Helping Children Sleep with Essential Oils

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I’m a fan of sleep.

And I’m really good at it.

I almost went pro in college.

While pregnant with my first child, people would always say, “Sleep now–you won’t sleep for a LONG time!”

You don’t know what they mean until you’re living it.

And we’ve been living it for about five years now.

It all started when our second child was born–he was not a sleeper.  

At all.

There were nights I would stare at him and really wonder if he was part robot because seriously–how could a BABY not want to SLEEP?!  Isn’t that just what they DO for the first three months?!

He is now our most energetic child (with a heart of gold!), and it takes him a long time to wind down for bed every night.

It’s not uncommon for him to STILL be up at 10:00 at night–and he got up at 6:00 that morning!

So, when I received my Premium Starter Pack from Young Living, I immediately set about trying to figure out what would help him settle down a little earlier in the night.

It was one day, during lunch, when I decided to diffuse some lavender in the hopes that it would help lunch to be calmer and quieter than it was the day before that I noticed something:  we were all nodding off.

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We could all barely keep our eyes open!  I immediately threw some peppermint in the diffuser to wake us back up while I headed into the kitchen to whip up some “Sleepy Spray.”

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(If we only had one room with children in it, I would just turn the diffuser on at night in the room with lavender in it.  We have two rooms with kids in it, though, so this is not feasible at the moment.

I have a dream.  I have a dream that one day I will own diffusers in EVERY room of the house.)

I grabbed a spray bottle and the lavender essential oil.  After placing 20 drops of the lavender essential oil in the water, I gave the spray bottle a quick shake before whipping out my label maker.

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Boom.

Sleepy Spray–DONE!

Now to put it to the test!  

That night, as we were putting the kids to bed, I announced that I would be spraying the “Sleepy Spray” in their rooms to help them sleep.

I sprayed it in the room, on pillows, and on stuffed animals that they sleep with.

The kids?  Excited.  Loved it.

(You could also call this “Good Dreams Spray!”)

That night, three of them were out immediately, and our 5 year-old was out at 8:30 p.m.–which is HUGE in this house.  HUGE.

He now demands I spray HIM before bed.

But wait–there’s more!

When my Essential Rewards came this month, I had thrown a bottle of Cedarwood Essential Oil in the order.

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I had been reading a lot of testimonies about how Cedarwood was helping people go to sleep quickly.  Cedarwood is said to promote relaxation, balance, and increase mental focus while also regulating melatonin levels.

For $11.25 for a 15ml bottle since I’m a wholesale member, I decided to give it a shot!

I had read many a mom’s testimonies about how only one drop on the bottom of each big toe of their child helped them go to sleep quicker AND sleep through the night.

Take your socks off, kids!  We’re DOING this!

Results?  Our five year-old is out around 8:30 every night, sleeps through the night, and is waking up feeling rested.

Our 2 year-old, by the way, had started a fun game called “Let’s Wake Up Before the Sun Comes Up at 5:00 In the Morning!” and my husband I and I thought we were a bit too old for that game.

Cedarwood on his big toes before bed the last couple of nights seem to have helped him get back on his normal sleep schedule, and he’s waking up at 6:30 in the morning like normal.

What’s that?  Does it just work for kids, you say?

Funny story!  We just spent the weekend with my husband’s family.  My brother-in-law was watching me oil the kids before bed, and we were discussing Cedarwood oil.  I mentioned that it’s supposed to help induce sleep, and he grabbed the bottle and started dabbing it on his neck, behind the ears, and on his temples.  

Twenty minutes later, he started yawning and said he was going to bed.  

I held up the bottle of Cedarwood oil with a pointed look, and his eyes grew wide when he realized that the oil worked.

VICTORY IS MINE!

So, that’s our sleepy little story.  Mom is happy.  Kids are happy.

And they all lived sleepily ever after.

 

Disclaimer:  The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Non-toxic Cleaning

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My job right after college consisted of working with people with mental and physical disabilities.  My job was to take them to their places of employment (whether solo or in a group) and make sure they were doing their jobs correctly and efficiently or to implement new ideas to help them while they worked.

Guess what they had to clean with?  Industrial strength cleaners.

It drove me nuts, but it REALLY bothered me when I found out I was pregnant with our first son.  I went to my supervisor and told her that I wasn’t comfortable working around industrial strength cleaners being pregnant–I would need gloves and a mask.

Her response?

“Eh, when we were your age, we smoked and drank when we were pregnant, and our kids turned out fine.”

Ah, I see.

So…no on the mask and gloves then?

Anyways, after having our firstborn, I really made an effort to change a lot of things in my life.

Like, eating vegetables.  If I wanted HIM to eat them, I would have to, am I right?

But one of the main areas I really focused on was overall health in our home.

I started replacing chemical cleaning supplies with homemade cleaning supplies.  This can be read as “vinegar  and water.”

My husband was not too keen on the smell of vinegar, and we eventually went back to our Clorox wipes (which made my fingers numb after using them!), Windex, and other cleaners.

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So, when I read that Young Living offered a product called Thieves Household Cleaner, I was very excited.  You mean I could leave this under my sink without worrying someone was going to DIE AND boost our immunity while we cleaned?!

BRING.  IT.  ON.

Since I am a wholesale member, I was able to order the 14.4 fl. oz. bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner for $22.00.  

It only takes ONE capful of Thieves Household Cleaner for one 32 oz. bottle of water. 

Broken down, one 14.4 oz. bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner:

  • makes approximately 28 (32oz.) bottles of non-toxic cleaning spray
  • which is approximately $.79 per bottle of cleaning spray

There is no way I can walk into Target or Wal-mart and find a 32 oz. bottle of non-toxic, immune-boosting cleaner for only $.79 a bottle.

And I surely couldn’t find one at that price that I would be comfortable with my KIDS using.

So, we now have two bottles of Thieves cleaner in use in our home:  one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom–and I still have 26 refills left in my Thieves Household Cleaner bottle!

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Why, yes, I DO love my label maker–thanks so much for asking!

And because I was on a roll with the bottles and labels, I whipped up a little “Sleepy Spray” and “Room Deodorizer” while I was at it–shown to the left of the Thieves.

Perhaps I’ll post on those another time–I’m too busy cleaning cleaning my kitchen and bathroom at the moment!

 

On Purification…

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People, I would really like to blog again.

About something.

Anything.

Anything of substance, really.

But, newborns don’t allow that to happen, and I am SO not complaining because Baby H totally trumps this blog.

And school’s getting ready to start up again here in a few weeks, so expect either a.) no blogging or b.) post after post about nothing but school stuff.

Lucky. you.

Anyways–while I had five minutes where Baby H wasn’t chucking everything he ate right back at me (if love was measured in projectile vomiting, well, this kid is head over heels for me), I thought I’d post something that I thought was pretty neat.

Yesterday I took B and E on a walk. Well, B rode in the stroller while E and I walked. At some point, something either stung or bit me.

I don’t know what’s going on this summer, but I have had two really bad stings or bites (and never once saw the culprit!) that have puffed up way more than bites normally do on me.

My husband says the culprit is a mosquito. I, of course, jumped way down the panic line, and went straight for “ebola fly.”

I’m pretty sure that exists.

Anyways, here’s what the bite/sting looked like yesterday just minutes after receiving it.
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I thought to myself, “Hey. That really hurts. I do not care for the itching and burning sensation going on right now. Make it stahhhp.”

So, then I thought, “Hey! I’ve got an oil for that!” I grabbed some of my Young Living Purification Essential Oil and dabbed some of that right on the spot.

Purification essential oil is a blend of Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca Alternifolia (also known as “Tea Tree Oil”), Myrtle, Citronella, and Lavandin essential oils. While it has worked well for others as a bug repellant (which I did not think to apply before heading outdoors yesterday!), it has also worked great for me as a bug bite/sting remedy among so many other things.

I originally had been using it in my cleaning regiment with Thieves and Lemon.

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Immediately upon applying the oil, the stinging/burning sensation was gone.

This is what it looked like 15 minutes after applying the Purification Essential Oil.

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When I woke up this morning, there was no redness, no swelling, no bumps, no itching, no burning–nada!  I find this impressive since my kids still have mosquito bites from last summer.  I joke, but seriously–their bug bites seem to last forever!

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Purification is one of my favorite oils in the Premium Starter Kit  from Young Living because it makes the house smell AWESOME, and it purifies the air, but now I have another reason to love it.

Enough sharing.  Back to domesticating.

Happy Monday!

 Disclaimer:  The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Nine years later…

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Once upon a time, I met a guy.  In a bar.

WAIT!  Don’t leave–it gets better.  Promise.

We started dating.

He took me to dinner.

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I made him pay waaaaaay too much.

But he stuck around anyways.

And then one freezing cold night, he asked me to marry him.

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And I said, “YES!”

And then we got married in this church…

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in our little college town

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on this very day–nine years ago.

And we danced.

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And then we moved to Michigan.

And then moved to Missouri.

And had 1…

2…

3…

4…

5…

beautiful children.

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And it all started when a guy and a girl walked into a bar.

 

There’s an oil for that!

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Got a headache?  There’s an oil for that!

Want to get rid of all the harmful cleaning chemicals under the sink and replace them with something completely natural and safe?  There are oils for that.

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Want information on how to get your hands on some essential oils?  There’s a page for that!

Check out the menu bar right up above this post–“Home”, “About Me”, and now there’s an “Essential Oils” page in case you’ve been itching to order some oils or sign up as a wholesale member.

(Itching?  There’s an oil for that!)

Let me know if you have any questions!

Introducing…Baby H!

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Well, I traded the nesting for some resting.

On July 15th, the Feast of St. Henry, at 9:53 a.m., weighing in at 8 lbs. 2 oz. and measuring 19.75 inches long, we welcomed…Baby H!

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It was by far the easiest (and quickest!) c-section I have had, and I couldn’t believe how calm I was the entire time.  The husband and I were talking about how we didn’t even feel like we were in the same room because by the time they let him in, they were already into the surgery, and within about 2 minutes of my husband sitting down beside me, the little guy was born.

The recovery, however, was not my favorite, and it consisted of pain meds NOT working for the entire first day.  This time they gave me a spinal/epidural combo, and the epidural was supposed to allow pain meds to flow when I needed them.  I’m used to a spinal where the spinal wears off so I can feel my legs quickly again, and the morphine they pumped me full of keeps all pain away for an entire day.

Guess what they don’t give you with a spinal/epidural combo?  

Morphine.

Guess who felt EVERY bit of pain the minute the spinal wore off?

THIS GIRL.

Guess who didn’t apparently believe her?

EVERYONE.

So, finally a nurse must have either a.) believed me or b.) gotten sick of me explaining that NOTHING WAS WORKING, so she called up the anesthesiologist who said, “Rip that cath out of her back, and let’s experiment with oral meds!”

So, we did.

And I la-la-la-loved me some Percocet, folks.  Next time I shall ask for that immediately afterward if they do a spinal/epidural combo.  

Good.  times.

Where were we?  Ah, yes.  The babe.

He’s a big hit around here.

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That would be the morning line-up where everyone demands to hold the baby.  B, our 2 year-old, is absolutely in LOVE with his brother and runs and gets a pillow anytime I emerge from the bedroom after feeding the baby.

That’s his “HEY!  I’M READY TO HOLD THE BABY!” cue for us.

I found out with Baby #3 that I could no longer set a baby down in a swing.

Or on a blanket on the floor.

Because small children…germs…smothering…eye-gouging.

This baby gets carried everywhere as well, and I will soon be wearing him everywhere when the c-section heals because…germs…smothering…eye-gouging.

What else?

Ah, yes.  There was the second official day where we were home from the hospital–making H a whopping five days old where he suddenly started spitting up…brownish/blackish/greenish…stuff.

I called his pediatrician, freaking out only slightly panicked, and he said that if it continued happening we needed to take him to the children’s hospital because blah, blah, blah, intestine blockage.  

That’s what I heard.

So, guess what?  He continued the spitting up.

So, we took him into the children’s hospital.

While my stomach was in a knot, waiting for them to tell me he had to have surgery, the doctor said…he’s allergic to cow’s milk protein.

…Oh.

Wait–really?  That’s it?

She reassured me that if I cut all dairy out of my diet, he would be back to normal within a few days.

And you know what?

She was right.

So, my love for all things cheese, butter, and sour cream have been put on hold right now as I grapple with trying to figure out what exactly to eat now that 95% of my diet has been chucked out the window.

Hey, whatever keeps this little guy happy.

Anyways–that’s the latest.  

We’re loving our new little guy and trying to get back into a routine–which should happen in 2015.

Nesting much?

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So, this past weekend you would have thought I drank a pot of coffee.
I think it was a combination of getting to sleep in until past 9:00 (thanks so very much to an awesome husband!) and nesting kicking in BIG time.

I spent most of Friday cleaning out closets, clothing tubs in the basement, and drawers–I’m talking so much cleaning out that my husband was begging me to sit down before I either went into labor or put myself out of commission for the next few days.

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My friend, Shannon, had recently told me about her latest purging obsession and how she was sending clothes into thredUP. Here’s the great thing about thredUP: they send you a bag (no charge to you), you fill it up with your unwanted clothing items, and you ship it back to them (postage has already been paid by them). They then go through your bag and give you credit on their website for items you sent in which, in turn, you can shop for new-to-you clothing items in their shop! Women’s clothing, children’s clothing, shoes, handbags–hello, free shopping trip!

And the best part? I can do this guilt-free. I’m really awful about hanging onto things because “What if we need it?” or “____________ gave it to me! I can’t throw it out!” But this way, I can either get some $ for it or they give it away to a charity for me. Problem solved.

Guess what? You can get an automatic $10.00 credit JUST for signing up with thredUP!

Follow this link to get your $10.00 credit!

And let the closet purging begin!

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