Guest Post: Essential Oils & How To Use Them

Today, I am so excited to be featuring a guest blog post from my friend, Kristen Suppa! You may remember Kristen from a previous post about the Knocked Up Fitness Core Rehab Program (find that post here).

Kristen is going to be telling us AAAALLL about Essential Oils and their uses, and I am really looking forward to learning more because I'm so curious about oils!

Let's dive right in! Take it away, Kristen!

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Hi! First off, I am so excited to be collaborating with Anna again! We ‘met’ on Instagram through being longtime “tiu girls,” and we both welcomed our baby boys in 2016. :)

For me, that was my second pregnancy and second little man. My older son is going to be 3 late this coming summer, which is crazy, and time is FLYING especially with having a 1 year old along with him! Anna and I previously collaborated here on her blog after we both found and fell in LOVE with Erica Ziel’s postpartum fitness program, Core Rehab… you can read more about me and my pregnancies, birth stories, and my experience with prenatal and postpartum fitness routines here!

 

I just love how uplifting and positive Anna is on her social media and blog, and her and I share a passion for health and wellness for sure. When I first dove into life as an essential oiler ☺ I just knew that I wanted to share what I have been learning about Young Living Oils with Anna! I knew she would totally vibe with this lifestyle that I have discovered and that her readers would be into it too! So, thank you in advance for diving in with us!

 

I figured I would start with a little background about exactly what essential oils are and then delve into how I am using them to support myself in motherhood, in my home, and for my family.  I hope that you enjoy what I have to share, and don’t hestitate to find me on Instagram @well.balanced.home if you ever want to chat!

 

Ok…so exactly what are essential oils?

They are the most powerful part of plants- distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, rinds, herbs...you get the idea…all things natural and organic and here on Earth since the beginning of time ☺

They are mentioned 1100 times directly and indirectly in The Bible and have been used by some of the oldest cultures on Earth.  

The science on the uses is continually growing, and we know that essential oils can provide support for every system in the body- your skeletal system, muscular system, circulatory system, endocrine system (hello Mama hormone support!), respiratory system, and immune system (with a little guy going to preschool soon, I am so thankful for these oils to support his wellness this coming Fall and Winter!)  I love using them to support our emotions, diffusing them in my home, swapping them out depending on our needs at the moment…freshening and purifying the air while I clean (thereby ditching candles and plug-ins that emit some pretty nasty toxins), energizing me in the morning while I start our day, stress relief during a tough day with 2 active toddler boys, sleep encouragement for all of us ;) to name a few…

I thought that this venture of starting my oily business would come with some overwhelm because there are hundreds of oils on Earth and all of this was new to me a few months ago…I thought I had to become an aromatherapist and an expert on it all (Type A over here!)  However, I have learned that you really only need 10-20 oils (plus I highly recommend a diffuser!) to get all of the support I mentioned above.  It really doesn’t have to be complicated, and the whole journey for me has been about learning and having fun! So…here are currently my favorite ways to use them…

 

Happy Mama

We all know that moods can swing during pregnancy and postpartum! Joy, Grapefruit, and Citrus Fresh Oils are such a great, uplifting combo in your diffuser or add 8-10 drops of each in a 10ml roller bottle (filled the rest of the way with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil- I got my carrier oil and my roller bottles on Amazon…aka Mom’s BFF and easiest way to get anything you need!) It is a flowery, citrusy scent that I roll onto my wrists and over my heart when I need a little pick-me-up! The citrus notes make it a good one in the morning, whether I diffuse it in my kitchen during breakfast and while I am doing dishes or roll it on instead of perfume to start the day ☺

The oils are much more potent by themselves than they are in a roller, and I often apply Joy oil, alone, directly onto my heart and wrists, and I immediately feel it working for me.  I do the same with my Stress Away Oil…it came in my Young Living Starter Kit with a roller top…so I can roll it directly onto my neck and shoulders and onto my wrists or bring it with me on-the-go to utilize whenever I need it or when an anxious situation arises…these were my BFF when I hosted Easter dinner! All the Joy oil and all the stress away was applied haha!  

Smelling these oils just helps me stay present and relaxed in the moment!  

I am personally working on being mindful and intentional during this season of my life, and my oils have been a huge source of support for me in working on that.  I wish I had found them sooner and used them during my pregnancies and labors!

 

Tired Mama

My Dream roller is EVERYTHING to me right now…it is my all time favorite combination that I have tried… Lavender and Frankincense.

Frankincense aka Frank is referred to as the “coconut oil” of EOs because it has over 50 uses…this is a sacred oil that is referred to frequently in scripture and is very useful during yoga and meditation to help you connect spiritually.

I roll it onto my wrists and bottoms of my feet before bed…it helps me unwind and feel grounded and I fall asleep and stay asleep…if I do wake in the night, I apply it again and I fall right back to sleep.  

Lavender is probably the essential oil you’re most familiar with…it is super popular, reminds me of being in a spa, and has so so many uses! I use a few drops into my Epsom salt baths too, and I sleep like a rock!

 

Active Mama

Being a “tiu girl” or “tiu mama” really at this point, like Anna, I LOVE working out! It is so helpful for me…mind, body, and spirit.  I have been using their Cool Azul cream on my sore muscles, and it is AMAZING!

If my neck and shoulders are tense from picking up my guys all day and not getting a chance to sit down, I apply this to my neck and shoulders before doing housework or cooking and it makes all of the difference in how I feel!

Young Living also has a Vitality Collection of Oils now, which are therapeutic-grade (as are all of their oils) but these Vitality Oils are dietary oils, meaning you can ingest them, as well as diffuse them and apply them topically like the regular line of oils.

To encourage myself to drink more water (a constant struggle for me!) I have been adding the peppermint, lime (reminds me of a margarita!), or lemon vitality oils to my water (be sure to only use the oils in glass and not plastic…or if you’re a tiu girl, then you probably have a stash of mason jars you can make your water in!)

They can help with digestion and give you more energy during a workout!

You can also cook with the vitality line of oils- make your chicken or fish lemon, rosemary, or basil flavored with a drop of oil…I recently read that Kristin Cavallari is a huge fan of Young Living and their Vitality Oils, and The Laguna Beach fan in me got super excited haha! Another oil I use from my starter kit after working out is PanAway…the smell reminds me of root beer, and I love how it soothes my muscles after a workout!

 

Take Care, Mama

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am a HUGE proponent for self-care for Moms!

The days are long, and I make sure to take time to care for myself each day or night, whether that’s doing a face mask where I add tea tree oil for my acne-prone skin (it is antibacterial and antifungal and I can just feel it working!)…or more recently, I have started dry brushing my skin in the morning if I can squeeze in a shower (a Mama luxury!)…I have been applying Cedarwood Oil to my dry brush and dry brushing before I get into the shower to wake up my lymph system and energize me for the day ahead!

There are so many DIY recipes (i.e. go down the Pinterest rabbithole ☺) for using your oils for skin and body care.  My best friend who is also on this oily journey with me made me a peppermint body scrub and body butter for Christmas that was AH-mazing plus all organic and toxin-free! You can make some awesome handmade gifts! 

Now onto the little ones!

Young Living has a whole line of Kid’s Oils to take the guesswork out of what is best to use on them!  SleepyIze (praise hands!), SniffleEase, TummyGize, and Owie are their Kids’ Line Oils.

However, I have had success with using my regular oils on my little guys safely diluted with coconut oil and with great results! Gentle Baby is a wonderful smelling oil that I diffuse before bedtime- it is calming and soothing for both babies and Mamas, or I dilute a drop of Gentle Baby (or Lavender) in a couple of pumps of my carrier oil and massage their feet and backs during our bedtime routine.

I have made a gum massage oil combo while my littlest was teething with 1-3 drops of Copaiba Vitality oil and a tablespoon of coconut oil.  I have also made a Lullaby Room Spray for their bedding using Gentle Baby, Cedarwood, and Lavender Essential Oils in a glass spray bottle with a bit of witch hazel and distilled water. Anything to set the stage for good sleep, right?!

The uses really are endless, and Young Living has loads of supplements and vitamins infused with essential oils as well. I have recently added a Super B supplement to support my hypothyroid and skin issues and to support positive moods and cognitive function (aka it helps my “mom brain” ☺) I have added the Thieves Household Cleaner, fruit and veggie spray, and dish soap to my home as well.  

Knowing that I can clean without introducing toxins and endocrine disruptors into my household…after downloading the ThinkDirty app, this gives me tremendous peace of mind! I am cost-conscious, so I am not biting off more than I can chew.

Little by little as my personal care items like my toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, laundry and dish detergent run out, I will most certainly be ditching them and switching to Young Living’s products.  I am all about simplifying life these days, and I promise, none of this has to be complicated.  

These products are fun to learn about, smell amazing, and are safe for everyone in your home.  The Young Living Starter Kit comes with the diffuser and 11 of the most popular oils plus lots of samples and is the easiest way to get started…bundled together, it ends up being 50% off the regular prices and 24% off of all future purchases (whether or not you choose to pursue the business side or just use them for yourself).

But I am also happy to offer an extra incentive to Anna’s readers who purchase a starter kit (using my member #10680771)…this would be such a great Mother’s Day gift to give or receive!  

There is also an option to start with a couple of oils at regular retail pricing too if there are certain oils or products that you want to try for you or your little ones! I would love to connect with you on Instagram or via email at kristensuppa@gmail.com to help if you have any specific questions about the areas of your life that you are looking to support!

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Thank you SO much, Kristen! I learned so much from this, and I hope that all of you reading it took away some real value and knowledge as well!

Be sure to comment below with any questions or comments! Do you use essential oils in your home? What are your favorite ways to use them?