Cure a lingering cough

About 2 weeks ago, my hubby came down with the flu.  Sigh!  Something you should know about us is that we don’t go to the doctors unless we are dying and so, as expected, he waited and waited before finally going to see the doctor.  The whole while I was diffusing and keeping the rest of the family free of the flu!  Successfully I might add!

CedarwoodThe cough, however has lingered and it is this annoying chesty cold.  As I said in the very beginning of my blogging, when I notice someone in need of medical assistance, I always consult my handy resource guide and find a fix for it.  I swear, the is an oil for everything!

CEDARWOOD!  I immediately told him (name to be withheld to protect the innocent) to rub a few drops of Cedarwood on his chest.  He can either add it to a carrier oil (olive or coconut oil) or rub it neat onto his chest.  Tada!  It has worked wonders and calms his cough immediately. As a bonus he absolutely loves the smell of Cedarwood and does not mind smelling like a small forest.

Cedarwood … the power to loosen the mucous and clear the lungs.

Who knew?

Now you do!

Become a member and get your own for just $11.25!


Suffering from Gum Issues?

Well, this handy little tip will fix your problem very quickly.

(Remember that I only write about issues that have been proven to me in my own life.  If they can work for me, then I know they can work for you.  Let me help you.)

Gingivitis/Gum Disease/Bleeding Gums/Sore Gums…. does this sound familiar to you?  Well it did for me, well at least for my husband.  For as long as I have known him, he has had issues with his gums.  He hated going to the dentist because the report was never any good.

Then one day, his sister suggested making our own toothpaste and that we would be pleasantly surprised by the results.   Let me tell you, she was not kidding.

After using the “natural” toothpaste, it probably took him about 1 week before he started noticing a major improvement.  His gums were in fact getting healthier.  Then at his next dental appointment, the doctor was very impressed and wondered what miracle product he was using.  And here it is:

Mix about 10 tablespoons of sesame oil with about 10 drops of Theives oil (you can add a few drops of peppermint if you like the minty fresh feel).  Brush with this mixture at least once a day.  We have it in a little dropper bottle and drop it directly onto the toothbrush.  Brush well and massage the oil up into your gums.  Spit it out and rinse.

And that is it.  Your dentist will be amazed!

Alternatively, if you don’t want to bother with making this miracle oil, you can purchase Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste.  Become a member and pay just $10.25.

ThievesToothpasteOh and remember to keep flossing!  That is super important!

Happy and healthy gums to you!

Troubled by fleas??

I am!  I live out in the country and have four dogs that are being bothered by fleas right now.  For me, the fleas have become immune to Advantage and Front-line and I need something else to try… something with less chemicals.

I immediately googled homemade flea repellent and here is what I found.

1) Add 1 drop citronella or lemongrass to your regular dog shampoo. Use as normal.

2)  Mix together 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 quart water, and 2-3 drops lavender (or cedarwood) in a spray bottle.  Spritz your pet liberally.  Stay clear from his/her face (ear, nose, and eyes)

3) And finally I found Young Living sells a product called RepelAroma.  Put 2-4 drops to your hands and rub them together.  Then rub it all over your pet.  What animal does not love to be rubbed and it is a win win for all involved.  Alternatively, you can add RepelAroma to a spray bottle and spritz your pet’s coat. And finally, as always with Young Living, you can diffuse RepelAroma in your home or small outdoor areas. This blend contains Citronella, Idaho Tansy, Palo Santo and Tea Tree

Young Living is currently out of stock of RepelAroma (bummer, I know) so you can make your own concoction.

Mix together:
2 drops citronella
2 to 4 drops lemon
2 to 4 drops clary sage
5 to 6 drops peppermint

Put a few drops on the neck, back, chest, legs and tail of your pet. You can also add a few drops to your pet’s collar or add it to 8oz. of shampoo.

So last night I used idea #2 on my Pixie girl.  I washed her and then spritzed her coat with this mixture.  Today her coat is very bright white and I have noticed less scratching.  Yay!  Today I will chase down Tootsie and try idea #1.  My two boys absolutely hate baths and they get out of dodge as soon as they see me pick up the hose pipe.  So, if I can at least rub some oil into their fur, I will be a happy mama.

I am confident that all my fur babies will be feeling much better very soon, and thus so am I.

I will attempt to get a picture for you but I can’t promise.  You will have to check back with me.

Success!! All four bathed and smelling amazing.


Free Tangerine

Quickly!  Order now through tomorrow (May 31) and you can take advantage of Young Living’s May freebie!

Receive a free 15 ml bottle of Tangerine when you purchase the Premium Starter Kit!

I have found that Tangerine helps with anxiety.  Rub it between your hands (warm it up) and inhale deep.  Love it!


Crash Course in Oils



Essential oils are rapidly absorbed by the skin. You can apply the essential oils to the Vita Flex points.  Using a foot chart and you can apply the oils to various points on it that correspond to different systems and functions in your body.   You cannot go wrong by applying an oil to the bottom of the feet, especially if the oil is considered a hot oil.


Direct Inhalation   Simply open a bottle of Young Living essential oils and inhale directly from the bottle.  Or put a drop in the palm of your hand, rub them together to warm up the oil and cup your face to inhale the aroma.  Ahhhhhh!

Diffusing   Place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil into your diffuser (you will get one with your Premium Starter Kit) and fill to the line with water.  Turn it on and enjoy the mist.   Or do “tenting” that we talked about.  Turn on a diffuser, put a towel over our heads, and put our heads right over the diffuser.  Take deep, slow breaths for 5-10 minutes or as long as you are comfortable.


You can add essential oils to water or tea and also cook with essential oils. Some people also may put oils in vegetable capsules.


  • DO NOT put essential oils in your eyes and ears.
  • Dilute hot oils. Some people are sensitive to hot oils such as peppermint. If an oil feels hot or tingly to the skin, then it needs to be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil.
  • If you are experiencing discomfort from a hot oil, do not try to wash it off with water, the water will actually drive the oil further into the skin making it hotter. Simply dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil and rub on the affected area. It will stop that hot feeling almost immediately.
  • Pregnant women, epileptics, and those with high blood pressure should consult their doctors as a few oils should be avoided.
  • Essential Oils are not recommended orally or topically for anyone undergoing chemo or radiation. Inhaling the oils for relaxation purposes, emotional purposes, or occasional nausea is okay if your doctor approves.
  • Conservative usage guides recommend that peppermint, rosemary, sage, eucalyptus or wintergreen not be used above the bottoms of the feet on children under the age of 18 months. If previously applied to child with no reaction, you may continue the use of the oil.
  • If you are allergic to anything, always read the label.




Ways to Benefit:

  • Diffuse for a comforting and calming scent or use it on the bottoms of your feet help calm your body for sleep.
  • Soothe minor burns by applying 2-3 drops onto the affected area.
  • Rub on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the area.
  • Add a few drops on a cotton ball and leave it in closets or drawers to scent linens and repel insects.
  • Used together with Peppermint and Lemon can minimize seasonal discomfort.
  • Will compliment some of your favorite shampoos, lotions, or skin care products.


Ways to Benefit:

  • Add peppermint to tea along with some honey and support gastrointestinal system discomfort.
  • Rub onto your abdomen for healthy stomach function.
  • May improve concentration and mental sharpness.
  • Rub one drop on your temple, forehead, over sinuses and back o neck to relive head pressure.
  • Feeling hot? Rub a drop on your neck and feel the cool breeze.
  • Make a breath spray using peppermint. (Pinch of salt, 13 drops of peppermint oil and distilled water!)
  • For a quick wake you up inhale, diffuse, put a drop in water, or put a drop directly on your tongue.


Ways to Benefit:

  • Add lemon to your morning tea or breakfast shake for a refreshing pick-me-up.
  • Add it to water for a refreshing beverage. NOTE: Use a glass pitcher or cup.  Lemon is really good at digesting petrochemicals.  Do not put it in a Styrofoam or plastic cup.
  • Remove sticky substance. (It easily removes temporary tattoos!)
  • It helps cleanse and support our normal detoxification processes in our bodies.
  • It eliminates odors and prevents them from occurring.


Ways to Benefit

  • Frankincense is wonderful to support your skin.
  • Helps support the immune system and nervous system.
  • May help reduce aging.

THIEVES:   It is a blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalyptus.

Ways to Benefit:

  • Promotes healthy cardiovascular, immune, and respiratory system.
  • Feeling under the weather? Diffuse a few drops and eliminate the feeling before spreading.
  • Naturally protects your surroundings by diffusing or using it in cleaning products.
  • Thieves can be found in many of Young Living’s home products, and is safe, natural alternative (toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, soap, household cleaner).
  • Supports healthy teeth and gums.

PANAWAY:  It is a combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint.

Ways to Benefit:

  • Use to soothe overworked muscles. Add to a carrier oil to extend the life of the bottle.
  • Use in massage oil to experience the soothing, calming properties and the clean, refreshing scent.

PURIFICATION: It is a blend of lemondgrass, rosmary, lavender, tea tree, myrtle and citronella.

Ways to Benefit:

  • Supports overall well-being, and may support the digestive system.
  • Use as an insect deterrent.
  • Diffuse Purification to freshen air and eliminate odors. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and leave in car vent.
  • Add to distilled water in a small spray bottle and use when traveling to freshen the air.
  • Add a couple of drops to your washing machine to keep your laundry fresh.
  • Great for blemishes.

STRESS AWAY: Is a blend of copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea, lavender and coconut oil.

Ways to Benefit:

  • Stimulates the senses resulting in mental clarity, creativity, and even immune system support.
  • Creates a relaxing, calming, and comforting atmosphere when diffused.
  • Used to aid digestion and support the body’s natural response to injury or irritation.
  • Anxiety? Inhale Stress Away for a positive turn around.


Ways to Benefit:

  • Anti – Inflammatory – It is known as the best anti-inflammatory substance.
  • Promotes healing of injuries by faster formation of scar or scabs.
  • Astringent – shrinks skin tissue.
  • Apply directly to acne, massage on stretch marks, applied to varicose veins.
  • Hypotensive – aids in lowering down blood pressure
  • Rub on child abdomen to reduce incidence of bed wetting.
  • Add 8 – 10 drops to a bath for hemorrhoids or fungal problems.

DIGIZE: It is a blend of ginger, anise, fennel, peppermint, tarragon, lemongrass, patchouli and juniper.

Ways to Benefit:

  • Promotes healthy bowel function and digestive system.
  • Helps cleanse and detoxify the skin and support the urinary system.
  • Soothes, comforts, and balances digestive discomfort, or during menstrual cycle.
  • Helps uncomfortable conditions related to motion and travel.

R.C.: It is a blend of cypress, spruce, and eucalyptus oils.

Ways to Benefit:

  • Promotes a sense of security and grounding, and is also beneficial for oily, troubled skin.
  • Supports respiratory system health and soothes muscles after exercise.
  • Add to a bath and enjoy the amazing vapors it provides.
  • Rub R.C. on your feet or chest before exercise to uplift and inspire.
  • Massage three drops on your feet before bedtime or diffuse to encourage an atmosphere of comfort.


Ways to Benefit:

  • Wear 1-2 drops as cologne or perfume to inspire a feeling of romance and togetherness.
  • Rub 1 drop between your palms and spread over your face and neck after a shower/bath for an allover calming effect.
  • Put several drops on a scarf or in a diffuser to share this aroma.


Ways to Benefit:

  • Comfort the skin by rubbing 1-3 drops into your palms and gently massaging over the affected area.
  • Add Tea Tree oil to your favorite massage oil to elevate your experience.
  • Apply to fungi on the skin. May aid in the treatment of toenail and foot fungus.
  • Support healthy hair. (Add 5-10 drops to shampoo. Cover with a shower cap for ½ hour.  Rinse well.)

Other Oily Resources

The Essential Oil Pocket Reference (ISBN 978-0989499774)  Read this little gem and absorb as much information that your brain can take… then take a break… then read some more!  This is a great resource for first timers using oils.  This site is for people striving to become healthier through the use of therapeutic grade Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO).  This is a happy place where we can share information and experiences so we can continue to expand our knowledge base and make better informed lifestyle decisions for our families and ourselves. (free to sign up)  This is a great site to search by ailment and find what oils others have used to target their issues.   Type in any YL oil or ailment and an article, recipes and more will come up.   This website is full of YL product info and business info, so scroll through what interests you, then click the link for recorded classes that are 30 minutes long and you can listen in the car, doing laundry or on a walk.  Password under resources is “ylfast”  This incredible website is full tools, bottles, books, videos, frequently asked questions, and so much more.  A great resource to have.


Vita Flex Foot Chart

Did you know that the bottom of the feet holds the solutions to many of our ailments?

This Vita Flex Foot Chart is an easy reference of all the points on the bottom and the top of the feet.

Because the bottom of our feet hold so many vital points, when we rub essential oils on our feet the healing can be even more powerful.

This method works great on children because they love to have work done on their feet, the oils are absorbed directly into their specific points, and skin on the feet is slightly thicker and so no skin irritation will occur.