• Robin Kee

NON TOXIC HOME: Fun in the Sun

While summer is one of the most amazing times of year, it brings its own unique set of challenges. How do you best care for and support your body during this season?

How do you protect your skin from the sun or rehydrate after long days in the water?

How can you keep those pesky bugs away or survive traveling stresses that arise on family vacations and adventures?

If you want easy answers to these questions, I’ve got the best kept secrets for summer travelers just for you thanks to an amazing resource called GROworkspace! (If you're looking for amazing non toxic content to share with your friends and family, visit groworkspace.com and sign up for your own account.)

OK, let's get dig in!


The excitement of longer, brighter, and warmer days can make some a little reckless when it comes to caring for their body. Did you know that too much skin exposure to the sun can not only put you at higher risk of skin cancer but also can prematurely age the skin? No, thanks!

You want to filter out UVA and UVB light waves in order to protect your skin. If you can’t avoid the sun, then you can use sunscreen to block those waves. But what about all those chemicals found in sunscreens?! For example, do yourselves a favor and look up Oxybenzone. YUCK!

Cue Young Living!

Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils, including Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Sacred Frankincense, this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly, so you can effortlessly apply it when you're outdoors.

It's all the hubby and I used in Hawaii and it worked beautifully. The hubby even commented on how it felt better on his skin and smelled so much better than the typical sunscreens!

Now HOLD ON. We also need to talk about how to love your skin after being kissed by the sun.

When you stay out in the sun too long, refresh and recover with Young Living’s LavaDerm™ After-Sun Spray. This naturally derived after-sun spray offers temporary relief from the pain and itching of minor burns, minor cuts, sunburns, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritations, so your family can keep playing all day.

After that, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. 

Young Living’s Coconut Lime Replenishing Body Butter features Lime essential oil and uses plant-based ingredients to deeply moisturize your skin with a non-greasy formula.  I also adore the Sandalwood moisturizer. It's a scent that men and women alike can enjoy and is our family's go to lotion these days.


Isn’t it funny how when we are deprived of something (summer) for nine months of the year, we initially forget all of the trials and tribulations associated with it? We will all too soon be plagued by mosquitoes, gnats, and flies when all we want to do is enjoy a bonfire or walk along the beach.

It’s tempting to reach for the classic insect repellant, but before you do that, flip over the bottle to see if DEET is an active ingredient. DEET is a registered pesticide. It is a member of the toluene chemical family. Toluene is an organic solvent used in rubber, plastic cements, and paint removers. DEET is absorbed through the skin and can pass into the blood.

It can cause allergic skin reactions and eye irritation. A 2013 analysis of about 4,000 DEET-related calls to poison control centers found that 450 people needed medical treatment after applying DEET, and two were fatal. Most cases of seizures, slurred speech, coma, and other serious side effects have occurred in people who ingested DEET or applied it for three or more days in a row or used products with 95 percent DEET or more.

No, thanks. I’ll pass.

Feeling hopeless due to lack of EFFECTIVE DEET-free alternatives? Don't!

Young Living came out with an Insect Repellent that has been tested to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas using 100 percent naturally derived, plant-based ingredients. 

Pure sesame oil and a carefully selected blend of essential oils traditionally used for their bug-repellent properties come together to make up all 99 percent of the active ingredients in this formula.

The other 1 percent? Vitamin E. That means you can use it on your little ones and not worry about the synthetic chemicals used in many traditional repellents. You’ll also love the pleasant, citrusy aroma and smooth, non-sticky application.

Looking for an even more convenient application? Young Living now sells Insect Repellent wipes!

NOW we can have some serious fun in the sun!


Any travel—especially flying, even for a short trip—can wreak havoc on your digestive system for a number of reasons.

Traveling can cause acute stress. Quality food choices or the foods you are used to can be limited or very expensive.Finally, there’s the impact of sitting for long periods of time in a car or a plane. Did you know that getting up and walking helps your digestive system do its job?

A lot of what I just mentioned is unavoidable as you get your summer traveling in, but there are some essential oils that are perfect to apply to your abdomen to keep a happy tummy while traveling. Let me introduce to you two essential oils that combine to make the Happy Tummy Roller.

Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita) has a bright, cool, and calming aroma, with many benefits. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin.

DiGize™ blend is one of YL's most unique essential oil blends, combining Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli oils with a spicy, exotic aromatic blend. DiGize oil also includes Fennel essential oil, the use of which dates back to ancient Egypt and is great to apply to your abdomen.

Happy Tummy Roller - the perfect travel buddy: 15 drops Digize + 10 drops Peppermint  in a 10 ml roller bottle. Fill with V6 oil or a carrier oil of your choice. **For kids dilution (age 3-8), cut the above in half.**

Application - After rolling the bottle between your hands to mix before use, roll bottle either clockwise around the navel or where needed.


One of the best feelings after long, stationary hours of traveling is that first stretch when you get to your destination, right?

Enhance that experience by applying Deep Relief™ Roll-On! It contains essential oils, including Peppermint, Wintergreen, Dorado Azul, and Helichrysum. It's convenient for a quick, cooling relief on your joints. It's amazing for any post workout pains and I even utilize it on the back of my neck when hit with a headache. Sweet relief, y'all!

You can also try PanAway oil, a combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils. This popular blend comes in the Premium Starter Kit. Uses include applying it to tired muscles after exercise or to the neck and back any time of day to enjoy its soothing and stimulating aroma.


Have you ever had trouble sleeping in a foreign place? Or woken up a million times during the night, causing you to start the next day feeling unrested? As if getting that good night's sleep wasn’t difficult enough at home, now you have the stress of travel and the unfamiliar environment in which you’re now attempting to catch those Zzzs.

I’m about to put your mind to sleep!

If you’re looking for a knock-out combo to have you waking up feeling rested and energized, I highly recommend a Lavender-Cedarwood combo.

But why the heck do we need sleep?

Not only does sleep make you feel better, but it is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sleep can improve your memory, curb harmful inflammation in your body, lower stress, and help you achieve a healthy weight. The list goes on.

Do not forget your ORB diffuser for traveling! Mix 4-8 drops each of Lavender and Cedarwood in a diffuser at night. I call this combo “Sleeping Sheep” because you won’t even need to count any sheep!

Lavender has a scent that is fresh, floral, clean, and calm. Cedarwood has a warm, woodsy aroma that creates a comforting, uplifting experience. You can also create a calming yet powerful environment when you diffuse this oil or add it to massage oil blends.

Another killer bedtime option is the Tranquility roll-on which is always a part of my bedtime routine, but let me give you one more secret weapon: Valerian.

Valerian essential oil possesses an earthy smell that promotes feelings of relaxation and eases the occasional restlessness that can keep you from unwinding in the evening. Diffuse this valiant oil for the perfect bedtime ritual, or massage it into the bottoms of your feet after a long day to foster moments of peace.


Traveling can be stressful, no matter how much time you give yourself for preparation. (Especially if traveling with children. Can I get an Amen?!) Travel inevitably brings some degree of occasional stress and you and I both know that things don't always go as planned.

Luckily, Young Living has several essential oils and blends that can help promote feelings of calm and ground you during the occasional stress of travel. They can also give you a boost so that you can get through whatever is thrown at you!

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, Camphor, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, and Geranium. In fact, it’s so popular that orders are limited to two bottles per month.

Get your hands on the Valor Roll-on! It's so convenient and a great way to get MORE VALOR!

Peace & Calming® essential oil is a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. Peace & Calming oil creates a relaxing environment that’s especially great for homes with children. (Yes, please!)

Stress Away™ essential oil blend is the first product to contain the unique combination of Lime essential oil and Vanilla extract. The distinct mix of Vanilla and Lime gives Stress Away essential oil blend its unique and pleasant aroma, among other benefits. With a perfectly balanced aroma of both tropical and citrus notes, it offers you a uniquely relaxing oasis in a fast-paced world.

Best part? All three of these oils are included in the premium starter kit!

Ready to get your hands on some of these products?

If you're already a Young Living Member, just jump on your account and place an order either as a Quick Order or earn points and freebies by ordering through Essential Rewards. If you're not yet a member, there are two options for getting started.

OPTION 1: RETAIL CUSTOMER  As a Retail Customer, you will pay FULL RETAIL PRICE. Yuck!! Who wants to do that?!?! Not me.

OPTION 2: WHOLESALE MEMBER As a Wholesale Member, you get 24% off retail for a LIFETIME and have access to all the great membership perks like the Essential Rewards program & FREE shipping! Who wouldn't want that?!?

As a member of my team, you also get access to our private community, The Essential Squad, for lots of support and a place to ask questions. I provide you with a plan to help you use your starter kit to its fullest and discover new oils & products that align with your goals.

Another great thing... Young Living offers referral bonuses to members. That means you can help your friends get started just like you did and put a little money in your pocket at the same time. It's as simple as passing along your member number to them. Anyone can do it. It's easy peasy! 

Order your kit this month and I'll gift you a free mini photo session from B+R Photography! (Sessions limited to the Memphis or Nashville area). Click here to get started!

Want more ideas on how to utilize essential oils? I'm hosting an online class tomorrow night all about using oils to up your summer social game!

Lavender Lemonade? Yes please!

Click here to attend: Online Summer Social



*Note: This post content was provided by GROworkspace. I added my own words and opinions, but the majority is not original to me. I do use all of these products in my home and fully believe in their safety and quality.