Essential Oils on Vacation

Essential Oils on Vacation

I love my essential oils and use them regularly. Due to their small size, essential oils are very easy to pack so even when we travel I can have what I need at my fingertips. This has come in handy on multiple vacations! Which ones do I swear by for traveling? Lavender. I use lavender oil every day with my moisturizer to keep my skin looking great. It’s also wonderful to have on hand for bug bites, burns, and general itchiness. Frankincense. Every evening I put a few drops of this oil in my night cream – soothing and also great for my skin. Deep Relief roll-on. Love this oil for travel aches and pains. Since it’s a roll-on it’s easy to apply and keep on hand. After sitting in a car all day if my shoulder aches, a little Deep Relief can feel wonderful! DiGize. This one has been a lifesaver on multiple occasions when I ate too much greasy food or am just feeling a little queasy. It’s the oil that sold me on Young Living. Thieves and Cinnamon Bark. This combo always goes in my travel diffuser (yep, I bring that with me on every trip too). Not only can they help ward off sickness, but your hotel room will smell amazing! If I remember, I rub a little Thieves on the bottom of our feet before bed too – a little extra reinforcement never hurt anyone. Eucalyptus. If someone starts getting stuffy, I’ll use this in the diffuser to help them sleep better at night. R.C. – also great for stuffiness. A little on the chest...
Clean Sweep – Week Three

Clean Sweep – Week Three

Woo hoo!  It’s the final week in our clean sweep.  I hope you are feeling great about how your house is looking.  I know mine is better than when I started, and that’s the goal, right? The final week will help you REALLY enjoy your newly decluttered and optimized household. All you need for supplies are some green cleaning products.  Yep, you guessed it, we are cleaning the house top to bottom.  I mean a deep clean.  Since you’ve decluttered, you’ve organized and you’ve gotten rid of what you don’t love and use, it should be much easier than normal. Feel free to clean one room a day or just dedicate half a day or so to do the whole thing – I’ll leave that choice up to you.  If you’ve never used green products before, it can be as simple as making your own or purchasing a few bottles on a site like Grove. Here’s a post I did a few years ago about making your own cleaners – it’s affordable and easy (and they work!). Once you’ve finished cleaning, try diffusing some essential oils for a fresh scent (I’m really loving a mix of Lavender, Orange, and Peppermint right now), sit down and enjoy your home! How was this series?  Did it help you get your house in order?  I encourage you to go through this process a few times a year – it gets quicker and easier each time. Other posts in this series: Clean Sweep – Week One Clean Sweep – Week Two *This post contains affiliate links*...

Twist for Your Gut

Twist for your gut – what???? Hopefully you’ve been faithfully enjoying some fermented foods and/or including a probiotic since last week.  Today I’m going to share another super simple tip for helping aide digestion and it doesn’t have to cost a dime. Twisted yoga poses Not a yoga fan?  Don’t stop reading.  Traditional twisted poses are fantastic for stimulating the organs in your digestive system.  They do this by creating movement in and around our organs.  So doing these types of poses can truly start things moving if your body is “stuck.” For those of you familiar with yoga, a simple spinal twist while reclined or seated is a great place to start.  If you don’t know anything about yoga, you could begin with Day 2 of the video A.M. Yoga for Your Week (which is in general a great beginning yoga video).  Whenever I feel the need to do yoga twists, I pop in this DVD and enjoy the series of poses.  It’s also a great sequence for back or shoulder pain.  The entire workout takes less than 25 minutes, so it fits well into your day in the early morning, lunch time or even evening. Another great resource if you aren’t ready to invest in a DVD is to check out this series suggested by Yoga Journal:  8 poses for better digestion. If you don’t have a regular yoga practice, I’d recommend starting out with 2 or 3 days a week and seeing how it goes from there.  Once the moves become second nature, you could easily start or end each day with 5 to 10 minutes of twists.  You’ll help your...

How’s Your Gut?

Do you often find yourself with stomach problems?  Feeling bloated or just plain miserable?  I know I used to, and as I mentioned in last week’s Facebook Live video, it’s exactly why I started down the path of nutrition training.  I wanted to stop feeling uncomfortable every other day. I can happily say that today (almost 7 years later), I rarely have stomach issues.  In fact, overall I feel much healthier and get sick less often than I used to.  I’m confident that many of the tips, tricks and lifestyle changes I’ve made over the years is the reason. Thank goodness for being willing to experiment (although once you get to the point where you’ll try anything to feel better, it’s not that hard to do). This month, I’ll dive into some of my favorite ways to help if you are experiencing gut issues.  Since the reasons can be varied and are as individual as each of us, some of these may help you more than others – but there is science and historical evidence behind each tip.  The only way to find out what helps you is to give the various suggestions a try.  And not just once – be consistent and try something new for at least 7 days.  But don’t try more than one tip at a time – otherwise you can’t pinpoint what is helping.  I do want to mention that although they might be helpful, none of these tips are considered “cures” or are specifically geared towards people who’ve been diagnosed with IBS or other medical issues – please talk to your doctor about...
Just ONE Minute

Just ONE Minute

Have you been incorporating 5 minutes of calm in your morning?  Been practicing your 1 minute breathing?  If so, how have you been feeling?  Hopefully a little calmer?  Are you able to stop in moments of stress and redirect?  If not, just keep practicing and try adding this week’s lesson to your arsenal. I know some of you prioritize exercise.  Or at least you WANT to prioritize it and just do it whenever you can.  This week I want to encourage you to add just 1 minute of breathing to the end of each workout.  Just one minute and you’ll leave your workout session (whatever it is) feeling stronger, more centered and ready to face the rest of your day. It really happens.  Just try it if you don’t believe me. Why is this the case?  It’s simply the way your body works.  First, stress begins and ends with your breath.  When you get stressed or overwhelmed, you’ll start holding your breath.  Then you begin to tense your muscles.  Soon you feel worse.  If you slow down your breathing, your body will start to relax, your mind will stop racing and you can move forward in a calmer matter. A great way to begin is to add a short savasana to your workout.  This is the yoga pose that ends almost every yoga practice.  It’s often also called rest pose or corpse pose.  To do it, simply lay down on your back, legs and arms naturally turned up and out, close your eyes and breathe in and out deeply.  Allow your body to relax into the ground, feel your muscles...
Start Your Day with 5 Minutes of Calm

Start Your Day with 5 Minutes of Calm

This month we are going to slow things down. The crazy holiday season is coming so hopefully you can enjoy a little calm before it arrives. I’ll also be teaching you some terrific methods for reducing stress and calming your mind. Practice them now and they will come in handy for the rest of the year. We’ll start this series off with the way you begin your day. You wake up late or to a blaring alarm clock, rush around the house making breakfast, packing lunches, making sure everyone has everything in their backpack, getting yourself showered, dressed and ready for work – maybe grabbing a coffee to go? If that sounds like your current morning, then no wonder you start each day off feeling stressed and behind. Maybe you still have to do all that, but wouldn’t you love to begin the day with a few minutes of calm first? Amazingly, 5 minutes of calm will make the rest of the morning bearable AND put you in a better mood. Here’s how to do it: First things first, change how you wake up. If your alarm is annoying, why do you use it? Why not switch to music you love? My daughter set her alarm to birds chirping – love it! Next, hop on out of bed (so you don’t fall back asleep) and grab a glass of water – hydrating will wake you up gently and it’s been hours since you consumed anything so your body needs that water. While you are enjoying your drink, take a few minutes and appreciate the fact that it’s a new...

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