Cooking with essential oils, Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Liver & Gallbladder, Recipes

Spice up your fall recipes!

Lately I have been seeing a lot of great recipes for traditional fall foods. You know… the ones we make for Thanksgiving or on into December and January. It made me think about how much I love Thieves Vitality! A couple of weeks ago I got my hands on some fresh raw apple cider. It was delicious, but SO MUCH BETTER once I warmed it up in a kettle and added a drop of Thieves Vitality! Oh my – YUM! I loved the thought that I was supporting my immune system while warming my tummy (and hands while holding the mug)!

Have you ever explored the possibilities of using your essential oils to boost flavor in your cooking and baking? It is so easy and inexpensive too.  Yes, there are essential oils that are approved by the FDA as “Generally Regarded As Safe for internal consumption (GRAS). Most brands are not approved for internal use, but Young Living has a line called Vitality, that are specifically labeled and safe for internal use!

I remember the time I first discovered this concept. I was making a recipe that called for fresh-squeezed organic lime juice. To have that would have required me to drive 45 minutes to the nearest store where I could purchase an organic lime. Not happening! Then I remembered I had some Lime Vitality essential oil. SCORE! So convenient and just perfect.

I’ve used this trick when I need fresh nutmeg, ginger, clove. Well, you get the idea!

I do have to mention that the essential oils are very potent so you must go very easy on this. Some might require that you only dip a toothpick to get just the right amount. Others you might need a drop or maybe 4-6 drops. It just depends. So the rule is “less is more.” You can always add more, but you can’t take it out after it’s in! And you surely don’t want to make six more batches just to tone down the flavor if you added too many drops! I have heard for example, that one drop of peppermint yields the same effect as 28 cups of peppermint tea. Yowza! Now that’s potent!

I have taught classes on the topic of cooking with oils and if that interests you, please send me an inquiry. Perhaps we can schedule a video conference for you and a few of your friends who love to cook!

You can contact me through my website. www.ShareScents.com

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

 

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Food for thought, Healthy Lifestyle

My wish for you

For a very long time I have been on a quest to have a healthy lifestyle. That journey has been very interesting, and with many bumps in the road.

Along the way, I have met many new friends who also want to be healthy. Some are having more success than others. Some have challenges that seem insurmountable but they keep searching for answers and progress is slow, or even undetectable at times.

What I love about these friends of like mind is that we encourage each other. We teach each other and help each other. We are a “tribe” and we stick together and look for others who want to join us in the journey!

I also have met people who don’t care about their health, or at least it seems that way. They take it for granted, assuming they are immune to the ills of others around them. Perhaps they are misinformed, or uninformed about the impact of how daily choices affect their health. Maybe they trust information that is wrong. Maybe they have addictions they don’t have the strength to overcome. Maybe they just feel they have no choices or fate is stacked against them.

I especially grieve over those who get caught up in the latest “rage” – some new fun product that they fall in love with. They haven’t thoroughly researched to discover ALL the ingredients, many that are not listed on the label, and therefore they don’t know they are slowly killing themselves or their loved ones.

These are the friends my heart cries over. I want so much the very best for them. I want to reach out to them and shake them and tell them, “Do you know what’s in that? Do you know what it’s doing to your body?” Then when they suddenly have a mystery illness or collapse of their health, they are confused. They search for answers but haven’t collected the knowledge or skills to cope.

Sometimes, they reach out to me with questions. As if I can suddenly make it all better. NO, I can’t make you well, and I am not your doctor. I care and I want the best for you. But you must find the answers now before it’s too late. Sure, I can point to resources but you must do the work yourself. It’s your journey, not mine.

Maybe you think it costs too much to be healthy or get healthy. Well, I know first-hand that it costs a whole lot more to get healthy than it does to stay healthy while you are still healthy.

Why am I on this rant? Because I care. I wish for you that you will NEVER have to look back and say, “If I had only known. Why didn’t you tell me. Why didn’t I listen.” So I continue to do everything I can to educate. I do everything I can to share the new things I learn so that you don’t have to go where I have been – sick and in pain and fighting my way back to vitality I once had.

Maybe you think I am just trying to sell you something. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you only knew how many tears I cry over you, and how much I care, and how much I want to help you.

What journey are you on? My wish for you is that you be healthy and happy. Please reach out to me and let’s be friends. Let’s share this journey together. You can contact me through my website. www.ShareScents.com

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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Cardiovascular Health, Digestive System, Endocrine support, Energy, Healthy Lifestyle, Immune System, Muscles & Ligaments, Respiratory System, Skin care, Weight Management

Health is a lifestyle

Wouldn’t you agree that most people want to be healthy?

Do you also think that most people aren’t as healthy as they would like to be?

Would you like to be healthier than you are today?

Over the past 40 or more years, I have worked very hard to climb out of what was a very UNHEALHY lifestyle that had me in a deep hole that I did not want to be in. As I studied and applied what I learned, it was very hard to overcome longstanding bad habits that were negatively impacting my wellness. It has been a long journey and I still have a long way to go. But I am so much better today than I was 20 years ago.

One of my passions is to help others by sharing what I have learned in order to make their wellness journey more successful. One thing I learned is that health is a lifestyle. You can’t just slap an oil on your skin or take some supplement and everything is suddenly all better! It just doesn’t work that way. That’s why I dedicate so much energy into to educating about wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

You have to start someplace and I love helping people (you) find your starting point or to help you discover a few missing pieces to aid you in a journey you already are on.  If you would like to visit with me about your healthy lifestyle, whether you want some ideas for improving your journey, or how to change directions to start that journey, I’d love to help. Fill out a request to contact me through my Share Scents website and we will talk!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, Immune System, Muscles & Ligaments, Stress

What is Raindrop Technique?

Have you heard of Raindrop Technique?

I first learned about this amazing techique in 2004. I heard it was very special and I was curious. I searched for several months to find anyone who knew how to do it. I was a bit concerned and had a lot of questions, but decided to give it a try.

I scheduled the suggested three sessions spaced apart by two weeks between each session. After the first session, I felt the best I had felt in over 15 years, and each time I saw more improvement.

This led me seek out training in how to do the Raindrop Technique. I wanted to share this amazing new information with everyone, so I enrolled in an intensive training course. Since that time, I have shared Raindrop with many friends and family members.

What is the Raindrop Technique? Well in one short sentence, it is a method of applying Young Living Essential Oils to the feet and back in a specific sequence utilizing several techniques from Native cultures. The result is both relaxing and invigorating. It is very supportive to the muscles and joints as well as the immune system.

Application methods used during Raindrop Technique.

You can purchase the Raindrop Collection and easily learn how to do it yourself. Here is a link where you can purchase the Raindrop Collection. An instructional video is available at YoungLiving.com/Raindrop.

If you would like to learn more about Raindrop Technique, you can request my “Raindrop Newsletter” by sending me an email request through my Share Scents website. I love sharing something that has had such a positive impact in my life.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Immune System, NingXia

Young Living: So much more than essential oils

It seems like most people are drawn to Young Living Essential Oils company because of essential oils. They hear about essential oils, someone tells them about the number-one company, they might do some research and even buy some of those little bottles.

Then what? Maybe they fall in love or maybe the bottles get shoved in a closet or drawer and forgotten. I just spent the past several weeks writing about essential oils. Yes, they are amazing. Yes, they have done amazing things for me and a lot of my friends and family.

But did you know that Young Living has about 600 products, and the majority of those products are NOT essential oils? It’s true. Truth be known, it’s those “other” products that have changed my life for the good. This month let’s talk about some of those products.

Not long after I purchased my first bottles of essential oils, a new product was introduced. At that time it was called Berry Young Juice. Today it is called NingXia Red. I decided to give it a try. I loved the flavor and started to drink it daily for several months.

At the beginning, I thought I could feel a difference in my body. I just felt “better” – more energy. Then after a few months, I thought maybe it was all in my head so I stopped ordering it. Within a few days, I was dragging butt. I didn’t feel as good as I had been feeling. Needless to say, I started drinking it again and immediately could feel a positive shift in my body and energy.

A few years passed. I started to discover other products that Young Living sold. I compared some to similar products I had in my home, and the Young Living products just seemed to be better. I took some of the supplement bottles to show my doctor. He gave his nod of approval and reinforced my thoughts that these were good products. So slowly, as I ran out of various supplements, I would order my replacements from Young Living. I discovered they were much more potent and I could feel a significant difference. I later learned there was a lot of science and research behind these powerful Young Living supplements. They really did work better for me.

The big payoff was a couple of years ago when during a routine check-up my doctor commented that my immune system seemed very much stronger than it had been in the past. I was seeing him less often and that didn’t hurt my feelings a bit! I knew he was right.

I tell you this story to ask you to take a look around your home. Make a list of products you need to buy. Then check the Young Living website or catalog and you may be amazed at how many of the products  are ones that you could be buying from Young Living.

Now I can already hear you saying, “Oh, but they cost more. Why would I pay more?” Well, in reality, you are NOT paying more. What I discovered is that these products are so extremely concentrated, that they actually cost less.  For example, my hair conditioner bottle lasts 6 months! No joke! My laundry soap lasts 4 months. I can’t even remember the last time I purchased my all-purpose cleaner because I get it FREE. Doesn’t get any cheaper than that!

Today I told you about NingXia Red. It’s one of my non-negotiables. Over the next few weeks, I will tell you about a few of my other favorites. But in the meantime, why don’t you poke around my website and see what piques your interest. Then get ahold of me and find out whether I have used that product and what I can tell you about it. Did you know there are actually a few products I do not like? It’s true. And I will give you my honest opinion. Here’s the link to my website: http://www.ShareScents.com — check it out and then let’s talk.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle

Are Essential Oils safe?

Do you ever wonder if there is any reason to be cautious about using essential oils? After all, it seems like everyone is jumping on the band wagon but many really don’t know anything about them.

The first thing to understand is that all essential oils are not created equal. There are four grades of essential oils, but in the United States there is no regulation of them. So a company can produce a Grade D (the lowest type) and call it pure as long as it contains only 5% pure essential oil. They don’t have to even say what the other 95% is. Yikes! That really doesn’t set well with me.

The best essential oils are Grade A. These come from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures and pressure in clean quality-controlled facility. Grade A is the only true pure oil even though all sorts of claims can be made on labels, since there is no regulation of them.

Before you purchase, check to see if the company grows their own plants, owns their own fields and controls the entire process from Seed to Seal – from the farm to the sealed bottle. Pesticides, pollution, previously farmed land – all of it can affect the quality of an oil. Young Living’s oils are Grade A.

Why would you go the extra step of using an oil to get away from a chemical and then use an oil that is laden with chemicals? It makes no sense.

One of the things that stands out to me is Young Living’s Seed to Seal process. It’s a promise of integrity. Gary Young (founder of Young Living Essential Oils) has said that he never makes an oil for profit, he makes it for a purpose. Seed to Seal means each plant is hand-weeded; there are no pesticides used, no chemicals, and no weed killers. The plants are harvested at their peak and distilled. They’re then put through a vigorous testing process. Then they go from the warehouse directly to your home. Seed to Seal is not a slogan, it’s a promise. You can learn more by checking out the Young Living Story, and fall in love with the company as I have, at www.seedtoseal.com.

So once you know the quality of the oils you are using is good, another consideration is whether a particular oil is safe to use without dilution or if you need to dilute it with a carrier oil. That is, a fatty oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Using a carrier oil will slow down the absorption into your skin and is especially important with some oils that are what we call “hot” oils. Those would include ones like cinnamon, oregano, black pepper, etc. Dilution is also important with children.

Some oils, particularly citrus oils are photosensitive and should not be applied topically if you are going to be out in direct sunlight.

Some oils are safe to ingest but be sure to read the bottle to make sure it is safe to use internally.

All these considerations are part of some basic training I offer in an Essential Oils 101 class. I also have a newsletter devoted to the safe use of essential oils. If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact me at Joyce@ShareScents.com

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle

Essential Oil Journey

Have you been dabbling in essential oils? Do you ever wonder what all the buzz is about? Which oils are best? What’s so special about these little bottles? Perhaps you found them at your health food store and gave them a try. They were nice, but you didn’t really see why people are so excited about them.

This month we will take a closer look at some basics about essential oils to help answer some of your questions and concerns. Before we do that, let me briefly share my story with you.

I was first introduced to a little bottle of essential oil called Valor back in 1999. It changed my life. I don’t know why or how or what it did for me, but I fell in love with that bottle.  When I used it before going to the chiropractor, I seemed to have a better treatment and the treatment seemed to “hold” better. I have no idea why. I just knew it helped! So I started looking at some other bottles. My wish list grew and so did my stash.

Now, being a bargain hunter, I did check out some other bottles I would find in stores. They never measured up to the ones I was getting from the company that I eventually grew to trust and love. I’ll talk about why that is another time. But today, let’s focus on what I like to call my “self-care” kit.

Yep, self-care. That ‘s what these oils do for me. They help me care for my body. Every part of my body. Safely. Easily. Enjoyably. And in ways I never imagined possible.

You see, I had studied herbs and natural health for many years before discovering essential oils. So when I started using oils, I discovered the knowledge I already had fit perfectly with essential oils.

I discovered the reason plants are so wonderful for our bodies is the secret tucked inside their cells. The essential oils. They are in the leaves, stems, bark, seeds, flowers, rinds, well most all parts of plants. And our bodies just seem to know what to do with them because they are natural when no chemicals are added to them.

There are different ways to get those oils out of the plants and into our bodies. But the most common way to extract the oils from the plants is through distillation. What separates out in that process is a very potent and volatile thing called essential oils. The essential oil is so concentrated and powerful, that in many cases, only one drop is needed to get the benefit that it may have taken substantially larger quantities of the living or dried plant to get.

They are so easy to use. You can just open the bottle and sniff! You can diffuse into the air. You can rub a drop on your skin, and in some cases, certain oils can even be used internally. We will talk more about that later too.

But for now, let’s start this journey together! Open that bottle. Take a sniff. But don’t put it right up by your nose. You might find it rather over-powering. Hold the bottle out at arm’s length. Slowly move the bottle toward you in a spiraling motion. It’s a fun experiment.  Notice if the scent changes. Notice what thoughts pop into your head. Notice how your body feels. Do you feel any different than you did before? Congratulations, you have just accidentally discovered some things about essential oils that you never knew before.  Your journey has started. Perhaps your life will change for the better, like mine did!

If you have questions please contact me at joyce@ShareScents.com.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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