New doTERRA Products for Spring

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2015 Leadership Retreat was amazing.  It was a week filled with inspiration making new friends and becoming acquainted with doTERRA’s new product line.  Here is a short summary of what’s new to our amazing product line:

– Slim & Sassy Control Instant Mix– powdered mix that serves as an appetite suppressant ands tastes good too.

– Slim & Sassy Control Bars– appetite suppressant on the go bars! Comes in apple cinnamon, lemon and apricot! (Not available until April 15th

Peppermint and On Guard Beadlets with new plastic bottle and cap! No more glass!  Beadlet dispensing made easy.

Mito2Max– is reformulated with a new energizing formula with new, slimmer bottle design!  This product is perfect for those weaning themselves from the use of caffeine.

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex- new supplement designed with a powerful polyphenol complex to help with soreness and pain.  This is not another rub, it’s a gelcap that’s taken internally.

Daily Nutrient Pack– newly formulated xEO Mega and MicroPlex MVp that serve as a total daily supplement. These now come in a pack without the Alpha CRS for only $59.50! (The LLV pack will still be available too!) 
Over the next weeks, I will post more information about each product.  Click here To order any of these products today.  Enjoy!

Turmeric – Wellness Gold

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If you love Indian food, you recognize the rich, deep-yellow color found in any modern Indian curry dish.  Tumeric has been a go-to item for thousands of years in India, China and Indonesia, not only as a food and a dye, but also as a curative herb.  While the use of Tumeric dates back to the 7th century, the herb’s natural healing ability continues to gather attention as modern sientific research validates its potency and popularity among modern wellness advocates in Asia, Europe and North America.

Found primarily in Soutern Asia, turmeric is a perennial plant and member of the ginger family.  Fully grown, it reaches heights of five to six feet and boasts deep, dark yellow trumpet shaped flowers.  However, it’s the root of the plant that boiled, dried and ground into that familiar yellow powder.

Historically, holistic medicine dictated the use of turmeric for a long list of health issues, including intestinal support to respiratory distress.  It’s used to help deal with parasites and bacterial and viral infections as well as surface bites and bruises.  Natural healers relied on the plant to treat kidneys and bladder inflammation and even used the root to treat leprosy.

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The wide variety of medicinal uses can be attributed to turmeric’s inherent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties.  Scientists have discovered the plant to contain the following important compounds:

  • Polyphenols and phytochemicals
  • Vitamins A, C, E and several Bs
  • Iron, manganese, potassium, magnesium and other minerals
  • Immunity-boosting carotenoids and carotenes
  • COX-2 enzyme inhibitors to alleviate pain

With more than 90 active constituents in its bilogical makeup, it’s no wonder that healers have relied on turmeric since ancient times.

Although there is currently no official system governing the use of herbal medicine in the U.S. studies on the the practice continue here in and medical science communities around the globe.  Recent research has shown:

  • The American Cancer Society reports that turmeric has been found in laboratory studies to slow the development of several forms of cancer and to shrink tumors (in animals) – particularly those that occur in colon and rectal cancers.
  • In a 2010 Italian study, subjects with osteoarthritis took a turmeric formulation for 90 days and experienced a 58 percent decrease in overall pain compared to a control group.  They also experienced a 16 fold decrease in their blood serum levels of C-reactive protein, the inflammation marker.  Subjects were able to decrease their use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) by 63 percent with use of turmeric formulation.
  • A 2014 German study found turmeric promising for treating neaurological disorders and events, such as Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. The study was performed on rats, but researchers found that subjects given a turmeric compound exhibited an increase in the same type of brain stem cells that are found in adult humans.  This indicates that cells might be able to self-repair and recover brain function in instances of neurodegenerative disease.
  • A 2011 study an Chiang Mai University in Thailand, the use of turmeric following coronoary bypass surgery decreased the incidence of heart attack.  Researchers say that phenols in the turmeric root were responsible for reducing the risk of heart attack in subjects by 56 percent.  They concluded that by lowering inflammation, oxygen toxicity and damage from free radicals, turmeric acts in a cardio protective capacity.

For centuries, Turmeric has been used to heal and enhance skin.  When ingested, its antimicrobial, antiviral and antiseptic benefits can ease acne and other skin conditions.

All in all, turmeric has a range of health benefits from its use.  Anyone interested in the use of herbs to support their health are encouraged to research more and seek advice of a holistic healthcare professional.   As always, the content of this article is not intended to give professional medical advice, treatment or diagnosis, the content of this blog is for informational purposes only!

Source:  Day Spa Magazine – Jan. 2015

Diet Alternative: Emotions and Food Cravings

As I’m learning more about the emotional roots behind all of our health problems, it got me to thinking that there must be emotions at the root of our cravings.  As I researched, I learned the validity of this idea.  Here is what I found…..basically, there are three primary emotions behind our cravings for food.  1) anger:  this is manifest in the cravings for salt.  As we hold onto our anger we tend to subconsciously crave ways to release anger without having to yell at our spouse or our kids which also plays into our cravings for all things crunchy.  Combine the salt and the crunch and you have potato chips, nuts and other crunchy snacks.  So next time you have a hankering to down an entire bag of chips, stop yourself and think of the emotion behind it…..it’s likely anger.

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2) If you are going through a difficult time and maybe you are missing someone significant in your life whom you lost to death or divorce, you will likely be reaching for a plate of home baked goodness, perhaps a plate of cookies, a cake or cupcakes.    As you begin to consume these sugar filled caloric treats, consider the emotion behind it is a need to comfort yourself.

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Finally, there is a craving we have to help us overcome loneliness.  This is manifest in our desire for 3) all foods soft and gooey.  This often comes in the form of foods packed with high carbs like pasta smothered in cheese sauce.  Next time we have that craving for a plate of macaroni and cheese, consider the source and ask yourself, “am I lonely?”  Also consider that often we can feel lonely even when we are surrounded by family and friends.

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As you successfully identify the emotion behind the craving, next consider alternatives to satisfying the depleted emotions that may be in the form of other, more wholesome foods or a session of self care including meditation or exercise that will help to satisfy the unmet emotional need which will naturally dissipate the craving for unhealthy food.  Of course, it’s not always easy to tie our cravings for food to our emotional deficiencies and then quickly finding a more healthy alternative; however, I believe that consciousness is half the battle and knowing where these cravings are coming from sure helps to move forward in healthy, more productive ways.

As we effectively identify the emotions behind our cravings, there is always an essential oil that can be used to support our emotional health and lend to an alternative way to temper our eating habits.  For instance, some essential oils use to overcome feelings of  loneliness include Marjoram, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Myrrh.  For anger, consider using Thyme, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, and Spikenard.  Some great comfort oils include the Clary Sage, Juniper Berry, Cedarwood, Jasmine and Rose.

 

15 Ways to Get Fit in 15

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Welcome 2015.  Time again to think about what the new year will bring.  Fitness goals seem to top most peoples lists of new years resolutions.  I am no different, at this time of year I am always thinking about what I can do to become more fit.  I am also a lover of lists, I am always making lists with bullet points, numbers and check boxes which really excites me.  Lists allow me to organize and track my life; it also allows me to focus my research while preparing blog posts.  Sooooo……here is the first list of the new year..here it goes….

  1. Write down your workout – if you write it, you manifest and affirm it and you are creating your workout program.  Don’t just write it once, write down what you plan to do every single week.
  2. Mix up your workout routine – especially for cardio exercise.  Doing this will help you to not plateau and will continually challenge your body.
  3. Sleep – The U.S. is the most sleep deprived country on earth.  Think of how healthy it is to sleep, so much occurs to our bodies during our sleep time, especially healing.   Sleep is the best form of self care.
  4. Change one thing about your diet – don’t make huge, sweeping resolutions to eliminate entire food groups, just start small, eliminate soda pop to start.
  5. Exercise at least 20 minutes per day.  You can always fit 20 minutes into a busy day.  Getting up 20 minutes earlier to exercise is doable.
  6. Focus on your gut – the best abs are created in the kitchen.  Also include a probiotic into your food regimen
  7. Eat Healthy Fats – avocados, nuts, olive oil, flax seeds.  Consume daily.
  8. Drink more water – add your favorite citrus essential oil to  8 oz of water for a refreshing flavor that will help with detox.  This is also a great way to wean from soda.  Drink 1/2 of your weight in ounces everyday.
  9. Eat a healthy breakfast that includes a protein.  Breakfasts is still the most essential meal of the day, don’t skip it and be sure to add an egg or a good protein shake to the menu.
  10. Always workout on Mondays.  This will set the tone for the rest of the week.
  11. Make your schedule more active.  Go on active dates, have a meeting while walking, walk to lunch, take the stairs, go on a bike ride instead of watching t.v.
  12. Try a new workout program – instead of going running, try Zumba
  13. Let go of the past  – if you didn’t meet your goals last year, it’s o.k. let it go and move forward!
  14. Push yourself physically everyday – do one more pushup, run one more lap, add 5 lbs to your barbell.
  15. Don’t overbook or over commit – make self care #1 and minimize the busyness in your day so you have time to get fit.

If you incorporate all 15 points into your fitness regimen, you will feel stronger, emotionally balanced and have increased energy during the up-and-coming year.

Source: MSN

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