A healthy lifestyle, one step at a time

Young Living Independent Distributor Logo I often ask myself how I got here, why has it taken me so long to realize that there is a better way, a way to incorporate the nursing education that I have with complementary therapies such as essential oils.  I’ve dabbled in oils for a while, but only recently with serious intent.  I have done a lot of research and continue to do so daily.  My hope is to not only improve my health and well being, but to share opportunities with my friends, colleagues and other like minded people.  Along with oils, healthy eating, exercise and self care are all aspects of my lifestyle improvement efforts.  An open heart, and an open mind are all that is required to share in this wellness journey.  I welcome any and all questions, if I don’t know the answer, I will do my best to find it.

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Mother’s Day

Ah yes, that time of year is upon us.  Mother’s Day.  For those of us that are, or have mothers, it can be a day of celebration or it can be a day of total stress.  Like any other occasion, your approach to the day will make a difference for you and your mom.

One of the most difficult things for us to do in this busy busy world is to relax.  We often tell ourselves that we need to stop and smell the roses, but like good moms we’re too busy making sure that everyone else is smelling the roses.  We’ll get to it later.

This year, I’m issuing a mothers day challenge to all my friends and family members.  Whether you are a mom, or not, take some time for yourself on Sunday.  Take a walk, listen to nature instead of your music.  The sound of  the breeze in the trees, or if you’re fortunate enough to live near the ocean, the sound of the waves as they crash to the shore.  Chirping birds, frogs and the hum of the bumblebee are all very relaxing.  Clear your mind, don’t think, just be.   Breathe deep and appreciate where you are at that very moment.

Diffuse your favorite essential oil:

Frankinsence has been valued for years in meditative and relaxation practices. It can help you focus and relieve stress.

Clary Sage is a relaxing oil (avoid in pregnancy).

Some people find Orange oil to be very relaxing.

I love Lavender, Stress Away and Valor II for relaxation and stress relief.

Of course there are many many more oils that you may find help you to relax and destress.  Explore, experiment, enjoy and just be…..You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel, trust me, I’m a mom.  If you want to learn more about Young Living essential oils, please drop me a note at



Take the time to give thanks for your Mom.  Even if she’s no longer alive or far away, give thanks for your birth, and your life.Young Living Independent Distributor Logo

These statements have not been verified by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please note that if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, you should consult a health care practitioner prior to use.  


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Why I love Peppermint Essential Oil

There are so many things that I can say about Peppermint.  First of all, let me sum it up by saying, I LOVE IT!

Peppermint is a versatile oil with so many uses.  It’s scent is uplifting and energizing.  I apply it (with a carrier oil since it is considered a “hot” oil) every morning when getting ready for the day.  I find it’s an instant pick me up, helps to suppress my ever present appetite and just smells good.

Other things that you can do with peppermint oil:

Dilute peppermint oil in a carrier oil-I use fractionated coconut oil.  Other choices include Young Living V-6, grape seed oil, hemp oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. Experiment with your favorites.

Once diluted, you can aid digestion by massaging clockwise around the stomach area to support digestion function.

Tension headaches can be diminished/relieved by applying diluted peppermint to your temples and neck area.

Can be used used for nausea by adding 1 drop of oil to water and drinking it.

Can be added to drinks and baked goods (cookies, brownies etc). YUM!

For stuffy noses, inhale Peppermint Oil to help open up your nasal passages.

Place one drop of Peppermint Oil on your tongue to freshen your breath.

These are just a few of the things you can do with Peppermint Oil.  Why not get some and give it a try?







Pain is something that many of us deal with  daily.  For some the pain is the minor aches and pains that we have as we age or when we push too hard on our workouts.  For others, pain is debilitating and life changing.

Our society has come to expect a quick fix for our pain;  take a pill and go about our business.  The pharmaceutical industry has been more than happy to respond to our request for bigger, better, stronger and faster pain relief.  As a result, we’ve become a nation of pill users.  There are so many people that go through life just waiting for the next pill.  Their livers get wrecked, their kidneys get wrecked and worse, for those that become addicted to narcotics, their lives get wrecked.

We know that along with the physicial component of pain, there is also an emotional component.  Pain management is a difficult journey for practitioner and patient alike.  It is wrought with frustration due to patient needs/expectations and the provider’s ability to meet the patients needs safely.

Between 1999 and 2014, 165,000 people died from opiod overdose. (CDC.gov).  165,000 lives lost because of the very thin line between therapeutic efficacy and overdose.

Pain is subjective, we certainly cannot judge the pain of another, either physical or emotional.  What we can do is help our patients, friends and family members navigate the chronic pain continuum.

Helping to find alternatives to make pain bearable is key to decreasing the risk of overdose and other complications of long term opiod use.  Chiropractic, massage, physicial therapy, yoga, guided imagery, meditation and yes, essential oils can all help to decrease pain.

Things that we have tried in our home to decrease pain include Young Living’s PanAway (with and without Copabia), Peppermint, Wintergreen and Lemongrass.  Deep relief is also popular among many people with pain.   These oils can be applied with a carrier oil (I like fractionated coconut oil) to the area(s) of discomfort to diminish the severity of pain.

Treating physical symptoms alone cannot necessarily solve the puzzle of chronic pain.  The mind-body connection is strong and individual attitudes toward pain can determine the effectiveness of any treatment.  The use of alternative adjuncts may just make the lives of those dealing with chronic pain a bit more bearable.

* Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace medical care.


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