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Snake Oils? A Dude’s Perspective on Essential Oils

 

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A year ago, I made fun of Jen’s “Snake Oils“. Today, I use them literally daily. When I am wrong, I am wrong.  I’m man enough to admit it.

I was honestly the biggest skeptic around when we started this stuff.  Jen was trying it, and I was laughing at her.  Honestly, I owe her an apology for my pride and my tendency to think I know everything.  I was being “logical”, and just didn’t think it made any sense.  Well, once I saw some results, it made me curious.  Since then, I have educated myself on the body and it’s ability to absorb things from the skin.  We do ingest some of the oils, but most of the time it’s applied to the skin.  Turns out, many pharmaceuticals are applied through the skin as well, it’s a scientific fact that this is an effective way to get things into our blood stream.

What has convinced me more than anything is results.  I didn’t want to believe it and be wrong, but I am practical like most other guys.  It works, and that’s enough evidence for me.

>>>A word to suspicious husbands out there:  I know it seems crazy, but if you will just give it a fair shot, you’ll be convinced too.

What I have learned this past year:

Pounding Head:

Not 100% of the time, but I have had at least 10 occasions that I’ve found relief almost instantly when applying Peppermint oil to my head.

Kids with Hot Foreheads:

When I feel a kid with a warm forehead, it cools dramatically and quickly with Peppermint almost every time with the kids

Work Tension:

This one is weird, but when I get that knot in my stomach from all of my work pressures, I pray first and ask the Lord to take my anxious thoughts, but I use Stress Away oils to remove the physical knot in my stomach. Works most of the time and helps me stay focused on what is important.

Skin Imperfections:

One of the kids has a tiny wart on the inner rim of his nose. Poor kid. Theives Oil and Frankincense (yes, the biblical stuff) has been helping dry it up this week.

Crawling Noses + Seasonal Discomforts:

This was near the beginning when I was really skeptical. Brooks had a reaction to something in his pillow we later figured out. He would go to bed and come right out with a sniffle, terribly itchy nose and eyes, and sneezing. I was amazed that when Jen rubbed Lemon and Lavendar oil on his chest, it ceased and he settled down to sleep.

Fire Throat/Belly:

I don’t get it often, but it hits once in a while without mercy. A couple drops of peppermint oil in my water to drink. It literally feels like ice rolling into my stomach. Its awesome.

Stinky Feet and Clothes:

We have stinky kids with stinky shoes and stinky laundry. Purification is amazing at removing stink. One drop in my running shoes removes at least 70% of the smell. Perfect for adding to your laundry if your towels smell stale or you forget to transfer it to the dryer. It removes environmental smells like pets, smoke, etc. when diffused as well.

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I’m Sold on Young Living Essential Oils!

I can’t believe I can say that honestly, but it’s the truth.  Ladies, do you have a husband who thinks you’re nuts for wanting to try them?  I would advise you to hang in there and give him time.  Guys typically think logically about things, and he will see them at work. Contact me if you want more details or convincing at {brad at 4tunate dot net}

So thankful to Jen for sticking with them, they have blessed my life greatly!

~ Brad (the oily guy)

*** Don’t forget Jen has FREEBIES for new sign-ups this month!  One of my personal favs Thieves soap – It even takes the fish smell off your hands after fishing! That’s soap good enough for a dude! Check out the All You Need to Know About Getting Started With Essential Oils Page.  

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Medicine Cabinet Purge: How I Threw Away An Entire Trash Bag of OTCs and Personal Care Products

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Hello Fall! It’s time for some fall cleaning (it can’t wait until spring comes around again). I love having the windows open this time of year and getting motivated. I’ve been tackling a few projects that I haven’t gotten around to in quite some time around the house.  I conquered my closet last week, and now I’m working on room by room going through some things and purging things we no longer are needing. Yesterday I went through our bathroom closets and the linen closet where we keep anything from games, to band-aides, to towels, and anything else we can stuff in and still miraculously make the door shut. Needless to say, I’m still working on that one, but I DID get the medicine/personal items portion under control.  Baby steps.

I was SHOCKED by how many products we simply no longer use after 8 months of using Young Living essential oils! What things did I purge? And what did I replace them with? 

  • Lip Balm (Coconut oil or YL lip balm)
  • Bite Ointment (Purification* or Lavender*)
  • Allergy Meds (Lemon*, Lavender*, and Peppermint*)
  • Wart Remover (Frankincense* or Oregano)
  • Skin Repair Lotions (Replaced by coconut oil and Lavender*)
  • Fever Cooling Pads (Peppermint*)
  • First Aid Creams (Lavender* or Purification*)
  • Nausea and Indigestion Meds (Peppermint* or DiGize)
  • Sleep Aids (Lavender*, Peace and Calming*, Tranquil)
  • Laxatives/Stool Softeners (Lemon* Oil in Water, Peppermint*, DiGize, Ningxia Red*)
  • Antacids (Peppermint*)
  • Vapor Rub (RC and Raven)

* Indicates it comes in the Premium Starter Kit

It felt GREAT to get rid of a lot of these products that were taking up spaced and haven’t been touched for months.  I love a good purge, don’t you?

It honestly floors me that we are able to get rid of so many of these products, and even save money by using essential oils for enhancing our immune systems, helping with relaxation, supporting the digestive system, and so much more!

Do I still LOVE our pediatrician/family doctor and appreciate his skill and wisdom? Absolutely!  But do I love having a natural and safe alternative to most of our health needs? INDEED!

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How about YOU? Are you looking for natural ways to help your family’s health needs? 

I would highly recommend looking into Young Living essential oils.  They have made a huge impact on our family and so many others close to us. I could share stories all day long… My pharmacist friend who no longer takes allergy meds after 7 years, a friend who no longer uses anti-anxiety drugs, another friend who’s son is able to focus better in school, a friend who is able to use oils over powerful migraine meds…it’s incredible!

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You can’t go wrong with Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit for everyday needs (There’s more about the Premium Starter Kit over here), so through the end of the month, I’m hooking you up with a special gift for signing up. You’ll get a Thieves Hand Sanitizer, Cap Labels, and The Primary Usage Guide, which is SUCH a great resource for starting out with essential oils.

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There are easy step-by-step instructions for signing up right here, just leave me a comment to let me know you’re signing up and I’ll get your freebies to you!  Questions?  Happy to help!  Leave me a comment or email me at 4tunate.net {at} gmail

 

 

These statements are based on my own experience and resources. Not everyone may experience the same results, but I hope you and your family do! The above is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent disease or evaluated by the FDA. I do receive a commission on sales when you sign up, which is a little boost of motivation to share. However, the main reason I’m telling you about our family’s experience with essential oils is because of their positive impact on our family.

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Healthy Homemade Lemon Hummus

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Welcome to the second stop on the second day of the Essentially Summer Recipe Tour! If you are coming over from The Pennington Point, welcome! Lisa is sharing a delicious recipe for guacamole using Lime essential oil. You should definitely check it out! I hadn’t really considered making homemade hummus. Little did I know what I was missing in flavor and freshness!  And you can control your ingredients by taste preference, know what your eating, and make the portion size to your liking.  Well worth the trade for the convenience of the grocery store container hummus! Plus this recipe is simple enough to pull off in 15 minutes or less!  hummus-recipe-ingredients One bit of advice that I followed that I think made a difference in texture and flavor of this recipe was to peel the skin from the garbonzo beans before blending it in the food processor or blender.  It comes off easily with a little pinch. My boys would have had a blast with this part if they would have been home. It was a tad tedious, but part of me enjoyed freeing these little beans from their skin. Kind of like taking off your jean shorts that are 1 size too small from last summer at the end of the day.  {Just a random illustration, not from experience or anything. Ahem.}  easy-hummus-recipe-lemon-homemade See how happy they are?  Freedom! So we all know hummus is super nutritious, but you want to know what takes this recipe to another healthy level?  It’s made with Lemon Essential Oil from Young Living. {Stop.  Don’t even think about ingesting that oil you got at the health food store.  You don’t know what’s in there.  Don’t. Just don’t. – Young Living Essential Oils are the only oils that are safe and approved to ingest.} So while you are dipping your yummy fresh veggies and pita chips in this yummy hummus dip, you can also benefit from the amazing properties of the Lemon Oil.  (This oil is 1 of the 11 oils that come in the Premium Starter Kit.)

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Here’s all you need to know about making this easy homemade hummus dip! 

Are you ready to jump in to this wonderful world of caring for your family with therapeutic grade essential oils? The time is now! Click here to learn more or contact the person who introduced you to the “Essentially Summer” blog recipe series! :)

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Be sure to check out all 35 posts in the “Essentially Summer”  blogger recipe series, click here.

Next up on the tour is Jennifer from Sweet Makes Three who’s sharing her recipe for Easy Blender Salsa using more awesome Young Living citrus oils!

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