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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Essential Oils 101 with Jess - January 2019: Raven

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! 

January's Oil of the Month:
Raven 15mL
Wholesale (15mL): $35.75  Retail (15mL): $47.04

“Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore...” the mystery of Essential Oils!
Ahhh...Nothing like putting a little twist on Poe’s Raven quote!!  

Well, all…. Can you believe it’s 2019!?  It doesn’t even see possible that 2018 is gone!  I sure hope you all had a beautiful holiday season with friends and family or just those you love.  Among my several presents, I was also gifted with a head/sinus cold (YAAAYY)!  So, I decided what better oil to share about than Raven!  It’s in my front line weapons against bug attacks!

What is Raven?  A refreshing and cooling little bottle full of respiratory support!
  • Lemon: Bug destroyer, body booster and uplifts the mind during dreary cold winter
  • Ravinstara: Opens up airway and encourages natural decongesting with stubborn coughs
  • Wintergreen: Great for aching pains in the body and chest
  • Peppermint: Sharp and refreshing mint to encourage sinus drainage and chest opening
  • Eucalyptus Radiata: Supports full respiratory function and chest relief

Did you ever notice there are several Eucalyptus names that I use?  They are NOT all the same!
  • Radiata: Sharp/cooling/citrusy/Australia
  • Globulus: Bold/Rich/Penetrating/China
  • Blue: Herbal/Spicey/Warm/Ecuador

This bad boy has so many other benefits as well, but, hey….I’m sick, so I just want to focus on my top benefits as I bask in its riches!  No matter what it is you’re fighting off, this should be a top go-to bottle!  
Flu?  GRAB IT!  
Pneumonia?  GRAB IT!  
Bronchitis?  GRAB IT!  
Upper or lower respiratory infections?  GRAB IT!  
Let us just assume that if you’re sick then GRAB IT!

One of my fave DIYs are shower steamers!  Nothing is quite so wonderful as dropping one in the shower and just breathing in relief!  But these may be a bit strong for our little kiddos, so as a special Christmas gift to you, I am sharing TWO recipes!  Steamers for us, and a rub for them!!

       Shower Steamers
1 Cup baking soda

1 Tablespoon cornstarch (can sub arrowroot for corn allergies)

1/3 Cup water

small candy molds

Raven* Essential Oil Blend

1. Mix the baking soda and cornstarch in a bowl.
2. SLOWLY add 1/3 cup water and stir slowly until smooth.
3. Pour into small candy molds and leave for 24 hours.
4. Pop them out and store in a glass container with a tight lid.
5. When it’s time to shower, take one out and pour 3-5 drops of Raven directly onto the disk and set in the corner of the shower floor.  As it slowly starts to break down, you’ll start feeling that chest and sinus relief!

Rub-A-Dub Baby
2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1-2 drops Raven* Essential Oil Blend

1. Mix coconut oil and Raven together.
2. Once the mixture has cooled, you can apply the mixture in this way:
  • Under 6 months: apply to toes and cover
  • Under 2: Rub into spine and toes and cover
  • 2+ : Rub into chest, spine and toes and cover
And let us not be selfish with these beauties!  Grab a strand of ribbon or a bow and give the gift of health and wellness all wrapped up in a jar!!  

Don’t have all of those ingredients?  No problem!  You can rub a drop of Raven* right into your throat or chest for an instant kick of relief while sipping a delicious hot cup of honey infused tea!  

And there we have it!  Raven to the rescue!!!!

*Click on the link to view the ingredient list to see if this product is right for you and fits your individual allergen needs.  You can search the other oils and blends here.

Ready to have your own bottle of Raven, make your own Shower Steamer or Rub-A-Dub Baby, 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 Raven 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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