Goodbye Winter Blues


Like most moms out there, I love Spring and Summer. I love getting outside with my kids, going to the park, seeing other human beings, absorbing my Vitamin D naturally, and getting exercise! Though we have many options now for movement in the winter, I am still sensitive to changes in the daylight, not getting as much fresh air, and also a lot of “noise” AKA children jumping around inside the house! :)

These are some of the essential oils I absolutely love in the winter time to support a healthy and calm nervous system as well as to lift moods when the inside days seem long.

I used to DREAD winter. Literally. Thanks to these oils, I can move and groove just as fast in the winter as I do in the summer….and I rarely even drink coffee anymore.

::Aroma Life™ combines the harmonizing effects of ylang ylang with known powerhouses cypress, helichrysum, and marjoram. Pulsing with life, this vibrant blend energizes your life force. It is best applied over heart energy – front and/or back.
::Abundance™ is created to enhance the frequency of the harmonic magnetic energy field that surrounds us. This higher frequency creates what is called “the law of attraction,” which refers to the things we attract to ourselves. Abundance opens us to a wealth of possibilities.

::Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons, giving its aroma all the brightness of the freshly picked fruit. Cheerful, sweet, and nostalgic, Lemon oil can eliminate odors and infuse your whole home with its clean, lemon-drop scent when diffused.

With its bright and joyful aroma, Lemon oil benefits skin and hair as much as its aroma benefits your environment. Your teens can add a drop to their evening moisturizer to reduce the appearance of blemishes, while you can add it to your conditioner for an aromatic treat that smoothes and shines the look of your hair. Because some citrus oils like Lemon can cause photosensitivity, avoid applying to exposed skin before spending time outside.

This oil is a key ingredient in many hair and skin care products, Thieves® cleaning products, and essential oil blends such as Thieves®, Citrus Fresh™, Clarity™, Joy™ and Harmony™.

::Joy™ is a delightful blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oils that harmonize for a sweet, joyful aroma. When diffused, Joy creates a warm, comforting environment and inspires a romantic aromatic atmosphere. Wear Joy as a cologne or perfume to exude an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness.

::Peppermint: Fresh, nostalgic, and instantly recognizable, Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, making it a favorite for sports massage and an important part of Young Living’s Raindrop Technique®.

When your day is dragging—through a workout, class, or day at work—enjoy some Peppermint oil benefits by applying it to your head and neck. The refreshing aroma will give you a boost of positivity! Peppermint is also a great option for diffusing on its own or with compatible scents such as Lavender, Rosemary, Spearmint, or Sage!

Peppermint is a key ingredient in PanAway®, AromaEase®, Aroma Siez™, Relieve It™, and Deep Relief™ Roll-On essential oil blends.

::Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. As one of our most popular products, Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home.Lavender essential oil isn’t just a favorite because of its classic scent—it’s also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life.You can find Young Living Lavender oil in blends such as Stress Away™, Harmony™, RutaVaLa™, Tranquil™, and Forgiveness™.

::Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying, Thieves is one of Young Living’s most popular products.

With the benefits of Thieves oil including cleaning power and an irresistibly spicy scent, Young Living offers it as an essential oil blend and as an important ingredient in a full range of home cleaning and personal care products, from dish soap to toothpaste. Looking to make your home smell as clean as it looks? Diffuse Thieves oil throughout the house for an aroma that makes every room smell more like fall baking than harsh cleaning formulas.


Some of these oils now come in 5ml bottles as well as 15ml bottles in the new YL Vitality line. It’s a great option if you want to start slow and work your way into using essential oils!

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40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood!


Good Morning!

I woke up at 4:30 am to the sound of my phone ringing. School’s cancelled; SNOW DAY! So, what I am doing? I’m blogging this morning to a bunch of moms who understand me right now. “Give me joy today, God!” Because Wednesday’s are my personal days when I-get-things-done.  I try to make the most of my time with the kids as present as possible in between the demands of three of them and the tornado the house becomes when we are all awake; I try to not really get much done unless it’s nap time.  But Wednesday is my extra gift from God; I can do whatever I want.  It is my FREE DAY! So when snow is going to come, and the Southerners run to the store for milk and bread, and school gets cancelled, I’m still determined to have joy and to get things done.  So here I am.  It’s 4:55am, and I’m writing to you!

I’m sure some of you have questions about what our time is going to look like, and so I wanted to write this to give you a glimpse into our 40 Days together.  I like a plan but also love room for spontaneity; it suits my creative side.  My purpose and timing for the group was really intentional.  Did you know that January 22 is supposed to be the most “depressing” day of the year? It has the longest darkness and the littlest light.  And with that, most moms right now are craving outside activity, some sort of sunshine, and most of us want to cry every time we have to bundle up all our kids with hats, gloves, and winter coats only to force them to take those winter coats off when they get in their car seat.  Am I right? Or am I the only one crying inside when I think about it?

So, my purpose for this group was to create some community, some fun, and a lot of reasons to laugh and love–especially in the winter.  I also wanted new (and old) friends to pray for and who would pray for me throughout my days because motherhood can feel isolating, and when we feel isolated, we tend to get too much into our heads and pick ourselves apart.  WHICH LEADS ME TO MY NEXT POINT, spending time alone with our seemingly or real failures along with children who often innocently highlight our wrongness often sets us up for a really good perfectionism addiction.  And after years of trying to be perfect and it not working, I’ve decided vulnerability is better than perfectionism, grace is better than abrasive truth, and friends who bring acceptance can change lives. I’ve also decided that I want to embrace my motherhood with laughter and bravery; that means I try new things a lot, I mess up a lot, and then I laugh a lot. It’s way more fun that being a control freak. You can trust me on that, I’ve tried both.

So structurally, we will each spend 10 minutes a day on our own reading the daily devotional! This is easy peasy, make it your own time for what suits you best. I like mornings because I need focus.

Every 5 days is a new topic of sorts. So, every 5 days, I want us to connect intentionally through our private Facebook group.  I will lead with some discussion questions, funny youtube videos, and probably tell you some of my embarassing stories for the week. I want you to join in with your thoughts, and funny videos, and embarassing stories for the week. I also want you to post pictures! C’mon….. Instagram was designed for something more than pretty faces; I want to see chaos! Real life! Cheerios crunched all into the carpet. Give me something to laugh about!

And for those of you who are local, we will meet three nights over the 40 days to go do something fun. Like TP someone’s house, or go roller skating.

In the middle, I want us to embrace our present realities with grace, to be real with ourselves when days are tough, to showcase joy in the midst of long and hard days….and to do it together!

That is my “plan”. But there will be a lot of spontaneity as that plan develops, so let’s read together, cry together, and play together!

See you Friday!



P.S. For those of you who still need a book and are local, let me know! I have a few copies on hand, and it will save you shipping.  For those of you who still need to order, you can buy off Amazon HERE. (You can also purchase there if you’d just like to do the book on your own and not with our group!) And for those of you who won’t get a book in time, I’ll figure out a way to get you the daily reading until yours arrives!

P.P.S. To be added to our Private group on Facebook, request an Invite HERE!

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Humphrey Family Photos


Our amazing friend and photographer captured some wonderful pictures of our family this summer.


Though my intent was to send these out through Christmas cards, sometimes it just doesn’t happen in between dirty diapers, getting food on the table, and kissing boo boos!


I still wanted to share the blog Making the Moment so graciously marketed with us!


Happy New Year to all of our friends!

To view Making the Moment’s blog with more of our family photos, click HERE.

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Immune Supporting EO’s


In the winter months, we go through so many more oils than in the summer. With two kids in school, and one that accompanies me most the time when I’m running errands, we’re exposed to germs galore! Without the sunshine and with less opportunity to get exercise outside, I like the added benefit of using oils with my family on a daily basis.

My favorite immune supporting oils for the winter are:

Thieves: a blend of Clove bud oil, Lemon peel oil, Cinnamon bark oil, Eucalyptus leaf oil, and Rosemary leaf oil (We love a drop or two in our hot/warm tea, especially with a sore throat!)

Purification: a blend of Citronella oil, Rosemary leaf oil, Lemongrass oil, Tea tree oil, Lavandula oil, and Myrtle oil (Diffusing it cleanses impure air while also eliminating the use of artificial air fresheners!)

Lemon: I use a drop or two in my alkaline water from The Spring Hill Waterstore every morning! This stimulates my liver, so I can be alert for my day. It’s best to use a GLASS cup because the oil is strong and can eat through plastic. Fun fact: it takes 75 lemons to make one 15ml bottle of YL Lemon oil!

Peppermint: I can usually just skip the Peppermint tea, and I often just add 1 drop YL Peppermint to my hot water in the late afternoon.  It gives me a fresh pick-me-up before getting the kids from school, and it also supports healthy digestion.  There is 1 pound of raw peppermint in one 15 ml bottle of YL Peppermint!

RC: a blend of Cypress oil, Spruce oil, and three types of Eucalyptus oils. It is wonderful to rub onto a stuffy chest or the bottoms of feet at bedtime. It is one of my favorite oils, and we lovingly call it “Vicks on steroids”.

Frankincense: I love 1-2 drops in my skincare regimen, not only for beauty but for elevated spiritual connectedness, as it cultivates an environment of worship and prayer. And that’s the best immune support there is!

Here’s to hoping you are having a healthy and happy New Year! I’m thankful that we use oils daily; our time under the weather is very limited.  And when we do get surprised, we turn around quickly because of the oils listed above!

For more info on any of these oils, you can email me or go HERE.

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Using Essential Oils for Emotional Release Pt. 3


The last two blogs have given some background and practical steps for using essential oils to support emotional release.  To finish up this mini-series, I want to connect the dots to how these emotional processes heal our physical bodies.

So much of our thinking unconsciously and also consciously affects our physical health.  If we are in a state of joy, peace, and happiness, our physical body will start to match our mental reality. A positive emotion has a high Hz, so it brings the body up to match that Hz.  This brings healing.  The essential oil we used to promote our emotional release carries a high Hz (as well as the structural parts of the plant that are supportive to our body) . So, we are already in a win/win situation. If we chose not to emotionally process but instead chose to binge eat on fast food, sugar, or the like, our physical body suffers as a result.  This is not only because we ate badly, or kept bad company, or stayed in a toxic environment but it’s also because we didn’t release the low level frequency causing the root issue.  If we are harboring unreconciled grief, or anger, or sadness, it affects our physical health until it’s let out.  And until it’s let out, we will continue to feel badly and attract more sickness until we go through our emotions instead of around them.

It’s important to take one step at a time.  We don’t want to go digging into emotional baggage that isn’t ready to be released, but we do want to be self-aware so that we can let go of each layer at a time.  With each layer of emotions that get released, we walk more toward physical healing and wholeness. And over a period of time, as we start to make better choices in the foods we eat, the company we keep, and the environments we visit, our physical health shifts.  And it often starts with the emotions.

Without going into deep detail, each body organ has a vibrational range at which it is supposed to resonate. When that organ is vibrating within that range, it works properly.  If our limbic system is affected by a memory or event in which a low-frequency emotion was released, that frequency will store itself in the organ that most closely resonates with that Hz.  In this way, anger often moves towards the liver, grief moves toward the lungs, fear moves toward the kidneys, etc.

As we start to assess our emotional patterns and start to understand which organs in the body resonate at those Hz levels, we can start healing our own bodies. We can start choosing the EO’s that support those organs and using them regularly.  I use EO’s daily that support my body in areas of weakness as well as other EO’s that bring my Hz level up to higher position of spiritual health, and also those that are just a daily support to my immune system.

There are so many ways we can enhance our mind and body for the better.  I love combining healthy food (mentally and physically) with regular exercise/creativity and therapeutic essential oils. I have seen miracles within my mind and body at an extremely accelerated rate as I made the choice to combine the three pathways above.

If you want to learn more about how to use essential oils daily or use them regularly to support emotional release, I try to teach classes locally about once a month.  If you are out of town and want to learn more, I take requests for travel and teaching if we are connected in relationship in some way!


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Using Essential Oils to Support Emotional Release Pt. 2


In my last blog, I gave an overview of the basics in using Young Living EO’s for Emotional Release Support.  If you missed it, you’ll want to read HERE to catch up before continuing on!

One of my favorite uses for Young Living EO blends is to clear trapped emotions and to help re-wire unhealthy emotional patterns. It’s been so rewarding to watch myself transform as well as help others step into a clearer version of themselves.

Simply enough, my first step in helping someone with emotional release is typically just to ask someone how they are.  Whatever emotion has been dangling (or raging) at the surface of everyday life is the emotion that is ready to be released.  Because emotions are vibrations (and can be measured accordingly in Hz waves), we  can absorb emotions almost anywhere. This happens from the music we listen to (thanks, Adele, for your easy example), to the people we bump into, to the happenings of the day.  The emotion that starts vibrating consistently is triggered because it’s ready to be let go.

So, when I help assess people or myself, I just look at my last week or so. How am I? What pattern has been coming up lately? How is work? Am I frustrated? Sad? Joyful? Busy? Anxious? The emotion can be broad, and it can also be pinpointed to a specific belief. Sad can just be sad, but it also can be lonely, or numb, or unwanted, or rejected, etc.  I try to find the most specific word I can to describe exactly what I feel.  After doing so, I look for the opposite.

If I’m feeling numb, then the opposite of numb would be alive. And in the middle of these two places, numb and alive, we have our sacred space for emotional release.

If I were to do a detailed assessment, there are more steps I’d take to explain this next portion.  But in order to keep this as a simple blog, I’m just going to cover the basics! If numb is our current reality and alive is where we want to go, our next step is to find the oil that stimulates the part of the brain that holds the key to that wiring.  When we spend our lives believing one way, we will keep believing that way until we flip the switch.  Sometimes we have years and years of believing a certain way, and it takes some layers to uncover the damage. What a therapeutic grade EO does is stimulate the limbic system (which holds all our memories) so that we can help release the blockages and change our way of thinking. For years, we could have been numb, but today we can make a choice to start changing that to feeling alive.  Because YL oils pass through the blood brain barrier, we can go through emotions instead of around them.

To continue the process, I take 1-2 drops of the EO blend that is formulated to open up the brain for “Alive-ness” and place it on the appropriate body part for the best release.  Each oil supports the body differently, so choosing the appropriate oil is important. At this point, I write out my new thought process at least three times. Our new thought process is where we are going (in this case, “I am Alive”).  Handwriting re-wires the limbic system.  It helps us process in so many important and legitimate ways. After handwriting, I then say my new thought process aloud three times. If you’ve ever spoken your truth, you know how good it feels.  Saying something takes a thought and turns it into a reality.

After anointing with oil, writing and speaking, I then take some deep breaths and give myself space for a few weeks.  During this few weeks, I will keep practicing my new thought process by speaking it, writing it, drawing it, dancing it, singing it, whatever I might like to do creatively while continually using the proper EO that supports me physically. During this time, it is appropriate to “feel”.  As we feel, we release the blockages in our thinking and re-open the proper portals for healthy connections.  A good example for emotional release is a dirty bucket.  If you have a bucket with dirt residue at the bottom that you want to clean out, you can add water.  As you add water, the dirt and water will mix and it will go through a season of cloudiness.  But as you keep adding the water, the dirt ends up rising to the top and overflowing out of the bucket until there is only clear water left.

There are a lot of misconceptions about feelings and managing feelings and expressing feelings. Some people are terrified of feelings. Emotions are not good or bad; they just are. Historically, God has had a lot of feelings; and He’s used them to create the beauty we see in our everyday world. Emotions evoke creativity, even the difficult ones. So during these few weeks (and anytime), feelings are sacred. The cap or boundary we do want to make is that we don’t allow our emotions to violate anyone else, and we also want to make wise choices on who to share those feelings with (if we share out loud). When in our own process, it’s good to have enough space to be able to be alone (my personal favorite) or to talk to someone who can walk with us through some of our next best steps (sometimes a friend or perhaps a trained counselor).

At the end of a few weeks, I often find in myself and in others that the old mindset has physically shifted into a new one without much continued effort. And its beautiful and wildly freeing!  At this point, I like to express gratitude (which is easy) because what we’ve just experienced is practical grace and mercy. The Bible speaks often of “renewing your mind”, and I love using Young Living EO’s as part of that process.

Slow and steady often wins the race.  Once one emotion has been traveled through another one will likely start to pop up.  And just like onions, we go through layers of emotional release.  And with each layer, we can find more and more joy and creativity and stored up art and inventions that we didn’t even know were inside of us!

Depending on your background, this may be a really difficult process or it might be a simpler one.  We are each different and carry a wide variety of history personally and in our generational line.  This “protocol” is a simple guideline for a generally emotionally healthy person.  If you are concerned about your emotional process or are on medication, I’d suggest talking with a professional counselor or doctor about how they might be able to incorporate EO’s into what you are already doing.

On the next blog, I’ll finish up the topic of Emotional Release by explaining how this process positively affects the organs in our physical body. I love watching people feel better!



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Using Essential Oils to Support Emotional Release Pt. 1


One of my favorite ways to use Young Living Essential Oils is for Emotional Release.  We live in a time when social media has heightened the emotional awareness of most everyone on the planet. Does it not seem like everyone is offended by something?

Though emotions in general are not good or bad (they just “are”), the way we use our emotions can be good or bad.  Certain emotions are considered toxic if they stay dormant in the body and are not released; some examples of these would be anger, sadness, rage, jealously, grief, envy, etc.  These emotions are like a compass that point us to the next step in finding our true selves, but we don’t want them to overstay their welcome in our lives.  And we definitely don’t want to push them onto other people.

Just like every living being carries a vibration level or a Hz (which can be measured scientifically), every emotion also carries a Hz.  This simply means it vibrates quickly or slowly, and it has a rhythm. Emotions that are considered positive like joy, peace, love, and faith all resonate at a high and clear vibration.  Ideally, we’d all like to live here, right?

But the world is as broken as it is beautiful, and so we’re constantly at a battle field for choosing how we want to live.  Most of us need some support to choose a higher path, and that’s why I love Young Living.

Because YL essential oils carry a high and clear frequency due to the precise farming practices and distillation processes (Seed to Seal), they are small enough to pass through the blood brain barrier and stimulate our limbic systems.  Our limbic system “holds” every memory or interaction we’ve ever had until we’re ready to emotionally process it.  If our young lives were healthy and our upbringing perfect, we ideally wouldn’t have much to re-wire.  But if we faced a lot of challenges or weren’t able to process emotionally as we grew, the emotional re-wiring process is much more difficult (though definitely not impossible!). This is one of the reasons mothering and fathering is so important.

I try to let my kids be as honest as they can be with their emotions as long as they don’t hurt anyone in their process. Our art time is one of our favorite parts of the day together (where I rarely ever say “no”) because this time is sacred and is used to honor what they may not be able to express otherwise.  I think the same should be similar for adults.  We usually use oils topically or fill a YL Home Diffuser while we create and while we give ourselves some time for sacred space.

In the Bible, the disciples would often anoint the sick with an oil (yes, an essential oil!) before they prayed for healing because not only does the oil have structural properties that are good for the physical body but because they also open up our limbic system for emotional re-wiring. The combination of our emotional processing and our physical body are connected in so many ways, and using an essential oil that is organic and pure supports the brain to release and let go of difficult emotional patterns, stuck energy flow within the body, and plain old sickness.

Some want to say that aromatherapy is a fluffy alternative to traditional medicine. This may be the case if the essential oils don’t carry purity (and many of them don’t), but Young Living has the highest regard for creating the simplest and most organic essential oils on the market. Because of this, aromatherapy is not only a compliment to traditional medicine but a very powerful emotional healing tool in a world that constantly wants to numb pain instead of work through it.  My education is rooted in conventional anatomy and physiology, and I’ve found fullness in combining the wisdom of tradition with the enlightenment of alternative therapies–as well as the power of quantum physics.

For Part 2, I’ll write about some practical tools on how to use YL Essential Oils to release hindering thought patterns, difficult emotions, and emotional trauma.





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Essential Oils as Perfume


Since starting to use Young Living over 5 years ago, it’s been easy to let go of perfumes, air fresheners, and other synthetic scents around our house. Inhaling a therapeutic grade essential oil aromatically is one of the fastest routes in spreading it’s properties through your brain and then entire body.  What we smell, we “digest” in many ways. Our limbic system is triggered by scents, and using a YL essential oil to open up our personal memory banks not only brings healing to the body but also to the soul.

One of my favorite daily routines is choosing my “perfume” for the day. I love mix and matching different oils to find combinations that suit my goals for the day, the week, or the season. I like knowing that the scent I inhale throughout the day is promoting health in my body (not only for me but also for those who get near me), and I also love the creativity that gives way to making my aroma original.

I’m fascinated by stories of the Ancient Egyptians who used spices and oils for makeup, healing, perfumes, and embalming. They were a creative and inspiring culture, using what they received from the Earth to decorate themselves.

My favorite of the Young Living farms is located in Oman where the soil is ripe for Frankincense, Sacred Frankincense, and other Biblical anointing oils.  These tend to be some of my first choices as daily perfume because they bring my mind into alignment with God, and so I’m able to walk in an elevated level of peace throughout my day–while also carrying that aroma with me for others!

Listed below are some of my favorite scents and blends for men or women, to be worn over the heart, on the wrists, or on the neck.

White Angelica

Cedarwood (great for men!)

Aroma Life





Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood



Inner Child

Valor (another great one for men!)

Though technically considered dietary supplements, I also love layering my perfume with citrus scents like Orange, Tangerine, or Lime. Sometimes a spicy scent is good, too, like Clove or Peppermint! My personal favorite right now is 2 drops Elemi, 2 drops Tangerine, and 1 drop Clove mixed together clockwise in my left palm (it increases it’s potency or “frequency” because of the motion) spread across my neck, chest, and wrists.

Happy Tuesday; stop and smell the Roses! (Literally.)




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Thieves Household Cleaning


My family is in love with all things Thieves!

Thieves is a proprietary Young Living blend made of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.  Along with a healthy diet and alkaline water, Thieves is one of the main supporters of my family’s immune systems in the fall and winter months!

One of my favorite tips is using one drop Thieves Essential Oil in a hot cup of tea as a daily dietary supplement.

At the hint of a respiratory concern, we also add 2 drops of Thieves Essential Oil to an empty capsule and swallow with a glass of almond or coconut milk.

For clear and clean dishes, I love adding one drop of Thieves Essential Oil to my dishwasher cycle.

And to clean my washer, I add one-two drops Thieves Essential Oil to my laundry detergent. (But, alas! Young Living now has Thieves laundry detergent.)

In addition to using the essential oil, Thieves, for supporting our physical bodies and cleaning the dishwasher and clothes washer, one of my absolute favorite Young Living products is the Thieves Household Cleaner! In an effort to get rid of chemical-based cleansers in our home, I bought the 64oz concentrated Thieves Household Cleaner almost a year ago, and I haven’t even used the entire container.  It’s easy to dilute (with water) to the needed ratio to clean nearly everything in your house! I use it for countertops and the stove top daily, appliances, the bathtub and shower, bathroom sinks, the kitchen sink, glass doors, and toilets. It is my one stop shop for household cleaning! And since it is made from all plant-based materials, my kids help me with chores! My three year old’s favorite activity is scrubbing down the bathtub with Thieves cleaner and a little bit of baking soda. It’s a win/win because she loves to clean, and she’s supporting her immune system by doing so!

If you have never used essential oils and don’t know where to start, Thieves is a great starting place. In addition to the essential oil and the Household Cleaner, Thieves also has dish soap, laundry detergent, toothpaste, hand sanitizer (can we say Kindergartener?), and many more products.

Below is link on how to use Thieves to clean your closet:



Happy plant-based, immune-boosting cleaning!

Feel free to connect with me for questions and MANY more uses of the amazing power of Thieves…


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Backyard Yoga


There’s nothing like a yoga session to bring me into a place of concentration and focus for my day.  In the summer, I love taking 20 minutes to stretch and breathe as soon as the sun comes up.  It leaves me feeling ready and full of purpose for a busy day with all three of my kiddos.

In the fall, it’s often too cold to wake early for outside yoga, so on days that my two oldest are in school, I love enjoying an afternoon session of “Backyard Yoga” as a great pick-me-up.  I think we all understand the beauty of God better in the Fall, and it’s a season in life where we truly relish in old things passing away.  Autumn always signifies abundance to me, and that’s why I love breathing and stretching under the rainbow of harvested trees and the scent of essential oils on my skin.

I enjoy inhaling and topically applying aromas on my skin that fit my goal for the day.  Though every day is different, some of my staples include Young Living’s Peppermint, Lavender, Stress Away, Aroma Life, and Magnify Your Purpose Essential Oils.

Before starting a session, I love applying 1 drop Aroma Life and 1 drop Magnify Your Purpose into the palm of my left hand.  After mixing in a circular clockwise motion with my right index finger, I take a deep inhale from my palms and then rub the oils over my heart.

Aroma Life and Magnify Your Purpose are both blends of several essential oils. Each of them contain ylang ylang and other balancing aromas that encourage a healthy heart and help stimulate creativity, desire, focus, and motivation.

This is also a great time to voice an affirmation or a Bible verse that you want to move into as you stretch and breathe.  It gives your movement focus, and focus gives birth to purpose, vision, and productivity.

After this, I usually apply 2 drops of Lavender into the palm of my left hand and mix in a circular clockwise motion with my index finger.  After inhaling from my palms, I love rubbing Lavender across the back of my neck and the tops of my shoulders.

Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils and has a calming effect as well as bringing refreshment to the body.

After finishing my session, I always enjoy a cup of warm “tea” which is 1 drop Peppermint and 1 drop Stress Away in a cup of hot, alkaline water from our nearby Spring Hill Water Store. Not only are essential oils a great way to enhance the quality of your daily life but nurturing your body with an alkaline environment is a key to health success!  You can learn more about the benefits of alkaline water and how it’s used to support your body’s physiology HERE.

In winter and spring months, I often have to bring my yoga mat inside.  But there are essential oils just as pleasing for those months, with a fireplace and home diffuser to add to the scene.  There’s nothing like Frankincense and snow falling to encourage the gift-giving season of Christmas.  More on that soon!




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