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*UPDATED* Got fat? | Get Grapefruit

*UPDATE*   I am down 11 pounds in 11 days!!!  I no longer crave soda (I’ll miss you Dr. Pepper), and I’m not hungry or craving food all the time.  (I was a total binge eater and seek comfort food.)  If you are interested in just trying out these oils as described below and don’t yet have a wholesale account you can purchase them by clicking HERE.  Be sure to check the ‘retail customer’ option at the top of the page, it will have you register to shop and then just go in and grab the oils you want to try!  It’s that easy! If you haven’t attended a class to discover the benefits of being a wholesale member yet and just want to get your hands on these three oils right away that’s the simplest way to do it.  So go grab your oils, and capsules (you can purchase them online as well), and get started!  What are you waiting for?!  I’m finally under 200 pounds again!!!  🙂  Yeah me!!!  Still seems fat to some, but I’m wittling away…..even had to get a belt for my pants. Happy Oiling!

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So you wanna lose weight huh?  Who doesn’t?!  We’ve become a society that considers fast food it’s own food group.  Obesity is on the rise and it not only can wreak havoc on your wardrobe budget but it’s totally not healthy.  I not only want to lose weight to look better, but to feel better.  I know when I stop and think about my daily habits and things I do, they are hindered because of my weight.  I tire more easily when doing activities.  I definitely can’t run a marathon anymore (don’t know that I ever could truth be told! lol), I tend to sit cross legged and that used to be a LOT easier than it is now.  My knees will begin to hurt from the strain and if I’m on my feet for extended periods doing work (especially on concrete or hard floors) I have to wear my squishy (totally stylin’) crocs.  Otherwise my knees and my shins will be screaming at me all night to remind me of how overweight I really am and how I tortured them all day. 20140804-105948-39588721.jpg So what’s  girl to do that isn’t motivated to kick start a workout routine?  Sounds silly but I’d be more excited and open to exercising daily if I could do it more easily. And before you start with the lecturing of JUST DO IT!  You’re lazy!  If you want something you have to work at it!….. Yes, I know.  I’ve done the whole fitness junkie persona and my weight has yo-yo’d for years.  I used to be obsessed with exercising to the point it was a detriment to my health.  Seriously.  Three times a day.  Cardio, aerobics, walking, weights.  I did it all.  I lost over 50 pounds and was down to the smallest size I’ve ever been (even smaller than high school! Oh don’t we all wish we could go back to our girly figures?).  I swore I would never let food dominate my life again and I was never going to be fat again.  Ha!  Life has a way of changing your best made plans. So you know I understand your pain, here’s a brief run down:

  • High School – Size 9/10 – 115/120 pounds (Seriously looks awesome when you pull out those old pics! And I was considered a ‘big’ girl in school.  Sad that we warp young girl’s minds to what’s ‘normal’ or ‘pretty’.)
  • Early 20’s (before the first baby) – 125 pounds
  • Post baby number 1 – 150 pounds, and I lost about 10-15 of my baby weight and ended up around 135.
  • I quickly gained it back before baby number 2 – pregnancy started at 150.
  • Post baby number 2 – 175…. ouch!  But I was uber proud I didn’t come close to the 200 lb mark some of my friends were topping out at ! 😉
  • Then the best friend was going to get married.  I was determined not to be heavier than the bride.  Yeah, there’s a goal.  I began in February for a summer wedding in June.  I went overboard.  I lost 50 pounds in less than 4 months.  Between diet pills and shakes and overkill on my exercise routine I ended up anemic and surprisingly friends started telling me I was ‘too skinny’.   I considered them to just be jealous as I bottomed out at my lowest weight and was wearing a slim and trim size 8!!!  I was beyond thrilled.
  • Then life happened, highs and lows, and I gained EVERY POUND BACK.  And each one brought a buddy along.  I was around 170 pounds before baby number 4 decided to grace us with his presence.  (yes, number 4…..remember life happened.  number 3 was a difficult miscarriage that drove me to binge eating for comfort)
  • Post baby number 4, I topped out at 200 pounds even!  I no longer worried I was going to hit that magic number, I was just determined to not go OVER it.  lol  Mission accomplished.
  • Nursing helped to boost the weight loss again this time.  I managed to drop about 25 pounds and ended up around 175.  Ho hum, that size 9 seemed like not only a distant memory but like it never happened.
  • Now…. I just tell people I’m working on losing my baby weight.  It’s such a struggle.  When they ask how old is your baby?  I quickly change the subject so I don’t have to tell them he’s actually 11.   Over the course of the last few years I gained all of that weight back and I manage to stay stable at a whopping 210 pounds (on average).  No matter what I try to do to lose weight it goes nowhere.  The good news is, I don’t gain either.  Even when I binge.

So…maybe that wasn’t such a brief overview after all.  I’ve gone from a size 9 to a lovely size 16/18.  Wow…. double me.  Is that anything like the movie Supersize Me?  Seriously, because I’ve never seen it. With my love of Young Living essential oils I went on a quest.  I’m always telling folks “there’s an oil for that!” anytime they complain or share how ill they are.  So why wouldn’t there be an oil for weight loss?  I discovered many sites with many recipes and after discovering more than one that had a ‘similar’ recipe I decided to give it a try.  Citrus oils are key! I had already been drinking citrus fresh in my water for weeks without even giving it a second thought and discovered one day that I was able to get a pair of shorts on that I hadn’t been wearing in over a year.  They were comfy!  Hello!  How did I do that?  Because I’m a pizza junkie.  Must have been the citrus, and I have made a conscious effort to cut back (my goal is to quit) drinking soda.  I know that is my biggest downfall and must go.20140804-105941-39581653.jpg Now, on to the good stuff!!  The recipe!  You’re going to need the following:

  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • empty veggie capsules to make your ‘pills’

It’s liquid gold I’m tellin’ ya!  Your oil ratio needs to be 2:1 for your coconut oil.  For every drop of essential oil you need two drops of coconut oil.  Just so you don’t go mad trying to hold those little suckers while you fill them here’s how you do it…. I got an empty amber bottle to mix my oils and some glass droppers.  Each individual capsule will have 2 drops of peppermint, 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of grapefruit, as well as 12 drops of coconut oil.  (remember, 2:1 ratio)  So the easiest way to do this, I filled my glass dropper from my oil bottles and then transferred it to the empty bottle.  Two droppers full of peppermint, 2 droppers full of lemon, 2 droppers full of grapefruit.  Cap your bottle and mix.  You don’t have to shake it like a milkshake, just roll it around in your hands.  Then you’re going to get a separate container (I used baby food or canning jars) to put your coconut oil in.  I melt my oil in a double boiler on the stove.  Doesn’t take but just a few seconds and it’s better than microwaving to melt.  This breaks down your coconut oil and it loses some of its benefits. Once you have everything ready to go you simply use one of your glass droppers (I try not to mix mine in different oils), and get started adding oils to your capsules.  Since your oils are already mixed in your amber bottle you’re going to add 6 drops of your mixture to your capsule.  Then you’re going to add 12 drops of the coconut oil with another glass dropper.  Pop on the cap of your capsule and that’s it!!!  Easy peasy!!!  I never really counted but think I made enough for about a month supply.  Don’t worry if you get extra drops here and there.  It’s not an exact science.  I know some of my capsules I ended up with 7 or 8 drops of essential oils which only left me space for about 10-11 drops of coconut oil. 20140804-105943-39583442.jpg I ONLY RECOMMEND USING YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS for these capsules as they are 100% pure therapeutic grade oils and can be safely taken internally.  These three little essential oils are going to be your new best friend.  The peppermint and lemon come in your premium starter kit so you’d already have those on hand if you are a wholesale member.  The grapefruit is very affordable at just $15 for a 15 ml bottle it’s not hard on your budget to give this a try!  If you aren’t already a wholesale member you can find out how to get your own oils HERE, or contact me to purchase them at retail cost. 20140804-105944-39584997.jpg One ‘recipe’ called for taking 1 capsule, once a day with a glass of water.  Another recommended taking 2 capsules per day.  So, ya know, being the go-getter I am, I opted for the 2/day routine.  I only started them a mere 5 days ago and can already tell a difference.  I seriously need to get new batteries for my scale!  I wanna know exactly how good they’re working!!! Grapefruit oil is used to ‘detox’ your fat cells (think of cellulite and smoothing out the bumps!  Yes, it does that too!  There’s even a recipe for a massage oil, we’ll cover that soon! Promise!) and I have noticed several change in my body.  I had a small fatty deposit like spot on my face around my temple.  It resembled a water wart of sorts but I’ve never been able to rid myself of it.  I noticed after only 3 days it’s practically GONE! Another confession….I have fatty tumors in my legs around my upper thighs and hips.  Some of them are large enough they stand out from my skin looking like knots and they can be tender to the touch or if they are bumped.  Guess what?  They are shrinking and are no longer sensitive!  Those two things alone made this all worthwhile to me. And bonus number three, they are actually working for weight loss!  I took a pair of my sister’s designer jeans last time I visited about a month ago, they were a bit snug but I mentioned designer right?  She paid big bucks for them, and I wanted them.  So I took them.  Isn’t that what little sisters are for?  Long tailed shirts can sometimes hide a little bulge and a taught zipper.  😉  Well, they are now LOOSE and I need a belt to wear them!  My waist is whittling away and my hope is that my hips and legs will soon follow suite.  lol After only 5 short days this has made me happy.  I know I need to get into a routine of regular exercise and healthier eating.  Baby steps girls.  Baby steps.  One girl’s story I read said she lost 6 pounds in her first week of just taking one of these capsules a day.  By week two she was down 12 pounds.  I’m excited and hopeful!  I’ll keep you posted of my progress.  Now go make your own little golden capsules!  I’m thinking these things would make Jack give up those magic beans and the golden eggs.  His mother might not have been so upset with him. 20140804-105946-39586647.jpg

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Kitchen Witch | Natural Remedies

So my mother came over to the house today and we did a little cookin’ in the kitchen.  Not the old fashioned kind.  Well, maybe this is the old fashioned kind nobody remembered to pass it down!  We’d found some ‘recipes’ online for some sleepy cream, and some pain relief cream among other things.  When mother called to ask how to make them, it’s just easier to show her.  So she brought her everyday oil kit, a jug of coconut oil and, now…..she never leaves home without her water bottle either.

So we looked up the recipe for the sleepy cream first.  Mother has been overwhelmed by the power of peace and calming in her diffuer at night for bed and has been sleeping better than she has in YEARS.  So why she felt the need to add this sleep cream to her nightly routine I have no idea.  We made such a mess and rubbed it all over our bodies to clean up that I’m just glad she wasn’t dozing off on her drive home. lol

So here’s a helpful little chart with a few good recipes.  Most of which can be made using the essential oils from the Everyday Oils that can be purchased as a part of the Premium Starter Kit.

So the sleepy cream was a breeze to make.  My only substitution is adding a bit of mango butter to the mix.  You see, where I live coconut oil doesn’t stay solid except in the winter. 😉 So I always use a double boiler and add a more stiff carrier to my goodies.  Melt down the coconut oil and mango in a double boiler just to the point it’s liquid.  Then I transfer it to a room temp glass bowl and put it in the fridge just long enough for it to start to set up again.  Like when you start to see a solid edge around the bowl.  Take it out, stir just a bit to make it like jelly, then I add my necessary essential oils and take my electric hand mixer with the whisk attachment and whip it up until it’s nice and creamy.  If you’ve ever made meringue it’s sorta’ the same principle.  Then we put her creams into metal tins and put labels on the lids.

We made the pain cream on this recipe chart too, just like above adding some mango butter and preparing the same way.  Only lemongrass doesn’t come in the premium kit and that’s what my mother has been working with.  So we substituted Thieves oil.  Which I’m sure works GREAT too!!  🙂

She was so happy when she went home I wonder how long it took her to get them out at home and lather my dad up!  Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils aren’t cheap (nothing that’s good for you ever is!), so it’s nice to be a bit stingy (for lack of a better word) with them at times.  Just administering a drop or two neat on your skin is definitely awesome and gets right down to business.  But if you have something chronic or just a daily habit you’ve gotten into then making things like these creams makes your oils go a long way!  Remember a little dab’ll do ya so when you are making a 1/4 to 1/2 cup mixture you’re going to get a lot more mileage out of your precious drops of oil than you realize.

I hope you take the time to make some of the things on this sheet and let me know how they worked for you!  Even if you just use the one carrier oil of coconut rather than a combination it’s still gonna work out great for you!

Oh!  I almost forgot!  She told me she had been studying what to use for my dad’s blood sugar too and apparently she’s been applying Thieves oil to his feet at night too.  So we took an empty oil bottle and added a carrier oil (olive oil) to the bottle and put in some thieves so she already has a bottle of mixed to use like a massage oil.  He’s still getting the benefit of the thieves and it’s going to last a lot longer for her this way.

There’s seriously soooo many ways to use essential oils that this is just the tip of the iceberg. (please note that I’m watching Deadliest Catch while updating my blog so I’m literally seeing icebergs. lol Yeah, I’m a dork like that.) Please comment below if you have made any of these or if you have recipes of your own you’d like to share!

What are you waiting for?

Get OILY with me!

Renea Lynch | Young Living #1171826


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Concentration | Essential Oils

Concentration…. no, not a game.  A little dab’ll do ya!  Have you ever wondered just how concentrated Young Living oils are?  How potent they are?  I hear other people say I’ve got oils from such in such place and they didn’t cost as much as YL.  Have you ever heard the saying ‘you get what you pay for’?   Do you desire to have quality over quantity?  Because let’s face it, when it comes to our health, we want the best.  For ourselves, for our families, for our children.  Am I right?  You don’t choose your family physician by which one is the cheapest.  You choose your doctor based on their credentials, their reputation, their bedside manner, their willingness to go the extra mile to ensure you get the best possible care they can give you.  Trust me.  I know.  Our family doctor for the past 15+ years (heck I’m not even sure how long she’s been in our lives…) does just that.  When you can call her on a Friday night because your kid has just filled a stool full of blood and she talks you through it and meets you in her office the next day (yes, it was a non-emergency) in her coveralls and muck boots you know you’ve got a keeper.  😉  I don’t care how much it costs to see her (if we need her!) I’m there.

You should consider the same principles with your essential oils.  Using therapeutic grade oils means you are using medicinal quality products.  Would you trust your health to a perfume grade oil?  That makes absolutely no sense.  You want something that will work.  Plus, you want something that is not only safe for you, but for your kids as well.  You wouldn’t give a toddler an adult Claritin D allergy pill would you?  Why it even says on the package to consult your doctor for children 12 and under.  Know that I’m using allergies as an example here, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to treat your child’s allergies as effectively as your adult ones?  With the same products?  Naturally.  Take for instance an ‘Allergy Bomb’ recipe.  You use Lavender, Peppermint and Lemon essential oils in a veggie capsule and you’re good to go.  You can use those same exact oils for your kids….just less drops.  🙂

Another example?  Someone ask me about teething babies this morning.  I use clove oil when I have a toothache.  Thieves is great too!  (because it contains CLOVE! and other germ killing greatness) When I need it, simply put a drop on a q-tip and get to swabbing my mouth around my tooth and gums.  Anbesol’s got nothing on clove oil.  But would I use it this way on a baby?  NO!  I’d use the same oil, but simply dilute it with a carrier oil such as coconut!

So, stop and think about all the medicines (just stick to simple over the counter for now) that you’ve purchased over the years.  One for you, then a separate one for your kid.  Adult anbesol, baby anbesol.  Adult Claritin, children’s benadryl.  Aspirin, baby aspirin.  Ibuprofen, children’s Tylenol.  Almost every product you can think of for everyday ailments have an adult version and a children’s version.

The even better part about therapeutic grade Young Living essential oils…. they are so concentrated it takes just a drop or two for an adult!  You are actually SAVING money!  Why don’t more people take time to do the math?  Not only for your wallet, but for your health.  I’m sorry, you just can’t convince me that synthetically produced chemicals that have a wrap sheet of side effects will ever be a better option for my body than a natural plant the good Lord placed on this earth.  He knew exactly what He was doing with the utmost intricate details.

Consider these cost comparisons of Young Living’s everyday essential oils, compared to the cost of over-the-counter drugs. Not only are the essential oils significantly cheaper, but they build your immune system while solely aiding in healing ALL health ailments that each one of these drugs is designed to individually target/suppress—AND they’re side-effect free! Are you ready to switch?

First we’ll start with the overall complete Premium Kit:

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Okay, if that didn’t blow your mind…..  Let’s break it down.  Let’s cover each individual oil in the kit and a little comparison.   Remember, this isn’t ALL these oils can do!  They are so versatile it would take forever to compare all the uses they have.  But let’s start here:

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So what in the world are you waiting for?!  Let’s get oily! (aka: HEALTHY!)

Get OILY with me!

Renea Lynch | Young Living #1171826

 

 


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Everyday Oils | Lemon

For the love of lemons!  I thought I’d share a little bit about each one of the everyday essential oils to let you know how awesome they are and what you can do with them.  (or *gasp* if you don’t have them what you’re missing out on!)  And just let me say, lemon is one I get excited about.

I am truly in love with my lemon oil and can’t get enough of it.  Of course I love all things citrus which makes me a lemon junkie.  I drink it in my water, I diffuse it, I pop it in pills, I apply it to my wrists for a quick pick me up.  It’s a great detox oil and uplifts your moods.  Not to mention the power it has to kills germs is amazing.

Product Tips (taken from YL website)

  • Use 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, and crayon from most surfaces.
  • Combine 2–3 drops of lemon essential oil with water in a spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.
  • Place a drop of lemon essential oil on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production.
  • Soothe corns, calluses, or bunions by rubbing lemon essential oil on the affected area morning and evening.
  • Massage lemon essential oil into cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste from cells.
  • Add lemon essential oil to your morning tea or breakfast shake for a refreshing pick-me-up.
  • Inhale lemon essential oil or place a few drops on a cotton ball to replenish your mind, body, and spirit.
  • Add 10–15 drops of lemon essential oil to a gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains, brighten carpet and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room.
  • Add several drops of lemon essential oil to a chicken marinade for a delicious dinner.
  • Place a few drops of your favorite citrus essential oil on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator to help eliminate odors.

LEMON – (Citrus limon) has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function.
Young Living Lemon Everyday Essential Oil Uses

  • Use 6 drops of Lemon oil and 6 drops of Purification oil in a glass spray bottle mixed with distilled water to use in the bathroom as an air freshener.
  • Use 1-2 drops of Lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
  • Use 1 drop of Lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a corn, callous or bunion mornings and evenings.
  • To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water.
  • Add 2-3 drops of Lemon oil to water and spray counter tops to sterilize them.
  • Soak your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and a drop of Lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.
  • Add a drop of Lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
  • Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.
  • Place a drop of Lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers to lessen pain and aid healing.
  • Put a drop of Lemon oil on bleeding gums caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction.
  • Put a drop of Lemon oil on oily skin or acne to balance sebaceous glands (oil glands).
  • Rub several drops of Lemon oil on cellulite to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.
  • Rub two drops of Lemon oil topically to clear athlete’s foot.
  • Rub several drops of Lemon oil on varicose veins to improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night until it disappears.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces.

Just in the last few days, I’ve shared lemon oil with several friends, helped one friend with what she thought to be strep throat, of course used it in my water, diffused it in the house….and let me tell you what, it works WONDERS for heartburn!  Yes, heartburn!  You’d think something we consider to be acidic would be the last thing you’d reach for.  But lemon helps put your bodies natural acids back in balance.  I was amazed the first time I tried it for heartburn.

For years we’ve used cleaners that contained lemon ‘scent’ and it was so refreshing.  Imagine cleaning your house now with REAL lemons and lemon oil.  Mmmmm……

Picture yourself sipping on some fresh lavender lemonade!  There’s a treat!  If you utilize pinterest and google you’ll be amazed at what you can find.  Just try a random search for ‘young living lemon essential oil’ and sit back and relax while you peruse the world wide web.  If you ever have questions regarding an oil or the credibility of a site you are searching, don’t hesitate to ask me!  I love all things oily!

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