A Day in the Life of Erin McCracken

Hi! My name is Erin McCracken. I am a wife, mother, friend, teacher, fitness fanatic, and Jesus lover. Like all women in my season of life, I have a full life that I joyfully struggle to manage and maximize. In the past four years, I have also become a passionate advocate for natural wellness and I love to help myself, my family and everyone else around me understand what they are bringing into their homes, putting on their (and that of their families) skin, and breathing in while in their homes. There are a multitude of toxins out there in all of the products we buy and use every day and, I believe, with a little bit of education, we can make better choices about what we buy and, in turn, uphold a much higher level of overall health and wellness.

Many people ask me about Young Living Essential Oils….how I learned about them, how I started teaching others about them, do they really work, how I use them, where do they come from, does one oil differ from another, etc. The simplest way to answer all of these questions is this…..I needed and wanted to have options other than pharmaceuticals to support myself and my family when the realities of a busy life happen. Young Living was my only logical choice because they are the ONLY company that owns its own farms worldwide and can absolutely guarantee purity in ALL products. That matters to me and I quickly realized that it matters to other families too. So, here I am, sharing how I personally use ONLY Young Living Essential Oils and Essential Oil-infused supplements every day, nearly all day, to provide that support.

In the morning, I wake up at 4:40AM and I immediately wash my face and brush my teeth. I love Young Living’s Orange Blossom Face Wash for cleansing! In a former post, Gelsey Murphy mentioned that “a little goes a LONG way” and she so right! It only takes a tiny, less-than-pea-size drop of cleanser to lather up your whole face and remove dirt and makeup. LOVE it! Then, I exfoliate with a mix of organic fractionated coconut oil, sugar, Frankincense EO, Tea Tree EO, Copaiba EO, and Lavender EO. I have tried so many “products” for exfoliation and I haven’t had a ton of luck with them (my skin is VERY sensitive) so I decided to try my own DIY version and I works like a charm. Easy, cheap, and effective!

After preparing my face, I apply Young Living’s Savvy Makeup Line. I use Warm 2 for foundation and I Believe You’re Blushing blush and four different shades of eyeshadow. I also bought myself the Young Living Savvy Minerals Brush set and, wow, they are heavenly soft and beautiful.

I then apply Young Living Meadow Mist deodorant, Joy Essential Oil blend for perfume and mood. I get dressed and head out to the kitchen to start my day.

At breakfast, I take a shot of Ningxia Red, Young Living’s antioxidant, overall wellness supplement, which totally supports mental clarity, energy, and overall physical comfort. During seasonal challenges, I also take a capsule of Lavender EO, Peppermint EO, and Lemon EO to help me keep the beautiful eye makeup I just applied on my face by avoiding watery eyes!

After breakfast and coffee, I wake up my two daughters and start them getting ready for school. It’s quite the process because, like all kiddos, they are TIRED at 6:00am, y’all! I use Young Living’s shower gel base with Stress Away EO Blend to make them shower gel and then, after their shower, I rub them down with fractionated coconut oils, Thieves EO and Frankincense EO to boost their immunity before they go to school. They love to lie on the floor and get the spa treatment from Mommy..lol!

My husband takes Essentialzymes 4 (a powerful enzyme formula designed to help digest macro nutrients both in the stomach and gut), Life 9 (probiotic) and applies Harmony EO Blend to his chest and neck to support his mood, energy, and immunity throughout the day and we all go our separate ways. Whew! That’s just our morning routine!

(Here is a picture of all of our supplements)

Since I am a teacher, I am in a classroom all day. In high school, my students rotate in and out of my classroom 6 times and, therefore, I see around 150 teenagers every day. They all are struggling right now, specifically, with seasonal junk, cold and flu, and exhaustion. I diffuse Stress Away EO Blend or Thieves EO Blend all day to support a healthy atmosphere in my classroom and they all LOVE it! I DAILY have colleagues and students ask me for oils to support things like head discomfort, monthly abdominal discomfort, seasonal sniffles, exhaustion and stress. I guess I’ve sort of become the campus “health support expert”!

The after-school hours are chaotic in my house as my daughters are school-age and practice taekwondo daily. We TRY to get our homework done before we go to TKD but #THESTRUGGLEISREAL! My daughter Alexa is, what I affectionately call, a tornado after school. She has a TOUGH time settling down to do homework so my oils are my main line of support. We mainly use Frankincense EO on her forehead and in the diffuser to help ground my sweet tornado and help her actually see what’s on her paper…lol…seriously…I’m not exaggerating! Then, she gets a shot of Ningxia Red for focus and energy for TKD practice and off she goes!

I practice Taekwondo and teach Zumba and I love to apply peppermint to the back of my neck and on my forehead before exercise for added energy!

The end of the day brings me to my supplement routine. On an empty stomach, I take Essentialzymes 4 (same as my husband), Life 9, Omegagize (the most amazing Omega 3 supplement), and a shot of Ningxia Red for digestive support while I sleep. As of late, I also take Inner Defense (a natural immunity booster). Both of my girls take MightyVites, Young Living’s completely dye-free, food-based multivitamin formula for children. My daughter Alexa takes Immupro, a sleep support supplement which contains a small dose of melatonin as well as several other food-based, natural immunity boosting ingredients. It’s done wonders for her in helping her “shut the day off” and fall asleep peacefully. Keira, my other daughter, enjoys Rutavala roll-on on her spine, neck, and forehead.

Right before lights out, we all get diffusers in our rooms with Lavender, Cedarwood, and Orange EO. Let’s just say that combo is THE SLEEP BOMB…BOOM!

Obviously, this is my LIFESTYLE, it’s not just products that I buy and keep on the shelf. I can’t imagine it any other way and I’m so thankful to Young Living for always upholding its commitment to the highest purity and authenticity so I can feel comfortable using these products with my family! We are a blessed, “oil-infused” family!

A Day in the Life of Gelsey

Hello Oily Shenanigans! I am Gelsey, Amber’s daughter, and I am very excited to be writing my first oily blog post. This will be our third installment of the “Day in the Life” series, in which I will go through my day and talk about how I use essential oils on a daily basis. Something that I find so awesome about oils is that they are so versatile and there are so many ways one can use them on a regular basis, which means that everyone’s routines are so different, which is the beauty of this series. So let’s get into it.

Rise and Shine

The morning time is probably the time of day when I use the most essential oils, they really help me to start the day off right and get me in a good mood. One product I LOVE and use daily is the Young Living Orange Blossom Face Wash, it is so great and a little goes such a long way. Another oily infused product I use on my face regularly is the Young Living Savvy Minerals line; I’m particularly a fan of the powder, blush, and multitasker. I’m not a huge makeup wearer, but if I do decide to I like keeping it minimal, and I love that I can use these products with full confidence that they won’t irritate my skin or break me out or anything, but in fact they are good and beneficial for my health.

The Theives Toothpaste is also something that I use on a daily basis, and there are multiple varieties of this toothpaste but the one I am currently using is the one that tastes cinnamony. I recently started using Young Living deodorant, which I’m so happy about because I feel like deodorant is one thing that is hard to find a non-toxic version of. I had actually been trying to use up the last of my deodorant for so long before switching, but I go through deodorant so slow that I got really antsy. One last thing I wanted to touch on was a recipe I saw on Young Living’s Facebook page for homemade, non-toxic, oil-infused dry shampoo that I ended up trying out. So I have a little insert below if you’re interested in checking that out. I really like it but I’m still trying to figure out a good way to store it because I currently use it out of an extra cleaned out bottle I had and it doesn’t come out very well, so if you have any ideas, that would be appreciated, haha. Now, the straight oils that I use on myself kind of depend on the day, but I am actually a junior in high school so most days I am just going to school and my absolute favorite combination for school is Stress Away mixed with Inner Child. I also occasionally, if I feel in extra need, will mix En-R-Gee and Peppermint and rub it on the back of my neck. And when sickness is spreading in school a little Theives goes a long way. This part of my oily routine changes all the time, but this is pretty much the norm. I really try to load up before school, because at school I really don’t have a lot of opportunities to be oiling up.

Homemade Essential Oil Infused Dry Shampoo https://www.youngliving.com/blog/diy-essential-oil-infused-dry-shampoo/

Daytime Oiliness

So as I said, I don’t use a ton of oils during the day, however a couple things I like to have with me is a small Thieves Hand Purifier, because obviously at school I’m around a lot of people all day and I eat at school, so I find I do end up using it, as well as my Stress Away Roller Ball. Aside from being at school during the day, I am also an active Tae Kwon Do practitioner, for which I sometimes like using Peppermint Essential Oil as well as the Amino Wise exercise supplement. I don’t use this supplement every time but on nights when I know class will definitely be extra hard, and it really gives me a little extra boost.

Bedtime Oily Shenenigans

Ahhhh, finally night time! The night time is probably my favorite time of day, especially when I get my homework done at a reasonable time and I have time to just get ready for bed and have some down time. So a lot of the oily goodies I use at night are the same as what I use during the day, such as my face wash, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. However, there are also some distinct differences. I personally am a night time shower kind of person, and in the shower I am currently trying out the Young Living Shampoo and the Body Wash as well. They both smell great and do the job, which I am very pleased with.

One thing that I am in LOVE with is mixing my own oil-infused facial serums, I discovered this a while ago and am now obsessed. I start with 100% pure Argan Oil, but the beauty of this is that it is so customizable that use can choose any kind of carrier oil that you prefer. From there I can just pick whichever oils I want to add in, depending on what I am looking for it to do. I keep mine pretty simple, and I love the combination of Frankincense, Lavender, Copaiba, and Manuka (you can add in as much or as little as you like, I generally do 15ish drops). And voila, acustomized oily serum! Some nights after that I also use straight Tea Tree oil on any problem spots. Lastly for my oily personal care products is the Genesis Hand and Body Lotion, I cannot emphasize enough how amazing this lotion is, it smells wonderful and works amazingly well, I’ve tried the Lavender one as well which is also great. For bedtime diffusion I use all sorts of combinations, depending on my mood or what I feel like smelling. Below I have some bedtime oils I love.

Well, that’s about it, after writing this I am realizing just how much I actually use essential oils, and that is more than I thought, haha. I wanted to mention one last thing that is definitely not daily but once a week, and that is church!! Before church often times I rub a drop of Frankincense over my chest which is very grounding and focusing, and something I like to save and enjoy for church. Thank you so much for taking the time to read, have a great rest of your Monday and a fabulous week.

XOXO, Gelsey

 

Do you have a Ninja?

 

Amber and I talked about what a day in the life of an oily family looks like.  I admit I was surprised when I started really thinking about it. THERE’S A LOT!  Today you will get how Paul and I use supplements, oils and products for home and beauty.

Supplements

We start the day off with our Ningxia Red.  Paul calls it his ninja.  I was going to correct his pronunciation but then I realized that he’s right. It’s a ninja!!  Ningixa Red, multigreens and Omegagize help with sustaining our energy levels and overall health. At night we take Essentialzymes-4 and Life 9 to support a healthy gut.  Two supplements that I take are for middle aged athletes, Sulfurzyme and Agilease, give me the support this older body needs for taekwondo. 

Oils

Diffusing oils is a regular part of our life.  My favorite for everyday is Orange and Rosemary.  At night I like Cedarwood and Lavender but we change it up regularly.  I also like to wear oils.  Joy is my favorite for everyday. I wear peppermint to taekwondo. I recently got Jasmine oil.  Oh my gosh, it is amazing. The oil I wear daily depends on what is going on that day.

Home and beauty products

I have purged our home of toxic cleaners and only use Thieves cleaner.  I have three different strengths for all levels of cleaning. We also use Thieves toothpaste and body soap.  I keep Thieves hand cleaner in my purse.  I NEVER use hand sanitizer.  Sandalwood moisturizer and Genesis lotion go on my face and skin.  One last thing, Lavaderm after sun spray is great for helping soothe the itch of mosquito bites.

Well, here it is.  I use lots but my day is a bit different than anyone else.  That’s one of the things I learned this year.  Essential Oils are so flexible they can support whatever your needs might be.

Happy Oiling,

Cathy