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Hello Spring

I love Paris in the Springtime. 

Just kidding…I’ve not been fortunate enough to experience Paris in the Springtime. Fall, yes. Spring? Not yet. One day…one day. 

But seriously, I do love Springtime. 

That time of year where the temperature is just warm enough to open the windows, and I can finally let the stale winter air out of the house. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter. But once it gets into March, I’m ready for jeans, flip flops, 3/4 length sleeved shirts, and 68 degree days. 

Spring brings about a time of renewal. Of freshness and starting over.

For me, that means flinging open the living room windows, and doing a deep Spring Cleaning sesh. Now, that hasn’t happened *yet* because…rain. Oh, and 3 kids. And running a business. But it’s on my to-do list, I swear! 

With that being said, I wanted to share with you all some great ways to get your house so fresh and so clean, clean…without all the toxic chemicals that not only smell awful and chemical-y, but they are not safe. For you, your kids, or your pets. In fact, I would be willing to bet that 95% of the stuff you use for cleaning (assuming you haven’t already started removing those toxins from your home), are downright dangerous. 

My absolute all-time favorite cleaning agent is none other than dōTERRA’s On Guard Cleaner Concentrate. You guys. It’s amazing. Not only does it smell AMAZING, but it actually cleans. And cleans well

This little 12oz bottle is jam-packed with powerful essential oils that will get the job done! I was hesitant at first, when I first tried it, because I didn’t want to have to spend an arm and a leg on stuff to clean my house. The first bottle I bought lasted me over 6 months! Probably closer to a year, if I’m being honest. 

It’s safe. It’s effective.

It’s food safe, which means you can clean your entire kitchen with it. Dishes and all, if you like! 

It’s kid safe, which means you can clean tables, chairs, floors, TOYS…everything, with it!

It’s non-toxic and the only “warning” on the bottle says this:

Keep out of reach of children. If cleaner gets in eyes, rinse thoroughly with water. If swallowed, drink a glass of water to dilute.” I love that. None of those warnings to “contact poison control” or warnings about “causing any adverse side effects if accidentally ingested or if gotten in the eyes”. That is a cleaner I can get behind, and one I feel confident in. Especially with littles in the house.

You can actually read more about the powerful effects of our On Guard protective blend just by doing some simple Google searches. One website I want to encourage you to check out, is www.pubmed.gov. That’s right…it’s a non dōTERRA, government run site. And it’s got some very interesting studies that have been done on our proprietary blend. Check it out!

But it’s not just about cleaning…we want things to smell nice as well.

Yes, things always smell better once a good cleaning has been done, but sometimes we just need an uplifting scent to fill the air. This blend is a super yummy way to not only make your rooms smell better, but to help cleanse the air as well. It’s a win-win! 

Just add these delicious oils to your glass spray bottle with some water, and voila! You have yourself an uplifting, cleansing, and amazing smelling room spray! Get the full recipe over on the dōTERRA blog.

And while you’re at it, go ahead and give your body and little spring cleaning as well. Did you know that by drinking citrus oils in your water, you are able to cleanse petrochemicals out of your system. Petrochemicals are in everything from your (non natural) makeup, shampoo and conditioners…pretty much any bath and body product you can get on the market. Most of those products are not rigorously tested, and they cause damage to our bodies, and are known to be hormone disruptors, so it’s super important to get them out of your system. Plus, grapefruit is a natural diuretic. 😉 

If you are looking to remove toxins from your home, and desire to have a healthier home, let’s talk! I’ve got an incredible gift in store for anyone who chooses to sign up with me, during the month of April! (hint: it might involve something mentioned in this post 😉 )

So, say welcome to Spring, with some healthy and safe cleaning alternatives for your home! 


DIY Soothing Ear Blend

If you’ve got kids, then chances are you are all too familiar with ear issues. 

When J-Man was a baby, he had ear infection after ear infection, until we decided to have tubes put in his ear when he was 14 months old. At the time, it was the best option we knew that we had. Looking back now, I’m left to wonder if we had explored more natural options, would we have been able to skip the expensive surgery all together…? 

Fast forward a few years, add in 2 more kids, and a more natural lifestyle…plenty has changed, but the one constant seems to be the inevitable ear discomfort that the kiddos deal with. 

Since discovering a more natural way to deal with our health, we have definitely seen a drastic decline in the amount of ear discomfort our kids experience. But they do still happen. And Saturday night was no exception. 

So what’s in it? 

Essential oils. But I’ve got 3 very specific oils that I use and have found to be quite helpful in easing off some of the achy ears. 

 

Lavender: *Lavender is widely known for its calming properties, and it may also help support healthy immune function. I think this aroma also helps the little ones to relax and have a more restful sleep. 

Melaleuca:  *Melaleuca (you may know it as Tea Tree) is great to help soothe body soreness after exercise (so why not other aches or soreness???), and may also help support healthy immune function. It’s also known to help ease occasional ear discomfort…yay!

Basil: *Basil also supports healthy immune function and response. It has cleansing properties, and may also support healthy blood flow. It’s great to help promote feelings of calmness and relaxation, to name a few!

That’s a lot of healthy immune supporting* going on there! 

And I love how they all have calming and relaxing properties. I figure, if they can help calm and soothe emotions, why not aches and discomforts? 

So how do you use it? 

I’ve found that combining these oils with a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil, evoo, or the like), and rubbing it along the mastoid bone behind the ear, and on the skin right in front of the tragus cartilage of the ear, every hour or 2 for the first 24 hours, has proved the best results. Now I know what you’re thinking…um…when am I going to sleep during all of this?! 

Well…if your kid has achy ears, you aren’t going to be sleeping anyway. I like to set my alarm for every 1.5 – 2 hours throughout the night (or just have the kid sleep in bed with me), get up and apply the oils (they might actually just sleep through the applications…mine usually do), back to bed, repeat. 

For an older kid, I’ll actually add one more step to this. I’ll take a cotton ball (or half of one), and put 1 drop of Melaleuca on it. Then I’ll gently set the cotton ball in their ear (Do not press it in! Oils should never go IN the ear, eyes, or nose) with the Melaleuca side facing the inside of their ear. I’ll let them sleep with this in their ear. 

This is always, always my first line of defense. 

I know many parents, at the first sign of a possible ear infection, want to jump on the antibiotic bandwagon and just be done with it. That’s exactly how I was!! But, even doctors will tell you that most ear infections will actually take care of themselves without antibiotics. But in the meantime, why can’t we still try other options to help ease the discomfort our kids are in? We can! Yay, for being well informed and proactive in our self care! 


You will notice from my images, that I use dōTERRA essential oils.

I will never knock someone for choosing a different brand, but I do like to share one of the reasons why I chose this one, and why it’s the only essential oil I will ever trust for myself and my family. If you are new to oils, you may feel overwhelmed by the myriad of choices in front of you. I encourage everyone to do their own research. I did, and that’s when I discovered that this was the only oil I trusted. dōTERRA essential oils are all CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade), and no other oil on the market can hold that title. Here is a great article on what all is entailed in the CPTG testing processes!

If you would like to know more about how I use essential oils for myself and my family, or are interested in knowing more about why I chose dōTERRA, feel free to shoot me an email! I’d love to help you learn more about these safe, effective natural wellness options! 

 

 

 

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