Month: June 2016

Enjoy the Outdoors Annoyance Free!

All Natural Outdoor Annoyance Spray

Before I began using Young Living essential oils, I had been searching for an all natural, DEET free product that actually works.  It was so difficult to find anything that didn’t have toxic chemicals, let alone DEET free.  Once I discovered the amazing benefits and versatility of essential oils, I realized there are many that could be utilized to enjoy the outdoors annoyance free that are toxin free AND cheap!

Here is the recipe I like to utilize when outdoors:


I find that using these particular oils really covers the spectrum of ALL outdoor annoyances! Also, I think this particular mix smells AMAZING! I have people ask what perfume I’m wearing or say, “you smell great, what is it!?”.

You could also use this spray around doorways or indoors to keep your home annoyance free! 

Others essential oils you could substitute (if you don’t have one of the oils in the recipe or do not care for it):

  • Purification
  • Rosemary
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Thieves
  • Thyme
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lemongrass
  • Patchouli
  • Spearmint

There are SO many different combinations that you could create to YOUR smell preferences! If you are not a fan of citronella, sub it out for one of the alternates on the list! I try different combos all the time just for a variety of smell or if I am making it for a friend!

Another tip to keep your outdoor experience pleasant is to diffuse a mix of these oils when you are sitting on your back deck under an awning or camping in a camper.

You could also put a few drops of these oils on a  para-cord bracelet.  I do this while I’m hiking, camping, or kayaking. They work great especially if you don’t want to be carrying a spray bottle around.

What about our beloved pets!? Here is a solution for them! RepelAroma by Young Living! outdoors

With RepelAroma™—a unique combination of purifying and invigorating Citronella, Idaho Tansy, Palo Santo, and Tea Tree essential oils—your pet will love being outside!A portion of all proceeds from Animal Scents products goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide-roaming wildlife.

How to Use

  • Apply 2–4 drops to your hands and pet onto your animal’s coat.*
  • Add to a 1 oz. spray bottle and spritz generously on your animal’s coat or skin.*
  • Diffuse to keep pests away from certain areas in the home or small areas outdoors.
  • Carefully apply according to the size and species of animal.

General rule: Dilute more for smaller species.

*I’ll be posting soon about a special blend I like to use to make an outdoor collar for my favorite feline, so stay tuned! 

Benefits of Citronella

Read more on why DEET is harmful HERE 

Another article about a study done regarding the effects of DEET.

Great resource to learn more about pesticides and protecting your family from them.

I would love to hear what YOUR favorite blend of oils is to keep you safe from outdoor annoyances! Comment below! 

Until Next Time,

Shannon 🙂


Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

Valor: “Beyond the Premium Starter Kit” Post #2

“Beyond the Premium Starter Kit” Series Blog Post #2

ValorLast week I started a series of blog posts called “Beyond the Premium Starter Kit”.  I would like to continue with another one of my FAVORITE oils-VALOR! Again, these oils are not in any particular order because that would have been too difficult!

I was introduced to the Valor essential oil by Young Living when my oily friend, Erica Cain from Life is Better Oiled, sent me a sample to use as a confidence booster for the Make & Take party I was hosting.

Let me tell you….I was hooked IMMEDIATELY! Honestly, as soon as I rolled it on my wrist and took my first whiff I couldn’t get enough! I even went as far as buying a bottle from someone since it was out of stock when I first discovered this amazing oil!


Valor has a sweet, yet earthy smell that is addicting! If you are not a fan of spruce or frankincense, this oil may not be for you, but I would at least give it a chance!  The sweetness gives it just the right amount of femininity, yet does not overpower.


ValorValor is also amazing for yoga and meditation.  Diffuse or apply topically.  It is calming and brings a sense of spirituality, strength, and confidence.

I wear it as a perfume daily and LOVE to diffuse it as well! During the times it is out of stock, I try to use it sparingly and dilute it further when I create my perfume rollers.

ValorThe reason this oil goes out of stock so often is because of the blue tansy essential oil, which is only available at certain times of year.  Because of Valor’s popularity, Young Living created Valor II.  Now, I’m not saying I do not like Valor II, but there is just no comparing to the original! I would definitely give it a try if you cannot get your hands on a bottle of Valor though.



Here is what Young Living has to say about their Valor oil:


Valor® essential oil blend is one of our most popular products and a favorite of founder D. Gary Young. Its woodsy, positive scent comes from a blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Rosewood, and Frankincense. As an important oil in the Raindrop Technique®, Young Living Valor oil is great for massages, in addition to other topical and aromatic uses.
Use it to greet each morning with a positive attitude or to unwind at the end of the day. Its powerful yet calming scent is versatile enough that you can integrate it into your morning and bedtime routines and anywhere in between.

What is in Valor?

Spruce may help to open and release emotional blocks and bring about a sense of grounding and balance

Frankincense helps with mind focus and overcoming stress. Helps promote and support healthy joint and cartilage function. Helps support a healthy immune system.

Rosewood is empowering and emotionally stabilizing and also helps support a healthy immune system with a soothing and comforting aroma.

Blue Tansyto help support the immune system.

Valor® is a prized essential oil blend by Young Living that contains Rosewood, Spruce, Blue Tansy and Frankincense in a base of coconut oil.  Valor® can help balance both the spiritual and physical components of the body to increase feelings of  confidence, strength and  self-esteem where courage is needed.  Valor® is known for its  protective qualities, and may enhance an individual’s internal resources. Valor® has been nicknamed the “chiropractor in a bottle.” It has also been found to help the body self-correct its balance and alignment. I like to apply Valor® to my spine before and/or after my chiropractic adjustments. Valor® is also an integral part of the Raindrop Technique which is a safe, non-invasive technique for spinal health.

Other ways to use Valor:

  • Diffuse Valor in the morning to jump-start a busy day with its uplifting, affirming scent.
  • Combine with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex to unwind before bed with a relaxing foot or back massage.
  • Refresh throughout the day by directly inhaling or massaging onto your neck, chest, or hands and wrists.
  • Wear as a subtle cologne or use as a base for personalized scents.
  • Add to Young Living’s Bath & Shower Gel Base or to a hot bath to invigorate your bath and shower routine.

What are YOUR thoughts about Valor? Comment below! 

Until Next Time,

Shannon 🙂

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

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