you’ve never had a night’s sleep like this….{and a new decorating trend surely to take off!}

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I’m sitting here this morning thinking about what an amazing night’s sleep I got last night. [and the night before that and the night before that.]

I’ve been so bad at sleeping in my lifetime. When I was in medical school, I got in the habit of not sleeping much and then for the next 20 years wore it on my shirt like a badge of honor. “I don’t need much sleep,” I would proudly say, to anyone who wanted to hear how I had gotten up at 4am to bake or write or create something.

Then my body crashed about 3 years ago into the worst adrenal fatigue. My hormones went bonkers, I gained weight, I woke up exhausted and lived on caffeine and various forms of hidden sugar to get through the day.

It’s been a long journey of recovery, but finally sleeping well has been a huge key AND a huge indicator that my body is healing itself.

If you don’t sleep well, you’re not healthy. How do I know? That’s when your body heals itself. Poor sleep contributes to almost every major medical illness and it disrupts your hormones, kills your sex drive, causes weight gain and depression, severely affects your immune system and your ability to fight off infections, and dumbs you down.

(Those are ALL symptoms that I had when I was at the height of my sleep deprivation and adrenal fatigue.)

Enter essential oils.

I first started with Lavender and Cedarwood. I would take a Epsom salt bath with those oils before bed (and still do) and then put them in my diffuser and on the bottom of my big toe. Sleep was finally starting to be my friend. I also starting using Progessence Plus for my hormones and it helped a lot too.

I also love Peace & Calming and Valor for sleep. I tend to rotate.

But a few weeks ago, I started using RUTAVALA, the roll-on that’s been out of stock for 3 forevers.

Y’all. I canNOT even describe to you the level of deep sleep. What I can describe to you are the DREAMS. BE VERY AFRAID.

You know you’ve slept well and cycled through REM sleep when you dream and I’ve had some doozies.

I was spending the night with my SOON TO BE MARRIED niece, Hope, and admiring their newly furnished apartment. (Side note: I want to get married again, so I can make my kitchen HALF as cool as hers!!)

I walked into their apartment and thought, EVERYTHING is perfect! Except they need some house plants. You know, once they move in and everything.

That night, I used Rutavala on my big toes and had vivid dreams of trying to convince Hope that she should put potted plants at the head of her bed and let them vine up the headboard, like an old English cottage wall. She looked at me like I had potted plants growing out of my head. In my dreams of course.

I imagined that my new decorating trend would TOTALLY take off on Pinterest and we’d have Rutavala to thank. EVERYONE would finally see how awesome oils are, all because of vined headboard trend.

My point is not that you should put potted plants at the head of your bed and let them vine up your headboard, although if you do, please credit me and send me pics.

My point is, I’ve never slept like I’ve slept with Rutavala and you should totally try it!

Don’t get me wrong, I recommend good nutrition and exercise and all that jazz too, but sometimes fixing one thing gives you the energy and pizazz to fix the next thing.

Fix your sleep and who knows how awesome you’ll be in a few months. Or how crazy those dreams will get!!

Maybe we’ll start a thread in the sisterhood FB group about our dreams with Rutavala!!

This month, for only 9 more days, you can get Rutavala for FREE with a $250 order. (You would also get free Fennel and if that order’s on ER, you’d get free Thieves and Lavender too.)

AND!??! You can get the promos twice in a month. Once through your ER order and once through a quick order. So if you need to stock up, do it this month, so you can try this amazing DREAMY oil.

We are not sure yet when/if YL is going to make this oil available for purchase, but I love that we can get it for free with purchase this month.

I’d love to you know if you’ve tried it?!?!?


October Promos!!!


If there ever were a month you wanted to try to get ALL the promos, October is it!! With a $300 qualifying PV order, you will get a FREE HOME DIFFUSER, which happens to be my very favorite one! You will also get a 15 ml bottle of Thieves oil (only on ER orders), a 5 ml bottle of clove, and 20 additional Essential Rewards points, which brings your saving to $157!!!

This is such an awesome month to get started with Young Living, because if you join with a premium starter kit and then add the Ningxia Red Essential Rewards kit AND my favorite winter wellness oil (that doesn’t come in the kit) OREGANO, you will spend a little over $300 and get $682 worth of amazing wellness promoting products. You will have everything you need to keep your family happy and healthy through the winter. And you’ll have TWO diffusers so maybe you won’t have to fight over them like we did when we first got started!

To learn more about how to get these awesome specials, click here and find the person who referred you to our blog!

Oregano Essential Oil

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Oregano Essential Oil

The disinfectant and cleansing properties of oregano essential oil were first recognized in ancient Greece where they were often used for for skin conditions.  Oregano was also used to protect food from bacteria and normally grows in the mountains, which is how it got the name “Oregano”, which means “Delight of the Mountains”.

The Essential Oil of Oregano is extracted through steam distillation of fresh oregano leaves, its chief components being Carvacrol, Thymol, Cymene, and Caryophyllene.

 Oregano oil benefits

  • Used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • Provides amazing immune-enhancing benefits
  • Supports healthy digestion and respiratory function
  • Excellent source of antioxidants
  • Oregano contains thymol and carvacrol, which have been studied and found to have many benefits


Oregano Oil Usage

  • Take one drop daily to boost immunity when seasonal threats are high.
  • Rub Oregano essential oil and fractionated coconut o0il on the bottom of your feet to help boost your immune system.
  • Put one drop in place of dried Oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.
  • Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface spray.
  • Mix one to two drops with water and gargle to soothe an irritated throat.
  • Dab a diluted drop on “ugly” skin blemishes to soothe and clear.

Oregano is an important ingredient in ImmuPower™ and a key oil in the Raindrop Technique®.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil has THE MOST AMAZING scent that is refreshing and invigorating. It is best known for it’s ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the body and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, to rejuvenate energy, purify skin, and as a powerful immune booster. Young Living’s Lemon essential oil is one that you must always have in your wellness arsenal. It is cold pressed from the lemon rind so it is much easier on your teeth and stomach than regular lemon juice is.  It takes 3,000 lemons to produce 1 kilogram of this oil!

It contains 68% limonene, a powerful compound offering a variety of health benefits that can be extracted from the peels of citrus fruits. Look up limonene when you get a chance and you will be impressed with what it can do for the human body!

Lemon Oil Benefits

  • Cleansing and purification
  • Energizing
  • Oral health and remedy for halitosis (bad breath)
  • Powerfully detoxes the body when taken orally
  • Thirst quencher
  • Remedy for abdominal colic pain
  • Supports the respiratory system
  • Calms stomach and aids in digestion
  • Nourishes the skin
  • Promotes Feeling of Fullness when taken orally
  • Uplifting to the body and mind
  • Supports overall wellness
  • Cleans sticky residue
  • Can stimulate creativity & feelings of well-being
  • Enhances the flavor of food and drink


Lemon Oil Usage


  • Lemon essential oil’s primary usage is as a dietary supplement and taking it internally will help you get the best overall experience and health benefits that were listed above. DO NOT take any lemon internally that is not Young Living.
  • Because lemon oil contains a high concentration of d-limonene, it will eat through petrochemicals such as Styrofoam and plastic, do not put them in any container that isn’t glass or stainless steel. When we use lemon oil internally, it has the same effect of detoxifying the petrochemicals that we take in everyday in our food, our lotions and cosmetics, and in our environment. It breaks down those chemicals that would normally be stored in our fat.
  • When my immune system needs an extra boost, I’ll add 4-6 drops of lemon to a vegetable capsule and take that a couple of times a day until my immune system is stronger.
  • For emotional support, I use lemon daily. Inhalation of essential oils is the best way for them to reach the emotional center of your brain and promote feelings of well-being.
  • Add a couple of drops of lemon oil to some baking soda and coconut oil and rub over your tooth as a natural whitening agent.
  • Put a few drops of lemon in your water several times a day to promote a feeling of fullness
  • Add 2 drops of lemon to an all-natural face wash to purify the skin.
  • Add 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of lavender to water for a refreshing lavender lemondade.
  • Combine several drops with water in a spray bottle to clean surfaces.
  • Add a few drops as a stain remover in laundry
  • Add to baking soda and water and use as a scrub.
  • Add a drop or two to a marinade for chicken or fish
  • If you’re new to lemon, start by drinking a couple drops in your glass of water, or by adding a couple drops to your Ningxia Red, water, or tea in the morning. The benefits you will soon experience will rock your world.

Lemon essential oil is found in many wonderful blends and products including Awaken Essential Oil, Clarity Essential Oil, Digest & Cleanse Supplement,  Inner Defense Essential Oil, Lavender Foaming Hand Soap, Mineral Essence, Ningxia Red, Thieves Essential Oil, Thieves Lozenges, and Thieves Spray.

PRECAUTION— Lemon, like other citrus essential oils, is photosensitive, meaning it will attract UV rays from sun exposure. Avoid applying directly the skin that will exposed to intense UV rays within 24 hours.

There are lots of studies being done with essential oils so search lemon oil and d-limonene to discover more wonderful benefits of using this amazing oil!

Thieves Essential Oil

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 Thieves Essential Oil Blend

Thieves is our most prized possession as Young Living members!

It’s a proprietary blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary essential oils. Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic blend composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals to use while robbing dead and dying victims of the plague.

Our one-of-a-kind Thieves blend contains powerful essential oils that defend and protect our bodies. It has been university tested for its cleansing abilities and is highly effective in supporting the immune system and promoting good health. It was formulated by Gary Young himself.

Because Thieves is so powerful, Young Living also has an entire Thieves line of products that we can use for our bodies or in our home—from laundry soap, to my very favorite—the household cleaner, to fruit and veggie wash, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand purifier, foaming hand soap, and even floss. Thieves is so powerful at supporting oral health that even your dentist may notice the improvement!

 Thieves Oil Benefits

Thieves oil can do everything and is the one oil I never want to be without!

  • Supports the immune system
  • Ideal to diffuse during winter months
  • Supports the respiratory system
  • Supports oral health
  • Supports digestive health
  • Supports healthy skin
  • Cleanses and detoxes household objects
  • Can act as a numbing agent
  • Great to cook with and use in recipes
  • Great to drink in a glass of water or hot tea
  • Purifies the air when diffused

 Thieves Oil Usage

Thieves essential oil is a dietary supplement, so take this one internally to support optimum health in every way.

  • Put drops of it in your Ningxia Red.
  • Fill up drops of it in a vegetable capsule and take it internally.
  • Drink it in your glass water bottle daily.
  • Put a drop on your Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste and brush your teeth with it.
  • Put a few drops in your dishwater or dishwasher to thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odor
  • Diffuse for 15–30 minutes in your home or office to help eliminate airborne bacteria
  • Apply on the bottoms of feet for internal support
  • Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water to make a paste. Add 1-2 drops of Thieves to the paste and brush teeth as usual
  • Add a few drops of Thieves to a mini spray bottle and fill with water to keep in your purse for use on hotel beds, public toilet seats, restaurant tables and chairs, high chairs, and much more.
  • Use a few drops in your steam cleaner and your house will be clean and smell like Christmas!
  • Diffuse for 15-20 minutes to purify the air.
  • Add a 5-10 drops of Thieves to a small spray bottle and fill with water and clean surfaces, carpets, kid’s toys and

Precautions—Thieves is a hot oil. If it feels too strong on your skin or in your mouth, dilute it with a carrier oil like organic coconut oil.

You can get a free 15 ml bottle this month with our awesome October specials!





Start Your Day Off Right!

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Prepping for a LONG but productive day!

I’m teaching a 101 class in Knoxville tonight and have a million other things to do before then.

TO BEGIN my long but awesome  day:

I used Aroma Life & Motivation on the bottoms of my feet;  Black Spruce, Highest Potential and Awaken on my wrists and Gratitude and Stress Away over my heart. Ningxia Red, Nitro, and Orange oil topped off with sparkling water in my to go cup!

Now, that’s a might good start. 

And then tell us which oils you’re starting your day with!

Our Brand New Starter Kit


I’m a family doctor on sabbatical from practice and I’ve used YL essential oils for a year in just about every circumstance you can imagine.  When they first started to work for me, I was sure it was some placebo effect or just pure luck or chance.  But the more I used them, the more interested I became. I started reading pubmed and discovering that there are thousands of journal articles documenting the power of essential oils as being effective in a wide variety of circumstances.  I joined Facebook groups and began reading what seemed like miracle stories of people getting well and feeling better than they ever had.   The more I used them and read about them, the more I became convinced that these medicinal grade essential oils were way more than just hype. These little drops of love were like designed by God to help us.

Over the past year, I have discovered that they are superb at promoting wellness, boosting your immunity, and removing toxins from your body.  The only thing you’re going to wish, when you finally decide to take the plunge, is that you would have taken it sooner! To read more of my personal story with the oils, go here.

If  you’ve just been waiting for the right opportunity to try them, you’ve come to the right place!  We have an amazing support system for helping you get started using essential oils and all of Young Living’s wonderful products.  You will enjoy the community atmosphere of our FB groups and access to all of our private classes and webinars.  These products are they superb for your body and your home.  I’ve gotten rid of 95% of my household cleaners—you know, the ones that give you asthma without proper ventilation!— and have replaced with pure, natural non toxic alternatives for a FRACTION of the cost.  Cleaning has never been more pleasant!

So whether you’re struggling with low energy level, hormone imbalance, a compromised immune system or just not feeling yourself, we have something for you!  And now is THE PERFECT opportunity to take advantage of a special we are running until early August where you can purchase our already deeply discounted starter kit for $150.  That’s $10 off the normal price which makes the value about $335 worth of products for $150.

A Day in the Life


My oily routine changes all the time depending of what’s going on in my life. But it’s one of my favorite things to read about other people’s journey so I thought it’d be fun to share. Right now, I’m in a stressful season of work/travel/book editing so I’m hyper vigilant about strengthening my immune system and balancing my (often CRAZY) hormones.

7am—2 drops each of Frankincense, Myrrh, & Patchouli on my face right underneath my favorite YL moisturizer (Sheerlume) for the absolute most amazing skin care routine.  Who knew that skin care could boost your immunity and your skin health and your mood!

Our skin care will knock your socks off!  I’ve had such good results with it that I stopped wearing foundation.  A to the men!


7:30—I used 5 drops of Sacred Frankincense (everything balance) & 5 drops of Sclaressence (hormone balance) in a clear vegetable capsule by mouth to start the day off right.  I just finished traveling so I’m still doing my super immune boosting routine of a drop of Thieves oil in the roof of my mouth and on the bottoms of my feet (You have large pores on the bottoms of your feet that absorb the oils systemically really well) along with 2 drops of Clove and 2 drops of Oregano in a  capsule by mouth because they both have very high antioxidant and immune supporting properties.  Finished the morning routine with a couple of drops of lemon oil in water.

8am—Prior to my run, Peppermint under my nose for respiratory support and Wintergreen and Copaiba on my inner ankles to support my chronic shin splints,  my custom joyful mood blend of equal parts Joy: Ylang Ylang: Bergamot: Jade Lemon. I put it in a roller ball and roll it over my heart, wrists, and on really tough days on the bottoms of my feet!  Then I add a couple drops of White Angelica & Gratitude essential oils on my wrists for the best kind of perfume.  Y’all.  Gratitude oil is the bombdiggity.  No more perfume for this girl.  Who needs perfume when you can have GRATITUDE instead?!!?

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9am—Home working with Rosemary and Purification in the diffuser.  Ahhhhhh! Motivation & Abundance oils on my feet as I start the work day. Sometimes I just ponder over my stash of goodies and pick something to try just for fun.  It’s my favorite obsession.


Noon—Hot tea with Lemon and Thieves essential oils, and honey.  Throw in some laundry (with our new Thieves laundry soap) and then a few drops each of Tangerine & Peace & Calming on the wool dryer balls.

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It’s 5 and I’m headed out to teach a healing oils of the Bible class so I made my “energy drink” of Ningxia Red (our super juice drink with the highest ORAC value of any food/drink in the world), Ningxia nitro, and sparkling water. I’ll add 3 drops of Orange oil to that. For focus and compassion and courage, I will apply Vetiver on the bottoms of my feet, White Angelica to my wrists, and Valor to the back of my neck, about 2 drops of each.  (Valor was used by the ancient Romans to give them courage and strength in battle and Vetiver is so good at supporting brain health and focus.)

10pm: Just got home from teaching and I have to say that teaching reminds me how grateful I am to have these products. They are SO AMAZING! And saying it out loud to a group of women is great reminder:)

I’ll use Progessence Plus (an wonderful, life-changing blend of wild yam progesterone, infused with Bergamot, spearmint, Frankincense and several other oils) tonight on my inner ankles and neck, along with Cedarwood & Lavender on the bottoms of the feet for a great night’s sleep.


I know, it seems like a lot of oils.  And it is.  But think of it this way—if you took that much medication in one day, you would not be very healthy.

That much oil in one day?  SO so good.

Before bed, I take Life 5 probiotics and Inner Defense supplements to keep boosting immunity during stressful weeks of travel/work.

It was a wonderful OILY day and so much fun to share how I’m using my products! Every single day looks a little different for me but that’s what makes this SO MUCH FUN!

Read more here about I went from being a family physician to a full time natural health enthusiast/wellness coach!