One Small Natural Change in 2020

Hey there! Are you as ready as I am to get back into a routine of healthy eating? Are your kids’ sleep schedules as mixed up as mine? Do your fingers look like puffy sausages when you put gloves or rings on? Welcome to January!

This is the time of year where Americans attempt to change every habit they dislike about themselves. All at the same time. For about two weeks. It’s also the month when most people fail to meet the goals they set simply because they don’t start with a good action plan. 

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to feel guilty. It’s hard enough to get a healthy meal on the table most days. I’d rather celebrate successes than track misses. That’s why I’m a huge fan of the starting small. 

This entire year is going to focus on presenting ideas you can implement one small change at a time to incorporate natural options into your lifestyle. By focusing on one change you can decide if each choice is something worth keeping around or if you need to keep looking. 

There will be a theme for each season, and within each theme you will find suggestions for natural changes you can incorporate under the headings Mind, Body, and Space.

This means that in 2020 I can almost guarantee you will find a natural change you can implement into your household the Lazy Naturalist Way. 

I’m looking forward to answering your questions along the way as well, so make sure to reach out and ask me anything specific you want to know so I can prioritize my content to answer your pressing questions first. 

So, Here’s My Goal: 

  • We’re going to make sure you pull those oil kits you bought but haven’t opened out of the closet and actually use them. 
  • I’m going to feature easy AND safe options for naturally boosting your metabolism, reducing bloat, and improving sleep
  • We’re going to connect the dots between stress and all the ways it hinders us and take actionable steps to fight stress
  • I’m going to share more about aromatherapy and my certifications – however, whenever possible there will always be an alternative suggestion in addition to therapeutic grade oils provided (move on this in my next post!)
  • I’m going to make sure you have every tool and option as you want to live as naturally as you want without breaking the bank.

Let’s make 2020 the year we make one small natural change at a time that actually sticks and have a ton of fun at the same time.  

Citrus Essential Oils

Do you love the smell of citrus? So. Do. I. In my cleaning products, added to my water, diffusing around the house for a fresh uplifting scent. Give me all the Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, and Wild Orange oils. Looking for more ways to use them?  

Here are My Favorite Ways to Use Citrus Essential Oils

How to use Grapefruit Oil

  • Add Grapefruit essential oil to your nightly facial routine to improve the appearance of blemishes
  • Diffuse Grapefruit essential oil while trying to lose weight to help increase motivation
  • Add one to two drops to your water to support a healthy metabolism
  • Help smooth your skin by adding two to three drops to your body scrub and body wash
  • Diffuse Grapefruit to promote a sense of focus while studying or reading
  • Try adding it to your skin when dry brushing. Looking for some benefits of dry brushing? Look what the Cleveland Clinic has to say.

How to use Lemon Oil

  • Put two to three drops in a veggie capsule or water to naturally cleanse the body and aid in digestion
  • Supports healthy respiratory function when taken internally in water or a veggie capsule
  • Take internally to help with seasonal respiratory discomfort
  • Add 10 drops to a glass spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces
  • Add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes
  • Mix 10 drops with ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup olive oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture or other leather surfaces
  • Polish your jewelry or utensils with 10 to 20 drops on a soft cloth, a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals
  • To help remove stubborn, sticky residue off surfaces put a few drops on rag or directly on the residue and gently scrub away
  • Wash hands with Lemon oil to remove grease after changing your oil or fixing your bike

How to use Lime oil

  • Take one to two drops in your water to support a healthy immune system
  • Add a few drops to your water to use as an internal cleanser, and for enhanced flavor and antioxidant support 
  • Put five to six drops on a cotton pad to help remove grease spots
  • Add one drop to your facial cleanser or shampoo for added cleansing properties
  • Combine one to two drops with equal amounts of Tea Tree oil for a soothing scalp massage
  • Add one drop to add a refreshing kick your homemade salsa
  • Diffuse while studying and then apply to wrists again while testing on the same subjects. Aromatherapy is a very powerful memory tool.

How to use Wild Orange Oil

  • During colder temperatures, take one to two drops of Wild Orange in a capsule to support a healthy immune system
  • During clean up, use Wild Orange in an all-purpose spray to cleanse and purify countertops, tables, and other surfaces
  • Before a stress filled day, diffuse for a revitalizing aroma to encourage you
  • Add a drop to your water every day for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health
  • Eliminate odors by putting three to four drops down your bathroom sink or tub drains, letting the oil evaporate before turning on the water
  • Add to your favorite cream cheese frosting for cakes and cinnamon rolls
  • Diffuse with Peppermint for an invigorating aroma

Interested in more ways to use Citrus oils? Send me a message! I’d love to get together and share more details about all the amazing ways you can incorporate citrus oils into your daily routines.

What to do with my Essential Oil Starter Kit?

You may be surprised to learn that I meet people all the time who went to an essential oil class, bought a starter kit or a few oils that smelled good that evening, received the kit in the mail, and then never opened it. Let me repeat that, never opened the box.  Maybe you’re reading this and you aren’t surprised because you are this person?

Why are People Avoiding the Essential Oils they Buy?

What causes people to not open the box? Is it fear of what is inside? Have you lost interest in trying options? Are they too busy to sit down and learn a new way of managing their health? Are you afraid they are going to hurt themselves with the oils? Did you make a purchase because learned some new information but now you can’t remember what facts convinced you these were the right oils for your natural journey?

If you are one of the people who has not opened your box and you can answer yes to one or more of the questions above then today is your day! Let’s open that box!!!

Steps to Getting Started with Your Essential Oil Starter Kit

Step One

Find your box of oils. Brush off the dust. Cut open the tape that’s keeping it closed and take it to a comfortable spot. Get yourself a glass of water and collect any oily supplies you might already have in your home. Examples include a diffuser, some coconut oil (fractionated or otherwise), or maybe a book or handout you have about essential oils. 

Step Two

Open that baby up! Take out everything in the box and set it out in front of you. What do you have in front of you? Bottles of oils? Supplements? Rubs or lotions? Some of these will have multiple uses, some will have a single purpose.

Oils. Each bottle should have the name of the oil on the front of the bottle. Does it say Lemon or Peppermint or Lavender? This should mean that is the only oil in that specific bottle. Just Lemon. Just Peppermint. Just Lavender. If you are using a high-quality theraputic grade essential oil then this will be the case.

If you see a name like Serenity or OnGaurd or Breathe on the bottle this indicates a blend of oils. Look on the back of the bottle, it should list for you exactly what oils comprise that specific blend. One other thing to note: the front of the label should tell you how much oil is in the bottle. The most common sizes are 5ml, 15ml, or 30ml. ML stands for milliliter. 

Step Three

Choose a bottle of oil to open. Go with one you might recognize. Smell the inside of the cap. How does it smell to you? Refreshing? Calming? Bitter? Terrible? While essential oils are powerful tools, not all are aromatically pleasing. Repeat this process with each bottle. Is there one or two oils that you really liked? Try them in a diffuser.

Not sure how to use your diffuser, check out my diffuser tutorial here

Here are a few of my favorite diffuser recipes I use in my home.

Step Four

Now, wasn’t that simple? You are on your way to using your kit! But don’t stop there. Each essential oil has multiple ways you can utilize it, however, since I am not sitting next to you to see exactly what oils you have in your kit.

Because of this, our tutorial is limited to the basic steps of getting started. But that doesn’t mean you should stop there. I love helping people get started using their oils. I offer wellness consultations in person or over the phone. If we are able to meet face to face I will bring goodies to help you with the next few steps. Send me a message through this site to get started.