What Does Freedom Mean?

*This post was originally posted on the 19th of August on the Let’s Add Oil FB group*

I was out and about yesterday and suddenly had this interesting question pop into my mind.

WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO ME?

  1. It’s watching Sol growing up from a newborn to a cheeky little boy… something I didn’t have much with Juvia in the first year of her life.
  2. It’s knowing my options and educating myself when my children are unwell besides solely resigning myself to the opinion of a doctor.
  3. Watching Ju takes her first bite of pizza during a school excursion and being so excited about it.
  4. Easing my parents in their old age for sleep, tiredness, muscles.
  5. Being stay at home parents with Jon and our kids knowing we are always there for them. No matter what.
  6. Extending the life of my sis’ beloved pet bunny and being there for him during critical care.
  7. Taking a slower, more thoughtful pace of life each day without hurrying through routine.
  8. Freedom for me ISN’T:

Having a big house with a pool. (Hahahha! Surprise!)

  1. Having a big car that needs its own HDB block number.
  2. Retiring to the beach and counting my money. (I would be really bored. And unhappy.)

So if what I’ve wrote, beckons you and calls to your heart, come find us at RevOILution, tomorrow at Suntec Hall 403. From the LAO team, we have:

Dyllis TeoLyna Lange LagginaldIrene Koh at the pet wellness booth, teaching us what does it mean to be a guardian with our animal companions.

Winnie Fannon and her chiropractor, teaching us about spinal health and why it’s NOT just for older or injured folks.

Deny SentosaNorce PutriMedalynn NgEiLeen SimOng Kay Giap KennyPei Jansen showing us it’s not just oiling but using YL supplements to power us and our children from inside.

And lastly me, I’ll be teaching first steps to freedom at 1 pm at the Ylang Ylang room tomorrow through the platform of network marketing.

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Lemony Tips

Ever got something really sticky on your hands and try as you might to get the stickiness off, it still STICKS?? #funwithrepeatedwords #hahaha

I got it when I was wrestling off a label off my pens. Uurgh! Soaping and washing it off didn’t help.

I grabbed my Lemon eo and drip on my hands. Rub a little. And hey! It dissolves! Though my fingers are a little oily now, I can wash my hands clean of this situation! #sopunny

Here’s some other usages Lemon is great for:

  1. Alkalises body (sugar, stress, caffeine and dairy make our bodies more acidic and that’s how we can fall sick)
  2. Great as immune support
  3. A very handy kitchen degreaser!
  4. Cheers one up
  5. Promotes focus and memory retention
  6. Pregnant and not liking peppermint for nausea? Try sniffing lemon to stop barfing
  7. Lighten spots on face and those dark pits. Heh. But please avoid sunlight for 12 hours afterwards since lemon is a photosensitive oil and can turn skin dark. Or apply in the evening.

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EO Stocktaking At Home

If you are like me and have quite a number of oils at home, here’s a nifty trick to do “stock taking” at home!

  1. Grab a couple of order forms from the Young Living office.
  2. Count your oils and write in quantity per oil. I drink a lot of water with citrus oils and this is great for me to track when I need to replenish my oils!
  3. Chuck the paper somewhere with your oils. Now whenever you need to order your YL stuff, run through your list and see what needs to be replenished!

Idea credit goes to my smart friend, Elize Tay!

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Threenagers, Tantrums and Tranquil

*groans* Do you have a “threenager” at home? Prone to tantrums and meltdowns?

When Ju throws a wobbler, I must admit, most of the times I FORGOT to use the oils. Trying to soothe her and feeling uurgh at the same time, oils could be the furthest thing from my mind.

Today she cried in her nap and started going into a tantrum. I quickly grabbed Tranquil. Rolled on her forehead and down the sides of her face. Rub rub and hmmm…. cries subsiding…. and she drops right back to sleep.

Over the next few days, I’ll be trying out other oils to keep the family peace!

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Sacred Frankincense

My earliest memory of Sacred Frankincense was during a Young Living business talk 2 years ago by Europe’s fastest rising star, Dietfried Wruss.

You see, Dietfried is this big guy and as he speaks to us, he would periodically take out this bottle of Sacred Frankincense from his jeans and rub some on his bald head.

Rub rub rub.

He’s also the genius behind the concept of Wellness At Home where he helped people to clean inside out, both at home and in their environments, before nourishing from within with supplements THEN finally using the oils. So different from how most of us start with Young Living. And what a great start too since one learns how to clean up from the inside before getting fantastic results with the oils.

That memory of Sacred Frankincense actually started my own journey on it too. I’ve heard wonderful things about it and I will share some here. For more information, please refer to your essential oils resources such as the Essential Oils Pocket Reference or the Reference Guide for Essential Oils mobile app. What I’m listing here is ONLY a fraction of what this oil can actually do.

Sacred Frankincense helps reduce brain noise so if you are looking for clarity of thought while doing super important work, this is the oil for you.

One of the fantastic oils that is super loaded with monoterpenes (cleans up faulty DNA). sesquiterpenes (program in good DNA) and alpha-pinenes (super critical for good health), this would be one of the oils that I would use, if I am stuck for ideas on what oil to use for the result I wish to achieve. Highly versatile, Sacred Frankincense supports cellular health, respiratory, immunity, digestion and even bones and muscles as well.

My mom, bless her heart, takes Sacred Frankincense in her Ningxia Red, and looks really young! Curious? Try 5 drops daily and take a photo of your face before and after.  Sacred Frankincense is really great for skin, ESPECIALLY aged skin and wrinkles. Here’s my write up on my mom’s beauty regime.

Do you know that Oman is the ONLY country that has Sacred Frankincense? And that ONLY Young Living has the permission from the government to build a distillery there and distill Sacred Frankincense? This is a dream 18 years in the making. See here.

Local culture tip – The locals in Oman would break off resin from the Sacred Frankincense trees and chew them for good health.

Sacred Frankincense helps us release parts of our ego which hold us back from connecting with our soul, as well as feelings of unworthiness and insecurity. Once we are able to connect with our spiritual side, we can embrace our true purpose in the world and become more spiritually driven rather than ego driven.

Just like Frankincense, Sacred Frankincense is calming and relaxing so this is a wonderful oil for yoga and meditation. If you are feeling troubled or restless and cannot sleep, try using Sacred Frankincense to ease your mind into it.

It’s been said that the Frankincense gifted by the Three Wise Men to Baby Jesus is actually Sacred Frankincense!

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Getting Blisters From Oiling Your Loved Ones?

Have you ever oil your loved ones so often that you have those itchy blisters on your palms? From what I’m told, nitrile gloves don’t react with essential oils. Thanks Winnie Lee Fannon for that awesome tip!

Essential oils react with plastic or Styrofoam to pull out petrochemicals so I’m thinking the rubber gloves on the left can work too. You can get both from Daiso. Nitrile gloves are also a familiar sight with lab assistants.

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What’s In My Family’s Oil Pouch + Raindrop Oils

Part One: My Baby Son’s Oil Pouch

Part Two: My Husband’s and My Going Out Oil Pouches

Part Three: My Self Care Oil Pouch

Part Four: My Work Oil Pouch

Part Five: My Family’s + Raindrop Oil Pouch

This is the fifth of a 5-part series of what’s in my family’s oil pouches done over the Let’s Add Oil FB group with Facebook Live. Link to original video broadcast here.

We have quite a bit to cover this time! We have my family pouch, with the raindrop oils. It is a 30 oils pouch set, so I will just skim through certain oils so that we can cover everything. I will be more detailed for oils that I feel have been very useful.

Anytime we need something for the family, this is the first pouch we go to. There are 30 oils inside plus a bottle of V-6. V-6’s original packaging is a huge plastic bottle, so I actually pumped it out into a smaller bottle that I can put in the pouch, given that dilution is very important when using oils on young kids.

The oils in this pouch will change, but the first two rows of raindrop oils, never changes. To me, the raindrop oils are a must-have in every family, regardless of whether you have young children, no children or even if you live alone. The raindrop oils are really good for boosting immunity when you’re recovering from anything. Since my group consists of mostly mothers and caregivers, I always get questions like “hey, my child has this..”, so I recommend certain oils PLUS the raindrop set. When the raindrop set comes back in stock, you must get it, it’s really good!

The oils in my pouch are all categorised. At the bottom row, I have my emergency oils. These oils are at the bottom because, it’s easier to pull them out especially when I’m fumbling for the oils at night!

The first oil is Lavender and this is a very good oil to have in the kitchen if you’re very accident-prone like me! Lavender helps to support skin issues like minor burns, skin irritations or even simple things like diaper rash. Lavender is really a must-have as it’s a really adaptive oil. In fact, this and Frankincense is actually known as adaptogen oils, so you might find people saying that Lavender is the mother of all essential oils and Frankincense is the father. There’s a saying that goes, “if you’re in doubt, just use Frankincense” and I find that to be very true. That’s why these two oils are with me all the time, in my family pouch.

DiGize is another emergency oil, in case someone eats something funky. Actually last night, my son pee-ed on the bathroom floor and there were some food crumbs there as well.. Okay don’t judge me! And he was reaching for the crumbs.. So this is when I would go for Digize. Great oil for anything tummy related if you want to keep things moving or if you want to stop things from flowing. Great for young babies if they’re having colic too.

Next oil is Helichrysum. If you think Lavender is great for skin stuff, this is even more powerful, x100. Anytime if there’s skin stuff going on, this is a must-have oil. You want to use this for serious accidents, in emergency situations. I know this is so much pricier than Lavender, but trust me, it’s really worth the price. In compliant terms, this oil helps to renew cells and is really good for certain skin issues where Lavender may not do the trick. Helichrysum is also great for supporting the brain. You probably know how Cypress is a great for circulation and clotting, but Helichrysum is even better. That’s why I always have at least one bottle of Helichrysum in the house, just in case of any emergency.

My last oil on the bottom row is Peace and Calming. You probably know that it is good for soothing tantrums, tempers, meltdowns and for sleep. Now because of the ingredients, it’s also very good as a respiratory oil. So if you don’t have any respiratory oils with you but you have Peace and Calming, try it!

In the second row, I have 10 respiratory oils. People often ask me what oil to use for what issue, and I do like to offer the body a buffet of oils to choose from. My favourites include Eucalyptus Radiata and Eucalyptus Globulus, an oil that you can get from Young Living USA. It’s pretty affordable, I think it comes up to be around S$20+ after shipping. I used to have Eucalyptus Blue, but I ran out, so I just make do with Eu. Radiata and Eu. Globulus.

My respiratory oils will change over the days and weeks. When I first started using Young Living oils, I realised that I preferred blends, so RC and Raven were must-haves. But now I actually prefer the single oils. For example, I have Ravintsara, which is also in Raven. I used to love Raven, but now I prefer Ravintsara as it’s a lot more effective for my kids and it’s not so hot. While blends work well for a lot of people, but I find that the single oils in blends are in a smaller concentration. So if I use one drop of Raven, there’s definitely lesser Ravintsara in that, compared to one drop of Ravintsara. That’s why I gravitate more to single oils now.

My next oil is Idaho Blue Spruce. I’ve mentioned in quite a number of my posts and broadcasts that usually oils from big trees, like spruce, fir and pine, are really supportive of muscles and the respiratory system. If you have stuff stuck up there, you can use Idaho Blue Spruce to clear it off. Pine is a good oil for that too. I think there was some issue about not being able to bring Pine to Singapore, but you can order straight from Young Living USA. If you want an oil that would go right deep into the lungs, Pine, Cedarwood and Copaiba are all great oils.

Idaho Balsam Fir is another must-have for my family. Some of the oils I keep an extra stock of so I will never run out, are Balsam Fir, Frankincense and any of the Eucalyptus. Balsam Fir is an oil that opens up your airways and oxygenates you, so it does keep some people awake too.

In my next row of respiratory oils, I have Melaleuca Alternifolia or tea tree, and I also have Melrose. Melaleuca A. is a single oil that is in the Melrose blend. I’ve actually been using Melaleuca A. for quite a while as if my kids catch something repeatedly over a few months, Mel. A really helps to cut it down.

On the other hand, Melrose is an oil I prefer to use to support the skin. I still have it in my row of respiratory oils as I find that it is gentler than Mel. A, so I just keep both together for variety’s sake.

Next is Goldenrod. It’s always about “Oh it’s so good for sex drive! Oh the men love it! Such a suggestive name!”. But Goldenrod is also excellent for the throat, lungs, liver and urinary tract. You can diffuse, apply or ingest it, it’s very versatile. The taste is quite mild, and it smells like chrysanthemum to me. And of course, if you want your guy to have a woohoo time at night, you can try applying this on his inner thighs. Another good tip is that, if you’re a teacher or if you use your voice a lot at work, you can use Goldenrod to help protect your throat and stop you from losing your voice.

Next oil for respiratory is Myrrh. I don’t like the smell of Myrrh, it smells like a musty cupboard to me, but I must have Myrrh. This is a very thick oil, so if you don’t like the thickness of Myrrh, you can try Patchouli, another thick oil or even Abundance which has Patchouli and Myrrh in it. I have a love-hate relationship with Myrrh. It’s great for skin and lungs if you want to clear stuff out. But since it’s very very thick, you want to coat V6 along the bottle grooves, the transparent orifice and on the inside of the cap, after you use it. When Myrrh is exposed to air, it starts to dry up, and when it starts to dry up and you get brown stuff on the bottle, so the bottle is no longer airtight. Your Myrrh then starts to dry up to become resin that sticks in the bottle, so you can no longer pour it out. Since Myrrh is so highly prized, I would suggest you diligently coat the cap and grooves with V6 after every time you use it, so you can preserve the shelf life of it.

The last row of oils just before the raindrop oils are my immunity oils. But just before that, I have Panaway. While Deep Relief is my first go-to oil for stiff muscles, aches, it was out of stock for a while, so I’m using Panaway instead. I find that Deep Relief very cooling to me while Panaway is warming.

Okay my top favourite immunity oil is Thieves. If you want to keep your kids healthy, you can rub a drop of Thieves on their soles before they go to school, and when they come back from school. Don’t be concerned if their soles turn yellow, the Lemon in Thieves may have stained their skin and certain skin tones are more predisposed to have that kind of staining. You can easily remove it by rubbing V-6 or another carrier oil.

I also like Immupower. I like what my friend Sherreen said about the differences between Thieves and Immupower. Thieves has a number of oils that are very high in phenols. Phenols are basically your hot oils, it actually goes into your body and cleans out all the junk, so it’s very cleansing. On the other hand, Immupower has oils like Cistus, Frankincense and other oils are actually building oils. It helps to build your immunity. So I like to rotate between Immupower and Thieves, to clease and to build.

Immupower is also quite warming. As we sleep in air-conditioned rooms, my daughter Juvia will be sneezing quite a bit in the morning. So we like to apply Immupower on Juvia at night to keep her healthy in that way.

My next oil is Purification. Again it’s another oil that can be hot, so you may want to apply it on the soles. It’s great to diffuse during the haze or when your kid is having some sort of seasonal sensitivities or any environmental sensitivities.

My last oil for immunity is actually Lemongrass. Lemongrass is in Purification, so you can use them interchangeably if you want to work on immunity. I love Lemongrass because it’s one of the top few oils that keeps a person healthy, the other oils are Ocotea and Eucalyptus Blue. If you have the budget, go for Melissa, that’s excellent too.

That’s all for my oils! Now I will go into the raindrop set. The raindrop oils are actually a set of 9 oils that are applied in sequence to support immunity and to speed up recovery. You can use it for practically any situation! I even have another set in a separate pouch, so let’s say we’re travelling, the raindrop pouch is what we would grab and go, instead of the 30 oils pouch. Also because we sleep in 2 separate rooms, it’s very helpful for us to have a raindrop set per room. I’ve also written another post here on how to raindrop babies and toddlers!

Okay, sometimes people think about raindrop and they feel a bit scared because they feel that they need to learn all the techniques in order to do raindrop. That’s not true! You can just apply on the spine or on the soles. Just use it! It’s a really good set of oils especially if you find that you want to strengthen your children’s immunity. You can apply on them like once a week to support the immunity, even when they are well.

The first oil is Valor. If you don’t have Valor, this is your chance to get your first bottle of Valor because it is in the raindrop set. Great great oil to have. As the first oil, Valor helps to prepare the body to receive all the other oils. It also helps to balance the person’s energy.

The next 3 oils in the raindrop set are oils that are high in phenols and are very hot too. I’m actually going in sequence of which you should apply the oils. Okay, that’s Oregano, Thyme and Basil. If you’re applying on your children’s spines, for kids that sweat a lot, these oils will sting. Because with these oils coming one after another, it can be quite intense for them, so I’ve taught raindrop classes for kids and I’ve seen kids getting up, scratching, crying and getting irritated with the skin sensation. So what you can do it that, after applying Valor, apply V6 before these 3 oils. After the 3 oils, apply more V6, so your child will not have an unpleasant experience with raindrop.

Skin redness is normal because phenolic oils actually speeds on blood circulation, so it’s normal to see redness on the back or soles, just make sure that they drink water before and after the raindrop session. Oregano, Thyme and Basil are fantastic too for immunity, you can apply one drop or less on the soles of your children’s feet or even on yourself too.

After the first 3 hot oils, the next oils are not so hot anymore. You have Cypress which is a great for circulation. Just remember C for Cypress and C for circulation. Great oil to support the lungs as well. The interesting thing is that we always think that the oils are good for supporting our physical health but a number of these oils are also very good for emotional health as well. Cypress is an oil that you can use to release trauma in the body. There are cases where people have childhood trauma or past memories that are so traumatic that they are locked down into the memory itself, locked down so deeply that they can’t remember it, this is called a stronghold. You can actually use Cypress to unlock that. Emotionally, it’s a very grounding oil, it provides security and safety for the person, so I find it very versatile.

Next oil, Wintergreen. This is a rather warming oil and we have parents asking if this is safe to apply on their child. I’ve personally applied on Sol when he was a month old, but I used very little. I just swiped the top of the cap, no more than that. Now that he is over a year old, I use like half a drop to apply on him. Wintergreen is great for muscles, so if you find that you have tight muscles from working out or working at a desk job, try Wintergreen. And it’s also a very good budget oil.

Next up is Marjoram. Okay you have both voluntary muscles and involuntary muscles in your body. Voluntary muscles are those that you can control,  while involuntary muscles are those that you cannot control, like your heart. So if you have a muscle ache and you’re wondering what oil to use, just remember this, if it’s a voluntary muscle like your shoulders, use Basil. For involuntary muscles like if you have menstrual cramps or if you want to support your heart health, use Marjoram. In fact, M for Marjoram and M for menses!

Last oil is Peppermint. Peppermint has really tiny molecules, so when applied last, it can push in the previously applied oils deeper into the body. So Peppermint works as a warm compress. If you use water, it repels the oil and drives it deeper into the body. Peppermint works in the same way, that’s why it’s the last oil in the raindrop set.

The other oil is Aroma Siez, you can use this all over to soothe muscles. I generally don’t use it for my kids because I don’t think they have tired muscles but you can also use it with a carrier oil or mix it with the OrthoEase massage oil to give your partner or parents a good overall massage.

Generally after Peppermint, I like to add Copaiba, a magnifer oil. There are a few oils that are magnifiers. Some are magnifiers emotionally, some are magnifiers physically. Copaiba is a physically magnifying oil, so you can apply Copaiba last, over all previous oils to strengthen the effect of the previous oils applied.

On the emotional side, oils like Gathering and Abundance are oils that magnify your thoughts. So this is very useful in the case like, if you have an expensive oil like Helichrysum and you find that you’re running out, apply Copaiba over it to magnify its effects. If you find that you like Eucalyptus for the lungs but you want it to be stronger, apply Eucalyptus first, then Copaiba over it to strengthen the effects. You can use it many many ways to stretch your expensive oils and when preferred oils are running out. In this case, you can use it after raindrop to magnify the entire effect of the raindrop for the recipient.

If you find that you are still wanting to learn more about the raindrop set, Young Living does conduct raindrop training like once or twice a month, so do take a look at the training calendar for that.

One last thing about raindrop, you want to take it easy for the rest of the day. You may find that the child could be a little quiet or they have fallen asleep during the raindrop session. Just let them rest and reset. That’s all I have for this, take care and bye!

 

QNA

Do I have to dilute Immupower and Thieves before applying on a toddler?

You don’t have to, you can just apply one drop neat on the soles of the feet, that’s good enough. Generally if you’re applying on the soles, the skin there is thick, so you can apply neat one drop for both oils. Or you can dilute it with a vegetable oil or V6 before applying it on the chest.

I’m running out of Valor in the raindrop set, what can I use to replace?

You can try Valor II, Magnify Your Purpose, Highest Potential, Balsam Fir, these are good substitutes for that.

How often do you need to apply the raindrop oils?

It depends, if you find that the person is healthy and you just want to boost their immunity, you can just do it once a week. Otherwise, I apply on my children when they are under the weather, like say once or twice a day until they get better.

Is it possible that it’s toxin removal when you see redness after using raindrop?

Yes it’s possible. I’ve seen cases where the redness comes up at different parts of the body, so I do suggest drinking more water when you have raindrop being done on yourself or if you’re doing it on your kid.

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