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    What You Need to Make Your Own Essential Oil Jewelry

    So you’re into the essential oils, but know that not all of your friends and family share your zeal. And, let’s be perfectly honest: you want to incorporate the oils into your gift giving so that others gain interest. Right? Have you considered thinking outside the box, and wondered what you need to make your own essential oil jewelry?

    One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is to make essential oil jewelry. It’s simple, cost-efficient, and can be quite addictive. Said the girl with the addictive personality, so take that last statement with a grain of salt. There are many kinds of jewelry you can make, my favorite being necklaces. But you can also do bracelets, earrings, etc.

    How does essential oil jewelry work? Glad you asked. You use a medium to hold the oils, making it possible for the wearer to inhale the oil all day. The two I’ve used are lava beads and felt pads. Lava beads need to be uncoated and unwaxed to make sure they absorb the oil. The felt pads fit into lockets. The oil stays on the pad or bead for a day or so, and really is up to the person wearing as to how strong they want the oil to be. I suggest making your own piece of jewelry first to see how you like it and how it works.

    What You Need to Make Your Own Essential Oil Jewelry

    Cage Necklaces

    Lava Beads (colored)

    Necklaces with Cage

    Probably the simplest, cheapest necklaces to make are the ones with cages. You can purchase the necklace chain and cage from Amazon, and all you do is pop a lava bead in that bad boy and you’re done. Just that simple!

    DIY essential oil cage necklaces

    Lava Bead Bar Necklaces

    Lava Beads (black)

    Necklace chain

    Eyepins

    Jump Rings 

    Tools

    If you want to make a necklace with the lava beads, it’s a little more involved but nothing you can’t handle! Head on over to Amazon and grab the supplies, and start making those bad boys! You might want to check out Pinterest for design ideas or try to mimic your own favorite pieces.

    Side note about these lava beads: they have a waxy coating on them which is not conducive to absorbing essential oil. But don’t fret! Just stick them in a boiler, cover them real good with water, bring them to a boil. It gets that coating off. Good to go!

    DIY lava bead essential oil bar necklace

    Locket Diffuser Necklaces

    Locket

    Felt Pads (to put in lockets)

    Jump Rings 

    Charms (optional)

    Tools

    DIY essential oil diffuser necklace locket

    To make the locket style necklace, you’ll use a locket and felt pad instead of lava beads.

    Stackable Stretch Cord Bracelets

    Stretch Cord

    Beads (for bracelets)

    Lava Beads (black)

    Lava Beads (colored)

    To make the stretch stack bracelets, cut your cord about 8″-9″. Then string beads to fit your wrist. Or, if for someone else, they say the standard measure is 7″. So string your beads to 7″, then tie a knot in the cord 3 or 4 times. Cut off the excess. I like to put it on, stretch it some to make sure it doesn’t come apart. Just that easy!

    DIY stretch stackable diffuser bracelets

    Giving jewelry as gifts (or even just wearing it!) is a great way to open the door to talk about your love of oils. And, if you’ve not yet started earning money from selling oils – YOU NEED TO! – you can start that by joining Young Living. If you’re not sure that’s something you want to do and want more information, drop a comment or email me {jillian@plentyofgrace.com} and I’d be glad to assist you 🙂

    Curious about how you can make money with essential oils? Check out THIS post.

    If you don’t feel like making your own jewelry, don’t fret. You can buy some from my Etsy store, Plenty of Grace.
    December 7, 2017

    How to Start Your Own Essential Oil Blog

    How to Start Your Own Essential Oil Blog

    One of the hardest parts about being a stay at home mom is the income. Or lack thereof.

    Don’t get me wrong, the kids drive me insane on the daily, school pick up and drop off is a huge time suck, and keeping the house clean is I M P O S S I B L E. But there are the days when I enjoy being home with my boys. More importantly, I know I’m supposed to be home with my boys because it’s part of my calling as a wife and mother.

    How to Start Your Own Essential Oil Blog

    Have you considered doing something on the side to make extra money? Do you wish for a way to help ease the stress of bills, unexpected payments, and all the other money matters life brings?

    What I’m not telling you is that a couple hundred bucks spent and 15 minutes will buy you financial freedom. And I can assure you that anyone who promises that is probably not being 100% up front. But with a little research, money, determination and time you can probably see results and make the SAHM life a little easier.

    I’m also not going to tell you that essential oils are the only way to work up a side hustle, or that you specifically have to do Young Living. You can use any company. Also, you can start a blog without a company and make money. I have worked with other companies and their promise of earning stupid amounts of money for posting 6 times a day on Facebook. Or those clothes that are overpriced and lack quality.

    Essential oils are all the rage right now, and for good reason. So if you’ve ever considered selling them, but aren’t sure how to do that without bombarding your Facebook friends, I suggest starting your very own essential oils blog.

    How to Start Your Own Essential Oil Blog

    To actually start a blog is simple. It doesn’t require thousands of dollars, and the “monthly payments” are low. Much lower than if you were to open a brick and mortar store.

    To run a blog and make it profitable is like any other business: it requires time and money. But when you really love it, you put more into it and see better results. So let’s just dive right in.

    How to Start Your Own Essential Oil Blog

    Young Living

    If you’re already a member, you can skip on down to the blog information 🙂

    If not, the first thing you’ll need to do is sign up to be a Young Living member (or distributor). The cost of a premium starter kit (at the time of this post) is about $160 plus tax and shipping. This gets you the discount on products and allows you to earn a commission. What I like most about YL is you don’t have to sell to reap the benefits. If you just want the discount, all you have to do is spend $50 a year. You do, however, have to have a certain amount of orders in order to receive commission, but if you have a corresponding blog that helps {hint, hint!}

    To be quite honest the oils sell themselves. How many times have you seen a Facebook friend post asking a question about oils? You should be the one to answer those questions.

    BlueHost

    The next step is to actually set up a website. For this, you need web hosting and a domain name. Now, I will NOT pretend like I am tech savvy. Google and I are well acquainted.

    You’ll need to go through a company such as Bluehost. I use Bluehost and have yet to have problems. Visit their site and pick a domain name (www.example.com – example being your domain). Most suggest using your own name. You could make it oil related, but keep in mind that this means your blog will always need to be about oil to make sense.

    The next step is to get a parent theme (framework), and I recommend Genesis for this. StudioPress also has child themes, which is what gives your website the layout it needs. You can also get a theme from somewhere else, like Etsy, and spend less money (mine was $15). There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on custom themes or designs at this point.

    Other helpful tools (free and paid)

    Social media is your friend {sometimes}. While the algorithms for Facebook and Pinterest are ever changing, you can still use them to your advantage. So use your domain name and go ahead and sign up for business accounts with any social media outlet you might use.

    Pinterest is a huge resource for bloggers. The best way to grow your reach on Pinterest is by getting your pins in front of more people. Some people like to pin manually, others schedule all their pins using a tool like BoardBooster. I personally do a combination of the two. Boardbooster has a plan starting at $5 per month – and to me is well worth the investment.

    One thing you’ll notice about all the best blogs: they are visually appealing. So if you can take awesome photos then share those! If not, look into stock photos. But you’ll want to add words and overlays to make those cute pins you see. For this, I recommend Canva. They have a free version that’ll get you going and really has all you’ll need.

    Should you decide to make & sell other items to complement your blog and essential oils, you can look into a shop on your Facebook page, Etsy store, or get something like Shopify to integrate into your existing website.

    For email marketing, I currently use Mailerlite because they start out free. I know a lot of people recommend Convertkit, but when I used them the cost wasn’t worth what I was making, and ML had just as many features. Mailchimp was not user-friendly, in my opinion, and I didn’t like it. But that’s just me. You might need to try a couple like I did to see what you like better.

    Of course, there’s a lot more to blogging, but for the sake of not writing a book in one post I’ll break that down 🙂

    If you’re curious about essential oils in the Bible, you can check out this post.

    December 6, 2017

    4 Different Ways You Can Make Money with Essential Oils

    4 Different Ways You Can Make Money with Essential Oils

    There is so much good information out there on making money from home. Some even have whole blogs dedicated to that very topic, such as The Work At Home Wife.

    In some cases, you might see where friends or family use their social media accounts to share direct sales products. Other times they share their experience with something like Ebates and encourage you to purchase through their link.

    So many people have so many good ideas when it comes to earning money on the side, or even a full-time job from home.

    But for me, a quiet room and dedicated phone are not an option. And I tried the sharing products on Facebook but didn’t really get anywhere. Not that direct sales won’t work, or can’t earn money. I just had to find the company that worked for me. And a product I could endorse.

    I chose to sign up with Young Living and start selling essential oils. And while I had many reasons, one reason I chose oils is that there are so many supplemental ways to earn an income along selling the products themselves.

    4 Different Ways You Can Make Money with Essential Oils

    4 Different Ways You Can Make Money with Essential Oils

    1. A big way to make money selling essential oils is to start a blog. To see how you can do that, read this post. I chose to use a direct sales company to promote oils rather than an affiliate company for a couple of reasons. First, I contacted 2 different companies about promoting their oils. One never responded to me. The other one emailed asking how I incorporated oils into my blog. Which didn’t make sense, because at that time my email pop-up was a free course on essential oils in the Bible. So they both kind of left me wondering if those were companies I wanted to work with and promote their products. Also, I knew that having a direct sales business would mean people contact me about joining should they so choose. This opens the door for new friendships and gives me the chance to “meet” new people from home. It also allows me to help others in areas I’m super passionate about.
    2. Another way to earn money with essential oils is to teach classes. So many people are curious about how to get started. How to have natural homes. Learning how to safely use oils. Learn about all these topics, and once you’ve signed up to sell the oils then you can ask people if you can teach classes for them. When done correctly, people will be begging to sign up with you. You don’t want to charge for the classes. You offer those for free, and when people see how much you love what you do and why you do it, they’ll be more interested.
    3. Talk about your own use of the oils. When you sign up for the Premium Starter Kit you receive all kinds of oils and samples. USE THEM. When you use the product and love it, you’ll tell others about it. It’s not selling, it’s sharing, and we all share good things. When you find something great on Amazon, you tell your friends, right? Or if you have a super experience at a restaurant, you tell people. This is the same thing. You’ll try the oils, love them, and want to share them with other people.
    4. Make supplemental products and sell those. For example, I learned how to make essential oil jewelry. It’s not expensive, not terribly time consuming, and you can easily make a few bucks. Plus it’s a great way to open the door to talk about your oils and other products you sell. Not into jewelry? There are plenty of other ways to incorporate oils into homemade goods. You could make digital (printable) products, travel accessories and bags to carry essential oil bottles, planners… the sky is the limit.

    4 Different Ways You Can Make Money with Essential Oils

    If you want to get started with your own essential oil side hustle, drop a comment below or email me {jillian@plentyofgrace.com} and I’ll be glad to walk you through the process! I’d also love to have you join my team 🙂

    If you want to know what you need to make your own essential oil jewelry, read THIS post.

    What are some other ways you can make money using essential oils?

    December 6, 2017

    Essential Oils in the Bible

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    The first time I heard someone talk about essential oils for health I was skeptical. Sure, sure, a plant derivative can heal certain ailments {insert eye roll here}. What’s even more hilarious is that people want to cite the BIBLE as a reference! Seriously? Essential oils in the Bible?

    You see, I thought essential oils were mostly a “spiritual” thing – spirit as in spirits other than the Holy Spirit, y’all. I know anointing oil is mentioned in the Bible, but not “essential oils” or the mention of plant essence.

    Right?

    So, in true fashion, I did some digging. Because having kids means a lot of aches and pains. You know, the sleepless nights when teeth come in {teething is the bain of my existence!} or the many, many scrapes and bruises. Giving your kids Tylenol and Motrin every 4 hours just seems a bit much.

    The first oil I purchased was some cheap stuff from Walmart, so needless to say the results were not spectacular.

    But then I found a blog, Proverbial Homemaker and she talked about essential oils. Using them to help focus, clean, etc. And I ordered from Rocky Mountain Oils and was hooked.

    But I still wanted to know if the oils held any Biblical significance, or if I was treading into the murky waters of the “spiritual”.

    A quick Google search helped determine that, while essential oils are not actually in the Bible, plants were actually used medicinally. They didn’t have essential oils simply because the process(es) used to extract the oil had yet to be invented.

    What they did have, however, were the plants that helped with various ailments

    And while anointing oil was usually olive oil, which doesn’t carry much medical value of its own, when these plant leaves and extracts were blended with it, a healing concoction was created. Many scholars believe this is why prayer for healing usually called for oil.

    Now, let me say that this book is written by someone who knows her stuff, she’s Catholic and holds some different views about different things than I do. However, the use of oils for natural healing is made evident in this book and is super informative.

    So if you’re looking for a good resource on oils in the Bible, this book is a good place to start.

    What better authority than God’s word to determine what’s best for our health?

    It only makes sense that God gave us natural cures to help heal our bodies. Some people disagree, and opinions vary greatly on how much to rely on oils. I can tell you from experience that eucalyptus essential oil helped tremendously with my sciatica as it helps reduce inflammation.

    Lavender helps relax and soothe, and peppermint helps an upset stomach. You’ve seen the hundreds of recipes online for disinfecting with essential oils, and gift guides for bath salts and soaps.

    But here’s what I like best about essential oils: for the cost of a co-pay (or less, depending on the oil!) you get several treatments. Do your research, of course, and find information from credible sources, but some oils have antibacterial and antiseptic properties and can help with skin infections. They usually have a long shelf life, and can be used over time.

    Better yet, there isn’t one person or company who sits back and collects a big fat paycheck off questionable medication. While improper use can be detrimental to your health, proper usage and informed choices are pretty much harmless.

    Essential Oils in the Bible, and how you can use them today

    What do you do with essential oils?

    Essential oils also have many uses, and you can benefit from them in different ways. Sometimes direct inhalation (i.e. sniffing straight from the bottle) is best. Other times you might want to soak a cotton ball and place it somewhere in the home. Diffusers have become increasingly popular and have the added bonus of fragrancing the room.

    What are the essential oils in the Bible?

    Since essential oils aren’t mentioned specifically, scholars have determined what plants were used, and their modern oil counterparts today. Some you might have heard of are:

    • Aloes (Sandalwood)
    • Cinnamon
    • Coriander
    • Frankincense
    • Mint (Spearmint)
    • Myrrh
    • Spikenard
    • Wormwood

    Each of these has a specific purpose, and while not every oil is deemed safe for use today, they certainly had their purpose. For example, wormwood has been identified as an oil to not use, because it can cause death. Here’s what the Bible has to say about it:

    “And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.” (Revelation 8:11)

    You know the story of the wise men bringing baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These would have been a much appreciated gift for a new baby (and mommy!) because of the amazing properties of frankincense.

    To read more about all 30 oils of the Bible and their uses, check out the book.

    Today, essential oils have many, many uses.

    From headaches to tummy aches, disinfectant to laundry detergent, essential oils can be used in almost any area of the home. They also make a great gift for new moms, the stressed worker-bee, or anyone else you might need to buy for.

    What are your favorite essential oils?

     

     

    Essential Oils in the Bible, and how you can use them today

    Looking for Bible Study resources? Check out what I recommend here.

    October 11, 2017