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Essential Oil Review: My Life’s Essentials

A few months ago I was contacted by Julie at My Life’s Essentials in regards to checking out some essential oils and doing a review on them. I’ve been wanting to try essential oils for sometime now, so this review was meant to be.

After eagerly jumping on this, I gave Julie a rundown of the things I wanted to try the essential oils for:

  • something to help me (and Lilah) sleep better. I’m a horrible sleeper. I have a hard time falling asleep and if I wake up in the middle of the night, I have an even harder time falling back to sleep. I can function on very little sleep but I know it’s not healthy. Lilah sometimes has a hard time falling asleep and does wake up in the middle of the night often. She’s also our early riser of the family.
  • something for allergies. I have horrible allergies and get headaches that stem from my allergies all the time.
  • something to help calm Lilah. You all know that Lilah is our spitfire. I’ve read that there are essential oils to help calm and soothe, so of course I wanted to try. With that girl, I’d try just about anything.

The oils she sent me for all of these requests were:

  • Peppermint. For allergies.
  • Lavender. For sleep and allergies.
  • Lemon. For allergies.
  • Breathe. A blend of oils for allergies.
  • Serenity. For calming.

Julie also sent me a tip sheet on what to use each oil for (or what to blend together) and how to apply/use the oils. I loved this tip sheet because I wasn’t sure where to start.

Essential Oils

The first night I tried them, I used peppermint, lavender and lemon to help my allergies. I dropped a few drops of each in the palm of my hands, rubbed them together and then breathed in deep from cupped hands around my nose and mouth. I did this for a few minutes. I did this same routine each morning. What I love about this is that I can feel my sinuses opening up with each breath. There was a few times I also took the peppermint and dropped a few drops on my tongue and pressed it to the roof of my mouth. Hello! That will really wake you up but it works so good when you are really congested.

I tried the same thing with the breathe blend from time to time. It seemed to work about the same.

For Lilah, each night before bed I would rub the lavender on the bottoms of her feet and then rub the lavender and serenity behind her ears and on her chest. She would ask me every night for this routine. When we started this, her waking up in the middle of the night stopped. She still seems to rise a little earlier than we’d like and as far as the calming goes, I’m not so sure that works like I hoped it would. One thing is though, I probably need to carry the serenity around with me 24/7 and just douse her with it to make it work. Ha!

This is where I was sold on essential oils though.

The second week of summer, the kids had vacation bible school. I dropped them off on the first day and everyone was fine. I picked them up a few hours later and Tucker had a bit of a cough. By the time we got home the cough was worse and was starting to sound croupy. I’m not one to run to the doctor at the first sign of ailment (hence why I wanted to try essential oils in the first place) and knew this was where I wanted to test the oils and see what they could do for me.

I decided to try what I was using for my allergies on him. I put peppermint, lavender and lemon on his chest, neck and back. I also pulled out our cool mist humidifier and dropped a few drops of each in the water before turning it on at night. I had read that you can diffuse essential oils into the air, and I figured this would work similar to that. In less than three days I would say his cough cleared up almost 100%. Certainly faster than if I were to try just over the counter cough medicine and definitely a lot easier than if I had scheduled an appointment, gotten some sort of antibiotic or steroid, gone and filled the prescription and then had to remember to give it to him every day. And most times, doctors want you to give the medicine for 5-7 days. Essential oils? For us, worked in three. Bam.

A few other things I used the oils for:

  • Bloating and upset stomach. A few nights I felt super bloated after eating a big meal. I dropped a few drops of peppermint and lemon in my water and guzzled down the glass.
  • Anxiety. I’m a worrier by nature. There are times when I can just feel myself getting stressed or overwhelmed. I would put the serenity on my wrists and behind my ears and lay down for a few minutes. I could tell a difference in my mood when doing this. So maybe if it didn’t calm Lilah, it at least calmed me.

My overall feeling on essential oils? Yes, yes and yes. I can’t wait to stock our medicine cabinet with these new goodies and toss out some of the stuff that I know doesn’t work as well (or as naturally) as these do. If you haven’t tried essential oils yet or have been on the fence about them, do it! I’m so thank to Julie (go check out her awesome blog for more information!) for allowing me to do this review and finally starting me on my path to using essential oils for myself and my family!

While I was given a free sample set of essential oils to facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

Our 4th of July weekend recap

This has been a good weekend. One we desperately needed. Heck, and the weekend isn’t even over yet.

We knew Mike would be off for the 4th but when he called me on Thursday on his way home from work (at 3:30 rather than his normal 5:30 for the 10-hr days they’ve been pulling) he shared the good news that he was off all weekend (they’ve also been working 6 days a week on top of the 10-hr days!).

“What in the world will we do with ourselves all weekend long!?” was the first thing that popped in my head. I posted that on Facebook and a friend of ours knew the answer to that…home projects!

Yes, we are those people who just love doing projects around our house. We got up early Saturday morning and headed to Home Depot for some supplies. We were planning to add a solid roof to the top of the pergola, but decided to order to roof panels online rather than using the ones in the store. So instead we loaded up on some supplies for yard work and pressure washing and a few other random things.

Mike and I spent most of Friday working outside, while the kids entertained themselves inside. We finally enjoyed a little cooling off in the pool as way to rest before the late night fireworks. Alex and Tricia joined us this year (mom & dad were in Mt. Dora for the weekend) and we found our spot on the sandbags by the lake. The kids still aren’t too keen on fireworks. They watched through covered eyes and heads buried into Mike and I both.

The kids stayed up way too late and didn’t even really sleep in all that late on Saturday morning. We took advantage of another day at home to continue our projects and just rest & relax in between. Tomorrow will hold church and grocery shopping and dinner with my parents. It is surely going to be a good day and a nice end to our weekend. So good for the soul.

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Our ride on the Sunrail.

Last week, mom and I took the kids on a little surprise adventure to check more off of our summer to-do list. Central Florida recently got the Sunrail, a commuter rail line that runs from Orlando north to Debary. Eventually it will run through Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Osceola counties  (which we can’t wait for, the Osceola County stop will be in downtown Kissimmee and the perfect spot for us to pick it up at). Seeing as Tucker wants to be a train engineer one day, we knew this was the perfect surprise for him-a ride on the Sunrail!

We got on at Sand Lake Road and took it to north to Winter Park. Once we got to Winter Park we walked down to Hannibal Square, where there is a community center, pool (that we didn’t know about) and splash pad area. The kids loved getting wet and we ended up buying cheap hotdogs and chips from the concession window there to have for lunch because the kids didn’t want to leave. We eventually dried them off and got them changed and headed back to Park Avenue (where the Sunrail station is located). The kids cooled off with ice cream and mom and I got iced coffees. We waited in the park for our train to pick us up.

The real adventure started on our way home though, when our Sunrail ended up hitting the tail end of a car. Ya, craziness. From what we could tell, it looked like it was the car’s fault, not ours. We ended up having to sit there for about an hour & a half. Firetrucks & police came. Local news channels were on the street corners reporting and we were just sitting and waiting. The kids did fairly well for it being such a long day and ending like that. By the time we finally got back to our stop, it was storming. Quite an adventure for sure, but one the kids can’t wait to do again!

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