We all can and should feel good enough to walk the dog, paint, design, cook, dance, play with the kids, go hiking, write, work long hours...whatever it is that you wish you had more time and energy for!
This morning I go to the kitchen, fill my water bottle and take my supplements. To be quite honest, I had never been someone who takes supplements very seriously. Even when I started this morning ritual, over 2 years ago, it was for the promise of "feeling better, sleeping better and having more energy" AND the money back guarantee that motivated me to begin taking them. I didn't really perceive any dramatic change, but I would finish them so if they didn't "work", I could get my money back! One day a couple weeks after taking them every day, I came home from a typically busy shift at the hospital, walked up the 3 flights of stairs to my apartment, got the dog and went for a walk. On that walk I noticed - I felt great! I was not tired, my feet and knees didn't hurt and I was not mentally exhausted.... So, of course it wasn't the supplements - right? So, I stopped taking them.
It did not take more than 2 days to notice the pain had returned, I was tired and back to sitting in my car after work wondering how I was getting from here to there. Which is ok because all my coworker said they felt the same, it is normal. Really?
I did make it back home and when I did - I took my supplements and have not been without them since. I credit these supplements with being foundational for being able to address a multitude of health concerns - healthy body weight, circulation, digestive health, mental / emotional health. I feel empowered to tackle any goal that I set - feeling great is such a big part of our fulfilling our mission, our calling. I'm always sad to hear my friends being too tired to really be who they really are - to do the things they dream about... I was there. I thought it was just part of getting older. Nonsense. Our bodies are amazing, if we give them the right environment to thrive, we set ourselves up for success.
Do I Need a Multivitamin?
The short answer is a resounding yes. Anybody in the scientific community who seriously studies vitamin and mineral nutrition agrees that virtually everyone’s nutrition falls short in meeting even the bare minimum requirements for many nutrients (known as the RDI—Recommended Dietary Intakes). Trying to get the RDIs of all 26 essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements—micronutrients—from foods alone is next to impossible, even if you eat a wholesome, balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables are rich in these micronutrients, plus they contain important phytonutrients (carotenoids, polyphenols, essential oils, etc.). The problem is that hardly anyone eats enough fruits and vegetables. A recent analysis of WHO/FAO data (Murphy et al., Br J Nutr 112(6):1004, 2014) shows that this is a world-wide problem: three out of four people on this planet don’t even meet the minimum recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables! Instead, modern diets are high in refined foods and beverages devoid of micronutrients and full of empty calories.
This video explains the optimal zone of nutrition in which our body gets the most out of the foods we eat, the problems vitamin deficiencies can cause, and the differences between vitamin varieties. We have formulated our Daily Nutrient Pack to give the body just the right amount of nutrients, no more and no less.
If you want to know more...contact me, let's chat! If you just want to get started trying these - yes, doTERRA still offers the money back guarantee! Go here to learn more about how to try these out and start feeling better!
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN
Top Three Essential Oils You Need: 99 Ways To Use Lavender, Lemon And Peppermint
There are so many amazing essential oils out there, but knowing which ones to start
with can be confusing! If this sounds familiar, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to introduce you to the three most popular essential oils from doTERRA that I always recommend; the Beginners Trio Kit of lavender, lemon and peppermint. I’m also going to share with you how to use them andhow to reap some fabulous benefits for you and your family. Remember that these are powerful oils and shouldn’t be applied without a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. You can also use sweet almond oil or even olive oil. You can read more about using essential oils safely here.
Lavandula (common name lavender) is part of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Lavender flowers are usually purple, a colour associated with the crown chakra, for higher purpose and spiritual connectivity. This symbolism is so appropriate as lavender is often used for healing and. doTERRA source their lavender essential oil from Bulgaria where the sunny, dry Black Sea climate coupled with dry, well drained, sandy soils are ideal for this aromatic plant.
With a distinct aroma and countless applications, lavender essential oil has been used for centuries topically, internally and aromatically. Known for its sweet-floral aroma and calming properties, the major constituents of lavender oil include linalool and linalyl acetate. The versatile nature of this lovely oil make it a doTERRA favourite, and a must-have to keep on hand at all times.
33 Lavender Oil Uses And Benefits:
As my go-to Swiss Army knife essential oil, lavender is always in my holiday first-aid kit (read more here). Here’s a list of how to use lavender and some of the benefits:
Fun fact: it takes around 16 kilos of lavender flowers to produce just one 15ml bottle of lavender essential oil! If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and uses of lavender essential oil you can watch this video:
Have you tried any of these suggestions? What is your favourite way to use lavender?
doTERRA sources lemon essential oil from citrus orchards in Sicily, Italy. Through Co-Impact Sourcing®, doTERRA has provided a business opportunity for families who have grown lemon and bergamot for generations continue their family tradition of running an orchard. Clean, fresh, citrusy lemon essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile oils, with variety of uses and benefits, not just in the kitchen. The high limonene content makes it a powerful antioxidant and a cleansing agent so its deodorising and purifying properties are often used in cleaning and preservative products and diffusers. Lemon may also aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function when taken internally.
33 Lemon Oil Uses And Benefits:
Fun fact: In one year, a single lemon tree has the potential to produce around 250kgs of lemons, and it typically takes around 45 lemons to fill a 15mL essential oil bottle. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and uses of lemon essential oil you can watch this video:
Did you know about all the skincare applications for lemon essential oil? What are your favourite ways to use this lovely citrus oil in your home?
The peppermint plant is a versatile perennial herb that has been cherished since ancient times and is now used by cosmetic, culinary, and health industries around the world. It’s well known for its ability to help digestive health, promote healthy respiratory function, and provide flavour enhancement too. No wonder it’s one of doTERRA’s best-selling essential oils.
The main chemical component of peppermint is menthol which gives it the fresh and minty scent. It also makes it energising and invigorating, and is very cooling to the skin, and can be used topically to relieve feelings of tension.
33 Peppermint Oil Uses And Benefits:
Fun fact: Peppermint’s scientific name is Mentha piperita. In ancient Greek Mythology, Minthe (also known as Mentha), a nymph, was transformed by Queen Persephone into a sweet-smelling mint.
Have you ever used peppermint as a breathing aid? Or in recipes? How do you like to use it?
Post by: Tanya Maidment