My Essential Oils Skin Care Regimen

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 11, 2014

I was talking with some of my friends not too long ago about how I use Young Living Essential Oils. They were blown away by how many I use and for what purposes. Among many other, I shared with them how I use the oils to keep my anxiety and depression at bay, how I have balanced my hormones for a much lighter monthly cycle, how I use the oils for my allergies, and what I use on my face to keep my skin clear and acne-free.

They seemed most interested in hearing about my skin care regimen, so I thought I’d share that with y’all today.

My Essential Oils Skin Routine

Lemon oil is known to be a wonderful cleansing agent for the skin. But, it also reduces wrinkles and combats acne. On many occasion, after cleaning off my makeup, I have used Lemon oil as a sort of additional cleanser for my face. On most other nights, I place a few drops of Coconut oil in the palm of my hand and mix in 2 drops of Lemon oil. I only ever use it at night, because it is an oil that is known to be photosensitive, meaning it makes the skin more sensitive to UV light.

In the morning, before applying my makeup, I will create a similar mixture for my face, using Egyptian Magic Cream (a little goes a LONG way) and  2 drops of Frankincense oil. Frankincense is known to be anti-aging, helping to decrease sun and age spots, as well as wrinkles.

Melrose Essential Oil for bad acne

I used Melrose (neat, meaning without a carrier oil) on several cyst-like pimples on my face over the weekend. After just two day, the pimples are all but gone! Now, you may be wondering why I have these pimples in the first place, right? I mean, didn’t I just tell you that my skin has been clear since using essential oils? Yes. Yes, I did. Let me explain – I started using a device every day that claims to make your skin look and feel younger and more beautiful (more on that later). I believe that this little device has caused my skin to detox, which is good. Thus the pimples.

I hear great results for acne when using Purification, as well. You’ll just need to find what works best for you.

For more information on Young Living Essential Oils, including where to find them and how to purchase them at wholesale, please take a look at my Young Living Page.

Disclaimer: Please remember I am not a doctor. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, but are simply suggestions for managing good health. The suggestions given apply only to the use of therapuetic-grade Young Living Essential Oils.


Staying Active & Feeling Good

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 23, 2014

Exercise has never been a priority for me. I’ve never played any sports, and I most certainly wouldn’t call myself active. Unless you call running after seven kiddos all day active.

For a bit, several years ago, I did try to establish a regular exercise routine, with the help of the WiiFit. I ran in place, did yoga, and even tried making exercise fun by doing the hula hoop simulation. But, I didn’t quite succeed in making these activities a habit and exercise again became forgotten. I simply did not make the time.

make the time

Now that our kiddos are older – (can you believe Timmy is almost 4 years old?!) – Ray and I have decided that we need to make the time to get in shape. So, we joined the gym and hired a personal trainer to kick our butts help us do just that. During my first session with John, I stretched and used muscles I didn’t know I had. In addition, John gave us strict orders to log every thing we eat, as well as giving us guidelines for what to eat.

Just to be clear, my goal is not to lose weight, but to build muscle strength. I am working muscles I didn’t know I had and most certainly had not been using.

After just one week in, I was off to TypeA at Disneyland. Away from the gym, but out in the fresh air for most of five days. My friends and I walked a total of 25 miles in those five days we were gone. And, boy, did it feel good! Not only was I working those muscles that John helped me loosen up, but I felt better for it.

I’m not exactly sure what switch was flipped, but I kinda fell in love with this being active thing. I am making a point to walk every day, even if I don’t make it to the gym. I am stretching tight muscles and learning how to use them properly. And I’m eating a more healthy diet. I have more energy, sleep better at night. But, the best part? Gone almost completely are the aches and pains that were once all too familiar.

activity is important

To assist in making my new exercise routine optimal, I had to buy some active wear. Walmart has a great variety, but I really like the Avia line. Not only do they have some great clothing options, but the sneakers are great, too. I got myself a pair of Training sneakers (pictured above) for my daily activity, and I’ve decided that I’m most comfortable in performance capris ($14.86 each) and tanks ($7.86). The sports bras are quite the bargain, at only $12.46 each, and some of the most comfortable I have found.


What do YOU do to stay active?

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Benefits of Grapefruit and Lemon Essential Oils

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 7, 2014

Every time I open Facebook, I see another friend mention that they or their children are sick. It just makes my heart hurt to see people I know and love sick and miserable. While we’ve certainly been there – there is no magic cure, after all – we have been doing lots to build our immune systems to ward off the cold and flu bugs that are making the rounds. Essential oils are a huge part of our arsenal against illnes.

In addition to being our secret weapon against germs, we use these oils in a bunch of different ways. Today I would like to share the benefits of grapefruit and lemon essential oils. Both are great for a number of things for the whole family, but the greatest benefits are for us adults. Take a look –

Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil


If you are ready to jump on board the oil train and begin your very own oily journey, you can head directly to the sign up page and fill it in (or you may leave a comment here if you need a hand).

For more information on Young Living Essential Oils, please take a look at my Young Living Page.

Disclaimer: Please remember I am not a doctor. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, but are simply suggestions for managing good health. The suggestions given apply only to the use of therapuetic-grade Young Living Essential Oils.

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A Day in the Life of an Oiler {Our Typical Monday}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 20, 2014

Are you here from The Pennington Point? Well, Welcome!!

Now that I’ve shared a bit about my journey using Young Living essential oils, I’m sure you’re wondering what it looks like on a daily basis, right? Well, many people are curious about what it looks like to use essential oils regularly and so my friend Myra asked several of us if we’d like to share. Of course, I said YES, and so here I go.

Day In The Life of an Oiler With Border

When it comes to using our Young Living essential oils, we’re pretty predictable! Since going off all of my prescription medication for anxiety and fibromyalgia, I personally follow quite the morning routine.

Come along and I’ll show you –

First up, I soak every day. I have found that soaking in an Epsom Salt bath for at least 20 minutes a day helps to manage my fibro pain, but for the past several weeks I’ve been adding a few drops of essential oils to my salts before filling the tub for an added boost. Most often I’ll drop in Purification and Lemon, but when I know I’ll need a bit extra for the day – like on Mondays – I’ll use some En-R-Gee or Clarity instead.

Next, I’ll pull out my homemade face cream and oil up my face and neck. My face cream is a mixture of coconut oil and Frankincense. I just love how calming this part of my morning routine is. I don’t know what it is, but Frankincense is definitely one of my favorite oils. (Lately I’ve also been using the cream on my legs, too, as I’ve had an invisible itch that needs some soothing.)

Lastly, I’ll use four different oils that have helped tremendously with balancing my hormones. This means no migraines and no need for anxiety meds! Progessence+ goes on my forearms, I spread Joy on my chest, I rub Valor on neck, and I drop Stress Away on my wrists.

my EO morn routine

After the kiddos are dressed and ready for school, we rub Thieves on their feet and they’re off to school.

On the occasion that things don’t go exactly how Timmy hopes they would, he likes to act as if the sky is falling. In the middle of his 3-year-old emotional meltdown, he’ll come to me and ask for oils. He regularly asks for “happy happy joy joy”, but sometimes he just asks for “my oils” – any of them – simply because his back (or arm, or neck, or…) itches or hurts. Often times I’ll hand him a bottle of Peace & Calming or Purification to rub on his ailments. Sometimes, tho, he will really need something and I’m more than happy to find him an oil…

At almost all times do we have the diffuser going. My favorite combo right now, with Cedar allergy season in full bloom here in Texas, is what we oilers call LLP – Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint. It’s definitely helping. Thieves is another favorite, and I love the way Stress Away smells in the diffuser.

Many times throughout the day, especially after all the kiddos are home from school, something will come up. Countless bruises, scratches, cuts, headaches, and even growing pains, are treated with our essential oils collection. I find myself checking in with my Pocket Guide less and less, as I become familiar with what is in my arsenal, but it is still a priceless resource for me.

EO Pocket Reference

And then comes the “witching hour”. You know, that hour between homework and getting dinner on the table, where everyone is grumpy and restless? Well, we have oils for that, too! Peace & Calming goes in the diffuser, and all the kids mellow out. I add another drop of Stress Away to my wrists and I’m good to go, as well.

Now, bed time used to be one of the most dreaded of the entire day. No one was ever tired at bedtime. No one except for me, that is! With the help of my essential oils, we’ve fixed that, and everyone gets oiled up…

Lavender goes in the diffuser, Valor goes on big toes, RuTaVaLa goes on the bottoms of feet, and Thieves is rolled down the spine (for extra immune support). It’s amazing how everyone can barely keep their eyes open after only 10 minutes!

Now, after our long day, it’s time for some peace and quiet, and a few drops of Ylang Ylang… wink, wink.

Are you ready to jump in to this wonderful world of caring for yourself and your family naturally with essential oils?? The time is now! Click on over to my Young Living page to learn more, or contact the person who introduced you to “A Day in the Life of an Oiler” blog series.

Next up is my friend Denise at Wholesome Mommy. Be sure to hop over and see what her oily days are like!

There are a total of 20 posts in “A Day In the Life of an Oiler” blogger series! Check out Myra’s post to see them all.


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