Thanks for visiting With the Specs, an affordable style and sustainable living blog based in Omaha, Nebraska. This post was written in partnership with Midwest Essentials, a Young Living distributor. I never recommend products that I don’t love.
Well, hello! To say that it has been a minute would be the understatement of the century. It’s been a month and a half since I have written, and let me tell you, it has been a whirlwind. I’m sorry for such a long absence, but I’m going to pull the “I got married” card and beg for your forgiveness. I’m hitched and back full strength now, but it’s crazy how much planning takes over your evenings and weekends! And getting married is stressful! I found myself needing to do whatever it took to destress.
Essential oils have been a big part of helping me do just that for the past several months. I LOVE candles (what up, Wax Buffalo), but my diffuser has been really helpful when I go to sleep and don’t need to be worrying about having a flame going. It’s really fun to look up different recipes for every night, set the diffuser to run for 6 hours, and just fall into dreamland.
Oils have also taken a big role in my household in other ways, too. As you’ve seen from my previous blog posts (like here and here), I’ve been using them a lot in my reduce-plastic-and-chemicals mission. Not only do they make my homemade cleaning solutions smell really, really good, but a lot of oils have antibacterial properties that make the solutions more effective and my home cleaner and safer.
That’s why when Jessica from Midwest Essentials, a Young Living distributor, reached out wanting to collab, I was all in. She invited me to her home where she was hosting “Rollers and Rosé,” an event where I could download some essential oil tips and tricks, and make a couple recipes of my own! It was a great night out that involved wine, girl talk, and a lot of really good information!
I learned so much! I knew about how useful oils could be for cleaning and for your overall mood/aromatherapy. But they have so many more uses! For instance, when you’re using a really high-quality essential oil, like Young Living, many are safe to put a few drops of in your drink and can help boost your immune system. Putting lavender oil on your toes can help you sleep better. Some peppermint oil on your temples relieves a headache (I had to try that one a couple of days later, and it’s so true!). And I’m only hitting the tip of the iceberg.
We also got to put our new knowledge to the test by making a couple of roller scents to take home. I roll mine on my neck every morning to help me get ready for the day, and it really helps to boost my mood. She also sent home a couple of diffuser mixes for us to test, which Josh and I loved!
What I thought was best, though, was the community that this group of women have created. They have online groups where they share tips and recipes, get together for nights like this, and everyone is really passionate about making their home safer and healthier through the use of essential oils. It was really fun to be a part of that for a night.
There’s a lot of woo woo out there about essential oils. You’ll see a lot on the internet about how they can cure literally anything. I don’t fall into that camp, frankly, so you won’t see me telling you that they’re a cure-all for every ailment you find yourself with. Like, if my headache is raging, I still need Tylenol, but for a mild headache, peppermint oil does the trick just fine. But I have found them to be great supplements for things I’m already doing.
If you’re looking to reduce some of the chemicals you use in your home or put in your body, you should definitely look into them. Young Living essential oils are the best out there, and Jessica will give you real, no-nonsense answers. She’s a great resource for your questions, and you should definitely reach out to her if you’re interested in giving oils a try! Check it out here.
Do you want to learn more about how I use essential oils in the future? Do you use them yourself? Drop me a comment about tips you have, what you’d like to know more about, or ideas on what I should try next!
See you next week (for real)!