Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Overview of Mental Health Treatments: Risks, Benefits, Alternatives

I am passionate about finding evidence-based alternatives to traditional healthcare options and mental health is near and dear to my heart. Join me for a brief explanation of the mental health world, treatment options, risks, benefits, and alternatives.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Being Healthy on Purpose...Positivity

It's embarrassing to look back and see the date of my last post. This happens far too frequently! However, perhaps my delinquency in writing is due to more time spent in other endeavors such as spending 3 weeks in Africa soaking up family time and making memories of a lifetime, cooking meals full of health out of the beautiful bounties of summer, visiting with grandparents, cousins and friends, and beginning a delightful new year of homeschooling. So for that, I am thankful and do not regret less time spent sitting in front of my computer:-)

I have recently been listening to a training on the benefits of optimism and have been challenged in many areas. I consider myself to be a pretty positive person but I am learning about even more ways to work on the mental discipline of optimism and it's tremendous effects on health. A few months ago after reading a book in my devotional time, I chose a "life verse" - a verse that specifically speaks to my heart and challenges me in this season of my life. I chose Philippians 4:4-9 which states:

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

Though that verse is far deeper than just being positive, it ties directly into this concept of choosing optimism. When we set our eyes on things above and fix our attention on that which is good and pure and lovely; when we choose to rejoice in the Lord always; when we replace anxiety with prayer and petition...what peace we will experience and what a difference this will make on our outlook.

The concept of optimism isn't a flowery, unrealistic mental position - rather it is choosing a hopeful and positive outlook even when the odds seem to be against us or even when the reality of a positive outcome doesn't appear likely. The incredible part is that by choosing this mental lifestyle, we increase our overall health significantly. Those who look at life with optimism get sick less often, enjoy better health longterm, and certainly experience better mental health. Though this doesn't surprise me at all, it does remind me of the importance of being healthy on purpose in my mind. Looking back on my days in counseling practice, I can clearly see the clients who made the mental effort to remain positive in the face of adversity and how that mental outlook benefited their treatment versus the perpetually negative people who struggled to make any progress toward recovery. How profound yet how simple this concept is.

So...I'm being particularly intentional about choosing optimism these days and reminding myself of how impactful it is if I give it my all. It's a piece in my puzzle of being healthy on purpose and I want my life to sparkle with joy in all that I do. Over the past few weeks, I have been choosing oils to diffuse that are inspiring or mentally motivating...those oils that immediately encourage joyfulness in me. Though oils aren't the foundation for my optimism or joy, they certainly have a profound influence on my mental attitude and sometimes I forget to use them to their full potential.

This post was a novel...I don't know if its content is significant to anyone else but it's what was on my heart this morning and it is a big part of my being healthy on purpose so I wanted to share. Here are some of my recent favorites that have been filling my diffusers and being applied frequently...

Monday, April 11, 2016

Essential Oils and Allergies

If you have ever wondered if Essential Oils can cause an allergic reaction, you might be interested in this call on oils and allergies. This is only available as a download - sorry, I don't have a call-in access on this one. Only 11 minutes long if you're interested:-)

Essential Oils and Allergies

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Mental Health and Essential Oils

Have you every wondered how Essential Oils can aid in keeping your mind healthy? This call presents the current mental health picture of the United States, lifestyle adjustments that can be made to change your individual health picture, and how Essential Oils can help keep your mind vibrant and optimally functioning.

Mental/Brain Health 

Call-in Format: 1-302-202-1115 15810392(access code) 


An Explanation of Young Living's Seed-to-Seal Quality

If you have ever wondered "Why Young Living?", this is for you. The process, reasons, and explanation of quality is described in detail during this short call.


Call in format: 1-302-202-1115 68249453(acces code) 



      A blend of Cypress, Spruce, and three types of Eucalyptus (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora) oils, RC includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Rub R.C. on your feet or chest before exercise to uplift and inspire, or massage three drops on your feet before bedtime to encourage an atmosphere of comfort. RC is a great oil for sinus, respiratory and throat health when topically applied.


      I am so glad Copaiba was added to the Premium Starter Kit! This oil, though subtle and mild, is an incredibly useful oil to have on hand. Copaiba is great for gentle relaxation and promotes a sense of calm. Often used for supporting the nervous system and respiratory system, Copaiba also supports healthy skin. This oil includes the naturally occurring constituents beta-caryophyllene and alpha-humulene (research reminder if you don’t know what these are!), and can be mixed with honey and warm water for a warming, essential oil-infused tea.