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....

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 ...

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 def...

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 ...

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 dep...

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 un...

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 f...

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 wo...

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 sha...

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, exer...

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 y...

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 ...

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 put aside?First, let m...

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 ...

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Saves the World

Apple Cider Vinegar – miracle or a bunch of hype?I have noticed in the past year, after hitting 50, my metabolism is grinding to a halt. I gained a bit of weight that I’d like to ditch before it gets any worse. Not sure if it’s age, the one med I take, or what (yes, I did get a little lazy with my diet for a bit, but not toooo lazy) Anywa...

Finding Spoons – Energy for Autoimmune Peeps

Finding spoons in unexpected placesI think one of the toughest parts of managing RA is the ever changing number of spoons you have each day. Wonder what the heck I’m talking about? Read The Spoon Theory. Christine Miserandino does a fantastic job of explaining what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. Finding spoons wherever I can has helped me tremen...

Chronic Stress and Autoimmune Issues

Is there a connection between chronic stress and autoimmune issues?When I was diagnosed with RA, I read and researched and read and researched about what caused it. Genetics maybe, trauma maybe, diet maybe…….not a lot of definitive info out there. In fact, at least 50% of autoimmune disorders have been attributed to “unknown trigger factors”. In the past si...

Simple ways to have a healthy diet

Having a healthy diet doesn’t have to be difficultI go through spurts where I’m on a menu-planning roll and feeding my family healthy, RA friendly foods is simple. And then there’s life. Things get busy, and I get lazy in this department. Dave’s been gone on business for a few weeks and Hana & I had high hopes of cooking lots of those delicious foods ...

Oh My! Ostrich Balm

Ostrich Balm for the winI recently wrote about Ostrich Oil and have been really amazed with the results I’m getting with it. Many of you have heard of using Emu oil, so this really isn’t much of a stretch from there. It has some great properties to it that make it the perfect addition to this salve to soothe my joints and muscles. If you’ve been following...

The Benefits of Probiotics for RA Warriors

The benefits of probiotics are certainly a hot topic right nowWhat are probiotics anyway?? They are living organisms – bacteria- that can be added to one’s diet in order to restore or maintain a healthy balance of gut microbes. It’s the good bacteria that we hear about. And the list of the benefits of probiotics keeps growing Many patients and clinicians b...

Ostrich Oil: is it really from an Ostrich?

Yes, actual oil from OstrichesOstrich oil. After all this time of exploring natural options, why have I not heard of this before? I mentioned it to another one of my knowledgeable oil friends and she was clueless too. Did you know Ostrich oil has been used for centuries by the Egyptian, Roman and African cultures for topical relief of dry skin, burns, lesi...

oh that blue

What color is your gateway oil? Could it be DEEP Blue?As the oil community grows, so do the fun off-shoot businesses, like clever tshirts. Saw one the other day that said "Lavender is the gateway oil." Well. Personally, I think Deep Blue is the gateway oil. It's pretty freakin' amazing. I've heard it called just "Blue", " that blue stuff", and even "THE...

Past Tense - an unsung oil hero

Toss the tension, embrace new goals with Past TenseHere we are at the start of 2017, and a huge majority of us are thinking of all the things we want to do better in 2017 (goals, resolutions, intentions, whatever) . I'm looking to get back on track with my diet. I really fell off the paleo wagon over the holidays and need to get my butt back on it A.S.A.P....

Sleep, such a precious commodity

Do you struggle with sleep issues?You and I both know that dealing with chronic health issues spells trouble for our sleep patterns. In fact I've written about it multiple times on the blog. I definitely go through cycles where I have more sleep issues than others. Lately I've been stuck in a bad cycle. I messed up my back (doing nothing unusual of course...

Lavender: Who doesn't need more calm in their life?

I am not a floral-y person and have never been a fan of lavenderGenerally,I gravitate towards spicy, woodsy scents - but let me tell you, I HAVE joined the doTERRA Lavender fan club. I never knew how effective it is at calming down just about everything. From easing grumpy moods to soothing occasional skin irritations, it's got it all going on. You need t...

Flare Away - RA Flare Repellant

I would totally buy Flare Repellant. If it only really were a thingRA is a pain in the ass. Plain and simple. I can dance around it and try to use better language, but facts is facts. Diet, exercise, and oils allow me to keep the beast at bay most of the time and avoid the flare, but there's so much about this disease that defies logic and understanding. ...

3 Self Care Hacks you HAVE to add to your life

Where is self care on your to do list?How many of us can say that we are not a priority to ourselves? Do you attempt to carve out time for yourself based on what is left at the end of the day? And then we wonder why we're ragged, stress out, and ineffective with our time. There's a reason why the flight attendants tell you to put your oxygen mask on first...

Fall is my favorite time of year again

When the weather changes, my joints take noteWho else can relate to that? I have always loved Fall -- the smell & crunch of drying leaves. That first night when someone in the neighborhood has a fire going. Sweaters. Hot cider. Pumpkins. But after RA, the weather change and my joints were not friends. I became that person who was always bundled up...

Do you need digestive enzymes?

Are Digestive Enzymes affecting your immune system?Well, more accurately, are the LACK of digestive enzymes affecting your immune system? I'm actually researching this for myself right now -- but what I'm finding is so interesting and helpful, that I can't help but share with you all. Many of you probably already know this, as it's been out there more and mo...

I'm ready to try some oils -- but where to begin?

"I don't know where to begin. I'm looking at essential oils for RA but it's kinda confusing."I hear that all the time. And changing to a natural lifestyle can be overwhelming in the beginning. How about a handy check list of the basics I think will help you develop a great wellness routine? When I started using essential oils for RA, I was figu...

Sleep Secrets for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sleep is a hot commodity for us RA Warriors.Pain, discomfort, meds, night sweats, depression, stress, and a number of other things can make getting a solid night's sleep feel nearly impossible. And get this - "A person’s immune system may attack cells involved in sleep processes. Researchers recently determined that narcolepsy, a condition in which people f...

Five steps to Traveling with RA

Traveling with RA is possible -- and FUN!I just had the wonderful opportunity to attend the doTERRA 2016 ONE convention. Traveling with RA can be tricky -- even with it largely under control, I still need to be smart about what I'm doing - and how I'm doing it. Here are my top five tips for traveling with RA if you are flying -Advance planning is crucial. ...

Popular Essential Oils have SUPER POWERS

What are three of the most popular essential oils? Do they really have super powers?Okay. So I exaggerated. But only a little bit. These three popular essential oils have HUNDREDS of uses. Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint really are some of the most beloved oils. You'll want to make sure you keep them on hand after you get a glimpse into their uses. I ha...

Top 3 RA Flare Secrets

You can beat an RA Flare at its own game.For those of you with chronic illnesses, you know that a change in routine can send your body for a loop. Stress does a number on joints, on sleep, and attitude (well, the first two definitely have influence over the last). And that can result in an RA flare. Lately we had a HUGE change to our life. After many many ...

Powerful Benefits of Peppermint Oil

What are the benefits of peppermint oil as part of a morning hand massage?If you struggle with morning stiffness like I do - it's really the main trouble-maker for me right now, then you'll want to take a close look at the benefits of peppermint oil and incorporating it into your daily routine. In my previous blog post, guest blogger Alexis recommended heat...

Living Successfully with Rheumatoid Arthritis

I'm super excited to welcome guest blogger, Alexis , to Hope-Health-Healing! Dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis successfully is a process, and Alexis gives us some great tips that have worked for her. For me, adding oils to the tips she discusses makes for a great wellness routine for me. Get ready to take note of some awesome tips:Top Four Tips for Living...

Whole 30 Tips for Success

Why would anyone want to do a Whole 30? THIRTY DAYS? Really??It isn't easy, especially not in the world we live in, but it's totally worth it. Whole 30 brings us back to a more natural diet. "Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy ...

Household Cleaners and Brain Fog (Part 4)

Are the things you are cleaning with causing your brain fog?Like a clean house? Me too – but make sure you know what a “clean” house really is...and what's really causing your brain fog. There are countless toxins we are exposed to in our own homes. We are exposed to enough out in the world, we need our homes to be a safe place - importan...

Stress and Brain Fog - Part Three

How many of us feel stressed out? Stress is running rampant in our society.Somehow in our culture, having an overflowing to do list, multi-tasking, and getting pulled in multiple directions is viewed as being important. In reality stress is killing us. What is often viewed as productive really is the polar opposite. And so many of the things that suck up o...

What causes Brain Fog anyway? Part two

But really, I DO eat a healthy diet, why do I still have Brain Fog?You may be eating a decent diet, but in this day and age, our food just doesn’t pack the nutritional punch it used to. Depleted soils, overuse of fertilizers have left the nutritional value of our food lower than it used to be. Our body needs many different essential nutrients to stay in ti...

What causes Brain Fog anyway? Part one

Thinking is important, so is knowing what causes Brain FogBrain Fog wears me out. It’s frustrating and discouraging and quite depressing. I know so many of you all totally get it. You do literally feel like there’s a fog between you and your brain. You just cannot think. It’s more common than you think – but it’s not normal OR healthy. What causes Brai...

Exercise with Arthritis? Really?

Should you really exercise with arthritis?I've talked quite a bit recently about the importance of staying active -- especially when you deal with issues like arthritis (rheumatoid or osteo). And often it's last thing arthritis suffers want to do. But exercise with arthritis is vitally important. The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society agrees, "Physical ...

Don't let sore joints ruin your night!

Sore joints slowing you down?You know those times when there's something you REALLY want to do, but your body says otherwise? I've been there, and I know how frustrating, discouraging, and disappointing it can be. There's no flowery way to put it: Sore joints suck. And, yes, sometimes we have to deal with our friends or family not understanding on top of t...

Ideas for hurting hands

Hurting hands? Stiffness? I totally understand - check out these ideas:When your hands hurt, it's so frustrating and limiting. I broke my right wrist in 2010 (it was the incident that kicked off my auto-immune issues). And, yes, I am right handed. There were issues with how it was set, and how it healed, that ended up leaving me in a lot of pain and with l...

Keeping up with my crazies

I want to be a crazy, active grandma, full of energy even when my hair finally does turn grey.I joke a lot about the fact that I will be half way to 100 this summer. I think I'm doing pretty good for an old lady - especially with the health issues I've had to deal with. There are times, though, when I'm really dragging. Some days the afternoon sleepies ar...

Coconut & Cinnamon in the morning

What a tasty way to start the day - with some natural energy tooI am totally NOT a morning person. I did have a brief period of time where I enjoyed mornings, but that insanity passed quickly. I need time in my bubble before I join the world, and then it's all good -- and one of the few things allowed in the bubble is coffee. I have actually found a way ...

Kick Fatigue's Butt

It is possible to tackle fatigue and have energy againI remember being so overwhelmed with fatigue that I would doze off mid-sentence. My family got a lot of mileage out of picking on me over that (we are horrible people - but yes, they do love me and are very supportive!). But then as exhausted as I was, real sleep didn't come either. I'd sleep in small ...