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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Essential Oils 101 with Jess - September 2018: Stress Away

Awhile ago, I got curious about essential oils.  A lot of people I know that either prefer natural/herbal medicines or cannot take or use a lot of modern antibiotics due to allergies or other health issues use essential oils.  Because of this, I asked a friend of mine, Jessica, who is an essential oil guru in my opinion, if she'd be willing to do a monthly feature on here for me about essential oils, and she said she'd be delighted to! :)  "Essential Oils 101 with Jess" will go live the first day of every month, and I hope you find the information helpful!  If you're curious about essential oils, this information will be a great starting point for you! (See the disclaimer at the bottom of the post for further information.)

Without further adieu, I give you Jess!


As a wife to a husband who works hard at 50+ hours a week and a stay-at-home Mommy of 2 very busy littles, I simply say, "Hello!  My name is Jess!"  I've been faithfully using my Young Living kit and oils for 2 years now.  I thought that they were just over priced bottles of smelly oils, and it took me a year before I actually USED them in 2016 after my daughter was born and she fell ill.  After a few failed attempts of medicines and research, I made the choice to turn to oils.  The difference within 24 hours sold me out, and now they've become a daily part of my family's lives!  I love to do research upon research to find just what different oils are, what they do, and how I can use them.  My passion to share and teach others continues to grow daily.  Unfortunately, we aren't born with vast amounts of wisdom and knowledge, so that's why I'm here!  I want to make that road a little easier for each of you! 

September's Oil of the Month:

Stress Away 15mL

Stress Away (15mL) retails at $40.13, and wholesales at $30.50.  This oil is a bit different in pricing as the 5mL (pictured) is only available in the Premium Starter Kits!  Simple math of $40.13/3= $13.37 for 5mL.

Ok, so summer break is ending…. What a drab feeling right?!  I don’t know about y’all, but as much as I love having my kiddos, there are still times in our family life that gets a bit hectic!  School starting is one of those stresses in my life!  It’s no longer grabbing beach clothes and heading off for the day, but now? 

Shopping for clothing: STRESS! 

Shopping for school bags, utensils and more: STRESS! 

That terrible beeping of an INSUFFERABLE alarm ringing through the air: STRESS! 

Getting your child used to a new routine and balance: STRESS! 

Ooohh, how about when the office calls you to tell you your child has just lost his/her lunch all over the classroom???  STRESS, STRESS, STRESS (and insert Thieves here, too)!

A must have for this time?  STRESS AWAY!  Don’t just keep this in a drawer at home, but toss one in every go bag!  Send it to school with your littles to help ease those changes; toss it in your purse to help ease the emptiness or new challenges; toss it in your diaper bag as it’s also a big change for those tiny littles that are about to experience an emptiness in their day as the big sibs go away for 8 hours!

This blend is such a sweet, woodsy, calming scent of:

  • Copaiba: Supports cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory systems; calming and nervous system support; supports skin health and a powerful antioxidant
  • Lime: Mental focus booster; immune system support boost; digestion support and antioxidant
  • Vanilla: Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, Reduces Inflammation, Skin support and heart health support
  • Cedarwood: Increases brain focus; supports and boosts oral health; Reduces inflammation and boosts immune system
  • Lavender: Mental and nervous support; injury and recovery support boost; Skin cleanser and boosts against germs
  • Ocotea: Supports our bodies response to injury; natural cleanser and purifier; supports and boosts digestion 

Did you know that our feet have direct connections throughout our bodies?  Because of that, I love taking my Stress Away and making my own sugar scrub!  Not only does it smell amazing and calms the atmosphere around me, but with this I am able to directly absorb the amazing benefits, and my skin gets rejuvenated!!  Why wouldn’t we want all that!?  And it only takes a few minutes and you’re done! 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (4oz) glass jar with lid
  • 1/3 Cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 drops of Stress Away*
  • A toothpick or stir stick 
In the glass jar, add the ingredients in order as it makes blending easier, but not required, and stir well with the toothpick or stir stick.  Also, depending on how strong you’d prefer the scrub, you can adjust the amount of drops of Stress Away.  You can even mix it up with Lavender*, Peppermint* or even some fresh lime zest!!! 

* - Click on the link to view the ingredient list to see if this ingredient is right for you and fits your individual allergen needs.  Note that the lavender and peppermint oils mentioned are the Vitality variety.  You can search the other oils and blends here.

Notes from Jess:
 -I leave my sugar blend on for a few minutes after I’m done scrubbing, too! 
 -Sometimes I’ll put on some soft cotton socks without washing the scrub off to really boost my smooth feet! 
 -Be aware that that the oils in this scrub WILL make your shower floor SLIPPERY!  I highly recommend a foot bath or even a bucket to soak your feet in, then scrub, then lightly rinse and pat dry! 

And there you have it - a beautiful, soft and relaxing foot scrub that has no chemicals, no fillers and no garbage!  You'll have a little jar of health and wellness that smells amazing and didn’t cost a fortune!  And did you know that, just by inhaling the aroma, those around you get to reap the benefit supports, too!?!

Ready to breathe your stress away  or want to know more about how to get your own oils?
Click —>

For even more information on how you can get started with Young Living Essential Oils, click here.

Curious as to "Why Young Living?"  Click here.

Want to keep up with my latest oils, info and discovery?
Head over to my blog, Essentially Balanced.

Disclaimer:  This post is for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of your doctor’s medical advice.  Though essential oils can be of great benefit for many people, they need to be used properly, and please be advised that some people cannot use essential oils due to allergies, sensitivities, etc.  I highly recommend that you discuss the use of essential oils with your allergist or physician prior to using them for the first time to see if essential oils are right for you.  All information shared here is based on the personal experiences of Jessica Pero and/or myself, and individual results can vary.  Neither of us are doctors, and we cannot treat, cure or diagnose any medical conditions.  

Neither Jessica nor I have been paid for our opinion of Young Living products, though free samples may have been sent to us at times (most products will have been purchased by at least Jessica for personal use vs. being given to her for free to try prior to it appearing on this page).  Our opinions are 100% our own without censor and reflect our personal feelings on the products and not that of the company/person that sent them to us.  If I do not have a comment on a particular product, it is because I have not personally tried it.  No product will be shown on this site that has not been tried by at least Jessica beforehand.

This post will also contain links (that were safe and valid at the time of posting) to outside sources to give you more information about the products listed and about how to purchase these products, including but not limited to the option to set up an account with Young Living.  You are not required nor obligated to set up an account with Young Living nor to purchase products from them by visiting these links.  If you choose to set up an account with Young Living or buy their products, you do so at your own discretion.  Furthermore, by using the information in this post, you expressly acknowledge and agree that Caring Foodie, its author (Julie Moore), Jessica and Caleb Pero, Essentially Balanced, Young Living, and are not responsible for the outcomes of your decisions resulting from the use of this information including, but not limited to, your choosing to purchase or not purchase products, to take (or not to take) a specific course of action based on the information shared herein or your seeking (or not seeking) professional medical care.


Thanks for being my guest, Jess!

I hope you all have enjoyed learning a little more about Stress Away essential oil blend.  If you have further questions, please leave a comment below and Jess will respond as she is able or contact her via her "Contact" page.

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