Gratitude is powerful!

Gratitude

The key to enjoying an abundant life is gratitude. If you are not happy with or are not expressing thanks for what you already have, on a daily basis, you will not be ‘open’ to receiving more of the good stuff coming your way. This is something I’ve really been focusing on lately, trying to make it a habit, or part of my daily ritual.

Take the time to write down 5-10 things you’re grateful for each day, preferably in the morning, and it can be as simple as: I love my bed; I love my husband; I’m so grateful for my cute dog; thank you for this amazing cup of coffee… The more things you are grateful for, the more things will come into your life to be grateful for… I love how this works.

Plus, when you reflect a spirit of gratitude, you bring calm and peace into your world, and you radiate that energy, which attracts more amazing things to you. So simple, yet so powerful…

And don’t forget to smile! It seriously changes your mood and your physiology. It’s really hard to be upset when you have a smile on your face… try it and let me know how it works for you!

 

Natural all-day energy!

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Looking for a natural way to have amazing energy all day?

Here’s what I use: Matcha green tea in the morning, with some stevia and coconut milk.

Throughout the day I sip on a big glass of water with 6-8 drops of Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend by dōTERRA. I also love this blend in iced tea with a little stevia.

The matcha gives you calm alertness, with focused energy. It’s different from coffee, and it’s very soothing. I was a little skeptical about drinking something warm and green in the morning, but now I have this almost every morning… there’s something about matcha, you just need to try it. I’ve tried a few different matcha teas, and these are my top 2:

The Republic Of Tea Matcha Tea Powder, 1.5 Ounce Tea Powder Tin, Gourmet Matcha Green Tea Powder – this one is also available at Whole Foods, for around $18-$19.

If you want an even higher quality organic matcha, I really like: KENKO Matcha Green Tea Powder [USDA Organic] Ceremonial Grade – Japanese 30g [1.06oz], which I’ve only every purchased from Amazon. It’s priced around $28.

Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend is a proprietary blend from dōTERRA, made from Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils including grapefruit peel, lemon peel, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon bark. It has a spicy, refreshing flavor, and helps balance your metabolism, helps decrease appetite and curb cravings, especially for carbs.

This blend also supports your digestive system, as lemon and grapefruit have gentle detox and cleansing properties, and peppermint is great for digestive discomfort. In fact, just 1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent in strength to 28 cups of peppermint tea when used for digestive issues. Ginger has been used for centuries for digestive support, and cinnamon has properties that can help balance blood sugar levels, and oddly enough it tastes naturally sweet.

To learn more about essential oils from dōTERRA, click this LINK.

Feeling overwhelmed? Try some Basil oil

Basil.jpgWhen you’re dealing with stress, and you start feeling overwhelmed, your body is sending you a signal that something is not quite right… and you need to slow down and pay attention to what’s going on inside you. You may have depleted your stores of the natural ‘chemical messengers’ that help you feel calm, grounded and in control. It’s similar to when a car runs out of gas… you ain’t going anywhere until you refill the tank.

The great news is this can be done by changing or incorporating healthier habits, which includes eating mostly organic, plant-based, non-GMO clean food, drinking plenty of clean water, getting sufficient rest (this means doing nothing) and sleep, stress relieving techniques like mediation, deep breathing, exercise, gardening, reading, or whatever you like that takes your mind off of your work, home or other situations that are causing the overwhelming and stressful feelings.

I’ve dealt with this sort of thing for the past few years, and I can say for sure that I’m NOT deficient in any sort of ‘artificial chemicals’ that typical medical practitioners pass out like candy, and I say ‘no thank-you’ to them and the side effects. I took the artificial mood stabilizing pills for years, and it changed my personality when I was under their influence. I’m not going there anymore… I can manage my moods and emotions naturally.

One of the things I love about dōTERRA Essential Oils is that they empower people to take their health into their own hands. No one knows your body better than you do. You have a choice on how you deal with your health, so I suggest you do your research and see if dōTERRA essential oils may be something you can add to your arsenal. They are my first line of defense… just saying. Not all oils are created equal, and these are the best available, anywhere.

Basil is one of my favorite oils for staying calm. Anytime I’m feeling super stressed and overwhelmed, I put a drop or 2 in my palms and rub them over my adrenals. I also inhale the aroma from my hands, which seems to relax me in just a few minutes. Your body knows what to do with plants and plant oils… support yourself naturally.

Emotional Aromatherapy: How to choose the best oil for you!

With dōTERRA’s new Emotional Aromatherapy kit and wheel, it’s easy to find the best oil to help you feel better. My favorite is Motivate, which helps me get to work and get it done! I love the blends, as they are so powerful and easy to use. They all smell great, and I’ve used all of them at different times. At first I didn’t think that I would need all of them, especially Console and Forgive, however, I’ve used ALL of them, and I love ALL of them.

Using these oils is super easy: They can be used aromatically, which means inhaling them directly from the bottle or diffusing with an ultrasonic diffuser. Aromatic use is the fastest way to get the oils into your system.

The other way is topically by applying directly to the skin with dilution, especially for those with sensitive skin. When using oils topically for emotional support, it’s best to start applying near your heart and go up from there. This also makes you a walking ‘diffuser’. Some of my favorite places to apply oils is behind my ears, on temples, and on the back of neck. When using the oils, a drop is a dose, so start with just a drop and you can layer on more if needed.

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The oils work very quickly, especially aromatically, so you can begin feeling relief in minutes. If you’re new to the oils and would like to try a sample, please contact me. I also have a link to my dōTERRA website on the right sidebar.

Peach Festival in Marysville, CA

Peach Festival 2016

 

I will be here in Marysville, CA this weekend, sharing the amazing ‘gifts of the Earth’ from dōTERRA Essential Oils.

Stop by for your personal oil experience, and see how using a more natural approach to healthcare and wellness can benefit you and your family.

See you there!

Yes I’m blogging about deodorant

IMG_0931I love that dōTERRA’s natural deodorant has none of the bad stuff like aluminum and talc, and I love that it contains all kinds of good stuff like coconut oil, shea butter, cypress, sage, melaleuca, cedarwood, and bergamot essential oils, and that it’s made in the USA.

There are times, though, when I just kinda need a little more strength, especially when it’s really hot outside or I’m working up a big sweat. (Never thought I would be posting about this, but here it is… )

A great way to beef it up is to add a drop of Patchouli oil on top before you apply it (my husband does this, works great), or you can also add a drop of Geranium oil, which is what I do… again, works great and smells better.

Essential oils have strong connections to our feelings and emotions, and can help us do the deep emotional work… so here’s what I love about these two oils, based on information from the book: Emotions & Essential Oils, 4th Edition: A Modern Resource for Healing

Patchouli is the Oil of Physicality, and helps one be fully present in their physical body, and is grounding and calming, and it’s great for body odor.

Geranium is the Oil of Love & Trust, and helps restore love and trust in relationships, especially when there has been a break in trust or a break-up. It also helps with loss, grief and abandonment issues, enabling one to be forgiving, tolerant and open to emotional healing, including loving and trusting others. Also great for body odor.

The only oils I use and recommend are the highest quality available, and can also be used aromatically by being inhaled directly from the bottle or with an ultrasonic diffuser. Contact me for my recommended brand.

The emotional side of the oils is very important to consider, as many physical ailments have emotional roots, and if not addressed will manifest eventually. I will be posting more on emotional work in the future.

On a side note, I also love this mini succulent garden that a team member made for me… what a great idea! Love it! Thanks Rita!

Essential oils for dogs? Yes please!

Lexi at 4 months

This is Lexi, our 4 month old Golden Lab/Border Collie mix, and she came with a raging case of worms… you know, those gross little white things that look like rice when they dry out? Yeah, those.

I did my research and saw that dōTERRA DigestZen oil has several compounds that help with all sorts of digestive things, including ginger and fennel oil, and it’s safe for dogs. I applied 2-3 drops on her tummy and rubbed it in… I did this twice, 2 days apart.

Results? Lots of worms came out, and they were alive – awesome. And now, I’m not seeing any worms in her poo. Worms be gone. This stuff works!

She has a vet appointment on Monday, and I will definitely be bringing samples to the vet. I think it’s super important that we use non-toxic ways to help our pets stay healthy and happy.

When she gets going in ‘crazy puppy mode’, running around and chomping on things, I like to calm her down with a little Cedarwood and Lavender on her baby paws, and I also put a few drops on her bed. She sleeps through the night now too! Heaven for me!

Love this stuff…

Have an amazing day! I know I will… so grateful for my cute little puppy!

Compelling & provocative… Wow!

Learn why essential oils are so valuable and powerful!

Modern science supports what natural health practitioners have known for centuries… and now, essential oils are finally getting the attention they deserve. dōTERRA Essential Oils came into my life for a reason, and I’m so grateful that I know about these amazing ‘gifts of the Earth’. 

I first learned about essential oils after my dad had a stroke. He started using Frankincense oil, changed his diet, made other lifestyle changes, and started feeling better. After seeing how powerful the oils were, I decided that I needed to see what else they could do. I was looking for a more natural way to manage my anxious feelings and fear. I found a grounding blend (Balance) and a calming blend (Serenity) that worked great, and now I’ve learned how to use the oils to keep me calm and sane. 

Again, so grateful and blessed. If you are new to oils, please watch this movie trailer and catch a glimpse of what the movie is about… I think you’ll like it. 

 

 

Sometimes it’s both…

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Physical and emotional… but many times it’s emotional, what’s really at the core of your issue, ailment or problem.

Last week my physical issue was related to those pesky seasonal threats and discomforts that happen in the Spring, or so I thought. Yes, I had the nose thing, stuffed up face, scratchy throat and eyes, and oddly enough, I even had one of those big bumps on my left eyelid that made my eye swollen, red, and it hurt like heck.

In my work with essential oils I use a GSR ‘scanner’ that tells me in about 3 minutes which specific oils would benefit me at that moment. Naturally I expected oils related to respiratory support, however, I was very surprised that none of the typical oils came up related to my physical symptoms, but what came up was a blend called ‘Forgive’. Interesting…

This blend assists in releasing negative feelings and energy associated with attachment, holding on, critical, judgmental, resentment, and bitterness. I started doing research.

I love the book Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K Truman, and on page 228 under ‘allergies’, one of the probable feelings causing ill-ness it states: ‘Feeling aggravated by someone or something’. Hmm… And under ‘eyes: stys’ this same book states: ‘Unresolved anger towards someone’ and ‘Hanging on to feelings of resentment’. Wow!

Initially I couldn’t really see how that applied to me, it didn’t resonate. But the more I thought about it, I realized I had been having negative feelings of resentment towards several people and situations… in fact, I was upset about something that happened that day. It was starting to make sense.

I spent last Saturday evening reading, praying, meditating and journaling about what it could be, and it started to come to me, all the people and events that made me feel resentful. I chose to release all of the negative feelings and one by one I forgave all of the people I felt were at the source of the resentment. This is not easy to do, especially when you’ve had specific situations stuck in your brain for years, and especially if they relate to family members.

I was also using the Forgive oil on my pulse points, behind my ears, at my temples, and of course inhaling it.

Then an awesome thing happened: I started feeling ‘lighter’, less burdened, different, happyish… I’m not saying that the nose thing stopped running immediately, but I slept really well that night, and over the next few days I felt much better. Not saying that I’m done with the emotional work yet, but I think it’s a small step in the right direction. And that’s a big step for me.

Awareness is key, and I really didn’t realize that I had been mentally complaining about certain people and situations, and I was resentful. Whatever you think about, you attract more of it in your life, so I am really monitoring my thoughts to keep them positive. Again, not easy, but necessary.

I’m not a doctor or a therapist, I’m just sharing my experience, and I hope it is beneficial.

I’m so grateful that I have the tools, oils and insight to figure this out.