Traveling with Essential Oils on the Road

Staying healthy while living in a sticks and bricks home is one thing but it becomes much more of a challenge as nomadic full-time RVers. But we took what we learned and are now traveling with our essential oils on the road! Follow our journey on our good health and wellness…

Toxins are everywhere!

Did you know, that every moment of your life, you breathe in toxins.

Products you use; cosmetics, OTC’s, cleaning agents in our homes (and RV’s), processed food products, etc. are all laden with chemicals, toxins and free radicals.

Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an unpaired number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules.  Once formed, these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction to prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.  Free radicals cause a whole slew of diseases, symptoms and ailments in the human body (and animals), robbing us of our energy and interrupt our metabolisms.

Free radicals are found in fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides, air pollutants, water contaminants, campfires, wildfires, cosmetics, health and beauty aids, sunscreens and even the sun! Free radicals can cause damage to parts of cells such as proteins, DNA and cell membranes by stealing their electronics through a process called oxidation.

Here it is in layman’s terms…

Unnatural elements all around us cause your health to age quickly, affect your metabolism and attack your body’s integral systems.  Your body can’t fight the bad stuff and cancer cells invade and multiply.  The best way to combat them is to rid them all together however, we know, this could be difficult in the world we live in today.  This is why we seek more healthy diets, exercise, plant-based products in the home, and using pure Essential Oils.  This is the reason for all the hoopla we hear about regarding ‘antioxidants’.

Okay, enough of the science lesson.   What does this have to do with Essential Oils?  First things first…

What is an ESSENTIAL OIL?

 An essential oil is a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.
Essential Oils have enhanced and improved lives for thousands of years, even before biblical days, offering a variety of healthy dietary benefits and cosmetic improvements to spiritual and religious uses.  They are nature’s pure essence; extracted through scrupulous steam distillation, resin tapping and cold pressing.
The purest essential oils are more powerful than the botanicals from which they originate because they’re concentrated.  Essential Oils combat free radicals, as described above, because they are natural antioxidants and prevent cell mutations. Essential oils come from plants; barks, roots, leaves, stems and flowers. Pure essential oils have no additives, reason why we chose Young Living Essential Oils.
We’ve learned how to incorporate them into our health, our home, and later, our RV.  We have researched protocols that helps us sleep better and more restful, first aid, repellents, cleaning and wellness through aromatherapy, topical use, inhalation, and some internal.  Importantly, we maintain communication with our physicians of how we use them for our health.

Why we got interested in Young Living Essential Oils…

Seven years ago, we adopted our Calico Maine Coon, Kandi, as a kitten.  Our little fuzzy clown was loving, playful and sweet, only nine months later, we noticed peculiar behavior she started exhibiting…rolling skin, frantic licking or biting at her back, hair pulling, hallucinations, erratic tail-swishing and darting, serious anxiety and agitation and sometimes minor epileptic events.

We sought advice from her Veterinarian; soon after exam, she was diagnosed with Feline Hyperesthesia; a neurological seizure disorder also known as ‘twitch-skin syndrome’ and ‘psychomotor epilepsy’ that affects a rare percentage of domestic cats and the cause is unknown.   They are brought on by stress, barometric pressure and weather changes, loud noises, confusion and yes, ‘free radicals’.

Some Veterinarians are not familiar with this disease and if they are, they only know to prescribe pharmaceuticals which certainly wasn’t the option we were hoping for.  Because Kandi’s sweet and loving disposition, we chose to seek out alternatives that were not chemically invasive that wouldn’t alter her personality or perhaps, make matters worse.

It was then, a dear friend told me about a Young Living Essential Oil blend called Peace and Calming and sent me a sample.  A few days later, we received the sample, we were eager to see if this would work.  When we noticed she was having a hard time, I sat on the floor and simply rubbed it in my hands letting her come to me.  She at first, cautiously approached and sniffed.  Almost immediately, Kandi’s seizure-like episode subsided and she laid on the floor next to me calmly.  That right there was testimony enough for me to learn more…
…so I became a Distributor myself so I could get the wholesale discount as I knew this was going to be life-long for her (and us).  I bought the Premium Starter Kit which in the bundle, included a diffuser, Everyday Oils Collection, samples and important information.

Fast forward three years ago beginning our RVing lifestyle, I instantly stocked up on Kandi’s Peace and Calming blend (and also their Pet collection T-Away Blend) as well as several others.  Today, we regularly diffuse her Peace and Calming on travel days to calm her from stress.  Funny, not only does it help her but it also helps Krissie too!  OH, did I mention that we also apply it topically on the soles of our own feet to encourage restful sleep?Now, anytime we notice Kandi is about to have her episodes, she automatically looks to us for her ‘oils’ (she knows that they help her).  We fill her diffuser with distilled water, add 5-6 drops of her Peace and Calming blend and VOILA!  The magic happens literally within a minute after pressing the button on the diffuser.  She intensely watches the mist rise from her diffuser as she sniffs and takes deep breaths.
As you can see in the photo, Kandi is watching her diffuser and has become relaxed (we call it her zen period) no longer showing signs of anxiety or seizure activity.  Not too long after, she’s in peaceful slumber.  Who knew?

How we personally use our Essential Oils…

We also stock up other Young Living Essential Oils, oil blends and their ‘chem-free’ cleaning products.  Since living in a smaller space, we wanted to do our best to rid our household of chemical products such as air fresheners, dish soaps, hand soaps, cleaning products, etc.  Now we use the Thieves line which all have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
We use an array of Young Living Essential Oil Products in our RV which stemmed from our initial uses in our former S&B.  Since, we’ve noticed Kandi’s special needs issues have decreased dramatically as also, we seem to exhibit less ailments (inflammation, respiratory issues, pain, etc.).
So, what do Essential Oils have to do with RVing or traveling, you ask?  Its no different than using them in our S&B.  They are naturally healthier and purer than OTC’s, chemically-laden pharmaceuticals. OH! And they are totally earth friendly.  We use our oils for diffusing aromatically, topically, for reflexology and some, we safely injest internally.
Each Essential Oil and Blend has it’s own protocol for use.  Just a few of our favorite oils we have incorporated into our everyday lives are Frankincense, Lemongrass, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, and Lime.  Our favorite blends are Peace and Calming (for anxiety and sleep), Panaway (for topical pain), RC (for respiratory and colds), Thieves (antibacterial and cleansing), Purification (cleansing) and Christmas Spirit (spiritual).  We diffuse and topically apply Stress Away on travel days while we are driving!
We use the Thieves household products; household cleaner, hand soap, dish soap, and antibacterial sprays.

We also use Young Living’s Nutritional Support and Supplements (all containing Young Living Essential Oils!). Their Master Formula, Super B and Calcium supplements are the best!

We’ve taken a healthier approach to our lifestyle that follows us everywhere we go, whether in our RV, on our hikes or other adventures. They even go with us when we air travel also.  Rarely do we reach for OTC’s anymore. They, too, are laden with chemicals.  We make our own first aid sprays, bug repellents, air fresheners, etc.
On a personal hygiene note, we also create our own array of roll-ons for different ailments, astringents, hand soaps; all adding in our essential oils.  Essentially speaking, we’re literally gone back to the basics like our great grandparents and grandparents have. Not only has it been less expensive but so much healthier and promotes wellness.

If you’re interested in joining our journey of good health and wellness…

If you’re interested in purchasing retail or becoming a Distributor, signing up is as simple as visiting www.youngliving.com and signing up as a ‘Retail Customer’ or ‘Distributor’. Signing up as a Distributor will get you a wholesale discount of 24% off all Young Living Products!

You’ll need is our Distributor #1495003 to sign up as your ‘Enroller’ and/or ”Sponsor’.

If you’d rather enjoy Young Living Essential Oils as a Retail Customer, you’ll be subject to retail pricing.  To order, you’ll still need our Distributor #1495003.
Either way, once you start using Young Living Essential Oils, you’ll be on your own health and wellness journey.
DISCLAIMER:  
This information in intended for educational purpose only. These statements have not been evaluated buy the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury, should consult with a physician.
The above is OUR TESTIMONY.  What may work of us and our situation may not work for you, your family or your pets’ situations.  We encourage thorough research and always seek your Physician and/or Veterinarian prior to use.  
Worth noting, if and when using any essential oils near or on pets, never force them or put them on their face area.  Always allow them to come to you.  As well, when diffusing, make certain they have an exit option into another room if they show discord. Always wash your hands after dispensing or using any essential oils.

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