Saturday, January 24, 2015

Joy, Joy, Joy


There is a new sound in the air that rings of Joy and happiness.  Open up your hearts this year to see the world from a lens on love and light.  Let go of the lenses that filter that love out and leave only despair and heartache, yearning and wanting.  There is no greater want than the love that permeates the air with the season of giving and receiving.  Leave the expectation of getting at the front door when you enter a house of a family member or a friend, and embrace the feelings of giving to those you love, wholeheartedly, without reservation.  This season of love is not about what we receive, but how we can give a piece of our love to another being and accept that feeling with unconditional love and joy.
Be the one who steps into the role of giving to others without the attachment of having to receive anything in return.  In time, that which you shall receive shall be a greater reward.  Your heart will flourish with love for others and yourself.  Your perceptional lens will only see with the joy and goodness that a season of giving will reveal.  Step back and see the joy on the faces of those who receive and feel the joy permeate from their hearts to the air around you.  Step forward into that air and absorb the love into your heart — binding the feeling from one divine human being to another.  Embrace the love.  Embrace the joy.  Cherish the memories and be happy and content with that which flowed through your family and friends; Joy, Happiness, Goodness, and Love.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happiness



Happiness and healing energies flow endlessly around you and your loved ones today.  Be ever vigilant in your thoughts to hold the highest vibration of happiness for yourself.  Guard your thoughts to be positive and upbeat instead of focusing on the negative.  Raise yourself up in the energies of Source by doing what makes you feel heavenly; dance, sing, hum, twirl, laugh, giggle, shine your light outward and inward.  Feel the joy from the smallest of things; a baby’s laugh, a ride in the car with the wind blowing in your hair, silence.  Let those vibrations hold you up all day and into the evening as you remind yourself of the gratefulness and utter abundance and joy you have in your life.  There is always a spark of hope and faith if you take a quiet moment and observe the world around you.  Start with something small, such as the glorious color on a flower petal.  It is all good and grand.  Let those feelings envelop you and bring your heart into a space of love and light.  Be well.  Be happy.  Be joyous.  Be you!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Zen Photo.. Placed in a Contest

I have just placed this photo of my river stones titled, "Zen" in the Fineartamerica television contest.  Please vote for me if you feel the photo is worthy of the contest.  Just click on the photo and it will take you to the link to vote.  Thank you!!

http://fineartamerica.com/contests/national-tv-photo-contest-3.html?tab=vote&artworkid=7773257

Sunday, January 18, 2015

doTerra Wholesale Advocate

 
If you are a person who is very interested in essential oils and has been looking at buying essential oils, then there are a few things you should know. 

First of all, the best way to sign up to purchase DoTerra oils is through the Wholesale Advocate plan.  You pay a one-time $35 fee for the first year and $25 each year after.
  
  • Wholesale pricing (25% discount)
  • No Monthly Order Required!
  • Option to receive 10-30% of your total purchase back in FREE product points
  • Eligibility to receive dōTERRA's FREE Product of the Month
  • Ability to earn compensation and bonuses
  • This is the lowest overall product cost & smartest way to buy

  • The LRP (Loyalty Rewards Program) provides free product credit toward future purchases ,but is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL!  When I first signed on, I only had enough money to buy my first oil, Myrhh.  I don't want to tell you what to buy, as I do not know your family's needs  You do what you can do as you explore the oils and supplement them into your family health routine.  But, signing on as a Wholesale Advocate gives you the opportunity in the future to supplement your family income when you become more comfortable with the oils and your word-of-mouth sharing will circulate to your friends.  It is up to you how much you want to commit to for your own family and what you can purchase or not each month.  This does not commit you to have to sell anything.  I think you will be surprised after a month or two, though, that your friends will become interested and want to join you in this journey of healing.

  • 1-49pv (Personal Volume) order keeps you on the program, and maintains your points though you do not increase in percentages.
  • 50pv+ earns points, as well as earning a percentage back on your order.
  • 100pv qualifies you for bonuses and full dōTERRA commission.
  • 125pv+ Set your LRP order to ship between the 2nd and the 15th of the month will get you a Free Product of the Month and option to any other special promotions.
  • Set to ship between the 1st- 28th of each month – can be changed along with items up to 24 hours before processed.
  • Points are processed on the 15th of every month, so they will show up in your account the following month on the 15th.

  • If you are interested, you can contact me personally or click on my dōTERRA essential oil tab above and Join the team.  If you are on FB, there is a support group for our Team to answer questions and help each other find great ways to use the oils in our lives.  I would LOVE to have you on my team!

    *FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.







    Saturday, January 17, 2015

    No More Hair Down the Drain!

    My hair stopped falling out!!  An incredible celebration could have been heard from the shower when I washed my hair the other day.  I am borderline with hypothyroidism.  My body is a mess!  I have food intolerances and hormone/adrenal issues plaguing me.  If I remember to take my Rhodiola vitamins along with the myriad of other vitamins, then my body begins to behave.  I always forget to take them and the one that is super important to me, anyways, is my Rhodiola.  It helps to reset my hormones and get me back on track to a normal hormonal cycle and my adrenals sing happy tunes! 

    Well, as you can see from my blog posts, I have been over-the-top excited about incorporating more essential oils in my life right now, along with my regular vitamins.  One, this helps me become a healthier person and two, it saves me a bit of money.  Great combination for my bank account!  Anyways, I decided to research to see what oil might work on helping me to support my body from this hormonal craziness.  I discovered that Geranium really jumped out at me as the one I wanted to try to incorporate into my lifestyle.
     
    I spent about 3 weeks using a Detox Blend, then switched over putting a combination of a Cellular Complex blend, Geranium oil, and Frankincense oil in my gel caps each morning and night.  I chose the Cellular Complex to help my body's cells heals from the years of abuse at the hands of me and my food intolerances.  Time for them to go back to the way they used to be!  Then, I chose Geranium for its hormonal balancing and easing the stress off my adrenal glands.  My body is happy.  My husband is happy.  I am happy.  Life is good!  Then, I chose Frankincense, even though this oil is already in the Cellular Complex blend, because I just wanted a bit of the extra goodness for my body to help ward off those free radicals. (I'm sure they are lurking in the background somewhere!)

    This is what it looks like in my gel cap:  4 drops Cellular Complex blend, 3 drops Geranium oil, and 2 drops Frankincense oil.  I take one in the morning and at night.



    2-3 days of hair loss
    (I pulled this rat from the shower before taking the Geranium.  I wanted to watch the results.)  My husband, God bless him, was never too disgusted by the hair loss, just more concerned.
     
    2 days of hair loss
    (I pulled these few pieces of hair from the shower after taking the Geranium.  I wanted to watch the results.)  Even my husband is impressed to not see what looks like a rat sitting on the drain in the shower.




    Just an observation I have discovered about the Rhodiola and the Geranium oil.  When I use the Rhodiola after not using it for a long time, my body resets, in the sense, all my body resets.  I start my monthly cycle and my hair stops falling out and down the drain in the shower.  Since I hadn't used my Rhodiola for a long time, I thought to wait and just use the Geranium oil so that I could feel its results in my body.  (Yes, pay attention to your body and what is happening- it's important!  Use your own intuition and gut feelings about how to better help yourself and your family.)  My body reacted exactly the same way with the Geranium as the Rhodiola.  I was amazed and couldn't wait to tell everyone I knew.  Not that I wanted to announce my monthly cycle, but that something was happening and it was all good for my body!



    *FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

    Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils

    I am a teacher and the one thing I don't like doing is squirting hand sanitizer on my students' hands.  Not that I don't want them to have disinfected hands before they go eat, but it bothers me that not only am I removing the bad bacteria from their hands, but the good bacteria as well.  I, personally, do not use hand sanitizer as I want to keep my good bacteria.  So... this is where I have been researching for a recipe that uses essential oils to aid in this daily routine in my classroom.



    I found a great recipe Here, but I did not have the essential oil blend in my house at the time to put in the recipe.  I do know that the essential oil blend has wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary.  I did find a great recipe on this site:  The Prairie Homestead.  It is the recipe I decided to use to make my classroom hand sanitizer, although I used the recipe with wild orange, instead of lemon.

    I needed to make 8 oz. of hand sanitizer to use in my classroom, as we go through it quickly.  I did increase the aloe vera and water from the original recipe.  I made my original recipe (the one you see in the photos) with old green aloe vera gel from my cabinet.  Hence, the greenish tint to the sanitizer. 

    But, I didn't want to use the green aloe vera gel to use in my classroom, nor at home, as it has dyes and alcohol in it.  Since creating this recipe, I have made a new batch with pure aloe vera gel (alcohol and dye free).  My sanitizer is now a clear color, not the greenish tint you see in my photos.

    One squirt from the container is all it takes.  I chose a thick glass pump (EO oils are very powerful and will break down the plastic over time).  Rub, rub, rub into hands and it soaks right in.  Your hands will feel SO smooth and soft after.




    My blend for and 8 ounce container:
    3/4 C. Aloe Vera
    3/4 C. + 1 Tbsp. Water
    1/2 tsp. Vitamin E oil
    20 drops Homemade Oil Blend (or 20 drops of On-Guard Protective Blend)

    Homemade Oil Blend (place in a sample oil bottle)
    18 drops Wild Orange
    20 drops Clove
    10 drops Cinammon
    8 drops Eucalyptus
    5 drops Rosemary

    I am excited to be able to use this on my hands!

     
    
    *FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

    Stand Up


     
    There are times I must stand up, plant my feet firmly to the ground, and declare, “Enough, Enough, Enough!”  I am me.  I am my own person.  I am worthy of all that I desire and dream.  I am releasing all that has dragged me down to a level of despair, and I pick myself up, dust myself off and stand firm in my own convictions.  I am strong.  I am willing to change for the better.  I am standing on my own, with my own energies, letting that which serves me no purpose fall to the ground.  I AM. 

    In the moment, I am proud to be a person who is loved, who loves, and one who gives love to an unfettered level.  I embrace all that I hold dear to me, yet reach out to that which has scared me in the past and feel no fear.  I can feel the life force of the divine moving back inside me with a cleansing property that was not present before this moment.  I feel the strength of resolve moving around in my soul and moving me toward that which I am; GREAT, GOOD, LOVING, KIND, STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, and OPEN to all that I deserve.  And, YES, I am worthy of all that appears in my life, as I am a child of God.

    I have the strength to stand on my own and use my own energies to raise my levels of awareness above that which is holding me down.  I no longer need to wallow in defeat over that which I cannot control.  I have the strength and fortitude to let go of anything not serving me a higher purpose and that which does not bring me joy.  JOY!  A place I allow myself to be.  HAPPY!  An emotion flooding into my being.  LOVE!  All encompassing of my heart space and spilling out to touch others.  I do have LIFE inside me that allows me to embrace and accept all good.  I do have enough love for myself to block that which does not sit well within my newly cleansed spiritual being.  I transmute all that is not pure with divine energies to love and light.  May I receive all that is pure and divine with the acceptance of LOVE and LIGHT in my life.  It is ever-increasing to heal my own spiritual self, yet also touch the lives and hearts of others as well.  I AM okay.

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    Deep Muscle Relief for Rotator Cuff Area

    My husband injured his rotator cuff almost a year ago and has been in pain since.  He has tried chiropractic care and acupuncture to no avail.  He doesn't really want to have surgery to fix everything, but may be heading toward that route.

    In the meantime, I have wanted to help with the pain management using my essential oils.  At first, we used doTerra's Deep Blue, which is more for sore muscles and aches.  It was good, don't get me wrong, but he wants something that goes in a bit deeper.  I used the Deep Blue after spending hours and hours at Disneyland- carrying a backpack.  When I got back to the hotel, I had a slight headache and achy back.  My husband rubbed Deep Blue on my back and neck- so soothing, took my headache away, and I fell into a most restful sleep.
     
    However, I started researching for my husband's injury and settled on some oils that might help him at a deeper level.  We do know that a rotator cuff injury is not something to mess with, so while waiting to see if he needs to go down the road to surgery, I have found a way to relieve some of the pain in his shoulder area.

    (I used a similar method to the Vapor Rub method, by melting coconut oil and beeswax together, then added in the essential oils.  See the vapor rub post if you want to see more photos.)


    Ingredients and why I chose them:
    Myrhh (anti-inflammatory)
    Peppermint (driving oil- settles the oils into the skin)
    Lemongrass (calming oil/ tension relieving oil as his muscles around the rotator cuff are extremely tense)
    Oregano (pain relieving oil)
    Helichrysum (tissue-regenerative properties)

    I also placed this mixture in a jar with a lid.  It does look just like the vapor rub mixture, so make sure you label your jars.

    Update:  I have been putting this mixture on my husband's shoulder now since the day I created this post.  It is now 9 days later and is shoulder is feeling less painful and he can lift his arm up almost straight above his head.  He went to the chiropractor and had him take a look at it, and the chiropractor commented about the inflammation being gone in his shoulder, back, and neck area where we have been placing the oil.  We will continue with this oil blend for a bit more to let the oils help with his circulation so that his body can heal itself properly.

     
    
     *FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.

    Essential Oil Vapor Rub

    I spent some time today researching essential oils and figuring out which oils I would like to place in my own vapor rub.  I wanted to move away from the petroleum in the name brand vapor rub, so I hope I have succeeded.  Now, I need someone to cough for me so that I can slather this on their feet!

    I used coconut oil blended with a tad bit of beeswax (I couldn't find flakes, so shredded my own). 

     
     
    I melted the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler, then added my oils after it was removed from the heat.  I just took the top pan out of the hot water and set it on the cool side of the stove top.  The blend smells yummy, although not as strong as the name brand, but one could add more essential oils to get the really strong smell.

     
     
    I found these 4 oz. baby food jars, although you can go even less expensive with 4 oz. jelly jars.  I liked the lids; that was my buying point!  As you can see it has a very nice color and texture.  You could add a bit more beeswax to make it even more stiff, if you want.  I don't mind the softer consistency, as I am going to put socks over the rub after it is applied to someone's foot.  :)
     
     
     
    Because I wanted it to look professional and darn awesome, I made a label for the cover. 
     
     
     
    Vapor Rub Ingredients:  Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint
     
     
     
     
    
    *FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.
    

    Friday, December 26, 2014

    Getting at the Root of Plantar's Wart with Essential Oil

    I have always had issues over the years with plantar's warts on my feet.  They would come and go and then show up once again.  The one I have on my foot began as quite the large plantar's wart.  My daughter learned about these warts in Sports Medicine class, so I let her examine mine and check out the black "seeds" that made up most of the wart.

    But, I knew I had a problem inside my body that needed to be addressed.  I have many food intolerances to the point that I eat fruits, vegetables, and chicken/meats.  That's about it!  Oh, and oatmeal.  So, I looked at the essential oils that might help me and have started the process of dealing with this issue in my body.  I started with this darn plantar's wart. 

    In this photo, you can see, if you wish to zoom in on it, the many "seeds" that are evident and it is quite gnarly looking.  Please excuse the dry foot, I didn't put any lotion on my foot before the photo.

    I decided to put a combination of Oregano and Myrhh essential oils, blended in coconut oil to attack this wart.  And, each night before bed, I put the lotion mixture on the wart (and sometimes my whole foot — why not?  as you can see my foot was dry and the oils will be good for my whole immune system).  Then, each morning, I put just a dab on the plantar's wart before putting on socks.  I usually hopped around the house for a few minutes letting the oils soak into my skin first.  :)

    It has been about one week with this routine and you can see the difference from the photo above to the photo below.  I soaked my foot in a warm water bath so you could see it nice and clean.  :)

    The "seeds" are gone and there is only a hole where the plantar's wart was on my foot.  I will continue my regimen for another week to make sure the wart is healed completely inside my foot and may add a photo when it is completely done.

    My next mission, which I started two nights ago, was to begin taking essential oils for an internal body cleanse.  I am determined to fight my food intolerances and get back to adding in a few foods that I have missed!



    *FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.