Frankincense I literally Put That Sh…Stuff On EVERYTHING!!

One of the things that people that are into essential oils will tell you is “When in doubt but Frankincense on it.” Well that’s great and all but…why? Well hopefully I can help you understand the why behind it.

doTERRA Frankincense

Frankincense oil has been around for thousands of years, there is a reason that it was a gift to baby Jesus because this stuff is almost miraculous (except its actually science) It is revered for its ability to beautify and rejuvenate skin when applied topically. It is used in a lot of beauty products.

Frankincense is also used to promote cellular health and immunity by helping your body to produce a healthy inflammatory response when taken internally.

doTERRA Frankincense

I could go deep into the science of why Frankincense works but I don’t have to, if you want to read all the science-y goodness of how it contains a complex mixture of monoterpenes such as alpha-pinene, Limonene, alpha-Thujene, and beta-Pinene. then visit the doTERRA Science Blog. This blog can explain it a lot better than I can.

What I can do is share with you a few different ways I use Frank daily.

My beauty routine wouldn’t happen with out my buddy Frankie. It is in my Essential Skin Care line and I add a little extra because well…wrinkles LOL. I always thought that I would just allow myself to go grey and grow old gracefully. That was until I started aging outwardly but inwardly I still feel like I’m in my 20’s. So, I will do all I can to naturally fight all that outward signs of aging.

doTERRA Essential Skin Care

Frank and I work on my cellular health because if your cells aren’t healthy well you aren’t healthy. I take my Life Long Vitality Vitamins daily to help feed my body on a cellular level. (These vitamins deserve a whole blog post so I will work on that)

doTERRA LifeLong Vitality Vitamins

Another thing that Frank helps me with is my big Toe. I have a toe that I have broken so many times that I have been told that I have something that starts with “A” happening in that Toe…but I am not old enough for that to be happening…just sayin.

But If I were to have that “A” thing then my daily drop of Frankincense on my toe is perfect. It helps my body to produce a healthy inflammatory response. So if you know people that are old enough…who am I kidding… everyone can benefit from using frankincense to support the body when occasional inflammation happens…even if that occasion is daily.

Well hopefully I’ve helped you see that you and Frank can be best friends but if you need more convincing or information please check out this doTERRA blog post https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/spotlight-frankincense-oil

doTERRA might make you swear…

I had the best experience working with a 15 year old with Anger issues. When we first started talking he was pleasant but closed off to the idea of essential oils. He wanted to know if this was scientifically proven…son, science is a bit of my specialty when it comes to oils.

So I busted out some of my best science-y talk about how your amygdala is your emotional center and how the fastest way to the amygdala is through your olfactory senses. He was convinced enough to let me try and help him.

I asked him “What do you have going on in your life that I can help you with? He said “I get really angry and I can’t control it”

So I looked in my emotions and essential oils book and saw a list of oils that could help. I decided to try the Forgive blend. My main thoughts for using this blend was that even though he was talking about how angry he was it seemed like he was mad at himself for not being in control of his life. I also thought that maybe there are a few people in his life that he might need to forgive so…that’s what I went with.

At first, he held the open bottle and sniffed…then he leaned in and inhaled and I actually saw his body relax and he deeply inhaled again. He held the bottle out, looked at it with awe and quietly said “Shiiiiit”. He was in a bit of shock at how quickly the essential oils worked to help him feel calm.

He looked at me and asked “Can I vape this?” Ok kid that is a whole other conversation about why that is bad for you. “No, you can’t vape this. Let me show you how you can make your hands into a quick diffuser.”

We then showed him how to carefully drop one drop into his hands, rub them together and breathe deeply without getting oils in his eyes.

I LOVED this experience! It was so great to see him taking control of his own emotions and understanding that he truly was in control.

As a mom of 4 amazing (sometimes angry) humans I have to say that I loved seeing hope in his mom’s eyes…I know that hopeless feeling when your kids are frustrated but there is nothing that you can do about it. Well…there is one more momma out there knowing that she’s not completely helpless.

#essentialoilstotherescue #mommasgothope #hopefullnothelpless #whatcouldbebetterthanthat

My Copaiba can beat up your CBD!

I can’ tell you how many times I get this question… Do you have CBD oil? To answer your question no I don’t have CBD. There is a lot of hype around CBD and for good reason. There are a lot of benefits that can happen when you feed your CB2 receptors.

If you don’t know what your CB2 receptors are here’s a little info…CB2 receptors are most often found on the cells of our immune system. They help moderate inflammation and our immune response to pathogens. When these receptors are fed properly then they help our body respond better to everyday stressors and occasional threats. CBD, THC and Copaiba all feed your CB receptors so how do you know what to pick?

Do you know how hard it is to break down complicated sciencey stuff into a short easy to understand blog post??? Maybe this will help…

Here is why I feel Copaiba is a better option than CBD.

  • Copaiba is legal in all 50 states. This is a especially important if you have a job where you are required to be urine tested. Copaiba is the resin of a tree, tapped in the same way that you tap a Maple Tree.
  • Copaiba directly interacts with your CB2 receptors rather than indirectly which is what CBD does.
  • doTERRA’s Copaiba is third party tested, and has a strict limited variance meaning that between bottles and batches you are going to have consistent results. Unlike CBD which when third party tested the same company, same product, but different batches had a variance of 2%-35%. (Many different companies were tested)
  • doTERRA’s Copiaba is a much better value! Price, Purity, Potency, AND Pathways. But don’t take my word for it check out this AMAZING video with Dr. Hill and Dr. Osguthorpe

Please let me know if you have any questions – Ronai

To Sunblock Or Not To Sunblock…That Is The Question

There is so much in the news about sunblock being vital to avoid skin cancer and now we are hearing that sunblock is the reason for skin cancer, it is very hard to know what is true.

You can find research for both sides of the argument, so who do you believe? I really don’t have the answer for YOU ( I know what I prefer for my family) what I can do is post a few links that I’ve read and allow you to do your own deciding.

I can also tell you from my own experience you can’t believe that all natural sunblocks are actually all natural. Or just because the company adds words like clean, natural or even organic to their product or name of their company that it will be completely clean, natural or organic. I ended up with a chemical burn using Babyganics Kids SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray this winter when I went to Mexico. I have since discovered and app called “Think Dirty” That shows you rating on how clean and natural or how dirty and chemical laden your products are. This one gets an 8/10…you want to keep your numbers low to have a clean product.

Unfortunately I never got a before pic. This is when it was mostly healed

The other thing I can do is give you a recipe for a natural sunscreen that I’ve made, tried and tested it on my sensitive Minnesotan skin, and give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Here’s what you need: Grape Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Lavender, Melaleuca, Sandalwood and Helichrysm Essential Oil. A 2 oz spray bottle and distilled water.

I actually did the whole blogger thing and took pics while I was making the blend. I was so proud of myself…well…most of them disappeared somewhere in the digital ether. So here you go just make it and you can take pics yourself if you really need all that LOL

I will tell you that I used this recipe and then went out with my boys paddleboarding for a few hours on a full sun, 90 degree day. I DID NOT BURN!!!! That was amazing! Now I will tell you that this recipe is NOT waterproof and I’m not sure how often to reapply yet. As I figure this stuff out I will let you know.

Now get out there and enjoy summer!

I’m Not Okay…That’s Okay

May is Mental Health Awareness month, I am so grateful that mental health awareness is becoming so mainstream. This is something that should be talked about openly and often. I have lost friends and family members due to mental health issues. I have close friends and family member that deal with different mental health issues, and I myself have dealt with bouts of depression, anxious feelings and panic attacks. Thankfully they have been few and fleeting and not of the clinical nature.

About 5 years ago I started having panic attacks. I’m not sure why they started. At the time I had a lot of things going on, it was after my car accident, I was traveling a lot and I was trying to figure out who I was. Whatever the reason, they started and they were terrifying.

The first time I had one thankfully I was with a friend, I was gasping for air and not understanding at all what was happening. He looked at me and asked what he could do and all I could manage to say was “lime”. He grabbed the lime oil and got it on my hand. Within a few minutes I was able to breathe in enough to calm my limbic system down and breathe.

I had watched my mom have panic attacks several times growing up. Each time resulted in her ending up in the ER for help. Each time it was hours of getting her the right help and then waiting for the concoction to kick in and then hours of recovery from the “fix”. Then days for me to get my mom back.

I’m so thankful for the doctors that helped my mom. It might be sad to say but I’m thankful that I was able to see that growing up so that when it happened to me, after I was safe and calm, I understood what had happened. Mom I’m so sorry that you had to go through that and grateful that your experience was able to help me.

I’m also grateful that I have many options available to me to get help. What I have found that works for me quickly, and effectively is:

Essential oil right away – My family knows to get Breathe oil or any citrus oil. (you will have to figure out your “happy place” oil) They put a drop on my hand and slowly lift my hand toward my face. Do not get in a person’s face if they are having a panic attack this will only freak them out more. The more control you can give them over their own situation the better.

Calm music, Guided meditations, or affirmations that you know work for you. – You can prep your family to know what helps you the most. Talk about this when life is good. Let your friends and family know how to help you through the attack. You can even write up a formal plan and have your emergency kit in a place that is easily accessible. If you are out, make sure that you have a small emergency kit in your bag/purse.

I have found that using these methods I’ve been able to gain control in just a few minutes. I am so thankful for the love and support of my friends and family. I’m also thankful that this subject is no longer taboo at my house and in my circle. I’m also thankful that if the methods above don’t work for any reason the rest of the plan is put in place. If I’m not able to calm down in a timely manner then we will head to the nearest ER and get professional help.

I hope that you find this information helpful. There are MANY resources available to you, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Essential oils of course! – I carry them with me everywhere. Figure out your “happy place” oils. If you need help with this feel free to contact me and we will do a “sampling”. Kind of like a wine tasting but for your nose.
  • Insight Timer – Best app for guided meditations
  • Lots of water and Exercise
  • Counseling – I think everyone should do counseling at some point in their life. It is so incredibly helpful.
  • Other peoples blogs – here is one written by a good friend of mine
    https://beyondabuseessentialhealing.com/
  • Self help books: Big Magic, You are a Badass, Girl Wash Your Face, Girl Stop Apologizing, Braving the Wilderness, Loving What is. I know that there are a bunch more but these are a good start.

Whatever method you choose to help with your mental health, please know that there is no shame in reaching out for help. This is definitely a road that should not be traveled alone. Please talk about it with friends and family, you might be surprised by how many people not only want to help but might need your help in return.

I LOVE my Postal Delivery Person!!!

Lets talk about Monthly subscription boxes…oh my goodness they rock!!!

So the hottest new things are these Monthly subscription boxes like Cause Box, Mostess or Stitch Fix. How fun!! I love getting something in the mail and who doesn’t love a surprise? Well except what if the stuff that shows up isn’t exactly what you wanted? What if you just bought some of the same stuff in the store last week? Guess what… I have a solution

I’ve been getting a monthly subscription box for the last 6 years. doTERRA calls this Monthly subscription box their Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP) but I like to think of it as a Lifestyle Rewards Program (still LRP.) Here’s the cool thing… I get to choose EXACTLY what I want in my box. I also get to choose how much or how little I order. Not only that I also get shipping rewards AND I earn a percentage of my order back in points that I use to get more free stuff.

What could be better than that?

I’ll tell you…

Someone recently asked me to share what I get in my Lifestyle Rewards Box so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Every month I have certain “staples” that I always order but then every month I change things up depending on what I’m going to focus on for the month. Well for March I’m going to focus on Spring Cleaning. I know I live in MN and we won’t actually see spring for 2-3 months but I’m an eternal optimist.

This Pic was taken yesterday…you got it folks March 10th…ugh!

Here are the Staples:

Life Long Vitality Vitamins

Mito2Max

Terrazyme

Deep Blue or PB Assist (Depends on which one I need that month)

A Citrus oil, I change this up every month since there are so many choices. This month I need a Tangerine.

Now for the rest of my order. Time to order more cleaning supplies:

OnGuard Laundry Detergent

OnGuard Concentrated Cleaner (SO MANY USES!!!)

OnGuard Foaming Handwash – One For every Bathroom

Purify Blend

Here are some tried and true Natural Cleaning Recipes that I absolutely LOVE!

Glass Cleaner

Ingredients:
16-ounce spray bottle

1 1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup distilled water

8 drops of any citrus oil of your choice (could use Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, or a combination)

 Directions:

Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake. You are ready to clean!

https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-glass-cleanser

Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner

Ingredients:

1 cup white vinegar

2 cups hot water

15 drops of Lemon essential oil

 Directions:

  1. Combine the ingredients in glass spray bottle.
  2. Spray mixture inside fridge or microwave, then scrub and wipe using damp cloth.

https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-refrigerator-and-microwave-cleaner

DIY: Citrus Air Freshener

Ingredients:

8-ounce glass spray bottle

1/2 cup distilled water

20 drops essential oil

Directions:

  1. Combine water and essential oil in glass spray bottle. You can use more or less essential oil depending on how strong you want the aroma.
  2. Shake before each use. You can use on furniture, carpet, in your car, bathroom, or anywhere else you want freshened!

https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-citrus-air-freshener

DIY: Spring Fling Room Spray (Also makes a great “Spray Before You Go” toilet spray)

Ingredients:

20 drops Lemon
20 drops Grapefruit 
20 drops Lime 
Distilled water 
Glass spray bottle 

Directions: In a glass spray bottle, add essential oils and top with water. Depending on the size of your spray bottle, you may wish to add more essential oils. That’s all! Just give that bottle a shake and spray to your heart’s content. 

https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-spring-fling-room-spray

My Mom Used To Beat Me

My mom used to beat me. What’s worse is not only did the doctor know about this but encouraged it.

Ok…let me explain; as a child I had a lot of respiratory issues and one of the ways to break up the lung congestion was to beat me. My mom would cup her hand and beat on my chest and back for about 20 minutes several times a day. This would result in my coughing violently and producing a myriad of colorful interesting things coming out of my lungs…TMI???

Why am I telling you this? Recently I was asked about my why, my real why. We have so many reasons why we do certain things and this friend of mine reached deeper, asked deeper questions and I was brought back to my childhood. In elementary school I remember there were a few years that I spent more time at home on the couch then I did at school. I missed out on almost every school party because I was home on the couch and unwell. I missed out on birthday parties, church events and family outings. I missed out…

I don’t want anyone else to miss out. I don’t want any child or adult for that matter to miss out on all the little things that end up being their memories later in life.

So how do I keep mom at bay? How do I keep from repeating a cycle of beating…? LOL Here is my quick daily routine:

I put 1-2 drops of OnGuard on my feet every night and every morning to support my immune system

I take the Life Long Vitality Vitamins daily (I see a whole Blog post about how awesome these are…stay tuned)

I have removed as many toxins from my home as possible, changed out my cleaning products, shampoo/Conditioner, toothpaste and laundry detergent…etc. I’m able to get all of these products from doTERRA. (I see even more posts…yay…stay tuned)

For respiratory support there is nothing better than doTERRA’s Breathe Oil. This lovely blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara and Cardamom is life changing. I love how it opens up my airways without the shaky feeling that can happen with other products that are designed to open your airways quickly. For a quick tutorial on how I actually do this check out this video.

If you would like to get any of the Breathe products for yourself click here

I’m so glad that I have these amazing essential oils that support my body and my family. AND I do have to give a shout out to my mom for lovingly “beating” me to keep me alive…thanks mom.

Paintball hurts…for real!

This should be totally obvious, right? But everyone says how much fun it is, and it is, I guess I just thought they were exaggerating about the pain, they weren’t.

I guess I should explain a bit, a few years ago we started doing Christmas “experiences” rather than tangible gifts. Every year I try to do things I know we like and try something new. This year we escaped 2 different puzzle rooms, those we know we like. We did rock and roll bowling with the cousins, this we found out that we didn’t like. I guess I should preface that, we had a great time with the cousins but bowling isn’t our thing. And our final event was paintball. Ummm, lots of fun was had but wow that hurt lol.

No one told me that I would get hit in the head. I mean I know they have you wear a face mask, and thank goodness they did, but I should have been wearing a full helmet and body armor. I got beaned in the head twice, do you know what that feels like? It’s like being hit in the head with a rock.

The worst spot though was my inner thigh. For everyone’s sake I have forgone the pics that would normally accompany a post like this. As soon as I got hit I knew it was going to leave a mark, I bruise super easily. By the time I got home I already had a pretty impressive mark so I got out my oils and went to work.

Black and Blue Blend,
5 drops Helichrysum,
4 drops Lavender,
3 drops Cypress,
3 drops Lemongrass,
3 drops Geranium

Place in a 5ml roller bottle and top of with a carrier oil. I like fractionated coconut oils as my carrier. Apply often to skin as your body heals. People always ask me how often to apply, well that really depends on the situation. For this particular spot I found for ease of use I applied every time I used the Loo (see how I used the British name there and it sounds so cute rather than TMI, you’re welcome)

It is AMAZING how quickly these essential oils go to work to support my body in natural healing. What would normally take a week or more for my body to absorb was gone in less than 48 hours.