everyone’s talking about essential oils

It’s Jeanne.

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” – Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything)


And that sort of goes triple for me.

I mean, I am not a fan of sales people.

I once didn’t buy a Honda because the salesperson spent the entire time I was looking at the vehicle bad-mouthing the competition (Volkswagon).

I go to Rodan & Fields parties and feel pressured to buy sunscreen even though I’m freaked out by the long list of ingredients (including cancer-causing parabans and sulfates) in the formulas.

And as much as I love Pampered Chef (and I do … I LOVE Pampered Chef … I want everything in their catalog) I just can’t bring myself to “join sales team.”

In fact, it’s taken me more than five years of continuous use of essential oils to get the courage to actually write this post. (Yes, I’m that weird about multi-level marketing deals even though I know they are effective and useful ways to earn money for one’s family).

But I’m here now.

And there’s no turning back.

Because this blog is about good food, health, wellness, simplicity, sustainability and caring for our littles.


And we’ve been relying on essential oils for years.

Specifically, we’ve been relying on Young Living essential oils for years.

When I was pregnant with our first, I was on a business trip to Russia. It was the ONLY time I had morning sickness during either pregnancy. And if it wasn’t for Thieves Oil Spray, I wouldn’t have made it through the trip. Seriously. I sprayed it on my bed and pillows when I arrived at the hotel because all I could smell was sweat and body oils in the room, even after housekeeping changed the sheets for me. (I was pregnant. I could smell EVERYTHING.)

A few hours later, when it was time to sleep, I had my first moments of relief the entire trip.


When someone in the house has a fever, my first line of defense is peppermint oil on the soles of little feet because it has consistently brought temperatures down that critical one or two degrees that lets tiny bodies keep fighting disease, without any extras like preservatives and sugars. (This is NOT to say that I won’t turn to acetaminophen if we need it. I’m not anti-medicine. But I’m personally not into over-medicating, so if I can use a safe alternative wholistic approach, I’d much rather start there.)

When I nearly set fire to our kitchen, what did I turn to? Purification and Lemon Essential Oils made all the difference.

And most recently, I was starting out on an 18 hour road trip with the kiddos and the little one ended up with a bummer case of motion sickness.


And I had just vacuumed the car and washed the carseats.

(I mostly felt bad for the little guy, but I’d be lying if I didn’t have my own little personal pity party right then and there …)

After a wipe down and a change of clothes, a little EO on his belly and we were good to go. No, I didn’t take a picture mid-crisis. It would have been gross and totally inappropriate! But here’s the “after” photo:


Hooray for YL Lavender Essential Oil!!!

Anyway … you won’t get pressure from me to buy Young Living (or any other equally reputable) essential oil. But I’m passionate about living holistically and simply and sustainably and want to share with you some of the solutions I feel good about that we’ve found along the way, which includes our experiences with YL Essential Oils. Here’s an affiliate link or two to my “store.”

… And I’m here if you want to talk essential oils (selling or buying).

And I want to hear how YOU use essential oils?


Reminder (disclaimer): I’m not a doctor and any advice I suggest is simply based on my personal experience or that of my family. It’s not intended to replace the guidance you receive from your medical professional team. Talk to your doctor before changing your regime.


sometimes, the only option is to wash the day away

You know those days that start out loud and crazy?

The days that it’s impossible to get a load of laundry done?

Or the dishes?

Or the vacuuming?

Not because you don’t want to get those things done.

But because …


well …


… it’s just impossible.

Because some days just get messier and more out of focus as the hours pass.

bathday4 (Even the photos get out of focus)

Sometimes, I’m just thankful to get the littles fed and clothed.

And if you’re anything like me … I struggle on those days not to judge my inability to keep life in balance.

I wonder how other moms keep it together and get it all done without losing their minds.

I compare myself to my super-Mom (and all the super-Moms I know) and thank goodness she isn’t here to see the living room carpet.

And then I take a few deep breaths and let it go because I remember that it’s just one day.

Plus, I learned a long time ago that beating myself up for being human doesn’t do anyone any good.

That’s when I start to run the bath water.

And then I add lavender (by way of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap)


This all started because I read somewhere that Lavender Essential Oil is good for reducing anxiety.

That it can calm emotionally charged situations.

It’s used to calm restlessness and bring clarity to a cluttered mind.

And it’s said to induce sleep.

The one thing Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap won’t do is add crazy bubbles to the bath …


(One day, our little are probably going to see those photos of bathtime at Abby’s and never forgive me for their lame-milky-sweet-scented baths).

Now I know I only have anecdotal proof that adding lavender makes a difference in the tenor of our home.

But I’m not kidding when I say that after a lavender bath everything changes.

The crazies go out the window.

Peace is restored.

Ahhhhhh …

NOTE: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap folks have no idea we exist over here at O’Mamas.  This is not a paid or sponsored post.  I just really like the lavender soap and use it for our littles and for me.  Also, if we run out of the magic soap, I’ve been known to add some lavender essential oils to the bath.  It has much the same effect. 

What helps you (or your family members) relax after a crazy day?