Young Living Essential Oils

Warning – photos of a fresh and then healed burn are displayed in this post.

For around the past year, I have been interested in Essential Oils every time I see them pop up in my Facebook news feed, which is pretty often.  However, being that my mother was quite the hardened skeptic and insisted that we were just fine with our Tylenol and Benadryl, thank you very much, I was never able to talk her into giving it a try.

Until.

One fateful afternoon, my 4-year-old “baby” sister spilled a bowl of ramen noodles on herself, causing large, deep 2nd degree burns on her neck, face, and torso.

She had to be rushed to the ER, and later was referred to a burn specialist at Cook Children’s Hospital.

This is Peyton 48 hours after being burned, at the appointment where she was sent to a burn specialist.  Our family doctor said this was beyond her scope of care.

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Once at Cook’s, she was heavily bandaged and prescribed Silvadene cream.  However, the doctors kept reiterating that the cream was very strong and that it was VERY important not to let Peyton get it into her mouth or eyes, as is would be harmful if ingested.  You can imagine how difficult this might be with a 4 year old, especially since some of the burned area was on her face.  So my mom decided to inquire about a gentler, more natural remedy: lavender oil.

The burn specialist replied that she had heard some good reports about lavender oil for burn treatment, but as she had not personally used it, she could only recommend Silvadene cream or antibiotic ointments.  However, she encouraged us to feel free to do our own research and trusted us to exercise good judgment.

Here is Peyton 1 week post-burn, after being treated with a roll-on mixture of vitamin E oil, castor oil, and lavender oil multiple times per day.

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At this appointment, the burn specialist was VERY impressed with the quick progress and encouraged us to keep doing whatever we were doing!

After this experience, my mom, formerly a hardened skeptic, was ALL OVER Young Living Essential Oils!  We quickly ordered the starter kit and have been enjoying these natural, non-toxic remedies to many different ailments, including:

  • headache
  • acne
  • allergies
  • colds
  • menstrual cramps
  • sore muscles
  • stomach ache
  • swimmer’s ear
  • sunburn

Personally, my very favorite part of this kit is the diffuser, which I plan on using heavily when I go back to school in the fall!  I’ve heard great things about how diffusing oils can help with avoiding all of the bugs that go around in a dorm, which is definitely something I’m interested in.

So, are YOU ready to take the plunge and give these powerful, natural, non-toxic remedies a shot?  I strongly encourage starting with the Premium Starter Kit.  This $300 value comes with 11 different oils and blends which are perfect for treating many common household ailments!  Starting with this wide variety of oils gives you a unique to test out the many different properties of each and find out what works best for you and your family, which may be difficult when starting out with only a couple of individual oils.

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In addition, the kit come with a home diffuser (my personal favorite!), several sample packs to share with your friends and family, and more!

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Random updates

Yeah, I haven’t posted in forever.  Don’t hate.

This is the LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL!!!!  Next week is finals and then I get to go home!  This is awesome.  And also why I haven’t been posting.

Anyways, on to the random updates:

  • I started an Etsy shop.  No one has bought anything.  Yeah.
  • I’ll be leaving this semester with 38 hours.  I’m taking 2 online classes over the summer and planning to CLEP out of 4 classes, so I should come into next semester with 56 hours, which is very sadly JUST short of the 60 I would need to live in an on-campus apartment instead of a dorm.  Boo hoo.  Anyways, I am still looking at the possibility of graduating in 3 years total (2 years from now), which is exciting.
  • I get to take a painting class next semester!!  I am super excited because I’ve barely had a chance to paint yet but I love it!  I wasn’t supposed to take this class for another year I think, but the professor is also my advisor and is getting me in early because he wants me to go ahead and start putting out some of my own work.
  • Oh yeah, I had a birthday and turned 19.  My amazing boyfriend got me a student membership to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and I took some totally awesome pictures when we went.  The blown glass is seriously SO COOL:

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  • I did self portraits of me & Calvin for my figure drawing class.  His turned out better than mine did:

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  • Other random recent pictures I like:

 

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(Yeah, he has a black eye… it’s a longish funny story that I may or may not tell later.)

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Now if I just survive finals, y’all may be hearing from me more frequently this summer!

I LIVE!!!

Sorry for falling off the face of the earth, guys.  I kept up the daily blogging thing for an entire month and then it DIED.  I just don’t have time, and I’m not doing anything interesting enough to warrant writing about every single day.

So, a recap of what’s been up these past couple of weeks, in pictures first:

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I found this at Target the other day.  Life = MADE.  They’re gluten free!  And microwave!  And BROWNIES!!!  Perfect for a Celiac college student!

wax pillars

Saw these at the store the other day… and you thought they were candles.

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I took this picture at a 50th wedding anniversary party and I love it!

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Valentine’s Day

 

I’ve been hammered with homework for 2D Design.  Recently we had an assignment to produce TEN PIECES that was given on Tuesday and due on Thursday.  As in, THAT Thursday.  In 2 days.  So that was fun.  Right now I’m working on a project where we have to take a picture of our face and represent it 6 different ways.  I’ll try to post pictures when I’m done with it.

I went to Target the other day and found a bunch of shirts on sale for $3, so I bought four!  Target has really good sales sometimes… but WHY do they always have the sale stuff in the maternity section?  Awkward.

Ghiradelli dark chocolate squares with raspberry filling are the best EVER.  Enough said.

I had 4 tests within a 10 day span these past 2 weeks, one for speech and 3 for Bible.  I’ve only gotten the grades back for two of them, but I made a 98 and a 100 so I’m not really worried about the other two.

I can’t remember if I mentioned it before, but Calvin & I recently discovered this amazing place called Top That Pizza that’s basically like a Subway for pizza, and they have a gluten free crust option!!  It’s REALLY good and we have been going all the time because when we split a pizza, it’s the same price that it would be to go to Chick Fil A or somewhere like that.  Pretty cool!

Well, that’s all the recap I can think of at the moment.  Now to get back to more art homework… ugh.  I am all art-ed out for today.

 

January 29 & 30, 2014

January 29

On Mondays and Wednesdays, I have 2 Bible classes back to back (9:00 and 10:00) in the same room, and I sit in the same seat for both of them.  This is not only somewhat tedious, it also leads to me not being able to remember which Bible class an event occurred in.  People always tell me “I’m in Bible with you!” and I’m like “Which one?  I have 3.”  So yeah, that’s interesting.

Anyways, I don’t like Monday or Wednesday mornings because the professor in the firs class is loud and scary and sets me on edge for most of the day.  He also tells a LOT of jokes that he thinks are absolutely hilarious, but they’re not, so no one laughs.  Then he makes comments that are somewhat insulting about how we don’t laugh.  Repeat x15 for an entire hour.

That’s always a blast.  /sarcasm

On a brighter note, I love the professor for my second class!  He’s the sweetest old man and he always gets off on rabbit trails telling stories about things that have happened to him that somehow relate to the topic (or sometimes don’t).  He tells us “Hey, you might not learn a lot about Acts, but you’ll learn a lot about me.”

After lunch I went to mentor the little girl I see every week.  I had to go find her at recess, and all of the kids were SUPER friendly today for whatever reason.  A little girl I had never seen before ran up and hugged my legs and we had the following conversation:

Me: “Hi, what’s your name?”

Her: “It’s T_______.”

Me: “That’s a pretty name!”

Her: “Yeah, the T is for Jesus.”

Me: “………….”

OK then.

Bible study was awesome as usual and we had an interesting discussion that didn’t stay on topic at all so I’m not really sure what the topic even was.  At one point we talked about how lots of people, especially in the Church of Christ, are all about getting back to the “first century model”, but what’s interesting to me is that no one applies that to the way we evangelize.  We used homosexuality as an example. The reason we as Christians believe it’s wrong (from the New Testament at least) is that it’s mentioned several times as a sin in the epistles.  But what are the epistles?  Letters to the church members, who are already converted and believing Christians.  Whenever Paul or Peter or anyone else meets unbelievers whom they want to share the gospel with, they never launch into “being gay is wrong and so is X and Y and Z”.  Instead, they simply tell the story of Jesus and why he matters.

January 30, 2014

This morning I babysat and then had class with the teacher who I think doesn’t like me so that was lame.  After that I had my 3rd Bible class, and then I was super tired so I decided to skip figure drawing tonight since I have 4 absences anyways.  Instead, I went out with Calvin since he’s leaving for Disney World tomorrow and will be gone for over a week.

We went to this really awesome pizza place we just found caller Top That Pizza.  It’s super cool because it’s just like subway but with pizza and, get this, they have a gluten-free crust option!  I am in love.  They have like 10 different cheese choices too, which is a huge bonus  for me because I love lots of different cheeses on my pizza!  It’s priced well too – whenever Calvin and I have gone, we split a 10″ pizza and it ends up being about $11, which is what we would spend if we went to Chick-Fil-A.  Awesome!

Then we went to a frozen yogurt place right next door, and afterwards went to Target so I could get a new purse because my old one got 2 big rips in it and I have no idea how.  After that we came back and I went to bed early since I’m having to get up early and take him to the train station tomorrow so he can go back home and get ready for Disney World.

I am so jealous.

January 28, 2014

Today was really long and somewhat stressful and depressing for a variety of reasons, which I shall now reveal to you.

Firstly, I am currently being homeworked to death with assignment minutiae.  As in, I don’t have major assignments I’m working on and I do have free time on my weekends, but I always have tons of small assignments during the week that really add up and stress me out.  For instance, today I finished an essay, read 2 chapters and took a short quiz for one bible class, read the assigned reading and did a short response project for communication, and worked on a project for 2D design that is not due until a week from today and yet for some reason is required to be 25% completed by Thursday.  I also went to Hobby Lobby (twice) and sat in class for 3 hours.  Stuff I still need to do before Thursday includes finishing the 2D project up to 25%, reviewing and printing my finished essay, and finishing drawing a page full of hands for figure drawing.

See what I mean?  Homeworked to death.

Yes, I just verbed that word.

And that one.  Cuz I’m cool like that.

In addition to all of the stressful homework, I am under the distinct impression that one of my professors does not like me, and it’s rather upsetting.  All students were required to get her approval for their choice for a project, and while I stood in line to show her my ideas, I observed her having conversations with other students about which one they were thinking about, why she liked the ones she liked, what would be interesting about certain ones, etc.  When it was my turn, she glanced at my 3 choices and said “This is the only one I’m ok with”.  That’s it.  That plus lots of tinier things just really makes me feel like she dislikes me or is annoyed by me for whatever reason, and I’m usually pretty perceptive of people’s cues, so it’s kind of disappointing.  I have no idea why she feels like that.  Also, on my last assignment for that class, I received a 23/25 with absolutely no explanation of where we lost points.  It’s confusing.

Well, that’s about all the complaining I’ve got for today.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better and less crazy!

 

January 27, 2014

So I’m getting really tired of trying to make “ate food.  went to class.  did homework” exciting… so I won’t.  Here it is in quick unexciting bullet points:

  • 2 months till my birthday!
  • Drawing class got cancelled today because my professor was sick and PRAISE THE LORD for people who actually make an effort not to share their germs.
  • My favorite Bible professor (I have 3) said today, “We have fellowships at our church sometimes.  You know how we spell fellowship?  E-A-T.”
  • I photocopied a shirt today for an assignment.  Don’t ask.
  • It was cold.  Again.
  • I ate food.  Again.
  • The end.  Again.

January 26, 2014

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The weather has been really erratic around here lately… it was in the 60s yesterday and supposed to get there again today, so I dressed not very warmly for church, but it was only in the 30s by that time of the morning!  It did end up warming up to mid 60s during the day, but that’s a pretty big jump!  And it’s only supposed to be 30 or so tomorrow… I’m just ready for spring.

Tonight for dinner, the cafeteria had gluten free pasta and meat sauce, so I got to have spaghetti!   This is super awesome since it’s not something I usually get.  The closest they usually come is giving me really mushy pasta with diced tomatoes and juice/sauce on top.  The gluten free food provisions seem to have improved this semester, which is completely epic since the stuff they fed me was absolutely horrible last fall.

I watched nearly all of PS: I Love You with some friends tonight (I missed the very beginning).  It was a pretty good movie!  I didn’t cry, but then I rarely do during movies.  Up and A Walk To Remember are notable exceptions.

And… that’s about it.  Sundays are usually boring homework days for me.  I didn’t actually get as much work done today as I wanted, but I got everything done that I needed to do, which will have to suffice.  Oh well.  Such is life!

January 24, 2014

Wow, I can’t believe that it’s already been a month since Christmas, and also that it’s only been a month since Christmas!  Time is weebly wobbly and all that jazz.

Today I went hiking with Calvin at a state park.  The weather was really nice.  It was about 65 and not windy.  Tomorrow is supposed to be the same, and then Monday is supposed to be in the low 30s!  Oklahoma weather can be just as crazy as Texas weather sometimes.

I got a couple of nice pictures to share:

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We got to eat lunch at a place called Top That Pizza, which is just like a Subway, but for pizza.  They had a gluten-free crust option, which was a huge win!  I was very excited and it tasted really good too.  I will definitely be going there more often!

After hiking, we went to Marble Slab for ice cream.  I had never been before and found it super cool, even though I ate too much ice cream and had a stomach ache later.  Ice cream does that to me a lot, and I can never figure out if I’m lactose intolerant (I don’t think so, since cheese isn’t an issue), if it’s just that I don’t eat a lot of dairy so lots of ice cream shocks my system, or if there’s something specific about ice cream’s combination of really rich + dairy that just doesn’t work well for me.  All I know is that I tend to forget every time that ice cream usually isn’t a good idea!  Oops.

Then Calvin & I both forgot that the cafeteria is only open for an hour on Saturday evenings, so we missed dinner there and had to go to Chick Fil A, which isn’t nearly as tragic as it sounds.  Real food was nice after eating pizza, getting dehydrated whilst hiking, and then eating a bunch of ice cream.  Yeah… I didn’t make the best food choices today.  YOLO!!!

 

 

January 24, 2014

Today I got to go to a cool coffee/tea place with Natalie, an awesome friend of mine!  We talked about a lot of random stuff, from coffee to church denominations!  It was very cool and much needed.  I love being to dig into random deep topics with friends whenever we get a whim about anything.

I’m currently working on 2D design homework, and the theme this week is texture.  We were given an assignment to demonstrate 9 different techniques of producing different textures on paper.  Today I worked on embossing, which involved using a spoon to press a piece of construction paper into a pattern cut into mat board, and acrylic media transfer.  The latter is basically taking a picture from somewhere, painting a bunch of layers of shellac-like goop on top of it, and then peeling away the original paper and transferring the image to somewhere new.  The design stays imprinted on what is sort of a huge thin piece of dried paint.  I found this particular method rather intriguing, and it worked much better than I expected!  I guess it’s sort of like an alternative to decoupage.

The school had an event today where they pretty much show off to high-schoolers in an attempt to get them to come to school here.  I saw one of my friends from my home church who I didn’t even know was considering going to school here, so that was pretty cool!  We always get interesting chapel speakers and better cafeteria food on these days, which is a funny bonus.

Tomorrow I’m planning on going hiking with Calvin at a state park!  I’m excited since we went there on a church retreat with a college group in October, but haven’t had a chance to go back since.  It’s really beautiful and the weather is supposed to be nice tomorrow too.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get some nice pictures to share!