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 wat...

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 y...

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...

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 heal...

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 people won’t understand what my limits are. Loneliness is a huge health risk.Here’s the thi...

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 mus...

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 utilizing my diffuser. Aromati...

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 bathr...

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...

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 fatigue.So I’m feeling healthier, joints are mostly better, b...

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 Center...

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 repoured and in the process, all the old shrubs needed to come out. They weren’t what would be my choice anyway – holly bushes are beautiful, but their pokey leaves aren’t very inviting lining the front walkway…..My neighbor, HB, is super smart and resourceful and has way more of a green thumb than I do. She always hits the clearance area of the garden department at Lowes when s...

Respiratory support with Douglas Fir and a whole lot more

So as you all know I’ve been struggling with some respiratory muckity-much for the past few weeks. And what I tend to when I’m dealing with something is research the heck out of it. I know not everyone is like that, but I really enjoy finding new ways to deal with stuff – and then y’all can benefit from it ‘cause I’ll share what I learn with you.So I haven’t been able to completely shake this crud. I know a lot of it has to do with Actemra, but I still want it to go away. Last week I sat down with my favorite oil reference book, checked the index for respiratory support and *bingo* I learned a bunch of new things.I...

Medication Side Effects and Pie

Good gravy it’s been a little rough lately. My immune system is on vacation or something. Actually I think it has to do with the recent change in my meds, which is the motivation for this post.Thankfully I only take one medication these days, Actemra. At first I took it every two weeks, but that wasn’t quite enough – even with diet, exercise, and oils, I need a little help with my joints. So last rheumy appointment we increased the dose to weekly. Joint wise, it was exactly what I needed, but I’ve been sick twice in the...

The Reality of Exhaustion & Fatigue

I'd like to welcome Caz from InsvisiblyMe.com with a great post that gives you insight into what people with chronic illnesses struggle with. Make sure you check out her blog and Facebook page and give her some love!What exhaustion and fatigue are not …1.Laziness – it’s not simply not “wanting” to do something or not being bothered.2.A temporary state that you can simply overcome with a little positive thinking or an e...

A Spring Restart: Getting my life back on track 

How many of you made a New Year’s Resolution and fell flat? Great intentions, but winter blahs, sickness, short days—lots of things set us up for failure. Yet every year we do it all over again.I have a new proposition. How about a Spring Restart? The days are longer, flowers are blooming, weather is warmer so it’s easier to get out and be active….there is generally an air of renewal around. I know my energy levels make a huge leap about this time of year. So I’ve decided THIS is the time of year I am going to re-evaluate where I’m at and set some new goals, both personal and business. I’m going to share m...

How to survive life when everything bottlenecks

Life has been over the top crazy the past few weeks.I'm exhausted and overwhelmed and oiling like crazy. Yes, I am thankful since not too long ago there would have been no way I could have kept up with a fraction of what has been going on in my life. Even so, there are only 24 hours in a day and some things have to give. So what gets p...

Road Trips with RA

Road Trips with RA don’t have to be miserableThis week I had the privilege to travel 8 plus hours to Orlando for the doTERRA Leadership Conference. It was an incredible experience, and oh-so-valuable for my business and personal growth. But road trips with RA is a challenge fr sure. It made more sense for us to drive, so my bud Kelli and I set off on our Thelma and Louise adventure.RA Warriors, you know what a long car trip can mean right? Stiff & painful joints, extreme fatigue, brain fog, and the risk of illness from exposure to WHO KNOWS WHAT (Have you seen some ...