I started this as a newsletter for my essential oils mailing list, but then I realized that I had so much I wanted to share that it was really a blog post! So here we are, I would love to hear from you in the comments, say hi, tell me how you’re doing, what’s new, anything really!
Things here in sunny California are great. We have no idea how long we will be living here since we tend to get the moving bug every few years, so we are savoring all the unique things about this place. The weather is totally amazing at this time of year, cool and grey in the early mornings, sunny and warm all day, hot and lazy in the afternoon, and cool again in the evening. It reminds me so much of Jerusalem, and the plants that grow here are similar, so I get homesick for Israel often. There’s even an olive tree with it’s dusty green leaves growing right in our yard! It’s funny how having some parts of a place make me miss the whole much more than being away from it entirely. I’m reminded of the autumn in New York and get homesick when the leaves fall here. The “fall” here is not anything like my experience on the east coast, but there are enough reminders to have me hankering for chilly apple picking and walking through Central Park listening to great music or chatting with a friend.
Back to summer in California, the kids are enjoying the beginning of pool season (and all of our generous friends who let us swim in theirs!) and I’m feeling well, getting rounder as I’m 25 weeks pregnant already! I’m looking forward to Mo finishing teaching for the summer (tomorrow is his last day), and while I had hoped he might want to work at a camp we could all join him at, I’m glad he decided not to work at a camp this year and we are all staying close to home for a low key season. We are planning to hit the public pool nearby, perhaps the beach a few times when we get ambitious, and just make plans with friends as we go. I have very fond memories of summers spent playing outside with friends, eating popsicles, and swimming in pools and lakes, and I’m already enjoying having just that kind of simple summer with my kids. I forget sometimes how happy they are just to climb a low tree, or go for a swim. Those simple visceral pleasures are so well enjoyed by little ones who remind us what really feels good.
Of course as we begin this season of sun I’m so grateful to have my oils! My number one oil to have on hand is Lavender to use on any sunburns or to soothe bug bites. When we swam with friends in two different pools on Monday I forgot how much the water can intensify the sun. Ben got a burn on his shoulders and cheeks so I mixed a few drops of Lavender with coconut oil and rubbed it on before bed. The redness never got itchy and was faded by the morning. To prevent bug bites I rub a little Purification (which contains Citronella) on forearms and ankles, or for the littlest ones just on their clothes. Another good combo is Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint, which smell amazing together or separate and also keep the bitey bugs away.
There was another day last week when I was so very thankful to have my essential oils available. The kids woke up in cranky moods and I was fighting a headache, so I rolled on some Stress Away and centered myself to start the day. I keep a roller top on my Stress Away and use it about five times a day when things get tense, which, believe it or not, happens rather frequently with three young children around 24/7! It really helps me keep my cool and I feel really proud of myself when I’m able to keep myself calm in the face of the ups and downs of the day. I lost my cool yesterday morning because I overextended myself without taking care of my own needs, and I realized it has become much less often that I lose it with the kids. That feels like a great accomplishment!
After Stress Away and a good breakfast I was feeling fine when a little later in the morning the kids wanted to move the beds in our room around to play, and I discovered a major mold situation under one of our mattresses! I knew it was a little musty because in Northern California the buildings aren’t well insulated and condensation builds up on the inside during the winter. I didn’t realize the whole box spring had become full of mold and even creeped onto our mattress! I was very upset and needed to address it right away. I cut the fabric, foam, and cardboard off the box spring and threw it away, leaving just the wooden frame, which I will get rid of soon, but in the meantime, isn’t nearly as bad without the coverings. Then I stood up the mattress revealing the stained underside. I made a solution of half rubbing alcohol and half warm water (as Google told me) and added two capfuls of Thieves all purpose cleaner. I sprayed and wiped down the mattress and frame, then sprayed them again and let them dry with an exhaust fan running. After a few hours the difference was amazing! The room didn’t smell moldy anymore and I was so glad I had the Thieves on hand to help kill the mold and bacteria. Soon we will be getting simple wooden bed frames to encourage air circulation, and re-treating the mattress with the Thieves solution and letting it dry in the sun.
After our morning home repair adventure, my very sensitive four year old turned up with a few mosquito bites that were driving her crazy. When she gets upset about a booboo, no one will have peace until it is soothed! I rubbed on a tiny bit of Lavender oil and she stopped complaining right away. The beautiful thing about an oil like Lavender is that it not only stops the itching, it also helps my sweet girl calm down.
That’s about it for my updates, and my “I love essential oils!” testimonials, everything below is part of the monthly essential oils information. If you are curious about how the oils work or would like to try a free sample, read on, then email me at email@example.com, reach out on Facebook, or leave a comment below!
Young Living offers amazing free gifts every month when you make a purchase. I refill my supplies of the products I use regularly (that replace the toxic things I no longer have to buy at the drug store or Target!) and always earn free oils that I love. Here is a graphic with this month’s promotions:
I can’t wait to receive my FREE Abundance (a spicy, grounding blend), Joy (uplifting, romantic floral blend) and AromaEase (an oil I haven’t tried before that is great for calming and energizing). I subscribe to the monthly Essential Rewards program so I get a customized box (of whatever products I choose) delivered every month, as well discounted shipping and earning points for free products. It’s like the best healthy subscription program ever!
Here is a great podcast on using essential oils with kids!
Our team has amazing resources with beautiful graphics about how to use oils with kids, for cleaning, and for beauty. Let me know if you would like to take a look and I will send you a link!
Below is some quick info from Casey Wiegand (my wonderful team leader) about why I use Young Living essential oils instead of any other brand. I have many friends and acquaintances who use the less expensive oils that are easy to find in stores because it is easier to buy a less expensive product, but when putting something on our bodies and especially our children’s bodies, we have to ask ourselves, what is really in that bottle? How well does it work? What are it’s true effects? How concentrated is it and long will it last?
“Can’t I just buy Essential Oils at The grocery store?”
Essential oils are not regulated therefore companies can put any filler or additive into what they call an “essential oil”. Most of what you will find at the grocery store is either another ingredient altogether or has toxic fillers in it.
When you are using essential oils on your body for any reason related to health or skincare, it is very dangerous to use these types of oils and can actually bring more harm. You can have reactions to these types of oils and they can make conditions worse.
Young Living has rigorous testing and standards for their oils.
No fillers are ever added to Young Living’s oils and no toxins are present. In fact, they don’t even use pesticides or herbicides on their crops or soil so that toxins won’t be present. Anything that comes from a farm outside of Young Living’s farms must meet these strict standards as well.
You can visit the Young Living farms anytime you want and see their methods of growth and testing. That’s how open they are about their purity.
You can see YL’s seed to seal promise on their website. “Seed to Seal” is not a slogan, it’s who Young Living is!
I personally wouldn’t trust anyone else when it comes to my family!
Sending out lots of love to you and yours from me and mine!
Please keep in touch, and let me know how you are doing!
I am a self-trained personal chef who dabbles in catering and I love to find simple ways to create beautiful, nutritious meals. I have been a raw-foodist, vegan and vegetarian at various points in my life, and am now a devoted omnivore with a Kosher kitchen. I was born in Vermont, grew up in New Jersey, and currently live in Miami, by way of Jerusalem and the Bronx. I have two beautiful children, and a wonderful, appreciative husband who can also cook, when I let him in the kitchen. I have moved across the globe and back, twice, with my husband and son, most recently when I was thirty six weeks pregnant with my daughter. I derive inspiration from Attachment Parenting, Positive Discipline, and many hours of introspection.
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