So you like your Young Living Essential Oils but don’t know what to order next. Let me share a gem I have discovered recently. Last month I ordered Young Living’s Bon Voyage Travel Kit. You get 11 airplane carry on approved items for face and body that are packaged in a nice quality travel bag. When I unboxed it I was amazed at how LARGE some of these items were! It is a great way to try numerous Young Living products at once without having to spend the money on full size versions. I am loving everything I have tried so far and these items would make great stocking stuffers at Christmas time or to give as part of a gift basket to someone!
Bon Voyage offers 11 Young Living personal-care products inside an attractive, custom-designed, Young Living bag:
Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste, 2 oz.
Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, 29.5ml.
Thieves Dental Floss
Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash, 2 oz.
Young Living branded Toothbrush
Lavender Shampoo, 2 oz.
Lavender Conditioner, 2 oz.
Cinnamint Lip Balm
Morning Start™ Bath & Shower Gel, 2 oz.
Genesis Hand and Body Lotion, 2 oz.
ART Light Face Moisturizer
These travel-sized toiletries make Bon Voyage convenient as well as compact—a perfect size for carry-ons or handbags.
Safe and effective personal-care products that are infused with Young Living essential oils
Convenient and compact for easy travel
Branded travel bag with travel-sized toiletries
Great gift idea
If you have never purchased Young Living before, the best way to start is to purchase an essential oil kit with diffuser. It is a great way to get started on your wellness journey and it allows you to get member pricing with Young Living, which is 24% cheaper than Retail pricing! Click here to order.
My husband has been gluten free for over 8 years now. In the beginning we were lucky to find one gluten free flour mix at the grocery store. Now there’s pancake mixes, flour mixes, cookies and cakes… and they’re all made with gluten-free ingredients that have been deemed safe. But what if it didn’t have to so complicated?
What if eating gluten-free was as simple as choosing a better wheat flour?
Scientifically speaking of course, that can’t be true. By definition, all wheat flours – all-purpose, bread, whole wheat (hard red and soft white), spelt, kamut,, etc. – contain gluten. It’s how they were created and that’s that.
But the wheat on stores shelves today is NOT the same wheat that we once consumed long ago.
Like many other foods, wheat has been optimized for the benefit of the farmers, creating bigger yields and disease resistant crops. However, the changes that benefit the farmers could also be to blame for the recent rise of gluten-free sensitivities, intolerance and celiac disease. (source)
This is bad news across the board, whether you have food allergies or not.
A few months ago we discovered Einkorn Wheat Flour and every time we have cooked with it my husband has NOT gotten sick. This is amazing as he gets sick from food just fried in the same oil as products containing wheat! It has been life changing for us.
What Is Einkorn Wheat?
Early on in the history of wheat, Einkorn grew wild in the Far East. Soon thereafter, the first farmers began to plant and harvest Einkorn, making it one of the earliest crops. As an unmodified, ancient grain, Einkorn contains 14 chromosomes.
A little while later, Emmer spontaneously appeared. Emmer is the first hybridization of wheat, being part wild wheat and part goat grass, and contains 28 chromosomes.
Then, Spelt emerged. Spelt is a hybrid of Emmer and goat grass, intentionally bred by migrant farmers in order to keep the desirable traits of goat grass and diminish the undesirable traits of Emmer. Spelt is the second hybridization and has 42 chromosomes.
Over time, farmers bred Spelt and Emmer to create today’s Durum Wheat, Spelt and Soft Wheat. These too have 42 chromosomes and along with Hard Red Spring, are the most common varieties of wheat used in the market today.
So Einkorn grain is the oldest form of cultivated wheat. But most of the wheat that is used today is a hybrid. Hybridization can happen naturally when plants are near each other and the wind blows and cross pollinates. But that is not what we are talking about with the modern hybrid wheat. Modern wheat was engineered to have shorter stalks to create less waste and fuller heads of grain to produce more product. The problem with this hybrid wheat is that it has been engineered to contain 3 genomes and 42 chromosomes while the old Einkorn wheat only has 14 chromosomes! Those extra chromosomes create new proteins that man was never intended to consume. They are foreign to the body and can cause confusion in the digestive system.
The Effect of Einkorn Gluten Versus Modern Wheat Gluten
All wheat contains gluten, and gluten consists of two proteins:
gliadin (which causes the rise)
glutenin (which causes elasticity)
Most individuals with gluten issues react negatively to the gliadin.
Einkorn has a higher ratio of gliadin to glutenin, so naturally we would think that it would be far worse for individuals with gluten sensitivities than modern wheat. However, because Einkorn is not hybridized, the original DNA structure remains intact and actually helps the body to digest these gluten proteins properly.
From the way the starches in Einkorn are structured together, to the naturally high level of protein, to the ratio of soluble to insoluble proteins found in Einkorn wheat – it all remains unchanged as it was many years ago, equipping the body with the tools needed in order to break down and properly digest the grain.
So what does all this mean for you and me?
It means that people who are gluten sensitive or gluten intolerant are often able to consume Einkorn.
This does NOT mean that people with celiac disease are able to consume wheat. That is an entirely different issue.
So while einkorn flour isn’t gluten-free, it has been found to lack some of the proteins that people with gluten intolerances can’t manage to digest. So if you have a gluten sensitivity — but one not as severe as celiac disease — einkorn flour may prove a good alternative to modern flours for you.
Where to Find Einkorn
Einkorn Wheat was lost in the hubub of modern wheat for a long time, so despite being a very old grain, it’s relatively new to the current market of wheat. A few health brands carry it currently. Young Living is one of them.
They currently carry five items with Einkorn:
Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix
Einkorn Rotini – NEW
Einkorn Granola – NEW
If you are interested in ordering please click here to do so. Finding this flour has been HUGE for us and I am excited to see what other products Young Living will come out with using Einkorn Flour!
I have always enjoyed oatmeal cookies, but often thought that they were missing that little extra something. For this recipe I added in ground ginger and ground clove. Everyone who has tried them loves the dimension the extra spices give the cookies.
Einkorn Flour has more protein and lower gluten levels than traditional wheat flour. Click here to learn more on why Einkorn Flour is a great ancient grain to add to your diet.
If you add more ginger and clove to the batter the cookies will take on that distinctive ginger snap flavor.
If you want a more dominate cinnamon flavor, reduce the clove and ginger or remove completely from your cookies.
½ cup butter + 3 tbsp, softened
¾ cup brown sugar firmly packed
½ cup sugar
2 cups Einkorn Flour
3 cups oatmeal
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp almond extract (optional)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
¼-1/2 tsp ground clove
½ – 1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp salt
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350F
In large bowl beat sugar and sugar until creamy.
Add eggs, vanilla, almond extract, and spices. Beat until incorporated.
Add flour and mix well.
Add oatmeal and mix well.
Stir in raisins.
Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Press flat. I am using a little less butter in this recipe and the cookies may not spread out as much as some cookie recipes.
Bake 9-13 minutes or until light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
I heart baths. Love, love, love them. But I hate paying a ton for luxurious soaks. This DIY Milk Bath recipe is both economical and luxurious so grab a book, put on some relaxing music and get ready to soak away your troubles–all while using things you likely have in your pantry!
And hint hint….this is a GREAT gift idea to give the moms in your life for Mother’s Day!
You could do any of the following combinations – have fun with this part!
6 drops Ylang Ylang & 6 drops Lavender
6 drops Stress Away & 6 drops Orange
6 drops Peppermint & 6 drops Lime
Citrus Fresh, Peace & Calming, and Joy Essential Oil blends are other great ones to try!
DIY Milk Bath Directions:
Mix all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Add to a glass jar and cap tightly. Mason Jars are a beautiful and economical way to package this recipe. Wait 24 hours before use. The recipe can be used for 4 baths using a little less than 1/2 cup each time and can be stored for roughly 3 months.
So last year I got in on the essential oil bandwagon. I love them. I really do. I now have things in my home like all natural laundry detergent and natural hand soap that have essential oils in it. I have roller balls of essential oil blends that I wear as perfume or for help with everyday aches and pains. I have an awesome homemade muscle rub cream that I swear melts away my neck tension every night. But I am also living modern life. I am a working mom who eats things like Orange Chicken (so delicious) from Panda Express for lunch. I let my son do things like drink water from the garden hose or eat day old cheerios off the floor. I also still have a medicine cabinet filled with things like Tylenol and Claritin because you just never know when you will need them.
When I decided to start this website last summer it was to be an outlet for me to write about my new role as a mom and explore this new world of essential oils I was excited about. It was also a creative outlet for me as I grieved the sudden loss of my mom last summer. And over the past year I have been feeling more comfortable in everything. My son is going to be two in a few weeks and I still love my essential oils. I also can think about my mom now without dissolving into a pile of grief. It has been a good year.
There are so many fanatics out there on both the essential oil AND motherhood front. Sometimes I want to shout, “REALLY? You really did power yoga, cooked an organic breakfast AND magically healed your sick child from one application of essential oils all before 9 AM?”
The reality of life is that sometimes you feel like super mom and other days you just survive till the kids go to bed. Essential oils have supported my family in an amazing way this year and I love them. But I also will still take my child to the doctor if he gets really sick.
It is called moderation people. In the end, we are all just trying to make the best decisions for our family while trying to fulfill our dreams and ambitions at the same time.
Now excuse me as I get my 3rd cup of coffee for the day. It is Friday after all and I am running on fumes at this point. Moderation in the caffeine department can start tomorrow…
Good morning! I thought it would be fun to invite you into my home and show you my typical oil routine. First up -Coffee!! And as I wait for my cup to brew I roll on my wrists some highest potential.
It is a blend of oils that sets my intention for the day. It combines the uplifting and inspirational qualities of Australian Blue with the power of Gathering to help bring greater unity of purpose. Jasmine is added to enhance self-confidence, while ylang ylang calms, soothes, and harmonizes.
Throughout the day it is my reminder to reach higher and think positive. I put a roller filament on the bottle so I just roll on my wrists and neck. I swear I have an extra spring in my step when I use this oil.
Who else out there has a love/hate relationship with the diaper pail? Lol. To cut down on the smell (and kill germs) when changing out liners I always spray down with the thieves spray. Awesome smell and I love that is all natural and don’t have to worry if Bryces hands go all over this diaper pail later in the day when he decides he wants to throw out his own diaper. This spray is also great for shopping carts, toilet seats, airplane trays, TV remotes….anywhere there are germs!
Hands down my favorite diffuser combo. Peppermint and Lime. Reminds me of mojitos and summer. Try it next time and see for yourself! I love diffusing my essential oils to make the whole house smell yummy while also benefiting from the aromatherapy.
Coming in from outside and washing our hands. I LOVE the thieves foaming hand soap. All natural, smells great and isn’t Bryce adorable? Lol. I am lucky that he likes to wash his hands. Even if it means him playing with the faucet for the next 5 minutes. The best part of this hand soap is it is all plant based ingredients and you can purchase a large refill jug that makes it cost effective and is environmentally friendly.
Bryce fell when he was outside so I used this great rollerball combo on him cleanse and protect the scrap he got on his knee. This rollerball is so easy to make. Take a glass roller bottle and put 10 drops each lavender and purification or tea tree. Then Just put a little carrier oil in like grape seed to help oils spread when applied. Voila! Diy boo boo stick great for kids but I use all the time too. So convenient!
I have been trying to keep my New Years Resolution to move more and eat less. I bought the Active and Fit Kit Young Living sells and LOVE both these products. The Cool Azul Sports Gel has 10% essential oils in it and the first ingredient in it is Aloe, making this product moisturizing as well as super cooling to your aching muscles and joints. And the Deep Relief oil works great as an “Icy Hot” type product. One of my good friends just ran a half marathon and the next day she had no soreness! She swears these products helped her immensely recover from the run.
Need I say more? A great combo. Also try adding a few drops of Lime Essential Oil into your fajita’s or Key Lime Pie recipes next time you make them.
My new anti-aging combo. Frankincense essential oil has helped keep my complexion clear, reducing my age spots and overall giving me a natural “glow.” I mix it with Maracuja Oil, which I love for its lightweight moisturizing properties. Living in Florida my skin doesn’t handle well heavy moisturizers. I find this combo to be working great for me currently.
Ahhh….Bedtime. I love to put two drops of Valor on my feet before bed. It really helps my mind “shut” down and go to sleep. Thank you for following along with my day and I would love to hear what essential oils you must have in your “oily” day.
If you have not purchased essential oils and are interested in doing so, I recommend the starter kit. It comes with 11 essential oils PLUS a diffuser of your choice. Click here to learn more and purchase!
SLEEP…..elusive for many, never enough, and the phrase “sleeping like a baby” is a joke because actual babies wake up A LOT during the night. I should know. My 21 month old is just now sleeping though the night! Lol
Getting more sleep is one of the major reasons I bought my essential oil kit. Bryce had such a hard time calming down at night and my anxiety issues would mean when my head finally did hit the pillow I would just…lay there thinking….totally not sleeping. Anyone with me here? I know I can’t be the only one. So frustrating because I would be SO exhausted yet my mind just would not shut off.
The first thing I did when I got my kit was diffuse lavender that night in Bryce’s room. I also massaged a drop of Lavender on each foot. And a miracle happened. My kid fell asleep. Like in 1/2 the time it normally took. I started thinking maybe there was some truth to this oil thing.
I started looking up essential oil combos for sleep and anxiety and found a lot. Apparently sleep is a popular subject in google land.
I placed another order and tried popular oils like Cedarwood, Lavender and Peace & Calming. Cedarwood and Lavender have been the winners for Bryce. We have made up a roller ball that he applies to his neck every night before bed. Valor has been great for my anxiety and I now fall asleep much faster and more importantly, stay asleep!!
Below are the most popular essential oils for sleep. I encourage you to try as many as you can and find “your” magic sleep combo.
If you are interested in purchasing essential oils I recommend getting Young Living’s Starter Kit because it includes 11 oils PLUS a diffuser.
Young Living has just released a NEW line of essential oils, their Vitality line! This is so exciting.
Vitality is a dietary essential oil line, a line of oils specifically labeled for internal use. From a consumer standpoint, these oils are the same exact therapeutic-grade oils we are used to, but the labeling makes it easier for new members to know which oils to use topically/aromatically and which oils are for dietary use. Everything in the Vitality line is for dietary use.
The Vitality line has 4 distinct categories: Herb, Spice, Citrus, and Supplement.
At the launch of this new line, here are the 27 Vitality oils broken into categories:
This weekend was exactly what I needed. I started January 1st with the phrase “highest potential.” That is my 2016 resolution. To strive for my highest potential. I love this quote I read recently from Oprah Winfrey:
“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe. ” So true. So difficult to do. This is what I am working this year to do. Create my vision.
After I had Bryce I became an extension of him. His needs were my needs, and his schedule was my schedule. I got lost in the exhaustion and work of baby. I thought it would get better when he turned one. But it didn’t. And then my mom died in July. Oh did I bury the grief. I just couldn’t deal with it. Too much pain. And this fall I paid for it. Summer turned to fall, and I realized I was lost. Lost as a mom, lost as a wife, lost as a worker. And tired. So so so tired. My health had taken a major nosedive when I became a mother. I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was getting sick all the time. My weight was creeping up. I was getting tired just going up the stairs. I excused it with I was a new mother and just didn’t have time. But my baby is now a toddler. I was running out of excuses. And eventually I would have to deal with my emotions from mom’s death.
This weekend I had a come to reality check. I became honest with myself. Which we all know is about as easy as watching money grow on trees. Why is change so hard? Why is seeing yourself honestly so scary?
Basically I have decided that I have got to put myself first. Take care of my health, take care of my relationships. But most importantly create my “vision.” So I started working out this weekend. Gave up sugar (so hard!!) and I am committing to reaching my goals. There is many more checks on my list but you get the gist.
It is time to hustle.
I recently bought this oil blend from Young Living called Highest Potential. It is designed to increase your capacity to achieve your dreams. I put it on my wrists everyday as I head out the door and it really is helping my mood.
Australian Blue (which is another YL blend) is stabilizing and inspiring.
Gathering (another YL blend) helps with overcoming mis-guided energy that takes us away from our focus.
Jasmine essential oil is uplifting and helps with feelings of lost hope and anxiousness.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is extremely balancing to your energies. May help restore confidence.
I know I have my work cut out for me. Saying I will do something and actually doing it are two separate things. But I also know I cannot continue as I am. So my exactly what I needed this weekend was a reality check. Let’s keep the momentum going.