Grow Nails Long & Strong!

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After almost a year of continually getting shellac (or gel) nails done, my nails are getting a long awaited and much needed break.  I finally decided to give it a rest and let my nails BREATHE! Did you know that nails, much like your face, crave fresh air? I definitely did not, but like I take breaks from makeup every so often, I’m now taking a break from the nail salon.

Above you will find my blend for restoring my thin, weak nails.  I’ve been using this twice a day for 5 days now and I have already seen a HUGE difference!  My nails are no longer peeling and they have already grown a few centimeters. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my oils?!

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Eyelash Extensions in a Bottle!

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During my last semester of school I got eyelash extensions and kept them up for the entire duration of the semester!  I’m not going to lie, I really liked having eyelash extensions because it meant that I could wear basically no makeup everyday and I still looked ‘put together.’  My lashes were by no means short before the extensions, the extensions just made it look like I was wearing a permanent ‘night out’ around of mascara without the raccoon eyes in the morning. But, as much as I liked wearing the fake lashes, there were some cons.

For one, it is an expensive beauty regimen to keep up with.  The initial cost of applying the lashes was around $120 and each refill was about $50 (plus a tip!).  The eyelash technician recommended coming in every two weeks, but being a thrifty college student, I settled on going in every three weeks and it was fine. (Looking back I just think about all the extra oils I could have bought with that money! Wah!)

Another con was that each time I was getting new lashes put on, I could just feel the glue burning around my eyeballs… now that can’t be natural or good for my already poor eyesight!  And finally, now that I’m letting my fake lashes grow out, I can see that the prolonged wearing of false lashes have caused my real lashes to be short and thin!

I decided enough was enough and I’m now working on growing my lashes back naturally and restoring them to their once long and curly state!

Weight Loss Trio

Hello All!

The new year is such a motivating and fun time to switch up your health and fitness routines.  Maybe you’ve been slacking over the holidays and need a boost to get you back on your A game, or maybe you’ve just never really been interested or thought too much about it before.  Whatever level you’re starting at, the Weight Loss Trio (WLT) can give you that extra push to meeting your fitness goals this year.

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The WLT is a combination of three oils that work together to help curb appetite, boost your energy level and ultimately loose the extra weight you have been carrying around.

The oils used are:

  • Grapefruit [boost metabolism]
  • Lemon [detoxify cells of fat]
  • Peppermint [curb appetite and sugar cravings]

What you’ll need:

  • Grapefruit, Lemon & Peppermint Young Living Essential Oils (remember! Young Living oils are HIGH quality, therapeutic grade oils… you do NOT want to ingest oils from brands you don’t trust, as many use synthetic fillers that may be dangerous to your health!)
  • Carrier Oil: Grape Seed Oil or EVOO work best
  • Vegetable capsules, such as these from Amazon
  • Optional: Glass bottle with dropper, capsule holder, or shallow bowl with rice

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Instructions:

There is no right or wrong way to make these capsules.  Basically, the end goal is to fill up each capsule with 3-4 drops of EACH essential oil and then fill the rest of the capsule with carrier oil. I have steady hands, so I hold the half capsule in my left hand, place each drop of oil in using my right hand and then replace the other half of the capsule and I’m done!  I only make 6 capsules at a time (3 days worth) because I don’t like the oils to sit too long.

If you want to make a bulk batch, I recommend investing in a capsule holder or some rice to help hold up you capsules.  Then you can mix all three of your essential oils into a glass bottle with dropper (30-40 drops of each oil) and then from the glass bottle, drop 6-8 drops of essential oil into each capsule, fill with carrier oil and replace other half. If you make a bulk batch, store them in a glass jar (like a mason jar) in the fridge to keep them fresh!

Take two capsules each day, one in the morning before breakfast and a second in the afternoon between lunch and dinner.  Be sure to take each capsule with a large glass of water!

Results:

As with any fitness or diet change, it takes about 3-4 weeks to really start seeing results.  It also depends on how much weight you have to lose and how drastically you are changing your diet and exercise routine in conjunction with the WLT.

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** As with any significant change to your diet or exercise routine, you should consult your trusted physician if you have any health issues!

Wondering where to buy oils?

If you are ready to fully immerse yourself in the world of oils, become a member by purchasing your Premium Starter Kit (it already includes 2 of the 3 oils in the WLT!), here. Member benefits include wholesale pricing on oils (that’s 24% off!), monthly promo offers (yay free stuff!) and the choice to enroll in an Essential Rewards program that allows you to earn points on each purchase and use the points for even more free stuff!

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If you want to take it slow and only purchase the WLT oils, click here. You won’t get the discounts or the free stuff, but you can always become a member at a later date!

~Positive Vibes~

Bridget

 

Essential Oils 101

what are essential oils?

Essential oils are liquids that are distilled from plant elements, such as: leaves, stems, flowers, bark or roots. These oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from and can provide psychological and physical therapeutic benefits.

For thousands of years, essential oils have been used for their cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties.


A few of the key benefits of incorporating essential oils into your daily routine are:

  • Increased Positive Thinking & Emotional Balance
  • Enhanced Physical Wellness
  • Purified Home
  • Refined Skin, Hair & Nails
  • Deep Spiritual Awareness

 

Essential oil grades:

Essential oils are classified into four different ‘grades:’

  • Therapeutic-Grade essential oils*: Pure, medicinal, steam-distilled essential oils containing all desired therapeutic compounds
  • Natural Oils, Organic Oils & Certified Oils: Pass oil-standard tests but may not contain all desired therapeutic compounds
  • Extended or Altered Oils: Fragrance oils
  • Synthetic or Nature-identical Oils: Oils created in a laboratory

* Young Living produces pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oils.  Other companies may also claim to produce therapeutic-grade oils, but the only way to know for sure is by learning how the company processes their oils.  Young Living has a Seed-to-Seal guarantee which we will learn more about later.


 

safety first:

Essential oils sure are powerful and because of that, you need to learn how to properly use them if you haven’t before. Take a look at this great overview about essential oil safety and remember that the content of this blog post is intended to be used with Young Living Essential Oils only.

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Learn to love your labels: Each bottle of Young Living essential oil is wrapped in a colorful label full of important information. On the front of each bottle, you’ll find the oil name and grade. All Young Living oils are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade, which is the highest quality essential oil on the market. You will also see the bottle size printed under this information (most come in either a 5ml or 15ml size). The back of the label will give you directions on how the oil can be used – aromatically, topically, and/or as a dietary supplement. Not all essential oils are recommended for all three types of use, so reading and adhering to the information printed on the bottle is important! Young Living just released its Vitality line of oils meant for ingestion and will eventually transition all of the non-Vitality oils to be topical/aromatic only.

 

Within these directions will be suggested dilution ratios. This simply means that it is recommended to mix the essential oil with a carrier oil (your choice of vegetable oil, for example: coconut, jojoba, almond or grape seed) before applying or ingesting it. You will also see a batch number stamped on the back of every bottle – that’s right, every single bottle! As part of Young Living’s commitment to quality, they are able to track each bottle back to the batch it was produced from should there ever be a concern.

Actions and reactions: If you know you are allergic to lavender, it probably isn’t a wise decision to use lavender oil – make sense? Now this doesn’t necessarily hold true for everyone and every oil. Due to the distillation process, proteins (what usually causes an allergic reaction) are generally absent from the essential oil, minimizing the chance of allergic reactions. The essential oil of a plant may come from a different portion than what triggers an allergic reaction for a specific individual. For example, lemon oil is obtained from the rind and not the flesh of the fruit. Some people may be allergic to lemon no matter what, but others may have no reaction to the essential oil because it comes from a different part of the plant. If you know you have an allergy to a certain plant but want to try the essential oil, consult with your doctor before testing a small amount on a non-sensitive part of your body (like the back of your hand).

Nut allergy information: Be aware that several of Young Living’s blends and products contain nut oils. You can always contact Young Living directly for an up-to-date ingredients list of any product, but if you have a nut allergy, take caution when considering use of the following products:

Products containing coconut oil:
Awaken™
Breathe Again™ roll-on
Deep Relief™ roll-on
RutaVaLa™ roll-on
Stress Away™ roll-on
Tranquil™ roll-on
Valor®
Valor roll-on
YL Oola Grow™

Products containing almond oil:
3 Wise Men™
Acceptance™
Awaken™
Cel-Lite Massage Oil™
Cinnamint Lip Balm™
Dragon Time™ Massage Oil
Genesis™ Hand and Body Lotion
Grapefruit Lip Balm
Hope™
Into the Future™
KidScents® Lotion
KidScents® Tender Tush
Lavender Lip Balm

Oils and medications: Most of the time, essential oils are perfectly safe to use even if you are taking another medication. However, there are some instances in which essential oils like grapefruit may interfere with prescribed medication. If you are taking any prescription medication, it is strongly recommended to consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of any essential oils to check for possible contraindications.

Safety with children: Many of us have children and are excited at the possibility of using essential oils with our beloved little ones! Most essential oils are perfectly safe to use with children as long as they are diluted appropriately. Two of our favorite resources on the topic of oils and kids are the books Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child by Valerie Worwood and Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern. You do want to make sure that your essential oils are kept out of children’s reach (they can stain and you don’t want them in eyes, little mouths, etc.). There are also a few oils with special child safety caps because they can be dangerous if swallowed such as PanAway due to the wintergreen it contains.

Citrus oil precautions: It is important to take some extra precautions when using citrus oils because of their ability to dissolve certain plastics. This is great if you want to get a sticky label off of a glass jar, but not so great if the lemon oil you put in your water dissolves your cup! The general rule is that citrus oils should only be used in glass or stainless steel containers – no plastics.

Photosensitivity: Certain essential oils are photosensitive. This means they absorb sunlight or radiant energy more intensely than your skin naturally would. You’ll want to check the label of the oil you’re using to see if it contains this warning and avoid the sun for up to 12 hours after application.

Oils & pregnancy: Many essential oils are completely safe to use while pregnant and can provide much-needed relief for a variety of pregnancy symptoms. There are some oils that should be avoided during pregnancy, however. The Gentle Babies book mentioned above is a fabulous resource for information about using essential oils while pregnant.

Start slowly: As I said, Young Living’s essential oils are extremely potent and powerful substances. It is recommended to start slowly when you first begin using oils. Choose one oil to try and then build from there. Listen to your body and watch for signs of detoxing. You can usually apply essential oils as needed, but do not overload your system!

Storing your oils: Young Living’s essential oils do not expire, but you do need to take care when storing them. You’ll notice that the bottles are a dark, amber color. This is to keep light from reaching the oils. Even though the bottles are dark, you’ll still want to store your oils in a cool environment away from direct sunlight to preserve the therapeutic properties.

Medical conditions: It is always advised to consult a medical professional before starting any essential oils routine, especially if you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, are taking any prescription medications, or have concerns about your health. The information provided on our site is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or diagnose any medical condition. Treat essential oils with the care and respect they deserve and exercise your best judgment when using them for a safe, effective experience!


 

why choose young living

Let’s start with Young Living’s Seed to Seal guarantee! What is it you may ask? Well… It is a strict quality-control process that ensures authenticity in every bottle or package. Essential oils can inspire you to a life of wellness, purpose, and abundance because from the moment the first seed is sown until the oil is sealed in the bottle, the Seed to Seal process ensures YL oils meet the highest possible standard. In other words, YL controls every aspect of production. Read more about the individual steps below:

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what about other companies?

Dr. David Stewart, founder of The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE) cites 12 questions to ask yourself before choosing an essential oil brand.  Nine of those questions are listed below with the corresponding answers for 7 of the biggest oil brands available on the market today.  Questions with the answer of “N/A,” indicated that the company declined to answer.Slide4


Just in case that isn’t enough of a reason for you here are some other qualities that set Young Living apart from the rest:

  • Young Living owns their own farms where they grow and plant their own (non GMO) seeds, they grow and harvest their own crops with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides (they use essential oils for pest control!), they distill, bottle and rigorously test their oils.
  • Young Living has been producing the finest quality oils for 20+ years and has the largest selection of single oils and oil blends of any essential oil company.
  • Most essential oils have an expiration data, but not Young Living oils (except citrus oils)! Since they are 100% pure, they will last indefinitely if sealed and stored away from sunlight and heat.
  • Only 2% of essential oils sold in North America are suitable for medicinal & therapeutic purposes; Young Living makes up 98% of that market.
  • Essential oils sold in health food stores are generally ‘aroma grade’ oils, and while they do smell good, they don’t offer the same therapeutic benefits because most of them contain less than 5% pure essential oil.

 

 

How to use essential oils:

There are three ways that you can use Young Living essential oils. Since Young Living’s oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade, they are safe to use in the following three ways:

• Aromatically: Use an essential oils diffuser, inhale directly from the bottle, or place a drop in the palms of your hands and cup over your nose.
• Topically: Dilute with a carrier oil or apply ‘neat’ to your skin either directly at the source of concern or on the corresponding Vita Flex point on your feet. *Always start off using a carrier oil*
• Internally: Mix with water or use a clear vegetable capsule to ingest, add oils to water (always use a glass cup) or drop on tongue. Some oils can also be used in cooking and baking. NOTE: This can only be done with therapeutic grade essential oils!

Are all of Young Living’s oils compatible with all three methods of use? No! There are oils that are not recommended for ingestion. Each individual oil is labeled with the recommended uses and dilution ratio for adults. Be sure to read this information carefully before using the oils! If you are new to using essential oils, always start SLOWLY. Less is better and will ensure your body adjusts well to the oils.


 

carrier oils:

A carrier oil is an oil that can be used to dilute essential oils. Carrier oils include coconut oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, hemp seed and olive oil. A carrier oil does NOT lessen the potency of the essential oil, it acts as a buffer to allow the essential oil to absorb more slowly. Refer to each bottle for minimum dilution ratios for adults.

Know the ‘lingo’: You may see some recipes call for the application of an oil “neat.” To apply an oil “neat” means to apply it without a carrier oil!

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Choosing a diffuser:

You’re going to fall in love with your diffuser!

A diffuser has a well for water that you add a few drops of essential oil to. We
recommend starting with 2-3 drops of your desired essential oil. The water molecules and essential oil molecules are then diffused into the air in the room–cleaning and purifying the air. They act like a humidifier by adding moisture into the air. I love my Aria in my living room and my Dewdrop in the bedroom!

Be sure to only use Young Living diffusers with Young Living essential oils. Young Living sources their own diffusers ensuring that their proprietary plastic is used so that the essential oils do not break down the plastic
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Where to buy oils!

If you are ready to fully immerse yourself in the world of oils, become a member by purchasing your Premium Starter Kit, here. Member benefits include wholesale pricing on oils (that’s 24% off!), monthly promo offers (yay free stuff!) and the choice to enroll in an Essential Rewards program that allows you to earn points on each purchase and use the points for even more free stuff!

You’ll also get a special package directly from ME! Tons of extra support, and access to a private Young Living oils page that will basically change your life!

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If you want to take it slow and just test out a couple single oils, click here. You won’t get the discounts or the free stuff, but you can always become a member at a later date!

 

As always, feel free to email me with any questions you may have at bridget@goodkarmaliving.com. I would love to chat with you about how essential oils can benefit YOU!

Positive Vibes,

Bridget

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Disclaimer

Why invest in a Premium Starter Kit (PSK)?

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The Premium Starter Kit, or PSK is the first package that you purchase in order to become a member.  It is a great value and includes plenty of oils to get you started on your oily journey! In this post I will go over the different options available to you, what exactly you get and where to purchase your own kit! Lets get started:

Benefits of Purchasing a PSK & Becoming a Member:

So, let’s say you want to get into oils, but you’re debating if you want to become a ‘member’ or just purchase oils at retail value… Let me break this down for you!

It may seem like a big expense at first when you’re dropping $160-$260 on a Premium Starter Kit, but believe me… It is SO worth it!  If you were to buy the diffuser and all of the oils separately, you would be looking at well over $300-$400 dollars depending on the diffuser you choose! Not only that, but once you realize how many of your everyday cleaning, beauty and medicinal items can be replaced with just a few item, you will be surprise by how much money you can save in the long run!

Not only that, there are some exclusive deals for members only, such as:

  • 24% off retail value on all oils and merchandise
  • you become eligible for monthly promo where you receive free items with your purchase!
  • the choice to enroll in an Essential Rewards program that allows you to earn points on each purchase and use the points for even more free stuff!

If you decide to join ER and earn points, there is a minimum purchase of 50PV (about $50) each month, but the program is completely OPTIONAL and you can enroll or un-enroll at anytime.  Otherwise, as a member you enjoy all of the great benefits with no pressure to meet any purchasing requirements!

Oils in the PSK:

The 10 oils that come with the PSK are:

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  • Lavender 5-ml
  • Peppermint 5-ml
  • Lemon 5-ml
  • Copaiba 5-ml
  • Frankincense 5-ml
  • Thieves® 5-ml
  • Purification® 5-ml
  • R.C.™ 5-ml
  • DiGize™ 5-ml
  • PanAway® 5-ml

And BONUS oil: Stress Away™ 5-ml

*One or more of the following essential oils may be substituted in the event of sourcing constraints or supply considerations: AromaEase™, Citrus Fresh™, Lemongrass, Orange and Tea Tree.

PSK Extra Goodies:

The PSK also comes with a handful of information tools and other freebies that you can use to share your oil adventure with those you love. You’ll get:

  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets of Oils
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential EdgeMember Resources

Your Choice of Diffuser:

When ordering the PSK you will have the choice of:

  • Dewdrop Diffuser: brings your order to $160
  • Bamboo Diffuser: brings your order to $170
  • Rainstone Diffuser: brings your order to $205
  • Aria Diffuser: brings your order to $260

I personally have the Dewdrop and the Aria and I absolutely love both! You can always purchase the lesser expensive kit and purchase an additional diffuser separately when you’re ready!

Check out this graphics from Young Living to learn more about each diffuser!

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How to Purchase your own PSK:

If you are ready to fully immerse yourself in the world of oils, become a member by purchasing your Premium Starter Kit, here. Member benefits include wholesale pricing on oils (that’s 24% off!), monthly promo offers (yay free stuff!) and the choice to enroll in an Essential Rewards program that allows you to earn points on each purchase and use the points for even more free stuff!

Get Started Today

The Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Follow this link HERE

Step 2: Make sure “Young Living Independent Distributor” is marked off instead of “Retail Customer.” Independent Distributor means “member” to Young Living and it’s the only way to get access to the kit and the 24% discount. It’s really important! There are no commitments to sell to others and no minimum orders for you!

Step 3: Double check that my member numbers are in the blanks [3398529].

Step 4: Fill out all the information. It will ask you for your ss# but this is only for legal purposes so that you have the ability to bring in a paycheck (IF you decide to get into the business side). If you never sign anyone up, your ss # will never be used. You will never be pressured into the business end…EVER. I want you to use and love your oils and I love you as a member whether you work the business end or not.

Step 5: Make sure you write down your pin, user name and password when you choose it because you’ll need that in the future to log into your account.

Step 6: Select the Premium Starter Kit with your diffuser of choice (see above blog post for more information about the different diffusers).

Step 7: Scroll down through the “Essential Rewards Kits”  and click “no thank you, I plan on enrolling in Essential Rewards later” (you are not obligated to sign up for Essential Rewards at this time, but it does have some great benefits).

Step 8: Click “I Agree” and “Next”

Step 9: Confirm your enrollment information (you should see my name as your enroller and sponsor, or the person who referred you- This means you can come to me with ANY questions at ANY time 🙂 ).

Step 10: If you want to, add any additional oils, capsules, or products that you would like to your cart.

Step 11: Check out and you are DONE! WOOHOO!

[For me, Step 12 would be to check my tracking notification every 10 minutes and hope it makes my oils arrive faster!]


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As always, please email me with any questions about the oils, kit, or how oils can benefit YOU specifically! I’m not kidding when I say I love helping people and I LOVE talking about my oils!

~Positive Vibes~

Bridget

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