Essential to life

Guys, I have joined a little late in the game but I am obsessed with essential oils.


I was curious about them for some time but after having O and wanting a natural home and natural products for our bodies I finally gave in and got them. I was hesitant at first (and still am with using them on O) but any chance I get to use them, I am blown away at how effective they are. I LOVE THEM and will never go back!

First, I want to say, please do not use essential oils lightly, and use them at your own risk. I do not advise using them without speaking to a professional and/or doctor who can guide you. I am in no way an expert on oils and am constantly learning new things. Use them with caution and make sure to use them with extra caution around and on little humans.

So, I essentially got them for O. For natural bug repellant, to make homemade sunscreen, for bum cream and to help calm him. Little did I know they did so much more!

To be honest, I have yet to use them for homemade sunscreen, or make a bum cream for him. But the day will come as he has EXTREMELY sensitive skin (sorry, its my fault) so they will be our savior I’m sure.

But I do use them on him from time to time, but mostly on myself.

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For O (he is currently 7 months old) I diffuse different things to help him. I diffuse lemon in the am to help get his day started, and lavender at bath time to help calm him down. I diffuse these two every day without fail.

I also use Lavender mixed with (A LOT) of coconut oil on the bottoms of his feet if he’s had a particularly hard day.

For the mini man, that’s about to the extent I use the oils at the moment. As I said, I am hesitant as they are powerful stuff and he is an extremely sensitive boy. So the older he gets the more I will use.

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But, the fun is with me. I use them for everything!!

I diffuse lemon or citronella to keep bugs away. I use them for my allergies, headaches, muscle pain, face cleanser, pimple vanisher, scar eliminator, to help with sickness, literally any issue that comes up with me, there’s an oil to help.

So, a few ways I use them:

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Allergies -I put a drop of lavender, copaiba (a mix especially from Young Living), peppermint and Lemon on a table spoon of honey and ingest it. It takes a whole 30 seconds before I feel it hit. It is amazing and I love it!

Headaches -I am quite cautious with peppermint as I am still breastfeeding and it can slow down production, but I either apply it to my hair line, or back of neck or simply inhale it. It helps tremendously.

Muscle pain – I use Panaway (another mix from YoungLiving) it soothes my muscles after a long workout or at the end of a long day, plus smells amazing!

Face cleanser, pimple eliminatior -for this I use another blend from Yound Living with teatree, lemon, lavender and a whole bunch of other goodness (purification is the name) and it seriously cleans the face and helps get rid of pimples. I was suffering from post pregnancy break outs and within a few days this cleared it all up and has ensured that it isn’t coming back!

Scar eliminator -I use Frankenessence to help eliminate any scarring I have, it takes a little while but does the job!

Again, I cannot stress enough to educate yourself before using oils. I do not advise ingesting them or using them on your skin unless you know they are a good grade and come from a reputable company. Also, speak to a consultant or someone who is educated in oils before using them in any way.

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What kind of oils do you use for what? I am so interested in learning different things and cannot wait for my collection to expand!

Thanks for reading! xx

Pearly Whites

Pearly whites

I am a HUGE teeth person! I cannot stand crooked, yellow or stained teeth (am I alone on this one?) I care a lot about my teeth, color and hygiene, and of course, before our wedding, I was on the hunt to get my pearly whites as white as can be. So, some methods I tried:

Lemon juice and baking soda: my dentist told me to stop immediately because it can ruin the enamel on my teeth, I also noticed some sensitivity to cold or hot objects so I stopped doing it before I ever saw results. I tried it for about a week.

Whitening strips/gel: I may have THE MOST sensitive teeth in the world, but I could not stand using whitestrips or whitening gel. The strips made my teeth (and my husband’s) so sensitive that even breathing hurt! The gel tasted gross and I found it really awkward trying not to get my teeth wet for 30 minutes each night, where is your saliva supposed to go?! Plus talk about chemical overload?! Needless to say, this method was not my favorite.

Lastly, I saw a post on Pinterest (of course) about coal used to whiten teeth. I thought why not give it a try, especially since I am all for organic/natural ways about beauty.

Here’s what the dentist says: Activated coal is used in medicine to absorb toxins such as alcohol, and other unwanted things in your body (used in the past to absorb alcohol when people got alcohol poisoning) so it has the same effect on your teeth. After time, it absorbs tannins which are pigments found in coffee and red wine (the culprit for making your teeth that awful color to begin with) making your teeth whiter. It is completely safe to consume (however, may cause a back up if you take too much and don’t drink enough water) and isn’t loaded with chemicals. -Seems safe to me!

So, here’s what I did: crushed up one or two tablets of activated coal (you can get it from the pharmacy or any store that sells over the counter medication) and put it in a small glass. Every time I brushed my teeth (morning and night) I brushed them as usual, then after sprinkled some of the crushed up coal on my toothbrush and brushed again as normal for about 3 minutes.

Of course, your mouth instantly turns black and it looks quite funny, but once you have rinsed a few times (after brushing) you will notice your teeth appear whiter.

After doing it twice a day for about 2 weeks, I went down to only doing it once a day (in the morning) and my teeth are super white! Not like glowing in the dark white (reminds me of that episode of Friends with Ross’ teeth) but have noticeably gotten much whiter and have maintained their whiteness even if I missed a day or two.

What I love most about this is that I can still do it while pregnant and know that it causes no harm to my baby (unlike gels and strips).

Again, please consult your dentist to know what is best for you. This is just works for me!

What do you do to keep your teeth white?

Thanks for reading!! xo