It’s Christmas Eve

I wish there was an “activate Christmas Spirit” button for life. Because I’m not feeling it this year. And I’m hearing that from a lot of my friends, and seeing a lot of that on social media.

In the meantime, I’ll diffuse Christmas Spirit in various blends. Lately it’s been Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Christmas Spirit. And I’ve been loving the uplifting aroma as I work here in my home office.

But now, it’s Christmas Spirit and Pine. And oh boy, maybe this is the missing link to the activation of festive feelings I’ve been looking for.

Until I know for sure, I’ll keep my new favorite worship / christmas music mash-up playlist going. Which one? I’m glad you asked. This one.

A challenge in pursuit of 2022

Here’s a challenge before the year wraps up

Go mark yourself OUT OF OFFICE for at least 24 DAYS of 2022 (and not you’re already scheduled days off, not weekends).

Can you do it?

Sure you can decide later to let things creep into this sacred time. But before the year starts make YOUR TIME the sacred thing. And plan some fun things for those days, some relaxing things, some personal development things, maybe even NOTHING for one or two of those days.

But here’s the big question…

WILL YOU DO IT?

25 years | my FREEDOM day

Here’s my “FREEDOM story”
Oct 20, 2021 marks 25 years of celebrating

It was 1996. I was 23 years old.

It was a Friday. I woke up when he kissed me goodbye. As he headed out the door to work, I muttered something about us needing to go grocery shopping after work – because all we had was canned food. And it was pay day – so let’s do it.

I went to work. I did my stuff. I tried calling him to check in… several times. Finally I reached someone at work who said he had called in sick that day.

What?

He left for work before me. I don’t understand. I called home. No answer. I kept trying. Nothing. A bad feeling came over me. I left work for the day and went straight home – something wasn’t right.

I opened the front door… and stood there in shock.

The reality of what just happened played out in less than a minute… but it felt like minutes and minutes went by before I could walk into our nearly empty apartment. I stood there looking at a couch in the middle of the empty living room, with some things piled on top of it. The place we called home was now an empty shell.

Turns out he and his 3 brothers all took a day off to help him with this plan.

He was gone. No note. No explanation. Gone.

I’ll spare you some of the other details – but about an hour later I found him at the bank. He had just cashed out our bank accounts and maxed out our credit card. What transpired over the next 30 minutes (in the parking lot) was not pretty.

WHY and HOW can I celebrate this day each year?

Because the brief time we spent in a marriage was some of the hardest days in my lifetime, to date. I reflect on the journals I kept during that time and I don’t recognize who I was.

Insecure. Abused. Anxiety-ridden. Full of shame. Fearful. Sick.

I don’t look back to relive it, or to bemoan it, or to glorify any victim mentality – I look back to celebrate what God has done in my life in the past 25+ years. I reflect on what the pain of the past has done to propel me forward. I look back to give a shout out to other survivors, to link arms with those who have been there or who are currently there, to share the hope of a bright future.

The FREEDOM that was given me on October 20th, 1996 was a second chance.

It was, honestly, nothing short of a gift from God. To Him be the glory for all the healing that has happened deep within, for the spiritual growth, for the opportunities that have come to me since…

I have found new FREEDOM in the love and acceptance of my Heavenly Father. A freedom that deserves to be celebrated…

There are so many parts to this story, this chapter of my life. And I won’t really be able to tell the whole thing today – but there are parts & pieces rising to the surface that someone needs to hear. I share for that reason. I know that my testimony is empowering to others… and so I share it boldly to show God’s grace & mercy.

I had made a mistake and I couldn’t bring myself to admit it.

I ignored the signs that I should have paid attention to. I had this nagging feeling that I should have called off the wedding. I should have stood up more boldly for what I was worth. And yet here I was, March 26, 1994… 100% faking it – look at that last picture on the right.

100% pretending to know what I was doing… even though I was only 20 years old. I was in over my head and with ZERO idea what was getting ready to happen in my life.

Here I was, with all the people I should have been honest with… celebrating with my best friends and my family. Faking it. And I faked it hard. I faked it with my co-workers. I faked it with my friends & family. I even faked it with him.

But my FREEDOM came in the moment I opened the door and saw the empty apartment. Freedom flooded me when I realized that I had lost it all and didn’t have to fake it any longer. Freedom came in the moment I knew I wouldn’t have changed any of it… because these trials made me a stronger woman, the lessons learned through this chapter of my life were invaluable, the resolve I discovered inside myself was PRICELESS! And so I share my story on this day annually. I look back to celebrate the good in my life, to encourage others who are stuck in a similar place, and to offer hope.

Friend – you are not alone. And you don’t have to fake it with me.

I have celebrated 25 freedom days since 1996. Lots of reminiscing happens on this day every year. Lots of hearing from others who have gone through this as well. I live in deep gratitude today.

You are not alone, friend. You might feel alone. But you are not. You may not be feeling “celebratory” today – but know that you are not alone. You will feel free again. You will build again. You will be victorious again.

You will break through what is holding you down. You will laugh again. You will dream again.

Wanna chat about it? I’m here for you.

And I will be cheering you on the whole way…

Fall stock-up

This is the post you pay attention to because these favorites can fly out of stock!

SUPPLEMENTS

  • ImmuPro: ImmuPro Chewable Tablets are one of the easiest ways to give your body a good boost! These tablets are packed full of immune-supporting herbs and essential oils that stimulate the immune system (both cell-mediated and humoral immunity!), provide necessary minerals like Zinc, Copper, and Selenium, and allow the body to rest by providing a small amount of melatonin. When we are stressed our bodies need sleep even more to allow healing to occur. So adding melatoning to the mix just makes sense!
  • Inner Defense: This supplement is just what the name suggests – a defense and protection from all that today’s world can throw at us! This powerhouse blend of essential oil supports the immune and respiratory systems, making it a wonderful addition to your health routine either for daily use or for when your defenses start to go down.
  • Super C: Super C supports normal immune, respiratory, and circulatory function with vitamin C, rutin, citrus bioflavonoids, minerals, and an array of premium essential oils. These ingredients work together to promote overall health, vitality, and longevity. The added premium essential oils may also increase bioflavonoid activity. The ingredients in Super C also help to strengthen connective tissues and promote overall health, vitality, and longevity. Because your body cannot manufacture vitamin C, you can benefit by consuming this powerful antioxidant daily. Each serving provides 1300mg of Vitamin C! Also available in Super C Chewable Tablets: This formulation includes Orange premium essential oil and a broad range of fruit powders, including camu camu, acerola, cherry, and rose hip and delivers 150mg of Vitamin C per tablet.
  • Super Vitamin D: Super Vitamin D is a super source of vitamin D that helps support bone growth and healthy muscle AND plays a key function in respiratory health, supports innate and adaptive defense mechanisms, and the immune system overall. Vitamin D is also critical for mood and hormone regulation! Young Living’s Super Vitamin D is a small, dissolvable talbot infused with lemon balm extract and Lime Vitality essential oil for even more health benefits.

OTC PRODUCTS

  • Thieves Cough Drops: These cough drops are great at suppressing cough and relieving sore throats, and they are simply the most convenient way to get all of the internal, immune-boosting goodness of Thieves essential oil! So many lozenges are full of dyes, flavors, and sweeteners that are actually suppressing your ability to fight disease. Unlike these other lozenges, Thieves Lozenges use pure essential oils and natural ingredients instead of sugar or artificial flavoring for a great, refreshing taste.
  • Thieves Chest Rub & Cough Suppressant: Conquer your seasonal cold the natural way! Conventional chest rubs are full of synthetic ingredients and low-quality ‘natural’ ingredients. The 100 percent plant-based formula of Thieves Chest Rub delivers over-the-counter strength with hands-free application for quick relief you can count on. Temporarily relieve cough and congestion with soothing aromatic vapors and a powerful combination of camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus. Thieves Chest Rub helps reduce coughing and is safe to use on family members ages 2 and up. It’s a medicine cabinet must-have!

FALL SCENTS

  • Bergamot: This slightly spicy citrus oil is the perfect addition to any Autumn diffuser blend! Try it with Eucalyptus, Spruce or Christmas Spirit! Bergamot is also very uplighting to the mood and emotions and is very cleansing. It may also provide cardiovascular and general wellness support when taken internally.
  • Cinnamon Bark: If there were one scent to summarize Autumn it would be Cinnamon Bark! Spicy and reminiscent of baked goods, this oil is also incredibly supportive of the immune system and packs a great antioxidant punch.
  • Idaho Grand Fir: Like walking through a winter forest, this tree oil is a favorite for so many. Also known as western white fir, Idaho Grand Fir essential oil was traditionally used by Native Americans to promote well-being. It has a refreshing, grounding aroma that evokes a sense of fall and winter nostalgie. Idaho Grand Fir can be used to enhance yoga or meditation when diffused or inhaled and promotes the sensation of deeper breathing.
  • Orange: The happiest of all the oils, Orange is a wonderful addition to ANY diffuser blend. Pair it with spice oils like Cinnamon Bark and Nutmeg, with Idaho Grand Fir and Lavender for sleep, or with Thieves for a great everyday blend. Orange is an incredibly uplifting oil that also inspires creativity!
  • Nutmeg: Nutmeg is an essential fall scent. Warm and welcoming, grounding and so good for our immune and adrenal systems! Diffuse this oil for a pick me up anytime of day. Pair with Cinnamon Bark, Orange, Thieves, or Idaho Grand Fir!
  • Thieves: Thieves is the oil that’s always in season, but it is especially wonderful this time of year. Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils are warm and inviting and create a calm, cozy space. Plus, they are incredible for purifying the air and supporting the immune system!

ESSENTIAL OILS

  • Breathe Again: Breathe Again is our favorite respiratory support roll-on! This blend of Peppermint, Cypress, Copaiba and multiple Eucalyptus varieties has a slightly sweet, herbaceous aroma that feels like a deep sigh of relief! This blend contains naturally occurring constituents Eucalyptol, Limonene, Menthol, and Alpha Pinene which are wonderful for calming, soothing and supporting healthy respiration. This blend also comes in a 15mL bottle which is perfect for diffusing, blending with other oils or adding to diffuser jewelry.
  • ImmuPower: The name of this blend says it all!! ImmuPower is a combination of powerful essential oils, including Hyssop, Mountain Savory, Cistus, Camphor, Frankincense, Oregano, Clove, Cumin, and Dorado Azul. Use this oil blend daily as a mainstay for you to be supported above the wellness line. Use it every few hours for acute needs.
  • Oregano: Don’t do fall and winter without Oregano! This herbaceous oil helps support a healthy lifestyle when taken as a dietary supplement and packs an incredible immune system punch. Diffuse with Thieves, Lavender, Orange and/or Rosemary. Add Oregano to your Thieves Household Cleaner. It is also a great addition to a daily wellness roller and a component of both Inner Defense Capsules the Raindrop Kit. When taking it as a supplement, be sure to use a carrier oil such as V-6 or olive oil to dilute.
  • R.C.: RC is a gentle, soothing eucalyptus blend that is safe for children ages 2 and older! We love to diffuse R.C. with Thieves and Orange after school to soothe and support the immune and respiratory systems. It is also great ad bedtime with Lavender! You can use R.C. to make a natural chest rub for little ones just by diluting with some solid coconut oil. R.C. is also a great addition to your daily wellness blend!
  • Thieves: The original immune support oil! This blend was created from research recorded in the archives of the British Museum library about a group of 14th century European perfumers and spice traders who rubbed oils on themselves for protection while they robbed the dead and dying. Use Thieves daily for immune support and overall wellness. Diffuse, dilute and apply 2-3 times daily, add a drop to herbal tea, add to Epsom salts for a lovely bath!

Cozy Home Diffuser Blends

This collection of diffuser blends has some of our favorites for the Autumn season! From candle dupe blends to immune support to blends for happy lungs, these oils are an essential part of our Autumn Hygge! No scented candles can hold a candle to these!

These blends contain spice oils like Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Clove and Cardamom that are high in antioxidants and support the immune system while also creating a warm, inviting atmosphere! Citrus oils like Orange and Bergamot provide emotional support, uplifting the spirits and adding the delightful scent of citrus. Grounding tree oils like Northern Lights Black Spruce, Cedarwood and Patchouli are wonderful for both mind and body, helping to support lymphatic flow and calming worried thoughts. Lavender, Eucalyptus and Peppermint are wonderful for supporting and soothing the airways, which we often need this time of year!

Our diffusers are running 24/7 in our homes, supporting our immune systems, respiratory systems, emotions, cleansing the air and making things smell divine – all at the same time! Join us this month as we diffuse these favorite blends!

How to Use October’s Gifts

HOW TO USE OCTOBER’S GIFTS WITH PURCHASE

Fall is here, and we’re so excited for all the cool-weather activities and to make the most of this season with our loved ones. Celebrate togetherness with this month’s gift! Gathering with your favorite people becomes even sweeter with your favorite Young Living products on hand (and your wellness habits in full swing!). Patchouli, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, and Nutmeg will be the stars of your favorite diffuser blends. Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea will be a great start to your morning, and when it’s time to wind down, let the evening melt away with ImmuPro chewable tablets.

Cinnamon Bark (190PV)Cinnamon Bark is a staple autumn scent! Diffuse this oil with Nutmeg, Clove, Ginger Cardamom, Tangerine, Vanilla, Thieves or a tree oil for a warm, welcoming aroma!

  • Autumn Breeze: 3 drops Orange, 3 drops Cinnamon Bark, 2 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce, 1 drop Clove, 1 drop Nutmeg
  • Coffee Shop: 4 drops Stress Away, 3 drops Cinnamon Bark, 2 drops Tangerine
  • Pumpkin Spice: 3 drops Clove, 3 drops Cinnamon Bark, 2 drops Orange, 2 drops Nutmeg, 1 drop Ginger

Whip up a simple, festive room spray – To 2 oz glass spray bottle add 10 drops each Cinnamon Bark / Vanilla, a splash of witch hazel, filtered water.

Drop Cinnamon Bark oil onto pinecones, garlands and other seasonal decor to create a simple passive diffuser.

Add a couple drops of Cinnamon Bark to your favorite perfume roller for a warm, spicy undertone:

  • Joy, Tangerine + Cinnamon Bark
  • Jasmine, Neroli, Stress Away + Cinnamon Bark
  • Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Tangerine + Cinnamon Bark

Make a Daily Wellness Roller:

  • 10mL roller bottle
  • 10 drops each: Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, Clove, Frankincense, Lemon, and RC or Raven
  • Fill with carrier oil of choice
  • Roll over the spine and lymph nodes morning and evening

Use Cinnamon Bark for emotional support!Cinnamon Bark is a wonderful tool for when you feel easily annoyed or when you feel the need to act a part or fake something. Often we suppress or play a role in new situations, during holiday times and/or around family. It’s not a coincidence that the fall and winter months have us gravitating towards warm aromas like Cinnamon Bark! You can use this oil to help you move out of a fake role and more into the true version of you. Simply sit in a quiet place, add a drop of Cinnamon Bark to your palms, rub in well, then cup your hands over your nose and breathe deeply. Repeat a positive affirmation, a personal truth or scripture. Sit and breathe until you feel something shift. You can repeat this process as often as necessary! For more on this fall staple, check out the Cinnamon Bark Spotlight – being posted tomorrow morning!

Clove (190PV) Add Clove to your Daily Wellness Roller! Clove essential oil is an antioxidant powerhouse!! Clove has an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 1,078,700 µTE/100g, meaning it provides your body with a large supply of antioxidants to support health and healing! (To give you an idea of what this means, oranges are rated at 750 µTE/100g, Kale is rated at 1770 µTE/100g.)Clove is a key ingredient in the Thieves blend because of its incredible immune support properties. Diffuse this perfect fall spice oil:

  • Fall Festival: 3 drops Thieves, 3 drops Orange, 2 drops Clove, 3 drops Grapefruit
  • Mulled Cider: 4 drops Christmas Spirit, 3 drops Clove, 3 drops Grapefruit
  • Spiced Chai: 3 drops Vanilla, 2 drops Cardamom, 2 drops Cinnamon Bark, 2 drops Clove
  • Autumn Forest: 3 drops Patchouli, 3 drops Bergamot, 3 drops Clove, 2 drops Pine

Give your muscles (and immune system) some TLC with a Clove & Epsom salt bath:Add 2 drops Clove to 1 cup Epsom salt and add to bath water (ideally let the water run into and over a cup containing the salts) for a relaxing soakDon’t want the full body experience? Cut the recipe in half and place the salts & warm water in a large bin for a simple, wonderful foot soak!Dilute and massage Clove onto tired muscles and feet for a lovely warming sensation that also gives your body some TLC.

Nutmeg (190PV Subscribe to Save)This oil is high in the constituents sabinene, alpha-pinene and beta-pinene, making it a wonderful option to support the digestive system, to protect the liver, to help maintain healthy circulation and to provide the adrenals with the support they need on a daily basis. Make a cozy linen spray! To an 8oz glass spray bottle add: 5 drops each Nutmeg / Clove, 10 drops Bergamot or Orange, 1 cup filtered water, Splash of witch hazel. Spray anywhere and everywhere! Cozy up your Thieves Cleaner with a Pumpkin Spice Scent!

Pumpkin Spice Thieves Cleaner

  • 16oz glass spray bottle
  • 1-2 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 10 drops each Orange, Cinnamon Bark essential oils
  • 5 drops each Ginger, Clove, Nutmeg essential oils
  • Fill with distilled water

Did someone say Stress? Nutmeg is your Stress Response oil! Make this Stress Recovery (aka Adrenal Love) Serum: 4oz glass dropper bottle, Castor oil, 25 drops Nutmeg, 20 drops Clove, 20 drops Frankincense, 20 drops Rosemary. Apply over the lower back every morning and before bed each evening!Diffuse this fall spice oil frequently for a little pick me up:

  • Adrenal Love: 3 drops Nutmeg, 3 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Clove, 3 drops Orange
  • Pumpkin Spice: 4 drops Orange, 3 drops Cinnamon Bark, 2 drops Nutmeg, 1 drop Ginger
  • Baking Pie: 4 drops Stress Away, 3 drops Cinnamon Bark, 2 drops Nutmeg
  • Calm & Collected: 4 drops Lavender, 3 drops Nutmeg, 3 drops Frankincense

Patchouli (250PV) Use Patchouli as a natural alternative to conventional deodorant! Either apply directly, dilute with jojoba oil and apply (this 30mL roller bottle makes application easy) or apply after using apple cider vinegar to cleanse the area. Add Patchouli to your skincare routine – it’s great for winter skin. Make this ‘Happy Hippie’ Body Butter:

  • ½ cup solid coconut oil (use refined for less coconut scent)
  • ½ cup shea butter (use refined for less scent)
  • 20 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 20 drops Tangerine essential oil
  • 20 drops Sacred Mountain essential oil blend
  • Whip coconut oil and shea butter with a handheld or stand mixer until light and fluffy, slowly mix in essential oils until combined. Store in a glass jar with an airtight lid.

Diffuse this grounding, woodsy oil for the welcoming aroma of a crisp Autumn walk! Patchouli pairs well with citrus, other tree oils, and Frankincense and is a great emotional tool for releasing worry.Diffuse during prayer, meditation or yoga. Diffuse with other calming oils at bedtime to unwind.

  • Happy Hippie: 3 drops Patchouli, 2 drops Tangerine, 3 drops Sacred Mountain, 2 drops Lavender
  • Autumn Forest: 4 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce, 3 drops Patchouli, 2 drops Frankincense
  • Sleep Tight: 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Patchouli, 2 drops Valor
  • Autumn Picnic: 3 drops Patchouli, 3 drops Tangerine, 1 drops Clove, 2 drops Idaho Blue Spruce, 2 drops Bergamot
  • Worry Less: 3 drops Patchouli, 3 drops Bergamot, 3 drops Valor

Add Patchouli to your favorite roller blends for a woodsy aroma that calms & grounds:

  • Tension Melter: Patchouli + Peppermint
  • Glow Up: Patchouli, Frankincense, Blue Tansy (a skincare favorite)
  • It’s a Vibe: Patchouli, Jasmine, Bergamot (a great perfume roller)

Make a cozy Autumn room spray with Patchouli and other tree oils:

  • To a 2oz glass dropper bottle add:
  • 15 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • 10 drops Patchouli
  • 10 drops Tangerine (optional)
  • 5 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • A splash of witch hazel
  • FIll with distilled water

ImmuPro (300PV) ImmuPro Chewable Tablets are one of the easiest ways to give your body a good boost! These tablets are packed full of immune-supporting herbs and essential oils that:Stimulate the immune system (both cell-mediated and humoral immunity!)Provide necessary minerals like Zinc, Copper, and SeleniumAllow the body to rest by providing a small amount of melatonin. When we are stressed our bodies need sleep even more to allow healing to occur. ImmuPro combines Reishi, miatake and Agaricus blazei organic mushrooms with NingXia Wolfberry polysaccharides and Orange essential oil to create an immune supporting supplement that is perfect for anyone 12 and older.Chew 1-2 ImmuPro tablets before bed to help your body rest and recover.Create a daily bedtime wellness routine: Make a mug of Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea in your YL Foundation Mug. Draw a relaxing bath with 10 drops Patchouli + 5 drops Clove in 1 cup of Epsom salt. (Added bonus to burn your DIY beeswax candle and read something inspiring while you soak.)After your bath, apply diluted Nutmeg or the Stress Relief Serum over the adrenals.Roll your Wellness Blend over the spine and lymph nodes. Chew 1-2 ImmuPro tablets. Fire up your diffuser with Patchouli, Frankincense and Lavender. Apply your favorite sleep supporting oils and snooze away!

Spiced Turmeric Tea & YL Foundation Mug (400PV)Turmeric has some incredible health benefits, and the Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea is a wonderful way to add these benefits to your daily routine!Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea combines spices including ginger, turmeric, and chai masala with organic rooibos for a warm, inviting drink.Caffeine-free!Start your morning with a cozy cup of Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea!

  • Boil 8 oz. of water in your favorite teapot.
  • Place 1-2 tea bags in your YL Foundation mug.
  • Pour 8 oz. of near-boiling water over the tea bag(s) and steep covered for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bag(s) and add Tangerine Vitality Oil if you wish

Create a super easy Golden Milk Latte!

  • Make a mug of Spiced Herbal Tea as mentioned above.
  • Warm your milk of choice in a small saucepan or an electric milk frother.
  • Pour warmed/frothed milk into your tea and sprinkle with ground cinnamon (optional)

Want a cool, refreshing herbal tea for your mid-day meal? Try this recipe!

  • Boil 4 cups of water in a large saucepan or kettle.
  • Once boiling add 4-5 tea bags and let steep for up to 10 minutes.
  • While the infusion is still warm, add sweetener if desired (raw honey is a great choice!)
  • While the infusion is still warm (but not boiling!) add any Vitality oils if desired.
  • Let the tea cool, then place it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • The next day remove it and enjoy a cup straight from the fridge or over ice!
  • End your day with a wellness boost!

Enjoy a mug of Spiced Turmeric Tea before bedtime as you wind down for the evening.Complete the daily wellness ritual each evening to give your body some TLC and help keep you above the wellness line this season!Cozy up with a crowd!Make a large batch of this warm, spicy tea for your friends and family! Simply boil 8oz of water per mug (boil all in a large stock pot or kettle), then add the tea bags directly to your heating vessel and steep.Make it a special Autumn treat for your guests with warmed, frothed milk, a drop of Cinnamon or Orange Vitality, ground cinnamon on top and a dollop of raw honey.

September Essentials

Ready, Set Red!! September is all about creating great health habits, specifically using our beloved NingXia Red! Join us this month as we use the following products daily to support our health and wellness as we head into the fall and winter!

  • Tangerine essential oil: To calm, focus & uplift! $17.25
  • NingXia Red, 2pack: For overall health & energy. $76
  • NingXia Nitro: For energy & mental clarity. $41.25
  • AminoWise: For muscle support & recovery. $35
  • ImmuPower essential oil blend: To support the immune system. $67
  • Clove essential oil: Antioxidant support + yummy diffuser blends! $16.50

Tangerine essential oil Tangerine essential oil has a sweet citrus scent that can create a happy, contented mindset when diffused. This versatile oil is wonderful for the emotions, helps purify the air of odors, promotes healthy hair and skin, and smells wonderful in so many diffuser blends! Taken internally, it offers a fresh, sweet, citrus flavor and can provide digestive, lymphatic, and immune support. This is an oil we definitely want in our homes and in our bodies! Learn more in a future post about why we love Tangerine year round!

NingXia Red Add a daily shot of NingXia Red to your routine with this powerful, whole-body supplement. This wolfberry puree is infused with essential oils and also contains plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, so it is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness. The benefits of NingXia Red include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health! I start my morning with a shot of NingXia Red to down my morning supplements! It’s been a game changer for me!

NingXia Nitro With ingredients specifically crafted to kick it up a notch, NingXia Nitro is the absolute perfect solution when you’ve started your day at the crack of dawn & need to rev your energy storage, or when you’re seriously suffering from that afternoon slump, or you simply need to tackle a to-do list a mile long…NingXia Nitro has your back!

AminoWise AminoWise is our favorite supplement for recovery after workouts — think of this as a natural Gatorade! It is a wolfberry lemonade-flavored drink mix that contains branched-chain amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals to provide the nutrients you need to optimize your workout recovery. AminoWise enhances muscle performance, reduces fatigue, and supports muscles during and after exercise using a triple-targeted formula that features branched-chain amino acids, premium essential oils, antioxidants, and minerals. My personal testimony on AminoWise is that I have learned to queue it up when I am recovering from a migraine. It helps my sore body get back to functioning normally WAY FASTER!

ImmuPower Essential Oil Blend The name of this blend says it all!! ImmuPower is a combination of powerful essential oils, including Hyssop, Mountain Savory, Cistus, Camphor, Frankincense, Oregano, Clove, Cumin, and Dorado Azul. This oil blend is a mainstay for you to be supported above the wellness line!

Clove essential oil Clove essential oil has a warm, inviting aroma that is perfect as we head into the cooler months! Diffuse with Tangerine, Nutmeg, Cinnamon Bark, Vanilla, and/ or Thieves for an incredible blend that supports overall health and wellness! Clove also provides cleansing properties and can be added to Thieves® dental products to maintain oral health. When taken internally, it contains antioxidants and can provide immune and general wellness support. Clove Vitality is in my daily capsule!

Which of these essentials are you grabbing up this month?

The absence is often felt more deeply…

Often we don’t grasp the true value of something until it’s gone.

That happened with me the first time I ran out of my YL Sulfurzyme Capsules – a couple years ago. And then it happened again about a month ago – how could I let this happen again?!

Within 36 hours of taking my last 4 capsules, my body felt like the Tin Man would feel the day after a marathon.

I was shocked at how much of a difference it had made… and I didn’t realize it until I ran out of the capsules.

My arthritic knees ached so deeply. My injured shoulders, wow. It was difficult just getting dressed.  My hips… ouch. Pained. Why, oh why, had I let myself run out of these and how quickly could I get them back into my home?!

So, what’s so great about this “sulfurzyme” stuff?

Sulfurzyme is a unique combination of MSM combined with NingXia Wolfberry they create a new concept in balancing the immune system and supporting almost every major function of the body. MSM has the ability to equalize water pressure inside of the cells, which is a considerable benefit for those plagued with bursitis, arthritis, and tendonitis. NingXia Wolfberry supplies nutrients to enhance the proper assimilation and metabolism of sulfur.

About MSM

Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM. This is a naturally occurring compound in foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, breast milk, and dairy products. MSM provides a source of natural sulfur, which plays a role in many of the body’s processes. People may consume MSM via supplements.

Typically, MSM supplements contain a synthetic form of MSM. The primary uses for MSM supplements include:

  • joint pain
  • muscle recovery after exercise
  • allergy relief

Many of MSM’s benefits have links to its anti-inflammatory action. Inflammation is a factor in many health conditions, including arthritis, allergies, and skin conditions. By reducing inflammation, MSM may be able to reduce or eliminate certain symptoms.

Some small scientific studies indicate that MSM could be useful for treating several different medical conditions. The following are some of the best-documented uses for MSM in medical studies.

Sulfurzyme is a unique combination of MSM combined with NingXia Wolfberry they create a new concept in balancing the immune system and supporting almost every major function of the body. MSM has the ability to equalize water pressure inside of the cells, which is a considerable benefit for those plagued with bursitis, arthritis, and tendonitis. NingXia Wolfberry supplies nutrients to enhance the proper assimilation and metabolism of sulfur.

About the NingXia Wolfberry 

The NingXia Wolfberry is one of earth’s most powerful antioxidant fruits. It is rich in polysaccharides, with more vitamin C than oranges, more beta-carotene than carrots, and more calcium than broccoli. These little, red, NingXia Wolfberries are delicious and make a great, healthy snack on their own. They can also be used in cooking, salads, teas, desserts, etc.

About the SULFURZYME CAPSULES

Sulfurzyme contains a unique blend of Ningxia wolfberry fruit powder and MSM, a dietary sulfur that bolsters the joints, aids the immune system, and helps support normal metabolic function, circulation, and bone, hair, and skin health. It can even help support recovery time of joints after exercise.*

Features & Benefits

  • Supports joint health*
  • Supports recovery time of joints after exercise*
  • Supports normal range of motion*
  • Supports bone health*
  • Supports normal metabolic functions and circulation*
  • Aids the immune system*
  • Supports hair and skin health*

 Suggested Uses

  • Take 2 capsules 2 times daily or as needed 1 hour before or after meals.
  • Use as part of your workout routine.

In the Meantime…

Soooooo, what did I do while out of Sulfurzyme Capsules to aid in the absence of its benefits?

Great question! It took a while to figure that out. I had a friend offer to send me an extra bottle from her stash. But it literally sat in a mail hub in Tennessee for 2 1/2 weeks. So, here’s what I did…

So… in the meantime I increased my NingXia Red, I changed up the ingredients in my daily oily capsule a couple times to see if it would help, I used the Sulfurzyme Powder and AminoWise and made “The Red Drink”… but I don’t think I got the amount quite right in the weeks I was working on this. I used more PanAway and OrthoEase Massage Oil on my achy joints (about twice as much). I carried Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream with me to use while I was out and about doing life. In addition to some diet changes (avoiding foods that increase inflammation in my body, I also increased my water intake, among other things.

But truly, it wasn’t until I had the trusty Sulfurzyme Capsules back in my body for two or three days that I finally started to feel like myself again. Are you ready to feel like a Wonder Woman again too? I would love that for you!

One thing I’ve learned in this journey over the past 7+ years is that your body likes what it likes. So, keep playing with your oils, friend! You will feel so empowered when you realize how good you’re feeling!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

It’s a daily decision…

… you wake up and decide EVERY DAY… what’s important to me today?

Maybe one day it’s having fun. And maybe the next day it’s completing a heavy journey. And maybe it’s heavy for a long time. And maybe it’s about putting aside the To Do list, throwing caution to the wind, and taking some time off.

And every day, amidst all of those things… we make decisions about what’s best for us. And that’s a decision ONLY we can make for ourselves.

I hope you’re seeking the best for you. I hope you’re asking important questions, seeking guidance, and being intentional with where you exert your time, money, and affections. This is not a new concept coming from me. If you’ve known me for longer than 15 mins you’ll know my heart for chasing down the best out of life, crushing goals, building community, learning from each other, and cheering each other on… with a passion.

If you ask my opinion I will tell you the truth. I will not shame your decisions (even if it’s Converse and/or skinny jeans). 😏 Know this – I want the best for you. But your life decisions are YOUR life decisions. And my decisions are mine. I own them. You own yours. I encourage you to ask all the questions you need to ask, make the decisions that are right for you and your family. Do your research. And know, I am here for you.

I started doing research just over 7 years ago and have learned volumes worth of information that I get to share regularly (and I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to sharing about what I love). My focus on being proactive with decisions (vs reactive) sometimes gets the side-eye. But I am 100% confident in that decision.

In the blog post I have the opportunity to share MY STORY – I’m happy to share what I am doing in regards to being the best advocate for myself and our family members… emotionally, physically, and so on. I truly desire to be a resource for others seeking answers. It all comes down to what we personally decide and how we take responsibility (and be prepared) for ourselves. So, with that I share…

My Top 5 Things I am Doing For My Health

Want to feel empowered to do what’s right for you and your family? Then I am glad you are here. This is what my PROactive looks like. And friend, you are worth it. Everyday.

Pray / Worship

Each morning my day starts in the quiet. It’s not typically limited by time. There isn’t a timer that says “ok – next!” Sometimes it’s 15 minutes, sometimes it’s 2 hours. Sometimes God talks to me for a long time. Sometimes we spend it together in song, in worship and I get to thank Him for all He’s given me. It’s the foundation of my day. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

#protip – Put a drop of Valor / Sacred Mountain / Grounding / Release / Bergamot / Tangerine / Believe OR Highest Potential in the palm of one hand. Rub your hands together and cup over nose & mouth. Breathe in, hold for 10 seconds. Breathe out. Repeat for a minute.

Mental / Emotional Health

Pay attention to the DRIVERS of your emotions, and the emotions themselves. Is it the presence of certain people? A certain set of circumstances? A certain location, special time of the month, after you’ve over-eaten / neglected yourself, before the anniversary of a traumatic event, a certain sound / song / visual cue? Pay attention to those. Don’t run from them. Your emotions are telling you something. They may be lying to you (yes, you read that right), but they’re ever present. Don’t ignore them. Find tools to improve your mental / emotional health.

Be prepared for what you’ll do when you know big emotions are headed your way. Take time off. Support your emotions with the use of your tried & true tools: massage, aromatic influence, the influence of your favorite uplifting music, the sounds of the beach waves or trees blowing in the wind.

Feed your senses and feel your emotions. But don’t let them dictate your day (or your mood).

Identify answers to these, mindfully:

  • What sets your heart on fire? In a good / bad way.
  • What is your deepest hurt? Biggest regret?
  • What emotion haunts you? Do you shame yourself when this pops up out of nowhere?
  • Where do you PHYSICALLY go to process big emotions?
  • How do you turn off the NEGATIVE recording in your head and switch it out for a POSITIVE one? Hint: you do it over and over again every day.

Have a plan ahead of time to reach out for the help you need, when you need it. Talk to a friend or someone trained in the tools you need – AHEAD OF TIME. Be prepared to follow this plan BEFORE you have to put it to work.

#protip –

  1. Put a drop of Valor / Sacred Mountain / Grounding / Release / Bergamot / Tangerine / Believe OR Highest Potential in the palm of one hand. Rub your hands together and cup over nose & mouth. Breathe in, hold for 10 seconds. Breathe out. Repeat for a minute.
  2. Support your ADRENALS with the use of Nutmeg while on the go. Ask me about using a warm compress with with clove, nutmeg and rosemary over the kidneys/adrenal glands for extra oomph!
  3. Or take these Vitality oils internally in a capsule. Let’s chat.

Also – did you know the organs in our body store remnants of our emotions? Let’s chat to discuss various emotions and which organs they might be affecting. I have protocols! I want to share about them!

Physical Health

Remove bad things. Replace with good things. Be PROactive instead of REactive.

Rely on my WELLNESS cabinet instead of my medicine cabinet. It’s a mindset change that took a long time. But when the light bulb came on it was LIFE GIVING!

Repeat after me “I am the gatekeeper. I am the gatekeeper. I am the gatekeeper.”

What does this look like? Remove toxins. Replace with safe + natural items. From cleaning supplies and chemicals in my environment to what goes IN my body. I had to stop using some prescriptions due to severe reactions. I was SO GLAD to find a way to heal from those reactions and avoid the reaction altogether in the future.

But also to find a way to PROactively sustain our health is SO EMPOWERING! To have a plan for it and a decision made ahead of time. I can proceed with 100% confidence that I’ve made the right decision.

A book recommendation: “A More Excellent Way”, Dr. Henry Wright

#protip –

  1. In addition to regular physical activity, there are a number of Young Living products that can support your musculoskeletal and respiratory efforts. From supplements to essential oils.
  2. Drink your water. Lots of water.
  3. And recovery? HELLO AMINOWISE!

Personal & Professional Growth

Here is a list of 5 books that I have read multiple times. I’m a slow processor. It has to sink it, then I have to apply it, then I want to come back and glean it again after learning the lesson. It’s how I learn. Here’s some of my favorite books on this topic of personal & professional growth:

“The Way of the Warrior”, Erwin McManus

“The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”, John Maxwell

“Leadershift”, John Maxwell

“Start With Why”, Simon Sinek

“Emotional Intelligence 2.0”, Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

#protip – As you dig deep into working on breaking old habits / establishing new habits… put a drop of Valor / Sacred Mountain / Believe OR Highest Potential in the palm of one hand. Rub your hands together and cup over nose & mouth. Breathe in, hold for 10 seconds. Breathe out. Repeat for a minute.

Rest/Relax

What do you do for fun?

Where do you go to let off steam?

What type of setting do you recharge in?

Is “relaxing” for you a nap or a run?

When you “rest” do you feel recharged?

Be mindful in this too. Like in kindergarten, naps are good for EVERYONE! There is a lesson to learn in this.

Schedule “off time” for yourself. Recognize the patterns that make you feel unrested, uptight, and under pressure. And schedule some rest / relaxing time for yourself. Being mindful even in this is key!

#protip – To promote good sleep, diffuse a calming aroma next to your bed at night. A few oils I can recommend: cedarwood, Dream Catcher, Valor, Sacred Mountain, orange, Stress Away, Lavender, Sleepyize, or Stress Away.

Email me at lori@lorijtisdale.com for a further discussion, and a list of the proactive health protocols I’ve been relying on as the gatekeeper to my health and home.

People Will Disappoint You

I’ve been quietly contemplating a tough lesson in life. It takes me a while to process my emotions. Is this a valid feeling? Am I overreacting? Am I responding in a loving way? What emotion is prompting me to react right now? What can I share about this lesson that would be edifying for others?

I am usually quiet about things until I have done some introspection and have some answers to these questions.

What’s the lesson this time around?

People will disappoint you.

OK, I admit it, I’ve learned this before. And I’m learning it again. That’s how some lessons happen in life. And I’m convinced that the lessons I learn in life don’t just happen to me – they happen FOR me – and they are meant to be shared. So I’m going to finally share what I’ve learned through it this time around.

I was recently let down by a leader, a friend, a mentor. She wasn’t merely an “influencer” in my life. I had chatted with her on the couch for hour after hour, I had laid hands on her and prayed, I had poured into her. I had connected with her in a unique way.

It’s not that I NEEDED that individual in my life… but as I sought an example for a specific area of my life she spoke truth to the core of me… for a time.

What she taught me isn’t invalid because she let me down. But maybe I once valued it TOO much.

Her influence in my world isn’t to be thrown out the window. But maybe it wasn’t truly for my benefit.

The role I allowed her to play in my life (as a woman, as a Christian, as a business owner, as a leader) may have been appropriate for the time. But I outgrew her at some point.

I said what I said.

I outgrew her leadership, her influence, her guidance… I outgrew her and I knew it immediately. It was time to move on. It was time to step up. It was time to quit blaming it on being let down by an outward force.

Granted, it helps to have an example. It helps to feel heard. It helps to feel validated. It helps to feel seen. It helps to be valued and to have a seat at the table. It helps to watch and learn. It helps… maybe… for a short time period. Until it doesn’t anymore.

There’s a scripture in the Bible that reminds us to stop conforming to outward patterns, and instead be transformed by the renewing of your mind (because of being focused on God’s will). Read Romans 12

At some point you and I have to take the examples we’ve learned from and courageously and boldly step into our own strengths, passions, skills, desires, and follow our true north to GET DOWN TO BUSINESS.

Stop putting humans on pedestals – humans will fall off those pedestals.

I can name a bunch of humans who have done that. A bunch. Humans aren’t perfect. We weren’t created to be worshipped that way.

Is God on the throne of your life? Do you look to Him without waver? Do you seek His validation? His eyes? His ears? His influence? His guidance? His acceptance? His wisdom?

I’ll leave it there.

I think if you have read this far you will probably know how to bring God into your life in a truly meaningful, impactful, purposeful way… but if you want some direction along those lines, drop me a note. We need more Godly wisdom in our lives (and less of almost everything else).

Can I get an amen?