Roll on this amazing oil & watch your stress melt away

Once again, my trip to Salt Lake City for the doTERRA convention was tiring but oh-so-worth it. I’ve learned to listen to my body and rest when I need to - and even how to say no to some fun events in order to be able to enjoy the real meat of the convention: learning much about the science behind the oils, supplements, and products. It was a great new product year for us spoonie folks ! So many of the oils have huge benefits for our overall health and wellness. I’ll sharing a bit about how they can benefit us over the next few blog posts. We are going to start with Neroli oil. It’s a beautiful oil from the ...

Instant Pot Carnitas

No time or energy to cook? InstantPot to the rescue I love using my InstantPot. It's a great way to get a healthy dinner on the table in a short period of time. Yesterday I was super busy and super tired, so an easy dinner was definitely on the agenda. It's so tempting to resort to junk food or unhealthy take out on days like this, but it just makes our autoimmune issues worse. So the Instant Pot is a godsend. I also love when I can incorporate oils into my recipes. The flavor is amazing, and since they stay good for AGES, you can always have them on hand ready to go. I love to cook with fresh seasonings, but that isn't always very practical And this dinner i...

Learn My Secret Weapon to Avoid the Crud & STAY Healthy This Season

Are you tired of having an immune system that doesn't know what the heck it's doing? Yeah, me too. Find out my secret weapon to helping my immune system work more like it's supposed to. If you find this fascinating and are ready to check out these crazy oils, head over HERE to order your FREE Make a Roller Sample Set!

Diatomaceous Earth and Digestive Health

We’ve looked a couple of external diatomaceous earth uses, now lets look at what internal use can do. Internal use of (food grade) diatomaceous earth (DE) can result in: i mproved digestion (so important for chronic illness) liver and kidney support detoxification immune function (largely because of the digestive support) joint, bone, and ligament health For those of us with joint issues, this can be big news! I’ve really enjoyed learning...

Replace your antiperspirant with this DEodorant DIY

We're back with more Diatomaceous Earth uses! This time, we are replacing our antiperspirant with a simple DIY that is much better for you, For this easy recipe, you'll use 3TB Coconut oil 2TB Avocado Oil 1/4 cup Diatomaceous Earth 5 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil ( learn more about oils ) 4 drops Cedarwood Essential OIl (You can add a 2-3 tablespoons arrowroot powder if you want to thicken it up a bit more) Combine and store in an airtight jar. I bought my Diatomaceous Earth HERE If you give this a try, I'd love to hear your feedback. Remember, it's not antiperspirant - and it can take your body a bit to adjust to using a de...

What is Diatomaceous Earth? How can it help me?

What in the world is Diatomaceous Earth? Diatomaceous Earth.....DE for short. I have a terrible hard time pronouncing it for some reason. it does sound a bit science-y and strange, but it turns out it’s actually a natural product made up of fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. It’s a white powder - which surprised me. I guess I was expecting something more earth-like! It helps us deal with bu...

Ditch Brain Fog TODAY

Brain Fog is a common issue for anyone with a chronic illness. Thankfully I've got a few tricks up my sleeve and can clear out the fog when it settles in. Having ways to cope with chronic illness symptoms is a HUGE help to staying active and living your very best life. So there you have it, my favorite brain fog busters: 1) HYDRATE ! Pour yourself a nice tall glass o...

Simple detox tip you can start TODAY

Detoxing is a hot topic right now. It doesn't have to be complicated though, in fact, starting with something simple can help show you the benefits of detoxing and help prep you to take the next step. Sometimes when we start with crazy complicated changes to our lifestyle, it's difficult to stick with them. This is not complicated, in fact it's about as easy as it gets. Watch to find out more. Simple right? Definitely something that you can get started with today. If you'd like to talk about including citrus oils in your routine, we should chat ! And if you have felt the benefits of a detox, please share your experiences in the comments!

What is Nutritional Yeast & How do I use it?

Nutritional Yeast - what in the world is that? I first saw nutritional yeast listed in a recipe for Kale Chips in one of doTERRA’s Living Magazines. I just beginning to understand the diet-gut-immune connection and even the thought of Kale Chips was bizarre to me. (I actually love them now—obsessively love them) Well, I don’t like not knowing things . Which can totally get annoying at times. But in this case it was quite beneficial for my whole family (they all love it when I cook with nutritional yeast now) So what the heck i...

Simple Secret to Soak Away Stress

Feeling sluggish, achy, and just off kilter? A Detox Bath could help! Taking a detox bath is a fabulous way to flush toxins out of your system while easing stress and sore muscle at the same time. Removing toxins also allows our immune system to function better, balancing our body systems, helping us absorb nutrients better. It’s like a tune up for your body. Here are the oils recommended in the video and some possible benefits: ...

[GUEST POST] The Power of Wintergreen Essential Oil

I'd like to welcome Elizabeth from Finding Life's Silver Sun for this awesome blog post and giveaway! Elizabeth is part of my amazing oil family, and I've loved seeing her learn some simple ways to feel better naturally! It’s the age of computers! That also means, unfortunately, that it’s the age of chronic back pain and chronic neck/shoulder tension. Even those that are not stuck to a computer for eight or more hours a day have a lot more neck and shoulder tension than people used to. This chronic tension is due to how much time we spend looking forward and down. Are you reading this on your phone? Even if you’re not, I bet you’ve spent a decent amount of time on your phone in the past two hou...

How to handle chronic illness when you overdo it

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How to stay cool this summer naturally

Summer in North Carolina is HOT. And those temps are energy suckers. With a chronic illness, low energy is something we deal with already - we certainly don't need any more help feeling sluggish. Here's a simple AND natural way to stay cool this summer (and give you more energy!). I love using essential oils to improve my overall health - and...

How you can avoid the dangers of loneliness

Having a chronic illness can be very isolating. Many times people who have lived an extremely active, social lifestyle find themselves turning down invitations, because going out requires too much. It uses too many spoons, or is too painful, or sometimes they just don’t want to hear, “you’re still sick??” This can lead to some serious feelings of loneliness. I totally get it. Getting hit with any kind of chronic condition completely turned my world upside down. Even now, that I largely have my RA under control, there are times where I have to hang back because of a flare or fatigue, or times where I choose to beca...

How can I prevent sunburn naturally?

We hear reminders all the time about using sunscreen. Good or Bad Advice? Recently the middle and youngest dear daughter took off on an adventure day to the beach. I love that we live close enough to the beach that spur of the moment trips are possible. Well, they just grabbed some sunscreen at the store and hit the road. Great idea? Sounds like it, but in reality, not so much. Hana ended up with some sunburn AND a crazy rash from the lotion. We used some lavender and melaleuca to soothe the rash, but it left me wondering – there must be ways to prevent sunburn naturally. If y...

How can essential oils help with fatigue?

I’ve often talk about how essentials oils can help with energy. And there’s a good reason for that. It’s something that is a constant battle for me. No matter what chronic illness you deal with, you understand what I’m talking about. My days have been super full lately, so when I sit down to work in the evening my brain is ready to shut down. There are definitely some nights when nothing helps, when it’s just been one of those overflowing days (like when the grands are here) However-- I do have a few tricks up my sleeves. Essential oils are amazing for boosting energy. Something that I’ve found extremely beneficial for energy and focus is utilizin...

Get Rid of the Mood Monsters

Essential oils are powerful helps for managing moods Whenever my grandson Ben comes to visit, he loves to do DIY videos with me. We call it Make It Monday. It doesn't matter if it's Wednesday or Thursday or Saturday -- he always asks to do a Make It Monday video. This time we decided to make No More Monster Spray. Which is actually perfect if you have little rugrats who need a bit of calming i...

Why every home needs a bottle of Eucalyptus this summer

Welp. Summer is here. It’s been in the 90s, pool is open and a/c is rocking. We spend a fair amount of time outside, but I HATE getting over-heated. When I learned about liquid a/c, it was a very very happy day. The first oil I used to make this (extremely) popular spray was Peppermint (my volleyball girls love it). Pepp has a ton of menthol and known for relaxing and easing occasional headaches, as well as soothing muscles. It will also “pepp” you if you&rsqu...

Living your Best Life

What does it mean to live your best life -even with a chronic illness? Is it something only the rich or beautiful or smart get to experience? Or is it something all together different? I woke up last night about 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I’ve been dealing with a bit of respiratory mess again thanks to my good ol’ RA med. Having a chronic illness is a blast. I wandered in to the bathroom and this random thought hit me. Like a ton of bricks. “Is this my best life??” At first my brain started on, is this all there is? Am I always going to be looking for the good stuff just over the horizon? Once RA hit, I definitel...

Lovely Leave-In Conditioning DIY Spray

Our family has been working to get replace of all the harsh products in our home with more natural options. When I began to study about natural living, I had no idea how many places harsh chemicals were hiding. Yes, in your shampoo and conditioner too . I started using the doTERRA shampoo and conditioner quite awhile ago and have had great results with both, but sometimes my hair needs some...