Monday, May 10, 2010

Winner of the Essential Oil Giveaway

Melissa said,
Loved your website! I would love to start to use essential oils around my house. I have heard they are so good for you and have been looking for a play to buy them. I make my own laundry detergent and have been looking for an oil to put in so I would pick lavender for me. Thanks for a fun contest!
Melissa, I want to know how your laundry detergent turns out with lavender because YOU WON! Watch for my email so you can reply with your mailing address.

This giveaway sure was a lot of fun to host, and I hope to do another in the nearish future. I am actually pondering an idea for a shirt swap.... so, stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I want to address some of the wonderful comments and questions that were left on my giveaway post. These are, of course, my personal opinions and suggestions based solely on my use of Young Living brand essential oils. If you would like any further follow-up, please comment on this post or send me an email.

My two cents:
Thieves is a great oil blend. Clove is one of my favorite smells, too! The immune support is fantastic. It is the oil that I diffuse most often, particularly in the winter months. I also spray it on the door handles, water faucets, etc. in my classroom for extra protection!

Lemon, orange, and other citrus oils are so energizing and wonderful to smell. The first time I smelled lemon, I was surprised, because I was expecting a smell similar to lemon juice. Citrus oils are pressed from the rinds of the fruit (not distilled) which is an entirely different smell--more similar to that zesty scent you get when you peel the fruit. Because the oil is from the rind, you could use the antiseptic properties to your advantage by pouring directly on a wound (I have done this on my child with lemon oil) and it would not sting. Again, this is based only on my experience with Young Living oils! I would NOT recommend doing this with any other brand of oil. Oils that you can buy in a store are often cut with stuff that you would not want to put on your skin (alcohols, other oils that are not listed on the label, etc.) as they could irritate it. This was the first thing that came to mind when a commenter mentioned getting a burning rash from lemon oil... Yikes! You do want to be careful with sun exposure after putting any brand of citrus oil (and certain others) on your skin, as they can cause photo sensitivity for a day or more after application.

Eucalyptus has been in the rotation at my home quite frequently lately, as we are all suffering from allergy induced stuffy noses! A drop on the pillow at night allows for easier breathing and more restful sleep. A drop in a warm bath with a closed door will help to "unstuff" a nose, too!

I hope this additional information is helpful to you. Again, I am more than happy to share my experiences with you if you are looking for more specifics on certain oils. Just ask! Or, visit my web site and look around.

And, if Mama Lusco and Melissa want to share their homemade laundry detergent recipes... I would love to give them a try! Have a great day everyone.

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