How I Got Healthier — Steps to Live Your Best

2
Jan
2019

How I Got Healthier

Just over seven years ago, I really didn’t think much about the food I ate, what I drank, or even what I applied to my body. I really didn’t have much interest in “living healthier,” but I was hit with a sucker punch that changed my mind.

Just over seven years ago I was diagnosed with Cutaneous Lupus, as well as Systemic Lupus. My life felt like I was on a downward spiral.

As I journeyed through this diagnosis, I slowly became empowered. I began to learn that ALL THE THINGS we put IN and ON our body matter. It accumulates and it piles up.

I get questions all the time about how I have managed to put my Lupus into remission, and it’s time to share the steps I took—real, practical steps—to see if they may help you. But first, let me say, these changes won’t just help you if you have Lupus; they will help you prevent disease, care for your body like the temple it is, and be the best mom you can be for your family. You deserve to feel amazing. You deserve to care for yourself in ways that will allow your body to function at its optimal level.

When we poison our body with bad choices, those choices add up. Do not be a victim. Fight for your health, the health of your kids; it is important.

This will be part ONE of a TWO-part series on this topic. There is a lot to share.

Ditched Creamer

I love coffee…truly love coffee! In fact, I have a favorite French press, grinder, and brand of coffee. However, one of the things I loved about my coffee was the artificial vanilla-flavored coffee creamer I added to it. I was truly addicted. But, once I began truly looking at the ingredients on the package, I became quite aware it had to go. I switched to grass-fed raw milk to add to my coffee with some vanilla stevia drops, and eventually I switched to nondairy. I now use a coconut and almond milk creamer and it does the trick…all by itself. My taste buds are not craving the sugary taste first thing in the morning, and my body does so much better without the artificial ingredients. And eliminating dairy is another great step on my health journey.

I encourage you…if you say “there’s no way I can give up my creamer,” I hear you. That was me. But here’s the deal…start making small changes; pick one thing to change and then slowly add that in, like using RAW cream and REAL sugar. Then switch to the next step. It all helps.

Ditched Gluten

Shortly after I was diagnosed with Lupus, a friend with Lupus shared that she found incredible relief by eliminating gluten. I had no idea what gluten even was! I told her I could never not have French fries; she sweetly laughed at me and assured me I could always eat fries.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat that causes inflammation and distress to the intestinal tract. Most people find that it doesn’t bother them to the extent of others, but for me, it’s bad news. The wheat we eat today, here in the U.S., has been modified over the years, making it troublesome for many. So I chose to remove any wheat from my diet. Did it help? Yes, it did! And, honestly, I didn’t replace a bunch of items with gluten-free versions. I rarely eat sandwiches now, but instead wrap with lettuce or make a salad. I occasionally will indulge in gluten-free cookies or a cupcake, but really have decided that those should be occasional treats anyhow.

I’ve also been using Einkorn products, which I have found to be a good fit for me. You can read more about Einkorn and if it might be good for you here. If you have joint pain, feel bloated often, or have digestive trouble, I encourage you to eliminate gluten and see how you feel.

Went Chemical Free

Seven years ago I began to look at products I was using on my skin as well as in my home, like cleaning products and personal care items. It was eye-opening. Something that happens when we apply synthetic, laboratory-made products to our skin is bioaccumulation. Bioaccumulation is real; it’s the accumulation of toxins in our bodies, where we absorb more toxins than our body can effectively eliminate, which  leaves our poor bodies struggling to function the way they were created to. The body is overloaded and we begin to suffer from other symptoms, like skin rashes, brain fog, sleeplessness, agitation, mood issues, and more.

I began using ALL-NATURAL cleaners—my favorite being Thieves Household Cleaner. It’s so safe, I can feel great about anyone using it. I love that even at my son’s school they use this cleaner so that all the kids can safely clean and wipe down tables and bathroom sinks. There are even more products in the line, including toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, laundry detergent, and more—all natural and plant based. You can check this out for more info on the entire Thieves product line.

Make Small Changes

I encourage you to begin replacing items in your home with all-natural products. A lot of these synthetic ingredients made in laboratories are endocrine disruptors. They are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine (or hormone) systems at certain doses. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects and other developmental disorders, and more. Why take that risk when you have a better option?

If you are looking for help with healthy meal planning, this is a must have resource!  Be sure to check it out and give your mama brain a break – you can thank me later!

Healthy Meal Planning Bundle 2019

I will cover more on my steps; the next post will be other diet changes, lifestyle changes, and more. You can find it here. 

Creating a Chemical Free Home Made Easy

24
Apr
2017

Creating a Chemical Free Home Made Easy

Who wouldn’t want to create a Chemical Free Home to help live the best life we can?

Potentially dangerous chemicals can be found in every room in your home – and many are being used which are causing great problems for our family.  

Synthetic fragrances, found in household cleaning products, perfumes, nail polish, and plastic food containers contain Phthalates.  These have been found to interfere with testosterone and estradiol, a hormone that affects breast development. Studies have found that women who develop breast cancer have higher levels of certain types of phthalates than women who are cancer free. (SOURCE)

And it gets worse when you consider the toxic chemicals in our personal care products!

From antiperspirants to perfumes, from toothpastes to skin care products, Americans have been unknowingly poisoning themselves and their families with hundreds of chemical compounds that the body is unequipped to deal with.  Chemical free should be our goal for our family.

Just one example are Parabens. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer.  They are found in all types of personal care products – and they are harming you every time you put them on – sometimes multiple times a day.

Our indoor air quality is very toxic when you include burning candles, using plug in wall scents and all the product we use thinking we are “cleaning our home” but in fact, we are poisoning ourselves.

Most experts agree that anyone serious about experiencing improved health today and in the long-run must begin to replace products made with toxic chemicals, and use personal care and household products that are safe for the body.   I began making chemical free changes about four years ago, even ditching my all-item favorite perfume and my life has been dramatically altered for the better.

If you could use products that are simpler, less-expensive, and more effective than the toxic products you are currently using wouldn’t you at last want to give them a try?

Now is the time to make a change and I want to help you get the best deal – because I am all about being frugal as well as putting our health at the top of the list.

Step One

Grab a Young Living Premium Starter Kit – my favorite it the Premium Starter Kit with the Home Diffuser #5462.

Premium Starter Kit

This kit comes with 11 bottles of pure essential oils that have endless uses, from emotional support, cleansing the skin, immune support, freshening the air, and promoting wellness. 

It also comes with a fabulous diffuser that will rock your world  – my house is never overcome with nasty chemical odors anymore, but instead – we breathe in essential oils that actually help our emotional state and aren’t poisoning us.

You also get some sample bottles, cards and two samples of my favorite anti-oxidant drink, NingXia Red.

Here’s what you get:

  • Home Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
    • Lavender 5-ml
    • Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Frankincense 5-ml
    • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Purification® 5-ml
    • R.C.™ 5-ml
    • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
    • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

Step Two

Grab the Brand New Thieves Home Cleaning Kit (#20421) – it’s the perfect introduction to natural cleaning and provides you with a foundation of cleaning tools and supplies to utilize Young Living’s 100% pure essential oils. It includes the tools you’ll need to clean and protect your home without using harsh, chemicals.  

Thieves Home Cleaning Kit

It contains:

  • Citrus Fresh™ Essential Oil Blend 5 ml
  • Lemon Essential Oil 5 ml
  • Pine Essential Oil 5 ml
  • Purification® Essential Oil Blend 5 ml
  • Thieves® Essential Oil Blend 5 ml
  • Thieves® Household Cleaner 14.4 oz.
  • Carrying Case
  • Stainless Steel Bucket
  • Amber Glass Spray Bottle 16 oz.
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Cleaning Recipe Booklet

Step Three

Add Thieves Foaming Hand Soap 3 pk – so you can replace the chemical filled version you are using now with an all-natural, plant based formula!  It’s one of my favorite products.

Step Four

Start your journey on replacing items in your home with plant-based options by joining Young Living’s monthly box subscription program, called Essential Rewards.  You will earn a percentage back on your order each month and you can use toward free products – plus you will also get FREE products in your order from Young Living, depending on your order level.

Essential Rewards Program FREE products

Step Five

With this bundle I’ve put together, you will be grabbing over $390 worth of amazing items for your and your family for only $275.25 – saving $115 – plus you’ll be earning 10% back on your very first purchase, when you join Essential Rewards!  That’s 27 points towards free product.

Here are the FREE bonuses for May – if you want you can even add a few more things to your order and snag the 300 PV level – getting over $200 worth of product for free.

May 2017 Young Living Promos

And here’s the best part – I am offering $20 CASH BACK when you purchase your starter kit and join my community – where I offer support, guidance and a bucket full of great reference material to empower you as you start this new journey!!

Now is the time to create a chemical free home – you will NOT regret it, I guarantee it.  I offer a 30 day money back guarantee on the starter kit – so there’s no risk.  I want you to be happy and get the same wonderful benefits I have received over the past four years.

Ready to hop on the oily train?  You can check out more info here, where I have some great information and options on other starter kits.

Or if you are ready to get this box of goodness on it’s way to you PRONTO – go here and get started!  

I am excited for you to get started- it will change your life!

8 Amazing Facts About Essential Oils

23
Jan
2017

8 Amazing Facts About Essential Oils

The other day I celebrated a FOUR year anniversary – not a wedding or engagement anniversary, but the anniversary date of purchasing my Premium Starter Kit with Young Living.  

At that time I was looking for natural ways to support my emotions and was desperate to get a routine in place so I could be the best mom, wife, and friend I could be. I had already tried oils I purchased from Amazon and was so disappointed. I was not seeing the results others were sharing. So after doing more research I soon realized that Young Living was my next and last step.

Within three months I had a plan that supported my desired lifestyle and I began sharing right here on my blog. There were other moms who needed to hear what I shared. They wanted hope too.

So for the last four years I have sprinkled in my journey incorporating essential oils in our home, using them for so many different things, as well as ditching the chemicals we had in cleaners by using plant-based alternatives. I can’t imagine my life and what it could be today if I had not taken this step. I want to share a few facts with you about essential oils and Young Living.

#1: Essential Oils Are NOT New

Some of the oldest cultures on earth used essential oils. The Egyptians used essential oils for beauty and embalming and they were used in communal bath houses in Pakistan and Rome. There are 188 references to the use of essential oils in the Bible. Today, essential oils are considered by many to be the leading edge of natural products. Old things do come back in style!

#2: Essential Oils Are POWERFUL!

Essential oils are the most powerful part of the plant. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins, and herbs. Oils consist of over 100 different natural, organic compounds.

#3: Essential Oils Support Every System in the Body

In humans, essential oils provide support for every system in the body – from the endocrine system, to the circulatory system, to the muscular system. They support brain health, a healthy weight, are wonderful for supporting your emotional health, and are even great for sprucing up your libido! The uses are endless.

#4: Essential Oils Can Be Used in Different Methods

Oils can be applied to skin (topically), diffused in the air (aromatically), added to your bath, and Young Living’s Vitality line can be added to food and drink. I love some Lemon Vitality oil in my water bottle. It helps me get more water in during the day!

#5: They Are Absorbed Easily by Skin

When they are applied to skin, they are absorbed easily and carried by the bloodstream to every cell in the body within minutes. They can increase oxygen uptake, enhance absorption of nutrients, enhance longevity, and help our bodies detoxify. By simply inhaling therapeutic grade oils, we can uplift our mood and increase our feeling of peacefulness and well-being.

Tests have shown that essential oils reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in three seconds when inhaled. They were also found in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically. A normal and healthy body metabolizes essential oils in about 3-5 hours.

#6: Essential Oils Are Very Concentrated 

60,000 rose blossoms provide only 1 ounce of rose oil, making it one of the most precious and expensive oils on the market. However, Lavender is abundant – 220 pounds will provide 7 pounds of oil. The amount of plant material required for distilling explains why some oils are more expensive than others. And yet, since we only use a small amount of essential oils at a time, even oils that are expensive are often considered to be very economical.

#7: Purity Is Important

In the United States, there is no rating system for essential oils. The closest we get is an FDA requirement that in order to label a bottle of essential oils “pure” or “therapeutic grade,” the contents of that bottle must contain at least 5% of essential oils. When using essential oils as a natural alternative to support health and wellness, purity is absolutely critical. 95% of the world’s essential oils were created for industrial use. Many of the oils found on the market, even in health food stores, are of low quality. You will want to know the source of your oils.

Young Living offers a Seed to Seal Guarantee – and this spoke volumes to me. Young Living grows their own plants, owns their own fields, works closely with partner farms who abide by the same policies, and controls the entire process from planting all the way through until bottling. If I am going to go the extra step of using essential oils in my home, I want the best. The Seed to Seal Promise means each plant is hand-weeded, there are no pesticides used, no chemicals, and no weed killers. The plants are harvested at their peak and vigorously tested. They go directly from the farm to my home! You can read more on Seed to Seal here.

#8: Essential Oils Offer Incredible Health Support

Using therapeutic grade essential oils and oil-enhanced products every day can help us lead happier and healthier lives. My life is proof. I have been using Young Living oils for four years, and over that time have learned a lot about my body and what it truly needs to run most effectively. God did not create us to “just get by” – He created us to live FULL lives. My life is dramatically different today than it was four years ago and I can say this about my husband and my seven year old too.

How have you incorporated essential oils into your life? If you haven’t yet, perhaps you are intrigued? If you are interested, you can view an easy Introduction to Essential Oils magazine or  watch a previously recorded Facebook class HERE.

DIY Frankincense and Myrrh Lip Balm Moisturizer

22
Dec
2016

DIY Frankincense and Myrrh Lip Balm Moisturizer

I am rushing around getting ready to leave town to visit family, but I had to post this awesome DIY recipe for you. I know if we’ve been having cold and dry weather here on the (normally rainy) Washington Coast, that you all must be dry as a bone too!

Our lips have needed extra moisture and even our skin. This powerful DIY recipe has lots of good stuff in it and nothing you wouldn’t want. A good friend of mine shared a similar recipe with me and I tweaked it. Don’t you love that about making your own recipes? You can tweak and see what works best for you. I have been applying this daily to my lips, my son’s lips, and sharing with friends.

It also is fabulous for your dog’s paws. I’ve been putting it on our dog Molly every evening. She has a tendency to chew her paws and they get so sensitive due to the cold and ice, so this has been very helpful for her.

This makes a nice batch to keep on hand and you could even make some for gifts. I made a double batch, which gave me 50 small lip containers and a larger batch for lotion.

Enjoy!

1/2 cup Avocado oil

1/2 cup Coconut oil

1/2 cup Bees Wax Pellets

1/2 cup Shea Butter

3 T Vitamin E

40-50 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

40-50 drops Myrrh Essential Oil

1.Put avocado oil, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter in a glass bowl, then place in a sauce pan with water, to create a “double-boiler” effect to slowly melt.

2.  Heat above mixture on medium heat, stirring together.

3.  Once mixed, place container in refrigerator for an hour until solid.

4.  With a hand mixer, beat the mixture together until is it whipped and fluffy.  I often just use a small spoon and can mix effectively.

5.  Add the essential oils and vitamin E and mix.

6.  Fill containers and store in a cool location.

5 Must-Have Essential Oil Rollerball Recipes

22
Sep
2016

5 Must-Have Essential Oil Rollerball Recipes

I am sharing a few of my favorite blend recipes for my oily sisters that we constantly have on hand. I have so enjoyed learning about the properties of essential oils and combining single oils into amazing blends where they can work together to help support our bodies.  

Young Living has the most essential oils out of any company in the world – the most singles, blends, and oil infused supplements too – which blows my mind sometimes! Even still, I love to do a bit of “mad scientist” in my kitchen and blend up a few too! 

All these can be placed in a 5 ml or 15 ml bottle (I reuse my old empty Young Living bottles, but if you don’t have any empty bottles I would pick up these to use). Put the indicated drops of oil (or double it) and then add some carrier oil for the dilution you desire. For these I always dilute with at least 1-2 teaspoons of carrier oil, just for preference. I will place a rollerball topper on, and they are ready to go!

Happy Mama Blend

Happy Mama Essential Oil Blend

When you feel like you just need a little something to take the edge off, this one will do it. We all have those days where the morning gets off to a rough start or the dog throws up right when you are running out the door to an appointment. This is when you may need a little emotional support to bring you back to a happy place.

I love having this mixed up and ready to apply. I carry it in my purse. It’s a must! And do not be afraid to use it on other unsuspecting humans – like kids or husband!

Calming Zen Blend

Calming Zen Essential Oil Blend

Do you see a bit of a trend here? My original interest in learning about essential oils was all about supporting my emotions. I was in need of something to help me find calm, ease the mommy frustration, and get my joy back. So I have a lot of different blends for emotional support.  This one is especially wonderful in the evening and also for active kiddos who may be driving you crazy!

Winter Wellness Blend

Winter Wellness Essential Oil Blend

This blend packs a powerful punch. We use it almost daily in our home before my little guy heads off to school. The oils here all have amazing properties and are so soothing. We apply this to the bottoms of our feet, on the spine, or behind the ears. This one is typically diluted with 2 teaspoons of carrier oil. It’s efficient and effective!

Happy Sinus Blend

Happy Sinus Essential Oil Blend

Winter can be a drag for many – but with consistent use of this little gem, you can breath easy all winter long and even into the spring. I will apply this to my forehead or even across my cheeks if need be. I will also run it along the back of my neck or on my chest.

Breathe Chest Blend

Breathe Essential Oil Chest Blend

This will open your airways up to keep breathing easy. The smell is divine and powerful! Dorado Azul is so unique. I love it! This one must be diluted, so be sure to add at least 2 teaspoons of carrier to this recipe. Amazing when applied on the chest or along the spine.  

Mixing up blends so they are ready to apply is one of the best ways to be ready for anything. I have these mixed, labeled, and ready to go.

Which one will you mix up first?