Wellness, Young Living

Spring Is Coming!

I enjoy winter, but after a bit I’m ready for the sunshine on my skin and longer days! I live in a valley famous for pears and peaches and apples, but that means come springtime comes blossoms! I’ve learned to keep cedarwood and lavender handy to swipe on the bridge of my nose, or I’ll take a vegetable capsule of lemon vitality, lavender vitality, and peppermint vitality. Those two usually do the trick for me personally, but I’ve also learned that supporting my whole immune system with Ningxia Red, Thieves, and other things can help overall as well! Here’s a handy roller you can also make to be prepared!

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+ Envision

Helps to open the brain and helps you to daydream. When you are sad, upset, angry etc and your vision is gone. You can’t see what’s possible. Use it with Motivation.

Sage and spruce opens the heart chakra/energy center because when that is closed down, you cannot have vision. You have to have the brain and the heart connected in order to have vision. It is also great for respiratory exchange of oxygen. You gotta breathe diaphragmatically, breathe into the gut, breathe into the brain, get the oxygen past that neocortex (logical) part of the brain to make that vision happen. Rose brings you to a state of joy. Nobody is going to see good visions if they are angry. A sense of peace and balance helps to promote positive visions. Powerful in promoting the regeneration of new tissue, it takes 5000 pounds of petals for just to make 1 pound of oil. Orange is for the happiness! It makes you happy happy happy! Lavender is for the balance.

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Use this blend to promote a clear mind and to amplify mental alertness and vitality. It increases energy when overly tired and brings greater focus to the spirit and the mind. A few years ago at convention Gary shared if you diffuse Clarity and put forgiveness over the heart – this combo helps you break destructive emotional patterns. And putting Clarity behind your ears and on the back of your neck with Believe on your forearms with help you see your path and believe in your ability to go after it.

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Use Motivation in the morning when you get out of bed. This blend is nooo joke. Generally within 15-20min, you feel the adrenals kicking it. Rub it behind the ears, If you feel brain fatigue, the throat chakra goes out and you will feel it into the neck. Motivation can really help. By applying it on the occipital, you will move the oxygen and energy in that area. Now go slay the day!!!

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What are you most excited for this month?!

Wellness, Young Living

Welcome February!

This month I’m excited to offer a class to everyone! If you’re on my team, you know you already have access to 40+ classes! See that link above? If you’re on my team and don’t have the password, just text me at 949-317-1844 and I’ll hook ya up!

New to this oils thing? Or this healthy living thing? This class below is something I WISHED I had 10 years ago when I realized my migraines were hormonal. I began to look into what affects your hormones and–SURPRISE–almost everything does! I became a sleuth at finding “endocrine disrupters” and cutting them out of my life! Just doing that alone made a major difference in the intensity of the pain I experienced 8-14 days a month! Cleaning up my diet also made a profound change. Finding Young Living Essential Oil was the final nail in the hammer of learning how to control my own health and my life has never been the same!

Click on the picture below to scroll through this class and learn how (and WHY) cleaning up the things you surround yourself with is worth the work…and it’s way easier with YL now than 10 years ago when I had to read every. dang. label.

Also, make sure to check out all of the amazing freebies you can get this month! You can read more about each of those, and find great recipes, on the newsletter HERE.

This upcoming weekend (5th or 6th) I’ll be teaching a Lucy Libido Class on Zoom.

This ladies only class is a blast and guarantees lots of laughs! If you’re wanting to round up some girlfriends and have me come

teach the class in person (southern Oregon) or via Zoom, shoot me a text at 949-317-1844 and we’ll get something on the calendar!

Parenting-thing

The Battle Belongs (Part 3)

Two and a half weeks has passed since Tatum was discharged from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, and so far her eye has continued to heal and look better and better!

If you missed part 2 you can read that here

Looking back I can see the repeated hand of Yahweh in our midst. The draining of the abscess spontaneously prevented her from needing surgery. After we recovered from a sleep shortage she felt pretty much back to normal–just stuck in a hospital room with the full attention of both of her parents. She was sort of in heaven, lol! She never experienced any pain despite what had to be a lot of pressure in her sinuses!

You can see on the right how the pus built up in the sinus cavity and into the orbital cavity, displacing her eyeball

To answer some questions I’ve received a lot:

The team of doctors *think* it started as a virus “with no symptoms” that made the cilia in her sinuses “tired” so they didn’t move out mucus–just on one side. At that point it became sinusitis, and the pus built up until it made it’s way into her orbital cavity and formed an abscess. Thankfully the abscess formed a head on the skin between her nose and eye and began to drain spontaneously, and continued to drain well with warm compresses.

She never felt any pressure or pain at all! She felt “sick” and had a fever on Christmas and the few days afterwards. On the 26th she woke up with her eye swollen shut.

There was nothing I could really have done to prevent it–how do you prevent something you don’t know is happening?! Yes, I asked multiple doctors.

There was nothing more I could have done than what we did (again, I asked because I don’t want to repeat this!). She was on antibiotics on the first day her eye swelled up. I even scheduled a repeat doctor visit because I was concerned the antibiotics she was on weren’t strong enough if it was periorbital cellulitis (which it was), so we switched and it seemed to improve. As someone who’s been able to handle almost every ailment at home with three kids (and a dog) for the past 8 years, I’ve made it my mission and my business to educate myself, and had three different doctors ask what my medical background was, lol. However, I think God was teaching me how little control I *actually* have.

And you know what–even if she HAD to have surgery, even if we had a much longer hospital stay, even if the really scary things that are associated with periorbital cellulitis had happened–he is STILL a good God. This world is broken–we broke it. He’s going to fix it all, eventually.

As a mama, reflecting on my time in the hospital I thought about how our Abba, our heavenly Daddy, does so much for us. I was *always* with her, an arm’s length away and ready to do whatever needed to be done. But I’m human. I got tired. I had my moment of tears when I learned they weren’t going to do surgery and I could release some emotion. I need my alone time. I get touched-out (like snuggling with her in her bed and she unknowingly elbowed me repeatedly in her sleep).

God doesn’t need “me” time. He doesn’t need a break from us. He doesn’t need a nap, need a break, need a cup of coffee. He’s always there, by our side, willing to do what He knows we need and be Who we need Him to be.

The girls and I have been listening to Everybody, Always (for kids) by Bob Goff on audio (read by him, which makes it even better). There’s a chapter where he talks about one of his kids who likes to skydive, and so he secretly took lessons to learn and told his son the next time he went skydiving to invite him to watch. Instead of just observing, he strapped on a parachute…much to the shock of his son…and assured him he’d be fine–how hard could it be? When it came time to jump, Bob talks about seeing his son leap out of an airplane and he had an overwhelming urge to be with him. He jumped so hard he literally jumped out of his sneakers. That kind of love–jumping out of your sneakers to be with someone–is one I know a lot of you have experienced, and I love knowing that amount of love is just a drop in the bucket compared to the love He feels for you.

So as I write this tonight, in an actual comfortable chair instead of the hard plastic one in the hospital, I’m so very thankful to rest in the knowledge of His love. To have experienced His indescribable peace. I have friends right now who are dealing with illness, looking at upcoming surgeries for themselves or their kids, or are sitting in a hospital room. My prayer is that you would feel him wrap His arms around you in His overwhelming love. If there’s a way I can pray for you, please feel free to drop me a line through this site or email me at kait@cultivatingabundantlife.com

And know that like in 2 Chronicles 20, the battle belongs to Yahweh. We pray, get prepared, and worship, and He takes care of the battle.

Tatum this past week earning her Bat badge in our homeschool group
Adventures, Parenting-thing

The Battle Belongs (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1, you can read that here

**On December 26 Tatum woke up with a very swollen eye. We talked with a Doctor and had her on antibiotics just hours later. I was concerned it was more serious so on Tuesday we saw another Doctor, and got on a different antibiotic. It was improving—swelling down, fever gone, etc. when New Year’s Day she woke up with much more swelling, and I could see an abscess. We went to urgent care, who directed us to the ER, who called in an ophthalmologist, who said we needed to transfer to Portland.**

The first battle was emotions. Just telling Tatum we were going to Urgent Care sent her sobbing uncontrollably. We got through that with prayer, a lavender Aroma Ring under the mask, reassurances, and a kind doctor who took one look at her eye and sent us to the Emergency room. We picked up my mom on the way, and with each new thing at the ER–repeating the story of the past week, doctors asking the same questions, doing the same exams–she grew braver and more confident. 

Then a certain ophthalmologist who could use some compassion training showed up and said bluntly we needed to go to Portland, probably by helicopter, and when Tatum asked if I was going with her he said, “maybe.” Uhhhhhh…Mama is going, no question about that, but it sent Tatum into a panic. Thanks, dude. He just gave a thumbs up and said, “Cool, a heli ride!” 

I thought my mom was going to murder him right there.

After hours of waiting to figure out transportation up there, we learned we were flying up there in a small plane. I made a frenzied trip back to the house (trying to follow my mom’s directions of where she parked the car and hopping a fence to get there faster), where I threw stuff in bags, not knowing if we were going through airport security or if I needed to follow the 3 ounce rule so leaving most liquids (like toothpaste) behind, and trying to grab as many comforting things for Tatum as possible but forgetting things like underwear for myself…priorities, right? I hugged my littles hard and kissed my old dog as I flew out the door. Driving back I listened to the song “Waymaker,” and felt that inexplicable peace wash over me. After parking I still decided throwing the bags over and hopping the fence shaved off a few minutes since we thought the plane was leaving very shortly. I pulled my quad as a thanks for that decision, LOL!

After wearing the mask in the ER I was starting to get a migraine, and often if it develops it can last 4-7 days. I did NOT have time for that. I literally dumped Cool Azul oil blend on my neck and shoulders and took a mystery OTC pain med from my mom’s mixed bottle of things, and then God fought the next battle for me. The transport team was totally great with Tatum and I not wearing masks in the ambulance or the flight, especially after they commented on the good smelling oils and I told them why I had used it. 

Then Doug, one of the EMTs, asked if we had any congestion or physical problems flying. I haven’t flown in 3 years because the last two times I’ve flown I’ve had intense sinus pain. Living in Oklahoma my allergies got worse and worse, and on a flight home the pain hit me like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I thought I was having an aneurism or something because the pain was worse than pushing out a 10 ½ lb baby naturally! So when I did mention that, Doug looked a little dubious and said I might experience some pain. I told him you could chop my arm off but I was going and he nodded his approval. 

At this point, Tatum was almost chipper. She’s so polite and friendly, she won over the team right away. Even getting loaded up in the gurney, hooked up to vitals, strapped down for the journey, making sure her stuffed dog was there, she had a great attitude and the fear and panic of before was nowhere to be seen. Thanks God–You handled that battle.

The friendliness and calm of the transport team helped Tatum have fun in the ambulance ride to the airport, and I snapped a few pics of her smiling as she was being loaded onto this tiny 5 seater plane. By that point my migraine had dissipated as well–chalk another one up to God for winning that battle. 

We loaded up on the aircraft and Doug asked her if she’d been on a small airplane before. She said, “No, but my mom has when she went to Africa.” 

“You were in Africa?” he asked and I told him I’d been to Uganda and we flew to northern Uganda in small planes. I got to share a bit about what Far Reaching Ministries got to do in Gulu, Kitgum, and Mucwini as we taxied around, and then we took off. As we climbed, Tatum had fun watching the lights and trying to guess the layout of the valley floor in the dark.

I thought I would be on edge, waiting for that stab of pain in my sinuses, nervous about such a tiny plane, worried Tatum would be scared…but none of that existed. You’d have thought we were off on the grandest adventure and we were both relaxed and content. Peace that passes understanding–just like He promises. It was loud on the plane, so I pulled out my kindle and read another chapter of Love Does by Bob Goff. And wouldn’t you know it? He goes to Gulu in that chapter…I love God winks. After we landed, I also realized I had experienced zero sinus issues…thanks again, God!

Loaded up in the ambulance where it was quieter, Doug asked more about the mission trip. Tatum piped up, “Was that the time the guy tried to drive you and another lady off in the night?” To which I chuckled, “Nope, that was a different trip.” Haha, there were some big eyes on that. 

Doug asked if I was afraid when I told him about Joseph Kony and the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) being active in the area when we went. I replied we’re safest where God wants us (and still very much believe that), the ministry was monitoring the activity, we traveled in armored vehicles, and had been briefed on what to do if there was an attack. 

One night while there, however, my roommate had a cold and had taken Nyquil and passed out. The generators went off at 10, and I was sitting in the dark on my laptop writing out my thoughts for the day when the screaming started. Over and over, blood curdling screams from just over the compound wall outside our window. My heart was pounding, my palms were sweaty. “Don’t open the door, stay inside,” is what we had been told. I tried to wake my roommate with no luck. I made sure I was right with Jesus and prayed.

I looked up from telling the story and noticed Cindy who was doing all the paperwork had stopped and was listening, and the EMT to my left was not working on his tablet anymore. I glanced at Tatum who was sitting there with a smile, knowing the tale. 

Eventually, the screaming stopped and somehow I was able to fall asleep. The next morning everyone looked a little tired but no one said anything about it…so I wondered, was it a dream?

We loaded up into the armored truck and as we pulled away from the compound someone asked, “Sooooo….did anyone hear screaming last night?” The truck erupted with everyone talking at once–What was that? I thought we were being attacked! I was so scared!

Then we hear laughter and look over to see Francis–a Ugandan–cracking up. Through his laughter he said, “The GOATS–they scream when they are stressed!” 

I love the relief laughter that story gets 😉

Doug asked if I was of any particular denomination, and I replied, “I love Jesus, I don’t think he was particularly concerned with denominations and divisions. Just love God, love people.” The EMT to my left nodded and said, “Right on,” and told me his wife had done missions in South Africa. 

We arrived at the hospital and Tatum and Doug fist bumped that she was one minute off her guess of arrival time. Once we were in our room we were greeted by a flurry of doctors and nurses. More relaying the story, more exams, and the kindest nurse ever flying around trying to get us situated and apologizing for all the commotion and working her darndest to get us feeling settled.

I was ready to battle for our medical choices, but we were completely respected and it was not an issue in the slightest –God handled that battle. 

We hadn’t been told if there was a limitation to visitors with Tatum but when Matt arrived it was not a problem at all. Another army down.

Tatum was still in unbelievably good spirits, and our nurse said she had her choice of who to work with that night and had hit the jackpot with our kiddo. Seriously–through the night Allie made our transition and all the craziness great and I so enjoyed talking with her.

They wanted Tatum to do a COVID test, and I decided that for that night and the urgency we needed to get things going that this was not going to be my hill to die on and not push back on that. She was nervous, so I offered to go first. Turns out I didn’t need one, but I still offered so Tatum could watch it being done. Not pleasant, and my test swab went straight in the trash, but it helped put her mind at ease and get through it. 

A few hours later she and I went to get the CT scan. When the technician asked me to step out of the room Tatum had a moment of panic, so I asked if I could suit up and stay. I got to wear the super cool lead clothes to stay close. 

Earlier in the day at the ER, the abscess had spontaneously started to drain and did so for two hours before drying up on the flight. Around 4 in the morning I suggested a warm compress to help clear the crusties, and when she pulled it away that abscess was draining a ton! I don’t want to get graphic if you’re not into medical stuff, but Allie and I sat on her bed with her tag teaming wiping all the pus draining. A bit later we had the results from the CT scan, and confirmation there was an abscess along the eye and that it went pretty deep. Initially they were talking about draining it in the emergency room, but after learning how much it had drained decided to take a “let’s wait and observe” approach. As of writing on Monday night it’s definitely looking like we’re getting out of here without surgery–another battlefield God decimated for us!

She and I fell asleep around 6 in the morning, and thankfully the nurses let us sleep until about 10:30 when Tatum woke up. The day passed with lots of check ins and more draining the abscess, Matt bringing tacos and Thai food and doodling markers and a stuffed animal for Tatum. We listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she played chess and tetris games on the kindle, and Marco Polo-ed Matt’s parents to chat with the girls. We actually were able to get a really sound night of sleep…do they test the nurses here on how quiet they can be because I’m a light sleeper and hardly noticed them!

Being a super light sleeper, I sleep with earplugs and usually an arm over my ear. I could still hear each time the door handle open or someone was walking around in the room. In the early hours I woke up to hearing multiple sets of feet walking around much louder than the nurses and turned my head expecting to see a few doctors.

No one was in the room that I could see, and as I looked around I heard in my heart–Just us.

Just us angels here making sure you’re ok. I said out loud, “Cool guys–thanks!” and went back to sleep. Like I talk to angels all the time, you know. Me and Mary and Zechariah and Joseph.

When I woke up again I was thinking about the biblical portrayal of angels. Not Precious Moments looking ones, but warriors. The Hebrew word is messengers, and I got the message. Just us–nothing else to worry about.

As I write this it’s Monday evening, we’re still on track for no surgery, and switching to oral antibiotics tomorrow to transition to getting us home. We get to be with our favorite nurse again tonight, Tatum is not going to know what to do transitioning to limited Kindle time after this, and I’m going to hop in the shower before settling for the evening.

Thank you for all the prayers–we have felt them all and seen God’s hand in this during every step. He has granted deep peace, joy, and laughter during this very unexpected New Year’s week. I’m sure there’s more miracles and victorious battles to come, so stay tuned.

Adventures, Family culture

The Battle Belongs (Part 1)

When Tatum’s eye first swelled up on December 26th, as I was praying I was led to 2 Chronicles 20:26, “On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berakah, for there they blessed Yahweh (the LORD).” 

As I went back to read the whole story, the gist of it was that three armies were coming against Judah. Jehoshaphat gathered everyone–including women and kids– together to seek Yahweh, and ask what the heck they should do! They prayed, “we are powerless against this great army that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

Yahweh spoke to Jahaziel who had the courage to speak up, and told everyone, “Hey peeps, chill out! Yahweh is telling you ‘do not be afraid by this army, for the battle is not yours but Elohim’s (God’s).’” (paraphrase mine)

Did Jehoshaphat flash a shaka sign and get to sit back and put his feet up? Nope, they all still had to gear up and go down against this army. But they were reassured, “You will not need to fight this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of Yahweh on your behalf.”

Then you know what they did? They had a worship party! They stood and praised with a very loud voice! The next day, Jehoshaphat picked out his best worship leaders to lead their people out to battle.

This next part is so cool…when they began to sing and praise, Yahweh set an ambush against the three armies and they fought each other and finished each other off! When Jehoshaphat got there, they were all dead. They spent the next 3 days gathering the goods, clothing, and jewelry and on the fourth day, they got together and blessed Yahweh.The name of the valley–Berakah–means blessing. 

Pretty awesome story, and I thought cool, maybe we’ll be done with this eye battle in four days and be healed! But Yahweh’s often not quite so obvious…

After seeing progress from oral antibiotics for a few days, on New Year’s Day Tatum woke up with a visible abscess next to her eye, and it was quite a shock. From urgent care, to the ER, then finding we needed to go to the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland was an even bigger shock. But all week I’ve had the song “Battle Belongs” by Phil Wickham playing in my head. “So when I fight, I’ll fight on my knees, with my hands lifted high, Oh God, the battle belongs to You. And every fear I lay at Your feet, I’ll sing through the night, Oh God, the battle belongs to You.”

I was expecting a lot of battles in days to come. I’m a mama bear; you can be sure I’m going to ask a lot of questions and protect my kid to the best of my ability.

But the Lion of Judah trumps the Mama Bear. He’s way better at handling these battles than I am, and here is the testimony of armies he’s cleared for us.

You can read Part 2 here…

Waking up the morning after Christmas—pic shared with her permission
Young Living

Giving Tuesday

It’s Giving Tuesday and the Young Living Foundation is hosting a Change-a-thon starting at 10 am PT.

Their goal is to raise $100,000 in one day that will go to all of the amazing organizations that the Foundation supports.

Did you know that 100% of the money donated goes to the people that need it? Young Living covers all of the administrative and operating costs of the Foundation so every.single.penny goes to the people that really need it.

Join us by going to http://www.younglivingfoundation.org/givingtuesday or tune into the Young Living Foundation FB page.

Everyone that donates will have the chance to win a prize! They’re giving away $13,000 worth of prizes! 🤩😍🤩

Who is going to join us?

Wellness, Young Living

Gratitude, Gather, Believe, Hope

These words give you a feeling, right? Words are important, and so are intentions. Combine intention with mixing an oil blend for a specific purpose, and you truly have something powerful.

I love this month’s freebies because often people go for the necessities–Thieves, lavender, DiGize, peppermint, etc., and miss out on oil blends they may not be sure how to use. I know for me I overlooked the “emotional” oils for a couple of years before really giving them any credit. After the birth of my second daughter I got a Zyto scan at 2 weeks postpartum. I had found my temper quite short, and my feelings were frustrated all the time. Nursing a baby around the clock while juggling a toddler had left me frayed…I scanned for NingXia Red, Master Formula (multi-vitamins with digestive support), and JOY. Basically my body was nutritionally and emotionally depleted.

Oooof.

I’d been using Joy when I felt I was at my breaking point–frustrated and about to blow. After that scan I upped drinking my NingXia Red and started using Joy every morning, afternoon, and evening. Within two weeks I felt a noticeable shift in my emotions. I hadn’t been diagnosed with anything but I was amazed at how differently I felt and how my tolerance was lengthened and spirit relieved.

After that I paid much more attention to those emotional oils! I can say with absolute sincerity each and every emotional oil you can get for free with purchase this month has helped me on a deeply emotional level. Two of my favorite health books are “Switch On Your Brain” by Dr. Caroline Leaf, and “Heal Your Body” by Louise Hay. Both talk about the profound influence your mind has on your body, and when you combine that with the power of essential oils? You truly have something that can bring significant change. I’ve included which emotions these oils can help release as listed in the book, “Releasing Emotional Patterns With Essential Oils” by Caroline Mein–and I highly recommend grabbing a copy of her book as well!

Before we dive into the oily freebies this month and how to use them, let me remind you that this month and EVERY month you get free shipping with an order of 100 PV or more! Every month I see orders at 96 or 97 PV and wish they would have added a lip balm or lime or lemon vitality since they would have spent less!

What’s on your Walmart/Target list this month? Shampoo? Cleaner? Laundry soap? Face or Skin Care? Try swapping it out for something maybe not as toxic (I check everything on the Think Dirty app or EWG or the Good Guide and really read the info on why ingredients are listed as such).

At 190 PV you get the next level of freebies!

Gratitude: This blend was specifically formulated to elevate, soothe, and appease the mind while bringing relief and relaxation to the body. While the body is relaxing, the heart and mind can be opened to receive the gifts that are given each day.

The Desk Reference says that in Luke 17 Jesus healed the 10 lepers, but only one returned to thank him. This blend was formulated with that spirit of a grateful heart. This blend contains Balsam Canada, Frankincense, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Coriander, Northern Lights Black spruce Vetiver, and Geranium. Soothing for sure!

This oil helps release the emotions of Not Safe To…(be me, be in my body, live in this world, etc.)

Gathering: The perfect blend to bring loved ones together, this blend raises your attraction rate friends – if you’re doing a Young Living Business (or any business!), this oil is a must. Want to bring more people to your events? This oil! Also, this oil is great for anyone who needs to focus on their highest potential. I like to call this the self-improvement oil.

It’s gives us clarity and helps us stay grounded. The oils in this blend increases the oxygen around the pineal gland and pituitary gland, bringing greater harmonic frequency to receive the communication we desire.

This oil helps to release the emotions of Bad Feelings and Enslaved.

Admittedly these are just fun! Car Fresheners! Add a few drops of your fave oils, pop these in your car, in your drawers, a bag, or closet that needs freshening up!

When you reach 250 PV that qualifies you for even more!

Myrrh promotes spiritual awareness and is uplifting. It contains sesquiterpenes which stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions), and the hypothalamus, pineal, and pituitary glands. The hypothalamus is the master gland of the human body producing vital hormones including thyroid and growth hormone. So if you want to love on your hormones and thyroid, use your Myrrh.

I love dabbing myrrh around my sinuses too! This is also a wonderful oil for your skin. Add to your moisturizer or even just apply topically to your skin. It is hydrating and gentle. Myrrh can also help hold the aroma in your DIY roller blends. Add a drop of Myrrh and you will notice have the aroma holds and is more powerful to the nose. If you have a newborn, a drop of myrrh mixed into a 2ml of coconut oil and then dropped on the cord will make magic happen!

This oil helps to release the emotions of Fear of Facing the World, and Difficulty.

The 300 PV Level gets you two more amazing oils.

Believe : (this is one of my FAVORITE smells!) Believe was formulated with us in mind, to help each person release their unlimited potential. So many things can hold us back if we allow them to. That’s why I use Believe, to help me believe in the MORE that is within me, because I was created for so much more, AND SO WERE YOU! Believe helps to restore feelings of hope. If you are in a season of waiting, I hope you use this oil.

Put a drop in your hands, cup your hands over your nose and mouth and take a few deep breaths. Relaaaax. Put it in the diffuser! Add a couple drops in epsom salt in your bath. Drop on your hair then brush or put on the crown of your head! Let’s talk about what’s in it!

1. Idaho Balsam Fir: opens emotional blocks (the things that hold us back) and recharges energy. Gives feelings of strength and inner peace.

2. Coriander: awesome for stomach and health support.

3. Bergamot: both uplifting and calming, and does a great job relieving stress and tension.

4. Frankincense: considered a holy anointing oil. It stimulates the limbic system of the brain (where we process emotions), helps us to overcome stress and feelings of despair. Frank is incredibly uplifting, which is why we love it for keeping the hope.

5. Idaho Blue Spruce: grounding, stimulating to the mind, relaxing to the body.

6. Ylang Ylang: It promotes relaxation, inspires feelings of romance, restores balance and equilibrium, helps to calm the mind, and is a great balancer of male and female energy. And it smells wonderful.

7. Geranium: I love this one to balance my moods, especially hormone-related ones.

Believe helps to release the emotion of Dishonesty.

Hope: This blend contains Melissa, Juniper, Myrrh, and Spruce. This blend helps you connect with a feeling of strength and grounding, restoring hope for tomorrow.

For extreme sadness, rub on the outer area of your ears daily.

Hope is essential for moving forward in life. Hopelessness can cause loss of vision, goals, and dreams. This blend will help you to reconnect with a feeling of strength and grounding, restoring hope for tomorrow.

The blend contains Melissa, Juniper, Myrrh, and Spruce. It is also linked with the emotion of “blindness”- when we close our eyes to things and ignore them as well as lack of respect. Who could use some Hope this month and everyday? Here is a challenge for you – when you get your Hope oil this month, place a drop on your forehead daily and repeat a scripture or positive affirmation to yourself. See what starts to happen!!! And PLEASE go open your reference guide and look up the benefits of Melissa and Myrrh especially! Melissa is a POWERFUL (and very costly) oil. Use those reference guides!

Hope helps to release the emotions of Blindness, Lack of Respect, and Useless.

Well there you have it folks, I hope you get your hands on these oils (or maybe break one out you weren’t sure what to do with) and start using it. When in doubt, put it over your heart. There may be better ways to oil (raindrop massage technique on the spine, RC on the chest, etc.), but there is no wrong way to oil. However you use an oil, it’s going to do you some good.

Wellness, Young Living

A World With Octobers

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables

Me, too, Anne. Brisk mornings and hearty soups, warm apple cider and wool socks. Simple pleasures take on a larger meaning when it comes to autumn. Maybe it’s all the contrasts of a warm sun with a cold breeze, salty caramel with tangy apples, a hot drink sipped wrapped in a blanket outside.

My girls and I have been listening to Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie on audio lately, and the first few chapters of Big Woods are so deliciously autumnal–all the storing of the season’s bounty for winter, enjoying playing outside before the snows come. I’m not sure who has enjoyed it more, me or the kids!

If you’re stocking up on your monthly order this month, there’s some great freebies in store from Young Living. Last month we got the Einkorn cereal again and I forgot how delicious it is! Usually my girls add raw honey to the flakes we get but they were excited for “sweet” cereal (it has 8 grams of sugar compared to another certain “honey o” cereal that has much more!). I love that by just buying groceries, deodorant, laundry soap, makeup…not to mention my supplements and oils…I get these freebies!

Celebrate togetherness with this month’s rewards! Gathering with your favorite people becomes even sweeter with your favorite Young Living products on hand. Welcome your guests with the woodsy aroma of Patchouli diffusing in the corner or create your own unique blend by combining Cinnamon Bark, Clove, and Nutmeg. Celebrate the warmth of friendship with a steaming pot of Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea served in cute Young Living Foundation mugs. And when it’s time to say goodbye, let the evening melt away with ImmuPro™ chewable tablets. At the end of the day we’re all about connection, which is why YL is donating $1 to The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation for every 400 PV order. Plus, enjoy a hassle-free fall with free shipping when you reach our 100 PV tier! 

400 PV TIER

Retail value: $220.80 

Bonus Subscribe to Save: Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea

• Brighten your morning. Pour yourself a cup of cozy first thing in the morning and enjoy the benefits of warm, comforting Spiced Turmeric.• Kick back and relax. After a long day of overcast weather, settle into the evening with a dash of delish by pouring a mug of this spiced wonder. 

Bonus Subscribe to Save: Young Living Foundation mug

• Make something memorable. Mix up some low-sugar hot chocolate with some Cinnamon Bark Vitality oil for a healthy treat. Pour your delightful blend into your new Young Living Foundation mug to feel good about what you’re drinking—and what you’re drinking it from!• Celebrate your community. Sip and smile knowing you are supporting the Young Living Foundation and the good it does in your community and communities around the world as you sip! 

300 PV TIER

Retail value: $149.01

ImmuPro 

• Amp up antioxidants. Support your body with an extra boost of antioxidants with this chewable, healthy tablet.• Update evening routines. Take 1–2 ImmuPro chewable tablets in the evening as you prep for a healthy night’s sleep.  

250 PV TIER

Retail value: $86.18

Patchouli essential oil, 5 ml

• Warm up indoor workouts. Cold weather got you indoors? Diffuse Patchouli oil to add a comforting atmosphere to a calming yoga session or as you stretch before bed.  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. With cold weather coming in, skin can get drier and drier. Add a drop or two of Patchouli oil to your favorite face lotion for extra moisture your skin will love.  

190 PV TIER 

Retail value: $62.17

Cinnamon Bark essential oil, 5 ml 

• Unwind and relax. Mix 3 drops of Cinnamon Bark oil with some V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex and use it for a warming foot massage. Then put on a pair of warm socks to keep your feet cozy and moisturized! • Spice it up. Make a room spray by filling a spray bottle with 3 ounces of water and 4 drops of Thieves essential oil blend, which features Cinnamon Bark as a main ingredient. 

Clove essential oil, 5 ml 

• Spice up a soak. After a day of outdoor adventure, draw up a warm bath, dilute drops of Clove oil in the tub, and allow yourself to sit back and soak up all the Clove essential oil benefits.• Feel forest fresh. Add 3–4 drops of Clove to a glass spray bottle to bring in a warm, woodsy scent that simply sings of the outdoors. 

Bonus Subscribe to Save: Nutmeg essential oil, 5 ml

• Freshen up fall. Make a homey linen spray by combining a few drops of Nutmeg, Clove, and Bergamot in a spray bottle filled with 2 cups of water. This cozy scent will make guests feel right at home!• Work in bliss. Refresh your home office with a diffuser blend of Nutmeg and Eucalyptus Radiata for a spicy-fresh scent that will help your upcoming meeting be a little brighter. 

Free shipping

• Treat yourself. Stock up on fall-time favorites and let us cover the cost of your deliveries.• Get fall-tastic savings. Reach our 100 PV tier and we’ll ship your order for free. 

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.