My favorite uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

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Peppermint oil has so many uses, so is it any wonder that this oil is a staple in so many people’s homes including mine? Peppermint oil does so much more than just freshen your breath, it can….

  • Relieves Allergies
  • Relieves stomach-ache
  • Relieves Headaches
  • Relieves Neck/Back tension
  • Helps Reduce Fevers
  • Reduce PMS symptoms 
  • Prevents and Relieves Heartburn
  • Helps with Nausea
  • Help with Indigestion
  • Helps Reduce Stress {I love to diffuse in the evening!}
  • Increases Concentration {I diffuse in the school room}
  • Helps relieve sunburns 
  • Reduces Anxiety 
  • Helps Curb Appetite
  • Helps Freshen Breath
  • And soooooo much more! 

Some things to note about peppermint essential oil. This oil can absolutely be used topically however it is a very good idea to dilute it with a carrier oil such as Olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or fractionated coconut oil. If you have sensitive skin I highly recommend diluting it quite a bit to prevent any burning or allergic reactions such as a rash. Also never use pure coconut oil meaning undiluted on any young children I personally use peppermint oil without a carrier oil but it gets really hot and it doesn’t burn so please be aware of this and make sure you dilute it a blot before applying it to any children.

Here are a few ways that my family regularly uses Peppermint Essential oil! 

Sore Muscles:  Peppermint oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties so it can relieve pain and inflammation. I often use Peppermint oil on my husband after a long work day to soothe sore muscles and my mom uses it in her nightly routine because it calms muscle spasms \ muscle cramps.

  • Topically: massage 2-3 drops along with a carrier oil onto the sore area {be sure to keep the oil away from your eyes because it will burn…badly}

Headache: If you are prone to headaches like me Peppermint oil will become your best friend! The use of this oil can help lessen the additional symptoms that often come with a headache or migraine such as light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to noise.

  • Topically: massage 2-3 drops along with a carrier oil and rub on your temples, forehead, over the sinuses {be sure to keep the oil away from your eyes because it will burn…badly} also rub on the back of the neck and over shoulders.
  • Diffuse: 2-6 drops in a diffuser {this works great for me at bedtime or when I have to lay down because of a migraine.}

Colds/Congestion: Menthol in Peppermint oil can help so much with many different respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and the common cold and cough. It is often included in chest rubs to help with congestion {psst you can make your own and I will be sharing a recipe as we get closer to the start of the new school year.

  • Topically: massage 2-3 drops along with a carrier oil and rub on chest and back. or drop into a humidifier to help clear sinus and lung congestion. 
  • Diffuse: 2-6 drops in a diffuser as needed. 
  • Steam it: Remember when you were a kid and your mom would have you sit with a towel over your head breathing the steam from a bowl of boiling water? This is the exact same thing but add 1-4 drops of Peppermint Essential oil  {your can also use Rosemary or Eucalyptus} Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam. 

Stress: Because of the amazing uplifting and refreshing properties in Peppermint essential oil it is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion, it also helps with feeling anxious and restless.

  • Topically: Add a combination of peppermint {and lavender, geranium, bergamot or ylang ylang essential oils} to a warm bath the aroma with help relieve while it is absorbed through the skin.
  • Diffuse: 2-6 drops in a diffuser as needed {you can add the some of the other oils above as well.

Peppermint Essential oil shown is from Eden’s Garden and you can get yours here

Now its your turn, how do you use Peppermint Essential oil?

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**Disclaimer: I’m just a mom/blogger sharing our family’s experiences and uses this information is based upon my personal research and use of Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

A love affair with Cedarwood

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The love story between our family and Cedarwood started a bit rocky and it kinda smelled like puke. Let me explain! The first time I smelled Cedarwood I thought I was going to throw up! I thought it smelled like musty cat pee…YUCK! For the first few days the kids called it the “puke oil” seriously, it was bad. Not to be too dramatic but I gagged putting it on them the first day! Then something strange happened…one day {about 3-4 days} it smelled good…REALLY good…to all of us!! Now the kids LOVE it, in fact it is one of their favorite oils! Now, I can affectionally say that Cedarwood has a woodsy smell that is relaxing, soothing and comforting. When I was a little girl my parents had a beautiful hand-made cedar chest. This oil reminds me of it!

Cedarwood was the very first oil I wanted and got after my starter kit. Why? It’s calming so it’s wonderful at bedtime and nap time and that is something we needed.

Our Kids vs. Sleep

  • Our oldest son Elias has a difficult time falling asleep at bedtime…he has a hard time shutting down his brain…just like mom 🙂
  • Our daughter Gabbi (the girl twin) really likes to sleep but takes her a while to fall asleep, but once she’s out…she’s out and will sleep for hours upon hours!
  • Our youngest son Simon (the boy twin) is NOT a sleeper…he has an extremely difficult time falling asleep and once it’s light out he is up, it’s crazy because the twins have blackout curtains…it’s like his body just knows! (It was ok-ish for a while because he would take nice long naps in the afternoon. They are older and it’s effect day time life. He gets EXTREMELY emotional and irritable because he is tired.)

How we use Cedarwood for naps.
At nap time it usually it takes forever for Simon to fall asleep and once he does it only lasts for about 30 minutes. The first time I used Cedarwood at nap time I was thrilled. Simon fell asleep very quickly and stayed asleep for 2.5 hours…WOW! He even slept longer than his twin sister…that’s a big deal because she loves to sleep! Only Simon gets Cedarwood at nap time {Gabbi is tired and ready for a nap} It goes on the bottoms of his feet and back of his neck for nap time.

At bedtime all the kiddos are wound up from the day (especially in the summer) they need a little calming 🙂 All of them get Cedarwood on the back of their necks, bottoms of their feet and on their temples and foreheads. Every night cedarwood is diffused in the kids bedrooms {unless there is an illness}

Has bedtime changed? Oh my word yes! Where before (without essential oils) it would take between 30 minutes and an hour {sometimes longer} for them to calm down and fall asleep it now takes and average of 10-15 minutes!!!! AND Simon stays asleep until usually 7:30! What?!? That’s amazing right!? Cedarwood has changed our bedtime routine is such a wonderful way! All the kiddos are better rested in the morning which results in happier days! Plus since they are falling asleep quicker at night that means mommy and daddy get more time together…WIN!

But cedarwood is NOT just a one trick pony!!!
Did you know that Cedarwood helps with hair loss? We just recently started on my hubby 1-2 drops in the thinning area at night. I will give an update on this process next month!

But wait, there’s more that Cedarwood can do! Now its summer time!! Yay, Hot days, warm night, running through the sprinklers and oh yeah mosquitoes! Yuck! I hate mosquitoes. We do a family hike every night in a really wooded area. There is  river running parallel with the trail, which means we get swarmed by mosquitoes. Did I mention I hate mosquitoes? It’s truly horrible not to mention itchy! At least that’s how it was…then we started using Cedarwood as our bug repellent! It’s super easy to make! There are a ton of different recipes out there but these are my faves so far!

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Don’t have a glass spray bottle? No problem!
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I got Cedarwood thinking that sleep was all we would use it for…boy was I WORNG!

Do you use Cedarwood? What was your first impression of the smell? How do you feel about it now? Leave a comment telling me!

**Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. I’m just a mama sharing our family’s experiences this information is based upon my personal research and use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. My recommendations are based on the pure therapeutic quality of Young Living Essential Oils only.  Other oils may not be 100% pure or safe to use in this way.

Are you interested in becoming a Wholesale Member {a Young Living Membership gets you 24% off retail!} Simply Click “Ready to Get Oily” for a step by step guide to become a Young Living Member!

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Not quite ready? To learn more about Young Living Essential Oils HEREAlso check out the Oil Droppin Mama section here at The Life in Bloom!  Please don’t hesitate with any questions!

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New “Oily” Items in my Etsy shop!

tagIf you know anything about Cute as a Fox {my etsy shop} you know it’s mainly a crochet shop. That all changed a few weeks ago when I started getting compliments on my Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace I made! I got tons of people asking how they could get one! Wait…hold up…what the heck is a diffuser necklace? Well, I’m happy you asked because they are AWESOME! Diffuser Necklaces are basically like your own personal diffuser that goes wherever you go!! This is a great way to keep your favorite essential oils and blends close to you throughout your day!  While wearing a Diffuser Necklace you are able to experience the awesome scent of essential oils.

How do you use it? You’ll notice each heart-shaped locket does not have a solid front instead has a beautiful ‘cutout’ design thus allowing you to breathe your lovely oils all day! Inside each locket is felt patch you add a drop or two of the essential oil or blend of your choice directly on the patch. The oil absorbs into the felt and allows you to smell your oils all day long {actually 1-2 drops can last between 2-4 days may longer depending on the oil}

Why would you want one of these you ask? Let me ask you…Do you ever get overwhelmed in large crowds? Do you ever get annoyed? Do you struggle with anxiety? Do you suffer from depression? I could keep going and going…but I think you get the point! Well, if you answer yes to any of these questions then you would benefit from a diffuser necklace its right there with you!

Not an essential Oiler? That’s ok, each locket can be work simply as a necklace or with a photo inside! Perfect for anyone Oiler or not! 

I would like to introduce you to the “Antique Bronze Heart Collection” currently available at Cute as a Fox {click on any image to see listing!}

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I’m REALLY excited about this Collection and I already have plans for future styles and collections! Please Note * Antique Bronze Heart Collection is only while supplies last!

When it comes to essential oils **Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. I’m just a mama sharing our family’s experiences this information is based upon my personal research and use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. My recommendations are based on the pure therapeutic quality of Young Living Essential Oils only.  Other oils may not be 100% pure or safe to use in this way.

Want to learn more? Find out more about Young Living Essential Oils HEREPlease don’t hesitate with any questions!

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Happy Digestion with DiGize!

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In the past I’ve mentioned that my family {myself including} suffers from some pretty significant gastrointestinal issues. Because of this I could not wait to order DiGize!

What is DiGize?
DiGize is a blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise and Patchouli. It helps in promoting a healthy digestive system.

As it happened the day my very first bottle of DiGize arrived my mom stopped by to visit the kids before running her errands (it’s her side of the family that has all the stomach issues) Well, surprise surprise she had an incredibly bad stomachache that was resulting in not only stomach pains but significant nausea. DiGize to the rescue!! I gave her two drops DiGize to apply topically to her stomach. She visited with the kids for about 10 or 15 minutes and then we all left at the same time, she went to go run her errands and we went headed out to our favorite hiking trail! diWe spent two hours on our trail (it was wonderful) when we arrived back to our car in the parking lot I was surprised to find a sticky note on our car window?! How funny…it was a note from my mom!!! (Our hiking trail is right off the main road that you take to get to her house) Here’s the note 🙂

So there we were, day one and my impression of DiGize was already ….AWESOME!!

Like I said I’m a girl with serious hereditary stomach issues, so it wasn’t all that long until I got to try DiGize is for myself…it was actually that night.

I had a serious double over, want to throw up, so nauseated stomach ache that night… Guess what I did? Yep you guessed it, two drops topically on my stomach worked like a charm just like my mama said!

Since that day my husband and I have used DiGize countless times with the same results: bye bye stomachache and nausea! I’m lactose intolerant, DiGize has really helped with all the related issues to that! We’ve used it both topically and internally: *1 drop in a glass of water – Oh and take it from me don’t accidentally dropped two drops in your glass, this stuff although it works fantastic does not taste fantastic {*This is based on the pure therapeutic quality of Young Living Essential Oils ONLY.  Other oils may not be 100% pure making them unsafe to ingest!}

Oh and did you know that DiGize can soothe itchy mosquitoes bites? Well it does, trust me! I was recently in an area without my repellent and was attacked! The itching was almost unbearable. I rubbed a little bit of DiGize on each bite and the itching stopped almost immediately!!! Who’d a thought huh!

Do you love DiGize? How do you use it? I would love to hear!

**Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. I’m just a mama sharing our family’s experiences this information is based upon my personal research and use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. My recommendations are based on the pure therapeutic quality of Young Living Essential Oils only.  Other oils may not be 100% pure or safe to use in this way.

Are you interested in becoming a Wholesale Member {a Young Living Membership gets you 24% off retail!} Simply Click “Ready to Get Oily” for a step by step guide to become a Young Living Member!

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Not quite ready? To learn more about Young Living Essential Oils HEREAlso check out the Oil Droppin Mama section here at The Life in Bloom!  Please don’t hesitate with any questions!

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Kicking up energy with En-R-Gee

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From the moment I heard about En-R-Gee I was intrigued!

What is En-R-Gee? En-R-Gee is a blend of rosemary, juniper, lemongrass, nutmeg, Idaho balsam fir, clove and black pepper. And it does exactly what the name suggests it helps boost energy!

Okay let me be honest here for a second…when I first opened my first bottle of En-R-Gee I did not like the smell I think it. But, don’t worry if you don’t at first. After a few hours it quickly turn into one of my absolute favorite oils! Now it is such a comforting wonderful smell to me! It has become a staple in my husbands and my morning oily routine!

My sweet Hubby works from home which is AAAwesome! He works “Early” east coast hours {ummm yeah we are west coasters} After an incredibly hectic day we didn’t make it to bed until well after midnight…he had to work the next morning, in fact he had a E-A-R-L-Y meeting. When I woke up and went down to the office I expected to find him half awake and DRAGGING. To my utter surprise he was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! He told me that when he woke up he felt like crap and didn’t feel like he got any rest at all 😦 He decided to rub a little En-R-Gee on his temples, forehead, back of his neck and wrists before he headed down to his office to log on. His plan was to log on get everything situated and then close his eye for a little bit in his chair…but…by the time he logged in to his work computer the En-R-Gee had done its magic! He now uses En-R-Gee every morning and cannot imagine his mornings without it!

For me its been just as wonderful. I have been using it in the same way every morning too! Also I like to put a drop on my wrists before our hikes, I love doing this because I can smell my wrists when I need a little pick me up {Our regular trail is pretty long and has some climbing – on hot days it can be a killer!} Similar to my husband’s experience I have been amazed at the ‘magic’ that is En-R-Gee! On particular afternoon I was drained. The kids were napping and having daily ‘quite time’ and I thought I’m going to lay down and just rest for 15 minutes. I decided to diffuse En-R-Gee in the living room. With in a matter of minutes I felt rejuvenated and ready to tackle tasks that early had seem to daunting. I’d call that a En-R-Gee win!

Our Favorite ways use En-R-Gee?

  • When we don’t feel as rested as we like in the morning we both rub En-R-Gee on our temples.
  • I love to diffuse En-R-Gee for me- especially in the afternoon! Especially when I have had an extra crazy morning/mid-morning…Haha who am I kidding that almost every day! I also LOVE diffusing it in the school room!
  • For a little extra get up and go I like to rub En-R-Gee on the bottoms of my feet.
  • My husband likes to use En-R-Gee when he is studying for school (he just started his bachelors/MBA program)
  • If were driving late at night and are starting to get sleepy En-R-Gee really can help late-night driving even better than caffeine.
  • We also have used En-R-Gee to help purify the air in a stinky room or two.

I just can’t even begin to tell you guys how pleased I am with En-R-Gee! It’s absolutely go to oil for our family! My husband wants his own bottle that he can keep in his office!

Have you used En-R-Gee? I love to hear your thoughts on it and how you use it!

**Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. I’m just a mama sharing our family’s experiences this information is based upon my personal research and use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. My recommendations are based on the pure therapeutic quality of Young Living Essential Oils only.  Other oils may not be 100% pure or safe to use in this way.

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Not quite ready? To learn more about Young Living Essential Oils HEREAlso check out the Oil Droppin Mama section here at The Life in Bloom!  Please don’t hesitate with any questions!

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