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. And I know some of you are rolling your eyes thinking it’s a bunch of hooey, but listen…..I was a skeptic too, and I can’t tell y...

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...

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’ve spent many a day in the fog and fatigue mode from not getting enough rest. That exhaustion makes it difficult to function, so getting some exercise, preparing the foods that will benefit our bodies, just taking care of life in gen...

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 st...

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 family, harvested in Morocco. It gains its blue color during distillation. According to the doTERRA blog , "A sesquiterpene compound called matricin, which is found naturally in the aerial parts of chamomile plants, goes through a reaction when it is in the presence of water vapor at high temperatures....

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 our Endocannabinoid System. It’s aroma reminds me of sandalwood, rich, deep, and calming. Endocannabinoid What? Yeah,...

How can essential oils help with fatigue?

I’ve often talk about how essentials oils can help with energy. And there’s a good reason for that. It’s something that is a constant battle for me. No matter what chronic illness you deal with, you understand what I’m talking about. My days have been super full lately, so when I sit down to work in the evening my brain is ready to shut down. There are definitely some nights when nothing helps, when it’s just been one of those overflowing days (like when the grands are here) However-- I do have a few tricks up my sleeves. Essential oils are amazing for boosting energy. Something that I...

Get Rid of the Mood Monsters

Essential oils are powerful helps for managing moods Whenever my grandson Ben comes to visit, he loves to do DIY videos with me. We call it Make It Monday. It doesn't matter if it's Wednesday or Thursday or Saturday -- he always asks to do a Make It Monday video. This time we decided to make No More Monster Spray. Which is actually perfect if you have little rugrats who need a bit of calming in the crazy department. AND it's perfect for you too. I have found since dealing with my autoimmune issues, I've really struggled with focus...

Why every home needs a bottle of Eucalyptus this summer

Welp. Summer is here. It’s been in the 90s, pool is open and a/c is rocking. We spend a fair amount of time outside, but I HATE getting over-heated. When I learned about liquid a/c, it was a very very happy day. The first oil I used to make this (extremely) popular spray was Peppermint (my volleyball girls love it). Pepp has a ton of menthol and known for relaxing and easing occasional headaches, as well as soothing muscles. It will also “pepp” you if you&rs...

Simple Mother's Day DIY

Mother's Day and pampering DIY projects go hand in hand I'm keeping the grands for a few days. They'll be here over Mother's Day, so I figured it was the perfect time for a simple Mother's Day DIY as a nice gift for mom when she comes back to get them. Dad's deployed, so Mom deserves extra pampering for sure. Since we're talking pampering here, the DIY had to fit the bill but also be super simple so two active little ...

Weekend Yard Work - muscle and joint recovery with essential oils

Some of you have been following along with our many home repairs and renovations lately. I’m still trying to finish things up inside, but I have to parcel out my spoons carefully so I still have a BUTT-ton of trim to prime and paint. In the meantime, we had our driveway repoured and in the process, all the old shrubs needed to come out. They weren’t what would be my choice anyway – holly bushes are beautiful, but their pokey leaves aren’t very inviting lining the front walkway….. My neighbor, HB, is super smart and resourceful and has way more of a green thumb than I do. She always hits the clearance area of the garden department at Lowes when she’s looking for plants. She’s shown me I actually can nurse plants back to health...

Past Tense - an unsung oil hero

Toss the tension, embrace new goals with Past Tense Here we are at the start of 2017, and a huge majority of us are thinking of all the things we want to do better in 2017 (goals, resolutions, intentions, whatever) . I'm looking to get back on track with my diet. I really fell off the paleo wagon over the holidays and need to get my butt back on it A.S.A.P. My joints are telling me that no food is worth feeling this crappy and I'm dealing with more muscle tension than I'd like (time to pull out the Past Tense...read on). And not that it's EASY but at least it is, in a sense...

Popular Essential Oils have SUPER POWERS

What are three of the most popular essential oils? Do they really have super powers? Okay. So I exaggerated. But only a little bit. These three popular essential oils have HUNDREDS of uses. Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint really are some of the most beloved oils. You'll want to make sure you keep them on hand after you get a glimpse into their uses. I have found these oils so beneficial in supporting my health as I've gotten my RA under control. So, how many Lemons are in one bot...

Emotional Aromatherapy for Oil Newbies

Emotional Aromatherapy made simple If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you've been learning about doTERRA's Emotional Aromatherapy System. It is revolutionary for sure. The approach is simple, yet covers such a range of emotions that you'll find a crazy amount of situations were you will benefit from at least one of the six blends. By creating these remarkable blends, doTERRA makes emotional aromatherapy easy AND accessible for just about anyone dealing with common negative emotions. Diffusing these oils, or using them topically w...

Top 3 RA Flare Secrets

You can beat an RA Flare at its own game. For those of you with chronic illnesses, you know that a change in routine can send your body for a loop. Stress does a number on joints, on sleep, and attitude (well, the first two definitely have influence over the last). And that can result in an RA flare. Lately we had a HUGE change to our life. After many many years of homeschooling, our youngest is enrolled in high school part time. And I'm assisting with the v...

Powerful Benefits of Peppermint Oil

What are the benefits of peppermint oil as part of a morning hand massage? If you struggle with morning stiffness like I do - it's really the main trouble-maker for me right now, then you'll want to take a close look at the benefits of peppermint oil and incorporating it into your daily routine. In my previous blog post , guest blogger Alexis recommended heat therapy for soothing sore joints. Adding peppermint to this option makes it a hundred times more e...

Ideas for hurting hands

Hurting hands? Stiffness? I totally understand - check out these ideas: When your hands hurt, it's so frustrating and limiting. I broke my right wrist in 2010 (it was the incident that kicked off my auto-immune issues). And, yes, I am right handed. There were issues with how it was set, and how it healed, that ended up leaving me in a lot of pain and with limited mobility for the better part of a year. I ultimately needed surgery to fix the situation, but if I had known then what I know now, I may have been able to deal with my hurting hands much better. Eve...