I remember the days of wearing braces and how I always dreaded the checkups when they would have to be tightened. I was on a liquid diet for days and had a grumpy attitude from the aching I felt. Now my son, Nicholas, gets to experience the joys of those visits! He doesn't hesitate to let me know each time how unhappy he is that he inherited my teeth and not David's! But he has something that I didn't have that makes the whole ordeal less dreadful overall.... doTERRA essential oils!
I have to share how I discovered fennel oil "tea"! Today I polished off the last bowl of one of our family's favorite soups, White Bean & Kale Soup (I add lemon oil - you need to try it!). I ate most of the entire pot of soup within a couple of days since David left for Jackson and I didn't give him much to take with him.... oops! Well, as you might imagine after the large amount of beans consumed in a short timeframe, I started noticing some digestive disruption. Beans don't normally affect me, but this was some serious discomfort!
The “fight or flight” syndrome – you’ve heard of it, right? Accompanied with the image of the saber-toothed tiger dashing after a hunter, getting ready to attack. You often get into this situation, don’t you? In modern times, we’re not literally in that frantic position, but our bodies are often reacting as if we were fighting for our lives. Our adrenal glands, located on top of each kidney, are forced to work overtime in an effort to deal with stress from all sources: injury, disease, work, family, finances, environment, etc.
It’s hard to imagine these small endocrine glands, essentially the size of a walnut, responsible for the manufacture and secretion of vital hormones such as cortisol, estrogen and testosterone. The cortisol production is crucial for the body to combat stress. Whereas thousands of years ago the stress was a finite amount of time – you either outran the predator and survived or you were eaten – nowadays, stress seems to be a state of being for so many people.
There are basic laws of health that if incorporated into everyday lifestyle choices will support your body's immune system response to support your body to stay healthy even during times when there are so many threats of illness going around.
But even the most health-conscious individuals aren't totally immune to seasonal threats when they get a little lazy in their daily routine of eating right, exercising, resting & managing stress and reducing toxic load. This was the reminder that came to David recently in the form of the "seasonal crud". You know.... that tickle in your throat... the desire to just lay in bed.... and the cough that disrupts the tranquility of the night and soon takes over almost every waking moment, too! The statement when he said, "I'm not really feeling that great" took us both by surprise, because it was something he hadn't said in about 5 years!
Caster oil packs have been used for many centuries originating in India. Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plants that grow wild in wastelands across tropical regions. Many of castor oil’s benefits come down to its chemical composition. It’s classified as a type of triglyceride fatty acid, and almost 90 percent of its fatty acid content is a specific and rare compound called ricinoleic acid.
Castor Oil Packs are most notably used as a gentle way to detox the body by placing a castor oil saturated piece of flannel placed over the abdomen with heat for about an hour.
I avoided the usual “food coma” and digestive discomfort again this year despite eating (over-eating actually) all of the traditional Thanksgiving Day favorites. I’m usually very picky about what I eat, and I rarely eat meat or “comfort foods” such as dressing, creamed corn, potato salad, candied sweet potatoes, etc….., because I know those foods are not the best for my body and don’t agree with me because I don’t easily digest them. But on Thanksgiving Day, I set aside my “cleaner” eating habits and indulge in all of my favorites, because I have two secret weapons - doTERRA’s DigestZen TerraZyme Digestive Enzyme Complex and doTERRA’s DigestZen Softgels.
On Monday, September 19, 2016 David and I could have died. Awareness of that has changed my perspective on so many things…. on everything actually! But the truth is, everyday could be our last, we just don’t have that conscience awareness on a daily basis like David and I did this past Monday. And not having that “in your face” reminder means we (people in general) often don’t live life to the fullest or a purpose-driven life on a daily basis, because we expect there to always be tomorrow.
On Monday morning we woke up in Salt Lake City, UT having just attended our 5th dōTERRA convention - the best one yet! After 8 very exciting and packed days, I was excited to get home and get busy sharing everything I had just learned with everyone I know because I am on a mission to change lives! From the amazing new essential oils to the oil infused products, to the research I heard, and the knowledge that we have amazing tools to support people on their journey to be well and live life to the fullest, I was really excited! But even more than that, I had a much deeper understanding that David and I are a part of a bigger mission that is changing people’s lives throughout the world by helping people have safe, natural solutions; improving the lives of the communities where dōTERRA sources their oils through Co-Impact Sourcing; literally saving children’s lives because of dōTERRA’s commitment to and partnering with Operation Underground Railroad to eliminate sex trafficking of children (please check it out!!!!), and so many more ways dōTERRA cares. We are a part of a mission to educate and serve people around the world, one person at a time, exponentially, thereby positively impacting families in multiple ways for generations to come. dōTERRA as a whole has impacted over 3 million people as customers, and they have impacted many more people through their Healing Hands Foundation and other organizations they support. At convention we gained a new awareness of just how much our decision to be a part of this company has helped us impact the world as well as the 8,000+ people who are a member of our dōTERRA family on our team who have found a way to live a natural, nontoxic life thus supporting their health and wellbeing. My heart was so full that day that I was smiling to my toes! So, I wasn't fully prepared for what was to come....
You may already know that you can use essential oils to support your body in releasing toxins when you want to cleanse, but have you considered that using essential oils can have a detox affect even when that's not your intended reason for using them? Understanding this goes a long way to help you understand why your body may respond to essential oils, especially if you are new to using them, in a less than desirable way.
David & Holly post tips on using dōTERRA essential oils, supplements and products daily for a natural and non-toxic alternative to support overall health and wellness.