Rest Well with Essential Oils.

Essential oils for peaceful sleep

In our family we use essential oils for just about any challenge that comes up, whether it be a stuffy nose, tummy upset, occasional muscle soreness, or needing to energize during a busy day. One of the health issues that I hear about a lot as I talk to people about wellness is the need for better rest. This is not a surprise to me. We live fast-paced lives, don’t we? Our days are often scheduled from the moment we wake up until the minute our heads hit the pillow. Sometimes it’s hard for us to turn our brains off. We aren’t the only ones who deal with this issue! Our children are dealing with it too. Did you know that people who sleep less are almost three times more likely to get a cold compared to those who get at least eight hours of sleep?

Here are some ways to encourage your body to get the rest that it needs so that you and your family can wake up refreshed and ready for your day:

*Exercise in the morning or afternoon rather than the evening.
*Turn off your T.V., tablet, laptop, or phone at least one hour before bedtime. According to one study, using your device one hour before bedtime reduces your melatonin by at least 20%! Kids can benefit from this rule too.
*Take a calming bath before bedtime. A couple of my favorite calming bath oils are lavender and Serenity Calming blend. Add a couple of drops to some Epsom salts before adding the salts to the bath water OR add a drop or two to a capful of milk, swirl to mix, and add it to your bath water. *Oils will sit on top of the water if they are not combined with an emulsifier and could cause skin irritation.
*Read or journal before bed. Getting your thoughts down on paper can help quiet the chatter in your head and reading can calm you before drifting off to sleep.
*Diffuse a calming oil in an essential oil diffuser, such as the Petal Diffuser. Vetiver is wonderful when combined with Lavender. Serenity is always a winner too.
*Use a noisemaker to cancel out sounds that might keep you from falling asleep. I love the soft trickling sound of the Petal Diffuser next to my bed. I find it very relaxing!

Do you find yourself waking during the night? Try applying a combination of dōTERRA’s Restful blend and the Restful Complex softgels before you lay down and see what happens. I think you’ll find that you will have one of the best sleeps that you’ve had in a long time, completely naturally and without any fogginess in the morning. That sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

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DIY Dryer Sheets with Essential Oils

DIY Dryer Sheets with Essential Oils

When you begin to switch from commercial products to natural products you start to look at everything in your home and wondering what you can do to make better choices. I’m always looking for a good DIY because they are typically cheaper. If you’re anything like me, especially if you have kids, then you’re doing laundry multiple times a week… often multiple times a day. Can I get an AMEN?! You may have made the switch to a natural laundry detergent, but are you still using those store bought dryer sheets? You are? Did you know that even the unscented variety contain chemicals?

Luckily there is a simple, DIY way to make your own natural dryer sheets, and I mean SIMPLE! You can use a sewing machine if you’d like, but it’s not necessary. Here’s what you need:

- Fabric Scraps
- about 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar (not ACV)
- Lavender Essential Oil…dōTERRA is my brand of choice for so many reasons!
- a mason jar (because they’re cute)

To start, all you need to do is cut your fabric scraps into squares, 4″x4″ is a good size. If you have a sewing machine you can finish the edges with a zig zag stitch. If you have a serger you can serge the ends for an even cleaner finish.

Fill your mason jar with about a 1/2 cup of vinegar and add 10 drops of lavender essential oil. If you prefer the scent of another essential oil, by all means use that one!

Fold your new dryer sheets into quarters and add them to the jar, close the lid, and allow them to soak up the liquid. They are now ready to use! When you are ready to add them to the dryer, squeeze out the excess liquid and add two or three to the dryer. They will soften your clothes and leave them with a fresh scent. NO CHEMICALS to irritate sensitive skin!