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Summer Travel Essentials

The summer travel season is officially here and I know many of you (myself included) are looking forward to a fun and relaxing vacation this summer! I also know that vacations can often involve a certain degree of stress (have you been to the airport lately or driven in a car with 3 kids under the age of 10!) and wellness challenges. The good news is there are safe and natural ways to reduce the stress and stay healthy while you enjoy your much needed vacation.

As a mom of 3 (ages 7, 4, and 2 months) with a family that loves to camp and go to the beach I have definitely learned a few tips and tricks for creating a more enjoyable experience for my family and I love sharing these tips with other families! My family often turns to natural solutions such as herbs and essential oils to manage our day to day needs and lucky for us these solutions are easy to take with us when we travel.

A great way to reduce stress and stay healthy when traveling is to stay hydrated and make sure you get adequate rest. I know for me personally sleeping in a new place can be a challenge and that is where my herbs and essential oils come into play. I like to bring Chamomile tea with us wherever we go to help calm and soothe nerves. We also have a portable travel diffuser that we can use in the car, camper, or hotel room and diffusing oils such as Lavender and Frankincense helps to promote relaxation and a restful night’s sleep for my whole family.

Travel can also take a toll on your immune system. While hydration, good nutrition, and rest are key factors for keeping your immune system healthy, I also like having an all natural hand cleanser available to help protect against the extra germs we encounter. I love using doTERRA’s OnGuard blend (a combination of Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary and Eucalyptus oils) along with natural aloe and water to keep our hands clean and our immune systems healthy.

Other travel favorites include oils such as Peppermint which does wonders for easing an unhappy stomach, opening up airways and giving relief for head and neck tension. If you get too much sun combining Peppermint and Lavender with aloe is a fantastic way to cool and soothe the skin! If your family is active blends like doTERRA’s Deep Blue will help soothe sore muscles and joints. There are so many ways to stay healthy in a safe and natural way that the possibilities are endless!

If you would like to learn more about the natural solutions that my family and I use I would love to set up a personalized consultations with you! You can email me at healthloveandoils@gmail.com and I will be happy to set up an appointment with you.

Safe Summer Travels!

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Essential Mom: Back To School With Essential Oils

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The lazy days of summer are coming to an end as many of us prepare to send our kids back to school. For my family that means our first year of home school for my new 1st grader is about to start! I love that in our home essential oils are a vital tool in our school routine! I find that there are 3 key areas that essential oils provide amazing support in and are so important to setting up your child for a successful school year. These areas are Immune Support, Proper Rest and Stress Management and Improved Focus and Mental Clarity. (Let’s be honest these 3 area aren’t just important for the kiddos but for everyone’s health and wellness!) Let’s take a look of each of these areas and the oils you can use to support and improve them.

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Did you know that over 32 million kids missed school last year due to illness!! Unfortunately schools are a breeding ground for germs and we all know how good kids are at sharing them! There are many key factors that play into a healthy immune system including nutrition, gut health, proper rest and teaching our kids good hand washing and hygiene habits (resistant lice = no sharing of brushes or hair accessories!) In addition to a good diet, my kids love the chewable A2Z vitamin that doTERRA has and I often add the liquid Omega oil to their yogurt (it is wild orange flavored and I add it to plain vanilla yogurt with a little fruit and it is delicious!) I know these supplements help provide a good source of vitamins and minerals that they may not get enough of in their diet because well they are kids and can be a little picky and don’t always eat all their veggies 😉 The omegas are so important for brain functioning and support! Since 70% of our immune system is in our gut a good high quality probiotic or foods rich in probiotics are an absolute must to keep the digestive system healthy. We also love the doTERRA OnGuard Blend in our house it is full of essential oils such as Clove, Cinnamon, Wild Orange, Eucalyptus and Rosemary which all help to boost and support the immune system. We apply it topically  (diluted of course) or diffuse daily to keep their immune system up and I also incorporate into our hand soap, household cleaners, and travel hand sprays to keep the whole house healthy! (If you are interested in natural cleaning recipes be sure to sign up for my newsletter and receive a Free copy of my ebook Naturally Clean: Recipes For Your Home, it is full of my favorite cleaning recipes!)

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Sleep! As a mom I always feel like that is where I am lacking, anyone else in the same boat?! Even though I am most definitely sleep deprived I work hard to make sure my kids aren’t! Proper rest is so crucial to not only our immune system but our emotional and mental health and plays a huge role in our ability to cope with stress! Our students need over 8 hours of sleep (more for those younger elementary students) to be healthy and function at their best. Setting a regular bedtime and wake up time routine is key to getting enough sleep. Luckily there are several oils that help to calm the mood, relax the mind and promote a restful night’s sleep. My favorites are Lavender, Serenity Blend, Balance Blend, Frankincense, Cedarwood, and Sandalwood. I absolutely love putting Frankincense and Lavender in my diffuser at night! It helps to turn the chatter off in my head and I sleep amazingly!! My daughter loves lavender and has her own doTERRA touch Lavender roller bottle that she applies to her feet and neck nightly. My son does better with Cedarwood and Lavender in the diffuser. I love that the oils work with our bodies and we all can use something different but get the same results!

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Last but certainly not least we want to help our kids focus and think clearly so that they can learn and establish successful study and test taking habits. Again setting up a routine is so important!  Setting a designated time and place to study that is free from distractions is one really important component as well as finding the right blend of oils that will help them focus. Some key oils to try are doTERRA’s InTune Blend, Motivate Blend, Wild Orange or Citrus Bliss with Peppermint, or Rosemary with Lemon all make great blends to either apply or diffuse in the area they are studying. Did you know that smelling the same scent during a test that you smelled while studying helps improve recall?! There have been actual studies that have shown the scent of rosemary helps improve concentration and memory! I absolutely love the benefits of these essential oils! If your kiddo is needing help staying focused at school or you want to utilize the research and send them into a test with the same aroma they used to study I highly recommend diffuser jewelry. There are so many options and styles for both younger and older kids and boys and girls. You can easily find them on amazon, etsy or even a google search!

Finally I wanted to share with you my own family’s personal routine. I feel like figuring out the routine can be a challenge especially if you are new to essential oils. Sometimes seeing what has worked for others can help you figure out what to try. Just remember everyone is different so don’t be afraid to play around with your own combination to find what is best for your family. We aren’t perfect but these are the oils we try to use on a daily basis. Mornings are all about waking up and getting grounded for the day! This is also when we take our supplements and support our immune system. Midday is about staying out of that afternoon slump and improving focus and mental clarity. Then at night it is time to start the bedtime routine and get everyone calmed down for a restful night’s sleep!

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If you want to learn more about essential oils please be sure to check out my Events and Education Page for upcoming events, I do have 2 online events this month that focus on using essential oils for a successful school year. Or you can sign up for my Natural Solutions ecourse and receive an educational email a day for 7 days. Click on the link below to get started!

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Essential Mom: A Summertime Slow Down

As school comes to a close I look forward to a slower pace for the next 3 months! Honestly I don’t know who looks forward to summer more my kids or myself! While I know for many summer is a whirlwind of activity from various camps, activities and vacations, my family takes a different approach. After 9 months of school and after-school activities we look forward to the long lazy days of summer. This is my family’s time to rejuvenate and reconnect.

Long days are spent without alarm clocks or timetables. Instead we sleep in and stay up late star gazing or catching lightening bugs. Mornings and evenings are spent with casual trips to the pool or fountain, playing in the backyard or sitting under a shady tree reading a book. During the hottest part of the day I encourage indoor games, pillow and sheet forts, or a fun movie and picnic on the floor. My oldest has a few pen pals this summer (a sneaky way to work on reading and writing) and looks forward to receiving real letters in the mail! While my kids do have small chores and responsibilities they are quickly done and out of the way. One of our favorite and most rewarding activities is tending our small garden. We look forward to having garden fresh veggies all summer long and into fall! I love the unstructured sense of freedom we all have!

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It was on one of our recent camping trips that I fully realized the importance for true unstructured down time. One of the things I realized on our last camping trip is my kids don’t need nearly as much stuff and structure as we think they do. They had a handful of books, a couple of buckets, shovels, a bean bag toss and ring toss game and guess what they had fun!! They never complained they were bored they explored the outdoors finding wonder in plants, wild life, playing in the sand, and collecting rocks and shells. Modern culture has created this sense of constantly needing to be “busy”. We feel like we have to fill every minute of every day with activity for us and for our kids or we will fall behind some artificial standard of life society has set for us. I know this because I have been guilty of it myself. I know that some things can’t be avoided, people have to go to jobs and we all have family and social obligations. I also believe it is important for our children to pursue their interests and talents whether it’s art, sports, dance or music. However, all this activity has to be countered with times to be still to allow our bodies and our minds to rest. This rest is what allows creativity to come to the surface especially for our children. I have learned some very important lessons about myself and my family by giving us unstructured free time. I love seeing my kids be creative and imaginative. I love being able to just be in each other’s presence it allows us to appreciate each other more and everyone benefits from the physical and mental reset. I find it allows us to cope and handle the stresses life brings in a more positive way.

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I would encourage everyone to do their own family experiment with some unstructured free time and see the positive benefits it brings to your family. It might feel awkward at first and it might even be met with resistance but I challenge you to take a little time each week to unplug from screens and open up the calendar to just spend time together and see the difference it makes in time!

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