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

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What’s in the box?

This is your Young Living Premium starter kit breakdown! I have referenced the starter kit many times before but I have yet to explain exactly what you get when you join my team and purchase your kit. So what’s in the box???! Young Living has designed a kit that allows you to easily get started using and loving oils by including 11 essential oils that you would find yourself using on a regular basis.

I have to admit, when I first received my kit I was a bit overwhelmed. What do I use copaiba for? I knew the basics. Take lavender for example. I knew lavender was great for relaxation. In fact, lavender is the only thing I used during the birth of my third child. I was amazed at how much it helped not only keep me calm but help control the pain. It was the greatest labor experience of the three (It helped that it was the quickest also!). I use lavender to settle the kids before bed, adding a drop or two to the bath water or applying a drop to their skin. It works wonders! I later learned of many other uses for lavender. It has antiseptic and healing properties making it great for open cuts. Applying lavender to open wounds helps to prevent infections and speed wound healing. It also reduces scarring. You will never find me without lavender. It’s a must have ALWAYS!

While I knew and loved lavender, I was not so sure about the rest of the kit and what I’d use them for. It took some time and research but I have fallen in love with each oil that is included in the starter kit. Each oil is amazing and their uses are abundant. If I’m running low on anything I make sure that it is on my essential rewards order for the month. Cannot be without my oils! You too will fall in love with these precious little bottles and all of the magic their contents hold!

So here we go! Your Premium starter kit comes with a diffuser of choice, if I could get my starter kit all over again, id pick the aria diffuser! It’s beautiful! Makes the starter kit a bit pricier but so worth it in my opinion! If the aria is not in your budget, the dew drop and desert mist diffusers are great too! I have the dew drop and love it!

You get eleven 5ml premium essential oils. Sample of thieves cleanser, two 2oz samples of ningxa red, 10 smalls glass bottles to share the love with family and friends, resource materials, and essential oils product guide.

Here are the oils you get…

Lavender-soothing, skin support, calming.

Frankincense-radiant skin (get rid of those fine lines), grounding, calming.

Panaway-tension relief, muscle soother, joint support, post exercise support

Purification-air purifier, deodorizer, anti-itch, bug repellent.

Copaiba-enhancer (mix with any oils to enhance their effects-it’s copaiba and frank on my fine lines day and night!), gum soother (teething babies-this oil is for you!)

Digize-helps maintain normal digestion, good for heart burn, soothes stomach upset.

Lemon-detoxification, purification, home cleaning, uplifting.

Peppermint-energizing, head tension tamer, digestive support, circulatory support.

Thieves-IMMUNE SUPPORT, home cleaning, antimicrobial.

R.C-respiratory support

Stress away-stress tamer, uplifting.

There are so many ways to use the oils you will get when you receive your starter kits! The combinations are endless. Once you start using and loving your oils, you will find yourself wanting more in order to rid your entire household of harmful chemicals by replacing them with these essential oils! Since I began using oils, I have replaced my facial lotions, spot treatments, mouthwash, home cleansers and dryer sheets with essential oils! And I always use essential oils as a first line of treatment before medication. Their power is AMAZING! You guys can too! Here’s to living as naturally as can be!

Naturally,

Coco

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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
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