Supercharge your Moisturizing Cream

Because I’m a card carrying member of The Sharing is Caring Tribe, I have an obligation to share this post today. I know not all of you use essential oils but I hope the more I share their benefits, the more you learn how awesome they are. I’m a huge proponent of living clean (food, beauty products, environment, etc) and love that I can also incorporate essential oils in order to support healthy skin.

I wish I had done a better job of caring for my skin at a younger age so for all of you young ‘uns–get those facials now and use the good face creams so you  keep ahead of the aging process. Because once it goes, it’s a hard road ahead. I figure I’ve got another 45 years of this face so I’ve got to do all I can to keep it from falling off the cliff.

With winter ALMOST here, I’ve definitely noticed the change in moisture in my skin. I do my best to drink my four bottles of water (around 100 oz) and use the Hydrating Cream from dōTERRA every day. While it does a great job, I had this idea to supercharge it to see what might be possible.

I’ve had this bottle of Blue Tansy essential oil since I purchased it at convention and had yet to really use it. After digging into its properties and benefits, I realized I should be using this one every day! I think my initial hesitation in using it has been that it is blue.  Like blue blue. It initially turns your skin blue until it is absorbed. It was so trippy when I first saw it. It’s blue because when the oil is extracted from the Moroccan Tansy plant during the steam distillation process, it turns from clear to blue.

This oil is actually in one of my family’s favorite dōTERRA products called Deep Blue which we use for sports injuries, as a pre and post workout muscle soother, bruises, shin splints, and overzealous husbands who think they can still play softball like they are 25 years old. <eye roll> It’s also included in another favorite blend of ours, Balance, dōTERRA’s Grounding Blend.

But as I read more about it, I learned this oil helps reduce the appearance of blemishes, is soothing to the skin, and acts as an anti-inflammatory to the skin. Therefore, I decided to add a couple of drops to my hydrating cream to see how it worked. 

Wow! It took my skin cream from great to UH-freaking-mazing! My skin feels so soft all day long. I used to feel like I had to add a little serum or moisturizing cream later in the day but now I’m good until I cleanse my face for bed! I also added few drops of Copaiba which has so many benefits (top two for skin: collagen boosting and emollient properties) it will make your head spin. Um, hello? This essential oil will forever be in my life. I wish I could order a gallon!

I’m loving the results and plan on doing more with these two oils for my skin health. I’m going to add some drops of Blue Tansy to my daughter’s face lotion as well since she has a touch of rosacea  on her cheeks. I know she’s self-conscious about it and often uses make-up to hide the redness. I can’t wait to see how this works for her, too.

Because of Blue Tansy’s anti-inflammatory properties, this would also be a great oil to use for eczema and dermatitis as they are often the reflection of major inflammation happening in our bodies.

And if you’re the type of person who needs a little more validation before jumping in, here’s an article in Vogue discussing a skin line who is also using Blue Tansy in their products as well as another at InStyle.

I would love to see you jump on this Blue Tansy train with me so you can supercharge your favorite skin care products, also. I will always recommend going as clean and natural as possible when it comes to your skin because it your skin is the gatekeeper as to what goes in your body. What goes on eventually goes in.

Side note: We are in the Information Age, people. Everything you need to know is within your fingertips and I highly recommend you learn as much as you can about toxicity, the effects on your body and the lasting damage that happens to not only you, but your children and your children’s children. It disrupts our genetic makeup so don’t turn a blind eye to your future generations. It’s not too late to make healthy changes. Sorry if that comes across a little guilt trippy but I’m a mom and it’s my job.

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If you aren’t using essential oils as part of your health plan, I encourage you to read up about their health benefits. We use them for physical and emotional support in our home and now my kids are well-versed on what and how to use them. It’s just how we live. As a mom, this is huge win in my family’s health and I’ve never felt so empowered. It’s not scary nor is it difficult. You just have to start and if that means starting with just one oil or one health issue, then so be it. I promise it’s worth the effort.

If you’d like more information on how to get started or would like to chat one-on-one about what oils to look into, leave a comment indicating below and I’ll be in touch very soon.

in health and happiness,

~Hallie

 

 

 

 

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Chia Porridge

I wish I had taken this picture but mine looked JUST like this. However, picture credit goes to The Healthy Family and Home.

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkiny: pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin spice almond butter…yes, that’s a thing. However, most of those things are laden with sugar and lots of bits and pieces that we can’t pronounce.

While I don’t want to miss out, I decided to add a little spice to my breakfast today. I don’t do a whole lot of carbs these days because of the energy drop within a couple of hours of eating them so I have turned to more healthy fats as my fuel source. I usually do Bulletproof Coffee or tea in the morning then eat my first meal sometime close to midday or early afternoon.

An easy substitution for the more traditional oatmeal breakfast is a chia seed pudding or porridge. It’s super easy to make and requires very little effort.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 5-7 drops of liquid Stevia
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 cup organic canned pumpkin (a loose measurement so you can see how pumpkiny you want it)
  • 1 tsp of pumpkin spice seasoning OR 1 drop cinnamon essential oil + 1 drop clove essential oil + 1 drop nutmeg essential oil (only 100% pure EO’s recommended!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Stir all of the ingredients in a small mason jar, top with a lid and let that sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. When the hunger kicks in, you’ve got an energizing yet cozy “treat” ready to go.

What’s great is that you can substitute all kinds of things to make this porridge in all seasons: chopped apples with cinnamon, blueberries and lemon zest or lemon essential oil, bananas with dark chocolate morsels, peaches and coconut cream…the possibilities are endless!

Did you know that chia seeds are a good source of calcium, manganese, phosphorus, fiber as well as essential fatty acids and antioxidants?

This is also a FANTASTIC breakfast or snack for the kids before school, homework session, or athletic activity to give them healthy brain support as well as lots of natural energy.

Want to feel a little indulgent? Try topping it with coconut whipped topping!

The Decision to Make Lifestyle Changes is Often The Hardest Part

Photo credit: Andy Totell

“Actually that medicine isn’t meant to work long-term. Your body figures out to how to get around the medicine and it is longer effective.”

Wait…what? I switched the phone to my other ear because clearly my right ear wasn’t working.

“Come again? I must have misheard you because I thought you said the medicine no longer worked which is complete insanity because I can’t survive another month, week, day or hour of this shit!”

Okay, I didn’t really say that but it was what I was thinking. The previous two months had been a waste because I was back to where I was prior to taking the medicine that was supposed to be helping me but really it mean it solved absolutely nothing. It was in that exact moment that I knew my health was going to be up to me because modern medicine had failed me miserably. That moment, that decision, changed the trajectory of my life. And no, I’m not being dramatic. I went from feeling helpless to taking charge of my life in a matter of seconds. Actually, it took me years to get to be able to make that decision but the decision itself was done in a blink.

I dove headlong into research to find what the possible root causes were behind my symptoms. As I dug, I began to find some consistent information that told me my nutrition was off. I made some changes and finally found the relief I had been looking for all along.

What started out as the typical American teenager diet became my downfall in adulthood. As I transitioned from teenager to adult and added more alcohol, poor sleep, and all the other things that come with a stressful job and starting a family, things began to show up like acne, brain fog, chronic sinus infections, headaches, and gastric ailments galore. With that came some horrible side effects like misery, low self-esteem, frustration, and hopelessness.

It wasn’t until I after had my third child as I was speaking to the nurse that I hit my breaking point. And I’m so very grateful for that moment. Before any real change could happen for me, I had to say, “No more!” and it was in that one tiny yet very powerful moment that changed my health. It all came down to my decision to change.

I had finally decided to care for myself and do whatever I needed to do to get to the bottom of my health issues. I refused to no longer accept that this was going to be my life. It’s amazing how long we allow ourselves to suffer before we give ourselves the love and attention we each deserve. We give to everyone else and often put our own needs and desires on hold, sometimes indefinitely. It’s also easy to hide behind the status quo, dated (and biased) research, and all the excuses in the world.

I reflected on that time of my life recently, because I had a reminder of how hard big that decision can feel for some people. A few months ago, I had a friend ask me to share some information about the health benefits of essential oils and she ended up ordering a few. When I tried to arrange a time to explain how to use her oils and set up a game plan, I got nothing but crickets. After a few more tries (which ended up being months later), I finally just asked her if I had done something wrong, in my teasing sort of way. She replied that she was embarrassed to tell me that she hadn’t used her oils yet. While I was relieved to know I had not done anything to make her mad, I was sad to hear that she hadn’t used her oils yet. It became clearer when she had added that she wasn’t quite ready to get into “that lifestyle” just yet. I realized that for her just making the simple decision to use essential oils felt monumental.

She had equated using essential oils to mean that she had to shift her whole lifestyle. A common misconception about adopting a healthier lifestyle is that we have to go all in. While I did go a little radical with my diet when I learned a lot of my health issues were because of poor nutrition, I didn’t shift everything right away. Getting to where I am now was a gradual process. The most important thing was that I just started. It took me time (10+ years!) and consistency along with the desire to make permanent changes to get where I am. I wanted to become healthier and happier more than I wanted to be sick and tired.

We can choose to take baby steps or radical jumps when we decide to explore a healthier lifestyle. The important thing to recognize is that by taking a step forward, any step, is progress. It doesn’t matter how big or small that step is.

As much as I would love to help as many people as I can, there is nothing I can do until they decide to help themselves. What I can do, whether it is here on my blog, Twitter, my Facebook page, or Instagram, or through face to face conversations is to help inspire others to make that decision. Oh my gawd, I want to help erase the shame, guilt, frustration, low self-esteem, depression, denial, and even anger that comes from chronic health issues so bad! I was there and I know how bad that sucks! I wish I could invent a magic change button to turn off those feelings but I know the only way to make those feelings go away has to come from within, to choose to stop doing what isn’t working for us. The magic happens once we make that decision.

It’s okay to start small but the important thing is to just start.

I’d love to know:

-What are your roadblocks to change what’s not working for you?

-What keeps you from saying yes to a better quality of life?