Calling All Oily Newbies, This is For You September 09 2016

Post May 12, 2016

Amie Wozniak

First things first. Welcome. We are jumping for joy that you’re here! You have joined the ranks of millions of naturally minded, toxin conscious people across the globe who have thoughtfully looked to nature for powerful tools to discover and maintain optimal health and happiness. It’s a really fantastic place to be, and here at Oily Crunchy People, we want to make sure your transition into all-things-oily is as smooth as possible. You can do it. Diving into essential oils can feel overwhelming to some. It’s a little like learning a new language and it certainly involves a bit of reprogramming as we learn to reach for our pure oily tools derived from nature instead of many of the toxin-filled conventional products we had become accustomed to before our oily enlightenment.

But there is no reason to feel overwhelmed! Resources to guide you along the way are abundant. And the payoff is huge. Take Care Of Your Body Let’s get organized. Because you decided to invest in the health and happiness of yourself and your family by becoming a Young Living member, your life will undoubtedly change for the better! It’s a whole new world and one for which every oiler is incredibly grateful to have found. By now, hopefully you have your Premium Starter Kit and are ready to dive in. To make things easy, we’ve created a 14-day series called “Now that I have my starter kit, what do I do with it?” It is a quick and easy series that will help you understand how you can start incorporating oils into your everyday life today! 

Yes, indeedy you can smell them but that’s not all folks! There is SO MUCH MORE to using Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils. And we never waste an opportunity to utilize our oils in all kinds of ways! Topical Application Because of their molecular structure, essential oils are rapidly absorbed by the skin and can enter the blood stream within 20 seconds. Topical application over the area in need (skin, organ, bone, ligament, etc.) is, of course, a great place to start, but utilizing VitaFlex points and/or the Raindrop Technique, are both highly effective as well. Massage, acupuncture, acupressure, warm compress, cold packs, baths and showers, are all fantastic opportunities to incorporate essential oils into your life. Direct Inhalation Fragrance is the substance of memories. An aroma inhaled causes the olfactory nerve to send messages to the limbic part of the brain that activates thought and memory. So in less than a second, a scent has the power to activate a number of physical and emotional responses.

You can simply smell the oil out of the bottle, or your pulse points after applied to the skin. My favorite method is to apply a couple of drops to my palms, rub them together, cup my hands over my nose and take three deep cleansing breaths. It’s the best. thing. ever. Diffuse Diffused oils alter the structure of the molecules that create odors, rather than just masking them.

They also increase oxygen availability and many are extremely effective for cleansing and purifying the air we breathe. The fragrant influences of essential oils offer a vast variety of differing benefits, depending on the oil. For example, some essential oils can increase alertness and mental clarity, while other can help ease occasional stress and and nervous feelings.

If you purchased a starter kit, you received a diffuser but you can check out all the diffusing options Young Living offers here.  Many Young Living Essential Oils are certified as GRAS (or Generally Regarded As Safe) as food additives by the FDA – meaning you can ingest them internally. Our personal experience with ingestion of Young Living Essential Oils has proven remarkable results. Young Living has made it easy to identify which oils are labeled for ingestion by giving them a Vitality brand. While we love that these oils are now easy to spot, it has also caused a bit of confusion. Rest assured that the oil in a regular bottle of Lemon essential oil is the exact same oil as a bottle of Lemon Vitality essential oil. The same is true for the rest of them.

Lastly, let’s talk about retention. Yeppers, you can put these therapeutic grade oils in your who-ha or your bo-bo or whatever your family calls the vagina and rectum respectively. The absorbability using these modalities is 100% and highly effective. No need to be shy. Educate yourself. Learning is fun! We know we’ve mentioned these oils are powerful a time or two – but for realzzz – they are POWERFUL. And as with anything that goes in or on the body, it’s always wise to have proper instruction. And thorough instruction is a smudge too detailed to describe here, especially given all essential oils are unique and many come with different usage instructions.

Our favorite resource for oily reference material is Life Science Publishing. There you will find a plethora of literature that can guide you as you dig in and discover what essential oils can do for you and your loved ones. Not sure which book to choose first? Ask your Enroller or Sponsor for recommendations, they are happy to help! The resources we’ve acquired have been instrumental in helping us grow our understanding of essential oils and how best to use them safely and effectively. Thank you It is our joy and privilege to help our oily newbies learn about how essential oils can have a profound impact on health and happiness. 

Life is an endless journey of learning and I hope you discover, as we have, that learning something new will open a door to the wellness, purpose and abundance this oily lifestyle provides. Questions? Feel free to contact us anytime here.

Oils for Dudes August 22 2016

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I hear often from my fellow lady oilers that their men are slow to embrace their love of oils.  What?  I’m not trying to make any generalizations, okay I am, but men are  usually a little slower to come around to change than us ladies, so I get it.

Hey Fellas!  You are missing out!

We do have a few of the Y-chromosome variety that are all-oily-all-the-time, but still your numbers pale in comparison to the sea of female oilers.  You’ve got some oily-secrets up your sleeves, but now we must let the cat out of the bag and share with your fellow-hombre.

Dudes, you’ve got to know.  We love you too much to not break it down for you.  You might think of essential oils as girly, but my-oh-my, they are about to become your new best bud.  Who knew these little bottles of smelly things could not only keep you in tip-top shape, but provide a whole new toolbox for all things MAN.  Hang with me for a bit, you’ll see …

Oily Muscle Dude

Do you love lifting weights or hitting the heavy bag? Maybe your job requires a lot of physical labor. Perhaps you are a fan of running or cycling or can slay a headstand at your local yoga class.

Whatever the fitness level, there isn’t a muscle in the body that can’t benefit from some oily TLC.

And don’t forget it’s not just muscles that can benefit from these powerful tools. We must remember to lube up those creaky joints too! Your bones, cartilage and tendons will thank you!


Oily Shaven Dude

Razor burn? Oh heck no!

Staying all freshly shaven (say that 3 times real fast) can be a chore! Am I right fellas? Well listen here, this Shutran Shave Cream will have you clamoring for your razor every morning. Of COURSE it smells divine, but it will leave your face so soft you will have to fend off the ladies.

Speaking of ladies, Shutran Shave Cream isn’t just for men. I steal my husband’s so often he begged me to order my own. Smooth and silky legs … yes, please!


Oily Handsome Dude

Looking to keep those man-locks nice and full? This combo is incredible.

Maybe those head-full-of-hair days are long gone and your beautiful bald head needs some love. These work for that too.


It’s true, we all need our beauty sleep, men included. A big part of hanging on to our youth and vitality is getting adequate shut-eye. And turning off the day and drifting off to a peaceful slumber is that much easier with the help of essential oils.

Tranquil is one of my all time favorite blends but there are so many others that help with a peaceful nights rest.  You might try your luck with some other sleepy time favorites like Frankincense, Cedarwood, Valor or Lavender to name a few.


Oily Sexy Dude

Life is busy, and hectic and stressful. And often so exhausting that making magic happen in the bedroom can sadly fall off our priority list.

Let essential oils help you bring your sexy back! (Same goes for you ladies.)

Did you know that there are surprising health benefits of sex including improved immune function, deeper sleep and reduced stress levels? Talk about a win/win!


Oily Handy Dude

Are you a fix-it man? Or do you love a man that is always into some sort of “project?”

Well, well handy friends, open up that toolbox and chuck in some lemon essential oil because this little bottle of wonder is a must-have for every “I’ll fix that” guy.


Oily Foodie Dude

Are you a meat & potatoes kind of guy? Perhaps a day babysitting the smoker is more your style. Maybe you are fond of exploring the beautiful cultures expressed in Indian, Japanese or Spanish foods?

Whatever the palate, when you choose to supplement your digestive system with the tools it needs, you make every dining experience that much better! You can focus on the flavors and rest assured you are supporting healthy digestion, which is an integral component in the health of your overall immune system.


Oily Kissing Dude

We all know that boys try their best to avoid brushing their teeth until around puberty. But hopefully those-boys-turned-men have taken up some healthy oral care habits.

The Thieves Oral Care line brings a fresh mouth to a whole new level. Not only are they jammed packed with powerful essential oils, but will keep that manly smile sparkling without any harsh, toxic ingredients.


Oily Cool Dude

Has the heat of summer smacked some of you hard? Summer is the time for fun in the sun but it also comes with a multitude of outdoor household chores in the blazing sun.

Peppermint essential oil to the rescue. The fragrance of peppermint is uplifting and invigorating but did you know that when applied to the skin, it has a cooling effect?

Just a couple of drops to the nape of the neck or across the forehead and get ready to CHILL-ax.

Oily Chilled Dude

Not as in cold.  But in cool, calm and collected.

Work got you down? Boss driving you crazy?  Kids making you want to pull your hair out?  Financial woes? Caring for a sick loved one?

Many men feel like they carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, right? But the #1 toxin in our lives is STRESS. So honey, we’ve got to take care of ourselves!

The fragrant influence of many of our essential oils are calming, sedating and relaxing. And in less than a second they can promote both a psychological and physiological effect on your mind and body, releasing the tension from the day (or the last hour!)

Get your sniff on.


Oily Toe-d Dude

Men! Do you have funky toenails? Ewe. Take care of them. Oils make it easy!!!

That is all.


Oily Bearded Dude

Fan of facial hair? Want to keep it looking good and feeling soft? <<<< Yes! Yes you do!

Presenting Big Daddy Beard Oil.

And guess what? Given your beard is right under your nose, you will be smelling how good it smells all day long!


Oily Funky Feet Dude

So we already talked about funky toenails – – but perhaps your feet are funky all the way around? It happens. To the bests of yas.

We don’t want to throw out your shoes and smelly socks. We love you despite your funk. But p-l-e-a-s-e do your oily-sistas-wives-friends-moms a favor and make some DIY (that’s Do-It-Yourself for you non-Pinterest guys) foot powder.


Oily Dirty Dude

Do wrenches and auto parts light your fire? Are you a mechanic-gone-wild? Hands a greasy mess? We already threw some lemon essential oil in your toolbox a few posts back so go grab it, along with a few things from your pantry, and use it to clean all that grime out from under your fingernails.


Oily Hunter Dude

Do you love the wilderness while packing a rifle? While we’re sure you are decked out from head to toe in hunter’s camouflage, how well does your natural scent blend in with the outdoors?


And there you have it gents.  As you can see, essential oils aren’t just about smelling delish.  There are so many practical applications for your everyday life, it’s a wonder you’ve made it this long without them!  And still,  this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Once you start utilizing essential oils and essential oil-infused supplements as part of your health and wellness regimen, you’ll truly be blown away by the results.

Oil on men.  You deserve it.

xoxo ~Amie

Ready to get started with essential oils?  Getcha some here.

Surviving Summer with Essential Oils July 14 2016

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The days are getting longer, warmer and sunnier which means summer is right around the corner! It is always an exciting time of year as we take a little more time to enjoy the outdoors, spend more time with family and hopefully manage to squeeze in a summer vacation.

Let’s be real.

I don’t know about you, but the first couple of weeks of summer are always like, “Ahhh, it’s summer! How beautiful to enjoy a day at the pool. Ahhh it’s summer! Our schedule is soooo relaxed. Ahhhh it’s summer! Let’s go for a nature-filled hike through the woods.”

And then sometime, usually mid-to-two-thirds-of-the-way through summer it turns into, “Mom! Not the pool again. Mom! I’m bored. Mom! I’m itchy and hot and thirsty.”

Sound familiar? I’m no overachiever when it comes to planning the perfect summer, but for those of you trying to be proactive about ensuring a grouch-free zone in the coming months, check out these tips on 101 fun things to do with kids this summer or for those tweens/teens, 100 ways to get un-bored this summer.

Whatever your summer plans, they will likely include an adventure or two and many days outdoors in the sun and all of nature’s elements. So for the sake of preparedness, compiling a collection of tools to help survive summer should be at the top of the to-do list.

Can’t hide from the sun.

One of the best parts of summer is soaking up the glorious sun and banking up that precious vitamin D. But often times we spend so much time in the pool, at the beach or just playing outside that we get over-exposed and our skin is in desperate need of some extra TLC.  LavaDerm™ Cooling Mist contains lavender essential oil and aloe to soothe and rejuvenate overexposed skin.  This is a favorite to throw in the beach bag or purse because the spray bottle makes it easy to use on-the-go.  We also find ourselves flying through our lavender essential oil.  After a long day in the sun, we cap off the night with a full body rub-down of lavender essential oil combined with some coconut oil or other carrier oil. It not only soothes the skin, but helps with a peaceful night’s rest.

Getting all up in nature.

Being one with nature is good for us. Did you know that walking in nature actually changes the brain? And that recent studies have shown that the closer you live to nature or green spaces in general, the happier you’ll be. Clearly getting outdoors is a good thing! While our family loves beautiful landscapes, the fresh smell of a forest, or the refreshing energy of a hike through the woods, there are some aspects of nature we don’t love so we are mindful to always pack our outdoor annoyance spray. It keeps us itch free while we enjoy all the reasons why being in nature is the best medicine.

Road Trip Anyone?

Whether traveling by land, air or sea, one thing is certain. Discovering new locales usually coincides with more meals eaten out and hopefully new dishes explored. When the belly isn’t cooperating like usual, DiGize essential oil blend is the traveler’s new best friend.  Simply rubbing it on topically over the abdomen is very helpful, or a drop in a little water can give the digestive system the added help it needs.

Peppermint essential oil is a summertime must-have for a couple of reasons. First of all, summer is HOT. And peppermint is cooling! I love adding a few drops to a squirt bottle full of water, giving it a good shake and spraying down the backs of the necks of all the little sweaty people in my house. It is also our go-to when the motion of those long car rides has our crew feeling a little green. We will pass the bottle around the car for everyone to take a sniff and also apply to the nape of the neck, behind the ears and on the insides of the wrists.

Everyone’s gone crazy.

Last but certainly not least, let’s make sure through all the sun and fun that we maintain our sanity, right? Planning, prepping, traveling, packing, sunning, cooking, exploring … while all a lot of fun, can also be a lot of work and undoubtedly leave mom and dad feeling like taking a break from summer break. Young Living’s Tranquil and Stress Away roll-ons to the rescue! When the “fun of summer” gets the best of us, practice stop, roll and breathe!  All it takes is a minute to whip that roller bottle out, apply liberally, and take three deep cleansing breaths.

And Ahhhhhh.  Summer.  We love summer.  Right?

Stock up on those summertime essentials now.  Need help compiling your personalized summer survival kit?  Contact us!

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