It smells so good in here! {Finer Things Friday}

Some of you are going to laugh at me because I’m behind the times (again!) but I do.not.care.  I am giddy with my “new” discovery!

I gave up burning candles in my home long ago, because as much as I (usually) liked the scent,

  1. My husband did not.  Candles make him queasy.
  2. Burning candles give me a headache.  (true story)
  3. We have children.  (‘nough said)

Not to mention all the yakkity-yak about the harmful chemicals and carcinogens in candles.  Ick.  So, while I may burn one for a bit right before expected company shows up (what?!  I know I’m not the only one who does that…)  the few that I have left just sit there and look pretty.

Well, now.  Recently some friends have been in my ear about the benefits of essential oils, specifically therapeutic grade essential oils.  I’m intrigued!  When I hear about how the oils have replaced nearly all the over the counter meds in their homes (full of children) I’m really curious.  (Yes, some of you are still laughing because I live under a rock.  I forgive you.)

Long story short, I decided I need to try these oils in our quest for healthier, lower chemical living.  So I bought some.  I purchased a diffuser (with a coupon!).  I ran the diffuser today with the (free!) Citrus Fresh oil that it came with, and

I am in love.

Invigorating scent wafting through my home, no flame, no chemicals, and many health benefits to boot.

Citrus Fresh™ is a relaxing, calming blend loved by children and adults alike. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it supports the immune system and overall health while bringing about a sense of well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy. It also works as an air purifier.

It just smells so good in here!  That’s enough for me for now, but I’m so excited to try the oils out in other ways, too.  First up?  That pesky wart on my knee.  I hear Frankincense is good for that.  I’ll let you know if it works!

It’s still a very new thing for me, but I’m declaring my essential oils a Finer Thing!  All of you who are already familiar with the oils can stop your giggles and tell me which ones are worth investing in.  What do you use them for?  I’m ready to learn!  (And for those of you under the rock with me, I’m happy to share what I know and give you my member number if you want some oils for yourself.  Or you can sign up here.  Email me!)

What Finer Things are you celebrating this week?  Link up and let us know!

PS – This post is in no way sponsored by any company.  I just wanted to share a new found love. 

 

 

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Comments

  1. I’ll be the first to admit I must live under a rock too. Never heard of this!!

  2. <3 this!

  3. I live under a rock for another reason – I have never heard that there was anything harmful (like carcinogens) in candles. I go this route because my kiddos have asthma and I don’t like “air fresheners” or anything that puts out any type of particle that could get in the boys lungs and trigger breathing issues. I though candles were the safe way to go….I may have to think again.

    • Candles are just as bad as air fresheners, unfortunately. The fragrance used to make them smell good is synthetic, and the wax is usually petroleum-based which emits toxins as it is burned, just like a car. The wicks may also contain lead.

      If your boys have asthma, diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils can actually prevent flare ups and open the lungs! There are many testimonies of people using the oils to improve respiratory health. R.C. is a great oil blend that comes to mind. I highly recommend Amy’s diffuser and Young Living! :)

    • Deborah Jennings says:

      Ann, talk with your children’s Asthma doctor and see what he says about the candles. Or melted wax or whatever. I prefer either candles, oils or whatever to sprays, too.

    • I know, Ann. Scary stuff. Here’s a link about candles: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/which-candles-emit-carcinogenics.html?page=1 be sure to read page 2 because it explains artificial scents. (Let me know if you want more info. I don’t have kids with asthma, but know a FB group that could likely help you out.)

  4. I bought an oil burner and some oils last year. I followed the directions on the bottle filled the top of the burner with water an added a couple of drops of oil. It never produced much of anything. Hardly any smell at all. My husband and I were disappointed. I ended up switching back to candles. If you have any ideas of what we are doing wrong. I would be up for suggestions!

    • An oil burner is different technology than a diffuser. The diffuser actually disperses the oils into the air, not just the scent. This way they are purifying the air and killing bacteria. Inhaling them is therapeutic as well. Also, the quality of the oils you are using is important. Young Living oils are extremely potent and 100% pure, so you can use less.

    • I don’t know anything about an oil burner because I’ve never had one, but this diffuser uses “ultrasonic technology.” There’s no heat involved, because heat alters the oils in a bad way. (that’s the way I understand it, anyway). It’s actually a humidifier/vaporizer, so you can see the vapor that carries the oils through the air. My children were fascinated, and I can’t wait to try it out in their rooms the next time someone has a cold!

      • Thanks for all this info. I didn’t know any of that. I guess it might be time to look into a diffuser. Thank you!!

  5. doTerra is another great company that sells therapeutic grade essential oils. I have the diffuser on my wish list and am buying oils on a small basis each month. Gotta stick to my budget! :)

    • I hear ya on the “small basis each month.” It’s hard not to buy them all at once! Which oils are your favorite so far? How/what do you use them for?

      • OnGuard – it’s like YL’s Thieves – germ killer. I put one drop in a little bit of water, swish and gargle (like mouthwash) and then swallow it. I also rub it on my feet (and the kids and hubby’s feet). It helps boost the immune system and the gargle helps with sore throats (we’ve all had colds this week). It also makes an awesome cleaner when mixed with water and Basic H (shaklee all natural cleaner).

        Lemon – one of my favorites! I add it to water – helps clean out toxins in your body and makes purified tap water taste so good – I drink more water with the lemon in it, and I just feel “cleaner” inside – sounds weird, I know! :) Rub it on the spine for yucky snot and it helps dry it up. Add a few drops to the dishwasher (in soap dispenser) and it purifies and helps get rid of spots on dishes.

        Lavender – rub on feet, back of neck, etc. Helps calm you down and sleep better.

        Peppermint – rub on the belly for tummy issues. I have also used it for muscle pain and headaches. I have to dilute this one – it’s a bit too hot for me straight up.

        A mix of lavender, lemon, and peppermint is supposed to help with allergies too. My son has horrible allergies. It’s best to put it in a capsule and ingest, but I can’t do that for him – too big of a pill to swallow, so we dilute it and rub it on his feet, back, and chest.

        My next order will have Breathe – helps with respiratory issues, Digestzen (for tummy issues), and more lemon (since I am already out and can’t live without it). My wish list is so long! I love the oils. My goal is to switch to the oils and avoid using medicines, air fresheners, and traditional cleaners. It will take some time, due to budget constraints, but we’ll get there! :) I’d love to hear more about how you are using the oils.

        • Oh, thank you so much for all the recommendations! “My goal is to switch to the oils and avoid using medicines, air fresheners, and traditional cleaners. It will take some time, due to budget constraints, but we’ll get there! :)” Yes! That’s me, too. I’m just starting, so *time* is a factor, too, as I learn as I go. I’ll let you know which oils I fall in love with. :)

        • Oil update. :) This morning I burned my finger. My “101 ways to use the everyday essential oils kit” resource said to use lavender on a mild burn, so I dripped some on. IMMEDIATE relief. I truly couldn’t believe it. So exciting! (The burn came back mildly a while later, so I dripped some more on. No more burn.) I love this stuff!

          • That’s awesome – not that you burned your finger, but that you found relief with lavender! :) It’s good for cuts and scrapes too.

  6. Deborah Jennings says:

    I use the wickless candles. It is actually a warmer that melts the wax, but not hot enough to burn yourself or any little ones. They have some that sit on a flat surface, and some that plug into the wall and are also a night light. The ones I have are from Scentcy The wax in them will last a week, if burned 24/7. I don’t do this. Mine are only turned on when I am in the room with them, and all are off at night. They even have one for baby’s room, and they have baby scented wax. It takes very little wax for the smell to permeate through the whole room. I have one in each bathroom, and almost every other room in the house. I have all kinds of different scents. Oh, and the wax that is used is food grade, whatever that means. LOL The company is in Dallas Texas. (My daughter is a dealer.) Hubby’s favorite scent is Mocha. Smells like fresh brewed coffee. That one is in the Kitchen. I use the small warmer in the living room, and change scents as the seasons change. Oh, and I have one that is great for cold season. OK, long enough post on this.

    I just wish I could find a scent that smells like fresh baked bread. Yummm

    • Scentsy does take care of the fire danger factor with kids, but then there’s still the toxins to deal with in the synthetic fragrance. Ugh. Always something, huh?!

  7. I love this idea! But $100 for the diffuser?! Ouch. I see quite a few for sale on Amazon for a lot less but I wonder if they are any good…

  8. Another alternative to candles and wax warmers, if you don’t have a diffuser (like me, as I am saving up for one), is to simmer things in water on a stove – still gets a natural scent in the air, but you won’t get the therapeutic benefits of the oils. I like to do orange peels, cinnamon sticks, and a splash of pure vanilla extract.

    Or lemon peels, fresh rosemary, and vanilla extract is good too.

    You can experiment with different fruit peels, herbs, etc.

    • Yes yes! Our Azure co-op driver posted on FB today what she had simmering in her stove. I like the therapeutic benefits of the oils, but that will get pricy if I use them as a “room freshener” all the time. ;)

  9. Amy, I’m so excited for you! We have been using them for years but I’m always learning something new! Frankincense is also suppose to be effective in helping open up the lung’s airways. I just recently purchased some for our oldest son who sometimes battles asthma like symptoms. I’ll have to try it on our 5 yr old’s wart too, ha!!!

    I would recommend getting a good reference guide or finding one online. The one I have is compatible with Young Living but I use a variety of other therapeutic grade oils as well. doTerra is a company I just recently found (their Balance blend is amazingly yummy smelling!) and we also use Nature’s Sunshine that can be bought at the herb shops locally. Must haves for us are eucalyptus, pepperment, lavender, cypress (helps stop nose bleeds when rubbed on bridge of nose) and a plethora of others. And yes, the diffuser is worth the investment!

    Essential oils are what opened the flood gates for us to start living a healthier lifestyle and rely less on the medical community (not that I have anything against doctors!). I can honestly say though, the only time we see ours anymore is at annual check-ups and I only schedule the appt so that he won’t forget who we are, ha!!! We also incorporate a lot of homemade and herbal remedies in caring for ourselves during times of illness and as preventive care. I get pretty excited when talking about all this so better stop now or will end up writing you a book ;)

    • Yaaaaay! I am so excited to have a local friend to talk oils with! (I always feel like the WEIRD one when I do stuff like this.) I’m with you on the medical situation… we are an OVER MEDICATED nation, and I want no part of it. (But I’m GRATEFUL it’s there when we NEED it.) So much can be taken care of naturally, it just fascinates me. Let me know next time you’re headed west. Add time in your trip for a visit!

      • Will do! Maybe a Friday morning when I’ve got our littlest home from per-school, so the wee-ones can play while we visit? ;) Looking forward to it!

    • I like this website http://www.everythingessential.me/index.html.
      It is for doTerra oils and is a great reference for what oils to use when. :)

  10. I just ordered some YL Thieves oil because my dad wears it to work all winter and doesn’t get sick (even when someone comes in to work sick, which always happens!) I got it for my hubby to wear to work also (he works at the same company as my dad, people just don’t stay home if they get sick!!) And I just had my second baby and my first is only 1yo so they are around each other so much I didn’t want them to pass colds to each other. I would love a diffuser and eventually to buy more oils but am also on a pretty tight budget. Let me know how the frankincense works! I have several warts from pregnancy that I really want gone!

    • Thieves comes up over and OVER in EO discussions. Everyone raves about it! Stories like your dad’s are exactly what convinced me to give this a try. Thanks for sharing! (Aren’t the pregnancy warts just absurd?! I got by with only one on my knee, but good grief!)

  11. Make sure you use 100% pure therapeutic grade oil only. There are a lot of “fragrance oils” out there that are just that….artificial fragrance in oil. If you want any health benefits whatsoever, stick with the pure oils. I discovered Young Living oils last year and love them, even if they are a little pricey. I, too, love Citrus Fresh. The other ones I use most often are Lemon, Lavender, and Peace and Calming. I’ve only been disappointed with one that I’ve tried….Valor. I loved the description of it and just had to try it, but I hate the way it smells. I’m saving up for Thieves right now….supposedly great for the immune system. Hopefully it smells good too!

    • Yes. VERY important, from what I’ve researched. All of those came in my starter kit. Yay! :) I’ve also been told to keep PLENTY of Thieves on hand during flu season.

  12. Jennifer W says:

    I’m interested in placing an order with your link. Do you sign up as a customer or distributor? Thanks.

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