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What Essential Oils Can Do To Bacteria

You’ve likely heard about essential oils. Did you know many of them can have a potent impact on bacteria?

The following video shows a doctor discussing some of the science behind what essential oils can do to bacteria…


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On Fitting In…

Sunglasses Fitting In

As I think about what my children tend to be concerned about, what comes to mind is the idea of fitting in. When I was school-aged, it was a big thing to dress like the well-known kids and act like them too. You would think that for adults, trying to fit in isn’t as much of an issue. But I’ve noticed that adults tend to conform to others just as much as children do. It might be more subtle, but I think it’s there.

How do I know? Well, I’m one of them…

Even now, when I look at my sunglasses and see that they don’t look like the latest trend, sometimes I hesitate a little before stepping out with them in public. I might get over it more quickly now than I did back in high school, but those thoughts can still be heard in the back of my mind, “Will people think I’m outdated?” and, “Will they accept me?”

Out of all the problems and pain in the world, sometimes I wonder, why be concerned about seemingly small things? Have you ever felt this way? They may seem like small concerns to others, but they are still real, valid struggles. For instance, feeling anxious about attending a gathering when there’s no apparent reason to others for feeling that way. After all, the gathering is full of people that are like family, where you’re supposed to feel safe and protected.

Some more:

“Why do people not want to hang out with me, but they can’t wait to hang out with my friend?”

“People say I’m too thin-skinned, too sensitive. Am I just not good enough for them to want to know me? Something must be wrong with me.”

“I feel so different from my friends; I’m not sure if any of them can understand me for who I am.”

“I love being creative, but I’m scared to show people my work. In fact, I feel like a failure because all my creativity has brought me is restless wandering and not being able to settle down in a ‘decent’ job.”

These are just some of many thoughts that can mess with anybody, but they especially mess with those who are deemed highly sensitive people. They may have suffered this label for most of their life wondering what’s wrong with them, when in reality, they are precious sensitive souls carrying unseen gifts deep inside their heart. If you felt or still feel any of these things, you are SO VALUED. My experience is that God might be keeping you hidden from the world until the world is ready for you – and you are ready to serve in it.

Do you want to use your gifts and talents in ways that are sustainable and not burn you out? If the answer is yes, then there is training involved. As much as we’d like to believe that our talent or passion alone will be enough, it would do us well to wake up to the fact that there’s discipline involved. And although it seems unpleasant and painful at the time, discipline produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

One discipline I’d like to share with you is emotional in nature: Training ourselves to have healthier thought patterns. Studies show that the greatest determining factor to our success in anything is not our education, background, or financial wealth. It is our thought life – our thinking patterns.

We live in a world where nearly 90% of what we see, hear and feel is negative. What can we do about this? Imagine flushing the negative out and replacing it with positive coming in. An effective way is to first identify, what’s the negative emotion and what triggered it? Then, to inject truth.

As an example, I used to feel frustrated and depressed, triggered by these thoughts, “I am worthless. I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I don’t even know who I am!” Well, that pattern kept me stuck in a deep dark pit, in which I struggled with progressively more depressing thoughts.

I finally said, “Enough! I *have to* find a way to at least start really believing good things. After all, didn’t God say that He made me wonderfully?” That is the truth I was hungry for deep down, and ready to “inject.” And it is found in the ancient text of the Bible, in Psalm 139:13-14.

Something else that has helped me re-wire some of those troublesome thoughts – thoughts that don’t serve us well – is essential oils. They don’t do the work for you, but they do make it a whole lot easier and quicker to focus on positives, by stimulating brain activity through the limbic system. What makes it powerful is using them in conjunction with Scriptures to help bypass any neural circuitry that might be keeping you stuck in an unhelpful thinking pattern. For a bit more on how the brain works, check out this post on moving towards what you want.

I was reinforcing truths like, “I am valuable. I am loved. I am wonderfully made in the image of God.” I did it consistently, daily even. And you know what? Those depressive thoughts gradually made their way out of my heart. They may still try to get into my head every now and then, but they don’t get me down like they used to, and not nearly for as long.

As you prepare to see family and friends at birthday gatherings and other parties, try to keep in mind that the way they treat you may not be anything about you. They may be seeing you through the lens of their own thinking patterns and be taking it out on you – and you may feel it more intensely because you are so much more attuned to your inner senses.

Remember, you can re-train your brain with the powerful tool of Scripture and reinforce truths deeper with essential oils. And not just these tools, but also with foods that are healing to the body and relational connections that are healing to the soul. I’m learning about some great eating practices that are out there, as well as amazing relational tools for connecting deeper with people.

I’m excited to be sharing more as I learn! You can follow my progress by subscribing to my newsletter here. If you need someone to talk to on the phone, message me directly here.

Mistakes To Avoid From My Candida Diet Experience

When I found out I had candida, I was scared. I learned that if left unchecked, it can take a toll on a person’s health and increase the probability of cancer. I’m grateful I was led to detect candida in its early stages and how to cleanse it from my system. A candida cleanse doesn’t have to be as strict as a lot of the popular candida diets out there.

In this post, I’ll share how you can:

  1. Do a simple test to determine if you have candida
  2. Use a simple protocol to cleanse candida from your system
  3. Avoid some of the mistakes I made along the way

Simple Saliva Test

Here’s a simple test to determine if you *for sure* have candida. Before I take you through the test, can I ask you to recall if you ever felt “deep in your gut” that you might have a problem with yeast or if you consume a lot of refined sugar and/or carbohydrates? If there’s a “yes” answer anywhere, plus if you’ve ever been on a full course of antibiotics, that increases your risk of developing candida. Now, you can confirm this “gut feeling” by doing this saliva test at home:

saliva test for candida

When you wake up in the morning first thing (before eating or drinking anything), take a glass cup (not plastic or ceramic), fill it with water, and spit in it. Within 1-3 minutes, look in the glass. If the spit floats on the top completely, then you don’t have candida. If any of the spit starts to sink down or look stringy in the water, then you likely have a candida concern. Up to 80% of Americans may have candida and not know it.

I did more research and found a number of candida diets. The premise for most of them is to starve the candida so it can all die off. This was done by eliminating all sugar from your diet – anything from unhealthy refined white sugar and carbs, to healthy sugars found in fruits.

I was honestly disturbed. This was mighty strict. I thought my family and I ate a pretty healthy diet, except for occasional pieces of chocolate or cookies while I cooked dinner. And the nightly milk tea and weekend coffees. You mean, I have to cut even these out? They “helped” me with my sugar cravings, surely you don’t mean I have to give them up? I had a meltdown right there in the kitchen and went to bed grumpy.

The next day, it dawned on me: I’d heard about candida from the essential oil company that I love. I researched some more and found that there are cleansing supplements and probiotics that can help, along with essential oils. Good! I have some. The plus side is I didn’t have to give up fruit! Immediately I started on the candida cleanse. It’s basically no white sugar, no white flour, no sugary food or drinks for 3 weeks. That, combined with the powerful cleansing properties of the supplements and oils, allowed for a candida diet that wasn’t so scary strict.

But I was replacing a lot of habits all at once, which can feel overwhelming. So if you’re getting ready to do a candida cleanse, expect this and prepare for it. Ask yourself, “Why am I doing this cleanse?”

For me, I was ready to change from being draggy, sluggish and generally unmotivated. I was looking forward to feeling more alive, waking up with vitality and inspiration, with more sustainable energy overall. That was my goal. I encourage you set an intention for your cleanse…How do you want to feel after 3 weeks?

The Candida Cleanse Protocol

The following recommended products from my essential oil company helped me cleanse candida from my system:

  • No white sugar, flour, and soda for 3 weeks
  • LLV – 2x a day
  • DDR Prime – 2x a day
  • Gx Assist – 1x a day at lunch for 3 weeks
  • Zendocrine – 1x a day at lunch
  • Terrazyme – 2 before each meal
  • PB Assist – 3x a day (for 10 Days)
  • Melaleuca, Lemon, and Serenity essential oils on bottoms of feet at night, wear cotton socks overnight
  • Drink 80% of body weight in ounces of water per day (ie. A 100-lb person would drink 80 ounces of water)
  • Walk/run 20 min. a day

Below are results from my Saliva Test. As you can see below, on Day 1 my saliva had strings coming down like little legs.

Day 1

Day 1. I had 2 hardboiled eggs in the morning, some nuts mid-morning, and the LLV & Mito2Max (for energy). I ate 2 hot dogs at lunch, the Gx Assist, and some Slim & Sassy blend in water. For dinner I had 3 chicken tenders, choi sum (Asian leafy greens), LLV, Mito2Max, Zendocrine and DDR Prime. I drank 80-90 oz. water throughout the day. It was a lot more water than I was accustomed to, so I filled a 20 oz. water bottle and made sure I drank one for my daily workout and at each meal (4x). Before going to bed, I put Melaleuca, Lemon and Serenity essential oils on the bottoms of my feet. Note: I used the above recommended protocol as a guide and followed it with some tweaks to fit in with me and my family’s lifestyle. I encourage you to play around with what fits you and your family.

Within the first two days, my body was feeling different, somehow refreshed inside. I did have a headache which I felt was sugar withdrawal symptoms. On Day 2 I woke up and felt surprisingly a little less draggy than I had in months. I wanted to expand my food options and so my husband and I went shopping at our local health food store.

These foods became my new staple:new foods

  • Quinoa (protein-rich grain) and Spelt bread (yeast-free)
  • Eggs, nuts, chicken, fish, beef, pork
  • Almond milk (unsweetened)
  • Avocado slices wrapped in seaweed
  • Leafy greens like spinach, kale, bok choy and other Asian varieties
  • Raw honey and Fruit in moderation
  • Once a week, I had a protein-style burger

Each day for the next few days, I felt like a lump of clay, fluffy, and a piece of noodle waking up. I think this was due to the candida being starved and wanting to be fed. Also, my body was trying to get used to this new eating lifestyle. So be aware that in the first few days your body might scream for sugar. Resist at all cost. Slim & Sassy essential oil helps with curbing sugar cravings. It’s a metabolic blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon. You can take a few drops in water when your body is screaming for sugar.

Days 6-12. I was using new recipes, especially loving the Morning Elixir from my friend and holistic health coach Tifani Ruck. I gradually felt a growing inner strength and energy. Outer energy was subdued from a lack of carbohydrates that used to be the chief energy producer for my body. I also noticed that my singing voice was crisper and clearer, coming out more effortlessly as I was able to hit a higher range of notes without even warming up. Imagine the new sounds I could make when I do warm up! That was a nice surprise and very exciting.

Day 10 was when I began probiotics. I was feeling a difference inside and started getting used to the new diet. Now I want to tell you about the mistake I made. I had been stricter on myself than I needed to be. What I did was to research candida diets and put some of those restrictions on myself (when I do something, I go all out). Because of that, I felt especially deprived at around this time. I craved dessert, so I looked for candida diet friendly dessert recipes.

On Day 11, my saliva test looked like this…

Day 11 before cookie

On Day 12, I found a honey cookie recipe and thought I could use raw honey and everything would be fine. Although I think raw honey is ok in tiny amounts, this recipe called for 1/4 cup of honey. It was quite tasty and I ate one small cookie, plus some yummy fish cake that was mistakenly cooked with fish sauce that had fructose in it. I felt horrible that night and the next morning.

Day 13. The morning after the cookie and fructose-laden fish sauce, my saliva test looked like this…

Day 13 after cookie

Yikes! So do yourself a favor and…

Avoid The Mistakes I Made

Don’t overly deprive yourself throughout Days 1-10. Watch yourself especially around Days 10-12 when you might feel like revolting. Allow yourself healthy sugars from raw honey and fruit in moderation (Eating a little raw honey with spelt bread, and 1-2 fruit per day was good for me. You might want to test out what your body can handle by seeing if after eating fruit, you feel lightheaded or dizzy.) Eat some protein to go along with the fruit. I found nuts like almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, hazelnuts to be yummy alongside an apple.

The other mistake I made was I stopped taking the cleansing product called Gx Assist when I started taking the probiotic product called PB Assist. Don’t stop the Gx Assist, even though it says on the bottle to take it for 10 days. For this particular candida diet cleanse, continue the Gx Assist for the duration of the 3 weeks.

By Day 17, I was feeling pretty awesome! My energy levels are up, both internally and externally. After my workout I felt more renewed than I’ve been in years. The accidental sugar spike from Day 12 wore off as my body found a happier, steadier rhythm with my new eating habits. My saliva test was looking a whole lot better too!

Day 17

I hope this helps answer your questions about candida. When you’re ready to do a candida cleanse that’s effective and easy to implement in a busy schedule, contact me here

Candida Diet Alternative: My Journey to Natural Solutions

orange candidaFor the last several years, I was often tired and dipping into depressed feelings. In our culture, it’s no surprise when you hear somebody say they’re busy or tired. It’s another thing entirely when you’re always tired and stressed. That was the kind of problem I was having. Running around a mile a minute 6-7 days a week can seem like a “good busy.” What I’ve learned, the hard way, is that our bodies just aren’t designed to carry that kind of load. The “good stress” often morphs into “bad stress” underneath the smiling exterior we’ve gotten so used to presenting to other people.

In this post, you’ll see how the load I was carrying led to candida in my system. I hope it answers your questions about what candida is, and what you can do if you find you have it too. It’s possible to clean it out of your system naturally, without dealing with some of the restrictions common to a lot of the popular candida diets out there.

If you’re ready to cut to the chase and learn how to Avoid the Mistakes I made with the Candida Diet Cleanse right now, click here to see the protocol I followed

In 2011, I had a round of health problems that put me on alert when it came to my health: bronchitis, frequent cold sores, gum disease, and neck & back pain that left me not able to turn my head. In 2012, I was looking for a natural way to get rid of my cold sores and found it through essential oils.

What I discovered intrigued me, but I kept silent because I tend to be skeptical and careful. I wanted to investigate more. I wasn’t new to the world of alternative medicine, as I was exposed to homeopathic and Chinese medicine a while back. But I was completely new to using essential oils. I learned they could help with me and my family’s health problems. I tested the oils on myself and found they did indeed help in more ways than one.

In December of 2012, I was tired of being tired… so I decided to exercise regularly. Before this, I didn’t exercise at all, unless you count the college work-out spikes and the summer after my freshman year when I was trying to lose the “freshman fifteen.” I started walking 20 minutes a day around the neighborhood, sometimes with my kids. I got to the point where I was on the elliptical machine or running 3-4 times a week. Setting up that habit paved the way to having more energy.

As my body received the increased exercise along with nature’s nutrients from essential oils, it received increased ability to heal itself from the inside out. I was empowered to take care of problems with my skin, gums, neck & back, and seasonal respiratory issues. When my kids had a meltdown, I gave them citrus oils to smell and they calmed down. Whenever one of us starts to catch a bug, we take some essential oils in a capsule and feel better in two days, instead of two weeks.

I was thrilled. As a busy mom of two, I was glad to know I didn’t need to worry anymore about my kids, husband or myself getting sick or depressed – because we now have a natural alternative to turn to.

Gym_2.2In the past few months, I experienced increasing flu-like symptoms, with pain sometimes jolting through the left side of my body and in my left hip joint area. I’d be short on breath, dizzy and mentally foggy. Skin rashes started showing up on my neck and face. But none of these symptoms lasted long. Different ones came and went. I alternated between thinking, “Is something wrong with my health? Maybe I need to see a doctor” and, “This shouldn’t be anything serious. I just need to stay disciplined and keep exercising.” I was daily reminding myself to think positive thoughts while fighting irritability and mood swings.

What I didn’t know was that I was carrying something around in my body. Despite my best efforts to exercise, pray and stay positive, this “thing” was affecting my health, my mood, and my relationships. I was getting more than tired. I was fed up fighting what felt like an uphill battle.

In a flash, I remembered hearing something two years ago about candida. Immediately I went to research it. Candida is one of those tricky issues to pinpoint, as different symptoms come and go at different times. A person can have it and not know it, as they either deal with their issue until it goes away, or they go to their doctor only to find tests come back with nothing wrong. But if nothing’s wrong, how come you don’t feel good??

What is candida? Candida albicans is a fungus that grows as yeast divide, forming sticky clumps throughout the body that block off circulation, slow stuff down so you can’t get the oxygen you need to all your cells, and prevent certain organs from functioning well. It is basically a yeast overgrowth and infection. Candida’s favorite food is sugar (second favorite is white flour). Well, great. I love cookies, cakes and chocolate. Not to mention my nightly sweet milk tea to relax with my husband. Oh, and the weekend coffee with sugar. Just about everything has some form of sugar in it. My mom said candida sounds like a pretty name. She’s right in that it sounds pretty – but it ain’t pretty.

Go here to learn Natural Solutions for Candida and Avoid the Mistakes I made with the Candida Diet Cleanse