Elderberry syrup with essential oils

It’s time to get your elderberries for flu season, folks! The prices have gone UP by nearly 100% in the last month, so get them now before they’re all SOLD OUT like they were last year. You REALLY want organic berries because you are making a concentrate, and a private seller is more likely to be truly organic (no herbicides, pesticides). You don’t want concentrated herbicides and pesticides in your syrup! Defeats the point.

Currently, this is the best deal of all Amazon sellers and the brand I have bought for the season. I use the Honey internet browser extension to see price changes. It’s only gone UP, so I would get it before it goes up again or is sold out. ($40/lb is expensive but still much more affordable than purchasing bottled syrup!)

This is my favorite recipe:

Combine 2/3 cup elderberries and 3.5 cups water in your Instant Pot. Set the manual time to 5 minutes. NPR 10 mins, release pressure, remove lid, and put on Saute for about 20 mins or until liquid is reduced by about half. Let cool to lukewarm. Strain the liquid into your storage jar and discard the elderberries. Add 1 c. raw honey, 5 drops Young Living Thieves essential oil, and 10 drops Young Living orange essential oil. Both of these can be found in our “vitality” line and are FDA-approved for internal use. Get your essential oils here.

Stir to combine and store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to a month, OR water bath or pressure can your syrup in jelly jars so that you can store and share.

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Newby shopping list

So you just got your oils, and you need #AllTheThings to use them, like:

  • roller bottles
  • fractionated coconut oil
  • spray bottles for Thieves Household Cleaner
  • etc etc etc

I’ve got you covered! Behold, your master shopping list of EO accessories!

First of all, use Amazon Prime. Obvs. I’ve been a member since 2006. That’s 12 years of paying $119/yr for free shipping on everything I buy cuz it’s worth it. No pants required to click ‘Buy Now’ and have it ship to your door free in 2 days.

(And if you’re doing Amazon Prime, make sure you’re also taking advantage of Essential Rewards and using YL GO or GO+ to get free shipping from YL, too.)

First of all, you need a quality carrier oil because essentials can be spicy on the skin. You absolutely must have some quality carrier on hand if you are using oils at all. You can use grapeseed or olive oil from the store, as well as avocado or sesame oil right from the cooking section. Please do not use canola oil or a generic “vegetable” oil, which is processed and NOT at all healthy. I love the Young Living V-6, but if you have a wheat or tree nut allergy you can’t use it. So be sure to grab some quality Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO).

Some fun accessories to help you maximize your oils:

1. Roller bottles allow you to dilute and keep handy for easy application. Perfect for kids! Digize + Pep for tummy support when you go out to eat, Thieves for immune support, Raven for lung support, Lavender to CALM yourself on the fly. I like these because they are glass rollers, color coded, and the clear bottle allows you to either add a label or display dried flowers or crystals inside these cuties. These labels are really cute and a good way to remember what’s what. I prefer vinyl labels to any others I have tried.

2. A glass spray bottle (or two) for your cleaner! In your starter kit, you get a sachet of Thieves household cleaner! There are 4 tablespoons in the sample, allowing you to make 1 bottle of all purpose cleaner (replacing all your glass cleaner, counter tops, wood cleaner, and all the surfaces), 1 bottle of HEAVY DUTY cleaner for your bathrooms and stubborn kitchen areas and then a LAUNDRY STAIN STICK for removing suborn stains from your clothes and kids clothes! (Just use one of the roller bottles linked above for the stain stick).

3. Epsom Salts! Baking soda and magnesium baths are detoxing and relaxing, a perfect way to end the day! Adding oils allows for them to seep in and do their magic! I love lavender, Panaway, copaiba…all the things. Baking soda is a SUUUPER awesome way to clean your house! Carpets, bathrooms, kitchen sink…ESPECIALLY with Citrus fresh! Deodorizing and clean.

4. The Fearless book ($5, usually a gift from me with your welcome packet) and the Life Science Publishing Pocket Reference App (Pocket on the Go). You will have to purchase the app on the publisher’s website, then follow the instructions in the email they send you to download the app properly. It’s a GOLD MINE of info!

5. If you want to be fancy or you are a little type-A about labeling and marking things consistently, you can get this label maker. I got the Silhouette Cameo 3 because I’m extra like that.

That’s just a starter list. You could also get castile soap and some foaming pump bottles to add your own EOs to, for really cheap easy naturally scented hand soap at every sink!

If you buy oils through me, I send you a little starter bundle of some cute things like this including Fearless and the app. 🙂

Don’t forget, you never want to put essential oils like lemon into a plastic vessel. Use glass, ceramic or stainless steel. I love my Yeti. 🙂

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Formula 303

My friend Laura turned me on to this supplement called Formula 303. It’s sooooo good.
  • All-natural muscle relaxant. Completely safe and completely effective
  • Effective for those with difficulty sleeping, snoring, restlessness
  • Natural tension and stress relief, relaxation

It’s magnesium and valerian and another herb. Pills are stinky but taste fine and you don’t burp anything up even on an empty stomach. I’ve been using them for period cramps, aches and pains, and stress! 🌿 

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Toxin-Free Living With Thieves

Toxins in our homes can contribute to serious mood issues, considering that a lot of chemicals are neurotoxins and nervous system toxicity overload can contribute to memory loss, nerve disorders, infertility, mood swings and more. Infants, children and pets are especially sensitive.

Young Living offers an entire household product line derived from Thieves essential oil, which you can learn more about here. They’re pet safe, kid safe, and aren’t harsh on your lungs, brain, skin, etc.

By far the BEST deal for Thieves home products is a Thieves Essential Rewards kit! It contains:

  • Thieves essential oil blend, 15 ml
  • Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste, 4 oz.
  • Thieves Household Cleaner, 14.4 oz., 2 bottles
  • Thieves Mouthwash, 8 oz.
  • Thieves Foaming Hand Soap, 8 oz., 2 bottles
  • Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, 1 oz., 2 bottles
  • Thieves Spray, 1 oz., 2 bottles

I priced these out, and if you purchased them on Quick Order or even on Essential Rewards, NOT bundled, it would cost you $156.50. With the Rewards kit, it’s $118.50! That’s a $38 or 24.28% savings over purchasing them wholesale separately.

And since it’s a Rewards kit, you will get a minimum of 10% ($11.85) back if you are just starting Rewards; 20% back ($23.70) if you have been on Rewards 4-24 months; or 25% ($29.63) back if you have been on Rewards more than 2 years!

That is some impressive savings. $138 with $29.63 back is $108.37! Retail, this would have cost you $207.89. That means the Thieves Essential Rewards kit is almost half price, folks.

In addition, if you sign up for YL GO or GO+, you will have free shipping for the year. It’s the “Amazon Prime” of Young Living. Learn more here (or click the image below).




Fall diffuser recipes that aren’t toxic!

I was recently talking to a neighbor whose husband is an engineer here in Tucson, and he tests water and air quality for a living. She mentioned how much he hates scented candles because he knows how toxic they are!

If you love the smell of fall in your home (even when it’s 100* out, like it is here!) but don’t want a side of carcinogens, try getting a diffuser and diffusing essential oils.

Remember, not all essential oils are created equally! Young Living is the world leader in essential oils … with good reason!

  1. Young Living is is the only essential oil company that owns their own farms or partners with farms that are willing to live up to their standards for growing, harvesting and distilling.
  2. Essential oils sold in most health food stores are aroma-grade or fragrance-grade oils and while they do smell good, they don’t offer the same therapeutic and medicinal benefits. These oils may have an essential oil base, but may contain additives, fillers, and synthetics to increase volume or fragrance. Pure essential oils contain all desired therapeutic compounds – nothing more, nothing less.
  3. Most essential oils have expiration dates, Young Living oils do not. 100% pure essential oils (excluding citrus) will last indefinitely if properly stored away from heat and sunlight.
  4. Young Living has been producing the finest quality oils for over 20 years and with over 180 different oils they have the greatest selection of singles & blends of any essential oil company. But, if an oil doesn’t pass Young Living’s strict quality standards, they won’t offer it for sale so sometimes not all of these oils are available until they can produce more. Click here for the 2018 Young Living Product Guide.
  5. Young Living uses the finest production practices in the industry. They distill oils once at low temperatures and pressures, using chemical-free water and medical-grade stainless steel distillers.
  6. Young Living is the only essential oil company in the world with a Seed to Seal process since they control every single aspect of production.
  7. Anyone can visit the Young Living farms around the globe and participate in the harvest & distillation process. We highly recommend this experience! No other essential oil company owns their own farms and can offer this opportunity.
  8. Young Living oils ­meet all industry AFNOR and ISO standards and are subjected to isotopic ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) analysis which determines whether a particular essential oil is naturally sourced or synthetic (created in a lab).
  9. There are no minimum sales or purchase requirements for Young Living members. Ever. The only thing you have to do to keep your membership active is to place $50 in orders per year.
  10. When you join Young Living with me as your referrer, you get access to me and my private team group of 500+ users. I am quadruple-certified in four aromatherapy modalities, and offer plenty of free knowledge and training to my entire team! I’d love to have you!

Mona Farm (r)ice cream

This month, Lavender vitality oil ($12 value) is FREE with your 100PV Essential Rewards order, so I wanted to give you a great idea for how to USE IT.

Vitality oils, in case you wondered, are the SAME EXACT oil with a different label. They are labeled to be compliant with FDA approved-use claims. They do not allow us to label the same oil for internal use and “cosmetic” (topical) use. Additionally, Young Living is one of the ONLY companies that exists that has oils pure enough for internal use. So being able to compliantly label them as a dietary supplement is something that definitely sets Young Living apart as the world leader in essential oils (just ask Siri, “Who’s the world leader in essential oils?”).

Really quickly, before I get to the recipe … some of you wonder why RICE cream? Many people choose to be dairy-free for many health reasons, similar to the way many people choose wheat-free or grain-free diets. If you’re interested in gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo recipes, there’s this great cookbook Against All Grain by Danielle Walker.

So without further ado …

Here is the original “Rice Cream” recipe that Gary created and was served at the Young Living farm in Mona, Utah, for many years.

You can add any of our Vitality oils that you like. I love to make this with Grapefruit Vitality oil and use about 15 drops of it. You can add a drop or two of Peppermint Vitality oil and add chocolate or carob chips. The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy and be amazed at the deliciousness of it all!

Comment below when you have tried this and tell us what flavor you made and how you liked it!

For more great recipes using Young Living’s line of dietary essential oils, visit https://www.youngliving.com/blog/tag/vitality-essential-oils/


In my Living Fit Club, we journal or review our “Design Your Life” journals daily.

Today’s subject was Courage.

Write your viewpoint on courage and fear and how they relate to each other. Then write how they relate to you.

-How would your most courageous self look?
-How would you feel?
-What would you do differently?
-If you knew you had nothing to lose, what would you be doing that you haven’t done?

Here’s what I wrote:

Fear is a feeling.

Courage is having the ability to press through fear and feelings to do, say or accomplish whatever is necessary. 

My most courageous self knows HOW, WHEN or WHY I need to act or speak.

She follows through.

She sets her mind like flint and presses into difficulty, seeking guidance and wisdom.

She acts and feels confident in spite of circumstance, and answers fear “feelings” with faith STATEMENTS!

She does whatever she feels called to do, designing her life the way she envisions it. 

She accepts unpleasant tasks she has to do and strikes a balance between acknowledging that it’s not her ideal/choice and REALITY, choosing joy instead of discouragement.

If I had nothing to lose, I would ask/tell everyone about my business and dive in without giving fear any credibility.

Essential oils that enhance this exercise:

Stress Away, Copaiba, Sacred Mountain, Gathering, Believe, Idaho Balsam Fir, Valor, Valor II (I used Lavender and Northern Lights Black Spruce)

Better than Wine

Here’s my recipe for a roll-on called “Better than Wine” (highly relaxing, makes you feel giddy and unwound)

10 drops each

The key is topping with Young Living Relaxation Massage oil as a carrier 😌 #betterthanwine

Here’s how you can get oils for your own roll-ons like this!

Make your own labels for adorable roller bottles with the Silhouette Cameo 3, which is what I use.

Diet, exercise and mood

Took a little break to get my health back on track.

I’ve cut gluten, sugar, dairy, processed foods, coffee (all caffeine except Slique tea and Ningxia Nitro, actually), and alcohol from my diet in the last week, and I feel amazing. I can breathe better, my inflammation and congestion are greatly decreased, and my essential oils work better in my body. I also ran twice and did yoga once. It wasn’t all my exercise hopes and dreams for the week, but I’ll take it.

I have also been tracking NSVs (NON scale victories) including:

  • perfect digestion after years of nausea and dumping syndrome that doctors call “IBS”
  • hooked my bra on the smallest strap
  • saddlebags gone and fat pockets on legs greatly reduced (I gain weight in weird places)
  • better sleep than I’ve ever had in my life
  • freedom from food obsession (what should I eat next, how many calories is this, etc)

Do you guys notice better mood and sleep when you are eating well and exercising? It’s not a new discovery, but it’s interesting for me to note that *I* myself am making these discoveries for the first time in my own life.

It was just time for me. I don’t know how else to describe why I took the plunge. I don’t know what habits I’ll carry over after my 10-day reset is over, but I think gluten and dairy are going to be on the chopping block pretty intensely.

I’d love to hear what lifestyle changes you have made that compliment your essential oil use and how they’ve affected your brain!

Deciphering and releasing your emotions

For most of my life, I have felt completely out of control of my emotions.

Having an abusive father growing up was devastating to my family. As the second oldest of five, I was old enough to understand what was going on at home as I watched things escalate with my parents and siblings.

Three of the five of us kids had suicidal attempts or gestures. One was in foster care for three years. To say that our home was chaotic was an understatement.

My dad used to stand in the doorway of my bedroom and berate me for HOURS. I still have dreams about this scenario.

One day, a few months into my marriage, I woke John up in the middle of the night punching him in the face. He tried to stop me, and before I was completely coherent, I said, “I was winning.”

The person I was fighting in my dream was my dad.

Yeah, it’s messed up. So are my emotions, many days. Sometimes I don’t know what or who I am really fighting and it takes time to sort out something simple and realize it’s not the issue at hand, but rather something deeper that is surfacing as a result of the issue at hand.

All this feeling and sorting out can be exhausting, and what I never understood for years was that many physical symptoms of mine were related to my emotional pain.

It wasn’t until I met Tonya Kerrin at the Young Living Silver Retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October that I really “got” the mind-body-spirit connection. As a C.A.R.E. certified and licensed practicer of the Raindrop Technique and emotional release, she helped me connect what was happening in my body to what was happening in my mind so that I could release some of those things and move past the darkness of my first 32 years of life.

Two books greatly aided this process:

Heal Your Body by Louise Hay

Heal Your Body by Louise Hay: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them

This book connects what is going on in your body with what is going on in your brain. The insight it provided me was phenomenal. Although not faith-based, many of the things taught here can be correlated with Scripture. I believe all truth is God’s truth, and although some may not recognize Him as the author and creator of life, I believe if what they share holds up to what the Bible says we can rejoice in the fact that God can speak through them!

Releasing Emotional Patterns With Essential Oils by Dr. Carolyn Mein

Releasing Emotional Patterns With Essential Oils by Dr. Carolyn Mein

This is the book that connects essential oils to the issues you just identified that correlate your physical health and your emotional health. It gives graphs and charts that show you where to apply oils on the body (and it’s not as intuitive as you might think!), as well as which oils correspond with which emotions and the “way out,” aka a mantra or phrase to verbally speak that helps your body release those feelings.

Together with Release™ oil, these two books can help anyone identify the source of their physical concerns and then correlate an oil and a mantra with an alarm point and release those negative emotions. Ideally, this would be done with someone certified to walk you through the process; but, if there isn’t one near you, you can easily grab these two books (Amazon linked) and do a lot of introspective self help.

This process helped me a lot, and I hope it helps you on your journey toward mind-body-spirit wellness! To get Release™ or any other essential oils for your own journey, click here.