It’s that time of year, friends! It seems like most everyone I know has gotten some kind of crud or flu and it’s definitely making its way through the school. I know both my kiddos have gotten it. My parents and nephew were sick for a bit. Even Matt caught a nasty cold on his way back from Chicago. Wear a mask out there, peeps! Orrrr… make some elderberry syrup!

Now if you are new to the benefits of elderberry you are probably wondering, is this just another fad? I can assure you it is not. In fact, people have been using Elderberry (also known as the Sambucas plant!) for hundreds of years for its healing properties. I know it’s helped us stay above the wellness line and supported us in our times of need where we did not have to get antibiotics or prescribed medications. I’m currently taking it so I don’t get sick, and guess who’s the only one in this household to make it this season unscathed by the ickies? This lady, that’s who!

Benefits of Elderberry

There are quite a few reasons to have elderberry on hand. The following are some of the main reasons why this is essential in our wellness toolbox:

  • It boosts the immune system.
  • It helps to fight off colds, the flu, and respiratory infections.
  • Elderberry is loaded with Vitamin A & C.
  • It is full of antioxidants to help combat those free radicals.
  • Aids in digestion.
  • Safe for children.

Now you may have seen bottles of this good, all-natural medicinal liquid gold at the store, but I highly encourage you to try making your own. What?! Make my own?! YES! It’s super easy and it will definitely be more cost effective in the long run. Trust me, I wasn’t a big DIY girl back in the day, but there are so many benefits to taking a little bit more time into products you know will be life changing for your family. Besides, you want to get this goodness into your body before you get sick, and this is a great way to pump your body full of that goodness at a great price.

How to Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup

There are many recipes out there on the interwebs, and honestly, I don’t know where I first got my recipe, but a huge shout out to Annie Hauser for incorporating the Young Living Vitality oils into her recipe, so naturally I add it to mine too! But generally, the measurements are the same – 1 cup of water per 1/4 cup of dried elderberry, 1 cup of honey, and the amount of herbs or oils you wish to incorporate into your syrup.

  • 3/4 cup of dried elderberry. I got mine here. But Mountain Rose Herbs carries them, but usually, they are out.
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of raw local honey
  • Thieves, Clove, Frankincense, Copaiba, Cinnamon Bark, Orange, Nutmeg essential oils. You can use all of these or just some. I start off with a drop and adjust it as I see fit.

That’s it! Here’s my method, which you can also find in my highlights on my Instagram in my DIY stories:

  • Combine dried elderberry and water in a pot. Mix together and then bring to a boil with lid off. Heads up – uncooked elderberry is unsafe and toxic! Keep away from kids and animals!
  • Once it boils, bring the temperature down to a simmer and simmer this liquid with the lid on for about 45 minutes to an hour. You want this reduce by half.
  • After you reduce turn off the heat and let cool.
  • Once cooled smash the berries in your pot with the back of your ladle, spatula spoon.
  • Drain into another container. You can also smash the berries more while draining. You want every ounce of that goodness!
  • Add honey and herbs or oils. Friends, if you don’t have oils, you are making life a lot harder than it needs to be!
  • Put into a mason jar and store in fridge.

Voila! That’s it. Seriously. More than anything it is just a process, but definitely not hard. So what are you waiting for? Click that link above and get you some dried elderberry and make it this weekend. Let me know if you do!

Happy DIY-ing!

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you prob know that Gabriel was sick M-W of this week. Which was a bummer because he was actually chosen as student of the week this week. So only 2 days in the big cozy chair for him! 🙃

Anyway, as of yesterday his little buddy was still out sick. We are 100% sure that is how G got sick, he caught it from his friend, also because G told us that his friend’s older brother was sick when he was over there hanging out. But guess who was back at school yesterday?! YUP. This guy!🙌🏽

We didn’t have to go to the doctor’s office or have him get put on any type of antibiotic, thank God. Not that I’m against doctor and medicine, I know it has helped so many and there is a time and a place for it. (We used Children’s Tylenol 2 of the days he was sick!) It is my personal belief that I try to do everything else before we have to resort to that. Keeping us ABOVE the wellness line is of the upmost importance around here.

So, so, thankful to have been at home to apply, diffuse, & have him ingest all the oils, give him all the elderberry, make him tea, force him to rest, have him take baths, spray Thieves cleaner everywhere he went so we wouldn’t get sick also, and constantly wash sheets & towels. I truly feel like I nursed him back to health and it made my heart soar. 

I’m 100% that his quick turn around was because of all my “weird” ways. Because I am an oiler. Because I am able to work at home because of these oils.

Maybe you are still skeptical about oils. Maybe you think I’m trying to pull one over on you? I can assure you that is not the case. But just know, if you ever wanna chat more about how these oils can support you… you know where to find me.

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One of the first things I encourage people to do when they get their oils is make an essential oil roller. Surprisingly, it is one of the things people are nervous about doing. They are not quite sure what to do and are afraid they will mess it up, which I don’t think is possible. However, there are some oils I would rather NOT pair together. Even so, you can’t really mess it up, and in fact, having rollers are an easy way to travel with your oils and more importantly, they are super easy to make!

Let’s Roll

Essential Oil Rollers
Carrier Oil
Essential Oil

For this post, I decided to use make a small 5ml “Chill” roller. The two oils I used were Stress Away and Lavender. For the carrier oil, I chose Young Living’s V-6. You can use whichever oil you prefer. I use coconut oil a lot in our home but I also really like olive oil and rosehip oil, depending on where I’m applying the oil. 

I decided to roll (pun intended) with a 5ml roller ball that I could attach to the inside of my bag. I bought them off Amazon and buy most of my oil supplies from there, mainly because it is convenient. They came with a nifty little bottle opener and some tiny funnels to help fill them up, but most of the time I don’t even use them. The roller tops are usually super easy to get on and off. Although, be cautious when putting the roller top back on. You don’t want to push on the ball itself. That could cause it to leak. 

So first thing, I gather up all my supplies. I add my oils into the bottle (do whatever you like, I think I did three (3) of each oil), then I add the carrier oil (up to below where you screw the cover), pop the top back on, and screw the cover on. Voila!

THAT’S IT?!

Yes, my friend. That is it. Easy. Peasy. Now go! Go make some rollers of your own. What combinations are you excited to try?

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Congratulations!

First of all, congratulations on taking that step towards health and wellness for you and your family. It is my hope and joy to provide you with the education and resources needed for you to truly benefit from the magic that these plants have to offer. They do work, my friends! But we have to consistently use them and not just turn to them when we are having an issue. Essential oils are here to keep you above the wellness line! Once you get a hang of that, you will really fall in love with your oils. Because when it comes down to it, it is such a simple way to begin shifting how we look at health and wellness. It is also such and empowering way! This gift from God… he’s provided you the way, you just have to lean in, trust, and use those oils.

So You Have Your Oils, Now What?

So you have your Premium Starter Kit, now what? First of all, I would go through the kit and open every single oil and take a big whiff of each of them. Find the ones that really call to you and start with those. Or maybe you got your kit for a specific reason. Kiddo needs more sleep? Go straight for the Lavender. Sleep, skin support, relaxation, want your room to smell good? Lavender is your girl!

Education Groups

So you’ve sniffed all your oils, now what? I suggest getting plugged into a few of our larger team groups. You can do that here, here and here. Be sure to read through pinned posts and feel free to ask questions. In these groups, you will learn of the many ways we use these oils in our day to day lives. When you hear someone say, “There’s an oil for that!” There really is!
Many of us are also on Instagram, so if Facebook is not your jam, you can find me here. I post a lot of information in my stories and share mini classes there too.

Oily Tool Kit

Below are several items and resources that have helped me in this oily journey. They are items I recommend for ease in use of oils, and if you are wanting to share with your friends and family, there are items to help with that as well. By the way, if you find that your friends and family are already intrigued by your sharing and asking how they can get oils, create your own link here and send it their way. If you are on Essential Rewards spending 100PV you can receive $50 to cover your oil expense all from sharing the love!

Veggie Capsules – to use Vitality oils internally

Fractionated Coconut Oil – to dilute for roller balls and veggie capsules

Roller Ball Bottles – to create a custom blend

1oz Amber Dropper Bottles – to sample fractionated coconut oil

Dram Sample Bottles – to share samples of 1 or 2 non-kit oils

PRINTED RESOURCES

Little Look Book – Includes roller ball and diffuser blend recipes, a page for each oil and details on other products

Starter Kit Magnet – tips for easy use of Starter Kit oils

Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide – a great reference guide that talks about oil safety and use basics

Essential Oil Pocket Reference Guide – a more comprehensive resource

We Love ER Flyer – Essential Rewards basics

Business Flyer – Young Living Business Opportunity Basics

LABELING + PACKING

Small Bags for Veggie Caps

6×8 Muslin Bags

8.5×12 Padded Envelope

Shipping Labels for Stamps.com

Printable Lid Labels for Dram Sample Bottles

Washi Tape

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