The great green spring clean

Spring has finally sprung after a long, cold, snowy winter. With May a day away, I feel like it’s pretty safe to say we are done with snow til next winter. While I have to admit I did enjoy it, i am so ready for warmer weather and all that green that comes with it.

Spring brings trees back to life; their brown and yellow leaves replaced by new green ones and often flowering buds. The birds begin to chirp melodies in the morning as if to beckon you to start your day. I love driving around in the spring time and seeing all of the new life, from the trees and flowers to the baby animals being brought into the world. It’s so magical to witness the transformation from season to season. I often dream about living somewhere else; somewhere warm. But then I think about how much I love this time, the evolution from winter to spring and summer to fall. I know I would miss that.

There is something about spring that makes me want a clean slate, a fresh start. I like to rid myself of things I don’t need and declutter. I have finally realized in recent years that less is definitely more. Along with freeing up space in my home, donating our unwanted items to those in needs teaches a valuable lesson to our children. Once I get my home decluttered, I feel the need to do a thorough spring cleaning. That top to bottom cleanse to set you and your family up for many relaxing months ahead. Cleaning this spring means relaxation this summer!

There are so many different cleansers and products on the market that promise to get your space sparkling. Many of them live up to their promise but at what cost? Many of the cleaning products out there are made with harsh chemicals and materials that put you, your family, and our environment at risk. This spring, make a change. Choose to use products that are eco-friendly and free of added toxins. Choose to clean green!

My go-to for cleaning, you may guess, are essential oils. Many essential oils are known to be antimicrobial and there is research to support this claim. A study I read proved lemongrass essential oil to be effective against a multitude of different bacteria. I’ve been using lemongrass EO ever since as an everyday surface cleanser. Other EOs that are effective against bacteria include lavender, tea tree, peppermint, and thieves. Combine (in a glass spray bottle-found on Amazon) distilled water with 15 drops of essential oil of choice.

Young Living makes it easy by selling thieves cleaner which is combines Thieves, Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils. You can get creative and mix whichever antimicrobial fighting EOs that suit you. I love lemongrass and lavender. It makes a highly effective all natural cleaning agent and you get to enjoy it’s amazing scent all at the same time!

Another amazing task that lemongrass can conquer is getting sharpie off of surfaces and out of fabric! I came home from work one night to find white sharpie scribbled all over our chalkboard wall in our kitchen! My three year old had mistaken a sharpie for a chalk marker, in turn, permanent scribble was sprawled all over the chalkboard. I tried lemon essential oil first because I had heard that it was effective against sharpie stains but when that didn’t work, I pulled out the lemongrass. Within minutes of application the sharpie ink began to drip off! It took a few applications but sure enough, the sharpie came off completely!

Tea tree not only has antimicrobial properties, it also is a great anti-fungal. Try combining tea tree oil with a alcohol based carrier to a glass spray bottle to rid surfaces of mold and mildew. This works great in the bathroom on tile, tubs, shower curtains, anything that might be prone to mildew buildup.

Let’s talk floors. Ditch your commercial floor cleansers and concoct an all natural floor cleanser that will do the job just as good if not better and one that will most certainly be less harmful to your floors. For hardwoods, fill a bucket with water and white vinegar and add several drops of lemon essential oil. This combination kills bacteria and is gentle on your floors. Feel free to switch up the EO you use; tea tree is another great choice for floors.

Want sparkling windows to let the spring sunshine flood your home? Use a blend of lemon essential oil and white vinegar to get your windows and mirrors shining bright! You can even add lemon EO to your washing machine (once water fills) to get your whites super bright! I have also replaced chemical filled dryer sheets with natural wool dryer balls enhanced with a few drops of essential oil of choice. Lavender, Citrus, or Geranium are great oils to get your laundry smelling amazing!

The possibilities are really endless. You cannot go wrong. Experiment and pick what works best for you. Take comfort knowing that your cleaning products are not harmful to your family (pets included) and our great planet. Choose cleaning tools that are earth conscious as well. Feel good about those choices and feel good all around! Get cleaning and stay green!

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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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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