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 ...

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 ice water, add your favorite citrus essential oil, and enjoy2) GET OUTSIDE! Take a walk, sit in the sun, breathe in some fresh ...

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 is nut...

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/ligamentsGrapefruit- supports detox and healthy metabolismWild Orange-Detoxing, stress relieving, immune ...

[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 mo...

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 b...

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 because peo...

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...

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 ...

Get Rid of the Mood Monsters

Essential oils are powerful helps for managing moodsWhenever 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 ...

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...

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 th...

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 ne...

Does stubbornness help or hurt chronic illness?

Being both stubborn and chronically ill - when does it help and when does it hurt?I am one of the most stubborn people on the planet. And I hate being wrong. A LOT. And when I do end up giving up on something, I beat myself up over it. When Dave and I were first married (like 2 days married) we both realized that we were equally matched I the stubborn department. We were moving my furniture into the moving truck so I could join him at his duty station in NC. Well. We had to do it during the week, when all my peeps were working, so we were on our own. And I had this massive couch. How in the freakin’ world I ever got it into the apartment, I&...

Simple Mother's Day DIY

Mother's Day and pampering DIY projects go hand in handI'm keeping the grands for a few days. They'll be here over Mother's Day, so I figured it was the perfect time for a simple Mother's Day DIY as a nice gift for mom when she comes back to get them...

Three Tips for Better Time Management

I feel like lately I’ve lost control of managing my time. Days are speeding by, the things on my to-do list are growing and I’m not really enjoying life so much. STRESS is becoming my middle name. Time to stop, take a breath, and refocus for sure.I got stuck in a bit of a flare earlier in the year, which happens sometimes. As much as I have my disease under control, it feels the need to rear its ugly head now and again. After a long discussion with my rheumy we upped the one medication I take, and it kicked off a round of respiratory crud and fatigu...

Out Like a Light - Sleep Help for Chronic Illness

Sometimes we all need a little help getting some rest. I know that I go through periods of time where sleep is very difficult. If I’m in a flare, or I just have too much on my mind, it can be rough to get good rest. And that sets me up for a bad day and the cycle continues. I’ve written several posts on sleep – it’s that important for us.Recent research agrees: “…even a modest loss of sleep for asingle night increases inflammation, which is a key factor in the onset ofcardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis."said Dr. Michael Irwin, professor and director of the Cousins Centerfor Psychoneuroimmunology at the SemelInstitute for Neur...

Weekend Yard Work - muscle and joint recovery with essential oils

Some of you have been following along with our many home repairs and renovations lately. I’m still trying to finish things up inside, but I have to parcel out my spoons carefully so I still have a BUTT-ton of trim to prime and paint.In the meantime, we had our driveway re...