Wellness, Young Living

Dealing with Bad Air Quality

Here in Southern Oregon it feels like most of the summer has been smoky and we’ve been robbed of our days on the water and hikes–boo. We watch our air quality apps to gauge how much time we spend outside (if at all!) because we know breathing poor quality air can have long-lasting effects on our lungs and worsen chronic heart problems and possibly even affect your brain and fertility.

Despite being careful about time spent outdoors, we know here on the west coast we are still breathing in those particles at some point. Here are a few ways to help reduce the stress on your body and keep things operating optimally.

**Reminder: these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (because they’re SOOOOO trustworthy). This page is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information on this page is not intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the healthcare authority of your choice and remember–you always have a choice.**

Run a HEPA air purifier (or two) in your home and make sure your home air filters are no more than 3 months old. If you live where it’s been smoky for a long time consider changing it more frequently. In 2020 during the Almeda Fire, all air purifiers were out of stock so people used box fans with a home air filter duct taped to the front of it. People I knew who did this said they could see all the dust and particles building up on the filter as proof it was working! We now keep an extra 2-4 filters on hand at all times. This might seem obvious, but still worth mentioning (and this pic is of the purifier we have and we love it).

Use your diffuser! Throw some Raven, R.C., Eucalyptus (any type!), Lavender, Ravintsara, or Pine into your diffuser and breathe deep. Myrtle and Roman chamomile are other great oils to diffuse (and smell so yummy!). Inhaling those oil molecules deep into your lungs can provide a lot of support.

We also like to rub Breathe Again, R.C., or Raven on our upper chest and backs or on the Vitaflex points for lungs on the soles of our feet.

*I do recommend turning your air purifier off while diffusing or using it in a different room–no need for those oils to go to waste!*

Take a detox bath. Regardless of wildfire smoke, our bodies are constantly accumulating toxins from our environment, products, food, and water. Regular detox baths help you body out.

I follow a detox bath recipe from a friend who is trained in lymphatic detox release:
4 cups Epsom Salts
4 cups Baking Soda
4 cups Hydrogen Peroxide

I add a few drops of lavender, cypress, or eucalyptus to the epsom salts before stirring them into the water. Soak for 20-30 minutes and drink a LOT of water–just go ahead a take a glass in there with you!

Why these ingredients?

Epsom Salt: It’s is rich in magnesium & sulfate, which are easily absorbed through the skin & aid in detoxification. It acts as a broad spectrum cleanser, clearing lymphatic congestion, removing some heavy metals and helping remove residual radiation & chemical exposures. Of course, it’s a smooth muscle relaxant & helps with muscle strain & pain. Epsom salts help replenish the body’s magnesium levels, which combats hypertension. It also induces sweating! They create a dense bathwater, and osmotic pressure pulls toxin-laden fluids out of the body.

Baking Soda: It’s a drawing agent that’s known for it’s cleansing abilities, and even has anti-fungal properties. It helps neutralize chemicals like chlorine, & increases mineral absorption. It also naturally alkaline, which aids in removing toxins. (ALL disease needs an acidic environment to live!)

Hydrogen Peroxide: Of all the ways to oxygenate the body, this is the easiest & cheapest. By cleansing & purifying our skin, our bodies are more equipped to better eliminate toxins. Peroxide can help destroy toxins, organisms & even pulls out the residue left by soaps & other (toxic) body products. It’s also antibacterial and antiviral.

If you feel lightheaded time to get out of the bath and rinse off with a lukewarm or cool shower.

Drink your water and add some lemon vitality. Water seems like a no-brainer but we often need a reminder to keep sipping through the day to stay hydrated and keep flushing our systems.

Adding lemon or another citrus vitality essential oil to your water can help support your lymphatic system which clears away toxins and waste and is part of your immune system.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Sounds fancy, but basically–it’s exercise! A quick search will yield lots of articles and videos on specifics for this, but exercise–both aerobic and anaerobic–aid in conditioning your diaphragm and making your lungs more efficient.

This seems like common sense but exercise in clean air–not where it’s smoky.

Herbal teas that can offer support are slippery elm, marshmallow root, licorice root, peppermint, or lobelia. Chamomile also makes a soothing tea to drink and an eyewash for irritated eyes.

Mushrooms turkey tail and ashwagandha are also great for supporting your immune system.

Take care of your liver. Those particles that you inhale and are small enough to pass through your lungs and into your bloodstream will be filtered by your liver. Eating fresh, whole foods–particularly those that are not inflammatory–provides your body with the tools it needs to eliminate toxins and regenerating itself. Foods like garlic, onions, and broccoli help increase enzyme activity–refined sugars can lower it.

Essential oils that can help support the liver are JuvaFlex Vitality, JuvaCleanse Vitality, GLF (gallbladder/liver function) Vitality, Orange Vitality, Ledum Vitality, Celery Seed Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Carrot Seed Vitality, and Cardamom Vitality. These can be taken in a vegetable capsule or drank in water–I love lemon in my water or you can put it in hot water with lemon to make a tea.

Supplements that are fantastic at supporting a healthy liver are JuvaTone Tablets, JuvaPower, Longetivity Softgels, and Sulfurzyme.

These are some foundational ways to help support your body on ANY day, but especially during prolonged exposure to wildfire smoke. Your body is constantly regenerating itself–it’s important to provide it with the best building blocks to do so.

Resources I used included The Essential Oils Desk Reference, 6th Edition by Life Science Publishing, Ultimate Balance: Infusing Vibrational Energy of Essential Oils into Chakras, Meridians and Organs by LeAnne Deardeuff, DC, Natural Detoxification: A Practical Encyclopedia, The Complete Guide to Clearing Your Body of Toxins by Jacqueline Krohn, MD, & Frances Taylor, MA, and The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies: The Healing Power of Plant Medicine by Nicole Apelian, Ph.D, and Claude Davis.

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Vitality

V I T A L I T Y= power of enduring; capacity to live and develop; physical or mental vigor especially when highly developed

And that’s what you can get for free this month–tons of Vitality oils and products! That white Vitality label is a sign that it’s good for internal use. It’s the exact same oil as our regular one (lemon with a yellow label is just as thoroughly tested and vetted), just different labeling to appease big brother. Same oil–>different labels.

I have to admit I got excited looking at all the freebies I was going to get this month just for ordering more laundry soap, deodorant, toothpaste, face wash, PanAway, Vitamin D, and Alkalime! (That’s my order this month…I’ll probably add MagCal to that since I’m almost out of that, too!)

Have you ever participated in a 30 Day Endoflex Challenge? If not, I highly recommend you give it a try! From your hormones to your thyroid to your skin to your emotions and MUCH more, this little bottle of oil can quite literally change your life.

If you’re on my team and are in the Sage & Sunflowers Team Facebook Group (Formerly the Got-Oils Support Team), just do a search for Endoflex Challenge and start reading all of the amazing testimonials!

If you’re not a part of that group let me know and I’ll add you!

Y’all know probiotics are kind of a big deal right? Your gut is your second brain and affects much more than just what comes out the other end (sorry I’m a straight shooter here).

Mental health is strongly tied to gut health–so support your healthy lifestyle by moving your body, eating a balanced diet, and taking Life 9 to promote healthy digestion.

I’ll admit I had not tried these until my mom gave me a bottle of the Jade Lemon + Berry flavor and WOW–I was sold! We stick pretty much to water, sparkling water, and coffee and so having a flavor boost that makes you want to keep sipping your water is great! You can even add them in a post-workout smoothie for electrolytes–awesome!

This blend contains oils that support…well…overall longevity! If you have an Essential Oils Desk Reference I highly recommend pulling that out and looking up these oils…then go get an empty 00 Vegetable Capsule and put a few drops in and start doing that every day!

You may even like this in a cup of hot tea after a long day.

Oh Lemon–an old standby for so many resons! We keep a bottle of this under our Berkey water filter to add to our water pretty much every day. Often I’ll take a capsule of it as well just to support…ohhh lots!

This is also great mixed into your yogurt (with blueberries on top–my mother-in-law taught me that one!), shaken into salad dressing, on top of cauliflower rice or mixed into a chicken marinade.

Recipe call for lemon zest? Just use a drop of this instead!

Personalize your beverages with 1–2 drops of Citrus Fresh Vitality to every 2 ounces of your favorite fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. This is another great one to take in capsules as well. And we diffuse the regular one regularly…same oil, different label, remember?

When road tripping, enhance your traveling experience prior to departure with a capsule of DiGize Vitality. This is my preferred way as I don’t love the smell, but my daughter keeps a bottle of this in her car door for winding mountain roads.

You can also make a soothing tea with antioxidant properties by adding honey and DiGize Vitality.

*Exclusive Bonus for Subscribe to Save (previously ER) orders at 190 tier*

Take mealtime up a notch with Orange Vitality in sweet or savory dishes for added flavor.

Hydrate like royalty by adding 1-2 drops to your drinking water.

Take a capsule before bed, use throughout the day, or following strenuous activity.

When my babies were teething I would rub this on their gums or put a drop on a wet frozen washcloth or their pacifier. This was the “binky” oil in our house and my youngest would hardly use a binky without a drop!

Got a bottle of regular label hanging around? Rub some on those sore muscles after a workout!

I’m super stoked to be getting these for free this month–how do you like to use these oils?

Young Living

August Freebies with Purchase!

FIRST if you are looking for the members only access to classes look at the top menu bar or the menu drop down if you are on a phone. Reply back to the text you got from me this morning to get the password to access all of the treasure trove of information!

So much good stuff for your home in this month’s freebies! In fact, I think I’ll be teaching a Detox Your Home Class later this month! if you are looking for the members only access to classes look at the top menu bar or the menu drop down if you are on a phone. Reply back to the text you got from me this morning to get the password to access all of the treasure trove of information! Before I dive in, if you see “subscription”, think essential rewards. it’s the easy way to order the products you love every single month, with no minimum order requirement! So if you want some lavender coming to you every 2 or 3 months, log in and instead of clicking “add to cart”, click “add to subscription”. Snd here’s some exciting news, every time your order is over 50PV, you’ll receive 10% back in points that you can basically use as money to order whatever you want! After 3 months, it goes up to 20% back, and then after 24 months, you get a whopping 25% back!

Free Shipping with an order of 100 PV!

⌓ 190PV | thieves dish soap

This dish soap cuts grease like no other, straight from my husband’s mouth. It’s super concentrated, so you can always mix it with water at a 1:1 ratio, and I add a Tablespoon of baking soda to it to increase the suds and cleaning power! It smells super fresh, and of course, it’s free of all the fragrance, dyes, and parabens.

⌓ 190PV subscription | 15ml lushious lemon

This new scent is the most uplifting + fresh smell ever! Diffuse if you need energy, want a candle replacement, or are feeling down. It has a sweet, citrus aroma!

⌓ 250PV | Thieves Wipes

These wipes are perfect for cleaning shopping cart handles, public toilet seats, stroller handles, you name it! They are infused with all the oils in Thieves and definitely come in handy on the go nowadays!

⌓ 250PV | 15ml Lemongrass

We always keep this oil on hand…there’s a really interesting study that shows this and RC are really great at fighting…something! You’ll have to do your own research on that! Or drop it straight on your nails to remove nail polish, add to your wool dryer balls for fresh laundry, or use topically for staph 😳. it is crazy how often this oil comes in handy!

⌓ 300PV | 3pk Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

Replace alllll the hand soaps in your home with this one! after you get this for free, buy the bulk hand soap refill and you’ll be set for a year or more! This hand soap is free of all the junk, so when you are washing your hands you aren’t harming your body in the process. Plus, it smells so refreshing you’ll come out of the bathroom smelling your hands!

⌓ BONUS 400PV Subscription | Amber Glass Bottles

These Thieves dish soap and hand soap bottles are gorgeous! Use the dish soap bottle to extend your dish soap and add the foaming hand soap refill to that bottle! They are gonna make your bathroom look SO fancy!

⌓ BONUS 500PV Subscription | Desert Mist Diffuser

uhhhhhh what?! and before you say you can’t spend 500PV, make a list of what you need to stock up on or restock in your home, ask a few family members or friends if they want to try something, and repeat. Makeup? Cleaning supplies? Skin or dental care? Kid products? Pet care? If you place your order on Subscription, you’ll also be getting a minimum if $50 in points too! HOLLA! So if you need a new diffuser this month (we all do) start making that list!

Wellness, Young Living

Welcome to the New Look of Young Living!

You may have logged into Young Living recently and noticed that it looks VERY different! While it may take a minute to navigate this new layout, I think they’ve made some awesome changes that will make shopping a whole lot easier!

First, check out all of the ways that Young Living has changed–verbiage, how to keep your discount (it’s even easier), and how to help others get Young Living!

Next, ready for the tutorials on how to shop? Here’s all the videos you could want!

Young Living Improvements 2021
Young Living has some exciting new things coming to the US market this year! Let’s take a look at what’s to come…
Go to this Sway

Also, when you log in to your Young Living account now you should see website tutorial videos available–you can check them out here:

https://www.youngliving.com/us/en/training

Family culture

Roots

If you’ve followed along in our journey, you know that we moved to Southern Oregon in the summer of 2019. We’ve spent the past year and a half exploring this awesome state…and there is still so much left to see!

Limpy Creek Botanical Trail in Grants Pass and Fall Creek Falls near Glide, Oregon were both enchanting in March…both places felt like we were in Rivendell and an elf was going to appear at any moment! Something about sunlight hitting moss…I feel like Pacha in The Emperor’s New Groove saying, “These hills sing!”

Summer came with trips to the coast and Redwoods, learning how to paddleboard, camping trips, swimming in lakes and rivers and even Crater Lake, rafting down the Rogue, more time at the coast, more camping, and a whole lot more swimming. I’m not sure there was a set of two consecutive days my kids weren’t in the water! We played hard and if there was ever an idyllic childhood summer we got it!

With Covid closing our playgrounds and libraries, we focused on making our backyard an awesome place to be. We planted a garden, got a hammock and swing, set up a bird feeder, and built a teepee from driftwood collected in Applegate lake.

Pouring so much work into a rental backyard felt a little disheartening, though. Towards the end of the summer both Matt and I began to feel a pull towards finding our own home. Seeing as our rental was comfortable and we had a long wish list for our Home, we were OK taking our time looking for the right house. At the same time, my parents were home hunting as well so we looked at a LOT of houses over the course of a few months. Side note: my parents worked with JJ Kramer from April onward and he was awesome!

When the fires ravaged the Rogue Valley in September, we knew there was going to be a rush on houses having seen it happen in Chico after the Camp Fire in Paradise. Every day we looked at every new house listed but nothing felt right. Then Matt noticed a house that was hidden a bit—tucked away and interestingly enough had never popped up on any searches we made. It had been on the market for three months during a time when houses my parents were looking at were getting into bidding wars on the day that a house would list.

JJ got us into the house that evening and it was so perfect for us it seemed too good to be true. Four bedrooms, a roomy sunny homeschool room, a big kitchen as we all love to cook, windows to let in tons of light…we were smitten. On October 27th we closed on this dream house ❤️

It’s a home that can easily hold guests and ALL the family. I really believe you can make anything work, but moving to a location that’s literally double the space is like having so much more room to breathe. Both Matt and I work from home, and being a homeschool family—this is truly our home base. Each morning I look around and feel so immensely blessed—this is the first dwelling in my adult life that I can see being our home without an end date.

Matt and I did a massive IKEA haul for bookshelves and other basics, and I scrambled to get all the furniture assembled (49!) and things set up so we could enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas with family. As the weeks pass and we tweak things around, it just feels more and more like home.

So here I sit—in my favorite chair by the fireplace, listening to the sounds of Tatum singing in the bath, Bennett “reading” a story to herself on the landing, Kenna playing with dolls in her room, Roy panting on his bed nearby, and Matt watching board game reviews on the TV.

Comfy sounds of life. Sounds of home.

Parenting-thing

Rule #1

When you go on regular walks or hikes and have three kids but only two hands, you have to lay down some ground rules.

Ask my kids what’s Rule #1 of hiking and they will all chime together, “LISTEN TO YOUR MAMA!”

Ask what Rule #2 is and they’ll all say, “Always stay on the trail!”

Rules 3-8ish get a little jumbled after that…don’t yank up plants or throw rocks at your sisters or lick mushrooms and that sort of thing…

She was crying half a second before this pic 😂

I find the longer I’m a mama the more I realize just how rotten kids are…and how rotten I probably was as well. (**who me? Never!**) Bennett, our 3 year old, just LIVES to aggravate her sisters (and often her parents). Nothing, and I mean not ice cream or slides or her crocodiles, brings her more joy than seeing her sisters get upset. We’re hoping it passes, but it’s just a gas to deal with until then!

So tonight while trying to get them ready for bed, after about the 9th time I’ve asked Bennett to put on the pajama shirt she’s been slinging around her head like a cowboy throwing a lasso, she delightfully looked at me and shouted, “RULE NUMBER ONE! DON’T AGGRAVATE YOUR MAMA!”

Oh man. That’s how the baby gets you–humor. “Don’t smile DO NOT SMILE” I think.

“RULE NUMBER TWO!” She continued in a drill sergeant voice…still circling the pajama around her head, “DON’T PLAY WITH THE TOYS THAN ARE NOT YOURS!”

Well, even if she’s not practicing the rules at least she knows them!

**We did finally get her to bed after warnings followed by consequences that were completely shocking (despite the warnings). The tears melted away during a hug and she sighed happily, content with my rising blood pressure, turned over, and went to sleep.**

Adventures, Family culture

Home

On April 6th we drove out of Oklahoma with all our worldly goods. For more than three months we traveled around California and the Pacific Northwest–Oregon, Idaho, Washington–to see where we might want to plant some roots and settle down.

Leaving Edmond, OK

Honestly? We could have kept traveling full time! We LOVED it! The kids (and even Roy) did GREAT! We had so many adventures, saw so many amazing sights, and really grew closer as a family. However, traveling full time in AirBnBs ain’t cheap, and honestly doing homeschool was more difficult without all of my resources around! Little kids want glue and pom poms and paint!

The first long term place we stayed was Jacksonville, Oregon. And we fell in love. The beauty, the charm of the town, ease of access to both outdoor adventures and amenities (like Costco!)–getting to play in the rivers and forests so easily had us hooked! We actually started looking for rentals after only two weeks there! But the rental market is crazy and when our AirBnB was up we kept journeying (and so glad we did!).

BTW, if you want a walk-through of this AirBnB watch this–I highly recommend to any looking to stay in the area!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcoQbDSlBj0

By the time a possible rental opened up we were in Spokane, and the rental possibility had only a couple of shady pics…but the price was right, it was in a safe area, and they allowed dogs so we took a gamble! I mean, isn’t that what we’d been doing for well over a year and God keeps working things out?!

We had to wait awhile for more pics because apparently the previous renters trashed the place…great. But there were pretty much NO other places that matched what we needed to we kept moving forward. Coeur d’Alene, Hoodsport, Portland, and finally we were headed back south to Chico going through the Rogue Valley area.

Sparks Lake, near Bend, OR
Coeur d’Alene, ID

We stopped at the rental and totally snooped it out…and finally were able to see it was cute and would work out great! So in July we signed the lease and scheduled a truck to move our stuff from storage in Chico to Central Point, Oregon.

Seeing as I had started packing 21 months before and packed up things in stages, unpacking has been quite the adventure! It was like Christmas getting all of our own things out again! And getting to have our own Christmas decorations and ornaments this year? Priceless! Traveling is awesome but it feels so good to have a home base again!

Right after we signed the lease–Oregon bound!

Since then we’ve been loving where we’ve lived! I keep thinking I needed to catch things up on here but if you want the overview, check out the Instagram account @kait.palmer ! #PalmerPackAdventures and #CultivatingAbundantLife

Part of my New Year’s Resolve is to keep things updated on here…and not the boring list of things done but the stories. I miss writing stories that make you laugh, think, or even challenge you. Something quick to read with Your Morning Cup of whatever you prefer 😉

‘Till next time!

Cutting down our Christmas tree outside of Medford, OR