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You never licked the sidewalk???

Ok this seems to be my week for letting go of fear and embarrassment for things that I do or say. Here goes…when they first released Cedarwood my first thought was “this smells like when you are little and you lick the hot cement sidewalk” Yep you read that right. I had the unfortunate luck of actually saying that out loud to a friend. By the look on her face I found out that this wasn’t a normal kid action. Kids do weird things, some eat paint chips, some eat dirt, some lick the sidewalk on a hot summer day. To each their own lol.

I have since learned a better way to explain this amazing aroma, think about a super hot day that has a sun-shower, now think about the aroma that happens when the rain first hits the sidewalk… That is what I think Cedarwood smells like. (Better right?)

Now that I have your attention lets talk about the cool benefits of this amazing essential oil.

Cedarwood oil is known to promote relaxation, and can be used to calm the mind when you are feeling all the feels. (Kinda like being a carefree kid on a hot summer day) Apply Cedar oil to the bottom of your feet to help promote a peaceful, settled feeling. You can also add Cedarwood oil to your diffuser (Call it summer rain lol) to relax and chill. When it comes to promoting calming, grounding feelings, Cedarwood essential oil is amazing!

As a bonus when you are diffusing cedarwood to help calm the all the feels you will also be discouraging bugs from entering your house. It’s kinda like an aromatic “keep out” sign. As much as I love nature, I do not love creepy crawlies inside my house. You can also put a drop of Cedarwood oil on a cotton ball and place in closets, storage boxes, or other areas to keep moths at bay. When the aroma fades, add another drop to ensure that no bugs will make their home in your furniture or storage areas.

Cedarwood oil is the oil of community and helps promote wellness and vitality. This is a perfect oil to use before your workout or during my favorite yoga pose, savasana. Actually can I just skip the whole yoga routine and go straight to savasana?

As a warm, woody essential oil, Cedarwood produces an aroma that is reminiscent of the outdoors (especially the suburbs for this kid.) Because of its warm properties, Cedarwood plays well with the other children. You can blend it with herbal oils like Clary Sage, woody oils like Cypress, and even other spicy essential oils like Frankincense. Cedarwood also blends well with Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Sandalwood, Thyme, and Vetiver.y

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this walk through my weird childhood quirks. Please know that there are more where that come from. If I’ve peaked your interest and you want to try Cedarwood for yourself click here.

What could be better than that?

BEST DAY EVER!!!

Have you ever just met people and new that you would be fast friends? So you invite them to do something crazy and out of your comfort zone and it completely solidifies that friendship??? Yeah that totally happened today!

Last week Michael and I were in beautiful Puerto Vallarta Mexico on the doTERRA Incentive trip that we earned. (See Previous post) One of the coolest things about these trips are the people in doTERRA that you meet that aren’t on your team but are totally supportive of your growth.

Last year I met this amazing woman Jennifer and we just hit it off right away. We hung out on the beach, by the pool and all over the resort talking about life and business. We kept in touch all year and were so excited to be on the trip again this year.  

Tuesday night we planned to have dinner together, dinner for 3 soon turned into dinner for 8 as Jen collected friends throughout the day. Such a fun surprise when Alex and Becky show up (we met them last year) and Jason and Nandi who I met earlier that day and Lynn, Jen’s roommate. We had a great dinner and then Michael and I talked them into doing a Zip Line Excursion on Thursday. BEST DAY EVER!!! We didn’t just zip line we raced through the jungle on ATV’s, did indoor skydiving, rappelled from a tree, did this sort of Ninja warrior thing climbing up a cargo rope ladder into the trees, almost pee’d myself on the pendulum swing and went down an EPIC water slide! We ended it all with delicious hand tossed tortillas that were out of this world.

We weren’t allowed to take our phones with us which was actually a good thing so we could just be present and fully in the moment. (sorry no cool selfies) But the pictures they took are AMAZING (also why this blog is a few days after the fact) It was really nice to just be present, take in the scenery, physically interact and not be pulled away by a text, call or some other electronic distraction.

The conversations that we had were real, light hearted, totally deep and hilarious! I loved the sharing of essential oil knowledge and actual oils (we passed them around each person having different oils that someone needed), business tips and life in general.

One of the hardest things I did was taking a step off of a perfectly good, really high in the trees, platform to bungee/rappel from a tree. I knew I was harnessed, I knew it was safe and yet it was so hard to take that leap of faith and just let go. Right before my turn Becky asked me, “What are you going to release when you jump?” It was such a cool thought, I could not only get over this fear but release something else in the process. I decided to let go of my scarcity mindset over a few different things I’m dealing with. I took that step and released…my fear, my scarcity mindset and a huge scream. It felt AMAZING!!!

I can not express to you my gratitude for that day. For the friendships forged and the physical and emotional release that I felt throughout the whole experience. If you would like to try this out for yourself, I highly suggest Vallarta-Adventures and do the Extreme Zip Line Adventure. The staff there are fun, silly and incredibly professional.  https://www.vallarta-adventures.com/en/tour/extreme-zip-line-canopy-adventure

#bestdayever #whatcouldbebetterthanthat #friendship #releasethefear #doterraftw

Don’t Yuck Someone Else’s Yum

This is a phrase that I learned from a good friend of mine Wade Fields when our kids were young and I used it all the time at the dinner table. Now I find that I use it on myself sometimes when talking about essential oils.

It may come as a shock to you but I don’t find all essential oils to have a pleasing aroma. That being said I do find that they all have amazing benefits to support my body that outweigh my reluctance to use them because of their aroma (except patchouli I just can’t)

Today I’d like to talk about an oil that I think smells like turpentine…Melaleuca, also known as Tea Tree oil. (Actually the chemical compounds are Terpinen-4-ol, γ-terpinene, α-terpinene so it makes sense it smells that way)  Funny thing is my daughter loves the aroma of melaleuca I mean LOVES it! She can’t get enough of it and I’m glad because it has some amazing properties and uses.

dōTERRA Melaleuca essential oil is renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin. If you get occasional skin irritations, I’m 44 and I still get those skin irritations…ugh, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area. For an added cleansing property, I love to combine 1–2 drops with my facial cleanser.

Guys you can apply 1-2 drops to your skin right after shaving it will help a ton!

Not only is it best for cosmetic care, dōTERRA Melaleuca works great when cleaning hard surfaces. Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces in your home to protect against environmental and seasonal threats.

Now, one common New Year’s resolution is to exercise. I love going to the gym! I pick up the weights, pick up some good habits but there are some things that you REALLY don’t want to pick up while you are there. So, let’s talk about taking care of your feet. Treat your feet to some tender love and care by trying this Melaleuca foot balm. It feels great on your feet and you are helping to protect against both environmental and communal threats 😉

AMAZING!!!

So next time you want to Yuck someone else’s yum you might want to do a little research and find out the benefits or positive reasons why they love it. If you don’t want to do the research yourself then send me a message and I will find the good things and write about them for you.

What could be better than that?

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.

In it for the Long Run…

People ask me all the time, “Do you sell essential oils?” Me…”No, I’m an essential oils educator. I educate and I share an opportunity.” For me this is key, I have a problem with “Selling” to my friends. I LOVE essential oils. I think every house should be using it. I’m definitely “That oil lady” but to me selling is not my focus. My focus is to help people be healthy, physically and emotionally first. Now if financial healing happens along the way woohoo!!!

This is not a “get rich quick” scheme, a pyramid scheme or any other kind of scheme. In fact there is no “Scheme” to it at all. It is network marketing, a legitimate business. In network marketing there is always the next goal, that next rank to achieve. Don’t get me wrong goals and ranks are a good thing. It is a way that I can measure how many families I’ve helped, how many lives I’ve been able to touch through this great business…but these goals are not MY goals or what we refer to as our “why.” For me, I am in the business of building relationships. Helping families heal. That is the most important thing to me. Along the way yes this did turn into a “business”, but I’ve noticed when I turn away from my “why” (Helping people heal) then my business fails. When I focus on the individual that I can help, the family in need then I am able to help them and my business at the same time.

Spending time working with essential oils and taking on new team members to mentor I have learned the importance of investing in the long run and making sure others do as well. Think of what you feed your body. If you invest in fresh fruit and veg now, which can cost more (financially and with your time), instead of an over processed meal, which is cheaper and faster, in the long run what will that cost you consistently? More than likely a few heart surgeries and the cost of your overall health and wellness. Now I’ll ask you what is more cost effective and a better use of time? Just like eating healthy (and exercise), this is a long term investment, in people, in health and in finances. There is really no way to go wrong. Unless you don’t go.

There’s a mountain of encouragement to keep you going. “I think I can, I think I can.” “Keep your chin up.” “Reach for the stars.” All of these are great but the one that sticks with me? “If you don’t quit, you win.” Just don’t quit. I don’t want to climb ranks and propel through an ever increasing trajectory but I do want to help people and I want to live a healthy life. I don’t think I want to quit that and I think that’s a pretty good “win.”

If you are interested in the long-term benefits of using essential oils or sharing essential oils, let me know! I am “that oil lady” and loving sharing my oils.

What could be better than that.

If you would like more information about which essential oil brand I use that is safe for me and my family, please email me.

Bug Off!!! – Natural Bug Repellent

I love to garden, I love getting fresh veggies that I had a part in growing. What I don’t love is that I live in Minnesota, Land of 10,000 lakes and unlimited mosquitos.

For years I would cover myself in deet and go outside only to come back in a little while later still covered in mosquito bites. I’d have to shower because I felt so gross from all the chemicals on my skin. But not anymore!!!

Thankfully I’ve found a natural bug repellent that actually works. doTERRA Essential oils are AMAZING!!! And here is a blend that my friend Micki sent me that is the best! THANK YOU Micki 🙂

Natural Bug Repellent

  • 30 drops Terrashield
  • 20 Cedarwood
  • 20 Lemongrass
  • 15 Arborvitae
  • Pinch Epson salt, Water and Fractionated coconut oil
  • 4oz glass spray bottle

Here is to a happy deet and bite free summer 🙂 What could be better than that??