Essential Oils For Sleep

I am in love with my essential oils. I never would have thought that 6 years ago I would have tried and fallen in love with them. But, I did! One of the main reasons I wanted to try them was for sleep issues in our house. Today I want to share some of my favorites for when the sun goes down.

Serenity

I love the Serenity blend from doTERRA. This oil combines Lavender, Cedarwood, Ho Wood, and Vetiver to name a few. These oils create a calming and soothing aroma. This is a great oil to diffuse at night as it creates a restful environment.

You can combine the use of this oil with the Serenity Restful Complex Softgels. These soft gels can help relieve occasional sleeplessness, promote healthy relaxation and sleep, as well as calming the nervous system, and reducing stress.

Calmer for Sleep

This is a fun new blend. It is designed with kids in mind, and my kids love to use this on their own. The Calmer Restful Blend combines the soothing properties of Lavender, Cananga, Buddha Wood, and Roman Chamomile. This blend creates a restful atmosphere at bedtime. It helps create a relaxing and positive aroma and a soothing environment.

Lavender

Of course, I can’t talk about essential oils for sleep without mentioning lavender. Lavender has been used for centuries. The Egyptians and Romans loved using Lavender for bathing, relaxation, and even as a perfume. For bedtime, you can diffuse the lavender, add a few drops to your pillow, bedding, or the bottoms of your feet.

What essential oils do you like to use for sleep?

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On Guard – Blogging Through the Alphabet

I am here! These last few weeks life has been busy, and I apologize for not getting my posts done and up on time! I will work on getting an N post up to share with you about Neroli, one of the daily oils that I use. Today, I want to talk about On Guard for my O post.

On Guard is an oil that I have fallen in love with for my whole family. On Guard offers a fragrant, natural, and effective alternative to synthetic options for internal immune support. There are many On Guard products that I am able to use throughout the house. I will tell you the ones we regularly use today.

The very first On Guard product that we use daily is the On Guard Cleaner Concentrate. By adding one tablespoon to a spray bottle, you have your own all-purpose cleaner. You can use this on counters after working with raw meat and on your eating surfaces as a non-toxic cleaner. It also works great in the bathroom! Not only that, but you can use it on toys without the worry of toxins or chemicals getting on your children’s hands.

The On Guard Beadlets and Softgels both help to support and maintain a healthy immune system. We use these on a daily basis in the house, but especially when we need extra support from environmental threats.

dōTERRA also has On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste. This toothpaste is safe for sensitive teeth. It cleans and freshens the breath with a unique cinnamon-mint flavor. It improves the appearance of teeth while still be gentle enough not to damage the tooth enamel. The toothpaste has a fluoride-free formulation that helps to reduce plaque while whitening teeth with gentle polishing agents. On top of this, it has the protective benefits of the On Guard essential oil blend and the Myrrh essential oil.

These are our favorite On Guard products, but you can also find Protecting Throat Drops, Laundry Detergent, Sanitizing Mist, and Foaming Hand Wash. We love having On Guard in our house!


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Motivate and Microplex VMz – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Where in the world did this last week go to? I almost forgot to get this post up because I am a day or three behind in schedule! But, here I am ready to share with you about my favorite Letter M essential oils!

This week one of the oils I have been using is from the Emotional Aromatherapy line, Motivate. Motivate is an encouraging blend of Peppermint, Clementine, Corriander, Basil Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary, and Vanilla. This blend helps to promote a feeling of confidence, courage, and belief. It will also help to counteract the negative emotions of doubt, pessimism, and cynicism.

I have this oil in both the straight oil and the touch blend. I love how I can use this oil in so many ways around the house. With the straight oil, I can add it to the diffuser and the whole house can benefit from it. With the touch blend, I can quickly apply this to my touch points or the back of my neck when I need that extra push to get things done.

The other item that I want to tell you about is Microplex VMz. This is not an oil, but a vitamin. Microplex VMz provides 22 essential vitamins and minerals to support normal growth, function, and maintenance of cells. It fights free radicals with the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. It supports healthy metabolism and cellular energy, as well as supporting bone health with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D.

My favorite part of Microplex VMz is that it’s made with sodium lauryl sulfate-free vegetable capsules and does not contain milk or wheat products. Also, Microplex VMz is specially formulated to be used daily with xEO Mega and Alpha CRS+ as a comprehensive dietary supplement foundation for a lifetime of vitality and wellness.

There are many other M oils available from dōTERRA, all you need to do is check them out here.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at hopkinshomeschool(at)gmail.com.

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Lavender and Lemon Essential Oils – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet: Essential Oil edition! I have been having so much fun these last few weeks sharing some of my favorite oils with you. I hope you have had just as much fun learning about them!

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This week I am super excited to talk about two oils that every house needs, in my opinion, Lavender and Lemon!

Lavender is a widely used oil for its calming and relaxing qualities. It can be used to soothe the occasional skin irritations as well as reducing the appearance of skin imperfections. But that is not all, this is just the beginning of the list of things that Lavender essential oil can do for you.

This essential oil helps to ease the feelings of tension. You can simply add a few drops to your pillows, bedding, or the bottoms of your feet to prepare yourself for bed. Or, you can add lavender to your bath water to soak away stress. With dōTERRA Lavender oil, you can also take it internally to reduce anxious feelings or for a peaceful sleep.

Lavender essential oil may support the heart and cardiovascular system. It may also help to support healthy immune function and response during times of seasonal threat. Lavender synergistically helps to soothe and calm the nervous system.

Lemon is my other must have oil! Lemon cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces. You can add Lemon to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon also makes a great furniture polish when added to olive oil.

Along the lines of cleaning, you can soak a cloth in Lemon oil and use it to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces. It is also a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver or other metals. You can put a few drops of Lemon on a rag to help remove stubborn, sticky residue off surfaces. If you have greasy hands, wash with Lemon essential oil to remove that grease.

When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing. It may even help to improve mood. You can also use dōTERRA Lemon Essential oil to cleanse the body and aid in digestion naturally. It supports healthy respiratory function, and it promotes the healthy functioning of the GI tract.

These two oils are oils that we use almost daily in our house! We love them and always make sure to have them on hand. How do you use Lavender or Lemon in your house? Did you learn a new way to use them?

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Kits – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Welcome back to another week in Blogging Through the Alphabet! I am having so much fun this time around. I say that every time, but it is so true each time! I am adding more of the previous posts to my Pinterest board, have you checked it out yet? Hop on over and check them out! While you’re at it, check out my wonderful co-hosts and what they have to share:

This week I am going to talk about something a little different. I don’t have a K oil I want to share, more like I have Kits I want to share! Yes, kits. There are many wonderful kits provided by dōTERRA. You can get your face cleaning systems in one kit, your vitamins in one kit, your hair care in a kit, and even your Slim and Sassy weight management in a kit. But I don’t want to talk about those, right now. Right now I want to talk about the Enrollment Kits.

The enrollment kits from dōTERRA are a great way to get yourself started with oils if you haven’t done so yet. These kits give you a great discount on getting a bunch of oils in your house right away. This is the way that I started using dōTERRA oils, and I would not do it any other way!

Two kits stand out when I look at them as great deals. These two kits can save you almost $100 on getting the oils you need into your house. They are the Home Essentials Kit and the Family Wellness Kit.

I want to start with the Home Essentials Kit. This is basically the kit I started with, but they have updated it since I started. This kit comes with 15 mL bottles of Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Oregano, Peppermint, dōTERRA Breathe, DigestZen, dōTERRA On Gard, a 5 mL bottle of Deep Blue, and a Petal Diffuser. This is such a great kit with many uses. You will be able to help your house with all of these oils.

With this kit, you get some of my favorite oils, Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint. These oils are my favorite of all time. These oils help with so many things! On Guard is included in this kit, this oil is a great alternative for synthetic options for immune support. This is an oil that I plan to talk about more when we get to the letter O.

The Family Wellness Kit comes with 10 mL roll-ons of Touch Cheer, Touch Peace, Breathe, Deep Blue, DigestZen, Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca, On Guard, and Peppermint all Touch Blends. It also includes the dōTERRA Life Long Vitality Pack, PB Assist Jr., and the dōTERRA a2z Chewable.

The Touch Blends are a great way to keep oils on you that can go from the bottle onto you without needing to dilute anything. That means that you can carry these oils with you everywhere and use them as the need arises.

If you are thinking about joining dōTERRA and getting all these great oils at wholesale cost, I would highly recommend checking out a kit to start your journey with. If you have questions, leave a message below, or send me an email at hopkinshomeschool(@)gmail.com.

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Jasmine and Juniper Berry – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Welcome back to another week of Blogging Through the Alphabet! I am so glad that you are here with us. Did you know that I have a Pinterest Board that I have been adding all of the Blogging Through the Alphabet post to? Well, I am getting there! I have the last few letters and some from the previous runs, but I am working on getting all of them added over the next few weeks. Make sure you stop by and check out my co-hosts:

This week for the letter J, I would love to talk to you about Jasmine and Juniper Berry. Both of these oils are new to me oils, meaning I just got them in the last few months. I have wanted them both for a long time but would grab what we needed each month vs. what we wanted.

First, let me tell you a little about Jasmine, my favorite. This is my perfume as of right now. Jasmine evokes feelings of joy, peace, and self-confidence. Not only that but during the month it will help to balance your mood. You don’t have to use it as just perfume, Jasmine helps to promote a healthy-looking, glowing complexion and reduces the appearance of blemishes.

Juniper Berry is another oil that helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes, but it does so much more! Juniper Berry supports healthy kidney and urinary tract function. With doTERRA’s Juniper Berry, you can add a drop or two to water or citrus drinks as a part of a natural cleansing regimen. Not only that, but you can diffuse Juniper Berry for positive feelings, add in some citrus oils to freshen and purify the air as well as lesson stresses.

Juniper Berry may also help to maintain cellular function and overall cellular health. It also supports healthy immune function and response. Juniper Berry supports healthy lung and respiratory function. It may also be calming to the nervous system and supports healthy nervous system function. On top of all of that, Juniper Berry has a woody, spicy, yet fresh aroma that has a calming and grounding effect.

If you want to know more about either one of these oils, post your question in the comments, or send me an email at hopkinshomeschool(at)gmail.com.

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HD Clear Facial Kit – Blogging Through the Alphabet

I want to first apologize for last week. I was not feeling good and therefore did not get my post up as I had hoped. I might get back to the letter G in the future, but I also have to keep moving forward.

This week we are on the Letter H, and I am going to go off a little from straight oils and share with you about the HD Clear Facial Kit. This is a great kit for the kids in your life!

Before I get too far into talking about this amazing kit, let me invite you to stop by my co-hosts and see what they are talking about this week:

Now, onto the HD Clear line. In the kit, you will find the HD Clear Foaming Face Wash, HD Clear Topical Blend, and HD Clear Facial Lotion. Together these work together to address skin problems at its core.

First, you start with the HD Clear Foaming Face Wash. This face wash will clean your child/teens skin without drying it out. It will remove oil and dirt for a fresh and clean feeling. This is a great start to keep your child/teens skin clean and hydrated.

The HD Clear Topical Blend is next. This can be used as a spot treatment for acne breakouts or as an all over application to promote a clean and healthy complexion. This blend features a unique blend of black cumin seed oil, Ho Wood, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, Geranium and Litsea oils to help reduce breakouts and keep skin clean, clear, and hydrated.

To finish up the routine, there is the HD Clear Facial Lotion. This lotion contains the same combination of oils as the topical blend. With this lotion, your child/teen will have a clean, touchable face. Using this lotion will help to promote a clean complexion and help reduce breakouts. Not only that but it will help to soothe redness and irritations.

We have been using this facial kit with Moe Man, 17, Ray Ray, 9, and Little Miss 7. They all love this kit and how their face feels after using it. I have noticed fewer blemishes on Moe Man and Ray Ray, and Little Miss loves the feel of their face after using this kit.

If you have a child, tween, or teen, this is a facial kit that you will want to look at for them!

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Frankincense – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Another week has flown by at our house. I have taken a few extra kids that we are watching for the summer. This gives the kids something fun to do, and it keeps me busy as well!

This week, we are on the letter F for our Blogging Through the Alphabet Journey. I am excited to share with you about our essential oil for this week, but first, make sure you check out my co-hosts:

This week, I want to share with you one of my most essential oils that I cherish. Today I want to share with you about Frankincense. Frankincense is perhaps one of the most precious of the ancient oils. This is one that was given to Jesus by the Wise Men, and to know that I have that in my house is an honor.

Frankincense is one of the most prized and precious essential oils due to its extensive health benefits. It can be used and has been used in everything from perfumes to lotions. We have used this oil on its own, mixed with others, and in the diffuser since it induces feelings of peace, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

Frankincense can be used topically, aromatically, and internally. With all the health benefits ranging from healthy immune functions, healthy digestive system, the health of the cardiovascular system and nervous system, not to mention the support of the liver and joint function, Frankincense should be in every home as far as I am concerned.

You can diffuse this oil during your morning yoga practice to focus your intention for the day. You can add two drops to a dōTERRA Veggie Capsule to support your healthy cellular function along with many of the other benefits I mentioned. You can add Frankincense to your moisturizer to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and to rejuvenate the skin. You can also apply Frankincense to the bottoms of your feet to help promote feelings of relaxation and to balance the mood.

Frankincense is an oil that versatile and one that I could not imagine not having in our house! Take a moment and watch this video on how doTERRA works with the people who harvest this oil for us:

If you have questions or want to learn more about getting this oil at a wholesale price, send me an email at hopkinshomeschool(at)gmail(dot)com.

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ClaryCalm – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Welcome back! We are on to another week of Blogging Through the Alphabet. I am glad to be here with my co-hosts. If you have a chance, stop by and say hi to all of them:

This week, we are on the Letter C. For this week, I want to talk a little about another one of my favorite essential oils from doTERRA, ClaryCalm. ClaryCalm is an oil that is just for women, and it is one that I have lived without for far too long. Once I got my first bottle, I wondered how I could have gone so long without it!

ClaryCalm includes a blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamoline, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Geranium, Fennel, and Carrot seed oils. These oils work together to help provide a soothing and calming effect during a woman’s menstrual cycle. This is one of the best oils for your worst week, period!

So, how do I use this oil? It comes in a roller bottle format, already for me to apply topically. When I notice that my mood is not quite right, I apply. When I feel the need, I roll it on my abdomen for the soothing and calming massage it gives me. And most days, during THAT week, I will be seen sniffing the bottle just because the scent calms me.

After getting my first bottle of ClaryCalm, I am surprised that I went years without this oil! This has been one that I crave, one that I know that I need, and one that I know I need once a month. If you suffer from this once a month weekly issue, ClaryCalm is an oil you want to have on hand to help you with these issues that arise.

If you want to know more about ClaryCalm and how to get it at wholesale cost vs. retail cost, send me an email at hopkinshomeschool(at)gmail(dot)com. I would be happy to help you get this oil in your house!

Blogging Through the Alphabet – B is for Balance and Breathe

Welcome back to the second week of this journey of Blogging Through the Alphabet. I am glad that you are here! Please make sure you check out my co-hosts when you get a chance:

This week, we are on the letter B. For this, I want to share with you about doTERRA’s Balance, or grounding blend. This oil is a must-have in our house! I currently have three open bottles in three different parts of the house right now and plan on ordering more! Yes, Balance is that good!

My second runner-up for the letter B is Breathe or the respiratory blend. This essential oil comes in many different forms besides the oil, like the vapor stick and the respiratory drops. All of these will help to clear your airways and help your breathing.

But first, Balance. Balance is a blend of spruce, ho wood, frankincense, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and osmanthus. This is a woodsy smell that will help to promote a sense of overall relaxation. This is also a great oil to help with your anxious feelings. We use it in daily in our house.

Ray Ray loves when I diffuse Balance in his room at night. By diffusing this oil, he seems to relax for the night and actually goes to bed when I diffuse this oil. He loves the smell, telling me that it is not a girly smell. This is a big thing for him when I diffuse this blend in his room every night.

I personally use Balance as a perfume for myself. I will apply it with doTERRA’s Hand and Body lotion on a daily basis. I will also apply it to my pulse points on extremely stressful days to keep me grounded and in check with myself.

Now, Breathe, the respiratory blend, is another great oil! This blend comes in a few different ways. You can get the oil, a roller bottle diluted and ready for topical use, the Vapor Stick, and respiratory drops.

Breathe combines Merges Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon, Cardamon, Ravintsara, and Ravensara essential oils to help maintain the feelings of clear airways and easy breathing. So, how do we use this one?

I personally love to apply it to the back of my neck and behind my ears before I go to bed. I feel that I sleep better with this on, and I have been told I might not snore as much! We also love to diffuse this oil at night when someone has a stuffy nose.

The vapor stick is one of my favorites to have on hand when the sniffles come into the house. We are able to apply this like any other vapor rub, but since it is in stick form, I don’t have to get it on my hands to apply it. The kids are even able to apply it to themselves, with my supervision, which makes them feel more independent in their own health.

We have not tried the respiratory drops ourselves, but I have heard great things about how they help to soothe and cool the nasal airways. This is one of those items on my never-ending wish list of things I want in the house!

Have you used Balance or Breathe in your house? What is your favorite way to use them? Do you have questions about them? Ask away in the comments, or send me an email at hopkinshomeschool(at)gmail(dot)com.

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