How I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

Last year my family became a big user of essential oils, and I’ve been amazed at how many different things they can help with!! It’s kinda funny I fell in love with them, as I was a skeptic for a long time!! You see them everywhere and most people can’t help but wonder if they are a fad, or truly do work. I know your first thought’s reading this are probably…. “oh goodness, another person jumping on the essential oil bandwagon!” Before judging though, I’d love for you to read how I fell in love with essential oils!

How I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

How I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

Reason 1:

My oldest son has asthma, and it went un-diagnosed for quite awhile. Nothing worse as a Mom as fighting with doctors and trying to tell them what they were suggesting, wasn’t working! We spent many nights with my son coughing so much he got sick, missing over 30 days of school, and spending hundreds of dollars on medicines and tests (finally we got a referral to an allergist…surprise surprise, Mom was right and he did have asthma and a few allergies!). I turned to essential oils for help while we tried to find a diagnoses and not only did they give him peace at night, he was also able to recuperate faster!

Reason 2:

I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I’m one of those people who really doesn’t like to take pills. Sure I have some I have to take everyday, and I do, but other things like Tylenol for joint pain, or allergy medicine….I just don’t like to do it! Well me doctors actually recommended trying to avoid medicine as much as possible. That was scary! At the time I was having really bad headaches almost daily! I also was getting severe sinus infections which put my on antibiotics every 4-6 weeks (yes, I know they kill the good bacteria in your gut…which Is why I turned to oils!). A friend of mine suggested peppermint oils for my headaches, along with an allergy blend, and an oil to boost my immune system. Not only did my headaches go from daily down to once or twice a month (if that!)….I haven’t had a sinus infection in 8 MONTHS! I had 6 in a four month period, plus the flu, plus strep throat!! That’s HUGE!! An autoimmune disease means a weakened immune system, but thanks to oils and a few other things, I’ve done much better in not catching things!

Reason 3:

Oils can boost your immune system and help with many condition! My kids were in 1st grade and Pre-K and brought home so many germs!! For awhile it seemed someone was always sick! I found an oil that boosts their immune system and started mixing it with coconut oil, and rubbing on their backs and feet each night. Second half of school….neither of them got sick!!! And if they did start to feel down, I would put a few oils in a diffuser in their rooms, and the next day they were back to normal!! (Disclosure: I did also start giving them probiotics, and a REALLY GOOD kids vitamin!)

Reason 4:

ADHD…..this is something so many kids are diagnosed with these days, especially boys! My oldest son was first thought to have this in Kindergarten, but at the time we didn’t know much, so didn’t do much! By 1st grade, it got much worse. He fell behind in learning, his grades suffered, and each day of school was miserable because he struggled. I wanted to avoid medicine if I could after reading too many scary stories and my own husband having issues with it! I began to research and learned a lot! Such as it’s most common in boys and their brain develops slower, plus most boys are just higher energy than girls. I did a few different things to help him (good vitamins, especially omega vitamins, no junk food, lots of activities, etc) but one of the biggest was oils! I used an oil to help him pay attention, and one to help him calm down. Not only did his grades go from failing to A’s, he also began to enjoy school! He went from being behind, to excelling in all his work! The joy on his face showing me all his good grades makes all the research and changes we did worth it!!

 

So that’s it! That’s how I fell in love with essential oils!! Everyone has different stories and different results, but if you haven’t tried oils, I really recommend it!

 

For those new to the oil world, I’d love to share a little more about them! Now, I am not an expert by any means (luckily I have a good friend who is and I pick her brain often!), but here is just some generic information on oils, how to use them, and picking brands to try!

How I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

Essential oils come from plants and are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. The oils are removed from the plant through a process called distillation using steam or water.  They also use different parts of the plants such as seeds, bark, leaves, flowers, etc. The end result is a highly concentrated oil from the plant which carries the fragrance of the plant along with some of its healing properties. So when using oils, you literally are using plants to help heal you!

 

Essential oils were mankind’s first medicine! In fact, research shows they have been used for thousands of years by physician’s and priests. They were even found in alabaster jars in the tomb of King Tut!! In the temple of Isis on the island of Philae, a sacred room was used for emotional clearing using oils and oils baths! There are over 180 references to essential oils in the Bible! A few you may recognize are rosemary, myrrh, and frankincense….two of these were presented to the Baby Jesus by the wise men!

 

What can essential oils help with??

  • Headaches
  • Allergies
  • Nausea
  • ADHD
  • Digestion
  • Balance Hormones
  • Skin Conditions
  • Joint Pain
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Cold and Flu Symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

The list goes on and on and on!

 

Where can you get oils?

This one is very important!!! I have read many horror stories of people being hurt by buying bad quality oils, or not using them in the right way! One tip is never buy cheap oils from the grocery store, amazon, or a drug store.  If it looks too good to be true, just say no!!! Buy them from a company that is well experienced in making high quality oils. I personally have bought oils from FIVE different companies  and loved them all. They were all high quality oils, from organic farms, some were much more expensive than others which was one reason I kept trying different companies.  I did try and find a chart showing different oil testing that is done, but it was hard to do as the oil business is very competitive and most charts were made by a company to make themselves look good haha. I would also suggest asking friends which oil company they use as there are quite a few! And then compare prices! I have found the quality on the 5 companies I tried was all the same….it came down to the price differences. Things to look for are testing such as GC/MS, organic, proper label with information, and price (should be reasonable and not too cheap!).

Also, do NOT ingest oils! While writing this article, I came across a few articles on the FDA saying never to ingest, unless working with a certified expert.

101 Uses For Essential Oils

FDA-Use Oils Responsibly and With Proper Instruction

Choosing An Essential Oil

 

You can use oils for so many health issues, but also fun things too! I’ve done bath bombs and sugar scrubs with them, bug repellent luminaries, toilet fizzes, car fresheners, and more!! They truly are amazing and can help with many different health benefits. No they are not some crazy fad seeing as they have been around for thousands of years. Don’t take my word for it, give them a try!

How I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

Dana

10 Perks Of Working From Home

I get asked all the time why I chose a work from home job. It’s definitely not the traditional route. And it can be harder…especially when you have kids homes with you all day. Yet given the choice, I would do it over and over and over again. The main reason I prefer working from home from a traditional job, is freedom!! Complete and utter freedom while still having a very successful career!! Over 70% of people are unhappy with their jobs, and over 78% of people are living paycheck to paycheck! Why on earth would you want to scrap by, and be unhappy at the same time??? Many people do this because they don’t know they have other options, but you do!!! Life is way to short to be broke and stuck in a job you don’t love!

10 Perks Of Working From Home

Now I’ll be the first to tell you, to change your life, you have to take a chance, be willing to work REALLY hard, and never give up! If you can do those things, and work hard for a few years, you will be able to live your life with freedom for many years to come! This past week, my family picked up and took off for the beach for a few days! I didn’t have to request off from work! I didn’t have to stress about having enough vacation time. I didn’t have to rush home to get back to “work”. I have freedom and was able to just go and enjoy our time with family and friends! That’s just one of the many reasons I love being a work from home Mom…..Here 10 Perks Of Working From Home!
10 Perks Of Working From Home
1. No set hours. Each day I decide how much, or how little, I want to work.

2. No boss. If my kids are sick, I don’t have to worry about calling put and making a boss mad! I’m the boss!

3. Vacation time when I want! Every Thursday my kids and I do a fun activity/trip. I don’t have to ask, because I’m the boss!

4. I can take off whenever I want! I could go to my kids school parties, their field days, pick them up early…whenever they need me I get the be Mom FIRST and work comes second.

5. I can give myself a raise whenever I want. My income is based 100% on me. If I want more income, I work more! If I’m happy with my income, I stay consistent.

6. I can work from anywhere! My kids love going to the park everyday during summer, and that’s fine with me as I can work any place I want

7. I have a job that changes lives. To me, thays is pretty amazing!! I help other people have the freedom I have found working from home.

8. I get to present for my family. Anytime we have company come visit it, I can clear my schedule to spend time with them. As all our family lives far away, this is an amazing incentive for me!

9. I get to change my future! My goal was to replace my husband’s income and allow my kids to do fun activities…ive surpassed that and now we have so many options!

10. I earned incentives from my job such as a free car, free iPad pro, free trip, and tons of other free items on top of getting paid. I’ve never had a job before where they give you gifts for a job well done!

Above all, freedom to live life on my terms is the main reason I love being a work from home Mom! I control my schedule! I control my finances! I control my families freedom…and it’s all based on when I work. I average about 10 hours a week, and make double and triple what most make working 40 hours a week. Working from home is truly so much better than a traditional job!!

(Yes it takes work! It took my over a year to get where I am, but it’s been 100% worth it!)

10 Perks Of Working From Home

Dana

Summer Shopping Catalog

As a work from home Mom, one of my goals is to help other women succeed! Many times you come across people who only care about their own success, and I am trying to change that! I truly believe that if we all work together, support each other, and believe in each other, then we can all succeed! If you have visited my page Work From Home Moms, or Work From Home Mom’s Networking, you see multiple chances a day for ALL women to share how they work from home.

Summer Shopping Catalog

Summer Shopping CatalogOur Summer Shopping Catalog is a new great way to help women support each other! For a few years, we have done a Christmas Catalog, but after so many requests and great results, we decided to try doing one a few times a year! This way anytime you need to shop for a gift, or something for yourself, you can use this Summer Shopping Catalog and let your business support other women!!!

 

Please take a few minutes and view all these great businesses in our catalog.

 

Feel free to share it with others.

 

Remember, each time you support a small business owner, you have the chance to change their lives and their families!

Thank You!

Summer Shopping Catalog

 

 

Summer Shopping Catalog

Dana

DIY Bath Bombs

For Christmas, my Mom got me some bath bombs and they were AMAZING! There were ones to help me relax, some for muscle pain, and some just to smell good. I love a nice bath to relax, so they were such a great gift! One I used up way too quickly though. I decided I needed to make my own that way I always had some on hand and I could customize the essential oils in them to fit my personal needs. Turns out it was a bit harder than I thought, but after a lot of trial and error, I found a good recipe for DIY Bath Bombs!

DIY Bath BombsDIY Bath Bombs

First though, I want to share a little about what bath bombs are and why they are so popular right now. Bath bombs usually feature a type of essential oil in them to give them different benefits. Essential oils have been gaining popularity over the past few years as more and more people have realized they have great benefits for your health. Essential oils come directly from plants, and are usually extracted from the stems, petals, leaves or flowers. Different oils are known to have different qualities. Such as lavender is good for relaxation, anxiety, and helping with sleep. Peppermint is good for allergies and helping with headaches or nausea.  Lemon helps with allergies, digestion, and cleansing the air.

They are very concentrated so remember a little goes a long way, never ingest them, and keep them away from children unless being supervised. One or two drops is usually all you need!

DIY Bath Bombs

I began using essential oils last year and I was amazed at how much they can help with all different health issues. I first began using them for severe headaches, then allergies, and other things like helping my son with his asthma and ADHD, and me with my autoimmune disease. I am by no means an expert, but I have found lots of great resources and books online that teach you what oils to use for what conditions. One of my favorite books is the Essential Life as it has a lot of great tips and ways to use oils.

 

Essential oils in bath bombs allow you to have a nice relaxing bath, but have help with your health at the same time! I made some that helped with body aches, helped with allergies and congestion, helped with relaxing, and then just some fun, good smelling ones. My kids LOVE them! Although they informed me the “relaxing” ones didn’t work as they didn’t fall asleep right away (they were nice and calm all evening so I see that as a major WIN!) You can add different oils to each one to customize it for what you want!

 

Another fun thing about bath bombs is the color! I used all natural coloring (you can find some on Amazon, at Trader Joes, or in the health aisle at many stores) as I’m a toxin free person, and was able to create some very pretty bath bombs! Just remember the food coloring with make the bath bomb mixture wetter, so only do a little at a time!

 

Ingredients:
1 cup Baking Soda
½ cup Citric Acid
½ cup Corn Starch
½ cup Epsom Salts
3/4 tsp. Water
10-20 drops Essential oils (I split this into smaller amount to make all different ones)
2-4 tsp. liquid carrier oil like Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, etc
Food coloring if desired (optional)
Plastic or silicone mold

DIY Bath Bombs

Directions:

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients EXCEPT the citric acid in a glass or metal bowl. When you’re sure it’s mixed well, add the citric acid and mix again.
  2. Very very very slowly, add the wet ingredients. If you pour it in too fast, it will activate and begin to fiz. I poured it in slowly and mixed the whole time to avoid this.
  3. If you are going to use different oils, make sure to split your mixture up into different bowls before adding the oils. Always use glass or metal bowls with essential oils.
  4. Add in your essential oils last. The mixture should still look dry, like breadcrumbs, and feel like soap flakes. It will hold together when you squeeze it hard, but shouldn’t be too damp. I found it was better to add less liquid, then add a little more if I needed it.
  5. Add your coloring. I split mine up and did more than one color, but you can use all one color.

DIY Bath Bombs

  1. Pack the mix into your mold. If you’re using the round ones, overfill one side before you snap the halves together.
  2. I found the longer you left it in the mold, the better! I recommend 24 hours. Then let them sit and dry for another 24 hours.
  3. Store them in an air tight container, or by wrapping in paper.
  4. Drop in the tub when ready to use and enjoy!

 

 

DIY Bath Bombs

Dana

Summer Success Tips

Summer months can be hard for Work From Home Mom’s. Not only do we now have kids with us all day who need to be watched, but our whole schedule has been turned around!! Another problem is the people we work with, now are going on vacation or have kids home with them too. Not to mention people are on the go a lot and money can be tight with vacations and fun summer activities. And yet some people find the summer to be their most successful time EVER. How is that, and what are there secrets to being successful during the summer?

Summer Success Tips

I interviewed multiple work from home Mom’s who find summer to be their most successful season. They shared some of their summer success tips on what to do, and what not to do during the summer. Remember at the end of the day, your success doesn’t rely on your team, but on YOU!

Summer Success Tips

What NOT to do….

  • Never ever ever take the whole summer off. If you take two months off from a job, you get fired. The same with a work from home job! If you take 2 months off, when you come back your business will not be the same and you will have to work harder to rebuild it. Plus it makes your team feel unsupported if they know they won’t be able to rely on you.
  • Don’t let your attitude effect your business. Many people think summer is slow, and so that mindset makes it seem slow. Other people think summer is the best time for their business, so they work hard and it  IS successful for them!
  • Don’t get overwhelmed! Learn to manage your time during the summer, even if it means you only work 15 minutes a day.
  • Don’t be unprepared! Always be open for a conversation everywhere you go and make sure business cards and samples are on you at all times!

 

 

What to DO….

  • Be creative! Summer usually means a busy schedule for many people, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have time for get together’s.
  • Focus on YOUR market and what appeals to them. If your market is mostly Mom’s with kids, plan play dates! Most Mom’s would love a chance to get together, and have their kids use up some energy.
  • Have unique incentives! Ask a friend to host a party for you, make it a fun theme, and have a fun hostess gift! I base my hostess gift on the number of people they invite. That way they are encouraged to invite more people to get a better incentive for themselves.
  • Never leave a party without booking another party! I always bring a small gift with me for the first person to book their own party! This keeps your schedule full and constantly meeting new people.
  • Find fun ways to incorporate your products into the Summer Months. If I have a play date, I have products out that are good for kids to use during the summer! I also will use my products to make things such as smoothies for kids, healthy popsicles, home made bug repellent, and more!
  • Have fun Summer Challenges for your team! Base it on their activity, but also who has the most success. That way everyone has a chance to win AND it keeps them motivated.
  • Find a friend from a different work from home company and partner up! Have a party where you both invite guests and share BOTH your companies! This gets you a new market and you could repeat it over and over with different companies!
  • Ask current customers for referrals! Summer is a great time as most people do not have as crazy of a schedule, and they can meet up for coffee or a play date!
  • Join Mommy Groups if you have young kids! This is a great way to meet more people! You can find lots of Mommy groups on Social Media!
  • Enroll your kids in sports or activities, this is another great way to meet more people!
  •  Join a fun activity for YOU! Such as learning to do a hobby you enjoy like cooking, or getting in shape with a yoga or other type of fitness class.
  • Check out local events in your area. Most cities have fun summer events where you can meet new people.
  • Look for vendor events or tables. These are very popular during the summer and you can get a table to display products, or just walk around and meet new people.
  • Spend time saying ‘Thank You” to those who support your business. This might not seem like it will help your business grow, but without support from others, your business will stand still so always remember to give thanks!
  • Have incentives for people if they REFER friends to you!
  • Make it FUN!!! Summer is a short time, find ways to make your business work, but remember to have FUN!

Summer success tips

Summer Party Ideas

  • Margarita Monday ( and a movie for the kids)
  • Muffins and Manicures
  • Chocolate Party
  • Water Party (pool party, sprinkler, slip and slide, water balloons…so many options!)
  • Bubbles and Breakfast (have fun bubble activities over breakfast)
  • Spa Party
  • Sangria and Sandals (manicures or spa party with a drink for the Mom’s)
  • Sunday Brunch
  • Coffee and Cones (afternoon iced coffee for the adults and ice cream cones for the kids)
  • Sunday Sundaes
  • Play and Preview
  • Pizza and Play
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Back To School Bash
  • Coffee and Cupcakes
  • Christmas in July
  • Mommy and Me
  • Tea Party
  • Dress Up Party
  • Wine and Cheese Party
  • Lawn-chairs and Lemonade
  • Sunday Funday
  • Cupcakes and Cocktails
  • Popcorn and PJ’s
  • Mom’s Night Out
  • Taco Tuesday

 

One other great tip I share with people is to PLAN! I sit down with my team and we plan out what we are going to do in the summer ahead of time. We share tips, ideas, and get creative to find things that will work best for US! Remember to focus on what works for YOUR market of people, keep a positive attitude, and lead by example for your team! Summer is such a great time to grow your business, you just have to find fun ways to do it!

Dana