What do I do with these oils everyone is talking about?

In the oil community, everyone’s favorite phrase is “There’s an oil for that!” It’s everyone’s favorite phrase because it is so. totally. true. There are oil blends to support every single system of your body, it’s just a matter of knowing which oil to use and how to use it. One of the best things about my Young Living Team is that we are very knowledge based. We really want people to get the most out of their oils, so education is a big part of adding new members to the team! I thought this post would be a good start to breaking down our starter kit and showing everyone all of the awesome things that can be done with it!

I’ll go more in depth with each oil and their individual benefits later but in the interest of keeping this relatively short, I’m going to break the information down into multiple blog posts. So stick with me through the basics today. It’ll all make sense later, I promise! First, let’s talk about the 3 ways you can use essential oils.

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  1. Aromatically: This is the method that most people already know about. This is done by adding water and a few drops of oil into the diffuser or even putting a few drops on your hands and breathing it in. A few of the many benefits of using oils aromatically include supporting your respiratory system, purifying the air in your home, and adjusting your mood. Plus they all smell delicious, and who doesn’t want their home to smell great?
  2. Topically: Oils can also be put directly on the skin to support wellness. Depending on your skin sensitivity oils can be put on either mixed with a carrier oil (for example mixing a few drops with coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil) or undiluted straight from the bottle. They can be applied pretty much anywhere (depending on what you’re looking to support) but some of the most common places are the bottom of the feet, ears, stomach, and neck.
  3. Internally: Ingesting oils is another great way to reap the benefits of your essential oils. You can add a few drops of oil into your water, food, or even directly on your tongue. It actually is a bit of a controversial method, with some people being totally in support of it and others saying they wouldn’t do it. I ingest my oils all the time and think that it is a wonderful method to support your wellness. With that said, using oils that are 100% pure is so important so that you know exactly what is going into your body (See my Facebook live video on YL’s purity promise here). If you choose to use this method, just educate yourself on which oils are edible before jumping right in. Water with a few drops of lemon oil in it is yummy. Water with the Panaway blend (made to be rubbed on muscles) would taste disgusting and probably make you feel pretty gross too.

 

I hope that that was helpful! As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to comment and I’ll answer the best that I can…Please share these posts with anyone getting into essential oils who are looking for some quick information on how to get started!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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Change is good! Really, I promise.

As much as I may try to fight it, time continues to pass and things around me continue to change. I used to HATE change. I fought it with every ounce of me, anchoring my feet to the floor and closing my eyes as if that would stop the world from turning. I fought moving into college, not being able to bear the thought of leaving my high school friends. Then I fought graduating from the same place I didn’t want to go in the first place, for the same reason. How silly is that? All this fighting just made everything harder and in the process I closed my mind to the idea that there might be even more people waiting to enter my life on my next adventure. If I had just stopped struggling, I would have been much more inclined to see that there was some good coming my way if I could just let the universe do its thing.

I notoriously used to tell people, “I don’t do well with change”. What the heck does that even mean? I don’t do well with change. That’s like saying that you don’t do well with your hair growing. It happens every day without asking for permission, and I bet you don’t even notice it until 8 weeks have passed and all of a sudden you realize your bangs can fit in your ponytail finally. Change is the same way, it can be so subtle that one day you wake up and realize that you’re not the same person you used to be. You might have different interests and goals. And guys, that’s OKAY. I promise. Just roll with it.

The thing that really opened my eyes to the fact that change equals growth was Young Living. Before even considering the business, using the oils shifted my focus to this whole new group of amazing people that were waiting to support me and help me grow.

To be completely honest I didn’t dive right in. At first I thought the concept of self-help books, manifesting, meditation, and growth work was a little coo coo bananas. So I sat on the sidelines and watched my new friends do all of these crazy things, and to my surprise, accomplish all of these crazy things too. I started to dip my toes in and before I knew it I was splashing around in the middle of everyone, manifesting my ass off.

“Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone. They risked ridicule and failure and sometimes even death.” — Jen Sincero

So, change is good. Let that really settle in. I’m not saying that everyone should quit their jobs, get tattooed, and find a new pack of friends to hang out with in order to be happy. But if you hate your job or your friends are serious Debbie Downers, maybe that’s where you should start. Go ahead, roll on some stress away oil, tell your friend Karen that she sucks for always putting down your ideas, and go do some of them already!

It’s going to be uncomfortable. It’s called growing pains for a reason, right? Leaving the comfort zone that I spent years carefully building for myself was a real struggle. But I found out that once I was able to open my mind to change there was a whole new awesome reality just waiting for me. And guys, it’s been so worth it.

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Ready or not, here comes 2017

Just like that, the storm that was 2016 is gone. Last year was such a harsh, cruel, eye opening year for so many people, it’s almost strange when you think about the fact that it isn’t ever coming back. We all are happy to let the year that left us without Professor Snape, Aggie Cromwell, Princess Leia, Harambe, and countless other beautiful souls be gone forever. But in order to make all of that sadness count for something we need to grow from it. Reflection is such an important part of that process and one that I’ve been working very hard to do more often lately.

In the spirit of growth, I’ve decided to make some general resolutions based on the lessons I learned in 2016. The hope is that if I stick to these throughout this new year, I’ll come out of 2017 a little wiser and better off than I am going into it. It’s not about losing 20 pounds or making a million dollars before my 52 week deadline is up (although if that happens along the way I’m not going to be upset). It’s about accepting the lessons I was lucky enough to learn throughout 2016 and using them to better myself. That’s what we’re all trying to do, right?

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The universe has a way of giving you what you need, even if you don’t always know what to do with the opportunity being plopped in front of you. Luckily for us, all we have to do is figure out how to pick that opportunity up and run with it. It may be heavy and awkward to hold and you may stumble along the way. But the real magic happens when you keep holding on anyways. 2017 will be gone in a wave of losses and accomplishments before we know it, so the time to get running is right now.

In the words of Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”.     Let’s take all of 2016’s can’ts and turn them into this year’s cans, shall we?

Happy New Year everyone.

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My name is Brie and I’m addicted to essential oils.

Hello!

I’m the Brie from Essentially Brie. As part of my plan to totally rock out 2017, I want to document my journey with Young Living in a more public way. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to reach some new people, educate those who want to be educated, and keep myself accountable to my goals in the process. Which brings us to the big question:

Who the heck am I & what am I doing?

I’m a 24 year old graduate student who literally stumbled into essential oils without any plan or direction. I was shown Young Living by a friend about a year and a half ago. I had just moved into my first apartment with my boyfriend and we were all about keeping things au naturel and non-toxic on our super limited budget. So when Joanne showed me her starter kit and started telling me about all of these awesome things she was doing with it, my first thought was, “These do seem amazing, but there’s no way that I can afford them”.

I’m a firm believer that if you really want something to happen, it will happen. It’s all a matter of having the right mindset and drive, and you can manifest anything into your life. That’s a story for another day, but just trust me on this one for now. Fast forward 6 months, and I was holding my shiny new starter kit in my hands (a surprise gift from my amazing boyfriend, Leo) and popping some lavender oil into my diffuser.

As corny as it sounds, the rest really was history. I used that starter kit to absolute death, and was looking for more. Leo was even on board with me because not only did he see that we really were replacing our toxic products with their Young Living counterparts, but he was actually seeing positive results in his own body from the changes.

Pretty soon it became apparent to me that I was sharing oils on accident. I love them so much that just from sharing my excitement to my friends and family I was selling them on the products, and they began to hop on the Young Living train too! All of a sudden I had a side business that I needed to decide if I was going to nurture into something real or treat as a hobby. I think you can probably guess which road I decided to take.

Today, I’m still a graduate student. I still live in my first apartment with my boyfriend and our budget is still pretty tight. But our lives have been infinitely improved by Young Living. Not only is our home almost entirely toxin free now, but I’m building the foundations for a business doing something that I absolutely love.

Let’s talk oils soon!

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