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Elephants, Chakras and Silence

 

I love this picture! That’s probably because I love elephants, studying about the Chakras, essential oils and LOTS of color.

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have more that I need to share. There are people out there that are searching for “something” and sometimes they don’t even know what that “something” is. Maybe they are just feeling a little out of sync. Not quite connected with who they are and their purpose. Do you ever have days, weeks, or months like that? Maybe it’s even years of feeling like “something” is just missing in your life. I’m suggesting that you honor that and move in a direction that will help you feel joy, inspiration and fulfillment. There are people out there that may need to hear from you. If we stay in our shell, then how can we share the light and gifts that we’ve been given? I believe we all have a sacred duty to fulfill our purpose on this earth and first of all we need to find out what that purpose it. That may take time and maybe we just need to settle in and be still. Listen to that inner voice. Overtime you will be directed to what it is you are supposed to do.

When you think about the word Meditation, does that sound to you like “What??? I need to sit still for 5, 10, or even 20 minutes? Life is just too busy for that! Too many places to be, too many people to see, just too much to do!” Or is more of a peaceful presence that resonates with you. If the later is not the case, I would suggest searching online for a simple meditation practice that might fit into your life. What have you got to loose? Some people prefer a guided meditation. Others prefer silence or the repetition of a sound or mantra.

Do you trust that you will provided what you need? Think about taking a few moments to just sit and be still. Breathe. Inhale, pause, exhale. Repeat. Trust that with silence your mind may be open to hear what it is that you need today. Maybe you need to serve someone else. Could even be a family member. But how will you know if you don’t stop and take the time to listen? Once this becomes a routine, your mind, body and soul will thank you.

Let me close by suggesting a few essential oils that you may want to include in your meditation, or stillness, practice. Place a drop or two over the corresponding area or putting a few drops in the palm of your hand, rubbing together and breathe in.

Namaste.

Root chakra – I am –  Vetiver, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cedarwood

Sacral chakra – I feel – Wild Orange, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage

Solar Plexus chakra – I do – Lemon, Juniper Berry, Grapefruit, Cedarwood

Heart chakra – Melissa, Geranium, Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose

Throat chakra – I speak – Bergamot, Peppermint, Basil, Chamomile

Brow/Third Eye chakra – I see –  Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Rose, Frankincense

Crown chakra – I understand – Lavender, Jasmine,  Sandalwood, Frankincense

5 ways to make sure you get some exercise in during the summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s hot here. Like about 110 today. Dang. I know I still need to exercise but I’m really not wanting to go to the gym.” Have any of you ever had those kind of thoughts? I live in Southern Utah and we get really hot summers. Lately I’ve been going to the gym with my daughter and son in law but when the weather warms up I want to shake things up a bit. I want to be outside. Now I know you are thinking “But it’s hot out there!” You are right. However, the outdoors calls me and I must answer. Nature has a way of making us happy. I like happy.

So, what are some ways we can still exercise in the summer and yet not get too overheated and still get those work-outs in?

1. How about playing baseball in the lake?  As you can see in the picture, we had a blast! It was impromptu but it worked. I even got in the game. The bat – it was plastic. Same with the ball. Notice the two people on paddle boards? They were the outfield and they had to retrieve the ball. No one really ran bases but we had a great time and stayed cool even though the sun was beating down on us. I think it counted as exercise. Don’t you?

2. Get out early (or later) in the day. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset while taking a walk. You can even run if that’s what makes you happy. Try different routes. How about getting in your car and driving somewhere new? Take in the scenery of this time of year but be sure and stay hydrated. You might even want to bring a spritz bottle with water and a couple of drops of doTERRA’s Peppermint essential oil. Spritz yourself (not in your eyes) when you are feeling warm.

3. How about a bike ride? Ride to the park and then swing on the swings for a few. It makes me feel like a kid again. Do you remember trying to see how high you could swing? The slight breeze created when you swing might even cool you down a bit.

4. How about starting a Tai Chi group? Gather some friends, go to someone’s back yard, bring your tablet and find a YouTube channel with a Tai Chi workout.

5. Lastly…how about going swimming? We have a pool in our backyard and I’m in there for a few moments almost every day. This may mean my hair isn’t quite looking like I just came from the beauty parlor, but who cares? It feels good! If you don’t have a pool, or a friend with a pool, check out your community rec center. Most offer water aerobics. Some year round. If they don’t have classes, go swim some laps or even walk the lazy river if there’s one.

Your body will thank you for getting outside and doing something to get it moving. You might even be in a better mood. Exercising outdoors can stimulate endorphins and serotonin which help us feel good. Remember to drink water and to make sure you don’t overdo it. How about a cool cloth soaked in some cool water to wrap around your neck? Enjoy your summer ~ it’ll be gone before you know it!

 

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 use essential oils in our house. We love essential oils! We usually never feel under the weather. 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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