This is for my mom

My health and wellness journey started with losing my mom.

I lost her to a massive heart attack in July 2015 after years of health struggles including diabetes and stroke. She was only 63 years old.

I was at work when I got a phone call from my sister that mom was in the hospital. I called and was able to talk to her. She was very drugged but seemed optimistic that she would be OK. When we hung up I truly believed that she would be.

She died around midnight that same day. I remember getting the phone call from one of the nurses saying they were trying to resuscitate her. It didn’t work. Immediately my heart started racing, and I had a panic attack. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I was only 36 years old and had just lost my remaining parent. I sat there in my bedroom in shock, and grief, and pure anguish. The kind that waves over and over you again as though its a brand new feeling. I hated that I was living states away and couldn’t be there to say goodbye. I hated that she was gone. As I sat there on the floor of my bedroom I let it all pour out of me. The realization that my life was forever changed slowly becoming more real.

The thing is I hated that my own health was putting me on the same path as hers. At the time I was very overweight, with a 1 year old son and stressed and overworked. Exhausted all the time and constantly battling some cold or bug my son was bringing home from daycare. I knew I had to do something. The next few months I slowly started making changes, the biggest one replacing toxic products in my home with natural ones. My son and I finally stopped getting sick all the time and I was finally sleeping again. But it would be years before I successfully started to lose the weight.

In January this year I started the Keto diet. I have lost 27 pounds so far. I still have a ways to go but it is amazing how much better I feel. I am working out again too, building muscles and feeling the strongest I have in years.

This journey I am on will be lifelong. But it is happening! And I am dealing with my trauma along the way. Never give up hope guys. Whoever is out there if you need someone to talk to I am here. Please reach out. And start your own journey. Own your story. Change your future. Just start.

Ningxia Red Spritzer Drink

This drink makes a great afternoon pick me up treat! Ningxia Red mixed with Sparkling Water. See video below on I how I mix it up.

Ningxia Red is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils.

Ningxia Red supports immune function, liver function, eye heath and is reported to increase energy. High in antioxidants known to protect against free radicals, it is rich in ellagic acid, polyphenols, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals.  In addition, it has 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, beta-carotene, and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E.

Truly an excellent whole-food source of nutrients!

BEST WAY TO ORDER

If you are not a Young Living Member yet, you can sign up and purchase a Ningxia Red Starter Kit for only $135. Click here to purchase.

Ningxia Red Starter Kit

Essential Oils for Home

Young Living was founded in 1993 and is based in Lehi, Utah. They sell organic high quality essential oils and chemical free home products and supplements. I started using YL oils in 2015. I honestly didn’t even know oils could benefit your body – I bought the kit because I was trying to eliminate chemicals in our house and for the aromatherapy benefits. But they have helped my immune system, my sleep and most importantly my family. I cannot imagine not having the oils in my life now! Read on to learn more about the most popular oils and blends people use in their home.

Most Popular Essential Oils and Blends

Lavender: Support healthy and glowing skin. I use it in my homemade facial serum as it is moisturizing. Also great for burns and cuts. Just apply a drop straight on it! A lot of hospitals use it to help with occasional anxiety with their patients before and after procedures.

Peppermint: Support and maintain a healthy digestive system and energy levels! Great to apply on your temples when you have a headache and this is my favorite to diffuse to help stay alert.

Thieves: Promote a healthy immune system. Diffuse often to purify the air.

Citrus Fresh: Remove stinky odors and great refreshing smell! A blend of citrus oils along with spearmint.

Lemon: A powerful detoxifier. Great for alertness & mental clarity. A good cleanser for body and home, smells fresh, can help with occasional nausea, immune system support, appetite suppressant…also add to water!

PanAway: Add it to coconut oil to create a DIY post workout salve to help sore muscles.

Stress Away: I love this one to wear as a perfume which plays double duty to help reduce daily stress.

Frankincense: It promotes a sense of calm and security, Replace your expensive wrinkle serum. This is all you need! I rub a drop straight on my skin at night before moisturizer.

DiGize: It supports normal, healthy digestion! Also helps heartburn and stomach upset. Rub on your tummy or take via veggie capsule.

Raven: One of the best essential oils for help in decongesting the airways, total respiratory support. Diffuse or apply to your chest.

Valor: This blend was formulated to balance energies and instill courage, confidence and self-esteem. It helps the body self-correct it’s balance and alignment.

Peace & Calming: This blend promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace and emotional well-being, helping to dampen tensions and uplift spirits.

Why should you try Essential oils?

Using essential oils are great for helping to reducing the amount of toxins in your home and for the aromatherapy benefits.  But they will also help your immune system, sleep, and family.  I love the idea of reducing the chemical load being put into our bodies and having a natural way to boost immunity.  All those oils listed above come in Young Livings starter kit which is the best way to get started. There are also other kits you can choose from as well. See below picture for options.

Bonus – You will get a FREE foaming lemon hand soap when you purchase a starter kit from me the rest of May. Remember zero monthly commitment – just a community of like minded people and education waiting for you! From sleep support, stress, overwhelm, big feelings, tantrums, and so so much more. Add some calm vibes to your home!

Purchase here

Digestive Enzymes

What exactly are enzymes? Enzymes are the proteins produced by living organisms and are composed of amino acids.

Enzymes are responsible for every chemical reaction in our bodies. They allow our cells to build up and break down molecules in our bodies! But did you know that your bodies ability to produce its own enzymes decreases with age? Wonder why you struggle with so much indigestion? Enzyme deficiency may be to blame!!

Enzyme supplements will aid your digestion, help you absorb vitamins and increase the speed of your digestion.

Young Living sells FOUR Enzyme Supplements. Essentialzyme, Essentialzyme 4, Detoxzyme and Allerzyme. I will discuss the basics of each one below. For detailed information go to the Young Living website for the complete list of ingredients. I take one of these everyday and it really helps keep my bloat away and keep things “moving” along where it should.

ESSENTIALZYME – Everyday Basic Enzyme

Contains tarragon, peppermint, anise, fennel, and clove essential oils to improve overall enzyme activity, reduce pancreatic stress, and support healthy pancreatic function.

-Capsule has a delayed release formula
-Contains Pancrealipase
-Contains Vitamin B2
-Contains Fiber

ESSENTIALZYME 4 – For BIG Meals

Essentialzymes-4 is a multi-spectrum enzyme complex specially formulated to aid the critically needed digestion of dietary fats, proteins, fiber, and carbohydrates commonly found in the modern processed diet.

-Dual time-release technology releases enzymes at separate times
-Yellow side is immediate release, white side is delayed release
-Comes in a foil pack that makes it easy to travel with these in your purse, pocket, etc. Take after a big meal to aid digestion.

ALLERZYME – Vegetarian Option

-Slow Acting
-Vegetarian
-Only one that contains Maltase and Lactase – these enzymes digest carbs and milk sugar
-Contains Alpha-Galactosidase – digests beans and legumes

DETOXZYME – Vegetarian and Fast Acting Option

Combines a myriad of powerful enzymes that complete digestion, help detoxify, and promote cleansing.

-Fast Acting
-Vegetarian

What I use:

Essentialzymes-4.  This is served in a blister pack of 2 capsules.  One cream colored and one yellow.  The cream-colored capsule contains pancreatin, bee pollen powder, lipase, and essential oils of ginger, fennel, tarragon, anise, and lemongrass. All of these are complementary for the digestion of fats, and lemongrass is also a blood and liver cleanser.

The yellow capsule is a vegetable blend and includes amylase, cellulase, and three protease formulas. Protease is heavy in there because most people are heavy protein eaters and need this protease to digest all of it. There is also a little lipase, peptidase, phytase, bromelain, and papain—pineapple and papaya—with anise, ginger, rosemary, tarragon, and fennel essential oils.  Rosemary was added to the blend for liver support and to improve and enhance the digestive ability.  This yellow capsule is also particularly valuable because it contains amylase—why? Because too many diets are filled with starch, and amylase digests starch!

Remember that enzymes are involved in every process of the body, so be sure to build your enzyme reserves with good nutrition and use your enzymes daily.

There is an enzyme for everyone. Try one for yourself! Buy these and other Young Living products HERE!

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Why Are Young Living Oils Better?

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A sign at the Mona, Utah Young Living Farm

 

I recently was asked this and I wanted to share with you guys what I found in my research and my own opinion on this question.  Essential oils are a commodity in this world like any other item that is sold to the public.  You will have the good, the bad and the ugly.  Most of the time it is good.  I will never claim that other essential oil companies don’t have good oils.  What I will claim is that Young Living will ALWAYS have good oils.  That my friends, is the difference and why I am a Young Living member and continue to buy their oils.  Trust is a huge thing for me and I never have to worry about the quality of their oils.  With that said, lets get to the story I want to tell you today.

When a plant is distilled for an essential oil there are different avenues a distiller can take to get it to market.  If they distill at high heat and quick time they will get more oil from the plant faster.  This is great for volume.  But it horrible for preserving the therapeutic compounds of the oil.  Most plants need to be distilled at LOW temperatures for a longer distill time to get all the therapeutic compounds out of the plant.  But if the distiller doesn’t care about that but just wants volume than yes, it is 100% oil, but it is not the same quality as an oil that has been distilled at the proper temperature.

Also, this same plant may have different varieties that give different healing properties, which in turn also changes the price. Lavender is a great example.  Most companies will use “Lavandin” in their Lavender oil or blends as it is cheaper.  However, “Lavender Angustifolia” is what is considered “true” Lavender and which has the most healing properties.  It is also a traditionally lower yielding plant.  “Lavandin” is a Lavender plant that has higher yields but different therapeutic qualities.  For example, Lavender Angustifolia will heal burns.  Lavandin will not due to its higher camphor content than can actually make burns worse.  Essential oil bottles should say the name of the plant on the bottle.  Look at this next time you purchase Lavender.  You will want Lavender Angustifolia if you are looking to put on your skin.  Lavandin is fine for perfume or linens.  Not the best for your skin.

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A Lavender Angustifolia field at the Young Living Mona, Utah Farm.  Look at the beautiful deep purple color of the Lavender plants

 

Almost all essential oil batches are bought by big brokers in the market. They in turn take those batches of oil and divide them to sell to different markets.  They may take lavender oil, lace it with synthetics to improve fragrance and yield, label it “Perfume” grade and sell to the big fragrance companies worldwide.  Or a broker may take the lavender oil, add an odorless solvent to increase yield, and sell is to unsuspecting companies that then bottle and sell their “100%” essential oil” to consumers.

You have to remember essential oils are NOT regulated by the FDA.  So there is no standardized testing.  No one is testing all these companies and their bottles of oil. To be honest this is a gray area in the essential oil world.  Companies can get away with labeling a product as 100% even if it is not because who is checking?!?

Now I am not saying every essential oil out there is bad except Young Living. I am sure they are many companies out there with good hearts trying to get the best product they can to the customer.  The truth is though that most of these companies are NOT testing their oils prior to bottling and selling.  They are trusting their brokers and trusting their suppliers that what they are getting is the real thing.

What sets Young Living apart and why I trust them and pay the money for them is that they control the entire process from literally the seed that is planted in the ground to how it is distilled and bottled.  They also test every batch of oil before they bottle to ensure the oil is what it says it is. They actually own their own farms (Gary Young grew up as a farmer and trained in the Lavender fields in France. How many essential oil companies can claim that?)  Young Living grows their plants organically, and then distills them right there on the farm where they can control the distillation time and temperature.  On the oils they have to purchase from outside their farms, they have staff onsite to watch the distill and packaging of oils and then they test it in their and outside labs to ensure it is what they say it is.  Most companies don’t do these extra steps.  It is time consuming and it costs money.

Whatever company you use, be sure to read that label carefully and even e-mail the company to see where they actually buy their oils from. Do they use brokers? Do they own farms? Do they test the oils before bottling?

I hope this has helped clarify things for you.  Young Living is the leader in essential oils and is what I trust to use on myself and my family.   If you are ready to purchase and see for yourself how wonderful essential oils are, please click here for more info and to purchase.

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