Spotlight on PanAway and a Giveaway!

Spotlight on PanAway Essential OilWell happy Labor Day weekend everyone!!!  We’re back in the saddle after a brief power outage that kept us from the computer for most of the week.  But never fear, we’re BACK!

In honor of our hard working friends, family, and selves I’m going to share about the amazing pain busting essential oil blend called PanAway!

PanAway is actually my husband’s favorite essential oil blend because he works an incredibly physical job and comes home with muscle and joint aches on a daily basis.  He applies the PanAway on location and it helps him to be able to relax and lose the pain from the day.  In fact, this is the oil that convinced HIM of how well the oils work!

I also have lingering trouble from a bout with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and occasionally re-aggravate the wrist.  In fact the last time I did so the pain was intense, to the point of being around a 9 on a 10 point pain scale.  At that time PanAway wasn’t one that I personally used very often, so I wasn’t sure how it would work, but I grabbed it and applied a few drops on my wrist.  Within just a minute or so the pain was 100% gone!  Since then I routinely use this blend for pain and inflammation whenever I experience it.

I also use it now on tight muscles, headaches, and body aches from colds and flus.

PanAway is a blend of several very powerful and effective oils that target pain and inflammation:

  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) essential oil contains natural Methyl Salicylate, a compound found in many over the counter topical pain creams.

  • Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), an essential oil known for its restorative properties.

  • Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllus), an essential oil know for its numbing properties.

  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil contains naturally occurring menthol, a compound often found in muscle rubs and creams targeting soreness and inflammation.

Check out some more possibilities from the talented Dolf Cheng:

PanAway Essential Oil Blend

PanAway Essential Oil Blend

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This is a personal testimony and is not designed or intended as medical advice, and is not meant to diagnose or prescribe.

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Empty Arms: Recovering Physically from Pregnancy Loss

Recovery from Pregnancy Loss

I am blessed to have two beautiful children.  I am also blessed to have three children born straight to heaven.  I wish they were here with me, but I know they are not lost to me forever.

I lost two babies before my son and daughter were born, and this last  April I lost my most recent child, a precious little boy, at 18 weeks.

Because of his age I chose to be induced to deliver him and had the privilege of  seeing him and saying goodbye.

For anyone who is in the position to make this choice, I highly encourage you to consider asking to see your baby.  It was not at all bad, certainly not how I imagined, and it was a beautiful moment of healing for me.  It brought me some closure that I never had with my other two losses.

Unfortunately, shortly after I delivered him I hemorrhaged and had to have an emergency surgery to stop the bleeding.

I lost enough blood that I needed a transfusion and an overnight stay in the hospital.  To say that the physical trauma was more than I was expecting is an understatement.  The doctors and nurses who took care of me that evening were amazing, and I am TREMENDOUSLY grateful for them saving my life.

But the long road of recovery, both physically and emotionally had just begun and with my discharge from the hospital I had to figure out how to bring my body back from a pregnancy that went nearly half way and the difficult delivery that followed.

This week I will share some of the things I have done to help build my body back physically as well as some of the things I am doing to prepare for the possibility of a future pregnancy.

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Ask the Readers

Ask the Readers

I am working on a new article and I need YOUR help!

I am looking for folks who used essential oils of any brand before they used Young Living.

What I would like to know specifically is, have you noticed a difference since switching to Young Living from the other brand, and what is different to you?

I would love to share some of your stories in an upcoming article!

So tell me, what have you noticed?  Would you share with me in the comments?

Intro to Essential Oils Video Class Now Available Online!

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Ready to learn more about genuine essential oils and how they can be of help to you?

Check out this online video class that I recorded!  So many people aren’t able to make it to a class in person, but do have a few minutes to watch a class from the comfort of their own home.

So, sit back, grab a drink, and join me for this fun and informative Intro to Essential Oils Class!


The True Dangers of Essential Oils

The True Dangers of Essential Oils

The longer I am a part of the world of aromatherapy the more often I see articles that circulate dire warning of the perils of using essential oils “improperly”.  These articles paint terrible scenarios, brandish some scientific studies, and turn the even slightly wary heart firmly against the use of essential oils.

Essential oils, portrayed the way these articles paint them, seem to be terrifying in their potency, and an accident waiting to happen by their very existence.

The authors of these articles seem in most cases to be driven by a genuine desire to provide good, reliable safety information to their readers, but unfortunately, there are a few common misunderstandings that many of these articles and websites seem to include.

But before I dive into the misunderstandings I want to lay a little bit of groundwork.

The stark staring truth of the matter is that essential oil quality and labeling are not regulated by the FDA and as a result, there is very little that can be done about the way that most essential oils are marketed.  I’m not a huge fan of government regulation, don’t get me wrong, but I am a big fan of honesty.  Honesty in labeling is a problem in all industries, not just the aromatherapy industry.

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Seed to Seal Marketing Hype

Ok, so I know I stress the uniqueness of Young Living all the time.  I tell you about the farms they own, the distilleries they own, the labs they own and operate.  I get it.  It is just words.

But. Now. I. Have. Been. There.

It is not a marketing strategy.  It’s REALITY!

How many times do you see advertising from any company and wonder how much of it is just put on and slick words from some execs in a boardroom?  Yeah.  Me, too.  So, with me being a “show me” type of person it really made an incredible impression to see what Seed to Seal is.  FIRST HAND.

Friends, I have walked in the fields.  I have been in the distillery.  I have planted lavender.  I’ve taken pictures in one of the greenhouses.  It is INCREDIBLE.  If I shared all of the amazing little details that go into every carefully grown and distilled oil, I would sit here and BORE you.  There is SO MUCH.  So I’ll just share a few highlights with you.  To PROVE IT.  Where else can you do this?   What other company has this?



The sign in front of the Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah.

The sign in front of the Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah.

 We arrived to the farm and were excited to get to see that there were fields of beautiful aromatic plants EVERYWHERE!  This farm, in Mona, Utah is one of four farms where they grow true lavender.  While we were there we got to take part in much of the Seed to Seal process, as I’ll show further down the page.

One of the lavender nurseries where they start seeds every spring.

One of the lavender nurseries where they start seeds every spring.

 I took this photo inside one of the massive lavender greenhouses.  There were several, and we got to plant some of the starts that were grown in these exact greenhouses.

I even got to plant Lavender myself!  This will be ready to use in about three years!

I even got to plant Lavender myself! This will be ready to use in about three years!

One of the absolute highlights of my wonderful day at the farm was when we were able to go out and actually plant some lavender starts in the fields.  These exact starts will grow and mature over the next three years before they are harvested, aged, and distilled, ready to be sent to a lucky recipient!

 The fields of lavender were absolutely indescribably beautiful!  The scent was so calming and the view was amazing, all different shades of purple as far as you  could see!  Of course there were bees everywhere, but none of them bothered us because they were as enchanted by the lavender as we were!

Fragrant fields of Clary Sage
Fragrant fields of Clary Sage

 As much as I loved the lavender fields, I have a special place in my heart for clary sage now.  Standing in that field with the blooming clary sage all around just was so centering and beautiful.  It felt so peaceful and now clary sage is one of my favorite oils, because the smell reminds me of that wonderful day.

Cookers at Distillery

One of many distilling chambers at the distillery.

 So in addition to visiting the fields and green houses, we also got to visit the distillery that they have on site at the farm at Mona.  This was really exciting because they were distilling German chamomile and juniper that day. The smell of fresh distilled essential oils is amazing!

One of the two beautiful oils they were distilling that day.

One of the two beautiful oils they were distilling that day.

 The separator room is downstairs from the distilling chambers which are upstairs and under an awning.  When you get downstairs you get to see the essential oil separating from the condensed steam and dancing in the chambers like they are alive!  It is very fun to watch!

I discovered this sign downstairs in the separator room.

I discovered this sign downstairs in the separator room

As you leave the back of the separator room, you see this paper sign tacked up by the door.  It looks like it has seen many days in that room, and I thought it perfectly summed up what I learned about Young Living that week, Quality is Not Negotiable!

Did you know that you could visit their farms too?  You don’t even have to be affiliated with Young Living.  The farm that we visited has a visitors center and you can go and visit when they are open.  Just check the times on their website and you can see this process first-hand!  It truly is amazing to see where your oils come from, I highly recommend it!

Would you like more details about how Young Living guarantees superior essential oil quality? Check out these two resources:

Are you ready to start your own story with Young Living?  I’m here to help!

Jumping for Joy


Favorites Friday: Minor Wound Care

It’s Favorites Friday again and I’m sharing with you the surprising solution that I had to a painful problem.

If you’ve ever gotten a cut or large scrape, you know how painful wounds like that can be. You also know how uncomfortable they can be as they heal.

Check out the solution I found for a HUGE cut I got digging around behind my couch:

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In Which I Saw Myself

I See Myself

Do you remember that stunning moment of clarity when you finally SAW yourself?

I mean REALLY saw yourself?

I don’t mean when you perused yourself in the mirror, inspecting make up and plucking stray hairs.  I don’t even mean checking to see whether you’ve brushed your hair since being up with the baby since five.  I am asking, when did you SEE yourself last?

I am 32 years old and I finally saw myself for the first time.

And for the first time in my life, I truly liked what I saw.

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Essential Oil Pain Rub Recipe

Essential Oil Pain Rub

Poor guy

Late last week my husband did a number on his upper back and one shoulder.  To say that he works hard is an understatement.  Pretty much every day is a study in new ways to contort himself and lift things much to heavy to be lifted.  He is a rock-star!  But it does take a toll on his body at times.

He is a pretty good patient, so he was willing to let me try different essential oil options until we found the “sweet spot”.  His shoulder was hurting badly enough that just the weigh of letting it naturally hang down at his side caused radiating nerve pain, pain the shoulder joint, and muscle pain in the mid back.

After much experimenting I stumbled across an over the counter muscle rub cream that we had hanging around from our “‘pre-oil” days and took a look at the ingredients.  The active ingredients were synthetic versions of methyl salicylate, menthol, and camphor.

A more natural alternative

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