factor to consider. How do you use your body while working? Do you sit or stand? Do you strain your eyes to look at a computer? Do you repeatedly do the same motion over and over again?

Four of the most common muscles that trigger headaches are the Sternocleidomastoid (sides of neck), Scalenes (front, back and sides of neck), Occipitofrontalis (from forehead to back of the head), and Trapezius (back of neck, top of shoulders down to mid back).

neck trigger points

Tension arises in these muscles for many reasons including:

  • Shrugging your shoulders up in a tensed position
  • Experiencing whiplash-like movements while braking
  • Improper posture; walking with chin lifted rather than down
  • Performing more tasks with arms out in front rather than in back, which causes an imbalance in the eccentric and concentric balance

You can combat the pain and reverse these headache inducing habits by the following:

  1. Receive regular massage, whether it is twice a week or twice a year. Try this technique to relieve headaches in between scheduled massages
  2. Identifying if you have one of the other common reasons for headaches, such as an allergy test
  3. Drink at least half of your body weight in water per ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you should consume at least 90 ounces of water per day.
  4. Eat balanced meals (contains all tree macronutrients of fat, carbohydrates and protein plus vitamins) 3-4 times a day
  5. Eliminate stress and learn how to manage stress more effectively

Heal Headaches with Essential Oils

by Cassandra Philpot

July 2016

Headaches are a very common thing among many people in the world. Some people have worse headaches than others, but no matter what, headaches are awful. Massage is a wonderful way to go about getting help with headaches. I know, not everyone can get in for a massage when a headache strikes, but I can give you a few tips that might help relieve one anywhere.

Essential oils are amazing at helping relax, clam, and make you feel you better. Here a few oils that help relieve a headache:

  • Eucalyptus - anti-inflammatory, sinus headaches
  • Helichrysum - powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Lavender - anti-inflammatory, sedative properties. Good for alleviating headaches at night.
  • Roman Chamomile - same as Lavender, anti-inflammatory and sedative. Also good for alleviating headaches at night.
  • Peppermint - High amounts of menthol, which is known to help relax and ease tension for headaches and muscle pain. Stimulating and may interfere with sleep
  • Spearmint - Most recommended for headaches. High amount of menthol

Now I’m going to tell you a few things you can do with these oils to help with headaches. What you’ll want to do first is get a carrying oil ( JoJoba oil, sweet almond oil). There are other carrier oils out there that you can use. You can look more up online. Then you’ll want to take which ever oil listed from above you are going to using and combined the oil and carrying oil together in a bottle. You’ll want to use about 10-12 drops of essential oil for 1 oz. of carrier oil. Then you can take the mixed up oils put a few drops in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and massage the oils onto your forehead, back of the neck, and temples. Make sure not to get any near your eyes. Also, you might want to use more or less oils as needed. Sometimes too much essential oils scent can make a headache worse.

There are other things you can do with these oils as well, such as making a mist to spray onto your bed at night. Lavender is a great one for this. You’ll need a spray bottle, distilled water, and lavender essential oil. Use about 12-16 drops of essential oil and fill the bottle with distilled water. Shake and spray your bed. Be sure not to use too much of the spray or lavender, as it can act as a stimulant and keep you up.

Also if you have a chronic headache or migraine issue this will not fix the problem, and neither will massage. You should talk to you doctor about chronic headache issues. Use massage and these essential oil tips only as a way to help get some relief, and only if you feel it will help.

There are so many other things you can do with these oils. You can go online and look up all kinds of ways to use essential oils. If you need a place to buy essential oils Rebecca Geiger and myself (Cassandra Philpot) both sell Young Living Essential Oils. We’d be more than happy to help you get started on you essential oil journey today!

Grilled Watermelon Margarita

by Rebecca Geiger

June 2016

Yes, I said grilled!

 This cocktail is not just hydrating and delicious, it is also a natural sunscreen and cancer fighter.

 

 

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • Glass filled with ice
  • 1-1½ oz. clear Tequila
  • 1-1½ oz. Grilled Watermelon Puree* (below)
  • Sparkling water to top off cocktail
  • Lime wedge for garnish

*To make the Grilled Watermelon Puree, slice a 1-2 inch thick slice of seedless watermelon (with rind on) and grill on medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the rind, cut into chunks and put into a blender. Add the juice of 1 lime and a little sweetener (if you have to; grilling brings out more natural sweetness) and blend on high until completely smooth.

Healthful Note: Grilling the watermelon activates the lycopene carotenoid. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and acts as a natural sunscreen. It also helps prevent heart disease and many cancers. Other foods rich in lycopene are tomatoes and other red fruits and veggies. Although your body will absorb some lycopene from raw foods, it absorbs more from food that has been heated.

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