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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 

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 

Diffuse to get in the Mood!

Remember when I said yesterday that I haven’t decorated, at all. This is very true and to tell you the truth I’m feeling a bit less than festive. So today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is how I changed that really fast.

Diffuse, diffuse, diffuse!!! It really didn’t take much, I just added Holiday Joy in the diffuser in the living room and Holiday Peace and Citrus Bliss in the diffuser in the kitchen. Both smell AMAZING and have put me in a right festive mood.

You might ask Why Holiday Peace and Citrus Bliss. I never would have thought of it myself but last month doTERRA did a BOGO and paired the two together and I thought I’d try it… MAGIC!!!

Just a heads up that tomorrow is Christmas and I will be (diffusing) taking the day off from writing to spend it being present with my family. I wish you and your’s health and happiness. Merry Christmas!

#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 

EO Hack for when the pressure is too much!

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is inspired by a friend that is all stuffed up. He is feeling a bit miserable and asked what Essential Oils could help. Of course, I gave him all the usual immune support help.

Onguard internally and on his feet. Breathe to help open the airways (check out this short video) and Breathe Touch or Breath Vapor Stick to rub on his chest.

Lots of water and rest. But then I surprised him when I said to rub a little Digestzen Touch on the bridge of his nose to cheek bones ( think sinus passages) forehead (upper sinuses) and bellybutton.

Wait… I thought Digestzen was for digestive health. Well my friend, here is a little EO hack that not a lot of people know but they should. Digestzen helps to break up mucus so it is the perfect blend to use when you are feeling a bit stuffed up.

Hope you don’t need this little fun fact, but if you do… you’re welcome 😉

#doyoudōTERRAdaily 

Quick and Easy Gift Idea!

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is actually yesterdays. Oops…if you have a problem with this being a day late then you can go back and read the blog from last week titled “Ugh… I’m Sorry”

Yesterday was my daughters bridal shower. It was an extremely busy, beautiful day. I made sure to ask the blushing bride what she wanted in the diffuser. Her favorite scent is cinnamon

We had food, games and opening of presents, all the traditional bridal shower things. Then as each guest left we gave them a bath salt ornament. These are quick and easy gifts that were a total hit 😊

Here’s all you need:

  • Plastic Ball Ornament – You can get these at your local craft store. Now is the time to purchase for next year.
  • Salt – I like sea salt or Pink Himalayan salt. You can also use Epsom salt.
  • Tea – I generally use Organic Chamomile. This adds a bit of color and is completely safe for the bath.
  • Essential Oils – For these ones we used Lavender but you can add any essential oils that you want to bathe in. For a bath I generally suggest no more than 6-10 drops of whatever oil you like to add.
  • (You can get fancy and add dye like in the featured picture. I think they are super pretty but I’m careful when adding any color. Plus it is a lot more work.)

Funny side note story. There is a reason that you should add the essential oils (EO) to the salts, then the salts to the bath and not just drop essential oils into your bath water then sit down. Ummm… EO’s float. If you’ve added them to the salt then the salt weighs it down to mix with the water. But let’s say you just add EO’s to your water then sit down…on top of the EO’s… ummm… it might make for an uncomfortable bath if you get what I’m saying.

#doyoudōTERRAdaily

Are your hands holdable?

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is inspired by my dirty carpets. Ok really its inspired by Tim Ross of My Trusted Carpet Cleaners. If you are local and need your carpets/tile cleaned I HIGHLY recommend Tim. He is friendly, respectful and you can’t beat his price or the quality of his work…check out this before and after pic.

He was over today cleaning my carpets and mentioned that he has very dry skin due to the solution he uses. Well doTERRA to the rescue! We have a few different options that are available. Of course, you already know about our Unscented Hand and Body Lotion. If not check out this blog post

I also want to show you 2 others depending on your moisture needs. First is a favorite at our house for many different reasons. Is smells wonderful, leaves your skin hydrated and does not leave you feeling greasy. dōTERRA’s Hydrating Body Mist with Beautiful Blend

(On a side note I teach an Intimacy and Essential Oils class and this is a MUST HAVE in the bedroom.)

Next is new to the doTERRA family. We have Yarrow/Pom and Yarrow/Pom Body Renewal Serum.

Check out this AMAZING before and after pic. The difference between the two is Yarrow/Pom is just what it says Yarrow essential oil and pomegranate oil.

Yarrow/Pom Body Renewal Serum has the added benefit of Jojoba, Sunflower, Grape, and Argan Kernel oils provide deep moisturizing benefits and help prevent premature signs of aging. It also has other CPTG essential oils of Roman Chamomile, Yuzu, Peppermint, and Cananga soothe skin and promote a positive, relaxed mood.

How clean are your brushes?

Are your makeup brushes in need of some deep cleaning? This is one of the reasons that we have skin problems. We never think about cleaning our brushes. Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily” is a makeup brush cleanser that is super easy and only requires three simple ingredients.


Ingredients

2 tablespoons doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Tea Tree oil
5 drops Grapefruit oil

Instructions

  1. Add Fractionated Coconut Oil and essential oils into a small bowl.
  2. Swirl your makeup brush in the Fractionated Coconut Oil mixture for 30 seconds, or until you see the makeup stored in your brush start to come out.
  3. Rub in a circular motion on the palm of hand to help get the makeup out.
  4. Rinse the brush under warm water. Gently squeeze brush bristles until clean, and the water runs clear. Note: Make sure to point the bristles down when running under water. Direct water contact may loosen the glue where the bristles are attached and shorten the life of your brushes.
  5. Let your newly cleaned makeup brushes dry on a towel for four hours, or until dry. Repeat once a month, or as needed.

And just because I like to have options, I thought you might like a few too…

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!