A Dozen YL Products I Love

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I am absolutely in love with these beauties. The most surprising part? They aren’t even essential oils, the flagship, changed-the-world, hello-wellness commodity Young Living is known for.

But of course I’m going to tell you all about them!

  1. Denterome Plus

This is the very first product I was introduced to in YL. I’ve used it ever since as deodorant. Yes, underarm deodorant. Remember when I posted about it here in comparison with other “natural” deodorants?? That was several years ago and there are a lot more options in natural deodorants now, but I’ve still never found anything as effective or inexpensive.

Also, there’s still a lot of greenwashing in natural products, for example, “fragrance” as an ingredient in deodorant. Ewww…no hormone disruptors mashed into my pits/lymph nodes/breasts, thankyouverymuch!

I use a pea sized amount, spread on the tips of my fingers, and wiped in my pits. Every morning! Little goes a long way, which is why the tube lasts at least 6 months, if not longer.

Oh yeah, you can use it for toothpaste too, and it works great. But I mainly love it for deodorant because I have no odor when using it. None. I can even wear a t-shirt a second time, unless I was pouring sweat from a workout.

2. Ningxia Nitro

You’ll hear me talk about Ningxia Red in a minute, because it’s amazing in its own right. But it’s little cousin, Ningxia Nitro, is my absolute BFF. It’s like a power adapter for plugging in your brain. It’s what got me through a year of nutrition school, when I had to study nights after the kids were in bed. It is like waking up on a clear morning as a 20 year old and knowing exactly what you need to do that day. Even if you’re 40, it’s late at night, and you feel completely confused and drained and you’d just like to go to bed except you’re pretty sure you have 2 papers due by morning.

Yes, that’s how much I love it. It makes me feel good. When my brain feels good, I feel good.

What is it? It’s little tubes of cherry chocolate juice, with MethylB12, D-Ribose, Green Tea, Korean Ginseng, Yerba Mate and a bunch of other great brain foods.

I love to squeeze the tube into a glass of crushed ice and Ningxia Red, and drink with a straw, but the tubes are small and slip into a pocket or purse, so I often drink them right out of the tube if I’m out and about.

3. Ningxia Red

So I guess I should talk about this next since I already mentioned it! This has changed the way my husband views “vitamins” and helps me remember that FOOD IS FIRST when it comes to complete nutrition. Because when we drink this daily, we notice more energy, less cravings, and in general more stabile blood sugar and moods.

And it tastes yummy, so I don’t have to remind anyone to take it!!

Ningxia Red is a whole fruit juice concentrate made from a bunch of high-antioxidant fruits like blueberry, plum, cherry, aronia, and pomegranate, BUT…the real star of the show is the wolfberry. It contains wolfberries grown in the Ningxia region of China. That’s important, because that area has rich farmland from centuries of silt from the Yellow River. The plants that grow there are higher in phytonutrients than elsewhere in the world, and their population has a very high number of people living well over 100 years old. They prize the wolfberry and it is local custom to eat it daily!

So we drink our Ningxia Red daily too, and plan out all the adventures we will be taking until we are over one hundred years old!

4. Thieves Laundry Detergent

I am in love with this laundry detergent.

I know that sounds crazy.

How does laundry detergent inspire love??

Well, it works and all that…but I’m really in love with what is NOT in these suds. No fragrances. No fragrance fixatives. No masking fragrance. No fragrance masquerading as essential oils. (And of course no harsh bleaches or toxic stuff.)

When I switched to this laundry soap, it was the last product I swapped out that was exposing me to fragrance. I had been using a “natural” brand that claimed flower essences on the bottle, but those “natural” fragrances stayed in the clothes all the way through the dryer cycle. Which means they weren’t natural. So when I swapped it out…the next month, lo and behold I didn’t hemorrhage during my cycle. Or the cycle after that, or after that.

I’d been working on my hormones and my clean and green home for awhile…so could it really be that laundry detergent was SOO important for my hormone balance? So I began recommending this soap to my tribe of gals in my private mentoring group. I told them my experience and asked them to please write me if they should see any changes like mine. And then the messages began to come in. This person’s teen daughter, this middle aged woman, this mommy of littles, this woman going through menopause, literally hundreds of different stories…all finding that the “symptoms of womanhood” were all melting away since NOT BEING POISONED.

OK, I better stop because it get’s me hot under the collar when I realize what’s still being pedaled out there as natural.

Let me just say: if you are a woman, your body wasn’t designed to process synthetic fragrances that are absorbed through you skin, your largest organ. Synthetic fragrances are estrogen mimickers, and many estrogen mimickers have been found attached to breast cells, uterine cells, and fat cells. Please just opt out, and stop exposing yourself!

So you probably want to know how it works? Works great! Contains enzymes to break down stains, and I apply directly for that need. I use this soap PLUS 1 tsp Sodium Percarbonate (Amazon) as an oxygen bleach in every single load I run, and the combo is awesome. It is concentrated, so one bottle lasts my ginormous family months and months.

This might comes as a huge disappointment, so I’m just gonna burst your bubble right now: the Thieves fragrance washes completely out of the clothes. Your wet laundry will just smell wet, not fragranced, when you move it to the dryer. (This is a good thing: it means there is NO fragrance fixative!) To make your clothes smell delicious, choose your favorite YL essential oil or blend to toss on dryer balls. There, now they smell awesome!

5. Thieves Household Cleaner

This cleaner is amazing because it cleans everything well! It’s a concentrate, so I mix with water in my spray bottles, mix with baking soda and a bit of water for a soft scrub, and pour a capful into a bucket of mop water. It cleans windows and mirrors, toilets, sinks, walls, carpets, stainless steel, granite countertops, ovens and stoves, you name it. I keep spray bottles of this in the kitchen and both cars as well as the bathrooms for easy access. It’s not toxic, so I enlist even my littlest children in cleaning with me!

If you’ve been following this blog for years, you might know I used to clean with white vinegar and water. Yes, those work…OK. And they are non-toxic and cheap. But I’ve fallen in love with Thieves cleaner because it SMELLS SO GOOD, and is non-toxic, and works better, way better than vinegar. But, it’s really the yummy spicey clean smell that makes me so happy when I’m cleaning! I can assure you, vinegar does NOT make me feel that way!

I love having only one thing that cleans everything! No more overfilled cleaning cabinet!

6. Thieves Spray

This is a tiny little spray bottle with an alcohol based Thieves spray in it. I use it to spray on shopping carts, counters, clothing, or anything else that I want to disinfect quickly. This is not on the label, but I’ve even sprayed it in my throat to wipe out scratchiness.

The alcohol in this spray has been “denatured” with Cinnamon Bark oil instead of a toxic petrochemical. Denaturing is required by law to transport alcoholic products across state lines without it being designated as alcohol for consumption. In this case, YL denatured it with Cinnamon Bark oil, which only adds to the effectiveness of the product while avoiding a toxic additive. How innovative!

I love it because it smells SO good, and is so handy. It’s always in my purse!

7. Thieves Hand Sanitizer

I used to hate hand sanitizers, because they made my hands feel sticky and gross. Also, I knew they were filled with toxic yuk. Honestly, I avoided this YL product for a long time and just used the Thieves Spray (above). At some point I got a free Hand Sanitizer from YL, so I tried it…and wow! It’s not like other hand sanitizers! It is super thin, so just a drop of sanitizer works for my hands, and it doesn’t leave them sticky!

The alcohol in this product is over 60%, and it’s been denatured with Peppermint oil. So you already know it smells AMAZING, with both Thieves and Peppermint in there! I love how many comments I get when I use it…and of course I share with others who are loving the scent too!

8. Thieves Lozenges

I don’t know how they do it, but YL has made they yummiest lozenges without sugar. They contain Thieves and Peppermint oils, and are awesome breath mints while putting the power of Thieves RIGHT IN MY MOUTH! They are a oval hard “candy” individually wrapped, so they are perfect to keep in my purse and share with a friend.

I love how big they are, and how well they soothe throats and freshen breath.

9. Thieves Mouthwash

Speaking of fresh breath…this mouthwash is my favorite, because it’s so gentle on my teeth and gums, but SO powerful. Again, we are talking the power of Thieves right in my mouth…wow, that’s fresh. It also has colloidal silver in it to kill mouth bacterial. However, it does not contain alcohol like most commercial mouth washes, as using alcohol daily can be really hard on gums and tooth enamel. I know my teeth used to ache after using conventional mouthwash years ago.

I would say to consider this a concentrate. I can only use a small amount at a time, and you may want to dilute in water. If you are using with a child, PLEASE dilute it first, because if you don’t, they might spit it all over you! Haha! It’s POTENT!

I love it because these natural anti-bacs are so great for encouraging a healthy mouth biome!

10. Super C Chewable

I love this supplements because it’s made from whole food! This is NOT isolated ascorbic acid, which is NOT the whole vitamin C that is found in food. Whole C contains the cofactors of ascorbate too, including all bioflavanoids which work together as antioxidants in our bodies.

I’ve taken a lot of different Cs over the years. I now know that my high doses in the past (as recommended by a doctor) were likely doing me more harm than good, breaking down my ceruloplasmin which I desperately needed to build up so I could absorb and transport iron. A few years ago I began to study the biochemical science behind nutrition, and learned about the differences between isolated ascorbic acid and whole C. Since AVOIDING the isolate (and doing a number of other whole food nutrition measures) I’m finally now pulling out of 15 years of anemia. If you want to know more about overcoming anemia, message me!

This Super C is not a miracle supplement, and it’s not even the most important thing I’ve taken in regards to anemia, so don’t get me wrong on that. It’s just a solidly whole food vitamin C, in chewable form, that my kids and husband will chew and take. I like that!!

11. Lavender Lip Balm

This is so smooth and dreamy. It’s awesome on my lips, and I can’t believe it’s cheaper than the grocery store variety, you know the one with bees on it, that always feels rancid? This one is fresh, and oh so sweet to my lips!

12. Progessence Plus Beauty Serum

I kinda saved the best for last. This product is amazing, and I’ll try not to give you the two -hour-hormone-balancing-seminar to tell you why! Haha!

(I’m actually working on some really great projects to help you with hormones, but I’ll hold the details for now.)

This serum…is completely natural and an over the counter product which basically turns me into happy-mommy-angel-wife. Yeah…it’s what I sling on when I’m feeling end of the month-y, dragon-y, or actually anything that’s not Lady Devine. It’s USP grade progesterone, which helps my body rein in the estrogen. It’s a libido boost, a stress reliever, smells AMAZING, and I love it. Makes me feel like a woman!

I use it every day, all month long. I’m pretty consistent, with 3 drops a day, but other women use more or less, we are all different. I don’t have to rotate where it goes, it doesn’t have to be rubbed into fatty areas. I just use it on my neck because it’s an awesome perfume, but if you use it on your inner thighs, I hope you’re married, and congratulations on the new baby. (I need an emoji right there and I don’t know how to get one! Ha!)

I love love love this one! Incredible product!

13. All the Oils

OK I was only going to do a dozen, but honorable mention goes to all those oils I DIDN’T talk about. I have lots of loves in that category, but we will save it for another day! <3

Get Your Kids To Drink More Water

Trying to get your kids to drink more water? Me too. I can tell they haven’t been drinking enough when they are spending more “personal time” in the bathroom trying to do their business. Also without enough water, they seem to be crankier, tireder, and their skin is more dull. (Or maybe that was me…)

Anyway, here’s what I do to coax a little more liquid consumption:

Make herbal tea with raw honey.
Tea party? Sign them up! Even the boys like a treat in a cup. We do caffeine-free varieties like Chamomile or Peppermint. Here is one of my favorite blends:

 

Take water on the go in a toxin-free container.
Like the 50/50 stainless steal cups. We love these, and they keep the beverage cold (or hot) ALL DAY LONG.

Use ingestable essential oils to flavor water.
My favorites: spearmint, lemon, grapefruit, Citrus Fresh. Order individually or with membership here. I recommend membership for the savings and perks, and I offer a private wellness mentoring group for those who order with me.

Make a slushy drink.
The crushed ice is water, afterall! Our favorite recipe:
2 cups crushed ice, from our freezer crushed-ice feature
2 cups filtered water
Juice of 5 fresh limes
1/4-1/2 cup honey
3-4 drops Lime Vitality essential oil
handful spearmint leaves (optional)
Blend well in blender, serve immediately.

At home, designate toxin-free water cups for each child.
Label with a marker and keep near the water supply. Some of our favorite cups: handled jars and stainless steel.

Blueberry Einkorn Muffins

I’ve ventured a tiny bit away from 100% gluten free…into the land of ancient grains. Einkorn is perhaps the most ancient form of wheat, with a different kind of gluten, far less gluten (1.2% vs. 9.9%) and chromosomes (14 vs. 42), and far more nutritional punch (2.5x protein, 3x antioxidants). 

These muffins are light yet hearty, with just a touch of sweetness. A perfect breakfast muffin. 

Blueberry Einkorn Muffins


Blend until “milk:”

  • 1.5 cups pure water
  • 3 TB hemp seeds

Add to large mixing bowl with:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil

Whisk, then add:

  • 2 cups Einkorn Flour (Young Living)
  • 1 cup Namaste GF flour (Costco)
  • 1 cup GF flour (Trader Joes)
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 4 tsp aluminum-free baking soda (Trader Joes)
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt (Amazon)

Stir until just combined, then add:

  • 2 cups fresh or thawed blueberries

Spoon into paper lined muffin tins. Bake 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. I baked at 375 on convection for 20 minutes. Serve warm with quality butter. 

Why Fermented Foods for Wellness

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Finished raw milk kefir, ready for the fridge.

You may or may not have heard all the fuss about fermented foods. And you may or may not have starting fermenting at your house. But either way, it’s something which you may want to follow.

Why? Because unlike many of the health fads, fermenting is…well, not a fad. It’s been around from the beginning of time, not just to break down waste into compost, but to break down FOOD into more absorbable, nutritious, and tasty eats. In every culture, you have mums intentionally fermenting foods and feeding it to young and old alike. Some may not call it fermenting, or may not know a thing about lactic acid or good bacteria, but they are doing it none-the-less: kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, salami, pickles, kombucha, yogurt, cheese, wine, tamari, miso, tempeh, natto, sourdough.

So you probably HAVE heard of probiotics. Good bacteria, normally found in the gut of every living mammal, which keep the immune system healthy but not over-reacting, stabilize mood, keep us regular, create vitamins like folate and B12, speak to the brain in many chemical ways to keep us thinking clearly, and detoxify a lot of nasty stuff, including some of the pesticides and chemicals and heavy metals we eat (oops). This is not an exhaustive list. There’s a TON of research done on these good little microbes. Like, upwards of 29,000 studies come up on PubMed just by searching “lactobacillus.”

We know that:

You can buy probiotics in many different combinations of strains, quantities, and delivery methods. Which I have done regularly for over a decade, and I’m grateful for the availability of these specific strains (because sometimes, it’s good to troubleshoot with specifics). But, I’ve found the most help over the years by the foods that are packed with good bacteria, so I’m cranking up my ferments. Raw milk kefir is an every-week staple here, but this week I’m excited to try a watermelon juice, a Daikon radish ferment, and a Jun variety of kombucha.

I’m following a fermenting expert I’m lucky enough to know as a friend: Jane Casey of Jane Casey’s Kitchen. She’s amazing, fun, and has an amazing true story of twin sons who were profoundly autistic, but now aren’t. At all. Because of ferments.

I’m learning a ton (like: using ingestable essential oils to promote fermentation…wha??). Best tip of the week: use folded fresh grape leaves to keep the veggies all submerged (this is like the main rule of fermenting veggies: keep them under the brine so they don’t mold). I will keep you posted, because we have a special project coming for these classes, live and local.

Do you ferment? What’s on your counter now?

And for those who want to geek out with me, here are a few interesting studies on the benefits of probiotics which I stumbled across on PubMed. Not that the other 29,000 aren’t interesting too…

This study links good gut bacteria (L. Reuteri in this case), with immune regulation and folate metabolism. So all you MTHFR people (I’m one too) can go crazy about that. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27353144

This study notes the protective effect of friendly bacteria against bladder infections in pre-and-post-menopausal women (different strains are more effective for pre- or post- menopausal). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27092529

Probiotics in critically ill children: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27081478

This study showed that stressed mice had changes to their gut microflora, specifically reduced L. Reuteri. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25028050

 

Starting Again

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I’m starting again. Blogging, that is. Yes, I’ve been living the clean/green life…even MORE so with each year, and this last year has been busy with local classes and teaching trips, doing one-on-ones and FBGroup admin comments. Learning more, sharing more, living more.

But not blogging so much.

Although, I have more to share with you than ever. Like, what I’m using to wash my clothes, my toilets, my face. Hacks in the kitchen, for kids, for shopping. And BATHs…wow, what a game changer. Brilliant people you should be following on FB. Great books you’ll want to check out. And fun home-y stuff like the new lights in my dining room, old fashioned roses in my front yard, and yummy limeade. Oh, and I’m working on a definitive guide on buying and selling through craigslist.

I’ve also been working on a project to launch a new site with info specific to Essential Oils (my new health LOVE). Because surely, if I am not keeping up with ONE blog, not keeping up with TWO blogs will make me happier? Haha…seriously, it’s because there’s just so. much. to. tell.

Have you started something new? Need to start again something old?

 

Buying an Essential Oils Starter Kit (Yes! You want one!)

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Young Living Premium Starter Kit; it’s one of the best health purchases I’ve ever made.

Yep, these oils are ah-MAZE-ing, and I’m betting you’ll love them just like we do. So here’s the run down on getting started.

Young Living has put together a great starter kit, with 11 essential oils which are super versatile, so you’re getting just about all your needs covered in this one kit. Here’s what you get:

5ml Copaiba
5ml DiGize
5ml Frankincense
5ml Lavender
5ml Lemon
5ml PanAway
5ml Peppermint
5ml Purification
5ml RC
5ml Thieves
5ml Stress Away
Cold Steam Diffuser, your choice of design: Home, Dewdrop, Bamboo
1 Rollerball Fitment
Sharing mini bottles with cards
EO sample packets
2 packets of Ningxia Red (each 2oz)
Presentation box, instructional materials

If you’d like me (or anyone on my team) to sponsor you, you also have access to the support I offer.

Perks for joining with me/my team:
Secret Facebook Group for oils questions/support called The Daily Drop
Secret Facebook Group for adrenal/thyroid energy support
Secret Facebook Group for mentoring in business skills
Monthly challenges, information, stories, classes (online or local)

I highly recommend you obtain a reference guide for using the essential oils you purchase. My favorite is published by Life Science Publishing, or you can look on Amazon.com.

I’d love to get to know you better in a mentoring relationship through oils! If you would like to begin your essential oils journey with me, please use my Sponsor/Enroller number of 1526703 to order on youngliving.com, or follow this link. In this way you also help support my blog. Thank you!

Labor and Birth

The day I gave birth to my sixth baby began early; I woke around 3am with my water breaking in a slow leak. By morning, I was having a few mild contractions and feeling more water leakage. I applied 2 drops of Nutmeg oil to my palms and rubbed it over my adrenals. Nutmeg is supportive to the adrenals (kidney area); support I needed after the interruptions in sleep the night before. This oil is cautioned for use in pregnancy as it may exhibit estrogenic effects, and I had avoided touching it while pregnant. However, now that labor had begun, the estrogenic support was a boon for encouraging contractions.

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As I made breakfast for my family, I poured myself about an ounce of Ningxia Red wolfberry juice. This delicious antioxidant rich juice is enhanced with essential oils and is an amazing energy booster. I had been reserving an unopened bottle of the juice for “Labor Day” so cracking the seal marked my acceptance of labor and the birth date for my child.

Contractions continued to come all morning; the mild contractions of early labor which are only slightly painful and best ignored. I busied myself with tidying my home but began to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and urgent, so I went to my room for a few quiet moments and applied Stress Away liberally to the back of my neck and wrists. A few deep breaths and I was ready to get back into “nesting mode” with my husband and children who were also rallying to tidy our “nest.”

Since I was planning a home birth, my first area of concern for cleaning was my bathroom and bedroom where I would give birth and recover. Bathroom cleaning spray can be made with many different essential oils. Thieves is one of my favorites. Right now my spray bottle holds:
40% white vinegar
60% water
5 drops each Melelueca Alternifolia and Peppermint essential oils

By noon I called my midwife to tell her my water had broken but I was still able to walk and talk through contractions. I used these mild contractions as practice for heavier labor by swaying, or bending and holding my knees to focus on relaxing my pelvic floor. I ate a sensible lunch and continued to sip on the Ningxia Red for energy and stable blood sugar as labor increased.

My husband scrubbed the jets of our large bathtub, and then filled it with water. He put about 10 drops of Purification into the water and ran the jets; this anti-fungal oil which includes citrus and lemongrass oils removed the algae scum that grows in jets, without any harsh chemicals. The fragrance filled the bathroom, giving me a sense of clean and calm. When the tub was clean, I ran my diffuser in my bedroom with the oil blend Gentle Baby which helps mothers feel grounded and peaceful. I had been using this floral oil on my belly for several months.

I showered and my contractions increased in severity and timing in the hot water, which is always a sign to me that labor is active. As I dressed, I put several drops of Ylang Ylang, a hormone supporting and balancing oil, on a sanitary pad for topical application. I also used a few drops of this beautiful fragrance on my wrists and neck at the base of my ears. The contractions were now painful in my low back/sacrum area, so I rubbed several drops of PanAway into my sacrum; I was amazed at how this eased my pain. Although I was also feeling quite a bit of pain low in the front with contractions, I did not use PanAway in that location as the icy hotness of the wintergreen and peppermint have been known to turn a baby (away from the heat) and since my baby was already in perfect, head-down position, I did not want to risk a breach.

It was now about 5pm and I took a “Morphine Bomb”: 5 drops each of Idaho Balsam Fir, Frankincense, and Copaiba in a capsule, and rubbed the residual from the dispenser tops onto my wrists and inhaled deeply for a few minutes. There is no morphine in the “Morphine Bomb” -it is a pain and inflammation reliever. It did not take away my pain, but it did take the edge off.

I continued to bend over for contractions and focus on opening up, now moaning away the cramping pain. My parents arrived to help with my children, and my husband put in a call to the midwife to go ahead and come to our house.

The midwife and nurses arrived, and I applied my Birthing Labor Blend on my ankles and inhaled it from my palms, which gave me a sudden overwhelming desire to cry; this passed quickly. I had waited until the midwife arrived to use this blend as it is far more estrogenic than the oils used so far and I was unsure if it would speed my labor along too quickly. It can also be applied low on the abdomen; I did not apply it there but would if I were to do it again.

Here is the Birthing Labor Blend:
9 drops Helichrysum
10 drops Yang Ylang
10 drops Sclaressence
3 drops Fennel
3 drops Peppermint
equal amount apricot oil
The midwife did an internal check and said I was at 7cm; a huge relief that I had made it so easily and quickly through active labor and was now ready for transition. In the past, some of my labors have lasted for several days. We filled the bathtub with hot water and I got in, someone cut the lights and gave me a fluffy white towel to lean on facing forward at the side of the tub, my window was open a few inches and I could hear a songbird outside in the gentle spring rain shower as dusk fell. My husband and the nurses took turns applying counter-pressure to my low back and bringing me my glass of Ningxia Red to sip on, which significantly helped to increase my energy.

When I was nearly complete/ready to push, I took a drop each of the Morphine Bomb oils under my tongue (which tasted like eating a Christmas tree) and then chased them with another drink of Ningxia Red. At the time this seemed like the fastest way to absorb the oils systemically, however it did cause a little bit of heart burn, and taking the larger amount in the capsule probably would have been more potent. I also applied several drops of Valor to the back of my neck and inhaled it from my palms, praying that God would give me the mental strength to face crowning. I’m a bit of a coward about birth/crowning, so I needed all the Valor I could get. 🙂

Since the contractions were still manageable and I did not have an urge to push, I continued to labor in the upright position, with knees/pelvis splayed to allow the baby’s crown to descend lower into my pelvis. This wasn’t really a conscious decision, but rather that continuing to labor seemed more desirable in the moment than heavy pushing. Of all my children, only my first baby and this last baby were born with noticeable head molding, and with both of these labors I was able to continue laboring as the baby’s head descended, rather than push them out because labor wasn’t tolerable. The first baby was born with an epidural (the only one I had an epidural for) and the last with oils. Please understand that the oils in no way took away the pain or gave numbness like an epidural, but I was able to labor without experiencing the “I can’t do this anymore!” frantic stage of pain and feeling out of control, and my moaning never got to the point where I “sounded like Chewbacca” according to my husband.

When I was ready to push, I pushed with all my strength through three long contractions, still upright in the warm water, and Torsten was born at 9:28pm. I cried out a prayer of thanks to God for delivering me and the baby, then turned to receive my new son from the midwife. Unique to this birth was the complete lack of bloody show/blood until after the placenta was delivered. Additionally, as I continued to use oils through my post-partum week, I had no blood clots at all in my flow.

Immediately following birth, while still in the tub, I began to shake and have some leg cramps. My midwife gave me some homeopathic CalPhos minerals; after I moved into my bed I took a dropper of Cramp Bark tincture in alcohol to relieve uterine cramping. I took this every few hours for the first day or so and never needed any synthetic pain reliever. The one last oil I used that day was Nutmeg, again applied over my adrenals and inhaled from my palms.

There is nothing which can describe the peaceful contented feeling of being tucked into your own bed with your sweet little newborn by your side! I’m so grateful for the chance to have such a peaceful, safe, and satisfying birth with the excellent support of my caregivers, loved ones, and essential oils.

Up next: Trauma and Drama; Essential Oils during baby’s first week.

Clean Green Start Facebook Page

So I finally did it. I created a Clean Green Start FB page.

Head to this link and like the page. Leave a message, or just stalk! 🙂

To celebrate, I made two quick videos to host on the page. One is about skin health in pregnancy, and one is about how Young Living PanAway has relieved muscle-tearing and pain in pregnancy. Woot! My first video blogging!

[Ok…so this was a late night project. Don’t judge.]