Essential Oil Profiles and Two Herbal Ecourses

Because I am an affiliate for the Ultimate Bundles geniuses, I was able to purchase my Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle early.  And I have been playing with it for almost a month.  I have been in HEAVEN!  I have breezed through a couple of the ebooks and will be rounding back around to them over the summer.  This bundle just has so many valuable resources, but I wanted to highlight three specific products.  Maybe you just want to find a couple of home remedies to deal with simple issues that you or your family are concerned with, and you just need some help getting started.

The first product I want to highlight is the Top 60 Essential Oil Profiles by Lea Harris.  This is an app of sorts that is built into Evernote.  (Which by the way – if you don’t have Evernote – you should use it for storing valuable documents, files, and more.  More on that later…)  Lea – my go to safety guru for essential oils – has provided a digital notebook of her Top 60 Essential Oil profiles.  This provides specific information on specific oils – and how to use them safely.

Wait?  You have a phone app that does this for you already?  I have not found ANY phone app that gives me the information these profiles give me.  They are not brand specific, they include dilution rates, and provide safety information for pregnant or nursing women, infants, and pets.  She has done the hard work of studying essential oils and provides information about the characteristics of each oil and suggestions for use.

This product alone retails for $24.98, just $5 less than the purchase price of the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle.  If there is ANY other product in this bundle that interests you, then this bundle will likely save you some money!!!

I also enrolled in the DIY Herbal Apothecary Ecourse almost immediately upon downloading my bundle.  It is included in the family section of this bundle.  It retails for $197 – so if this product alone is enough for you, purchasing the bundle will save you big bucks!  This course allows you to study 25+ herbs in depth and learn how you can use them to help in your home and family.  As much as I love essential oils, I understand that they are only one product derived from herbs – and I am very interested in how herbs in general can be used at home.

This course is BEAUTIFULLY done.  I cannot say how much I enjoy seeing the quality of photos included.  The directions are provided in a simple manner, providing the opportunity to create something that can contains multiple benefits to my health and that of my family’s.  And then there are the recipes.  Oh my goodness! Salves, lotions, vinegars, candies, tinctures, decoctions (think “tea”) and more.  Using herbs you can find in your back yard, or garden pot, or purchase online.

The 3rd product I will highlight is the Herbal Academy Herbal Materia Medica Ecourse (valued at $79).  While similar to the DIY Herbal Apothecary Ecourse, this course focuses more on profiling a single herb in detail.  It teaches you how to research and herb in greater detail and how to build a reference book for yourself.  The printable PDF files provided in this course (which help explain “constituents” and “actions” in easy to understand terms) are a cinch to use and beautifully done.

If you have ANY desire to learn how to use herbs for your health at home, this bundle is an amazing collection of tools and resources to help!  If you are tired of buying OTC meds that don’t always work or cause some not-so-great side effects and you want to rely on more naturally-derived products – whose ingredients you know down to the last ounce – you cannot pass up on the Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle.  This sale ends on MONDAY!  Don’t let it pass you by – You can purchase your bundle by clicking below:

Heads Up! Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle Sale

Hi Everybody!  Hope you are having gloriously sunny Spring days like we are in my neck of the woods!  Yesterday was nearly perfect!

Our changing weather has brought on some severe allergy issues for me – I’ve been wrestling with some serious allergens, and am feeling better today than I have in almost a week!  My allergy issues tend to go into sinus infections and I have to keep tabs on it.  I can’t take benadryl because it will knock me out (like literally.  for almost 12 hours.  with half the adult dose).  So I have to rely on allergy medication and some alternative remedies to try to keep me going.

Which is why I am so excited to share the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle with you!  Instead of making a whole post about it – I wanted to create a page for you so you can see all the items contained in the bundle.  Now listen, if you are AT ALL interested in relying on natural and alternative remedies for the health little issues that come along for you or your family – THIS BUNDLE IS FOR YOU!

Valued at about $800, containing 25+ ebooks and online courses, this bundle can help YOU use at-home remedies to help care for your health and the health of your family.  If you ever use any over-the-counter medications, you will probably find great value in this bundle!  You don’t have to become an herbalist to find this bundle beneficial – but I will tell you that one of the courses I’ve been taking {included in this bundle} has lit a fire in me again to learn what I can – not just about essential oils – but about herbs and natural products I can use (and even make myself) for my home and family!

Click RIGHT HERE to go straight to the Herbs and Essential Oils Sales Page!

Or, if you want to see all of the products that are included in the bundle, click RIGHT HERE to hop on over to my Ultimate Bundle Sales Page!

P.S. – I didn’t realize until late Sunday that a blog post I intended to go out on Saturday about this sale, actually got delivered on Sunday!  Blech!  I want to apologize for that.  I did not intend to send anything on Sunday and hope that if you are a mom, you did enjoy a beautiful Mother’s Day!

May Day! May Day!

Well, May just raced in like a dragster, didn’t it?  I can’t believe we are almost HALF WAY through May already.  And my calendar has filled up so quickly because of end of the school year events and programs and paperwork!  How about yours?

It has been a little bit surreal, quite honestly.  The amount of paperwork that explodes out of my kids’ backpacks this time of year is something like a ticker tape parade!  Only I feel more like the cleanup crew instead of the Grand Marshall.  It does help to get a jump on paperwork for next school year, but on top of all kinds of field trips and events – it’s a lot to keep track of effectively.

Last night I sat at the table with my iPhone, my bullet journal, and the piles of paperwork to fill out to get out of my house return to school in a timely manner. ahem.  But thankfully, my iPhone calendar and bullet journal lend themselves to easy recording and reminder setups.  I am thankful for that!  I rely on my phone calendar pop up reminders when I’m on the go – and writing it down in my bullet journal just helps me keep it in my head a little better.

As the school year comes to an end, and kids are antsy to just get summer started already, I am trying to look ahead to make plans for a fun and educational summer.  Y’all – I am NOT good with the heat and since we don’t have central air conditioning, there are days that we retreat to the master bedroom (with the window unit) to watch movies or read or play games.  I find that I can actually do a LOT of homework when the kids are watching Angry Birds for the 47th time.  (and i love the banter in that movie, so it’s entertaining for me, too!)  I am gathering some printables and resources to put together Summer Binders for the kids again, and will share more about that before school ends.

One of the other things I’ve been putting together in recent weeks, that I hope to spend time on throughout the summer, is an Herbal Journal.  Officially, some would call it a Materia Medica, but since I am incorporating a few different things, I’m just calling it my Herb Book.

My interest in herbs began when I was in high school and read a book that talked about using herbs as remedy for something or other.  I got hooked.  The thought that a “weed” in the yard could pose relief for some condition’s symptoms was incredibly intriguing to me.  I found myself checking out more books about herbs.  Yep, even the herbal encyclopedias.  My grandparents resorted to natural alternatives, so they would talk about remedies they grew up with – and of course, my mom & dad shared some things too.

  • Like horehound candy for sore throats.  My dad told me that’s what his mom would use.  I find that completely amazing.
  • Like raspberry leaf tea during the 2nd or 3rd trimester to help tone the uterus and prepare for childbirth.
  • Like lemon for sore throats and colds.

If you, like me, enjoy using naturally-derived products in your home or for your family, then you might be interested in The 2017 Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle.  I was able to get my hands on my own bundle already (because I am an affiliate) and it has been one of the most interesting, most educational bundles I’ve ever seen from The Ultimate Bundles crew!

The Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle contains 16 e-books & printables, 10 e-courses (which are blowing me away), 3 physical bonuses and 1 digital bonus.  I can’t tell you the specific titles I am so excited about (or about price) just yet, but if you think you *might* be interested, just click this link and you can provider your email to be NOTIFIED when this bundle actually goes on sale.  (Entering your email does not commit you to purchasing anything, it just lets you be notified the moment that the bundle is available for purchase).

Some of the topics in this bundle include:

  • How to create your own Herbal Journal and Herbal “Medicine Cabinet”
  • Creating your own naturally-based skin care
  • Parents guide to dealing with cold and flu season naturally
  • Using herbs in cooking,
  • and so much more…

 

If you have ANY desire to incorporate herbs and essential oils into caring for your family, I can tell you that the value of this bundle stretches way beyond the purchase price.  The sale starts Wednesday, May 17, and as soon as I can share more details and product titles, I will do it!

A Morning Pick Me Up – 2 Essential Oils


We have been having some rough mornings in our house lately.  Greg has started a new job and is in some intensive training, so he has had a lot of time away from us.  The kids have done okay – but we have had some pretty rocky moments.  Sometimes, it meant just letting one of them yell out his/her frustration, sometimes it has meant giving a big hug, and sometimes it has just meant that mommy has held her breath until the bus arrived to take them to school.

Seriously.

I was talking to my mom yesterday, and we’d had a particularly rough morning.  She asked me if I had used any oils – and I said I hadn’t, but I would be diffusing some in the house as the kids came home and did not have anything rigorous planned for our evening.  It didn’t help that I had been awake since before 4:00 a.m. and was feeling sluggish and tired. She reminded me of a trick that is a GREAT pick me up – especially if you feel like your morning has run over you like a train.  As we continued to talk, I grabbed my oils and did exactly as she suggested and within a few minutes, I was feeling much less raggedy and a lot more ready to tackle my day.

All you need are 2 essential oils:  Peppermint and Orange.  I happened to have a couple of different bottles of peppermint, but I grabbed my Rocky Mountain Peppermint oil and my doTerra Wild Orange.  I let 1 Peppermint oil drop into my palm, followed by 2 Wild Orange drops – rubbed my hands together and inhaled for about 5 seconds.

I grabbed my coconut oil and put several drops in my  hands and continued to rub the oils onto my wrists and up my forearms.  I stopped to inhale the oils again and I could feel the fog beginning to lift!  My mood softened and my focus sharpened – exactly what I needed!

Remember – my opinions and statements made on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA.  Products and information shared here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition or disease.  Always consult with your physician if you have a medical condition or disease.  I am not a medical professional, but I do like to share what I have found to work for myself and my family.

This is an idea combination for a nasal inhaler.  A nasal inhaler can be put together, labeled and kept in a pocket or purse to use whenever needed.  I have used these nasal inhalers before and have always been pleased with the results! {Amazon affiliate link – if your purchase through my links, I get to earn a small commission so I can keep buying my essential oils!)

Peppermint can be a very strong essential oil.  It is important to use caution with this oil because if you get it anywhere near your eye, it will definitely burn.  Yeah, I do know firsthand.  It can also be too strong for babies and young children, so if you want to use it, keep it away from their little faces.  ALWAYS do your research and know your family’s needs and the appropriate precautions to take.  (You can consult Using EOs Safely if you aren’t sure, because Lea Harris is a certified aromatherapist and has great wisdom where this is concerned.)  Taking precautions when using essential oils is strongly encouraged – a little goes a LONG way!

I have used both Sweet orange and Wild orange from different companies, and have loved them all.  You can purchase different varieties based on the type of orange and source – and there will be small nuances in scent and usage.  It really depends on you and what you like.  You should note that some varieties of orange are Phototoxic – meaning if used and then exposed to sunlight, you can have an adverse reaction – so knowing what you purchase is important.

(Here is a lengthy but informative article about Safety from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy where essential oils are concerned!)

If you try this little trick with Peppermint and Orange – let me know what you think!  (I have tried it with peppermint and  lemon before but it just didn’t have the same “kick” for me that the Peppermint and orange had.)

Oh Sweet Serenity

I tend to purchase single-oil essential oils so I can mix my own blends and rollerballs.  There are some exceptions to this rule.  In fact, there are a couple of blends that I won’t do without.  One of these is an essential oil I was given as a gift, after my sweet 19-year old niece was killed in a car accident, and we were visiting family and attending her funeral services.  I was still fairly new to oils, but I found this oil to be soothing and calming, and in my opinion, it lived up to it’s name:  doTerra Serenity.

DISCLAIMER:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  I am  NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.  I cannot give you medical advice or tell you that anything will cure or heal any condition or disease.  What I am is a woman who loves to use naturally-derived products in my home and for my family, and this post is full of my opinion.  Please consult with your physician before using anything for any medical condition or disease.

I was given a couple of sample vials of the oil by my friend, Shelly, who said it could be inhaled or applied to pulse points as needed. According to the doTerra website, Serenity is a blend of Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolut, and Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood.  Some of these oils, like Lavender and Roman Chamomile, have been used for centuries to soothe and calm and bring relaxation and rest.

Because it has such a pleasant scent (in my opinion of course), I found myself wearing it as a sort of perfume – as we were greeting family members and trying to support and comfort my brother and his family.  I would dab it on my neck and wrists and onto my hands – and I found myself feeling very relaxed and peaceful.  When I smell it now, I find it to be comforting and soothing.

As I have researched more and more, I learned that diluting the oil retains the overall scent, and provides a safer use than using it undiluted.  Because we don’t know the exact proportions of each oil within the blend itself, I treat it as a sort of Master Blend, and dilute it according to the recommendation of Lea Harris, my favorite certified aromatherapist (after you click the link, you can scroll down to see her comments about this NEW Serenity Blend).

This is my own personal experience – but I use it as a perfume especially in the car when kids are getting cranky and it really does seem to have a beneficial effect.  I will put it on and hug my kids when they are having a rough time before I even diffuse it.  (I wonder if it’s because pheromones with moms & kids are strong, and somehow there is a little bit of that going on with oils I apply to myself…)

There are ALWAYS exceptions to using essential oils.  Someone might be allergic to one of the oils used in the blend; Someone else might not like the scent at all; and some may find that the blend does nothing for them but smell nice.  But what I have found to be consistently true for this particular blend is that I tend to feel much better when I use it and it seems to have a beneficial effect on my children as well.  It is something my oldest daughter requests to use when she is feeling “stressed out” and she loves the scent as well.  If you would like to try to get a sample of this oil, please feel free to email me and request one.  Email me at FindingGraceandGlory at gmail dot com.