The Great Reopening

The Great Reopening
I don't know what it's like where you live, but things are starting to reopen bit by bit in my town after months of the weirdest, most stressful, and scariest time of my life. I'm not exactly sure what the "new normal" is going to look like when we get back, but I've got to hope that it closely resembles the "old normal." Can I get an amen?

As you head back to wherever you call work, it'll be more important than ever to focus on hygiene, health, and hydration. I've got some staples in my arsenal that my family has on our checklist. We started kicking toxins a decade ago, so of course, these products are harsh-chemical free.  Our bodies have enough to fight without adding nasty, synthetic chemicals to the mix!


Thieves Hand Sanitizer and Thieves Spray
Young Living has an entire line of products based on its Thieves essential oil blend of Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Clove, and Eucalyptus, and it's a POWERHOUSE! 

The name ‘Thieves’ was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated and wore a special aromatic combination of clove, rosemary, vinegar, and other botanicals that they believed provided protection while they were stealing. The story goes on to say that when the thieves were caught, they were offered a lesser punishment if they would divulge to the king the secret to their immunity, despite being exposed to a highly infectious, deadly disease. Pretty interesting, huh??

Thieves Hand Sanitizer
  • Kills 99.9% of germs and eliminates common, harmful bacteria
  • Formulated with powerful essential oils and plant-based ingredients
  • Lightly moisturizes with aloe vera and vegetable glycerin
  • Perfect for on-the-go
  • Leaves no chemical residue behind
  • Contains no petrochemicals, mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, or toxic ingredients
Thieves Spray
  • Contains naturally derived, plant-based ingredients
  • Doesn’t require rinsing after use and has no harsh fumes
  • Easy to throw in a backpack, purse, or luggage with its on-the-go size
  • Cleans many different surfaces, such as counters, sinks, toilets, and door handles
  • Safe to use around the whole family, including children and pets

Raven
Odds are, you're going back to work wearing a face covering.  Unless that face covering is made of cheese cloth, I'll bet you'll have moments throughout the day when you have difficulty breathing.  I'll let the experts debate the efficacy of masks, but breathing something other than your own CO2 would be beneficial. That's where Raven comes in.

Raven is a cool, refreshing combination of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, and Wintergreen essential oils that provides a refreshing, aromatic experience when diffused or inhaled. I'll be putting one drop of Raven on the inside of my face mask periodically to promote the sensation of deeper breathing. I'm certain that it will give me that little boost of energy and motivation I'll need to conquer my day!

In addition to practicing deep breathing, be sure to take frequent breaks throughout the day. Getting fresh air every hour will be uber important for keeping your lungs healthy!
 

Stress Away
Masks. Mandates. Social distancing. Closures. Reopenings.

No matter which side you're on, you're probably stressed out about the current state. And the workplace is probably not the best place to have a debate about it. When those conversations start, my plan is to roll up and roll out--you know, social distancing like a beast! 

My favorite "roll up" blend is Stress Away. It's a unique combo of Lime, Copaiba, Cedarwood, Ocotea, and Lavender essential oils plus a hint of vanilla--kind of like "beach in a bottle."  Stress Away promotes relaxation and a calm feeling for the body and the mind.  It also relieves occasional stress and tension, which you're sure to have when you return to work.


Oil-Infused Water
Staying hydrated is one of the keys to a healthy immune system.  Experts say that when you are masked up for hours on end, you will likely become dehydrated easily, so you need to make sure to drink plenty of fluids--and that doesn’t include sugary soft drinks!

Under normal circumstances, you should be drinking half your weight in ounces of water.  So if you weigh 150 pounds, you would need to drink 75 ounces of water per day to stay adequately hydrated.  However, when you are wearing a mask, your water goal should be higher.  Remember, once you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Does drinking that much water sound daunting? It won't be if you actually enjoy the taste of your water! Try adding a drop or two of Lemon Vitality or another citrus essential oil to your water for delicious flavoring that has health benefits of its own. 

What’s so great about Lemon Vitality? 

  • It has antioxidant properties.
  • It supports the immune system.
  • It provides circulatory support. 
  • It contains cleansing properties.
Be sure to use a glass, ceramic, or stainless steel container; citrus oils can eat away at the petrochemicals in plastic, and you don’t want to accidentally ingest plastic--that would NOT support your wellness goals! And don't worry about the Lemon essential oil being hard on your tooth enamel. Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit, so it doesn't contain the high acid content that the inside of the fruit does.


Thieves Mints
If you've worn a mask for more than 15 minutes, you know how it leaves your mouth feeling.  I won't be too descriptive here because, frankly, it grosses me out just thinking about it.  But you know.

You can solve that problem with Thieves Mints. They’re naturally sugar free,  are from naturally derived ingredients, and are free of artificial sweeteners, dyes, and preservatives. And since they contain that amazing Thieves blend that I mentioned earlier, sucking on a mint will also promote a healthy immune system.  You won’t get any of that with traditional mints!

So that’s my short list for when I return to the office. If you’re interested in more health tips  for your office, check out my free Wellness at Work guide.  And if you‘re ready to get a Young Living account so you can purchase products of your own, I’d love to help you get started. Let’s talk!

Love,
Nicole

Cooking with Oils

Aging with Grace

Aging with Grace

What if you could feel better as you aged instead of feeling worse? All those things don’t have to happen to you. If you give your body the right tools, you can feel great until your very last breath. 

I am going to share the secrets behind staying sharp mentally and physically so you too can remember all the important or not so important things and feel great every morning when you wake up. If no more brain fog, no more creaky joints, and no more lack of energy sounds good to you, you’re in the right place.  But before we dive in, let’s talk about quality.



Seed to Seal

Not all essential oils are created equally.  When you shop with Young Living you are getting quality products backed by a ‘Seed to Seal’ guarantee that you won’t find anywhere else. You can expect that Young Living will provide you with only the BEST! 

  • Plant material that is grown on corporately-owned farms or carefully vetted partner farms that you can actually visit
  • Sustainable farming and sourcing practices, providing the purest oil on the planet
  • Great care to preserve and protect natural resources
  • Hand-weeded fields and ZERO use of pesticides
  • Oils that retain all their natural constituents and therapeutic properties
  • Use of food-grade distillers with state-of-the-art design and distillation methods
  • Low-pressure and low-temperature distillation without the use of solvents or synthetic chemicals
  • Rigorous testing on each batch by internal labs and third-party facilities
  • Oils that are carefully reviewed through every step of production in order to meet or exceed industry safety and purity standards (beyond organic!)

And the best part . . . if the oils don’t meet these high standards, they are rejected and will not be bottled as a Young Living product. Young Living would rather have something go out of stock than let an inferior product slip through to its members.  It's rare to find a company with such high standards.  Now that’s amazing!!     

Check out more about their Seed to Seal promise here


Safety & Usage

Before we delve into specifics, let's talk about usage and safety. Don’t worry . . . there isn‘t a list of “adverse effects.” That’s not how natural products work. Instead, you just should keep a few safety tips in mind, as these are powerful products. 

Safety First 

  1. When using pure essential oils, be sure to dilute with a carrier oil.
  2. Don’t put them in your eyes or ears.
  3. Follow the directions on labels.
  4. The NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) suggests that elderly clients may have more skin sensitivities, so a reduced concentration/dilution may be indicated.

The solid-colored labels have aromatic and topical directions on them. The labels that are white are from the Vitality line and have dietary instructions on the labels. (Same oil inside, different label outside—that’s it!)

 There are three ways to use Essential Oils:

  1. Topically - Dilute with a carrier oil like V6 from Young Living, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil. Apply to your skin. These are quickly absorbed and effective.
  2. Aromatically - Use in a diffuser, inhale from diffuser jewelry, or put it on your hands, rub them together, and cup them over your nose and breathe in. Simple!
  3. Internally - Young Living oils in the Vitality line are safe to ingest and are rated GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) by the FDA.


Staying Young with Young Living

Young Living offers 600+ essential oils and oil-infused products to help support EVERY system in your body. Don’t worry, I won’t cover them ALL, just the best ones to target the biggest needs as you age. NingXia Red, a whole-body supplement, is perfect for everyone, no matter the age!

The NingXia wolfberry is one of the highest whole-food sources of potassium and fiber and is grown in a region of China near the Himalayan Mountains known to be one of the richest sources of other minerals and organic nutrients found on earth. It has been used for thousands of years to support longevity and  immune function and to aid in the natural detoxification of the body.

A study done in the population of people living in the valley where most of the NingXia wolfberries are consumed showed that 80 persons per million people were over the age of 100 in that area compared to five persons per million in the rest of China.*

NingXia Red can help prevent oxidative stress, support eye health, and provide energy throughout the day. It is delicious on its own, in a smoothie, or with a few drops of your favorite dietary essential oils.  I love adding a drop of Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, or Orange Vitality oil to mine, but experimenting with new flavors for a customized blend is always fun! 


Energy & Stamina

What if you could increase your energy with a pill and a few drops of oil in the morning and have no side effects? 

Oils 

Vitality essential oils like Peppermint and Black Pepper have been shown to support healthy circulation and promote increased energy. Add a drop or two to your NingXia Red daily. 

Peppermint oil can also:

  • Cool fatigued muscles after physical activity when applied topically
  • Produce a focused environment when diffused
  • Create an invigorating and refreshing experience when inhaled
  • Relieve head tension when applied topically

 Supplements

MultiGreens™ will give you more mental clarity, pep in your step, and improved overall stamina. 

Clinical experience has shown that before putting essential oils in MultiGreens, there was a 42% absorption in 24 hours. After adding essential oils to MultiGreens, blood absorption increased to 64% in 30 minutes and 86% in one hour. This means that cells were now receiving nutrients that they had previously not been able to assimilate. (Essential Oils Desk Reference, 6th Edition, p. 267)

MultiGreens is a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems.* MultiGreens is made with spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, barley grass, bee pollen, eleuthero, Pacific kelp, and therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Unless you're able to eat a wheelbarrow full of greens everyday, you need them! Leafy greens are critical for good health, and if you are like most of us, you just don't get enough.  

Exercise

Of course physical activity can increase your energy levels through many different means. It increases the blood flow to your body, which supplies more oxygen and in turn boosts energy and reduces fatigue. Exercising regularly can also reduce the risk of stress and anxiety as well as many diseases including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and even some cancers!  

*Always consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.



Heart Health & Circulation

I don’t think I need to tell you how important it is to have a healthy heart. 

As you begin to ramp up your physical activity, it is also important to keep that blood flowing by maintaining proper circulation.

CardioGize is a supplement that helps support a higher quality of life, healthy heart function, and proper blood circulation with essential oils and a balanced, heart-healthy combination of herbs and compounds.

This supplement was specially formulated by Young Living Founder D. Gary Young. This is what he had to say about the research and reasoning behind the supplement:

“I have been doing my own investigating about heart conditions worldwide, but especially in America, and was amazed when the data showed the deficiencies to be very similar all over the world.

I wanted to conduct research and study herbs used in different countries that particularly give strength, energy, and good nutrition for normal heart function, so we had many herbs shipped in.

After testing to determine their various compounds, I put the formula together for the most synergic, powerful, and beneficial response for the body. CardioGize will surely join the ranks as another great Young Living supplement.” -Young Living Founder D. Gary Young

Isn’t it comforting to know that Young Living goes to such great lengths to ensure you are getting the very best?

You can learn more about the benefits of CardioGize here.



Focus & Concentration 

The older you get, the more concern you have regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia. Research has been conducted that shows certain essential oils, like Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, and Lemon, can improve mental alertness and memory function, keeping the brain functioning at full capacity.

OmegaGize™ 

OmegaGize™ combines synergistic ingredients that when used daily, support normal brain, heart, eye, and joint health.* 

Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D-3, and CoQ10 (ubiquinone) work with the essential oils to create an omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement that you will want. 

Two things to note about this supplement are:

1) Unlike pretty much every other Omega-3 supplement, this one has NOOOO fishy aftertaste. Major bonus.

2) Just like you find with YL’s other supplements, Omegagize also is infused with a proprietary essential oil blend. Due to the typical American diet, our bellies just don’t absorb as much as you would hope from our food and nutritional supplements.  Pure dietary essential oils make the nutrients more bioavailable, increase their potency, and add additional profound health benefits. Don’t waste your money taking a supplement from the store that you aren’t going to adequately absorb.

MindWise

Mindwise supports your brain and heart with medium-chain triglycerides and a high proportion of omega-3 fatty acids. YL also included vitamin D3 and the proprietary MindWise memory blend—made with bioidentical CoQ10, ALCAR, and GCP—to deliver even more brain and heart support. Its exotic seeds, berries, and juice extracts give it a flavor you will love.

Made with exotic sacha inchi seed oil, acai puree, pomegranate juice and extract, turmeric, essential oils, and more, MindWise is a nutty, fruity supplement you’ll love to take every day! Young Living formulated this daily cognitive and cardiovascular supplement to help support your brain and heart wellness.* This product is available in a liquid multi-use bottle or convenient sachet packets!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Mobility & Flexibility

Bones and joints feeling a little achy and creaky? 

Regular movement and exercise will help strengthen bones, increase muscle mass, and improve balance, which are all good things that you should do, but here are some easy supplements to take that are going to make a HUGE difference in how you feel.

 Agilease is a joint health supplement that’s perfect for healthy individuals who are looking to gain greater mobility and flexibility. Take daily to support joint health or as a preventative measure to protect joint and cartilage health.

Young Living uses unique and powerful ingredients such as frankincense powder, UC-II undenatured collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium fructoborate, and a specially formulated proprietary essential oil blend of Wintergreen, Copaiba, Clove, and Northern Lights Black Spruce—oils that are known for their joint health benefits. 

 BLM™ supports normal bone and joint health.* This formula combines powerful all-natural ingredients, such as type II collagen, MSM, glucosamine sulfate, and manganese citrate, enhanced with therapeutic-grade essential oils. These ingredients have been shown to support healthy cell function and encourage joint health and fluid movement.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 Young Living’s Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream provides cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains.  

Have pain? PUT THIS ON! A little goes a long way and it works FAST! Methyl salicylate found in Wintergreen helps alleviate pain deep in the muscles and joints, and natural menthol found in Peppermint provides a cooling effect.


 Become a Member

The easiest and most cost-effective way to become a member of Young Living is to invest in a Premium Starter Kit (PSK).

Since most of these products are not included in a PSK, you can take advantage of the Basic Starter Kit which is only $35, then add on any of the products you’d like to try. The Basic Kit includes a few great products and your no-strings-attached membership. You can start feeling younger in no time!

If you are mostly interested in the NingXia Red products, Young Living does offer a NingXia Red Premium Starter Kit that will give you enough NingXia Red for 2-3 months and the chance to try a few other products. 

You can get started by choosing your starter kit here.


Essential Rewards 

Young Living’s supplements are typically a one-month supply. That means you will need to reorder each month. Doing this on the rewards program will help you SAVE money and get free products at the same time.

 Whether you are joining as a new member or you are an existing YL member, Essential Rewards (ER) is the best. 

 As a new member, you can use your FIRST order as the first Essential Rewards order as long as you order 50 PV in addition to your Basic Kit. One box of Mindwise or the NingXia Red kit will reach the requirement. 

ER is similar to other monthly subscription boxes that send out a mix of products every month, except for one major difference - you can customize your ‘wellness box’ EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. YAY!

You can also change your process date, which makes it very convenient to get what you want when you want it. This commitment makes it easy to plan and budget, and it’s delivered right to your door!

 How will I save by ordering on Essential Rewards?

You are eligible for discounted bundle packs of products like NingXia Red. You get points back every single time you order and free gifts just by ordering. If you want ALL the details about ER, take a look below. 

The Details

- You need to place one order of 50 PV or higher each month on ER.

- With every ER order, you will get a % back in points for future use towards FREE products.

  • 10% back months 1-3
  • 20% back months 4-24
  • 25% back months 25+ 

- Each item has a PV (product value/personal volume). Usually one dollar equals one PV but not always, so please pay close attention so you can reach your monthly PV goal.

- You will also get ER exclusive FREE gifts for ordering on the rewards program when you reach 100 PV or 190 PV.  Additional FREE incentives are available too!

- You will receive loyalty gifts for staying on ER for 3, 6, 9 and 12 consecutive months. 

- You can join and cancel ER at any time, without penalty. Literally. 


There are MANY more fantastic YL products to help support your daily living, and I hope this has given you some great ideas to revitalize your youthful spirit. If you’re ready to take your next step, let’s chat.  I’m passionate about helping women discover a lifestyle of wellness and vitality with fewer harsh chemicals. Remember . . . 

🌱 You are the gatekeeper of your home. Only you can decide what crosses the threshold of its doorway.

🌱 You don’t have to sacrifice quality for natural solutions.

🌱 Living well doesn’t have to break the bank.

🌱 Baby steps are still steps.

Honey, there’s a better way to live this life!

Love, Nicole


A Word of Encouragement

A Word of Encouragement
Whatever we focus on increases.

What you think about, you bring about.

Our thoughts create our feelings. Our feelings create our actions. Our actions create the results we see in our lives. So . . .

Negative thinking = Negative results

AND

Positive thinking = Positive results

I can tell you from first-hand experience that wallowing in a pit of discouragement, hopelessness, and despair is NOT the way to see good results.  And that’s tough when we have 24-hour news and a social media feed that are full of discouragement, hopelessness, and despair. We listen to the drumbeat of negativity, and we are filled with negative thoughts and emotions. Our focus on the negative reaps more negative.

Do you feel it too?

Sister, we’ve got to take our negative thoughts captive* and be ENCOURAGED! It starts with filling our minds with positivity and releasing our stress and negative emotions. I want to help you do that today.

Could you use 21 days of encouragement? Each of the 21 days, I’ll give you an encouraging thought, along with a beautiful quote and graphic and an optional journaling prompt. Why a journaling prompt?

Studies show that the very basic act of putting your pen to paper and your thoughts into written form has the power to inspire positivity, boost mood, reduce anxiety, increase immune function, and even improve memory. And I’ve only scratched the surface of the physical, mental, and emotional benefits from journaling!

Just click this link to sign up for either an email or a text each day for the next 21 days. You’ll also get a free journal to download and print for the series.
 
*“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
 
Looking forward to better days!

Be well,
Nicole

If you want more info on kicking stress with a mindset reset, check out this blog post

Do You Need a Mindset Reset?

Do You Need a Mindset Reset?
If I never hear the terms “challenging” or “unprecedented” times again, it’ll be too soon. “New normal”? I’ll take the old normal, thank you very much.

This whole mess in the world has done a number on me, making me feel like I’m living in an alternate universe. I’ve cried in the middle of the Chick-Fil-A parking lot and Target’s toiletry aisle and sobbed on my knees in the shower holding another handful of loose hair. I know first-hand the effects of stress on your body, and I decided I needed a mindset reset.

Maybe you do too. If so, join me for a Three-Day Mindset Reset Challenge in my healthy living group over on Facebook called How to Be a Modern Hippie.

I’ll be posting a daily challenge each morning, along with some helpful tips and an affirmation. Everyone who goes through the challenge with me live each of the three days will be entered to win a fun prize at the end. But if you don’t catch it live, no worries—it’ll live on in the group indefinitely.

Who’s with me? Join my group!

Be well,
Nicole

Ready for some more wellness tips? Check out my free guide to Simple Strategies for Wellness in a Mad World.  


 
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