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 DNA." Yet a great number of us have a magnesium deficiency. They go on to say, "Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. Extreme magnesium deficiency can cause num...

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. Lifesty...

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. There were some things going on in my life that had broken my heart and my spirit. Then I broke something else — my wrist. If that wasn...

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...

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 our Endocannabinoid System. It’s aroma reminds me of sandalwood...

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:...

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’v...

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 enjoy 2) GET OUTSIDE! Take a walk, sit in the sun, breathe in some fresh air 3) USE AROMATHERAPY! A drop or two of essential oils in the palm of your hand, breath deep, and rock on with your day. My current favs: Peppermint & Cardamom essential oil If ...

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...

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....

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...

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 c...

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 you’re dealing with chronic illness this is especially important because many meds make us more sensitive to sun...

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 he...

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 t...

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...

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 medicatio...