First, one of my favorite wellness loves is this reverse osmosis to ensure we knock out the scary stuff. With testing, we found regular filters weren’t even coming close to kicking out of our drinking water!
Then…y’all…Vitality Drops hit in January to kick off the new year, and they change the game from forcing yourself to drink water to downing whole bottles like it’s your job!
4. iTovi + Supplements=BFFs
If you haven’t gotten an iTovi scanner in your home yet, now’s the time.
It’s one of the key pieces of our health regimen. You can learn more about it here and get yours here.
My goodness. We just sat around waiting for when we might get sick again.
Such a silly way to live!
Now, we have preventative and active measures to get us through whatever illness might come along.
We have been successful in using oils like Thieves from the Premium Starter Kit, ImmuPower, and Inner Defense to kick the sick without gut-harming, liver-harming, brain-harming over-the-counters and prescriptions!
In fact, our family hasn’t had one of those in the house for years!
Even better: our over-the-counter medicine cabinet expired!
No, not the fake, from a can or pouch, synthetic, on-the-run type energy.
We’re talking real, from the inside, “I feel better because I am better” energy.
Adopting the Young Living lifestyle means you’re kicking out the fake fragrances and synthetic dyes and ingredients that bog you down.
Add in our NingXia Red antioxidant drink with a drop of brain, focus, and energy-boosting Peppermint (all in the Premium Starter Kit), and you’re on your way!
I’m a girl in love with her coffee (especially with a drop of immune-boosting Cinnamon Bark oil in it!), but we know coffee is only a temporary fix.
What we really need is ongoing energy, so we can snuggle up around that cup of joe but not become dependent upon him. That’s just not a healthy relationship, Joe. No offense. 🙂
Toxins, especially those floating around in every other product other than Young Living, are a huge reason for premature aging!
Drink water (especially with a drop of Lemon from the Premium Starter Kit!) to boost your skin’s cell turnover, and fill your Essential Rewards order with the ART line of premier skin care or the beloved Orange Blossom line that’s sure to be amazing for even the most sensitive skin.
And speaking of sensitive skin…I was told I had it.
My body was simply rejecting the synthetics in all the products I was using before Young Living.
Post Young Living: not an irritation in sight.
One of the best things about sharing Young Living are the skin testimonials.
Especially my friends who have such powerful stories of ridding their kids’ eczema and other rashes and skin conditions. WOO!
Guess what interrupts sleep?
You guessed it: toxins.
Synthetic fragrance (AKA fake hormones) mess with your body’s ability to regulate so many of the factors it takes to not only fall asleep and stay asleep but also to have good, quality rest!
Along with the toxin-free lifestyle and oils like Lavender, Cedarwood, and supplements like SleepEssence, Young Living also offers you the safest CBD isolate on the planet. No chemicals. No pesticides. Lots of good, quality, sleep!
Before Young Living I didn’t even realize how foggy my brain was!
Adding brain-health support like MindWise, NingXia Red, and ridding our family of the bioaccumulation from fluoride that harmed our brains with our Thieves oral care, I now feel more clear-minded that I ever have before!
Click here to learn how the Thieves Oral Care line saved my mouth!
9. Mental Health
We shout it from the rooftops to normalize mental health in mainstream media, but what no one seems to realize is that this is only half the problem.
We need real tools to save our mental and emotional health, and we need it now!
The toxin-free lifestyle is the biggest relief you can offer anyone with anxiety, depression, or any other mental and emotional health issues.
From there, you can tap back into that science I was talking about before and do things like the Memory Release technique (click here to read about it) and just simply breathing in certain oils that reroute your brain to literally think and feel better.
This is what we strive for in prescriptions, but our perfect, pesticide-free oils have zero side effects.
It’s been amazing to hear the testimonials of people who have used oil blends like Release, and our CBD oils to regain control of their mental and emotional health.
10. Whole Family Love
Last but certainly not least, Young Living’s 25 years of experience has something for every single person in your family.
From everything I mentioned above to our Seedlings line for babies, KidScents line for littles, AnimalScents for our fur babies, and even serious nutritional support for every age, Young Living offers you a lifestyle like no one else.
The best part is that with the Essential Rewards program, we find we’ve saved thousands every year we’ve taken advantage of this new lifestyle.
We are forever grateful to Young Living for Gary’s vision of Purpose over Profit.
I had no idea that what would come next would break so many chains and support my mental health the way it did.
Freedom is a fantastic name for what happened to Laurie and me that day.
The women we spoke with decided it sounded like we both could use a memory resolution, and I’m going to be super real with you.
I wasn’t convinced.
It sounded like something outside of my belief system, so I approached it hesitantly and with a skeptical eye.
Oils + Our Brain
What I did know was that Young Living oils have a profound effect on our brain, especially the amygdala (storing and releasing emotional trauma) and therefore our limbic system (heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance).
Because this is true, I knew whatever we were going to do that night would definitely affect my brain in a positive way, so though cautious, I was ready to let go of some serious pain I’d walked around with for the last decade.
However it came out; it was time.
It’s hard for me to remember exactly what happened because, as it turns out, releasing past trauma is intense.
Sorrow, grief, anger, guilt…oh, the guilt. Guilt I didn’t even know I had. It all came tumbling out of me, so please forgive me if I (untrained in this practice) miss a step or two.
1.) Frankincense, Lavender, and Stress Away were put in my hand.
I rubbed them together, cupped my hands over my nose and mouth, and breathed deeply.
During this time, I was to recall and go back to the exact moment in time where my trauma began.
I chose the hospital room where my dear friend and pediatrician told me my two-month-old baby, Hudson had cancer.
2.) I was asked to remember and imagine the small details.
Where I felt the emotion (in my chest like an elephant sitting on me), and to pray, asking God where He was during those moments.
I could feel that same feeling sitting on the chair in 2019 that I did in 2013 standing in the ultrasound room.
It had also never felt so clear that God was absolutely with me in that moment wrapping His arms around me, holding me upright.
I cried harder.
3.) I was asked to identify what lies I believed during that moment.
I was afraid of this question.
What lies? I didn’t believe any lies.
Then there it was: This was all your fault, Andrea.
See, the small problem that comes with realizing your kid’s toxin-caused cancer was very much caused by my body/DNA and my choices in products I used while pregnant with him and soon after birth came with good things like being able to turn it around to help other families, but it also came with this little lie I hid in the back of my brain.
Hudson got cancer because of me.
Unexpectedly, my mind shifted over to my miscarriages.
If my baby who lived got that sick, I must have been the reason my other three babies lost their lives.
I was a wreck. Right there next to my friend and two women I’d never met before that night.
I hadn’t cried that hard in a very long time.
Strangely, the woman running the session said during that time that if any other trauma decided to rise to the surface as we realized the lie, to let it come and bring it along for release as well.
It was so painful, friends.
I went back to the losses of my first, third, and fourth babies.
It felt like I was being wrung out.
We were then given the oil blend Release to breath in and told to re-establish truth telling ourselves what our brains should instead believe about our trauma.
Hudson got cancer, but I did NOT do this to him.
My miscarriages were out of my control and NOT my fault.
I am a GOOD mama who loves her children and am doing everything I can to create a safe environment for my boys now.
My trauma was NOT MY FAULT.
I cried even harder.
4.) Inner Child oil blend was dropped into my hands to breathe in deeply as I recalled a positive childhood memory.
One where I felt safe, loved, and happy.
I chose to go back to my childhood backyard with my mama and sister picking mulberries in the summertime.
Then my mind shifted to snuggling my mama on the couch and hanging out with her.
Something I now enjoy so much with my own boys.
5.) Finally, the oil blend Believe was dropped in my hands, and I breathed in deeply.
I’d finally stopped crying from pain and was breathing normally again.
Then she asked us to envision the picture of true, unconditional love.
Tears poured out, but this time it was tears of joy as the clearest image of Jesus carrying His cross was front and center in my mind.
We were given time to work through that image and to finally open our eyes after this entire process when we were personally ready and not a moment sooner, giving our brains the time they needed to come to a good stopping point.
I looked at my sweet friend, who had been walking through her own trauma alongside me (surprisingly not awkward at all), and the first thing she said was that despite my crying, my eyes looked so much brighter.
I felt a weight lifted off me. No more elephant.
The memory didn’t go away, but it did fade as I had come to know it.
It was like my brain wouldn’t let me go back to the place where I blamed myself, and even writing this I didn’t get emotional at that idea because I just don’t recognize it as truth.
I see it for what it is–a lie that doesn’t belong to me at all.
The biggest surprise during all this was how seriously powerful the mind is.
I’m blown away at what it can do to us both positively and negatively.
The next day I was standing in line at the Mona farm talking with a nurse about Hudson’s current adrenal issues and had to recall details of his diagnosis, treatment, etc. as she asked me questions.
This was the first time I had ever spoken about Hudson’s illness without a million different painful triggers (hating the word cancer, blaming myself aloud and inwardly, etc) going off in my head.
That time in our life was painful.
It was a part of our journey.
But it no longer owns me.
Mental Health Tool
Now, I keep those oils handy.
Not because I am dealing with any more big traumatic past memories, but because I now have the power to release lies about past memories.
Applying it to My Social Anxiousness
As an example, I’m working on how to start up conversations with brand new people when introduced. I know that’s a basic human skill, but it’s difficult for me.
Earlier in the month I was introduced to someone new, and my mind just went completely blank. I didn’t know what in the world to say to this person, and the words I did utter felt so weird and awkward at the time making everything that much harder.
That night, I kept wallowing in my failure.
I couldn’t stop thinking about how it felt like I’d take one step forward and three steps back in this, and I was having quite the pity party for myself.
Then it hit me: I could release this, identify the lie, reprogram my brain with the truth, and move on. So I did.
Applying it in My Motherhood
Another recent triumph happened just last week when my oldest, Cohen got his first sunburn because I didn’t reapply sunscreen at the lake when I should have.
We were having the best time, and I simply forgot.
The next day I was crying to Steve about how terrible I was for being so negligent and how could I do this to Cohen?
I am his MOTHER.
That was MY responsibility.
I wouldn’t hear one logical word from him about how he was the dad and might have had a hand in forgetting,too.
Then I could hear myself saying the lie: I’m a bad mom.
I looked at Steve and admitted maybe I was a little hard on myself.
He laughed, “Uh, ya think?”
I went into a quiet part of our cabin with my memory release oils, walked through the Memory Release Technique, and was able to handle the hourly sunburn care on the drive home that day.
This literally rewired my brain to understand the truth in the situation:
I made a mistake. I’m NOT a bad mom. I’m a HUMAN who made a mistake.
Better Mental Health
The ability to identify, work through, and release lies about our past is POWERFUL.
I get to be a better wife, friend, and mama because I actually have a way to deal with what would’ve kept acting like a revolving door of pain.
Five girls and one baby all crammed in the back of a stranger’s mini-van.
It made perfect sense.
We needed a Lyft to our Young Living training, and it would only be a fifteen minute drive.
I jumped in the back thinking nothing of it. I’ve been a mom for 8 years. This was hardly my first time riding in a minivan. No big deal…
Then it happened.
It was 95 degrees that day in Utah, and the back of that van was both hot and stuffy.
I started to feel it coming on:
Quick, shallow breaths.
“Could we get more air back here, please?”
“Oh, yeah…this van doesn’t have great air conditioning, especially in the back…”
“Could we roll down a window or something?” Then I whispered to my friends, “I’m starting to freak out a little…I feel like I can’t breathe…”
The window rolled down. It got hotter.
“Here, take some Peppermint.”
“I don’t have car sickness. I just don’t handle cramped spaces well. Then add in not breathing great and heat…”
“Just take it. Put it on the back of your neck, then cup your hands and breathe it in.”
Not exactly being in a position to argue, I did it assuming it wouldn’t help but knowing it couldn’t hurt.
I’d never used Peppermint as a calming oil…
I couldn’t believe it.
Almost immediately my body cooled (I applied it where my brain stem is), and when I breathed in the left over oil from my cupped hand, everything in me started to relax.
I could breathe…
…and think straight…
…handling panic naturally.
It finally made sense why one of the docs at a Young Living workshop said Peppermint was the most complete oil. He said to always carry Peppermint and Lemon oil wherever you go.
All I know after that experience is: plane, train, or automobile, this girl will always have her Young Living Peppermint essential oil on her!
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