Simple Shifts to Transform Your Health!

A wellness lifestyle encompasses not only your habits and behaviors, but it reflects your beliefs about yourself. Placing value on you wellness is a sign of a healthy belief and love for yourself. Health isn’t just based on one thing, and it doesn’t require perfection. What does help is an understanding of the small positive shifts that can make a BIG difference, most of which are under our control!

These four elements require balance for Optimal Health.

Mindset

* Maintain a positive outlook.

* Support social & emotional health.

* Reduce Stress.

Nutrition

* Eat well with lots of vegetables and minimal processed foods.

* Hydrate – Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily.

* Add-in nutritional supplementation.

Exercise

* Include healthy movement daily.

Restoration

* Get plenty of quality sleep.

* Nurture spiritual connection.

* Incorporate Self-Care routines.

Try these tips for each area above to create better balance for a More Holistic YOU! Click on the bold/italicized words below to link to more learning!

Mindset

* Practice Gratitude – journal

* Engage with community, and/or develop passion with a new hobby.

* Deep Breath or Meditate

Nutrition

* 80% – 20% rule (80% “real” food)

*Add in an Essential Oil to you H2O for flavor!

* Baseline Supplements should include a Daily Vitamin, an Omega, a Cellular Regeneration complex, & a Probiotic.

Exercise

* 15-30min. Just Walk, Yoga or Pilates.

Restoration

* 8-9 hours in bed, practice good sleep hygiene.

* Meditation, Prayer, or Gratitude.

* Spoil yourself! Read, or a warm bath.

Are Essential Oils Safe?

As essential oils become more popular, so are concerns about whether these highly concentrated plant extracts are safe for common use. Many consumers are unaware of the potential risks while using essential oils in their wellness, beauty, and cleaning routines. Quality essential oils are generally safe and free of adverse side effects when used properly. However, as with any substance you are introducing into your body, it is important to use them intelligently. Not all oils are created equal – Quality always matters but especially if you are intending to use Eos for improving health or in an effort to live a more natural lifestyle.

So, what is a Quality Essential Oil? There are a few items to consider:

1. Where are they sourced? Oils sourced from plants growing in the optimal soil, typically its native location, will have optimal chemistry for health benefits and full aromatic value.

2. Are they 3rd party tested on every batch? Many EO companies perform their own testing which is fine but a 3rd party should also be evaluating to ensure reliable results. Some do randomized testing but this doesn’t ensure every bottle is pure. BE AWARE -Many EO companies do not test at ALL!

3. Consider Purity (no contaminants) and Potency (not diluted with fillers)

4. Organic, is a good start but does not guarantee the highest standard. General info – US Organic allows for 5% pesticides.

5. As everyone knows you get what you pay for! If you find Frankincense at a BIG BOX store for $7 …know there is no REAL frankincense in it!

Unfortunately, this industry is not regulated so the bottle can say pure, therapeutic grade, or all natural and it is just not true! So ultimately do your homework and be well!

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Back to School with Essential Oils!

From: Jenn Dougherty, Certified Essential Oil Coach- Natural Advantage Wellness

I stopped in to pick up some things at our Conifer Staples on June 20th the first official day of summer! Guess what they were doing …putting out the school supplies! My heart sank. Ugh! Summer goes by so fast doesn’t it? Whether you send your kids to school, homeschool, or go to school yourself, there are several different essential oils that can help transition from lazy summer days back to early mornings, rigid schedules, and homework. In the hustle and bustle of back to school shopping you can also take the time to prepare your child’s body for school.

Here are my Top 5 favorites for back to school:

  1. Protective Blend (On Guard) –Before school even begins support your immune systems with this amazing blend that smells like Autumn! This blend of oils includes Cinnamon, Clove and Wild Orange, rosemary, and eucalyptus. Diffuse, use the hand sanitizer spray, or utilize the beadlets or throat drops – make it part of every day! You can even put 1-2 drops in a bowl of water and soak apple slices in it for a healthy immune boosting snack -Yum!
  2. Focus Blend (In-Tune) – Designed to enhance the body’s ability to focus and support healthy thought processes. This blend can help children, parents, or the teachers focus and stay on task. Many oils in this blend contain high levels of sesquiterpenes, which have been proven to pass the blood-brain barrier to reach the cells of the brain. I’ve been known to apply this blend to the back of my children’s neck as they are eating breakfast. You can also apply to the bottom of the feet morning and/or night and whenever needed throughout the day.
  3. Rosemary – Rosemary is wonderful to support the brain in retaining information. In fact, it’s being used in memory care facilities for Alzheimer’s/Dementia patients. Rosemary is known to improve brain performance and mood. I recommend diffusing this oil when the kids are studying or doing homework. Reluctant kiddos? Add a drop or two to your child’s shampoo!
  4. Lemon – Lemon is known as “The Oil of Focus “. Its citrusy aroma nourishes the mind and aids in concentration. Lemon is a wonderful aid for children who are struggling with school. It pairs well with Rosemary! So, you can make a roller bottle with Rosemary and Lemon and apply to the wrists, back of the neck, or diffuse this powerful duo before school.
  5. Citrus Bliss – Especially great for waking up in the morning, mood lifting, energizing and just general happiness. If you have a cranky morning kiddo this is the oil for you! Diffuse or mix with water for a room spray (only mix in glass not plastic) or just smell from the bottle. Citrus blend smells like a creamsicle – everyone likes creamsicles! Sometimes when my family likes to complain about me and my oils I just put it on myself and go stand next to them. 😉

A note on quality: I only use and recommend pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. The suggestions above assume that high-quality essential oils are being used. Personally, I am a doTERRA user, but there are other high-quality oil brands out there. Be sure to do your homework and don’t assume if you are buying them from a health food store they are high quality-most are not!

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Life Long Vitality

When most people hear doTERRA they think of essential oils, for good reason, but did you know their #1 selling product is Lifelong Vitality AKA “LLV” What is it you ask? It is 3 core supplements that will provide you with  optimal levels of essential nutrients  and metabolic factors for great baseline health, energy, and longevity! When you consider the current daily vitamin you should take, combined with maybe D or B or Magnesium, etc and you are probably still missing some things you need…   You could be taking LLV, EASY and EVERYTHING you need is covered! I can certainly attest that your energy will improve! You can go to www.mydoterra.com/jennddougherty to order or learn more…just  search Lifelong Vitality under the shop page!

Here is their description: The doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Program makes taking the first step on the path toward a lifetime of vitality and wellness convenient and affordable. Our lifelong health and vitality depend on many factors including diet, physical activity, weight management, rest, stress management, exposure to toxins, and inherited genetic predisposition for disease or wellness. While some of these variables are beyond our complete control, breakthrough scientific research is revealing many ways we can influence—and even control—significant factors of aging and wellness. A long life full of vitality and healthy aging begins with providing your cells with essential nutrients and metabolic factors to help them perform optimally.

xEO Mega® Essential Oil Omega Complex

dōTERRA xEO Mega Essential Oil Omega Complex is a unique formula of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and a proprietary blend of marine- and land-sourced omega fatty acids. Omega fatty acids help support joint, cardiovascular, and brain health, and support healthy immune function.* One serving of xEO Mega provides 900 milligrams of marine lipids (providing 300 mg of EPA, 300 mg of DHA, and 70 mg of other omega 3s), and a blend of 250 mg of plant-sourced fatty acids. xEO Mega also includes 800 IU of natural vitamin D, 60 IU of natural vitamin E, and 1 mg of astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant carotenoid* harvested from microalgae. xEO Mega is encapsulated in a vegetarian-friendly softgel.

Microplex VMz® Food Nutrient Complex

doTERRA Microplex VMz Food Nutrient Complex is a food nutrient formula of bioavailable vitamins and minerals that are deficient in our modern diets. The formula includes a balanced blend of essential antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, and an energy complex of B vitamins presented in a patented glycoprotein matrix. Microplex VMz also contains chelated minerals including calcium, magnesium, and zinc for optimal bone and metabolic health.* Microplex VMz contains the doTERRA tummy tamer botanical blend of Peppermint, Ginger, and Caraway to calm the stomach for those who may have experienced stomach upset with other vitamin and mineral products.* Microplex VMz is encapsulated using sodium lauryl sulfate-free vegetable capsules.

Alpha CRS®+ Cellular Vitality Complex

doTERRA Alpha CRS+ Cellular Vitality Complex is a proprietary formula combining potent levels of natural botanical extracts that support healthy cell function with important metabolic factors of cellular energy.* Alpha CRS+ is formulated to be used daily with xEO Mega® or vEO Mega® and Microplex VMz® as a comprehensive dietary supplement foundation for a lifetime of vitality and wellness.*

dōTERRA Essential Oil Chemistry Handbook

Essential Oils are JUST CHEMISTRY! Chemistry can be a bit intimidating but this information from the doTerra science blog breaks it down for the everyday user!

eBook link: doTERRA Essential Oil Chemistry Handbook

Everything is chemistry. Every cell, organ, and tissue in the body performs its function using enzymes, receptors, and other proteins, which work together to break down, build up, and rearrange the chemical bonds in biological molecules. Essential oils also operate under the principles of chemistry. In fact, the chemical makeup of essential oils is what gives them the ability to affect the body’s systems.

The doTERRA Oil Chemistry Handbook is a reference that will give you the information and the intellectual tools you need in order to understand how to use essential oils effectively based on their chemical properties. By understanding the fundamentals of oil chemistry, you can begin to classify oils by their chemical properties. This will help you learn which oils might have applications in different daily life contexts and how they work.

The book is currently arranged into three parts:

  • Part 1 contains generalizations based on chemistry to help develop a conceptual framework for grouping and categorizing oils. The content in Part 1 provides background information on essential oils and the basics of general and organic chemistry.
  • Part 2 contains the most detailed chemical information publicly available on each of doTERRA’s single oils. The percent composition of each oil by constituent, carbon backbone type, and functional group is given using data from doTERRA’s analytical chemistry laboratory.
  • Part 3 presents the chemical properties of around 80 of the main chemical constituents found in doTERRA oils. The name, structure, chemical classification, uses, and benefits of each isolated compound are listed along with the oils in which these compounds can be found, and in what percent composition. This section is designed to serve as an expansion of the constituent details provided in the doTERRA Oil Chemistry Wheel

We hope that you will enjoy having this valuable information at your fingertips as you browse this reference on essential oil chemistry.

Essential oils for chemical free skin care

For centuries, people have used essential oils for skin due to their soothing, purifying, and calming characteristics. While topical application is a simple way to enjoy the skin benefits of essential oils, there are far more creative uses for oils when it comes to skin.

Because essential oils are so versatile, they can easily be used in a number of ways to benefit the skin. Whether your skin is dry, oily, irritated, or otherwise, there is an essential oil skin DIY that can help soothe, moisturize, or cleanse skin on the face and other areas of the body. To find new ways to pamper your skin, take a look at some of doTERRA’s best skin DIYs:                                                                               (DōTERRA Blog)

This essential oil Cuticle Cream will help to moisturize dry or cracked areas around the cuticles. Fractionated Coconut Oil, Myrrh, and Lavender oil will soothe dry, damaged cuticles as Shea butter and beeswax moisturize and soften the skin. If you experience uncomfortable dry skin in other areas, this cream can also be applied to the hands, lips, and anywhere else you might need an extra dose of moisture.

Infused with real freeze-dried strawberries this Strawberry Lime Sugar Scrub not only smells delicious, but it will do wonders for your skin. Using the soothing effects of doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and the invigorating, purifying properties of Lime oil, this concoction will help to exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. In five simple steps, you’ll soon have a skin-smoothing scrub with the irresistible scent of strawberries and lime.

An essential oil mixture perfect for both men and women, this essential oil Shaving Cream helps produce a clean, close shave every time. With Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sandalwood, Peppermint, and Melaleuca oil, your skin will feel soft and moisturized after every shave, helping you to avoid uncomfortable razor burn or irritated skin. With help from natural lubricants and soothing ingredients, this essential oil shaving cream will soon become your favorite DIY—saving you from the woes of an uncomfortable shave.

To add these amazing oils to your collection you can purchase here: www.mydoterra.com/jennddougherty