January 27, 2015

Try Something New!

 I don't know about you, but I get in a rut with my diffuser blends. Sometimes its one oil and sometimes its a combo. About a week ago, I decided I needed to try something new. I wanted uplifting combos for winter that felt warm and cozy, but I needed to break away from my cinnamon, clove and thieves. So I went for it and came up with these two combos. I think the citrus oils add a nice bright scent and the other oils really anchor the scents for a warm, masculine overtone. These are officially husband and little boy approved! I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!







January 23, 2015

Calm Waters Combo :: Dealing with Motion Sickness

I don't know about you, but this cold weather has me longing for the sunny days of summer. I'm ready for road trips to fun destinations, days on the lake with friends and a trip to Salt Lake City (yep, that one is via plane). The only problem with these fun activities is that I get really motion sick. Its bad. Really bad. For those of you who don't know what motion sickness feels like, here is a visual.


Photo Credit: Melissa O'Donohue

Now that we're all on the same page, everyone understands why people like me sometimes dread or avoid travel, even if its somewhere we really want to go. I think the less talked about side of motion sickness is how it affects your traveling partners. Sure, everyone feels bad that you're sick, but for me, I would always feel worse for my traveling companions, namely, my husband. Poor guy, he's so kind and always puts up with my requests to pull over for a few minutes to get out and walk, or my need to roll down the windows (yes, plural) when we're traveling at 70 mph, and always lets me have the window seat on plane trips.
Sometimes I start this combo a few days before my trip to kind of get myself ready for travel. At the very least, I apply before leaving home on the day of travel and carry these oils with me on my trip. I've included Valor and Peace & Calming in my recipe. These oils really help me deal with the anxiety of travel, which for me, contributes to the intensity of motion sickness. I hope this is helpful to you and your family. Do you have a favorite combo for motion sickness? If so, comment below and share! 





**This post is not intended to be medical advice. Its simply the experience of the author. Please consult a medical professional of your choice before starting or stopping any health related regimen. 

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Wow! My family had a very busy 2014. The end of 2013 and all of 2014 was about growing, stretching and finding our purpose. It was kind of like being on one of those crazy long tunnel water slides. There were twists and turns, we had no idea when it would end, but knew that there was still light because the tunnel was glowing with the light from the outside. Mid year, we started to see the light at the end, things took one more crazy turn and we've landed in the safety of the water in the pool below. We know who we are, our mission is clear and we're working toward our next goal. I'm so thankful for that journey, but I sure am glad that part of our lives is over. God used it as an opportunity for us to learn, make connections and gain perspective. I met more people in 2014 than I would have met in three years without the experiences we had. Those new friendships alone would have been enough reward, but as He always does, God was grooming me to be ready for the next step. And for that, I'm so thankful!

Our family has decided that I will be working from home starting today! We're celebrating this new found freedom of time and we're growing as we learn to better budget our money and our time. This has been our goal since we began our Young Living journey in August of 2011, but its now a reality. In just 3 years and 4 months, we were able to share from our hearts and help others grow their businesses, while growing ours as well. We're not rich, by any stretch, but we have enough, and that was the goal. It started with Wellness. When we started Young Living in August of 2011, we were desperate. We knew that life could be better and that we could live without being at the mercy of allergy season or whatever virus was going around at the time. Once we were living in the freedom of health, we discovered our Purpose. It was to share this amazing gift we had been given. This took a lot of growing on our part. When you have good news to share with your loved ones, they don't always share your excitement. And that is okay. We found that sharing gently, using our oils, offering opportunities to learn more and not being afraid to say "I don't know, let me look that up for you," was key.  (Please note : You can't talk oils in every single conversation or for every time there is an illness. I know its hard because you're so insanely excited about what is happening to you. But that makes people feel like you don't actually care about them. It makes them feel like you have an agenda. And let's be honest, no one likes that.) Now we're experiencing Abundance. Our "extra income" out-grew my take-home pay from my 40 hour per week job. I honestly had no intentions of making the move to just mommy until June of 2015. At Thanksgiving of this year, our little 4 year old man made it abundantly clear to us that he needed more Mommy. We felt like it was just God confirming all of the things he had been preparing us for and it was time to make a move. The funny thing about God's timing is that it rarely syncs with our own timing or ideals about how things will pan out. But His timing is always perfect and you just have to trust and move in obedience.

Is any of my story striking a chord with you? If you would have told me four years ago that my friend would invite me to a class to learn about oils that could help me get rid of allergies, nix asthma, eliminate my son's eczema, help us all sleep better and, oh, don't forget, make me a work at home mom all before my son's 5th birthday, I would have probably stopped talking to you. Because what you were saying would have been NUTS...utterly impossible. But it wasn't impossible and it wasn't nuts. Today, its our reality!

If you're still on the fence about essential oils and want to know more, please contact me. I would love to answer your questions and to have you on my team. My success is not uncommon and I'm not even close to being the fastest grower or the most successful. There are families on my team who have accomplished what took me three and a half years, in under one year! It is possible and it is real. So here's to an AMAZING 2015!


August 22, 2013

No Sneezing Zone

Hi there! I bet you are experiencing what everyone almost everyone I have talked to this week is experiencing... allergies! Yuck! Its that stuffy head, sore throat, snotty nose followed by the dreaded sneezing fit. Not fun. Have you tried Young Living Lavender yet? We use it at our house for nearly immediate relief from all of these symptoms. Some people have great results just putting on their feet, under their toes (where the nerve point for the sinues is located). Others need a bit more. That is where we get the Lavender Swipe as it has affectionately been dubbed at our house. One good swipe in the cheek gives almost instant relief....I like to say its better than benadryl. I like to put it on a cotton swab and swipe the inside of my nose too. It helps so much.

What is your favorite way to use Lavender in the fall? What is your favorite allergy oil?


































Happy Swiping!

Until Next Time,
Julie

July 24, 2013

Enzymes for Allergies and Asthma with a Weight Loss Bonus!

Lets talk about enzymes. Enzymes in their most basic state are catalysts for change in our bodies. Enzymes are proteins that speed up chemical reactions in the cell. There is a really cool video from McGraw-Hill that explains it here. (http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072495855/student_view0/chapter2/animation__how_enzymes_work.html)

Digestive enzymes are what help our bodies process our food. Without enzymes, we would cease to live. Just like we need oxygen, we need enzymes. Our bodies have been created so that if we’re not eating enough enzymes, our organs can produce them for us. Seems like a great idea, right? For survival, yes. For everyday living, not such a great idea. The only people who get enough enzymes are people who eat 98% raw fruit and vegetable diet. OH...and grow it in their backyard. You see, during transportation from farm to store, many of the nutrients in our food are lost, including enzymes. So how do you get enzymes in your diet if you’re not able to eat 98% raw from your backyard? I’m glad you asked! There are lots of great enzyme sources available. Some, better and more complete than others, but enzymes, none the less. Komboucha or fermented tea is a great source of enzymes. So is Kefir. However, if you’re brand new to a chemical free way of life and someone recommends Komboucha or Kefir, you’re likely to run for the hills. I know I was. Komboucha tasted like carbonated vinegar and Kefir might as well have been rotten milk. I like it now, but my taste buds and I have come a long way. The best way for people just starting, and in my opinion, the most complete way to consume enzymes is in a dietary supplement.

We know that when you add an essential oils to a supplement, you increase the absorbency of that supplement to 85% in the first hour after taking it. Without essential oils, the absorption rate is 45% in 24 hours. That is a staggering improvement! This is precisely why I only use Young Living supplements. They take the guess work out of it and essential oils are part of each supplement offered.

When I first started with Young Living, I was having success with controlling my allergies and asthma with essential oils, but I was still having attacks. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. After researching, I realized that I wasn’t doing anything wrong, I just needed to add enzymes to my routine. Tiffany suggested that I add enzymes to my daily routine in an effort to not control allergies and asthma, but to eliminate it altogether.  I was really drawn to Essentialzymes from Young Living. Hang with me, its about to get technical (just kidding!)… Essentialzymes are pancreatic enzymes, meaning they help support the pancreas by relieving it of some of its enzyme creation duties. I did what I call a ramping dose of Essentialzyme.  I took one capsule in the morning and one in the evening for seven days. After that I reduced to one a day in the morning. After the first week, I was feeling better. After the second week, I had almost eliminated all snot. (Gross but true.) After 3 weeks, I realized that I hadn’t had an asthma attack in a week.  I was amazed at how good I felt too. Now, for my fellow picture minded folks, I say that my pancreas was busy producing enzymes instead of doing its pancreas duties. Once I added the Essentialzyme, I relieved my pancreas of its extra duties, so it could go back to just doing it’s normal job.

A few months after starting the Essentialzyme, I was really feeling like I needed to detox. But I wasn’t drawn to a Master Cleanse or a cleanse of any kind. My friend had a zyto scan machine and I decided to have my first scan. It recommended Detoxzyme. Hmm…detox. This got my wheels turning. I added the Detoxzyme at two capsules in the morning and evening for about 3 weeks. It was great! I lost some weight and had more energy than ever. My body really needed to clean out my colon. After 3 weeks, I reduced to two capsules in the morning. This was mostly because I was lazy about taking them at night. In the fourth week on Detoxzyme, I notice that the mucous in my body had decreased dramatically. I also noticed that I wasn’t craving the bad, greasy, processed foods that were once a major temptation. I wanted things like fruits and vegetables. This was because I was cleaning out my body and giving my body the boost it needed to fully process the foods I was eating. The longer I took it, the more I craved the good, nutritious foods.

So the moral of my enzyme story is feed your body and your body will work for you. Your body has been divinely designed to work for you and not against you. You just have to put the right fuel into your body to allow it to run at optimum levels.

You can also view this post on TiffanyRowan.com where I was a guest blogger.

Until Next Time,
Julie

May 8, 2013

A Song In My Heart

Do you have one of those songs where the lyrics just stick with you? I mean really stick with you. On great days and on not-so-great days? This is mine. I've been scheduled to the hilt lately and I have had a string of pretty great days. Its so nice to be able to say  that! But this is the song that has been on replay in my head, even on the great days. I'm reminded of the promise that God will NEVER leave me. He is there to guide me through the dark. He is there to comfort me when I'm hurting. And I know He loves being there to celebrate in accomplishments, to find joy in the routine and the relish in the success of a great day. This is the link to the recording. I hope you'll listen and that this song will stick in your heart like it has stuck in mine. And remember He will never ever ever EVER leave you!


March 6, 2013

I lift my eyes up...

Psalm 121 has really been on my heart the last few days.


I know, you thought I was going to talk about the Wolfberry Eye Cream I snagged at Young Living Beauty School. :) Another post for another day.


Back to Psalm 121. I've had he honor of knowing some pretty amazing people in my lifetime. They have all been good at different things. Some are living on this earth and some are now living with the Lord. One thing they all had in common is that they wanted everyone around them to follow their dreams. They were personal friends to many people, yet everyone they interacted with felt special, like they were an important part of their lives. These people are the game changers. These people are the dreamers. They push you to be better...not who they want you to be, but to be a better YOU. They loved the Lord deeply and seem to have an understanding of grace and love that I'm just coming to understand. They trusted the Lord like the Psamlist trusted in Psalm 121. An un-waivering sense of "it will be okay because God has my back." I hope this Psalm is encouraging to you today, wherever you may be on your road to fully trusting in God.





Until Next Time,
Julie