Monday, July 14, 2014

even grandpas use essential oils



My father in law, Stan, is a great guy- he puts up with me & my mother in law, Jeanne, using oils, diffusing oils and talking about oils (a lot) and he probably rolls his eyes at us and is just a bit skeptical about how these oils work.

So when he came down with a cold on Friday we attacked him with oils (joke, but really).

He had a sore throat so Jeanne rubbed Melaleuca and On Guard on his neck several times the first day and he took the On Guard throat lozenges.  This combo works like magic for a sore throat- it takes the pain away so fast!

He was also coughing so Jeanne put the diffuser right next to him when he slept and had On Guard going all night.  Stan admitted that the diffuser helped him feel better, which is kind of a big deal!

Saturday he was still coughing so I had him take a capsule with 6 drops of Oregano and 6 drops of Frankincense- he didn't complain, but I think he knew he didn't really have a choice.

Today he's here at work looking & feeling much better.  And Jeanne thinks we cut 4-5 days off this cold using essential oils because when Stan gets a cold it tends to hold on for awhile.

Don't tell him, but I'm about to go make him another capsule...


Cold Protocol:

Antiviral: Frankincense, Melaleuca, Oregano, On Guard (and numerous other oils) are antiviral. 
 
Use 2 to 4 drops of oil applied topically to the bottoms of the feet, chest, or throat or take internally in a capsule. Begin using oils at the first signs for the most successful outcome. Please be aware that I only use doTERRA essential oils because I know that they have been thoroughly tested and only contain certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

Note: Oregano is a "hot" oil- meaning it can cause skin or other irritations with those that may be sensitive. Always dilute with a carrier oil or consider alternatives if you suspect sensitivity. I use a 1:3 ratio with Oregano oil- meaning 1 drop of Oregano to 3 drops of fractionated coconut oil.

Fever: Eucalyptus, Peppermint topically applied to forehead (away from your eyes- near your hair line), back of the neck, chest, or feet.

Note:  Peppermint and Eucalyptus are "cooling" oils- meaning they will feel cold on your skin.  If you don't want the cooling feeling dilute with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.

Nasal congestion: Breathe, Lavender, Peppermint inhaled via a diffuser or the simple cup and inhale technique.

Cough and chest congestion: Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lime, Melaleuca, or Peppermint applied topically to the chest or with a lymph massage. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Essential Oils, Modern Medicine & Prayer

Andy and Natalie Goddard are my "up-lines" at doTERRA.  Meaning they are like my higher-ups if you look at the business org chart.  They are amazing mentors, wonderful people and they have a very strong faith.

Their son Max (15 years old) was badly burned on July 2nd in a firework accident.  He was life flighted to the Burn Center at University of Utah and his Doctors were not sure he would make it. He had 3rd degree burns on 30% of his body and 2nd degree burns on 10% of his body.

I feel I should share his story because I have been so touched by it.  It is wonderful to hear how the Burn Center is working with Max's parents to utilize essential oils in his treatment AND how well the treatment is working. I've been following his story since I heard the news and I have been amazed at the daily updates from his parents on how well he is recovering. 

Posted on Max's webpage on July 2nd:

Dr. L. described escharotomy, a procedure of releasing pressure in areas where the blood flow is restricted by the burnt skin. The loss of blood flow can result in dead tissue. In Max’s case, his hands had really high pressure. The nurse said that if we didn’t do escharotomy right away, he could lose fingers (or worse). She said the pressure in the eyes was so great he could go blind. Natalie stated very clearly that we wanted to be as minimally invasive as possible. Dr. L. said we could wait another 30 minutes to decide.
We started rubbing Frankincense & Grapefruit on Max’s feet every 5 minutes and applying to pressure points for liver and kidney. One of the goals of the first night is to reduce the liquid intake from 1000 ml/hr to 190 ml/hr. In order to reduce the liquid, they need to see enough urine coming out.
Miracle #1: He totally started urinating and met the goal of going down to 190!
An hour later, the head of the Burn Center, Dr. M., came to talk to us with Dr. L. He spoke about his 30 years of experience in burn care. He said he is a man of faith, and that he believes in a balance of allopathic and homeopathic care. He was open to us using essential oils in Max’s treatment. We agreed to give Max 1 more hour to see if the pressure had gone down in his arms and hands. We kept slathering the oils on him, Dr. M. did the test, and his numbers were all within acceptable range. The escharotomy that Dr. L. was planning on doing just hours earlier was evaded!


 July 7th Andy posted this on his facebook page:

Thank you for overwhelming shower of faith and prayers! At 9:00 am today, we felt like we stepped into a column of pure light!

Here are the miracles today:

1. During the changing of the dressing, Dr. L. said that Max’s 3rd degree burns are more like 25%, not the 30% they originally thought.

2. Max’s swelling has come down significantly. He can now open his eyes!

3. The burns require an environment that is moist and antibacterial. Up until last night, we would mist his body once a day with a combination of oils (Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, and Helichrysum) and then they would apply Silvadene creme with silver in it. We were feeling like Max needed more and wasn’t getting enough for the level of healing that he was ready for. We explored options together. We were both frustrated and couldn’t see another way. Natalie said a silent prayer that angels could work with the doctor and the head nurse to inspire them. The head nurse suddenly blurted out, what if we use the Sulfur irrigation method that we use after skin grafts. This method uses tubes with holes to literally irrigate and carry an antibacterial solution to the burns. So last night, they switched from the dressings being a Silvadene cream to this “irrigation” method. First, they put gauze on the burns, then liquid in rubber tubes with holes in them, then medical bandages. They are allowing us to pour our oil mixture through the rubber tubes every 4 hours (and we just transitioned to every 2 hours!!) instead of applying oils once per day with the Silvadene!

4. He is breathing better than ever. He is rocking at 60% ventilation support. His target is 40% and clear lungs to say good bye to the ventilator.

5. Overall, Max’s body is stabilizing from the burn. His pH and SATs are good, and he is making progress towards coming off the ventilator. However, his lungs are starting to fill with liquid, which delays his ability to breathe on his own.

Many have asked if Max is conscious. He is being sedated for several reasons
1. He has a tube down his throat
2. He has a feeding tube down his nose
3. He has 6 other tubes going into his body
4. His body is in a lot of pain, and heals better while sedated

If he weren’t sedated, he would try to pull the tubes out. He can still hear everything around him and is somewhat responsive. About 2 times per day, he opens his eyes and we can ask him a couple questions. He’ll respond by shaking or nodding his head or gesturing with his arms. Then he’ll fade back to sleep. Every time we ask him if he’s in pain, he shakes his head that he isn’t. Almost every nurse Max has had has said he’s the best patient they’ve ever had. He even gave a thumbs up once. They love him and feel the brilliance of who he is.

If you’re still up to it, we invite your continued prayers for:
1. Bowels to start moving
2. Lungs to clear up
3. More skin to be healed.

We have a vision of Max whole in every way: body, mind, and spirit. That is who our boy is. Whatever that is to look like now we accept AND we claim every blessing for this amazing young man. There are moments it feels like he may be going through this to help many others who are suffering know a better way.
 

Here are the miracles today:
1. During the changing of the dressing, Dr. L. said that Max’s 3rd degree burns are more like 25%, not the 30% they originally thought.
2. Max’s swelling has come down significantly. He can now open his eyes!
3. The burns require an environment that is moist and antibacterial. Up until last night, we would mist his body once a day with a combination of oils (Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, and Helichrysum) and then they would apply Silvadene creme with silver in it. We were feeling like Max needed more and wasn’t getting enough for the level of healing that he was ready for. We explored options together. We were both frustrated and couldn’t see another way. Natalie said a silent prayer that angels could work with the doctor and the head nurse to inspire them. The head nurse suddenly blurted out, what if we use the Sulfur irrigation method that we use after skin grafts. This method uses tubes with holes to literally irrigate and carry an antibacterial solution to the burns. So last night, they switched from the dressings being a Silvadene cream to this “irrigation” method. First, they put gauze on the burns, then liquid in rubber tubes with holes in them, then medical bandages. They are allowing us to pour our oil mixture through the rubber tubes every 4 hours (and we just transitioned to every 2 hours!!) instead of applying oils once per day with the Silvadene!
4. He is breathing better than ever. He is rocking at 60% ventilation support. His target is 40% and clear lungs to say good bye to the ventilator.
5. Overall, Max’s body is stabilizing from the burn. His pH and SATs are good, and he is making progress towards coming off the ventilator. However, his lungs are starting to fill with liquid, which delays his ability to breathe on his own.
 

And yesterday Natalie posted this on her facebook page:

Oh what a day! We were informed that Max was scheduled for the operating room on Friday for skin grafting. Then dear friends sat with Max as Andy & I ran outside to find sunshine and open our hearts to the heavens. The heavens opened. We felt God's love & care for us and His desire to continue to heal Max. We pleaded that if it was Gods will, Maxs original skin could heal without skin grafts. We felt inspired to claim that blessing!
An hour later they changed Max's wound dressing (my least favorite part of the day) this is where they wash over the wounds to pull off any other dead skin, apply the spritzer of oils, let it soak in, and wrap again. The dr. came in to review the burn. She looked dumbfounded!! She said the only skin that she wanted to watch for grafting was collar, neck, under and tops of hands. Oh my goodness, we rejoiced! Close to half of what has been 3rd degree leathery skin has now come off and is already healing. Prayers, the oils, and modern medicine coming together in brilliance has my heart so full tonight!
Max is getting better in every way! Please pray that he can be clear of fluid and get off the ventilator AND that those last patches of leathery skin will release and give way to new skin in the perfect timing. Thank you for witnessing amazing miracles from Heaven with us! We are so grateful for your care and faith.


You can read more about his accident and the progress he has made HERE.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

my favorite doTERRA products right now


Since I'm an oil addict, I use many oils on a daily basis. 
But there are definitely oils and products that I reach for before anything else.




The 3 B's- Balance/Basil/Bergamot-  I use these every day.  They help me stay stress-free, grounded and happy.  In fact, yesterday I was feeling frazzled and stressed and I realized at lunch I hadn't put these three on yet.  I grabbed them, put them on and within 20 minutes I was feeling much better.  These get me through some rough days for sure.

Basil has a ton of uses including: bronchitis, colds and flu, depression, earaches, migraines, insect bites and stress.  I use it daily because it calms the nervous system. 

Balance contains oils that are geared toward the central nervous system and other body systems. It helps with mood swings, anxiety, temper problems (hello, toddlers!), feeling confused, doubtful, unsettled, or in need of a sense of well-being.  It can also help children who deal with ADD, ADHD, autism or bi-polar conditions.

Bergamot can be used for anxiety, depression, eczema, indigestion, insomnia, psoriasis and urinary tract infections.  Since it is a citrus oil it is very uplifting and calming and I love the smell. 
 

DDR Prime capsules-  I started taking this about a month ago and I really love it.  It's called the cellular complex because it supports cellular health.  It has been shown in clinical studies to help protect cells against free-radical damage while supporting healthy cellular function.

"Concept: As the basic structure of all living things, cells perform three primary functions: they make copies of themselves, they perform a specialized function, and they self-destruct when they are not performing their first two functions correctly. As we age, cellular function can be compromised by poor nutrition, obesity, stress, and exposure to harmful environmental influences such as infectious microorganisms and toxic chemicals. When cellular DNA and other structures are compromised, cells can fail to regenerate, fail to function as programmed, and fail to initiate the normal and healthy process of cellular turnover and renewal."   From everythingessential.me

The capsules contain the following essential oils:
Frankincense: promotes a healthy inflammatory response
Wild Orange:  supports healthy cellular response
Lemongrass:  protects against environmental threats
Thyme:  broad spectrum activity in promoting immunity and cellular health
Summer Savory:  helps reduce oxidative stress
Clove:  powerful antioxidant properties
Niaouli:  supports cellular immunity


Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo/Conditioner- this stuff is awesome!  It smells SO good, helps my color last longer and my hair is softer and growing faster. 

Roman Chamomile/Frankincense/Bergamot-  This is our new sleep blend.  And it works great!  The kids go down easily and sleep through the night and I am able to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep as well.

Lemon/Lime-  Lemon oil is always in my water.  It helps my body to get rid of toxins, gives me energy and it helps me drink more water because it tastes so great!  I keep lime on hand for Steve, he likes to put a couple of drops in his Corona :)

On Guard-  this blend will always and forever be on my favorite oils list.  It keeps us healthy and boosts our immune systems.  We use it every morning and night and Emily hasn't been sick since she started using this in January (knock on wood)!  I ordered the On Guard Cleaning Concentrate this month and I can't wait to try it.  It is derived from plant-based ingredients and contains On Guard essential oil so it provides natural protection from harmful surface-borne microbes. And it's non-toxic and biodegradable.

doTERRA has a great promotion for new wholesale members this month:  if you become a wholesale member and place a $100.00 order you will get a $50.00 credit back to spend on oils- so you basically get half your money back- such a great deal- email me if you want to take advantage of this!





Monday, June 30, 2014

I'm slacking.

I start writing posts and then I don't hit publish.....

Lots of stuff has been happening around here. I've been working part time, staying home part time, working on my oil business part time, trying to keep my husband & kids happy and the laundry from taking over the house.  It's a lot to juggle but I'm focusing on the good.


selfie attempt #fail

The kids saw their first parade and they were in love/a little scared.  Meaning- Gavin loved it and Emily loved it until the fire trucks let off their sirens and then she was scared to death.  But, she is still talking about the marching band a month later so I'll call it a success.

Grandpa also loved the parade

Gavin is naughty with a capital N.  He is all boy and it's so funny to see the difference between him and his sister.  He gets into everything, has no fear and is just plain mischievous.  They couldn't be more opposite if they tried and I love it. 

I'm not sure when he turned 5

Emily is starting to show interest in potty training.  She has gone a few times a day at home- only with me and only with the promise of three m&m's and a sticker to add to her potty chart.  The girl is a serious negotiator. She doesn't tell me when she has to go yet so it's only happening when I ask her if she wants to try.  And since she's only home with me 4 days out of 7 it's nothing serious yet.


 



Gavin is a social butterfly (again, the opposite of Emily) he will just walk over to anyone- neighbors, kids at school, complete strangers and start playing (I think he gets that from his daddy).  He still isn't talking much but he will say mama (this means Dad, Mom, Grandma, Grandpa, Emily), ball, yeah, baba (bottle) and the other day he said Rubble (Paw Patrol).  He's trying to say a few more words but nothing consistent.  He understands everything we say and gets his point across with grunts and head nods so we are just going with the flow. 

making himself at home in the big kid room at daycare

We've been spending a lot of time outside, it's basically all the kids want to do.  Except they want to do different things and with only two hands & two eyes it can get tricky for this mama to keep track of them.  Emily loves being in the water and Gavin loves not being in the water.

You're crazy if you think I'm getting in there mom.

Emily is growing up.  I mean like really growing up.  She has real conversations with us and is acting more and more like a little girl.  It's blowing my mind that she will be 3 in a few months.

she's a hat girl just like her great grandma

These two just break my heart wide open daily.  I love them so much- more than I ever thought possible. 



I'm the luckiest.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekend wrap

Our summer weekends are going by too fast!

Our days consisted of....

Checking on our garden (329 times).  We are having so much fun with our first garden!  The kids love to go check on the plants and help with watering everything- including themselves. 









Playing catch (Emily's new favorite thing), "mowing" (Gavin's new favorite thing) & coloring the whole driveway (and part of the house) with our "colors".






And, Booty got another hair cut- it's the shortest we've ever cut it and I can't get over how much older he looks without his curls. 



Is it Friday yet??

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Oil Success Stories




As an essential oil user, I have daily success stories with my oils- head aches, stomach aches, acid reflux, improving mood, sleep, and plenty of bumps and bruises.  I'm at the point now that I turn to my oils instead of looking in my medicine cabinet.  This week we have used owie spray more times than I can count on Emily's knees and Gavin's diaper rash.  I threw my back out last weekend and I've been using Deep Blue and Past Tense for pain.  It all works and everyone in my house gets relief for what ails them- naturally.

A really awesome thing has happened since I started sharing the oils with others-  I get a couple of emails a week with oil success stories and it's basically my favorite email to get!  I thought I would share some of these experiences with you today- if you can relate to any of the issues these people have had- try essential oils, you have nothing to lose! 

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I did want to tell you (and thank you) of a huge oil success we had this week. My daughter has had a really dry, flaky scalp for ages now... almost like cradle cap toddler style. It is awful. And I keep meaning to look into oil solutions. I thought I remembered you mentioning lavender for dry skin a while ago so I looked it up and this is what I found for cradle cap as well so I gave it a go on Sunday, rubbing it into her scalp, brushing for awhile throughout the day. The next morning.... soooo much better!!! I couldn't believe it. Today it is almost all gone! Even my husband was very impressed with how well it worked. Yay! We are going to keep putting it on everyday for a while to keep it away.

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In case you run into a similar scenario with anyone else, I thought you'd like to know by using Peppermint I avoided a case of mastitis after my son weaned.  Even though I did the weaning process slowly, a few days after his last feeding I was in so much pain I could barely hold him.  I used the Peppermint topically.  I found a little relief fairly quickly on the first day of application, but on the morning of the second day I was barely even sore.  I could hold and SQUEEZE my kids close to my heart again.  It was getting ugly, so I'm incredibly relieved the Peppermint worked so well and so quickly.  I haven't had any problems since.  Another Essential Oil success!
 
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After our class yesterday I started getting a sore throat and coughing, it just hit me out of no where. I got out my handy Modern Essentials book and read to put Melaleuca on the tip of my tongue and on my neck every 5-10 minutes and Breathe on my chest. I did it a couple times last night, and this morning I woke up coughing and could hardly talk and was sure I was really sick! So today I continued with the two oils about every 30 min - hour, and I feel completely fine tonight!! My only symptom left is a cough, but not constant, hopefully that will be gone soon!
 
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I wanted to share with you how the LLV {life long vitality supplements} have made a huge difference in my severe migraines. I was getting 2-3 a week and once I started the LLV I didn't have one for a month! They are getting fewer and farther between. I love them!!
 
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A few success stories ...

My Uncle came down with Bell's Palsy and is using OnGuard gel caps, Frankincense, Peppermint, and Geranium. He has been using them for a couple weeks, the symptoms are not completely gone but I can see a huge difference!!  He complained to me about the taste of the OnGuard caps I told him to try to take them at night and that has helped him.

Yesterday I had a terrible ear ache, I applied Basil to the outside o
f my ear before bed, this morning it was still a little painful and I had pain on that side of my face traveling to my forehead. I put more basil on my ear and peppermint on my temples and in an hour the pain was gone!!

And finally, I had a very unruly 3 year old this morning, put some balance on his feet and half hour later like magic he is calm as can be!!
 
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The owie spray is amazing!!! My oldest son fell off his bike and had a brush burn on his forehead, after using the spray 4 times it is almost gone!  All his brush burns are barely visible!!! My other son has deep cut on his knee that will not heal. He has had this cut for 2 weeks, I used the spray several times it is completely healed! I am thankful for your help!!
 
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My husband and daughter have suffered from seasonal allergies for many years and the over the counter medications were not as effective as they used to be (and the side-effects were terrible).  They started using the Tri-Ease capsules and they WORK!!!  I cannot believe it!  No more allergy sufferers in this house- yay!!
 
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Yesterday I woke up with a pretty yucky headache, which I soon realized was a sinus headache. I went on everythingessential.me and looked up headaches and it had different suggestions based on what kind of headache. I used what I had on hand that was recommended for sinus headaches -- peppermint on my forehead, temples, jaw, and neck, and I also diffused onguard and breathe. I reapplied about two more times over the next couple of hours and my headache did not return!
 
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I just made my own glass cleaner. Not because I really wanted to, but I just happened to be cleaning the bathroom and ran out. Decided to give some a homemade version a try. Good stuff!!! I had all the ingredients already at home so I totally saved myself like $6 (7th Generation is expensive!)
Here is the recipe:
  • 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
  • 1/4 c. white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 c. warm water
  • 8 drops Purify
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Aren't these great testimonials?  The more I learn about essential oils, the more I realize- there is an oil for everything!
 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Croup



Waking up to crying and a seal bark coming from your son's room at 11:30at night is not fun, let me tell you.

That's how Gavin woke up last night, with croup.  And with his history of lung issues- straight to Children's he went. 

He got an oral steroid at the hospital and I've been using essential oils topically and aromatically all day today. The combination of these things has helped tremendously.  He isn't seal barking nearly as much as he was last night and when he does a dose of oils stops it within a couple of seconds.  Thankfully he's in a pretty good mood.

Oils I've been using:

Topically
1 drop of Frankincense
1 drop of Breathe
1 drop of Peppermint
3 drops fractionated coconut oil
rubbed on his chest, neck and back every hour or two.

1 drop of Oregano with 2 drops of FCO rubbed on his feet every hour or two.

Diffusing
3 drops Marjoram
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Bergamot

And of course Emily is getting an extra dose of On Guard to keep her from catching anything (fingers crossed).

Having these essential oils as an option to help my kids when they are sick is such a blessing, I am so thankful we have them!