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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!”

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 

Do you know what you are putting on your skin?

Don’t you just love this time of year! I do, I love the hustle and bustle of it all and I REALLY love all the sales! I love a good deal. Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is all about that good deal that really isn’t a good deal.

The quick fix, without reading all of the science, is to switch to doTERRA’s unscented lotion. The great thing about this lotion is you get to pick what scent you want! I love mixing different Essential Oils in with this unscented lotion to come up with a unique scent that I can change as the mood hits me. *The important thing to remember is that a little EO goes a long way!* 1-2 drops is more than enough.

Don’t like the way that lotion feels, no problem just add a few drops of EO’s to some fractionated coconut oil.

Now this looks like a great holiday gift…right? Read on my friend.

Please understand that chemicals disrupt your body’s major organ functions and your endocrine system.⚠️

😐These types of lotions, body washes, and body sprays are in gift sets sold in all the major stores. These sets target not only adults but also young girls who are already suffering from an out of balance hormone system. You can find hundreds of toxic ingredients in lotions, bathbombs, makeup and perfumes.

Our skin is our largest organ. The ingredients in these products get absorbed into our bloodstream within 26 seconds, & even quicker for kiddos who will absorb up to 50% more than an adult would. 👎🏼Toxic exposures will also put a child at higher risk for disease(s) later in life.

I know those beautiful gift sets & marketing can reel you in, but please watch out for yourself & your loved ones! ❤️

☝🏻So many ingredients to avoid…

🚫Butylene Glycol: found in anti-freeze & break & hydraulic fluid. It can cause an increased skin reaction in people with sensitive skin. It can also be called Propylene Glycol.

🚫Isopropyl Alchohol: may cause premature aging of skin. Also found in anti-freeze. It strips skin of natural acid mantle, promoting growth of bacteria. It can cause headaches, flushed skin, dizziness, nausea & vomiting, & mental depression according to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients.

🚫Tetrasodium EDTA: contains formaldehyde & a known skin & lung irritant

🚫BHT: this fragrance has been linked to organ system toxicity & a known skin, eye, & lung irritant

🚫Disodium EDTA: neurotoxin linked to brain damage & liver changes in animals

🚫Diazolidinyl Urea: this chemical releases formaldehyde into your body. Mayo Clinic says formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions, trigger heart palpations, immune system toxicity, & cancer in humans. Exposure may cause joint pain, depression, headaches, dizziness, loss of sleep, chronic fatigue, ear infections, allergies, & chest pains. It can also trigger asthma & aggravate colds! Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen found in Johnson and Johnson baby care products, skincare, antiperspirants, & hair dyes.

🚫Methylparaben & Propylparaben: directly linked to breast cancer. In mice it had weak estrogenic effects which caused damage to the sperm formation in the testes. It may contribute to sterility in males, hormone imbalances in females, and cause early puberty. A relative of methylparaben, sodium methylparaben has been banned in the E.U. Some other common names for paraben’s are ethyl-, butyl-, & isobutyl- all ending with paraben. These do not have to be labeled, so sometimes companies will not list within ingredients panel.

🚫Ceterareth-20: ENHANCES the absorption of ALL above chemicals

🤓I know you think they smell good, but they really are so bad for you. Once you stop using these products your body will begin to detox these harmful ingredients. I promise you won’t miss them because they really won’t smell that great to you anymore when you experience products scented with natural (real) fragrance. We can do better ladies. It’s all up to us to make better choices. 💪🏼

I forgot to mention that we have 2 other AMAZING lotions. Rose and Citrus Bliss

👩🏻‍💻You can find out more information at Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org!

Thanks Andrea Pintozzi & Lisa Zimmerman for some of this great info!

Ugh… I’m sorry!

I didn’t get my blog written yesterday. I have so many excuses and I thought about listing them all off as I figure out what to write about today. Then I took a deep breath and rolled Forgive over my heart and put Blue Tansy on my big toe.

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is about forgiving yourself. So often we expect so much from ourselves and we are harsh with ourselves when we don’t accomplish our tasks. The idea of writing a quick blog everyday shouldn’t be that big of a deal, until you factor in: the person writing it really doesn’t think of herself as a writer, it’s the month of December and all that entails, her only daughter is getting married January 2nd, family obligations, daily business, household chores, opening a non-profit this month and on top of everything lets throw in a quick sewing project.

Michael said the only ugly Christmas sweater he would wear is a plain one that said “UGLY”
So I made him this one.

With daily lists as long as most of us write, it is no wonder that people are stressed all the time. It’s no wonder that we say “I’m sorry” rather than, “excuse me” when we bump into people in the grocery aisle. (Blog about that to come soon.)

So today I will slow down a bit and look at all the things I did accomplish yesterday and not the things I didn’t. ( I really do think the “ugly” Christmas sweater for my hubby turned out great!)

What can you forgive yourself for today? #DoyoudōTERRAdaily

Do you have a Vision Board?

Are you a goal setter? Do you have a vision board?  Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is inspired by my being able to take something (actually 2 things) off of my vision board (VB). WOOHOO!!!

I have big goals and huge dreams. I started a vision board YEARS ago but hadn’t been able to take anything off of it until now. First off most of the things I put on there aren’t completely in my control, so this year I added a few smaller goals that are completely in my control.

Next, I started adding Blue Tansy to my big toe before I sit down in front of my VB. If you have a VB you should sit in front of it every morning and every night imagining that those things are already true.

Why Blue Tansy and why the big toe? Blue Tansy being the Emotional Oil of Inspired Action, can you guess what it does??? That’s right, it gets your rear end in gear. It has helped so many people to stop procrastinating.  Many people named it “Anti-procrastination in a bottle” Why the BIG toe you ask?? The big toe is the reflex point of the brain, don’t we all want to have a direct effect on the brain point with inspired action. Motivation, movement and momentum, sound good to you?

So are you ready to take action in your life? Contact me for your Free Wellness Consultation. #doyoudōTERRAdaily

Get thee hence satan (or super bugs)

Oh the cleaning that has been happening around here is crazy! If you read Tuesday’s blog then you know the “visitor” that has invaded my house is not one that is a welcome guest. Hands are being washed every few minutes, my son has been banished from the kitchen and all the door handles, light switches and stair railings have been wiped down…repeatedly with OnGuard Spray.

Here’s the cool thing, no one else in the house is displaying any symptoms so we are pretty sure that our uninvited guest got the idea and has vacated the building.

You might ask why I use OnGuard and not typical household cleaners? Science is why!! Check out this super cool science project that was done by a 5th grader

Did you know that chemical cleaners are not only hazardous for your health in many ways, they are pretty ineffective. The only thing that performs as well or better than OnGuard is straight up bleach in every Petri dish experiment I’ve seen! Kids can clean with OnGuard and even lick it with no concerns to toxicity.

This was a post by Katy Smolik. Her son Hayden did a 5th-grade school project on OnGuard essential oil versus Clorox and Lysol and how it kills bacteria. His results speak volumes! Katy said the Clorox didn’t make it a day! The bacteria was sourced from their chicken coop.

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily” is to make the switch to On Guard products. There are a bunch of them, I’m not going to stop you from getting them all (I couldn’t live without them all) but I will tell you if you can only switch one right now go with the On Guard Blend. When you have this blend, you can DIY most of the rest of them.

No time to DIY, me either, get all the OnGuard Products here. You won’t regret it

Want more info on how to “dōTERRA daily” let’s set up a free Wellness Consult #DoyoudōTERRAdaily

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily” is all about total PANIC!!! What was I thinking? A blog a day for 30 days, are you kidding me? Whose idea was this anyway?

Ok it was totally my idea, and I know why… I love using oils daily. This should be easy, and using them is easy. Writing about how I use them everyday, is NOT easy.

So what to do when the world seems to be on your shoulders and the weight of your decisions seems overwhelming? Umm… that’s easy… use some oils. (I bet you saw that coming)

My favorite go-to’s when it all gets to be too much are:

Breathe blend, totally helps you breathe mentally as well as physically.

Citrus Bliss, have I mentioned this is my happy place??

Adaptiv, I could teach an entire hour long class on the amazingness of Adaptiv. For those of you that want more than “oh my gosh the blend just works” Then check out this blog post.

There are SO MANY more but I will just mention 2

Lime, there is a reason they “put the lime in the coconut” its because lime is super uplifting and helps you relax.

And last but certainly not least FRANKINCENSE. This is the king of oils. There is a reason that this was a gift to baby Jesus…this stuff is a miracle! For situations like today where I’m having a bit of a freak-out, Frank comes in like that best friend and just gently reminds me that all is well. For more info on Frankincense read my other blog post

Want more info on how to “dōTERRA daily” let’s set up a free Wellness Consult #DoyoudōTERRAdaily