Copaiba

So many oils, so many favorites. This is Copaiba. It’s a member of the Premium Starter Kit. Pronounced Cope eye iba.

When I first opened my Premium Starter Kit, I had a general idea of the uses for some of the oils but I had no idea what to do with Copaiba, much less how to pronounce it. So it sat for awhile until I figured out what to do with it.

From a fellow Oily person I learned that you can mix Copaiba with other oils when you are making your own blend say in a roll on because it enhances the effects of the other oils. After that, I use it as much as I can.

For example in my Muscle Support post, you’ll see that I have Ortho Ease, Peppermint and Pan Away oils, I added Copaiba because it enhances the effects of the Peppermint, Pan Away and the oils that are in Ortho Ease. This is probably my favorite property of Copaiba.

So what else can we use Copaiba for?

Copaiba has powerful Anti-Inflammatory properties, anything with “itis” behind it, making it extremely helpful with muscle, bones and joint support. Muscle spasms, muscle cramps, joint stiffness, muscles that need extra attention after work outs or strenuous activities.

It helps supports the Respiratory System with things like sinusitis and bronchitis. Recently, I learned from a fellow Oily guy that it supports sinuses. I’ve had bad allergies all my life. Animals, dust, environmental, seasonal, you name it. I have to pre-medicate when I go to someone’s house who has lots of pets or if I see a layer of pollen on the cars that is an inch thick. I’ll never go without allergy medicine but recently I learned from another Oily that you can put it on your sinuses to support congestion and inflammation. I’ve used it twice this week in conjunction with my allergy medication and I was relieved that they symptoms seemed to go away faster than if I’d waited for my allergy pill to kick in.

It helps support the skin and can be used to support bruises, rashes, bug bites, acne. You can even mix it in your shampoo to help out with Dandruff caused by dry scalp.

Moral of the story, don’t underestimate an oil just because it has a funny name and you’ve never heard of it. This one is a gem. It’s one you’ll never want to run out of.

 

 

 

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Tea Tree Oil

I am volunteering as a nurse this week for my daughter’s high school marching band. We are at an away camp in the country so the band can bond, get down to business and learn their show. The camp is rustic and everything you’d imagine an away camp to be: scary food, acres of old cabins, trees and plenty of bugs to go around.

Of course as the suburbia dwellers that we are, we bring every spray known to man, bug spray and sunscreen. I refuse to put either of those on my body much less be present when it is sprayed into the atmosphere.

In the year since I’ve been here, I’ve become oily and I am on a mission to remove as many toxicities from my life as possible. Bug spray is right up there. I hate the smell and the way it feels on my skin and I don’t even want to think about the chemicals it contains.

This year I brought Tea Tree Oil to combat bugs. I simply put some Tea Tree Oil on my arms and legs, my neck and temples. The bugs approach me and quickly leave. I’m pleased.

In addition to keeping bugs away, Tea Tree Oil has many other benefits. It has Antifungal, Antiseptic, Antimicrobial, Antiviral and Anti-inflammatory properties. It supports itching from hives and rashes. It supports inflammation from ear infections and herpes virus. You can mix it in your shampoo to wash your hair and rinse it out to help a dry scalp. You can mix lavender and tea tree oils to combat head lice. These are only a few of the many things Tea Tree Oil supports.

If you are looking for a natural alternative to bug spray the next time you are out in the woods, I’d highly recommend this.

Dewdrop Duo PSK Sale Ends 1159PM MST

Life is so precious and short. I’ve seen more sick human beings since I entered nursing school fall of 1991 than I care to admit. Now that my husband and I are in our late 40’s and our children are young adults and growing up so fast, I want to get every minute I can out of these bones of mine and I want to guide others on a journey of good health.

I first learned about Young Living a few years ago from a coworker. I kept it in the back of my mind and then it finally clicked for me. Last September just three weeks into his sophomore year of college, my son ends up with Strep Throat. We followed the instructions his doctor gave him but I was desperate to find some natural remedies to support his healing and get him back on his feet sooner so he didn’t miss any school. After that I knew it was time to join Young Living. I want to utilize everything I can to support good health, physical and well as emotional. These oils have made an incredible difference for me in just under a year and I am in the process of transitioning the products in my home to chemical free. Stay tuned for a chemical free post later this weekend and I hope that you continue to read my posts because I’ve got a lot of good oily information coming your way.

Today is the final day to take advantage of this awesome extended offer. If you are new to my blog, welcome! If you are still on the fence about beginning an oily journey, let me redirect you to some of my previous posts.

My post entitled Health Benefits of Dewdrop Diffuser Duo goes into detail about the oils and other products included in the kit and their health benefits If you haven’t already read it, and are curious, click here.

You might also like my post entitled, “Getting to Know the Oils and Getting Started.” To read click here. This post talks about some of the many usages of each oil as well as the wholesale (if you were a member price) or retail (if you were not a member price). I know, 198.25 does seem like a lot but if you were to add up the two diffusers plus the oils and other products the price would exceed 198.25.

In addition to essential oils, Young Living offers Personal Care products for men and women, KidScents, Animal Scents, Nutritional Products, and cleaning products.

If you feel like you are ready to begin a new journey into health and wellness and want to sign up click this signup link. . If you feel you need more time or have more questions feel free to email me jennycrn@comcast.net and please keep reading.

 

 

 

May Books

I am six books behind my coworker/reader buddy on the Goodreads 2018 reading challenge, but she’s retired and I’m not so I guess I’d better read a little faster. I still have time to get my 55 books in. I love historical fiction. I guess you can say I’ve been on a bit of a WWII kick lately.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan– NYC pre WWII a young girl’s father disappears secondary to questionable mob activity. Fast forward to this young woman’s adulthood during WWII and her efforts to help the war, she discovers what happened to her father. I discovered this from Goodreads and thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a must read.

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard-1944 the lives of an 18 year old country girl, a Jewish physicist, a poor sharecropper girl, a wealthy army officer and an African American man intertwine as they work on the Manhattan Project. This was a good book but not one of my favorites.

That Month in Tuscany by Inglath Cooper. I saw this on Barnes and Noble’s recommendations and wanted to be in Italy in my head for a spell so I went for this book. A little predictable story about a woman married to a man that’s always disappointing her. She decided to go to Tuscany for their anniversary vacation by herself after he told her he can’t miss work. The book takes the woman on a journey of self discovery when she faces unexpected surprises. Meh it was ok. Nice to read about Italian culture and food.

Stay tuned for June and July.

Muscle Support

One of the things I love most about being part of the Young Living Essential Oils Community is the sharing of product use that goes on. I share with coworkers, friends and people I follow on Facebook and Instagram.

These products in the picture are used for muscle support.

The Ortho Ease was recommended to me by a friend who’s son is in my daughter’s high school class. Both of our kids do marching band in the fall and play sports in the spring. My friend’s son plays lacrosse. My daughter runs track. My friend told me about Ortho Ease at the beginning of the season and how much her son enjoys this massage oil after practice and games. So I purchased some. My daughter enjoyed using it after track and I use it regularly to soothe my leg muscles after my 4-5 mile walks. It’s a must have.

A few weeks ago I fell asleep with my right arm behind my head. Ouch! My shoulder was not a happy camper and it hurt to even lift my arm. From sharing, I learned of a 5 oil blend that an oily friend of mine uses. I did not have 2 of the oils they used but I did have Peppermint, Copaiba and Panaway, which are included in the Premium Starter Kit.  So, I mixed these three oils with the Ortho-Ease, massaged my shoulder, did some quality stretches and my shoulder was back in business in no time. Before my oily life, I would have popped some Ibuprofen and hoped for the best. This time I didn’t use any Ibuprofen. As a matter of fact, since I discovered this gem of a blend, my Ibuprofen use is nearly nonexistent. Just saying.

 

 

April Books

Here I am on July 17 writing about the books I read in April. Lol oh well. It’s never too late to find a good book.

Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail by Erin Miller. It took me a few months to read this book. This is a personal account of a married couple who thru hiked the 2659mi Pacific Crest Trail 5 years ago. It was interesting but it was more like journal entries instead of actual chapters. When I started getting tired of it, I read other books and came back to it when I wanted an escape in my head.

Weekends at Bellevue by Julie Holland. This book is a true story and details the experience of the nine years Dr Julie Holland, a board-certified psychiatrist spent working in the psychiatric emergency room at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. If you are not medical and easily offended, don’t read this book. This is this woman’s personal EXPERIENCE. It is not to be judged or psychoanalyzed. I was extremely angered to read the very first review from 4 years ago listed on Goodreads and the several reviews that follow. The first review was written by a “psychology major and a human being”. All I can say is Bitch, don’t judge until you’ve walked in that person’s shoes.

I’m sorry but I have to stand on my soap box for a moment. I am a Board Certified Emergency Nurse with 13 years of Emergency Nursing under my belt. The general public has no idea of the experiences at work that we have on a daily basis that either harden our hearts, break our hearts or both. They have no idea how each one of us has experienced burn out at some point in our careers. Burnout that makes us feel like we are in an uncontrollable downward spiral as our own sanity circles the drain. Sure, burnout heals and can lay dormant for a spell until we have another experience that triggers it and then we pray that we don’t snap and circle the drain again. Burnout was one of the reasons I left the Emergency Room. The Emergency Room that I was able to refine my knowledge and skills as a registered nurse. The Emergency Room where my intuition came alive and I could tell someone was going bad by looking at them. The Emergency Room where I saw lives begin and end. The Emergency Room where I saw people bleed out and swallow their brains. The Emergency Room where I cleaned up more shit, piss, blood, snot and puke than I care to recall. The Emergency Room where I used to puke in the sink if the stench got to me too much. The Emergency Room where I was threatened with physical violence and sexually harassed on multiple occasions. The Emergency Room where hospital security frequently had to physically protect us when  there were dangerous patients that we had to sedate and restrain. The Emergency Room where I took care of murderers and rapists. The Emergency Room where I made lifelong friends. The Emergency Room that I shared weekends, holidays, and snowstorms with my ER family. The Emergency Room where we as staff shared each other’s triumphs and defeats. The Emergency Room that built a foundation for the rest of my career and gave me the confidence to try any other nursing afterwards. The Emergency Room that I was proud to work at. I remember shortly before I transferred out of the Emergency Room, one of the ER Attending Physicians said to me, “Nurses are lucky, they can leave when they want to and when they need to. Physicians have to stay.”

So I say, thank you Dr Julie Holland for sharing your experience.

The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve. I started reading this book years ago and returned it to the library unfinished because I wasn’t feeling it. Shortly before I read this book in April, I’d read Anita Shreve’s latest book and decided to give it another go. This book is about the after effects of the death of a Pilot who perished in a plane crash. The Pilot’s wife uncovers his secret life. It was good.

How About Some Better Sleep?

Sleep is so important to our health. I, for one, am someone who needs adequate sleep to function. Some people can get away with not getting enough sleep, not me. One of my favorite things about being part of the Oily Community is the sharing that goes on. I saw this oil combination on a social media post and I’ve used it a few times now. I absolutely love it. Last night I used this oil combination in my Desert Mist Diffuser.

4 drops Lavender. 4 drops Vetiver. 

Lavender is used to support insomnia, nervous tension, emotional support and calming. You can diffuse it, you can put it on your body or you can put it in your bath. If you don’t know what Lavender smells like, lol walk into a spa.

Vetiver. This is a new favorite of mine. It has a real woodsy smell too. I totally dig it. This oil has multiple purposes but to support a good nights sleep it supports anxiety, depression, insomnia.

Sunday night I did not sleep well. Yesterday I was outside all day in the heat, I walked 5 miles and by the end of the day my body was ready to crumble. I slept a beautiful 10 hours with this Lavender/Vetiver combo last night and I am good to go!

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