Sunday, May 22, 2016

Day Thirteen: ESSENTIAL REWARDS





Transfer buying is where it's at friends! You earn points for products you'd be buying anyway. You just buy YL instead of at your typical retailers. Far superior products are delivered to your door and you get free stuff too. What could be better? 

If you're serious about creating a chemical-free home, Essential Rewards is the way to go. Here are some videos of me unboxing my Monthly Wellness Box, as I like to call it. Good stuff!

Contact me to help you get signed up! I ask you to commit to a 3-month Essential Rewards challenge to change the health and wellness in your home. I will help you make small changes that will translate into HUGE results and I can almost guarantee you won't want to stop. Make your health and your family's health a priority. 











I hope you enjoyed getting to know your Premium Starter Kit. My desire is to help you to get the chemicals out of your family's home and to start on a journey to wellness. Contact me at melissa@thisoilhouse.com for help getting signed up for Essential Rewards.



Day Twelve: NINGXIA RED







Your kids totally drink out of shot glasses too, right? One ounce a day for each of us of our NingXia Juice to support overall wellness. It's so delicious and the fact that the wolfberries are sourced in NingXia, China makes me love it even more.







NingXia Red is sweet, tangy, and infused with citrus essential oils such as Orange and Yuzu. It’s a delicious superfruit drink that tastes like anything but a supplement. NingXia Red is made with exotic fruit extracts and the whole fruit of Young Living’s exclusive Ningxia wolfberries, which help prevent against oxidative stress, support normal eye health, and provide energy support. A daily shot of about 2–4 ounces tastes great on its own, in a smoothie, or with a few drops of your favorite dietary essential oils; try Peppermint, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Bark, or Thieves.

Hope you enjoyed Day Twelve of diving into your starter kit. Next up...ESSENTIAL REWARDS!!



Day Eleven: COPAIBA



Unlike other essential oils, Copaiba is tapped directly from the tree, rather than distilled. It is the main ingredient in our beloved Stress Away. The complex aroma is very soothing, creating a positive and calm environment.

I feel copaiba doesn't get the love it deserves. Please research the naturally occurring chemical constituent, beta-caryophyllene. You will see why Copaiba is such a powerhouse oil. We use this one daily in our home, especially during the winter months. I especially love mixing this with my ART Renewal Serum for my face. My complicated skin looks better than it ever has in all of my 37 years ;)

Oh and who knew that it has similar naturally occurring constituents to marijuana!?

Copaiba Vitality has a pleasant, complex taste, and when taken internally, it can promote wellness. Add Copaiba Vitality to a clear veggie capsule and take daily as an important part of your health regimen. You can also try adding a drop or two to your herbal tea, such as chamomile or rooibos, to enjoy it's complex, soothing flavor.

Another product we use daily that contains Copaiba is the Copaiba Vanilla Conditioner. It smells so good and I can tell you, as a licensed hair stylist, that it is very effective. It's a great one to add onto your next Essential Rewards order.


Hope you enjoyed Day Eleven of diving into your starter kit. Next up....NINGXIA RED!!

Day Ten: RC



RC is a must have and must use. This is one of our go-to oils to create such a comforting aroma. You can even put a few drops in a bowl of steaming water, place a towel over your head and inhale the soothing steam.

It's also great to pre-dilute in a roller bottle and apply to chest, neck and back. Packed with three unique varities of Eucalyptus, it smells so yummy and feels so good. 

It's energetic aroma will help you stay motivated when you hit the weights, treadmill or bike.

You can also combine RC with carrier oil for an invigorating massage. This routine creates a relaxing spa-like experience and can even help when your day demands that you be out and about earlier than usual. It's robust scent will help you perk up as your day begins.

This chest rub cannot be any easier to make. Just melt some coconut oil and shea butter. Let it cool a bit before adding your oils. We use RC, copaiba, lemon, frankincense and marjoram in ours. Then transfer it into the refrigerator to solidify a little bit and when you pull it out you have this thick emollient chest cream. It's the best!


Hope you enjoyed Day Ten of diving into your starter kit. Next up...COPAIBA!!

Day Nine: PEPPERMINT



Fresh, nostalgic, and instantly recognizable, Peppermint's scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, making it a favorite for sports massage. 

When your day is dragging-through a workout, class, or day at work-enjoy some Peppermint oil benefits by applying to your head and neck. The refreshing aroma will give you a boost of positivity! Peppermint is also a great option for diffusing on its own or with compatible scents such as Lavender, Rosemary, Spearmint or Sage!

Most people love Peppermint's cool, sweet, refreshing taste in sweets and drinks, but long before it was a flavoring, it was a valuable herb. Today, we celebrate Peppermint Vitality essential oil for both its cool, minty taste and for the way it supports digestion. Take Peppermint Vitality in a glass of water after meals and you may find that it helps with the comfort and efficiency of your digestive system, as well as promotes healthy bowel function. Plus, the minty smell and taste just might freshen your breath after a big plate of pasta!

Because of its great taste, it's easy to add this versatile oil to your tea or experiment with it in your baking. We add 8 drops to our brownie mix before baking and they are the most delicious Peppermint Brownies that also help our digestive system out.



We use Peppermint oil in our Clean & Healthy Head Spray as well. Recipe below.




CLEAN & HEALTHY HEAD SPRAY

2 oz glass spray bottle
5 drops Peppermint Oil
5 drops Geranium Oil
5 drops Lavender oil
5 drops Tea Tree oil
dash of Witch Hazel 
Fill with Water

Tip: The witch hazel helps the oils to mix in with the water instead of them laying on top.

Hope you enjoyed Day Nine of diving into your starter kit. Next up... RC!!


Day Eight: PANAWAY



Panway, a blend of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove and Peppermint is a "hot" oil. That means it is best to dilute with a carrier oil before applying to tired muscles. It's so warming and soothing after exercise. It also helps support the appearance of healthy skin coloration when needed. And it's great for a soothing massage as well. 

My favorite is to place 3-4 drops on a hot towel and hold it over my abdomen for that special time of the month.

When adding oils to your bath, be sure to mix them with Epsom Salts first and then place in your bath water. Don't want to burn your bits. :) Panaway is one of my favorites to add to a bath. So soothing!

Hope you enjoyed Day Eight of diving into your starter kit. Next up...PEPPERMINT!





Day Seven: DIGIZE



We literally keep this with us wherever we go. Digize is often rolled right around our belly buttons. Digize combines Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise and Patchouli essential oils. The use of fennel dates back to the ancient Egyptians. 

This stuff is amazing! The kids ask for TummyGize too. It's one of our YL KidScents oils that's pre-diluted and ready for the kids to use on themselves. Can I just tell you how awesome it is that our kids are growing up learning about healthy choices and a natural lifestyle? Makes my heart happy. It makes their bellies happy too.




Digize Vitality blends Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise and Patchouli for a fresh-tasting blend- a perfect follow-up to any meal. Use with every meal along with Essentialzymes-4 supplement to support a wellness regimen.


Digize vitality can be added to tea or water or ingested in a capsule as well. I have members who like to add a drop to their morning coffee. I'll be honest. That's not my cup of tea, but give it a try if you think you'd like it.

Experience the power of Digize and see why we are never without it.

Hope you liked Day Seven of diving into your starter kit. Next up....PANAWAY!!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Day Six: FRANKINCENSE

Day Five: LAVENDER


Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils. Diffuse two drops to create a calming environment. It is such a relaxing scent to unwind from a long day. It's a great one to add to a nighttime bath for that very reason.

Also, add a couple of drops to your favorite natural body lotion (we love the YL Lavender lotion or the YL KidScents lotion) to moisturize and enhance skin radiance. 

Also, diffuse it for a fresh, clean scent and to eliminate odors.

To create elegant dishes that will impress your friends and family, add Lavender Vitality to your recipes. The herb has a sweet, slightly floral flavor that pairs well with both rich and light foods. 

Although more popular with sweeter recipes, Lavender Vitality oil's benefits extend to savory dishes as well. Put a new spin on a classic meal and pair it with chicken, lamb or even potatoes.

To avoid overwhelming your food, start small. Try dipping a toothpick in your oil and then swirling the toothpick in your food. 

Make homemade fruit jams, lavender-lemonade or a citrus sorbet. Try out some shortbread, pound cake, ice cream, meringue or whipped cream recipes. 

And finally, Balance Lavender Vitality is savory dishes with herbs such as thyme, rosemary and oregano.  

Can you see why Lavender has earned the name The Swiss Army Knife of Oils? I'd say that's pretty accurate. When in doubt, grab for your Lavender. It's so incredibly versatile.  Maintains healthy skin, promotes a calm environment, day and night, and with the Lavender Vitality oil, can also be ingested. We keep a bottle in our kitchen for easy access when the kids get a little crazy and start running on the sidewalk and I may be known to have some kitchen blunders from time to time. Hehe! 

Who knew you could add essential oils to your mascara, right? One drop of Lavender and one drop of Cedarwood in a new tube is what I do. This combo smells amazing. Not only is it great for your lashes, but try this combo in your diffuser at bedtime too. See how versatile your oils are. There are sooooo many uses. Cedarwood is a really inexpensive addition to your Essential Rewards order too at just $11.25 for a 15ml. That's about 250 drops!






Lavender is great on it's own in the diffuser for nighttime, but it's also heavenly when added to other oils such as White Angelica, Gentle Baby and Frankincense to name a few. You can also purchase blends, on your Essential Rewards order of course, such as Tranquil or Rutavala. 





In the springtime especially, we are constantly diffusing Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint oils. We also ingest the Vitality oils of those three with Copaiba Vitality as well.

Hope you enjoyed Day Five of diving into your Premium Starter Kit. Next up...FRANKINCENSE!!

Day Four: STRESS AWAY


Stressed out like the rest of us!? 

Pop on the roller fitment that comes tucked inside the bottom layer of your kit and roll away ALL.DAY.LONG.

Stress Away  Essential Oil is the perfect on-the-go natural solution to combat stresses that creep into everyday life. This deliciously unique blend of essential oils makes relieving daily stress convenient and easy. 

You'll feel relaxed in no time at all. 

Stress Away is a great oil to wear as perfume. People tell me I smell like a spa. Ok, I'll take that!! From day one, it reminded me of a Malibu Rum with Lime. YUM! Diffuse this one with Bergamot and you will fall in love. 





Peace & Calming and Valor are back in stock!! THIS is my all-time favorite diffuser combo for sleep. So calming! Just 2-3 drops of each!

Hope you enjoyed Day Four of diving into your starter kit. Next up.....LAVENDER!!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Day Three: LEMON


Add a drop of Lemon Vitality oil to your water first thing in the morning to start your day. I always say it tastes like a spa. So yummy! Make sure you use a glass container or stainless because citrus oils and plastic don't work well together. The zesty aroma is refreshing too. Use it as a pic-me-up!

You MUST MUST MUST go and do some research on the naturally occurring chemical constituent Limonene that is present in Lemon oil, as well as other citrus oils. The many health benefits are amazing. Like SERIOUSLY AMAZING!! 

Lemon is so versatile as it makes a great cleaner too. It smells great and is a degreaser so it's perfect for removing stickers from mirrors and picture frames, etc. My husband uses it to clean his desk at work. His coworkers are always running to see what smells so good.

I keep forgetting to take before and after pictures. I'll remember one day, but it's also done wonders, mixed with Thieves Household Cleaner, in removing really bad grass stains from my kids pants. Yay for Lemon! I just drop it on the stain and then spray the cleaner and let it soak overnight. It's gone in the morning!

Hope you enjoyed Day Three of diving into your Premium Starter Kit. Next up....STRESS AWAY!!!



Day Two: THIEVES



Keeping up with your busy schedule means keeping up with your immune wellness. Stay off the sidelines by supporting your immune system with 1–2 drops of Thieves Vitality essential oil in a cup of hot tea. A blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils, Thieves Vitality has a warm, spicy flavor that you’ll love. Plus, the Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil in Thieves Vitality may help support respiratory health when taken internally.

Put a drop or a swirl of Thieves Vitality essential oil in your morning juice, tea, or coffee. The spicy, sweet flavor will also give your morning beverage a flavor boost. Add a drop to oatmeal, granola, or other cereal to elevate your breakfast. Take a shot of NingXia Red with a drop of Thieves Vitality for a quick, spicy boost to your daily NingXia Red shot.

Thieves is definitely one of our favorite oils. We make a roller bottle with Thieves and Oregano and fill it with carrier oil. We rub it on our feet every single day. So easy, even our 4 and 5 year olds use their own roller bottles each morning!


Thieves Tea Recipe



1 drop Thieves Vitality Oil 
1 drop Lemon Vitality Oil
Hot Water or Hot Tea of your choice
Honey to Taste
*Stir when drinking



DIY FOAMING HAND SOAP




Hope you enjoyed Day Two of diving into your Premium Starter Kit. Next up....LEMON!



Day One: PURIFICATION



Ok so your starter kit arrived! NOW WHAT!? No, you are not the only one to feel this way. I promise. So let's keep it simple for today.

Take the lid off of your diffuser and fill with tap water to the fill line. It's either a line in the plastic or a little red piece, depending on which diffuser you chose. Reference the instructions in the box if you're unsure.

Add 2-4 drops of Purification oil. 

Unpleasant smells throughout your home can be really hard to shake. Purification essential oil blend combines six fresh essential oils such as Lemongrass and Tea Tree that help banish bad smells. Making your home smell fresh and inviting without harsh commercial sprays is easy! Just diffuse Purification in stale-smelling areas of your home; drop onto cotton balls and leave them in heater vents, shoes, and drawers; or combine 12 drops with distilled water in a spray bottle and shake for a natural linen spray.

Result: Eliminate odors and greatly enhance the air quality in your home. (Think stinky fish in the kitchen)

Purification includes naturally occurring compounds cineol, neral, and geranial. Add Purification oil to Animal Scents products to moisturize skin and improve the appearance of healthy-looking skin or apply topically to enjoy the outdoors annoyance free.


One of the top items in our homes that we really need to chuck and trade in for a healthier option is deodorant. Once you do the research, you do not want to put that stuff right on your lymph nodes. No way!! Try this alternative with your oils. It's great! So much better than the store-bought "healthier" options.







Also, for extra stinky laundry, or even if we just want our clothes to smell delicious without adding chemicals to our washing machine, we use Thieves Laundry Soap with a couple of drops of Purification added right into the machine. Works so well and it doesn't leave marks on your clothes. It's great for getting rid of that nasty Front-Loader machine smell too.
Thieves Laundry Soap is a great one to add onto your first Essential Rewards order.






Lastly, did you know that dryer sheets are one of the most hazardous chemicals in your house? Start the ditch and switch and get yourself some WOOL DRYER BALLS instead. Just pop them in your dryer with a couple drops of YL Essential Oils (We prefer Purification, Lavender, Lemon or Stress Away) and your laundry will smell great and be chemical-free at the same time. 

Here's a tip...attach a safety pin to one of your dryer balls and it helps to prevent static. I love easy fixes. Why do we overcomplicate things, right? 

As always, I encourage you to do your own research as well to find even more ways you can use your oils because this only scratches the surface.

Hope you enjoyed Day One of diving into your Premium Starter Kit. Next up....THIEVES!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My Monthly Wellness Box

Check out what I got in my Monthly Wellness Box from Young Living! Essential Rewards is such an amazing program. It's the best way to really get rid of chemicals in your home and start replacing those things with chemical-free products. Plus, you earn so much FREE STUFF too! I am sharing about a few new products this month that I'm really excited about! Let me know if I can help you get started!




Saturday, May 7, 2016

It's YOUR Day Mamas

Can we just be real for a minute? I will preface this by saying that I realize everyone's experience is different. I couldn't possibly touch on every single perspective on one blog post. This is just my current experience and Lord knows that things can change in an instant. I am going to put myself out there a little on this one. Actually, A LOT, but I feel it is necessary!

Tomorrow is Mother's Day. There are posts floating all over the internet about what Mother's Day means to you. Some are writing about how much they love their kiddos. I'd say that's the common denominator for sure. Some are writing about how they can't wait to be served breakfast in bed after sleeping in a little. Some are excited to snuggle with their kids all day. Some are looking forward to some alone time. No wiping butts or breaking up fights for a day. Can I get an Amen!? Some are talking about the struggle they had or are currently having to become a mom and that as a result they are just so grateful for every second when it finally happens. They want to spend every second with their kids on Mother's Day.

Ok so here's where I'm going to get real. Most of you know the struggle and sadness we went through on our infertility journey. It was full of longing. It was so incredibly painful. I would've done anything to claim the title of Mom during that time. Losing our baby was one of the saddest things I've ever experienced. At times, I thought I'd never recover. I'd wake up with panic attacks in the middle of the night. It was truly awful. I thought I'd never be a mom. It literally consumed my mind.

Then, with our decision to adopt, there was so much paperwork and red tape to get through. The process dragged on for what felt like forever. I could not wait to hold Gideon in my arms for the first time. When that day finally came, it was so scary and emotional, yet so exciting. A day and moment I will never forget. It often brings me to tears just thinking about it.

So yes, I'm with you ladies. The struggle creates such intense sweetness when that longing is finally fulfilled. But here's the thing... Just because I went through a struggle to become a mom to my two boys DOES NOT MEAN I LOVE IT ALL THE TIME!

There is this cloud of judgment about this issue. That if you know the longing, you are just always so grateful that you get to be a mom. I call BS! Yes, I said BS!

Some days, I wonder what the heck I was thinking longing for so many years for what I currently have. I mean don't get me wrong. I would NEVER trade my kids. All the hard is worth it. I mean, at least I hope it will be one day. Some days you have to wonder. Adoption is not all pretty. In fact, some of it is downright messy. Like really really messy. Heck, parenting is in general. You can go from a sweet moment to a full blown rage in about 2.25 seconds when you are dealing with the effects of trauma in your family. So sometimes I wish I could run for the hills. We are still in the daily hard with our little Bishop. We are fighting to win each other's hearts, but it's just been a much much different experience over the last 2 1/2 years. So to say I'm just so grateful and could never complain and that I love every minute would be absolutely ridiculous. Insert gag and eye roll.

We have a God who sustains us and His mercies are new every morning. We certainly need that. He knows the desires in our hearts and He truly fulfilled my longing to be a Mama. There's just a lot of other stuff that comes along with it and it is REALLY REALLY HARD.

My point is, for all you mamas who struggled to take on that title, who maybe feel shamed or judged for wanting to just get away from your kids for a day, please don't! I get it. I see you. I'm with you all the way. It doesn't mean we love our kids any less. Heck, I'd actually say we're pretty darn smart for knowing we need to take care of us to be the best we can be for them. Cuz this mothering thing is not for the faint of heart. Take care of YOU, sweet mamas, and hold your heads up high! There is no shame in not loving every second!

Happy Mother's Day to all! I hope you get to spend your day exactly how YOU want to.