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


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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.


Conquering Anxiety and Depression {with Young Living Essential Oils}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 9, 2014

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Being a mom is no easy task and the stress that comes along with it can be overwhelming, even without a formal diagnosis of anything. Along with all of the stress of being a mom of seven, owning my own business, and our pending move halfway across the country, I knew I needed some help. And prescription medication just wasn’t cutting it.

I tried Apteka Naturel’s Tranquility Anti-Stress Support Supplement. It’s supposed to be ideal for helping to reduce stress and tension, promoting calmness, supporting a positive mood and a general sense of wellbeing. Well, it didn’t help much, so I tried nutritional supplements from Genesis Pure that my friend Lori introduced to me. I knew what I was putting into my body was good for me, but I didn’t see much change from any of these supplements either.

While I kept taking Genesis Pure’s Go-Yin, I was on the search for something more. Well, sort of. My friend Alyssa had tried to talk to me about essential oils many months before and, while the idea of them was appealing, I didn’t give them another thought. Looking back I’m not sure why, to be honest.

And then, just weeks after we moved, I saw a post on Facebook from another friend about how she was helping her kids relax and fall asleep by diffusing essential oils. Since we were dealing with a 2 hour time difference and school was starting soon, it sounded better than giving my kids melatonin every night. So, I ordered a few essential oils through Young Living and began diffusing Lavender and Peace & Calming, among others.

They worked! So, I began researching essential oils and Young Living further. What I found was mind blowing. I read testimonies of women who became drug-free and “cured” themselves of anxiety and depression, chronic pain, and migraines. I decided to go all in.

I purchased several bottles of Young Living essential oils (at wholesale prices!) to try to curb my anxiety, depression, and fibromyalgia.

Essential Oils for Anxiety and Depression

I now apply each of the following oils daily, without fail –

  • Progessence Plus on neck and forearms
  • Valor on spine
  • Joy over heart
  • Harmony on Solar Plexus
  • Stress Away on wrists

I also made myself a face cream using organic unrefined virgin coconut oil and Frankincense essential oil. Frankincense has been known to be mood-lifting, comforting and soothing, and great for battling depression, so I rub this cream on my face and neck every day.

In addition to my daily routine, I infuse my water with the Stress Away oil blend on particularly rough days, and use En-R-Gee and Clarity as needed. I also often diffuse any of the aforementioned oils, as well as Peace & Calming.

Diffusing Oils for Anxiety and Depression

I am a new person. I am the old me. New again.

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.

Images source: Young Living


Depression, Anxiety, and Me {Part Three}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 7, 2013

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According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 40% of women reported having emotional and physical symptoms of stress. These symptoms are very similar to those of anxiety, depression, and even fibromyalgia.At last I had an official diagnosis. Three, in fact. I knew I wasn’t crazy.

I was no longer only trying to manage anxiety and depression, but now I also had to figure out how to manage the pain associated with my fibromyalgia.

Drugs helped, but only a bit. And, only for a time.

While I was feeling better mentally and emotionally, I started experiencing severe side effects from the nerve pain medication, muscle relaxers, anti-anxiety meds, and anti-depressants that were perscribed.

Insomnia plagued my nights, leaving me feeling tired and run down.

The muscle relaxers made me feel groggy.

The anti-depressants slowed down my metabolism and I gained over 30 pounds.

The nerve pain medication effected my kidneys, landing me in the emergency room too many times to count.

I stopped taking my anti-depressants, with my doctor’s blessing. I tossed the muscle relaxers, since they didn’t really work.

But, the nerve pain meds landed me in the hospital on Christmas morning.


I needed something other than synthetic drugs… I needed to feel better for good. My body needed to heal.


If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, please find someone to talk to. Email me, leave a comment, or check out - the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.


Battling Winter Cold and Flu Season with Essential Oils

December 4, 2013

It’s that time of the year again when my Facebook stream is flooded with pictures of friends doing fun things with their kiddos for the holidays, Christmas decorations, stories of finding the perfect tree, and… posts about being sick. Seems that just about everyone is either under the weather or coming down with something yucky […]

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