About 20 years ago, I was in a store called Burlington Coat Factory and found a small bottle of patchouli essential oil.
I read great things about patchouli and was excited to find it! I checked the packaging and the label because I wanted to be sure I was getting pure essential oil. Back then, I did not know that companies had a lot of leeway when they use terminology such as “pure“, “natural”, and “therapeutic“.
I opened the bottle and YUCK … I thought I didn’t like patchouli!
Fast forward to today. I realize that I didn’t like the chemically laced synthetic scent they were trying to pass off as PURE.
I’m so grateful for Young Living’s commitment to purity and quality. They prove to me time and time again that I can trust their claims and labeling 🌿…..
If you want a high quality essential oil, Young Living is the best option available.
While I have an awesome DIY chest rub recipe, I like that there is Thieves Chest Rub available. It helps tackle seasonal colds and coughs that you can feel in your chest.
With natural camphor and menthol along with Eucalyptus oil and the power of Thieves, rub this on your chest to help relieve coughs, soothe nasal passages, and keep you breathing easily and comfortable while you recover.
It provides temporary relief of coughs caused by allergies, cold, minor throat and bronchial irritation. The aromatic vapors soothe nasal passages.
Plus, it’s plant based and formulated free of petroleum, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, synthetic perfumes or dyes, artificial colors, preservatives, or GMO ingredients!
Candles, sprays, plug ins, hand soaps, perfumes, cleaning supplies, etc. all have sweet scents, but none of it natural . Ughhhhh!!!!
– The word “fragrance” can hide any combination of 3000+ chemicals that companies engineer in the lab. Cosmetic manufacturers do not have to disclose smells since that is considered a trade secret. Even many of the so called “essential oils” were lab created. Yupp…they are all fake.
– The majority of candles contain paraffin, a petroleum waste product. They are a suspected cause of cancer, can cause respiratory distress.
– The toxins released from candles are as detrimental as second-hand smoke.
Now, I use Young Living essential oils in a diffuser. Since I started avoiding fragrance, I have noticed less sinus problems. I thought I was doomed to a life of congestion. Not anymore!
When you look at the size of a bottle of essential oils, you might think,
“That is such a little amount of oil!”
I am constantly telling people to measure the bottle in the number of drops instead of ounces. A 5-ml bottle has about 90 drops and a 15-ml bottle has about 200-250 drops (depends on the viscosity).
However, there are other ways to make your oils last even longer.
1. Make a roller bottle. 10ml-sized glass bottles can be purchased inexpensively via Amazon. They have stainless steel roller ball top, making application quick and easy. Just add 10-20 drops of the essential oil of your choice, and fill the rest with a carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond oil. This dilutes the essential oil but doesn’t reduce the effectiveness because one drop is so powerful. You extend the life of your oils and have a super simple way to apply them on the go.
2. Use the lowest setting on your diffuser. My Desert Mist diffuser (from Young Living) that can run for up to 10 hours! On the lowest setting, it cycles on and off at intervals, allowing the few drops that I put in to last almost all day.
3. Use diffuser jewelry to carry the aromatherapy benefits with you everywhere you go. Google search diffuser necklaces or bracelets and you’d find a lot of options to consider, including easy DIY options. I have made bracelets with accent lava beads. These hold the oil and it’s scent last a day or two.
I used to use conventional dryer sheets or fabric softeners because I equated the floral scent to mean my clothes were freshly clean.
I was surprised to learn that these things have ingredients that may be irritants or carcinogens (aka bad stuff). And after I started making non toxic replacements like essential oils on dryer balls, my skin had less breakouts! Go figure.
I like Palmarosa + Lemon on my dryer balls because it’s citrusy and floral all together. My clothes smell like spring 😊.
Fun fact: Once known as Turkish geranium oil or Indian geranium oil, palmarosa was used for centuries by the Turks to adulterate the more costly Turkish rose oil 😏.