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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Essential Oils 101 with Jess - November 2018: DiGize

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! 

November's Oil of the Month:

DiGize (5mL)
Wholesale: $14   Retail: $18.42

food co·ma  :  noun informal 
a state of sleep or extreme lethargy induced by the consumption of a large amount of food. 
"I fell into a post-dinner food coma and now I need DiGize!”

Ok, fine…. So the technical definition may not include DiGize, but that doesn’t mean our own personal vocab and med cabinet can’t!  

What do you feel when your calendar says November?  I have mixed thoughts: hunting; camo; venison; huge, fake vegetables as table center pieces and massive meals!  Turkey much?  Cranberry sauce much?  Green bean casserole much?  (Ok, honestly, any bean casserole is TOO much for this girl!)

So, we gather with families and enjoy many laughs over much food, but afterward?  Well, now we have to feel the consequences of those choices, and it ain’t pretty!  The #1 thing you better hope you tossed in your holiday bag is DiGize*!  Wait until you see what is in this highly unique spicy and exotic aromatic blend, including Fennel essential oil, which dates back to ancient Egypt.

  • Tarragon: Supports blood circulation, stimulates proper digestion, supports and eases abdominal discomforts and any irritations
  • Ginger: Eases discomforts from over digestion, boosts proper digestion and supports health of our entire digestion system
  • Peppermint: Helps boost digestion, calms pains and discomfort of some digestion issues, boosts mental activity, supports against bug attacks, boosts respiratory system and promotes overall health from our hair to nails
  • Juniper: Supports the detoxing of garbage in our systems, boosts our circulatory system and gives a calming sensation of relaxation and fights off stress symptoms
  • Lemongrass: Supports against inflammations and pains, fights against bug attacks, improves blood circulation, supports against ulcer pains or over digestion
  • Anise: Supports against digestion cramps and diarrhea,  boosts and cleans respiratory function, helps protect against parasites and calms anxiety symptoms
  • Patchouli: Stimulates the mind and moods, soothes pain or inflammation, helps our bodies to detox and remove garbage and toxins, aids in digestion of tough foods and helps boost our skins elasticity 

I mean just look at all of those benefits!  And the even more amazing part is that is not even HALF of the benefits!  I just shared the highlights!  So, when you have 3 lbs. of turkey and 4 helpings of stuffing sitting in your gut, grab your oil!  Too much dessert and even MORE whipped cream?  Grab your oil!  Maybe you have a bug attacking…It works for that TOO!  Anything that is bothering your esophagus and below, this is what you need!

So, I love sharing recipes and fun ways to incorporate our oils into life, but with this one….I don’t have one! Guys, this oil IS THE recipe!  It doesn’t even need a dilution.  So, my recipe is simply grab the bottle, lift up your tongue, drop 1-2 drops under your tongue, and let it go to work!  It will taste a little like a minty black jelly bean (which I despise, but I still will use this).  For extra pains or digestion disruption, just take 2 drops into your hand and rub directly onto your stomach and down to your abdomen.  It is so amazing how this feels and works!  

And for those who really cannot stand or handle black licorice, don’t panic!  There is another blend called TummyGize which has the same benefits but different formulation.  This one is part of the KidScents line!  Give it a whirl and you may prefer this more minty one!

* - Click on the links to view the ingredient lists to see if these products are right for you and fit your individual allergen needs.  Note that the DiGize oil mentioned is the Vitality variety.  You can search the other oils and blends here.

Ready to have your own bottle of DiGize or want to know more about how to get your own oils?
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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 DiGize 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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