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Tonsillitis – meet your match!!

Howdy blogging world!! After a little hiatus over the holidays… Well more like a period of oh-my-gosh-I-dont-even-have-time-to-shower-let-alone-think-about-blogging… I am happy to say I am back, and I’m back with an awesome essential oil testimonial!!

My testimonial starts out not so awesome though. It starts out last Thursday evening when my 6 week cold seemed to be getting worse. I was at a get-together with friends when the pain in my throat started. I was chugging my bottled water and washing it down with more water, but it wasn’t helping. I went home thinking that my cold was just returning for the most vicious cycle yet, so I took some vitamin c and went to bed.

The next morning I woke up with a huge lump in my throat. Both tonsils were extremely swollen and sore. Having naturally large tonsils, this can sometimes be a cold symptom for me and nothing more. I took some more vitamin c and went about my day.

Later in the morning, the pain increased. I tried gargling with salt water, but due to an overly sensitive gag reflex that caused me to throw up from gargling, it only made things worse. So I took more vitamin c.

I decided to push through and teach a scheduled riding lesson that evening. I was weak. My brain was fuzzy. It hurt to talk. I was freezing cold. It was miserable. As soon as the lesson was over I came inside, and you guessed it, I took more vitamin c. This time though, I also took my temperature. I was shocked to discover that for the first time in 5+ years I had a fever. 101.1F. Yikes. I finally accepted that this was NOT a cold, and I was really sick. I was concerned about the possibility of strep. My whole body ached and the lymph nodes on my throat and neck were extremely swollen and sore. Everything hurt.

Finally, I pulled out the essential oils. Thieves on the feet, thieves on the outside of my throat, and a spoonful of thieves EO, lemon EO and honey. Lots of thieves. I took a hot bath with some Panaway mixed in Epsom salts. The combination of hot water, bath salts, and the Young Living oil blend worked wonders in relieving the aches and pains. After a long soak, I got dressed and applied several drops of thieves and peppermint to my feet. Thieves to fight the sickness, and peppermint to fight the fever. I applied more thieves to the outside of my neck and took another spoonful of thieves and honey. I covered my feet with socks and went to bed.

Sometime during the night my fever broke, and I woke up fever free. Who needs Tylenol when you have peppermint essential oil?? My right tonsil had shrunk down to a normal size, and the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck had also shrunk and were no longer sore. My left tonsil was still a bit swollen and sore, but had significantly decreased in size.

Throughout that day (Saturday) I continued taking honey, lemon EO and thieves EO, and applying thieves to the left side of my neck as well as my feet.

On Sunday morning, I woke up with energy. It was a great feeling after spending 2 days absolutely drained and weak. I decided I must be well enough to go to church, so I did. And I went to lunch afterwards. And I came home and vigorously cleaned my room. The next day I got up and ran my Monday morning errands, made a horse feed run, cleaned and organized the tack/feed room, and spent the better part of the afternoon/evening playing ultimate frisbee. I think I took my thieves and honey once that day.

You know how they say to make sure you take the FULL round of antibiotics to make sure the illness is completely gone? Natural remedies are no different.

Tuesday was a slow digression and by Wednesday I felt about like I had on the previous Friday. This time I went in attack mode. Thieves EVERYWHERE, soft foods, gently gargling salt water (yes I did throw up again, as I am apparently incapable of gently gargling), and drinking lots of my favorite sick tea- Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat. Today is Friday, a week after this ordeal started. My left tonsil is still a bit swollen, but the pain is nearly gone. In fact, I would have to describe the way it feels as an itch. It feels like a healing scrape that itches from the healing process. My infected tonsil is healing! The lymph nodes on my neck are no longer swollen and the pain has subsided. From my googling, I am quite convinced that what I experienced was tonsillitis. There are a few symptoms difference from strep that I experienced, and I do not appear to be contagious.

So, while I am not a doctor, I can say from personal experience that Thieves essential oil healed my tonsillitis. I was already a believer, but after this even I am amazed.

As a recap, here are the 4 main oils I used to heal my tonsillitis:

Thieves Essential Oil Blend (clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, & rosemary):


Lemon Essential Oil



Panaway Essential Oil Blend (wintergreen, helichrysum, clove, & peppermint)



Peppermint Essential Oil



And I have to put in a good word for Tradition Medicinals Organic Throat Coat Tea – and no, I’m not getting paid to promote this tea, it’s just that good!!

If you want to try these amazing essential oils for yourself, click here and either place a retail order, or select “wholesale member” to receive discounted prices. As a wholesale member, you can select a starter kit. The premium starter kit is by far the most economical option (I will write a post on the price break down in the next few weeks), and you will receive the basic oils for stocking your medicine cabinet!!


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Witch Hazel Herbal Toner

It’s been quite awhile since I have posted a tutorial, so here’s a quick and easy recipe for you to try out today!!

This herbal toner is so simple but very effective in combating oily and acne prone skin!!

I make this recipe in a small 2oz spray bottle that I purchased in the travel section at Walmart. 

I then fill the bottle about 2/3 of the way with witch hazel, a natural astringent derived from the witch hazel bush. It gently cleanses and soothes while cleaning acne and toning the skin.

Fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water.

Then add about 10 drops of tea tree oil to the bottle. I just love tea tree oil for cleansing and clearing blemished skin!! Whenever I am having a break out, tea tree oil comes to my rescue!! 

You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil if you would like. Another oil I have really been digging lately for skin care is cedarwood essential oil. The earthy scent took me a little while to get used to, but I love how it makes my face feel!!

Normally, though, I only add tea tree oil to my toner. I start with one of my homemade soaps containing tea tree essential oil and peppermint essential oil to cleanse my face. Then I take my spray bottle of toner, shake gently to disperse the essential oils, and spritz on a cotton pad. I wipe my face well with the cotton pad and allow the toner to dry on my skin. I follow up with a homemade aloe vera based lotion (which I will post a tutorial for in the near future!). I add a drop of cedarwood essential oil to the lotion base and massage into my skin. It feels so soft and smooth!

You may wonder why I choose to store the toner in a spray bottle when I apply with a cotton pad. The reason for this is that my back and chest tend to be easily irritated and I find that the toner helps to soothe these areas of skin, but it can be hard to reach my back with a cotton pad. For these large and hard to reach areas of skin I simply spritz until the skin is damp and allow the mixture to dry! Easy easy easy.

Another idea you could try is making pre-made toner wipes like we did with the quick and easy make up remover wipes. Just place cotton rounds in a 4 oz mason jar (I purchase 12 packs of these at Walmart for under $10) and pour the toner over the pads until they are all saturated. Even easier!!

I hope you give this easy & effective toner a try. Leave me a comment and let me know how it turned out! 

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My new toy- the Young Living Home Diffuser!!!

Got my essential rewards order in the mail yesterday (remind me to tell you about essential rewards soon!) and finally got my DIFFUSER!!!


I was (am) beyond excited!! This thing is so cool!! I made a video showing it off and how to use it, check it out below….

So by now you should be as fascinated by this contraption as I am. Sooooo COOL!!! And the options seem endless. Need to relax? Diffuse some Peace and Calming. Need to focus and get to work? Try Peppermint. Got a house full of sickies? Diffuse some Thieves to knock that out!! Bad odors getting you down? No worries, Purification is here to save the day!

Like I said, endless options.

  Your next question should be “How do I get a super duper cool Young Living Home Diffuser like you, Carolyn??!!!!”

I’m glad you asked.

There are 2 ways to get a super duper cool Young Living Home Diffuser like me.

First- you can click here, go to the product line, and order your diffuser at full price. Quick. Easy. Done.

Second- you can click here, select a starter kit, become a Young Living Independent Distributor, and receive a $40 off coupon for any diffuser + wholesale pricing.

Considering the most you have to spend on a starter package is $40.00, you are basically getting your money back with the $40 coupon, not to mention the GREAT wholesale prices. It’s a pretty sweet deal. There’s no pressure to sell anything as a distributor, but it makes it a whole lot easier to share the healing benefits of Young Living Essential Oils!

If you have any questions or comments on how you diffuse your Young Living essential oils, leave me a comment!!

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