Monday, August 4, 2014

A Look into Essential Oils | Giveaway

We're so excited to introduce you to the lady behind our next giveaway!  Erika is a fellow DFW girl and one we've grown very close to over the past year.  She is incredibly bright and an absolute joy to be around.  Her passion for her family and career is obvious and she manages to be wildly successful at both.  And in her "spare time," the girl knits a mean coffee cozie.

In case you can't tell, we think she's pretty special.  :)

Erika approached us last month and asked if she could share her journey with essential oils.  She also offered to give two Twin Talk readers their very own essential oil to try at home. (Hint: It helps with sleep! What more could a twin mom want?)

Read below to learn more about Erika's family, three of her favorite oils, and how she uses them around her home. 

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Hi! I’m Erika! Wife to a handsome husband and mama to 15-month-old twins. We live in Texas, where we’re happily raising our young family. When I’m not juggling a toddler on each hip, you can usually find me holding one of three things; a laptop for my marketing career, a crochet hook, or a bottle of essential oil!




As soon as I became pregnant, I knew that I wanted to make a lifestyle change so I could raise my twins in a healthier, more product-conscious state. Although it wasn’t until after they were born that I started using Young Living essential oils.

Chances are if you have spent any time on social media lately, you have come across essential oils! While there are many brands available, the oils I am referring to below are Young Living. I trust them with my family because of their stringent Seed to Seal process that guarantees the purity and potency of every oil.

I believe every mom has the choice in how they care for their family. No questions asked! But here is something to consider; ‘If you don’t know your choices, you don’t have any.’ WOW! When I heard that, it really hit me.

If all you know how to bring down a fever is with acetaminophen, well, of course you’re going to reach for acetaminophen! But what if you also knew that Peppermint oil works quickly within little bodies to bring down a fever? And at the same time it works with the body to block the transmission of pain signals while reducing inflammation? While acetaminophen carries risks of adverse side effects, Peppermint oil does not. Knowing this, maybe now you might feel empowered to start with an all-natural trick!

I encourage you to explore one of God’s gifts to us, essential oils, and see if they could be a good choice for your family, too!

Let me dive into three of my very favorite oils and show you how we use them in my family:

Lavender Essential Oil



Sleep. 2 drops in K&N’s bath water is part of our calming bedtime routine.

Eczema. 3 drops lavender oil mixed with carrier oil, like coconut oil, is an effective rub for those tricky eczema patches.

Allergies. Swipe 1 drop on the inside of your cheek for quick relief.

Scratches. Dab a drop on minor cuts and scrapes. With two on-the-go toddlers, this never leaves my diaper bag.

Thieves Essential Oil 


**Thieves Essential Oil is our go-to for Keegan & Noelle. They had a rough winter, and their consistent sickness was what brought me to essential oils. I rub a drop of Thieves ‘neat’ (non-diluted) on the bottoms of their feet before and after school every single day. We also diffuse this more often than most oils. Today is our 15 month well visit, and we have not seen our pediatrician since our 12 month well visit!

Cold & Flu Season. This blend has been shown to not only kill bacteria and prevent infections, but it has also been used to sanitize homes and kill mold. Diffusing it within your home can kill airborne pathogens; so you can bet this will be our favorite oil for a long, long time.

Sore/Strep Throat. In a small spray bottle, put a couple drops of thieves in with distilled water and spray as needed in the back of your throat. You can also put 2-4 drops in a glass of water and salt and gargle as needed.

Joy Essential Oil


Mamas, ladies, this one is for you.

Calms anxiety. Inhale from the bottle, rub a drop into your hands and breathe in, and apply over heart.

Uplifting. Diffuse or rub on wrists to bring that mood up and lower stress.

Mood Swings. Apply to ear lobe or the back of the neck for a stabilizing effect.

The most amazing and important thing about beginning your oil journey, is who you begin it with. I am part of a terrific team, The Pretty Oil, and we’d love for you to join us! We’re an ever-growing community who are using the oils to better our lives, with some amazing results.

Beginning your oil journey on our team is as easy as purchasing a starter kit. I recommend the Premium Starter Kit. For $150 you get 11 oils, including the three mentioned above, and a home diffuser. The first three people to join our team will also receive the Essential Oils Pocket Reference Guide – a must-have when learning about oils. We love empowering mamas with oil information and we will love you well!


After you purchase your starter kit, you will be invited into our private Facebook group where we ask questions, share oil tips & success stories, and grow amazing friendships!

Interested in oils, but want to learn more? Nicole, co-founder of The Pretty Oil, is hosting a free, private webinar just for us on August 17th, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM to walk through the everyday essential oils collection. Click here to register!  Don’t worry, if you can’t attend, the recording will be emailed to you the next day to watch at your convenience.

Follow us on Instagram at @theprettyoil // Like our public Facebook page: The Pretty Oil

Any oily questions, email me: lee.erikad@gmail.com


Disclaimer- We are not doctors, we just love using essential oils. Any information or advice given on this site is meant to help educate and inform, not diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Statements made on this website about Young Living oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. You should always check with your health care professional before starting something new.

Enter below for your chance to win a full size 15 ml bottle of lavender.  Two lucky oil-loving people will win!
Contest will run through Thursday, August 7th at midnight!
Winner will be announced on Friday with the Twin Birth Story!


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54 comments:

  1. I don't use oils but would love an opportunity to get started! Entered!

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  2. This would be a great win! expecting twin boys in a few weeks!!

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  3. Lavender is a necessity in my household for sleep!! Love it!

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    1. Ooooh... us too! We just can't get enough Lavender. I also have a recipe for an amazing lavender lemonade!

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  4. I've seen oils being talked about all over the place. I'd love to win and give it a try!

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    1. They are one of those 'new things' that have been around forever. Thanks for entering, good luck! :)

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  5. I love essential oils! Doterra's Digestzen worked miracles for my baby boy's acid reflux. I think YL has a similar equivalent.

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    1. Yes! Di-gize! So glad you found relief through an essential oil, they are amazing!

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  6. I haven't used essential oils, but have been hearing more and more about them. It has definitely piqued my interest!

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    1. I was so interested too, and they have changed our lives. Amazing and so, so versatile.

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  7. Just had my twin girls and am very interested in young living oils. My friend is getting us all informed on its benefits and I have heard about how great lavender oil is. A great win for sure!

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    1. Perfect! The more research you do, the more comfortable you will be to pull out the bottle. I wanted to give away one of my favorites, and lavender is so versatile!

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  8. So interested in Essential Oils!!

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    1. Jump on our free webinar to learn more, you'll be so happy you did and will walk away empowered to try them!

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  9. Have been wanting to start using oils. Just saving up.

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    1. Jennie! You just let me know when you're ready! :)

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  10. I haven't tried them yet, but ordered my first bottle for me to try! I'll definitely need to look more into it since daycare is a breeding ground for sickness!!

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    1. Mine are in daycare too and we swear by Thieves. Just one drop on the bottom of their feet, even their teachers commented how K&N rarely get sick anymore!

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  11. I do not, but sound love to start

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    1. You will be so glad you did. If any questions ever come up, feel free to contact me. :)

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  12. I've never used any essential oils (even coconut oil) but a twin mom acquaintance on facebook has posted about incorporating them into her life with her toddlers and I was amazed at their sucess.

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    1. They are true blessings to our family. And coconut oil alone... SO many benefits!!

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    1. Awesome! They are pretty great, huh?

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  14. I've never used oils but I'd like to learn more~

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    1. Good! Join our call. Tons of info, and one of our leaders of The Pretty Oil will be hosting it!

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    1. Lavender is just amazing! Good luck! :)

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  16. I JUST started using oils on an everyday basis. Prior to this, I was experiencing the benefits of oils without really realizing it at all (body wash with EO in it, etc). I've started diffusing and it has been such a great thing!

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    1. Awesome! I don't know what I did before my diffuser. Lavender and Lime is one of my very favorite combos!

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  17. I used essential oils while pregnant, but it wasn't Young Living. I have read many great things about their oils and I wasn't sure about using the oils I used on my twin boys. I believe I would be way more comfortable if I got them through Young Living!! Must try soon!

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    1. Lissa! Yes! Ah, I feel so comfortable using YL with my babies. I don't think twice about quality when I rub it on their feet and diffuse around them. Check out seedtoseal.com for more info on their process. ;)

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  18. I use essential oils to help with migraines and sleep probably a few times a week.

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    1. That is so awesome to hear. I love when friends find relief from an oil. For migraines, have you tried Peppermint? It is so soothing.

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  20. I have never used essential oils but would really love to give them a try!

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  21. I hadn't even used them but recently a friend gave me some to put on the twins' feet before bed to keep them from getting sick and it seems to be working so far!

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  22. It's been years since I've used any oils but I love them. I've been really wanting to try the Young Living oils, I've seen so much about them in blogland. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  23. I actually love essential oils in small doses. I've used a peppermint balm for my headaches before so I'm excited to try something new! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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  24. I don't currently use oils, but would love to get started!

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  25. I use them for aromatherapy on a weekly basis.

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  26. We use essential oils several times a week!

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  27. I've heard great things- would love to win and try them out!

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  28. I don't use essential oils that often, but I heard great things about them from my cousins. They take peppermint essential oil in their morning cup of tea in the summer and hot chocolate in winter.

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  29. I do not use them regularly but I am researching them to help with my child's anxiety.

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  30. Never tried but very intrigued!

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  31. I'm also totally intrigued after reading this post!

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  32. Having twins in the middle of cold/flu season has been rough. My poor girls seem to be sick every month. Hope to have a chance to try this out.

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  33. Yes, I have used them to help relieve my back pain,

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  34. I found this blog very informative. Thanks! Essential oils contains lots of health benefits and using the oils on a daily basis helps a lot in soothing the body. The essential oils are convenient and easy to use and are made out of natural ingredients. You can find many companies, say a one like, Camden Grey Essential Oils, that provide the service of flavored essential oils like lavender, rosemary which helps in the treatment of the body and joints.

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  35. Although tea tree oil has no known side effects, some individuals may be sensitive to it. This calls for consideration of the strength of tea tree oil and should never be used undiluted on the body and particularly on sensitive areas. scalp treatment

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