Friday, December 5, 2014

Soothe Sore Muscles after Exercise




On the Fifth day of Christmas, my true loves gave to me five minutes of peace....and relief from my work out.
A personal trainer,
A fight over cookies,
A cold in my nose,
And a pumpkin full of leftover Halloween candy.

I asked my husband what he wants for Christmas.
He said, "My very own tube of Deep Blue Rub."

I asked one of the "higher ups" in dōTERRA why more men are not consultants.
His response was, "Because oils are kinda 'girlie'."

So, if you are looking for a manly type of essential oil product, look no further than deep blue! For one, it smells like wintergreen, so not too feminine. For two, it offers fast pain relief, and the male gender starts out inflicting pain on themselves at a very early age.

But all folks, male and female alike can appreciate how fast Deep Blue penetrates and relives sore muscles, bruises, and swelling. It is beloved by those who work out to help relieve pain associated with lactic acid build up and for unfortunate injuries, like sprains.

Enjoy this quick video on the application of Deep Blue from doTERRA.

To use, put a drop on the affected area and rub it in. Repeat every 15 min to an hour. Add a heat pad to drive the oils in.  For a larger area, I prefer to use the deep blue rub. It is a four ounce cream that contains 5 full ml of the deep blue oil. Already diluted, this creamy pain reliever resembles Icy Hot, but it is not your grandpa's Icy Hot!

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Keep the Weight Off During the Holidays.

 
 
On the 4th day of Christmas, my true loves gave to me a personal trainer,
A fight over cookies,
A cold in my nose,
And a pumpkin full of leftover Halloween candy.

"If you are what you eat, then this month, I am a cherry frosted pound cake with legs!"
                                                    Confessions, by Janine Thompson

I tuned into an episode of the biggest loser the other day and was shocked to hear a contestant say that he knew there was more involved in his weight gain than just food. I didn't think that anyone could even admit that on TV. I was glad to know he had done his homework. Yes indeed the food we eat is a big player in weight gain. But it is not the only player. Our fat cells also hold toxins. The more toxins, the bigger the fat cells. So, cutting out toxic foods like hormone laden meats and dairy, pesticide filled fruits and veggies is very important. Also, preparing foods on cast iron and avoiding the Teflon also plays a part. Oh, yea, and exercise.

Blood sugar also plays a part in weight gain. There is no magic pill when it comes to weight loss. It takes work. Not necessarily exercise until you drop kind of work, but work like planning meals full of fruits and veggies, eating good fats that keep you full, and the mental work of really convincing yourself you will not die if you skip the holiday fudge. You just won't!

There are tools you can use as with any aspect of our lives. One I like is Slim and Sassy from dōTERRA. A metabolic blend formulated to help you control appetite between meals. It also helps to free those toxins from your fat cells and to balance blood sugar.

I have found slim and sassy to be great in a workout. It helps to give me a boost of energy when I don't want to spin anymore. Also, if I am craving sugar, I put a drop on my tongue and the craving is gone. I love this tool for weight loss.

To use: Add 3-5 drops to 12 oz of water and sip 5-8 glasses a day.
Or, add 5 drops to a capsule and take 5x per day.
Alternately, mix 25 drops with 2-3 T of coconut oil and slather over your cellulite. *Warning: this oil contains peppermint, cinnamon, and ginger. If you do not dilute, you will become hot and sassy! Not very comfortable.

As with all health and wellness, consistency is the key. See for yourself why Slim and Sassy is dōTERRA's number one selling oil blend! You can order it here, and get free shipping!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Take the Stress out of Christmas

 
On the third day of Christmas, my true loves gave to me, a fight over cookies,
A cold in my nose,
And a pumpkin full of leftover Halloween candy.

Life is full of stressful situations. Christmas can be stressful. Sickness can be stressful. Family Contention can be stressful. Finances can be stressful.  Stick them all together and we have a recipe for holiday stress! Ah, the most wonderful time  of the year.

There is no magic pill you can take to relieve stress. Sorry. A lot of times, you have to remove the source of stress. But as that is not always possible, we have to rely on our amazing power to adapt. Sometimes it just takes a bit of deep breathing and constant reminders to have priorities in place. And sometimes you just have to say NO! I love that word. It is an instant stress reliever.

There are things that can help, however. To be sure, Balance essential oil blend from dōTERRA is one of those things. It is recommended that as part of your daily oil routine, you put balance on the feet each morning. I, myself, prefer to put it closer to my sniffer. The smell makes me happy. I put a drop in the palm of my hand, rub them together, then cup over my nose and inhale. The inhalation alone is powerful as we bring oxygen into the blood. Add to that the oils that head to the Amygdala in the brain and we have a chemical/emotional reaction in the limbic system that is noting short of miraculous.

There are other oils that also bring us to a "happy place!" My friend Shelia reaches her happy place by mixing a drop each of wild orange and peppermint and inhaling, then rubbing on the back of the neck. I have tried it. Yea, it is good!

Oils that bring me to a happy place:
Wild Orange
Citrus Bliss
Elevation
Lavender
Ylang Ylang
Clary Sage
Frankincense
Patchouli
Serenity
Peppermint
In Tune

I love to see the research that is growing. We, the people are the research, and, in my opinion a very important part of it. But controlled research is also taking place. Here is one example. And hospitals are slowly getting on board as seen in this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tDIDpscnLw

If you are feeling stressed this holiday season, for whatever reason, instead of reaching for the chocolates and the pound cake, reach for a bottle of Balance or Citrus Bliss to improve the mood, your immune system, and your holiday joy!

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Make Your own Smelling Salts and Vapo-rub for Pennies!

  


On the Second Day of Christmas, my adventures brought to me, A cold in my nose
and a pumpkin full of leftover Halloween candy. 

It is interesting to me that people always seem to blame the cold weather for cold and flu season. My grandmother loved to preach,
                       "If you go out in the cold with wet hair, you will catch your death!"
We tried it. Again and again.  All it did for us in the snowy Utah winters was result in chunks of frozen hair by the time we got to school. Frozen boogers too...something that doesn't happen often in Oklahoma.

My theory on why we hear of more sickness this time of year is because it is the most sugar filled time of the year. It starts in October and goes to Christmas. Halloween candy to Thanksgiving pie and on to the Christmas chocolates. The ones shaped like bells, with Peanut Butter inside. I love those...  Add to that pound cake and Christmas cookies and hot cocoa and you have an immunity issue just waiting to happen. Plus, who really feels like eating veggies in December. Not me! We learned a valuable lesson from our Elf today. Eating sugar lowers immunity and makes you susceptible to all kinds of nasty buggers. Come essential oils to the rescue! (Oh, and don't forget the veggies).

Breathe essential oil blend from dōTERRA is a life saver. If I had to choose the most popular seller from my website and my closet store, this would be it. I think every mom of little ones should have a bottle. I remember the frustration of having a little one and there was nothing to do for them. Not the case anymore. Put a little (as in one drop) on your own neck and snuggle baby close. Amazing relief!  Or run in a diffuser. One drop can also be diluted in 1 T of carrier oil and put on chest. I love this wonderful salve created by my friend Carrie.  Already diluted to be suitable for babies and children, but powerful enough for me as well!

Carrie's All Natural Vapo-Rub
20 drops Breathe (Or eucalyptus)
10 drops rosemary
10 drops peppermint
10 drops lavender
10 drops lemon
2 cups coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
3 T Organic beeswax (less for a lotion like consistency)
 
Gently heat the coconut oil and beeswax until just melted.
Add the essential oils and mix well. Pour into containers to cool.
Lather up feet and chest as needed. Great for colds and allergies.


I created my own sinus salts as well after a neighbor let me smell some she bought at a craft fair. They are simple and wonderfully effective.

Janine's Snot Salts
2 cups Epsom Salts
20 drops eucalyptus
20 drops peppermint
10 drops wintergreen or spearmint

Put all ingredients in a bag and shake until well incorporated. Keep in an airtight container when not in use. Open bag and inhale or add a few tablespoons to bath or humidifier.
Or, if you can fit, climb right in the bag.
 
 
Other essential oils to promote healthy respiratory function:

Eucalyptus
Rosemary
Lime
Frankincense
Peppermint

Take a drop of any and put in the palm of the hand. Then rub the hands together and cup over the nose and breathe. Repeat every 15 min as necessary. Sometimes I like to mix two together. Anything mixed with lime is amazing!

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Elf on the Shelf Has Tummy Trouble


Meet Cheery! Mailed to our family this year direct from the North Pole. He is our elf on the shelf. He keeps an eye on things and reports to the head cheese all the naughty happenings around here. With 5 kids, there are bound to be some. But for 25 glorious days in our home, I can use this threat: "Cheery is gonna tell on ya!" And it works amazingly well on three of them. Cheery is an adventurous little elf himself and causes his own set of troubles. This Christmas, however, he has also discovered the joys of essential oils. His line of work is tough, and he needs it!

On the first day of Christmas, my true loves gave to me, a pumpkin full of leftover Halloween Candy! (Okay, so I took it without asking...bad idea.)
 
 

Over-eating is one issue during the holidays. I know it is for me anyhow. Add to that a decreased immunity due to massive sugar availability and tummy bugs abound this time of year.  Many a traveler is out on the road as well and for those who have motion sickness, this can make holidays a real drag. Come Digest Zen to the rescue.  It smells and tastes like black licorice due to the fennel and anise that are a powerhouse when tummy troubles hit. Other good oils for supporting a healthy tummy during are:

Peppermint
Lemon
Ginger
Slim and Sassy
Coriander
Dill
Fennel

I always suggest finding the one that smells best so as not to make the problem worse. To use, rub a drop on the outside of the tummy. Repeat every 15 min as necessary until the pain is gone. Dilute for young children or those with sensitive skin. Or, if the taste doesn't make the problem worse, consider a drop in 4 oz of water and sip slowly. (I only recommend this with dōTERRA oils) or use DigestZen capsules.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

I am not sure how it happened, but I ended up with kids who love broccoli. Even my picky four year old will eat it. Although it turns out, he will not eat it as a soup. I guess it touches too many other things. The rest of the kids did eat up and we enjoyed this comforting soup on a cool fall evening. what can I say, I am obsessed with soup lately! It is so easy to make that it would be criminal to eat out of a can.



2 large bunches of broccoli
1 cup chopped carrots
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cream or half and half
2 T butter
1 T flour (or GF thickener like arrowroot)
1 cup cheese
Salt, pepper, dash of nutmeg

Add carrots, onions and broth to a pot. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, then add the broccoli and cook until it is fork tender. Add all this to a blender and pulse for 5-10 seconds. (Or use an immersion blender if you have one...yes, that would have been easier!) Return to the pot and add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Allow to simmer over low heat.

In a small pot, over medium heat, melt the butter and add 1 T flour. Stir for one minute until it smells nutty. Remove from heat and add the milk, return to the heat and stir continuously until thickened. Pour the roux on the veggies and stir in the cream and the cheese.

What is your favorite winter soup?

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Salad Bar Brownies: Part of a Sugar Free Christmas

I have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. I love the parties, the food, the gifts, and the fun. I hate the tummy bugs, the flu, the colds, and the blahs. Unfortunately, the food, particularly the sweets and treats that are so much a part of our traditions lead to the sickness and depression that tend to creep up this time of year. Sugar wreaks havoc on an immune system that is stressed. Good or bad stress, our body can't tell the difference and too many late nights shopping or wrapping contributes to that as well.

We can do so many things to help our bodies stay healthy this holiday. The most basic, and maybe the hardest is cutting out sugar. Hard to do because it is so engrained in our society and holiday traditions. But the fact that the "holidays" stretch from Halloween to New Years means that as Americans we spend 60 plus days in a sugar coma! You CAN change that! I did it myself. I started two years ago. No sugar in November and December. And guess what!


Christmas came all the same!
It came without cookies
It came with out cake
It came without all the nice things neighbors bake.
It came with out toffee
It came without candy
It came without brittle and clusters so dandy.
Maybe Christmas isn't candy you find in a store.
No, Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!


Here is the first of several holiday recipes to keep the jolly in holiday while nourishing the body.

 
1 cup mashed sweet potato or pumpkin
Flesh of one avocado
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce
2/3 cup xylitol
1/2 cup cocoa
4 eggs
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 scoop green fruits and veggies from blendfresh (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
5 drops doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil (Or peppermint)
 
Mix the sweet potato, avocado, oil, applesauce, xylitol and eggs until smooth. Then add the cocoa, coconut flour, blendfresh (optional), salt and baking soda and essential oil. Mix thoroughly and spread in a 8X8 pan. Bake at 350 for 20 min or until it passes the toothpick test.

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