Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Photo Challenge

doTERRA is doing a photo challenge this month. It's fun. Each day they post a picture with a theme on Instagram. Some of the themes have Daily Routine, Lavender, In My Car, In My Bag, and more. doTERRA then picks a winner from those who post a picture that best fits the theme. It's been fun to see the winners and how other people use their essential oils. I haven't posted a picture yet...well, until today.

Today's theme was Nature. I knew I had to post a picture because there are two essential oil blends
that have allowed me to enjoy nature again. Since I've moved to Tennessee I've had bouts with sinus troubles and seasonal allergies. I was on prescription medication to help. I felt awful from the allergies and then felt even worse because of the meds. I even had one of the allergy drugs cause me to have mood swings. I was so over it, but didn't know what to do to relieve my allergy symptoms without drugs. And then I came across the "Allergy Shooter" (2 drops of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint essential oils in 2 ounces of water). I was super skeptical that this little concoction could be my answer.  All doubts were out the door within 5 minutes. It worked and it didn't have any side effects. I was in heaven! And just when I didn't think it could better, doTERRA came out with TriEase softgels. It's the Allergy Shooter in a softgel. It makes it so convenient! It works better Benadryl and can work for most allergic reactions (should not replace an EPI pen for those with major allergic reactions).

I am a magnet...nope, not a chick magnet...an insect magnet. My blood type is an insect's dream buffet apparently (yep, your blood type does have an effect...read about it here). And when I get a bug bite, they welt to the size of grapefruits. That is not attractive in any way and is very uncomfortable. I have a solution for insect bites using essential oils, but prevention is always best! And now I have the perfect blend to keep those pesky blood suckers away from me...TerraShield! It's an awesome blend that only requires a couple drops on me and I'm free to rome the outdoors.

With TriEase and TerraShield I can enjoy nature again. And this makes me so happy! I thoroughly enjoy walking in the park and picnics and the pool and trails and well, you get it. Nature and I have been reunited and it feels so good!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Commercially Drugged

I love when the World Cup comes around. It's a tournament that my family gets into. I love that it showcases so many nations and cultures. My mom was born and raised in Argentina and my dad in Paraguay so soccer has been ingrained in us from very young. We rooted for Argentina every World Cup since before I can remember. As I got older I would root for the USA as long as they were not playing against Argentina. This year is no different. There is a chance that Argentina will play the USA if both teams advance and it will be a bitter sweet ending no matter the result if the match should occur.

Needless to say, our television has been tuned in on the games from the start...which is a far cry from
the usual kids shows that are usually reeling. One thing I've noticed is the amount of pharmaceutical drug commercials that are played. There are SOOOOO many! It makes me so sad to watch these commercials and listen to the required "possible side effects" dialogue that seems to go on and on and on. Many people watch these commercials and want the quick fix pill. What they don't realize is that it is actually toxic and may be helping one issue, but most likely causing other problems.

Our society is conditioned into thinking that they can just ask their doctor to prescribe something as their first and only option without trying holistic remedies first. I'm not saying medication is wrong or completely bad. I used them for various things throughout my life. However, I am saying that maybe we should be more proactive about allowing our bodies to heal more naturally. For example, fevers are not the enemy...they are telling us the body is fighting some sort of infection. Most people have been trained at the first site of anything above 99.5' to get the Motrin, Advil or Tylenol when in fact, fevers should only be treated if there is severe discomfort. (Note: I'm referring to children and adults, not infants or senior citizens who have lower immune system function.) Check out the possible side effects and drug interactions below from Drugs.com for Tylenol:

When using Tylenol you are not curing the infection, you are only treating the symptoms.  In this case, you are reducing a fever. The same fever that is an indication of your body fighting an infection. The effects: your body is going to fight longer to rid the infection...meaning you'll take longer to heal than if you didn't take the Tylenol.

It baffles me how quickly people will run to Tylenol before they would try using Peppermint essential oil to ease discomfort cause by the fever. Peppermint essential oil has been around since the beginning of the world and used effectively for just as long.

There is something that drugs and essentials have in common and that is that neither cure. Only the body can heal itself. Essential Oils support the body's own natural healing process. They aid the body in healing itself faster without toxins and chemicals. Why would you not want to heal faster and more naturally?

I wonder what would happen to the Healthcare system if we didn't rely on the television telling us what drugs we need. 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Clinical Study using On Guard

I think it's pretty safe to say that no matter the condition of our teeth, most of us dislike going to the Dentist's office. It's a pretty vulnerable experience. I think I find it difficult because I can't actually see what they are doing. I'm one of those strange people that needs to watch the nurse inserting the needle when drawing blood. I like to know what's going on and to understand the process. I don't need all the details, but I like to have some knowledge and the ability to see the process. That's not usually something you can do at a dentist visit. I love Dentist's and what they do...I'm thankful for them, but I'm not sure I'll ever be happy to go for a visit.

I watched an interesting video today that I would like to share with you from a Dentist that has done clinical studies using On Guard at his practice. Please excuse the sound quality and listen to the results he is seeing with the use of essential oil in his practice. It is approximately 16 mins long and has some graphic images, but the information is important and shows how we can choose natural remedies even for surgical care. If you don't see the video below see it here: http://youtu.be/R72mkDPOCiA

This video makes me feel so much better knowing that I daily use On Guard tooth paste. You can incorporate it into your daily routine for healthier teeth, gums and mouth! And it's great for all ages! Here's some info from the doTERRA site about this incredible toothpaste: Fluoride-free toothpaste provides the protective benefits of therapeutic-grade On Guard essential oils against germs and other harmful pathogens, while also reducing plaque, and whitening teeth with gentle polishing agents. On Guard's unique cinnamon-mint flavor, with xylitol, also leaves your breath (and your toothbrush), fresh and clean.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sunny Days

Sunny days bring me joy. I have been loving the sun here in Nashville. It's been a little humid, yes, but it is middle Tennessee. I enjoy taking a stroll at the local park on these sunny days. About a month ago I started using some sun tan lotion (I will leave it nameless) and immediately started having a reaction to it. I have noticed this has happened in years past, but it was always pretty slight. It wasn't as slight this year. I don't know what in the lotion was causing me to have a negative reaction and I'm not going to test each ingredient out since that would just be too involved and I know a much easier solution. The solution? Non-toxic homemade sun lotion! I have two recipes. Both are easy, but you can't go wrong with the Time-Saver Sunscreen...only mixing 3 ingredients simple.

There are tons of articles on why the majority of Sunscreens are toxic including this one from Dr. Axe, but I'm not going to get into that debate. I just know that my skin was irritated and I needed a solution other than nothing because that would ensure burning since my skin color closely resembles Casper the friendly ghost at the beginning of Spring.

Helichrysum essential oil and zinc oxide are the stars of these recipes. Read more about all the benefits of Helichrysum here. If you do stay out too long in the sun or you forgot to reapply and get burned there's an easy remedy to help heal the pain. A few drops of Lavender essential oil in a carrier oil (Coconut, Almond, Grapeseed, even Olive oil) or Aloe Vera Juice applied directly to your sunburn will do the trick. Start application as soon as you possibly can to prevent irritation.

Keep from getting burned this summer as you get your Vitamin D fix. Happy sunning!

Here's an extra tip if you're traveling to the beach with family or friends:
Instead of a cotton ball you can purchase a diffuser for your car. I have one similar to this one that you can purchase on Puritan.com. They have really good sales and you can usually get free shipping.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Being Prepared for Traveling

I LOVE traveling. I DETEST packing. This is a major dilemma. I want to take my whole closet and bathroom with me, every place I visit. Obviously, that is not possible reasonable. However, I've made it pretty simple for myself with packing my essential oils. I've made a list of what I need to take with me and now I'm sharing it with you.

On Guard+ Softgels:

Softgels combine the proprietary blend of doTERRA On Guard essential oil with Black Pepper, Oregano, and Melissa essential oils for additional immune support. On Guard+ is a great way to strengthen and maintain healthy immune function when seasonal threats are high or to protect against elements that can weaken the immune system. Encapsulated in vegetarian softgels, this distinctive blend contains essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system and their ability to protect against environmental threats. On Guard+ should be taken on an occasional basis, when healthy immune function may be compromised. 
I usually start taking these a couple days before traveling to help build my immune system up. I normally use On Guard essential oil for day to day immune building, but extra support while traveling is necessary.  

On Guard Hand Sanitizer: (In a 15ml spray bottle)
All the benefits of On Guard plus Non Alcoholic Witch Hazel, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera. On Guard is Antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-viral, moodlifters, anti-carcinogen, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, blood cleansers, immune system booster, digestive disorders.

On Guard Protecting Throat Drops: (Fill an old Altoids case with some)
Protecting Throat Drops provide the immune-supporting benefits of On Guard proprietary essential oil blend in the convenience of an all-natural throat drop. 
DigestZen Softgels:
DigestZen softgels are a convenient and easy way to obtain the benefits of the proprietary DigestZen essential oil blend. Each vegetarian softgel contains 120 mg of DigestZen, the oil blend you know and trust for overall digestive health. DigestZen contains a unique combination of Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway, Anise, Coriander, Tarragon, and Fennel to aid in digestion and ease stomach discomfort in a soothing, natural way—all in a vegetarian softgel that dissolves easily. DigestZen Softgels are perfect for on-the-go or for those wanting an easy way to consume DigestZen essential oil blend. 
Great for Motion Sickness and ALL kinds of stomach issues!
Generally, Lavender is good for everything - Swiss Army Knife of oils - very versatile for young and old, by itself or mixed with other oils. It has a sedative and tonic action on the heart (hysteria, nervous tension, palpitations) and calms cerebro-spinal excitability; it is renowned for its nerving - sedative properties, and has proved valuable in a variety of nervous and psychological disorders, including depression, insomnia, migraine, hysteria, nervous tension and paralysis. 
This is a wonderful way to help relax you and get you rested for bed...even when changing time zones. This is also a great way to help getting settled for a flight if you're not a great flyer. It's also great for any skin issues (and sunburn!). Read more reason to have Lavender essential oil with you here.

Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-repellent, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cockroach repellent, digestive aid, driver of other oils, expectorant, fever reducer, headache relief, invigorating, menopause symptom relief, mental clarity, mice repellent, motivating oil, relieve colic, stamina enhancement, and much more.
Great way to keep headaches at bay...and ants/cockroaches! Read more about Peppermint essential oil here

Citrus Bliss Hand Lotion:
No explanation why you should have hand lotion...but lotion with Citrus Bliss is going to make a huge difference! Citrus Bliss’s special combination of elements is anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, antiseptic, circulation improvement, detoxifying, immune system booting and has a wonderful sweet fragrance that works well in a working environment as a motivator and in home to brighten each person’s outlook. Need I say more? Stay happy even if there are delays or unexpected circumstances.
Key Chain Travel Kit with favorite essential oils or beadlets:
Here's some really good options to put in a key chain travel kit:
Lemon (I usually bring a whole bottle to put in my drinking water)
Peppermint Beadlets
Peppermint and Wild Orange Lip Balm
Carrier Oil
Wild Orange
Deep Blue (or Deep Blue packettes)

TriEase Softgels:
TriEase Softgels were developed to protect against seasonal and environmental elements and to promote a healthy respiratory system when needed most. Each softgel contains equal parts of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils, known for their ability to maintain clear breathing and a healthy inflammatory response when combined together.
Great for all kinds of allergic reactions...like Benadryl but natural!

Okay. So, I wish I could take all my oils with me too, but that's probably obsessive. This is a great list that is a great start. Think through how long you'll be gone and then decide how much you will need.  Save yourself trouble and pain. Be prepared...it's the best cure! And as always drink lots and lots of water!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Detox Bath and Facial

I have learned more about Toxins in the last week or so than I ever imagined I would. As I have changed my eating habits (for the better, of course) and moved towards natural products my body is cleansing itself out. My body is releasing toxins...it hasn't been the most enjoyable experience. I figured that I could do something to help get those toxins out. So, I decided to take a bath. Yep, a bath. I mean, seriously, why not? It's one of the easiest, most relaxing way to get rid of toxins. I came across A LOT of detox bath ideas...but then I came across one that I knew that I had to try. The Ultimate Detox Bath!

Oh my goodness! It was exactly what I was wanting. And if it eludes to how much I loved it let me mention that I've done this detox bath two days in a row! As much as I enjoy Lavender essential oil I wanted to go with something a little different. I combined Ylang Ylang (Helps balance hormones, Promotes healthy skin and hair, Lifts mood while having a calming effect) and Sandalwood (Promotes healthy, smooth skin, Reduces the appearance of scars and blemishes, Enhances mood) which are both known for detoxing qualities as well. I loved the combination and helped calm the scent of the Apple Cider Vinegar as well.

The second time I took the Ultimate Detox Bath I decided that I was going to step it up a notch and do a homemade Clay Facial Mask as well since I already had the clay out. I washed it off halfway through my soaking and success! Double relaxation! I'm slightly obsessed with facials and I really, really enjoyed this facial mask. It also happens to be cheaper than going to a spa. Frankincense may be one of my favorite essential oils already, but add it to a clay mask and I'm in heaven! You can choose different essential oils, but I would recommend at least 1 drop of Frankincense. You're complexion will thank you for it.

All those hours I spent learning more about toxins and finding baths and facial "recipes" all melted away in 2 soaks. So worth it. Not to mention that I was ridding my body of unwanted toxins. 

There are different types of Bentonite Clay. To understand it more read about it here on Wellness Mama's blog. Some worry about whether to use Sodium Bentonite or Calcium Bentonite, from what I've read and learned up to this point they both work great. If you are struggling with too much sodium in your diet, then stay away from Sodium Bentonite. Redmond Clay is a great choice as it has both Sodium and Calcium. I went to Vitamin Shoppe and bought this one ...which they currently have an online sale for it too! [[It is a Calcium Bentonite if you wanted to know]] I do not know if the local Whole Foods carries Redmond Clay or not, but I'll be checking on my next trip.

One thing to keep in mind is do not let the Bentonite clay come in contact with metal as it will loose its effectiveness...mix with plastic in plastic or glass. I used a spatula in a glass measuring cup when making my clay facial.

Go ahead...give it a try and enjoy. Get rid of toxins by taking a bath. Oh and you should probably not take a bath unless you're ready for bed. You will be ready for bed after the Ultimate Detox Bath. You can use the facial any time of the day, but keep in mind that it is perfectly normal for your face to be red for about 30 minutes after the facial.

Do you have a favorite mask or detox bath?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

As the deer pants for streams of water...

Today I went for a walk in the park. It's one of my favorite ways to clear my head. I needed the walk today. I needed time away with Jesus. The past couple months have been a challenging time...definitely good, but challenging. I've been learning so much about Faith and trust. I was having some bouts with feeling like I was sinking today and not walking on water so much. So, I went for a walk. It's starting to get warm and humid here in Nashville, but the trees provide perfect shade along the walk. Within a couple minutes I was crossing over a bridge that goes over a small creek. Half way on the bridge I noticed a deer standing in the creek about 750 ft away. He was covered in the shade drinking some water. I snapped a photo and started back on the walk. On my way back I crossed the same bridge and on the other side was another deer about 500 feet away. He was also drinking as he stood in the creek. I looked to the other side and the other deer was still enjoying the coolness of the creek and shade. My mind went to the scripture in Psalm 42:1 that says: "As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God." Now, mind you, I was born and raised in New Jersey in a part of the state where you had to watch for deer crossing at all times. And I was raised in a family where both brothers would avidly hunt and a dad who would take them. So, being able to spot deer just about anywhere would not be uncommon for me and I was in a park after all, so it wouldn't be uncommon for deer to be there, but I can't help but think that the Lord was showing me some love.

I was gently reminded that resting in the shade of His love and drinking of living water is where I need to remain. No matter the heat, He refreshes me. No matter the chaos around I can choose to rest in the coolness of His grace and mercy...under the shadow of His wing. He sees me. He cares for me. He's got me. He will continually be my source for all that I need. I just need to continue to long for him like the deer longs for streams of water. I'm so thankful that I serve a God who reassures me whenever and wherever. I am thankful for His love that embraces me. I'm thankful for His peace that He gives so generously. I'm thankful that He's always speaking to me and I don't have to be at church to hear His voice. And I'm ever so grateful that He is ALWAYS with me. He's so faithful. 

Are all doubts gone? No. Am I in a much better place? Absolutely. He's so good to me. So, I will repeat Psalm 42:11 the rest of the day: "Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again - my Savior and my God!"