Digestive Enzymes, What are they and should you be taking them?

Digestive Enzymes

What are digestive enzymes and should you be taking them?

Similar to probiotics, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil, digestive enzymes seem to be yet one more trendy health food item to add to your kitchen pantry. But is it worth your while to be taking them? The short answer is a hard YES. Supplementing is an important part of any good nutrition plan, but you need to understand why you're taking the supplements you're taking and of course do your own research first. 

So what are digestive enzymes?

Our digestive system absorbs the nutrients from our food, NOT the actual food itself. Food needs to be broken down into its nutrient parts before your body can absorb the good stuff. Digestive enzymes do just that. The digestive process starts with the digestive enzymes that exist in your saliva glands as soon as you start chewing your food. Most digestive enzymes, however, are produced in your pancreas and small intestine. Without enough digestive enzymes, your body isn't getting all the nutrients it needs from the food you're eating.

Why do I need to supplement digestive enzymes if my body already produces them?

Great question. There are several reasons why most of us DON'T actually produce enough digestive enzymes, some of which include:

  • aging -- the simple act of getting older can disrupt digestive function (especially if you eat like crap)
  • poor diet 
  • chronic stress
  • exposure to toxins 
  • inflammation in the gut, which is usually caused by one of the above factors

On top of all that, our food is already void of TONS of vitamins and minerals due to soil depletion caused by factory farming. So in addition to our inability to break down food and absorb its nutrients, we're also eating food that is lacking the nutrients our bodies need in the first place.

The microbiome (aka your body's "second brain")

The latest research in gut health is proving just how connected our microbiome is to the overall health of our entire body. It's estimated that about 90% of serotonin (the "happy hormone") is actually produced in our gut, not our brain. In addition, anywhere between 60-80% of our immune system is also located in our gut. Most holistic health practitioners start the healing process by healing the gut first. Because most of the time, if you can heal the gut, you can get to the root cause of so many other issues. A healthy gut also means healthy skin, hair, and nails. 

How often should I take digestive enzymes?

I take one capsule in the morning because enzymes also help purify your blood and anytime I'm going to have a heavy meal or a meal that's difficult for my body to process, like dairy, meat, or sugar.

Where can I buy digestive enzymes?

Do your own research, but of course I recommend doTERRA's Terrazyme Digestive Enzyme Complex. This is one of the products I just can't live without. 

 

The Anti-Aging Oil

I really don't like the word "anti-aging"...


...and I always admire women who have the confidence to proudly state their true age. Aging is a beautiful thing and peronally, I wouldn't go back to my 20's if you paid me a million.

So even though I don't agree with the "anti-" part of "anti-aging", I do believe we can embrace the aging process gracefully by taking exquisite care of our skin and bod so we glow from the inside out well into our 90's honey.

And guess what... I have an oil for that!

It's called Immortelle and it's one of my all time favorites. AND it's FREE for the entire month of June with qualifying orders!

I used it a couple years ago when I noticed some sun spots on my face from my teenage years of tanning in tanning beds (don't judge). After about 2 months I noticed they had faded to the point that I could barely see them, so I quit using my trusty Immortelle.

Not smart.

Now that I live that retirement beach life and spend a lot more time in the sun (with SPF of course), I've noticed the discoloration and sun spots are BACK in full force.

I just got my new bottle of Immortelle though, and can't wait to put it to good use!

So what's in the blend? 

Ingredients

  • Frankincense -- helps to reduce inflammation naturally, smooths wrinkles and reduces fine lines. Frankincense is rejuvenating and soothing to the skin and nerves.
  • Sandalwood -- promotes healthy-looking, smooth skin and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Lavender -- soothes occasional skin irritations. It has been used to aid the skin from recovering from bruising, blisters, burns, and other conditions related to dry skin. 
  • Myrrh -- has powerful cleansing properties. It is soothing to the skin and promotes a smooth, youthful-looking complexion. 
  • Helichrysum -- is used to improve the appearance of skin and reduce blemishes. Often used to promote tissue regeneration.
  • Rose -- is often used to help stop the breakdown of collagen in the skin that can lead to a loss of elasticity and wrinkles. Also helps aid in the prevention of scarring. Balances moisture levels in the skin.

More glowing skin tips:

  • WEAR SUNSCREEN. This is one I wish I'd listened to back when I was an idiot teenager and when to the tanning bed all the time. Our ozone is thinning by the minute so you need that SPF50++++++ woman!
  • Drink a ton of water (add a couple drops of lemon essential oil for an added detox effect that makes you glow).
  • Reduce the amount of sugar you eat. 
  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! I like to use the Clarisonic exfoliating brush with the Verage face wash. The Reveal Facial System is another one of my personal favorites.
  • Replace coffee with herbal tea. Caffeine is extremely dehydrating to your skin. And dehydrated skin wrinkles up.
  • Eat water rich foods and leafy greens like cucumbers and kale.
  • Work your heart muscle. Cardiovascular exercise gives you the healthy, rosy glow.
  • Meditate. I know this is annoying to hear, but meditation literally reverses the clock by lowering stress levels. Stress causes all sorts of nasty side effects to our skin.
  • Use specific essential oils and serums to address dark spots, crow's feet, discoloration, and wrinkles for smoother more even skin tone. The Verage Immortelle Hydrating Serum is amazing. Because anything "oil-free" is SOOOO early 2000's. Oils keep you young!!

 

How do I get Immortelle for free?

So easy. Simply place any doTERRA order of 200pv or more by June 30th, and you'll automatically get a free bottle of Immortelle added to your cart!

This stuff retails for close to $90, so that's an incredible deal.

If you don't have an account with doTERRA yet, no worries! You can do that now and get the deal too.

Steps for setting up your account:

  1. Click HERE.
  2. Choose "Join & Save" at the top.
  3. Choose the "Wholesale" option to always receive 25% off all product.
  4. Enter your information.
  5. Select a kit. I recommend the Home Essentials Kit to start. This kit would give you all the basic oils to start living a more natural lifestyle.
  6. OR customize your own by selecting the $35 Introductory Packet from the slider menu and then adding the products you'd like to your cart.

108 Uses for the doTERRA Home Essentials Kit

108 USES FOR DOTERRA'S 

HOME ESSENTIALS KIT

The most popular essential oils kit is the Home Essentials Kit, and for good reason. It comes with the 10 most commonly used and versatile essential oils for your home. It's my favorite starter kit for anyone new to essential oils. I would highly recommend adding the Veggie Caps and Fractionated Coconut Oil onto your kit so you can dilute the oils when using them on children or sensitive skin and take the oils that are meant to be taken internally in the veggie caps when needed. 

One of the most common questions I get when my friends and clients are getting started with essential oils is, "How do I use them?".

There are plenty of great resourses out there, like THIS book I can't live without, but I wanted to create a short e-book that explained very simply how to use JUST the oils that came in this kit. Sometimes too much information can be overwhelming, so hopefully this will make it much easier to get started! 

PEPPERMINT

1. BUG REPELLENT :: Put 1-2 drops of Peppermint in your shampoo, laundry detergent, or on a dryer sheet carried your pocket to help repel bugs. You can also put a drop on cotton balls and place around windows or other places in your home where bugs could get in.

2. MOUTH WASH :: Use a drop of Peppermint with a drop of Lemon or OnGuard for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse. 

3. SUN BURN SPRAY :: Put 2-3 drops Peppermint with 3-5 drops Lavender in a 2 oz. glass spray bottle and spray down after a day of too much sun. 

4. MID-DAY PICK-ME-UP :: Drop 1 drop of Peppermint with 1 drop of Frankincense, Lemon, or Wild Orange in your palms, rub together, and take a few deep breaths instead of reaching for the Snickers. Also works better than coffee by itself in the morning!

5. BODY COOLER :: In the summer time, add 2-3 drops of Peppermint in a 2 oz. glass spray bottle and carry with you to the gym or anywhere you may sweat excessively. Whip it out and spray yourself down when you feel overheated. You can also rub a few drops into the soles of your feet and along your spine when you're not feeling well and your body is overheated.

6. RELIEVE STOMACH UPSET :: take 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.

7. SMOOTHIE REFRESHER :: add 1-2 drops to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.

8. PEPPERMINT BROWNIES :: need I say more? THIS Black Bean Peppermint Brownie recipe is BOMB and I always get rave reviews when I make it for parties. You can also just add 2-3 drops to regular ol brownie batter.

9. HEAD TENSION :: when you feel head tension coming on, drink a full glass of water with a drop of Peppermint and massage Peppermint into your temples (away from the eyes). Put a drop of OnGuard on the roof of your mouth, 1-2 drops of Frankincense on the crown of your head, and massage 1-2 drops of Lavender into your ear lobes for added benefit.

10. OPEN UP YOUR AIRWAYS :: having trouble breathing? Diffuse 2-4 drops of Peppermint or rub 1-2 drops between your palms and take a few deep belly breaths. 

**NOTE: Peppermint is very potent, so less is more! A little goes a long way with this oil, so always start with just one drop and move on from there as needed. Also be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after using Peppermint before touching your face or eyes. If you ever happen to get Peppermint (or any other essential oil) in your eyes, wash them out with fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, or any other carrier oil. Water will only make it worse!

LEMON

11. DEGREASER :: use a few drops of Lemon on a cloth to  get rid of tough spots on your stove or bathtub, or any sticky residue anywhere. It also erases permanent marker on whiteboards (I was pleasantly surprised to learn during my teaching my career).

12. BODY DETOX :: lemon is a powerful detoxifier when taken internally. It helps cleanse and flush toxins from the organs, which gives you more natural energy throughout the day since those toxins aren't taxing your system anymore.

13. WATER FLAVORER :: add 1-2 drops to your water (in glass, aluminum, or stainless steel containers ONLY, no plastic!) for a healthy, detoxifying boost. It also tastes sweeter than lemon juice and is pH neutral (unlike lemon juice) because it's cold pressed from the rind of the fruit, so it won't affect tooth enammel. 

14. SEASONAL SUPPORT :: Take 1-2 drops of lemon internally and/or diffused to help detox the body of seasonal threats and help you breathe easier.

15. WOOD POLISHER :: Lemon combined with olive oil makes a great wood and furniture polisher.

16. DUST WITH LEMON :: add a little bit of olive oil and lemon essential oil to a spray bottle and voila! You have an all natural dust mist that also cleans and deodorizes without the harsh chemicals.

17. LEATHER PRESERVER :: preserve and prevent leather from splitting with a lemon soaked cloth.

18. UPLIFT MOOD :: brighten and energize your mood by diffusing lemon essential oil in your favorite diffuser.

19. POLISH SILVER + METALS :: Lemon is great to use for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.

20. ERADICATE GROSS SMELLS :: Diffuse lemon in your home to help get rid of any unwanted smells. You can also put a drop in the garbage disposal and in your trashcan before your refill it with a trash bag.

21. DECONGEST :: add a drop of Lemon with fractionated coconut oil to your chest if you or your little one is congested. Just be sure to NOT go out in the sun after apply to the skin. Citrus oils (as well as Lavender and a few others) are photosensitive, which means they make your skin for sensitive to sunlight.

22. SOOTHE SORE THROATS :: gargle with hot salt water, 2 drops of lemon, and 2-3 drops of OnGuard to help relieve sore throats.

23. FRUIT + VEGGIE CLEANER :: use a few drops of lemon in a 2 oz. spray bottle with water and spray your fruits and veggies from the supermarket to wash away germs and pesticides. 

LAVENDER

21. CALM BURNS :: Lavender is great to keep by the stove in case of accidental burns. Put a few drops on any type of burn to prevent blistering. It's amazing how well it works!

22. EASE SEASONAL THREATS :: Lavender is a natural antihistamine and helps calm your respiratory system during season changes.

23. SUN BURNS :: Add a few drops of lavender + peppermint to a 2 oz. spray bottle with water and spray your skin after a day in the sun without SPF.

24. SLEEP SUPPORT :: Massage a few drops of Lavender into the soles of your feet and diffuse in a diffuser by your bed for a restful night's sleep.

25. CHILL PILL :: Lavender helps calm the nervous system and ease stress. Put a few drops on your wrists to help ease feelings of nervousness.

26. MUSCLE ACHES :: 3-5 drops of Lavender can be taken internally in a veggie capsule to ease muscle + joint aches and pains naturally. Rub Lavender into your ear lobes when you feel head tension coming on.

27. BATH TIME :: add a few drops of Lavender to your Epsom salt bath for added relaxation.

28. LAVENDER SEA SALT CHOCOLATE :: Add 2-3 drops of lavender to dark chocolate fondue along with a little sea salt and dip strawberries, marshmallows, angel food cake, pine apple, pretzels, vanilla wafers, or any favorite treat.

29. CALM SKIN :: Soothe skin irritations with a couple drops of lavender oil + fractionated coconut oil.

30. SAVASANA :: If you're a yoga instructor like me, you can give your students chilled lavender towels at the end of your yoga classes for an added little treat in Savasana. 

31. BODY SCRUB :: Mix up your own lavender sea salt scrub with fractionated coconut oil (or grapeseed oil) to exfoliate your skin in the shower with.

32. AFTERSHAVE :: use on your skin after shaving to soothe skin irritations.

33. THERAPEUTIC DISH + LAUNDRY SOAP :: add a few drops of lavender to your natural dish or laundry soap for added aromatherapy benefit and to make doing the chores a little more relaxing.

34. DRYER BALLS :: add 5-10 drops of lavender to a 4 oz. glass spray bottle of water and spray on your wool dryer balls instead of using dryer sheets that tend to cause allergies and skin irritations.

35. LINEN SPRAY :: use the same dryer ball spray (see above) as a natural linen spray for your sheets, mattress, and comforters.

BREATHE RESPIRATORY BLEND

36. BREATHE BETTER :: this blend helps open airways any time of the year.

37. START YOUR YOGA PRACTICE :: Breathe is one of my favorite blends to use with my yoga students at the very beginning of class when we begin with breath work. I put one drop of Breathe in their palms and instruct them to rub them together and take deep belly breaths with their palms cupped over their noses.

38. SLEEP BETTER :: this blend combined with Lavender in your diffuser makes for a great night's sleep.

39. GO FOR THAT PR! :: When swiped right under the nostrils, Breathe helps open the airways right before a run, helping you to breathe better and go for that PR! 

40. A TRAVEL MUST :: Anytime you know you'll be confined to an airplane or any other tight spaces where the air is stagnate, take a few inhales of Breathe to calm nerves and get fresh oxygen to your lungs.

41. COLLEGE DORM FIX :: College dorm rooms and fraternity houses tend to have that stuck, stagnant, or sometimes even stinky air and energy about them. Diffuse Breathe in your dorm room to keep the energy light and fresh smelling without the harmful chemicals that run rampant in other products.

42. ANIMAL ISSUES :: Staying over at the inlaws' whose house is practicially a petting zoo? If you have sensitivities to pets, make sure to take Breathe with you to swipe under your nostrils and/or diffuse by your bed while staying with anyone who has pets!

43. A MOM/DAD NECESSITY :: Put one drop of Breathe on the pillow of any child who is having trouble breathing or feels congested. You can also rub a drop of Breathe on the soles of your child's feet to help open airways.

44. BOOST YOUR BRAIN :: Breathe contains Eucalyptus, which is known to help boost brain power. Rub a drop in your palms and take a few deep breaths in the middle of your work day or while working long hours on the computer to help stay focused and alert.

45. STOP SNORING :: If you or your sleeping partner have issues snoring, swipe a drop of Breathe under the nostrils and diffuse 3-6 drops in your diffuser by your bed to help deter snoring.

46. TRAVEL TOOL :: You never know what may come up when you're traveling, so be sure to take Breathe along with you in case you get a case of the sniffles while on the road!

MELALEUCA (TEA TREE OIL)

47. ZIT ZAPPER :: Dap a drop of Melaleuca on any skin blemishes to help kill bacteria and clear your complexion. Works great on problematic teenage skin without stripping the skin of necessary natural oils.

48. TOILET CLEANER :: Use with 1/2 Cup distilled white vinegar and 1/2 Cup baking soda to clean your toilet bowl. Flush the toilet, sprinkle the baking soda around the inside rim of the bowl so it sticks. Pour the vinegar over the baking soda and watch it foam up. Add 5-7 drops of Melaleuca and scrub the inside of your bowl. Flush and voila! Clean toilet!

49. DANDRUFF BE GONE! :: Put 2-3 drops of Melaleuca in your shampoo or massage into your scalp to help prevent scalp itch.

50. FUGUS KILLER :: Massage 2 drops of Melaleuca and fractionated coconut oil into your toenail beds to help with toe fungus.

51. YOGA MAT CLEANER :: Add 5-10 drops of Melaleuca and 5-10 drops of Lavender to a spray bottle with water and use to clean your yoga mat after practice.

52. BYE BYE RAZOR BURN :: Apply after shaving to prevent skin irritation. Consider adding Lavender and Frankincense for added benefit.

53. SMELLY CLOTHES REFRESHER :: Add Melaleuca to your laundry detergent or soak smelly clothes in water with 3-5 drops of Melaleuca to get rid of unwanted smells in your clothes.

54. DIAPER RASH REMEDY :: Mix a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil with 2 drops of Melaleuca, Frankincense, and Lavender to help with baby bottom rash.

55. FIRST AID OIL :: Take Melaleuca with you on any hiking or adventure trips to apply to any cuts or scrapes. Tea Tree Oil acts as a "first aid oil" to help prevent infection.

56. BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY :: Apply Melaleuca to the bottoms of your feet as a morning routine to boost your immune system.

57. CHEMICAL-FREE CLEANING :: Add 10-20 drops of Melaleuca to a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and use as a multipurpose cleaner. Add OnGuard for added cleaning strength and benefit.

58. YEAST INFECTION HELP :: Ladies can soak a tampon in fractionated coconut oil with 3-4 drops of Melaleuca and insert to help kill yeast.

FRANKINCENSE

59. CALM NERVOUS SYSTEM :: Frankincense is a favorite oil for calming the nervous system. In our fast paced world, we are constantly in a state of "fight or flight" and very rarely "rest + digest", which causes unnecessary stress on our systems. Simply inhale Frankincense to calm the nerves.

60. SKIN BEAUTIFIER :: Frankincense has been used for centuries to help combat the aging process. Add a few drops to your moisturizer, preferably a natural fatty oil like argan oil, and rub on your skin each night.

61. MEDITATION FAVORITE :: Frankincense is a favorite of the yogis to diffuse during meditation or when one would like to connect deeper spiritually.

62. CALMING MOOD LIFTER :: Although Frankincense comes from a tree and has wonderful grounding effects on the mood, it is also a calming uplifter for the spirit. Diffuse or rub a few drops in your palms and inhale.

63. NAIL STRENGTHENER :: Apply 2-3 drops of Frankincense to your nail beds to help strengthen and moisturize your nails, especially during the winter months.

64. OVERALL HEALTH :: When you're unsure about which oil to use, try Frankincense! It is a gentle oil that has been used for many centuries to help boost overall health and wellbeing. Add a drop to herbal tea with honey to help calm stress and boost health before bed.

65. HEALTHY CELLS :: Frankincense is an important component of the Cellular Complex for a reason! It helps promote cellular proliferation and turnover. Take a few drops in a veggie capsule for healthy, happy cells.

66. MUSCLE + JOINT DISCOMFORT :: Rub Frankincense and fractionated coconut oil into sore muscles and joints for soothing comfort. Add Lemongrass, Deep Blue, or Lavender for added benefits.

67. BATH SOAK :: Add a few drops of Frankincense to your bath for a powerful calming effect on the mood.

68. FOCUS :: Rub a couple drops of Frankincense into your temples and at the base of your head when you're working on a deadline or need focused support.

69. HEAD TENSION :: Put 2-3 drops of Frankincense on the crown of your head, a drop of OnGuard on the roof of your mouth, drink a full glass of water with one drop of Peppermint, and rub Peppermint on your temples (away from your eyes) for head tension relief.

OREGANO

70. FLAVOR :: Use Oregano in your favorite Italian dishes to add flavor. Be aware though! A little goes a long way! You usually don't even need a full drop of Oregano. TIP: Dip a toothpick in the bottle and stir it around in the olive oil or dressing you use to cook with. You can always add more, but you can't take away!

71. IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST :: When you start to feel crappy and just know there's a sickness coming on, rub Oregano into the bottoms of your feet and take 3-4 drops internally in a veggie capsule. It is not recommended to drink Oregano in your water because it has a very spicy, hot effect.

72. OPEN SINUSES :: When your sinus cavities are clogged and Breathe just isn't doing the trick, boil water and add 1-2 drops of Oregano oil. Breathe in the steam and allow the Oregano to do its job of clearing your respiratory system.

73. DIGESTIVE + URINARY TRACT ISSUES :: Cranberry juice can help, but when you need help with cleansing the urinary tract or digestive system, Oregano taken internally in a veggie capsule works really well. Add 3-4 drops to a veggie capsule and take 3x/day for no more than 10 days.

74. TOPICAL OINTMENT :: For unsightly skin bumps on your hands, put a drop of Oregano on it a few times per day and watch it begin to fade away.

75. LESS IS MORE! :: Oregano is a super potent oil and a little goes a long way. Always be sure to dilute this oil when using on the skin and wash your hands thoroughly immediately after touching it.

76. CLEAR TOES :: Get ready for sandal season by rubbing a drop of Oregano into your toe nail beds to help clear away any unwanted fungus or impurities.

ONGUARD PROTECTIVE BLEND

77. NATURAL HOME CLEANING :: OnGuard is your go-to oil for all things cleaning! Simply add 10-20 drops in a spray bottle with one part vinegar to 3 parts water and you have a natural, safe all-purpose cleaning spray for every surface of your house. The oils in OnGuard also help fight off environmental threats while keeping your home clean. Win-win!

78. ORAL CARE :: Clove is a key component of this blend and has been used for centuries as a natural numbing agent and in oral health. The OnGuard toothpaste and/or swishing OnGuard with a shot glass of water makes for healthier gums and teeth. OnGuard can also help aid in tooth pain.

79. SCRATCHY THROAT :: Feel a sore throat coming on? Gargle with warm water, sea salt, and 3-4 drops of OnGuard. Add 1-3 drops of Lemon for added benefit.

80. CLEAN THE AIR :: Diffuse OnGuard in your home or work environment to clean and purify the air. The Clove in this blend makes it a diffuser favorite in the fall and during the holidays.

81. IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST :: Massage a few drops of OnGuard into the soles of your feet, along the spine, or take 5 drops internally in a veggie capsule everyday for immune system support.

82. HEAD TENSION RELIEF :: Put a drop of OnGuard on the roof of your mouth when you feel head tension coming on. For added relief, drink a full glass of water with 1 drop of Peppermint, massage Peppermint into your temples, and massage a few drops of Frankincense into the crown of your head. Rub Lavender into your ear lobes.

83. BATH TUB CLEANER :: Add 5-10 drops of OnGuard and Lemon to a Cup of baking soda and water until it makes a paste. Use a bathtub brush to dip into the mixture and use to scrub your bathtub. This is a wonderful alternative to chemical tub cleaners because who wants to take a bath in chemicals?

84. PROTECTIVE MOUTH RINSE :: Add 1-2 drops of OnGuard to a shot glass of water and use as an all natural mouth rinse without the harsh ingredients that can leave a chemical burn on your gums.

85. CLEAN GYM EQUIPMENT :: Instead of using harmful cleaning wipes to wipe down gym equipment, use an OnGuard spray or soak a roll of paper towels in water with 10-20 drops of OnGuard. Store the soaked paper towels in an empty wet tipe container.

86. TRAVEL MUST :: OnGuard is a travel MUST. Rub OnGuard into the soles of your feet and take 3-5 drops internally in a veggie capsule (or try the OnGuard Beadlets) when flying or traveling.

DIGESTZEN DIGESTIVE BLEND

87. SOOTHE STOMACH UPSET :: DigestZen is made up of a blend of oils that help naturally calm any type of stomach upset, including Ginger, Fennel, and Peppermint.

88. COMFORT AFTER A BIG MEAL :: Take 10 drops of DigestZen in a veggie capsule after a heavy meal to help digest your food and prevent any side effects from greasy, heavy food.

89. LACTOSE INTOLERANCE :: Eat too much dairy? Lactose, the sugar found in dairy, can be hard on many peoples' digestive systems. Take 10-12 drops of DigestZen in a veggie capsule after you feel you've had a little too much dairy for your system.

90. HOLIDAY HELP :: The holidays are hectic and can cause us to get out of our normal eating routine and good habits. If the heavier holiday treats are upsetting your tummy, rub a few drops on your belly or take 10-12 drops in a veggie capsule internally.

100. CALM BUTTERFLIES :: Taking 5-10 drops of DigestZen in a veggie capsule can help calm nerves and butterflies.

101. FOOD POISONING :: Did you order the wrong dish at that fancy (or not so fancy) restaurant and now regretting it BIG TIME? Take 12 drops of DigestZen and drink plenty of water with a drop of Peppermint in it to flush it out of your system.

102. MOTION SICKNESS :: If you know you're going to be traveling by boat, bus, or train and don't want to risk getting motion or sea sickness, be sure to take your bottle of DigestZen with you. Rub a few drops on your belly or take 10-12 drops internally in an empty veggie capsule.

DEEP BLUE SOOTHING BLEND

103. THE ATHLETE'S OIL :: This blend is a MUST for all active people. Massage Deep Blue into sore muscles and joints to help ease the discomfort away and recover faster.

104. THE MASSAGE THERAPIST'S OIL :: Also a MUST for massage therapists. Use topically on your clients during massage and put a drop in the head rest so they can inhale the Peppermint from the Deep Blue to keep their airways open while they have their head down.

105. SORE/STIFF MUSCLES + JOINTS :: If you suffer from any type of muscle or joint discomfort related to an injury, surgery, or illness, Deep Blue will help ease some of the discomfort for you. Massage the oil into any painful areas to help melt tension.

106. HEAD TENSION :: Massage a few drops of Deep Blue into your temples, scalp, and the back of your neck when you've had a long day or feel tension building in your head, neck, or shoulders.

107. SOOTHING BATH TIME :: Put 5 drops of Deep Blue in your bath to help calm the senses and ease muscle tension. Add 5 - 10 drops of Lavender and Epsom salts to your bath for added benefit.

108. TENNIS ELBOW :: Rub 3-5 drops of Deep Blue into your sore elbows after playing tennis to help with tennis elbow discomfort.

 


STEPS FOR ORDERING:

  1. Click on the button above.
  2. Click on "Join & Save" at the top of the page.
  3. Choose "Wholesale Account" option.
  4. Enter your information.
  5. Add the Home Essentials Kit to your cart. (Click here to see other kit options).
  6. Wait just 2-5 days for your kit to arrive straight to your door!

You can also email me at katie@katiedaehler.com if you have any questions at all!

Peace, Love, and OILS!

 

 

The Magic of Cycle Syncing

womancode.jpeg

I just finished reading the book, Woman Code , by Alisa Vitti and I was reminded, once again, how food and natural remedies can do wonders for harmonizing our woman cycle!

I had accidentally discoverd this about two years ago when I was coming off birth control for the first time in over 10 years and trying to naturally get back in sync with my body. I had suffered from bad cramps, headaches, acne, bloating, fatique, crazy cravings, and mood swings in the past.

But when I changed my diet, something miraculous happened. I noticed that my symptoms actually went away. Like I can literally tell the months that I've been eating crappier than normal because my PMS symptoms are worse. 

This magical little book was a beautiful reminder that we have the power to balance our hormones ourselves. MAGIC.

Guess what, PMS symptoms are NOT normal.

We're just conditioned to believe they are and encouraged to take birth control to alleviate symptoms, rather than figure out what's causing them in the first place.

This book was soooo insightful and jam packed with information I think every woman should know. Alisa was able to heal herself from PCOS with food and natural remedies after doctors told her for years she should just get on birth control to alleviate symptoms (rather than address the root cause) and to expect to not be able to have children. 

Well, she wasn't going to accept that. Alisa did TONS of research (and studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition -- where I graduated from last year! Shout out IIN!) and discovered that her diet just might be the culprit. 

Now Alisa is completely cured of her PCOS and a mother!

Here are just a few tips I've picked up along the way that have alleviated my PMS symptoms:

  • First, download a period tracker app so you can record and keep track of your cycle. My favorite is iP.
  • Crowd out coffee with matcha tea, green tea, or any other herbal tea of choice. Coffee messes with our insulin levels and blood sugar, and drinking it on an empty stomach is one of the worst things we can do for our hormones.
  • Really nurture your body the 3-5 days before your period is supposed to start. Don't take on new projects, plan on having any crucial conversations, or put too much demand on your body. Overdose on self care. Think massage, pedicures, walks in nature, extra sleep, aromatherapy baths, whatever brings you joy.
  • Stabilize your blood sugar with low glycemic foods.
  • Take care of your adrenal glands by drinking tons of water (plus lemon if possible) and getting quality sleep. Also, take it easy on the crazy work outs! Not good for fighting adrenal fatigue.
  • Use essential oils to help alleviate symptoms. My favorite blend for that time of month is called ClaryCalm. I rub it on my lower abdomen, wrists, and chest.
  • Deep Blue Rub is another favorite for alleviating any pain associated with cramps! LOVE.
  • Use a heating pad or hot compress on your lower belly region.
  • Sip herbal teas such as Yogi Tea Woman's Moon Cycle.
  • Drink a huge glass of warm or room temperature water first thing in the morning, ideally with a drop of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade lemon essential oil.
  • Take a magnesium supplement.
  • Add turmeric to your morning green smoothie to reduce inflammation and help with pain.
  • Eat nutrient dense, water rich whole foods.
  • Add spirulina and/or chlorella to your morning smoothies. Blue green algae has incredible health benefits and makes your skin pretty too.

I hope you find these tips helpful!

Happy cycle syncing! xoxo

Katie

Dry Brushing 101

What is dry brushing and why should you be doing it?

I'm so glad you asked ;).  Dry brushing is the very simple process of taking a body brush, or dry brush, like you see in the pic above and lightly brushing your entire body, always moving in an upward direction toward your heart.

What are the benefits?

Our skin is the largest organ in our body and the barrier between the outside world and our precious internal everything. It's crucial to care for it properly. It's best to dry brush before you get in the shower to help remove dead skin cells and toxins that can get trapped in the skin. Some of the benefits of daily dry brushing include:

  1. Reduction of cellulite: Most of the evidence I have on this is from testimonials from other people, but it's worth a shot! This is especially true when you apply grapefruit essential oil directly to your "problem" areas right after getting out of the shower. Can't hurt to give it a try right?
  2. Toxin removal: Our lymphatic system is a huge player in our immune function. It's made up of a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins. Its primary function is to transport lymph, a fluid that contains white blood cells that fight infection, throughout the body. My fellow dry brushers believe that regularly brushing the skin helps to stimulate the lymph flow throughout the body, thereby supporting the immune system and flushing toxins from our body naturally.
  3. Exfoliation: This is a pretty obvious one, but dry brushing the skin helps remove dead skin cells that can get trapped in the pores. It also makes your skin so much softer.
  4. Circulation: Dry brushing helps with blood flow and circulation, keeping things moving the way they're supposed to.
  5. Pore Cleanse: Regular dry brushing helps remove dirt and grime from the pores, which can lead to reduction in unwanted "bacne" and improve pores all over the body. However, don't dry brush the face unless you have a special brush specifically made for the face.
  6. Wakes up the body + skin: Dry brushing just feels good! If I don't hit the snooze on my alarm, I like to do it first thing when I wake up because I love how it makes my skin feel all tingly.
  7. Promotes Self Love: This one is a biggie and I could probably write an entire post just on this one alone. Although it may be difficult at first to dry brush in front of a full length mirror (naked), I highly recommend it. I've turned my dry brushing practice into a tiny self-love meditation that has deepened my connection and appreciation for my body and all it does for me. Try to be as present and "in the moment" as possible when you're dry brushing. As you're going over each part of your body, say a little prayer of gratitude for what that part does for you on a daily basis. For example, as you're brushing your legs, you could be silently saying, "Thank you legs for carrying me through my day, for being strong enough to carry me up stairs, run, and power me through my workouts." Remember that the thoughts you think about your body manifest physically, so think beautiful, happy thoughts and they will radiate out through your pores. This, of course, is a practice though, so start small (like maybe without a mirror if that's too much) and just think gentle, loving thoughts as you're dry brushing each beautiful part.

 

"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face
like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."   -Roald Dahl
 

Where can I find a dry brush?

Most health food stores, like Whole Foods, carry dry brushes. You can also find them online at places like Amazon. Just be sure to use a dry brush with natural bristles. My favorite can be found here. The handle allows me to reach my back, but I like to take it off when I'm dry brushing the rest of my body.

 

How to dry brush:

  • Start at your feet and brush your skin in an upward motion, using long, smooth strokes until you've brushed the entire surface of both legs.
  • Next, move on to your arms. Start at your hands and repeat the same process brushing toward upward towards your heart.
  • If you have a handle on your dry brush, move toward the back.
  • Finally, dry brush your tummy moving in a circular direction and then move up to the chest.

 

NOTE: Keep the strokes nice and light -- you don't want to brush too hard. You shouldn't feel any stinging or experience too much redness with dry brushing. If you do, brush a little lighter and be gentle!

Excited about dry brushing now?!

Give me a shout in the comments below if you've ever tried dry brushing and what your experience has been. If you know of any additional benefits or tips, please comment below! Happy brushing!

xoxo Katie

Natural Deodorant That Actually WORKS

I'm gonna be real with ya on this one — making the switch from antiperspirant (with possible hormone disrupting aluminum) to a natural deodorant can be a painful process. But I promise it only lasts a few weeks and it will be SO worth it in the end!

Yes, you will sweat. A little. You’re supposed to. It’s really not good for you (and gross) to let sweat stay trapped in your glands — let it out! If you stick to an 80% clean diet (meaning lots of green veggies and proper supplements), your sweat won’t stink. I promise.

I’ve tried every natural deodorant on the market and made dozens of my own recipes and I have a few favorites that I always fall back on. My most recent recipe is a variation on one I found in Kathryn Budig‘s new book Aim True (which I’m obsessed with by the way). I made two bottles and keep one by my sink for the morning and night time and the other in my purse to spray on throughout the day as needed. LOVE IT.

Recipe:

2 oz. glass spray bottle (you can buy 12 for $11.99 on Amazon here)

4 tbsp. Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera

4 tbsp. vodka (finally a healthy reason to use vodka!)

5 drops Clary Sage essential oil

5 drops Grapefruit essential oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil

7 drops Eucalytpus essential oil

Put all ingredients in the glass bottle and shake well. You will probably need to use a funnel. But I just cut the end off of a Dixie cup and used that as my makeshift funnel — works just as well.

My YOGA and girl crush, Kathryn Budig -- author of Aim True!

My YOGA and girl crush, Kathryn Budig -- author of Aim True!

Fall Dreamcatcher Craft {DIY Wednesday}

Fall Dreamcatcher Craft

I remember making a dreamcatcher when I was away at Camp Sequoya in Virginia when I was 12 years old. I loved the legend we were told about how they work according to Native American tradition. I found this autumn inspired dreamcatcher in a magazine recently and I think I may just have to make one!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • yarn
  • beads
  • acorn
  • branches
  • feathers
  • scissors
  • glue
  • hemp or embroider floss

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Begin with making your yarn moon. Glue the two embroidery hoops together at one spot and start wrapping the yard around; once the hoops’ edges diverge, start a “figure 8” pattern.
  2. Once your moon is finished, start weaving your dream catcher. Always enter the hoop from back to front, and then come through the loop you just made and pull tight. Once you’ve made a full circle start the same process but in the center of each line you have already created, never making knots, only loops. Continue until your heart is content, and end with a knot.
  3. Then create your hanging accents. Put the hemp through the desired area on the outer circle of your moon and tie a knot. You can add whatever items you would like; beads, feathers, acorns, twigs. Wrap each item, securing it with hot glue or knots.

Tip: Dip feathers or spray your dream catcher in doTERRA Serenity® for a restful sleep environment.

Apple Cider Vinegar Life Hacks

I’m kind of obsessed with apple cider vinegar (or ACV, as it’s often referred to) right now. There are seriously so many health benefits to this magical little elixir, you’re gonna wanna start incorporating it into your daily routine too. And it’s ridiculously dirt cheap and easy to use! I love that some of the cheapest, most natural products are often the most effective.

Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apple juice into hard apple cider. The cider is then fermented a second time to make the vinegar. These two fermentation steps add extra enzymes and acids that make it so beneficial. My top 10 favorite life hacks for ACV are listed below.

1. Beautiful skin :: Apple cider vinegar helps balance the pH of your skin. Your skin is your largest organ that also acts as a sponge. So be mindful and don’t put crap on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your body. My favorite face toner recipe that has seriously helped clear up my acne-prone, oily skin is:

  • 1 part ACV to 2 parts water
  • 5-7 drops each of Lavendar (calming), Melaleuca (bacteria fighting), Frankincense (anti-aging), Geranium, and Helichrysum (sun damage + scar fading) essential oils
  • Mix all of the above in a 2 oz. glass spray bottle and spritz on your clean face every morning and night

2. Shiny hair :: ACV acts as a natural detangler and conditioner for your hair. I didn’t quite believe this until I tried it myself a few days ago. I put 1 part ACV to 3 parts water in a glass spray bottle along with 5 drops each of Rosemary and Peppermint essential oil. After I shampoo’d my hair, I sprayed it down with this concoction and let it sit while I finished showering. I rinsed, DIDN’T use conditioner, and was amazed at how soft it made my hair! My hair is super thick and tangles easily, but after trying this, I was able to easily run my comb through it and blow dry. And don’t worry about the vinegar smell, it totally goes away when it dries.

3. Weight loss :: There aren’t a ton of studies on this, but the ones that are out there have shown that taking a few tablespoons of ACV everyday can aid in weight loss and stabilizing blood sugar. I’ve read where some people actually drink it in their water and I personally think those people are insane. I take a shot every morning before my supplements and green smoothie and just pretend it’s tequila. Works like a charm. And since doing this along with taking my metabolic blend of essential oils (cinnamon, grapefruit, lemon, ginger, and peppermint), I’ve lost 5 pounds. Just sayin’…there might be somethin’ to it! I also feel like it helps with appetite. I’m usually not hungry for breakfast when I remember to take my ACV shot in the mornings.

4. Detox :: ACV naturally cleanses and detoxifies the organs, making it a healthy shot to take to get your insides off on the right start in the mornings. It’s really not bad when you follow it with a ton of water. Promise.

5. Natural home cleaner :: I already use white distilled vinegar to clean pretty much every surface of my home and classroom, but you can also use apple cider vinegar. I literally JUST used it in my dishwasher with a few drops of Lemon essential oil (degreaser) and my dishes look better than when I used the dishwasher tabs from Trader Joe’s! No joke! ACV is my new dishwasher detergent for life. Both are disinfecting and make for incredibly cheap household cleaners. An example of an all-purpose spray you could make would be:

  • 1 part ACV to 3 parts water
  • 10 drops of essential oil of your choice
  • Mix together in a glass spray bottle and voila!

6. Soothe tummy upset :: ACV can help calm an upset tummy and ease indigestion.

7. Whitens teeth + gets rid of bad breath :: Rubbing a little ACV on your teeth lifts stubborn coffee (and wine) stains to reveal naturally pearly whites. Don’t do this too often though, as it can also erode tooth enamel if done too much.

8. Restore balance in the body + gut :: Apple cider vinegar can help balance pH levels of the body, making it more alkaline, rather than acidic. Most of the foods in the Standard American Diet are extremely acidic, and when your body is in an acid-like state, disease forms. Disease can’t thrive in an alkaline environment, so you want to always be focusing on eating foods (like leafy greens, citrus fruits, and of course, ACV) that are going to make your body more alkaline.

9. Soothe a sunburn :: Forgot to put on the SPF? Soak in a tub with a cup or so of apple cider vinegar to ease the discomfort of the burn.

10. Cooking :: I use ACV with olive oil on my salads every single day and it’s the best tasting salad dressing I’ve ever had.

Of course, if you know of other apple cider vinegar life hacks, please share in the comments below!

 

Lots of love + ACV,

 

Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil

 

ROSEMARY FACTS:

Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods such as stuffings, pork, roast lamb, chicken, and turkey. Along with its culinary applications, Rosemary has many benefits. Rosemary supports healthy digestion* and internal organ function.* Long revered by healers, Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures. Rosemary's herbaceous and energizing scent is frequently used in aromatherapy. Taken internally, it helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*

ROSEMARY USES:

  • Diffuse while studying to maintain concentration

  • Take internally to help reduce nervous tension and occasional fatique.

  • Add 1-2 drops of Rosemary to favorite meats and entrees for added flavor.

 

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional cautions below.

 

PRECAUTIONS:

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

 

*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.

Beautiful Skin with Essential Oils

Melaleuca, also known as tea tree oil, has been shown to help beautify the skin. It's one of my favorite oils to use in my daily skin care routine.

Melaleuca, also known as tea tree oil, has been shown to help beautify the skin. It's one of my favorite oils to use in my daily skin care routine.

Hiya sunshine,

We all strive for beautiful, glowing-from-within skin, but there are so many factors that can screw with a clear complexion. Some of which include:

  • the food you're eating (or not eating)
  • alcohol
  • sugar
  • chemicals in the skincare products you're using
  • hormone imbalances
  • stress
  • lack of sleep

I've had oily skin my whole life (that only slightly dried out for the 5 years I was living in the desert) and acne prone skin since puberty. I've tried everything from benzoyl perozide products to prescription acne products to high end department store products, only to end up with the same frustrating blemishes every month.

I was also a worshipper of the sun in my early days, which has left me with sun spots around my nose and forehead. Again, I tried every lightening product known to man in my early 20's.

I started using essential oils for some health concerns I was dealing with about 5 years ago. It didn't take long to start incorporating them into my skin care routine after I noticed how well they worked and doing a little research on their effectiveness. 

Through my research, I learned a few important facts:

  1. Our skin is our largest organ and anything we put on topically is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
  2. The vast majority of products you find on shelves have chemicals, fragrances, and toxins in them that new research is linking to a myriad of health problems.
    • For more information about the products you're putting on your skin, check out the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and make sure you inform yourself.
  3. Essential oils are an effective tool to use when caring for the skin, as they have many compounds that help beautify the skin of our face and body.

Aren't plants just AMAZING?? I think it's so awesome that we have everything we need provided by Mother Earth Herself.

My Improved, Super Effective Skin Care Routine

Dry brushing is another great "good skin" ritual i love to do before I shower. It's a great way to exfoliate the skin and get the toxins flushed out through the lymphatic system!

Dry brushing is another great "good skin" ritual i love to do before I shower. It's a great way to exfoliate the skin and get the toxins flushed out through the lymphatic system!

Morning Skin Care Routine:

  • Wash with a Melaleuca + Peppermint Facial Cleanser and Clarisonic brush
  • Spritz my face with a natural toner I make myself in a 2 oz. glass spray bottle that includes the following:
    • 1/2 Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1/2 Witch Hazel with aloe
    • 5 drops Melaleuca essential oil (great for blemish-prone or oily skin)
    • 5 drops Lavender essential oil (helps calm the skin)
    • 5 drops Frankincense essential oil (beautifies the skin among many other things)
    • 5 drops Helichrysum essential oil (helps lighten spots)
    • 5 drops Geranium essential oil (known for 
  • Apply a serum that includes moisturizing fatty oils and essential oils that have lightened my sun spots and helped clear my skin:
    • Jojoba/Macademia Seed Oil
    • Frankincense
    • Myrrh
    • Rose
    • Hawaiian Sandalwood
    • Helichrysum
    • Lavender

Evening Skin Care Routine:

  • Wash with the same Melaleuca + Peppermint Facial Cleanser
  • Spritz the same toner as above
  • Roll a blend of essential oils all over face and neck -- the same blend that's in the serum mentioned above, minus the Jojoba/Macademia Seed Oil
  • Top with a natural moisturizer that includes:
    • Aloe Leaf Juice
    • Barley Extract
    • Rice Bran Oil
    • Juniper Berry essential oil
    • Sea Buckthorn Berry oil
    • Jasmine essential oil
    • Geranium essential oil
    • Sandalwood essential oil
    • Shea butter

 

Cheers to glowing skin the natural {safer} way!! xoxo