Why It Matter What Essential Oils You Use

Podcast #53

Why It Matter What Essential Oils You Use

This is a common question that is asked and it is not really complicated. We know when we buy better quality foods, we are healthier and feel better. This is the same with essential oils. With more and more essential oil companies popping up everywhere, how does one know which one to choose?

USDA Organic Certified vs. Young Living Seed to Seal

USDA Organic Certified

  • 5% non-organic materials allowed
  • Chemical-free soil for 7 years
  • 3 years of growing before eligible to meet standards
  • Weeding done by hand or approved synthetic or organic substances
  • May use approved synthetics for pests
  • Continual testing of soil only
  • May use conventional seed that is non-GMO
  • 15 volunteers make up the approval board staff
  • No 3rd party testing required

Young Living Seed to Seal

  • Zero pesticides or chemicals permitted
  • Chemical-free soil for 30+ years
  • 5 years of growing before being eligible to meet standards
  • Weed by hand
  • Control pests with essential oils
  • Continual testing of water, soil, and air
  • No conventional grown seeds
  • 50 trained scientists on staff
  • 3rd party testing required

Just these results show a difference but when 15 essential oil companies were called, that shows the true reason as to why Young Living stands above the rest.

The final reason that makes a difference in where you buy your essential oils…

Will you be educated? Once you have essential oils in your home, having the education and tools is important. Find someone you trust and you will get so much more out of your essential oils. If you are looking for that person, join me here.

As always be grateful & have faith!

God bless!

 

Be Your Own Advocate

Podcast #52

 

Be Your Own Advocate

 

Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever felt judged because of a choice that you made? It is time to stand up and be your own advocate- for you and for your family.

 

If you don’t advocate for them, who will?

  • Believe in Yourself

  • Know Your Rights

  • Get the Facts

  • Gather Support

  • Express yourself clearly

 

You are not alone. There are communities and support in numbers.

Check out my facebook page for more community, support, and education.

You got this!

Be grateful & have faith!

God bless!

What’s in Your Birthing Bag?

Podcast #51

What’s in your Birthing Bag?

 

Here are a few items that Amanda finds important to have on hand while she is birthing. It doesn’t matter if you are birthing in a hospital, birthing center, or the comfort of your own home.

 

Must-haves:

#1 Essential oils are a must and making them easy to use in a roller bottle is quite helpful. Blends to consider are a Labor, Strength, Milk, Grounding, Peace, Head, Back, Sleep, Dynamic Duo, and Relax.

 

#2 Young Living’s Claraderm or a DIY Peri Spray

 

#3 Homeopathic remedies. Check out www.homeopathyformommies.com for a complete list on birthing remedies.

 

#4 Diffuser

 

#5 Hypnobirthing relaxation CD or birthing playlist- don’t forget the speaker J

 

#6 Popsicle pads- check out the full video and recipe here!

 

#7 Comfortable nursing bra

 

#8 Anything that helps to keep you calm and grounded- a doula, printed affirmations, or prayers.

 

What is in your birthing bag?

If you want to learn more about our preparations for a home birth check this out too!

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

What is an Oiler?

Podcast #50

What is an Oiler?

Well simply put an oiler is someone who uses essential oils but what does it really mean to use essential oils?

Diffuser Them

This is one of the basic ways to use essential oils. Grab your diffuser (which you get with your PSK here) and add some oils and water. You are making the area smell amazing and you are supporting your body and those around you,

Apply them to Your Skin

Do you have an area of discomfort? Apply oils and you will be amazed! Grab lavender and frankincense for the skin or peppermint and panaway for a throbbing head.

Got Emotions?

Essential oils for emotions is a game changer! You can diffuse them, smell them straight from the bottle and apply them using affirmations to release the negative and embrace the positive. *Note* only Young Living oils are recommended when dealing with emotions and the limbic area of the brain.

What About Wellness?

Using essential oils to support your overall wellness is a sure sign of an Oiler. This is as simple as grabbing one of your favorite immune supporting oils like Thieves, frankincense or lemon and applying them to your feet or diffusing them.

Don’t Forget About the Kids

Using essential oils with your kids is simple and easy. Diffusing and applying them daily for the different things that come up is a wonderful way to keep them healthy. Always be your own advocate and apply them to your comfort level.

Oils Around the Home

Using essential oils beyond diffusing is a step in the right direction. You can use them to clean, in your personal care products, lotions, supplements and more!

Cooking with Oils

Who knew? Cooking with oils is just like adding your favorite spice like black pepper or herb, just remember that you might only need a drop. This also cuts down your food budget in the herb department.

When you become an Oiler, you are simply adding oils into your daily life and living a healthier life because of it. Most people start with their Premium Starter Kit (12 oils + a diffuser = winning!) and it will be the best investment you will ever make! Are you ready to become an Oiler? I would love to help you get started!

As always be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy… Naturally

Podcast #49

6 Simple Ways to  Keep Your Kids Healthy… Naturally

With all the resources that we have why does it seem like kids are getting sicker quicker and more than ever before?

These are some simple way to keep your kids healthy all year round.

Balance the Gut

This is huge. Keeping out gut flora in check keeps are entire body running well. Some simple ways are to avoid processed foods and adding in prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods and supplements. Grab yours here.

Fun in the Sun

Food is a great way to get your vitamins but sometimes we could use a little boost especially with vitamins D & C. Sunlight is a big help where vitamin D is concerned but if you are needing a supplement this is one that we use. Citrus fruits are helpful when it comes to vitamin C but when we need extra this is a great source too!

Let Them Play in the Mud

As odd as it might sound to us as parents there are naturally occurring compounds in the dirt that boost serotonin levels and will also contribute to healthy sleep. On top of that, by interacting with dirt, kids are naturally exposed to a host of natural bacteria and pathogens that actually help strengthen the immune system.

Avoid Chemicals

This sounds super easy but have we really looked at what we are pouring on to them lately? Check out your toothpaste, lotions, shampoo/conditioner, bug sprays, sunscreen, laundry detergent and more.

Add Some Salt to the Tub

Epsom or sea salt baths are amazing for detoxing the body especially when we add some essential oils to them but it also has an additional health benefit- magnesium. Due to depleted soil and water levels, many adults and children are magnesium deficient.

Essential Resources

Keeping things like essential oils, homeopathic remedies, herbs, and tinctures on hand is crucial. That away when something does pop up, you are prepared to handle it.

What are some ways that you keep your kids healthy?

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

My First Aid Kit

Podcast #48

My First Aid Kit

What are the must-haves in your natural first aid kit? Here are the things that we keep in ours.

Activated Charcoal

For acute use in food poisoning, intestinal illness, vomiting, diarrhea, ingestion of toxins, etc.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Keep a bottle of organic Apple Cider Vinegar with “the mother” on hand for digestive troubles, indigestion, food poisoning, sunburn, bug bites and more.

Aloe Vera 

Amazing for burns and blisters and super soothing to the skin.

Essential Oils

There are so many to have with you and this is just the short list. Lavender, patchouli, lemon, tea tree, lemongrass, Thieves/clove, frankincense, copaiba, oregano, purification, & peppermint. So many uses for each and this is just the basic must-haves that you can grab here.

Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are another must have. Simple and easy to use. You can grab them here. These are just the basics to have on hand. Check out this podcast to learn all the awesomeness of homeopathy!

Epsom Salt

Good as a bath soak for sore muscles. Dissolved in water, it can also be a good soak to help remove splinters.

Everything Cream

This “everything cream” can be used on dry skin, cuts, bruises, rashes, and anything else healing ointment could be used on.

Thieves

Be sure to have on hand the Thieves Spray, Waterless Hand Purifier and of course the Thieves House Hold Cleaner.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Great for cleaning wounds, mouthwash, and as a stain remover just to name a few.

Witch Hazel

A must have on hand for use on cuts, scrapes, and in cosmetic uses. It makes a great skin toner and is good for the postpartum bottom too.

Baking Soda

A good remedy to keep on hand. For severe heartburn or urinary tract infections, 1/4 tsp can be taken internally to help alleviate quickly. It can also be made into a poultice and used on bites.

Coconut Oil

Great for just about everything. From skin salve to diaper creme, to makeup remover, to antifungal treatment, use coconut oil for everything.

Superglue or a Liquid Bandaids

On minor to moderate skin cuts (not puncture wounds) use superglue and butterfly bandages.

The Little Things

  • Strips of sterilized muslin cloth in plastic bags for wrapping wounds.
  • Cut off wool sleeves from old sweaters to cover bandages and hold ice packs
  • Assorted bandages, butterfly bandages, and gauze
  • Homemade ice pack- just freeze liquid dish soap or rubbing alcohol in a double-bagged, ziplock bag and use as an ice pack.

Do you use any natural remedies for illness or first aid? Share your tips below!

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

Simple Ways to Detox Daily

Podcast #47

Simple Ways to Detox Daily

Drink lemon water

Warm to room temperature lemon water is the best, especially first thing in the morning. Add a drop of lemon vitality or some fresh squeezed organic lemon juice work well.

Sip on a Detox Tea

There are a variety of teas out there. Look for teas that contain dandelion root, ginger root, burdock, and licorice.

Add Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has a multitude of benefits. It alkalizes the body, helps detox the liver and supports the metabolism. Good Girl Moonshine is one of my favorite ways to add it to my day.

Jump

Jumping is a great way to stimulate our lymphatic system. It increases circulation.

Eliminate

Elimination is one of the key ways that our detoxes every single day. Be sure to eat clean and add in your fiber. Get in your probiotics, digestive enzymes, and Digize essential oils. Consider trying a coffee enema.

Dry body brushing

This not only feels good but it also activates the lymphatic system, stimulates circulation and enhances the elimination of toxins through our largest organ- the skin!

Detox baths

This is a good thing to add to your weekly routine to help support and cleanse our body. Grab the recipe here. All you need is some sea salt or Epsom salt, baking soda, and essential oils. If you can’t do a bath, try a foot soak.

Make your home healthy

Get some plants in your home that act as natural air filters. Avoid using chemical cleaners. Throw out your plugins, candles and other items that scent our home and instead use a diffuser with essential oils (I recommend Young Living.) Get a reverse osmosis system or water distiller.

What simple steps are you ready to make to detox your life daily?

It doesn’t have to hard or complicated, just start making little changes to a healthier you!

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

What’s the Big Deal About Fragrance?

Podcast #46

What’s the Big Deal About Fragrance

This has become a hot topic everywhere. Why? People are becoming more aware of what they are using daily in their homes. One of the top things that we should all be aware of is fragrance. Fragrance has become known as the new second-hand smoke and is causing toxic effects on our body that we may not even realize.

What is Fragrance

Fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that give each perfume or cologne its distinct scent. Fragrance is called a “proprietary blend” or a “trade secret” to the company that contains them. This allows them to hide thousands of chemicals and you would never know.

Where is Fragrance Found

Most of our personal care products contain fragrance. Things like sunscreen, shampoo, soaps, lotions, makeup, body wash, cleaning products, perfumes, deodorants, and pretty much anything that has a smell may have fragrance. Just check the label.

Health Concerns of Fragrance

The word fragrance can hide over 3000 chemicals. These chemicals are being linked to reproductive toxicity, central nervous system disruptor, endocrine disruptors, allergies, respiratory issues, gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular problems, cancer and more. What is even more alarming is the fact that these chemicals are even being found in the blood of newborns meaning that the chemicals the mother is being exposed to are now being passed onto her baby.

What Do We Do Now

Read your labels- all of them. Avoid any label with the word “fragrance” on it. Check out the documentary “Stink.” We also need to realize that the TSCA  a law made to protect us is actually doing the exact opposite.

Are you ready to be the gatekeeper of your home? If you could protect your family from a list of health issues would you? Today take the challenge and check your labels. Do they have the word fragrance? Will you continue to use them?

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Camping Essentials

Podcast #45

Camping Essentials

You never know what you might need when camping. Here are some of the essentials to have on hand.

Valor & Stress Away

These are great to help everyone on the trip! They can calm the nerves and help you ease into vacation mode.

Lavender

This is known as the Swiss Army knife of essential oils. Cuts, scrapes, bug bites, owies, to much sun, sleep, nervous tummy when in doubt grab lavender.

Thieves

You never know when your immune system will be compromised and sometimes it can take being in cold damp weather or just overdoing it to bring our immune system down a notch. Thieves is a must have! It is also great for cleaning and making sure nothing nasty comes home with you.

Lemon

Great for adding to your water and cleaning out impurities. Uplifting to moods when diffuse if you are stuck inside or adding it to your fresh caught fish.

Peppermint

This is a must-have when it comes to the hot summer days. A drop in your water keeps your body temperature from climbing and even better spiders and ants do not like peppermint either.

Digize

This is a wonderful oil to help support our digestive system, especially while camping. In case you eat something that did not agree with you or maybe you have issues going #2 in new places, this is an oil you want to have.

Frankincense

Keeps you calm, keeps you grounded, keeps the bruises away. This is a must have for any injury.

Citrus Fresh

This is going to help keep the smells away. While your fishing and hiking, it can keep the smells away.

Peace & Calming

This is wonderful to calm the little ones in your life or your furry friends too! It just what it says that it will do, bring feelings of peace and calm.

Panaway

This little bottle is great for any soreness after your hike, long day rowing, or just for the muscle, you may have all of a sudden noticed that you have after you set up camp.

Purification & Insect Repellent

Purification is helpful to keep the pests away. it also helps to take the itch out if we get a bite. Get for our dogs too! The insect repellent is natural and it doesn’t contain DEET, win-win!

Raven

This blend is amazing for respiratory support. After that long hike to the waterfall or a long day canoeing, you want this in your pocket.

Are you ready to camp?

Most of these amazing oils come in one little kit that you can grab here for over 50% off! You will be set for all of your camping trips this summer. Bonus, it includes a diffuser!

Go grab yours today and you will personally have me to help you along the way!

As always, be grateful & have faith.

God Bless!

Home Birth

Podcast #44

Home Birth

For centuries, home birth was the only way to birth. It was common that the new mother was surrounded by the other women in her community to assist her through the birthing process. In the past century, the birth was moved from the care of the women for women to doctors in the hospital. When looking at the history and statistic, this did not actually improve birth as a whole.

Not everyone should have a home birth. Those who are considering it should think about a few different things while discerning if it is the right option for you.

Why?

Everyone has a different reason for choosing homebirth. What are your reasons? Comfort. Fears. Security. Empowerment. Knowing your why is going to help you in the decision as to whether home birth Is the option for you.

Overcoming misconceptions

Ghostbusting some of the misconceptions that we have heard, seen in movies or even emotional trauma that we have experienced through our lives is where we should start. Holding onto thoughts, stories or past traumas can be brought back as we prepare for our birth. This is something all women should do before their birth, no matter where the birth will take place.

Envisioning your birth

Just as with anything that you are doing in life, running a marathon, achieving a business goal or giving birth, envisioning the process and the outcome is important. Hypnobirthing is an amazing birthing technique that helps you prepare and envision, as well as overcome some of your fears or misconceptions of what birth truly is.

Hiring a midwife

One of the most important things you will do while preparing for your birth is hiring your provider. That is right, YOU get to decide who your care provider is. Interview them. Ask them the hard questions: transfer rate, certifications, experience, and anything else that is important to you.

Gathering Your People

This is an area that gets overlooked. Who do you want at your birth? Are you hiring a doula? People that have been negative or unsupportive, even if that is your mother or best friend, should not be someone on this list.

Prepare for Postpartum

Often postpartum is forgotten in all of the birthing plans. Soon baby will be here and having a support system and plan in place for meals, other children you may have, and even a postpartum doula, are options that you should consider before that little one arrives.

Are you ready?

Be informed. Educate yourself and those who will be helping you along this journey into motherhood.

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Natural Motherhood

Podcast #43

Natural Motherhood

Natural motherhood means to be an advocate for you and your family. Start by learning what we can, trusting your gut and cutting out the things that are not good for us.

It Starts at Home

We are the gatekeepers of our homes. It is up to us to educate ourselves on what we are using and allowing to cross that threshold. Do your research and then ditch & switch. Start with the areas that are most important to you- laundry, cleaners, personal care, etc.

In the Beginning

Maybe it is baby #1 or baby #9, motherhood can be emotional. Supporting your emotions is key.

Preparing the go bag for the hospital, be sure to have these:

  • Lavender
  • Peace & Calming
  • Peppermint
  • Joy & White Angelica
  • Panaway & Black Pepper
  • Popcycle pads
  • DIY Peri Spray or Claraderm

Safety & Dilution

Always trust your gut. You have mama instincts for a reason. General dilution rules for ages 0-1 years is ⅛ dilution and ages 2-6 years ¼. Remember do your research and be your own advocate. Check out Debra Rayburns Gentle Babies book for amazing information.

Sleep is Essential

You may not get a lot of sleep in the beginning but setting up a routine can be a huge help. Do what works for you and stick to it!

A Million Ways

There are so many ways to make motherhood natural and easy. Being consistent with these will help the entire process to become second nature.

Take Care of You

Number one thing when becoming a mom is that even though your family is your priority it is vital to take time for you. This could be reading a book, taking a shower, going for a walk or reading the Bible. Whatever it may be, do it! Take 5 minutes or 30 minutes but be sure to fill your cup.

What steps will you take to making your motherhood more natural?

As always be grateful & have faith.

God Bless!

 

5 Steps to Emotional Healing

Podcast #42

5 Steps to Emotional Healing

Emotional release is something that can be very powerful and ultimately life-changing but getting started is where most people get stuck. It does not have to be as scary as we might think and can be done in 5 simple steps.

Two amazing books to help you dig deeper into emotional release and healing are Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils by Carolyn L. Mein, D.C, and Feeling Buried Alive Never Die by Karol Truman.

* Note: the only essential oils recommended for emotional release are Young Living Essential Oils due to quality standards. Grab your oils here.

Clearing Emotional Patterns

Identify

Step 1 is to identify the feeling or emotion. This brings that feeling or emotion into conscious awareness.

Understand

Step 2 is that once we have identified the emotion and thought pattern that was created. Understand it and where it comes from.

Learn

Step 3 is to learn from this emotion or feeling. Let’s look at the other side or the positive emotion, which is the positive expression of that emotion.

Clear

Step 4 is it clear that emotion. This is the way out, which is a statement or affirmation that provides a way for us to shift from the negative emotion or feeling to a positive emotion or feeling. Remember the deeper the emotion is the more times it can take to clear it. Think of each emotion or feeling like a hole. If you have been digging that hole for years it will take more than one shovel full of dirt to fill it back in.

 

Release

Step 5 is to release the emotion or feeling which no longer serves you. Place a drop of essential oil in your hand. Inhale the essential oil. Apply it to the alarm points or emotional points. The bottoms of the feel and ears are good places to use as a backup.

It is really that Simple!

It really can be as simple as:

  • I choose being (insert positive feeling/emotion)
  • I feel (insert feeling/positive emotion)
  • I AM (insert positive feeling/emotion)

Are you ready to let go of those emotions and feeling that no longer serve you? These emotions and feelings do not have to overtake your life. They can if you let them. Grab your oils and sit down in prayer and the Holy Spirit to help you release the feelings/emotions that no longer serve you and are holding you back from having the life that God has waiting for you.

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

The Lifestyle

Podcast #41

The Lifestyle

Our home is our safe place and we want to keep that a safe place. Unfortunately, it has become a place that is filled with things that are unsafe and wreak havoc on our entire family. It is time to be the gatekeepers of our homes and start to live the lifestyle, the chemical free lifestyle.

How to Start

It is actually just 3 simple steps to a chemical free lifestyle.

Step 1: Identify- the harmful chemicals in your home. Be familiar with the common red flag ingredients and start reading labels.

Step 2: Replace- these toxic household products with safe and effective ones from a source you trust.

Step 3: Lifestyle- start living a life of wellness for your whole family. No more dealing with the side effects that come along with being exposed to these chemicals daily but instead living the life that God intended you too!

Beware of Greenwashing

People are starting to notice the chemicals and looking for better options and companies are getting smarter. They are making their products look healthier or saying things like “all natural” but the reality is they typically contain just as many chemicals as all of the other products on the shelves next to them. There is also the trade secret law that allows companies to not disclose the ingredients they use in order to keep their recipe a secret. Both of these are misleading and why you must first trust the company that makes them to truly know what you are getting.

Step 1: Identify

What chemicals are on the red list and should we be on the lookout for?

  • Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • BPA
  • Phthalates
  • Propylene Glycol
  • SLS/SLES
  • DEA, MEA, TEA
  • Triclosan
  • Dioxin
  • PEG
  • Petroleum
  • Synthetic Colors
  • Fluoride
  • Oxybenzone

Start reading labels and being aware!

Step 2: Replace

It is time to ditch & switch! What area of your home is in the most need? For most, the laundry room and household cleaner are quick and easy plus it eliminates the most chemicals the fastest. Then we have our kitchen, oral care, body care, make-up, and even our kids personal care products- like wipes. Check out this simple and easy switch that cuts the chemicals and saves you money!

Step 3: The Lifestyle

This is were Young Living is amazing and a life changer, a company you can trust and products that work! No more label reading needed no more chemicals, budget-friendly, and a happier healthier home. Get started here today!

Where will you start?

Take the one cupboard challenge. Go open one cupboard or cabinet in your home and start reading the labels. You might be surprised at what you find. Then start your lifestyle journey and never look back!

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Healthy Kids Part 3

Podcast #40

Healthy Kids

Part 3

Healthy kids start before they are even conceived. We can start by getting both mom and dad healthy and functioning well so that the baby also can have a healthy beginning.

+ Increasing Your Fertility

  • Get rid of any pathogens- parasites, fungus, candida, etc.
  • Clean up your diet and eat foods that can increase your fertility
  • Avoid two things- soy and processed sugars

+ Fun Facts for Healthy Families

  • Babies do not have the proper enzymes for food until they have teeth
  • Thyroid issues are commonly a lack of iodine and minerals- increase iodine with Lugol’s liquid iodine and minerals with Pink Himalayan or Black Hawaiin Sea Salt
  • If you have had soy overload- one organic carrot day helps to reverse some of the damage that may have been done
  • Fermented food is huge and we need to start eating them
  • Reach for the sourdough or sprouted bread

+ How do we start

There are many ways that we can start making changes to have healthier kids and an overall healthier family. Simple changes every day is the key and being consistent. Where do you want to start? What is the most important area of your life that needs to start seeing change? Start there and make the change!

 

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

 

Healthy Kids Part 2

Podcast #39

Healthy Kids

Part 2

As parents, we all want what is best for our kids and their health is a priority to us. We talked about some of the key areas that we can look at to make sure that we are creating a healthy lifestyle and the overall health of our kids.

+ Fingernails

Fingernails are a good indicator of what is going on inside of our bodies. Who knew, right? What are we supposed to look for:

  • We should see eight moons on our fingernails, this is a sign of an overgrowth of candida(this is something that happens around those mid-teen years and older)
  • Inflammation around the cuticles is a sign of inflammation in the body
  • Lines from tip to cuticle is a sign of parasites
  • Fungus nails is a sign that we are not eating enough healthy fats
  • White marks on our nails is a lack of zinc
  • Constant biting or picking is a sign of parasites

All of these go back to gut health. It is important to keep an eye on our gut health because that is typically where illness starts.

+ Poop

We can talk about poop, right? Everyone’s poop is a good indicator of what is going on inside of our bodies, especially in our gut. The Bristol Stool Chart is something to familiarize yourself with so that you can make sure that everything is working as it should be for both you and your children.

  • 1-2 is a sign of constipation
  • 3-4 is where you want to be and you should be going at least once a day
  • 5-7 might be normal for some but is definitely not healthy

+ Start simple

It is not too late and you can start by taking simple steps. When we know better, we do better. Some simple steps in the right direction:

  • Clear any parasites, candida or fungus. Find EDS(Electro-Dermal Screening) in your area because it is worth every penny!
  • Start by making one healthy meal a day. Simple small changes make for a lifetime of improvement.
  • Limit sugars
  • Cut out as many outside toxins. This is the best place to start and I will walk you through the process.
  • Know what the root cause is to things that are issues for your child: reflux, breathing issues, food dyes, aspartame, etc.

Start simple but simply start

When we know better we do better and now that you know, what will you do?

Tune in next week on how we can prepare our bodies to have a healthy child and more steps to raising healthy and happy kids!

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

 

Healthy Kids Part 1

Podcast #38

Healthy Kids

Part 1

 

As parents, we all want to have healthy kids and that seems to be getting more and more difficult these days. As parents, we need to learn to be an advocate for our kids- ask questions, educate ourselves and trust our gut.

 

+ Nutrition

Healthy children and family start with what we are putting in our bodies. The statistics that are out there are not only alarming but they didn’t happen overnight. Our genes, our genetics, they don’t change that quickly. It is something that we are being exposed to and something that our children are being exposed to.

The saying that you are what you eat rings true. Much of our diet lacks proper nutrition and more people are becoming aware of it. Dr. Weston Price did some fascinating studies on the difference between the “townies” and the “country folk.” The difference in their food and nutrition was obvious in not only their health but their overall appearance.

Good fats, fermented foods and food high in essential minerals are crucial to our overall health and in turn our children’s health as well.

 

+ Happy Microbiome

Our diet needs to feed us and not the possible passengers that we are carrying- parasites, candida, and fungus are the 3 most common. Our gut biome is crucial to our immune system and can be affected by many things including stress and sugar.

One key is to be using prebiotic and probiotic. This helps to feed the good bacteria and continue to increase the number of good bacteria that are there. MightyPro is an amazing supplement for kids and adults, grab yours here!

 

+Is it too late?

Just know that it is not too late and making simple changes now will make big changes down the road for you and your kid’s health. What changes are you ready to make to start this process?

 

Tune in next week for more about how we can create health changes to create healthy families.

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

Healthy Habits

Podcast #37

Healthy Habits

Habits are something that we develop by making small changes every day to a healthier life. Most of the times we make these big audacious goals that in reality are too hard to keep going with. By making one change at a time, we are able to create a habit and that habit becomes a part of our daily routine.

 

Daily Habits for Women

+ First thing in the morning, a glass of room temp water with a drop of Lemon Vitality essential oil.

+ Roll Thieves on the bottom of our feet

+ Wash our face & grab a drop of Frankincense

+ Drink our 2oz of NingXia Red & take supplements

+ Throughout the day, essential oils

+ At night, our skincare routine again, followed with our favorite facial essential oils.

+ Lastly, Endoflex rolled on our inner ankles, Progessence+ on our forearms, and Frankincense on our face!

+ Roll on Tranquil Roll-On for restful sleep and fill the diffuser with your favorite oils like Lavender & Frankincense or Valor

Daily Habits for Men

+ First thing in the morning – a glass of room temp water with a drop of Lemon Vitality essential oil.

+ Wash our face with the Charcoal Bar Soap, use Shutran essential oil on our chest

+ Drink up NingXia Red, 2oz, and usually a Nitro and/or Zyng.

+ Take OmegaGize and Super Cal Plus

+ After working out or a hard days work, drink Aminowise & a Pure Protein Complete shake

+ A drop of Cedarwood on big toe to stimulate melatonin production + restful sleep. Diffuse Lavender + Northern Lights Black Spruce

Healthy Habit for Kids

+ While the kids get ready, they grab a shot of NingXia Red, a MightyPro stick, and their MightyVites Chewables.

+ Roll on Thieves before they put on their shoes!

+ Depending on your sweet little, you might want to create a brave roller of Valor, Lavender, Frankincense & Cedarwood to keep them feeling brave all day!

+ At night we love to use the KidScents Bath Gel, Slique Toothpaste, Shampoo, and Conditioner.

Mom Tip:

Use the diffuser as a nightlight and have Dream Catcher diffusing! Roll KidScents SleepyIze down their spine and do a little foot rub with Gentle Baby

Are you ready to make some changes?

What are some simple changes that you are going to make to your family’s daily routine to start living a healthier lifestyle and start creating those healthy habits? Grab your membership here and save even more money as you start your healthy habits with these small changes!

As always be grateful & have faith,

God Bless!

Immune Support Made Simple

Podcast #36

Immune Support Made Simple

Immune support does not have to be hard, in fact, it is actually very simple. It’s as simple as continuously raising our bodies frequency by eliminating sugars, negative thoughts, and toxins from our environment and replacing them with things that will raise our frequency like fresh foods, positive affirmations, and essential oils.

This amazing kit contains some of the most universally used essential oils for daily use as well as for immune function. Grab your kit here to get started today!

Why Young Living? Check out this list and see why transparency matters, especially with essential oils.

Peppermint

-Place one drop in your mouth to freshen breath!

-Rub up and down the spine to help maintain a healthy body temperature

-Add one-two drops to water and drink ½ hour before yard work or exercise for stamina.

-Put a few drops and some water in a spray bottle and spritz on in the hot weather to keep from overheating

Lemon

-Add a drop or two to 8 oz of water each morning for a morning detox flush.

-Drink in water or run on feet for daily immune support

-Apply to the feet or in a detox bath to gently detox your body

-Apply to the throat or drink in a warm tea to soothe a scratchy throat

-Dilute and rub in armpits when fever is present.

Lavender

-Use to soothe bug bites and stings.

-Apply to big toes nightly (using vita flex chart) to help assist with sleep which supports our immune function

-Soothes minor scrapes, bumps, and cuts

Panaway

-Use on fatigued muscles

-Add to Epsom salt for a soothing detox bath.

-Mix with Copaiba, Frankincense, Peppermint and coconut oil to make a muscle rub.

Frankincense

-Sniff from bottle to ground yourself when feeling overwhelmed or unsure

-Use in a detox bath

-Apply to the spine for a happy immune system (a key oil in the immune blend)

-Diffuse during Bible study, prayer, or just alone time to think.

-Helps soothe sore throats

Citrus Fresh

-Add a drop or two to water and drink up for antioxidant support, great taste, and a gentle detox.

-Add a couple of drops to wool dryer balls for fresh laundry.

-It can be uplifting to our mood and immune system due to the blend of citrus oils

Stress Away

*Stress is the #1 cause of disease and illness- we need a way to stress less. 95% of disease and illness is not genetic but stress induced…

-Take this via capsule and it’s like having a glass of wine!

-Pop that roller cap in it that came with your kit and roll it on. Often. Like, keep it in our pocket J

-Diffuse during sleep for a restful night(again supporting your immune system)

Thieves

-Apply to bottoms of feet nightly for immune support (a key ingredient in  immune support roll-on)

-Dilute and rub on outside of neck for immune support and to soothe scratchy throats(I like to add a little lemon too!)

-Thieves tea: Honey with 2 drops of thieves and 2 drops of lemon, add hot water and stir

DiGize

-Take via capsule, apply topically to stomach or bottoms of the feet for tummy troubles

-90% of our immune system is in our gut so gut health is HUGE

Raven

-Add one drop to each corner of your shower to help open airways.

-Make a DIY chest rub with coconut oil

-Hugely supportive of our immune and respiratory system

Valor

-Diffuse at night to sleep like your dead without being dead J and remember sleep is essential for immune support

-rub on spine before you go to the chiropractor

-apply on bottoms of feet to balance energy

Peace & Calming

-Diffuse at bedtime to promote a peaceful atmosphere

– Apply on the chest for respiratory support

NingXia Red

-Drink with a drop of Thieves when you’re feeling cold or flu coming on.

-Drink 1-2oz daily as an antioxidant, vitamin and mineral rich maintenance dose

-Add to any smoothie for a nutritional boost — bonus: freeze leftovers into popsicles for your kids

Thieves Household Cleaner

  • Cleans everything in your home
  • Is non-toxic and immune supporting with the Thieves blend of oils
  • You can even use as an air freshener

Thieves Hand Purifier

-Non-toxic and safe if ingested plus Immune-supportive with the Thieves blend

-Keep in baby bag or purse for use on-the-go

-Keep on changing table

 

Are you ready to start supporting your immune system daily? To knock down the number of times you are down and out every year? If you are, grab your starter kit here today! It will include all of the necessary tools and support for you and your families wellness journey.

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

How to Make Yogurt

Podcast #35

How to Make Yogurt

 

Making your own yogurt isn’t as hard as one may think. It is actually a very simple and easy thing to do plus you have the added benefit of knowing exactly what is in your yogurt.

 

There are two ways that I recommend making yogurt: the good old fashion way(aka stovetop) and the new-fangled way(aka in the Instant Pot). Both ways require two simple ingredients: milk(raw or store bought but I recommend at least 2% or thicker) and a starter yogurt(plain yogurt or Greek yogurt)

 

The Old Fashion Way

 

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of milk- preferably raw or whole
  • 8 oz of starter (plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a stainless steel pan over medium heat until it reaches 165-185 degrees.
  2. Cool, either by sitting on the counter or in a cool water bath until the temperature drops to 110 degrees.
  3. Add culture-2 oz of starter (of yogurt from a previous batch, store-bought yogurt) per quart of milk(so 8 oz for a gallon). Gently stir just enough to incorporate into the milk.
  4. Pour into mason jars and put the jars into the oven with the light on for 8-24 hours. I like to place in warm water (110-115 degrees) and put in the oven but some just place the jars in too. The light should provide a consistent heat of about 110 degrees.
  5. Put jars into the refrigerator until the yogurt is cold and set.
  6. Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency(Greek yogurt).
  7. Enjoy!

 

The New- Fangled Way

 

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of milk- preferably raw or whole
  • 8 oz of starter (plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into Instant Pot(IP), hit yogurt button and then hit adjust until you select the “Boil” option
  2. Walk away and it will shut off when it is done (magic!!)
  3. Once it is done boiling, you can allow to cool on its own or put it in a cold water bath until the temperature is down to 110 degrees
  4. Once the milk reaches 110 degrees you can gently add the starter yogurt
  5. Again select the yogurt button and adjust it from “boil” to anywhere from 8-24 hours.
  6. Once the allotted time is up, put yogurt into mason jars and allow it to cool and set up in the refrigerator.
  7. Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency(Greek yogurt).
  8. Enjoy!

 

So are you ready? Go grab your milk and starter yogurt and get cooking!

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

Sacred Mountain

Podcast #34

Sacred Mountain

This is an amazing blend of essential oils that create a feeling of security and protection. It contains ylang ylang, cedarwood, balsam fir, and spruce.

The conifer oils used in this blend have been used by the North American Indians for hundreds of years for protection. The oils helped them to recharge energetically at all levels with a frequency of about 176 MHz. This oil will bring empowerment, sacredness and is uplifting yet grounding for the body.

Why use it?

When D. Gary Young was asked what oil would he pick if he could only choose one he said Sacred Mountain because it could help the most people. The reason that it can be so helpful to so many is primarily because of how it can help us deal with emotions and increase our frequency.

What does it all help with?

Feelings of anger with yourself or someone else.

Empowerment & confidence whether you have a job interview or are just a nervous person by nature

Dealing with frustration in the day to day or big life events

When we are dealing with grief and sorrow

In times were jealousy sets in

If we tend to be obsessive in situations or life

When we are working on personal change and development

This is also an amazing addition to prayer time

Protection from negative thoughts and feelings

If we tend to struggle or maybe our kids struggle with restlessness & sleep

Feelings of security in our God-given identity support

Uplifting your mood daily

Reduces feelings of stress

An absolute must-have in situations of trauma

Do you need this oil for yourself or someone you love?

Grab your today here.

How will you choose to use it? Will you diffuse it, wear it on your diffuser necklace or earing or just give it a smell right out of the bottle?

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

 

Winter Wellness

Podcast #33

Winter Wellness

 

Winter can be tricky and sometimes the hardest part is being bombarded with all of the crud going around. How can you keep you and your loved one healthy throughout the winter season? Here are some of the quick and easy way that we keep the whole family running through the cold winter months.

 

First things first — this seems basic but don’t miss it! Wash your hands, my friends, and wash them good!

Lather your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing.

 

Drink plenty of liquids

Staying hydrated is important for keeping mucous membranes moist, so they can effectively fight off irritants.

 

Provide your body with proper nutrients

Maintain your wellness by eating healthy to get the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. Things like fresh fruits and vegetables that are nutrient full.

Add in things like Super C, ImmuPro, Inner Defense and Life 9 which all support your immune system, you can get them here.

 

Get plenty of sleep

Lack of sleep can cause stress, which weakens the immune system. A well-rested body is better able to maintain its wellness, so shoot for 8 hours per night. Create an atmosphere of peace by eliminating electronic devices and diffusing calming essential oils like lavender, stress away, and frankincense (grab your PSK that includes all of these and more here).

 

Ningxia Red

The NingXia Red® is a whole-body nutrient infusion packed with ingredients specifically chosen for their wellness-supporting benefits. In addition to the legendary Ningxia wolfberries, blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices introduce additional carotenoids and phytonutrients.

 

Essential Oil support

Using essential oils to support your immune and respiratory system is not only simple but also very helpful. Oils like Thieves, Purification, ImmuPro, Oregano and any of the citrus oils are amazing for immune support. For respiratory support, you can grab Raven, RC, peppermint, eucalyptus or frankincense.

 

Take some “me” time

Taking care of yourself, if only for a few minutes, can make all the difference throughout the season. Checking your mindset daily (check out the Mindset Reset here)

+ Relax and recharge with a hot bath and a good book!

+ Meditate/Spend time in Prayer

+ Improve your intake!

 

Food choices

+ Super snacks: replace your regular (and maybe unhealthy!) treats with wholesome alternatives to help you stay on track

+ Line your shelves with good food choices

 

Exercise!

+ Talk a walk!

+ Take the long way when you can

 

The Winter Blues

Who knew this was really a thing? You especially get it if you live in a place that gets cold and dark for long periods of time, or if, for you, this winter happens to be a bitter one, without that sunshine and warmth we all crave. Using citrus oils like lemon, bergamot, citrus fresh, grapefruit and orange are helpful in lifting your mood to help with those winter blues. As well as Joy essential oil blend which helps to bring feelings of joy and love.

 

What ways will you help to stay well this winter season?

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Traveling: Tips, tricks & must haves

Podcast #32

 

Traveling: tips, tricks, and must-haves

 

Traveling can be crazy, chaotic, and all around draining but it doesn’t have to be.

 

Here are a few tips, tricks, and must-haves that we have found hugely beneficial while traveling, especially when we travel with kids and a lot of them!

 

#1 Be Flexible

Being flexible helps you prepare for delays, traffic or changes in your plan. I also like to not over plan. This allows for some rest and relaxation during your trip.

 

#2 Make a List

  • Packing your bag
  • Travel plan or schedule
  • All the extra’s (camera, snacks, etc.)

 

#3 Pack minimally

  • Can you do laundry?
  • How many outfits can you make with the pieces of clothing you packed?
  • Check the weather for where you are headed
  • Pack one container of toys (something that is compactable but classic)
  • What does the hotel/timeshare/house provide? (pack and play, high chair, strollers, etc.)

 

#4 Keep your budget in mind

With a large or small family, the budget is always important. Should you check out renting a home through someplace like VRBO or do you get a hotel room or an extended stay? Do you want to have a place to cook or are you planning on eating out?

Another thing to consider is driving or flying? Will you need to rent a car, for how many people? Is the travel for business or pleasure?

 

#5 Never forget your essentials

A large part of your costs can be on things that you could have easily packed. Do you have a travel 1st aid kit, travel oils (grab yours here) with a diffuser and roll-ons, supplements (your vitamins and digestive support), homeopathic kit, etc. All of these things make the little things like motion sickness, ear pain from elevation changes, digestive support from the food you ate, or that unplanned scrape, easy to deal with without interrupting your trip.

 

Planning a trip for 1 or 10 people does not need to cause unnecessary stress or worry. Make it simple and enjoyable with these quick tips. Which one will benefit you and your family the most?

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Podcast #31 Essential Oils of the Scriptures Part 2

Podcast #31

Essential Oils of the Scriptures Part 2

Essential oils and the Bible go hand in hand. Oils are mentioned in the scriptures and after discussing how they have been used it is also important to talk about which oils were used

Frankincense Essential Oil

The oil is extracted from the Boswellia (“Bos-WELL-ey-ah”) tree. The tree needs to be at least 40 years old before you can extract 1 drop of oil from it. In Biblical times, 40 years was very significant as it symbolized one generation.

Ancient Uses:

  • anointing oil & meditation
  • transitioning to death & embalming
  • perfume
  • anoint newborn sons of kings & priests

Modern Uses:

  • Rub on chest and over lungs for a calming effect
  • Breathe deeply for emotional support
  • Use for healthy looking skin
  • Diffuse for overall grounding and focusing effect

Versus to check out: Matthew 2:11 & Revelations 18:13

Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh is actually from the frankincense family and it is steam distilled from a resin.

Ancient Uses:

  • fixative to lengthen the smell of perfumes & ointments
  • used on umbilical cords
  • oral hygiene
  • inhaled during labor

Modern Uses: 

  • antioxidant
  • healthy for the skin
  • aids in meditation

It is the first oil to be mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 37:25 and the story of Joseph. Then again mentioned in
 Esther 2:12, to be prepared as a bride for the King, Esther massaged with the oil of myrrh for six months.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

This oil is steam distilled from the bark of the Cedarwood trees.

Ancient Uses:

  • spiritual cleansing
  • disinfecting temple instruments
  • stimulate the mind and emotional cleansing

Modern Uses:

  • calming and grounding
  • helps support healthy skin
  • stimulates calming and peaceful emotions

Check out these biblical references in Leviticus 14:49 & Psalm 104:16

Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress leaves and branches were a source of medicinal oil from ancient Egypt. You can almost tell by smelling the oil how powerful it can be – cleansing, clearing and supportive.

Ancient uses:

  • the doors of St Peter’s cathedral are 1200 years old and are made out of Cypress
  • the custom of planting Cypress trees in cemeteries symbolized life after death
  • the cross of Jesus was made of cypress wood

Modern Uses:

  • promotes a sense of security and grounding
  • calming angry emotions
  • beneficial for oily or problematic skin
  • use on tired or sluggish legs.

Some biblical references to check out: Genesis 6:14 & Isaiah 14:8.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

It is steam distilled from the bark of the Sandalwood tree.

Ancient Uses:

  • support the lymphatic and cardiovascular system
  • calming the nerves
  • skin revitalization
  • aphrodisiac
  • meditation and prayer

Modern Uses:

  • comforting and relaxing
  • amazing for skin care, aftershave, and perfume
  • calming and emotionally balancing
  • used for stress and unwinding

Mentioned in the Bible several times and it was known as Aloe but the plant is what we now call Sandalwood: Psalm 45:9 & John 19:39.

Cassia Essential Oil

It is steam distilled from the branches, leaves, and petioles of the tree.

Ancient Uses:

  • ingredient in Moses’ holy anointing oil
  • a natural remedy to support healthy immunity

Modern Uses:

  • Supports feelings of well-being
  • High in antioxidants

Cassia is mentioned in the Bible over 50 times, Exodus 30:24 & Psalm 45:8 are just a few.

Spikenard Essential Oil

Spikenard is a very spiritual oil and comes from the same plant family as Valerian.

Ancient Uses:

  • anointing oil
  • to induce mediation
  • as a perfume

Modern Uses:

  • supports relaxation with a calming scent
  • high in antioxidants

Helps with calming and soothing emotions. This amazing oil is mentioned about 17 times in the Bible. Here are a few of them: Song of Songs 1:12, Song of Songs 4:13 and John 12:3.

Hyssop Essential Oil

Hyssop means “holy herb” in Hebrew. It is steam distilled from stems and leaves.

Ancient Uses:

  • spiritual cleansing
  • cleanse, purify and even to “forgive sins”
  • meditation and rituals

Modern Uses:

  • supports a healthy immune system
  • can help for occasional body soreness
  • emotional health.

Hyssop is mentioned a dozen times in the Bible: Psalm 51:9 and Exodus 12:22.

Myrtle Essential Oil

Myrtle is derived from Latin, the word means “chaste beauty.” It is steam distilled from leaves and has a clear, fresh scent, similar to eucalyptus.

Ancient uses:

  • religious ceremonies
  • supports the respiratory system
  • great for skin, hair, and nails
  • researched to help with glandular imbalances
  • used for meditation and lifting the spirit
  • balances of the female and male energies.

This is a must-have for singers love this oil because it helps to clear the voice. Mentioned in the Bible six times, in Esther 2:7, Nehemiah 8:15, and Isaiah 55:13.

Cistus Essential Oil

Cistus also known as the Rose of Sharon, looks like a rose and that is how the name is derived. It has a soft, fruity smell with honey overtones. It is a calming and uplifting oil that stimulates the five senses.

Ancient Uses:

  • heals wounds
  • respiratory support

Modern Uses:

  • used for meditation
  • oxygenates the brain
  • calming and uplifting
  • helpful for finding emotional balance and in counseling

Jesus is referred to as a “Rose of Sharon” in many verses, which refers to Cistus: Song of Song 2:1.

Onycha Essential Oil

Onycha is steam distilled from the resin of the tree.

Ancient Uses:

  • cleanser made sure the area used for sacrifices was free of disease, cleansed and purified
  • respiratory support

Modern Uses:

  • promote feelings of liberation and freedom
  • calming the emotions
  • wound cleansing
  • support healthy looking skin
  • stimulates the five senses: touch, feeling, hearing, sight, and taste
  • helps co-dependents find more balance

Available only in the 10 oils of ancient scripture kit. Do not diffuse, it may plug up the diffuser. This plant only shows up in Exodus 30:34 as an ingredient of the sacred incense.

Galbanum Essential Oil

Ancient Uses:

  • ancient anointing oil and was commonly combined with frankincense as holy incense
  • spiritually it was used to enhance meditation
  • Holy incense which was burned 24 hours a day in the temple

It significantly increases the vibrational frequency of other oils despite the fact that its own frequency is not very high. Combined with other oils like frankincense or sandalwood, the frequency rises dramatically.

Modern Uses:

  • supports the immune, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and other body systems
  • aid for troubled or mature skin.
  • allows for the shedding of old ideas and attitudes
  • grounding yet it leads us to surrender

This plant only shows up in Exodus 30:34 as an ingredient of the sacred incense. This lowly, earthy oil included in the Holy Anointing Oil, some wonder why? Some believe it represents the sinners who needed redemption, that it balanced the blend of oils.

There you have it!

There you have it. The 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture. These do come in a very special kit from Young Living- grab yours here. It now contains only the 10 most significant oils found in the Bible.

How will you use them: prayer, blessing or to support your body physically and emotionally?

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Essential Oils of the Scriptures Part 1

Podcast #30

Essential Oils of the Scriptures

Part 1

It All Started at the Beginning of Creation…

It all started in Genesis! From the very beginning of the creation story, plants and herbs are mentioned. Plants are not only fundamental for our planet, but they are also intimately tied to the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of people. This has been noted since the beginning of time.

These passages support that notion.

  • Ezekiel 47:12
  • Revelation 22:2

Herbs, Oils and Essential Oils Used for Incense and Prayer

Oils were essential to daily living back in Biblical times. In fact, the word “oil” appears in the Bible 190 times which is more than the words believe, grace and joy!

There are mixed opinions on whether fragranced oils (early versions of essential oils) were truly essential oils or if they were just olive oil that was heavily infused with different herbs and plants. As early as 3500 B.C. distillation pots have been found.

Biblical References to Incense

In Exodus 30:34-35, the Lord actually gives Moses a Holy Incense recipe. They then use that recipe later when a plague came through in the book of Numbers 17: 11-13.

Anointing & Oils in Ancient Times

Oils were used for both anointing and healing in the Bible. God also gives Moses a Holy Anointing Oil Recipe in Exodus. How cool is it that God is giving out recipes 🙂

Fun facts

500 Shekels is about 12.5 lbs, and a hin is 1 gallon. So this recipe made up about 24 quarts of oil! You can imagine the value of this oil blend! This blend was also put on wafers and unleavened bread and eaten, which shows that essential oils were used topically and internally.

The Importance of Anointing

Now, let’s back up for a minute and talk about the practice of anointing which was big in Biblical times and unfortunately has become lost over the years. The origin of anointing was from the shepherds of the day. Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep. From this, anointing became symbolic of blessing, protection, and empowerment.

The New Testament Greek words for “anoint” are:

  • chrio which means “to smear or rub with oil” and, by implication, “to consecrate for office or religious service”
  • aleipho which means “to anoint

During Biblical times, people were anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing. They were also used to call that person to role or position in their life.

We see this in the following passages:

  • The Anointing of Aaron: Leviticus 8:10-12
  • The Anointing of Saul: 1 Samuel 10:1
  • The Anointing of David: 1 Samuel 16:12-13
  • The Anointing of Jesus: John 12:3
  • Jesus and the Disciples Anointed People: Mark 6:12-13
  • God the Father anoints Jesus: Hebrews 1:8-9

This is just the beginning of Essential Oils and the Bible.

Learn more next week about:

  • 12 of the Essential oils of the Bible
  • ancient uses for them
  • how we can use them today

You want to grab your oils now, you can find them here.

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Podcast #29 Frequency

Podcast #29

Frequency

 

Research has shown that essential oils vibrate on the highest frequency levels known and can result in environments where disease, bacteria, and viruses cannot survive.

What is frequency?

Frequency is a measurable rate of electrical energy that passes a fixed place in a set amount of time. It is constant between any two points.

Frequency is measured in hertz (Hz) and megahertz (MHz).  The hertz measurement is the number of waves that pass by per second. If the time it takes for an energy wave to pass is 1/2 second, the frequency is 2 per second. If it takes 1/100 of an hour, the frequency is 100 per hour.

Every living thing has a natural resonant electrical frequency—your dog, the sunflowers in your garden, the bugs outside your window, your food—you get it.

So are there crazy radio waves in my body?

Not the same thing exactly. You have something called somatides in your body. A somid is a sub-microscopic electrically charged particle found in every matter–plants, people, rocks, fruits. They cannot be destroyed. Researchers have tried to torch and cut them with diamond blades but could not. Somatides transmit frequencies from the cells in your body to the outside of the body. This is how what you feel inside goes out to the universe and interacts with others.

If everything has an energy frequency and essential oils come from plants–they have a frequency too!

Essential oils contain frequencies that are seven times or more, greater than the frequencies of food and herbs. This means that essential oils have more life-giving energy than any other substance. They are the lifeblood of the plant, so of course, they would have more energy!

Frequencies of common things in our lives:

*Disease begins at 58 MHz
*Colds invade at 58 MHz
*Flu symptoms at 57 MHz
*Cancer at 42 MHz

The frequency range of Young Living Essential Oils start at 42 MHz and go as high as 580 MHz.

*Canned/Processed Foods-zero MHz
*Fresh Foods-20 to 27 MHz
*Dry Herbs-15 to 22 MHz
*Fresh Herbs-20 to 27 MHz

*Coffee– holding a cup of coffee can lower your body frequency by 8
MHz. Drinking coffee lowers it by 14 MHz.
*Holding a cigarette can decrease our frequency by 14 MHz. Smoking a cigarette
can decrease your frequency by 24 MHz.
*Negative thoughts decrease our frequency by up to 12 MHz
*A positive thought can increase our frequency by 10 MHz
*Prayer increases our frequency by 15 MHz

When essential oils are inhaled following exposure to coffee, the bodily frequencies restore themselves in less than a minute. If no oils are used, it can take up to 3 days for the body to recover from even one drink of coffee.

Using oils of a high-frequency can:

* lower stress

*calm the nervous system

*restore damaged cells

*raise our wellness levels

Check out the chart to learn the frequencies of oils!

The level of frequency inside of you is measured by how quickly your building block cells are moving and repairing themselves in your body. The more movement, the more available your body is to repair and heal damage and stop free radicals. The lower the frequency the more prone you are to disease, blockages in your system and poor mental health.

How do I know this is real?

You can’t see frequencies but they are there. You believe in God but you haven’t seen him. When you listen to the radio but cannot see the emissions but you still hear a sound. If I told you about my soul and my feelings, you wouldn’t say they were made up, would you?

They aren’t. Neither are frequencies. They can be measured with science and that is the best part!

Now that you understand frequency more, what are you going to do differently?

Start your day right:

  • Get up and start your day with prayer
  • Open up your essential oil and smell it, diffuse it, or apply it (grab yours here)
  • Create a new scent memory
  • Be aware of your negative thoughts and change them
  • What are you feeding your body?

“Everything is energy.”
-Albert Einstein

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

 

Podcast #28 7 Tips for Digestive Health through the Holidays

Podcast #28

7 Tip for Digestive Health through the Holidays

 

The holidays are busy and usually have us running from function to function eating things that we typically don’t eat and in turn not always feeling the best. Supporting and maintaining our digestive health is crucial in keeping our immune systems in check and up to par.

 

Tip #1 Start Your Day Right

 

This can look different from each person but when we give ourselves 5 minutes to pray, meditate, dive into scripture, dedicate our day to God, or just 5 minutes to breathe in the morning it can start off in the right direction. One devotion that is amazing for the Advent season is Rooted in Hope, check it out!

 

Tip #2 Health Snacks & Food

 

As we are running from a family gathering to holiday events and meeting up with old friends, a lot of our food options are not as healthy as we may typically eat. Having a back-up for a healthy snack or bringing a healthy dish to pass is another great option. Knowing that you have a healthy snack can help you to not overindulge on foods that you know will make you feel not so great later on.

 

Tip #3 Stay Hydrated

 

Drinking water is always important especially when it comes to our digestive health. Water can help us to not feel as hungry, when we add some lemon essential oil(grab yours here) it can help flush toxins and balance our bodies PH level, and it helps to properly hydrate our entire body so that everything moves smoothly- including our digestive tract.

Tip #4 Prebiotics & Probiotics

 

Both prebiotics and probiotics are key to not only our digestive function but also our immune system. Finding a quality pre and probiotic can be tricky. Two that we have found to be hugely beneficial and meet up to our standards are:

  • Life 9 is an amazing probiotic that has over 17 million live cultures (grab them here)
  • MightyPro is a prebiotic/probiotic supplement that literally tastes like a pixie stick and contains over 8 million live cultures. Either can be taken by kids or adults (grab yours here)

 

Another amazing and quick option to get some of those crucial prebiotic and probiotics into your life through the holidays is by drinking Kefir water or Kombucha. They taste amazing, you can buy them or make your own. Learn more here about each.

 

#5  Enzymes

Enzymes are key to life itself and therefore are a huge key to digestive function. They help us to break down food that is hard to digest and keep our intestinal tract moving along. Even though enzymes are found in the foods that we eat, due to the way we cook and process them very few are left to help us digest them. Essentialzymes-4 and Detoxzyme are amazing enzymes that can help you through the holiday season (grab yours here).

 

#6 Slow Down

 

The holidays can be rushed but take a moment and slow down. Enjoy the moments with your family and friends. Take the time and enjoy all of the little things- the laughter, the games, and the taste of your food. Don’t over-do things but instead slow down and enjoy them!

 

#7 Get Good Sleep

 

We all know that sleep is a necessary daily activity but making sure to get enough sleep can make or break your holiday season. Turn off the phone a little sooner, give yourself 10 minutes to finish that project, and make sure to schedule those 7-8 hours of sleep that our body needs to function and be the best version of ourselves that we can be.

 

What tips are you going to add to your life this holiday season?

Start by adding one and gradually add all of them so that you can be the best YOU this holiday season.

 

Here is to you and your digestive healthy this holiday season!

As always,
Be Grateful & Have Faith!
God Bless!

Podcast #27 Supplements- Do we really need them?

Podcast #27

Supplements-

Do we really need them?

With thousands of supplements lining store shelves, it’s no wonder people are confused. Where do you start? Should you start? Do we even need supplements? Which of these pills and potions are legit, if any? Are the people that buy them just investing in really expensive pee? How does one know what to take??

The short answer is that yes, we do need supplements for a variety for many reasons:

  • soil and water has been depleted of nutrients
  • non-organic food contains fewer nutrients
  • your body needs nutrients to deal with the toxins that are present in our environment
  • nutrient absorption declines with age
  • exercise increases our need for certain nutrients

So why Young Living supplements?

Research has shown that before putting essential oils in MultiGreens, there was 42 percent blood absorption in 24 hours. After adding essential oils to MultiGreens, blood absorption increased to 64 percent in 30 minutes, and 86 percent in an hour. The conclusion was that the cells were now receiving nutrients that they had previously not been able to assimilate. So many of these supplements that we love are infused with essential oils, which help so much with absorption, plus we also get all the added benefits from the oils themselves! It’s truly amazing that we have such awesome supplements that we can use to support our bodies!

Where do we start?

There are so many supplements out there how do we even know where to start? Do you take them all? Or which one do you start with?

Pick a system! Where do you feel your weaknesses are? Where does your body need support? Digestive system? Circulatory system? Brain health? Bones and muscles? You know your body better than anyone else, so pick a system that needs support and start there.

Some people will notice a change right away and others may not. Supplements work in our bodies in subtle ways over time. Sometimes our bodies need to build up whatever we are lacking so consistency is key.

Not only is consistency a key but also having the right base as a start. There are a few supplements that can help the whole body function optimally and these are like the legs of your table- crucial to have a balanced life.

Oh, our Omega’s and all the healthy fats that we need for our brain!

Omegagize is a source of healthy fats, vitamin D, and CoQ10. It targets the heart, brain, eye, and joint health. This is a supplement rich in the nutrients needed to feed a healthy heart and brain. A starving brain and heart malfunction while proper nourishment can promote wellness at all stages of life. This is something that we all need. The biggest thing that to remember is the quality of this amazing fatty oil is also of the utmost importance.

Hair, skin, and nails!

Sulphurzyme is the ultimate hair, skin, and nails superpower! It is a unique combination of MSM, which is the protein-building compound found in breast milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, and Ningxia wolfberries. Together, they create a new concept balancing the immune system and supports every major function of the body. MSM has the ability to equalize water inside the cells, which is amazing for those who are in need of joint support.

If you have hair, skin or nails, this is a supplement that you should be taking because you are likely not getting enough of this compound. Weak and brittle nails, hair loss or hair that doesn’t grow or that isn’t healthy, joint that are painful and skin issues that really are a walking billboard telling us that we need more nutrition in this area. When you have skin that is super sensitive with the topical application of essential oil, this is another tall tell sign that your body is in need of this supplement. The main thing that sets this supplement apart from other MSM out there is not only that fact that it is combined with the Ningxia wolfberries but the quality and exceptional purity of the MSM. It is a pharmaceutical grade MSM that is light years ahead of the materials imported from Asia that you find on most store shelves. This is a supplement that is suitable for not only us but also our kids and pets.

All the good bacteria!

Fun fact- 80% of our immune system is in our gut. This is why supporting our body with a probiotic such as Life 9 or MightyPro is so important to our good bacteria and gut flora. It targets guts, our digestion, skin, brain and immune system. Life 9 is a high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from 9 beneficial bacteria strains that promotes healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function for overall support of a healthy immune system. MightyPro is slightly different because it is a not only a probiotic but it is also prebiotic, meaning it feeds the bacteria that are being delivered to the digestive track- amazing! Remember that a healthy gut is a key to a healthy brain, immune, and skin health.

All the Antioxidants!

Who love’s their Ningxia?!?!? This is an amazing source of vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients and it targets our overall health, immune system, healthy blood sugar levels, energy, and so much more! Why is Ningxia Red so huge? We get worn out, our digestive systems get tired, our cells get dirty, and we need something we can assimilate quickly and easily to go to work. Thank you Ningxia Red! This is a powerful antioxidant supplement drink made from wolfberry puree, blueberry, plum, cherry, aronia, and pomegranate juices, grape seed extract and it contains Yuzu, Tangerine, Lemon, and Orange essential oils, stevia and vanilla extract. It supports immune function, liver function, and eye health and is reported to increase energy without harmful stimulants. Plus it has the highest antioxidant level on the S-ORAC scale, meaning that it protects our body from the dangers of free radicals and is a whole-food source of nutrients- filling in all of those little gaps and helping us to feel amazing! Want to grab the complete Ningxia kit & save money? Grab it here!

 

Four legs to our tables

Omegagize, Sulphurzyme, Life 9 and Ningxia. Which one will you start with? Maybe all 4? What system of your body needs the most love? Start there and grab them here!

 

As always,

Be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Intermittent Fasting

Podcast #26

Intermittent Fasting

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. There are many different types of intermittent fasting, such as the 16/8(fast for 16 hours and eat for 8). Studies show that it can have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

Changes The Function of Cells, Genes, and Hormones

When you don’t eat for a while, several things happen in your body. For example, your body initiates important cellular repair processes and changes hormone levels to make stored body fat more accessible. Here are some of the changes that occur in your body during fasting:

  • Insulin levels

  • Human growth hormone

  • Cellular repair

  • Gene expression

When you fast, insulin levels drop and human growth hormone increases. Your cells also initiate important cellular repair processes and change which genes they express.

Can Help You Lose Weight and Belly Fat

Intermittent fasting helps you eat fewer calories while boosting metabolism slightly. It is a very effective tool to lose weight and belly fat.

Reduce Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in The Body

Oxidative stress is one of the steps towards aging and many chronic diseases. Studies show that intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative damage and inflammation in the body. This should have benefits against aging and development of numerous diseases.

May Help Prevent Cancer

Intermittent fasting has been shown to help prevent cancer in animal studies and humans studies have shown that it can reduce the side effects caused by chemotherapy.

Intermittent Fasting is Good For Your Brain

What is good for the body is often good for the brain as well. Fasting has been known to help with mental clarity but it may even go a step further. Intermittent fasting improves various metabolic features known to be important for brain health. This includes reduced oxidative stress, reduced inflammation and a reduction in blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Intermittent fasting may have important benefits for brain health. It may increase the growth of new neurons and protect the brain from damage.

Are you ready to try Intermittent Fasting?

It doesn’t have to be as scary as we make it out to be. Start by fasting for 12 continuous hours a day and gradually increase that time to 16 hours, one hour at a time.

 

Some simple tips to help you get started:

  • Cut out one food each month that you know is not healthy for you
  • Drink more water, especially during your fasting hours
  • Add essential oils to your water, tea or other drinks to aid the body in detoxing
  • Add ACV(apple cider vinegar) to your daily diet in some way ( try making Good Girl Moonshine- see recipe below)
  • Think of food as fuel and not just something to consume socially or when bored
  • Pick hours that work well for your schedule
  • Drink a large glass of lemon water when you get up in the morning to help start your day off right and aid your body in detoxing and replenishing cells

 

 

Good Girl Moonshine (modified from Trim Healthy Mama)

  • 1-quart size mason jar filled with ice
  • 1-2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (start with 1 and work your way up)
  • 1-2 tsp of ground ginger (optional but beneficial and again work your way up)
  • 1-3 drops of YL Vitality citrus oils (grapefruit, lemon, orange, lime, etc. grab them here –> http://bit.ly/simpleblessingsandoils)
  • 1 can of carbonated water

Mix this and sip on it through the day but especially great during fasting hours.

 

See how simple it can be!

Are you ready to feel better, have more energy, less mental fog and maybe drops a few pounds in the process?

Start today and see how good you can feel!

 

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

Elderberry Syrup = Immune Support

Podcast #25

Elderberry Syrup = Immune Support

 

What are Elderberries?

 

Elderberries are one of the best and most- used, go-to natural remedies in the winter months for the minor cold and flu. They are shown to be one of the highest in immune-boosting compounds that are shown to be especially supportive in beating the cold and flu more effectively. One of the best ways that we have found to use them is by making Elderberry Syrup.

 

According to Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu from Hadassah- Hebrew University in Israel found that elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. When taken before infection, it prevents infection. Taken after infection, it prevents the spread of the virus through the respiratory tract. In a clinical trial, 20% of study subjects reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claim complete cure in three days. In contrast, subjects receiving the placebo required 6 days to recover.

 

How to make Elderberry Syrup?

 

Step 1:

Grab some simple ingredients:

  • 4 cups of distilled water
  • 1 cup of dried elderberries
  • 1 ½ cup raw honey
  • 7 drops of copaiba vitality
  • 3 drops of thieves vitality
  • 1 drop each of frankincense vitality, clove vitality, cinnamon vitality, nutmeg vitality, & ginger vitality

 

Step 2:

Simmer the water and elderberries for 45 minutes

 

Step 3:

Cool the syrup for 1 minute and then strain the berries with a mesh strainer

 

Step 4:

Add in 1 ½ cups of raw honey and stir until dissolved and allow to cool for another minute or two.

 

Step 5:

Add in essential oils- 7 drops copaiba, 3 drops thieves, 1 drops each of frankincense vitality,                                           clove vitality, cinnamon vitality, nutmeg vitality, & ginger vitality

  • Copaiba: the amplifier, great for inflammation and total body support (part of the PSK–> here)
  • Thieves: amazing immune support (part of the PSK –> here)
  • Frankincense: supports the body to a cellular level and amazing for respiratory system (part of the PSK –> here)
  • Clove: immune support and wonderful antioxidant
  • Cinnamon bark: immune support and circulation
  • Nutmeg: supports the immune, hormonal and nervous systems
  • Ginger: digestive and nervous system support

 

It was that easy! Now store it in a glass container or jar. Adults take 1 tsp daily and children ½ tsp daily.

 

Are you ready to make some elderberry syrup?

Have you grabbed your supplies?

 

As always,

Be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

 

Podcast #24 Oil Pulling

Podcast #24

Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

In short, oil pulling is the act of swishing oil (sesame/coconut, primarily) in the mouth for up to 20 minutes to improve oral health.

The idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time each day and that this simple practice helps improve oral health. The oil is able to help cut through plaque and remove toxins without harming the teeth or gums.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a practice with tons of support but really a lack of extensive scientific research. Most do agree that oil pulling is safe, but the data is out on how effective it really is. At the very least, oil pulling can be very beneficial and has no downside as long as a quality edible oil is used and it is done correctly. Oil pulling is a very inexpensive therapy that could have amazing benefits to your oral health.

How to Oil Pull

Simply put, you swish a teaspoon of oil in the mouth for 20 minutes and then spit it out and rinses well. Oil pulling is the most beneficial in the morning, before eating or drinking anything but it can be done before each meal if one has more severe infections or dental issues.

Oil Pulling Instructions

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into the mouth.
  2. Swish for 20 minutes.
  3. Spit oil into the garbage can
  4. Rinse mouth with warm water and/or brush

 

Is Oil Pulling Safe?

Short answer- yes!

Even with a lack of research, the research that is out there all agrees that it is less harmful than mouthwash and is worth a try.

What Oil Should Be Used for Pulling?

Coconut oil is the most useful in whitening and also is more effective at removing certain bacteria from the mouth that is known for causing dental cavities

Sesame oil was the original oil used and it is also the most studied. It is considered safe for those who are not allergic to sesame seeds and those who are sensitive to coconut oil.

Other oils that have been used such as sunflower oil but there is not much information on these alternatives.

Note: Adding essential oils like orange- to brighten and whiten and Thieves- to improve overall oral health and reduce bacteria, is another great addition. You can add the oils to your coconut oil and store or make these amazing coconut oils chews that makes it easier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOeGgGPUZ8o&t=116s

Can anyone oil pull?

Children: Oil pulling is considered safe for kids if they are old enough not to swallow the oil.

Pregnancy: Oral health is especially important during pregnancy so this is an extra way to keep teeth and gums healthy while pregnant and one can consider it like brushing or using mouthwash. As with anything, check with your doctor or midwife before doing oil pulling, especially if pregnant.

Nursing: Generally considered safe.

Dental Issues: It depends on the issue but if you are concerned because you have metal fillings, crowns, or dental problems, please check with your dentist or doctor.

What are some of the Key Reasons to Oil Pull?

  • Improve oral health
  • Healthier gums
  • It eliminates bad breath
  • Reduces plaque
  • Helps remove the bacteria that leads to other dental issues
  • Safer than mouthwash and more affordable

Have you tried oil pulling? Are you ready to start?

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

All Things Fall!

Podcast 23

All things Fall!

 

Let’s talk about all the immune support, amazing diffuser blends, and all the

fall-inspired DIYs and recipes we can make with our oils!

 

Just a quick disclaimer—I am not medical professionals, and am not making any

claims that these oils can treat, cure, or heal a disease.

 

With that being said, what are you most looking forward to this fall?!

 

THIEVES.

 

Thieves will always be one of your go-to for immune support!!

Thieves essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon,

Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any

space with a rich, spicy aroma. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who

formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other

botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying, Thieves is one of Young Living’s

most popular products.

Diffuser in the household especially during the fall and winter months for all the immune support! Use it in your wellness rollers on the rub on the bottoms of your feet and down your spines morning and night!

What do you love about thieves?!

 

CLOVE, NUTMEG, & CINNAMON BARK.

Amazing fall scents and all the immune support!!

Try them in the diffuser together or on their own to fill your house with all the fall spicy yumminess, with the added benefits of all the immune supporting properties.

 

What is so great about these oils?!

 

Clove oil has a spicy, warm scent that’s instantly familiar because of its connection

to fall and winter holidays. This powerful constituent makes it a potent essential oil, and

Clove oil uses include topical applications such as massage oils and personal care

products.

Nutmeg has a warm, spicy aroma that is energizing and uplifting. Nutmeg oil has

many health benefits, including cognitive function support, immune support, and

powerful antioxidants.

Cinnamon Bark oil is a key part of our proprietary, top-selling Thieves essential oil blend, combining with Clove essential oil to give Thieves its signature spicy aroma.

 

Use a carrier oil to apply these oils topically as they are considered “hot” oils and

may be sensitive to the skin. All of these oils smell amazing and have so many

beneficial properties. Also, be sure to try their vitality oil counterparts for even

more amazing ways to use these oils!!

Have you tried any of these oils before?!

 

EUCALYPTUS RADIATA.

 

Let’s talk the amazingness of this oil and all the glory that is respiratory support!

Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil comes from an evergreen tree native to Australia.

The diffuser on its own, or mixed with your favorite fall scents!! It’s also great to use topically on the chest for respiratory support, or even by putting 3-5 drops on the floor of the shower before taking a hot shower—a relaxing way to enjoy its benefits!

What do you love about eucalyptus?!

 

BREATHE AGAIN.

Speaking of respiratory support…

This is a FAVORITE in our household!

With a refreshing and rejuvenating aroma, the Young Living Breathe Again Roll-On

is the perfect companion for early mornings, long days, and tough workouts. Our

proprietary Breathe Again essential oil combines oils such as Peppermint, Myrtle,

and Copaiba with four different types of eucalyptus!

Keep it in your car, purse, pocket, or bag and simply apply it as needed under your nose or on your head, neck, or chest to awaken and invigorate your senses.

 

R.C.

RC Essential Oil specifically supports and soothes especially when placed on the

bottom of feet or over chest. Make a hot compress to provide more comfort on the

chest during the winter months. This blend of oils includes three different types of

eucalyptus, as well as other oils such as peppermint, cypress, and myrtle for added

immune and respiratory support!

 

RAVEN & RAVINTSARA.

Raven is a cleansing blend of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, and other

essential oils. Raven creates a cooling sensation when applied topically to the chest

and throat. Put a few drops in your bath water or on your pillow before you go to

sleep. Sleep well and breathe well!!

Ravintsara is actually a single oil made from a large evergreen tree by the same name that is grown in Madagascar. Helps to clear brain fog and strengthens motivation. Supports skin clarification. Enhances the appearance of healthy-looking skin.

 

INNER DEFENSE.

This is a supplement we make sure to always have on hand!! Can’t imagine life

without it! Young Living & Inner Defense reinforces systemic defenses, creates unfriendly

terrain for yeast/fungus, promotes healthy respiratory function, and contains

potent essential oils like oregano, thyme, and Thieves which are rich in thymol,

carvacrol, and eugenol for immune support.

 

THIEVES CLEANING.

+Thieves Laundry Soap:

Thieves Laundry Soap is plant-based and is as pure and natural as a detergent is going

to get—plus it contains the most powerful essential oils on the planet that not only

make it smell amazing, but really help to get things clean.

+ Thieves Household Cleaner

A favorite and honestly most amazing all-in-one, clean, non-toxic cleaner. This one bottle will

clean everything from your toilets to your car, your toys to your floors. And it’s highly

concentrated, only needing one ounce for an entire spray bottle of water so it will last

you forever!

+ Thieves Foaming hand soap-

It smells amazing, cleans amazing and its safe for those precious little hands it’s washing!

+ Thieves Dish Soap-

Safe, good product and it cleans amazingly!

Have you ditched the chemicals and made the switch to thieves cleaning products?!

What’s your favorite?!

 

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT YOU IMMUNE SYSTEM THIS FALL…

Make all your favorite fall things with essential oils!

Like…

  • FALL DIFFUSER BLENDS
  • PUMPKIN PIE PLAYDOUGH
  • PUMPKIN SPICE FRAPPUCCINO.
  • PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
  • SPICED CIDER
  • THIEVES PUMPKIN SEEDS
  • HALLOWEEN POPCORN
  • PUMPKIN SPICE PANCAKES
  • CINNAMON APPLE CHIPS

 

What is your favorite fall things and how can you add a healthy twist to them?

As always be grateful & have faith,

God Bless!

 

All the Feelings!

Podcast #22

All the Feelings!

I have ALL THE FEELS for this collection- Seriously!

Emotions and Oils are something I thought I understood.

Especially having felt the incredible grounding from Frankincense, I just didn’t really understand how much feelings and oils belonged together…

Until I learned a couple of little facts:

First- THE EMOTIONAL CENTER OF THE BRAIN ONLY RESPONDS TO THE SENSE OF SMELL WHEN RELEASING STORED TRAUMA AND EMOTION.

“Research at New York University proved the amygdala gland (the gland in the limbic system of the brain that stores and releases trauma in the body) does not respond to sound, sight, or touch, but ONLY releases emotional trauma through the sense of SMELL.”   (From Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils by Carolyn Mein)

Second- YOU CAN INHERIT EMOTIONS

New research has shown emotional responses and fears may be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA.

During tests, mice passed on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences to subsequent generations. (From Nat Nuerosci, 2014 Jan; 17(1) 89-96)

So clearly, we ALL need this!

Two books that will help you understand this even more are:

  • Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils by Carolyn Mein
  • Feelings Buried Alive Never Die… by Karol K. Truman

Most of the information that I am sharing with you can be found more in depth in the book: Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils by Carolyn Mein.

Let’s get started!

So, this collection comes with 6 carefully selected and blended oils all in one incredible kit to use for 30 days in a row to restore balance and peace in your emotions!

VALOR | an empowering blend for courage and balance

HARMONY | to support balance all your energy centers

FORGIVENESS | to help release hurtful memories

RELEASE | facilitates the release of anger and hurt

PRESENT TIME | so you can more easily be in the now

INNER CHILD | encourages reconnecting with your authentic self and may stimulate the memory response

You apply, inhale, and say an affirmation every day for 30 days and can watch the big or small shift you have in your emotions and overall well being!

Grab your Feelings Kit here: http://bit.ly/simpleblessingsandoils and then sit down and start oiling!

Step One | VALOR

Apply to the bottoms of the feet and tops of the shoulders. Cup your hands over your mouth and inhale.

Affirmation: I am confident and secure in who I am

Step Two | HARMONY

Apply one drop to each of the seven energy centers of the body. [Tailbone, 2” below the navel, 2” above the navel, over the heart, throat forehead and crown] Cup your hands over your mouth and inhale.

Affirmation: My heart is open to giving and receiving love.

Step Three | FORGIVENESS

Apply 1-2 drops to the naval and massage in a clockwise motion while thinking of someone you may be angry with, this can include yourself.

Affirmation: I forgive and set myself free.

Step Four | RELEASE

Apply 1-2 drops into the area of your liver (on your right side below your ribcage)

Affirmation: I choose joy and peace.

Step Five | PRESENT TIME

Apply 1 drop to the wrists, behind the ears and the throat.

Affirmation: I am present in the moment and grateful for this experience.

Step Six | INNER CHILD

Apply to the belly button and under the nose.

Affirmation: I am Enough.

 

After you finish the final step in the protocol, allow yourself some time to relax and unwind. Be gentle with yourself as you shift into a new normal emotionally. If you feel like you need to do this protocol multiple times throughout the day, feel free! Once a day is good for some and others may need it 3-4 times a day. Also, grab yourself a journal and start writing about how you feel every day. See the shift that takes place from day 1 to day 21- you will be amazed!

Drink lots of water and be ready to take back your wellness!

Be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

Easy Steps to Minimalism

Podcast #21

Easy Steps to Minimalism

 

Increase Your Time, Energy and Reduce Stress

Do you struggle with holding on to too much stuff?

Is stuff suffocating you?

We all have “stuff” that we hold on to because of memories or sentiment but when does it become too much. And I am now a mother of two, and my house is just getting fuller and fuller. We barely buy anything besides food, but somehow the stuff just gets in! These practical steps to a simpler way of living have helped me feel less overwhelmed.

Though it is a work in progress, I am trying my best every day to adapt these tips below, because I know they will help me live a life with more time, less stress and more energy to enjoy life.

 

Who is ready to embrace simplicity?

Embrace minimalism, the practice of living with less and keeping only what you need or love.

 

Why Take Steps to Become a Minimalist?

  • Cleaning will be easier. Less stuff means less mess
  • You’ll be able to find things. Less stuff typically means that there is a place to put the things you choose to keep.
  • You will shop less. Simplifying makes you aware of what you need and this leads to less shopping. When you do shop it is for a purpose.
  • You will have more time. You will not have to work more to pay for “stuff’ and spend your time off cleaning the “stuff” you have. This leaves more time to do the things you love or want to do.
  • Your mind is clearer when you have fewer things around you. Less clutter allows for more clarity.
  • You let go of the past. When we hold onto stuff, it can also hold onto memories that no longer serve us. This in and of itself is freeing.
  • You do things more simply!

 

Ten tips to help you get started:

 

  1. Complete unfinished tasks, don’t leave what can be done now to haunt you later.
  2. Have a designated place to put all donation items allowing for an easy way to get rid of things that are no longer serving a need.
  3. Decrease your knick-knacks, less stuff to break and collect dust.
  4. Turn around the hangers in your closet so you are able to visually see the things that you no longer wear.
  5. Open junk mail next to the recycling bin, open and dispose of it so it’s not stacking up on tables and counter.
  6. Get rid of your “junk drawer”. This is a glorified catch-all.
  7. Clear out your medicine cabinet. This tends to harbor expired medications or things we are no longer using.
  8. Avoid the sale racks, this is a good way to end up with things we did not need or even intend to buy.
  9. Have one location to store kid toys.
  10. Don’t reorganize, we don’t need more places to store thing but instead less stuff to store.

Ready, set, GO!

Ask yourself these two questions as you sort through your things:

  1. Does this item bring me joy? If not – get rid of it.
  2. If my house burned down today, would I buy this item again? If not, I think you know where it can go…

 

As always,

Be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Summer Essentials

Podcast #20

Summer Essentials

Summer is here!

Let’s start off with the most important info first! Using our oils safely in the sweet summertime sunshine. Did you know that several essential oils are considered “photosensitive”? That basically means that they react with UV rays (whether that’s from sunlight or artificial light like you find in a tanning bed) and can cause adverse reactions with our skin. This pertains mostly to citrus oils (lemon, orange, bergamot, etc) or blends that contain them.

Does that mean you have to put your beloved lemon and bergamot away for the summer? No way! Just apply to areas that won’t be exposed to the sun for at least 24 hours (basically under your clothes). And of course, they are always safe to diffuse!

Let’s talk about protection from the sun!

Did you know sunscreen is FULL of toxins? They are even banning them in some areas due to the toxic effects it has on our waters. I love the effectiveness and convenience of Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreens- that now come in SPF 10 & 50!!

There is also a few great DIY versions but let’s talk about some things to note. Essential oils do NOT contain any SPF protection but some carrier oils do.

How SPF is measured

Sun Protection Factors are measured in the laboratory. They are an indication of how long you can stay in the sun without burning your skin. When it comes to sunburn, the researchers classify four distinct types of skin:

  • Type I – very pale, light skin, usually with blonde or red hair. Type I skin can only stay unprotected in the sun for 5-10 minutes before burning.
  • Type II – slightly darker skin, usually with blonde to brown hair. Type II skin can stay unprotected in the sun for 20 minutes before burning.
  • Type III – darker still, often with an olive complexion. Type III skin can stay in the sun for 30 minutes before burning.
  • Type IV – darkest skin types. Type IV skin can stay in the sun for 40 minutes before burning.

An SPF rating gives an indication of how much longer you can extend your stay in the sun. For example, a product with an SPF rating of 10 will allow someone with Type II skin to stay in the sun 10 times longer before they start to burn – or a total of 200 minutes.

Carrier Oil SPF’s:

Red raspberry seed oil 28-50 SPF

Carrot seed oil 38-40 SPF

Jojoba oil 4 SPF

Coconut oil 2-8 SPF

Another factor in most sunscreens is zinc. This is a wonderful sun protectant but we want to be sure that we are only using non-nano zinc as the nano zinc can penetrate our cells and cause issues.

DIY Sun Stick

1 oz (30 ml) Roller Bottle

2 Tbsp Red raspberry seed oil

1 Tbsp Carrot seed oil

1 Tbsp jojoba or coconut oil

1 Tbsp non-nano zinc oxide

4 drops lavender essential oil

4 drops carrot seed essential oil

2 drops myrrh essential oil

2 drops helichrysum essential oil

After Sun Spray!

Some of us are already experiencing warm and sunny weather. That means more days at the beach and pools. Let’s be real, sometimes we get a little TOO sun-kissed and this may cause some hot skin irritation. Ouch! This spray will soothe your skin and make it feel so much better. The peppermint oil is optional, but it gives that nice icy feeling to it. Last, you can keep this spray in the fridge until you’re ready to use it so you get that EXTRA cool feeling.

  • 1 oz spray bottle
  • 5 tsp pure aloe vera gel
  • 4 drops Lavender EO
  • 2 drops Peppermint EO
  • Fill the rest with distilled water

Shake and spray

Don’t want to go the DIY route and for some soothing relief from too much sun? Lavaderm Spray is our favorite go-to!

Outdoors

Tis the season for some pests outdoors and I am happy to report that the Young Living Insect Repellent works- AMAZING! I like to apply it in a spray bottle or 1 oz roller bottle for a more convenient application. I also like to put a drop or 2 of purification on the bottoms of our feet to help keep the pest away as well.

Summer Bites!

Sometimes…. They just happen.

Another go to is the Itch Stick Roll on- 10 drops lavender to soothe, 10 drops purification to help with the itch and 10 drops copaiba to help with the raised skin J

Seasonal support for the whole family!

Each of these blends is for a 10 ML sized roller bottle. Add the number of drops as indicated below, then top off with a carrier oil.

Child (ages 2-11):

4 drops purification

4 drops lavender

4 drops lemon

Everyone Else (ages 12+):

10 drops lavender

10 drops lemon

10 drops peppermint

For a little extra “umph” add Copaiba to either (4 drops for Child and 5 drops for Everyone Else). We swipe this on our cheeks, temples and upper chest.

Don’t let your discomfort stop you from enjoying this beautiful time of year!! Make a bottle for your home, and your bag so you have it wherever you go!

Beat the heat with Peppermint + Lavender

Because both peppermint and lavender are versatile essential oils, no home should be without them. Lavender is an adaptogen and, therefore, can assist the body when adapting to stress.

To help you cool off this summer, simply put a drop of peppermint on the back of your neck and the bottoms of your feet. If you have sensitive skin, dilute essential oils in a small amount of carrier oil, like almond oil or olive oil, and apply. You can also place a drop of either oil on a cool, moist cloth and hold at the back of your neck.

Adding peppermint to your drinking water is another great way to cool your body temperature. Remember to always use a glass or ceramic container!

Hope you enjoy your summer with these tips!

As always,

Be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

The Struggles of Being a Mom

Podcast #19

The Struggles of Being a Mom

 

Being a Mom

 

Motherhood is not easy. Motherhood has its seasons and each one has its struggles. Looking around in life, at the grocery store or on social media, we as moms are struggling and it is normal, but we don’t have to be alone.

 

Everywhere we look there are mom’s struggling with postpartum depression, anxiety, loneliness, and so much more…

 

How can we do this “Mom” thing?

 

As we go through the day to day. Knowing the struggles we have and seeing the struggles of those around us, how do we do it? What “thing” can help us? God. As cliché as this sounds, it is something that one honestly can’t go without. Look at your day, start a day with prayer and gratitude and then start a day without. Which one goes better?

 

How do we add this element to our day?

 

Find a friend, a church group, message me. Know that we are all struggling but through prayer and fellowship, we honestly have some of the best examples in our Christian faith- Our Blessed Mother and Jesus. Reach up to them and out to your friends in Christ.

 

There is no better way to do this Mom thing than with Mary as an example and Christ Jesus at our side.

 

As always,

Be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

 

 

What is a Doula

What is a Doula?Podcast #18

What is a Doula?

 

Many people have heard the word doula and have no clue what it means or think that it is “like a midwife or something?” Not exactly. Doulas have been around forever but without the fancy name. They are the numerous women throughout history that come together when a woman was in labor and they were there to “show her the way.” It truly is a beautiful thing.

 

In no way does a doula take the place of Dad but rather helps him to be a bigger part of the birthing process. Dad doesn’t have to sit on the sidelines watching TV or checking his phone but he can more so be a part of helping to bring his baby into the world as well.

 

What Is A Doula?

Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth and are usually mothers themselves. While they have good knowledge and awareness of the birth process, a doula is not a medically trained professional. That is the job of the midwife or doctor. A doula helps the mother-to-be to achieve the birth she hopes for, no matter if it’s a birth with or without drugs, or a c-section. This makes a doula a valuable addition to the birth team

 

What Does A Doula Do?

A doula may provide some of the following services. Often doulas are also qualified in other therapies too, so it always helps to ask when you interview them!

  • Birth education and preparation
  • Birth planning (including creating a written birth plan/birth preferences document)
  • De-briefing previous births (sometimes we forget)
  • Massage, acupressure, and other comfort measures
  • Suggest positions and changes to help ease pain and facilitate a smoother, more effective labor
  • Provide reassurance and encouragement
  • Talking through emotional blockages which may come up during pregnancy and in labor
  • Keep your ‘environment’ how you want – essential oils, light/dim, music/quiet, etc
  • Photography/video of the birth itself, as well as those precious first moments as a family
  • So much more!

 

One of the biggest bonuses of hiring a doula is that fact that she is a professional birth support person. Doulas are trained in the art of birth support.

 

If you are looking to learn more about having a more natural birth, check out Homeopathy for Mommies podcast as well as her new Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond course: http://homeopathyformommies.com/birthcourse/

 

Remember to check out your local birthing community and interview a few doulas to make sure that the one that you choose is what you are looking for!

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Podcast #17 Summertime Essentials

Podcast #17

Summertime Essentials

 

Summertime is here! Let’s talk about a few ways we can be prepared this summer.

 

Quick notes:

  • You can take essential oils in your carry on as long as they fit in the standard quart size baggie
  • It is safe for them to go through x-ray
  • Apply your oils before you get on the plane, train, or whatever. Make an essential oil mustache J
  • Have a travel emergency kit

 

Some quick and easy recipes that are nice to have on hand.

 

Cool Down Spray (great for cooling down and soothing the skin- put in the fridge for extra coolness):

+ 2 oz spray bottle

+ 2 Tbsp water

+ 2 Tbsp witch hazel

+ 4 drops lavender

+ 4 drops peppermint

 

Too Much Sun:

2 oz spray bottle

15 drops of lavender (can use melaleuca/tea tree or roman chamomile as a substitute)

Fractionated coconut oil to the top

 

When we are ready for a road trip grab:

  • Cedarwood: freshen up your hotel room & get rid of unwanted critters
  • Lavender: to help you sleep
  • Peppermint: to keep you awake
  • RC: keeps you from snoring
  • Digize: helps with any tummy issues- gas, bloating, or anything digestive
  • Frankincense: helps you focus
  • Purification: for any smelly situation
  • Thieves: keeps the germs away

 

Insect Repellent

If we are heading outdoors we want to keep the bugs at bay. Young Living’s Insect Repellent works better than other natural options without the chemical junk! Some oils that help for an annoyance-free outdoors are purification, citronella, coriander, thyme, lemongrass & peppermint.

Ways to use them:

  • Diffuse them around the BBQ
  • Apply them to the arms, legs or bottoms of the feet(or try a DIY insect spray)
  • Apply to your pets too!

 

The must-haves this summer and how to use them

Peppermint:

  • Great for a throbbing head
  • Keeps you from overheating
  • Helps you stay alert
  • Great for motion sickness
  • Keeps bugs at bay
  • Keeps breath fresh

 

Thieves:

  • Use to boost your immune system- apply under the nose
  • Great hand sanitizer (by it made or DIY)
  • Apply to feet daily for immune support
  • Use on a Kleenex or handkerchief

 

Lavender:

  • Great for after being in the sun
  • Helps us to stay calm
  • Sleep well
  • Great on bug bites (make an Itch stick: 5 drops lavender, 5 drops purification, 5 drops copaiba, carrier oil to the top)
  • Amazing on cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc
  • Works to stop bleeding

 

Lemon:

  • Freshen up your room
  • Cleans up anything on the go
  • Great for cleaning residue on your fruits and veggies
  • Takes off the sticky stuff
  • Promotes uplifting feelings
  • Adds flavor to your water
  • Great addition to smoothies

 

Panaway:

  • Great for aches, pains, and muscles
  • Apply to sore muscles
  • Neck tension on road trips
  • Relief for any muscle cramping or growing issues

Melaleuca (or Tea Tree):

  • Amazing skin oil
  • Mix with vinegar to help with musty/mildew smells in the camper
  • Add to a cotton ball and use for ear support
  • Apply below the eye for gooey eyes
  • Aids with bug bites
  • Zit zapper- apply neat
  • Shampoo booster to keep critters away
  • Great for stinky shoes

 

Patchouli:

  • A little less know but great all over first aid oil
  • Aids in keeping body temperature where it should be
  • Wonderful on cuts, scrapes & bites

 

Grab a bag today and fill it with your summertime must-haves. What will you put in your summer grab bag? Will you be prepared?

 

Be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

20 Essential Oil Hacks

20 Essential Oil HacksPodcast #16

20 Essential Oil Hacks

 

Let’s talk about 20 quick and easy essential oil hacks that can help you- Every. Single. Day.

 

#1 To remove a splinter

 

Grab 1-2 drops of clove or Thieves essential oil, drop on the affected area, wait a minute or two and watch the splinter come out of the skin. You can then grab a tweezer and fully remove!

 

#2 Freshen up Stinky Laundry

 

Sometimes we forget to switch a load quick enough and other times we just want our laundry to smell amazing! Either way, adding essential oils to a sock or rag is a great way to freshen it up. Dryer balls are also a great way to do this, they speed up out dry time as well as work as a way to effectively add essential oils to the dryer.

 

#3 Make Your Glasses Sparkle

 

Just add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to your sink or dishwasher for clean sparkling glasses!

 

#4 Remove Sticky Residue

 

Just a drop or two of lemon essential oil to anything sticky will help remove it- like fly tape, stickers, etc. a drop or two and it rubs right off- AMAZING!

 

#5 Say Goodbye to Spiders

 

Peppermint essential oil is going to be your new friend! All you need is a 16 oz spray bottle, 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and water. Then spray inside and outside of your house to keep spiders and the likes away. You can also grab some cotton balls and place them around the perimeter as well.

 

#6 Fresh Smelling Toilets

 

No need for toxic Poo-Pourri Spray, instead just add a couple of drops of essential oils to your toilet bowl and it will freshen up the toliet and the room!

 

#7 Getting All the Oil Out

 

Grab a glass dropper to make sure that you get every last precious drop of essential oil out because we all know how those last few drops like to hide in the bottom.

 

#8 Make Your Oils Last Longer

 

Grab your empty roller bottles and some stainless steel roller filaments to turn your empty bottles into roll on’s. Simple add some carrier oil and whatever desired oils and BOOM! You now have a roll on. You can also grab some empty roll on and makeup concoctions as well. This is a great way to blend up what you or your family needs and make it ready to use!

 

#9 Stronger Nails

 

Grab a bottle of tea tree oil and apply to the cuticles to help grow stronger nails. You can add carrier oil if you would like or apply neat. This is also awesome for your toenails and anything funky you may have going on there J

 

#10 Fight Blemishes

 

Lavender and tea tree oil are amazing applied with or without a carrier oil. When you feel like you have blemish coming, just grab a drop of one or both and be amazed at how well it takes care of the issue.

 

#11 Clean Windows, Mirrors, Stainless Steel, & Fruits & Veggies

 

Grab a spray bottle (16 oz), 1 cup of vinegar and 15-20 drops of lemon or orange essential oil. This concoction will clean your mirrors, windows, stainless steel and clean your fruits & veggies (remember the sticky stuff we talked about earlier, well it also takes care of the waxes or coating on the fruits & veggies). One bottle so many uses!

 

#12 Keep Your Car Smelling Awesome

 

Wooden clothespins are a wonderful way to keep your car smelling great. Put the clothespin on your vent and add a couple of drops of essential oil to make your car smell fresh without the toxic air fresheners.

 

#13 Freshen Sticky Shoes

 

We all know at least one person that has some not-so-pleasant foot odors. Grabbing an essential oil like Purification, Citrus Fresh, or lemongrass can help. Just apply to a cotton ball and place the cotton ball in the shoes or gym bag. You can also just add a drop to the bottom of the shoe as well.

 

#14 Support Your Respiratory System

 

Grab some tissues, put them in a baggie and add a few drops of an essential oil like eucalyptus, Raven, RC, or frankincense, then when you need that extra respiratory support you can open the bag and use a tissue to support your respiratory system. This is also a great time to have a roll on such as Breathe Again!

 

#15 After too much Sun…

 

We all have the days where we forget sunscreen or just simply enjoy the sun for a little longer than we thought. Lavender essential oil in a little bit of carrier oil applied after your skin gets a little too sun-kissed works awesome at soothing the skin. If you also want to cool down the skin, apply a drop of peppermint essential oil. This cools the skin as well as drives the lavender oil in deeper for more skin support.

 

#16 Fresh Smelling Vents

 

If you would like to have your whole house smell good and get the benefits of essential oils, grab some cotton balls with a few drops of lemon, Purification or Thieves, and stick them in your vents. This is also a good time to grab you’re AC or furnace filter and add a few drops to that as well.

 

#17 Be Your Own Diffuser

 

While we can’t always be by a diffuser, we can apply our favorite essential oils to our scarf, diffuser necklace or bracelet and have it with us throughout the day.

 

#18 Clean Your Toothbrush

 

From time to time our toothbrush will fall on the floor or get just needs to be cleaned. Grab your Thieves essential oil and add a drop to the brush head- BOOM! Clean!

 

#19 Tooth Discomfort

 

When we are having a dental procedure done, have a sore tooth, someone has braces or maybe you have a teething kiddo, we have some oils that are great for supporting our oral care. Clove (or Thieves blend) essential oil work great and has a very numbing effect. For the littles or for those who do not care for such an intense feeling, copaiba essential oil works great! It is virtually tasteless and has the same results.

 

#20 Use a Mason Jar for Drinking

 

When we start drinking oils in our water like lemon, orange or Citrus Fresh, we want to make sure that we are using a glass or stainless steel container. One quick way to do this is a simple old mason jar. Add your ice, a drop of lemon essential oil and water to the top and you are ready to go!

 

What is one essential oil hack that you are ready to start using today?

 

Be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

Time Management

Time ManagementPodcast #15

Time Management

 

We are all given the same 24 hours in a day, so how are we spending them and are we spending them wisely. Let’s take a look at the different ways that we can hone in on our day and manage our time more efficiently.

 

Before you start looking at time management, grab an oil, say a prayer, and do some deep four-square breathing to help clear your mind and see what God is calling you to do. Frankincense, lavender, stress away and clarity are all amazing choices.

 

#1 Goals: What are they and do you have any?

 

Goals are super important. Without them, we don’t honestly know what we are working towards. Our goals are ours and they can be whatever we want them to be but typically, they fall into one of these 7 areas of our life: (taken from Oola) field(work/job), finance, fitness (wellness goals), faith, family, fun(recreation), and friends(relationships). Look at what areas you feel happy in and then find the areas that need work or some balance. Write down these goals so you have a solid plan.

 

#2 Make a schedule: what are you telling your day to do?

 

If you don’t have a planned thing are bound to go amiss. Schedules can feel confining but they are absolutely necessary if we want to manage and be responsible for our time.  Can they be derailed? Can they go off course? Yes! But when we have a schedule we can hop back on at any time. We can be the best stewards of our time.

 

#3 Break down your day: Make it manageable

 

When we have our goal and set a schedule, it makes breaking our day down much easier and more manageable. We can see the goals. We can see our schedule. We are able to make sure that we have the break down to fit in all the areas we need to bring us to the life God has planned for us. When we break down our day we can see the areas that we can add the things we want and take out the things that do not serve us.

 

#4 Prioritize: What is taking precedence in your day?

 

When we prioritize our day, we are able to see, by a list of priorities, what actually needs to be done. We are then able to be more efficient with our time and energy. This can even allow us to see, what might be creeping onto the list that shouldn’t be there.

 

#5 Communicate: Tell your family or those around you what the new game plan is.

 

When we are managing our time, it is crucial that we are able to communicate this to our family, close friends or team members, so that they can help us out. They can catch that vision and actively participate in reaching the goals or helping you reach them. It also teaches your family(spouse and/or children), friends or team members to take a look at how they are managing their time. Are they being good stewards of their time or wasting time.

 

Some last minute notes:

+ Be self- aware and self-motivated

+ Stay focused

+ Manage your stress

+ Work effectively- do NOT multi-task

+ Be organized

 

Remember we all given the same 24 hours in a day. It is up to us to decide how we will choose to use them. Are we take time to watch tv or scroll on social media for an hour a night and complain that we don’t have time to read that book, workout, set a budget or make a healthy meal? If so, we might need to look a little closer at how we are truly managing our time.

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

 

 

 

 

Mom & Life Hacks

Mom & Life HacksPodcast #14

Mom & Life Hacks

 

As I have gone through life, becoming a mom, running a business from home, and being the cook, chauffeur, and manager of the home, there are certain tips and tricks that I have found make being a mom & life easier.

 

Hack #1 Aloe & lavender

 

Have aloe vera (a plant if possible) and lavender essential oil on hand for all things. Lavender is the Swiss Army knife of essential oils just like aloe is a Swiss army cream for all things. Apply to cuts, scrapes, bites, etc.

 

Hack #2 Do a load of laundry every night

 

I have found that starting a load of laundry every night when I put the kids to bed and then moving it to the dryer before I get into bed, helps keep the laundry monster at bay! I then try to fold that load right away in the morning before the kids wake up.

 

Hack #3 Electric pressure cooker aka Instant Pot

 

This magic pot helps to cook everything quicker and healthier! Cooks frozen meats in less than 20 min, makes perfect rice, oats, and beans, great for making homemade yogurt and more!!

 

Hack #4 Sugar water hairspray

 

A healthier way to have a hairspray that is non-toxic and works! Just dissolve 2 Tbsp of sugar in 1 cup of hot/boiling water. I like to add some essential oils (about 10-15 drops) and sometimes a tablespoon of vodka to preserve it.

Hack #5 Wool dryer balls

 

Grab a set of wool dryer balls(4-6 are recommended). This will cut out the use of toxic dryer sheets. This also will help speed up dry time and you can add essential oils to them for natural laundry scent.

 

Hack #6 Extend the life of your natural products

 

We have found that the natural products that we use (shampoos, conditioners, body washes, cleaning products) are highly concentrated. I have found that we are able to dilute these products making them last 3-4 times longer than we would expect. Check out my facebook page to see the many ways we dilute our natural products.

 

Hack #7 Foaming hand soap

After learning how toxic hand soaps are, I needed to find a healthier way. In walked the foaming hand soap trick. Save or buy some foaming hand soap containers(7-8 oz size), grab some castile soap(3 Tbsp), and choose your desired essential oils smell(8-10 drops) and BOOM! Foaming hand soap- check! Non-toxic and super cheap!

 

Hack #8 Menstrual cup

 

This is an amazing little thing that makes that time of the month more manageable and affordable. It takes a couple of tries to get used to it but the fact that TSS(toxic shack syndrome), chemical exposer and the fact that they can hold a lot and stay in for 12+ hours (depending on flow) makes them AMAZING!

 

Hack #9 Long tank tops

 

Okay so long tanks help those of us fashionably impaired to feel more fashionable, aka the layered look, and they just make life easier by keeping all things covered. They are wonderful for nursing and go with yoga pants or jeans- WIN WIN!

Hack #10 Lettuce in Mason Jars

Lettuce is a staple in our home and we hate to waste anything especially food. So one way to keep our lettuce longer was by storing it in mason jars! We just wash, cut and then keep it sealed in mason jars and have found that instead of 3-4 day shelf life, we are able to get 7-10 days!

 

Hack #11 All in 1 cleaner in your purse/diaper bag

 

Keeping your all in 1 cleaner (aka Thieves cleaner) in my purse and/or diaper bag is a game changer. I just store in a 2 oz bottle and now have an on the go hand sanitizer, cart cleaner, spot treatment on me at all times. I also like to keep a few paper towels in a baggie so that I can spray them and have sanitizing wipes!

 

Hack #12 DIY dry shampoo/mermaid hair

 

Depending on personal preference, these 2 items are an amazing life hack for all of us who are busy… aka EVERYONE! These both help to extend the time between shampooing and are ever so helpful on days when showering is barely an option #mommusthave

I hope you found at least one new life hack that you will incorporate in to make the daily grind just a tad bit easier

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Hormones & Essential Oils

Podcast #13Hormones & Essential Oils

Hormones & Essential Oils

I am so glad that you are here to learn about happy hormones because let’s be real, sometimes it feels like there’s a dragon roaring inside all of us, and we all can use a little support to tame that wild beast.

Thank goodness for all our oils and all the ways they can support healthy, happy, and balanced hormones!

And just a quick disclaimer—I am not medical professionals. I am not claiming that these oils can cure, heal, or treat any disease or condition. I always encourage you to run these things by your doctor when incorporating something new!

THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM.

Since we’re going to be talking hormones, let’s quickly talk about the endocrine system! The endocrine system is made up of a network of glands. These glands secrete hormones to regulate many bodily functions, including growth, metabolism, and tissue function, sexual reproduction, sleep, mood, etc. Endocrine diseases (over or under-functioning thyroid, adrenal fatigue, etc.) are common and usually occur when glands produce an incorrect amount of hormones.

We want to make sure that we have an endocrine system that is working well! So let’s support those hormones so that they are working well!

Check out some additional information on hormones and the endocrine system from Dr. Jim Bob Haggerton!

SIGNS OF UNHAPPY HORMONES.

Increased anxiety/depression/moodiness

Low energy

Fatigue

Difficulty sleeping/staying asleep

Excessive hunger

Low libido

Fertility issues

Difficulty gaining or losing weight

Brain fog

Acne

And more. So what can we do?

PROGESSENCE PLUS.

Progessence Plus features some of our most-loved essential oils, including Sacred Frankincense and Peppermint oil, to create a serum that perfectly pampers you. Formulated specifically for women, Young Living’s Progessence Plus is a great addition to your day or nighttime routine.

Primary Benefits:

+ Naturally encourages the body’s optimal balance

+ Absorbs more quickly than other natural progesterone supplements

+ Does not require cycling of the application use

Who should use Pro Plus:

+ Menstruating females over the age of 12

+ Pre- and postmenopausal women

+ Women seeking natural balance

+ Women looking for a calming sleep aid

Do not use in conjunction with contraceptives.

ENDOFLEX.

Application:

– Many apply daily over the thyroid area, kidneys, or feet.

– EndoFlex Vitality is often dropped under the tongue or taken in a capsule.

– Both applications can be diluted if needed.

– Often very beneficial for teens and kids who are developing hormonally.

– Ladies, pair with Progessence Plus for a dynamic duo! Guys, pair with Shutran!

LADY SCLAREOL.

Lady Sclareol is an oil blend created especially for women to enhance the feminine nature and provide a relaxing experience when diffused. This beautiful blend of oils brings love to the heart. It has a wonderful scent and should definitely be used as an alluring perfume!

Use it to energize and enhance your evening with your significant other. Wear some on your wrists or neck. This is a great oil to use to support a low libido that may be due to hormone imbalance.

CLARY SAGE.

It has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a great one to use to support and relieve any menstrual discomfort. Supports hormone balance, insomnia related to raging hormones, heavy menstruation, hot flashes, healthy skin, and is a great oil to diffuse when we are feeling those hormonal blues—combine it 1:1 in the diffuser with nutmeg and you won’t be disappointed!!

SCLARESSENCE.

SclarEssence contains a balanced blend of essential oils that align well with common women’s wellness practices.

This oil was specifically designed to support a healthy glandular system, and therefore a woman’s overall wellbeing. This blend is also great to use for emotional support related to hormones, and even as a natural romance enhancer.

FENNEL.

This sweet and spicy oil is great to use to support regular menstruation cycles. If you have an irregular cycle, consider adding this oil into your routine for added support. Use it topically over your abdomen or on your feet. Put a drop of Fennel Vitality in your water or under your tongue. Combine it with Endoflex for an even more dynamic duo!

GERANIUM.

Use this floral powerhouse for all the moody blues that come with unhappy hormones! Diffuse it, wear it as perfume! Geranium supports proper hormone balance and irregularities in menstrual cycles. It also helps with fluid retention that may happen at different times of the month. Use it when experiencing the weariness and moodiness that comes with being a female full of hormones.

DRAGON TIME.

This oil is the perfect choice for supporting normal, healthy emotions during the female monthly cycle. Diffuse it. Put it on your feet or right over your abdomen. Inhale it like your life depends on it. We’ve all seen that dragon roar, right?! Trust me, those around you (and you especially!) will thank you!

A HAPPY THYROID.

Having a happy thyroid just makes us happier people! Our thyroid is one of the major glands in our endocrine system and is extremely vital when it comes to producing happy hormones! When it isn’t working well, there may be increased anxiety and nervousness, hair loss, missed menstrual cycles, trouble sleeping, excess energy or no energy at all, dry skin, joint and muscle pain, and more!

Check out “Taming the Dragon Within” by LeAnne Deardeuff in it she says:

“The thyroid loves Myrtle oil. Myrtle oil is found in Endoflex but sometimes it may be necessary to use more Myrtle in addition to the Endoflex.”

So adding some Endoflex, Myrtle & Lemongrass and applying them topically right to the thyroid gland (right on the throat!)

Caution, some people can be irritated using lemongrass, so be careful in the sun, and use with a carrier oil!

Thyromin is a special blend of porcine glandular extracts, herbs, amino acids, minerals, and therapeutic-grade essential oils in a perfectly balanced formula that maximizes nutritional support for healthy thyroid function. The thyroid gland regulates body metabolism, energy, and body temperature.

LOVE ON YOUR ADRENALS.

First of all, our adrenals love healthy fats. Consider a supplement like Mindwise (healthy fats and brain support!) or OmegaGize (healthy fats and immune supporting essential oils!). Healthy fats help normalize our blood sugar levels, which therefore helps increase our metabolism while maintaining stable cortisol levels! Nothing is worse than a spike in cortisol when you don’t need it!!

A great way to support your adrenals is by using nutmeg, clove, and rosemary essential oils. Combining these three together into a roller bottle has been one of the best ways I’ve been able to support my adrenals! Apply it morning and night!

If you are one of those people who doesn’t just magically pop out of bed in the morning ready to run a marathon while simultaneously cleaning the house and feeding the kiddos-aka if you wake up and struggle to get out of bed in the morning a drop of En-R-Gee on the big toes will also help to kick-start your adrenals and produce that cortisol in your body to help you get going with the day!!

SOME QUICK TIPS

**For any sort of bloating or water retention, apply fennel right on the abdomen.

**For menstrual cramping, layer dragon time with copaiba right on the abdomen.

Consider taking a bath! Add some EOs to Epsom salts and relax your troubles away! Using lavender and stress away for the moody blues, or clary sage for some cramp relief!

HORMONES FOR MEN.

We’ve spent most of this class talking about female hormone health, but let’s not forget to mention our guys! We want them to have happy hormones too! So let’s talk about Shutran!

An empowering essential oil blend specially formulated for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence, Shutran is perfect for use as a cologne that appeals to both men and women.

Shutran is great for the men in our lives who are looking for a boost of energy and to naturally support their hormones. Plus it smells amazing and can be combined with Endoflex for an added boost!

 

I hope that you take at least one oily tidbit from this and would love to know one way you will start incorporating some of these into your daily regimen?

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

More about Emotions

More about EmotionsPodcast #12

More about Emotions

Some of the most popular questions we get asked regarding oils are how to use them to help manage emotions. Let’s start by exploring the science behind oils and emotions. I want you to be in charge of your emotions and actually, use them for good! Your emotions don’t have to control you. Get ready to release some negative emotions!!!

THE SCIENCE

We’re going to start with some basic science. This is only the tip of the iceberg but when we heard this info for the first time it blew our minds. It sheds so much light on how our emotions affect us and how oils can help.
A New York University study found the only way to release fear from the amygdala (part of the limbic system) is through smell.

Essential oil compounds can actually work to repair and reprogram cellular memory!

THE HOW

Focus on your emotion and your “why.” What situation, what event, what people- what is the “why”?
Then begin to let go of the negative emotion and start focusing on the opposite side of that emotion, or how you want to feel about the situation or memory.
If you are working through a deep-seated memory, this process will take time.

Now that you understand the root of your emotions, apply your oil and inhale it deeply. Begin to shift your focus to the positive. Focus on connecting and building memories and on releasing the expectations you’ve put on yourself.
Remember, everyone’s body and emotional responses are different. So try a few different oils to see which ones resonate best with you!

 

For more in-depth information, I recommend the book, Releasing Emotional Patterns With Essential Oils.

GUT HEALTH

You might think that it’s strange to talk about your digestive system in this class. But the truth is, your gut and your brain are tightly connected and they communicate back and forth all day long! It is important for you to drink water, eat whole food and get a good probiotic like Life 9.

HORMONE BALANCING

When our hormones are not supported out emotions are affected. Progessence Plus and Shutran are wonderful for supporting our hormones.

Progessence Plus(only for women)
Apply 2-4 drops on the wrists or neck daily.
Shutran(for men & women)
Apply 2-4 drops on heart, wrists or feet.
 

NORTHERN LIGHTS BLACK SPRUCE

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Nervousness and hyperactivity
Lethargy and melancholy
Helps promote Feelings Of:
Harmony and goodwill
Relaxation and restoration
Ways To Use:
Add a drop or two to a hot bath.
Add a drop or two to your chosen carrier oil for massage.
Diffuse during prayer time, yoga, and meditation.
 

WHITE ANGELICA

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Greed
Loneliness
Rejection
Shame
Weakness

Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Protection
Strength
Comfort
Wholeness

Ways To Use:
Diffuse throughout the day.
Wear on wrists and chest.

FRANKINCENSE

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Depression
Anxiety
Melancholy
Dwelling on the past
Worthlessness
Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Freedom
Focus
Calm
Support
Ways To Use:
Apply to the forehead, temples, and back of the neck before relaxing.
Diffuse during prayer, meditation, and yoga.

JOY

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Anxiety
Disappointment
Grief and sorrow
Judgment
Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Love (both for self and others)
Balance
Confidence
Ways To Use:
Wear on wrists, the edge of ears, neck or chest. (Possible sun sensitivity).

GROUNDING

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Chaos
Feeling frozen or stuck
Overwhelming
Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Relaxation
Focus
Balance
Clarity
Ways To Use:
Diffuse throughout the day.
Apply to the back of neck or temples.

RELEASE

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Anger
Frustration
Being held back
Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Cleansing
Freedom
Harmony
Ways To Use:
Diffuse throughout the day.
Apply topically to wrists, the edge of ears and feet.

SARA

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Fear
Unmet expectations
Stress
Weight control

Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Freedom
Positivity
Release

Ways To Use:
Apply topically to wrists, ears, neck, and feet. (Possible sun sensitivity).
Add a few drops to a warm bath.

ORANGE

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Anxiety
Tension
Frustration
Insomnia

Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Happiness
Calmness

Ways To Use:
Great to add to diffuser combos.
Add a few drops to a tissue and inhale directly.
Add a drop to your water for a citrus twist.
*Possible sun sensitivity

VALOR and VALOR II

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Fear
Self-doubt – “I’m not good enough”
Defensiveness
Aggression
Persecution

Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Courage
Confidence
Self-esteem and empowerment

Ways To Use:
Apply to chest, neck, and shoulders.
Diffuse throughout the day.
Add a drop or two to your chosen carrier oil for massage.

BERGAMOT

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Depression and fatigue.
Stress and anxiety.
Nervous tension.
Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Sedation and relaxation.
Joy
Freshness
Energy
Ways To Use:
Place a few drops on a washcloth and place it over your chest while taking a hot shower.
Massage over the abdomen
Diffuse in the mornings for an energetic start or simply put a drop in your hands, cup over nose and mouth, and breathe slowly.
I hope that you have learned about at least one new way to use essential oils to support healthy emotions and if you are looking for a wonderful protocol check out the Feelings Kit from Young Living!

As always,

Be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Essential Oils & Emotions

 

Podcast #11

Essential Oils & Emotions

Essential oils and Emotions

How can oils benefit our emotions?

Essential oils can penetrate cell membranes and cross the brain-blood barrier within SECONDS. This allows them to reach the emotional center of our brain, this is where all of our emotions are stored. Essential oils support the body to come back into balance without harmful side effects or chemical based products. They can have a powerful influence over how we think, how we feel and how we behave. Because of oils bringing balance to emotions, we can do that simply by smelling them, through scents.

The smells of nature leave me feeling uplifted and energized, even just taking a quick walk and getting a breath of fresh air. And nature is essentially what oils ARE so we are going to harness those feelings!

Where to start supporting your emotions with oils?

Let’s start with some of the basic oils. Each oil is incredibly versatile.

COPAIBA:

I add this to body butter or shaving cream!

+ Sweet, warm honey-like scent

+ Often used to improve moods

+ May help relax muscles

+ May help nervous irritability

+ May help on days you feel like you have the blues

+ May promote feelings of contentment and peace

 

DIGIZE:

At first thought, an oil blend designed for digestive discomfort may not come to mind when talking about oils and emotions. But for those who’s emotional stress plays a big part in stomach discomfort this would be a great oil for you to look into!

+ Includes oils such as Juniper which may help bring balance to emotions and the impact of stress of your digestive functions.

 

FRANKINCENSE: I could pretty much talk to you all day about my love for this oil. I use it daily.

+ Grounding

+ May to be supportive of feelings of fear, loneliness, insecure, etc

+ May be calming and relaxing

 

LAVENDER:

I can’t think of hardly anything I DON’T use lavender for!

+ May promote restful night sleep

+ Calming

+ Safe with little ones

+ May support those wanting to combat irritability and frustration

 

LEMON:

Studies have shown that just inhaling lemon essential oil can help with feelings of sadness. I love diffusing this in the morning and adding a drop to my water.

+ May help with clarity of thought

+ May be uplifting

+ May help with focus and concentration

 

PANAWAY:

Another essential oil you don’t think of right away when you’re thinking about emotions but it definitely has more uses than just helping soothe tired and sore muscles!

+ Cool and invigorating smell

+ May promote feelings of energy

+ Place one drop in hands and rub together and inhale!

+ May be uplifting to body and mind

+ May promote feelings of vibrance and ability to letting things go

 

PEPPERMINT:

It has so many uses. I love this oil to help wake me up in the morning and feeling alert!

+ Invigorating smell

+ Smells crisp and clean and cool

+ If you are experiencing emotional stress in your digestive system (ex: knots in your stomach) this would be a good oil to check out

+ May promote clarity and concentration

+ May promote energy

+ May be helpful for combatting stress

 

CITRUS FRESH:

This is one of our favorites in our home for using with laundry and diffusing to help cleanse the air but it also may have uses to help with our emotions!

+ Contains orange, lemon, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit which may be helpful in promoting feelings of happiness

+ May promote relaxation

+ May help with lessening feelings of anger

 

RAVEN:

+ May be uplifting

+ May be energizing

+ Supports lymphatic system

+ May be helpful in feeling rejuvenated

 

STRESS AWAY:

One of my very favorite oils ever! I could sing love songs to it all day long.

+ Lime and vanilla two key ingredients

+ May be helpful in combatting emotional stress

+ May be helpful in combating nervousness

+ May help promote relaxation

+ May promote calming feelings

+ Would recommend adding your roller top to this bottle and roll it on the back of your neck!

 

THIEVES:

It has so many uses for helping to boost our immune system but may also help with our emotions as well!

+ May promote relaxation

+ Smells like Christmastime!

+ May promote feelings of clarity and focus

+ May help with feelings of uncertainty

 

When dealing with hormones and emotions some great ones to grab for are: Endoflex, Progessense Plus & Dragon Time

 

Wonderful diffuser combos for emotions are:

Joy + Tangerine.

Stress Away + Citrus Fresh.

White Angelica.

Release + Purification + Joy.

Frank + Lemon + Stress Away.

 

Every one of us is different:

Definitely try various combos topically and diffused consistently as you seek out the best support for YOU!!!!

Remember that being consistent daily is a HUGE KEY to these beautiful oils.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to join in and listen!! I hope that this little introduction to essential oils and our emotions was helpful to each of you!

For those of you who joined in tonight but have yet to take the leap into getting a starter kit- now is the time! Joining Young Living is hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made for our families wellness journey.

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

He has Risen! Happy Easter!

He has Risen!

Happy Easter!

John 20:1-18

As always be grateful & have faith~ God Bless!


He has Risen!

Chemical Free Home

Chemical Free HomeSimple Blessings & Oils

Podcast #9

Chemical Free Home

We know this is a very popular topic because we ALL want to know how to clean our homes without exposing ourselves and our sweet babies to all the toxic things in the world! So let’s start with why we should avoid toxic chemicals, what chemicals we want to avoid, and what we use instead!

Chemical Dangers….The Why!

The Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 grandfathered in an estimated 65,000-100,000 chemicals currently on the market today. What does that mean to you? Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing and we know very little information about their effects. Of the chemicals tested, toxic labeling is required only if 50% or more of the animals tested with a chemical die. Scary!

Chemicals to Avoid:

There are so many chemicals in our everyday products that are harmful to our health and bodies without us even knowing. What I want to do is EMPOWER our people and EDUCATED everyone on what to avoid and how to avoid it.

Here are just a few to be aware of:

+Fragrance:

Short-term toxicity can include coughing, skin irritation, rash, wheezing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and irritability. Long-term toxicity can include cancer, lung disease, heart disease and reproductive disorders. Found in: scented candles, perfumes, lotions, and many more just start looking at labels and you will be surprised.

+Triclosan:

Used in many formulations as an antibacterial agent to prevent or reduce bacterial contamination but has been banned in hand soaps in some areas. Sadly it is still found in many other products like soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, shave gel, first aid spray, kitchenware and children’s toys.

+Phthalates:

A low-cost endocrine-disrupting chemical that in lab studies has shown to interfere with hormone production in rats and mimic estrogen in human studies. Found in: plastic food packaging, lotions, skin moisturizers, fragrance, cleaners, glues and nail polish.

+Formaldehyde:

This is a known carcinogen and recognized as such by the Cancer Institute. Exposure can cause eye irritation, asthmatic response, skin irritation, headaches, and nausea. Long-term effects include cancer and possibly leukemia. To make things even more alarming, this isn’t an easy ingredient to find. The ingredients are often listed as it’s fragmented name. Found in: baby shampoo, pet shampoo, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, sunblocks, cosmetics, baby wipes, toothpaste, and more.

So with even just this short list, what do we use now!

I personally have slowly transitioned over the years to more and natural products as I have learned about the dangers of conventional products. I tend to love DIY recipes but the majority of the ones that I will make all are based on cleaning! Why?

1/Because they’re easy

2/Because they’re cheap….like really cheap!

3/Because they’re not dangerous to me or my family.

And that is reason enough for me!

If you took away ONE thing, I hope it’s this one! I use 6 main ingredients to clean my entire house!!! I like to boil down most recipes and use the bare minimum.

So here’s the low down on what you need:

1/Thieves Home Cleaner

2/Water

3/Baking Soda

4/Vinegar

5/Castile Soap

6/ Essential Oils

The Thieves Home Cleaner:

It is formulated with the power of Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, you can get a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients. Thieves cleaner also includes the scent of Lemon essential oil for an even more uplifting aroma. This all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in your home for dusting, spot cleaning, scrubbing, or any other cleaning need. Wherever you use it, you’ll feel good knowing it’s safe to use around everyone in your family, including pets.

+All Purpose: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2–3 cups water.

+Degreaser: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 1-2 cups water.

+Glass and Mirror Cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner, 5 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil blend, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 3 cups water.

Who else has a love affair with the Thieves Cleaner?

Sink and Tile Scrub Recipe:

This recipe WORKS!!!! If you are new to DIYs, then you can always stick with just two ingredients, the Thieves Cleaner and the Baking Soda!! Mix in a bowl and use throughout your whole house on grimy surfaces! Use this mixture on: tubs with tough grime, toilet, sinks, & tile. Who else has tried a million natural cleaners for the bathtub with no success? Who will be trying this one soon? I will post it on the blog!

Bathroom Spray:

A fragrance is what I always want for the bathroom! I only want to smell daisies and roses and a clean tub!! Whip up this recipe to keep on the back of the toilet for your own bathroom of the guest bath!! Not only will it smell amazing but you won’t be breathing in toxic chemicals!

Foaming Hand Soap:

This is the first DIY recipe I ever made! Why? Because it was cheap! 🙂 AND I ordered every ingredient outside of the oils from Amazon! If you want a quick Hand Soap without the DIY, you can always grab the Thieves or Lavender soap ready to go in a pump in your next order! Young Living even has a large hand soap refill container. Create your own oil combination of essential oils for your hand soap- we like Thieves oil with some orange the best!

What else should can we do?

As far as cutting other chemicals out, look everywhere but some other easy DIY’s to start are things like wood polish, dishwasher soap, mattress cleaner. We can also replace things like dish soaps, fruit and veggie wash, laundry soap and more. Speaking of laundry lets not forget dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are one of the top toxins in our home and they are really simple to replace. There are DIY fabric softeners or my favorite, dryer balls! Now, all we use in our home is dryer balls and a few drops of essential oils! Order a pack of balls on Amazon, Etsy, or find it at your local natural grocer and add your favorite combo of oils!

Today I want to challenge you to start with one chemical in your home and find a way to replace it with something better. Take small steps to a healthier home, a chemical free home.

Will it be your hand soap? Your all-purpose cleaner? What will it be?

As always, be grateful & have faith!

 

Water Kefir & Kombucha

Podcast #8

Water Kefir & KombuchaKefir water and Kombucha

Kefir water and Kombucha- what are they and what is the difference between them. Some of you may have heard of Kombucha and maybe you have even tried it but do you know why it is good for you and how easy it is to make? Kefir water is a little less know but similar.

What are they?

Kombucha and Kefir water are both fermented beverages.

Kombucha is made with a scoby(symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), held together by polysaccharides. It looks like a mushroom but is not fungus. Kombucha is known to contain a variety of yeast and bacteria.

Kefir water is made of “grains” which are a colony of bacteria and yeast. They look like small translucent grains. The term “grains” is only used to describe their appearance. Kefir grains contain no actual grains such as wheat, rye. Etc. They also contain a variety of bacteria and yeast.

Preparation and time frame:

Kombucha is prepared by adding starter tea and a kombucha culture (your scoby) to sweet tea (black, green, oolong, etc). This Is then fermented for 5 to 30 days depending on the flavor you desire.

Water kefir is prepared by adding water kefir grains to sugar water (we add a little molasses and baking soda for added minerals). This is then fermented for 24-48 hours.

Do you flavor them?

Kombucha is tangy, kind of sweet and effervescent. The flavor varies greatly depending on how long you allow it to ferment and the tea that you use. The fermenting or culture time really determines whether the kombucha tea has a very mild taste or a strong vinegar-like taste. Kombucha can be flavored or you can drink it plain as well.

Water kefir can be sweet and the longer we let it ferment or culture the less sugary it is. It is recommended that you flavor water kefir because the taste of plain water kefir isn’t as pleasing.

Which is better?

Kombucha can aid in our digestion It also adds to our beneficial bacteria in our gut and it contains some acids and enzymes to aid in breaking down food.

Water kefir is more so a probiotic drink. It contains acids and enzymes to aid in digestion though not quite as strong as those in kombucha. Water kefir does, however, have a greater number of bacteria strains than kombucha.

Both drinks are very beneficial in aiding our natural body systems and both are great for hydration. Depending on what flavor you like and the health benefits you are looking for, consuming one or both is a matter of individual preference.

 

Kombucha Water kefir
Brew time 5-30 days 24-48 hours
Brews in Sweetened tea (black, green oolong) Sugar water(juice or coconut water can be used)
Batch size Quantity not limited by size of scoby Limited to size depending on the amount of grains(usually about a gallon)
Flavor Tart, slightly vinegary. Gets stronger as it brews Sweet. Should be flavored with fruit juice or extracts
Carbonation Effervescent Slightly bubbly(very bubbly after 2nd fermentation)
Drink it plain? Yes, but flavor is good too! Not recommended
Contains Probiotic & yeast Probiotic & yeast
Culture growth The mother scoby always produces a baby which can be given away. Grains will multiply- sometimes slower and other times very quickly.
Health Benefits Detoxifier & digestive support. General health & probiotic supplement.

 

Instructions for making Kefir Water

  1. Pour 1/4 cup sugar into the jar.
  2. Add 1/2 cup hot water.
  3. Swirl to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Add 3 cups room temperature or cool water.
  5. Check the temperature of the liquid to make sure it’s room temperature ( 68°-85°F.)
  6. Add the water kefir grains
  7. Cover the jar and place in a warm spot, 68°-85°F, to culture for 24-48 hours.
  8. After culturing is complete, prepare a new batch of sugar water, (steps 1-4 above).
  9. Separate kefir grains from the finished water kefir.
  10. Place kefir grains in the new batch of sugar water.
  11. The finished water kefir is now ready to consume, or flavor.

 

Making Larger Batches

To make larger batches, use up to 2 cups grains and use 1 cup cane sugar per gallon of water.

The best method for removing water kefir grains from finished water kefir is to use a plastic mesh strainer. Simply set the strainer on top of a clean jar and pour the entire batch of finished water kefir through the strainer into the jar, catching the grains. Transfer the grains immediately to the new batch of sugar water.

Kombucha Ingredients & Ratios:

One-Quart Batch:

  • 1½ teaspoon loose tea OR2 tea bags
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2-3 cups water
  • ½ cup starter tea or vinegar

Half-Gallon Batch:

  • 1 tablespoon loose tea OR4 tea bags
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6-7 cups water
  • 1 cup starter tea or vinegar

Gallon Batch:

  • 2 tablespoons loose tea OR8 tea bags
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 13-14 cups water
  • 2 cups starter tea or vinegar

Instructions for Making Kombucha Tea

 

  1. Combine hot water and sugar in a glass jar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. The water should be hot enough to steep the tea but does not have to be boiling.   
  2. Place the tea or tea bags in the sugar water to steep.
  1. Cool the mixture to 68-85ºF. The tea may be left in the liquid as it cools or removed after the first 10-15 minutes. The longer the tea is left in the liquid, the stronger the tea will be.
  2. Remove the tea bags or completely strain the loose tea leaves from the liquid.
  3. Add starter tea from a previous batch to the liquid. If you do not have starter tea, distilled white vinegar may be substituted.
  4. Add an active kombucha SCOBY.
  5. Cover the jar with a tight-weave towel or coffee filter and secure with a rubber band.
  6. Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed at 68-85°F, out of direct sunlight, for 7-30 days, or to taste. The longer the kombucha ferments, the less sweet and more vinegary it will taste.
  7. Pour kombucha off the top of the jar for consuming. Retain the SCOBY and enough liquid from the bottom of the jar to use as starter tea for the next batch.
  8. The finished kombucha can be flavored and bottled, if desired, or enjoyed plain.

Ask on your local crunchy mom’s Facebook group or check out www.culturedhealthforlife.com to purchase kefir or kombucha supplies.

Have you tried either? Which drink are you ready to try? What is your favorite flavor?

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

Gut Health

Gut HealthPodcast #7

Gut Health

All disease starts in the gut ~ Hippocrates

Your gut is the cornerstone of your health and overall immunity.

  • The gut is known as our 2nd brain
  • Gut bacteria 10:1 from human cells

Why is our gut health so important?

  • Gut bacteria assist in the breakdown of our food
  • Without the right balance of bacteria, our digestion and assimilation is sub-optimal

All of this has powerful implications for the health and vitality:

  • Immunity & protection from food allergies & intolerances
  • Cognitive memory & brain health
  • Natural detox pathways and so much more

 

Our gut acts as the frontline for our immune system and contains our amazing microbiome. What is our microbiome?

It Is the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body known as microbiota. Our microbiome refers to the complete set of genes within these microbes. These microbial genes significantly influential to how our body operates. We each have a unique microbiota and microbiome. The role of the microbiome is so central to the body’s operation that it actually acts as an organ. It impacts aging, digestion, immune system, mood and cognitive function. Research is also showing a huge relationship between the brain and the gut called the gut-brain axis. Our microbiota also interacts with our central nervous system to regulate our brain chemistry and mediates our stress response to things like anxiety & memory. We are first exposed to microbes during birth. This is why we see a difference in the gut health of those born vaginally vs. via c- section. Babies born via c- section are know being swabbed with mom’s vaginal bacteria to optimize babies all over health.

Gut bacteria is absolutely essential for proper digestion.

What does it mean to have a healthy digestive system and a healthy gut?

Your poop- How often do you go? Do you have discomfort-diarrhea, constipation, bloating, headaches, unusual cravings, or pain? These can be a response to stress or specific foods, so watch for and avoid triggers. Sometimes things might not be as noticeable but still signs of an underlying issue like a weakened immune system, trouble concentrating, mood swings or emotional upset.

 

Some of the common reasons that our gut health is off:

  • Poor nutrition- eating more processed foods and less fresh or fermented foods
  • Stress- mental, heavy metals and environmental toxins
  • Modern medicine- over use of antibiotics, synthetic drugs, contraceptives, etc.

So, what do we do and where do we start?

Watch what we eat- read labels, cut out processed foods, add more fermented, raw and natural food choices. Since we know that by changing our gut health we can improve our immune & brain function, reduce feelings of sadness & anger, obesity, toxin levels in the body, fatigue, allergies, and more.

Here are some easy steps to improving it today:

  • Probiotic-rich foods- kefir, sauerkraut, etc.
  • Prebiotic-rich foods- garlic, onions, etc.
  • Probiotic supplements- Life 9 from Young Living is amazing and works synergistically
  • Cut out sugar & processed foods
  • Enzymes- amylase, cellulose, lactase
  • Digize essential oil- contains the blueprint for your enzymes
  • Ningxia Red- fills in your nutritional gaps
  • Digest & Cleanse- balances gut & supports healthy digestion
  • Open windows-indoor air affects our microbiome
  • Stress less- #1 cause of disease in our bodies 95% of the time
  • Laugh more- improves gut flora
  • Limit use of medications
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough sleep (7-8 hours recommended)
  • Don’t be a clean freak
  • Garden

What is one change you are going to make to improve your gut health?

Remember the 4 R’s: Remove, Repair, Restore & Replace.

All disease begins in the gut and so does your health!

Remember to be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Essential Oils & Kids

Podcast #6 Essential Oils & Kids

Essential Oils & Kids

Let’s talk about kids and essential oils

I am not a doctor, I am just a mom here to share how I have used essential oils successfully.

 

Throughout history, wisdom has been passed down from generation to generation especially when it comes to natural remedies and even essential oils. Essential oils date back to the Bible and were often more valued than money because it didn’t matter if you were rich and sick, without your health, you had nothing. Things like elderberry syrup, onions, & pickle socks are all wisdom passed down from other moms and relatives that care.

 

One way to a healthier family is detox baths

Detox baths: 1 cup Epsom salt, ½ cup baking soda, 5-10 drops of essential oils. Add to the bathtub or foot tub to pull toxins from the body.

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Essential oils support healthy kids- behavior, digestive, skin, immune & mood

Speaking of mood, orange oils is amazing for the mood. It is known as the “let it go” oils. Drinking, diffuse, or apply topically. It is also in our Happy Roll-on: 3-5 drops each of orange, lemon, grapefruit, citrus fresh and filled to the top with a carrier oil of your choice.

So what are the ways to use them with kids?

Topically:

Using the vita flex chart, I love to apply to the bottoms of the feet or area of discomfort.

Aromatically:

This is a quick easy way to start introducing kids to oils. A drop or 2 in the diffuser and then working your way up to get the benefits and desired results.

Internally:

We love to flavor our waters with essential oils and use them frequently in recipes while cooking. This is another way to support their health and well-being. In our family, citrus oils like lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, lime, citrus fresh, and orange make our water a bit less boring and more delicious. Great way to support their immune system!!

Be an empowered parent!

Read, learn and trust your gut. Do research and make informed decisions. Some books I love are Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern and Evidence-Based Essential Oils Therapy by Dr. Scott Johnson. Also making sure that you find a doctor or practitioner that is well versed in natural alternatives like homeopathy and essential oils.

 

Dilution ratio for kids:

Always check labeled recommendation and then dilute accordingly.

Ages 0-1

: 1/8 labeled concentration

Ages 2-6: ¼ labeled concentration

Ages 7-11: ½ labeled concentration

Ages 12+ : full labeled concentration

Grab a high-quality carrier oil for dilution. We love coconut oil and jojoba oil!

General safety guidelines for kids:

  • Do not ingest for babies
  • Diffuse start low and go slow
  • Spot test on kids especially when sensitive
  • Using essential oils in the bath with Epsom salts so that they do not sit on top of the water
  • If babies/kids are new starts out by wearing the oil or diffusing it in a large room

 

As always be informed and trust your gut!

So when in doubt…

  • Start slow
  • Use the bottoms of their feet for application
  • Diffuse on a large area
  • Apply with a carrier oil

 

Some oils to use caution with when using with small children are:
  • Idaho Tansy
  • Hyssop
  • Sage
  • Clary Sage
  • Wintergreen
  • Eucalyptus

Do your research and know your comfort level

 

When 800 moms were asked…

What were there must have essential oils- these are the ones that made the cut!

  • Lavender~ diffused at night for calming and sleep, great for skin support and relaxing to muscles
  • Thieves~ diffuse during school to cut down the crud, apply to the bottoms of the feet for a wonderful immune support, great for oral care
  • RC~ supports all things respiratory and congestion, great diffused for a healthy respiratory system as well as applied topically to the chest and bottoms of the feet.
  • Peace & Calming~ great to support relaxation and calming the stress of the day. Apply to the feet before bed to unwind
  • Purification~ great for anything that itches, any kind of odors, and for an annoyance-free outdoors
  • Frankincense~ one of my favorites for immune support, grounding, and sleep
  • Stress Away~ this one is great for helping to soothe a child’s tough day and helping moms feel more in control when life gets crazy
  • Copaiba~ this is the amplifier, it magnifies other oils 10x, helps with inflammation, and is great for all over health and wellness

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to naturally supporting your children’s health and well-being with essential oils.

Do you use essential oils?

Are you ready to start? And if so- how do you use essential oils for your family? I challenge you to look at an area in your family’s health that could use some support and give essential oils a try.

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond – part 2

Simple Blessings & Oils Podcast #5

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond- part 2

Pregnancy, birth & beyond with essential oils

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond part 2

Let’s talk about birth & beyond

Birth can be exciting, scary, & somewhat unknown. What we need to realize is that pregnancy and birth are also natural and God created our bodies for this amazing process and new life. I want to talk about the many ways that we can support our bodies and our babies when it comes to pregnancy & birth. When I was having our 6th baby I had used essential oils throughout my pregnancy and really just steered clear of the hormonal oils. I love when people ask about the safety of essential oils but do not consider the safety of the products that they are already using- shampoos, deodorants, lotions, make-up, household cleaners and more. Pregnancy is one of the most important times to really take a look at what you are using, the chemicals it contains and how it could impact you and your baby. It only takes 26 seconds for what you apply topically to enter your bloodstream.

 

I also want to state that I am not a doctor and I am not here to treat, diagnose or prescribe but instead share tips on things that I have used and learned through the years and pregnancies. I am also only talking about Young Living essential oils as they have the Seed to seal guarantee for quality and purity. If you so choose to use others, I cannot guarantee they will have the same effect.

So what are the oils to use for this amazing process…

Lavender essential oil-  This oil is amazing especially towards the end of pregnancy and during the birth of your baby. I love this oil to support your round ligaments, during those pesky Braxton Hicks

Contractions. Also great for relaxation, sleep, and super gentle for both you and baby.

Frankincense essential oil: It is holy oil! This is great for supporting our immune system, it is very grounding, aids in relaxation and promotes happy feelings, and is wonderful during times of prayer. I love to anoint my newborns head with this while saying a blessing over them.

Sleepy roll-on: 2 drops frankincense, 2 drops lavender, fill with a carrier oil in 10 ml roll on.

Olive oil is wonderful and should be added to your birthing supplies! This is amazing to apply during diaper changes, it makes the meconium wipe off their newborn bottoms super easy and works wonderfully as a non-toxic way to clean and not dry out your newborn’s skin.

Gentle baby essential oil: Very relaxing for both mom and baby. Wonderful for relaxing baby when they are fussy. This is also a wonderful oil to rub on mom’s abdomen while in labor to aid in progression. It is a very calming oil.

Tea tree essential oil: Wonderful to add to your perineum bottle in the hospital/home for cleaning your bottom after delivery. Helps to keep everything smelling and feeling fresh down there after delivery.

This is also a wonderful oil to add to a Tushy Spray(also cloth diaper safe): 2 oz spray bottle, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops tea tree and 4 drops myrrh essential oil and fill to the top with a carrier oil such as coconut oil.

While we talk about down there…

Claraderm Spray: This works phenomenally for preparing the perineum before delivery and helps with healing after delivery. Some women start this spray around 34 weeks and continue until the baby arrives and then as needed after delivery.

DIY PeriSpray: 2 oz spray bottle, 4 drops myrrh, 4 drops frankincense, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops tea tree, 4 drops Roman chamomile(German can be used), 4 drops helichrysum, coconut oil to the top of the bottle.

Popsicle pads(padsicles): Heavy flow pads, Aloe Vera gel, witch hazel, tea tree essential oil, and lavender essential oil. Apply to the pads and stick in the freezer to use postpartum.

Valor: This great for confidence and fear. It is also amazing to help you get solid sleep and it helps you to hold your chiropractic adjustments. It has been coined “Chiro in a bottle.”

Sacred Mountain: This is a high-frequency oil and is wonderful for creating feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection. It is known to one of the most helpful essential oil blends emotionally which is why it is so powerful for during labor and after.

 

These are just a handful

of the essential oils that can be beneficial for you, baby and those around you during this amazing part of life. What oils do you feel would benefit you the most? What oils have you used in the birthing process? I hope you found value and learned something new!

 

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

 

 

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond- part 1

Simple Blessings & Oils Podcast #4

Pregnancy, birth & beyond with essential oils- part 1Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond Part 1

Most people are open to the use of essential oils until they become pregnant…. Then they hesitate. Are they safe? Can I use before, during and once my baby is born?

There are lots of question and after much research and questions myself, I am here to share things that I have found to support your body during this amazing time in a woman’s life.

I also want to state that I am not a doctor and I am not here to treat, diagnose or prescribe but instead share tips on things that I have used and learned through the years and pregnancies. I am also only talking about Young Living essential oils as they have the Seed to seal guarantee for quality and purity. If you so choose to use others, I cannot guarantee they will have the same effect.

So, let’s talk application.

Topical:

When you are pregnant and new to essential oil, the feet are always the best place to start. Not only do our feet contain over 2,000 pores but they also contain the Vita Flex points to every system in our body. The skin is also the thickest on our feet and this is the farthest area from our mucous membrane, which can be more sensitive. The feet are also a great place for application on children as well. You can also apply areas to the area of discomfort as well, such as the head for head discomfort and the lower back for sciatica support.

During pregnancy and nursing when applying essential oils topically a 1% dilution is recommended in general (1 drop of essential oil to 1 Tbsp of carrier oil). This is not a hard and fast rule but when one is sensitive or new to essential oils, it is a good guideline.

Diffusing:

Diffusing is another wonderful way to experience the amazing benefits of essential oils. A good place to start is 2-3 drops in a diffuser and adjust accordingly.

Internal:

Ingesting essential oils can be a hot topic and everyone has an opinion. Research shows that in order for an essential oil to be toxic you would literally have to dump bottles of it into the body. This is not how essential oils are ever meant to be used. When using Young Living’s pure therapeutic grade essential oils I personally do not hesitate to add to my water, food or vegetable capsule but every person will have to make this decision and be comfortable with it. Just also know that there are other ways to use the oils without ingesting if you so choose.

Don’t be so Emotional

Supporting out emotions while pregnant is a huge and our ears contain the amazing Vita Flex emotions chart. So when dealing with the crazy hormone fluctuation during pregnancy and post-partum, the Vita Flex chart for the ears can help us keep our emotions more manageable.

Fertility~

When one is trying to become pregnant it is a good idea to find a holistic doctor or midwife, who will run various tests from your hormones to a full thyroid panel and sometimes even a stool sample to check your gut health can be hugely beneficial in a healthy pregnancy.

As far as essential oils to support fertility and hormones naturally, a great blend that I recommend is Endoflex. It is very hormone supporting and balancing. This oil has many testimonies from people who have experienced support with balancing their hormones, thyroid, and adrenals due to stress or cycle changes simply by using this oil regularly.

I would also recommend observing your menstrual cycles. This can contain clues as to how we need to balance our hormones. Do you get headaches before your period and after ovulation? Have you ever had hot flashes? Are there certain times during your cycle that you notice more hair loss? These can all be signs that your body needs some additional encouragement. Clary sage & Dragon Time blend can both be beneficial in supporting these issues. Apply to the outside, inside and on the top of the feet to stimulate the reproductive Vita Flex points.

If you have heavy periods, clots and cramps, these can all be a sign of low progesterone or estrogen dominance. Aging, stress and other factors can take a toll on our bodies natural cycles. Many have found support and relief form Progessence Plus serum created by Dr. Purser. This is a natural progesterone-type supplement that can help benefit many of us who want to promote the best results when conceiving and sustaining pregnancies. Some have reported complete turnarounds in their cycles- from heavy/crampy/PMS to very manageable, from acne ridden to a pimple free. Bonus its natural so it will not have the effects that synthetic hormones are known to have on the body.

Lastly on fertility, consider citrus oils like lemon, grapefruit & citrus fresh. Our liver’s function is to process and eliminate irregularities, toxins, and imbalances in our bodies. With that being said promoting a healthy liver and lymph system, in turn, supports our fertility. You can apply these oils directly to the liver area, diffuse, add them to your water to drink or apply to the Vita Flex points. Some other livers supporting supplements are dandelion root, milk thistle, and red raspberry leaf tea. Ylang Ylang essential oil is also a great “catch-all” for supporting hormonal health.

Where do you start~

I highly encourage you checking out the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern and Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy by Dr. Scott Johnson. What areas of your fertility are you wanting to take charge of? What action steps are you going to take to ensure that your body is functioning as God has intended it to? Is it time to take a look at another health care provider that is willing to look at your whole health and not just one area?

Join in next time as we look at essential oils to support a healthy delivery and wonderful start for your new baby!

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 


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  • Stopping any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.
  • Starting any new medication or treatment protocol, whether or not it was discussed on the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast show, page or post on this website.
  • Information on this site is informational and not as specifically applicable to any individual’s medical problem(s), concerns and/or needs.
  • These products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or prevent disease.

In each audio remedies are recommended. We are not claiming that the product will cure any of these problems or disorders. We are merely reporting that people have used the product to aid these conditions.

What are Essential Oils?

What are essential oils?Podcast #3: What are Essential Oils?

So, let’s talk about essential oils! The first question that most people ask is what are they? Essential oils are subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark, and roots of herbs, trees, and shrubs through distillation. They have been used for thousands of years as a way to keep your body healthy. They are mentioned in the Bible directly or indirectly over 1100 times.

This was a perfect fit for our family on our journey to wellness.

Note– I am not here to treat, diagnose, or prescribe anyone or any condition, I am just a mom sharing what has worked well for me and my family and the only oils that we use are Young Living. Anyone wanting to obtain these oils can go to my website: www.simpleblessingsandoils.com and click on the link on the right-hand side.

 

 

Some general rules when using essential oils:

  • Everyone is a snowflake, what works for one person might not work for the next. Just like medications, peanut butter or shampoo, if you try one and do not get the results you expected then try another
  • Never place essential oils directly in the eyes or the ears. They can cause irritation. If you do (which we have just grab some carrier oil, NOT water, and wipe the area.
  • Use caution when using citrus oils when going out in the sun as they are photosensitive.

You can find oils just about everywhere these days which is actually scary because not all oils are created equally. For our family, purity and quality are very important. This is why we chose Young Living. They have the Seed to Seal guarantee and you can learn more at www.seedtoseal.com.

Why are purity and quality important?

  • 90% of oils you find are classified as perfume oils- Young Living is 100% therapeutic grade, no synthetics or extra stuff added
  • essential oils can penetrate and carry nutrients through the cell walls
  • when placed on the feet, they will distribute to every cell in the body within 21 minutes

How do you use essential oils?

  • Aromatically: diffuse, inhale directly from the bottle, add a few drops to a cotton ball and place in a vent
  • Topically: apply “neat” or diluted with a carrier oil, roll on or apply directly from the bottle
  • Internally: some oils may be ingested (check labels to be sure), great to add to water, food or a capsule. Only ingest oils that are labeled to do so.

 

Essentials oils are a wonderful way to support your overall health and wellness. They are an important part of your daily wellness regimen!

 

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!


The content of the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast post or page, including text, graphics, images, or information contained in text or audio, or other content, is offered on an informational basis only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice and guidance of a qualified health professional before: Changing or making any adjustment to any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.

  • Stopping any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.
  • Starting any new medication or treatment protocol, whether or not it was discussed on the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast show, page or post on this website.
  • Information on this site is informational and not as specifically applicable to any individual’s medical problem(s), concerns and/or needs.
  • These products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or prevent disease.

In each audio remedies are recommended. We are not claiming that the product will cure any of these problems or disorders. We are merely reporting that people have used the product to aid these conditions.

A New Year, A New You!

A New Year, A New You!

Podcast #2: A New Year, A New You!

Essential oil for this podcast: Oola Grow was specially formulated to help people work toward their goals for wellness, purpose, and abundance with a dash of vitality too. It Is a powerhouse essential oil that contains 23 single oils to help you feel grounded and confident, it is uplifting, empowering, inspiring, calming, harmonizing, relaxing and envokes positivity!

Welcome to 2018, a new year brings new resolutions!

Do you make resolutions?

Do you keep them?

Most resolutions are made and maintained for only a short period, most quit within the first month of starting them. I want to share some ideas or ways that we can make them stick.

 

  • Create a list of monthly 2018 goals. Each month you commit to trying a new restaurant, read a book, set a budget, etc.
  • Do a 30-day challenge. Something that will gear you to accomplish 12 small goals through the year. They say 21 days to create or break a habit.
  • One yearly challenge
  • Create a list of things to look forward to- a wedding, graduation, retirement, new book, movie, TV show, or gadget.
  • Track or measure one thing- spending, time, weight, food, etc
  • Pick a word for the year. What is something you want to accomplish? Or something you want more of? Fun, simplify, organize, freedom, etc
  • Reboot an area of your life
  • Do a 365 project- photo a day, bible reading a day, new word every day, short story/inspirational reading every day

 

My call to action for you is to spend some time and figure out:

* What area or areas of your life that you would like to see change?

* What change or resolution strikes a nerve with you?

* How will you stick to this goal?

 

Next, make your plan & be the you that you want to be!

 

As always be grateful & have faith!

God bless!


The content of the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast post or page, including text, graphics, images, or information contained in text or audio, or other content, is offered on an informational basis only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice and guidance of a qualified health professional before: Changing or making any adjustment to any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.

  • Stopping any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.
  • Starting any new medication or treatment protocol, whether or not it was discussed on the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast show, page or post on this website.
  • Information on this site is informational and not as specifically applicable to any individual’s medical problem(s), concerns and/or needs.
  • These products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or prevent disease.

In each audio remedies are recommended. We are not claiming that the product will cure any of these problems or disorders. We are merely reporting that people have used the product to aid these conditions.

 

Podcast #1 Introduction to Simple Blessings & Oils

Introduction to Simple Blessing & Oils

so it begins…

Welcome to the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast!

A little bit about me~ My name is Amanda Filla. I am the crazy mostly crunchy mom of 8 kids, wife of farmer and volunteer firefighter, who homeschools, has a passion for healthy living and essential oils 😊

Things started for us on somewhat the other side Introduction to Simple Blessings & Oilsof the spectrum but through the years, the kids and all of the learning, we do things much differently.

I am here to share my journey and encourage you along yours.

In the words of Pope Francis~ “Always remember this: Life is a journey. It is a journey to meet Jesus.”

So excited to share, teach and inspire others on this crazy oily journey that God has brought into our lives!

Find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/simplyoilsmama/

or at www.simpleblessingsandoils.com 

Always be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!


The content of the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast post or page, including text, graphics, images, or information contained in text or audio, or other content, is offered on an informational basis only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice and guidance of a qualified health professional before: Changing or making any adjustment to any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.

  • Stopping any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.
  • Starting any new medication or treatment protocol, whether or not it was discussed on the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast show, page or post on this website.
  • Information on this site is informational and not as specifically applicable to any individual’s medical problem(s), concerns and/or needs.
  • These products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or prevent disease.

In each audio remedies are recommended. We are not claiming that the product will cure any of these problems or disorders. We are merely reporting that people have used the product to aid these conditions.