Managing Your Personal Energy During the Holidays

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The holidays are so stressful!  There is so much going on and the expectations we hold for each other can be back breaking.  There is so much that needs to be done in the next few weeks to prepare for the big day.

Following are some suggestions to manage your energy to get through the month in a healthy and happy way:

  • Write your story of how the holiday will unfold, use phrases like “stress free”, “restful”, “exhilarating”, “best holiday every.”  Audibally repeat this story as you are busy preparing – it will happen the way you write it.
  • Get plenty of rest – plan and delegate so that you are NOT doing “all nighters.”
  • Fit in self care – don’t stop exercising becaue you’re too busy.
  • Manage your food intake to minimize the amount of sugar you are eating.   Too much sugar will lead to a crash.  When you crash, you lose you momentum.  You know the saying…..”When momma’s not happy…..”
  • Don’t be afraid to say no to something.  If you are overprogrammed, don’t hesitate to eliminate something, maybe this year isn’t the year for Christmas cards.
  • Use essential oils to calm and balance yourself, specifically Balance Grounding Blend and Serenity Calming Blend.
  • Most of all, remember the reason for the season, carry that spirit through the month and beyond.
During our November doTERRA team meeting, one of our Wellness Consultants, Melissa Mitchell did an amazing presentation on using oils for emotional healing.  With her permission, the powerpoint to this is here for your review.  ESSENTIAL OILS with emotions. Please take a minute and read it and use your essential oils to help minimize the stress and anxiety that comes with the season.  Use your new-found knowledge on emotional healing.  Thanks Melissa!

Eliminating Toxins from Your Home

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You exercise regularly, you eat healthy and done other things to clean your personal environment in your home including ditching BPA bottles, thowing out the Drano and stop using pesticides to kill spiders.  But, unknowingly, you may still be exposing your self to serious levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCS).  Research shows the EDSs can hijack hormonal systems in your brain and thyroid, putting you at risk for diabetes, unexplained weight gain, asthma and cancer.  A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, links exposure to EDCs called phthalates – found in beauty products, processed foods and plastics – to a 13 percent lower testosterone level in men ages 40 to 60.

According to Heather Patisaul, a biology professor at North Carolina State University specializing in EDCs, “we’re swimming in a soup of nealry 90,000 chemicals, most of which have not been tested for endocrine disruption or safety.  It is not something to panic over but simple lifesyle changes can cut exposure and reduce risks,”  using these simple strategies:

  1. Ditch Chemical Cleaners:  Most detergents and household cleaners are full of EDCs, which you inhale and absorb through your skin.  “Cleaning products are not required to list ingredients,’ says Caroline Cox of the Center for Environmental health, “so even if they’re marketed as ‘green’ or ‘natural,’ you don’t really know what’s in them.”  Choose products that carry the EPA’s Design for the Environment seal, which Cox says certifies that products are safe.
  2. Store food in metal or glass:  One major sourch of phthalates is plastic food-storage containers and plastic wraps.  “the longer plastic is in contact with food, the more likely EDCs are to migrate,” says Rolf Haden, director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University.  Microwaving makes the phthalates leech even more quickly.  Put your leftovers in glass or ceramic and pack lunches in stainless steel versus plastic bags.
  3. Use old-fashioned soap:  For your sink and shower, you want plain bar soap.  Antibacterial soaps and body washes often contain either triclosan, which mimics a thyroid hormone and can affect your metabolism, or triclocarban, which may interfere with testosterone, Haden says.  “Besides posing a health risk there’s zero proof synthetics clean any better than regular soap.”
  4. Limit packaged foods:  Anything mass produced and wrapped is suspect of containing high levels of phthalates.  It’s impossible to avoid packaged food entirely, so as much as you can “eat fresh foods that have undergone as little porcessing as possible,” says Joh Meeker, an EDC researcher and dean at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
  5. Upgrade your couch:  Furniture with foam is often treated with brominated flame retardants and one common type, called PBDEs, can impair thyroid function and brain development, says Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health at the California Environmental Protection Agency.  Replace the foam lining in your mattress or couch cushions with fire retardant-free foam, or buy a new model and double-check the brand via the watchdog website http://www.greenscienceepolicy.org.
  6. Avoid synthetic fragrance:  Air fresheners, candles, hand lotion, if it’s scented, you can bet it contains EDCs.  “Phthalates are wonderful carries of fragrance,” Patisaul says.  “That ‘new car’ smell? That comes from phthalates releasing into the air.”  Eliminate all scented home and body products and look for brands that specifically say they’re phthalate-free, or that use natural, plant-based oils.

These are a few of many inexpensive and simple ways you can be detoxing your house today.  Take some time and look for ways to improve your living environment.  Besides, you don’t know what might be killing you.

Source:  Men’s Journal, November 2014

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2014 doTERRA Holiday Catalog

The 2014 doTERRA holiday catalog if finally here.  There are so many unique gift ideas in the catalog; you can also add a personal touch by doing a creative DIY project that you can give as a gift.

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Physicians Using Essential Oils

More and more physicians are using doTERRA in their medical practices. Doctors are finding innovative ways to use the natural capacity of natural medicine with pharmeceutical to effectively treat their patients.

Every year at convention, a panel of physicians are featured who share how they use essential oils in their practices and offer practical advice for our use. If you missed the physicians panel at convention, you can catch here.  Please take a listen.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIe96KecmuU (Part 1)

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDBlMoE0Pu8  (Part 2)

A Natural Cough Medicine Using Essential Oils

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I’m always looking for substitutes for the medicines I commonly use at our house.  This year at our house with four active boys, I can tell that we are going to be dealing with some heavy coughs so with the help of my good friend Fran, she shared this amazing recipe that I prepared for our medicine cabinet with this natural cough medicine ready to use:

8T Honey

8 drops Lemon Oil

8 drops Peppermint

8 drops Frankenscence

8 drops Wild Orange.

This formula costs less than $3.52 to make and less than .35 per tablespoon dose plus its all natural.  I have found that using this compound offers instant relief from those hacking coughs.  This is one of several essential oil uses available.  Try it today and share with me your results on our Lavender Living facebook page.

New Products Introduced at Convention

doTERRA’s convention is a lot like Christmas, there’s always so much anticipation around new doTERRA products rolled out during the event.  This year was no exception and after spending the last 30 days really trying them out, I’m happy to report that each new product is a hit!  There continues to be additional essential oil uses in 2014

So……here’s what’s new:

New oils:  Arborvitae

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats, have powerful purifying properties, and promote healthy cell function. Hinokitiol, one of the tropolones in Arborvitae, protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity. This compound also contributes to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.

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New Product:  Cardamom 

A close relative to Ginger, Cardamom is known as being the most expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways. Cardamom is commonly used to help reduce indigestion and nausea, and to soothe stomach discomfort and promote digestion. Its distinct scent can lessen motion sickness while promoting a positive mood. Cardamom has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health. Native to Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to traditional Indian sweets and teas for its cool, yet minty aroma and flavor. dōTERRA Cardamom essential oil is extracted from Cardamom seeds grown in Guatemala, using our strict CPTG® testing standards. Through a collaborative and responsible sourcing arrangement, we are able to have a significant impact on the lives of local partners, ensuring that these farming communities enjoy improved livelihoods.

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Product Update: Breathe with Cardamom

Enhanced with the powerful respiratory benefits of Cardamom, Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils that combine to help you breathe easier. A staple in the dōTERRA essential oil line, Breathe supports healthy respiratory function when seasonal threats are high and can be used safely by all members of the family to soothe airways and promote clear breathing. This proprietary blend consists of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom essential oils, all known for their positive effects on the respiratory system. Breathe can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote sleep.

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New Product:  Breathe Respiratory Drops

Breathe is a long-trusted essential oil blend and has helped many with oils such as Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and now Cardamom. Respiratory issues are not fun and we all turn to anything that will help, but very little ever does. Breathe essential oil is a tried and true support to this age-old foe. Breathe all-natural drops are a blend of selected oils from Breathe CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oil blend mixed into a respiratory drop to make it more convenient to enjoy the benefits of these oils. Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Melissa, and Cardamom essential oils all help to clean and soothe airways and now they can be delivered straight to your mouth and throat in these great-tasting lozenges.

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New Product:  HD Clear Skin

Although signs of problem skin may begin in the early teens, it affects individuals of all ages, both physically and emotionally. Many individuals experience skin issues for years, trying numerous products, harsh chemicals, and abrasive treatments to obtain clear skin. dōTERRA has created a better way to address problem skin issues at their core—naturally and effectively. Introducing HD Clear, an advanced line of natural products that combine the power of CPTG® essential oils and plant extracts to produce the results you want and expect—clear, smooth skin. HD Clear is a three-step system that works synergistically, with each product building on the next to thoroughly cleanse and purify the skin, control overactive oil glands, and deliver optimal hydration for a balanced moisture level. Derived from pure plant extracts, the ingredients in HD Clear are gentle and calming to the skin, but powerfully effective. Using HD Clear every day will help reduce breakouts; promote a clear, healthy complexion; and soothe the irritation of distressed skin. HD Clear provides a natural solution for problem skin of all ages.

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New Product:  Veráge Skin Care System

Veráge is an exclusive system of natural skin care products that nourish and hydrate skin and reduce the visible signs of aging. The advanced plant technology used in Veráge promotes an optimal lipid balance—the same balance found in healthy, youthful-looking skin. Each product is composed of true gifts from the Earth: nourishing plant extracts, pure and potent CPTG® essential oils, and select natural ingredients. The dōTERRA Veráge Skin Care Collection delivers results you can see and feel, naturally. Harnessing powerful plant extracts, emollients, and CPTG essential oils, Veráge provides your skin with everything it needs. Using the same stringent standards found in our CPTG essential oils, the ingredients used in Veráge are of the highest quality and purity. Each product in the Veráge system contains plant extracts that have been extensively researched and shown to promote youthful-looking skin. Veráge has been scientifically formulated to provide a natural and efficacious system that brings skin back to life. Using Veráge daily will promote a smooth, resilient, glowing complexion.

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New Product:  CorrectX

Contains Frankincense, Helichrysm, Melaleuca, Cedarwood, and Lavender—all CPTG® essential oils known to help assist in soothing skin irritations—form the base of dōTERRA Correct-X. This multi-purpose, all natural ointment helps soothe skin and enhance the natural process of skin returning to a healthy state after being distressed. Correct-X provides a moisture barrier that helps protect against additional damage while simultaneously soothing and hydrating the skin. This petroleum-free, preservative-free ointment absorbs quickly and is gentle and non-irritating, making it ideal for sensitive skin.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Apply onto affected areas as needed.

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New Product:  Terra Greens

This one I’m so excited about because it has the daily dose of vegetables necessary to remain healthy and it tastes good.  I particularly enjoy mixing this powder into my morning Slim & Sassy Shake.

dōTERRA TerraGreens is a proprietary blend of whole food fruits and vegetables combined with superfruits and dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure 

Therapeutic Grade® Essential Oils. This powdered mix packs a daily boost of fruits and vegetables into a mix that can be stirred into 8 oz. of liquid for easy
and convenient nutritional supplementation.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Add one scoop of TerraGreens with 8 oz. of water or your favorite beverage and drink immediately.

 

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Speaking of Christmas, it’s just around the corner.  Get you 2014 Holiday Guide here and be sure to share these amazing products with your friends and family.  Remember, you can always buy here http://www.mydoterra.com/jamierip

 

Top 20 Fruits & Veggies

I recently read this list on msn.com about the top fruits and veggies based on nutritional value.  Take a look:

20. Cactus leaf

19. Kale

18. Savoy Cabbage

17. Beets

16. Kiwi Fruit

15. Passion Fruit

14. Cantaloupe

13. Mustard Greens

12. Green Beans

11. Raspberries

10. Arugula

9. Summer Squash

8. Black berries

7. Peaches

6. Snow Peas

5. Curly Endive

4. Asparagus

3. Strawberries

2. Tomatoes

1. Bok Choy

You can learn more about these wonderful whole fruits and vegetables at http://www.thedailymeal.com.

This year at the doTERRA convention, a new product was introduced known as TerraGreens.  This dietary supplement is a proprietary blend of whole food fruits and vegetables combined with superfruits and dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® Essential Oils. This powdered mix packs a daily boost of fruits and vegetables into a mix that can be stirred into 8 oz. of liquid for easy and convenient nutritional supplementation.

Some of the benefits of this product include:

  • Provides body with nutrients
  • Supports immune health
  • Support digestive health
  • Support weight management
  • All natural ingredients
  • GMO, gluten free
  • Vegan friendly

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Remember, this is a supplement and not meant to replace the daily recommended serving of veggies; however, there are a lot of great, creative ways to use this supplement to better your nutrion.  Check it out today!

 

The Right Way to Hydrate

Yes you can drink too much water.  The recommendation for daily water consumption is to limit water intake to a little over 2 liters, or up to 10 (8 ounce) glasses per day.  Your kidneys do a good job of filtering excess water, but more than this is generally not needed for nonactive hours.

Consider drinking Slim & Sassy in your water or taking the Slim & Sassy geltabs as a way to maximize your body’s hydration efforts.  The oils used in the Slim & Sassy blend are carefully formulated to maximize your body’s natural functions. to aid in weight loss and engaging your natural metabolism.

The Slim & Sassy blend is specially designed to help control hunger and to help limit excessive calorie intake.  The oils in this blend are calming to the stomach and work to improve emotional well-being.  Slim & Sassy is most effective when combined with exercise and healthy eating and contains the following:

  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon

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Beat the Bloat

Sometimes, no matter how hard you work and no matter how disciplined you are about dieting and working out, you may still feel like your a little chubby.  This feeling is normal and is not evidence based but instead on a perception you may have.  To put perspective to this, what you may see or feel could very well be temporary and a something that may be easily fixed.  The condition I’m describing is one that everyone has heard of, it’s known as bloat.

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Bloating is an abnormal swelling, increase in diameter or feeling of fullness and tightness in the abdominal area as gas and liquid are trapped inside.  Common causes of bloating can include overeating, menstraution, constipation, food allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome.

When dealing with bloat, it’s important to identify a few things.  First, there are four factors that can influce how prone you are to bloating or fluid retention.  Consider if your life has one or more of the following:

  1. Stress:  A stressful event triggers hormone fluctuations that raise blood pressure and divert blood to your extremities, causing your digestive system to slow down.  This can leasve that last meal sitting around in your intestine a little longer, causing bloating
  2. Lack of fluid.  It’s true that you need about 8 glasses of water a day.  Drinking water and eating “watery” foods such as greens, melon, and other fruits and veggies gueard against water retention and constipation, which can cause bloating.
  3. Lack of sleep.  Your nervous system depends on adequate sleep.  Too little sleep disrupts the intricate workings of this system, which controls the rhythmic contractions of your GI tract and helps keep thins humming along.
  4. Air travel.  The average plan maintains cabin pressure equal to 5,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level in order to provide a comfortable atmosphere for the assengers.  At that altitude, free air in the body cavities tends to expand by around 25 percent.  Pressure changes also increase the production of gases in your digestive system.  As the pressure in the cabin drops, the air in your intestines expands, causing bloating and discomfort.  Cabin pressurization is also responsible for increased water retention because it impacts your body’s natural fluid balance.  Add in the dehydration caused by recirculated air, and those bloat miles add up.  Before and during your flight, drink as much water as possble and walk around as often as possble during the flight.

Each of the factors listed above can be controlled or reversed.  What’s more, there’s a lot we can do to minmize bloat by what and how we eat.  Take some time and practice avoiding the following foods:

  • Eat four 300 calorie meals a day
  • Drink on full recipe of Slim and Sassy Water per day
  • Eat Slowly
  • Avoid the following foods
    • Alcohol, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and acidic fruit juices
    • Bulky raw foods
    • Carbonated drinks
    • Chewing gum
    • Excess carbs
    • Fatty foods
    • Fried foods
    • Gassy foods, including broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, citris fruits, legumes, onions and peppers
    • Salt from the saltshaker, salt-based seasonings and highly processed foods
    • Spicy foods, including foods seasoned with barbecue sauce, black pepper, chilie peppers, chili powder, cloves, garlic, horseradish, hot sauce, ketchup, mutard, nutmeg, onions, tomato sauce, or vinegar
    • Sugar alcohols, such as xylitol and maltitol, which are often found in low-calorie, low-carb, or sugar free products such as candy, chewing gum, ice cream and jam.

Finally, using essential oils for health is also a great way to reduce bloating.  In addition to using Slim and Sassy on a daily basis, also use DigestZen by applying directly to the stomach and to reflex points on the feet.

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Mito 2 Max

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As I am weaning myself from all beverages caffeinated, I have a new found appreciation for Mito 2 Max.  Now, as a part of my daily vitamin regimen, I am sure to include the Mito 2 Max.  Because of it, my workouts are more intense, my mind more focused and I really and dig in and get things done without feeling that deep fatigue that comes by mid-day.  As with anything, I immediately became intrigued by what was in the Mito 2 Max and quickly found out that what sets it apart from other supplements is that it doesn’t stimulate cells with caffeine or Taurine, but rather regenerates the cells themselves.  I want to share what I found….

dōTERRA Mito2Max is a proprietary formula of standardized plant extracts and metabolic cofactors that supports healthy cellular energy production. Mito2Max supports optimal mitochondrial function and aerobic capacity, and it supports stamina naturally without the use of harmful stimulants. Use Mito2Max as a healthy, long-term alternative to caffeinated drinks and supplements for increased energy and vitality.*

 

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CONCEPT: Trillions of cells make up each human body. It is remarkable to reflect on the synergy that occurs between those cells to create life for each of us. The “energy” for life comes from within each of these cells and is known as the mitochondria. As we age, our body’s mitochondrial function becomes less efficient. This leaves us with lower levels of energy and more toxic cellular exhaust. The sports and activities we enjoyed in our youth can become less enjoyable. Some people try to boost their energy levels through caffeine and other stimulants that can provide a quick buzz but often leave us feeling worse. Mito2Max contains dōTERRA’s proprietary energy and stamina complex that enhances mitochondria function, supports stamina and endurance, helps the body adapt more quickly to the diverse activities of life, and helps to increase mental energy.* Acetyl-L-carnitine, a primary ingredient, supports mental health, mitochondrial function, and circulation to the brain. Ashwagandha root extract, which has been called the “herb of the ages” due to the many uses that it provides, has been studied for generations and has been utilized for boosting energy levels and supporting immunity and libido, while also reducing the effects of anxiety, insomnia, and stress. Perhaps the greatest quality is its ability to support regeneration of cells from damage caused by molecules knows as free radicals. A great antioxidant that can help prevent the spread of free radicals is Ginkgo Biloba, which improves blood flow to the brain and acts as an antioxidant. Mito2Max is the perfect way to boost your exogenous antioxidant intake, controlling the spread of free radicals and maximizing your mitochondrial energy levels each day.

 

PRIMARY BENEFITS •

  • Promotes efficient production of ATP in the mitochondria of cells*
  • Enhances stamina and efficient use of oxygen*
  • Supports metabolic adaptation for diverse activities, from movie watching to marathon running*
  • Improves mental energy*

Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCI

Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis S)

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) Root Extract.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) Leaf Extract

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Root Extract

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Coenzyme Q10

Quercetin Dihydrate

Some take Mito 2 Max as needed; doing so will help you notice a more pronounced effect.