Have a Safe & Savvy Summer

By Rebecca Geiger

June 2016

It is summer tiem! It is time for grilling, sunbathing, vacationing, and just chilling out! If you are like me, you love going to the pool to cool off in the summer time. It is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. I also really enjoy grilling out, going to festivals and watching my plants grow in the garden.

All of these things require me to be in the sun and heat all day, which can get the best of me at times. Over the years, I have learned some tricks to make the most out of my summer by balancing the things I love to do with my own body’s needs.

Top 3 things you must consider while outside during the summer…

1. Hydration- You need to consume at least 50% of your body weight in ounces of water per day on the regular. When you are perspiring, this number goes up. Listen to your body and drink when thirsty, (or hungry, as this is sometimes a sign of dehydration rather than actual hunger). When in doubt, drink 6-8 ounces of water every hour you are outside.

2. Sunscreen- You need at least an SPF 30 (SPF 15 year round) to really be protected in the summer. If you didn’t know, I have to let you know that YOU STILL GET TAN WEARING SUNSCREEN. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. The increase in the brown color pigment, melanin, is what makes your skin get darker. Yes, this is definitely influenced by the sun, but not necessarily form the sun’s harmful rays that you need the protection from.

You must read this if you use spray sunscreen!

I am not even going to go there about the potential hazards on our ozone layer these spray sunscreens may still possess, but where I will go is here. Spray sunscreens prevent you from offering positive touch to your children.

There is so much talk about negative touch on children, which absolutely disgusts me, but I wish there was more talk on positive touch on children. There are amazing health benefits of touch, in general, and children should get to experience them.

You may already show your children loving touch, but you also may not. So, I am here to just remind you to take the opportunity to show your child loving touch by applying sunscreen in a lotion form (If you insist on using the spray, massage it in with your hands). Give them a little massage, and get them to do the same to you.

It is a great bonding experience. Oxytocin, the bonding hormone is activated by touch. Please read more about the research and benefits of touch here. http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/1666/The-Power-of-Touch

3 Shade- You don’t always have access to shade when you are enjoying the great outdoors, but with a little planning, you can make it work. Here is how I manage shade to help prevent myself from overheating.

When I go to the pool, I try to find a somewhat shaded area. If I can’t find a good area, I make one with an umbrella or an extra large towel.

If I am outside enjoying a festival or bbq, I always remember to wear sunglasses to shade my eyes. I know it seems obvious, but I see so many people squinting in the sun when they don’t have to. Our eyes are precious, and they need loving care, too. And, squinting causes premature wrinkles, which I know you don’t want.

Anyone who thinks gardening is so simple and effortless (like I used to), you are WRONG-O. It is hard work digging and pulling and hauling and dripping sweat. I have experienced major heat headaches after spending a couple hours gardening in the hot sun. To prevent myself from taking 4 ibuprofen and having to lie down for 30 minutes, I now just garden in the evening when the direct sun is no longer beaming down on me. I will find other, more pleasurable, ways of relaxing than being forced to by heat exhaustion.

Like, get a massage!

Summer time is supposed to be easy peezy, lemon squeezy (as my daughter says), and you should enjoy every minute of it. Just like its opposing season, Winter, you have to take precautions to protect yourself form the hazards of the sometimes harsh weather. Please enjoy your summer, but be savvy and take care of yourself!

 

 

 

Citronella for Summer

By Cassandra Philpot

June 2016

Citronella is a grass that grows mainly in Asian countries and some South Pacific islands. Citronella is named for its smell; it has a rich lemony smell to it. It’s not only known for its smell, but it has many benefits and uses as well. In this article I’ll explain the benefits and share some uses for citronella oil.

Citronella can be used for many wonderful health benefits. It can be used as an antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, and insect repellent. Most everyone has heard of, or used, a citronella candle in the summer time to keep the bugs away. Citronella oil is the same thing but in a purer form. If you have liver, stomach or intestine problems, citronella may be able to help with some types of inflammation.

Citronella oil helps fight off depression, anxiety, and many other issues like these. You can put a couple of drops in your palm, cup your hands, and take a few deep breaths in, or you could put a few drops on your wrists and the back of your neck, to help clam you down.

Plus, you can’t go wrong with a little citronella in your life in the summer time. You can use it to make your own bug repellent! Use citronella oil alone, or add other oil like peppermint or lemongrass. All you have to do is put a few drops on your clothes, skin, or a tissue and you’re good to go.

You could also mix the oils you want to use together with some distilled water, pour into a spray bottle, and BOOM, your very own chemical free bug repellent!

Here is a recipe I found that I thought I would share:

How-to Make Homemade Essential Oil Insect Repellent Spray

Makes 4 ounces

  • 2 ounces distilled or boiled water
  • 1.5 ounces witch hazel or vodka
  • 30 drops citronella essential oil
  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil* (optional, if you add this, add only 1 ounce of vodka or witch hazel

You can also add a few drop of citronella oil to a tea candle and light it. It should keep the bugs away, and no more buying over-priced citronella candles.

Keep in mind that a little citronella essential oil can help you out this summer. If you are interested in purchasing any Young Living Essential Oils, Rebecca and myself are Young Living representatives and can place an order for you. Just give us a call or e-mail. The Citronella Essential Oil comes in a 15 ml bottle and is $25.66 plus tax and shipping.

 

 

Good Moms

By Rebecca Geiger

May 2016

Rebecca wrote this poem a few years ago when she was struggling to define a "Good Mom." She had never had an example of this in her life. So, when she became a Mom, she started to really question what a "Good Mom" is and if she was one. By expressing her thoughts on paper, she realized that we all are Good Moms if we just try to do the right thing and love our children unconditionally. There aren't specific rules to follow; you just do your best.

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Experience Joy

by Cassandra Philpot

May 2016

There are 10 different essential oils that make up the Joy blend. Together they make an uplifting and welcome aroma for yourself and family. The oils in this blend are: bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, rosewood, lemon, mandarin, jasmine, roman chamomile, palmarosa, and rose. This blend can be used on yourself and in the home to uplift moods, bring togetherness, and love. Here are some ways you can incorporate Joy into your life;

You can add a few drops to plain lotion and use it when you need a mood boost.
You can add a few drops to a relaxing bath to release negative energy and welcome new peaceful energy.
Add a few drops to a diffuser in the home to balance energy and increase love between you and your family.
Rub a few drop on your heart and bottoms of your feet to increase energy.
You can add a few drops to cotton balls and place around your car, or get a car diffuser.
You can dilute and massage into muscles for increased energy.
Place a few drops on a cloth and put into your dryer for wonderful smelling clothes.
It can also help with irritability and libido.
No matter what you find to do with this oil, it will boost you energy levels, relax you, and bring the feeling of love to your heart. (Also it makes a great Mother's Day gift for that loving and hard working mother in your life.) ;D
*Note* If you are allergic to any of the oils in this blend do not use. Also, only use a few drops as the oils are very potent and can irritate the skin. If you have sensitive skin, please be careful when using oils directly on your skin.*
If you are interested in purchasing this blend, or any Young Living oil, please contact Rebecca or Cassandra. This potent blend is $54.93 plus tax and shipping, fyi.

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