Lemon + Thieves

Since we’re coming into colder weather and cold and flu season, I’ve been thinking of ways to protect my family. Since we have a new baby I’ve been on a little terror. This little girl is my life, and I want to do everything that I can to protect her.

We had our first lazy Sunday for once in a very long time. Daisy doesn’t sleep in, but we all took it nice and slow in the morning and cuddled in bed. When we finally did move into our living room, I felt like my thieves oil was calling to me. Josiah sat down on the couch to play a video game, and I decided to go through my oil drawer.

When I first got into essential oils, I bought the Young Living starter kit. It came with a diffuser and so many amazing oils to start my oily journey. Two of those oils were thieves and lemon. Thieves is amazing for immune system support, something that I want this time of year! It also helps with respiratory support (and I mean, can’t we all use more help with that?) My lemon oil is a staple in my house for so many things. It has such a clean fresh smell, which makes me feel like my house is way cleaner than it actually is. But something that I just recently learned is that lemon is also great for immune system support. So when I was deciding what oils to grab, I immediately went for those two. I put three drops of each in my Aria Diffuser and the moment I turned it on Josiah asked me what I was diffusing because it smelled so good, I kid you not.

I will do anything I can to keep my family happy and healthy. I’m so happy that there is a company out there like Young Living that allows us natural products for me to use.

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Crock Pot Chicken Chili

My good friend Christine got married on October 13th. It was such a beautiful fall wedding and so much fun! The food was delicious, and they had this chicken chili that was to die for. Honestly, if I had to choose one thing to eat for the rest of my life, this chili might be the winner.

Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to try to make chili at home. I’ve been looking for a crock pot recipe (surprise) and came across this one. Although it is a little different from the one I had at the wedding, I was pleasantly surprised with how good this came out.

If you know me at all, you know that I incorporate essential oils into my everyday life. They help to keep my family happy and healthy! I only use Young Living Oils, as every oil company is so different. Young Living created “Seed to Seal”, which basically means that they control every step of the process from planting the seed to shipping the oil to you. Because I know the company’s commitment to the quality of their oils, we’re able to use them in so many amazing ways! And that includes our recipes! For this one, I used my Black Pepper essential oil, and Josiah had a great idea while we were eating our dinner. He recommended adding my Lime essential oil to the chili next time, and now I can’t wait to make this again!

This recipe calls for a few more ingredients than my Hawaiian Chicken, but it’s still so easy! I took the leftover chicken from the night before and cut it into cubes and kept it in the fridge. that way, I just had to prepare everything else the following day. This meal is so flavorful and it’s going to be another staple in our fall/winter menu. This recipe makes a good amount, too, and since it’s just Josiah and I eating it we had a ton left over. We’re going to eat the leftovers today and we’re going to put it over white rice for a little different variation.

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Crock Pot Chicken Chili

4-5 large chicken breasts cut into small pieces (I like thin sliced chicken breast)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 of a sweet onion, diced

I cup frozen corn kernels

6oz can of tomato paste

14.5 can of fire roasted tomatoes

1 1/2 cups of chicken broth

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

pinch of salt

1 drop of Young Living Black Pepper oil

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot. Cook on low for 7 hours. Enjoy!

When the hubby has a headache.

My husband has always had bad headaches. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to help him with but had no idea how to. I am very lucky, because I rarely (if at all) get headaches, so it’s hard for me to know what he goes through with the pain.

Yesterday was a particularly difficult day, so I immediately went online and started to look up different recipes for my oils. I have the Essential Oils Pocket Reference Book, but yesterday I was at the beach with my husband and my family and didn’t have it handy. A little reminder to me to always carry it in my bag! It’s the pocket reference book after all!

I immediately started to see Copaiba pop up again and again. It has a gentle, woodsy aroma. It’s a product of steam distilling the gum resin tapped from Brazilian Copaifera Reticulata Tree. I learned that it helps to support the body’s natural response to injury or irritation. It also helps to magnify the properties of oils that it’s mixed with. So I added lavender. Lavender is one of those oils that I use for EVERYTHING. Can’t sleep? Lavender. Stressed out? Lavender. Sore muscles? Lavender. I always have lavender essential oil on me and a million backups….just in case.

Lastly, I added peppermint. Since I was making a roller bottle, I knew that when he applied the peppermint oil it would immediately create a cooling sensation that would help. It has such a refreshing smell to it and I use it a lot of times if I feel sick or nauseous, which I know sometimes his headaches can do to him. Peppermint is another oil that I always have backups of. There are just so many different uses for so many oils and I feel confident in my family’s health that we are using all natural products from the earth. I bought these roller bottles off of Amazon a few months back and love them! They are so easy to fill and assemble.

 

For this recipe, I added:

5 drops Peppermint

10 drops Copaiba

15 drops Lavender

Filled the bottle with a carrier oil (I used coconut oil)

 

The aroma and healing properties of the oils immediately helped my husband. He applies it as needed to his temples and back of his neck. He was able to take a nap today and get some rest, all while using natural plants from the earth. Gosh, I love Young Living!

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Lavender, Lindy, & a good night sleep.

A huge part of my life is incorporating essential oils into our everyday, so essential oils will often make appearances in this space. How I use them, how they’ve helped me, and why I believe our lives are healthier because of them.

I started my journey with no knowledge about essential oils. I had no idea that there were differences between companies and the products that they put out. Somehow, I lucked out and became involved with Young Living, a company that embraces “rigorous quality control standards” by using the seed to seal method. I don’t trust anyone else.

Essential oils can be very overwhelming, at least they were (and at times still can be) for me, so I started as basic as I could; lavender. Lavender has a relaxing and calming fragrance, which is why I found myself grabbing it a few months ago when I first started having problems sleeping through the night. For anyone who knows me, they would be surprised at the fact that I was having problems sleeping, because I’m somewhat of a pro at it. So it was a new experience tossing and turning during the night.

I put a few drops of lavender into my diffuser right before bed and all of a sudden I found myself sleeping like a baby. My husband even loves it. He’ll even ask for oils before bed if for some off-chance he curls up under the covers before I do! For a funeral director and a husband who is unfortunately also subjected to the late night death calls since we share the same bed, anything we can do to improve our quality of sleep is a no-brainer for us! Our pup Lindy Ruff even loves it! I mean, just look at that face!

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