aromatherapy, mental health, parenting, wellness

The Good, the Bad, and the Brave

I have not blogged in a long, long time. I understand this to be a no-no in the world of blogging; but life does not follow such constructs.

The Brave: One of my daughters has been undergoing treatment for severe mental health issues. Hers is not my story to tell. I will say, as the mom, this has been an exhausting and scary experience. I often got asked if I was “taking care of myself”. The honest answer was no, which brings us to…

The Bad: While I knew I would be in a better position to support my daughter and family if I was at my strongest; frankly, it was all I could do to keep up with managing her treatment and staying afloat… Fortunately I seem to be exiting that basic survival stage and moving back to…

The Good: My several month hiatus was not completely devoid of self-care. My beautiful mama gifted me a Raindrop Technique massage for my birthday. In November, I finally got over to The Tree of Life in Plymouth and blissed out to this wonderful experience.

If you are unfamiliar with Raindrop Technique, it is a gentle massage using a layering process of nine different Young Living therapeutic essential oils. The application begins on the reflex points of the feet, and then is applied to the spine. It is designed to bring balance to the body’s energy centers using a combination of reflexology, aromatherapy, and massage techniques. If you ever have the opportunity, I highly recommend it.

At the end of my session I received an iTOVi scan. A small, handheld scanner, the iTOVi uses galvanic skin response to measure changes in the electrical conductivity of the skin. It generates a signal that represents the vitamin, supplement, or essential oil you are scanning for. Then your body responds by changes in resistance measurement of the skin. The iTOVi ranks the products by how much change occurs and a report is generated to show you which products bring your galvanic skin response to its most optimal. I find it to be a magical device that my mom and I then went on to co-purchase. I’ve used it on friends, family, babies, even animals!

Happy (belated) New Year


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aromatherapy, wellness

NingXia, Lavender, and Cypress Oh My!

June 2018 Essential Rewards Order

Two months ago I renewed my passion for essential oils. I love aromas. Herbaceous. Floral. Spicy. Citrus. I love them all. Give me essential oils and I’m like a kid in a candy shop–eyes wide, big smile!

Not only do they smell great, they have amazing therapeutic properties. I have so enjoyed learning more about what they can do. It’s empowering to be able to look up something I need support with and to find the oils that will help. Not only that, they’re so individualized, I can look up ways they can support my girls’ health, and even our dog, cat, and horse!

Pictured above is our June Young Living order. Most exciting is the NingXia Red. This stuff is amazing! As someone who used to hide the daily vitamins and supplements her well-meaning mom used to dole out. (Sorry, Mom!) It is amazing to find a supplement so rich in vitamins and minerals that tastes great.

You can see I purchased some bottle labels to help identify our growing oil collection. Veggie capsules are for taking oils internally. (See how grown up I am now?) The Carrotseed, Copaiba, Field, Fitness, and Jade Lemon on the left were my purchases. On the right the Citronella, Cypress, Lavender, Lemongrass, M-Grain, and Orange we received for FREE with our order!

I’m really trying to get more green at our house too. Recent changes: wool dryer balls (that I can put lovely smelling oils on!), stainless steel straws, and reusable sandwich bags. I am open to suggestion of other ways our family can be more earth-friendly. Please share your ideas in the comments!

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