Meet Linda Grupa

 
Life is a tapestry. Woven into it are faces and places, beliefs and experiences that form the design.  I believe the designer and maker is Jesus Christ.  I trust Him to turn the broken and misaligned threads into a perfect work that functions for His purpose.

By nature, I prefer to be the background with space and time to be creative. I love working with fabric, such as upholstery tapestry, and furniture restoration. My home is (over) filled with my furniture creations which means many pieces are sold or go to the homes of others.

As a nurse I’ve practiced my nursing and leadership skills in a variety of settings: Long term care, Home Care, Public Health, Hospital care, including most recently, a decade of Infection Prevention and Control. Promoting health is a passion.

Often however, healthcare is more about ill care, rather than promoting a healthy lifestyle as I too experienced. My own health took a nose-dive. A purse full of pills of all sorts could not alleviate the physical and emotional dis-ease I experienced. For years, the discomfort persisted despite the advice of many doctors, counselors, special diets and various alternative health practices.

At the right time, God directed me to a spiritually grounded psychiatrist with a background in general medicine. Her holistic approach opened the door to better control of my total health. My recovery however, hit a plateau and I couldn’t quite attain the health freedom I sought. Then one day a friend introduced me to essential oils. A bit cautious, I tested the water, so to speak, and tried Frankincense. And then another oil and another oil …..because they made me feel better than I had in decades!!! One by one, the symptoms that crippled me resolved.

What are these essential oils? Extracted from plants essential oils work naturally without toxins or frustrating, harmful side effects. Essential oils are God’s goodness. He designed us for health and surrounded us with a garden of plants. From ancient times…long before ‘modern medicine’… essential oils and herbs were valued for their healing properties. New technologies allow companies extract essential oils from plants in quantities and at prices affordable to many more people. No longer is the knowledge of healing plants the secrets of a few practitioners, but is now available to all of us.

In this blog you’ll read about my passions including the wonder I find each day using essential oils. Social media creates a thread that brings our lives together in an emerging tapestry.  I hope you will join me in experiencing the power of essential oils. God bless.

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I-Love- My-Oils Newsletter FUN IN THE SUN

Hello, and happy June! Summer’s here and that means everything about life is bigger. Bigger plans. Bigger get togethers. And for Young Living, it means bigger promos. But that’s not all of the exciting news, because last month had some pretty exciting things come back in stock as well and I think you’ll want to know about them! First things first though, let’s take a peek at this month’s AMAZING promos:


100 PV:

 Orange Vitality 5-ml*

190 PV:
 Citronella 15-ml
 Cypress 15-ml*
 Orange Vitality 5-ml*

250 PV:
 Lemongrass 15-ml
 Lavender 15-ml
 Citronella 15-ml
 Cypress 15-ml*
 Orange Vitality 5-ml*

300 PV: 
 M-Grain 15-ml
 Lemongrass 15-ml
 Lavender 15-ml
 Citronella 15-ml
 Cypress 15-ml*
 Orange Vitality 5-ml*

400 PV: 
 Roman Chamomile 5-ml
 M-Grain 15-ml
 Lemongrass 15-ml
 Lavender 15-ml
 Citronella 15-ml
 Cypress 15-ml*
 Orange Vitality 5-ml*

*Remember, in order to get the Essential Rewards Exclusive Orange Vitality 5-ml and the Essential Rewards Exclusive Cypress 15-ml, you have to be enrolled in Essential Rewards (ER) and have an order that meets the PV requirements for those items. The extra bonus of meeting these PV amounts with your ER order is that you get even more ER points to spend later!


What's sooo special in June?

Yeah, you read that right, this month they have a special 400 PV tier, but that’s not the reason it’s so special. The reason it’s so exciting is because Roman Chamomile is the freebie with the 400 PV promo! Roman Chamomile has been out of stock for quite some time, but it is SO good. It’s good for skin care, it’s GREAT for sleep, it’s good for calming moods. It is a wonder oil and it is something that all of us need in our lives. 

Plus, look at all those other great oils! From Lavender, which is great for just about everything during Summer to Cypress and Lemongrass to relax, and M-Grain to help ease the tension that comes from long days and higher stress levels. Also, Citronella for those outdoor sprays, and Orange Vitality for some fresh Summer cooking! All that to go along with the amazingness that is Roman Chamomile? Young Living spoils us.
 
Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood 

The promos aren’t the only exciting thing. Last month, much to our surprise, Young Living brought Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood back! This is such an incredible oil for healthy looking skin and for centering yourself. You can combine it with Lime, Tangerine, and Lemon Myrtle for a delightful aroma that will help put everyone in a great mood. Here’s the info on Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood if you want to add it to your next order!

  Item #: 4746
 Wholesale Price: $97.50 USD
 Retail Price: $128.29 USD
 PV: 97.50

You know what else? 
Young Living’s Insect Repellent recently came back in stock, and it works really, really well, and without all the harsh chemicals that most insect repellents have in them. 



And do you remember that new Savvy Minerals Poppy Seed Lip Scrub I mentioned last month? Well, it’s available now! This makes your lips SO smooth and is perfect to feel fresh all Summer long.




With so much to be excited about this month, it might be easy to forget that Father’s Day is coming up, but don’t worry, if you need help finding (or making) that perfect gift for the dad or dads in your life, let me know! I have some great ideas and I’m sure we can find something that will make him smile! As always, if you have any other questions, let me know and I’ll be more than happy to help! I hope you have a wonderful June! 

Cooking Hacks with Vitality Essential Oils

Growing up, Mother often said "Necessity is the mother of invention''.    Today, we live 20 miles out of town and if I'm unexpectedly short an ingredient, like cream soup, it's great to have a substitute recipe.    Recently I forgot to pick up spices at the co-op, ... and made a remarkable discovery.  A quick substitution with Vitality Essential Oils was more flavorful than the powdered form of those plant products.  Talk about a zippy, zesty flavor.    I just moved my Vitality Dietary oils to the Kitchen!

Today, I've got some delicious healthy recipes for you.  
  • DIY Cream Soup Recipe -- low salt and gluten free
  • 3 Quick Marinade Recipes -- Tangy goodness 
  • Dill Veggie Dip -- that family favorite jazzed up with essential oils!
  • Guilt-Free Peppermint Brownies Recipe
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DIY Cream Soup Recipe

I like this recipe so much that I've stopped buy canned soups. This soup substitute is delicious and supports a low salt diet ..... and this hack is gluten free!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cold milk (or milk substitute)
  • 3 Tablespoons sweet rice flour or 2 Tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot starch
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, margarine, or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules or 1 bouillon cube (be sure it's gluten free)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste depending on how the soup will be used and how salty your bouillon is)
  • pepper to taste
  • Add the remaining ingredients and heat to a boil while whisking frequently. Reduce heat and simmer about a minute until thickened.
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan, whisk together the milk and sweet rice flour or cornstarch.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and heat to a boil while whisking frequently.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer about a minute until thickened.
  4. Use this soup in recipes in place of one can of creamed soup.

Notes
Variations: Add ½ cup chopped chicken, cooked or canned mushrooms, or cooked celery.  Add a drop of Vitality Essential oils such as Basil Vitality, Oregano Vitality or Thyme Vitality for a burst of flavor.
 
You could also make this less creamy and more gravy like by using chicken or mushroom broth in place of the milk and omitting the bouillon.

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Dill Veggie Dip
A family favorite jazzed up with essential oils! So yummy!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes
Yields 2 Cups
 
 INGREDIENTS
 
 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
 6 drops Dill Vitality™ essential oil or 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
 2 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil or ½ teaspoon lemon juice
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 1 teaspoon onion powder
 ½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

INSTRUCTIONS
 
Combine all ingredients in a blender, bowl, or zip-top bag.
Mix thoroughly.
Refrigerate for 3 hours.
Try dipping your favorite veggies—including carrots, celery sticks, bell peppers, and snap peas—in this dip for a delicious snack or side dish.


 
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Whose ready for grilling?  How about some delicious marinades to tantalize your tastebuds!

#1 Citrusy Marinade Recipe 
Tangy goodness 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS
¾ cup olive or other oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
tablespoon grated onion
Juice of 1 lemon

INSTRUCTIONS
Combine all ingredients and pour over chicken in a shallow glass bowl or baking pan.

Cover and refrigerate for 1–4 hours before grilling.
Discard marinade after use.

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#2 Mediterranean Marinade Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS
¾ cup olive oil
½ cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced

INSTRUCTIONS
Combine all ingredients and pour over chicken in a shallow glass bowl or baking pan.
Cover and refrigerate for 1–4 hours before grilling.
Discard marinade after use.

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#3 Honey Lime Marinade Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup olive or other oil
½ cup soy sauce
½ teaspoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
Combine all ingredients and pour over chicken in a shallow glass bowl or baking pan.
Cover and refrigerate for 1–4 hours before grilling.
Discard marinade after use.

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Guilt-Free Peppermint Brownies Recipe

Attention those with a sweet tooth...these are awesome!!!

These fudgy peppermint brownies may look and taste like the brownies you love, but they’re free of the things that your waistline doesn’t. We’ve taken out the flour, butter, and refined sugar and replaced them with wholesome ingredients such as coconut oil, honey, Peppermint Vitality™, and black beans. Yes—we said black beans! They may see...m like a strange addition to a sweet recipe, but black beans provide a soft, gooey, fudgy texture and have almost no taste—allowing the bold flavors of the cocoa powder and Peppermint Vitality to shine through. But don’t take our word for it, give this flourless peppermint brownie recipe a try! Your taste buds and waistline will thank you.
 
 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
 Cook Time: 30 minutes
 Total Time: 40 minutes
 
INGREDIENTS:
 1 - 15-ounce can low-sodium black beans
 1/3 cup coconut oil
 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
 1/8 teaspoon salt
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 1/2 cup honey
 3 eggs
 2 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Rinse and drain black beans.
Melt coconut oil on stove until clear.
Blend all ingredients except eggs in food processer until smooth.

In a separate bowl, lightly whisk eggs until well beaten.
Fold into chocolate mixture.
Pour mixture into a greased 8x8 pan and bake 25–30 minutes.
Let cool 15 minutes then cut.
Let cool another 15 minutes and serve.

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Have an amazing summer cooking up culinary treats that are sure to please.

Love,

Linda
 
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