Summer Oils

 

A few weeks ago I hosted an Essential Oils 101 class and a make & take immediately following.  We made after sun spray and beach wave hair spray.   I was excited to share the making of these two sprays because they’re going to be in every tote I carry this summer.   I referenced and adjusted existing recipes; one recipe direct from the doTERRA blog and the other from The Oil Powered Mom.     You’ll notice the doTERRA recipe is for an 8oz bottle but I adapted it to a 2oz amber bottle.   I’ll also note, when it comes to mixing up these sprays, you don’t have to feel restrained to the exact recipe.

If you’re wondering how to  get these wonderful, Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® oils, contact me via the contact page above!  You can also visit mydoterra.com/karissaraya to join and save or shop retail!

Let’s get to it!

I used 2oz amber bottles I ordered on Amazon.
12, Amber, 2 oz Glass Bottles, with Black Fine Mist Sprayers

Beach Wave Hair Spray

  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon doTERRA Healthy Hold Glaze
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 3-5 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 3-5 drops Lemon essential oil
    • *optional- because lemon is photosensitive, it can lighten the hair.  Natural hilights anyone?

Start with the sea salt and healthy hold glaze, followed by FCO and essential oils.  Finish by topping the bottle with hot water.  It’s important the water is hot to dissolve the salt and glaze.

After Sun Spray

  • 10 drops doTERRA Lavender
  • 10 drops doTERRA Frankincense
  • 5 drops doTERRA Geranium
  • 3 drops doTERRA Peppermint
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil  (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel (Trader Joe’s)
  • FCO and/or castor oil- castor oil has great skin tightening benefits

Simply put all ingredients in the bottle first, essential oils, vitamin E, and aloe vera gel.  Top off with FCO (or 1/2 FCO, 1/2 castor oil) and shake, shake, shake.

If you visit the Oil Powered Mom’s recipe, you can see all of the benefits of each oil.  Lavender, frankincense, and geranium have great benefits for skin health.  Peppermint along with its numerous uses and benefits is cooling, which after a day in the sun when the heat is still radiating off of your skin is appreciated.   You can also store the bottle in the refrigerator for added relief!  My recipe is different because I added vitamin E and aloe.

That’s all folks! I’ll be sharing other oil recipes that I love and traveling with oils soon.  My whole immediate family, my husband and baby are all traveling to Mexico City in a few weeks.

What are you favorite ways to use oils in the summer?  Bug spray? DIY Sunblock?

Karissa

My Birth Story




It’s Mother’s Day, so I wanted to share my birth story.

Not so long ago, Saturday, October 15, 2016,  in a delivery room far, far away (jk Kaiser Irvine, CA), Olive Noelle Raya was born.  My labor and delivery were very smooth and not very cinematic of a story, but I’ll tell it anyway.
I remember still vividly: waddling to the bathroom in the early morning to pee and waddling back feeling what felt like menstrual cramps, then laying in bed feeling what had to have been a contraction.  Don’t panic, I thought, this is normal, and I am 10 days away from my due date.   When John, my husband, awoke shortly after, I told him first not to be alarmed, but that contractions have begun and are reoccurring every 30 minutes or so.  We carried on.  We went to breakfast at Norms with my mother-in-law (I ate an entire Bigger Better Breakfast *side eye emoji*), we went to Target to grab miscellaneous things for my hospital bag (I wanted to leave because contractions were every 15 minutes at this point and getting stronger).   I laid in bed and attempted to take a nap.  The remainder of the afternoon and early evening I, at a sloth’s pace, packed my hospital bag.  The last week or so I had already begun throwing things on my bag but hadn’t actually packed it.  Contractions were closer in length and stronger.  As doctors advise you, wait until contractions are 3-1-1 (it varies by hospital/doctor).   What they mean is wait until you are contracting ever 3 (or less) minutes, for 1 minute and that pattern has to repeat for an hour.  I was at that point at 8pm.  I call the hospital, the nurse tells me, I could wait at home longer and GO TO SLEEP.  She told me to go to sleep…. as I have contractions every 3 minutes….. As a first time mom, delivery nurses and doctors are very unlikely to believe you.  You’re in a lot of pain, you’re excited and nervous about labor and they just don’t think you really know what going into labor is like.

I listened to the many voices in my head of all of the advice I heard from so many moms I know.  Take a shoooower, one friend’s voice called.  Which is good advice; you don’t know what could happen, if you’re in the hospital 1 night, 3 nights or a week and you want one good shower in your familiar shower.  So in I went, with John sitting across watching me and talking me through my contractions.  After a quick scrub down (thanks John), I decided to call the hospital back.  I couldn’t imagine falling asleep and I felt ready.  They gave us the green light to go to the hospital, so we were off.  It was 11:15pm.  The car ride was so hard, contractions feel so much worse in a sitting upright position.   We waited to be checked in the triage room and indeed, I was 5 cm dilated and was going to be checked into the delivery room.  If you’re less than 4 cm dilated, you are sent home to suffer wait longer!

 

At around midnight, I was in my delivery room bed.  With my IV in tow, we tried to take a little walk in the halls.  I couldn’t hang… so I went back to laying down.   From midnight to about 3 am, I panted through my every minute apart contractions.  At around 3am, while my primary nurse was on break, I decided it was time for an epidural.  I was exhausted and all I wanted to do was sleep, how could I with contractions 1 minute apart?  Getting the epidural wasn’t scary, I couldn’t see anything happening behind me.  I sat up as the anesthesiologist was prepping my back, I contracted, cramped up and toppled over.  “You can’t do that” the nurse said as the next step was setting the epidural needle in my back.  The time between contractions of course wasn’t long enough for him to finish, so when I had a contraction, I was so incredibly still and took long, deep breaths with the nurse holding my shoulders and John at my feet.  Having a catheter put in was painless, a weird feeling but over in an instant.  Within minutes of having the epidural placed I felt no pain from the contractions.  John watched the monitor and noticed the peak on the graph (a contraction).  He asked if I could feel anything, while I lay peacefully, finally with some relief.  I slept,  I snored even, just ten minutes after the epidural.  My parents arrived at 3:30am and I was fast asleep.  They remained in the room until Olive was born.  My mother-in-law joined when I was pushing and was present for Olive’s birth too.

The relief didn’t last forever.  A few hours later I woke up to pressure.  It wasn’t painful like the contractions, and it wasn’t constant.  I would feel the pressure when my body was contracting but I wouldn’t feel the contraction itself.  Every 20 minutes or so the nurse would turn my body from side to side to prevent numbness from the epidural.   She asked if I felt my water break, I hadn’t, but as she turned me she said she noticed fluid so my water had broken!  They would check me and check me, until about 7:30am they said I would start pushing soon.

8am, there was a shift change, so I had to wait until then to start pushing.  At this point, the pressure is strong and I just want to poop, push this baby out.   The new midwife says hello, she was actually the midwife I had seen for my last few appointments.

8:15am, the nurse asks the midwife if she can begin assisting me with my pushing.  YES.  The midwife says it’s a race between me and another mom as our labor was at the same spot.  The midwife has to go between both rooms to see which of us will “win“.

8:17am, I start pushing.  It was weird at first and I did it wrong, I barely remember.  But corrected myself with the nurse’s direction.  I am pushing every-other contraction and breathing through the contractions between pushes.

8:45am (estimate), John asks, “Is that the baby’s head?!”  “Yes” DUH, the nurse says. “Do you want to see”, the nurse asks me.  She placed a mirror at the foot of the bed and I watched as each push brought Olive’s head nearer and nearer to exiting.  I really liked seeing what was happening, most women can’t believe I wanted the mirror there.  For me, it was a motivation to see her head crowning and push harder and harder at each go.

8:55am The midwife says I win and she’s there to complete my labor with me.  A few final pushes.  They were so incredibly painful.

9:10am Olive slides into the world.   And after just a moment in the midwife’s hands, my baby girl is placed on my chest.

The immediate aftermath of birth is not fun.  Birthing the placenta is tough as the midwife pumps and pushes on my abdomen I cringe while holding Olive for the first time ever.  Expelling the placenta was SO relieving.  As the epidural has probably left my system, I feel as the midwife places two stitches on my minor tear.   Now looking back at this moment, it is really symbolic of motherhood.  It was an incredibly beautiful moment (holding a brand new baby on your bare chest) coupled with excruciating pain.   Motherhood is really hard and really beautiful.

I spent the next hour or so with Olive on my bare chest as she latched on my breast for the first time and we bonded.  After which, they did the necessary after birth procedures of weighing her, vitamin K shot, etc.

It was time to move to our postpartum room, where we would stay the night.  My nurse wheeled us down the hall where new parents push a button on a painting which signals a lullaby throughout Kaiser for all to know a baby was born.  We continued to our room. The entire waiting room had been full of our family.  Upon hearing news that Olive was born and healthy, and after congratulatory hugs and kisses, they left the hospital and would return later to meet her.


John and I stared at our baby girl, ordered our new parent meal and tried to relax.   Nurses come in every 30 minutes or so to check my blood pressure, to ask how I’m doing, to check on baby, etc.  They were so attentive and so kind.  In the evening my nurse offered to take the baby so we could sleep, but Olive had also been sleeping so I told her we were fine.  She kept offering to help with Olive, but we were managing just fine.  She told us we were the easiest parents she’s had in a long time and I took pride in her esteem. 



The next afternoon we leisurely packed our bags and made our way home.  It was surreal and that’s when the real fun began…..  colic and baby blues. 

Until the next story time, 

Karissa 

A Whole New Oil World

My experience with essential oils started at TJ Maxx.  I know, I know, you’re cringing.  But I found the Tisserand head clear and calming roller bottles and thought I’d give them a try.  I didn’t use them often, I just wouldn’t think of them first.

Photo from the second class Beth taught.
My first attempt to join the world of doTERRA was actually last year.  I picked up someone’s business card at Craftcation and she was a Wellness Advocate.  Little did I know that a year later…. I’d be a Wellness Advocate.  I actually never met up with this person.  We tried and it didn’t work out.  Fast forward to this year.  But first, let me to back track… Do you ever feel like you know someone because you “go waaaaay back”, as in, you’ve been following them on Instagram forever and you know their lives?  This happened a little like that.  I follow a bunch of Long Beach small shops and places I’d like to go, I never made it to her shop Salvage Life before it’s closing (sad face) but I saw Beth’s post about hosting an oils class.  I had been so intrigued but didn’t know where to begin or who to ask.  So I contacted her, we set a date and I hosted a class.   I was in.  Just hearing what Beth  had to say about oils and knowing that plants are powerful, I knew I wanted to share with everyone.  It was so easy to become so invested in being a Wellness Advocate while knowing that Beth and her team will help me and guide me, my oil gurus, so to speak.   This all happened in the last few days of February.  Beth taught a second class for me in April and now here we are in May and I am preparing to teach my own class in two weeks.

Lesson 1 in our #sloilbasics series. What are EO's? ******** Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. A given plant may have several chemical compounds and therefore each oil can be used for a variety of purposes. ******** Most plants are steam distilled in order to extract the oil, however citrus oils are expressed (using mechanical pressure) from the rinds of the fruit and therefore are less expensive since it only takes 45 lemon rinds to make a bottle of lemon essential oil while it takes 30,000 roses to make the same size bottle of rose oil. Prices of oils are determined in large part by the amount of plant material required to obtain the oil. ******** Essential oils have been used for 1000’s of years, Egyptian grave robbers used to steal essential oils and leave the gold, Hippocrates who is considered the Father of modern medicine, used Oregano oil in his practice. Essential oils are really having a come back right now and they are being studied more than ever! They are even being used in many hospitals. The pediatric office I take my kids to uses essential oils and I have several nurses on my Doterra team that sell and/or use essential oils. ******** I hope this was helpful! Tomorrow I'll be covering Why and How essential oils work with our bodies. #essentialoils #doterra #salvagelifeoils

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I got started with a Family Essentials kit.  It has the top 10 oils in 5mL bottles.  It’s definitely a great starter kit but I wish I would have started with the Home Essentials kit. It comes with the same 10 oils but the bottles are larger (15mL vs. 5mL).  Yes, it’s more expensive, but the much better deal in the long run.

Photo: A friend was experiencing sever seasonal allergies so I took some over for them to try.
I knew I wanted to learn more and share.  Upon ordering my doTERRA Family Essentials kit, I additionally ordered The Essential Life book, 1/4 dram oil bottles to give friends and family samples, and roller bottles to make my own blends.  I also ordered a few additional oils very soon after getting my kit: Clary Sage, Clarycalm and Balance.   More on those oils below.


I use essential oils in some way, every day.  I only wish I had started with them sooner because I know they could have really helped during my pregnancy and in the first 3 months of Olive’s life (colic).  But I truly believe everything comes at the right time that you are ready for them.  Had joined doTERRA last year,  I would not have met Beth and the rest of the team + support, which is SO important when using oils.


I’ll save the details of an intro to oils for the class I’m teaching (you’re invited if you’re local to Orange County!).  But I wanted to share the oils  that I’ve shared most and how sharing has been so wonderful.   I started sharing on Instagram that I started with oils and love them.  I got such great feedback and a lot of intrigued friends messaged me and were completely honest and open in telling me they struggle with anxiety or depression or stress or insomnia and desperately want help.  I researched and learned what oils were best and made sample roller bottles for them.   Every single person I’ve helped has only had positive results and it makes me so happy to see that they are having such great results as I am.

First, *disclaimer*: These statements have not been approved by the FDA.  I am no medical professional, just a Wellness Advocate.  I can not treat or diagnose you.  I am not replacing a medical professional.  All of these statements are for informational use only.   

Suddenly I was my family’s physician, and I use that word lightly.  Essential oils and what little experience I have with them does not replace the many years it takes to become an actual physician.  But suddenly I found myself reaching for oils rather than what is actually in my medicine cabinet.

My brother for example, woke up with a cold and at the first sound of sniffles I asked him if he was interested in trying oils and taking them internally.  He was totally up to it and I made him a “flu bomb”.  By the end of the day all symptoms of his cold were gone and he didn’t  get worse, he got better. 

Below are the oils I’ve shared the most with friends and family and why.  I hope you find this informational and if you’re interested in learning more with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Clarycalm: This oil is the “monthly” blend for women.  My body and hormones have all been in adjustment during this postpartum period and I’m still nursing.  I got this blend to use for my own hormone balance and calmness.  This blend is great for PMS and cramping, so I shared with friends that experience bad menstrual weeks.

Balance is my FAVORITE oil so far.  It’s a grounding blend and let me tell you, I frequently require grounding.   This oil works wonders on anxiety and has really helped me with my baby blues and daily sanity.   I have given this oil with so many friends and made soooooo many roller bottles.  I used up a 15mL bottle in about a month and shared with over a dozen people!

Breathe was the first (5mL) bottle I finished completely.  Which got me thinking, how such a basic instinct as breathing can be so difficult.  Interestingly enough, I shared this blend mostly with friends that have children.  It works wonders on kids with asthma or colds and even allergies to clear the airways. Think of this oil as the vapor rub of oils.

Clary Sage is long known to help in balancing hormones. It is great for menstruation and can be found in the Clarycalm roller.  I shared it with women experiencing menopause and I used it for myself for my hormone balance.  

My sanity blend is my daily go to.  I get flustered with Olive, when somedays her naps are only 30 minutes long and I feel like I get no baby free time or when it feels like I can’t get a handle on things.  I roll on the palms of my hand, rub my hands together and inhale deeply from my hands.  I inhale a few times and pause for a minute, eyes closed, and find my inner zen.  For real, I do that, then I carry on.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to oils, start here.   If you’re thinking, “hey, I want to learn more” or “hey, I’m ready to start with a kit but I have a few questions” or “hey, I want to order one oil or maybe a couple, but not a kit, what do I do” those are fantastic  questions.  Whatever you do, don’t go to Amazon and order essential oils (because there is no way of knowing they are indeed 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils) and don’t order doTERRA oils for retail prices when you can get them at wholesale prices with my help!


First, if you’re local to Orange County, come to my super fun make-and-take class!  Otherwise, we can meet IRL and talk oils or you can always email me.  You decide!

What intrigues you most about essential oils?

Karissa

Craftcation Reflection 

“Welcome to Craftcation 2017, here is your bible for the duration of the conference.  Be sure to check out the pop-up shop.  Also, have you seen my mom?”

The jungalow inspired decor at the registration table did not disappoint in the awe moment of walking in to the Marriott ready for Craftcation.  *I brought a few home at the end of the conference!*

2016 vs. 2017, still exhausted. 


Carry onward for a complete reflection. 

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All of the Life

Photo by Cynthia Warden 

 

Since January of this year I knew I wanted change with the way I shared content.  I wasn’t sure where to start.   The last few months I’ve truly been surrounded by inspirational people that unbeknownst to them have motivated me to really get this change going.   Only a few days ago, the idea for the name of this blog just came to me and I decided to just go for it: create a new blog, new name, change my Instagram name, everything.  It doesn’t seem like it should be a big deal, but it really feels like a big deal.

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Olive All of    //   la vida the life

Motherhood is a ridiculous rollercoaster you can’t get off of.

It’ll obviously be a big topic on my new blog, but definitely not the only or main topic.  I’m a firm believer a mother should retain some of her BC, before children, self.   I went in thinking of a name for this blog with a couple parameters.   I wanted to incorporate my daughter’s name because it could read as I love or all of, I wanted Spanglish because the mix of language is deeply part of me and I wanted it to be unique, obvio.   I think I hit the nail on the head.

I’m excited to get back to this.  Will it be a challenge with Olive in her infancy?  Definitely.  But I think it’s that challenge that will motivate me.

Next week I head to Craftcation for my second time.  Last year I was near the tail end of my first trimester, I was exhausted and could barely keep up with the busy conference (I took a lot of nap breaks). This year Olive and my husband will join me.   I’m so excited to see a lot of the crafters and makers I met last year and meet new friends, all of the energy at the conference is so positive it leaves you invigorated and enlivened for weeks.

Cheers to new beginnings.

Karissa