Three Must Have Gifts for Spoonies

Three gifts ideas for the Spoonie in your life (even its it’s YOU!) Shopping sucks. I know some of you enjoy it out there, but I don’t like crowds so getting out this time of year just isn’t pleasant for me at all. So, here are a few ideas that really are great gifts for anyone, but particularly anyone who deals with chronic mess - and you can order online with your doTERRA account. First up, the ever popular Deep Blue Rub. I’ve posted plent...

Three helps for stiff & sore joints

Feeling like the TinMan really drags you down. Especially when you are trying to be active. It’s a cycle - if you’re stiff and sore and don’t move, you’ll get more stiff and sore - BUT if you get moving, you’ll be able to keep moving. So which one will you pick. It’s one or the other, you don’t get to sit this one out. Enter my oils. They have truly been a godsend to get over the “I can’t move” feeling that happens when you are dealing with chronic crap. ...

Spoonie's Roadtrip Survival Guide

Do you relate to the TinMan from the Wizard of Oz? Yeah, me too. Especially after a long car ride. I know you know what I mean if you have an autoimmune issue. We are prepping for a 14 hour drive tomorrow (and then we’ll turn around and do it again on Sunday) And a Spoonie’s prep is a bit more involved. Here’s how I survive the ride - and enjoy the visit once we get there: #1 stop every 2-3 hours and stretch . Don’t just get out, pee, and get back in th...

What's the big deal about eating a bagel anyway?

So I’ve talked to you all about cutting wheat from my diet, but why? I know it’s asking a big thing to completely turn how you eat upside down. But would it be worth it if you felt better? Could you give up your bagels? Most of you have probably heard about celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction triggered by even a tiny amount of gluten. It is imperative that a person with celiac avoid ALL gluten...

One simple way to do a WHOLE lotta Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping. You love it or you hate it. There really isn’t much in-between I hate crowds, so online shopping is my friend. I also enjoy making gifts for people (which we will talk about in the next post) . I love to give gifts that are fun - but have an element of practicality to them as well. Well. What if you could purchase something that would not only help you start feeling great again, but could also cross a bunch of gifts off your shopping list? ...

Calming Magnesium Body Butter DIY

I did a little research on magnesium recently You may have read my DIY post for magnesium spray. It was surprising to learn that many of us are deficient in magnesium. Dr. Amy Myers says, “ Magnesium, which is important not only for immune function but also heart health, is a mineral most people are chronically low in due to high levels of stress and high-sugar diets (sugar depletes magnesium levels). Magnesium deficiency has been shown to cause an increased production of proinflammatory cytokines, which raise your overall level of inflammation, contributing to autoimmunity. " ...

4 Simple Steps to Feeling Great Again - Lifestyle changes that STICK

I talk to a lot of people. Which is kind of humorous to me since I’m basically an introvert. But get me going on something I’m passionate about?? Well, that changes everything. Lately I have been asked a lot of questions about where to start when it comes to incorporating more natural components into a wellness plan. We’ve all seen the mass rush toward health and fitness on January 1st, only to see most everyone back to their “normal” before the end of February, right? I think often it comes with trying to do too many things at once, and then we are overwhelmed,...

Simple DIY Magnesium Spray for Sore Muscles

According to the National Institute for Health , " Magnesium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA." Yet a great number of us have a magnesium deficiency. They go on to say, "Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakn...

Pansomnia..... Tips to end the no sleep cycle

Painsomnia Spoonies everywhere know exactly what I’m talking about, right? Too miserable, too uncomfortable to fall asleep. Or stay asleep. I’ve spent many a night up binge watching tv shows (it’s when I became obsessed with Downton Abbey…) And then I...

Tips to Breaking the Stress Cycle

Stress. We all feel it. Usually too much of it. And it causes us all kinds of health issues. It’s even possible that this constant “flight or fight” state we keep ourselves in could be the trigger for some of our autoimmune issues. I wonder about that with my RA. Back in 2010, I was under a ton of stress. There were some things going on in my life that had broken my heart and my spirit. Then I broke something else — my wrist. If that wasn’t bad enough, it didn’t heal properly and the docs I was dealing with were giving me the brush off. Talk about constant stress. That’s when my toes started...

Let's learn about Blue Tansy. Is it really blue?

I've been really enjoying learning about the new oils that doTERRA recently released. I just sat down today to dig into uses for Blue Tansy. I knew it was an important component of Deep Blue Rub (SO many people's favorite), but I haven't used it yet for anything else, Guess I've been too obsessed with Copaiba ! Blue Tansy actually comes from a YELLOW flower in the Chamomile famil...

Have we found a Silver Bullet for Spoonies?

One of the new doTERRA oils I’m the most excited about is Copaiba. It is versatile like Frankincense, and seems just as powerful. I’m including it in my daily oil routine to help me have a solid foundation to build on, Copaiba essential oil, with its sweet, woodsy aroma, is a product of steam distilling the gum resin tapped from the Brazilian Copaifera reticulata tree. What makes it super special is the impact in can have on...

Roll on this amazing oil & watch your stress melt away

Once again, my trip to Salt Lake City for the doTERRA convention was tiring but oh-so-worth it. I’ve learned to listen to my body and rest when I need to - and even how to say no to some fun events in order to be able to enjoy the real meat of the convention: learning much about the science behind the oils, supplements, and products. It was a great new product year for us spoonie folks ! So many of the oils have huge benefits for our overall health and wellness. I’l...

Instant Pot Carnitas

No time or energy to cook? InstantPot to the rescue I love using my InstantPot. It's a great way to get a healthy dinner on the table in a short period of time. Yesterday I was super busy and super tired, so an easy dinner was definitely on the agenda. It's so tempting to resort to junk food or unhealthy take out on days like this, but it just makes our autoimmune issues worse. So the Instant Pot is a godsend. I also love when I can incorporate oils into my recipes. The flavor is amazing, and since they stay good for AGES, you can always have them on hand ready to go. I love to cook with fresh seasonings, but that isn't always very practical And this dinner i...

Learn My Secret Weapon to Avoid the Crud & STAY Healthy This Season

Are you tired of having an immune system that doesn't know what the heck it's doing? Yeah, me too. Find out my secret weapon to helping my immune system work more like it's supposed to. If you find this fascinating and are ready to check out these crazy oils, head over HERE to order your FREE Make a Roller Sample Set!

Diatomaceous Earth and Digestive Health

We’ve looked a couple of external diatomaceous earth uses, now lets look at what internal use can do. Internal use of (food grade) diatomaceous earth (DE) can result in: i mproved digestion (so important for chronic illness) liver and kidney support detoxification immune fun...

Replace your antiperspirant with this DEodorant DIY

We're back with more Diatomaceous Earth uses! This time, we are replacing our antiperspirant with a simple DIY that is much better for you, For this easy recipe, you'll use 3TB Coconut oil 2TB Avocado Oil 1/4 cup Diatomaceous Earth 5 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil ( learn more about oils ) 4 drops Cedarwood Essential OIl (You can add a 2-3 tablespoons arrowroot powder if you want to thicken it up a bit more) Combine and store in an airtight jar. I bought my Diatomaceous Earth HERE If you give this a try, I'd love to hear your feedback. Remember, it's not antiperspirant - and it...

What is Diatomaceous Earth? How can it help me?

What in the world is Diatomaceous Earth? Diatomaceous Earth.....DE for short. I have a terrible hard time pronouncing it for some reason. it does sound a bit science-y and strange, but it turns out it’s actually a natural product made up of fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. It’s a white powder - which surprised me. I guess I was expecting something more earth-like! It helps us deal with bugs and pests because it kills anything with exoskeleton - however we can eat it even without ill effects. In fact you have likely eaten it many times. It's in lots of grain ba...

Ditch Brain Fog TODAY

Brain Fog is a common issue for anyone with a chronic illness. Thankfully I've got a few tricks up my sleeve and can clear out the fog when it settles in. Having ways to cope with chronic illness symptoms is a HUGE help to staying active and living your very best life. So there you have it, my favorite brain f...

Simple detox tip you can start TODAY

Detoxing is a hot topic right now. It doesn't have to be complicated though, in fact, starting with something simple can help show you the benefits of detoxing and help prep you to take the next step. Sometimes when we start with crazy complicated changes to our lifestyle, it's difficult to stick with them. This is not complicated, in fact it's about as easy as it gets. Watch to find out more. Simple right? Definitely something that you can get started with today. If you'd like to talk about including citrus oils in your routine, we should chat ! And if you have felt the benefits of a detox, please share your experiences in the comments!