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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Do essential oils really work???

Do essential oils really work?

If you are here, you are probably curious about essential oils and I applaud your decision to dig a little deeper and learn more before making the decision to use them yourself. Although it took me many months of research before choosing to use essential oils in my home, I am so happy with my decision to provide natural solutions for my family. My goal is not to use essential oils all-day, every-day, but to have all-natural options available when I need to clean my home, care for my family, treat life's little emergencies, boost my mood or simply relax.

So, do essential oils really work? If you do a quick online search, you'll find stories of people using essential oils to treat just about everything under the sun. These claims should be taken with a grain of salt, however, because you can find pretty much anything online if you look hard enough. This doesn't mean that essential oils don't work, though. It just means that you need to do your research, keep an open mind, choose quality oils and learn how to use the oils safely and effectively.

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years. Before we had modern medicine, we had plant therapy. People have been using herbs and aromatic plans for therapeutic benefits since the beginning of human civilization!  In fact, most modern medicines are derived from plants. Drug companies actually try to replicate the properties in plants that are beneficial to the body and use them to create synthetic drugs. The problem is that, unlike essential oils, these synthetic compounds are not in their natural, whole form.

Essential oils, however, work with the body on a cellular level to address issues and root causes...not just treat symptoms. Because essential oils have been used for so long, there have been tons of research studies done to prove their safety and effectiveness when used correctly. The best resource to learn more about these tried and true methods is the Modern Essentials Book. This book reviews the science and application of essential oils, a personal usage guide that lists which oils to use for specific health concerns and a detailed overview of each oil. Whenever I want to find out if there is a way to naturally support my health using essential oils, I just turn to my book and look it up! You can also visit Aromatic Science for the latest research, education and resources on essential oils.

Do essential oils really work? Learn more in my webinar!Essential oils are not meant to replace a nutrient dense diet, physical activity, rest and an overall healthy lifestyle. They are meant to compliment these pillars of health to promote optimal health and wellness. Just like you can't take a pill to undo years worth of bad eating habits, you can't use an oil to undo unhealthy choices. Because they are natural compounds, essential oils work with your body to help it run in tip top shape when used in combination with healthy lifestyle choices.

The quality of essential oils you choose is also important. Many essential oils may have synthetic ingredients or fillers that degrade the quality of the oil. I choose doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils for my family because they are sustainably grown and harvested where they grow indigenously, carefully and naturally steam distilled to extract the oils without degrading them, tested for purity and therapeutic grade quality and made without fillers, synthetic oils, contaminants or toxins.

Do essential oils really work? Learn more in my webinar!If after reading this you want to learn more about essential oils and how they can provide natural solutions for your family, I invite you to join me next week on June 30th at 8:00pm EST for an hour long webinar where we will dive even deeper into the world of essential oils and all of their beneficial uses! I'll be hosting this live event so you can see me, but I can't see you so feel free to wear your PJ's. :) Plus, everyone who RSVP's for the event will be in a drawing to receive a FREE 5ml bottle of Wild Orange essential oil! Woo hoo!

If you can't make it, I'll be posting the link to the webinar after the event, so be sure to check back here or on the Facebook event page to catch up afterward.

You can also sign up for my essential oil newsletter. Once or twice a month I'll be sending out special deals, useful tips and even some fun food, beauty and cleaning recipes you can make using essential oils!

Learn more about the natural solutions essential oils can provide for your family!

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As always, if you have any questions please contact me at any time. I am here to help! You can also check out my essential oils page to learn more about how it all works and how to get started!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Now Available -- Preconception, Pregnancy and Family Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching Packages!

I have some big, big, BIG news, and it's been a loooong time coming! As you might know, I've been in school working toward my masters degree for the past few years. I took a couple of pit stops along the way to have a baby and write a book, but I recently graduated Summa cum Laude with a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University.

I could not be more thrilled because this means I can finally do what I've been wanting to do ever since I went back to you! The reason I went back to school was to gain the knowledge necessary to help others find health and happiness through real food and a healthy lifestyle.

Sure, I knew how to do this for myself, but everybody is different, both in lifestyle and biochemical makeup, so I needed to learn the ins and outs of how food and lifestyle affect our overall health.

Today, I am super excited to announce that I have launched three coaching packages geared toward pregnant women, women who are trying to get pregnant or have recently had a baby and busy families who want to get more real food on their table!  Be sure to read to the end of this post for an exciting opportunity to win one FREE month of coaching with me!

Each package includes:

  • Personalized nutrition analysis
  • 1 hour initial consultation to discuss goals, diet, health history, current health status and lifestyle
  • Once per week followups for additional support and updates
  • E-mail access to me for quick answers to your health concerns and questions
  • Customized meal plan, nutrition advice and lifestyle recommendations
  • Helpful handouts and guides you can use at home

Why should you work with me? Read a little bit more about the packages I offer:

Baby to Be Preconception Health Check
If you are planning a pregnancy in the next 3 to 12 months or have had difficulty getting pregnant in the past, I offer Baby to Be, a preconception health check that includes a comprehensive panel of lab tests in addition to my one-to-one nutrition and lifestyle coaching. These tests will help you to identify adrenal and hormone imbalances, gut pathogens and nutrient deficiencies so you can correct them through nutrition and lifestyle before you get pregnant.

Click here for a detailed overview of each lab test and what is included with this package.

Healthy Babies for Life Coaching Package
If you are pregnant, want to get pregnant or a new mom, my Healthy Babies for Life Coaching Package is the perfect option for you. You'll get nutritional and lifestyle support throughout the preconception, pregnancy and postpartum periods. Take out the Googling and guesswork and let me show you how to use real food and a healthy lifestyle to optimize fertility, enjoy a happy pregnancy, have a healthy baby and ease into motherhood.

Click here for a full description of what is included in this package.

Real Food for Real Families Coaching Package
If you've already been doing the "mom" thing for a while, but need help bringing more real foods into your kitchen, I can be there to provide you with step-by-step guidance through my Real Food for Real Families Coaching Package. Growing children need nutrient dense foods to support their (seemingly) nonstop growth and the rapid development of their brain and other body systems. By providing your family with real foods, you can set them up for a lifetime of health and wellness.

Click here for a full description of what is included in this package.

If you still have questions, I offer free 15 minute consultations to help you determine if my services are a good fit for your health needs. Contact me to schedule your consultation today!