The house rattled, literally. The storm was directly above us, lighting up the midnight sky and rumbling through the windowsills. The first roar was so deep and threatening, Moto literally jumped and fell off of the bed. Poor little snuggly baby. He began running around, barking- trying to be a menace larger and louder than the dark clouds in the night sky. Nice try, buddy. Storms don't get frightened by little puff ball puppies- it doesn't work that way.
I jumped out of bed to comfort my little babe. His heart raced and his legs pulled to explore underneath the door and the light that appeared as movement. He led me to my son's gaming room, barking ferociously- alerting me to the fact that his gaming and desk was completely soaked with the down pour. I shuttered the windows and dried what I could.
He longed to secure the rest of the house, pulling to go downstairs.
I tried to think about what might help him feel more secure. He needed to see the spaces in the house weren't a threat. I placed a drop of Roman Chamomile on my palms and rubbed it on my arms. I held my hands out to him and he cautiously approached. Shortly afterward, he scurried over to his bowl for food and then water, bounding back to me a little less frightened. We snuggled and allowed the chamomile to relax him further. I brought the treat bag with me, giving him a little piece when the thunder rumbled and reassuring him.
When we finally returned to the bedroom, I placed a towel around his crate to shield him from some of the shifting lightning strikes. Thank goodness, he slept and I finally fell back to sleep. We both needed to rest during the day, but now, I know what I will have handy for another storm.... roman chamomile essential oil from Doterra and the treat bag!
How do you deal with stressful moments and teach your pets to cope?
Competitive sports have taken on a new level. Call it AAU, Travel or Elite, more and more children find themselves loving the game at the town level and committing the developing body at additional instructional levels.
Take my nine year old son. He loves hockey and he loves baseball. Playing baseball obsessively from about 3 years old (rain or shine) he eagerly joined his older brother in the back yard and quickly on the playing field. This affection blossomed into a desire to try out for and enroll in Elite baseball- a 2x per week practice with out of town double headers every weekend. We absolutely respect the developmental approach of his program, Evolution Baseball, but we also recognize that this commitment, when added to hockey and town ball demands 6 days out of the week that he train. His seventh day is reserved for rest or private instruction in his favorite position- pitcher.
He caught the bug for the ice when he started skating around at 5 or 6 years old and played in his first tournaments, where he really fell for it at 8. When his health was complicated, we asked him to take a break for a year- but- now that he's in good health, he begged to return to the ice while already in the throws of his new baseball programs.
His story isn't that unusual. Ask any number of parents around our area and many of their children are equally committed to their sport.
But, we have to teach our children to also attend to their bodies and minds when they are so busy. As a teacher, mindfulness practitioner and wellness coach, I know that my kids deserve to nurture as much as they push. They won't do this, however, (aside from video gaming and that doesn't count in my book) unless we teach them some steps to self care.
First, we have to give them voice to the aches and pains but also the concerns, the fears, the accomplishments and the inner workings. We have to ask them (how are your shoulders, how is your belly feeling. your head?). We have to help them identify did they eat or hydrate properly before and after? Did they get enough rest? How did the rest affect them? Did they stretch?
When the complaints are of the body:
It is tempting to say, "You're ok, shake it off" to teach our kids to "toughen up". However, at this level of demand, we need to praise their observation of pain or discomfort and then show them how to remedy that discomfort. Teach them to discriminate between the two- as often discomfort and pain are confused.
If my boys are aching, I mix them up a simple relaxation muscle soak. I mix about 1/4cup Epsom salts with Doterra Marjoram, Lavender and lemongrass or Frankincense. Doterra is the most trustworthy of oils as its purity is tested by third party researchers and the Sourcetoyou.com website highlights ingredient facts and sourcing information. I wouldn't trust any other brand with my children, which is why I decided to become an advocate for Doterra in the first place.
We rub on Deep Blue Lotion to aching muscles before and after a game with some Copaiba for inflammation underneath as needed. s. We stretch when warm. We ice before bed. Teaching our children to vocalize the location and nature of their pain or discomfort might help us head off serious injuries and overuse. I often worry that my oldest has a fair amount of pain in his thumb and knee pain that comes and goes from catching. I wish I'd treated them sooner. Coaches and parents could benefit greatly from these same practice.
Tummy Troubles: For the athlete who gets an upset stomach before the game. DigestZen can be rubbed onto the belly thirty minutes prior to calm nervous digestive systems. It can be reapplied anytime or taken in water.
Germ Concerns: On guard is an essential oil with the power to support the body's natural immune response and to fight off germs. It comes as an oil, a sanitizing spray and a beadlet or gel cap.
When the complaints are in the mind and heart:
For a long time, my oldest was a brave warrior who appeared unshakeable on the mound and at bat. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a few bad at bats or a challenging game shake them. YET, 90% of the reason we want our children to engage in organized sports is to learn sportsmanship, grit and mindset. So, how do we deal when the unshakeable child wants to quit?
We were able to coach my oldest to maintain his commitment to teams and the sports he loved by regularly training his mind to do a few things. 1. Visualize. Visualization is a trick used by Olympic athletes and therapists during rehabilitation. The brain will receive some benefit from visualizing as if it is already in action. Have your child picture things going well and how it will feel, look and sound. Predict success and what the learning will be that is not based on outcomes, but on progress toward the outcome. We used to describe the way the eye would focus on the ball hitting the bat and how smooth the swing would feel on contact. 2. Breathe. Practice in quiet times intentional focus on an entry point for the breath. In mindfulness and meditation, we become more present when we focus on that inhale and exhale. We take our minds out of flight, fight and freeze by doing so as well. This breathing comes in handy at bat, on the mound, or as a player anxiously awaits fielding the ball. 3. Move. Jump. Release. Coaches often proclaim the famous words, "There's no crying in baseball!" They bemoan the child who takes attention away from other players because the waterworks have engaged. However, crying is most often not a selfish act, but a way to deal with that flight, fight, freeze. The brain needs a way to release the stress. If parents and coaches were to encourage kids to notice the triggers and body cues, then jump up and down in place of crying, it will have a very similar neurological release without the stigma. 4. Affirmations. Allow your child to create a series of steps to achieve their goal and turn them into affirmations. My youngest now taps on his fingers prior to batting (a movement no one will detect, I'm sure). His index and thumb taps and he thinks, "I'm brave." His thumb and middle tap and he thinks, "I'm strong." His ring finger and thumb, "I deserve to hit the ball." His pinky, "I am Petey." His goal- to stay in the box and make contact. He identified not just the skills but the mindsets necessary for success and now if he doesn't hit the ball, but he stays in the box, there is success because he was brave and strong. If he swings but misses, there is success because he knows he's worthy brave and strong.
Talk often about the way the game feels in order to remind ourselves that despite the competition, it is still really about the love we feel for the game- our team and our coaches.
For more ideas on specific solutions for your athletes or your needs as a coach, feel free to message me. I'd be happy to offer a free consult and samples to try as well as to run some mindfulness exercises with your coaching staff or your teams.
Cleaning and freshening the laundry is easy and cheap.
A natural lifestyle with Doterra isn't about buying a single oil with a pretty scent and chucking the air freshener plug ins. It seems a bit pricey to invest in essential oils for something like that.
BUT, if you think you're just investing in pretty smells, you're simply new. You haven't had a chance to learn about the many, many benefits of essential oils. When you order your oils, from Doterra, you are ordering a mobile, natural medicine cabinet, powerful energy and mood regulators, as well as natural cleaners. Plus, you get coaches like me, to help you figure it all out.
Using oils and vinegar, you can make everything from counter spray to natural fabric softener with the change that normally falls out of someone's pocket in the wash.
Masks: Add purify and on guard
Bedding: Lemon and lavender or Serenity
Brighten the Whites: Lemon, Orange
Towels: Eucalyptus, lavender
Let me know what you need and if you'd like support!
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What's the Skinny on Lifelong Vitality? I started to introduce the LLV pack (our supplements are so good they have an 85% retention rate and 100% moneyback guarantee) slowly because my health conditions can be triggered by vitamins in excess and I also never found vitamins that did anything noticeable for me.
However, my flare up of IC and IBS were so bad that I was dealing with nerve pain throughout my body, joint pain and inflammation. I started with the digestive support that you can add on to the LLV. The actual kit is three bottles xEO Mega, Microplex VMZ and Alpha CRS+. When you order that, you get significant discounts on other supplements and supports like Terrazyme- a digestive enzyme complex that helps break down food so you can absorb the nutrients and PB Assist. PB assist is just about the most amazing probiotic ever. It looks like a military capsule that will carry the multiple strands down to your intestine where it goes to work improving the gut biome.
Anyway, after great success with the probiotic and digestive enzyme, I slowly introduced the other vitamins. I added EOMega for the natural marina and plant sourced omega oils and carotenoids- it quickly supported mental clarity. Next, I wanted something to support the residual nerve pain so I added Alpha CRS+. This complex works at the cellular level and supports healthy cell function with natural botanical extracts. Lastly, Microplex VMZ provided bio available vitamins and nutrients that my diet was missing.
If you are looking to fill in the holes of your nutrition and support your optimal health, the Lifelong Vitality pack is a great decision that you won't regret. I only regret when I run out and have to pull the thirty thousand bottles of old supplements out of the closet that never worked and try to piece together something that will not come close to the level of effectiveness of my LLV.
I'm a sleeper. Are you? Do you need a certain number of hours to recharge in order to function. No? Really? You might want to rethink that.
Quarantine has helped much of the world discover the beauty of rest, quiet and space again. BUT, as the pace picks up, we find ourselves reintroducing sports and activities and travel, it seems as though the daily errands (even cut in half) are exhausting to many of us! Without a good night sleep, our bodies can't recover, rebuild muscle, feed our brain (map out those proteins for memory and learning) and we can't fight off stress and environmental threats.
The past week have been pretty busy for my family as we are into a 7 days a week hockey/baseball rotation. I used to feel guilty for taking a short cat nap midday but, now, I am breathing through that and realizing that the many roles we play- the up with the pup at night, the momming/dadding, the business, the housekeeping, the gardening, the cooking, the cleaning, the friending and the dreaming all require a body functioning on 8 hours of sleep. Listen to your body and it will tell you what it needs. We deny the nap voice as much as we deny the sad voice and the angry voice sometimes.
A body that gets the right supplements and sleep at night might not need a nap. If you're struggling to sleep at night, try out Serenity. The essential oil with lavender and vetiver is so soft and silky I use it in the diffuser EVERY night in Petey's room. You can rub it on the bottoms of your feet with some fractionated coconut oil and add a few drops to your bath. The gel caps are great for a gentle rest that won't leave you groggy in the morning.
REST. Without the guilt. You need it and your family and friends will thank you for remembering the important things- for being more present and for being more patient as a result.
Let me know if you need help with the right combination of oils and supplements for you!
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Lemon oil from DoTerra is cold pressed from the rind. It's less acidic tasting and is amazingly fresh on the palette. I add two to three drops to my 32 oz. of water in the morning for a great detox and to motivate me to hydrate more. Lemon helps with everything from digestion to supporting the immune system and inflammatory response! Enjoy some lemon in your water and you will see your skin clear up and your headaches decrease as your hydration improves and toxins exit!
It's about time for spring cleaning! The end of the school year means that I am now able to focus on a few things that I might have let slip... just a little. It's time to restock all of my favorite natural cleaners and the best part.. it's easy and cheap. I make them myself in less than fifteen minutes for all of them.
Today, I want to share with you a few natural counter spray recipes that rock. You can combine different scents of oils for different effects aromatically. Using a disinfectant oil with a deodorizing oil, you can cut the grease, clean the glass and polish the wood. I'm even making my own toilet spray to hide the, well, poopy smell.
What? Of course not! That spray is not for me! Ladies simply don't poop. It's for my boys and my guests... yeah... that's it.
Time to reduce the dust, grime and toxins in my house! Reducing toxins helps keep the air clear of respiratory irritants that can cause us to get sick, disrupt our hormones, cause headaches and increase rashes and other inflammatory responses.
Kitchen Counter Spray:
1part water to 1 part vinegar
15 drops on guard or another disinfecting oil
Combine all ingredients in an amber spray bottle. Shake well, spray counters, cutting boards, microwave, refrigerator, garbage cans and any surface that stinks.
4TB white vinegar
4TB rubbing alcohol
3 tsp. cornstarch
1.5 c. water
5 drops lemon 5 drops lime.
Shake all the ingredients together in your bottle, spray, wipe well with a rag. Shake well each time you use it.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops arborvitae, wild orange or lemon
Shake well with each use and spray on a microfiber cloth then apply to wood.
Disinfectant Essential Oils Deodorizing Oils
On Guard lemon Purify Tea Tree. Purify. peppermint. clary sage. tea tree
lime cinnamon. thyme. peppermint lavender. geranium. eucalyptus
At the base of our health pyramid is nutrition. Sometimes as we work to increase our health, we focus first on decreasing calories and we move more. The classic decrease calories and move more option is a simple trap to later blame for our lack of results. As we move more, we are more hungry and often tempted to snack on junk instead of nurturing ourselves.
Instead, focus on refueling your body after movement through whole foods and raw fruits and veggies. When you need a quick fill that is nutritious, select a shake that is very low in sugar. doTERRA Slim & Sassy TrimShake is a convenient and delicious weight management shake mix that provides essential nutrients and 70 calories per serving. Blended with water or nonfat dairy, almond, rice, or soy milk, TrimShake can be used as part of a weight-loss strategy of reducing daily caloric intake and burning fat stores through exercise. Slim & Sassy TrimShake includes the patented weight-loss ingredient EssentraTrim®†, which research has shown to help manage cortisol—a stress hormone associated with fat storage in the abdomen, hips, and thighs. Slim & Sassy TrimShake also includes Solathin®‡, a special protein extract from natural food sources that supports an increased feeling of satiety. Available in natural chocolate and vanilla flavors, TrimShake blends well with water or milk and provides 8 grams of protein per serving.
It has a very natural flavor. I blend mine with a few other ingredients to increase the protein and healthy fats- further adding to the flavor I like and the filling nature of it. For this one, I added a drop of peppermint essential oil. Not only does it help with digestion, it literally energizes the whole body! For more on how to tailor our products to meet your healthy weight goals or other wellness goals, join my free Empowerment Community. We start in June.
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Once a week or every other week, I like to whip up some solutions that we can all benefit from. As the state begins to open up and the season is warming up, too, we have a new variety of new circumstances to navigate. This means, we want to be armed with oils that will assist us on multiple levels- health, emotions and prevention.
I love that for short money, you can order a little key chain to carry around your favorite oils and blends. Don't be intimidated, these blends are very simple to make!
For our top priorities, I made an allergy roller (since all but Patty has them in my house). It consists of 2drops lemon, 2 lavender, 1 peppermint (I don't like so much directly on the skin and it's potent) per 2tsp of fractionated coconut oil. If we decide to go for a hike or the boys are out playing baseball, we will use this before the allergies start by rolling a tiny bit at the temples (make sure you are wearing a hat or sunblock as citrus oils are photosensitive) and just below the nose.
The second bottle is an anti-stress roller. The truth is... the boys and I are not used to being out and about with other people anymore. For my oldest, with asthma, he is particularly nervous about being near people- mask or not. Many of us are in this boat. Adaptiv is an amazing mood stabilizing blend that has been proven through research to support the mood, decrease the worry and increase the focus in people. I love to diffuse it, but you can also roll it down the insides of the forearms, at the nape of the neck and pulse points. Roll it on the palms and inhale it for a few minutes for instant benefits. I diluted with fractionated coconut oil, again.
Bugs are annoying. I love bugs from afar. They buzz around, they have wings (truthfully something I always wanted as a kid), the pollinate our plants (thank you!) but, no one wants bugs biting, infecting, stinging or crawling on them. Especially not ticks. I did some research to select oils that are also ok for pets (there is a great site you can access backed by a number of reputable vets for more on this)https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/essential-oils-for-dogs/. Check out their "About me Page". We won't roll the roller ball on our new puppy, but we could roll it on ourselves, especially around our ankles. We can will roll it on the edges of the fabric blanket that we put our pup on to romp around with less tics crawling onto. I used Terrashield, cederwood, lemongrass and peppermint. Of course, this is also significantly dilluted with fractionated coconut oil. Lemongrass is not a citrus despite it's name... so it shouldn't impact or cause burns.
Immunity and Cleansing Support: OnGuard is dilluted in the last roller. It has great benefits for supporting and protecting the immune system. After cleaning our dirty hands, we can roll this on to offer additional cleansing and protection. It also smells heavenly. So, after visiting a public trail or a stop at the local nursery, we will be prepared to ensure we aren't taking too many squiggly little germs with us. Again, dilute with fractionated coconut oil to support these aromatic compounds as the enter the skin and travel where we want them- rather than dissolving into the atmosphere.
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It was Kadence's idea. He was encouraged to create a recycled creature for art class. In about two minutes, me made a cat out of an empty milk carton, a paper towel roll and he used a sharpie to color on the eyes and the nose. To say he was un-invested is fair. He had other ideas. He wanted to use the soft felt squares to make something cuddly. So, we created a pattern on the fabric, cut it out and went through the sewing kit my mom gave me. It has a few odds and ends from my grandma and it's our family belief that those we've loved and lost somehow enchant our items from afar so they'll bring us luck. My grandpa's hoe helped me bring green plants to the earth when we lived in Freeville, a small town in Upstate New York.
Now, it was Grandma Great's turn. We used her buttons for eyes and a nose and sewed with her thread. In a few hours, we took turns stitching sometimes neatly, sometimes in haste and bunches and loose threads and extra knots. Who cares about perfection, this was going to be a caring Koala.
Our cupboards contained a very overpriced mix of wild rice (planned already for a dinner this week) so a phone call and a couple of hours later, Patty arrived with the good old fashioned $1.00 bag of rice. We filled up our buddy and Petey placed drops of his favorite essential oils in the top (lavender, copaiba, wild orange, lemon and lime). I would recommend that you use only a tiny bit of citrus in yours or stick to lavender, serenity or other soothing oils like Balance as citrus oils can be strong for snuggling with bare skin at night. We stitched up the top of his sweet little head and patched up the hole we discovered in his little koala arm pit.
The oils quickly penetrated and filled our new little snuggly with goodness. The uplifting and cleansing smells of pure citrus mixed with the calming and soothing smells of lavender and copaiba. Petey couldn't be happier.
At bedtime, we snuggled up and Petey led me in a meditation. If you missed the story, check out the article by clicking on the link above.
Simple projects are enhanced by the oils that smell great, impact our olfactory nerve and immediately allow for stress relief as the limbic system kicks into action. Petey even researched the medicinal benefits of his oils.
I fell asleep overwhelmed by the gift of being a mother to a caring little boy and the realization that these oils have healed us enough to make an impact on his strategies for dealing with stress. You can easily make your own little buddy with minimal supplies and our amazing oils.
As a woman navigating two chronic pain conditions and the mother of two boys (one with asthma and allergies) I have been incorporating healing practices and natural solutions into our lives for a long time. When we discovered the impact of reducing our toxic load through essential oils, the benefits of 100%pure, therapeutic grade oils and the beauty of no side effect remedies, DoTerra oils became a lifestyle for us. To get the most from our oils, we make cleaners, body washes, treatments for ailments, energetic and emotional rollers and just about anything you can imagine. We are here to help you navigate the overwhelming options and start taking your natural healing path one step at a time. Love, LeeAnn