Remember to put your glass down

Remember to put your glass down
Are you carrying stress walking through, a pandemic, adjusting to working from home, caring for an elderly parent,  a special needs child, a consuming job, difficult relationship you are navigating?  
It seems like we are always grasping for something to stay afloat…. 
In the meantime, 
we fall through; exhausted with one nostril above the waves. (I have listened to the song ‘Oceans’ by Hillsong literally thousands of times). click to listen
Our own health suffers, our view is foggy, relationships suffer, marriage is strained as we juggle and cope. 
We feel like we have been run over by a semi-truck a few times…
And we live life with an empty cup, trying to eek one more drop out of the cup.
Our friendships, relationships, conversations, are mostly centered around the weight of the latest storm we are in.
The situations on the front burner are sizzling. 
We view everything through stress filled glasses.
Always reaching and grasping. All the while our own knees are wobbling, and we are trying to support without ever feeling like “we’ve got this”
This is our story.  
We are offering to come along side you, and walk with you in this journey, and help you to “remember to put your glass down.”     a new view for you

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Who are you shining for?

Who are you shining for?
I read a story about a lighthouse keeper who worked on a rocky stretch of coastline.
Once a month he would receive a new supply of oil to keep the light burning so ships could safely sail near the rocky coast.

One night, though, a woman from a nearby village begged him for oil to keep her family warm.
Another time, a man asked for some oil to use for his lamp.
Another came and asked for oil to lubricate his wheels.
Since all the requests were legitimate, the light keeper tried to please everyone and grant the requests of all of them.

Towards the end of the month, the man noticed his supply of oil was getting very low.  
His light went out.   
As a result, that night several ships were wrecked and many lives were lost.
When the authorities came to investigate, he shared with them about all the people he was trying to help.   Their reply to his excuses was simple and to the point.  "you were given oil for one purpose-- to keep that light burning!"

When was the last time you took a minute to think about why you do what you do?   
What is it that guides your choices and makes the decision to carry out your actions each day? 

Our world is roaring with needs and events and noise.
It's easy to get distracted by things shouting around us.   
There are so many needs, we can lose sight of the purpose God has imprinted inside us.
Hit the pause button.
Who is  your light shining for?    
A lot of people you may never meet are depending on your light
Go out and shine.  

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How's your aim?

How's your aim?
 
 
When you crack open a bottle of Young Living essential oils you will discover a lot of WOW.   
One of the WOWs is the orifice reducer.
The what?   Stay with me. 

This is the silicone top that is there to help you adjust how much oil comes out of the bottle.  
 
It is a big deal.    
 
Young Living makes the best orifice reducers in the industry, hands down.   
It's the little things that underline integrity over and over and over.     
 
Silicone will not deteriorate and will not leach into your oils
This amazing little piece allows one drop to come out.   
 
You see, Young Living uses orifice reducers that are unlike any you can find in the world.   
The oil drips from the tiny hole to the SIDE of the main center hole.  
The center hole let’s the air in.     
 
The small holes are why you can control the drip from a Young Living bottle.   
Other oil companies have the oil come out the center.    
    
This makes it much harder to control how often the oil gets either stuck and you have to shake the bottle to get any out or the oil pours out too fast.  
Shaking the bottle is easy to do partly due to habit and hurry.  
 
It is a big deal with our oils because when we shake the bottle it forces oxygen molecules to mix with the oil.   This shortens the shelf life.   
So get in the habit of rolling the bottle between your hands, and turning the bottle so the little hole is down.   
Don’t ‘help’ the oil come out.   
Pause…..
 
Ready for a tip or two?  
When you crack open your bottle, locate the tiny hole and draw a arrow or dot by it so that you can find it next time.   This will help a ton when you are aiming for a capsule and want the oil to gather inside and not on your hands or the sides.     
 
When you are using thick oils—such as Vetiver or Myrrh, remember to put the oil bottle in your pocket or bra for a few minutes to warm it up.   
This might not be an issue in the summertime as much as it is in the winter, or if you live in a warm climate.  
But, it Minnesota it is a big deal! 
 
I have been known to wait over a minute waiting for one precious drop of Vetiver to come out.   
I LOVE Vetiver in the diffuser at night.   
Most nights I fall asleep on God while Dave is praying.   
He says God doesn’t mind….
So, waiting for those drops might take minutes, but, patience is a virtue right?   
We all need more of it.   
And, yes, it is when you are waiting for the gold that happens with each drop.  
And in the end, it is so worth it.   
 
After all, we can't hurry gold. 
That drop may make the difference between sleep and counting sheep.  
It sure does for me.   
So, I will wait and choose to aim better.  

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"I don’t do scents…"

"I don’t do scents…"
Have you had someone tell you that they are ‘sensitive to scents, or can’t do scents’ before?   
It is a common comment.

I just smile... because they just don't know.   
I came into this not knowing either.   
 
The reason they don’t 'do scents' is because they have smelled synthetic fragrances, and their body is screaming NO!!! 

They interpret that no into ‘I don’t do scents’
Our bodies are amazing.    
They  just know.    
God built them that way.   
The more you are around pure, that more your body will be happy.    
Inside and out.
 
Here is my response.   
" What happens when you cut open an orange?   
Does your body react to the scent? "   
In 7 years, I have never had anyone say yes to this question.  
Not one time.  
Of course not!   Why?    
Because the orange is pure.    Nothing added.
 
Enter Young Living.   Same thing.    Lovingly placed inside a brown bottle just for you.   
 
Speaking of Oranges….
Glutathione! Have you heard of it?
 
It is the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent disease.    
When you study glutathione you will soon uncover that it is the secret to prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and necessary to treat everything from Autism to Alzheimer’s disease.

Hmmm…
There are more than 89,000 medical articles about it —
Here's my surprised face...
So what is it?
Oh, just the mother of all antioxidants, the master detoxifier and orchestra director of the immune system.

The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. Hooray!!
The bad news is that poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all deplete your glutathione. **sigh**

Asking for a friend…
What's this got to do with Orange?
Sit down.   
Young Living Orange essential oil can help support HEALTHY levels of Glutathione in the liver!! 
It's like a little ninja warrior for your hardworking liver.
How do you support your liver with Orange oil?
8 wonderful drops each day over your liver.  
You will smell wonderful, and your liver will be smiling.

If you want to know more on how you can support your body, we would love to chat.  

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The tub?

The tub?
Do you want to hear a some somewhat disgusting facts about your bathtub? 
Yep. That’s right. 
The place that you are supposed to get clean may not be that clean itself. 
There was a recent Texas A&M University study found that staphylococcus bacteria was in 26% of the bathtubs that they tested. 
Almost all tubs showed bacteria from fecal matter. 
Then a majority found fungi. 
Probability went up for all these findings if it was a whirlpool tub. 
No more information is really needed for me to figure out how to keep the tub free from being part of these disgusting facts. What about you? 
We already know Thieves Household Cleaner is an amazing product and it can be used in a few ways to keep your tub fecal-free. 

First, you can make a Thieves Soft Scrub. 
This helps gets the grime out of your tub. 
Take ¾ cup of Thieves Household Cleaner, 3 cups of baking soda, 30 drops of Lemon essential oils, and if desired 1 TBSP of vinegar. 
Use this to scrub out the difficult areas. It also can help with hard water spots. 

Second, you can fill up a refillable scrubbing brush with 2 TBS of Thieves Dish Soap, 3 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner, and then water. 
Keep in your tub/shower and use as often as needed! 

And third, make up a glass spray bottle with 2 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner and 10 drops of Purification. Fill with water. Shake and spray between showers/baths. 

Keep the place you need to get clean, truly clean itself! 

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You only get one pair....

You only get one pair....
We are asking a lot of our feet...
They willingly take us wherever we tell them to go and in the process encounter a lot of stress. 
A reminder to take better care of them for us all!   
I saw a 2014 survey that was taken where 8 out of 10 Americans have experienced a foot problems (https://www.apma.org/files/APMA2014TodaysPodiatristSurveyAllFindings.pdf
 
One noted that they found that most people don’t care for their feet as much as other parts of their bodies…. 
We oilers are different.   
We are learning a different way!   
We know that the our feet have over 3000 pores ready and waiting for oils!
 
So how can we up our game and take better care of our feet? 
 
If your feet are used daily (which they probably are!), give them a little TLC daily.      
Daily equals consistency....
This could be using the Young Living LavaMint Softening Foot Scrub. 
This scrub not only helps exfoliate (hello summer sandals), but hydrates. 
It helps refresh and revive tired feet. 
I have gotten into the habit of Animal Scents Ointment on my feet nightly.   
How about you??
 
Soak your feet. A good Epsom Salt + Essential Oil Foot Soak can really help you tired feet while also supporting a detox of your body. That’s right! An Epsom Salt foot soak helps pull the toxins out. Win-win! Add your favorite oils to further your support. Peppermint, Panaway, Lavender, and Stress Away are a few of our favorites!
A great unwinding habit before bed.   
Pull the stress out and sleep better too!
 
Don’t wear too tight of shoes. 
Comfortable shoes are worth the health of your feet.     A couple of summers ago, I had a big foot issue that meant only 1 pair of sandals worked for 6 months or so.   I then discovered the meaning of comfort first over cute.   
 
Try on the Legs-Up-On-The-Wall Yoga pose after a long day.  Start with a few minutes and work your way up. 
 
Take care of your feet. You’ve only got one pair! 😉 

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Why Diffuse?

Why Diffuse?
Why should you be diffusing in your home? 
Diffusing is not just a smell good activity.  It is first in line for our motto "real tools with side benefits"  
It’s something we can do in our homes to replace toxic fragrance products with scents with healthy giving benefits. There are incredible aromatic benefits you can receive simply from diffusing pure essential oils. Aromatic usage allows you to inhale essential oils. 
 
Young Living diffusers are ultrasonic. The fancy little silver plate in the bottom of your diffuser vibrates the water and oils within the diffuser distributing the oils in the air for you to breathe in. The frequency of the oil is maintained for maximum benefit for you, while there is no heat, which can destroy the therapeutic properties of the essential oils. 
 
So, what exactly are the benefits? 
-Aids in your overall wellness by helping keep you above the wellness line. Different oils help boost your body systems keeping you healthy. 
 
-Getting rid of odors without spraying chemicals in the air that can cause health and respiratory issues. Many of the sprays that are odor eliminating contain harsh toxins that can linger in the air for up to two weeks. If you struggle with any respiratory issues, this will continue to build up within your system causing issues. Switch out to diffusing some Purification or Citrus Fresh! 
 
-Lifting your emotions through the benefit of entering the portion of your brain that is only accessed through smell. The limbic region is where memories and emotions are stored. Emotional health is just as important to us as physical, mental, and spiritual health. 
Utilizing our essential oils to keep our moods lifted, helps to steer us from negative thought patterns, allowing us to live life with a more vibrant outlook. Try Joy, Orange, Bergamot, Valor, White Angelica, or Harmony. 
 
-Sound sleepDiffusing while sleeping is a great way to support your entire body system and to help relax and calm your body for a better sleep experience. Try Lavender, Peace & Calming, Sacred Mountain, or Cedarwood. 
 
-Energy & Motivation. On the flip side of relaxing and sleep, sometimes you need a boost to “get things done”. Some oils are great at uplifting the spirit to tackle the things you need to do for the day. Try diffusing Gathering, Peppermint and Lemon, Clarity, or Motivation. 
 
-Creating an atmosphere.  This is one side benefit I love!   Just a few drops, and the whole room changes.   It will affect everyone in the room.   Get the diffuser in place with intention before people are coming and going from your home.  We frequently have comments made when people enter our home.  People can feel the difference.   

Whether it is for meditation, peace, or simply a smell good, feel good intention---there are hundreds of options. 
A few favorites for gatherings are: Stress Away with Peppermint (aka chocolate mint), Gathering, Abundance, Believe, or Sacred Mountain.  

Diffusing is an easy way to be using your essential oils in your home. Keep that amazing machine going 24/7 when you are home and in your bedrooms during the night to continue reaping consistent benefits.    Start them up about 30 minutes before bed, and you are set up for results.   

Sometimes I think back... how did we do life before Young Living? 
 

Two Tools

Two Tools
Were you raised in a culture of fear?   

I was...    
 
Using these two oils together in my prayer time gave me tools that work. I hope you find the same value as I did, should you find yourself feeling the weight of stress, anxiety and worry.
 
Apply a few drops, one oil at a time in the palm of your hand, inhale to a count of four and with a big exhale, as you release the stress with every exhale.  
 
PEACE AND CALMING

 Tangerine contains properties that are sedating and calming to the nervous system.
Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind and body and joy to the heart, which feelings provide emotional support to help one overcome depression.
 Ylang Ylang may help balance the male-female energies so you are able to move closer towards being able to focus thoughts, filtering out the ever-present garbage. It brings back feelings of self-love, confidence, joy, and peace.
Patchouli is sedating, calming, and relaxing, allowing it to reduce anxiety.
Blue Tansy may help cleanse the liver and calm the lymphatic system.
 
3 C's :   courage, calming, and confidence

VALOR
 
Spruce grounds the body, creating the balance and the opening necessary to receive and to give. It also helps one release emotional blocks.
Rosewood is soothing to the skin, appeasing to the mind, relaxing to the body, and creates a feeling of peace and gentleness.
Blue Tansy brings cleansing to the lymphatic system and liver.   Assists in gently releasing anger and bottled up emotions
 Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes, which may help oxygenate the pineal and pituitary glands. As one of the ingredients for the holy incense, Frankincense was used in connecting with God.  It can help to lift your spirits and bring a shift in focus and outlook.  

Carve out a few minutes to just 'sit under' valor.   Put it on your shoulders, breathe, journal and feel the weight lift.   
As I say all the time, you can’t make this up...   
These powerful tools can turn the corner in your day when used with intention.  

What a difference it would make if before we saw the world each day, we applied peace and calming and valor!
How would it change your view?  

Like this info?  You'll LOVE my guide "five ways to retrieve your peace"  Check it out right here
 
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