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Wife, Mom, Gigi & Dog Mom.
Reading Mystery/Suspense & Personal Development.
Semi-Crunchy.
Saving Butterflies & Honeybees.
Healthy Living Advocate.
Essential Oils Educator.

My name is Debbie Cottrell, founder of the Choosing Wellness team! I started with Young Living a few years ago while trying to find a natural way to support my respiratory system. Along the way our family has been making small changes to improve the quality of our lives, eliminating toxins, improving our health and eating better. No matter where you are in your life, if you start today, and continue every day, making small changes that will build over time, you will reach your goals. 

Be Happy & Well!!

Debbie Cottrell YL#3940105
Natural Living Advocate
& Essential Oil Educator
Phone: 586-930-2205
Email: Debbie@DebbiesYLOils.com
Facebook Page: NaturallyDebbie
Instagram: Naturally_Debbie 






Greetings! My name is Diana Swope and I kinda started with Young Living back in 2007. I went to a party at a friend’s home where they passed around samples of Peppermint, Lemon, Eucalyptus and other essential oils. That quickly, a believer was born. For the first time in years, I was able to breathe through my nose, and I ordered the starter kit…old school, paper forms and no diffuser. Sadly, however, I was only a dabbler eight years. Eight! Peppermint and Eucalyptus were my go to…for everything.  

As a Crohn’s warrior who was in decline form 2011 hitting rock bottom with an ostomy in 2015, and beginning my life as an immunosuppressed Biologics patient, I started reading labels. I was shocked at all the harmful, unhealthy ingredients and effects of my cleaning and personal care products…and my medicine.   This is when I seriously turned to Young Living – Mostly for the immune support from the Thieves line, but also Shampoos, deodorants, shower gel, toothpaste, to name a few. Their all-natural, plant-based products work amazingly and I can feel good about how I am supporting my body. 

Happily I’m in remission, med free, and the ostomy has been reversed.  I’m currently training for my first sprint triathlon and love using PanAway and Cool Azule on my tender muscles after going to the gym. Stress Away gets me through my day and rolling on the Lavender brings relaxation when I get home from work. I drink NingXia Red and use Thieves essential oil Every Day for Wellness and immune support. 

I believe for optimal wellness we must be aware of what we are putting in and on our bodies. I have spent the last few years improving my health naturally and I want to empower others to do the same.

Diana Swope YL# 934687
Phone: 586-703-5983
Email: swope_diana@yahoo.com

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 1st Annual Flea, Crafter & Vendor Market (Inside/Outside)

1st Annual Flea, Crafter & Vendor Market (Inside/Outside)

Come visit our booth at the 1st Annual Flea, Craft & Vendor Market in Sterling Heights.  We'll have oils you can sample, and fun items for sale (car diffusers, roller bottles, spray bottles, etc).

You'll find Crafters, Yard Sale Items, Vendors, Collectibles and Vintage items..Something for everyone! 

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38000 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48312

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Kennedy Middle School Choir Craft & Vendor Show

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Summer Fun with Young Living

Summer is an amazing time of year! Beaches, vacations, playing outside or in the pool: it is all so lovely! Summer does come with its challenges though: sunburn, sore musles, BUGS!

Come join us to learn how to prepare for this summer in the best way possible! 

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30625 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

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 Love Languages

Love Languages

What's your love language? Better yet- what's a love language that you struggle to show?

Most often we know what WE need to make us feel loved. But its so important to be intential in exhibiting the love language of OTHERS too.

In this workshop we'll discuss:

*What the 5 Love Languages are
*What they mean
*Fun & practical ways to speak them effectively

Bonus: (optional)
*Make & Take essential oil roller blends to support each love language.

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30625 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

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9 Essential Oils to Have on Hand + a Bonus

9 Essential Oils to Have on Hand + a Bonus
Your path to health and wellness is a journey, as I have said often.  It is not a fad or a trend, it is what you strive for.

"Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind, and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness." ~ Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu

So in my pursuit to achieve health and wellness, I attended a class hosted by my friend, Heather Battaglia of Health Renewed Coaching. Heather is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She works with people to make simple food and lifestyle changes, to help them feel good in their body again, have more energy and live with more peace. 

In her class, 'You, Me & Sugar' she helps to uncover what is behind your sugar cravings and how to put an end to them. Understand what sugar and processed foods are doing to your body and tips to reverse the damage. The class is mind-opening and I would recommend you attend this class, or any of her classes, if you can. (Heather's Class List)

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Part of this class included a free emergency snack kit. Something to keep in the car while we are going through our busy day to help curb our appetite instead of stopping in at the nearest fast-food drive-thru. 

It did get me thinking about the essential oils that I carry around with me...AT...ALL...TIMES. 

So here they are, in no particular order:

1) Progessence Plus: PPlus, as most of us call it, is not really an "oil", but a serum, that is formulated specifically for women. It features some of Young Livings most-loved essential oils, including Frankincense, Bergamot, & Peppermint to nourish and moisturize the skin and create a natural, pleasant aroma. It helps to balance my hormones with natural plant extracts. So I keep it in my purse to be sure I don't forget to put it on every morning.

2) Thieves Essential Oil: Thieves is all about IMMUNITY SUPPORT! Seriously, who wants all that ick that is floating about? That's probably why Young Living has over 20 products in the Thieves product line. 

3) Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon is great for so many things! It helps perk me up in the middle of the afternoon. I can add it to my water for refreshing flavoring. You know how when you peel a sticker off something, it may still leave some adhesive behind? You can use Lemon EO to get that gunk off.

4) Valor Essential Oil: Valor is a blend of black spruce, blue tansy, geranium and frankincense. It has a woodsy, grounding aroma that is great to help start your morning with a positive attitude or to refocus at the end of a rough day. 

5) En-R-Gee Essential Oil: I use this essential oil blend when I am really dragging, to help restore mental alertness. Great when on days when it feels like I've been in the car all day long.

6) R.C. Essential Oil: R.C. is a blend of spruce, cypress, and three types of eucalyptus oils (e. citriodora, e. globulus & e. radiata). I like to put a little on my chest, especially during the winter months, to help support my respiratory system.

7) Peppermint Essential Oil: Peppermint is great when your tummy isn't feeling very well. If you eat a lot of onions or garlic, you can put some peppermint on your hand and after it soaks in you can lick the area to freshen your breath. During hot summer days, I will rub a drop of peppermint on the back of my neck to offer a cooling sensation.

8) Peace & Calming Essential Oil: Hello! Do I need to say more!

9) Frankincense Essential Oil: Frankincense gives me a very calming, grounding sensation. When I am at my wit's end and dealing with a problem, a little bit of Frankincense on the back of my neck helps bring the issue into focus.

So those are the 9 essential oils I like to keep on hand inside my trusty zipper pouch.  But there is one more "Essential" that I carry along with me. NingXia Red packets

NingXia does so much for my body's overall health by supporting energy levels, normal cellular function and just WHOLE-BODY wellness! It is the highest antioxidant drink in the WORLD! NingXia Red has an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of 30,000!! The only thing that comes close is wild blueberries with an ORAC value of 2,500. BAM! So why is this important? Well our bodies are filled with "free radicals" which are unstable molecules that steel electrons from other molecules in our bodies, making them unstable too. This leads to cell damage and ultimately, disease. BUT antioxidants show up and prevent the electron stealing molecules because they themselves have enough electrons to remain stable!

If we ever run into each other, and you want to try some NingXia, just ask. Guaranteed I have a packet or two in my purse.

Be Healthy, Happy & Well,
Debbie

What Is Dry Brushing and Why Is It So Important For Your Body?

What Is Dry Brushing and Why Is It So Important For Your Body?
Dry brushing isn’t just something trendy that ‘crunchy’ people do, it’s a great way to exfoliate your skin, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and promote lymphatic drainage. After all the skin is our largest organ, with a total area of about 20 square feet. One third of our body’s toxins are eliminated through the skin and dry brushing helps unclog pores and eliminate toxins that become trapped in the skin. 
                                        
The Benefits….
 
Exfoliation:
Exfoliation helps shed dead skin cells and encourages cell renewal, allowing your skin to ‘breathe’, for a smoother, brighter appearance.   Exfoliation also helps eliminate unsightly Keratosis Pilaris. You know those tiny pinkish bumps, otherwise known as ‘chicken skin’. It’s important to do this gently so that you don’t scratch the skin. You don’t want to break down the skin’s protective layer or cause irritation to sensitive skin. Exfoliating too much can also dehydrate the skin, which is the last thing we want to do.
 
Reduce Cellulite:
Dry brushing helps break down unwanted toxins so your body can release them. Cellulite, that dimpled, lumpy skin that usually affects your thighs and buttocks, but can occur in other areas as well, is basically toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. While dry brushing won’t completely eliminate cellulite, you will see a noticeable difference in your skins appearance over time. 

Lymphatic Drainage:
Our lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating cellular waste products from our tissue and transporting it into our bloodstream for elimination, referred to as lymphatic drainage. If your lymphatic system isn’t working properly, waste and toxins build up and make you sick. Dry brushing is a powerful detoxification aid by stimulating your lymphatic system to release toxins.
 
 How can you get started?
 
 A simple search on Amazon will provide you with several choices. However, a good body brush will be made of natural (not synthetic) stiff bristles and have a long handle which is ideal for reaching your back. 

The Method…
 
You will achieve the best results if done daily, so try to incorporate it in your daily routine either before your morning shower or after work. Avoid dry brushing too close to bedtime as it may leave you feeling energized. 

When brushing, always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for delicate facial skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations or abrasions (including varicose veins). 

After your shower, be sure to apply a moisturizing lotion, like Young Living's Lavender Handy & Body Lotion, to help put moisture back into your skin.

Taking time out to indulge in a spot of dry brushing before stepping into the shower or bath is the ultimate act of self-care. By invigorating the nervous system through the activation of nerve ending dry brushing creates an electric sensation on the skin’s surface, energizing your tired body. When done consistently over a period of time, the skin becomes smoother, more radiant and softer to the touch. Meet your skin’s new best friend.

Be Healthy, Happy & Well,
Debbie 

I don't like breakfast....

I don't like breakfast....
Ok, I said it, I don't like breakfast...

I'm not a morning person, so the idea of making a big breakfast is too much for me to even consider. Plus, if I can get away with not having dishes to clean up...bonus! Unfortunately, I start working in my home office, get busy and it isn't until my stomach is screaming at me that I realize I haven't eaten anything yet...and it's now 2 o'clock in the afternoon, only 4 hours from dinner. Usually what happens is I eat lunch too late, so I'm not hungry when it's time for dinner or I suffer through until dinner and eat ALL THE FOOD, and snack in the evening. It's not good for my gut in the least.

So eating breakfast is something that I am working on. Baby steps. I'm all about baby steps. Making little changes everyday until it becomes a habit. 

It didn't matter to me what it was, cold cereal, oatmeal, smoothie, whatever. The only requirement was that it be quick and, of course, taste good. So for the last couple weeks I have been drinking Young Living's Pure Protein Complete for breakfast. They have two flavors, Chocolate & Vanilla Spice. I bought the Chocolate one to try first. After all- chocolate! Now, keep in mind this is strictly a protein shake and not meant to be a meal replacement. But the way I looked at it, it's better than nothing at all.

Young Living's Pure Protein Complete fills my two requirements of being quick and tasting good. The shake is smooth, especially when I make it in my special shaker with the metal whisking ball. I have been making sure to drink my shake by 9 am, which allows me room to have a light lunch around noon and I'm not completely full or ravenous when dinner time rolls around.

Directions say to add 2 scoops of Pure Protein Complete to 8oz of cold water. I blend mine with unsweetened Almond Milk and I only use 1 scoop. Made as directed, Pure Protein has 25 grams of protein and doesn't contain any soy protein. It's made up of a 5-Protein blend of  cow & goat whey, pea protein, egg white protein, & organic hemp seed protein. 

I can't wait to try the Vanilla Spice flavor!

If you've tried either of Young Living's Pure Protein Complete shakes, I would love for you to comment what you thought of them. 

For more information you can download Young Living's product information sheet here

Be Healthy, Happy & Well,
Debbie 



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