DIY Essential Oil Rub To Avoid the Holiday Sniffles

Looking for a way to stay healthy this holiday season? Try this DIY essential oil rub to keep those holiday sniffles at bay!

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I still remember my daughter lying on the couch on Christmas day listening to the rest of the family enjoy the festivities in the other room. A very not-so-merry virus had hit her and she couldn’t enjoy that holiday much at all. And I was right by her side sharing in her misery, because that’s what moms do.

Things could have been worse and I’m a firm believer that we can find something to be thankful for in every situation, BUT I like my children to be well as much as possible, and especially when they are looking forward to an event, such as a holiday!

My children do take vitamins, homemade probiotics, immune herbs, and eat healthy foods to support their system, but I also like to incorporate essential oils!

I’m going to share a simple DIY essential oil rub that you can use especially this holiday time of year when candy and baking are plentiful and your kids need that extra immune boost!

DIY Essential Oil Rub For the Holiday Sniffles

Let’s first talk about the power of these oils!

Clove Essential Oil

Use to relieve nausea, fight germs and bacteria. Buy here

Do not use this oil under age 2.

Lemon Essential Oil

When I think of lemon oil, my first thoughts go to its awesome smell and how great it works in homemade cleaners and room sprays, but this oil is also a good choice for illness! It’s a disinfectant, and it promotes lymphatic drainage, which helps you get over colds faster! Buy here

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Besides smelling like Christmas, cinnamon essential oil is also cleansing, relaxing, and helps support the respiratory system. Buy here

Do not use on children under age 10.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is a great disinfectant, and also relieves colds and stuffy noses. Buy here

Do not use under age 10.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary relieves congestion and coughs, as well as having antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It is said that judges in the middle ages burned rosemary to ward off any illnesses that people may bring to the place of judging. Using the essential oil has the same benefits! Buy here

Do not use on children under 10.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

This oil contains terpinen, the active ingredient responsible for the antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Tea tree oil is probably the first essential oil I was introduced to years ago. We still use it to protect ourselves from viruses, bacteria, and mold by inhaling itBuy here

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Immune Essential Oil Blend

Ingredients

20 drops clove essential oil
15 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops cinnamon essential oil
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
6 oz. carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)

Directions

  1. Blend ingredients in a dark glass container.
  2. Rub on soles of feet to prevent and help heal illnesses.

Immune Essential Oil Blend
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Ingredients
  1. 20 drops clove essential oil
  2. 15 drops lemon essential oil
  3. 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  4. 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  5. 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  6. 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  7. 6 oz. carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients in a dark glass container. Rub on soles of feet to prevent and help heal illnesses.
Notes
  1. If using on children under the age of 10, omit the essential oils that are not safe on those ages and adjust the carrier oil amount.
  2. To diffuse, omit the carrier oil and add essential oils to diffuser.
  3. For a room spray, add the essential oils to 6 oz. of water.
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Speaking of the holidays…

The giving season is upon us and I have partnered with 22 other bloggers to give TWO families $500 Paypal cash in the 4th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway!

Our hope is to bless two families this year by allowing them to fulfill their kids’ Christmas wishes, pay off a bill, or to help build up their nest egg.  Whatever the money ends up being used for, our prayer is that it helps to lessen any financial burden and/or fills a specific need.

You can earn a lot of entries using the Rafflecopter form below. I know it can seem tedious and time consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $500 worth it? I think it is! Plus, if all of these generous bloggers didn’t participate, we wouldn’t have been able to have such big prizes! So I hope you will take the time to go through each entry. Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow.

The giveaway will run from Monday, November 13th through Wednesday, November 22nd (ends at 11:59pm EST). Winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. You must have a Paypal account to win. 


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How To Use Essential Oils Without Breaking The Bank

How To Use Essential Oils Without Breaking The Bank | Jill's Home Remedies | You can save money on essential oils without compromising on the quality. Learn how to use essential oils without breaking the bank!

Essential oils have become a huge topic in the last few years. People from all over give testimonies of how they have improved their health in some way using essential oils. I really enjoy using them as well, and have done so for about 10 years. Have you ever heard someone say that essential oils are too expensive for them to invest in? I have. After seeing some pretty hefty price tags on some essential oils, I can understand why many people feel that way. You’ve also probably heard some say that only certain brands are pure and work as effectively as they are supposed to. These oils may be top-quality, but the price tags can leave one feeling discouraged. This can cause a person to decide essential oils aren’t within their budget.  If you live on a tight budget like I do, let me tell you that essential oils don’t have to be expensive. I’m going to share some secrets with you that you may not know about buying top quality essential oils without breaking the bank!

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How To Use Essential Oils Without Breaking The Bank First, let’s discuss what makes an essential oil an effective essential oil. It’s important to choose companies that manufacture an oil that is 100% pure.  Despite what some essential oil companies claim, there are not only 1 or 2 companies out there with pure, effective oils. Also, you do not have to spend a lot of money in order to have oils that work effectively. Let me pause right here and say that I realize there are many people out there that are very loyal to one essential oil company, and that’s great! I have favorite companies too! I have no problem with others recommending a company as their favorite and even what they feel to be the best quality oils. We all have our favorites.  The only problem I have is when a person degrades someone else for not feeling like their favorite essential oil brand is the best. If you are not aware that this happens, let me tell you that it does. And it’s sad. There are friends who won’t talk to their friends because they use a different essential oil company than them. This truly happens, dear readers. In my opinion, this is taking things waaaaay too far. I may have my favorite companies that I buy oils from, but I am not by any means going to drop a friendship because a person likes a different essential oil company than I do. It appears that some may have such a strong opinion that their oils of choice are the only good oils on the planet and it angers them to think that someone else would disagree with this. I hope this is not any of you. We need to show grace and kindness towards others with different likes and dislikes. Isn’t that just a basic principle of life that we need to respect? We should love each other and focus on what really matters in life. By writing this post, I am also not trying to bash popular essential oil companies that are more expensive, nor am I trying to say that you shouldn’t buy from them. I personally have several oils from one of the bigger named brands, and I absolutely love them! (They were also given to me.) :) You may see me advertise or promote a well-known brand essential oil company from time to time. This is because the oils are truly top-notch and many people prefer them over other companies and can afford them. Some people prefer the way certain oils smell (companies often use different plant species which results in a different smell but not quality), and are willing to pay more for the oils that have a smell more to their liking. Please hear my heart on this matter. As a mom that lives on a tight budget and cannot afford the more expensive oils, I know the frustration of wanting to provide the best natural remedies for my family, but knowing my budget will only allow so much. This post is written for those of you in the same boat as me. I have done my research and have found essential oil companies that I can afford, without having to compromise on the quality. So what makes an oil a goodern’? (I may not be a southerner by birth, but I did live in Alabama for over 2 years, which qualifies me to speak like one on occasion.) ;)

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The Purity Of Essential Oils Let’s talk about what makes an essential oil a truly pure essential oil. Here are some questions to ask about an essential oil company before you buy from them. You can find the answer to these questions by looking at the company’s website, or by calling and talking to the company. Lea Harris, who is an aromatherapist, raised enough money to do some 3rd party testing on essential oils. You can read the results here and you will find that the less expensive oils tested just as pure as the more expensive ones.

How are the oils derived?

The essential oils should be steam distilled at no greater than 212 degrees, which is the point that water turns into steam. If plants are steam distilled at higher temperatures, the medicinal quality will be damaged. Some essential oils have to be cold pressed (such as citrus oils), but the other oils should be steam distilled using low heat in order to be the most effective.

What is the plant source?

It’s important to use oils that come from organic plants, or plants that are not sprayed with pesticides.

Does the company test their oils for purity?

In order for essential oils to be 100% pure, they must be undiluted and uncontaminated. The only way to guarantee this is if the company tests their oils by gas chromatography and/or infrared spectroscopy.

What about oils being therapeutic grade?

Some essential oil companies claim that their oils are therapeutic grade, but this is simply a marketing term. There is not a committee system set up to declare that oils are or are not therapeutic grade. There is obviously a system in place in the certified organic industry for foods and herbs, but there are no agencies like this for essential oils. The companies that use this term for their oils are simply using a marketing term, but it does not necessarily mean their oils are better than others.

What about oils being safe enough for internal use?

In order for companies to be able to say their oils are safe for internal use, they have to pay a lot of money for insurance. Some companies prefer not to do this so they can keep their oils at a cheaper price, therefore you may read “for aromatherapy use” on the labels and assume that they are not as pure as those that can claim that their oils are safe for internal use. The only difference in the oils is that one company pays a lot of insurance to be able to make that claim (and normally has a higher price tag on the oils), and the other company chooses not to pay the insurance (and can sell their oils for less).  Whether or not oils are safe for internal use is up for debate among aromatherapists. If you decide that you want to occasionally use an oil internally (very well diluted of course), then the thing you want to look for is a company that is trustworthy and tests their oils for purity, and not necessarily only the ones that can claim that their oils are safe for internal use. Let me just pause here and say again (just to be sure I am being clear) that I am not trying to bash the larger well-known oil companies, and I sincerely hope I am not coming across that way. The larger oil companies that I know of are top quality, excellent oils. I am simply trying to clear up some misconceptions about oils in general. I have many people ask me what brands of essential oils I use because they cannot afford to buy expensive ones. I want all moms everywhere to realize that they can use healthy remedies from home that they can afford!

So how can some top-quality essential oil companies offer their oils for so much less?

There are a few reasons that some companies can sell oils at much less of the price as other companies. 

  1. Insurance – as I’ve already mentioned, some companies purchase insurance to be able to make claims about their oils being safe for internal use. This is completely fine that they wish to promote their oils in this way, but they do have to up the price of their products to cover the cost.
  2. Organic or not organic – some oil companies only purchase from organic farmers and can label their own resulting oil as organic. Buying from organic sources is great, but it does obviously cost more to buy from organic farmers rather than from farmers that practice organic farming but have not paid all that money to be able to claim the organic label.
  3. Business model – some companies sell through a multi-level marketing business model. This means that distributors have to be paid, which is more expensive than just buying directly from the company.

Purchasing quality oils that are affordable

Because I live on a tight budget, I have a few companies that I purchase from that I am confident are top quality but are within my price range.

  • Beeyoutiful - when I need to purchase an essential oil, Beeyoutiful is normally the first company I check with to see if they produce it. This is a small, Christian, home-schooling, family-owned company. They keep their staff and expenses to a minimum in order to offer all of their products at such low prices. They test their essential oils before, during, and after bottling to ensure that they are pure and not contaminated. Most of their bottles come in 1 oz. sizes, which lasts much longer and therefore I don’t have to order as often. Beeyoutiful has the best prices on top-quality essential oils that I have personally found. View their website here.
  • Mountain Rose Herbs – Mountain Rose Herbs is another company I sometimes purchase from. They have just about every essential oil under the sun, so if I need an oil that Beeyoutiful does not carry, I normally purchase from them. Find their oils here.

While this list is not exhaustive, here are a few other companies that I have never purchased from but believe to be top-quality:

Do you use essential oils? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

References:  http://www.beeyoutiful.com/beeyoutiful-oil-quality

Uses For The Peppermint Plant

 Most of the world is familiar with peppermint as a flavoring for candy, but it’s a great herb to have on hand to use for everyday life!  Peppermint is high in the following nutrients~

*Calcium
*Iron
*Magnesium
*Niacin
*Phosphorus
*Potassium
*Vitamin A
*Protein
*Riboflavin
*Thiamine

The book Nutritional Herbology says of peppermint:
“The oil of peppermint has been shown to be antimicrobial and antiviral against Newcastle disease, herpes simplex, vaccinia, Semliki Forest and West Nile viruses.
Contains aromatic compounds that increase the production of digestive fluids, relieve muscle spasms, increase blood circulation, reduce pains, promote sweating and are antiseptic. It also contains astringent compounds which shrink inflamed tissues. Peppermint has been used to treat indigestion, flatulence, mouth sores, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, nausea, morning sickness and dysmenorrhea.”

Steeping a cup of peppermint tea will soothe the stomach and digestive upsets.  I also like to mix in some peppermint leaves with other herbs to help flavor and “sweeten” a tea.

*You can easily make your own Peppermint Tea by simply buying some peppermint leaves*

I always make sure I have peppermint essential oil on hand for my family.
Here are some uses for peppermint oil:
*Stomach problems – I use peppermint oil most often for stomach problems.  It helps nausea and digestive problems.  If one of my children has a belly ache, I have them lie down, and I put 2-3 drops of the oil on the area of their stomach that is bothering them.  I also have them hold the bottle under their nose and breath in deeply.  At times, if their nausea is really bad because of a virus, they breath in the aroma continuously until they feel better.  Several times one of us has felt on the verge of vomiting, and the aroma eventually took the nausea away.  I used peppermint oil during the last phase of my pregnancy for nauseous days, and it worked wonders.  WARNING: DO NOT USE PEPPERMINT OIL IN THE FIRST COUPLE TRIMESTERS.  ASK YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE USING, IF PREGNANT!
*Poison Ivy – apply the oil to a poison ivy or oak rash to help with itching
*Paint - mix half a small bottle of oil to a gallon of paint to help with the fumes
*Stuffy nose or bad breath? – place a drop of oil on the tongue to help clear the nose and freshen breath.  Be sure to only use a drop because this oil is strong and doesn’t taste like candy. :)
*Hair - when massaged into the scalp, this oil works to balance the PH levels to put a stop to oily hair, normalizing the scalp’s oil production.  It also helps to stimulate hair growth.  It’s recommended to mix about 4 drops of the oil with a cup of warm water before putting on scalp.  Since peppermint balances the PH levels, the tingling sensation can treat dry scalp and dandruff also.

Be sure to add this peppermint plant to your list of essential home remedies!