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Morning Rituals – what are they really about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a morning ritual?  I read a great article today titled  “7 Morning Rituals to Make your Day 8 Times More Productive.”  

Right off the bat I liked the article because it quoted one of my favorite authors. The quote was “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. ” — John C. Maxwell. 

This article had some great ideas – some of which I’ve incorporated and some of which I’m still working on. For instance, I’m getting better at meditation and listening to affirmations.  Someone recently told me about an app called “ThinkUp.” It allows you to record affirmations in your own voice with background music.  It’s supposed to be more effective when we hear our own voice. They even suggest affirmations and then you can just choose the ones you like (or make up your own) and read them while you are recording. Simple and easy. I like that.

I’m also getting better at meditating. I understand now it doesn’t have to be a long process. It doesn’t even have to be at the same place and at the same time each day. But since we are talking about “Morning Rituals” here, meditating is a terrific way to begin your day.  There are so many benefits. If you are one that needs the science behind what makes it work, plenty can be found. The point is ~ just do it!

Exercise. We all know it’s good for us. We just need to do it. Even 10 minutes will benefit you. Walk, run, swim, go to the gym, dance in your living room. It doesn’t matter ~ just do something to get yourself moving. If you can incorporate it into your morning ritual, that much better!

Gratitude. I loved the idea in the above article that suggests we take a few moments to acknowledge some positive things that have happened to us. This doesn’t have to be a long list. Just two or three will do. However, if you are like me, once I begin, the list just seems to grow. Sometimes at night if I have a hard time falling asleep, instead of counting sheep, I will count my many blessings! There’s never a right or wrong time to be grateful.

So, what are morning rituals really about? And why do they matter? It’s about what works for you. I’ve given you some suggestions but you get to choose. Do what makes you happy. Once you begin you will see that they’ll make a difference in your day. When you begin to practice a regular morning ritual, you will then not only make a difference in one day, but you’ll begin to make a difference in your week, then your month, and before you know it your year! You deserve  it. Here’s to having the best year ever!

 

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If I can do it, so can you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know I need to meditate. I know it’s good for you. I just don’t do it as often as I know I should. If you are like me, I get up, get going for the day and sometimes the stuff that I really should be doing  (meditation, exercise, personal development) gets pushed to the side. I tell myself that “I’ll get to it in a few minutes” and, well,  that never happens! A few friends have told me about this free app that they like. It’s called “Calm.”  The other day I thought about it again and decided to download it right then. I listened to the first meditation and then I actually set a reminder on my phone so that each morning I get a little message that says “Time to mediate.” It’s that simple reminder that really gets me to do it.

The above picture showed up on my phone when my meditation was complete. I like it. I agree with it. Sometimes we really do just need to leap. What are you wanting to do that your indecision is just stopping you from? I say “Go for it!” What have you got to loose? Think of all that you can accomplish. You can do it! It’ll be worth it and you may even change some lives, including your own.

 

Be careful what essential oils you use when you go out in the sun!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is all about fun in the sun with your family. Essential oils play a big part in the health of my family so I always want to make sure that I am using them in a way that will be beneficial and not hurt my kids. That’s why I am so happy that dōTERRA has published several articles about safety when using essential oils. Today’s article is featuring Summer Essential Oil Safety that can help keep your family and friends protected while being in the great outdoors. Check out this great article on the dōTERRA Blog: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/healthy-living-summer-essential-oil-safety.

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Bugs away!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to some time outdoors? I love to go hiking, camping, swimming, walking on the beach, you name it. Someone once told me I run on solar power. I think she’s right on!  Because we are outdoors a lot during this time of year, we are often reaching for something to keep the bugs away.  I try to be educated on the products our family uses because I know so many products include toxins that are scary and can really prove to be dangerous.

TerraShield is one of my family’s favorite blends for the summer. Because we do spend a lot of time outside, this is the magic that wards off any insects that want to join our summer festivities. This oil is safe for everyone in your family and can even help your garden flourish by giving it a protective barrier. TerraShield has recently been updated to include Tamanu oil which not only provides extra benefits for your use but is positively impacting families in Madagascar through dōTERRA’s Cō-Impact Sourcing. This blend can be diffused (I would suggest the 15ml bottle)  or applied topically (using the TerraShield Spray) to provide a defense against the annoyances of outdoor activities. Click here to read more about the spray. What natural products have you used to keep those bugs away?

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Organic Gardening

 

 

 

 

 

As we all know, spring is the season for gardening. If you’re like me and thought that gardening was just putting seeds in the ground, you may have discovered that it seems there is much more to it than just having good dirt and water to grow your plants. dōTERRA has 8 Tips for Starting Your Own Organic Garden that make the process more user friendly for those who have yet to develop the green thumb. I love some of the ideas in this article!

Having lived in different areas of my state, we’ve learned each area is different and sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming. Like the article suggests, look for someone in your area who has a successful garden and ask them what they’re doing. I’m sure they’d love to share some of their ideas and be flattered that you even noticed! https://doterra.com/…/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-sp…

What tips and tricks have you discovered that made your garden flourish? 

DIY Sunburn Spray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So our son and his girlfriend went kayaking a couple of weeks ago. Check out his back where she put some sunscreen on her hand and then just set her hand on his back. Crazy but at least we know the sunscreen works!

When our son got home, he immediately asked where our homemade Sunburn Spray was. We’d used it all up last year so Wade quickly made up another batch. We were so glad we had something that he could use to take the heat off! It made him feel so much better and look at the results the next morning! This recipe takes just minutes to make and gave some much needed relief.

 

Support your respiratory system naturally!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man did we get it good at our house this week! Started off with a Sunday drive in the car and my husband. Shortly after we took off he began sneezing over AND over AND over again.  You know what I mean? Came up so fast that he didn’t know what hit him. But then, of course, I got a turn too! I certainly couldn’t let him suffer alone.

We do essential oils at our house. We love essential oils. We don’t get sick. We just don’t. Well, almost never….

Remember – I am not a Doctor and I can’t diagnose and/or prescribe. I can only share with you how we use different things to support the systems of our bodies and our organs. So, today I’m going to talk about supporting the Respiratory system. I know a lot about essential oils, but recently I realized I had much more to learn….

I began using Eucalyptus and Lavender with some Epsom salts in my bath. When I wanted a shower, I put several drops (maybe 10-12) of Eucalyptus on a washcloth, set it on the shower floor and let the water (as hot as I could stand it) run over it so I, in effect, had an at home spa steam shower experience. Well, if I’m to be honest, it wasn’t really like a Spa steam shower would’ve been, but it worked and I didn’t need to leave the house!

I diffused essential oils ALL the time. Mainly doTERRA’s Breathe Respiratory Blend and Lime. I diffused in our kitchen/living room area and in our bedroom at night. Some nights I couldn’t even smell it but I knew it was there and was working. dōTERRA’s Breathe and Lime are both good at supporting the lungs Respiratory system by helping to keep those airways open and clear.

I also took a mug of hot water and added two drops each of Oregano, Melaleuca, Peppermint and Lemon. No, I didn’t drink it. I set it on my dining room table and inhaled the fumes. It really helped to open those sinuses and airways. What a relief. After I was done with the mug, I did what I call a mini self-facial (notice my reference to another at home spa like experience) by rubbing two of my fingers (no oils) over the sides of my nose, down my cheeks and up and over my eyebrows. Amazing what a little pressure can do.

But what about the oils in the above picture? What did you do with them, you ask?  Well, I made myself (and my hubby) a roll on that helped to support that good old Repiratory system. We LOVE it and both used it on our chest and back several times a day for about a week. It is fabulous and so simple to make. I took a 30 ml roll on bottle and added 20 drops Frankincense, 25 drops Eucalyptus, 40 drops dōTERRA Breathe, 20 drops Thyme and then filled the bottle half way with fractionated coconut oil. The recipe is for a 10 ml roll on bottle, but I love these larger roll ons and so I just filled the bottle about half way. Felt SO good and really helped us be able to sleep without coughing and hacking all night long.

Today we are feeling much better! Even though I wasn’t thrilled with this experience, I have to say I’m grateful. I hope that someone out there reading this will benefit.  Remember to honor your body. Listen to it! I believe our bodies will usually tell us what we need. Get enough sleep. Drink enough water.  Eat healthy foods. Watch (or eliminate) your sugar intake. Exercise. When we pay attention and listen we will benefit. Thank your body for letting you know what it needs to thrive!

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Benefits of Himalayan Salt and Salt Lamps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you seen one of these lamps in your local “hippie” store and wondered what they are? Maybe you’ve seen them in a store that sells gemstones or even in your local bath and bed store. You may want to consider purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp as the newest addition to your home or office. Many people, including myself, have more that one. I keep one in my office near my desk and one in our living room. The next one I purchase will be going in our bedroom. So, why would you want one? Do they really have any benefits? Let me tell you what I’ve found when I did a simple “Google” search.

Himalayan salt and Himalayan salt lamps have many benefits. First lets talk Himalayan salt that you cook with and/or use on your food. When looking at a bottle of Himalayan salt, you will notice that it has different hues of pink, white and orange. This actually indicates a high concentration of minerals.  This salt is unlike that awful table salt that most of us have used for generations. Typically white table salt has been stripped of its minerals, chemically cleaned and bleached. Yuck! Try replacing your regular table salt with Himalayan pink salt. Your body will thank you and your food will taste so much better! You will never go back to that boring white, bleached stuff. Remember it didn’t come out of the earth that white. Your body is worth the couple of extra dollars to buy something that will actually give you some health benefits. Think of the good minerals and trace elements you’ll be taking in.

On to Himalayan salt lamps…these lamps have become a mainstay in our home. As mentioned above, we currently have two of them. I love the warm glow that they radiate. It’s peaceful and I like knowing that my family is actually benefiting from something so beautiful. The lamps don’t actually work properly without a light/heat source. But you ask, why does that matter?  How can that pinkish lamp actually be giving you any health benefits? The heat combined with the Himalayan salt lamp actually attracts the ever present water vapors that are in the air around us and these vapors then adhere to the lamp. Within these water vapors are things like allergens, pollutants, dander, and pollen. Eventually the water vapors will be re-released back into the air but the contaminates will dry with the heat from the lamp and they are not released back into the air. Wow! How about that for helping to keep the air in our homes a bit cleaner? Not only are these lamps beautiful, but they are also easy to care for. Every couple of weeks simply unplug, let the lamp cool down and then dust with a damp cloth. Easy peasy!!!

If you are thinking that maybe the only real benefit to getting one of these lamps is to help clean the air in your home or office, think again. Many studies have been done on the potential benefits that are derived from Himalayan salts. Some are listed below:

  1. Helps with relaxation and achieving a good nights rest
  2. Supports ones well being
  3. Promotes a positive mood
  4. Produces beneficial negative ions
  5. Helps to reduce stress
  6. Helps with dry skin problems
  7. Improves concentration
  8. Supports the respiratory system by reducing allergens and other particles in the surrounding air

I’m sure most of us can use some help in many of these areas. Next time you are out and about, and you see one of these beautiful lamps, think about purchasing one (or two, or three!) I don’t think you’ll have any regrets, and who knows, maybe you’ll breathe a little easier and sleep a little sounder!

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Balance in Life

 

I was on a walk today with my dog, Lucky. It’s nice the weather is warmer and I get to do this again. As I was walking I got to thinking…how much balance do I have in my life? Some time ago I realized that I hadn’t allowed myself to be balanced. Our tagline for Blogging Barefoot is BALANCE ~ WELLNESS ~ ESSENTIAL OILS. Balance is a key part of that and I was singing to the choir yet not practicing what I preached! I love what I do for my “work.” I love sharing about essential oils. I also love teaching and training people on how to grow a successful business with these wonderful products. Yet, somehow, I had let my work get ahold of me and take all my time.

I think part of it comes from the accessibility of social media and how easy it is to get caught up on our computers, tablets, cell phones or whatever. My life had become all about my work and I didn’t take time for anything else. I realized I needed some more “me” time. So then I found a new hobby ~ photography. I really enjoy taking photos and love the instant gratification I get when I take what I think is a great photo.  I can see it right before my eyes and get instant gratification. Isn’t that what our society is all about now? Hate to say it, but I think so.

I loved getting away with my camera and then that’s all I wanted to do! I wanted to play, have fun, not be behind my computer or on the phone all day. Where was the balance in that? Over time it became clear to me that there wasn’t any. I’d found something I loved to do but yet I still needed and wanted to support those I was working with. How do we make this all happen?

Enter Balance! Yes, the oil helps. I love to diffuse it. I love to put a couple of drops in the palms of my hand, rub them together and inhale. I love to rub the oil on the bottoms of my feet. Really rub it in. It works better that way! But there’s more to it than just using an essential oil.

Make a conscious decision to have balance in your life. You don’t want to become overwhelmed, stressed or unhappy. Take time for the things you love and enjoy. If you don’t take some time now, you may miss out. Your body will let you know you need some balance if you don’t listen.  I choose to take some needed time to play and have fun. Had I done this earlier, I would’ve had a lot more enjoyable days and a lot less stress. You are worth it! Now go out, have some fun and remember to have Balance! You deserve it.

Switch up your mood by diffusing essential oils!

Diffusing essential oils can be very beneficial in our homes, work spaces and other areas where we spend a good deal of time. They are known to clean our air, effect our emotions and can even boost our immune system. Depending on the mood you are looking for can help you decide what essential oil to diffuse. I work from home and sometimes I need a pick me up so I will grab a citrus oil like Grapefruit, Lemon, Tangerine or even a mixture of several oils. Some of my favorite blends to diffuse are dōTERRA’s Citrus Bliss or Motivate.

At night I choose something more calming like dōTERRA’s Serenity. My husband loves to diffuse Cedarwood and Lavender together.  He will put a couple of drops of each on the bottoms of his feet, get the diffuser going and he’s down for the count! It’s so wonderful that on those nights when it seems our minds just won’t shut off that we have a natural solution. No running to the store for us to get something to help.

Make sure that you choose quality essential oils so that you are not releasing toxins into your environment. For years people have used scented candles, aerosols and now plug-in air fresheners to make their homes smell better. The trouble with these lies in the fragrances and materials used.  To find out more about the possible hazards of using synthetic air freshners in our homes, check out this article published in 2014:  https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/could-using-air-fresheners-during-pregnancy-boost-childhood-asthma-risk/