It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Kitchen With Essential Oils

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and in my home this is true!!. It is a multi-purpose space where we not only make breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the family, it is where we gather and chat about the important things in life. There’s no doubt that every day, we use almost every surface of it and boy does my kitchen show it. Spring is a great time to roll up our sleeves and deep clean our well loved kitchen! 

Before you begin, have you ever looked at the label of your cleaning supplies? Most of them contain substances that are harmful to one’s health.  If you look at the label, you will see many other chemicals, most that I can’t even pronounce. With the right products, you can create a clean and healthy kitchen for you and your family. And for most of us, our idea of a healthy kitchen doesn’t include toxic and questionable chemicals. 

It is time to Ditch and Switch!  Today’s “Do you doTERRA daily?” is all about getting rid of the toxic ingredients by using safe ingredients that contain pure and natural essential oils. You may have already experienced the AMAZING health benefits of essential oils, but have you tried using them for cleaning? Aside from their yummy scents, essential oils also serve as the perfect alternative way to green cleaning.

What are the most effective cleaning agents? Check out the list below to get to know your next cleaning allies!

Essential Oil Stove Top Cleaner

Try this stovetop cleaner recipe utilizing Lemon essential oil and natural ingredients. Renowned for its cleansing and invigorating abilities, Lemon is a top-selling doTERRA favorite because of its versatility. It is used as a naturally sourced cleaning agent in the home or to brighten a room with its invigorating aroma.

Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

Raise your hand if your dishwasher is the most used appliance in your kitchen? Doesn’t it seem like we’re running it at least once a day if not twice a day?

Most retail dishwasher detergents are packed with toxins that we’re putting right into our bodies through the dishes we’re washing. Replacing retail detergents with a clean DIY detergent is one of the easiest ways you can reduce toxins in your home!

It can’t get any easier! Mix these ingredients up in a glass container and go!

Spring Cleaning Non-Toxic Drain Cleaner Recipe

Kick-off your spring cleaning and freshen up your drains simply with this 3 ingredient drain cleaner using baking soda, vinegar, and Wild Orange essential oils.

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

The powerful On Guard Cleaner Concentrate is a fabulous combination of plant-based derivatives that provide a biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is gentle enough for loved ones as well as safe for the environment. It is an all-natural, non-toxic cleaner, infused with doTERRA OnGuard oil. Add 2 tbsp On Guard Cleaning Concentrate + equal parts water and vinegar into your glass spray bottle. Feel free to add any additional antibacterial essential oils, such as Lemon, Tea Tree & On Guard

This All-Purpose Cleaning Spray is a perfect way to clean every surface of your kitchen!

I’m so glad that essential oils are natural and safe to use around my family. I hope that you enjoy these recipes that will help you disinfect your kitchen naturally. Tell me…which of these DIY recipes are you most excited about?

Spring Has Sprung! My Fave Diffuser Blends This Season

Spring has sprung! It’s already starting to get warm here in MN, I can’t wait for the weather to get nicer again. A new season means a chance to start again… the trees are beginning to grow their leaves and plants are starting to flower, I LOVE it!!! 

When it comes to spring, I always think of floral, citrus, herbaceous, and earthy scents.

As you all know, I’ve been obsessed with essential oils for over 8 years now. Thankfully, they help me deal with the seasonal or environmental threats during this season and help create a fresh outlook for Spring.

Spring Fling Room Spray

If you want to feel uplifted and refresh your room with a citrusy feeling, try this! (seriously it’s so good!)

Lime

Grapefruit

Lemon

Add 15-20 drops of each to a glass 16 oz (2 cup) size spray bottle.

Fill with distilled or filtered.

You can add more or less essential oils if you wish.

To refresh the room, just give the bottle a shake and spray!

Spring Blossom Diffuser Blend

Spring Blossom Diffuser Blend helps freshen up the air in your home and can support positive vibes.

4 drops Clary Sage

1 drop Geranium

2 drops Cedarwood

I hope these blends help you to WELCOME in Spring! What are your favorite essential oils to use during this time of year? Share your ideas with me in the comments.

To learn more about doTERRA, and how to use essential oils, come and join our FUN and FREE online classes you can attend from the convenience of your own home. The classes are open to EVERYONE!

FDA Disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”

BRRRR…It’s Cold Outside! Air-X to The Rescue!

February is another cold month in Minnesota… as in, EXTREMELY cold! This is the time of year  I stay at home doing my work online and catch up on those home projects I’ve been meaning to get to. 

For some, extreme cold weather can cause discomfort as it triggers trouble in breathing. Luckily for me, I have an amazing natural solution that helps me deal with this discomfort while staying at home and doing those extra chores.

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is all about getting fresh air and inviting a sweet aroma in your home despite the cold weather outside. Indoor plants and Air-X to the rescue!!

I needed to do something about the quality of air in my house so this weekend I added a few new indoor plants to clear the air naturally and to purify the air I breathe. And… they make me feel better! I love the extra green and the sight of living things when outside looks so bleak and dead. (Side note: Before you bring a new plant home, please make a research first to those that are kid and pet safe because some plants can be poisonous.)

This is the new plant stand I just added
Improve the air in your home with Air-X!

I’m going crazy over my AirX Blend. You guys know how much I love Citrus Bliss? I love Air-X almost as much, it is really that good!!

Air-X is a blend of essential oils with an intense citrusy, woody, and faintly herbal aroma, It is designed to help freshen the air and create a calm yet energizing atmosphere when diffused. Check this dōterra blog for the usage tips!

I diffuse Air-X to help purify my air, which has an AMAZING effect! Experimental research suggests that Litsea, an essential oil used in Air-X, soothes and promotes feelings of openness and may provide cleansing benefits. I love the idea that it is enriched with a combination of Litsea, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Frankincense, and Cardamom oils meant to help cool and enliven the body, and it helps me breathe better…bonus!!

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One more thing to really help improve the air quality in your home, have your ducts cleaned. If you are in the Twin Cities metro area I highly suggest Clean Air Restoration. Not only are they amazing to work with, they will also run doTERRA oils through your ducts for an extra clean! Mention “Ronai” (that is pronounced Row Nay) for a special discount.

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Aiming for a Better Night’s Sleep

A month ago, I traveled to Salt Lake City from Minneapolis to assist my daughter Ellie, and to help my first grandbaby enter this world! (I know, I can’t believe I’m a grandma either!!)  I was so blessed to be with Ellie on her journey to becoming a mother. And on December 22, 2020 She became a mom and I became a grandma, I became Nai Nai! That was my childhood nickname and I’m so excited to be called Nai Nai again. 

There were sleepless nights, 2 weeks on a couch is no joke. There was the exhausting hours of helping with labor and trying to catch a wink in the hospital, but I can say it was all worth it. It was all worth it because of our new bundle of joy, Owen Anders! Bringing him home was indeed a celebration!

For a first-time grandma, this transition was not easy. Caring for a newborn with inadequate sleep can be exhausting, but I survived the first few days and nights with him. How???? Essential oils of course!!

Did you know that applying doTERRA’s Balance to the soles of my feet at the beginning and end of the day helped me to feel calm and relaxed while helping my daughter take good care of Owen? Created with the purpose of grounding emotions, doTERRA’s Balance is formulated with emotionally beneficial essential oils that work together to create a sense of calmness and well-being. The calming and soothing blend of Balance encouraged me to have a restful night’s sleep. And…it smells so good, I super love it!

As I prepared for this special event in our family, I made sure to pack my Serenity and Breathe so I could diffuse them. This helps me create a restful mood and a peaceful environment for sleep, just like at home. 

doTERRA Serenity Restful Blend has a calming and relaxing aroma that can be sensed immediately, transporting the user to a state of blissful repose. ( Don’t you want Blissful repose in your life?) doTERRA Serenity combines essential oils renowned for their ability to create a restful environment at bedtime. 

These two are part of my nightly routine and are my bedside buddies!!!
If you are looking for some sleepy time help, feel free to reach out! I’d love to get to know you and answer any questions you might have! And please come to my free educational classes. Check them out here! I look forward to helping you get started OR continue on your journey to natural health and wellness.

Immune Support

I’m back! After a way too long break, I am back to writing. I don’t know about you but this whole pandemic thing has thrown my life into a bit of chaos. I needed to shift, well, everything to this new way of life. What didn’t change is my focus on health and wellness. It just became a lot more intense.

So, for this first Wednesday Wellness I want to talk about immune support. This has been my most talked about subject since March, second only to mood support which I will talk about next week.

First I want to know. Are you taking care of yourself? Are you drinking enough water? Are you moving your body and are you keeping a positive mindset? These things will do a TON for your immune system. I don’t know about you but I know that in the beginning of this pandemic I was eating way too many sweets, I might’ve even perfected my cinnamon rolls. But now I’m going to suggest that we lay off the sweets. Sugar will destroy your immune system. Does this mean cut out all the fun that life has to offer? No it just means to cut back and be conscious of what you are consuming.

Now for some helpful tips that are a lot easier to do than cutting out sugar completely.

1. Add citrus oils to your water. Citrus oils like Lemon, Lime and  Grapefruit are some of my favorites. This will not only help your water to taste great but will help your body eliminate unwanted extra in your body. Internal use naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion.

2. Use OnGuard daily to support your body’s immune system. You can use it aromatically, topically and internally. I like to put a drop or two of OnGuard on my feet every night and every morning. I use the OnGuard Cleaning products and the OnGuard hand sanitizer. There is a lot of research that has gone into OnGuard but for a quick (and educational) project that was done by a 5th grader check out this blog post.

3. A new Fav of mine to support my immune system is Stronger. I know it says it’s a kid’s blend but it is strong enough for an adult, you just need to apply it more often…no problem as I LOVE the aroma! I roll this on my neck, wrists and feet.

This is a good start, for more information on how to support your immune system, please check out some of my other blogs AND come to a free educational class. We have a bunch of them here!

I look forward to helping you along your journey of health and wellness.

Alōha!

Michael and I are here in beautiful Hawaii!!! The spirit of Aloha is all around us.

This pic was after a 12 hour flight, tired but happy to be here.

Alōha! “A term generally associated with “Hello!” and “Goodbye!” Aloha also means love, compassion, kindness and grace. Its literal Hawaiian definition is “The presence of (Divine) breath.” It is taken from Alo = presence, front, or face and Hâ = breath.” How incredibly beautiful is that???

We here because we earned this trip by helping people learn how to use doTERRA in their daily lives. Maybe it was because they had a short-term problem that needed a quick, safe and effective solution? Maybe it was something that had been with them for a long time that they hadn’t been able to solve using traditional methods? Whatever the reason, we are so blessed to have been able to help them not only find a natural solution for what ailed them at the time, but we’ve also been able to help them continue to choose safe solutions for everyday normal things (toothpaste, laundry, skin care…etc)

If you are one of the amazing people that I mention above, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for reading this blog, and for trusting us with your health and wellness needs. Thank you for choosing into “Do dōTERRA daily.” Please let us know how we can continue to serve and guide you on this journey.

This is Emily Wright one of the founders of doTERRA. I’m so incredibly blessed by Emily and all of the founders. This is a company that really cares about their people.

For those of you curious about this thing called doTERRA please reach out to me. I’d love to chat with you and give you all the details. The cool thing about this company is that it is all about choices. There are those that choose in at the wholesale level. This is for those people that are not interested in selling, they want to learn safe solutions but aren’t interested in the business.

There are those that would love to share with friends and family and if they make enough money to get their own oils paid for in the process then all the better.

And there are those that would love to share with friends, family, co workers, random strangers in the grocery store…etc. Those are people like me who would also love to earn a beautiful incentive trip to a tropical place in the middle of the winter. (Did I mention that it was -35 degrees the day I left Minnesota to fly here.)

What ever your choice I’m here to support you. So… are you ready to take action in your life? Contact me for your Free Wellness Consultation. #doyoudōTERRAdaily

Alōha!

Icy roads, white knuckles and neck tension

(This post was written on Dec 28th, Due to a death in the family and our daughters wedding this is the first opportunity I’ve had to post it)

This morning I got up very early because I had a “30 min” drive to the airport, and allowing myself the 2 hour before flight time meant that I had to be up at 5 am out the door by 5:45 gives and extra 15 mins if roads are bad. No problem.  Well it’s a good thing that I was ready 20 mins early. The news had been reporting that 6am-3pm the twin cities would be under a winter storm advisory. I figured our drive in would be easy-peasy and my husband might have a bit of weather to deal with on the way home.

The drive started out fine but about 15 mins in it starts to rain a little, no problem. I’ve lived in MN since I was 7 and my hubby has been here the last 24 years so we are totally fine with winter driving. Then we go over an overpass and the car starts to slide to the side, and up ahead of use we start seeing people’s hazard lights come on. So, my husband slows down, then slows down some more. We now understand why the hazards, it was completely unsafe to drive faster than 15-20 miles an hour. Next thing I know a huge garbage truck is sliding sideways in our direction. It almost hit us, as in less than a foot from us.

The lights should not be facing us on this side of the highway

I’d like to say that I had the presence of mind to get my oils out at this point, but I did not. I spent the next half an hour watching out for cars that wanted to slide into us, and there were more than a few. We ended up stopped on the highway with a pile up in front of us, 2 cars tried to go around and almost slide into us. (I’m talking inches close to our car) Michael had to pull off into the grass at one point to avoid one car. Just the way the road was banked was enough that cars were sliding wiley-niley. A food truck slide into a park-and-go shuttle. And all the while I’m watching the time tick closer to us missing the flight. I’d love to say that I thought about grabbing my oils here, but again I was so stressed out I didn’t even think of it.

Here we are in the grass

We finally got moving and were able to go around the 8-9 car pile-up and were so close to the airport I thought “Oh we are going to make it” Then I saw the line of red lights, then the emergency lights, and I knew that was going to be the end of it. Thankfully my son saw the “service” road sign and we were able to exit and take the service road for the airport.

We got out of the car at the hotel airport, took the skyway to the tram and were able to make our flight on time. The flight however was delayed 45 mins while they waited for the flight crew that was stuck in that 8-9 car pileup…yikes.

When I finally was able to calm down at the gate I realized a few things. First, I’m not sure that I put on deodorant this morning and mine is packed. On Guard Hand Sanitizing Mist to the rescue. It totally works in a pinch. If you’ve just shaved though it might sting a bit.

Next, I was stressed! That was a hard, stressful ride, so I pulled out my oils and went to work. A little Brave because well… I wasn’t feeling all that excited about Michael driving home. I’m not worried about his driving skills, he’s amazing. I did however witness a lot of people making very foolish choices and affecting others cars. I also just really love the aroma of Brave. I know its our kids blend but as Tara says “I was so Brave!”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoxIeSUnkia/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

I also noticed a lot of tension in my neck and jaw.  I have a habit of clenching when stressed so I pulled out my Past Tense and applied it to both of those areas. I only wish I would have thought of it sooner.

So, today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is a reminder that even the most diligent oil users can get overwhelmed and not think about the tools they have right in front of them until the crisis has passed. I’m just thankful that when I did think about what my body needed; I had those tools with me.

Side note… Got a call right before my plane took off that my son crashed my van, he is ok 😊 but the van is not drive-able. Hug your loved ones, cuddle up and stay warm.  #doyoudoTERRAdaily 

Is it shark week at your house?

Ok, I figured that this would come up sometime this month and it’s a little TMI. Guys if you are sensitive about “that time of the month” then stop reading right now. However, if you are enlightened and want to know how to help the women in your life get through what is completely natural, in a less painful way, then read on.

Menstruation… there I said it. It’s not a dirty word, its not evil, it is a natural bodily function that happens monthly for most women. There are lots of other words for this process, menses, period, Aunt Flo, Carrie, Shark Week, Leak week, whatever you call it for most women it is torture. I mean you have the lining of your uterus literally ripping away from your body and…too much? I’ll just blame that last sentence on the “girl flu”.

How about we get straight to today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” fix, Clary Calm. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this has helped in my home and all of my friends’ homes as well.

Clary Calm not only helps with the aches and bloating but helps manage all of the emotions that tend to be a bit like a roller-coaster during this week. I am so incredibly thankful for this little blend and I hope that this TMI post helps you too. #doyoudoterradaily

Have you been making merry?

Does it feel weird that Christmas was in the middle of the week? I feel like it should be the weekend but nope, my hubby and boys went back to work today.

You know what else feels weird, my belly. Everything feels a bit…off. I might’ve been making merry with the rich and sugary foods that seem to been endless (my fridge is still full). Today I woke up feeling, and looking a bit like Santa after an all-nighter binging on sugar cookies.

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is all about helping your belly! A few things that are a “must do everyday” Make sure you are taking your vitamins. I love the Life Long Vitality vitamins. I will write a longer blog all about them very soon.

I also take Terrazyme daily, this is again a whole blog post in itself. (coming soon)

And when I’ve over done like this week, its Digestzen to the rescue. There is a whole line of Digestzen products so I have a few things to choose from. Today I just needed a little Digestzen touch on my belly and I’m already feeling relief.

Sometimes with things a bit more upset then I will take some Digestzen internally. I don’t like the flavor (tastes like black licorice) so I take the Digestzen Softgels.

Not that I encourage over indulging…who am I kidding… I totally encourage it. I’m a huge food pusher. If you do happen to over indulge then these are the tools that you need to help put yourself right. #doyoudōTERRAdaily 

The Best Present Is To Be Present

Are you feeling it? The deep down, tired in your bones, I love the holiday’s but can I get some peace and quiet yet? Whatever holiday’s you are celebrating at this time of year, I want to wish you and yours good health and happiness. I also want to give you some tools to make it through the next couple of weeks with your sanity intact.

Ok I couldn’t resist…this meme made me giggle!

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is about self-care.

Just for fun, on top of the holidays, my sweet daughter decided to throw in a wedding on January 2nd.  It will be a lovely one, but I knew a few things had to go for me to keep be able to get other things done.

Things I let go of this year:

  • I didn’t decorate… at all
  • No family newsletter/Christmas card
  • I didn’t make cookies for all of my neighbors (although I still might, if the mood hits me)
  • I didn’t do an advent
  • I didn’t do a secret Santa

What I am doing instead:

  • Taking the time I need to prepare for my daughter’s wedding
  • Making her bridal veil, because I want to not because I have to
  • Playing games with my family (Sorry and Skipbo are family favs)
  • Teaching my grown-up kids how to make some of my recipes so that they know how to make them for themselves when they can’t be home
  • And using my oils…all of them LOL! My happy place go to is Citrus Bliss

This time of year can be overwhelming for so may reasons but most of all…because we let it. Take “you” time. It is not selfish; the world won’t collapse because you decided to take a bath. (make sure to add bath salts with EO) And be sure to drink plenty of water, exercise a little and stretch.

You might not be able to accomplish everything that you want to do, make sure that you prioritize so you get the important things accomplished. Most of all, be present…that is the best present you can give!

#doyoudōTERRAdaily