Summer Survival Tips

Dana BaileyHealthy Habits, Healthy Skin, Membership Perks

I live in Texas where Summer is a pretty serious season. The humidity is high, the temperatures are higher and the rain is sparse. But, I’ve learned some ways to help beat the heat and make our summer not just tolerable, but fabulous!

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Young Living offers us so many ways to survive the summer in the best and healthiest ways. So many of the products we rely on for summer are harmful to us. Everything from sunscreen to insect repellent. These are common products that most of us know are important to have on hand, but often the ingredient list reveals that we need to make better choices.

Let’s start with our skin. The biggest organ on our body and the least loved. We apply hundreds of  products to our skin unknowingly exposing ourselves to hundreds of chemicals that have not been tested as safe. Yes, that’s right, there is no true regulations on skin care products. This article explains how broken our system really is.

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Let’s talk about the trifecta of skin-loving products.

The excitement of longer, brighter, and warmer days can make some a little reckless when it comes to caring for their body.

Did you know that too much skin exposure to the sun can not only put you at higher risk of skin cancer but also can prematurely age the skin?

You want to filter out UVA and UVB light waves in order to protect your skin. If you can’t avoid the sun, then you can use sunscreen to block those waves.  But what about all those chemicals found in sunscreens?! For example, do yourselves a favor and look up Oxybenzone. YUCK!

 

Cue Young Living!

 

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. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils, including Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Sacred Frankincense, this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly, so you can effortlessly apply it when you’re outdoors.

 

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We also need to talk about how to love your skin after being kissed by the sun.

 

When you stay out in the sun too long, refresh and recover with Young Living’s LavaDerm™ After-Sun Spray. 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.

 

After that, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

 

Young Living’s Coconut Lime Replenishing Body Butter features Lime essential oil and uses plant-based ingredients to deeply moisturize your skin with a non-greasy formula.

 

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Summer is officially here in Texas! Hot temperatures, high humidity & a lot of bugs!

 

It’s tempting to reach for the classic insect repellant, but before you do that, flip over the bottle to see if DEET is an active ingredient.

 

DEET is a registered pesticide. It is a member of the toluene chemical family. Toluene is an organic solvent used in rubber, plastic cements, and paint removers. DEET is absorbed through the skin and can pass into the blood.

 

It can cause allergic skin reactions and eye irritation. A 2013 analysis of about 4,000 DEET-related calls to poison control centers found that 450 people needed medical treatment after applying DEET, and two died.

 

Most cases of seizures, slurred speech, coma, and other serious side effects have occurred in people who ingested DEET or applied it for three or more days in a row or used products with 95 percent DEET or more.

 

No, thanks. I’ll pass.

 

Young Living came out with an Insect Repellent that has been tested to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas using 100 percent naturally derived, plant-based ingredients.

 

Pure sesame oil and a carefully selected blend of essential oils traditionally used for their bug-repellent 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 synthetic chemicals used in many traditional repellents. You’ll also love the pleasant, citrusy aroma and smooth, non-sticky application.

4 CarryOn Necessities Bon Voyage Travel Kit.b

Do you dread packing for vacation? What should you take? Do you only realize the night before you leave that you don’t have toiletries small enough for TSA? UGH!

 

Vacations have been shown to decrease stress levels and make you more present and better focused in different areas of your life, both at work and at home. I would love to help you decrease the stress before you go!

 

The Framingham Heart Study showed that taking vacations can actually decrease coronary artery disease. So let’s not give yourself a heart attack from all the stress of packing before you have a chance to chill out!

 

Young Living has taken care of packing all your favorite products in one simple travel pack called the Bon Voyage Travel Pack.

 

Bon Voyage Travel Pack offers ten Young Living personal care products in an attractive bag. All products are TSA-compliant, perfect for wherever you are going.

 

Bon Voyage Travel Pack includes:

 

Thieves® AromaBright Toothpaste, 60ml

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, 29.5ml

Thieves Dental Floss

Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash, 60ml

Young Living Toothbrush

Lavender Shampoo, 60ml

Lavender Conditioner, 60ml

Cinnamint Lip Balm

Morning Start™ Bath & Shower Gel, 60ml

Genesis™ Hand & Body Lotion, 60ml

ART® Light Moisturizer, 10g

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Any travel—especially flying, even for a short trip—can wreak havoc on your digestive system for a number of reasons.

 

Traveling can cause acute stress.

Quality food choices or the foods you are used to can be limited or very expensive.

Finally, there’s the impact of sitting for long periods of time in a car or a plane. Did you know that getting up and walking helps your digestive system do its job?

A lot of what I just mentioned is unavoidable as you get your summer traveling in, but there are some essential oils that are perfect to apply to your abdomen to keep a happy tummy while traveling.

 

Let me introduce to you two essential oils that combine to make the Happy Tummy Roller.

 

Peppermint essential oil has a bright, cool, and calming aroma, with many benefits. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin.

 

DiGize™ blend is one of YL’s most unique essential oil blends, combining Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli oils with a spicy, exotic aromatic blend. DiGize oil also includes Fennel essential oil, the use of which dates back to ancient Egypt and is great to apply to your abdomen.

 

 

Happy Tummy Roller – the perfect travel buddy.

Add 15 drops Digize and 10 drops Peppermint to a 10 ml roller bottle. Fill with V6 oil or a carrier oil of your choice.

**For kids dilution (age 3-8), cut the above in half.**

Application – After rolling the bottle between your hands to mix before use, roll bottle either clockwise around the navel.

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One of the best feelings after long, stationary hours of traveling is that first stretch when you get to your destination.

 

Do you want to enhance that experience? Apply Deep Relief™ Roll-On! It contains essential oils, including Peppermint, Wintergreen, Dorado Azul, and Helichrysum. It’s convenient for a quick, cooling relief on your joints.

 

You can also try PanAway oil, a combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils. This popular blend comes in the Premium Starter Kit. Uses include applying it to tired muscles after exercise or to the neck and back any time of day to enjoy its soothing and stimulating aroma.

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Have you ever had trouble sleeping in a foreign place? Or wake up a million times during the night, causing you to start the next day feeling unrested? As if getting that good night’s sleep wasn’t difficult enough at home, now you have the stress of travel and the unfamiliar environment in which you’re now attempting to catch those Zzzs.

 

I’m about to put your mind to sleep! 😉

 

If you’re looking for a knock-out combo to have you waking up feeling rested and energized, I highly recommend a Lavender-Cedarwood combo.

 

But why the heck do we need sleep?

 

Not only does sleep make you feel better, but it is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sleep can improve your memory, curb harmful inflammation in your body, lower stress, and help you achieve a healthy weight. The list goes on.

 

Do not forget your ORB diffuser when traveling! Mix 4-8 drops each of Lavender and Cedarwood in a diffuser at night. I call this combo “Sleeping Sheep” because you won’t even need to count any sheep!

 

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Lavender has a scent that is fresh, floral, clean, and calm.

 

Cedarwood has a warm, woodsy aroma that creates a comforting, uplifting experience. You can also create a calming yet powerful environment when you diffuse this oil or add it to massage oil blends.

 

Let me give you one more secret weapon.

 

Valerian.

Valerian essential oil possesses an earthy smell that promotes feelings of relaxation and eases the occasional restlessness that can keep you from unwinding in the evening. Diffuse this valiant oil for the perfect bedtime ritual, or massage it into the bottoms of your feet after a long day to foster moments of peace.

Be quiet

Traveling can be stressful, no matter how much time you give yourself for preparation.  Travel inevitably brings some degree of occasional stress and you and I both know that things don’t always go as planned.

 

Luckily, Young Living has several essential oils and blends that can help promote feelings of calm and ground you during the occasional stress of travel. They can also give you a boost so that you can get through whatever is thrown at you!

 

Valor® essential oil blend is one of our most popular products and a favorite of founder D. Gary Young. Its woodsy, positive scent comes from a blend of Black Spruce, Camphor, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, and Geranium. In fact, it’s so popular that orders are limited to two bottles per month.

 

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Peace & Calming® essential oil is a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. Peace & Calming oil creates a relaxing environment that’s especially great for homes with children.

 

Stress Away™ essential oil blend is the first product to contain the unique combination of Lime essential oil and Vanilla extract. The distinct mix of Vanilla and Lime gives Stress Away essential oil blend its unique and pleasant aroma, among other benefits. With a perfectly balanced aroma of both tropical and citrus notes, it offers you a uniquely relaxing oasis in a fast-paced world. This one came in handy while taking my 13 yr old daughter shopping for a swim suit!

The good news is that all three of  these amazing oils are included in the Premium Starter kit!

Be Well

As much as you love to travel, and I would argue that travel is beneficial and healthy for you, it also puts you in contact with a lot of other people. Even if you are not traveling by air and getting exposed to all the people at airports, you will still be introduced to more people and with more people comes more…… you know.

 

You know the obvious ways of taking care of yourself by getting good sleep, staying well hydrated, washing your hands frequently with warm water and soap.

 

Stay above the wellness line when you travel with a “Be Well” roller of essential oils. Apply this roller on your feet and along your spine every night before sleep.

DIY Be Well Roller (10ml bottle)

20 drops Lemon

10 drops Frankincense

10 drops Oregano

10 drops Tea Tree

10 drops Thieves

10 drops Peppermint

Fill the rest with a carrier oil.

**If it’s for kiddos 3-8 years old, then cut everything down by ¼-½ depending on how sensitive they are.**

citrus coconut popscicles

Popscicles are a mainstay during the sumer! Making sure my kids get healthy foods is super important to me. This is why I love to make frozen treats for them. It’s easy, affordable and healthy!

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In addition to giving them healthy frozen treats, keeping them hydrated is even more important. Lavender Lemonade is an old Young Living recipe that is surprisingly delicious! I’m confident your kids and your guests will enjoy!

Surviving the summer shouldn’t have to be difficult or complicated. Let Young Living do all the work for you.

Don’t forget you can get all of these products at wholesale costs when you join Young Living as a Preferred customer. Click here for all the details and how you can get started for as little as $165!

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