Simple DIY Magnesium Spray for Sore Muscles

According to the National Institute for Health , " Magnesium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and ...

Pansomnia..... Tips to end the no sleep cycle

Painsomnia Spoonies everywhere know exactly what I’m talking about, right? Too miserable, too uncomfortable to fall asleep. Or stay asleep. I’ve spent many a night up binge watching tv shows (it’s when I became obsessed with Downton Abbey…) And then I’ve spent many a day in the fog and fatigue mode from not getting enough rest. That exhaustion makes it difficult to function, so getting some exercise, preparing the foods that will benefit our bodies, just taking care of life in general becomes next to impossible. It creates vicious downward spiral in our lives. Lifestyle change will have the biggest impact on improving the painsomnia situation. When I wo...

Tips to Breaking the Stress Cycle

Stress. We all feel it. Usually too much of it. And it causes us all kinds of health issues. It’s even possible that this constant “flight or fight” state we keep ourselves in could be the trigger for some of our autoimmune issues. I wonder about that with my RA. Back in 2010, I was under a ton of stress...

Let's learn about Blue Tansy. Is it really blue?

I've been really enjoying learning about the new oils that doTERRA recently released. I just sat down today to dig into uses for Blue Tansy. I knew it was an important component of Deep Blue Rub (SO many people's favorite), but I haven't used it yet for anything else, Guess I've been too obsessed with Copaiba ! Blue Tansy actually comes from a YELLOW flower in the Chamomile family, harvested in Morocco. It gains its blue color during distillation. According to the doTERRA blog , "A sesquiterpene compound called matricin, which is found naturally in the aerial parts of chamomile plants, goes through a reaction when it is in the pre...

Have we found a Silver Bullet for Spoonies?

One of the new doTERRA oils I’m the most excited about is Copaiba. It is versatile like Frankincense, and seems just as powerful. I’m including it in my daily oil routine to help me have a solid foundation to build on, Copaiba essential oil, with its sweet, woodsy aroma, is a product of steam distilling the gum resin tapped from the Brazilian Copaifera reticulata tree. What makes it super special is the impact in can have on...

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 flower...

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 s...

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 all about DE the past couple of weeks. S...

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 a...

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 bugs and pests because it kills anything with exoskeleton - however we can eat it even withou...

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 of ...

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 ...

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: Lemongrass – wonderful for sore muscles/tendons/ligaments Grapefruit - supports detox and healthy...

[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 should...

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 this DIY is a simple and effective way to beat the heat. We are headed out on another camping adventure the end of the week, so you better believe that I'll be mixing some of this up before we leave. Here's the recipe: Summer Cooling Spray 2 oz spray bottle 5 drops peppermint essential oil 4 drops clary sage essential oil (add a couple dro...

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 o...

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 sto...