Wild Orange Wins! Gets Grease GONE.

Life is messy! Oh yes. In our home, we’re trying to work on reducing our chemical exposure, one step at a time. Check this out–> Homer was working on switching out the spark plugs in the truck (thanks, YouTube!) and got, as you can predict, super messy all over.

So, he came in to wash up before delving into my special boxed macaroni and cheese and instead of grabbing the chems, we decided to get dōTERRA’s Wild Orange out and put it to work! Watch as greasy, grimy hands (from fixing the truck engine) are absolutely DEALT WITH using dōTERRA’s Wild Orange essential oil and On Guard soap. (Side note: You’ll get a similar affect using Lemon, Lime or Grapefruit oils- citrus oils are amazing for cleansing, inside and out) Not that being able to fix a car defines manliness, but dang, he was pretty manly that day….not gonna lie.

Natural, safe, effective and won’t dry out your hands or make them burn or itch from chemical exposure! (Read a lot more about uses for Wild Orange here.)

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The ABC’s of Discussing Essential Oils HITS THE SHELVES TODAY!

The ABC’s of Discussing Essential Oils has officially hit the shelves!! Available RIGHT NOW via Amazon Prime!!  amazon prime

As for me, not only did I publish my very first book this week (self-published, no less), but I also ran out of coffee and still managed to get it all done! Homeschool, check. Day job as a financial editor, check. Book written and published, check. Laundry done, no check. Alas, nobody is perfect!


Yes, yes, it’s a big deal for me, but it’s also a big deal for you, my essential oil lovers and live-rs. Why? Because my book is for you. [Click RIGHT HERE to skip my heartfelt thoughts and just purchase your copy!]

As an essential oil educator, I remember the feeling of sheer panic at the thought of teaching a class about essential oils, but I was SO TORN. I really wanted to build my own business by teaching about wellness through essential oils, too! I wasted so much time trying to reinvent the wheel, or carefully writing out every word I’d say in a class. I’d shake, and eventually come home in tears. SOUND FAMILIAR?

I was a huge ball of anxiety about teaching a class, assuming my dreams of earning income this way were over. Sound familiar? Until I decided to SIMPLIFY.

That’s what my book, “The ABC’s of Discussing Essential Oils” is all about! It is a short, very easy read and what my “basically genius” teaching method will do for your essential oil business is sheer magic. The A-B-C method is what I like to call, “basically genius” because it’s easy to understand, remember and teach to others!

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[Important note: This book is NOT specific to any, one essential oil company. I did that on purpose so anyone, anywhere in any essential oil business could use it to rock classes and grow their business!]

Gift this book to the essential oil user in your life – a builder, a user, a teacher- anyone who loves essential oils needs this method in their toolbox! This is the proven method I use on my own team to learn and grow in this amazing business! You’ll ROCK this business. You CAN do it- and this book is going to get you there!

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Dear “Special Needs” mom, you got it all wrong

Dear Special Needs Mom at the Grocery store, yesterday… Yes, you, the one I just called a “special needs mom”, even though it is clearly your child who has the special needs. I saw you.

You probably walked away from our millisecond encounter cursing people like me, the ones who stare at you. People like me who look really, superior and super judgmental at the way you’re managing your special needs child in a public place. People like me who you worry might possibly call Child Protective Services because you’re being really rough in “that moment” – when our lives collide across a bin of $1 Scooby Snacks. People like me who you can just feel looking disapprovingly at the tone you’re using, the death grip you have on your child’s coat, the way you yanked him roughly to make your point. Yes, people like me, at the store.

I saw you. I saw that look of defiance in your eye. The gritty determination of a mom who has already had enough of her “special needs child” by 9am and still has errands to run. I saw you dare me to to say ONE. THING. about what you were doing. You were fully prepared to say something mean if I dared open my mouth, I’m sure. I’m sure it wasn’t the first time you’ve had to brace yourself for the ignorance of the general public. You probably left the house with some phrases ready-to-go for idiots like me who stare. I know, because it’s what we do.

Yes, WE.

Although from the look in your eye, in the brief second in time our eyes met, I’m pretty certain you mistook the look on my face for judgment, disapproval and disgust, but nothing could have been further from the truth. You see, today was your day to wrestle at the store with a special needs teenager who is having a meltdown, but tomorrow it will probably be me.

I’m sorry I was staring, truly, because I know how it feels. I just couldn’t look away as my mind flooded with an understanding of what it’s like to say ONE stinking THING to your special needs child and have them react immediately by smashing/throwing/hitting/breaking something, screaming mean things and forcing you to manage the scene on the fly, at the store, with everyone staring and looking super judge-y, and superior, peeking into a moment of time they couldn’t possible fathom unless they’d been there. Like I have been.

Yes, I, too, the well dressed, very put together, full face of makeup and freshly done hair woman staring at you have an alter ego who is greasy-haired, pale, has a worn looking face, wears sweats 90% of the time and grabs her kids by the coat and yanks them while growling mean things under her breath, trying to SHUT. IT. DOWN at the store. You happened to see me in my Sunday clothes, the one day of the week I bother to put any effort into my appearance, but my real me, is you, gorgeous.

As you stomped away, head held high, defiant, protective, staring straight head, unblinking, still gripping the coat of a special needs teenager who was dragging his feet, clutching his Scooby Snacks and ranting about the change in his routine, I wish you could have known that the look in my eye wasn’t judgment. Really. It was shock. Mine was the look of someone who rarely, if ever, sees her own kind and is frozen in a moment of sheer awe that there are really more of us out there. We aren’t just an urban mom legend. I wanted to ask you: Did you get into the car and cry? That’s what I do.

It’s not every day that I see a “special needs mom” outside of her natural habitat. Probably because I am too busy managing my own chaos to do more than run in and out of places and get home before the drama ensues. The days when I could take leisurely stroll through any store are all but a memory, as you know, but yes, you are a special needs mom. You have a child who, for whatever his reasons may be, has special needs.

But did you know this? You have special needs too (although I highly doubt that you allow yourself to acknowledge them even for a moment). I know that you spend your days trying to find ways to avert a meltdown before it happens, finding a plethora of distractions and re-directions, utilizing endless negotiation techniques, choosing your battles, standing your ground, protecting your other children and keeping as much “normal” as possible in the house.

I won’t even mention the kind of fears and worries that occupy your mind – will he ever find friends who truly love him? Will he ever find love? Is he going to kill himself or harm someone else when his emotions overwhelm him and I’m not there to talk him down? How do I make him understand that everyone is a bully and that, yes, the joke is always on him, because he doesn’t get it. Will my other kids grow up to be emotionally healthy, normal people after growing up seeing this constant madness? Am I the one who did this? Will I have to do this for the rest of my life? Am I making it worse? I could go on, but you already know what occupies the mind of a special needs mom, as I do.

I knew you thought I was disapproving of the way you jerked your son angrily by his coat while hissing at him that you WOULD. NOT. put up with his tantrums, which, as you and I both know seem to come out in their full glory in public places. I could see it in your eyes and when you marched away, I felt terribly. I’ve been you. I AM you. It just so happens that today was  not my day to be you. Although I had no doubt in my mind that my turn was coming.

Is anyone taking care of YOUR special needs? That’s what I thought as I wandered down the aisle, lost in my thoughts. I know how often I feel alone in all of this, so I know you have those moments too. We should get coffee. Your greasy hair and pale face and sweatpants and the look of utter determination on your face hit so close to home that I could only stare, like one of those idiots we hate. Those “normal” people who make us dread going to the store because they call the cops when our kids decide to writhe around on the floor of Home Depot and scream like a swarm of bees is attacking. Those people who couldn’t handle one hour in our shoes, and yet blame US for having kids who just don’t get it, may never get it and need us to FORCE them to ACT like they get it, at the very least, and COMPLY, PLEASE, while everyone is staring. Don’t lump me in with them.

I hope someone is taking care of your special needs as you care for your son’s. I hope that this experience, raising a child with special needs, makes you stronger, braver and wiser person, more understanding person – as it has me.

So, dear, special needs mom at the grocery store, please accept my apology for the look on my face. It’s not often that I feel like there’s someone out there who really gets what it feel like to parent a special needs teenager and it was like a shock to my system, knocking me into dumbfounded speechlessness. I turned the corner and there you were, wrestling a teenage boy who was bigger than you, managing his drama and still getting the shopping done.

I wasn’t judging you. I think we could be friends.

Essential Oils: Pricey or Priceless?

So. You’re interested in essential oils? You’ve heard all the wonderful things they can do for your health. Maybe you’ve even experienced them for yourself from samples and classes. You’ve been looking into natural solutions to care for yourself and address the health needs of your family. Great. We have too, and do so more and more. That’s really the first step- willingness to break away out of a mindset that medicine is your only option, and open yourself to new (actually old) ideas.

Aaaaand then you’re innocently browsing through the catalog or a friend’s website and suddenly your natural healthcare exploration comes to an abrupt end, like you just threw up a little in your mouth because you saw the prices. What the ever-living heck? These essential oils are so expensive I could never afford to even think about living a more healthy, natural life! WHERE ARE MY PILLS?!

Recent studies have shown that this mindset is also why people eat more box macaroni and cheese than they do salad, vegetables and fruit. (Note: recent studies have not shown this)

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Redirect: I was at the store with my 5 year old the other day and she saw a shelf of tiny bottles and cried out “Look, Mom! dōTERRA essential oils!” I graciously corrected her statement so she understood that they were, in fact, NOT dōTERRA. She said, “But it says ‘essential oils’, that’s what we use!” So, I took a bottle off the shelf and said, “See here, how it says, ‘not for internal use’? If you can’t drink or eat them, that means these oils are not really safe. dōTERRA’s are.”

While I was proud of her for speaking her truth and for understanding how important a role essential oils play in our health and for being excited to think oils were that readily accessible, her enthusiasm mixed with a lack of knowledge reminded me why so many people think 1) essential oils don’t work; 2) they are dangerous; 3) you can only use them for smell therapy; 4) if they’re not $5 they’re too expensive.

I get “dōTERRA’s essential oils are too expensive” shade thrown at me a lot. But that’s okay! It’s a misconception, but that’s part of what I do: educate and dispel myths and manage the wellness of my family, in a single bound.

Let’s talk MONEY….

The cheap ones: SOURCING is a big part of what makes essential oils pricey. The essential oils you’ll find at stores are not “sourced” – The term “sourced” means ‘boots on the ground’- as in, the company you’re buying from has a first-person, physical presence at the locations where plants are grown, harvested and produced into oils. VERY few companies do this. Most (yes, even the expensive ones) use a “broker” or buy from farms they don’t own. A broker is a third party dealer who gets oil ingredients and plants from… um, someplace…. and sells them to stores and website companies to be resold in their packaging. Can you trace the life history of the plants that made your essential oil? I can.

amazonThis lack of information, and poor quality masked as ‘pure’ is a BIG part of why people have skin reactions, or vomit or have other real and awful problems from using essential oils. THIS is why you can’t take them internally (and their bottles WILL tell you that, they have to by law so read them). At best, you’ll see minimal benefits, if any. WHAT IS IN THEM?! If you’re buying at the store or from a website and the bottle is marketed as “Affordable” or implies that they are lower in cost than other brands, RUN. AWAY. Essential oils that are pure and safe won’t be cheap because they are sourced first-hand and real people around the world have to get paid for their hard work. So, what are your “affordable” “essential oils” providing you? Only God knows, and He is NOT happy.

The pricey ones: If you are using a “boots on the ground” company for oils, like dōTERRA, who sources around the world from farms they personally oversee in order to keep plants where they grow best- their indigenous environment, the next layer of expense comes into play: QUALITY and PURITY. dōTERRA has a chemical profile on EVERY bottle of oil they sell. Using a batch and lot number, you can trace the life of your tiny, brown bottle and read its chemical profile. That is IMPORTANT.

dōTERRA takes purity e.x.t.r.e.m.e.l.y. seriously, serious like a funeral. NO ONE is laughing or even smirking about side effects at dōTERRA. A lot of steps go into making dōTERRA’s essential oils and because they are so committed to purity, their oils are potent and strong, highly effective, but safe, even when taking internally, WHEN used properly.

When people tell me essential oils aren’t safe to take internally, that tells me they have not done their research because doTERRA’s ARE, friends. They stand behind that 100%. dōTERRA’s oils are “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” – This is NOT an FDA designation because the FDA doesn’t regulate essential oils. Did you know that, as the law is currently written, you can fill a bottle with 5% brokered ‘pure’ essential oil and fill the rest with…. (let’s get creative here…dog saliva and the tears of a heartbroken skunk) and it can be called “Pure”? That’s because “pure” isn’t a regulated term.amazon5

Hence the reason why dōTERRA created the “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” standard (read more here, it’s crazy mind blowing.)

doTERRA’s essential oils range in price, from $10 to about $130. Yes, $130 is a lot, but is it worth more than your health? In case you were wondering, pretty much all of dōTERRA’s oils cost between $10-$60, actually.

In the day-to-day, you’re going to use things like Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender, Wild Orange, Digestive Blend (dōTERRA Digest Zen), Oregano and Protective Blend (dōTERRA On Guard)- generally. Maybe a few others. You can buy a whole Family Essentials kit of 10 commonly used oils for $150. (see more here) For those interested in natural wellness $150 is an investment and a small one at that when you understand what you’re getting in return for that investment. By the way, it’s $150 for 10 drops 85 drops of the world’s most powerful essential oils (!!) including an *expensive* one- Frankincense. It’s a STEAL, actually. Plus beadlets…. mmmm.

An even better deal is dōTERRA’s Home Essentials kit which has the same 10 bottles of oil in larger 15 mL bottles (250 drops per bottle!!) and a FREE diffuser. Even with daily use, that’s 8-9 months of use, per bottle. You literally cannot beat that investment in your health!

Money isn’t EVERYTHING… is it?

If hoarding money is your priority, then we really have no argument. We’re simply not of the same tribe. No hard feelings. Bygones.

However, if your family is your priority, let’s talk. You want to do better by your family. You understand how pure and powerful essential oils can make a significant and lasting difference in your family’s health. You know dōTERRA is the world’s purest and safest for your whole family. So, what’s the hangup about investing in that? Do you believe in it or not?

common-mistakesHere’s my observation: Very few people in the richest country in the world have “NO money”. Some have very little, but almost no one has NONE. Ever seen a panhandler smoking a cigarette or sitting next to a pet? The bottom line is this: We all put our money toward what we feel is important. We’ll figure it out.

If your family’s health is a top priority, you’ll figure it out. So you fill the gas tank only halfway every other time. So you don’t treat yourself to coffee or dollar menu as much. So you cut back, trim some fat, have a garage sale or get onto eBay and sell stuff or reorganize your finances a bit. It IS possible to afford dōTERRA’s essential oils and to start a life-long wellness journey if that’s important to you.

No, you don’t have to buy a huge kit. One bottle of dōTERRA’s Lemon or Wild Orange is only $10 (wholesale), and you can those every day in MANY ways, so they’re worth the investment right from the get-go. Start with one bottle at a time if you have to. Everyone starts somewhere and at least you’re on the right track with your family’s health.

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The Bottom Line

“Expensive” is a relative term. It’s also a flexible one. It’s also a workable one. If you want to start using dōTERRA’s oils TODAY, you can totally do that, if you want to. There are options to get them into your home. Essential oils are life-changing, but whether that is life-changing for the better or the worse is up to you.

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dōTERRA’s essential oils are highly versatile and have a WIDE range of uses to address your health needs, meaning that, for the money, they provide a tremendous and lasting value.

It pains me to see people struggling with their health, or wishing they could do better, only because they think dōTERRA is too far out of reach. Better health, stronger body, deep, internal wellness starting at the cellular level IS within reach- you just have to take the first step and REACH for it!

Think about it. Pray about it. Do something about it.

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When Making Lunch Changes the World

If your house is anything like ours, school mornings are somewhat chaotic. This morning’s weeping and gnashing of teeth was over school lunches. We can’t afford to buy school lunch right now, so we pack lunches (remember the good old days when people preferred homemade things??), which is much less exciting, apparently.

As EDJ stomped around in anger because “we never have any good food” my husband suggested scraping three dollars out of our spare change jar to let him buy lunch, but it turned out that we didn’t have enough, so I got up to find him something to eat for lunch (yes, he’s a teenager and could, presumably make his own lunch, but it wasn’t in the cards today- I could already tell). You know how those days go.

As I scrambled around to scrape together something for lunch that wouldn’t end up being thrown away, EDJ threw some shade at me about how he hates peanut butter and jelly (which is all I could manage, as we need to shop, but haven’t gotten paid yet- aaaand you know how that goes), and that he fully intended to throw it away at school.

We went back and forth about the value of food and its cost, priorities and perspective, an appreciation for what we have even when it’s as humble as a PB&J and how not everyone can pay for school lunches and how that is OKAY. Of course, when I say “back and forth”, it was mostly me doing the talking as EDJ remained (mostly) silent and staring in a way that reminded me of the way people’s eyes would glaze over when looking at those magic pictures from the 1990’s that made images appear and float in front of your eyes.

After he left for school, I sat down to do my devotions and was reading in John 6, about the little boy with the five loaves and two fish. You know the story- Jesus had been teaching and everyone had come from far and wide, and apparently no one had thought to bring any food into the desert.

When Jesus suggested buying them food, Philip points out that they don’t have enough money to buy food for everyone (we didn’t even have $3, so I felt his pain), but they did have “five loaves of barely and two fish”, offered by a boy in the crowd.

Suddenly it struck me — someone had made that lunch for him, most likely the boy’s mother. My mind wandered as I thought about what that mother may have gone thought that morning as the boy headed out to see Jesus. Did he argue with her about how he hates fish? About how he’s sick of eating barley bread all the time? I wondered if he had complained that her fish always tasted funny and how all his friends were stopping at flafel the vendors to pick up something better. I wondered if he told her he’d throw it away once he was away from her.

I thought- maybe after he’d left, holding his five loaves and two fish away from his body as though it were covered in spiders, if she’d sat down like I had and beat herself up for not being a better mother and for forgetting to pick up his favorite lunch foods. Maybe she’d sent him out of the house with resignation, imagining how he’d toss the food that the rest of the family would gladly have eaten without complaint and what a waste it would be. Maybe she’d just been glad he was gone for a few hours. (You know how that goes).

Then, I remembered Jesus. He’d taken those five loaves and two fish and had performed one of His greatest miracles ever recorded – feeding well over 5,000 people (the Bible only counts the men) with that humble, packed lunch that some mother, somewhere in time, had made that morning. Who knows what she went through, but if she were anything like me, she may have had a morning that made her think: Why do I bother to do this at all? Will it ever get any easier?

And yet, because of the faithfulness and, yes, even the “routine” of one mother, who had made a thousand thankless lunches before that and a thousand thankless lunches after that day and may have had a thousand other arguments with her son about how it’s never good enough- she got up and did it anyway. Why?

Did she know Jesus would perform one of His greatest miracles with her humble, packed lunch? No. In fact, it’s highly probably she never had any clue what the Lord had done with her thankless lunch, made on a morning when she felt especially frustrated with it all. She did it because that’s what loving mothers do – they keep moving ahead because they love, because they see things their kids do not, because they’re willing to invest in their children, even when it’s not gratefully accepted at the moment.

However that investment pays off someday isn’t the concern right now. We do what we know to be the right thing, our very best, in spite of the struggle, the monotony of the routine, in spite of how others around us accept the best we have to offer- we’ve given it to God, and who knows- maybe that one, frustrating morning where we did the same thing we do every day will become one of the greatest events ever recorded in history- because we got up and faced another day thinking all we were going to do was pack our kids a lunch.

Stay Blessed!

~Alicia

Did 2016 change your life? 2017 can!

2016 was a BIG year for dōTERRA! From all the good the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ did to new products and multiple awards for the company, 2016 was one for the record books!

As you get started on your 2017 journey, take some time to look back on the great accomplishments of 2016. I am so proud to represent this company and so grateful for what their Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils have done for my family!

If 2016 wasn’t a great year for you, make 2017 YOURS! What will you do better, differently?

If you’ve been thinking about starting to explore dōTERRA essential oils, or are wondering about the usefulness of essential oils, or are curious why dōTERRA’s are so much more effective than other brands, please, please reach out to me.

I don’t tout dōTERRA essential oils as a cure, but I can tell you this- if you’ve “tried it all” and are still struggling, it truly perplexes me when people resist trying essential oils. With the right education, and application, they can bring real and lasting changes to your health. They’ve done so much for us! #getafreesamplefromme

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doTerra: The Bridge over Troubled Waters

It’s been c.r.a.z.y.town at our house for the past week with back-to-back sick baby girls! LadyBird’s temp was 102, with breathing issues in her nose and chest. Three days of misery. Did you read that!? ONLY THREE. Not 7-10 days or more. Three. We use Doterra’s oils everyday to strengthen our bodies and when hard times come, we’re able to fight back because we’re in fighting condition!

Our sweet Lemon-Lime developed a reaction to something she ate and has had projectile *everything* and a temp of 103.

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While we used an OTC temp reducer when it got over 101, we used Doterra’s essential oils topically, internally and in the diffuser to help ease their suffering throughout the day, and a bridge between doses and at night and it was so wonderful to manage and relive my babies and not to pump them full of extra chemicals that Doterra’s oils can address!

For little ones with tummy issues:
-Fractionated coconut oil on tummy and bowels, plus 2 drops of Digest Zen. Rub in gently. Do 3x per day.
-1 drop Lemon in water 2x per day
While issues persist.

For head and muscle/joint issues:
-Peppermint on hairline, temples and back of neck, and on muscles/joints (dilute with carrier oil) as often as needed. Also helps cool off the body. Use tepid washcloth to wipe down skin as needed.

For clear airways:
-Diffuse Breathe in a room that has a Humidifier running.
-Dilute Breathe and rub onto chest and swipe below nose.
-put a drop of Breathe on bottoms of feet at night and naps

For nighttime rest diffuse in a room with a humidifier:
5 drops Breathe
4 drops OnGuard
4 drops Serenity or Lavender

For immune system strength:
OnGuard plus Frankincense in a rollerbottle on bottoms of feet and spine/brain stem 4x per day. (Or dilute with carrier oil and use 1 drop of each 4x per day)
OnGuard beadlet 2x per day

To cleanse the puke bucket and other surfaces:
Hot water
Spray with onGuard cleaner concentrate

Lots of sleep and fluids and washing of hands, love, and stroking of hair and holding and rocking and singing is also recommended. 🙂

Be blessed, friends!

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I teach classes remotely (Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook etc.) or in person, and I love to even connect one-on-one if you’d like to have a conversation about essential oils.

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New Year, New You!!

It is 2017 already? Honestly. I can’t believe I’m at the age where I can remember where I was THIRTY years ago… 1987. Eek. Thirty years ago I was 10 and I was super into Get in Shape Girl! and Amy Grant and patent leather shoes and I had just gotten a 10-speed bike for my 1oth birthday. Life was grand! 1987

Notables from 1987:

  • Disposable contact lenses first became available allowing nerds, dorks and geeks everywhere to now blend in
  • The portable computer was at its lightest weight, of 2 lbs
  • “The Simpsons” had its debut, offending conservative parents everywhere, ‘doh!
  • “Dirty Dancing” was the top movie (Not, for me thought. I had to wait until I was 14 and it was available on video and I then snuck to my friends to watch it under cover of night)
  • Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” topped the music charts
  • Ronald Reagan was president; Donald Trump famously said he would NEVER run for president
  • Talking Alf was the toy parents were punching each other in the face for at Christmas.

new-yearThe new year is a time of reflection for most people, a time to look back and contemplate successes, failures, milestones, and to think about how to move ahead. Do you make resolutions? I stopped making official “resolutions” a long time ago, because they were really just a way for me to measure my failures. Instead, I write down ‘goals’.

While I am a naturally goal-oriented person, and I thrive on achievement, a goal is something to aim for and work toward, and if you don’t reach it, goals are adjustable based on how far you’ve come. I like that. So, I have a set of goals for this year. Looking back, I didn’t reach some of my goals from 2016 (although I DID lose all my baby weight), so I just transferred over the ones I still wanted to work toward, and I dumped the ones that, in retrospect, seemed like a they were no longer relevant to where I am in my life now.

New Year, New YOU

What does the new year look like for you? What do YOU look like in the new year? A fresh start doesn’t have to take place on January 1, but it’s certainly a good time to think about it. First of all, you are great and accepted enough, just as you are. But we all need a fresh start at some point, in some area of life- and I know I do!

inspireWellness is a life-long journey and the great thing is, you can start anytime. So- why wait? Why not start now? Maybe you’re just going to reduce how much you eat, by one item each day. Or increase how much you exercise by pushing yourself for one more minute. Or, adding in just one more day a week you made good food choices. Whatever it is for you- now is your time!

And yes- doTerra CAN help! How? That is an excellent question… See how you’re already so awesome?!

Whether your goals are financial, health-oriented, relationship-centered, spiritual, emotional or just a general desire to improve yourself- doTERRA has an opportunity for you to grab hold of something that will make a true difference in your life and they’re willing back it with the greens… $100’s worth, to be exact…

Check this out:
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New Year, New Alicia …

I am SO excited for this promotion. It’s actually the same one that led to my own involvement with doTERRA. We wanted to explore essential oils and had decided that doTERRA was the company we were going to move forward with (If you want to know WHY, read here). We heard about the New Year, New You promotion and immediately knew it was the perfect timing. $100 in FREE product points? For just opening a membership account and buying a few things we were already planning to purchase? SIGN ME UP, PLEASE! TAKE MY MONEY!

alicia-at-camp-pinnacle2I didn’t realize at the time that this would be a solution to some of my financial goals, but it was! I didn’t realize it would be the answer to many of my health questions- but it WAS! I didn’t realize it would help me emotionally- but it HAS. I had no idea doTERRA would be the path ahead for us, but it has proven to be so…. Wow!.

I had no idea.

So, I have to ask you this: What are the possibilities for you? How, realistically, will you grab hold of them? What’s the plan? Why do things have to feel so out of reach? Why do you LET them feel that way? Truly, the only thing that holds you back is you. It’s me. We have mental blocks, issues from the past, fears- but what you dream of IS within reach. It IS. Don’t be held back. Let yourself GO.

Pressing Toward the Mark

My MOST favorite passage of Scripture is found in Philippians 3:7-14. Read this and see why:

“But what things were gain to me, I have counted these things to be loss for the sake of Christ. Yes, certainly, I count everything as loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have forfeited the loss of all things and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God on the basis of faith, to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if somehow I might make it to the resurrection of the dead. Not that I have already attained or have already been perfected, but I follow after it so that I may lay hold of that for which I was seized by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not count myself to have attained, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Do you have an anthem song for 2017? You should! That one you’re going to play super loud when things get tough? If not, you can borrow min! Here’s MY ANTHEM FOR 2017:

If you’ve set a mark, it’s time, now to PUSH toward it.

Here’s your deal from doTERRA: Open a *no obligation, no contract, no auto ship* membership and place an order of 100 point value. Place an order in February of 100 point value. In March, you receive 100 points from doTERRA to spend immediately on any doTERRA products you want.

If you’ve thought about earning money through doTERRA, or even just accumulating oils to use for your own wellness- NOW. IS. THE. TIME.

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Peace: Body, Mind and Spirit

What is “peace” to you? On a grand scale, perhaps peace looks like a lack of war, or famine or struggle. For some, “peace” might be having the circumstances around you fall into place, or the people in your life getting along (for once). Maybe it’s more simple than that is just the way you find your own, personal calm amid the storm. Whatever “peace” means to you- do you have it? If not, why?

peace9.jpgMaybe you’ve defined it incorrectly? Let’s explore that. It’s important that, if you’re looking for something (like peace) in your life, that you understand what it is you’re looking for, so that you know when you’ve found it.

I know, for me, peace is an inner sensation, not an outside one (although external peace is lovely too!) – and if you’re anything like me, you struggle with your inner peace at times, especially when life gets real. That being said- you’re welcome to walk with me on the path the Lord is leading me, to understand and reconnect with Peace – body, mind and spirit.

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DoTERRA has an essential oil blend actually called “Peace”, which is one of my all time favorite blends- and one of my most used. To me, it smells like a beautiful chocolate, with a hint of mint and a very subtle, distant note of vanilla. I LOVE it.

Here’s how I use it: First, once I pinpoint that it’s my inner peace I’m struggling with, I stop and take a deep breath, and reconnect with the composed, collected “me”. I use doTERRA’s Peace Touch Reassuring Blend to promote feelings of contentment, composure, and reassurance when anxious feelings overwhelm me. peace4

  1. Place a drop into palms of hands and rub on the back of neck, over the heart, on your temples and bottoms of the feet.
  2. Take another drop into palms and inhale deeply- probably 10 times. As I do this, I meditate on spiritually uplifting concepts.

Philippians 4:8-9 tells us, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

Peace3-1.pngSo, for example, I Google “Scriptures about peace” and I say things like:

  • Psalm 29:11, “The Lord gives [me] His strength. The Lord blesses [me] with peace.”
  • Isaiah 43:2-3, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

When feelings of fear and anxiousness creep into our minds, we seek for peace and reassurance from many sources- but the one, true source is the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.  Though it can be difficult to remain calm and composed in our hectic, unpredictable world, doTERRA Peace Reassuring Blend provides an escape from discontent and worry and it’s a great tool for helping you focus your mind and attention on the peace, not the storm.

Great for:

  • Kids at night- layer on bottoms of feet along with Lavender
  • Times of grief or pain- inhale and rub over heart and onto temples as often as needed
  • Anxiousness- Diffuse or inhale directly, stop and think calming thoughts, recite a prayer or speak positive words
  • Before a test or job interview or an upcoming difficult conversation- Rub onto temples, wrists and other pressure points
  • At bedtime- Bottoms of feet and back of neck. Layer with Serenity, Vetiver and/or Lavender

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Scientists and psychologists have spent centuries trying to understand the phenomena we refer to as emotions. Although science can not yet definitively explain the exact mechanisms, we do know that emotions have vast influence on well-being. Employing the most current research and the purest essential oils, the new doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy blends are unique volatile aromatic compounds that address the emotions that so greatly influence your health.
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doTERRA’s Peace Reassuring Blend is a fusion of floral and mint essential oils. The amalgamation of popular essential oils such as Lavender and Spearmint, along with the essence of some lesser-known plants such as Labdanum creates a chemical profile rich in monoterpene esters and alcohols for a renewing and toning experience.
peace2How essential oils influence emotions through their aroma is a fascinatingly complex process.It wasn’t until the early 1990s, with a Nobel prize winning study by Linda Buck and Richard Axel, that biologists began to understand the chemical sensors responsible for the remarkable effects of scent. Recently, olfactory sensors were discovered to be present not only in our nose, but also in  our skin, a discovery that has a multitude of implications for the future of aromatherapy research and essential oil use. Scent is an amazingly powerful tool that we can use to influence our lives in a multitude of ways.
So, biologically speaking, the literal smell of Peace will help you regain your composure, calm your racing heart and mind, refocus your attention and help you begin to address what is causing such a lack of peace in your life right now.
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So, have you thought about how YOU define peace? The best definition of real, actual peace is found in the Bible.
In the Old Testament, the word “Shalom” is the Hebrew word for “peace” and it means, “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace in human relationships and with God especially in covenant relationship.” (Strongs)
peace5.jpgThis is seen in this example of Isaiah 9:6, “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
In the New Testament, the word “peace” is a Greek word meaning, “peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord; the way that leads to peace (salvation); in Christianity, the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.” (Strongs)
This can be seen in Colossians 3:15: “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts…”
The Bible defines “peace” as being tranquility among mankind with each other, mankind with God, an assurance of salvation in the soul and fearing nothing that the world can bring at you. THAT is true peace.
If you’re looking for peace in your life (aren’t we all?!) – know what you’re looking for and then, go after it. How? How, in a crazy and sometimes horrible world can we find true peace, amid all the ruckus, hate, bad choices and more?
You get yourself right with the Prince of Peace and then YOU. MAKE. PEACE.
Peacemakers are blessed, the Bible promises that in Matthew 5.
It starts IN you, and it emanates FROM you and extends BEYOND you. 
Don’t look for perfection, look for Peace.
peace8.jpgIn Luke 2, when the angels said “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men”- they were NOT talking about stuff like world peace. They were foretelling of what the birth of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, would accomplish. His death would bridge the gap that sin created- thereby bringing PEACE on earth, and God’s goodwill toward sinful mankind- because of Jesus.
You start THERE.
Jesus IS Peace. You MAKE PEACE.
I love you! Be blessed, friends!

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If you’d like to get doTERRA’s essential oils into your home, I am happy to help you with that! Visit this page for all the information you need to get started:

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If you’re interested in learning more about doTERRA’s essential oils, living a wellness lifestyle or how to get started with oils in your home, I’d love to connect with you!

I teach classes remotely (Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook etc.) or in person, and I love to even connect one-on-one if you’d like to have a conversation about essential oils.

Reach out to me and let’s talk!

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Frankincense: Body, Mind and Spirit

Have you finished your Christmas/holiday shopping? Have you STARTED? I haven’t. Even though there are only 17 days left until Christmas, I haven’t bought one, single thing for anyone (unless you count groceries for my family, which I think SHOULD count…)

Actually, I really do wish we could do more making of gifts than buying. I am definitely a person that appreciates the ‘thought’ behind a gift – that means something to me. Meaning is a big deal for me in life in general, and in the gifts I give, and I try to infuse the gifts I give with thought and intention and purpose. I’m the kind of person who would rather have a drawing or a poem or a pair of hand-knit socks than a new pair of earrings. (Not shoes, though. I always want shoes, first. That’s very thoughtful.)

frank3See this picture? It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten- just a simple, hand drawn sketch from my husband for our anniversary. One of my favorite possessions. It’s the little things, with me, really.

Speaking of thoughtful gifts, if you read my previous blog, on Myrrh, it was a really eye-opening one for me, personally, to learn the thought, intention and purpose that God put into the gifts Jesus received as a child. Gold, a gift of enduring value, Myrrh and Frankincense.

I always thought they were, well, random, until I learned more about them, and then I was brought to tears. God is a God of purpose- from the purpose He gives to each human life, to the deliberate and meaningful gifts He gives- and the gifts give to Jesus were deeply representative of His life, and death.

Frankincense essential oil is known as a “life or death” oil- why? Oh, you will want to know, friends. 🙂 And keep reading for a GREAT DEAL on doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils, just for this month ONLY…..!

Enjoy today’s connection to: Frankincense.

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Frankincense has been used since pretty much the dawn of man for everything you can think of. In fact, in doTERRA we say, “when in doubt, get Frankincense out”.

Known as the king of essential oils, Frankincense has a variety of notable uses and benefits. This powerful essential oil is revered for its ability to:

  • Beautify and rejuvenate skin when applied topically
  • Promote cellular health
  • Strengthen immunity
  • Produce a healthy inflammatory response when taken internally
  • Promote feelings of satisfaction, peace, relaxation, and overall wellness

With all of its many uses, there is no question as to why Frankincense was highly esteemed by ancient civilizations and used for the most sacred of practices.

Frank2-1.pngA few other ways to use Frankincense:

  • Skin relief from unsightly and itchy, burny razor bumps – the chemical properties of Frankincense will aid in reducing appearances of skin imperfections and if you blend with lotion, it’ll keep help inflammation.
  • Diffuse Frankincense oil to help create a sense of purpose and intention for the day. The fragrances of Frankincense essential oil will also help bring added satisfaction, peace, relaxation, and even feelings of overall wellness to your morning routine.
  • One of Frankincense’s most powerful benefits is its ability to promote health, specifically cellular function. You can take Frankincense oil internally by adding one to two drops in a Veggie capsule or putting two drops into a shot glass and chugging it (this is what we do). This natural supplement will help support healthy cellular function. frank5-1.png
  • Add a couple drops of Frankincense oil to the moisturizer of your choice to help hydrate and rejuvenate the dry skin during the winter. I do this with my facial lotion as well and it has made a BIG difference in how my skin looks and feels.
  • Speaking of skin, apply this to scars, stretchmarks, skin blemishes and other skin appearance issues. Do it regularly, frequently and consistently and you’ll see *results*.
  • Whenever traveling somewhere dry, apply Frankincense oil to maintain healthy looking fingernails. Simply place a drop of oil on your nail and rub it around the cuticles and edges of your fingernails to help soothe dryness and keep them supple.
  • The chemical components of Frankincense result in an extremely powerful aroma that can help to dispel negative feelings—like stress. If you are feeling like the pressures of life are weighing down your mood, apply Frankincense to the bottom of your feet. The soothing sensation and aroma will promote feelings of relaxation and a balanced mood.
  • Rub into gums or swish in your mouth for gum and tooth care, and/or put a drop onto your toothpaste to help promote a healthy state of your mouth and to help prevent issues from cropping up. This is good to do each day, but step it up if you’re not feeling well or something doesn’t feel right in your mouth.
  • If you have, ahem, monthly lady issues, rub this over your external lady parts, where you cramp or get achy. Do as often as needed. Combine this with doTERRA’s Clary Calm for a major boost to moods and feelings and emotions. SO GOOD. Your family will thank you.

Of course there are many more ways you can use Frankincense, and the possibilities are endless. One amazing thing about Frankincense is that it acts as a ‘booster’ oil to anything you combine it with.

frank6For example, if you’re using Lavender to calm skin or to rest at night, add Frankincense and it increases the effects of the Lavender. If you’re using Melaleuca to help with scalp issues, add Frankincense. If you’re using On Guard to strengthen your immune system, add Frankincense.

On my own kids, I have a roller bottle that I’ve filled with doTERRA’s On Guard and doTERRA’s Frankincense and topped off with fractionated coconut oil. This is rolled onto the kids’ feet twice a day, and on their brain stem and spine each night.

So, yeah, some people think I’m dreaming – to think that doing this with doTERRA’s oils is going to make a difference , but if my kids not being sick for a year is dreaming- DON’T WAKE ME UP!

GET. FRANKINCENSE. It lasts a long time, and it’s worth the money. Save up for it, do what you need to and get your hands on doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Frankincense oil so you can safely take it internally. There’s a reason God the Father gave it to Jesus as a child. It’s THAT good.

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Frankincense oil is derived from the Boswellia sacra tree and trees of a similar species. The Boswellia sacra is characterized by its thin and peeling bark, tangled branches, and clustered leaves at the end of the branches. The trunks of these trees often have more than one stem; however, some have only one trunk. frank7-1.pngThe Boswellia sacra is native to Ethiopia, northern Somalia, south-western Oman, and southern Yemen.

Frankincense essential oil is derived from the ‘tears’ of trees that have been carefully scored, or “bled.” If cared for properly, frankincense trees can produce tears for hundreds of years! After a careful distillation process, the essential oil has a complex mixture of monoterpenes: alpha-Pinene, Limonene, alpha-Thujene, beta-Pinene — This number and variety of monoterpenes found in one compound is rare and it is this complex chemistry contributes to its renewing effects and makes Frankincense so powerful for supporting the diverse types of cells in the body.

In very much the same way as Myrrh is harvested, Frankincense oil has a high viscosity (aka “thickness” like honey). For centuries, the resin of the tree has been obtained by slashing or making an incision into the tree, which then emits large amounts of resin. After the resin secretes from the tree, it is then scraped off or collected as it drips onto the ground. When doTERRA obtains the resin from trees, the trees are carefully scored or “bled.” From there, the resin is delicately distilled and essential oils are extracted.

frank4-1.pngHey, by the way, just so you are aware, Frankincense is relatively expensive and it should be. If you find “affordable” Frankincense- that is a WARNING to you. Toss it, now. Blech. Gross. Ick. Harvesting Frankincense resin is a difficult, dangerous and delicate process that requires careful planning and precise skill and takes over five months to complete the process- and typically the people who literally risk their lives to get it, are grossly underpaid.

DoTERRA’s oils are products using only Co-Impact Sourcing (read more HERE) which provides frankincense harvesters with fair wages and on-time payments (including food and cash prepayments spread out during the year) by working around the layers of middlemen and instead working directly with those who harvest and sort the frankincense.

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If your Frankincense is “affordable”, it’s actually code for CHEAP and adulterated, while still being called “pure” (yes, the law allows for that). If you want to see real results, doTERRA’s Frankincense is Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade and no one else in the world holds that designation. Thank you very much.

You’ll find Frankincense in many of doTERRA’s product like my personal favorite, the Lifelong Vitality Pack!! Get this liquid life in your body, asap!! With so many benefits and uses, Frankincense essential oil has rightfully earned its title as the “king” of all essential oils. It’s beautifying, aromatic, and health-promoting properties are extremely powerful and can easily improve an everyday lifestyle. For anyone seeking a helpful essential oil tip, always remember, if in doubt, use Frankincense.

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I mentioned above that Frankincense is a “life or death” oil – what does that mean? Well, let’s start with this: We know it was given to Jesus when He was very young, but the Three Wise Men, the Magi from the East (read my post on Myrrh for more on this). We know that, even then, all three of the gifts Jesus was given were costly and precious, as they are today. And because we know that God is deeply purposeful, He would have given His only Son gifts with deep purpose, intention and meaning.

frank8Indeed, Frankincense fits that description. Jesus said Himself that He came to give use life, abundantly (John 10:10), but that He also came to die for the sins of mankind; He took the place of the Old Covenant sacrificial lambs, and offered Himself as the ultimate innocent sacrifice, once and for all- He died.

Frankincense is symbolic of Jesus death, and of His life. Jesus came for life and death. Frankincense, the king of oils, is a life and death oil. Here’s how:

Your body’s cells absorb the extremely small molecules of CPTG essential oils deep inside because they are small enough to pass through the cell membrane. Your cells treat essential oils like a food source and NOT like a medicine. Therefore, just like good foods give to you, your body’s cells are able to strengthen, grow, repair and thrive as needed. That is the “life” part- and doTERRA’s essential oils all behave in that manner.

(Side note: This is *exactly* why you MUST use only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils- What are you feeding your cells!? Only doTERRA provides the CPTG designation, btw)

On the reverse side, the complexity of the chemistry of Frankincense means that it has the power of “death” also- While this amazing oil provides life to healthy cells, Frankincense has also been shown in numerous studies to bring death to unhealthy cells.

frank10.jpgUnhealthy cells cause all kinds of devastating damages to the human body and when they are present in their various forms, Frankincense communicates to them to kill themselves. Doctors and researchers are studying this like crazy because it has so much potential!

When you realize that, you can start to see why God placed such gifts into the hands of His son. Frankincense was representative of the reason for which Jesus was born in the first place- to bring life, and to die- which also ultimately brought life to all humanity.

John 3:16-17, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.”

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ALERT: HOLIDAY FRANKINCENSE DEAL!

So, it’s almost CHRISTMAS- the biggest gift-giving holiday of the year. Here’s what you need to know about doTERRA’s Frankincense right now:

If you do not have a doTERRA membership, NOW is the time to get one!! If you place **ANY** order worth 200 Point Value this month, you’ll get a FREE 15 mL bottle of Frankincense! F.R.E.E.

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Please reach out to me to get this deal. (Or go here to get started on your own) Frankincense is a WONDERFUL, POWERFUL essential oil and it will make a lasting difference in your body, mind and spirit.

 

Be blessed, friends!

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If you’d like to get doTERRA’s essential oils into your home, I am happy to help you with that! Visit this page for all the information you need to get started:

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If you’re interested in learning more about doTERRA’s essential oils, living a wellness lifestyle or how to get started with oils in your home, I’d love to connect with you!

I teach classes remotely (Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook etc.) or in person, and I love to even connect one-on-one if you’d like to have a conversation about essential oils.

Reach out to me and let’s talk!

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* 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.