How oils have changed my life (one year after I took the plunge into this world)

This month marks one year since I took the plunge and got myself a starter kit from young living. I was introduced to essential oils over 10 years ago when I took a holistic health class for nursing school. I was intrigued and fascinated by the magic these little bottles held back then but didn’t decide to fully incorporate them into my life until last August. I wish I had known what I know now, back then. I would’ve done it so much sooner. But hey, better late than never, right?!!

Young living has changed my life in so many ways! Restless babies? Lavender to the rescue! Each night after bath and before bed, each child gets a little lavender applied behind theirs ears to help promote a restful night’s sleep. Lavender in the diffuser too to promote a peaceful, relaxing environment conducive to sleep. So important for growing babes.

Ever wake up feeling a little “off” emotionally? Our hormones fluctuate and it can and does effect our mood. Easy fix for that-geranium! Geranium has hormone balancing properties and is known to be a mood uplifter. When I roll on some geranium, I instantly feel happy!! I made a “happiness roller” that I keep in my pocket at work, it’s a blend of geranium, ylang ylang, and other mood uplifting oils. Whenever my coworkers and I start to feel a little stress (and that can happen frequently in our line of work #nurselife) I bust out the “happiness roller” and spread happiness all over the place!! It’s great!

Overworked yourself at the gym? At work? No more Motrin in our house! We use panaway or peppermint to soothe our sore muscle. One day at work I must have been using poor body mechanics and pulled something in my back. I could barely move the next morning, I was so sore. I had a friend help me put some panaway on my back and within minutes I felt good as new. Even better, the pain never returned!! I’m telling you, this stuff is magic!

My youngest, Penn, suffers from horrible allergies. He was always so snotty so I finally decided to try Zyrtec to see if it helped. Sure enough it did. The snot lessened and he was a happier babe. If a dose was missed, he was right back to being super snotty and uncomfortable. I hated the fact that I had the rely on medicine to keep him comfortable. I then learned about a simple blend of essential oils that works great for allergies. That was the night I decided would be Penn’s last dose of Zyrtec. The next morning I whipped up a blend of lavender, lemon, and peppermint in a roller bottle with coconut oil. That night, instead of dosing Penn with Zyrtec, he got a dose of the oil blend behind both ears. What do you know, the next morning, still no snot!! It worked! And it made me so happy to know that i could rely on nature to help my child over medicine!

I could go on and on about how these oils have helped me. I usually do! People probably think I’m the crazy oil lady because I talk about it soooo much! It’s just that I love what they do and I want others to experience what I have! I’m all about sharing the wealth! When you find something AMAZING, you tell your friends about it! Each day, I continue to learn more about what these powerful liquids can do. I’m so happy to be on this journey and so grateful that I can choose healthier alternatives for my family!

Naturally, Coco

If you wanna get started, click the photo below to grab your kit and join my team! It’s gonna change your life!!

Summer Essentials

Summer is here! Finally! While summer brings warmer weather and longer days, perfect for spending time with family friends outdoors, it also brings with it some unavoidable nuisances. The first that comes to mind are bugs! Warmer weather brings out mosquitos and other creepy crawlers that can ruin an otherwise pleasant experience. There are many products on the market that promise to keep bugs at bay. Unfortunately most of them contain ingredients that’s are harmful to you and our environment. Instead of reaching for those products, concoct a simple, all natural alternative using essential oils.

There are several combinations that work wonders against bugs. Choose the one that best suits you or try them all! Using water as your carrier, add 40 drops of oil from the blends I’ll list below to a glass spray bottle. Shake well and spray body as a healthy, natural method to keep bugs away so you can enjoy these long summer days.

• 20 drops lavender and 20 drops citronella

• 15 drops lavender, 10 drops geranium, & 15 drops cedarwood

• 10 drops lemon, 10 drops eucalyptus, & 20 drops lavender

• 10 drops lavender, 10 drops geranium, 5 drops patchouli, 15 drops spearmint

• 10 drops geranium, 10 drops citronella, 5 drops patchouli, 2 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops lemon, 5 drops lavender, & 5 drops spearmint

• 20 drops citronella, 5 drops lemon, 5 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops patchouli, 5 drops lavender

If you are reading this and the bugs have already gotten you, don’t fret, there an oil blend for that too! To soothe and heal bug bites, use tea tree oil to reduce itching and infection and lemongrass to prevent bacterial growth and to keep bites clean.

Help your pets stay healthy this summer too by concocting an all natural flea and tick repellant. Some essential oils that are effective in keeping fleas and ticks away include lavender, lemon, citronella, sage/clary sage, bergamot, cedarwood, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, geranium, sweet orange, and rosemary. Make a spray using a combination of any of the above mentioned oils with water in a glass spray bottle. Shake well and spray generously on your pets fur. My favorite is 15 drops of lavender, 15 drops cedarwood, and water! I love that I’m not using toxic chemicals on my dog-better for him and the entire family.

Another struggle many face in summertime is the painful sunburn. It’s true, a fresh summer glow undoubtedly makes you feel better, look more refreshed. But getting it gradually is key. Slow and steady my friends!! Of course there are many out there, my oldest daughter included, that want that deep golden tan RIGHT now! Unfortunately, even though you may typically tan easily, that first exposure to seaside sun can leave your skin scorched if you don’t take the proper precautions. Apply (and reapply) that spf! I love sunscreens that contain simple ingredients such as zinc oxide. My go to, especially for my little ones, is babo botanicals. I love that I know exactly what I’m putting on their sensitive skin and I feel confident that it will keep them protected while out in the sun. If you happen to be one of those who occasionally suffer from sunburn, there are some natural remedies that can speed the healing process and make you feel more comfortable. Lavender essential oil is one of those oils that needs to be on hand at all times! It can do so many things! It’s amazing for the skin, so when you find yourself a little overcooked from the sun, pull out that lavender and let the healing begin!

To make an after sun spray, combine 10 drops lavender, 10 drops peppermint, 1/2 cup witch hazel, and 2 tbsp aloe vera in a 4oz glass spray bottle.

Summer sun, salty sea water drying out your hair? Adding a couple drops of EOs to your shampoo or making a hair treatment spray can help combat dry hair leaving your hair soft and healthy this summer season. Lavender is amazing for hair. Lavender oil is known to sooth dry scalp. Rosemary EO is also quite good at preventing dry scalp and dandruff. Combine olive oil and 5 drops of rosemary to make a hair mask. Massage scalp with mixture and leave-on for 3-5 hours. Wash hair as usual. You’ll find your hair is soft and silky post treatment! Other essential oils that help keep hair healthy include camomile, clary sage, lemongrass and peppermint. In addition to keeping scalp nourished, camomile has lightening properties so if you long for those beachy blonde locks, camomile is for you! Another benefit of peppermint is its ability to prevent lice infestation. If you have kiddos heading off to day camp, make a peppermint hair spray to prevent lice.

With summer officially here, so are beach days, pool parties, cookouts, camp outs and hiking, and boating. Keep yourself and your family happy and healthy this summer the natural way! Happy summer friends!

Naturally, Coco

Get your starter kit here!

A Taste of spring

It’s hard to believe that it was snowing just a few days ago and yesterday was a gorgeous 75 degrees and sunny in southeastern Pennsylvania. It could not have come at a better time. The sunshine was a welcome reprieve to the sadness that filled our homes over the past week as we felt the pain of those directly affected by last week’s tragedy in Florida.

There is no denying that sunshine is good for the soul; it makes us happy. I took advantage of being off yesterday and got myself and my kids outside! We ate breakfast and headed to one of our favorite spots, the Morris Arboretum. We have had a family membership there for the past two years and we have definitely gotten more than our money’s worth! It’s our go-to spot when we are in need of some fresh air. Click on the link The arboretum to learn more.

We arrived shortly after they opened their gates around 10:30 in the morning. Not surprisingly, it was already filled with other families who had the same idea of soaking up this uncommon February warmth and sunshine. With Penn slung to my chest, the girls and I began to explore the arboretum’s beautiful grounds. No matter how frequently we have visited, I always have a unique experience each time I venture to the arboretum.

Last spring, on one of my last days of maternity leave, I came to the arboretum with just Penn. I soaked up the last of my time off from work with him as we wandered without a plan through the vast landscape there. Even though I had been to the arboretum countless times before, I stumbled across an area I had not seen before. It felt magical to come to this grotto that led to a cave that passed through to a trail alongside a bubbling creek. It was fresh, new…rejuvenating. It made me feel hopefully for what would come in the coming weeks as I anxiously looked forward to the inevitable of having to leave Penn when I had to return to work. And it was ok. And I felt ok.

I took the girls there today. We had been to the arboretum so many times since that day last spring but it wasn’t until today that I stumbled across the grotto again. They were both just as captivated by its beauty as I was a year ago. And I felt that same feeling again. It felt like spring. And the dark cave who’s opening allowed the brilliant sunshine to flood in, drew us to that path that raveled, twisting through the woods beside a singing creek made me happy. It made us all happy. It made us forget about all of our worries for a while. It helped us to be present and to enjoy the here and now. That’s how magical nature is. It has the power to transport us to a different place. Getting outside has been my therapy when I’m feeling down and it works every single time! Looking forward to warmer weather but trying to savor each and every day, rain or shine!

And hey, if it’s raining (like it is here today), you could always just dab on a little oil (ie-geranium, lavender, frankincense, bergamot, ylang ylang, peppermint, orange…I could go on and on!) and you will instantly feel happy!!

Click on the link to get your starter kit and start enjoy the benefits of herbal medicine!

Starter Kit

Always sunny,

Coco

Keep riding high

After a few weeks of highs, looking forward to our team, the Philadelphia Eagles, bringing home the Lombardi trophy, it’s easy to find yourself in a slump following all of the excitement. I often find that after looking forward to something for so long, enjoying the fun ride along the way, there is this period of feeling down immediately following. Do you guys ever feel like that?

Fear not, I have a solution to keeping spirits up and continuing to ride that wave of excitement to the next big thing! How, you ask…yep, you guessed it-OILS! My go-to when I’m not feeling my happiest is geranium. They don’t call it the great balancer for nothing! Geranium is known to balance hormones. When something major happens (like your team winning the super bowl!) your endorphins sky rocket. After the excitement wears off it’s natural to feel a bit off balance. Applying a few drops of geranium on your wrist or behind your ears can instantly uplift mimicking that feeling of sheer bliss that is experienced in life’s greatest events. Smelling it’s scent can signal the brain’s limbic system to release chemicals to recreate positive emotions and make you happy!

My family is die hard when it comes to the eagles-we bleed green! Many of us waited a lifetime for a championship win. That moment finally came and we literally could not be happier. All across the region you could feel the joy people had during this time. It was palpable. It’s amazing a football team could evoke such positivity in a community especially considering all else going on in the world today.

The natural high that accompanies such events is amazing. When that feeling wears off, don’t forget there are ways to naturally keep that feeling alive. In addition to essential oils, there are many ways to accomplish this. The day after the Eagles parade of champions, I have to admit, I was feeling a little down. I was exhausted from the week’s events-from the days leading up to the big game, high hopes held for an Eagles victory to the big game itself, culminating with a massive celebration in the city of brotherly love to honor our team, newly crowned WORLD CHAMPIONS and family life and working in between. I knew I had to do something in order to pick myself up. I had plans to travel south to spend time with my mother in law who had been away for weeks and just returned home with a new puppy. While the thought of traveling after a long week and a long work week ahead felt daunting, I knew it was as what I needed. I packed up the car and the kids early Saturday morning and headed to the beach and I am so happy I did! Even in the wintertime, there is something magical about being by the ocean. A quick walk on the beach, breathing in that moist salty air, hearing the ocean waves crashing on the shore, I felt happy. That, coupled with the ones I love (and puppy kisses!) no better way to keep that winning feeling going.

If you are ever feeling low, post big event or otherwise, all you need is a little fresh air, family, and oils!! That’s love!

Geranium is not included in your starter kit but lavender is another oil that makes me happy and it is included in starter kit. But get geranium too! Sign up for essential rewards and add that to your first monthly order and you will not be disappointed! Click the “starter kit” link to get started. Starter kit

Be happy friends!

🖤Coco

Sleepless in suburbia

It’s 830 pm and the two younger kiddos are finally tucked snug in their beds. The smart move for this tired mama would have been to finish up last minute chores and hit the sack myself but no! Instead I decide to try to catch up on ‘This is Us’ with my oldest. Of course one episode turns into two (how can you just watch one episode?! It’s just too good.) and before I know it is 11 o’clock. By the time I finally lay down it almost 1130 but hey, if Penn can sleep til at least 630 I’m good!

Well of course, just my luck, clock hits 145 am and Penn is awake! Typically in these situations I pull him into bed with me and shortly after he dozes back off to sleep. Not this time though! Baby boy was ready to play, clapping his hands and talking up a storm-wide AWAKE! And of course, I just used the last of the sleepyIze essential oil the night before (probably the reason Penn slept great that night!)

SleepyIze is an oil in Young Living’s children’s line. It’s a blend of lavender, Roman chamomile, geranium, bergamot, frankincense, and tangerine. It is used to promote relaxation at bedtime or nap time to help little ones unwind and drift off to sleep. I could’ve ran out to my car to grab the lavender I had in my work bag but it was about 17 degrees out there and I thought it’d be crazy to venture out into that! Penn would be asleep soon…I thought.

It’s now 330 am and Penn is still bright eyed and bushy tailed and this mama was beyond exhausted. Out the car for the lavender it was after all! A couple drops diluted in coconut oil and warmed up in my hands before massaging it onto his back and five minutes later, just like magic, baby boy was sleeping soundly! Definitely getting lavender and sleepyIze this month so I always have back up for emergencies like this!

Penn ended up sleeping til almost 9 which would’ve been amazing except for the fact that I had to be up at 630 to wake Taylor for school. Mama tired! Of course, oils to the rescue!

There are numerous oils that are great for energy. My all time favorite is Geranium. It’s considered the great balancer, helping to keep our hormones in check. It’s also uplifting-great when feeling run down and tired. I apply geranium to my wrists neat (undiluted) and inhale it’s floral scent throughout the day. Other oils great for energy include orange, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, ginger, bergamot, grapefruit, pine, and black pepper. Next time you are feeling tired, grab yourself some oils instead of that second (or third) cup of coffee. You will be amazed at how refreshed you feel!

Click on link to get a Starter Kit

Until next time!

🖤Coco

Winter Skin

It’s that time of year when extreme cold begins to wreck havoc on your skin. This winter has been especially brutal. Exposing ourselves to the elements can take a toll on our skin. Even walking from your house to your car without gloves can begin to dry them out.

December and January in the Philadelphia area have been crazy cold! Colder that any winter I can remember in recent years. So cold that the hose for my washing machine froze and cracked 😬! To make matters worse, it’s been cold but we have not gotten too much snow. I’m the type that is like “if it’s gonna be cold, bring on the snow!”. I’m a beach lover but I have to admit I love the magic of winter. There’s nothing quite like being snowed in with the fam, watching the fresh flakes falling from the sky, hot chocolate in hand (or more likely coffee for me!), getting warm next to a crackling fire, snuggled up with the babes under a cozy blanket! It’s simply the best-pure magic! <
nfortunately along with that often comes something not so magical-extremely dry skin! Luckily I have discovered some ways to significantly reduce the occurrence of dry skin for myself and my kids. Number one tip, moisturize! There are a number of products out there that promise relief of even the driest of skin. They may work but most of them contain harsh chemicals that present other dangers to your family. My go to is lavender and cedarwood! I combine a couple drops of each oil with a couple pumps of fractionated coconut oil (I use Ellie’s Best, found on amazon (Ellie’s best) and massage over entire body. It leaves skin silky smooth and smells amazing too! I even add a couple drops of lavender to bath water to keep skin from drying out from hot water. It also is a great way to get the babes relaxed before bed!

Another negative impact of winter on the skin is, believe it or not, acne. I was so surprised to learn that acne was just as common in winter months as it is in the summer. I figured, hot temperatures mean excessive sweating, hence greater incidence of breakouts. The fact is, the wind and the dry, cold temperatures of the winter months dehydrate the skin causing it to produce extra oils as a result, making it more prone to bacterial growth and breakouts!

Essential oils are a great natural remedy for acne. My teenage daughter kept getting bouts of acne. It was painful and the appearance bothered her. Tea tree to the rescue! We applied tea tree essential oil neat (undiluted) to her face each night. After one treatment the acne improved. Within three days the acne was totally gone! To keep things in check, she applies a blend of lavender, tea tree, and coconut oils on her face daily. So far, so good! No more breakouts!

Since we are on the topic of skin…Penn developed a horrible rash last night. It covered his back, belly, neck, and face. He had been on an antibiotic (5th ear infection😬, remember?!) for three days. Viral rash? That was my first thought considering he had been on this antibiotic before and not developed a rash of any sort. Then I remembered, sometimes it takes 2-3 exposures before developing an allergic reaction. An emergency visit to the drs this morning, we learned it was in fact likely a reaction to the antibiotic. Luckily his ears are good so no need for another antibiotic. Management of his symptoms is all that is necessary at this point. The doctor offered me steroid cream but I turned it down. I wanted to keep it natural if possible. It was oatmeal baths and oils only for this babe! After his oatmeal bath he seemed much more comfortable. (We use Aveno Oatmeal bath and gentle baby soap by Babo Botanicals) After bath, I used a combination of lavender, geranium, and coconut oil to rub down his entire body. Lavender and geranium are known to sooth skin rashes; control itching and help heal. 🤞🏼 With a couple more winter months still to come, remember using essential oils on a regular basis can help prevent skin issues. Don’t wait, go get some NOW! You will thank me! Starter kit
🖤

My boy

So my youngest child is my only boy. His name is Penn and he just turned one a few weeks ago. He is absolutely amazing but he has been getting sick so often since fall. This is the first child that I have experienced this. My oldest daughter, Taylor, I was lucky enough to not have to put in childcare as an infant. I was in nursing school at the time and I had family that was amazingly helpful. With Charlotte, my three year old, I was able to keep at home with a babysitter until she was almost two. With Penn, that boy was enrolled by 8 months old. I’m blaming Penn’s frequent illnesses on daycare!

One word, GERMS…and tiny immune systems not well equipped to fend them off day after day! Since Penn started back in September that has seldom been a week where he wasn’t sent home a day for “seeming off” or having “labored breathing!”. Me, as a nurse, tend to wait things out a bit with illness…I mean, really, what will a doctor do for a cold?! Runny nose, a little cough…he’s gonna be sick, it’s daycare! But as the months rolled on and one ear infection was diagnosed after the next (now 5 since October!) I realized I had to make a serious change.

I have been using essential oils for a while now but only sporadically until recent months. This brutal winter (health-wise) has motivated me to experiment with alternative modalities for managing symptoms and preventing illness.

I use Young Living Essential Oils! They are the best in my opinion! It is so important to use the purest oils when applying them to your (or your children’s) skin or when ingesting them. That’s why I chose YL. You know that you are getting “seed to seal” essential oils meaning straight from the plant to bottle.

For Penn, I have used several different oils to help him when he is sick. There are so many recipes out there. If you have an ailment, google essential oil for (fill in ailment) and I guarantee there’s an oil for that! When baby boy is runny nosed and seems to have labored breathing, my go to is snifflease. It’s a prediluted blend of eucalyptus, lavender, spruce, peppermint, cypress, dorado azul, marjoram, myrtle, ravensara, and pine essential oils. I put 1-2 drops in my palm and massage gentle onto his chest. Literally within minutes his breathing becomes relaxed and he seems much more comfortable. At bedtime I even add some extra lavender and it always seems to help him sleep through the night. In addition to using snifflease and lavender topically, I use eucalyptus and lavender in the diffuser at night to promote a peaceful, calm atmosphere conducive for sleep. It truly makes a world of difference! On nights I forget due to getting home super late from work after a 12.5 work day and an hour + commute, Penn often wakes in the middle of the night, especially when he is sick. This is rough! Especially when I have to work the next day! Using the diffuser absolutely limits nighttime wakings! Great for mama and also great for baby who needs extra sleep to heal!

For health promotion (or Illness prevention) thieves is a great oil. It’s blend Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary. Using it daily on wrists can ward off germs and help keep you healthy. My mistake has not been using thieves daily on the kids! I made a roller bottle with coconut oil and thieves (thieves must be diluted as it can burn the skin if used neat). I have it on the kitchen shelf above the sink presumably where my husband is sure to see it each morning and with the hope he will remember to roll it on the kids’ feet before getting them dressed. No such luck though! I’m still working on getting that built in to the daily routine! Hopefully soon! 🤞🏼

For now, I will continue to experiment with new blends and enjoy them for all they have to offer. If any of you reading this are intrigued to learn more, message me! I’m happy to share more information! Also if interested in grabbing yourself a premium starter kit and joining this amazing, really life changing oil community, click the link and join my team!

Get your starter kit

Until next time friends! Have a happy and healthy weekend!

🖤Coco