Saturday, February 23, 2013

101 Uses for the Young Living 9 Everyday Oils Kit

The Everyday Oils Kit contains nine bottles of therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living, and access to many health and life-enhancing experiences that you’ll find nowhere else.
Here’s a list of the oils in the kit and a few possible ways you might decide to use them:
LAVENDER – (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. It has been prized historically for the skin, but is also famous for its relaxing and mood elevating effects. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing — physically and emotionally. This plant is grown and distilled at the Young Living Farms in the U.S. and France.
  1. Rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow, or just put a few drops directly onto your pillow or the back of your neck to relax into sleep
  2. Mix a few drops of Lavender oil with a pure vegetable oil for a calming massage for your whole body.
  3. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching and reduce swelling.
  4. Drop Lavender oil on a cut to stop the bleeding and help heal the wound, or on a burn to help heal it quickly and reduce scarring.
  5. Rub 2 – 4 drops of Lavender oil around your armpit area to act as a deodorant.
  6. Rub a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
  7. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects.
  8. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer, which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.
  9. Diffuse Lavender oil to relieve stress, lift your spirits, or relieve feelings of sadness.
  10. Massage a few drops of Lavender oil with a few drops of massage oil onto sore muscles for relief.
LEMON – (Citrus limon) has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. Most people, and especially children, react with delight to the citrus fragrance. NOTE: Citrus oils should NOT be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours.
  1. Use a few drops of Lemon oil directly on sore muscles to help them relax.
  2. Use a few drops of Lemon oil to disinfect and shine chrome on fixtures and appliances in your kitchen or bathroom.
  3. Use 1-2 drops of Lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon from jars, glass, plastic containers, counter tops, etc.
  4. Use 1 drop of Lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods such as cookies and cakes.
  5. Make refreshing lemon water to accompany your meals by adding a drop or two of lemon oil to a pitcher of cold water (or make it into lemonade, with sweetener).
  6. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a corn, callous or bunion mornings and evenings for relief.
  7. Add 2-3 drops of Lemon oil to water in a spray bottle, and spray as an antiseptic cleaner on counter tops, appliances, utensils, toys, etc.
  8. Soak your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and 3 drops of Lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.
  9. Add a drop of Lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle for added cleaning and sparkle.
  10. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
  11. Add a drop of lemon oil to gift packages to send a cheery message.
  12. Rub two drops of Lemon oil topically to help clear athlete’s foot.
  13. Diffuse lemon oil in the air at home, office, or schoolroom for an uplifting, energizing feeling.
PEPPERMINT – (Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint’s effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy. Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals. Peppermint is grown and distilled at the Young Living Farms.
  1. Put a drop of Peppermint on your tongue and/or one under your nose to increase alertness and concentration-very helpful if you’re starting to feel tired when driving!
  2. Rub 4-6 drops over your stomach and around your navel to relieve indigestion.
  3. Add a drop of Peppermint oil to water or herbal tea to relieve heartburn or nausea.
  4. Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on an area of joint or muscle injury to reduce inflammation (around, but not directly on, an open wound).
  5. Rub several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of your feet to reduce fever.
  6. Apply a drop of Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
  7. Inhale Peppermint oil before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
  8. To relieve a headache rub a drop of Peppermint oil on your temples, forehead, over the sinuses (stay away from the eyes) and/or on the back of your neck.
  9. Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy; then inhale Peppermint oil while taking a test to improve recall.
  10. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on your tongue, or put a drop in your palm or on a tissue and simply inhale the aroma to relieve congestion from a cold or sinus problem.
  11. Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring and a preservative.
  12. To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, smear a few drops of Peppermint oil along their path or point of entry to deter them.
  13. To kill aphids add 4-5 drops of Peppermint oil to 4 ounces of water and spray the plants.
  14. Drink a drop of Peppermint oil mixed in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.
  15. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue to stop bad breath.
  16. Inhale the fragrance of Peppermint oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
FRANKINCENSEFrankincense is said to have been traded in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula for over 5,000 years and has been used in Asian traditional medicine for arthritis, digestion, and as an insect repellent as well as for religious rites and spiritual purposes. A search on Frankincense reveals that contemporary scientists are discovering positive effects of frankincense essential oil in mice and ‘in vitro’ on such diverse conditions as arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, depression and anxiety, and cancer cell viability.
  1. Diffuse in your environment for an uplifting, spiritual feeling.
  2. At first sign of a cold or flu, rub a few drops on the soles of your feet, and repeat 3 or more times a day to support your immune system.
  3. Help improve focus and memory by rubbing one or two drops of Frankincense oil behind your ears.
  4. Put a drop or two of Frankincense oil on Christmas cards or in gift packages.
  5. Before meditation, put a drop or two of Frankincense oil on the soles of your feet or the back of your neck.
  6. Use one or two drops of Frankincense oil with Lavender oil on skin tags or growths.
  7. For female health, mix 2-3 drops of Frankincense oil in carrier oil and rub gently around adrenal glands, breasts, and ovaries.
  8. Drop on to minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises to reduce redness and discomfort.
  9. Inhale or diffuse to deepen breathing and induce calmness.
  10. Put a drop behind your ears or across your forehead to enhance concentration while working.
Essential Oil Blends
THIEVES – This blend was created based on research about four thieves who, during the 15th-century plague, used cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics to protect themselves while robbing plague victims. Thieves blend is a proprietary combination of pure essential oils tested at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, and found to have a 99.96 percent effective rate against airborne bacteria. Thieves blend contains the essential oils of clove (Syzygium aromaticum), lemon (Citrus limon), cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), Eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). Because it’s “spicy” and can feel somewhat “hot” on sensitive skin, don’t put Thieves on skin that is thin, damaged or irritated. It typically works really well on the soles of the feet but also, perhaps surprisingly, in the mouth.
  1. At first sign of a cold or flu, rub 3-4 drops of Thieves blend on the soles of your feet several times a day.
  2. Add 2-3 drops of Thieves blend to 2-4 oz. of water and gargle for a few minutes to help fight a sore throat, or
  3. Put a drop of Thieves blend on your thumb and rub it quickly over the back of your throat to kill microbes and relieve the burning sensation of a throat infection.
  4. Add ten drops of Thieves blend to about 8 oz of water and use to spray wherever there is mold.
  5. Diffuse Thieves blend at night for 15 minutes or so in your bedroom before going to sleep whenever you are sick.
  6. Put a drop of Thieves blend in warm water and swish around your mouth for a powerful, refreshing mouthwash.
  7. Put a drop of Thieves blend on your toothbrush (even right on top of your toothpaste) and use it to add powerful anti-microbial power to your daily dental hygiene routine.
  8. Spray water with a few drops of Thieves blend to your lunch box/bag or garbage container to fight bacteria and odors.
  9. At first sign of a gum infection put a drop of Thieves on your fingertip and rub it right on your gum at the site of the infection. You can do this several times a day.
  10. Put a few drops of Thieves into a spray bottle and use it to disinfect counter tops and bathroom fixtures.
VALOR – A blend of spruce (Picea mariana), rosewood (Aniba roaseodora), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum), and frankincense (Boswellia carteri) in a base of almond oil, Valor blend is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem. It has also been found to balance the nervous system and align energies in the body.
  1. For whole body relaxation, put 4-5 drops of Valor on the sole of each foot and lie down for a few minutes to feel the effects most acutely.
  2. Gently rub 2-3 drops of Valor at the base of your neck and base of spine for an achy back.
  3. Use 2-3 drops of Valor on your shoulders or “wherever it hurts” for muscle tension.
  4. For performance or test anxiety, rub 4-5 drops of Valor on the back of your neck and breathe the aroma.
  5. For relieving symptoms of traumatic memories, rub 4-5 drops of Valor on the sole of each foot and/or on the back of your neck.
  6. For centering, put a drop of Valor in the palm of your hand and cup your hands over your nose to breathe in the aroma
  7. For any disturbance to your nervous system, apply and breathe the aroma of Valor.
  8. Keep a bottle of Valor next to your bed to apply just before going to sleep.
  9. For stress or when feeling overwhelmed, put Valor on the back of your neck, or your shoulders, or just breathe the aroma.
PANAWAY – A blend of wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), which has an active constituent similar to cortisone; clove (Syzygium aromaticum), which contains eugenol, used by dentists to numb gums; peppermint (Mentha piperita) which is calming for nerves; and helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), which is soothing for localized discomfort.
  1. Apply PanAway directly on an injured joint to reduce inflammation.
  2. Apply PanAway on sore muscles after exercising.
  3. Rub a drop of PanAway oil on the temples, forehead or back of the neck to relieve a headache.
  4. Mix PanAway oil with a vegetable oil or massage oil and massage on location to relieve growing pains.
  5. Rub 1-2 drops of PanAway on arthritic hands to lessen burning sensations and/or tightness.
  6. Rub 2-3 drops of PanAway at the base of the spine to relieve achiness.
  7. For arthritic pets, massage PanAway diluted with V-6 Vegetable on location.
  8. Rub a few drops of PanAway on a “tennis elbow” to relieve discomfort.
  9. Mix a few drops of PanAway with vegetable oil and apply to a black and blue mark.
  10. Mix a drop or two of Panaway with vegetable oil and massage on joints that are used repetitively.
  11. Mix a drop or two of PanAway with V6 or vegetable oil and apply to a Baker’s cyst.
  12. Apply a few drops of Panaway to a blood blister.
PEACE & CALMING – A gentle, fragrant blend of tangerine (Citrus nobilis), orange (Citrus sinensis), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), patchouly (Pogostemon cablin) and blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) specially designed for diffusing. It promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace, helping to calm tensions and uplift spirits. Children love Peace & Calming, and will often relax very quickly when it’s in the air or applied to their feet.
  1. Rub 1-2 drops of Peace & Calming oil on the bottom of your feet, on your shoulders, over your heart, and/or over your abdomen before bedtime to relax into sleep.
  2. Diffuse Peace & Calming oil in the room to calm overactive children.
  3. Mix Peace & Calming oil with massage oil for a relaxing massage.
  4. Put Peace & Calming oil mixed with Bath Gel Base in warm water for a relaxing bath.
  5. To help stop nocturnal teeth grinding, diffuse Peace & Calming oil while sleeping.
  6. Put a few drops of Peace & Calming on the pillow of anyone who snores.
  7. Put a few drops of Peace & Calming oil in the sleeping area of pets who may be agitated.
  8. Put a few drops of Peace & Calming on your hands or on the pages of a story book while reading to children who need to go to sleep.
  9. Before a performance, put a few drops of Peace & Calming behind your ears or on the back of your neck.
  10. If you ever feel anxious, put a drop of Peace & Calming in the palm of your hand, rub gently over your heart and breathe in the aroma.
PURIFICATION – An antiseptic blend of citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis), melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), lavandin (Lavandula x hybrida) and myrtle (Myrtus communis) formulated for diffusing to purify and cleanse the air and neutralize mildew, cigarette smoke and disagreeable odors.
  1. Diffuse Purification oil to neutralize odors in the kitchen, bathroom, or workshop.
  2. Put several drops of Purification oil on a cotton ball and place in the air vents in the home, office, hotel room or other enclosed area to kill mold and freshen the air.
  3. Put a few drops of Purification oil in house paint to reduce the paint smell.
  4. Put a drop of Purification oil on insect bites to cleanse and stop the itching.
  5. Rub a drop of Purification oil on your neck over the area of a sore throat when it is first beginning.
  6. Spray several drops of Purification mixed with water on your skin to repel insects.
  7. Mix a drop of Purification with ½ a teaspoon of vegetable oil, put a little on your thumb, and smear gently just inside the ear of your pet cat or dog to eliminate ear mites.
  8. Use a few drops of Purification on your pet’s bedding to repel fleas.
  9. Mix a little purification in an atomizer and spray lightly on airplane seats backs when you travel.
  10. Sprinkle purification on your pillow linens when staying in hotels.
  11. Spray purification in your kitchen trash can to keep it smelling fresh.
A Few Common Sense Guidelines
Start by Diluting Your Oils. If you’ve never used essential oils before, start by combining them with an equal amount of pure vegetable oil-either V6 Oil from Young Living or a nice quality olive oil (or any other pure vegetable oil). When using essential oils with children under the age of seven, always dilute essential oils with a pure vegetable oil (aka a “carrier oil”). Likewise, dilute them even more for pets.
  • Diluting is easy- place both carrier oil and essential oil in the palm of your hand. Stir the oil in one hand with the fingers of the other, and then apply.
  • First-time users may wish to test for skin sensitivity. Just place one drop of essential oil on the inside of your forearm or other area of your body where the skin is thinner than other places. If the skin feels hot, then add 2-3 drops of V-6 mixing oil. If you wish to dilute your oils, we suggest using a mix of 2:1, twice as much carrier oil as essential oil.
  • Use the “hot” spice oils (like Thieves blend, which contains cinnamon and clove) on the soles of feet where the skin is less delicate.
Never place essential oils in your eyes or ears. Fumes from certain oils, such as peppermint, can feel surprisingly irritating to the eyes. But don’t worry! If you do get fumes or some amount of essential oils in your eyes, simply put a generous amount of vegetable oil on a tissue or other soft paper product and gently dab your eyes. You will get relief within seconds.
If you accidentally get a ’spicy’ oil in your eye or on other sensitive tissue, do not use water to get it out or dilute it – Use vegetable oil. Vegetable oil dilutes essential oils.
The content of this post is not intended as medical advise, treatment or diagnosis... please consult your primary health provider. *This article was given to me by another Young Living Independent distributor, I do not know it's original author.

Susan Richardson, Silver Young Living Independent Distributor Sponsor #1183617

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Respite For Ohio Autism Moms

We are Ohio Autism Moms.... we are motivated to make the lives of our children better. We live our lives around autism 24/7 for the safety, well-being, education and development of our kids. We tirelessly advocate for services, education, 
sensitivity, understanding and equality. (Google Autism to learn more.)

We realize that this journey is taxing emotionally, physically, spiritually financially, and socially on us and our families!! The important part is that we recognize this and are doing something about it.

We recognize that in order to better care for our children, that is imperative that we care for ourselves too. This event is our second annual respite weekend. Last year we met at a spa for... pedicures, manicures, haircuts, massages and pampering. We came out glowing!!! We then moved on to the hotel where we laughed and cried the whole evening. We later had dinner, hot tubing, wine and conversations that only other mother's with children on the spectrum could understand. We talked about our fears, frustrations, hopes, aspirations, dreams...... and ourselves. We we came home feeling empowered!!

This year we have expanded it to 48 hours!! Please help lessen the financial burden of this respite event. Our goal is to sponsor 8 moms. And if we raise enough.... to get our husbands some pizza money for them and the kids. (LOL!!) With their support we can get the essential respite we need to come back better mothers and wives.

Our event will take place in March 2013!

Any donation will help... thank you!!"

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Gender Differences

Halloween will be 4 years since our youngest daughter was diagnosed with infantile autism. 4 years!! It seems like we have lived an entire lifetime since. There are moments I still get angry about getting dealt the unexpected life and there are times I am completely at peace with it. 

I mean, the 'white-picket-fenced-happily-ever-after' really doesn't exist anyways, does it? (But no one ever prepares you for that!!)

I get fired up when I tell our story and how it took us 4 years to get Sahara diagnosed; she was non-verbal and catatonic at the time... and we noticed symptoms at 5 months!! Sure we had some denial, but we also kept asking professionals what was wrong! A mother just knows!! Why didn't 'they' listen to my concerns? I often note that we were told many times, “Autism is a boys disorder... it can't be that.”

I am here today to say... AUTISM AFFECTS GIRLS too!!

As we mucked forward in her treatment and advocacy, we started to note markers in our older daughter as well. But she was fully verbal, quirky at times, but nonetheless, definitely not autistic, right? In fact, had I not been engrossed in the world of autism, the quirkiness and challenges would have likely fallen off the radar as well.

We have been asking educators to help us figure out what was going on with Emily too... for years she has struggled academically, socially, and emotionally. I often associated it with the effects of being a sibling to a child w infantile autism. Life hasn't always been easy.

But 2 weeks ago the diagnosis came. I expected it.. yes, was even prepared this time. Sahara's diagnosis hit me like a ton of bricks!! I was crushed for days... maybe weeks... I can't really remember. Back then I was exhausted and the verge of a break down of my own... that is, until I decided I could wallow in self-pity or pull up my big girl pants and change the gloomy prognosis by getting her skills and supports to keep her out of an institution.

Institutionalization? Yes, the diagnosing psychologist told us to go home and put our affairs in order to have her institutionalized... We fired her! In hindsight, I am sure it was a power play to try to scare us into utilizing their program, but that only inspired me more to prove this system wrong... and to do it my way. A gamble? Perhaps... but it was better than the alternative. 

When we saw the word ASPERGERS written on the psych report for our oldest daughter... I was not completely crushed like I had been four year prior. OK, maybe a little, but not nearly to the degree I was with the catatonic infantile autism label.

I knew... and somehow the last 4 years have definitely prepared me to the concrete realization I have two kids, not one, on the spectrum... opposite sides, but regardless... here we are.

Aspergers! It does Answer a lot of questions for us. VALIDATION!!

SO I found myself, again, asking…


I started to think, would it have taken this long for either of my children to get a diagnosis had they been boys? 1:88 children are diagnosed with Autism today... 1:54 boys. I have said all along that there are definitive gender differences in girls vs. boys..  across the spectrum.

With a girl on the aspergers side of the spectrum... it looks different than with a boy. The girls get focused (aka obsessed) with gender appropriate toys... so a sweet little girl lining up her stuffed animals all over the front room is socially acceptable and this activity can be mis-interpreted as a tea party. OR the appearing to be a shy little girl hiding under her mothers shirt or behind a chair is somehow expected.. and by the way, isn't that adorable?  Or somehow that quirky little girl sporting her pony tails and dress becomes just so cute, feisty, or spirited.

Then around the 3rd or 4th grade... when the academic piece starts to fall apart, it is easy to brush it off as she is just becoming 'boy crazy' (Yes, an intervention specialist told us that once! I was so angry... because my child was not interested in 'boys' like the other girls... another huge red flag.)

Or she just isn't trying hard enough... you don't discipline her enough.... you let the tail wag the dog.... she is so stubborn.... etc etc etc

Then when the asperger adolescent hits puberty... hormones surge. The hormones coupled with the new demands on an adolescent girl with social expectations changing rapidly.. gets shrugged off as anxiousness.... when in fact, they don't know how to navigate the social constructs and inside are drowning. They are excellent observers and imitators... but If you watch closely you can see them 'playing the part' on the edge of the social circle.


2 years ago we had Emily evaluated by another psychologist and she said, “I would have given her the asperger diagnosis, but she scored too high in self care.” Are you freaking kiddin' me?? We lost 2 years of intervention, because they look at the diagnostic tools established based on male autism attributes.

Just because females attend to their physical appearance and space, they get ruled out? No wonder there are more boys formally on the spectrum than girls.

So, here I am... at another epic crossroad in my complex life... I can choose to loathe in self-pity and blame, or take action to give my girls the support and skills they need to navigate life.

I choose empowerment.

And so, the unexpected life continues w a new chapter, this time with the realization I not only have 2 kiddos on the autism spectrum... but 2 girls. 2 girls that manifest it very differently from each other.. yet, very much the same and much differently than their male counterparts.

Jeneen Interlandi in her article, More Than Just 'Quirky, states this concern of mine more precisely:

It's not uncommon for girls with Asperger's to go undiagnosed well into adulthood. Like heart disease, this high-functioning autism spectrum disorder is 10 times more prevalent in males, so doctors often don't think to look for it in females. But some experts have begun to suspect that unlike heart disease, Asperger's manifests differently, less obviously in girls, and that factor is also causing them to slip through the diagnostic cracks. This gender gap may have implications for the health and well-being of girls on the spectrum, and some specialists predict that as we diagnose more girls, our profile of the disorder as a whole will change. Anecdotally, they report that girls with Asperger's seem to have less motor impairment, a broader range of obsessive interests, and a stronger desire to connect with others, despite their social impairment.”

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Autism Awareness Month 2012, Day 3

Autism Awareness Month, Day 3:

Sometimes I feel guilty for finding blessings in autism when my daughter has to struggle at everything. Sometimes I HATE autism; yet at the same time I have learned to LOVE EVERY aspect of this experience. It is the most dichotomous, yet empowering experience I have ever faced. Through prayer, meditation, a strong marriage and taking my own power back I have learned let go of the anger to embrace the possibilities.... and I thank God daily for trusting me with the two most amazing daughters ever!! There really are blessings in the world of autism, sometimes you just have to still yourself to see them. ♥

Autism Awareness Month 2012, Day 2

Autism Awareness Month, Day 2...

National Autism Awareness Day:

If you are not intimately touched by autism become aware:

1:88 kids are on the autism spectrum!!

Patience, empathy and acts of kindness go a long way!

You bump into our kids in the store, church, parks, streets, school events...

Remember our kids are just like yours with feelings and stuggles and triumphs the same.

Autism Awareness, Day 1

Autism Awareness Month Day 1:
Autism does have gifts inter-woven... One unique gift is the deep friendships we make along the way w others on the journey that might otherwise not manifested. I have great friends across the board, but there is just something extra special about my autism friends/family. ♥

Friday, March 30, 2012

1:88 Autism

1:88 and not an epidemic per the CDC?

That is because they would have a HUGE backlash if they acknowledged anything environmentally was contributing to this enormous spike in the autism diagnosis.

I love my daughter unconditionally ~ quirks and all ~ but the challenges she goes through is not normal... I am not talking nuero-diversity, I am talking the biological complications of autism.

I am not even saying that vaccines caused her autism, she isn't "directly" vaccinated.... but environmental toxins most certainly plays a part and I do have too many friends whose child was typical prior to specific vaccines....

Our government needs to eat crow and acknowledge the role big pharma, industrialized farming, food additives, petroleum tar-based dyes in our foods, approved household chemicals, industrialized birthing practices etc plays not in just autism, but all childhood disorders that are at an all time high... cancer, adhd, diabetes, ms, down syndrome, add, anxiety, ocd, sensory processing disorder, aggression, etc.