Have you hauled out the buckets of holiday decorations? Have you begun to develop the lists, gather bags of gifts, collected your gift wrap... I know it can all be so overwhelming.
After we gathered up our years of ornaments, garland and knickknacks, we had mounds to sort through... I knew it before I even tackled the mess. I needed my essential oils to support mental focus. I rolled my Adaptiv on my forearms which smells delightful and helps with mood and focus. I diffused some balance because the smell of this oil is both calming and smells like a forrest. I put some music on and boogied.
Essential oils have a profound impact on our body's emotions and our focus/energy. The aromatic compounds hit the olfactory nerve and send a message through our lymbic system. Let the oils and lymbic relax and focus you!
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These two DIYs make a great and easy gift. Enjoy the warming and spicy aroma of Cinnamon and Ginger together in this gingerbread scrub and bath bomb combo.
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
½ cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Cinnamon Bark oil
5 drops Ginger oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon allspice
½ cup baking soda
¼ cup epsom salt
¼ cup citric acid
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon molasses
5 drops Cinnamon Bark oil
5 drops Ginger oil
CREDIT: These recipes are from the blog. Check out DoTERRA to get more ideas!
New Best of the Season Kit Has Arrived!
This kit ticks off so many boxes when it comes to caring for the people I love. I'm not a new enrollee so I can't purchase it, but, if you know someone who needs to put self care at the top of their wish list, this is the kit to share with them!
What's in it? The Mind and Mood kit is the first part of this beautiful gift. It was designed to support emotions and mental clarity. It has some of my favorite anti-anxiety, anti-stress blends. Try the Adaptiv in your beautiful LaLuz diffuser included (run time of 8 hours, multiple light settings very high quality). It smells beautiful with scents of wild orange, lavender, spearmint, neroli, magnolia, rosemary, sweetgum and copaiba for mood. You will see an increase in focus and decrease in anxious feelings with this oil. Daily, I roll on the beautiful Adaptiv oil onto my forearms, abdomen, back of the neck. The roller ball is great to take traveling with you. Plus, people will comment on how good you smell. I keep my gelcaps at the ready for high stress times. It works extremely well and even helps clear up acne in some people. I've included some bonus research links at the bottom of this article if you'd like to learn more.
Balance oil is a favorite for those unfocused moments when your heart is racing or when you just want to settle into a calm state. I love to apply it with some fractionated coconut oil to the bottoms of my feet (or the little feet of my son) at bedtime. It soothes and helps us drift off to sleep with a cooling, woodsy smell. Deodorant tips: I recently converted to natural deodorant and DoTERRA's is the best. My sons use the Balance Blend but it is pretty gender neutral. It contains all natural ingredients and balance blend to calm at the same time. I'd recommend using our Spa Detoxifying Mud Mask (not included) on your underarms to help remove some of the gunk from the old deodorant- releasing toxins and preparing for the natural deodorant. It took me about a week for my body to adjust, but I am FAR less sweaty now and the soreness I had under my arms has gone away. I'd recommend it to anyone... and ask my mom about how paranoid I am about B.O...... I used to apply deodorant every time I got back into the boat after a turn skiing. Yep. Obsessed.
Additional Oils Included:
Peppermint- energizing, digestive support, fever reducing, amazing for muscle tension, delicious in shakes, diffuse with lemon and lavender for environmental threats, make a peppermint sugar scrub, use with Frankincense for migraines
Clove- antioxidant, warming/soothing aroma, use in mouth for gum health and teeth, a drop in a smoothy is amazing
Lemon- cleaning the house, filtering the body, energizing aroma, I love making a lemon peppermint body wash in the winter when UV exposure is low (citrus oils are photosensitive and can lead to a sunburn). Lemon and peppermint will encourage high spirits and refresh the house when diffused together. Lemon cleans the air when diffused. Use it to remove grease and grime from countertops and I add it to my white loads in the washing machine.
Northern Escape- diffuse for an inspiring and grounding experience- it smells like a frosty forrest. Refresh the home or office throughout the day.
What is the wholesale enrollment?
Like a cost-saving store (think BJs, Costco, Sam's Club), DoTERRA offers a huge discount to anyone who is working to make this a lifestyle or who will be trying out different natural solutions throughout the year. The membership is FAR less expensive than a BJs though.. it's only $35. and you save 25% off retail plus, you're eligible to join our product of the month or loyalty clubs if you want to earn deeper discounts or free product. Are you obligated to buy something every month? No. Buy when you want, if you want.
Check out this short video to understand just a little bit about why I love DoTERRA and the products. BUT, you also get the support of me and my team. Our first goal will be to help you learn and understand how to make the most of your products and how to lead your health!
For more... check out the science behind Adaptiv using the link below:
A Video on Copaiba (an ingredient in Adaptiv)
The benefits of these oils are insane. There are no side effects or addictions. Share natural solutions or take care of yourself- Dm me now, or use the link below to purchase!
Love and health to you!
The house is our haven. In March, we nested- out of fear and protection. We sanitized and found our natural health care delivered to our door more comforting than ever before. No one wanted to venture into the pharmacies and public spaces that felt filled with germs. Now, as we head into the winter, it feels like nesting has a new meaning. We have learned that we still deserve to make memories that last, embrace our immediate family, and share the ambiance of joy with those we see through video only.
For my wife's birthday, we pulled together to install this beautiful fireplace- made possible- in part by the savings from my business (it felt really good to have that little extra to use this time of year, let me know if you'd like to learn how to do the same). We diffuse essential oil blends that uplift us when we feel down (citrus bliss is one of our favorites) and we clean the air with Purify and Onguard.
The home is smelling great and the feeling of family love is stronger than ever. I can finally say, It feels so good to be home.
This month, DoTERRA rewards all who purchase an order of 200PV with Frankincense- the King of Oils. This oil is rare and retails at 90.67. WOW. This is a true gift.
How do we use Frankincense in my house?
-Migraines -mixed with lotion to skin for moisture and dark spot repair -nail care -diffused for calming -for intuition -internally for anti-inflammatory, immune support, nervous system and cellular health -rubbed on our feet for stress relief
With a 125PV order, this month, you can cozy up your tree with a few drops of balsamic fir oil added to the sweet little ornament you'll get for free.
I just ordered the cuisine blends for the holiday and beyond. I can't wait to taste the Italian, Mexican and Tropical oil blends on my food. I am especially excited for the Caribbean- marinated chicken with a few drops of that... yes, please!
There are beautiful things happening every day in our lives, and sometimes we actually slow down to see it. What's more, when we are at our best, we take the time to create these happenings. That's one of my goals this holiday season as I cozy up the house, the tree, the spirit within our family and nurture our bodies.
Let me know if you'd like more information on how to get these beautiful oils and gifts into your home!
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This time of year, I tend to experience flare-ups of my IBS and IC. Why? Stress, probably. Food I don't normally eat...mmm hmmm... wine? Yep. But, no one wants to be out of commission when there is so much excitement in the air.
If you're someone who tends to experience more headaches, muscle aches, digestive issues or stress during this time of year, you don't have to have a diagnosis to benefit from these amazing oils and supplements. They will be a gift you can count on all season and beyond.
First of all, when a flare up occurs, rest and reflection are essential. Copaiba soft gels are my best friend at bedtime. I take one, it soothes my worried mind and relaxes me into a better night sleep. Then, it goes to work reducing inflammation and aching in my body. I highly recommend these gelcaps as they have so many benefits that could improve your body functioning, stress and skin.
For added joint and muscle pain relief, massage on Aromatouch. It is prediluted and supports circulation to speed healing to those areas that need more TLC. Once that dries, layer on your Deep blue rub. AHHHH... it is soooooooo goood. I bought the liter version, my family is always turning to this powerful support.
Lastly, that upset tummy needs Digest Zen. This is massaged onto the belly with a carrier oil (just means an oil good for your skin like fractionated coconut or almond oil). I love the "I love you" massage. I learned this with my finicky baby and it works just as well on adults. Start by rubbing your tummy ono the left bottom in an I motion toward the top of your abdomen (just under your rib cage). Next, rub left to right along the top of your belly or under the rib cage so your two motions combined look like and upside down L. Now, complete the motion by massaging from upper right to the bottom right, forming an upside down U when you complete all three moves.
I also love this in the gel cap version and put a drop of it in my water.
Want to try them out? Check out the link below. It also gets you a whole sale membership which offers discounted purchase pricing for a year (save 25%+) and buy if and when you want to!
Let me know how these work for you!
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When the doctor took in a deep breath, she was looking at my scan. There were ulcers and blood in my bladder. Painful, with the caustic fluids passing through. She shook her head and said the words I never expected. "There is no cure for this, but we have a diagnosis." Somehow, that was supposed to make me feel better.
She proceeded to tell me that my crippling abdominal pain was the result of a condition that had no known cause and no cure. There was one FDA approved medication I could try. I could change my diet completely. I might avoid losing work this way. Unfortunately, the FDA approved medication was stopped within the first week- I was having A-Fib. I'd been in and out of the cardiologist, the ER, lost work, and had to completely stop my workouts- the thing that's successfully kept me off of medication for anxiety.
On the healing path, I began to meditate and practice mindfulness more and more. I turned to natural solutions like aloe vera and Ayurvedic practices. I rested. I leaned into my faith. Finally, I was able to run again.
Enter DoTERRA. My good friend introduced me to an essential oil that I let kick around in my pocketbook for a long time. She swore it would help with my pain. I thought it was bologna. How could plants help me feel good when doctors and prescriptions couldn't?
I found out one day. I was teaching my sixth graders (who'd become accustomed to me occasionally crumpling in pain). I'd forgotten that expensive lotion that didn't heal me but took the edge off of the discomfort. I couldn't breathe, let alone teach.
I fished around for anything in my desk drawer that could help and remembered that little glass sample Britt had given me. After a few minutes of rubbing it on my tummy, the relief was at least as good, if not better than that tube from the pharmacy. I couldn't believe it.
Since then, I have doubted and been surprised by just about every oil I've tried. My family has converted all of our cleaning products and skincare, our supplements and many medications. I haven't used an over the counter since I started with these. Wow. That's shocking to me, even as I write it.
We've seen improvements in my son's reaction to environmental threats and his breathing, sleeping, mood. We've seen my wife's chronic back and knee pain reduce significantly. Both of us are able to resume our workouts full time. My youngest, like me, uses the Digest Zen products to support his abdominal pain and to aid in his digestion.
To say life has changed is an understatement. We've also enjoyed seeing many, many friends and community members find solutions without the addictions, side effects, chemicals and cost of traditional medication.
Would I use another brand? No. I simply know too much about DoTERRA, the integrity of the company, the length to which they test for purity and the commitment they make to the farmers, the communities and to their advocates. Every oil is 100%pure, therapeutic grade. It has a QR code and a lot number that can be run through www.sourcetoyou.com to learn about the sourcing, the ingredients and the testing reports.
Other companies claim to be pure, and even organic. BUT, do they provide 100% transparency like this? Nope. I wouldn't trust them. Many, when tested are filled with synthetics.
Trust DoTERRA. It's the gift of the earth and the company mantra is "Pursue what's pure." I love that.
Let me know if you'd like to learn more!
Childhood is a time of magic and joy... a time for faith and belief in beautiful miracles. This oil reminds me of all of my favorite memories as a child. It's not just the tree, but the smell of the treats, the food, the decorations, the joy of the family and friends we shared time with.
A song isn't the only thing that can take us back to a place in time where we felt a little lighter, happier, merrier, more hopeful.
I lay down today and took a moment to breathe in this delicious oil. Diffusing it fills my house with that sense of anticipation and cheer, a feeling I am glad to pass down to my own children and to experience again as an adult.
The scent remembers when.... it has Siberian fir, wild orange, clove, cinnamon, cassia, Douglas fir, nutmeg and vanilla absolutions bean extract in it. 100% therapeutic grade and none of the toxins of our old candles.
I highly recommend you get yours as soon as you can, we are already 50%sold out and it's only the 10th day it's been available.
So much love and merriment to you!
Halloween, holidays, pandemics.... you know- we have just a few triggers to send us on a sweets and junk food binge.
I will always enjoy a treat or two, but when we start to overindulge, we compromise many other areas of our well being.
From break outs to an overgrowth of yeast in our gut that can lead to leaky gut and a myriad of other health concerns, we just plain don't feel good when we consume too many treats, processed foods and fried junk.
When we see ourselves tempted, it's time to get out our tools and strategies to reclaim our balance.
Slim & Sassy is an essential oil blend that has oils that calm the stomach and work to improve emotional well being. It can be used as an appetite suppressant when you add 4 drops to 2 cups of water or another beverage and drink it between meals.
Apply it to the writs, the bottoms of the feet and on areas of concern. It can be dry brushed over cellulite . You can diffuse it to slow and reduce cravings.
Let me know if you'd like to learn more!
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.
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