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Friday, December 16, 2011

My use of "Young Living Essential Oils"

         I have been using "Young Living" products for a little over three years now.  I’m a distributor but haven’t really pushed to sale the products. Now that I have used a number of the products and have become a pretty big believer in what they are doing, well….. from time to time, I’d just like to share with you some of my success stories and some of my favorite products and then if you would like you can go to  to order anything you’re interested in  and try it for yourself.
           When I started using some of the products from "Young living" a couple of the first free products I got were Lavender and Peppermint oil. I quickly fell in love with these two products.  A drop of Peppermint oil in a glass of water is not only refreshing but it’s also a great little pick me up and a great aid to weight loss. The Lavender oil is great for healing cuts and preventing infection. I’ve used it many times and it’s amazing how quickly it will help heal a wound.  These are the only two I used for a great while.They are still two of my favorites and consider them essential.
           With every order over a certain amount you get a little bonus in you order. So over time I got a few samples of different oils but never played around with them much.   That changed about a year ago.
           Now, lord knows, I’m no doctor and when I started getting into the whole raindrop, reflexology, therapeutic massage thing, I thought well, I’m not sure if this will actually improve my health, but at least I’ll smell good! Ha-ha! In the last year I’ve been playing around with some of the oils and have had some great success or at least I like them enough to keep using them.  They seem to give me a lift. I don’t know how to describe it but it’s a positive vibration, things seem to be constantly getting better. I can feel things getting better. Now I don’t contribute all this to Young Living, I have been trying to go in this direction for a while, it hasn’t always been easy, but the positive energy, the feeling of well being has increased in speed since I have been using these products.  Sounds like a bunch of new age hocus- pocus right? That’s what I thought three years ago.  Here is a list of oils I have been using. I urge you to contact me or another Young living distributor. I only want your life to improve as much as mine has. Try some of these products and make up your own mind.   
          After using lavender and peppermint for a while I received a bottle of Joy one of the many oil blends that "Young Living" has. I’ve used it as cologne. I also rub it on my chest where my heart is, it has a wonderful aroma and everyone seems to like it.
   Awaken is a blend I rub on my head and back of my neck, I don’t know but all these blends I’m listing here just seem to give me an uplift to my day when I put them on in the morning.
    Abundance is probably the most refreshing out of these three.
 Then there is Magnify Your Purpose. I will put a drop of this on the palm of my hand and cup my hand over my face and I can immediately feel the synapses in my head firing and my head clear as if a breath of fresh air has cleaned out all the cobwebs. This is a powerful oil that I get amazing results with.
   There is one called Valor, I’m telling you the ones I like and I’m going to tell you the ones I haven’t had much result with. Valor is one of these; I don’t know maybe I haven’t given it enough time.  I’ve been using it about as long as some of the others but just don’t get feel the pizzazz that I get from the others.
Panaway is one I wasn’t sure about at first, I didn’t think much of it, but when I was having trouble with my Achilles tendon it worked pretty well. So, I would say that now, if I have a muscle pain or something of that nature I would definitely use Panaway on it and that could happen with the Valor oil. Maybe I just haven’t used it in the right way.
        I’ve used Thieves and I like Frankincense. The Thieves is supposed to be great for getting rid of mold and there again, I’ve used it as a cologne with great success.
    Then there are oils that I have actually used in cooking and drinks. When adding oils to cooking you add them when you are ready to serve and not during the cooking process.  I have used Lemon and Orange oil with great success on chicken and in my collard or turnip greens.  Young Living probably wouldn’t like me advocating this but I’ve made cocktails with vodka, mineral water, Squirt or ginger ale and added Orange, Lemon, and or Tangerine oils even Grapefruit oil. Even Ningxia Red itself.  I look forward to using thyme oil and oregano oil in my cooking in the near future.
        There are supposed to be all kinds of health reasons for using these oils. They are supposed to work from the cellular level so like herbs or many things that are natural, it takes time. It’s not like going to the doctor and getting a pill. I think the results over time are much better and much more long lasting to the “Whole Body” and well worth it.     

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

La mour de La Vie (The Joy of Life) A guide to a life of joy, good health and wellness: Day 3 ; NO COFFEE!!!! AAARRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!!

La mour de La Vie (The Joy of Life) A guide to a life of joy, good health and wellness: Day 3 ; NO COFFEE!!!! AAARRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!!: Ha,HA!!!!!! It hasn't been that bad! I expected maybe a headache the first couple of days. I've had them before when I've done this...


         Ha,HA!!!!!! It hasn't been that bad! I expected maybe a headache the first couple of days. I've had them before when I've done this. But no, not a single one so far. I did prick my finger and my blood was still sort of brown looking , so maybe there is enough residue in there, that my body doesn't realize I've stopped drinking coffee yet.
       I have to admit the first day I was in the local grocery store and drooled a little bit when I walked by "Starbucks". I didn't miss it at all yesterday. My coffee maker has an automatic brewer on it that you can set, so coffee is ready when you wake up. This morning I missed waking up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee wafting through my little cabin. I also missed that morning cup of rich flavor. Other then that it's not so bad! Of course this is the perfect time to do this. I really don't have anywhere to be or any demands on me right now.

Monday, December 12, 2011


               I LOVE COFFEE!!!!
     I love its deep, dark, sensual aroma. When it is really good, like that of the Blue Mountain coffee of Jamaica, some of the coffee I had in Venezuela or from  Costa Rica, you can almost taste the earth it was grown in. I love that dark earthy taste of a good, rich, strong cup of coffee. In the past year or so, I've become really fond of the organic free trade growers supported by the Rain Forest Alliance. You can definitely taste the difference and is well worth the extra price. I'm not the best morning person and love the caffeine in an early morning cup of coffee! I'm totally addicted!   
        This is going to shock, amaze and maybe even terrify those that really know me, but as of today, 12/12/11, I have quit drinking coffee! Its going to be mostly tea and mostly Puer tea from Yunnan Province China when I can get down to Boulder to get it. Now don't get me wrong! I'm not going to be religious about it. If I go out to breakfast, I'm still going to drink coffee and when I'm in New York City for New Years, you gotta "have  a coffee". Its just the everyday 4 to 8 cups a day, everyday, that's going to stop.
    The past few times I've had my blood pressure checked its been a little high, not bad, just a little. Plus I'm afraid all that caffeine is hard on my adrenals and actually robbing me of energy. So..... for a few months anyway, I'm going to cut back on coffee and when the health fair comes around in late April or early May we will see the results.  

Thursday, December 8, 2011

How Young Living Essential Oils Can Bring you Health, Happiness and extra Money- if you need it

These days it's hard to get through the day without hearing some seriously scary news on the economy. I recently had a conversation with a friend who's a stay-at-home-mom, in which she shared her fear that she might need to enter the workforce again with outdated skills and gaps in her resume. I shared with her the fact that simply by helping others ease their symptoms with the highest quality aromatherapy products available, I've been able to bring in extra money to help my family, without ever having to work outside the home.
Interestingly enough, I got started with Young Living essential oils nearly ten years ago not to make extra money, but because the products were helping my depression, naturally and effectively. However, I soon found out that while simply telling others how good I felt and showing them how to order the products, I was not only helping them, but I started to generate an income for myself. I was helping people create better health and creating financial stability at the same time. At the time I didn't realize it, but the income I made from Young Living ended up helping my family through some tough financial times last year when my husband closed his business. And while we are still recovering from that crisis, Young Living is helping us build a future that is more secure, has more freedom, and is more aligned with our beliefs and values.
You see, I'm the type of person that never wanted to get involved with network marketing because I didn't want my friends to run in the other direction when they saw me. Somehow, referring Young Living to others happened naturally, and I never felt like I was selling anything, because I was simply sharing the truth with others. Also, there's no monthly requirement with Young Living so there's no pressure put on anyone to buy products, or to promote them if you don't wish. Many, many people simply become members to purchase whenever they choose.
Whether you are like my husband and me -- looking to create more freedom, time, and less stress in your life, -- or whether you are completely happy with your life, who couldn't use a little more financial security these days? It's relatively easy to make an additional $300 a month referring Young Living to others, and $300 a month can act as an addition to savings, or can help out with the bills without having to work outside the home. For me, Young Living is a way to help others achieve the best in themselves. The products work on the body, mind, and soul.
For the physical side, Young Living has blends and supplements that help with liver cleansing, colon cleansing, and improve digestion; blends that support the thyroid and endocrine systems, hormonal balancing, and more. For the emotional side of us they have products that help with depression and anxiety and moving past stuck emotions. There are essential oils that help with meditation, spirituality, or essential oils that will simply help relax and fall asleep. They have drinks designed for weight loss and personal care products. Everything is of the utmost purity and has been created with the intent of bringing your health to the highest level possible.
So, today as I try to put the financial news in perspective, I take no small comfort in the fact that my Young Living business is helping to create long-term financial security for our family. Instead of striving for "get rich quick" ideas, we are looking to create more time, freedom, and a life aligned with our values . Young Living essential oils are helping us do this, and I'm helping others achieve this, as well.
Lisa Fyfe, M.S., is a former high school English teacher turned stay-at-home-mom. Her interests include delicious, whole food as natural medicine, nutrition, and parenting as a path to spiritual growth. She is a Reiki Master, essential oil healer, and also runs a website that documents her natural recovery from depression, at [] - "Your Daily Foothold to Happiness."
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Monday, November 21, 2011

A little love goes a long way

    I just finished reading Thoreau's "Life with out principles".  He addresses many subjects some good ones on government and other social issues. The subject I would like to focus on is the one to do with life's labors. In "Life with out Principles" Thoreau states "Do not hire a man who does your work for money" also he says "You must get your living by loving."    I know in my own life I've taken on the mantra," learn to embrace the thing that gives you the most difficulty". By doing this you will soon learn to love or at least not hate that which gave you so much pain. Oriental thought says to give as much love to washing the dishes that you give to preparing a fine banquet. I have learned to bring this to my own life and I think it is part of  what has brought sincere and deep felt happiness into my life. When you cook, clean or do any of those seemingly routine chores for family and friends it should be an expression of your love for them not a task that takes you away from the computer or tv. It should be the sincerest outpouring of your love and should bring a smile to your face.  You can decide and focus your thoughts and mind.  Its only work if you let it be work, if you look at it right it could even be fun and maybe a game. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011


         Actually this should be titled the other day when I first had it in my head. Today,  it has been snowing all day and there is nearly a foot on the ground with no end in site, but three days ago it was a different story! It was a beautiful blue sky day, probably in the 50's. I took a walk of  about 3 miles or so. It was truly a beautiful day. It is something how after the first mile your spirit lifts and soon thoughts fill your head. It is as if your not only exercising your body but brain and spirit also.  I just read Thoreau's essay called "Walking" he describes it in much  better prose then I ever could and you should make time to read it.
    As for me I look forward to the day when I can go for a walk and use the sun and moon as my timepiece and the path before me as my agenda for the day!  

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Initiating change

  When I left South Carolina, gave up most all of my possessions, I didn't really know what I was getting into. Working seasonal jobs is mostly young adults not yet burdened by what is called life these days.
       What my travels and adventures, such as they are, have done is put me back in touch  with who I was and what I was passionate about in my earlier years, before jobs, bills and relationships got in the way. I lead a life filled with the wonder of a child and all that there is to see and experience in this life. I consider myself blessed in so many ways and am happier then I have been in some time. Now I am trying to turn that to others by giving back. Coats for the needy, cans of food for the food drive. On a larger scale I have rediscovered the "Rainforest Action Network" and "The World Wildlife Fund".  I used to be passionate about these organizations. Contributing time and money.
      Our country was built on giving back and being involved. Before mass media,  people gathered in taverns and on street corners to discuss the topics of the day. If a families barn burned down, they didn't look for government assistance. Their neighbors were there to immediately lend a hand and rebuild.
      I hear a lot of people complaining about the job that Obama has done since he has been in office. His presidency, like Jimmy Carter's was built on a grass roots effort. The change he talked about was at the grass roots level.  I ask you where are all those volunteers now? What have they done to help advance the dream?  Obama and Carter told the people the truth and trusted the American people to do the right thing. Their failure is our failure because we as a people did not pick up the mantel and initiate positive change in our own communities.We as a people have become complacent and now look to the government, insurance companies and lawyers to settle all of our problems and find blame anywhere but with our selves.
    Our country wasn't set up that way. For our democracy to survive and  to thrive, it takes action and involvement from the populace. Other wise it slides more and more towards tyrants who overtax and overburden us with laws to protect us from ourselves and keep us docile by subverting our attention by making things like "Dancing with The Stars" or "American Idol" news worthy.
        I have written letters that have been published, been involved in a boycott that changed they way they fish the seas to save dolphins. I vote Libertarian as a protest vote to the way things have gotten in America. I'm not trying to point fingers or pass any judgement. I'm as guilty as the next guy at being complacent and being distracted by other things around me.
      But it is time to initiate positive change in our lives and each one of us can make small changes by being involved in our families and communities. I have 312 friends on Facebook. what if each one of us spent as much time volunteering in our communities as we spend on "Farmville"? What if we spent just have the time that we spend watching TV, writing letters and getting involved with our families and communities?
       It would cause a small ripple of positive change that would grow larger every time someone took positive action. It doesn't take a lot. How much does a can of food cost? Who doesn't have an extra coat or sweater? How long, especially now with email, does it take to write a letter about an injustice or even something remarkable good?  If you take action positive change will happen! More importantly by taking action, positive change will happen in your own life. I swear to you for every good action, for every positive thing you do to make things better, for every one you help, it will come back to you a hundred fold, your life will be richer because of it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


       I didn't quite reach my goals this summer, I haven't walked as much as I should and it seemd to be a really fast summer. Even with all the excuses I still lost about 112lbs using "Young Living" products and I discovered a couple of new essential oils I really like. "Magnify Your Porpose" and "Abundance". I have become kind of zen about the whole weight loss thing. It took me 50yrs to get this way and I am not going to get it done over night. As long as I am making progress and positive change is happening in my life, that is all that matters. After all I have the rest of this life to make it happen. Right?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Try This For a Healthy Way to Start The Day

       Up until a few years ago I was never much of a breakfast person. I’m still not crazy about jumping out of bed and eating. That is why if I’m working I usually opt for a healthy shake of some kind.
         On the days I am not working so early or on my days off, I have become a big fan of cereal. Especially since my doctor wants me to get 35 grams of fiber a day in my diet. I like to make my own blend. I start with Fiber One and Peanut Butter Captain Crunch. Then I usually add one of the Post Great Grains. I like the one with pecans and then there is one with cranberries. Lately the local City Market has had some of Kashi and other organic cereals on sale. I usually look for ones with nuts, flax seed or pumpkin seed and dried fruit except for raisins. I am mentally allergic to raisins. Ha,ha!  I read labels and you should to. Try making a mix your own favorite cereals, have fun with it. Just stay away from anything that has high fructose corn syrup in it. Also a few years ago I started using soy milk when possible. It is healthier then whole cows milk. Recently I’ve discovered Almond Milk it has more of the good stuff that soy milk has and none of the bad stuff cows milk has. It is cheaper then soy milk and it is much better tasting. Also add fresh fruit, I love bananas and strawberries in season.  Try this and start your day off with fuel for your body that will last all day.   

Friday, April 8, 2011

I'm not Buddha Yet

 Not yet having become Buddha, this bag of bones continues on its journey. Not just one organism but a whole community of  living organisms working and living, doing their jobs. Atoms,cells, bacteria, germs, one celled creatures of all kinds.  When I carry on to another form and this body turns back to dust, the water that composes most of it will nourish a thirsty traveler one day or perhaps nourish a tree or flower. The atoms, bacteria and germs will live on to become another form, perhaps another man, a tree, flower or maybe even a cloud. Is this not a miracle? Is this not reincarnation?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Diet, allergies and germs! OH MY!

As a chef, nutritionist and concerned human being  I wonder what’s going on with our bodies. There is no scientific data, that I know of ,but I’ve been in the food business for more then 20yrs and its alarming to me at how food allergies are becoming more and more prevalent in our society.
            As a child in my grandfather’s restaurant I don’t remember him having to be concerned about anyone having allergies, even when I first started cooking, there were people on diets for specific reasons but not all these food allergies I’m seeing today. Its just been in the past 10years that it has become so prevalent. Now in the past three years this gluten thing has gone crazy. Is it really an allergen or just the latest health / food craze?
         I think there could be one of two reasons or maybe a combination of reasons.
     First, I think we are way to scared of germs and we don’t spend enough time outside.  When we were kids during the summer we were outside from morning until night. As babies we rolled around in the dirt and when the parents turned their heads we ate dirt or worse. Now everyone try’s to keep everything so sterile and the kids spend a lot of their day in front of a video game or a computer they don’t build up the natural immunities they get from being in nature. Before milk was fortified with vitamin D, people in some of the northern states would get rickets because they were not outside enough to get enough vitamin D from the sun. I say it’s the same way with allergies, we have disconnected our selves from nature and much to our demise we are becoming less and less a part of nature.
       Another thing that might be the reason or a part of the reason is our diet. Prior to the mid sixties everyone ate home cooked, mostly from scratch, mostly locally grown food. Even the food in my grandfathers kitchen was all bought locally and cooked from scratch with mostly fresh ingredients. With the  proliferation of fast foods, prepacked and frozen foods and our foods coming form all around the world we are eating foods that are out of season. We are eating foods that don’t have the local pollen, the  local dirt, the local, what I think the ancient Chinese would call Chi. I think our bodies are becoming confused by the types of food and the combination's of food we are consuming, sending our digestive systems into turmoil.
       Of course it could be that our science has just caught up and found out at what's causing some illness are allergies.  But that would be too easy!!!! It has to be the devil somewhere! ha,ha!
      Once again I implore you to support your local farmer’s market and food co-op. Eat fresh, in- season foods.   AND
“Forget the Box Just get outside!”

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

"Shit Happens and Some Times You Have To Make it Happen"

A friend told me that several years ago. Unfortunately she was  talking about helping karma by plotting revenge on a cheating boyfriend. I like to think of it in another way. Life is tough, no doubt about it. There are many ups and downs. I truly believe that the smallest of positive actions spreads out into the universe and brings back to you ten times the positive influences into your life.   I know it sounds like a lot of “new age” bull crap but actually the belief is thousands of years old. My life is not perfect..... life is not perfect. I have my problems, I get mad, aggravated, sad, depressed, I am also happy beyond belief. Because when things are not right, when things are not as how I think they should be. It doesn’t take me long to look around and see how beautiful and what a miracle this life is. We have ALL come through stuff bad and good, most likely some of the good was bad at times and some of the bad was good at other times. That’s the way of the universe.
            I can only tell you that my life is beautiful in so many ways. I can love people and open my heart to people and it doesn’t matter how they feel about me. In the last few year, life has become so joyful, I’m almost giddy at times at what might be around the next corner. I can only tell you what has worked for me.  I hope you find it useful in bringing joy to your own life.
         The first thing you need to do late at night, as your lying in bed just before you go to sleep, think back into your life way back even into child hood. Think about any action you have done that has caused any one harm, any one you were mean to, lied to or cheated. Ask for forgiveness.... if you don’t believe in god, offer it up to the cosmos, to a rock, what ever, just ask to be forgiven. Ask for the person you harmed to forgive you. Do this every night until your heart opens up and it comes from the center of your heart and soul. It will take time but it will happen. At the same time think about the people who have hurt you and ask to be given the strength to forgive those people and be compassionate towards those people. Do it every night until you feel it in your heart. Just before falling asleep, be thankful for the day that just happened, good and bad and ask that the next day be easy and go easy and to let good things happen.
        So..... there’s that part, now here is the part where you make shit start to happen or as they say putting out good karma.  This takes time.... is sometimes and often times hard. You have to start trying to live your life, as far as how you treat people, as if this were going to be your last day. You have to put out good deeds and actions. A simple smile and a little patience with a harried clerk. Letting some one go ahead of you. Holding a door for some one. Even things such as buying goods from a thrift store, using reusable bags at the grocery, recycling, supporting local business. When ever possible do something to help some one in their own struggle with life. These are all positive things.
       Be kind to the earth and the people around you and in your community when ever possible and the rewards will be spectacular. The hard times wont seem so bad, good people that will love and help you will be put in your path, when times are lean the things you need will come to you, your life will become rich in ways that money can’t buy.
      Well...... at least that is how it has happened for me, I’m still working on it. Don't take it too serious and remember to laugh AT EVERYTHING! Life is short!  Peace!

Something to Think About

Molecules awoke one morning to find that atoms were inside them, enfolded in their very being. Cells awoke one morning to find that molecules were actually inside them, as part of their being. And you might awake one morning and find that nature is a part of you, literally internal to your being. You would then treat nature as you would your lungs or kidneys. A spontaneous environmental ethics surges from your heart, and you will never again look at a river, a leaf, a deer, a robin in the same way. 
                        Ken Wilber , “A brief History of Everything”

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chiropractor, massage and stretching

      I've come to really believe in chiropractors, massage therapy and the benefits of stretching exercises.
The ancient Chinese said that when a tree is young it is supple and bends easily. When it is in old age it is stiff and brittle. A human being is the same way. As a youth the human body is supple and resilient. When it gets older it is stiff and bones break easier.  The belief is that the more limber and supple the body the younger and better life you will have as you get older.
    This makes perfect sense to me! I was also lucky enough to have lived in a place that has a Chiropractor school. Finding a good Chiropractor and massage therapist plus doing some stretching exercises on your own is fundamental to good health. I do not believe a chiropractor can cure the common cold but what it can do is help your immune system so your body is more capable of fighting disease and infection. I know from personal experience that a good chiropractor can help you become more limber and can help your spine and muscle movement. Your spine is the main highway of communication from your body to your brain. Its just common sense that if your spine is healthy your body is healthier.
     A good massage therapist does much the same thing. Helping build good energy and getting rid of toxins and bad energy. I also have come across by pure accident the benefits of reflexology and through that the benefits of essential oils. A good reflexologist can tell you exactly what's going on with your body by massaging your toes and feet. When you combine it with the "raindrop" massage technique it is out of this world and you smell so good after wards.  Last year, after a session, I went into a shop and overhearing a couple of people talking about how the Chinese restaurant must be cooking up something spicy  and how good it smells. Realized it was me they were talking about! Ha,ha!!!
     I urge you to find a good massage therapist, chiropractor and find you some stretching exercises. In a month you wont believe the difference in the way you feel.   

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Aromatherapy for Adrenal Support

 Using Essential
Oils to Help Adrenal Fatigue

Are you feeling tired all the time? Morning
espresso not giving the same lift it used to?
Getting that feeling that you've been worn thin
by your busy schedule, and you're just not
recovering? These may be signs of depleted
adrenal glands - a syndrome known as Adrenal
Fatigue. Thankfully, a few commonly-available
essential oils can offer support in regenerating
over-tired adrenal glands.
What is the syndrome of Adrenal Fatigue?
The adrenal glands are your body's most
important part of the endocrine system for
dealing with stress. These tiny glands, each
about the size of a walnut and the weight of a
grape, sit atop each kidney. These glands produce
important hormones such as cortisol, a controller
of your energy output, and pregnenolone, the
precursor from which the body's steroid hormones
are made, including DHEA, progesterone,
testosterone, and the estrogens. Pregnenolone is
has been shown to be a powerful memory enhancer -
it will make you smarter (possibly), it also
brings about feelings of well-being (hopefully)
and can enhance your ability to deal with stress.
Low-output adrenal function can have a variety of
common health symptoms, including insomnia and
depressed immune system function.
Many lifestyle factors can contribute to adrenal
fatigue, and generally these can be lumped into
the category of too much stress. Too little
sleep, poor eating habits, to little time for
play and family life, surgery, illness, injury,
and the excessive use of caffeine are a few
common causes. Modifying these 'habits' are of
critical importance for long-term regeneration of
the adrenal glands and returning their hormonal
output to normal levels. Thankfully, adrenal
gland-supporting essential oils can be helpful
in bringing balance and assisting in restoring
adrenal output in mild-to-moderate cases of
adrenal fatigue. Using these oils may enable
'breaking the cycle' of stimulant and sugar use
that created the problem in the first place.
The Essential Oils
Essential oils are commonly used in aromatherapy
to support adrenal gland function. Some are used
specifically for adrenal gland regeneration, and
others are used to give a gentle lift when needed
during the healing process - again, these can be
of particular help when reducing stimulant
consumption. These essential oils are best
diluted in a carrier oil and applied to the skin,
and are not to be taken orally.
Spruce Essential Oil: Spruce (and also
Canadian Black Spruce) is thought by respected
aromatherapists to support depleted adrenal
glands, and is added to blends which can be
applied to the skin over the adrenal area, or in
lower dilutions in a body lotion.
Pine Essential Oil: Pine oil has been called one of the most effective oils for fatigue. This
oil can be blended with Black Spruce for a
synergistic effect on adrenal function.
Cedar Oil: Atlantic Moroccan Cedar can gently
stimulate the body's metabolism without letdown.
Unlike the regenerating effect of the Spruce and
Pine needle essential oils, Cedar oil can provide
a long lasting stimulation without the side
effects of harsh stimulants.
Peppermint Essential Oil: Peppermint oil is
associated with many healthful effect; it's aroma
is clarifying and uplifting. As with Cedar
Atlas, it is added to adrenal formulas for mild
stimulation and metal clarity.
Citrus Oils such as Orange, Bitter Orange, Lemon
and Lime - These oils cold-pressed from the peels
of these fruits are considered to uplift and bring
about a light attitude. These oils also have a
relaxing effect - this combination can lower
stress levels - the primary culprit of adrenal
Essential Oil Recipes for Adrenal Gland Support
This essential oil blend is to give regenerative
support without any actual stimulation. The oils
in this recipe are fine for continued use, and
may have an effect in a relatively short period
of time. For a 30 milliliter blend, use 1 and 1/2
black spruce and an equal amount of pine oil in
27 milliliters of hazelnut oil. You may of course
double all the amounts for more. To use, apply
topically to the kidney area one to three times
These same essential oils may be used in a
gently stimulating body oil blend: Three
milliliters of both spruce and pine essential
oils plus two milliliters of Atlantic cedarwood
essential oil and another two milliliters of a
citrus oil of your choice. Add this to four
ounces of hazelnut or other carrier oil of your
liking. Use this all over after a shower. Caution
should be used, however, as the citrus oils can
be photo sensitizing; do not apply to areas that
will be exposed to direct sunlight in the
following two days.
Peppermint may be used instead of, or even in
addition to, the citrus essential oils. You may
enjoy this blend: six milliliters of spruce oil,
two and one half milliliters of cedar-wood oil plus
one and one half milliliter of peppermint in four
ounces of hazelnut oil or your favorite carrier.
This combination, if used without the citrus
oils, will not be photo sensitizing and can be
used all over the body.
Aromatherapy Can Help!
These aromatherapy blends have fantastic aromas,
and can provide support with mild and moderate
adrenal fatigue. The underlying causes of this
condition must be addressed at the same time for
long-lasting results. This usually means
reducing caffeine intake, dietary modifications,
and creating balance through exercise, friends
and family, and taking time for one's self.
Misty Rae Cech, ND, has a private professional practice in the Denver/Boulder area. She utilizes essential oils in her practice

Saturday, January 29, 2011


      I've been down many paths on this journey. I've met more than a few dead ins and made more than one wrong turn to get to where I'm at today. It has recently occurred to me that I have been reconnecting with things that were enjoyable , that excited and inspired me when I was at a much younger age. Before jobs, relationships and life in general got in the way.
    As a boy I was in the Boy Scouts. I was never much interested in gaining rank, in fact I was jokingly called the longest living second class scout, but you know, I used to love to go on camping trips and to summer camp. It seems I have fallen back into that, hiking and camping much of the summer when I'm not working. In the 70's I was a very, very, very small time radical but I was passionate about it, I thought I could change the world. I read all the leftest books, watched all the news programs and read newspapers. I wore a green arm band on the first Earth Day. I wrote letters to all kinds of people. I worked as a volunteer  on the McGovern Campaign and Carter campaigns. Passing put literature at the mills and factories. I seem to be reconnecting with that through my blog at  I hope people will read it and just like this blog I hope I can have a positive influence  in someone's life, but it excites me to just be in the process. Just the endeavor gives me hope and excites me for something better, pumping fresh life into my own life. It does bring joy.
          What were you passionate about as a teenager? What hobbies did you have as a child? I urge you to reconnect with what ever you found enjoyable as a child or teenager. It could be a hobby a subject, really anything, but I think it will bring a new enjoyment into your life. 

Friday, January 28, 2011


                   Tolstoy says "The definition of wealth is the number of things we can do with out."
          I find this to be very true when it comes to happiness. Some of the happiest people I've known had only what they could carry on their back. While some of the unhappiest people I've known had everything in the world as far as possessions go. I myself have given up a lot, it was a hard process, but I think that was mostly my own fault. But now I find myself in a much happier and healthier place and I think giving up so much is part of it. I hardly ever eat corporate food. I hardly watch TV. I couldn't tell you much of what is going on in the big world, except for what I research and write about. You know what? In my small piece of the world a lot of what they talk about and show on tv doesn't concern me. My life is a lot more peaceful and sane because I don't watch all that craziness. Most of what they call news is not really news worthy anyway and most of what is news worthy is sensationalized. I know kids that spend almost all their free time playing video games. Their days are filled with car chases and violence of one kind or another.  What does that do to someone's mental health? With all this constant bombardment of images of violence, sex and products you "Just" have to have, its no wonder that attention deficit and obsessive compulsiveness has become such a big thing with our young people. I ask you to disconnect go out side, breath deep, take a hard look around and ask your self what is it that you really need?
                   "Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body."  George Carlin

Thursday, January 27, 2011


  "Life is what happens to you while your making other plans." John Lennon

Sunday, January 23, 2011


We were born to be happy, confident, trusting, joyful, kind, compassionate, sympathetic, helpful, enthusiastic, patient, positive, hopeful, and loving. This should be our reference point for what is "normal" and "balanced." When our state of mind reflects inner peace, joy, love and well-being-then peace, joy, love and well-being is what we naturally project outward and this brings us positive experiences.
Concentration, Alertness and Focus
Concentration is about being able to focus on the tasks ahead. Focusing, we can direct all our attention and energy to one place.
What Oils Could an Aromatherapist Recommend?
Lemon, basil, rosemary, cardamon, orange, grapefruit, peppermint, bergamot, cedarwood, eucalyptus, fennel, cypress, cinnamon, ylang ylang, juniper ginger, clove, nutmeg, pine.
Happiness and Contentment
A happy person is in a state of balance and harmony with life. It may come through accepting limitations, with forgiveness, with letting go all that holds us back, or with openness to the future.
What Oils Could an Aromatherapist Recommend?
Don't expect essential oils to create happiness and contentment for you. But they may help by reducing the tenseness and stress of unhappiness. Orange, rose, jasmine, clove, coriander, sandalwood, bergamot, ylang ylang, Roman Chamomile, lemon, neroli, frankincense, lavender, patchouli.
Joy & Peace
With joy-comes peace. Peace is a state of grace-a spiritual restfulness that reaches to every cell in the body. In peace, we embrace the stillness inside-in our bodies, minds and spirits-and are one with the still vibration of the universe.
What Oils Could an Aromatherapist Recommend?
Essential oils can help to create a peaceful environment that encourages peace within. Neroli, frankincense, melissa, angelica, Roman Chamomile, juniper, rose, jasmine.
Positive Outlook, Positive Self-Image, Positive Self-Esteem
A positive outlook and self-image not only sees but focuses on the light, rather than the dark, the good rather than the bad in life. People with a positive outlook are optimistic which dispels negativity. If we can see ourselves as positive, happy, vibrant and radiant-other people will be more likely to see us in the same way.
What Oils Could an Aromatherapist Recommend?
Essential oils will subtly and gently support a positive outlook on life. They can help us find our better qualities thus strengthening our self-image and help us to build self-esteem. Vetiver, rose, geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang, jasmine, bergamot, cedarwood, orange, melissa, cypress, mandarin, myrtle, lavender, neroli, juniper, pine, frankincense, nutmeg.
From Linda L. Smith, director of the Institute of Spiritual Ministry and Aromatherapy, Inc.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fiber and Diet

       Back a couple of months ago, I visited a new doctor. My first woman doctor and younger then me. She doesn't seem to be a pill pusher. We talked and I showed her my test results from last years Health Fair . The results showed my sugar and cholesterol were slightly high. She advised me to get 30 -35 grams of fiber a day. I never realized how much that is. Its really hard to do. Young Living's "Balance Complete" has 11 grams per serving and that makes it a lot easier. But to get that much fiber in a "normal" diet takes a lot of work.
       I just learned today that 1oz of Pumpkin seeds has 11 grams of fiber so, I'll be eating a lot more of them. I'm pretty good about eating whole wheat grains and all that but with out the "Balance Complete", its a task to get the amount of fiber the doctors are recommending.   

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Thieves Essential oil

Thieves essential oil blend is hands down my favorite oil of the season. Well really, one of my favorite oils ever. Young Living produces only therapeutic grade essential oils from organic ingredients, so you can be sure that this organic germ killer is of the highest quality. Nothing is more effective, yet completely natural and chemical free.
Thieves essential oil is a blend of highly anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-infectious oils. The formula was created by four thieves in 15th century France who would cover themselves with oils to prevent contracting the plague when robbing plague victims. When they were arrested, they were given a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret formula. The most powerful ingredient in this organic germ killer oil is Clove oil, which is the highest scoring single oil on the ORAC scale (which is one of the most sensitive and reliable methods for measuring a substance's antioxidant capacity). Clove is highly antiviral and antibacterial, and has a delicious, sweet scent. Clove is blended with Lemon (powerful antioxidant), Cinnamon Bark (digestive aid and support), Eucalyptus Radiata (highly antibacterial) and Rosemary (energizing and antimicrobial) to create the most powerful organic germ killer oil on the market today. A 1997 study at Weber State University found Thieves blend to be 99.96% effective in killing airborne micro-organisms.
Young Living has created an entire line of Thieves products, making this organic germ killer simple to incorporate into your everyday life. When the oil itself is diffused, it kills airborne germs, odors, micro-organisms and even molds. Applied topically to the bottoms of the feet or ingested in a capsule, Thieves organic germ killer properties boosts your immunity with anti-viral and anti-bacterial capabilities. The line of soaps and oral care products cleanse without adding synthetic ingredients, and the household cleaner is highly effective without harsh chemical cleaners.
Thieves essential oil blend is a must if you are looking for a healthy, organic germ killer, especially for the cold and flu season. Essential oils are an amazing, powerful way to make your life healthier and more enjoyable, and the Thieves oil blend is hands down one of the most amazing oils out there.
As a massage therapist and all around wellness junkie, the addition of essential oils to my life has been nothing but one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Valerie Cehonski - EzineArticles Expert Author

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Power of Positive Energy

    Yesterday, I applied as a janitor at the library. It pays more and its about the same number of hours as the job I'm working. How dirty could a library bathroom get? Right?
    I was just thinking about how great that job would actually be if I got it. It would put me right in the place I need to be, to read, write and do research. I would be here almost every day instead of a couple of days a week.
    Some would see this as coincidence and maybe they would be right. But its funny, ever since I've fully embraced trying to be a more compassionate person, being more forgiving and loving with out fear. Trying to not judge others and trying to put out positive things in this life. Its funny but more and more good, helpful people are put before me, more opportunities are put before me. I know it sounds like a lot of WHOO WHOO and HOODOOO. All I know is I've been reading about these things I talk about in this blog for years. The Young Living Essential oils and products I've been using for three years. All I can say it seems to be working for me. I'm not perfect, things don't always work out, but more and more positive things seem to be coming my way.
    I urge you to try some of these things in your own life and see if they don't make a positive influence.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Air and Water for Good Health

      It's easy said you need water and air to live. But these days you have to be careful of the quality of the air and water.
     If you buy water then you must know that most bottled water is no more than tap water. Most of the vitamin waters don't really have enough of the vitamins to do you any good. Be sure and only buy water from an artisan well or naturally occurring mineral water. Its true most of us don't drink enough water. I suggest everyone carry a bottle of water with them where ever they go. Replace your sodas with good water. Flavor your water with a couple of drops of Peppermint oil or lemon juice. 

      There can not be enough said for deep breathing. Feeling stressed, irritated, at the end of your rope? Then sit and take some deep breaths. Breath deep into your abdomen, filling your whole midsection. Then let it slowly out. Quite your mind, concentrating on your breath. Do this for a few minutes and I guarantee you will fill better!