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

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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!!

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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!

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Be happy friends!

🖤Coco

Oh what a night!

Wow! Can you believe it? Our beloved Philadelphia Eagles are world champions! It’s incredible. While I had faith this team could get it done, I am still in shock! No one can really prepare you for how it feels when your team wins the biggest game ever. I can tell you it feels AMAZING! Pure joy for the people of Philadelphia and any Eagles fan around the world this super bowl Monday!

Not only did our team win, it was also a great game. A hard fought battle on both ends. Both teams pulling out tricks that would hopefully give them the edge. Luckily for us, our quarterback can throw and CATCH the football! Luckily the other one cannot! How amazing was that touchdown from Nick Foles? Super Bowl MVP amazing! Unreal! The Eagles came together on the biggest stage in the NFL and played their hearts out. You could see how badly they wanted it. It was evident given their resilience. When the Patriots would score, they would fight right back. While the Eagles maintained the lead for most of the game, it was a tight fight the whole time! It came down to the last second and our defense held strong and prevented the “G.O.A.T” from getting the ball to someone in the end zone. Who’s the greatest of all time now?!

Spirits were high when that clock hit :00 to end the game in an Eagles victory! Super Bowl champs! The Eagles first ever title. It was magic! The type of magic that brings grown men to tears! Celebrations were had throughout the region, be it on broad street or beyond. The celebration continues and will culminate with a parade in Philadelphia in honor of our deserving champs and their fans who truly bleed green!

After a day of indulgence-food and drink and very little sleep, you may be feeling it today! A little lemon in our water to hydrate and rejuvenate, a dab of peppermint to our temples to for an instant pick me up, or a drop of lavender to relax us during a time of extreme highs will surely carry us on this amazing ride! (All of which are including in the starter kit! Click link to get your Starter kit )

Keep riding high Philadelphia fans! And look forward to more great times ahead at the victory parade on Thursday!

Sweet dreams!

🖤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!

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Until next time!

🖤Coco

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!

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

🖤Coco

Welcome to naturally coco!

Hello everyone! I’m so glad you stumbled across my page. I wanted to create this space so I can share my ideas on health and wellness. I am strong believer in using natural means to maintain optimal health, both physically and mentally. I am a registered nurse so obviously I am a believer in medicine also but I feel that using both traditional medicine and alternative therapies are key to living a holistic life. I will share my experiences with my family and hopefully you will become inspired to live life naturally!

~Coco