Awww When they say PLEASE, how can you say no?

Following is a short video clip of my friend’s daughter asking her for some NingXia Red.  She’s very particular about WHICH NingXia Red she wants too.  Not just any will do.

NingXia Red comes in the nice glass bottle and also in serving size “packages” as our friend Selah prefers.

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NingXia Red is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole NingXia wolfberry puree – a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils.  Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion.  NingXia Red has been cherished for centuries for its health, energy, and longevity benefits.  Whole Ningxia wolfberries and other nutrient-dense fruit juices make NingXia Red the perfect choice for optimizing wellness and stepping up to a new level of health.  (From the Young Living website)

The wolfberries come from the Ningxia province in northern China.  This superfruit has one of the highest percentages of fiber of any whole food and contains zeaxanthin – a carotenoid important to maintaining healthy vision.

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I actually prefer my NingXia out of the glass bottle.  It’s easier for me to open. I’ve heard some people like to stick Popsicle sticks in the single serving size and freeze the “packages” for their kids in the summertime.

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So we drank a few at Convention….that’s what they were there for, right?

What’s your favorite way to drink NingXia Red?

Sources:

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Calming for Pet(s)

Our cat Bootsie. She’s a fur ball of energy. We have spent a lot of money on trying to find a way to help her with her anxiety, sudden bursts of attack, biting and constant running through the house.

Nothing has worked.

Well yesterday I received my first shipment from Young Living. After inserting the roller on Peace & Calm I decided to rub my hands all over my cat since she was in one of her moods and then I left her alone.

When I noticed that our house was a tidly bit too quiet, I peeked into the dining room and found her like this. She was finally relaxed. OMG!!!

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So I added a few drops to distilled water and put in a glass spray bottle. I’m happy to report that we’ve had no sudden drop-kick attacks and biting in the past 24 hours. YAY!!  Testimony from YLEO distributor Maggie Murington.

Peace and Calming

Following is a video clip of a woodchuck being calmed with Peace & Calming.  Pretty amazing stuff!

Some good sources for info about essential oils with pets:

The “Before and After Girls”

What started out as just a random comment, led to a MEME which had 545 views in the first hour, and another 100 in the next 20 minutes.  There were comments like, “That is IT, I’m buying my ticket today!”

It has now (July 24th, 2013) been viewed by 4, 526 people and shared 59 Times, liked 68+ times on my AHeartforOils facebook page.  That’s a LOT of people and that’s my highest shared MEME/post so far 🙂

Before and After screenshot

While we were AT convention I had uploaded a few shots from my phone onto my facebook page and someone randomly commented how much younger (SHE) looked.  I thought….hummmm WHICH SHE??  We had some nice back & forth comments and that was that.  When I got home, I was looking through the pics and loading them from the phone onto my computer and just on a whim put some before/after shots of us together on a MEME.  I was actually pretty surprised myself at how much younger with BOTH looked in my own opinion.  She really did NOT want me to use it, and only allowed me to show it to a few people in a private group.  Everyone seemed astounded and so I BEGGED her, please, pretty please????… “YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL!!!”  She finally relented and let me use it.

BEFORE and after Convention

What do you think?  Can you see the difference?

As a before/after “behind the scenes” for you…. I had just had an EXTREMELY stressful situation in my birth work right before leaving for convention.  It has the capacity to completely shut down my helping women inside of a particular hospital.  I just could not even deal with it before I left.  I tried to shake it off and went to the airport ready to absorb all manner of oily goodness.

Almost as soon as I got to the gate they announced a flight delay of an hour, which then went to two hours, then four and eventually like seven hours (I’m not exactly sure how long, I blocked that part of the memory!)  Many people on my original flight were rescheduled to the following day.  There was apparently a bad storm in Dallas, the city I was traveling through for a connection.  I did eventually get there that day, but because of several changes which included a change of airlines TWICE…you guessed it, my luggage did NOT arrive with me.  It was lost and I didn’t get it until the 3rd day there.  We had to go to a department store so I could purchase some personal care items and something to wear (after I borrowed one of my friend’s clothing for one of the days).

So when you see me in the first shot (the dark-haired one) I still had no luggage and was barely over the flight delays/emotional baggage.  

Then there was my friend, Carla, my midwifery mentor and very dear friend.  She did NOT want to come to convention even a little bit.  Her daughter, however, having attended the prior year was bound and determined that she WAS going.  She consorted together with another friend and they pretty much brought her practically kicking and screaming.  She was a few short weeks away from hostessing an enormous Birth conference, Trust Birth 2013, and felt guilty about NOT being home working on it, and promoting it.  Her list of excuses included:

  • Money
  • Time
  • Work
  • Guilt
  • Guilt
  • Guilt
  • A little more GUILT

My friends both “got skills” though and somehow corralled her into the car.  Now Carla says, “I did not want to go, nor did I think I had “time”.  I have already registered for next year and you could not KEEP me away.  I learned so much and was immersed in a very obvious quest for HEALTH.  I am incredibly impressed with the high standards and quality control of Young Living Essential Oils.”

The things we did during conference that I believe made the difference:

  • Immersed ourselves in sampling many different essential oils
  • Listening closely to the speakers and determined to LEARN
  • Tons & Ones of NingXia Red
  • Loads of Oxytocin from being with people we love
  • Belly laughter that turned to tears
  • Tears that turned to hugs
  • Lots of good food
  • A little bit of singing with Diamond Rio never hurt anybody!!

Here I am with Heather, Carla’s daughter, the one responsible for both of us being there really.  She is my direct upline and a delight…

and can I just say… “she gets THINGZ done”……

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So what about you?  Convention 2014?  Do you have tickets yet?

Zyto scan & “Not” Rose oil – Personal Testimony

Building my Young Living network is a personal journey as well as a business.  I purchased a Zyto scanner to help people choose which oils and supplements they want to order and try.  See here  for description.  But you know how it is with “toys” right?  You want to play with them yourself.  So I did.  A lot.  I’ve scanned a LOT of people.  One of my friends calls it “shrink in a box” because one of HER friends opened up and shared some very personal things with me right after scanning him.  She was very sure that I already knew him.  I didn’t.  I don’t think I’ve had a single person who disagreed with what the zyto suggests especially after looking at the emotional connection to the oils suggested.

The book, Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils, by Carolyn Mein is a great resource for discovering the emotional root of why you don’t like particular oils.  We’ve affectionately nicknamed it “the BLUE book”.   I have it on hand for when I want to know what oil to use for different emotions. Before I got the zyto scanner, much of my decision making was based on physical issues or smell.  In other words, I started collecting oils I knew were good for breathing issues, cuts, burns, scrapes, bug bites, sore throats, upset stomach…replacing the pharmaceutical medicine cabinet and purchasing what I wanted to make recipes for personal care products.  If I didn’t like the smell of an oil, then I’d look up the emotional connection and ask myself, does that resonate?  At that point, I either attempt to do the personal work, or put it on a back burner for a later date  🙂    Most illness has emotional or spiritual root(s). Some sources say as much as 90% of illness has an emotional root.

According to WellnessWatchersMD,  “99% of the people who die of cancer (as well as heart disease) suffer from chronic, serious depression, anger or a combination of both emotions.”  If you don’t deal with those roots then no physical medication is going to help you either.  It may mask symptoms but it will erupt in other ways until you deal with it.  If you harbor anger you will get stomach upset….which leads to ulcers.  Or maybe instead your blood pressure will go up, and it will cause your pulse to increase, your face flushes, your head pounds…. you may eventually have a stroke from the pressure.  Or maybe you will break out in hives and no source will be found.  There are any number of physical ways our body responds to anger.  That is one reason the scripture says not to let the sun go down upon your wrath.

According to Dr. David Stewart, in the Chemistry of Essential Oils and also in Healing Oils of the Bible, our five senses are not wired the same.  Our four senses:  seeing, hearing, tasting, touch are hardwired to the frontal lobes of our brain, our conscious rational mind. brain But our sense of smell is not the same.  It is instead wired under THAT part of the brain to a piece of the brain under the cerebrum, over the roof of the mouth, which is our emotional brain, part of the limbic system.  This part of the brain catalogs all memories of traumatic experiences.  It holds emotional issues that are unresolved, bitterness and unforgiveness.  Most of the time, we will forget traumatic experiences consciously.  However, our emotional brain does NOT forget, instead it keeps an emotional record.  If we continue to harbor these negative feelings, it will make us sick.  That eventually results in disease.  Our emotional brain doesn’t understand words or language.  It does understand fragrances.  The sense of smell is attached to the limbic system. Essential oils go directly into the limbic brain.  When you inhale a fragrance it directly affects the emotional switchboard of the brain, the amagdala.  Use of essential oils can help you get to the emotional roots of disease. “If you can get to the feelings that initiated disease, you can eliminate that disease.” says Dr. Stewart.

I’ve been studying the frequency of oils and how they resonate with particular body systems and cells.  Certain oils have the same frequency and will resonate with certain cells in the body.  The oil frequency is attracted by a like-frequency within the body.  Lower oil frequencies become a sponge for negative energy.  The frequency is what stays in the body to maintain the longer-lasting effects of the oil.  One thing that stood out to me is:   “The lower frequency oils can make physical changes in the body, middle frequencies can make emotional changes in the body and high frequencies can make spiritual changes in the body.    The frequency of the human body averages between 62 and 68 Megahertz.  Spiritual frequencies range from 92-360 MHz.”   (Higley’s Reference Guide for Essential Oils 12th edition, pg 276)

So all of that is the set-up for my story.

Rose Oil

I scanned for Rose oil one day.  Alone.  As in the ONLY OIL or product that my body needed.  The way the zyto works is it reads the most pressing issue the body is facing and identifies which products will help meet those needs.  Apparently my body was identifying the need to do some work.

Rose JUST SO HAPPENS to be the HIGHEST frequency oil at 320 MHz.  Not only that, but it is the MOST EXPENSIVE oil at $185 for 5ml for Young Living distributors.  THAT is the WHOLESALE price.  I’m not saying it is not worth it, just that OUCH! that’s a “lotta moola”.  Because I had done a CARE training, I had experienced the aroma of the Rose oil, and well, okay, I’ll just say it….did NOT like it, even a little.  So scanning for an oil that will cost you a LOT of $$ when you KNOW you do NOT like said oil….well, you don’t WANT to purchase it.  So since I know it is the most expensive oil, and it the highest frequency oil…which means SPIRITUAL issue…and I know I don’t LIKE it, so I go to the “the BLUE book” and the emotions listed for Rose oil are “disintegrated and fear of intimacy”.

I had very recently been living through a the loss of very close friendship.  I was both grieving it and feeling betrayed. The situation had been going on a very long time, around a year. If you know women and friendships, especially ones where you talk multiple times daily, you KNOW that is a LONG time.

One thing I think it is important to point out is that the FEELINGS/EMOTIONS I was experiencing were from my PERCEPTION of what happened.  Whether the thing actually happened the way I think it did or not doesn’t matter and is not important, what IS important is that it was my PERCEPTION that was causing me to harbor bitterness.  If you THINK someone dies you will go through the intense work of grief whether or not the person actually did die.  The recent story of the two young women who were accidentally misidentified after a tragic car accident tells the story of what the families and friends of the women went through during the one survivor’s recovery and the one that had been identified as the survivor, who had in fact died, and their book details the emotions experienced by both families. 

My emotions were so volatile to the point I could not even SEE  my estranged friend or hear her name without feeling angst.  I hated that I felt that way, but couldn’t figure out how to get through it.  I know that Scripture requires that we “forgive our offenders” or God won’t forgive us, and that He won’t hear our prayers if we don’t forgive, so I really WANTED to forgive her.  (If you’re hoping for details here they are:  I perceived she was wrong and she perceived I was wrong…and I’m going to venture that we were both wrong at least partly…you know what they say….each person has their own rendition of the story..and then there is the RIGHT or TRUE or ACCURATE rendition.)

I just know I wanted freedom from the prison of bad feelings.  I was certainly “disintegrated” at heart.  I knew I needed to forgive, but as I lamented to my husband…I just didn’t know HOW.

He and I have an ongoing battle over groceries.  He has a sweet tooth and a weakness for snacking, I try very hard to eliminate those foods.  It is an issue because when they’re in the house because not only does he eat them, but so do the children and so do I.  I will eat it if it’s in the house.  So one evening he is home and I find something in the cabinet.  I’m asking him, “what is this?”  He says, “I’m TRYING to do better!”  I become just ENRAGED….I reply, “What do you MEAN you are TRYING to do better?  You don’t TRY to do it, you either DO buy junk or you do NOT buy junk…you don’t stand there wrestling with it and it jumps up into the grocery cart, you lift it up and put it in the cart….you either DO it….or you do NOT do it….there is no TRYING! You TRY to shoot at a target, you don’t TRY not to buy junk.”  Let’s just say that we did not settle that argument that night.

So as I’m reading scripture wanting to figure out how to FORGIVE my friend, I hear my own voice in my head during my recent discussion with my husband…”you don’t TRY…you either DO it or you do NOT do it.”  It dawned on me:   we are commanded in Scripture to forgive.  It is not a request, it is not a suggestion something you CAN do if you want to, it is not a feeling.  We are NOT commanded to FEEL forgiveness…we are just told to DO it.  It is an act of the will.  It is a verb.

I believe that God always honors the direction we’re headed, not ever expecting us to arrive fully.  So I started praying…”OKAY, ALRIGHT…I will take You at Your Word, I DO forgive and I DO…I will wait for the feelings to catch up.”

I didn’t have Rose oil so I looked at which blends may have it in them.  It is found in 14 different Young Living products.  I had three of them and their names really resonated.  The three I had were:  Forgiveness, Humility,  & Joy. (Sense of humor, no?)

Forgiveness

Ingredients: Melissa, geranium, frankincense, rosewood, sandalwood, angelica, lavender, lemon, jasmine, Roman chamomile, bergamot, ylang ylang, palmarosa, helichrysum, and rose in base of sesame seed oil.  Use for:  Emotional Release, Emotional Support and Energy Balance

I purposed to slather myself in them as I said over & over & over the “way out statement” from “the blue book”  ….  I am whole and I did forgive.  I did this over several days all day long every time I thought about it.  I slathered forgiveness over my heart, and Humility over my belly and Joy all over my neck/hair/shoulders.  If I had the thoughts that included the “angst” I denied that and said, NO, I have forgiven already.  I wasn’t sure when the emotions would follow, but I trusted that they would.  Days would go by and I would wonder, did it work?  is it done?

Just recently after coming home from the Young Living Convention, a couple of months after “my spiritual work”…. I was looking for people to come and listen to my “Why Young Living” presentation.  My estranged friend responded she would listen.  The very “funny” thing is that she was always against Young Living oils and we had many “little arguments” over whether it is better quality or overpriced, usually public so I was very surprised she wanted and would be willing to listen.

My initial reaction was both surprise and WOW!  OH AWESOME!!  I would LOVE THAT!!…not a hint of “angst”.  As the time neared for our appointment, I did experience some anxiety….WHAT IF…. it was awkward, full of arguing, ugly….but WHAT IF….it wasn’t?  I used a lot of Valor for courage and Joy for hope during the days leading up to it.

She got to my home and I welcomed her in and there was nothing but excitement and it seemed on the surface as if nothing had ever come between us.  She respectfully listened to me, we discussed oil differences, even compared some of her favorite oils.  That led to our personal issues and the over-riding fact that we both missed our friendship.  What should have been an hour visit, three hours later ended with hugs and tears and the ability for me to tentatively reach out for reconnection.  She graciously responded with acceptance.

I fully believe that if I had not paid attention when my body scanned for Rose oil, I would not have done the work necessary to forgive.  We may have lived forever in estrangement and my body would have suffered from the effects of unforgiveness and bitterness.

What about you?  Is there someone in your life that you need to forgive?  Reach out and do it before you suffer the ill-effects.

Some of the sources used for this post:

Promoting oils is a Ministry

Was I there for HER……or was SHE there for ME???   On my way out the door this morning…. my husband asks me to put an envelope in the mailbox for the mailman.  Having just been to the Convention, I was fulfilling the challenge by one of my upline to pursue failure (as a means of achieving success)  See HERE.  So I’m headed to a lady’s home to do a presentation for her to give me feedback on what she likes/does NOT like in regards to what I share.

“What should I change?  What should I leave out?  What do you like?  Do you see a difference?”

Before walking to the mailbox, I put my things in the car.   I’m thinking ahead to what I’m going to share.  I get to the mailbox and there is a lady walking down the road with her dog.  He’s not on a leash but is walking calmly beside her.  He walks right up to me.  “Hello, dog!  You come to my house to see me?”  Then I say to the lady, “he seems nice, my dog would never walk without a leash, she is a crazed maniac.”  That leads into, “well, he’s old now, he never used to be so calm.”….which leads into “see how his back is curved? well we use all kinds of supplements and medications for the pain and he gets around pretty well, glucosamine, chondroitin….and some other things….”

Now comes in the challenge.  I’m always thinking now…. “who can I share with?…do I REALLY believe these oils work?”  Having come back from Convention where they talked about Raindrop for animals, I knew that YES, I DO believe it.  The photo below shows where they were doing Raindrop on the horse.

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Convention 2013 “Believe”

I think to myself…..   “Am I going to sound like a crazy-woman?”  And I remember “pursue with abandon”…so I go for it.   “I use essential oils for pain with people and with our animals….. you can do a Raindrop on the dog, would you like my card?”  because remember, I’m on my way out, and I need to get moving.

She proceeds to tell me her story of being in the middle of moving, but yes, she’ll take my card, but her husband is already in another state….and today her relative is having surgery for advanced cancer…. so she’s all anxious about her surgery and what’s coming up in a few hours/etc.  So I say, “you need some frankincense then, come over to my car…”  where my oils ARE…because I’m headed out to do a PRESENTATION…. I have sample vials and I pour her one.  She asks me how to apply it, and I tell her however she wants to, crown of head, back of neck, on the feet.  Anoint her and pray…and I’ll be praying too.”  She is overcome with emotion and hugs me.  I am too and hug her back.  I feel so blessed to have been able to offer her just a snippet of hope.  I get in the car and go to my appointment, which I had mistakenly left early for, so I am right on time.  It is more about the ministry of healing than it is about pursuing a business.  The income enables sharing.

Frankincense

Frankincense

Frankincense is spiritually grounding and is used in many religious ceremonies.  It was one of the oils that was gifted to the Christ child in Scripture.  According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, the medical properties are antitumoral, immuno-stimulant, antidepressant and muscle relaxing.  Praying she had a successful surgery, and that she’s doing well….

and I still wonder……

Was I there for HER……or was SHE there for me??

Favorite Young Living 2013 Convention Speaker

Decided to cover some of the things I learned/heard/picked up while at the Young Living Convention 2013.  Hit the ground running when I got home.  Went to visit my daughter, then my mother-in-love came to visit us. One of my younger sons (19yrs) moved out of our home while I was at Convention.  So I’m still attempting to get my house in order.  Then we’ve had an impromptu visit from my MIL’s brother and nephew so I’ve been even MORE busy.  I haven’t even sorted out my notes.  I have only glanced at everybody else’s too!

First things first…. both the Leadership session and the Opening General   session were given by Darren Hardy, publisher of Success magazine and mentor to CEOs and high-performance entrepreneurs.  He is a dynamic, enthusiastic motivational speaker.  Just listening to him makes you think …. “HEY, I could do THAT!!”  His bio says he has been a leader in the personal development industry for seventeen years.  He is a prolific speaker and as an 18 year old entrepreneur was earning a six-figure income.

He is attractive, clean-cut, well-spoken and the content of his information is easy to understand and makes you want to sit in closer to soak it up.  He would have to be my favorite speaker of the whole week.  (I’ll talk about the close 2nd next.)  There are many tools on his website and he freely shared his powerpoints and other information.

He showed a video clip of a successful man when asked how to win in business. Art was a high school football coach who had a dream and an idea and became a billionaire entrepreneur.  Art Williams, asks….”what does a $500,000 dollar a year man do that the $50,000 a year man do?”

Here is a longer version.

Darren talked about the advice he was given on being successful…

“Go fail – a lot. – Your goal is to out-fail your competition.  Whoever can fail the most, the fastest and the biggest wins.” 

He took that advice and in his own words, “became a failure-seeking maniac”  and went forward to become successful above and beyond what many of us can imagine. He ended up outselling an office of 44 agents combined. Combined!!  that means all of them put together.  I don’t emphasize that because I don’t think you understand it, but because that is an ENORMOUS feat, no? 

Here is a snippet of what he shared in his own words, his failure speech.

The one thing he said that hit me with the force of a hurricane had nothing to do with business or with essential oils.  It had everything to do with relationships particularly the marriage relationship.  He talked about percentages.   He asked….what percentage do you have to give in your marriage relationship for it to be successful?  Some say 50/50…you give half and the other person gives half.  Others say 80/20 as long as you give 80% then you’re doing your best.  I sat there thinking, no, it has to be 100/100…EACH person has to give 100%.  And his answer?

100/0.  You have to be willing to give 100% of yourself even if your partner is only giving 0%…that is personal responsibility.

Do you want to be right?  Or do you want to be happy?

Do you want to make moments of magic happen?

100% to 0% – That is the only way you can truly say you’ve given everything and done everything you can to make it work.  It’s not what you know, it’s what you do.  Stop looking for the quick fix.  It is the small, seemingly insignificant moment-by-moment choices.

Watch this clip for some Famous failures: 

So get out there…. and rack up some failures…chase it with reckless abandon!!

Testimonial – Nightmares

Nightmares are common in childhood, equally occurring in both boys and girls until early puberty, during which time they become more frequent in girls.  As many as 50% of young children may experience nightmares.  Occasional bad dreams are not usually worrisome, but recurrent nightmares that rob you or your child of sleep or cause you fear or anxiety during your waking hours may require more focused attention.

Some common traits of nightmares are:

  • the dream awakens you
  • you are frightened, anxious, sad or disgusted because of the dream
  • you can clearly recall vivid details of the dream
  • the dream keeps you from going back to sleep

Ways to avoid having nightmares may consist of:

  • reducing or eliminating stress
  • no frightening books or movies before bedtime
  • no snacks right before bedtime

Other things that may cause nightmares:

  • illness
  • trauma, PTSD
  • medications, especially antidepressants, narcotics, barbituates and beta blockers

Some coping methods could include:

  • talking about the dream
  • putting stress in its place, use some deep breathing
  • use a night light
  • keep the door open/or closed whichever one gives you or your child comfort

Most physicians would not treat nightmares with any medication and when you find your child is suffering frequent nightmares that interrupt both of your sleep, it can be more than bothersome.  Following is a testimonial from a mother showing how she dealt with nightmares in her home using Young Living Essential Oils.

Nightmares.Heather Brock

“… And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”  Revelation 22:2

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nightmares/DS01010

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/nightmares

http://www.medicinenet.com/nightmares/article.htm