Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Seedlings: From Mother Nature's Nursery to Yours

What's the big fuss about these Seedling products?!?

Babies are not small adults!  Pound for pound, children consume more food, water, and air than adults.  Research suggests that there is a link between neurobehavioral disorders in children and exposure to toxins.  The physiological make up of baby's skin versus that of a child or adult is much different, and therefore, more vulnerable to toxins.  I can't tell you how often I hear the excuse, "But it is such a small amount".  The body breaks down many of the toxins we are exposed to, but not all of them.  Continuous exposer overloads our natural detoxification system and leads to a buildup in our body over time.  This bioaccumulation is referred to as "Body Burden".  Go ahead and take a look at the ingredients in your current baby products.  Here are the top 10 ingredients to avoid:

1.  Synthetic Fragrance: Due to trade secrets, companies do not have to disclose what ingredients are being used in the fragrance
2.  Parabens: Used as a preservative.  Look for ingredients with parabens, or benzoic acid, or propyl ester.
3.  Phthalates: Used as a preservative.  Avoid products with diethyhexyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, dimethyl phthalate, or diethyl phthalate.
4.  1,4-Dioxane, Ethylated Surfactants: Stay away from any ingredients that contain the letters "eth" and "PEG"
5.  Propylene Glycol: A petroleum based chemical that is found in baby wipes and is used to absorb liquids and maintain moisture levels.
6.  Mineral Oil: A cheap byproduct of petroleum processing and acts as a barrier on the skin, no allowing the skin to breathe and release toxins. 
7.  Triclosan: Anything that's labeled as "antibacterial" likely contains triclosan, which is an endocrine disruptor and harmful to the environment.
8.  Bisphonel-A (BPA): A hormone- disrupting chemical and can cause damage to the brain, reproductive system, heart, and liver.
9.  SLS & SLES: Commonly found in personal care products and what causes those synthetically made products to foam.
10.  Talc:  A powdered mineral added to baby powders as a drying agent, but known as a lung irritant and may be carcinogenic.

Thankfully, I can kick toxins to the curb with Young Living's NEW Seedlings line of products, perfectly designed for our babies.

Not only are Seedlings products toxin free, but they feature the Calm Scent Blend (Lavender, Bergamot (FC free), Coriander, Geranium, and Ylang Ylang)

Bath time is a critical time for cognitive and emotional development.  Generally, the parents are technology free, so the ENTIRE moment is about the child.  Bath time engages many of the senses (sight, touch, hearing, smell) that babies' brain need.  Bath time also encourages touch between child and parent.  Don't let chemical invade such a precious time! 

Seedlings Baby Wash and Shampoo
Features and Benefits:
*Tear Free and non-irritating
*Formulated specifically for infant's delicate skin
*Leave's skin and hair clean, soft, and smooth
*Smooths hair and makes tangles easy to comb out
*Rinses clean without over-drying
*Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic

Ingredients:
*Calendula
*Eye bright
*Calm essential oil blend
*Vegan friendly
*Made with 100% plant-based, naturally derived ingredients
*Formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic dyes

What's to Love About it:
*2-in-1 product, which simplifies bath time
*Easy to use pump (let's face it, you only have one hand when you have a baby)
*Tear-free
*Baby-soft skin after bath time
*Pricing (Wholesale): $20.75, PV: 20.75

Massaging your baby is a way to encourage sensory stimulation and it ultimately aids in baby's development.  Research shows that routine touch and massage by a loving parent or caregiver are critical to a baby's growth, communication, and learning.  Touch is the first way a baby learns to communicate and is a wonderful way to strengthen your bond with the baby. 

Seedlings Baby Oil
Features and Benefits:
*Formulated specifically for infants' delicate skin
*Creates a peaceful and relaxing environment
*Non-greasy, perfect for everyday use
*Absorbs quickly and nourishes baby's skin
*Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic

Ingredients:
*Apricot kernel, safflower seed, and prickly pear oils
*Calm essential oil blend
*Vitamin E
*Made with 100% plant-based, naturally derived ingredients
*Vegan friendly
*Formulated without alcohol, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic dyes

What's to Love About It:
*Baby Massage
*Staple during night-time routine
*Improves skin hydration
*Smell Association
*Pricing (Wholesale): $24.25, PV: 24.25


Seedlings Baby Lotion
Features and Benefits:
*Mild, gentle formula derived specifically for infants' delicate skin
*Formula is non-greasy and absorbs smoothly into the skin
*Prevents dryness by soothing and moisturizing the skin
*Leaves skin soft and smooth
*Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic

Ingredients:
*Fractitioned coconut oil
*Calm essential oil blend
*Mango seed, cocoa seed, and murumuru seed butters
*Calendula and apple extract
Made with plant-based, naturally derived ingredients
*Vegan friendly
*Formulated without alcohol, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic dyes

What's to Love About It:
*Great for mom and baby!
*Use Lotion in the AM and Baby Oil before bed
*Smell Association
*Non-greasy formula
*Pricing (wholesale): $19.75, PV: 19.75


Seedlings Baby Wipes
Features and Benefits:
*Wipes are 8" x 7" and made from a soft, thick material
*Ultra soft and comfortable on infants' delicate skin
*Soothing and non-drying
*Provides gentle and thorough cleansing
*Leaves skin moisturized and soft
*Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic

Ingredients:
*Aloe Vera
*Calendula
*Apple fruit and soap berries fruit extracts
*Calm essential oil blend
*Vegan friendly
*Formulated without chlorine, alcohol, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic dyes

What's to Love about It:
*Extremely versatile, not just for diapering
*They are great Savvy Mineral Make-Up Remover Wipes
*The cleaner the wipe, the less skin irritation and/or diaper rashes
*Specifically formulated to minimize the risk of common allergic reactions
*Easy for on the go; packaging is soft with a hard lid
*72 wipes
*Pricing (Wholesale): $11.75, PV: 11.75


Seedlings Diaper Rash Cream
Features and Benefits:
*OTC
*Helps relieve, treat, and prevent diaper rash
*Reduces the duration and severity of diaper rash when applied at the first sign of redness
*Soothes on contact and provides immediate relief
*Reduces redness
*Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic

Ingredients:
*Active Ingredient: Zinc oxide (non-nano)
*Beeswax
*Mango seed, cocoa, and murumuru butters
*Lavender, Helichrysum, and German Chamomile essential oils
*Vegetarian friendly
*Formulated without lanolin, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants

What's to Love about It:
*OTC
*Rubs on smooth and gently
*Seals out wetness and helps balance skin moisture
*Protects the skin and acts as a physical barrier to wetness
*Provides immediate relief
*Pricing (Wholesale): $27.75, PV: 27.75



Be sure to check out:


http://www.pocketfuloftreasures.net/2017/05/part-1-dont-just-survive-pregnancy.html

http://www.pocketfuloftreasures.net/2017/05/post-2-dont-just-suurvive-newborn-days.html

http://www.pocketfuloftreasures.net/2017/03/toxin-free-family.html


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Get your Feet Ready for #NationalFlipFlopDay

Tomorrow is National Flip Flop Day, which means a free smoothie when you wear your Flip Flops to Tropical Smoothie!!  Get your feet Flip Flop Ready with these great recipes and products from Young Living. 

Exfoliate your feet with this essential oil-infused sugar scrub.  Lavender is relaxing and soothing, while Peppermint is cooling and refreshing.  Not only will your feet look great, but they will be rejuvenated and ready to face the day!

Treat your cuticles with purifying Tea Tree essential oil and nourishing V-6 Vegetable Oil complex. 

You'll love this moisturizing Foot Balm that features Tea Tree oil, Eucalyuptus Radiata oil, and Peppermint oil. 


Not yet using Essential Oils?  I'd love to send you a free Essential Oils 101 CD and sample of Peppermint.  Please visit my website, click the Young Living Tab on my blog, comment below, or send me a message at JessicaBaker@MarketingScents.Com.   

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Enjoy the Outdoors with Young Living



Our family loves the outdoors, but we don't love toxins.  Just looking at the ingredients in common bug sprays and sunscreens is enough to make this Momma sick.  Check out the Trouble with Ingredients in Sunscreens and see how the Environmental Working group rates your products.  Essential oils are a better way.  They are totally chemical free, steam distilled or cold pressed from pure plants.  There’s nothing in them but that oil, whether it is lemon, tangerine, lavender, peppermint, or others.  There are over a million uses for essential oils.  In this class I will help you enjoy your summer without the toxins.  It’s easy, simple, and it’s a small change you can take to protect you and your family.  It’s time to take charge of what’s in your house.

We were so thankful that Young Living released a Mineral Sunscreen Lotion at this year's Young Living Convention!  Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living's Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients.  Instead, the non-greasy sunscreen offers broad-spectrum SPF 10 protection using naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients, including non-nano zinc oxide - a physical UV blocker.  The lightweight formula goes on smooth and stays water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes, so you can feel comfortable while you stay moving.  With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils - such as Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Frankincense - this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly without a white residue, so you can effortlessly add it to your time outdoors.



Promote healthy skin with LavaDerm™, Young Living’s refreshing Lavender spray. It’s made with skin-loving ingredients such as aloe, Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Helichrysum to gently support healthy-looking skin. The skin is our largest organ, and we want to take care of it!  Did you know that sun exposure may create fluid loss and dehydration?  Yes, that is why it is important to not only drink plenty of fluids, but also to hydrate the skin.  LavaDerm’s mild and gentle formula lightly moisturizes while also soothing and rejuvenating skin. Incorporate its refreshing feel and calming aroma into your nighttime routine or use it as needed throughout the day. The compact and convenient design of this skin moisturizer spray makes it easy to store wherever you need it, whether in your purse, travel bag, bedside table, or office desk.

UV rays start a free-radical cascade that results in damage to skin cells.  Studies have shown that applying Myrrh oil after sun exposure halts peroxidation.  Carrot Seed essential oil is another oil that is well known for its skin-supporting properties.

For more on supporting dry skin, visit Young Living SkinCare for Dry Skin.

Also, try the newly released LavaDerm After Sun Spray to refresh and recover from a day in the sun.  This naturally derived after-sun spray offers temporary relief from the pain and itching of minor burns, minor cuts, sunburns, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritations, so your family can keep playing all day!  Using menthol from mint, this spray soothes and cools the skin, providing immediate relief from the effects of outdoor activity.  Plus, its moisturizing qualities - from ingredients such as aloe, Lavender essential oil, and Helichrysum essential oil - also help prevent peeling and leave skin feeling soft and smooth instead of tacky or sticky.  With a vegan-friendly formula made without alcohol, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants, LavaDerm After-Sun Spray is ready for the whole family to use at the beach, on a hike, or during any outdoor playtime. 


This time last year our family was on the trip of a lifetime touring through Utah and Arizona the week before and after Young Living’s Grand Convention.  We explored some incredible places, but it was HOT!  On one particular hike to Corona Arch it was 100+ degrees and the sun beat down on us the entire time.  Thankfully, I had my Peppermint essential oil with me!  We applied it to the back of our necks and spines and added Peppermint Vitality to our water to cool us from the inside out.  We even applied it to our hands as we held onto the hot guide cables, climbed ladders, and crawled across the slick rock.  What an incredible experience (and I’m not sure we would have made it without our peppermint oil!).  Since then I have been a huge fan of Peppermint!  I make a cooling mist by adding Peppermint essential oil to water in a spray bottle – great for sports, exercise, mowing, and anytime you need to cool off!

Depending on where you live and the annoyances that surround you, you will need to tweak this recipe a bit.  We spend a lot of time hiking and RVing, so finding a way for us to enjoy the outdoors annoyance and toxin free was very important to me.  Young Living’s Purification Essential oil is a blend of Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree.  Citronella is well known for its effect on pesky bugs.  In a spray bottle I start with 20 drops of Purification and add 10 drops each of Citronella, Peppermint, Cedarwood, and Palo Santo.  Thyme, Lemon, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Pine are other oils I occasionally will add.
One particular hike we went on this summer, the grass was taller than some of our children.  Our son, who was well coated with my homemade concoction, was hiking directly in front of me and I could literally see ticks jumping onto him and immediately back off.  My husband, on the other hand, forgot to spray himself before leaving and picked off dozens of ticks and ended up with 3 tick bites. 

And now Young Living offers an Insect Repellant for your convenience!  Don't leg bug bites ruin your family's outdoor fun this summer!  Young Living's Insect Repellant is clinically proven to repel mosquitos and other tiny invaders using only 100 percent naturally derived, plant based ingredients.  Pure sesame oil and a carefully selected blend of essential oils traditionally used for their bug-repellant properties come together to make up all 99 percent of the active ingredients in this formula.  The other 1 percent?  Vitamin E.  That means you can use it on your little ones and not worry about the harsh chemicals used in many traditional repellents.  You'll also love the pleasant, citrusy aroma and smooth, non-greasy, non-sticky application.  So whether you're spending time in the backyard or the backwoods, you can feel great knowing you have a pure, plant-based way to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

Honestly, its been a long time since I have been in a boat, but some of the roads we take our RV down can leave me feeling pretty green.  Thankfully, a whiff of DiGize or Peppermint and a drop applied on the abdomen helps me enjoy the scenery and adventure.  The same would apply if you are hitting some rides at a theme park this summer.
Lemon is great at neutralizing smells, cutting through grease, and removing gum from hair – a great one to have on hand as you have some fun this summer!

Not yet using Essential Oils?  I'd love to send you a free Essential Oils 101 CD and sample of Peppermint.  Please visit my website, click the Young Living Tab on my blog, comment below, or send me a message at JessicaBaker@MarketingScents.Com.   


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Post 2: Don't just survive the newborn days, THRIVE!

Not only did you survive your pregnancy, but you thrived!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!  Bringing home a newborn baby is oh so precious!  But it can also be a wee bit stressful.  We now have 5 children (with number 6 on the way), but I still remember the anxiety and fear over bringing home our first child and caring for her.  I could not believe that such a tiny, fragile, precious piece of life was entrusted to ME!  I pretty much had no clue what I was doing, but was determined to do everything right.  She even received her first bath in a heated tub of water that we placed in front of the fireplace so she would not get chilled.  I spent much of that first year anxious and stressed out, and she did too!  She would cry and cry and cry and never seemed to sleep.  We NEVER left he house.  It's funny to me now that I could not go food shopping with just her but now I'm that crazy housewife that drags all of my kids and 3 shopping carts in a trail behind me through Kroger.  I've learned a lot these past 8 years!  One revolutionary discovery I made almost four years ago was Young Living products - what a blessing!  I'd love to take a few minutes to share a few of the products that made the biggest difference in our family life, especially for our little ones.




Essential oils are plant based, created by God, and designed to support our bodies!  But, they are very powerful and it is good to be cautious, especially if you are new to oils or you are using them children.  A newborn’s skin is very thin and delicate, so the essential oils will be absorbed much more rapidly than on an adult.  Start slow and dilute appropriately!  The best place to apply a new oil topically is to the feet.  Use one oil at a time.  Introduce a new oil as you feel comfortable.  God has given us mothers an intuition for what is best for our babies.  If you feel comfortable with introducing a new oil every few days or every 6 hours, do what feels right for you.  I personally chose to anoint our child with Frankincense when he was less than an hour old.  However, frankincense and diluted Myrrh were the only oils I used on him for the first several weeks because that is what I felt best.  By the time he was 6 weeks old I felt comfortable using most of the oils.  If you are still a bit hesitant, use the KidScents oils!  They are prediluted and gentle for babies and kids. 





Those first few weeks it may seem as if you are never going to sleep again, but I promise you, this season will pass!  And there are lots of things you can do to help you and baby sleep.  SleepyIze essential oil blend can be diffused at bedtime to promote relaxation and restful sleep.  It contains Lavender and Valerian essential oils, known to help promote a peaceful environment, plus many others.  Or you may choose to create a rollerball to easily apply to baby’s feet during your bedtime routine.  I have also found it helpful to use Lavender or SleepyIze with a nightly baby massage.  I find massaging with oils to be relaxing in itself, and a bonding moment between mom and baby.



Peace and Calming and Stress Away are well loved in this household!  Oh how I wish I had these oils when our daughter was a baby.  She would cry and cry and cry.  I remember one of us always having to hold and walk with her just so the other person could eat. 
Stress Away is a personal favorite of mine!  It is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension. All of these ingredients are expertly blended with the exotic scent of ocotea, Young Living’s exclusive Ecuador single.
One of the most common reasons for an unhappy baby is an unhappy tummy.  Remember that Ginger you used to help you survive morning sickness?  You can now use it on your baby!  TummyGize Essential Oil for Children supports healthy digestion and quiets little tummies. Soothing and supporting specifically formulated for kids!  TummyGize contains 8 essential oils – including Spearmint (rich in carvone and d-limonene, may help occasional nausea), Peppermint (one of the most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion), Tangerine (contains esters and aldehydes that are calming), Ginger (to soothe, comfort, and balance digestive discomfort), Fennel, Cardamom, and Anise (all supportive of a healthy digestive system). 

We have diffusers in just about every room of the house!  Have you seen the KidScents diffusers?  Our girls LOVE their Dolphin Diffuser, and the boys are getting the Dino Land Diffuser for their birthday!  But regardless of what diffuser you have or what it looks like, you will love the benefits and support it provides your little ones. 
SniffleEase essential oil blend contains oils such as Eucalyptus Blue, Peppermint, Lavender, Ravintsara, Palo Santo, and other respiratory and immune supporting oils.  This oil blend is refreshing, and as part of the KidScents line, is formulated just for kids.
Myrtle has an uplifting aroma that is pleasing when diffused.  It also supports healthy respiratory function.

Lavender and Melrose are so supportive of the skin.  I use these two oils in many applications for baby.  You can make your own baby wipes by cutting a roll of Brawny paper towels in half.  Combine 1 ½ cups water with 1 TBSP Young Living bath gel base, and 10 drops of Lavender or Melrose (or combination) and store in a round Rubbermaid container with ½ roll.  You can also mix Lavender and Melrose with Coconut oil or Animal Scents Ointment and apply to a sore bum. 

Speaking of sore bums, enjoy some of these Sore Bum tips from Melissa Poepping’s “The Chemical Free Home 3” (see book for a complete list). 
*“Change it: Change the diaper immediately after baby goes.
*Wipe it: With wipes that you that you make that are free of chemical irritants that worsen a sore bum.
*Swap it out: Conventional diapers contain dyes and chlorines that can agitate even the healthiest bum.  If using cloth diapers, swap out your detergent and soaking solution with one you have made yourself.”
Soothe delicate skin with Young Living’s mild and gentle baby balm. Tender Tush™ baby ointment, part of Young Living’s KidScents® line, is an essential oil balm formulated with natural vegetable oils and pure essential oils—including Frankincense, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang—to moisturize and nourish dry skin. Made without synthetic perfumes, mineral oils, artificial colorings, or harsh chemicals, this mild essential oil moisturizer promotes healthy skin while soothing sensitive skin.

Ditch overpowering and harsh chemical-based sprays and keep your home smelling fresh and clean with Young Living’s Purification® essential oil. This blend is made up of six essential oils for the ultimate weapon against odors. Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree work together to create a refreshing, bright scent that keeps you and your family happy and comfortable.



With Purification oil, you’ll never need to feel embarrassed by bad odors from cooking, laundry, pets, or anything else life throws your way. Diffuse it throughout your house or use a more targeted approach so you always feel confident in your home, in the car, or on the go!



We gave up on one of those special diaper pails many years ago.  The bags for it was just one more expense, we clothe diapered part of the time, and I just didn’t find it all that convenient.  If they work for you, great!  Instead, we found Walmart sacks work great and we occasionally diffuser Purification to help with any unpleasant odor. 


And you all know my love of Thieves Household Cleaner.  Did you see the before and after pictures of our couch on Toxin Free Family?!?  If it could save that old dirty couch, it can handle any messy situation!  Plus, I love that I can spray Thieves on the children’s toys and not have to worry about them putting those toys in their mouth.  And as the kids get older, it nice to allow them to clean without worry of exposing them to toxins.

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By now, if you are not yet a Young Living member I’m sure you are a tad overwhelmed and wondering where to begin.  With a Young Living Premium Starter Kit!  I’m a frugal momma, and it’s the only thing on the Young Living site that’s half off.  I recommend one of the Diffuser Premium Starter Kits.  If you take the diffuser off, you’re literally getting 11 bottles of therapeutic grade oil for $70!  The kit also comes with bottles to share the oils with your family and friends, an AromaGlide roll-on bottle to apply the oils on the go, and samples of NingXia Red for full system support.  You also get a diffuser with the kit AND a lifetime wholesale membership.  That means 24 percent off your oils and products FOR LIFE.  Every single order you place is 24 percent off.  What a way to invest in the future health of your child! 
Go to youngliving.com, click on “Become a Member”, and fill out the form.  You’ll need a sponsor and enroller number because Young Living is a multi-level marketing company.  Many people tell me they can’t buy from an MLM, but when you shop at Walmart, you’re supporting a CEO’s third home.   When you shop at a MLM, you’re buying local.  You’re supporting my family business.  You’re paying for gas in our car and food on our table.  It’s the best business out there, and one of the most important reasons is you get to see your friends and family financially blessed.  My member ID is 1570232.

***I do have to say that I am not a medical professional. The information shared in this class is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any illness, nor is it meant to replace professional medical attention or advice.  Advice and testimonies are all based on use of Young Living brand of oils specifically. Use and application of this information is done solely at your own risk. The FDA has not evaluated these statements contained in this workshop. Please understand I cannot answer any disease/illness related questions.***

If you are pregnant or nursing, please consult Gentle Babies by Debra Rayburn or The Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Higley for safety information.  What I am sharing with you today are all things that I personally did during pregnancy, labor & delivery, and what I call the 4th trimester (those early newborn days).  I do not claim to be an expert on these topics, just an experienced mom that is pleased with her oily pregnancy.  You must weigh all the advice given to you and take only what you and your health care provider deem appropriate.

Would it be ok if I shared another secret with you?  When baby is fussy or unhappy and I just don't know what to do, I scan him/her with my personal iTOVi!  This little device is AMAZING!  In less than a minute I gain so much insight into what my little ones need to stay happy, calm, and healthy.  Get yours today at itovi.com.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Part 1: Don't just survive pregnancy, THRIVE!


Did you know God created us to not only survive these precious years but actually thrive? I am presently 32 weeks pregnant with baby #6. This is our 2nd "oily" pregnancy and I've learned a lot along the way.

In this Part 1 we will cover natural ways to support your body through pregnancy, and then I'll share about nursing and caring for newborns in Part 2. 


Morning sickness can leave you feeling weak, exhausted, and struggling to keep up with the minimum demands of everyday life.  Pure Protein Complete is a comprehensive protein supplement that combines a 5-Protein Blend, amino acids, and ancient peat and apple extract to deliver 25 grams of protein per serving in two delicious flavors, Vanilla Spice and Chocolate Deluxe.  Protein is crucial for your baby’s growth, especially during the second and third trimesters.  Ideally you would need 71g of protein per day.  The first trimester when I don’t feel like eating, I enjoy sipping on a Pure Protein Complete Shake or Slique Shake, and can rest easy having confidence that the baby is getting the protein and nutrition it needs to grow.  If your digestive system needs a little extra support, Ginger Vitality can be added to water or in a capsule to support digestion. 

 
Pregnant mama’s love to be pampered, and this nourishing body butter will moisturize and support mom’s growing baby bump.  If DIY recipes are not your thing, did you know that Gary Young actually designed Tender Tush for Mary’s growing baby bump?  You could also add Frankincense and Lavender to Animal Scents Ointment.


Getting a good night’s rest while pregnant can be challenging!  Tranquil Roll-On combines the comforting aromas of Lavender, Cedarwood, and Roman Chamomile into a blend that is easy to apply and even easier to love.  Peace & Calming® essential oil is a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy.  It’s great not only for helping you get rest during pregnancy, but one you will love to use when you welcome your little one into your home.
Some other oils you may want to try include Cedarwood and Valerian (my personal favorite during pregnancy).

 
We all know that when mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy!  With the rapidly changing hormones, it can be difficult to maintain emotional balance.  Some of the best mood boosters are citrus oils.  Simply breathing these essential oils aromatically can promote a sense of well-being and happiness. 

As a family we enjoy starting our day with our “Happy Day” routine, which includes apply Joy over our hearts and singing “A joyful heart is good medicine” or “I have the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart”.  Joy is a blend of 10 different essential oils; Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose.

 
Oh how I treasure Epsom Salt Baths!!!  A few years ago I read “Large Family Logistics” by Kim Brenneman.  At the time we had 3 children, but I would recommend reading this book whether you are just dreaming of kids or you have a houseful.  It completely revolutionized the way I manage the household. One of the life-changing changes I made to my routine was nightly baths.  Here is what Kim Brenneman recommends (and I agree!): “Take an honest look at your spa.  You’re going to be spending time in there every day anyway, so make it a place where you will be able to unwind from the day.  There is something about sitting in warm water that causes your muscles to relax.  When the house is quiet and we are relaxed, we can contemplate, dream, remember, and just be… A bath sounds like a luxury you think you can’t manage in this stage of life, doesn’t it?  You’re wrong.  You can do it every night.  Let me tell you how.  First, tuck your children in bed, feed the baby and put him to bed.  Start the tub.  Straighten the bathroom, do a quick cleaning job, light the candles [I say ditch the candles and start the diffuser!!!].  Lay out your night clothes and your clothes for tomorrow.  Get a glass of water, cup or tea or whatever suits your fancy to sip while you soak.  Wash and soak until the water starts to cool and get out before you get cold (15 minutes or so).  Drain the water; hair, teeth, lotion, put on a nighty.  Rinse the tub, straighten the bathroom.  Go to bed.  Do you see that it doesn’t take much longer to add a bath to your bedtime routine?  I promise you will go to bed much more relaxed than when you don’t bathe, that you will fall asleep more quickly, and sleep better.”  I love to add Epsom salts with Frankincense and Copaiba (or recently Cypress Blue is a favorite of mine) to my bath, but now with the release of the Stress Away Bath Bombs and Lavender Bombs, enjoying a nightly spa is easier than ever!!!

I have also found that the more active I am through pregnancy, the better I feel and easier my labor and delivery.  If any discomfort gets in the way, I support my body with this roll-on blend.

 
Did you know that pregnancy suppresses your immune system to ensure the fetus isn’t rejected as something foreign?  That means your body is less able to fight off infection and illnesses, making you much more susceptible to colds and flu.  I also became a lot more concerned with germs when I became pregnant with our first child.  All of a sudden germs seemed to be lurking everywhere.  I don’t know what it is about becoming a mama that turns on what I call the “mommy alarm” and bring out the “mama bear” in me.  Before I used oils, I wanted to douse everyone in a gallon of hand purifier before they would even look at our baby (and please, still don’t touch!).  But as I started changing our lifestyle and learning more and more about toxins, I was horrified at the thought of using triclosan and chemical-laden antibacterial products on me or my children.  Thankfully, there is an entire line of Thieves products and they are awesome to use during pregnancy and beyond.  I use the Thieves Spray for everything from shopping carts to toilet seats to door knobs and more!  I wipe down restaurant tables with the Thieves Wipes (because toddlers just don’t like to keep the food neatly on their plates).  I pass the Thieves hand purifier around the car after a shopping trip, and each of the kids has a bottle of it in their backpacks.  It’s also great to take to church because you know that cute, little old ladies just are not going to be able to keep your hands off of your newborn.  Check out Toxin Free Family to learn more about the Thieves line of products!

 
I love gifting essential oils to new mama’s!  I know they are products they will use and love and that I am helping them kick the toxins from their home and thereby investing in the future health of their precious child. 

Gentle Baby™ is a soft, fragrant combination of essential oils designed specifically for mothers and babies. It helps calm emotions during pregnancy and is useful for quieting troubled little ones. It is also soothing to tender skin. Many of the essential oils in this blend are used in elite cosmetics to enhance a youthful appearance.

I also love the Young Living KidScents products because they are specially formulated and pre-diluted for little ones.  Plus, the names of the oils (TummyGize, SleepyIze, Owie, SniffleEase, and GeneYus) are self-explanatory, making them easy to use. 

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By now, if you are not yet a Young Living member I’m sure you are a tad overwhelmed and wondering where to begin.  With a Young Living Premium Starter Kit!  I’m a frugal momma, and it’s the only thing on the Young Living site that’s half off.  I recommend one of the Diffuser Premium Starter Kits.  If you take the diffuser off, you’re literally getting 11 bottles of therapeutic grade oil for $70!  The kit also comes with bottles to share the oils with your family and friends, an AromaGlide roll-on bottle to apply the oils on the go, and samples of NingXia Red for full system support.  You also get a diffuser with the kit AND a lifetime wholesale membership.  That means 24 percent off your oils and products FOR LIFE.  Every single order you place is 24 percent off.  What a way to invest in the future health of your child! 
Go to youngliving.com, click on “Become a Member”, and fill out the form.  You’ll need a sponsor and enroller number because Young Living is a multi-level marketing company.  Many people tell me they can’t buy from an MLM, but when you shop at Walmart, you’re supporting a CEO’s third home.   When you shop at a MLM, you’re buying local.  You’re supporting my family business.  You’re paying for gas in our car and food on our table.  It’s the best business out there, and one of the most important reasons is you get to see your friends and family financially blessed.  My member ID is 1570232.

***I do have to say that I am not a medical professional. The information shared in this class is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any illness, nor is it meant to replace professional medical attention or advice.  Advice and testimonies are all based on use of Young Living brand of oils specifically. Use and application of this information is done solely at your own risk. The FDA has not evaluated these statements contained in this workshop. Please understand I cannot answer any disease/illness related questions.***

If you are pregnant or nursing, please consult Gentle Babies by Debra Rayburn or The Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Higley for safety information.  What I am sharing with you today are all things that I personally did during pregnancy, labor & delivery, and what I call the 4th trimester (those early newborn days).  I do not claim to be an expert on these topics, just an experienced mom that is pleased with her oily pregnancy.  You must weigh all the advice given to you and take only what you and your health care provider deem appropriate.