doYOUmamma (verb)

When I worked in the public field of breastfeeding I used to say it to the moms I would counsel. Whether they breastfed, formula fed, combo fed, fed purees, did baby led weaning, co slept, bed shared, they slept in their own room, wore their babies or not I always told them “you do what you think is best for you and your babies, not for anyone else. No one will ever care for your babies as much as you ever will. You’ve carried them and have loved them 40 weeks longer than anyone else. You do you mamma” and it just stuck.

I still freelance as a breastfeeding consultant and my message is still the same.  A woman I’ve know since high school once said “You don’t have to be all natural, to go all natural,” and she’s right.  If you love Tide, use Tide; if you need prescription meds, please take them; entering into the world of essential oils doesn’t mean that you have to dump every conventional item you have in your home.  My essential oil overhaul didn’t happen overnight and I still have a long way to go. It’s a learning process and a lifestyle change.  If I’d quit commercial products overnight, dōTERRA would have lasted a week. Instead I slowly incorporated oils into my families life: I started with using the toothpaste everyday, moved onto using the deodorant, read up on and researched what oils I could use daily and how to switch it up, then I moved onto my husband, and then my kids.  Now my kids love oils and my daughter doesn’t want conventional things. She needs her oils and she needs her homemade hand sanitizer (recipe to come)!

Thank you for taking this journey with me. Like Medicine, it’s a practice.  I need to and have to learn everyday.  My brain: if I don’t use it, I lose it.

Lately I’ve been losing it though, both of my kids have been home sick for the week.  Yes we are a home that eats cookies and yes we are a home that uses ibuprofen. Yes we are a home that puts oils in our cookies (try lavender) and use we are a home that supports health by also using essential oils.

Keeping Sophia occupied with her iPhone and Jack needing to be carried (baby tax)

New Year New You – dōTERRA Promotion

dōTERRA is an amazing company. They make it rain on their Wellness Advocates and Wholesale Customers like no other company I know. Free education, free products for new members and incentives every month for established members. With the new year already under way everyone is always thinking about how to improve and dōTERRA, again, hits the nail on the head with their New Year New You Promo!

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If your new year resolution is to lose weight, move your body more, make better connections with friends or yourself, to save money or to solve problems with more natural solutions, dōTERRA and doYOUmamma have got you covered.

This is one of the easiest ways to earn free product fast. First thing you need to do is attend my event. No worries! It’s virtual. Fill out this form below and we can chat via text, phone, email, facetime, or even face-to-face for about 15-30 minutes so we can get a better understanding of how essential oils are going to serve you and your family best.

Next you’ll place your first order, i’ll help you through it. You will choose an enrollment kit or a personalized set of oils that will meet your immediate needs. After you receive your order we will chat again and I will escort you through Essential Oils 101. We will cover basics like how to make roller bottles to how to use essential oils in the kitchen but we can also cover any additional health concerns you may have or any other areas you want to focus on. We will also build your Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP). This is where the magic happens: this is how you start earning free product, shipping points back and get you closer to your free 100PV. After that meeting, I will give you your code and website to visit and you will receive your points either days after you place your LRP order!

It’s that simple. We build a relationship, you get empowered, you get free stuff.

In addition to the free bonus oil and 100PV you will be receiving from dōTERRA I will also be providing to you “The Essential Life” book. This book is 400+ color pages of all things essential oils. It has an ailment index, full page color descriptions of essential oils, pairing suggestions, a guide on blending, specific health topics like intimacy, babies, weight loss and it has a lot of great recipes!

I can’t wait for you to join me, I can’t wait to give you the tools you need to educate and empower yourself. Don’t take too much time or wait until the last minute. This offer ends 2/28/17!

 

Cardamom Coffee – My (new)Morning Jacket

My husband loves hazelnut coffee. Beans or creamer, he’s gotta have it. It’s not my favorite, but I buy one or the other every week because I said in my vows to him that I would warm his heart and support the essence of him… that meant making coffee every morning.

I found a way to meet both of our needs; he gets his hazelnut fix, we get our life fuel and I get to slip in yet another essential oil into my daily routine: I buy plain French roast, hazelnut creamer (for him) and I get my pick of the litter with the help of a tiny little toothpick!

The Essence of Life

 

Don’t forget that essential oils are very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. I’ve definitely had my experience of adding waaaaaaaay too much lemongrass to my stir fry (one drop was overkill). So when I learned the toothpick trick, I had an ah-ha moment of “know better, do better.” For some oils, like lemon, a drop will do; but for others, like cinnamon, oregano, or lemongrass…. you need less than a drop, but how do you do that? Grab a toothpick and we’ll have a little lesson.

Stick it in there… Just the tip

 

It’s super simple and will save you your tastebuds and you won’t have to dump any food, drinks or oils. You can always add more, but you can never take it out. Grab a toothpick and dip it in the dropper. No need to open up the bottle fully. That’s it. Take your toothpick and stir it into what ever liquid you choose: water, coffee, tomato sauce, bone broth, vodka… do it! If you want more intense flavor, use a new toothpick, dip it again and give another swirl.

 

 

So for today’s coffee I choose cardamom. This oil has been in my arsenal for quite some time but I’ve honestly never used it. I was thumbing through my Essential Life book (which comes to you free when you sign up as a wellness advocate or wholesale customer through me – worth $35!) and came across its amazing benefits: menstrual and digestive support (it’s that time of the month again), mental congestion, and it moves your emotional balance from “Self-Centered” to “Charitable!” Bonus: it makes my coffee taste like chai.

There are so many oils you can perk your coffee or tea with, I’m sure one for each day of the month: cinnamon, bergamot, OnGuard, lavender, lemon, peppermint, lime, grapefruit, wild orange, cassia, DigestZen, fennel, Melissa, wintergreen… there, you’re covered for two weeks.

So let me know what you think! Comment below what you’ve tried, what you loved… and did NOT love.  If you have no essential oils in your cupboard and are ready to jump on board, this is a great way to start your day in this new year! Reach out to me at doYOUmamma@gmail.com or follow through to my personal dōTERRA Website and you could have these oils by the end of the week!

Lemon & Artichoke Shrimp with Couscous AKA Dinner with dōTERRA AKA The Benefits of A Well Stocked Kitchen

Walk into my kitchen and look into my pantry, it seems as if I’m preparing for the apocalypse. Bags after bags of dried beans and grains, canned foods, cartons of shelf stable nut milks, spices galore from all of the the world and enough peanut butter to last possibly forever. My cabinets are almost an aspiring chefs dream. A Kitchen-Aid mixer, a VitaMix, a LeCreuset stock pot and braiser, and an Instant-Pot are just the beginning. We also have 2 deep freezers full of frozen meats, vegetables, bone stock and breastmilk.

I come from the philosophy that if you have the tools needed, you’re always prepared. Whether it’s a rainy day with a sick kid at home, I can make soup in a flash because I have quarts of bone broth in my freezer; if my husband surprises me with friends coming over for dinner, I can make Japanese chicken curry for 6 in under 20 minutes. If it takes me longer than an hour to make dinner, I’ve taken too long. I’ve got 2 kids and “ain’t nobody got time for dat.”

So, tonight was one of those nights where I just didn’t want to send much time on dinner, I didn’t want to head out to the store (our CSA fruit/veggie box gets delivered in a couple days) and I’m over soup. I scanned my freezer looking for pork chops then realized they’re in the back freezer outside, it’s raining, so I decided on some frozen shrimp I had picked up at Target for my MIL who didn’t use them. Oooooh! Do I have any couscous? Of course I do! I have four different kinds, so I grabbed the Israeli (pearl). Hell yes! A can of artichoke hearts!  I vaguely remember my daughter asking for a lemon, check! we’ve got a lemon. Shrimp, lemon….. I need some green.  PARSLEY and DILL! I’ve got dried parsley but out of dill.   Oh wait! No I’m not. I run to the bedroom for my dill dōTERRA essential oil! I’ve got a random packet of red pepper flakes from the last time we ordered pizza (don’t hate… we all have these) and I’ve got the smallest wedge of Parmesan cheese in my fridge. Dinner is in the bag.

Having essential oils in your arsenal is not only beneficial for your health and emotional wellness, you can also incorporate it into your culinary skills!

So here’s the recipe for Lemon & Artichoke Shrimp with Couscous

INGREDIENTS:

2-1/4 cups less-sodium chicken broth

1-1/2 cups Israeli (pearl) couscous

1 tablespoon olive oil or butter

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 small shallot, minced

1 can (14 ounces) artichoke quarters, drained

1 pound 26-30 count peeled and deveined shrimp, tails removed, patted dry

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Juice of 1 lemon

Zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh dill (or 1 drop dōTERRA Dill essential oil)

1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teasooon dried)

1/3 cup shaved Parmesan cheese, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
In medium saucepot, bring broth to boil over medium-high heat. Stir in couscous. Reduce heat to medium; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until couscous is tender. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and shallot; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add artichokes, shrimp, black pepper and red pepper flakes; cook until shrimp turn opaque throughout, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes.

Add lemon juice, lemon zest, dill, parsley and couscous; toss until well combined. Serve in warm bowls garnished with cheese.

This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. It’s also one of my pantry staples. It took me longer to defrost the shrimp than to cook the whole meal: I had dinner on the table in under 30 minutes and was not a single leftover in sight.

Are you ready to add essential oils to your arsenal?

Email me at doYOUmamma@gmail.com or become a wellness advocate or wholesale customer right now!

Comment below what are your favorite dishes to use essential oils in or what you would switch out a dried or fresh herb with an oil? I cant wait to get some inspiration!

Hair today, gone tomorrow (postpartum hair shedding and how I got my groove back)

I had two kids 16 months apart and I wore weaves (hair extensions) for about a decade straight. A year after my son was born I decided to ditch the extra tresses and go au naturel. Needless to say I was shocked to see how much my hair had thinned out, especially at the edges. I would brush my hair and it was coming out in clumps. I was mortified and in tears on an almost daily basis. It got so bad that I went to my OBGYN to get my thyroid checked. WebMD told me I had cancer. She assured me that I was perfectly healthy and my situation was completely normal. Even though I was a year postpartum my hormones were still fluctuating and they would most likely continue to do so until I began the weaning process. Jack was only 1 and no where near weaning so I needed natural solutions that would be effective at the core of the problem. I immediately went to my essential oil bible The Essential Life and began looking up hair loss. Their primary recommendations were for arborvitae, lavender, rosemary and thyme. Now I know that hair is dead, and there isn’t really any “magical” hair growth serum, but I knew I wanted to support the hair I did still have and prevent breakage. I wanted oils that were purifying, cleansing, strengthening, and soothing to my scalp.

I wanted to make some type of oil spray that i could use on my hair to keep it moisturized but something that could also benefit my scalp. One thing to consider is something called comedogenic. Comedogenic means pore blocking. In the same vein that you done want makeup that clogs your pores, leading to breakouts, i didn’t want oil that may impede my hair shaft and not promote hair growth. So comedogenic ratings go from 0 (non clogging) to 5 (highly clogging)

  • 0 – Will Not Clog Pores
  • 1 – Low
  • 2 – Moderately Low
  • 3 – Moderate
  • 4 – Fairly High
  • 5 – High

Here is a short list of oils a lot of people use in hair and body products and their ratings

Oils & Butters

  • Almond Oil – 2
  • Apricot Kernel Oil – 2
  • Argan Oil – 0
  • Avocado Oil – 2
  • Borage Oil – 2
  • Calendula Oil – 1
  • Camphor – 2
  • Castor Oil – 1
  • Cocoa Butter – 4
  • Coconut Butter – 4
  • Coconut Oil (from the meat or kernel) – 4
  • Corn Oil – 3
  • Cotton Seed Oil – 3
  • Emu Oil – 1
  • Evening Primrose Oil – 2
  • Flax Seed Oil – 4
  • Grape Seed Oil – 2
  • Hazelnut Oil – 2
  • Hemp Seed Oil – 0
  • Jojoba Oil – 2
  • Jojoba Oil Sulfated – 3
  • Linseed Oil – 4
  • Mango Butter – 0
  • Mineral Oil – 0
  • Mink Oil – 3
  • Neem Oil – 1
  • Olive Oil – 2
  • Palm Oil – 4
  • Peanut Oil – 2
  • Petrolatum – 0
  • Rosehip Oil – 1
  • Safflower Oil (not the cooking oil) – 0
  • Sesame Oil – 2
  • Shea Butter – 0
  • Soybean Oil – 3
  • Sunflower Oil – 2
  • Wheat Germ Oil – 5

So, looking at that list, you could see why though fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is a great oil for the application of essential oils, it’s not such a great option for my scalp. It’s comedogenic value is 4 (fairly high clogging). I decided to use hemp seed oil as a catalyst not only because it’s comedogenic value is 0, but because I already had some in my home (I give it to my children daily as their omega vitamin – more on that subject later).

So, looking at that list, you could see why though fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is a great oil for the application of essential oils, it’s not such a great option for my scalp.

After further research I decided to add cedarwood, geranium and melaleuca (tea tree) oil to my mix because of their astringent and antibacterial properties. All I did was add drops of each of the oils to a small recycled spray bottle and filled the rest with hemp seed oil and touch of castor oil.

My results have been amazing. Not so thin at the edges and feeling much fuller. I can even keep a curl in my hair now. Even my hair dresser has noticed a difference in the past 6 months. I don’t put anything in my hair besides these oils. I wish I had a before picture but here is where I’m at now:

There is a science to essential oils but their practical use is fairly simple and easy.

Does this apply to you or someone you know? Share your story below and let me know how I can share with you how you can empower yourself with essential oils. Are you already ready to change your life with essential oils, start now here.

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Protecting Our Immune System -by Dr. David K. Hill, D.C. (Reposted from dōTERRA)

Our immune system is an especially important part of overall health.
It is especially important to be mindful of our immune system during transitional times of the year, for instance, the beginning of a new school year when exposure to environmental threats increases. Many lifestyle factors can also weaken our immune system, including stress, lack of sleep, exposure to toxicity, and poor nutrition. Managing each of these areas and adopting a model of consistency that actively supports the immune system is an excellent way to maintain health throughout the year.

It is especially important to be mindful of our immune system during transitional times of the year, for instance, the beginning of a new school year when exposure to germs increases. Many lifestyle factors can also weaken our immune system, including stress, lack of sleep, exposure to toxicity, and poor nutrition. Managing each of these areas and adopting a model of consistency that actively supports the immune system is an excellent way to maintain health throughout the year. Although the physiologic functioning of the immune system is complex, it can be broken down into two main parts–fixed and mobile immunity. Fixed immunity serves as the body’s first line of defense against potential threats by preventing harmful elements from ever entering circulation. This type of immunity is composed of the various protective barriers that exist between the delicate internal environment of the body and the outside environment, (for example, the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and skin). We also have mobile immunity that is activated if the body does become infected. Specialized immune cells quickly congregate at the site of infection to initiate the healing process. The combined work of both aspects of immunity is critical for staying healthy.

Take proactive measures to enhance the body’s ability to protect itself.

Supporting our immune system can be easily achieved. We should focus on simple approaches that are easy to implement and easy to share with others. Among the greatest benefits of essential oils is that they are simple to apply and offer consistent benefits. Here are steps that can be used to support both fixed and mobile immunity and, in turn, maximize the health of your family during colder months.

Build Healthy Intestinal Flora:

The gastrointestinal (GI) system plays a key role in fixed immunity. If health of the GI tract is compromised, so is the immune system. A probiotic supplement such as doTERRA PB Assist+ is an excellent way to populate the GI tract with beneficial microflora, thus enhancing immunity.* It’s important to use a probiotic supplement that bypasses the strong acidic environment of the stomach and releases the bacteria into the intestines where it will have the most substantial effect. Using innovative encapsulation technology, PB Assist+ delivers a combination of live bacteria strains and a fructo-oligosaccharide prebiotic directly into the intestines, helping to populate the GI tract with helpful microflora while also optimizing colony adhesion and growth. This product is best used daily, but is especially important during periods when the immune system is vulnerable.

Diffuse Essential Oils Regularly:

Scientific study demonstrates that diffusion of essential oils can purify and cleanse the air, providing added protection when the seasonal threats are high. I recommend diffusing essential oils every day. Lemon and On Guard Protective Blend contain powerful cleansing properties that purify the air we breathe, delivering positive effects on the immune system.

Use Essential Oils to Clean Surfaces:

Frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, keyboards, cell phones, and grocery carts can be more harmful during certain times of the year. Cleaning these surfaces often is an important part of minimizing exposure to harmful particles. The On Guard cleaning products are a highly effective way to clean surfaces while preventing exposure to toxins. I also suggest using Lemon, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, Purify Cleansing Blend, or the On Guard Protective Blend. Our immunity is limited to its own ability to function properly. It is important to both minimize exposure to elements that may harm our immune system and to take proactive, consistent measures to enhance the body’s ability to protect itself. By developing a daily routine and integrating these tips into a model of consistency, we can easily and effectively keep our families healthy throughout all seasons of the year.

References:
Inouya S, Uchida K, Yamaguchi H. In-vitro and in-vivo anti-Trichophyton activity of essential oils by vapour. Mycoses. 2001;44:99-107.
Inouye S, Takizawa T, Yamaguchi H. Antibacterial activity of essential oils and their major constituents against respiratory tract pathogens by gaseous contact. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2001;47:565-573.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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