Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A PTSD Story

Being a Hospice and Home Health Nurse, I've met so many people with PTSD....all at different levels from mild to severe.  I've even seen it tear families apart.  It saddens me that these men and women who sacrificed so much for our country are suffering. Below is a powerful testimony that brought me to tears.  How fitting, this all happened over Memorial Day Weekend.  With her permission, I am able to share it with you!
"My husband is an Iraqi Vet three times over, USMC. He has been out for a couple years now. He served 10 years. He got out in December of 2012. His mental health screening was a joke. He has actually had PTSD from his first deployment in 2004. It has gone untreated and undocumented until he got out of the Marine Corps and headed to the VA for health care. He was very quickly diagnosed with severe PTSD and severe depression. They put him on meds so he wouldn't be suicidal. He has rock bottom testosterone levels (from the PTSD). He receives an injection every week and is working with his doctor to get his levels up. My husband has not been himself at all. He avoids conversation with me (we used to be best friends), he doesn't play with our children. He gets irritated by their laughter even..... his nerves just can't handle all that noise and we have four children. We believe that he is to be the leader of our home. The children and I naturally follow his lead. So you can only imagine how things have been. We are God-fearing, Jesus-loving people who try our hardest to follow Christ's example. Every day has been a constant battle for all of us around here. I've been at the end of my rope for years.
So, I have been very interested in these oils. We had lavender and eucalyptus in our home for a while. (Not YL brand) I started to let our four year old smell lavender when she would get upset. The results were amazing. I knew there was something to essential oils but limited myself to calming my toddler with the lavender, making body butter with it for me at night, and using eucalyptus with coconut oil or in baths to help with colds. I had posted in a group full of Christian women, mostly photographers, for prayer for our family. That's when I got a message from a gal telling me about YL. She mentioned how Gary Young was developing a protocol for PTSD fighters. I was very interested. Then I started researching YL as well as a couple other brands. YL won me over with their accountability they have by not outsourcing or mixing already distilled oils in their bottles. They do it all and because of that, they HAVE to give a high quality product because they can not point the finger elsewhere if they ever had a bad batch. I spoke with my husband about it here and there. I had read him some testimonials specifically about PTSD patients getting help with the oils. He said that even if they don't work, we'd probably save money diffusing oils if I quit buying febreeze all the time (recovering febreeze addict here. Anyone else?). We had to pinch pennies and shift things around but we just got or kit earlier this month.
I had posted about the day they came and how my husband's job was no longer stable and he had to update his resume right away. We put frankincense on him and saw immediate results. We have been using the pack for so many things and loving the results. For PTSD, we had put frankincense on him just a couple times. It seems to help with stress but the result is short lived for him. So, on Saturday, I felt like I got my husband back. We had to run errands and he loaded our four kiddos in the car while I finished getting myself ready. On my way out the door, I grabbed the oils I usually do and put them in my purse (stress away for me, peppermint in case my head hurts, P&C for our littles, and lavender for several things ). I got in the car and I immediately could tell something was different. My husband was not annoyed by the noise of our children. He was joking around and laughing. He was holding conversation with me. When I got nasty a couple times with my mood, he never batted and eye.... just stayed calm and loving. We finished the night with dinner at my parents. I was amazed at how my husband WANTED to help with cooking and cleaning and parenting. In fact, we were back to how we believe it should be.... I was helping him! I felt so light. I didn't have the burden of this family and putting out fires all the time. He loaded our kids up in my parents driveway while I lingered back to chat with my parents. "Something is going on with Matthew. He has been AMAZING today!" I was so excited! Our night home brought showers for all six of us and my husband stayed calm and didn't yell at all.
Fast forward to Sunday as we were leaving for church. I did my usual "oil call" on the way out the door. Our oldest shouted "give me some joy", followed by our other girls "I want the green one" "mommy, let me smell the pink one", and our son deciding if he wanted anything. I was filling my purse with the usual a when my husband walked by saying "oh, hey, give me some of that valor. I put it on yesterday and felt great!" No kidding!!!! I about fell to the floor. "That's IT!" I explained what I had noticed, what I told my parents, etc. Sunday was another awesome day. Monday as well!
For three days now, I've had my husband back! We have had laughter and joy in our home. He has been up and at 'me and not lounging around playing video games on his phone. He has been so awesome that I have noticed MY flaws and not his. The few times I misinterpreted something and snapped, he stayed so calm and sweet.
Praising God that when He made the world, He included Caprylic, Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense. And praising God for giving someone the idea to distill them at therapeutic quality and bottle them together with the label "Valor"! I got my warrior back!!!!!!!!!"  -Alexi

Alexi and her husband even went as far as making a video so we all could put a face to a name and it made it more personal.  It is about 20 minutes long, but well worth it.  Again, it brought me to tears! 

Thank you for allowing me to share your story Alexi.  My hope that it will give some encouragement and hope to others who are suffering from PTSD.
Spruce (Picea mariana), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) and frankincense (Boswellia carteri) in a base of coconut oil.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Knott's Berry Farm getaway

This past Memorial Day weekend, we took a mini getaway to Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park.  The grandbabies had never been and they had a blast.  Knott's Berry Farm honored Veterans and Active Duty military with FREE admission!!!  I love how they support our troops!!  Here is a glimpse of our weekend....

I brought a few of the oils that I thought were necessities and I'm so glad I did!!  Our family used Peppermint for belly aches, Thieves for canker sores, PanAway/Valor/Peppermint for headaches, Stress Away for being at an amusement park on a holiday and Peace & Calming for little munchkins who like to fight their sleep!! Below is a picture of my granddaughter Coraline minutes after I massaged her little feet with Peace & Calming.  She was fighting her sleep and P&C did the trick!!  Love my oils!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Another hot day in San Diego...

I'm sure you all have heard the news about the nine wildfires going on in San Diego County.  IT'S CRAZY!!  And today is the reported to be the hottest this week at 102 degrees.  Thank God, the winds are not as bad.  But still the fires continue.  The worst one being in the San Marcos area (started yesterday) and it's 0% contained!!  Please continue to pray for the families affected and for the first responders, firefighters, military and law enforcement working around the clock to protect homes and our county!!!  It's on the news 24/7 so I'm sure most of you who are following the wildfires are up to date.

Well, with the heat at 102 degrees, getting a headache was inevitable.  My husband came home with a headache and he actually asked me what oils would work for a headache.  I was kinda shocked that he asked Of course I have something for a headache...the triple headache remedy!!  I layered PanAway, Valor and Peppermint on his temples and behind his ears down to his neck and within 30 minutes he reported that the throbbing had subsided!!!  YAY!!  That was music to my ears!!  Now this is what I use on myself when I get a headache and it usually works faster on me.  Everyone's body is different.  Some people would need a second application.  I used to take Advil 1-2 times a week, but ever since I was introduced to EOs, I no longer have to.  And no, I don't miss it one bit!!!  :)  Below is a picture of my hubby...he's such a happy camper now!!

PanAway - Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), clove (Syzygium aromaticum) and peppermint (Mentha piperita).
Valor - Spruce (Picea mariana), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) and frankincense (Boswellia carteri) in a base of coconut oil.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Let's start from the beginning...


This is the beginning for's a journey and I'm learning new things every day.  And as I do, I will come here to share it with you.  If you disagree with any of my posts, lets just agree to disagree.  I'm not interested in participating in the mudslinging going on in the world of essential oil wars.  With that said....
You're probably here because you've heard of essential oils, someone told you about their experience with essential oils, you're interested in a more natural approach to deal with illnesses, conditions or ailments or you want to learn more about essential oils. Whatever the reason, you're here and I'm glad you're interested in sharing in my Journey. I am fairly new to essential oils, but since I was introduced by my sister in law, I have done my due diligence and researched. I know that there are many brands, companies whether it be direct sales, MLM or store bought and there is a lot of controversy and bickering back and forth between companies, but honestly, I'm not interested in arguing which brand or company is the best.

I found that Young Living oils are best for me and my family and have worked for us. I have purchased store bought brands from Jimbos and Whole Foods and I have to tell you....they. are. NOT. the same!! BUT they may work for you. YOU make the ultimate decision for yourself.

Why I picked Young Living? After buying store bought brands and reading up on a few companies that sell essential oils, I picked Young Living!! My friend Jen was posting periodically on Facebook about the oils she used and I researched the company even more. I like that Young Living owns their own farms, monitors each step of oil production and that their oils are therapeutic, safe and effective. So far, they have helped with pain, sciatica, psoriasis, headaches and facial wrinkles. I absolutely love the results!!

When I first purchased essential oils, I bought them at Whole Foods or Jimbos. I really didn't know about the quality or purity of them. Now I know that they are mediocre. How do I know? I did the Peppermint to Peppermint test, I had a very bad headache and had two bottles of Peppermint, one from Jimbos and one from Young Living. Just from taking a whiff of each bottle, I can clearly tell which one was fresher and more invigorating. I applied the Jimbos brand to my temples and behind the ears and 30 minutes later, my headache still there. I then applied Young Living Peppermint to my temples and within 10 minutes, my headache was disappearing. AMAZING!! That right there confirmed that I made the right decision for me and my family. Now keep in mind that everyone's body chemistry is different and what may work for me may not work for you.

When I signed up as a member/distributer, it was a no brainer for me!! It was a great value and there were no monthly minimums or any requirements to sell...AWESOME!! So if you're interested in essential oils, do your research with what's out there, take a deeper look into Young Living and if you choose Young Living, read the good information below!!  If you choose another company...GREAT!  Whatever works for you!!

If you decide to go with Young Living, I would highly suggest the Premium Starter Kit with the's such a great value and you get 10 everyday oils and a diffuser for $150. The diffuser alone is $90!!!

There are two ways to get Young Living Essential Oils
  • As a Member (where you get a 24% discount) OR
  • As a Retail customer (no discount)
I recommend joining as a Member because
  • You receive a 24% discount
  • There are no monthly minimums
  • To keep receiving your 24% discount, you only need to purchase $50 worth of product in one year. No requirement to sell.
  • No quotas.

Members do have the option to share the oils with family and friends and have the opportunity to generate commission...TOTALLY OPTIONAL. If you are interested, let me know and I'll help you get started.

Ready to sign up?

To sign up as a member, you have to purchase an enrollment kit. There are three options, and I recommend the Premium Starter kit. You get more bang for your buck and you will definitely have a use for all the oils in the kit....TRUST ME!! The kit retails for over $300, but as a Wholesale Member, you pay only $150.
The kit includes: 5 mL bottles of the following essential oils: •Lavender •Peppermint •Lemon •Frankincense •PanAway •Thieves •Purification •Valor •Joy •Peace & Calming •A home diffuser •5 mL bottle of Stress Away •Aroma Glide roller fitment (turn any oil into a roll on) •10 sample packets total of Lavender (2), Peppermint (2), Peace & Calming (2), Lemon (2), and Thieves (2) •2 NingXia Red 2-oz. sample packets •Getting started flier •Welcome booklet •EO users guide •Seed booklet

To sign up:

  • Click Here to Hop on over to the sign up page
  • Select Wholesale Member to get the 24% discount or Retail Customer (product at full price)
  • The Enroller ID and Sponser ID boxes should be filled already, if not, my number is 1776452. You can put that number in both boxes.
  • Fill out the rest of the information Select your kit
  • When you get to the Essential Rewards program, I would click the "No, Thank You" box. You can enroll in that later if you want and you can custom pick your products. I'll show you later
  • Complete the rest of the process, you can add additional products if you wish.

Then....CONFIRM YOUR ORDER!!! THAT'S IT!! WELCOME TO THE JOURNEY TO THE OILY SIDE!! If you are on Facebook, send me a friend request and I will add you to a group where you can find a load of information.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Welcome to The Oily Side. Bear with me as I get this blog off the ground. My hope is that you will find this blog insightful and informative as we discover the benefits of essential oils.