Thursday, September 11, 2014

What's the big difference with essential oil companies?


Who thinks all oils are the same? 
Who thinks Young Living oils are too expensive? 
I certainly did when I first started using oils. I bought cheap oils at Whole Foods & Sprouts & made my own thieves oil because I thought they were all the same. I even took them internally since ya know--the label said 100% pure & natural (and said do not take internally--whoops).

Well, come to find out, you really are getting what you pay for! Young Living's Seed to Seal guarantee is what makes this company different.





This is video of the Young Living Tansy harvest. Yes, that is the CEO of the company, D. Gary Young driving the tractors! Notice the cleanliness of the fields, distillery machinery? Notice that the harvested plant goes right from the field to the distilling machinery? Notice that the distillery machinery is made of medical grade stainless steel? Notice that the lab is taking samples of each batch to test to ensure that they're getting what they want out of the plant? They actually test each batch numerous times throughout the entire distillation process to ensure it's only the highest quality & purity. Notice that they also store the distilled oil in a medical grade stainless steel container?


I encourage you to see where other companies get their oils. Oh, that's right--no one else owns their own farms so they can't show you! Hmmmm...isn't that interesting?

Oh, there's one company that says they source their own oils--Aura Cacia--which you can find at most health food stores. They have a Source to Shelf philosophy. Sounds pretty good, right? Ok, so watch this video that they proudly show on their website of where they source their patchouli:


Hmm...well, first thing I noticed is that THEY don't own the farm. There's no way that they're testing the dirt for residue of RoundUp, pesticides or herbicides. Are they testing the seeds to ensure they're planting only the seeds from the strongest, heartiest plants? Are they ensuring there are no GMOs? Hmmmm...what do they use for a pesticide? Young Living uses essential oils & neem oil. I see a rusty old distilling machine that has no pressure gauge, murky, dirty water that the oil gets separated in (in the ground!!!), aluminum steel distilling machinery, really "scientific" testing going on (insert sarcasm), and oils stored in re-used plastic bottles & detergent drums (can you say BPA in your oils?!?).

I don't know about you, but I am appalled that they call their oils 100% pure & natural! That ain't natural! And people (me) put that crap on their skin & even take them internally (ME again). Well, that oil, if just put on the skin, is going to get absorbed into your bloodstream. Do you really want aluminum residue, BPA residue & who knows what the heck else due to contamination issues going into your bloodstream? What about your kids' bloodstream? Heck no!

So, this is the only other essential oil company that claims to source it's own oils. Other oil companies are just buying them from oil brokers like the ones you saw on the street in the market. Other companies say they get their oils from farm indigenous areas. Well, here's a question for ya---are you eating all of your food from indigenous areas? People are so concerned about their food these days--organic, certified organic, etc. Well, it's pretty rare to find food that is truly indigenous. Does it really matter where the plant is grown if they're not paying attention to the rest of the process?

Young Living has farms all over the world & is acquiring more farms as we speak! Young Living tests how the plants are growing in different areas of the world & only grows plants in areas where they do well. All of our future planned farms will have the same pristine, clean, process you saw in our video. Anyone can walk off the street & go visit any of our farms--do it--you'll walk away even more impressed.

Here's an example, just an example (sorry, I couldn't help myself & make a Cypress Hill reference)....Young Living couldn't find an excellent source of black spruce--the one ingredient in our much coveted Valor that has been out of stock for what seems like forever. You know what they did? Well, first thing they did...well, I should say DIDN'T do, is accept less-than-excellent black spruce from multiple farms that offered it. They almost had a farm that tested "good" or "acceptable" but there were just a few constituents of the oil that didn't meet with Young Living's stringent standards so you know what Young Living did? You think they restocked Valor and made a crap ton of money because customers were getting angry & impatient that it had been out of stock & were waiting (not so patiently) to buy it? NO! They continued to search & kept Valor out of stock (except thank goodness in our Premium Starter Kits). And then when they couldn't find it, Young Living decided to BUY A FARM! You read that right---they BOUGHT A FARM!?!?!  Who does that?!? It's a beautiful farm up in Northern Canada that has acres & acres of high quality black spruce trees & enough room to plant more so that we will have a continuous supply of black spruce. They are currently building a distillery, a spa, an RV park & a visitor's center on the land and hope to have the Grand Opening in October. I mean, that's insane! No other oil company would do that! No way! 

No other oil company invests in its own farms & its own distilleries to ensure the highest quality product. Other oil companies don't run out of stock (Young Living currently has quite a list of out of stock oils)--that's because they're willing to buy & use whatever quality oil just to make a buck. Young Living doesn't compromise on quality or purity & is willing to be out of stock for a time rather than put an inferior product on the market. The good thing is that they have almost 200 oils to choose from so even with quite a few out of stock, there are other oils that can do similar things. I'm proud to be a part of this company & every time I hear stuff like this, every time I go visit a farm (seen three so far) & see the entire process, I am even more impressed.



I could go on & on, but now that you've seen the difference, which one do you want to use?




Carol Yeh-Garner
Platinum Independent Distributor #1533467
www.AWellLivedLife.Net


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Who wants to get healthier?

Anyone, anyone? Bueller, Bueller?

Ok, almost everyone wants to be healthier, right? We all want to make sure that we are doing what we can to live a healthy life and a long life, right? I know I want to be healthy for a really long time. That doesn't necessarily mean I want to just "live" a long time--I want to be healthy, vital & vibrant as I age!

Well, what if I told you that you could spend approximately $1 per day & it could support your desire to improve your health? Sounds too good to be true, right? Yeah....totally get it.

But here's the thing--there's a superfood drink that Young Living makes that really does that! For reals!

Check this out:


Ummmm...I'm totally NOT going to be eating 814 blueberries, 59 broccoli florets or 93 apples in one sitting! I probably eat two servings of fruits & veggies  per day if I'm being completely honest with you. Well, let's go with one serving of fruits OR veggies per day since I AM being totally honest with you!

But since I've added Ningxia Red to my morning routine, I have felt like I have way more energy (even though there's no caffeine in it!). And I can feel okay about the fact that I'm only eating 1-2 servings of  fruits & veggies since I know that I'm giving my body something really healthy by drinking 2 oz of Ningxia Red per day. The stats above are for ONE ounce of Ningxia Red per day so if I'm doing TWO ounces, then I'm doubling the amount of yummy goodness I'm giving my body!

Here's some interesting information for all of you who like to read nutrition labels:
Ningxia Red is made of superfruits. It contains:
Ningxia wolfberries

Blueberries

Cherries

Aronia berries
Grapefruit seed extract
Pomegranates
Plums
Lemon, Orange, Tangerine and Yuzu essential oils


It is not another goji berry in a bottle – it's the Ferrari's of goji berries! It is a powerful superfruit cocktail! And you only need 1 – 2 shots of 30 ml per day.


Ningxia Red Contains:
*18 Amino Acids 
* 21 Trace minerals
* 6 essential fatty acids 
* Vitamin B1, B2, B6
*Vitamin E 
*Vitamin C: 180 mg per serving

Ningxia Red is an amazing source of vitamins and minerals – calcium, magnesium, chromium, potassium, copper, zinc, beta-carotene and manganese.
These are all essential nutrients which can help support normal cardiovascular function, normal eye health, normal cell growth, and healthy liver function.*
So, have I peaked your interest? Want to learn even more?
Well, we are starting a 30 Day Challenge on Facebook on September 10th where you'll all learn more about what just 1-2 ounces of NingXia Red can do for you. We'll watch some educational videos, share recipes and hear from all of you about what improvements you've noticed.
Join us on Facebook HERE or private message me on Facebook HERE.
I'm looking forward to seeing you there & seeing what improvements you find after 30 days!
To your health!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

What kind of air freshener do you use?

It always makes me cringe a little when I see those plug in air fresheners in homes, offices, or even worse....school classrooms. They always give me a headache! The aroma is too strong for me! 
I wonder if people realize they are inhaling toxic chemicals? 
Here's proof that those other air fresheners are harmful to your health!

"A study of 14 common household air fresheners has found that most of the surveyed products contain chemicals that can aggravate asthma and affect reproductive development."

Hmmmm....that's not good for anyone!

The article also states that "Independent lab testing confirmed the presence of phthalates, or hormone-disrupting chemicals that may pose a particular health risk to babies and young children, in 12 of the 14 products---including those marked "all natural". None of the products had these chemicals listed on their labels."

WHAT?!? They can have harmful chemicals NOT on the label?!? Even on the ones that say "all natural"?!? Say it isn't so!

I love that when I diffuse my essential oils in my home in not only smells amazing, but I'm helping to purify the air naturally and the therapeutic properties of the oils benefits my whole family.



And by diffusing essential oils, I'm affecting the limbic system and creating a calmer mind and body!


When you order a Premium Starter kit, you get a diffuser for FREE! 


Getting the Premium Starter Kit gives you the benefits of being a wholesale member for an entire year with NO monthly minimums, NO pressure to sell, and NO cheesy sale pitches from me! You'll get 11 of the most popular oils, some sample sachets, a FREE diffuser and a membership to my secret Facebook group called The Apothecary Society--a place where you can learn about essential oil uses in a no-sales talk environment.
Contact Carol Yeh-Garner via her website at www.AWellLivedLife.Net for more info or go to this link to buy your kit now: Carol's Young Living Sign Up Link


Carol Yeh-Garner (Platinum member #1533467) is an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils & belongs to the Lemon Dropper team. She is not a doctor and does not claim to be one on TV. She does not give medical advise. If you have a medical issue, please seek medical attention.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

START OF SUMMER GIVEAWAY!

So, we've still got one more week before summer officially started, but I've already got summer on my mind! The nice people at Santa Cruz Organic® generously gave me a sample of their organic lemonade & organic mango lemonade to try. If you know me, I'm kind of stickler for organic stuff. I do my best to have my family use as many organic foods, beverages & products as possible. My kids loved the original lemonade & the mango lemonade was super yummy too. I can imagine a hot summer day with some mango lemonade and vodka being a really refreshing drink! But I can also imagine the kids really enjoying a cold glass of lemonade too. ;) When Santa Cruz Organic® offered to do a giveaway for my readers so they could try these delicious, yummy organic drinks, I said yes! Free stuff is another thing I love!

Here's some information about the products:

Summer fun pairs perfectly with these lemonades: enjoy them at picnics, backyard barbecues or make them the star of your favorite recipe.

Santa Cruz Organic® Lemonades and Limeades are made with Certified USDA Organic fruit juice and are a great addition to any summer activity. 

·         No artificial preservatives or ingredients
·         Certified USDA Organic
·         Flavors include Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Peach Lemonade, Mango Lemonade, Cherry Lemonade and Limeade 
Reader Giveaway:
Santa Cruz Organic® wants to give my readers a fun way to celebrate summer, so they’re offering a giveaway! Two (2) randomly selected winners (U.S. only, please) will receive two Santa Cruz Organic® Lemonade Beverages!

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Katrina's Birth Story (AKA "Our Unplanned Homebirth" or "HypnoBirthing Really Works!"


Alanna & Mike took my Tuesday night HypnoBirthing classes in Encinitas (North County San Diego, CA) to prepare for their second birth. They had taken another birthing class for their first birth, but weren't happy with the outcome and decided that they wanted to learn more to be even more prepared for their second birth.

Katrina Eve Peters

Alanna's story:

On Monday and Tuesday (Feb 10 & 11) I started having some mild cramping sensations in my lower abdomen, almost like pre-menstrual cramps. They were infrequent and mainly only started in the afternoon through evening and went away by morning. They weren't uncomfortable at all but I practiced my slow breathing through them just to start preparing for labor, which I assumed was probably a few days away.
On Tuesday (11th) the cramping was becoming a little more intense and by that night I figured we were probably getting close to the start of labor. I researched prodromal labor (false labor), sat on my birth ball for a bit and drank some red raspberry leaf tea in hopes that my cramping would turn into labor surges rather than disappear again in the morning. I was convinced that this was going to drag out over several days.
Sometime between midnight and 1:00 AM on Wednesday morning (12th) I woke up with what I could tell were real uterine surges. I could actually feel everything tightening up and starting to push my baby down. I started listening to my Rainbow Relaxation and HypnoBirthing music playlist on my headphones and slowly breathed through each surge. Mike had fallen asleep in Sammy's room so he had no idea anything was going on. I figured I'd have a long time to go so I didn't want to wake him and bother him yet. One of us might as well get a good night's sleep! Around 3:30 AM I decided I should probably start timing the surges just to be sure that we didn't need to get ready for the hospital yet. I timed them for about an hour but they were all over the place - no rhythm or pattern to them at all. I went back to bed and continued my breathing and relaxation. Around 5:30 AM I noticed Mike was back in our bed and he realized that I was having real contractions. I assured him that nothing serious was happening yet and that we'd see if everything slowed down again in the morning as they had the two days before.
Around 7:30 AM on Wednesday 912th) I got up for the day. I had a cup of coffee, sat at my computer, and took care of some essential business, just in case. I let our friends know that there was a good chance we'd need them to watch Sammy that day. Then I hopped in the bathtub around 8:00 AM where I soaked for about an hour while listening to a podcast about "How to Know if You are in Real Labor" (I decided that it was still practice labor since my surges were still irregular) and then listened to my relaxation music. Getting in the tub slowed down my contractions for a while but eventually they became pretty consistently 5-7 minutes apart.
Mike was still home that morning and was getting Sammy ready for the day while preparing to go out and run some errands. I figured that since my surges were still pretty far apart (real labor would start when they were 4 minutes apart) he had plenty of time to go out and do some things before we had to go to the hospital. I was planning to call my aunt, who was going to be our birth companion at the hospital, and let her know that we would most likely be going to the hospital that afternoon. 
I sat up in the tub and started draining the water when a really strong surge hit me. I breathed through it and continued my process of getting dried and dressed. I did my best to get my hospital bag ready but from that point on, I just kept having surge after surge. I couldn't even properly brush my teeth because they were coming so fast. I started timing them and realized they were consistently 2 minutes apart and about 1 minute each. I was afraid I wasn't going to have time to track them for an hour to see if they fit the 2-1-1 timeframe! It was at this point I realized there was probably no way in hell we were making the 45-60 minute drive to Balboa Hospital down in San Diego.
While Mike made me some eggs for breakfast (so I'd have energy for the day ahead), I sat in my chair and kept breathing through the surges and relaxing. I got about two bites of my eggs and then had another surge. That one was SO intense that I suddenly had a moment of panic and felt like I couldn't take it anymore. I yelled to Mike that I didn't think I could handle this anymore. He came in the room, told me to calm down and relax. (While he was seriously concerned that I was already losing it so early into the labor process!) I relaxed for a minute until the next surge hit. This time I yelled again that I didn't know how long I could do this. 
All of a sudden I felt the urge to push. I thought that it was still way early in my labor so I figured I must just have to poop. I rushed past Mike into the bathroom and told him so. He said "no, I don't think you do" but figured that this pressure was just a part of labor. I sat down on the toilet and started pushing and instantly realized that it was NOT poop pressure....my baby was ready to be born. Mike checked and at first didn't feel anything, but then I breathed down a little bit and he could feel her crowning. He made me scoot forward so he could see (and catch!) the baby. He handled it so calmly that it was easy for me to get back to my relaxed state. I remembered that I wasn't supposed to "push" and I just needed to bear down a bit with my breath whenever I had a surge. This is what I did, and I think it took about 4-5 breaths before my baby was fully born at 9:35 AM. She was still in her bag of waters, and thankfully we had seen this in a birthing video recently so Mike wasn't freaked out. He knew it was totally fine and once she came out he just broke it open and handed me our baby.
While I held her, Mike called 911 to ask for assistance. The EMT's showed up and helped transfer us to the hospital to deliver the placenta and make sure we were okay. It was pretty crazy and exciting! Meanwhile, Sammy was in the bathtub in the other bathroom, completely oblivious that her sister was being born. After the event, Mike went to get her so she could see her sister before we transferred to the hospital.


Mike’s story:

First let me say “I am the man”! Whoo. That aside, I went to sleep the night before labor with my daughter Sam aound 11, woke up around 2 and crawled into our bed. Alanna was awake and said she was feeling some tremors and I asked if we should get the birthing party started. She said the contractions weren't that strong or consistent yet so I went to sleep. I woke around 7:30 and Alanna was in the rocker recliner in the baby’s room covered in a blanket with her eyes closed and headphones on. She looked asleep. I knew that was part of the hypno-birthing deal so I took a pic when she wasn’t looking and went to my daily routine. After some coffee and some email checking I asked Alanna if she thought I should stay home from work. She said it wasn’t necessary but it would be nice to have someone around the house to help with Sam while she was in the pre-labor stage. While Alanna took a bath it slowly crept into my mind that this was going to be the day so I cleaned, had breakfast with Sam and then put her in the tub. When Alanna got out of the tub she said her contractions were coming hard and fast. I mentioned that maybe they slowed in the tub and now her body is catching up to make up for lost momentum. She agreed and I made some her eggs and an english muffin. 

Sitting in the baby chair again she started eating her breakfast. I went to the kitchen to clean up and I heard her scream, “Miiiiike, I don’t think I can do this anymore!”. I thought Whaaat? We didn’t even get to the hospital yet! Why did we take hypo-birthing lessons for the past month and a half if we’re going to just jump to freak out mode off the bat? I went into her room and reassured her and did some light massage on her legs. Then the next contraction came. She said “I have to poop” and she pushed me out of the way and started walking towards the bathroom. I said “You know you don’t need to poop”. My thinking was based on an anecdote provided by our birthing teacher. Wrong! We went into the bathroom and she said “I think the baby is coming. I feel like I have to push.” I said “The baby’s not coming”. So I told her to lean back and I looked. As I inspected I started to say “See, nothing is coming… Oh yea there’s something there”. I felt to see what it was and since it was so close to crowning I waited to see what it was. At first I thought it was just the bag of water that was coming out on it’s own before the birth actually started. Never saw that before but hey she wasn’t about to have a baby in the bathroom right? Then as I watched I saw hair under the shiny sack. Oh shit! I told her “Okay, were having a baby”. She started to tense and I reassured her that we can do this together. The baby was coming fast with every contraction so I grabbed my shower towel off the wall behind me and got my head together for the next couple rounds of contractions. I held Alanna’s butt up as she leaned back as to not drop the baby in the toilet. After 3-4 contractions the head came out. She was still in the bag of water. I think if I hadn’t seen this in one of the birthing movies we saw I would have freaked out. I knew she was still attached by the cord and that’s what was important, she didn’t need to breathe yet. Another couple of surges and she was out near her shoulders. I then used my finger nails to pop the bag between her head and shoulder. POP! Like a balloon. Another 2 contractions and out she came. She was as beautiful as a new born baby could be. Alanna said “Give her to me” so I did. We got the cord from around her neck and she sneezed and breathed in a couple times. 

I didn’t know what exactly to do at that point. I knew I should cut the cord after it stopped pulsing but I was kind of bewildered so I thought I’d call the pros. I then called 911 and they sent the EMT’s. While waiting for them we got Alanna's shirt off so the baby was skin to skin and the 911 person instructed me to tie a shoe lace around the umbilical cord and knot it. This is where my brain should have thought “I can do this, I saw Crab Man do this on My Name is Earl with some coupon scissors and some chip clips”, but I just followed the person's directions instead. The EMT’s showed up and I heard “Daddy, What’s going on?”, oh man Sammy is still in the tub. I told her to get out and dry herself while I did finally get the chance to cut the cord. I have a crappy iPhone pic that no one will see because my wife is buck naked in the shot, but I do have it. I got Sam dressed and told her she gets to see her baby sister. She looked dumbfounded. I don’t assume to know what a 3 1/2 year old is thinking when she hears that but it seemed to be surprise and excitement. I made room in our bedroom, now with 5 guys and a gurney and Sam got to see her baby sister. She said  “Ooohh, she’s so cute!”. As they moved Alanna and the baby together to the gurney Sam kept saying “Hi baby” and “She’s so cute” and making a happy little squealing sounds. They took Alanna and the now pinker Katrina to the Ambulance, we gave them Alanna’s hospital bag and they were off. Sammy and I followed to the not planned Tri-City hospital.

Alanna was supposed to birth at Balboa hospital in Downtown San Diego. Why? It was free that’s why. But like Alanna said “She wasn’t getting to the car let alone a hospital 45 minutes away”. So we ended up at the Tri-City hospital 5 minutes away. The hospital was not a good experience. Unknown to me while asking for directions to the birth area I met our doctor on the way in and told her our story. Once to the front desk of the baby ward they told me Sam can’t be there because of flu season. Grrrr. 15 min later our friend Joy came and got Sam and took her home for the evening to have her first sleepover with her best friend Audrey. After not seeing my wife or baby for about 45 minutes I finally made it back to the room where Alanna and Kat were. I was super relieved that they were both healthy and happy. Alanna still didn’t birth the placenta yet and the doctor was somewhere else. The nurses wouldn’t let Alanna try to push it out without the doctor so we waited. This is where Alanna would tell the story best but to summarize, the doctor wanted to give an IV & give Pitocin. Alanna refused both. The doctor was kind of pissed, you could tell by her body language while she explained why it was smarter to do what she wanted us to do. We knew everything was going smoothly so again Alanna refused. Alanna passed the placenta naturally by pushing a couple times. She did need to get sewn up a little since the baby came so fast out of the gate. And that was the extent of the medical involvement. Some stitches and catching the placenta. 

I do not recommend Tri-City at all to anyone. Out of the 5 nurses we had 2 that were considerate to our wants, the doctor was pushy, and the building itself… all the furniture was just destroyed, the dust on the bathroom vents and window cills were so thick you couldn’t see the actual metal. The crown jewel was a couch in the birthing room so used that the sitting surfaces were discolored about 10 shades darker than the sides of it. The best thing about Tri-City was the exit door.

We’re now happy and healthy and doing what we do, but now with a new Kat. The experience of helping birth my daughter was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I tried to liken it to something else I’ve done before. It’s pretty impossible, I was excited yet super relaxed, anxious and focused. It was awesome. While our culture doesn’t support it and most dudes would pass, I think dads should have the opportunity to receive their baby and bring them into this world. I would do it again in a second.

Alanna's story:
To make the rest of the story short, everything went fine - baby Katrina and I are both perfectly fine and healthy (even after me being GBS+ and not getting any antibiotics!) with no complications whatsoever. I was a little annoyed that they kept trying to push an IV and medications even after I had a 100% natural home birth, but we just kept refusing everything, to the doctor's annoyance. Like Mike said, the hospital experience was not good at all. If I were to have another birth (which I am NOT planning!) I would totally do it all at home. The labor and birth at home were AMAZING and I can only imagine how much more peaceful and relaxing it would have been to just finish up everything else with a midwife at home. I have no regrets though - this birth experience was absolutely amazing. I will never forget any minute of it!

Side Note: I highly recommend HypnoBirthing to anyone interested in a natural, peaceful birth experience. I am convinced that my labor went so smooth and easy because I was totally relaxed the entire time. My relaxation allowed each contraction to be so effective that I didn't even realize anything was really happening yet! On my contraction timer I started by noting each surge as "Mild", then gradually started marking them as "Moderate". Toward the end a couple of them brought tears to my eyes but I never really considered any of them to be painful. It wasn't until the last two surges (where I yelled out to Mike) that I considered them "Severe". It was just amazing. No words can really describe how awed and amazed I am about this experience. I can hardly believe it, but I did it!




Not sleeping...just totally relaxed.
Not sleeping...just totally relaxed.


From 5-7 minutes apart to 2 minutes apart!
From 5-7 minutes apart to 2 minutes apart!
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WOW! Congratulations Alanna & Mike! I'm thrilled to hear that things went so well that you didn't even make it to the hospital...and yet, were still really prepared to handle anything that came your way! Mom, baby, mom's body (& dad) knew exactly what to do once the body is able to relax! So excited for you--thank you for sharing your story!

If you are interested in taking Carol Yeh-Garner's HypnoBirthing classes, please visit her website at www.AWellLivedLife.Net. If her classes do not fit your schedule, feel free to contact her for other local practitioners. If you're outside of the San Diego area, you can visit www.hypnobirthing.com to find a practitioner near you.

Thanks!

Friday, January 24, 2014

I'm OBSESSED!

So...I haven't posted anything on my blog in quite a while because....I'm obsessed....seriously, day & night--OBSESSED!

What am I obsessed with? OILS people...yep! Essential oils! 

What?!?

I know, I know...sounds completely crazy, but I've gone a little crazy, I guess!



My first introduction into essential oils (EOs) was a few years ago. I heard about thieves oil and was impressed that these thieves long, long ago were able to stay healthy when they exposed themselves to the plague while stealing from dead people. They were in close contact with people that had died of the plague and when the thieves were finally caught, they received a lesser sentence by giving the police their secret--they'd slather themselves with a blend of essential oils.  I knew Young Living oils sold it & I wanted it, BUT when I saw how much it was ($44 for a 15 ml bottle), I thought...I can make my own for cheaper! So I looked online for the recipe & went to Sprouts, Jimbo's & Whole Foods to get the oils....mixed them up with a carrier oil and started using them in the hopes of avoiding sickness. I'd use them on the feet & chests of my kids when they'd get sick & I'd take a few drops internally every night. I wasn't THAT impressed with how it worked, but kept using it anyway.

I ran across a FB post of a friend, who posted about Young Living oils and decided to look into it a little more. I really wanted the real thieves oil and thought I'd bite the bullet & pay $44 for the bottle if it would help keep my family healthy this winter. I had also had a few people I knew use doTerra oils, so I did my research there too. They have a blend that is very similar to thieves oil, but they call it a different name and have one different ingredient. So, being the kind of person that researches and researches (and then researches some more) before committing to things, I did just that.

What I found was very surprising! A quick comparison shows that doTerra carries 39 single essential oils, and 18 blends while Young Living carries 87 single oils and 70 blends and has been around for 20 years! I like having more options and having products from an established company with an excellent record...Young Living oils is the ONLY essential oil company that owns its own farms (in five different continents)! That means they know the quality of the seed, the dirt (no pesticides or residues of pesticides, herbicides or chemicals in their dirt), etc. They know how their ingredients are harvested and processed (they often have their own distillery with their own distilling machinery on site on the farm) AND their oils are first distillations, which means they're distilled ONCE and only once--leaving you with the purest form of essential oil. Quality is important to me as is purity...I did enough research to feel confident to make MY choice. Other people will happily choose other essential oil companies and that's fine with me!

I decided to go with Young Living. I wasn't planning on doing the business end of things...I'm busy enough with my hypnotherapy practice, my hypnobirthing classes, a family and already being involved in two MLMs--Juice Plus+ and Miessence certified organic products. The whole MLM thing just wasn't something that had been successful for me....or so I thought!

But...then, a funny thing happened! I joined an awesome FB group that discusses essential oils uses...I became addicted to reading the multitude of posts to learn more about all of the amazing things essential oils has helped people with. I couldn't believe it! I wanted all of the oils so I could completely re-do my bathroom cabinet (which really only had ibuprofen and a bunch of homeopathic remedies in it) with essential oils. I was hooked, so signed on as a distributor. (sucker...you might say)

I purchased the Premium Starter Kit which comes with the 9 oils listed above along with Stress Away, Joy and a FREE cold-mist diffuser/humidifier. I couldn't wait for it to come! Well, in my first month of using Young Living oils, I used almost every oil in my kit and ran out of thieves, peppermint, lemon, and lavender! (time to reorder!) 

Right when I got my kit, my daughter had a cold/cough and usually would have a wet cough for 1-2 weeks. I put thieves in the free diffuser (love that thing!) in her room at night & rubbed diluted thieves on her chest & feet at bedtime. She felt better within 2 days!

I started taking peppermint, lemon & lavender to see what they'd do for my seasonal sneezing, watery eyes & post-nasal drip. I took one capsule in the morning & one at night starting with 2 drops of each and increasing over a week and a half's time to 4 drops of each mixed with fractionated (liquid) organic cold-pressed coconut oil that I got on Amazon. I ended up having my first symptom free day in forever! What the what?!?

I used Peace & Calming and Stress Away during the days after my dad died and I had a work schedule that was full, a family schedule that was full & no chance of getting any down time. It helped me get through those difficult days. I've since used those when I'm feeling like I'm about to blow my sh#% and instantly feel my whole body calm down. They've become my daily "perfume"!

My husband often snores like a chainsaw...whose husband doesn't? Right? Well, I had read on that great FB group that talks about oils that putting a drop of Valor oil on the big toes can dial down the sound of snoring. Sounds weird, but I figured I'd give it a try. Operation Stop Snoring began that night--went to bed and my husband was snoring away. I lifted the covers to put the oil on his toes. Got one toe oiled up & he woke up when I was putting oil on his other toe. He looked at me like, "What the HELL are you doing?!?" I just smiled & said, "It's ok! I'm just putting some oil on you!" He rolled his eyes & went back to sleep. And...the snoring went from chainsaw to purring kittyvolume! I thought that it was maybe because he woke up and he just wasn't sleeping deeply enough. I kept waking up through out the night to see if it was working & it did! No snoring out of him the whole night! Well, a few nights later, we were talking about how Valor was helping him stop snoring & he says, "Well, you snore too, you know!", so I figured I'd try it too. I had also learned that putting a drop of Valor on your jaw can help ease jaw clenching (which I do while I sleep according to my dentist & confirmed by my sore jaw when I wake up). Wouldn't you know it?!? My husband said that my snoring had become much softer AND my jaw wasn't tight when I woke up! But you know the best part about using Valor on my big toes at night? I sleep the deepest sleep that I've ever had--EVER! I fall asleep and don't even wake up once during the night! I wake up in the morning and have no recollection of ever turning over and sometimes I'm in the same position I was when I fell asleep! Now THIS was awesome because I usually am the lightest sleeper--waking up whenever my husband would roll over, waking up whenever I'd hear my kids sneeze down the hallway. 

But, let's talk now about how Young Living oils is changing my life in a way I had never imagined!

So, when I started with Young Living in the middle of October, I figured I'd give the business end of things a go. The way that the Lemon Droppers Young Living team had everything broken down in a really easy-to-understand way made the whole MLM thing seem do-able & not pyramid-scheme-y. So, I posted a picture of my new oil kit with my awesome diffuser on my FB page & got some interest and signed up two of my friends.

So, at the end of October 2013, I had 2 people that signed up (bought the awesome kit that I did).  My commission check was $108.18. I thought that was pretty cool for just signing up myself & two other people. I figured,"Ok, I'll give this whole business thing a whirl! If I can make some extra money for my family, it's worth giving it a go!" Ha ha....the Universe is so wise...just wait til you see what happened!

November came & I continued to post a few things about how the oils were helping me & my family with so many issues. Well, by the end of November, I had signed up 18 people and my commission check for November was $1589.99. By the end of the month, I had 55 people on my team because people I signed up had also signed up people. There was also a contest that Young Living was offering--Drive to Win--a car & a trip to Hawaii. It had started in August, so I figured I had no chance of even qualifying for the top 60 since I had just started in October. By the end of the month, I was on the leaderboard for the top 300 fastest growing teams in the entire Young Living  organization! I decided I was going to buckle-down & do my best to get to the top 60 so I could win a trip to Hawaii.

December was busy! I was the busiest I had ever been with my hypnotherapy practice. I had HypnoBirthing classes. I was dealing with the holidays & getting everything ready for that. I was still grieving my Dad's death.  I wasn't sure how I was going to do it all and if it was even possible to do as well as I had in November. I kind of figured that December was going to be slower because everyone was saving or spending their money on presents. But...again, the Universe had different plans for me. I had 15 sign ups that month and my team did amazingly well! By the end of December, I had 109 people on my team AND I made it to 55th place in the Hawaii contest--meaning I had the 55th fastest growing Young Living business in the entire Young Living organization (WHAT?!? Didn't I just start this whole thing in October?!?)--but even more importantly, I had won the hotel accommodations for a 5 day/4 night trip to Kona, Hawaii in February! My commission check for December was $2299.95! Unbelievable! That money allowed me to be able to buy two plane tickets and extra days in Hawaii so that my family could join me on this amazing trip! AND I had done so well this month, that I made it to Silver level in the business (something that Young Living says usually takes people about a year to achieve). Because I did it so fast, I earned an Aroma Complete essential oils kit worth over $2500! I am now stalking my email inbox waiting for the email letting me know it's on its way. 

It's now late in January. My team is now up to 179 people and my team & I have already reached a total sales goal higher than I had anticipated. And the month isn't even over yet!

I'm SO thankful I took the plunge into the Young Living business and am even more thankful that I found the amazing Lemon Dropper team, who have made this business format so successful for me and all of the people on my team. We truly help each other out & build each other up! I'm so grateful for everything that I've been able to accomplish so far & look forward to what my team & I are able to accomplish this year!



If you would like to join me on this incredible journey, know that it's unlike what you think a typical MLM is about. You will get tons of support and training from me but also from our team. The Lemon Dropper team is the fastest growing team in Young Living history. The team leaders know what they're doing & they're sharing their knowledge with the rest of us. If you're even just the tiniest bit interested in learning more, just let me know. There's no pressure because I totally understand that everyone needs to figure things out in their own time and in their own way.

If you want to see what all the hype is about in regards to these oils that I'm OBSESSED about, check out the insane amount of stuff YOU can get if you get the Premium Starter Kit:--11 oils, some sample packets to keep in your purse or share with a friend, and a FREE diffuser! 



So, if you've made it this far and been patient enough to get to the end of this blog post, I applaud you! :) Please contact me if you'd like more information about joining the awesome FB group that talks about oil uses (there's no sales talk), joining my team or buying a kit so you can start seeing how these oils will change your life! No pressure, I promise! I'll just share information with you & let you decide what you want to do with it.

Best way to contact me is by messaging me on FB or visiting my website at www.AWellLivedLife.Net & contacting me through my Contact Form. You won't regret it!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I love to Naked Clean

No, no...get your minds out of the gutter, please!

Naked Clean is a local cleaning company that is awesome! 

First off, if you know me, you know that I'm really into natural, alternative, organic stuff. I first learned about Naked Clean years ago when I first started teaching HypnoBirthing classes. I was putting together my resources page for my website & I came across Naked Clean. Of course, the name gets you at first, but what they do is really interesting!

Naked Clean uses PRO-BIOTIC cleaners! What does that mean? Here's what they say on their website: 
"Our Probiotics clean at the microscopic level because there is simply a larger quantity of the good guys preventing the bad guys from over-taking the environment. This is called “competitive exclusion”—microbes fighting it out for survival by attempting to crowd-out one another. Our Probiotics give you that competitive edge you need to keep a clean and healthy home.
And our patented Probiotic cleaners will keep on working up to 72 hours AFTER we clean your home." 
How cool is that?!?
Here's more info from the Naked Clean website: 
"Bio-film—the germs secret hiding place.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably have never heard of bio-film. It’s like a microscopic city full of bad stuff. Bio-film is on almost all surfaces that are somewhat wet and warm, including on our teeth as plaque. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes that 65% of certain types of infections in hospitals are a result of diseases (e.g. H1N1, MRSA, Staph, E.coli), which live and hide in bio-film. But here’s the real kicker—bio-film cannot be removed with any cleaning products including acids. Not even the strongest disinfectant can penetrate its hard crust-like layers. It’s an armor-plated home for germs to live.
The picture you see here is bio-film magnified many times by an electron microscope. You can actually see the microorganisms under the bio-film.
biofilm

When you eliminate the bio-film, germs and especially viruses have no place to live and reproduce, so they die. Viruses ‘outside’ a bio-film can only survive for a very short time, so removing bio-film is very helpful for a healthy home.
Our Probiotics are proven to significantly remove bio-film as this is also their food!"
Did you know about Bio-Film? I didn't before this!  GROSS!
So, full disclosure here...I got an offer from San Diego Bargain Mama's Stacey Ross who was doing some marketing for Naked Clean. They wanted to offer me a free cleaning (3 hours--which means one hour with three maids--three total hours, but since there were three maids, each maid had a one hour allotment of time). How could I refuse?
Well, it took me a long time to finally get my schedule to the point where I could actually get a housecleaning in. When I finally did call to schedule my cleaning, they were able to fit me into their schedule within a few days. My family did the usual pick-up beforehand so the Naked Clean maids wouldn't have all of our clutter to deal with.
The maids came and asked what areas I'd like them to focus on. I figured the kitchen and the master bathroom/bedroom would be good places and given the fact that I only had them for one hour, that'd give them enough time. They were courteous, polite & quiet while they worked. 
There was one maid that worked in the kitchen and two maids that worked in the master bathroom/bedroom. I'm not sure how they did it (must be that amazing probiotic cleaner), but our shower doors were completely clear--crystal clear! They got a lot done in an hour!
I decided to pay them for an extra hour so that they could dust the entire house. (We hate dusting!) They used cloths that had the probiotic cleaner on them, which apparently leaves the probiotic micro-organisms on the surface. Apparently, those probiotics love to eat dust mites, which is great because we all have allergies to dust mites!
I was impressed with the fact that they not only cleaned those two areas of my house to a cleaner level than I've ever gotten it to plus dusted the entire house in a very short time. I also loved the fact that they put things back generally in the same place they were so that we didn't have to search for where things disappeared to or have to deal with a lot of time spent putting everything back in place.
So, all in all, I was REALLY impressed! The prices are really reasonable too...so much so, that we are thinking of making a monthly cleaning a regular part of our budget! And I love that they're using a really natural, safe product!
I'd HIGHLY recommend their service. Please contact them for more information:
Naked Clean 760-720-3830 www.naked-clean.com