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Oils For My Husband (My Life With Young Living Series Part 1)

Disclaimer: I am not a know-it-all expert on Young Living products , I’m just writing about my experience.

Hello oilbolaryos! This Young Living series is for you!

I decided to write a blog series about my tried and proven Young Living products because a number of friends keep asking if the oils are really worth it. One of my Facebook friends also founded a barter community so I put some of my oils that I don’t use anymore up for trade. The ones who bartered with me also asks questions about on how to use the oils, what other oils I use, and how effective they are. Some of them availed of last month’s irresistable starter kit promo and they’re kinda anxious if they made the right choice. I say it’s a pretty good deal. 👍🏻 My starter kit cost a lot more way back then.

I thought I’ll just write one post about how I use my Young Living oils, but then I realized it’s gonna be too long so I decided on a series instead.

This is also an I-was-right-about-getting-these! post for my husband, hahahaha! 😆 He thought I was just making a mindless subscription years ago but he sure is benefitting a lot from my essential rewards now. My friends’ husbands had similar reactions too. I even remember one of them tell me that her husband told her “Murag gipaaso ra nimo ang kwarta 😁.” (It’s like you’re turning our cash to smoke). Needless to say they were converted easily after reaping the benefits. I mean, my husband LOVES the oils I use for him now, so I’m sure it’s the same for others out there.

So, without further ado, here are my husband’s favorite Young Living combos:

Hubby enjoys weekend motor trail bike rides with his comrades. I expect him coming home with some body pains, since tumbling down on difficult trails comes with the sport. This combo also comes in handy when he comes home from the farm after doing heavy farm work. He’s not the type who just stands and watches, he really gets his hands dirty and joins the farm workers while supervising.

I apply Deep Relief on areas where his muscles are sore and massage him well, then I apply Panaway neatly (pure, no dilution) afterwards. In that order. I tried applying Panaway first before but he complained that oil felt hot, he really likes Deep Relief applied first because it’s soothing his aching muscles then top it off with Panaway because it completely takes the muscle pain away.

My significant other is snoring blissfully by my side after his massage with this combo while I’m typing this.

My husband participates on weekly YANUT Ball Club basketball games before the COVID-19 outbreak. He enjoys an after-sports massage before going to sleep so I searched on what suitable massage oil to buy, either Ortho Ease or Ortho Sport. I decided on Ortho Sport because it’s stronger and purchased it from Young Living USA. Then I had it shipped via Kango Express.

I mix Panaway with Ortho Sport if their game that day was more fatiguing than usual.

Ah, this one. Discovering this combo and feeling its effects made my husband a believer in Young Living, ahahaha!

There were back-to-back celebrations last year so my husband joined with his friends’ drinking spree. As expected, he had quite the hangover that kept him bedridden all day and all night. When he awakes he is greeted by a splitting headache that makes him groan and walk like a zombie, then promises never to drink that much again (he still does 😏).

Times like that are bothersome especially if we have catering events the next day that needs his supervision or if he needs to do a long drive the following day, so I researched on a blend that helps with hangovers. Then I found this diffuser recipe:

3 drops Lavender and 2-3 drops Rosemary

I diffused it one morning while he was asleep, hangover from the previous night’s drinking session with his friends, in our bedroom and went on with my chores. To my surprise, he woke up at lunchtime feeling better (with only a minor headache remaining) and went to our restaurant’s kitchen to check on operations. Well that never happened before, it must be the oils! I diffused this a few more times when he came home drunk and it really cuts his recovery time from alcohol consumption. Amazing!

My husband only drinks occasionally, so I don’t know if this blend will be as effective to those who drink alcohol everyday or almost everyday.

I have various combinations for oils before sleeping (which I’ll write about in later posts), but this one is my husband’s absolute favorite. The combo is just an experiment of mine since I like the scent of oregano, but find it too strong and overpowering for diffusing, so I decided to add zesty citrus oils. This is the combo:

4 drops Lemon, 3 drops Citrus Fresh, and 2 drops Oregano

One evening I was putting this blend in our Desert Mist diffuser in our bedroom when I heard my husband inhaling deeply. Then he said these exact words: “Humot lage kaayo na. Murag familiar ang baho, dayon naa happy childhood memory involved pero di ko maremember exactly. Basta maka happy ang baho.” (Translation: That’s really fragrant. It smells familiar, like it trigerred a happy childhood memory but I can’t remember exactly. It just makes me happy.) Then he smiled and closed his eyes to sleep.

Aaaaand we’re diffusing it a lot ever since. I like the benefits too, since Lemon and Citrus Fresh are antiviral and refreshes the air while Oregano boosts the respiratory system. A fitting blend to diffuse during the pandemic.

This blend is originally made for deterring swarms of ants from nesting in our L300 and pickup truck because insects hate the scent of peppermint and Thieves. I don’t want to use Baygon spray because it’s toxic and it smells bad. Hubby and I were about to run errands one day so I sprayed this blend inside the pickup truck 5 minutes before leaving. He inhaled deeply as he sat on the driver’s seat and remarked:

Hubby: Humot kaayo ni oh. Ganahan ko. Nag spray ka?” (Translation: It smells great. I like it. Did you spray in here?)

Me: “Oo kay pampawala sa lamigas.” (Translation: Yes, to drive away ants.).

Hubby: “Ganahan ko sa baho ani. Makarelax ug refreshing ang humot.” (Translation: I like this scent. It’s relaxing ang refreshing.)

And we’re using it ever since.

To make this car spray I mix 2 drops of Thieves Household cleaner and 3 drops Peppermint oil in a small sprayer bottle and fill it with distilled water. If you want a more disinfecting car spray add 1-2 drops of witch hazel extract.

Note: Our vehicles’ upholstery is fabric. I haven’t tried spraying this on leather yet. I read somewhere that Thieves Household cleaner can be drying on leather. For leather upholstered cars I suggest diffusing Peppermint EO using Orb diffuser instead.

Hubby doesn’t use this massage oil but it benefits him GREATLY. I’ll explain in awhile.😉

Earlier this year (before the pandemic hit) I ordered some Young Living products from the US catalog to order some massage oils for myself and my husband, along with Sacred Mountain, Clarity, Brain Power, and Thieves dental floss. I only did a full research on the effects of Ortho Ease and Ortho Sport – the two choices for hubby’s massage oils – and eventually chose Ortho Sport. I bought Relaxation massage oil for myself and then I saw this one, Sensation, on the online catalog. I looked at the ingredients and saw Ylang-ylang, Bergamot, and Jasmine on the list and told myself, “Wow, I bet this smells great!”, and added it on my cart and checked out.

My package arrived a month later so I booked our regular masseuse on a weekend when my husband has a basketball game. I’m excited to try on our massage oils because Sensation smells oh-so-fragrant-and-oh-so-feminine and I’m curious if Ortho Sport lives up to the hype (it does). I had my massage first before my husband and the masseuse remarked how fragrant and uncommon our massage oils are. I also would like to point out that our masseuse slathers us with massage oils like there’s no tomorrow, hahaha! Moving on…

Fast forward to bedtime and I started feeling frisky! 😉 Needless to say we enjoyed a romantic night – my husband especially because I was the more active one that evening, and when to sleep.

Two weeks later I booked our masseuse again and used Sensation and the same thing happened that evening! This went on until the third time I used this oil for massage. We were lying in bed after lovemaking and hubby said, “Huh, you’re unusually hot today. Are you fertile?” I checked my menstrual calendar and replied “My calendar doesn’t show I’m in my fertile week. That’s odd.” Then it hit me. I didn’t eat any aphrodisiac foods, I’m not in my fertile week, didn’t read anything unusual, but I just had a massage earlier that evening, just like those other nights. So I looked up on the effects of Sensation the next day and wow, it’s for heating things up in the bedroom! Hahaha! I just bought it for the scent but I didn’t expect this at all! But I must say, IT’S EFFECTIVE. Bow chicka bow wow. ❤️

I’m not sure if it’s effective for women only but I read somewhere that if you want the male version for men, use Goldenrod essential oil.

And that’s it for my blog, Oils For My Husband! I hope you enjoyed this first part of My Life with Young Living Series. I’ll be blogging about the oils I use for the second part of this series so stay tuned! Till my next blog everyone! Ciao! 🌷

– iamprincesssalvia 

Thoughts and Musings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Greetings fellow earthlings! This COVID-19 pandemic really did a number on us eh? Businesses shut down, stock market brought down to an all-time low, all travel put on hold, unemployment on the rise, schools closed, you know the gist.

Sure, it’s easy to be gripped with fear, anxiety, and despair but don’t lose hope. Just like all things, this too shall pass, and this dark period in human history will be just a distant memory. Which reminds me, I remember our high school vice principal, Ms. Quitain, ask us during recitation in one of our science classes: “What makes us the dominant species in spite of different changes to our environment?” I raised my hand then and answered, “The answer is the ability to adapt, ma’am.”. Yes, humans are skilled at adapting that we survived numerous disasters that almost wiped us all out. History records prove that. So chill, a cure/vaccine will eventually be invented and it will be soon safe to go out again – albeit making some changes to our way of life.

 

©️Rose Hill Designs by Heather Stillufsen

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Majority of us are in quarantine/lockdown in our homes so that means a lot of time with family and pets. Closed schools means most parents have to homeschool their kids (hoho, bet you parents appreciate your children’s teachers more now huh?). I see a lot of my friends post about moments with their families, like beating the summer heat by dipping in their inflatable pools since swimming pools and beaches are closed (ah, I miss going to the beach), binge on Kdramas and Netflix, gardening, cooking, and just like me, singing live on Facebook or sharing my TikTok videos. I also went on a manga reading spree.

©️Rose Hill Designs by Heather Stillufsen

Admit it, staying at home means less choices for activities and that leads to boredom. To break the monotony of daily routine most of us unleashed our rusty talents while some learned new skills by watching tutorials online. Since we have no restaurant operations because of the pandemic I decided to re-train myself in singing – my #1 talent hahaha! Doing so got me in a rude awakening that I have A LOT to fix in my technique to whip me back in optimum singing shape again. Making TikTok videos tapped my dormant acting skills I shelved since quitting the theatre ages ago. It feels good to sing and act again. To mix up my fitness routine I dance to Kpop like Blackpink’s and Twice’s songs. I know I’m not that much of a dancer but I really enjoy it. And it was great cardio. 💪🏻

Here’s compilation #1 of my TikTok videos. Enjoy. Libre kantyaw. 😆

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Minimalism has taken a lot more meaning during this pandemic. “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” is a documentary I keep watching and downloading on Netflix because I find the concept appealing and practical. Looking around our humble abode has hit me with serious buyer’s remorse upon realizing that I don’t need most of the items I have and is just contributing to clutter. Most of them don’t spark joy – yes, I’ve read “The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Looks like I’ll hold a “Minimalism Garage Sale” soon. I have to sell most of the items because it’s impractical to throw your extra Ray-Bans, preloved Kate Spade bags, Oniitsuka sneakers, Sperry Top siders, and original perfumes, right? Some of my old law books needs new homes too.

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Owning branded bags, footwear, trinkets, makeup and expensive gadgets suddenly didn’t matter as the general public fought to obtain stocks of alcohol, hand sanitisers, disinfectants, canned goods and – wait for it – toilet paper (in some countries).

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This pandemic has hit us with an epiphany that essentials only matter, and doctors and nurses who take care of the sick, and farmers that grow our food are worth more than a celebrity/basketball/football star during these times.

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©️Rose Hill Designs by Heather Stillufsen

It’s not all bad news though. Scientists report that Mother Earth is healing due to decreased human activity. This is also probably a good time to make some changes in our lifestyle that will not contribute to destroying our planet eventually. I wish someone could invent an environment friendly alternative to plastic. That would be a great game changer! 

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Politicians all over the world either proved worthy of their constituents’ votes or revealed themselves to be incompetent or corrupt. May this be a learning experience for us to vote wisely in the next elections. We are thankful that our local government here in Bukidnon heeded the doctor’s clamor to close our borders early during the outbreak so we only have a handful of positive cases. Our provincial government and the City of Malaybalay timely gave out the citizens’ cash assistance and distributed relief packs – even though some barangays struggled due to logistics.

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Seeing private citizens, business owners, organizations, and corporations take the initiative to help those in need and supplement our government’s actions is heartening. Kudos to the selfless individuals who stood up to the challenge of rallying others into helping sectors directly affected and to those who answered the call and devoted their time and resources to provide assistance in their own ways:

photo credits to: Alan Ryan Legaspi, Katrina Cudal Hernandez, and Fiona Helena Maquiling, R.N. 

My husband and I – in collaboration with my in-law’s tailoring shop EJ’s Tailoring and Printing Shop , decided to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) and masks to our City Health Office because we knew they were lacking in both. My mom provided balut to our barangay’s frontliners and my husband’s close group of friends (LC) gave food packs at Barangay Sumpong, Barangay San Jose, and Barangay 1.

photo credits to: Jyner Timay

Let us not waste our front liners’ efforts to keep us safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Go out only for essential matters, otherwise stay at home. Wash your hands often, keep fit and healthy, practice physical distancing, disinfect often, and if you’re a traveler, please don’t lie about your travel history. Be honest with the authorities – lives are at stake here. Remember: it only takes one careless individual to infect a whole community. Together, we can survive this.

©️Rose Hill Designs by Heather Stillufsen

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To those who are infected with COVID-19, we pray for your full recovery. May God be with you always.

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Waking up everyday next to your loved ones healthy and COVID-19 free is a blessing by itself. It’s moments like this that makes us filled with gratitude towards our frontliners, people who are careful and stayed at home, farmers and manufacturers who still produce our needs, and most of all – to our Lord Almighty who blessed us with health and the means to go on.

 

©️Rose Hill Designs by Heather Stillufsen

Ciao for now. 

-iamprincesssalvia

P.S.

I used images from Rose Hill Designs by Heather Stillufsen for this blog. Love, love, love her work.  ❤️

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