Thieves Household Cleaner Sale

Want to get even more value from your Oil Infused Lifestyle?

For a limited time, Young Living is discounting one of eight O.I.L. products: Thieves® Household Cleaner, 14.4 fl. oz.!

We love using Thieves Household Cleaner in our home. I know it’s safe for my kids and pets and smells and works great!

From March 26–31, you can take advantage of 10% off Thieves Household Cleaner on any standard order.*

With 100% plant- and mineral-based ingredients, you can use this all-purpose, concentrated cleaner all over your home for spring cleaning—all while enjoying your Oil Infused Lifestyle more than ever!

Visit YoungLiving.com/OIL to learn more now!

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*Limit two per account. Standard orders only. Promotion runs from 12 midnight, MT, March 26 to 11:59 p.m., MT, March 31.

Diagnose Yourself Book Review

I had a great opportunity to review Diagnose Yourself: Place the Power of Healing in Your Hands by Reid Jenner.

How many of us have visited a doctor only to leave, frustrated, with a fistful of prescriptions that don’t even help the problem?

Most doctors are not trained to ask patients any questions. They use their tools to assess condition and their knowledge to diagnose. All in about a 10 minute consultation.

Most medical institutions prefer short patient visits, more invasive procedures, and a higher prevalence of tests – which contribute to more misdiagnoses, longer wait times, and increase in costs.

Couple this with the extraordinary profits of drug company patents with 20-year non-competition license to sell meds. Drug companies pay incentives to doctors to enroll patients in clinical drug trials.

The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow direct-to-customer advertising for drugs.

There are few checks and balances to this system.

A remarkable concept:

We can diagnose yourself within 60-120 minutes simply by asking the right questions and using your own knowledge.

Ten chapters explain the problems with most medical institutions and how patients can diagnose themselves to get the treatment they need and deserve. Charts, questionnaires, and worksheets.

This often ineffective method of treating symptoms based on commonly categorized disease prototypes is perhaps most blatantly observed in the field of psychiatry. If a mother brings in a hyperactive child to the doctor’s office, very often the child is quickly labeled as having ADHD, and mood- altering psychotropic drugs are prescribed by the attending physician. Or if the child is abnormally withdrawn, he might be labeled as having Asperger’s Syndrome, and a different type of medication is prescribed. An unusually careful or focused child might be labeled as having OCD— and so it goes. In each instance, the condition is often referred to as a ‘disease’, and the prognosis is an indefinite, often lifetime, regimen of side- effect- inducing psychotropic drugs. Very little time or effort is taken to truly understand why the child may be behaving in this manner, nor to allow the child to tell the doctor his full story.

Fewer than 25% of illnesses are caused by genetic influences. Which means 75% are caused by environmental influences.

Reid Jenner walks the reader through steps to learn how we are influenced by factors in our environment to diagnose ourselves.

He cites case studies and describes how the checklists and body outline profiles can be used for self-diagnosis.

The final chapter is all about natural health options and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I highly recommend this book to educate yourself about how the environment affects our bodies and when it becomes imbalanced, how we can diagnose ourselves to best communicate with doctors well.

About the Author

Reid JennerReid Jenner is an acclaimed naturopathic problem-solving specialist with over twenty years’ experience designing, teaching, and facilitating root-cause analysis techniques in the health sector, with a successful record solving hundreds of health problems for clients with a wide range of maladies. He is passionately focused on helping every patient use his or her personal health history to find the quickest, simplest, and least invasive permanent solution to each problem. In his experience, the vast majority of intractable problems can be solved in less than 60 minutes.

Download worksheets at Reid Jenner’s website.

Order your copy of Diagnose Yourself: Place the Power of Healing in Your Hands. $2.99 for Kindle or $10.52 for Paperback

March Promotions

Don’t miss out on some great March promotions from Young Living!

Living well means enjoying all the best, most rewarding things; and with your March order, you can get extra rewards on top of all of the great Young Living products arriving on your doorstep!

Learn about the Essential Rewards program here.

Earn a free 5-ml Marjoram essential oil, plus a $20 enrollment coupon and Ortho Ease® massage oil with your qualifying standard March order.

With a qualifying Essential Rewards order of 190 PV or above, you’ll also earn a bonus 5-ml Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil!

March Promotions 2015

300 PV
Retail Value: $117.37
• 5-ml Marjoram essential oil: Familiar as a spice in cooking, this culinary herb comes from the same family as oregano.
• $20 enrollment coupon: Help your family and friends be a part of the Young Living family, and they can enjoy these amazing promotions with you!
• Ortho Ease massage oil: Apply this unique blend after physical activity and enjoy the combination of Wintergreen, Peppermint, Juniper, and Marjoram essential oils in a base of quick-absorbing fractionated coconut oil.
• Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Idaho Balsam Fir: Let the woodsy aroma of Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil rejuvenate your home! Only available in qualifying Essential Rewards orders of 190 PV or more.

250 PV
Retail Value: $71.65
• 5-ml Marjoram essential oil
• $20 enrollment coupon
• Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Idaho Balsam Fir

190 PV
Retail Value: $51.65
• 5-ml Marjoram essential oil
• Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive: 5-ml Idaho Balsam Fir

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Natural Makeup Spring Sale from Cowgirl Dirt

Spring eyebrow pencils sale! I love natural makeup!

Welcome Spring with 15% Off All-New Brow Pencils & Brush!

Spring is a time of new life, new beauty, new beginnings, from calves and colts to wildflowers of the field. Start your own new beginning with our NEW PRODUCT SALE! Revamp your look with all-new, all-natural County Line Brow Pencils and Brow Brushes, 15% off!

Sale runs March 20th-21st!

SHOP BROW PENCILS & BRUSH!

Cowgirl up and keep ridin’!

Homemade Hair Wax

My son has been bugging me for months to make him some hair gel. I scanned Pinterest and researched recipes. Simple is best. I think this solid hair wax is better than gel for what he wants: “I want my hair up, Mama!”

Alex is super happy with the result!

Homemade Hair Wax

I put a glass jar in a pot of water, cuz who has time for a double boiler?

Add beeswax. You want this melted absolutely molten or it won’t be smooth. I messed up on my sunscreen recipe because I didn’t do that. So it’s a little bumpy.

beeswax

Then add shea butter to the molten beeswax.

shea butter

I took the jar out of the water and added jojoba.

adding jojoba

I mixed it with a wooden stick and added essential oils. It hardened in my cold kitchen pretty quickly.

solidifying into wax

Hair Wax Recipe

  • 1 ounce beeswax
  • 1 1/2 ounces shea butter
  • 2 ounces jojoba oil
  • 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils

Directions:

Melt beeswax in a glass jar in a pot of water or double boiler. Add shea butter and melt. Add jojoba. Add essential oil. When it cools, it will solidify.

Great essential oils for hair:

Rosemary, peppermint, chamomile, copaiba, cypress, and sandalwood are great for dry hair.

Basil, melaleuca, lemongrass, lavender, patchouli, eucalyptus, myrtle, and citrus (lime, lemon, orange) are great for oily hair. Citrus could lighten hair in direct sunlight so take care.

Rosemary, cedarwood, geranium, lavender, copaiba, and hinoki are good for hair loss. (I know some people mix these in a spray bottle with distilled water and spritz their heads daily!)

Melaleuca and eucalyptus are especially helpful with dandruff.

I scoop some wax and rub it with my fingers into his hair and style it. Just look at his little faux hawk. He is so stylish!

Ready for church

Alex only wanted orange oil in his hair wax. He loves the scent of orange!

 

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Obedience in a Bottle

My teen daughter probably would be labeled all sorts of letters if she attended school. We prefer to manage any potential issues without medication.

Liz is often difficult when she wants to be.  Most days, we get along well — with only a few squinty stares as she weighs a decision whether to obey.

What Does Stubborn Look Like?

I often struggle to successfully motivate and teach her while remaining unemotional and objective. I do know that she sometimes feels triumphant when I lose it over not being able to “control” her. She knows how to push all the buttons.

She is stubborn. Like, sit at the table for three hours, staring at one math page, refusing to pick up a pencil, stubborn.

Nothing we say or do seems to matter at these times.

Changing Behavior

My husband gets increasingly frustrated with not making any progress in prompting Liz to obey.

He finally turned to our oil table on a particularly difficult Saturday morning when we had hoped to have Liz quickly complete some school work and head outdoors for some fun. And she decided to be stubborn.

We had just ordered Highest Potential in our Essential Rewards that month. We had purchased Humility at the Mona, Utah, farm after testing it and liking it – and and we had used it before with great success.

He took both those bottles and dripped some of each into his palm and anointed her head.

Humility + Highest Potential + Progessence Plus Serum =

Obedience in a Bottle

Obedience in a Bottle

The Effects

Within a few minutes, Liz had gotten dressed, become amazingly more agreeable, and was working diligently on her math assignment.

We stood back in awe.

She completed her math more cheerfully than ever before. The rest of the day, she was compliant and good-natured.

It was really weird, y’all.

Progessence Plus Serum

We have encouraged Liz for several months to use Progessence Plus Serum before bed. Our daughter does not use this regularly. We understand that hormone therapy is very sensitive stuff. She uses only a drop or two a couple evenings each month.

Progessence Plus has helped to maintain balance with her changing hormones. We saw improvement in her mood steadily with essential oil use. Super helpful during this tumultuous time of being a fourteen-year-old girl!

I also like to use Progessence Plus for a few days out of every month. I recognize when my body needs it now.

We also got labs completed to rule out any physical issues. Her D and iron levels were extremely low. Her cortisol levels were also very low, but the doctors assure us she will grow out of that. We upped the supplements and changed her diet and got a happy funshine lamp. Within a few months, her mood is much more even and she doesn’t feel so tired anymore. The endocrinologist visits were very helpful to rule out any issues, problems, and set our minds at ease.

My husband and I are quite amazed by how quickly the oils help us with all sorts of situations. While we use the oils frequently and for various reasons, we are constantly surprised by new methods and successes.

Why did these particular oils help?

Humility

What is in Humility?

  • Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora)
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
  • Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Rose (Rosa damascena)
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium)

If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 AMP

Highest Potential

What will you find in Highest Potential?

  • Australian Blue™ [essential oil blend of blue cypress (Callitrus intratropica), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum), and white fir (Abies concolor)]
  • Gathering™ [essential oil blend of galbanum (Ferula gummosa), frankincense (Boswellia carteri), sandalwood (Santalum album), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), rose (Rosa damascena), spruce (Picea mariana), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) and jasmine (jasminum officinale)]

Essential Oils can be Effective Parenting Tools

These two oils (among many others!) are great parenting tools.

We encourage our children to work through their fleshly and sinful natures and to practice better behaviors. We pray and discuss the behaviors that honor God and that we desire.

Essential oils are great tools to help us encourage the desired character we want exhibited in our children. We also really love the Feelings Kit. I love that we can use oils, combined with prayer and the Word of God,  to help us achieve our goals.

Parenting Resources

Other great parenting resources we love:

  1. You Can’t Make Me by Cynthia Tobias
  2. Lead Your Family Like Jesus by Tricia Goyer, et al
  3. Don’t Make Me Count To Three  by Ginger Plowman
  4. Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  5. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp
  6. Parenting From the Overflow by Terrilyne Underwood
  7. The Christian Parenting Handbook by Scott Turansky
  8. Boundaries with Kids by Henry Cloud
  9. The Dr. James Dobson Parenting Collection
  10. The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

Check out my full resource list here!

And the following are valuable tools:

Also see my Parenting and Leadership Pinterest boards.

 

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Resources for Brain Health

Despite having a natural lifestyle, we still occasionally have a focusing issue with our children. These tips have worked for us (and our friends) to keep our kids medication-free.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as adding a nourishing, vitamin-rich diet and supplements to help kids (and adults) to focus and think well. We recognize that some individuals need medications. We also never, ever recommend ending a medication regimen without consulting your physician.

Medication-free options to help brain health

Medication-free options for brain health - diet and tips to help with ADHD, autism, attention, and memory

1. The Autism & ADHD Diet by Barrie Silberberg

This book comes highly recommended from friends. We haven’t used it, but I’m sure it’s comparable to some other diets I’ve seen.

 

2. The Feingold Diet by Ben F. Feingold, M.D.

This is the first resource I found and when we eliminated food dyes and chemicals from our diet, the difference in my daughter’s behavior was amazing.

 

3. Eating for Autism by dietitian Elizabeth Strickland

This free pdf has some great steps towards a nutrition plan to help your kids!

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4. ADDitude online magazine

This website has a plethora of free resources and articles to help you and your kids!

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) symptoms, medication, treatment, information, help and diagnosis for ADD adults and parents of children with ADHD and learning disabilities from ADDitude magazine.

5. The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks by Heather Haupt

Fun ideas to help your kids take some breaks so they can work hard when they need to focus.

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks

 

We specifically use a combination of essential oils, dietary supplements, a natural whole foods diet, cod liver oil, plenty of fresh air and exercise to help us perform at our best. See our daily routine.

Best Cod Liver Oil

All children need healthy fats in their diets for brain food.

If your kids have trouble focusing, try this simple trick to ensure their brains work at optimal level.

Cod liver oil is one of the most precious superfoods. Offering a rich blend of fat soluble vitamins, paired with healing omega-3 fatty acids, its nutritional profile is simply unparalleled. As a respected and time-tested remedy, cod liver oil has been used for generations to promote health and well-being for individuals of all ages.

As with many things in the 21st century, large market demands, love affairs with laboratories and environmental changes have results in “modernized treatments” of many fish oils. Refined cod liver oils are often nutrient bereft and far different from the sacred spoonfuls our grandparents slurped down.

This is why Radiant Life is so happy to now offer two high vitamin cod liver oils that are made in small-batches, the old fashioned way: Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil and Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Both of these outstanding cod liver oil options are also recommended in the “Best” category in the 2015 Weston A. Price Foundation Shopping Guide!

Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil

True to ancient roots, Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil is produced using traditional no-heat methods. Rather than undergo the harsh refinement processes used by many other fish oil manufacturers, this cod liver oil is gently small-batch handled through a proprietary fermentation technique. This delicate process naturally maximizes nutrient bioavailability and reduces any contaminants. The result is an extremely pure and nutritious high vitamin cod liver oil that rivals that used by those of past generations.

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This oil is a rich source of vitamins A and D, both of which are not easily obtained at optimal levels with our modern diets and lifestyles. Additionally, Fermented Cod Liver Oil offers a hearty supply of the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA, otherwise known as the “Omega 3s.” This oil is thick and rich, full of naturally occurring nutrients. No synthetic nutrients or compounds of any kind are added.

Key Nutritional Benefits:

  • Naturally harvested and preserved
  • Optimal ratio of fat-soluble vitamins A and D
  • Full spectrum of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Nutrient bioavailability enhanced with fermentation
  • Non-heated to maintain nutrient integrity
  • Regularly tested for purity

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Rosita Extra-Virgin Cod Liver Oil

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Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil (EVCLO) is real Norwegian cod liver oil that is fresh, raw & handcrafted from wild livers using a very rare ancient extraction technique which uses nature to separate the oil from its liver. No chemicals, solvents and mechanical devices are ever used during the extraction process. The oil is completely unrefined and produced under the total absence of heat. This process protects its nutritional value, making it a rich source of vitamins A, D and omega fats.

EVCLO has a pale/golden color and a mild, fishy taste. It is thoroughly tested by leading universities and government-linked institutes. A true ancient oil in today’s modern world, and one that their Norse ancestors would have been proud to consume!

Key Nutritional Benefits:

  • Mild taste for easy administering
  • Only naturally occurring vitamin D3
  • A potent source of vitamin A
  • High in EPA/DHA – Omega 3’s
  • No soy or gluten
  • 100% raw
  • Tested regularity for purity

We love the Green Pasture Cinnamon Tingle and the kids take some every morning!

    I recommend all parents add CLO to their children’s diets.

All Natural Concealer Makeup

Cowgirl Dirt’s Newest Product!

Having trouble with dark circles and wrinkles under your eyes? This is the product for you! Cowgirl Dirt’s Under Eye Highlight Concealer neutralizes the dark area under your eye while highlighting the eye at the same time. This unique formula enables your foundation of choice to create a flawless completion without caking or weighting down the eye. Plus this anti-aging concealer nourishes your skin while you wear it! No one likes sun damage or wrinkles. The ingredients in this concealer moisturize, rejuvenate cells, and protect from the sun. Brighten those eyes!

Steps for applying Under-Eye Highlight Concealer:

1. Brush the Under Eye Highlight Concealer onto the Concealer Brush.
2. Using the Concealer Brush, apply a thin layer of the Highlight Concealer in an inverted triangle under the eyes making sure to cover any dark circles.
3. Take your foundation of choice and apply to face as customary.

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Healthy Gums

February is Gum Disease Awareness Month

Healthy Gums

Periodontal disease—commonly referred to as gum disease—is a silent, painless bacterial infection that is often completely undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction takes over. gum disease ribbon

As many as 85% of American adults suffer from moderate to severe forms of gum disease—and most don’t even know it. Those who do are often afraid to undergo traditional gum surgery and routinely opt out, choosing to suffer rather than endure treatment. But with recent research demonstrating a link to numerous health conditions including heart disease, stroke, and even certain cancers, gum disease has become an even more critical public education topic – one that cannot be ignored.

Keep your gums healthy naturally.


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