Happy Thanksgiving - Day of Gratitude!


Yes, you are so very fortunate to be able to open your feeling heart to the One that live and breathes us all. There are no restrictions that hold you back from this simple act of surrender. Breath deeply in all the way to the base of your frontal line, hold for a second that calmness and then release the breath up your spinal line. As you do this let go of any negativity or thoughts or emotions that may distract you from that feeling of Peace and Calm.

Today, Thanksgiving is the traditional day to contemplate all that we have been given. And I have to say that my heart is filled with Gratitude for life, Love, my loving husband, my lovely daughter, my entire family. A warm safe home and my two beautiful cats, dear friends close by and far away, good health and Joy in my Heart. 


Love Languages Gift Guide

Let's face it the Holidays give us the perfect opportunity to shine our Love to all our family and friends. And here are 5 ways we can do this. When gifting we want to give the gift of our Love that best suits each person. It is called the Language of Love and is received in various ways depending on the person's personality. 
 
One way is through Words. Some people love and desire verbal affirmation. Gifts that they may like are journals, or something for their desk or simple words of love and affirmation, letting them know that you love and appreciate them. Send them the cutest Christmas Card. Or give them inspiration through your gift. 
 
Another way are acts of service. They may need an action tied to your appreciation for them. Make them breakfast in bed, fill up their car with gas, or a nice massage or take them for a hike in a Redwood Forest. 
 
Some people enjoy receiving gifts. This is a language of love too and it takes careful feeling into the person to give them a gift that they appreciate and can receive. Perhaps they would like a home made gift, or a special sweater to keep them warm during the winter days, or discover ways to nurture them with healthy gifts for self pampering.
 
And then some people love to spend quality time with their friends. This can be  creative during our social distancing. So here are a few suggestions.
1. Plan a virtual spa day with a mask from Young Living's ART Beauty Masks. This will nurture and moisturize your skin which includes Orchid Flower Extract, Frankincense, Cedarwood Essential Oil, Lavender and Vanilla and much more. 
2. Set a FaceTime date
3. Invite your quarantine group to a backyard smores hangout
 
And the 5th language of love is Physical Touch. This person melts when love or care is communicated through touch. When they consent, they like to be hugged, kissed, or to have their hand held. Physical intimacy is what they value most as it represents emotional connectivity.
 
This person never passes up an opportunity to go to the spa. They are the friend who shows affection and the type of person that says “I’m a hugger” when meeting new people. So here are a few ideas Physical Touch  Gifts
 
1. Soft sheets for a good night's sleep
2. Create closeness with a bottle of Young Living's Lavender Essential oil and a Diffuser
3. If you can, give them a big hug or perhaps a Virtual Hug.
 
Hope you enjoyed this creative Gift List. And it inspires you in some small way to transform your Gifting this Holiday Season.
 

Holiday Gifts: Essential Oils and Perfumes: 5 Recipes to replace your chemical fragrances

A lot of people can get headaches from perfumes that are filled with toxic chemicals.. At the same time many of us just love the the feeling we get when we wear  a fantastic scent.  It seems to  boost our confidence and makes us feel whole. And some people actually feel naked if they forget to put a fragrance on. So for all of you that love the scent love language here are some alternatives to chemical perfumes that are healthy, organic, and made from pure essential oils. 

 The steps you will learn are going to be easy to repeat when it’s time to refill or try something new!

Whether you’re a daily wearer or an occasional spritzer, it’s time for you to sniff with confidence. Using your essential oils to create a personalized scent not only allows you to smell amazing - it ensures you are enjoying a fragrance that is safe for your body and those around you. 

 Fragrance Basics
 
Let’s start at the very beginning. Every quality perfume or cologne needs a good base. This allows for the fragrance to remain intact throughout the life of the perfume/cologne. You want it to have a nice shelf life so you can enjoy it for as long as possible. 
 
You’ll want to choose a carrier with little to no scent. For spray-on fragrances: use a clear, scentless solvent like vodka or witch hazel. This helps the essential oil distribute evenly throughout the bottle. For roll-on fragrances: use an unscented carrier oil like jojoba or almond oil.
 
If you choose to use water as your base, which you can, be sure to choose distilled water. The minerals and impurities have been removed so it’s a “safe” option to use in sprays. I don't recommend this because the oils can separate too much in the mixture and the fragrance won't be the same. However, just know that vodka or witch hazel would allow the essential oils to be more evenly distributed.
 
Depending on the size of the bottle you’re using - either a spray or roller bottle - you will want to loosely follow an 80:20 ratio. Use a carrier oil or solvent for 80% of the spray and an essential oil blend for the remaining 20%.

Blending by Notes
 
Let’s start with some simple guidelines to help you build a personalized blend of fragrances using your oils. 
 
Essential oil fragrances are classified as “notes”. Just like music, you want all the notes - top, middle, and base notes - to harmonize, making a beautiful “sound.” 
 
  • The Top Note is the scent your nose detects first. It is the “first impression” scent, usually a citrus or herb.  
  • The Middle Note is the scent detected 10-45 minutes after applying and can last several hours on the skin. It is often referred to as the “heart note”, the one noticed after the top note is gone. It’s typically warm and well-rounded. 
  • The Base Note lasts far beyond the other notes. It’s the scent that appears once the others have evaporated. It creates a lasting impression.
 To summarize, the Top Note is the introductory scent that catches your attention. The Middle Note is the core of the aroma - the smell that gives body to your fragrance. And the Base Note is what blends all three together, creating a quality smell that lasts for hours without fading.
 
Use this quick table to guide you as you start blending notes. Start by choosing 2-4 oils in each row to work with; add as much as your nose likes! There are no hard and fast rules to blending; just do what smells good to you. 

 

Top
Middle to Top
Middle
Middle to Base
Base
Bergamot
Juniper
Valor
Cedarwood
Frankincense
Lemon
Cinnamon Bark
Neroli
Cypress
Patchouli
Peppermint
Lemongrass
Clary Sage
Black Pepper
Sacred Sandalwood
Lime
Pine
Stress Away
Rose
Vetiver
Orange
Tangerine
Ylang Ylang
Clove
Myrrh 
Grapefruit
Lavender
Geranium
Jasmine
Davana
Give yourself permission to be creative. And I will also give you a couple of recipes that you can try also. It may take time for you to find what works for you but have fun with this. 

‘Kiss in the Dark’
 
This first magic mix is perfect for date night or ANY night you just want to smell alluring and enchanting.
 
 Kiss in the Dark Roller 
  • 10 drops Cedarwood
  • 9 drops Vetiver
  • 6 drops Patchouli
  • 3 drops Black Pepper
  • Add essential oils to a 10 ml roller bottle and top with a carrier of your choice. Roll on wrists and neck as desired.   
Kiss in the Dark Spritz 
  • 20 drops Cedarwood
  • 18 drops Vetiver
  • 12 drops Patchouli
  • 6 drops Black Pepper
  • Add essential oils to a 2 oz. glass spray bottle and top with witch hazel or vodka. Distilled water can be used if you desire. Shake before each use.  
Kiss in the Dark Body Spray
  • 40 drops Cedarwood
  • 36 drops Vetiver
  • 24 drops Patchouli
  • 12 drops Black Pepper
  • 1 TBSP vegetable glycerin 
  • 1 TBSP witch hazel
  • Add essential oils plus additional ingredients to an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and top with distilled water. Shake before each use. 
 ‘Citrus Sunrise’
 
Who doesn’t love a light, refreshing scent for everyday use?! This little blend will have you smiling all day! 
 
Citrus Sunrise Roller
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 7 drops Citrus Fresh
  • 6 drops Peace & Calming
  • Add essential oils to a 10 ml roller bottle and top with a carrier of your choice. Roll on wrists and neck as desired. 
Citrus Sunrise Spritz 
  • 20 drops Lemon
  • 14 drops Citrus Fresh
  • 12 Peace & Calming
  • Add essential oils to a 2 oz. glass spray bottle and top with witch hazel or vodka. Distilled water can be used if you desire. Shake before each use.  
Citrus Sunrise Body Spray 
  • 40 drops Lemon
  • 28 drops Citrus Fresh
  • 24 Peace & Calming
  • 1 TBSP vegetable glycerin 
  • 1 TBSP witch hazel
  • Add essential oils plus additional ingredients to an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and top with distilled water. Shake before each use. 
‘Bohemian Wildflower’
 
There’s a wildflower in everyone and with this perfume you’ll enhance that inner boho flower waiting to blossom.
 
Bohemian Wildflower Roller
  • 8 drops Patchouli
  • 8 drops Bergamot
  • 8 drops Myrrh
  • 6 drops Joy
  • Add essential oils to a 10 ml roller bottle and top with a carrier of your choice. Roll on wrists and neck as desired. 
Bohemian Wildflower Spritz 
  • 16 drops Patchouli
  • 16 drops Bergamot
  • 16 drops Myrrh
  • 12 drops Joy
  • Add essential oils to 2 oz. glass spray bottle and top with witch hazel or vodka. Distilled water can be used if you desire. Shake before each use. 
Bohemian Wildflower Body Spray
  • 32 drops Patchouli
  • 32 drops Bergamot
  • 32 drops Myrrh
  • 24 drops Joy
  • 1 TBSP vegetable glycerin 
  • 1 TBSP witch hazel
  • Add essential oils plus additional ingredients to an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and top with distilled water. Shake before each use. 
Cologne Blends: ‘WildWood’
 
Got a man who loves the outdoors? This is the perfect blend for any man who’s a little bit wild and woodsy.
 
WildWood Roller
  • 8 drops Idaho Blue Spruce
  • 4 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • 5 drops Cypress
  • Add essential oils to a 10 ml roller bottle and top with a carrier of your choice. Roll on wrists and neck as desired. 
WildWood Spritz 
  • 16 drops Idaho Blue Spruce
  • 8 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • 10 drops Cypress
  • Add essential oils to 2 oz. glass spray bottle and top with witch hazel or vodka. Distilled water can be used if you desire. Shake before each use.  
WildWood Body Spray
  • 32 drops Idaho Blue Spruce
  • 16 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • 20 drops Cypress
  • 1 TBSP vegetable glycerin 
  • 1 TBSP witch hazel 
  • Add essential oils plus additional ingredients to an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and top with distilled water. Shake before each use.  
Cologne Blends: ‘Freshman’
 
Clean-shaven, clean-cut men deserve a cologne that reflects their fresh and clean vibe. This mix of oils will be just what he needs.
 
Freshman Roller
  • 6 drops Vetiver
  • 8 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Fennel
  • Add essential oils to a 10 ml roller bottle and top with a carrier of your choice. Roll on wrists and neck as desired.  
Freshman Spritz 
  • 12 drops Vetiver
  • 16 drops Lemon
  • 6 drops Fennel
  • Add essential oils to 2 oz. glass spray bottle and top with witch hazel or vodka. Distilled water can be used if you desire. Shake before each use.  
Freshman Body Spray
  • 24 drops Vetiver
  • 32 drops Lemon
  • 12 drops Fennel
  • 1 TBSP vegetable glycerin 
  • 1 TBSP witch hazel 
  • Add essential oils plus additional ingredients to an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and top with distilled water. Shake before each use. 

5 Simple Ways to Bring Sparkle to Your Home this Holiday Season!

Let's take advantage of the New Moon that is coming up this Saturday and  make some changes in our homes! The Holidays begin in just a couple of weeks, starting with Thanksgiving and then Christmas and I don't know about you but for me the time in between goes very fast. So now I have begun to bring new energy into my home with Holiday decor. This is always so much fun. Once those lights go up your home will begin to Sparkle. 

Another way to bring a sparkle to your home is to diffuse essential oils. I love to diffuse essential oils that support the Christmas Spirit.  Some of my favorite oils to diffuse right now are, Christmas Spirit, Winters Night, Pine, Evergreen Essence, Orange, Cinnamon Bark, Spruce.

 Great time to plan out your gifts for family and friends. I enjoy making some of my gifts as there is nothing like receiving a home made gift filled with Love. I have many DIY recipes for creams, salves, and delicious raw desserts. I have been collecting cute Holiday gift boxes from the dollar store to use.  

Creating festive flower arrangements with silk flowers is another way to make your home sparkle. And you can also make flower arrangements weekly using real flowers for the colors of the season. For Thanksgiving it would most  likely be yellow, orange, burgundy, gold  and for Christmas you could use red, white, green, gold, silver and add some sparkle too.  I like to pick greens that I find around my house. 


Another way to bring sparkle is to drink Ningxia Red Juice. And to have some on hand to serve to any guests that may stop by. It is healthy, filled with antioxidants, and it is RED. Delicious. Can be diluted with a bit of water, or sparkling water, or just taken straight in a shot glass. This will give you energy and you will know your immune system is benefiting from this infusion of Love. 



Bright Holidays with the Ultimate Red Berry Superfood: Ningxia Wolfberry


Feeling under the weather. Need a bit of Power Punch. Well try considering the NingXia Wolfberry. It is one of those Superfoods that revitalizes the body. 
Amazing NingXia Wolfberry Nutrient Summary
 NingXia Wolfberry is the richest known whole food source of natural Vitamin B1 or thiamine with sixty-seven times the thiamine of an equivalent amount of brown rice. Thiamine is responsible for proper energy production, carbohydrate metabolism, and thyroid function. Thiamine deficiencies can result in impaired carbohydrate burning and a decline in the energy hormone thyrotropin.
Wolfberry has one hundred times the niacin (Vitamin B3) of oat bran. Research documents the ability of NingXia wolfberries to support the health of the heart. NingXia wolfberries also have three times the vitamin C of oranges, five times the calcium of an equivalent amount of raw cauliflower and two times the beta carotene of raw spinach.

A 3 oz. serving of the  NingXia Wolfberries dried contain nearly 1600 mg. of potassium, essential for normal electrolyte and pH balance within the cell.  In addition, the berries have fiber, carotenoids, zeaxanthin, lutein, and beta-cryptoxanthin, all of which support the immune system and improve vision.

100g Fresh NingXia Wolfberry contains:
19 amino acids (5.8g protein)
22 trace minerals
5 unsaturated fatty acids
Polysaccharides
7 mg beta carotene
(=180% Vitamin A)
Vitamins B1, B6
100% Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)*
300% Vitamin C*
90% Vitamin E*
10% Calcium*
24% Potassium*
100% Iron*
91% Selenium*
18% Zinc*
(*DV = Daily Value)
 
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