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Haunted House

I am a new mom. My sweet, decisive, adorable, fickle, precious little boy was born in August and I still often feel that I am taking this mom thing day by day.

Sleeping Finn (2mo)

sweet baby Finn

Praise Jesus I have the opportunity to stay home with Finn. When my husband and I started talking about having children, we discussed child care. Staying home with our children was something I considered, but I never thought it that I would be able to actually do it. If I did, I assumed it would only be until their preschool age. Basically, when we could all be out of the house for most of the day. I’m a teacher by trade, so I was looking forward to at least having several weeks every summer with my babes. Nate enjoyed his own mother being home with him and his siblings. He believes that her being at home enriched his life, teaching and training him, molding him into the man he is today. Once I agreed, it was as if a new dream had been revealed to me. I started to muse of what it would be like to be a homemaker, making it my chief goal to let this be a true full-time job and having a house and children that reflect that. To be intentional in my duties, gracious in method, and leaning on the Lord for guidance in this new role.

So here I am. It’s nap time. I had a (second) cup of coffee, washed dishes, made the bed, started laundry, and took a shower (yay!). Halloween is tomorrow and let me just say that this house is haunted. This house makes my stomach drop, my heart skip a beat, and my breath quicken. Everything sounds like a baby’s cry. The plane flying above, the water dripping into my coffee cup in the sink, the needy cat outside, my fancy-fun shower head massaging my shoulders. Everything.

Oh that really is my baby crying…until next time!

Blessings,

Kate

who I am

Last time I talked about my struggle with finding out who I am. I thought church and being a “good girl” was the answer, but it turns out that I’m a sinner and so are other church members. I thought I was a teacher, destined to teach every working day of my life and touching thousands of lives, but it turns out that most fall seasons I have not had my own classroom. I thought I was going to be a young wife to my high school/college sweetheart and have decades of marital bliss before us, but I had years of singleness filled with bitterness and rebellion towards God (it’s okay, I can say that. Jesus and I have talked about it before, I’ve repented, He’s forgiven, and I’m living a more grace-filled life now).

All those things were my plans, my expectations, my thoughts. Those ideas, intentions, and actions didn’t always line up with God’s Word but they should have, for His Word is our authority for life (Hebrews 4:12; II Timothy 3:16-17; Proverbs 30:5). Furthermore, my thoughts are not God’s thoughts (Isaiah 55:8), what He has planned for me and what He considers important is far above what I can hope or imagine (Jeremiah 29:11).

Once I realized that my identity in Christ is to live to bring Him glory, expand His kingdom, and to serve others, my life changed. It doesn’t matter who is in a church building with me on Sunday (or what they have done) as long as the Holy Spirit is there and I have the opportunity to serve others. It doesn’t matter what my job is, because my life’s work is for His kingdom, not some school district. It doesn’t matter if I’m single and free to focus on the Lord (I Corinthians 7:32), or if I’m married and working through my role as a godly wife (Ephesians 5:33). I live, work, enjoy the earth, laugh, cry, teach, learn, give, and receive all for His glory.

We have found a great church family in Nashville. Of course there are things I wish the church would add, but they are a bible-believing, God-fearing, Kingdom seeking church. I can’t ask for much more. This fall was one of those falls where I didn’t land a job as a teacher. I’ve worked a few jobs during the summer and fall, but my husband and I decided that I would stay home for a season (not sure how long that season is), but I will share why we made that decision later. Lastly, after years of singleness, I met and married my answer to prayer last year. God has blessed our marriage in so many ways that we don’t deserve. His grace has been more than sufficient with my marriage (more on that later, too!).

What has God revealed to you about your identity in Him?

Peace,

Kate

who am I?

If you’re like me and a theatre nerd, in response to the title you just said “Jean Valjean!” Some of you may also hear the Casting Crowns song ringing in your heads. Seriously, though, this is something I’ve wrestled with for a while–professionally, personally, emotionally, relationally.

I want to give you some background about me. (This is by no means an exhaustive list of what life has been like or even the most important highs and lows. However, these points were important in shaping my internal conversation about who I am.)

Growing up in church and in Christian education, God and Christianity has always been a large part of my life. My journey with The Lord has had times of intimacy and distance, but He has always been a driving force for me. I spent a lot of time in middle school and high school at church, nearly idolizing my youth leaders, only to be disappointed by adultery, lies, misunderstandings, and disappointments. I questioned things like marriage, commitment, relativism, denominations, dogma, and apologetics.

My senior year of high school I started dating a boy who would eventually propose to me in Italy. He was not a mature Christian, and we both rarely attended church through college and we made many mistakes together during those four years. Five days before our wedding he said he couldn’t marry me. I questioned myself, taking on the guilt and sadness with the idea (ahem…lie) that I am unloveable. I resolved that I had so many character flaws and that if the boy who knew me best didn’t love me, then who would?

I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. In third grade, we had a long term sub who moved the teachers desk from the back of the classroom to the front. I remember thinking that was such a fantastic idea and that I would have to remember that when I got my own classroom one day. I loved all my classes and observations in college and kids have always been my favorite people group. But after I graduated I didn’t get a job teaching. Or the next year. Or the next year. Sure I moved a few times, I subbed, I was an assistant. I found favor at the schools where I worked and I learned so much. But I spent 3 years after college working in related positions to teaching in addition to waiting tables. Again I thought, “What’s wrong with me? Why am I not teaching right now?”

All of these areas of my life have mended by the grace of God. (I’ll share more later about the process, progress, and current status of these things).

So, who am I?
Throughout these seasons I was stuck on the idea of being a perfect church-going girl, a prized pet of the youth ministry, a leader who disciples those younger than her. I wanted to be a wife, married in my early twenties to my high school sweetheart. I would have been safe and secure from heart ache and uncertainty, or so I thought. My identity, work, and career can all be found in teaching. A noble and selfless profession, abandoning all others, to shape the future of our youth and build into the lives or precious little ones. This is my committed work until I retire, touching countless lives between now and then.

That sounds pretty good, right? All good intentions. That is who I thought I was. A good Christian, a devoted wife/a broken ex-fiancée, and a teacher.

But when I examined my life and looked in the mirror, I didn’t like what I saw. I wasn’t a very good Christian; I lived several years in partial (and sometimes total) rebellion against the Lord. I was still single; longing to be married, but no one worthy ever giving me a second glance. I didn’t have a teaching job; all my friends were about to reach tenure, while I was an assistant teacher and waiting tables.

This is what I know: The Lord wants us to find our identity in Him. Who I am isn’t comprised of how I earn money, who is next to me at night, or where I attend church. I am a child of the One True King. Woven throughout scripture we find verse after verse talking about Christ living within us (Galations 2:20; Galations 3:26-28; Colossians 3:3) through His Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), about how we are now children of the Most High (Romans 8:27). We are dead to ourselves and have new life in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are a part of a body of believers with our own talents and gifts in which to contribute (1 Corinthians 12:27). We are made in His image (Ephesians 4:24), called for a purpose ( John 15:16; Philippians 1:6). Of course I can have a job, a church community, and relationships and still be within the Lords will, but that isn’t who I am.

who are you?

In Him,
Kate

I’m so sorry I’ve been away so long, but I’m back now (yay!).

I have a really fantastic reason why I was gone and both have to do with employing my time and effort.

Since beginning my essential oil journey, I’ve wanted to share this journey to as many people as I can! Not for the business side of things necessarily, but so that those I know can be healthier and wiser than they are now. I then decided to enroll and complete a “Business Builder’s Bootcamp” with my upline, again, so that I could become more effective with how I’m sharing and relating with others about the oils. I put in a daily, five week commitment; I had assignments, watched videos, worked with others collaboratively, listened to lectures and sermons, wrote goals, and made calculations. I haven’t worked that hard on something with that amount of consistency since college. And you know what? I loved it! And you wanna know what else? I was good at it! I performed well on the assignments and learned so much in the process! It was such a great experience. That being said, the Bootcamp is over (I’m a little bummed), and now I have much more time freed up for things like blogging!

Except for that other reason I’ve been away…

I accepted a job offer! I have struggled with finding work since we moved to this lovely state of Tennessee, but I finally have employment! I’ve been at home for three months, so this feels like a big adjustment, but I know that it’s merely me getting back in the swing of things. I am now a Nanny for two adorable children under the age of four and I’m really enjoying this growth opportunity. I know that this will only be for a season because of some family goals that Nate and I have, but this is still a great place for me to learn and teach.

I’ve really struggled with my identity as a woman and professional in the past year or so and I will write about that tomorrow. For now, have a great Monday and we’ll talk soon!!

Blessings,

Kate

a brave momma

I have to admit that writing the title of my blog today was…different. Different like exciting and new and unexpected, but different. You see, I’m writing  today about one of my best friends, a mentor, a sister in Christ. I’ve known her at least a decade, we’ve been roommates, we’ve worked together, we’ve grown up together. Her name is Adrienne (Ace) and now she is going to be a mom. Weird.

I say it’s weird in a we’re-too-young-for-this-right? kind of way. But we are more than the age, maturity, place in our lives to nurture other humans. The thought of being a mother scares me and excites me. I’m not a mother, yet. I have just a few close friends that have started the journey of expanding their family. Ace is extra brave and extra special because she is doing this alone.

Before you start sewing a scarlet letter to a coat, let me explain something about Adrienne.  She is one of the most Christ-like, God-fearing, prayer warriors that I have ever encountered. She has a heart for ministry and especially for unreached people groups for sharing the gospel, in addition to serving those in need where she lives. She’s been on and lead dozens of mission trips overseas. Adrienne is an amazing friend, mentor, and backbone to countless people–a true gift in many people’s lives (including my life!). She partners with Compassion International often, but mostly with her wonderful and beautiful sponsor children. The Lord has impressed upon her heart to take her personal compassion a step further and adopt a specific boy from Africa, her son Micah.

She explains her story far better than me at her website, Ace Hubbard. Please join with me to pray for her journey. I hope you are inspired by her faith and encouraged by her bravery, I know I am. If you are and if you’re able to give, please give generously. She is of the body of believers and I’m proud to stand with her as she follows Christ. I am so proud of her and I can’t wait to meet Micah!

In Him,

Kate


Don’t forget to check her story and website out here. Ace’s website was constructed by BayMac Media, one of my very good friends who is a wonderful guy and a talented man with a great team of people for support!

 

SOAP method in Bible studies

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A couple of weeks ago, I said that I was starting a Bible study with the ladies over at Love God Greatly. For the next eight weeks, I will be studying the book of Esther. LGG created some great Bible studies that can even be found on You Version (app and website). For this particular study, every day we will read a passage from Esther, and then usually a connecting passage from the New Testament. LGG has also included a written devotional that connects to the passages and provides insights for your daily reading. I briefly talked about my excitement to start this over at this post, but today I’ll be talking about a particular method I’ll use daily to better understand scripture. Sure, I will take notes on the devotional, possibly dig deeper with the help of Google, but the SOAP method will be the best way for me to interact with scripture.

What is the SOAP Method? SOAP is an acronym standing for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. SOAP is a wonderful method to engage with Scripture, to work through the Word, and let the Word do work on you. I think this works best with smaller passages, a few verses, or even a single verse (like the kind that you need to memorize!)

  • Scripture You need to actually write the scripture down. Word for word, from whatever version of the Bible happens to be your favorite. Think about the words as your write them, write down the scripture’s address, and reread the verse when you finish this step.
  • Observation What do you notice about the scriptures? Is the speaker earnest in their delivery, using strong language, talking about the character of Jesus, or giving insight into the Kingdom of God? What’s going on here? What jumps out at you?
  • Application God speaks to His people in so many ways, but one way is through His Word. I love when I open my Bible and read exactly what I needed to read. How is this SOAP passage applicable to your life? What is the Holy Spirit trying to tell you? What is something that you cannot deny as a “next step” for you?
  • Prayer Be sincere, detailed, thorough, and personal in your prayers. I will let you know a little secret: there is no point in keeping things from God, both your wildest dreams and your deepest fears. He already knows them! Write a prayer expecting the Lord to do great things.  If you are a Christian, you need to approach the throne of grace with confidence and be confident in you being a child of the one true King.

SOAP is new to me, so I’m excited to see what the Lord will do as I dive deep into the Word. Have you used the SOAP method before? What has the Holy Spirit shown you while studying Scripture? Do you use other methods to help you hide the word in your heart?

Blessings,

Kate


 

Photo cred to No More Dirty Looks

using every day oils (part two)

Yesterday I shared with you about some really fantastic oils and some common uses for them. I’ll talk more about this in tomorrow’s post, but I bought these healing oils as part of the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. Yesterday I introduced Lavender, Purification, Joy, Frankincense, and Lemon oils. There are tons of reasons to love each of these and I have a personal success story with many of them. Today I will introduce the last half of bottles in the Premium Starter Kit. The rest of the bottles in the Kit are  Pan Away, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Valor, Peppermint, and Stress Away.

Pan Away I’ll be honest, I haven’t used much of this one, but I haven’t been in much pain since we got the oils. I can’t wait to go back to my hometown and use this on my Papaw’s arthritic hand! For the sake of full disclosure, it does kinda smell like bengay, but thankfully it works similar to it as well! Pan Away is a blend by Young Living made with wintergreen, clove, helichrysum, and peppermint oils. It is a hot oil and should be kept away from children’s chest. This great blend is extra effective in conjunction with Valor (see more information about Valor below).  If pain is really bad, use Valor first, then Pan Away, and Peppermint last. Pan Away is also great by itself for the following reasons:

  • headaches put this on your thumb and press your thumb to the roof of your mouth
  • growing pains and sciatica rubbed on pained area with carrier oil.
  • arthritis
  • sore muscles this would go perfect in a warm bath with epsom salts
  • increase circulation
  • bruising
  • inflammation

 

Peace & Calming Oh how we love this at our house! This oil made my husband a believer! My husband was supportive of my oily journey from the beginning, but the very first night we had our Starter Kit, we diffused lavender at bed time and put Peace and Calming on our feet. The very first thing that Nate said the following morning was, “That stuff really works. I mean I still woke up a few times during the night, but I dreamed! I never dream.” When Nate doesn’t use Peace & Calming, he always regrets it the following morning because he doesn’t sleep as deeply. Peace & Calming is also great at:

  • aiding sleep I put this on my feet because it is a great absorption site
  • ADHD & Autism there are so many oils that have been shown to help symptoms of autism, I could point you in several directions if you need help with this (email me!).
  • asthma and bronchitis rubbed on chest neat or with carrier
  • teeth grinding on feet vita flex points
  • depression/anxiety
  • overactive pets Peace & Calming smells great when diffused, calming when inhaled (win-win!).

 

Thieves Another one of Nate’s favs. He likes the smell and the name :). The legend of Thieves goes that during the time of the black plague, there were robbers (thieves!) who would go into the homes of those who had already died. To remind you, the black plague was pretty contagious–like they would just burn homes to contain the plague instead of properly 28DA5705-815C-4ABB-ABC0-C9E25EB30F1Adisposing and taking care of dead bodies. Anyway, these robbers would remain healthy. The reason is that these people knew of a specific blend of spices that would protect them from the plague. Young Living’s blend is based upon this legend. Thieves is great in your body, around your home, and even outside the home! I use Thieves for cleaning, for diffusing, and for keeping away pre-flu season yuckiness. This awesomeness of Thieves is not limited to, but includes the following:

  • antibacterial properties Thieves has been shown to kill 99.96% of bacteria
  • sickness prevention a few drops of thieves in hot tea, diffuse for inhalation, a drop under the tongue (hot oil!)
  • strep throat gargle with water
  • cold sores
  • cold and flu for diffusing, under tongue
  • kills airborne bacteria by diffusing
  • disinfectant on surfaces make your own cleaning products! (recipe to come)
  • supports mouth health helps fight gingivitis, swish like mouthwash!
  • insect repellant I just spray my thieves cleaner in nooks and crannies near windows and such
  • soothe a sore throat hot water, lemon, thieves, and honey

 

Valor  Valor is a blend from Young Living that is often called “an adjustment in a bottle.” I mentioned Valor earlier as working well in conjunction with Pan Away. Many have found success using Valor on their back before and after a chiropractic visit, and they find that the adjustment comes easier and stays longer. One of my mentors, Ladonna Beals, had a large hump in her back that didn’t let her sit up straight (among other complications). She attributes her ability to stand up straight with virtually no hump to her using Valor (and Pan Away).

  • snoring rub on the bottom of your big toe on your right foot–crazy, but true!
  • back pain apply neat to hurting area
  • emotional strength
  • bed wetting/nightmares diffuse or apply to feet at night (for children under 10, always dilute essential oils)
  • sciatica
  • sleep apnea
  • TMJ
  • thyroid balance apply directly

 

Peppermint-Leaves-231x300Peppermint This is another favorite oil at our house! My husband and I get up early a few mornings every week to go work out. Nate applies a drop of peppermint under the tongue and I swear it wakes us up! I mean, our bodies are still tired, but we aren’t sleepy anymore! The first morning Nate put peppermint under his tongue, I had been up late the night before, didn’t get up early with him to go to the gym, and had full intentions of napping a little longer once he left for work. I gave him a goodbye kiss at the door and that was all it took! I couldn’t go back to sleep! Amazing. If you haven’t tuned in to the blog for this entire  series this week, you may have missed a couple of fun facts about peppermint essential oil.  For example, in tests in Japan, when peppermint and lemon oil were diffused in an office and testing environments, those observed made fewer errors (clerical) in their work. Also, one drop of YL peppermint oil has the potency of 24 cups of peppermint tea. So cool. I have also had a lot of success using peppermint oil when I have a headache, to keep it from becoming a migraine.

Don’t forget that peppermint is a hot oil…that means that it may be more comfortable for you if it is diluted with a carrier oil on your skin. With all oils and children, they need to be applied to their sweet, sensitive skin with a carrier. Also, be very careful with children’s trunk and chest areas with hot oils. This can negative effect their respiratory system and breathing. Here’s some reasons why peppermint is awesome; it can help you with:

  • headaches
  • allergies
  • nasua, motion sickness, morning sickness, and stomach bugs applied directly to belly or inhale it!
  • indigestion, gas, and acid reflux my mentor Ladonna, who I mentioned earlier, used to have severe acid reflux. She applies peppermint oil to her stomach from sternum to belly button and she puts the oil in hot water in the evening to create a tea. She lives free of reflux and Tums now!
  • concentration
  • eczema and psoriasis
  • pain relief
  • fevers

 

Stress Away Holy Canoli, I LOVE Stress Away! Before I received my Starter Kit, I heard many people talking about how great Joy smelled and how many people use Joy as a perfume. I highly recommend Stress Away as a perfume! I love it!! It has vanilla and lime notes in it that are delicious. I just keep the bottle in my purse at all times. When I apply this, Nate always asks, “Are you stressed?” and I almost always say, “Nope, I just love the smell.” He says that he always asks just for that one time that I am stressed ;). Stress Away is actually a “bonus oil” with the Premium Starter Kit. If you choose to join YL, know that we are more special than those of Starter Kits past…we get a bonus oil! haha.

  • stress relief for humans and animals
  • PMS headache relief
  • ADHD
  • many stories with Stress Away success are connected to emotional issues: constipation from stress, interview anxiety relief, tantrums from children in new situations, etc.

 

Are you intrigued? Do you deal with any of the stresses or ailments that I’ve mentioned the last couple of days?  Do you wish for a natural alternative to help you get healthier? Come back and see me tomorrow for more information.

Blessings,

Kate

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Disclaimer: All opinions made above are my own and not necessarily reflective of Young Living or others associated with Young Living. I am an Independent Distributer. These statements and sources have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The above is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please seek guidance from your doctor before incorporating anything new into your lifestyle.

Photo Cred: Mama Marcie and Scent & Scentabilities

why I chose Young Living

I’ve used health food store’s essential oils for years. I’ve enjoyed putting them in cleaning products, health care products, and even medicinally with headaches. I’ve never had any issues with the use of these oils and I’ve never thought of the dangers or the quality of these oils.

But here’s something that shocked me: according to the FDA, only 5-10% of an oil is required in a bottle for the bottle to read 100% essential oil. So take that “100% essential peppermint oil” at the health food store. Only 5-10% of the bottle is required to be peppermint oil and the rest of the bottle may be carrier oils or synthetic oils. Who knows? I don’t know. This is when I started looking towards higher quality oils and I stumbled upon Young Living and the Baby Steps team on social media (Pinterest, maybe?).

I’m SO glad that I ran across YL and the Baby Steps team! Then when my starter kit came, I was SO happy to use the oils. I’m still happy to use the oils!! So here’s why I chose Young Living:

Young Living has twenty plus years of experience. Gary Young began working with essential oils in his garage in the ’80s. Now Young Living has farms around the word and millions of users (and believers!). Young Living is a leader and pioneer in essential oils research and distillation processes.

Young Living oil is organic, tested, and held to a high standard. Young Living controls their oil’s quality from the seed that goes into the ground on their own farms around the world, all the way to the bottle that they ship directly to you. You can actually visit the farms and participate in the harvest and distillation process. Sometimes YL runs out of oils to sell because they refuse to lower their quality in their farms, distillation, and other processes. They also don’t want to simply bottle someone else’s plant or rebottle someone else’s oil. Each batch of oil is tested for quality.

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Young Living also has a Seed to Seal Process. You can read more about the process here, but know that Young Living has high standards starting with their seeds, to how they cultivate their plants on their farms, their distillation process, how they test their batches and products , all the way to their seal.

Young Living is very pure and has a lot of variety. Young Living oils don’t have an expiration date. How cool is that?! Young Living oils are also safe for ingestion. For years while using other brands I would read about how they were not safe for ingestion and how some of them even required to user to wear gloves. What? Now there are some oils that are “hot,” which just meals that they may make your skin feel tingly and even burn, but not harm you–think peppermint oil. Many people suggest a “carrier oil” which is any kind of fatty oil like coconut or olive oil to help spread and dilute an oil for ease of application and to reduce the “heat.” Young Living also has over 120 single oils and blends to choose from for your overall health. And sooooo many of the oils have multiple uses!

You know how I mentioned earlier that a store-bought bottle only needs 10% of said 512dc08687d04e3cc299c910f990b3f4essential oil in their bottle? Young Living’s every drop is high quality, potent oil. One drop of YL peppermint oil has the potency of 24 cups of peppermint tea. That’s awesome! It takes 75 lemons to make one 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil. Twenty-seven square feet of lavender plants are require for a 15ml bottle of lavender essential oil. Lastly, it takes one pound of raw peppermint material to make a 15ml bottle of peppermint essential oil. Let that sink in before complaining of their prices and before considering other company’s quality. These were big factors for me, personally.

Reasons We Choose

 

Disclosure: The above is from my Baby Steps Team. I also drew information from here, here, here, and here.  These products and information are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease or injury.

I’ll continue our discussion tomorrow! Does any of the above sound awesome to you?

Blessings,

Kate

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why essential oils?

Last week, I came out and told the (virtual) world that I am using and distributing essential oils. You may be asking yourself: but why oils? Why Young Living? Why would I use oils instead of tylenol, bengay, benedryl, or pepto? Why should I invest in something that’s not mainstream and well known like OTC medications? I don’t know anything about these things, why should I take the time to learn? Can’t I just read the label? I’ll answer some of these questions and more this week.

 1885585Essential Oils have history. Ancient Egyptians were one of the first recorded cultures to use essential oils. They used them for enhancing their appearance, to prepare their food, and to restore and support their health. They also used essential oils for mummifying and embalming methods. This is not something that I plan on adopting for our family. Essential oils even show up in the Bible (my all-time fav book); 70% of the books of the Bible mention essential oils. Frankincense alone is mentioned 22 times in the Bible and it was valued more than gold at the time. There are waves of essential oil use throughout history and the world–from those BC Egyptians, through the middle ages, to now with cultures through China and India, Romans, the French, to this Kentucky girl.

One of my favorite history lessons about essential oils (besides the Thieves Oil legend that I’ll share later this week), is the story of a French chemist in 1937. Rene Maurice Gattefosse was also a perfumer who was interested in the scents of plants but not necessarily the healing benefits of them. While in his lab, he burned himself pretty severely and thrust his hands and arms into the closest vat of liquid. That vat was pure, undiluted lavender oil. The lavender oil not only helped his burning sensation, but also healed his hand without infection or scar. As a chemist, he also found that essential oils can be absorbed by the body and interact with our body’s chemistry. Essential oils continue to be used today in aromatherapy, health, beauty, cleaning, and with other uses.

Contrary to popular belief, essential oils have been researched, tested, and documented to have many benefits. A variety of essential oils have properties that are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive, antioxidant, anti-fungal, to support immune health, mental clarity, digestive support, and emotional stability (just to name a few ;)). Young Living has their own research lab staying abreast to the latest on essential oils. Some of you may find that as “cheating,” as if they have their own press secretaries. Just so you know, pharmaceutical companies do the same thing, and then they give crazy money to politicians and lobbyists to get things done in Washington for themselves. But that’s for another time…anyway!

If you’d like more proof about the affectivity of essential oils,  I’ve found the following resources to be helpful: University of Minnesota’s  article in “Taking Charge of Your Health and Wellbeing”,  Questions and Answers about Aromatherapy from the National Cancer Institute, this recommendation from the Mayo Clinic, this study reported on Science Daily’s website, and this from the University of Maryland. Also, this website has some stellar links. The above has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Essential oils are not meant to cure, treat, diagnose, or heal any disease or condition. Please consult your doctor when incorporating oils into your healthy regimens. However, essential oils are used nationwide in hospitals as supplemental and alternative treatment.

One of my favorite ways to learn about the benefits of essential oils are from the users. The testimonies of those who use the oils have been the biggest encouragement to me on my oily journey. I’m a part of a wonderful team of users who share with this public Facebook group about the effects of the oils on their family. I have learned so much from their stories and advice.

Essential oils are the essence of the plants that God gave usIf you were to scratch at a peppermint leaf and tear it, do you know what would happen? The leaf would start producing a liquid (essential oil) to help heal and restore that part which was broken. Essential oils are the plant’s immune response to being roughed up. Isn’t it cool that God gave even the petal of a flower a innate mechanism in which to heal? So cool. My husband and I have been trying to keep whole & natural foods in our house as much as possible–meaning that what is in our pantry, fridge, and freezer is pretty much just what the Lord gave us. It just makes sense that I would pursue healthful supplements and medicine that is the same–straight from The Man himself. This is one reason why I love Young Living oils because they are unadulterated with synthetic oils and substances. But I’ll talk about that more later this week.

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Essential oils are a natural answer to our health needs. Read the back of any OTC drug and you will see a myriad of side effects. Now most of us haven’t (and probably will never) have a bleeding stomach lining from taking aspirin too much, but they need to tell you about it on the bottle. Not because you definitely will, but because someone did. I know someone did, not just because the FDA makes them write that on the side of the bottle, but because my friend, Noah, had a brother who died from eating aspirin like candy. Because of him we now have a label that tells us the side effects and they have specific instructions like, “take with food.” Noah would tell me to tell you, “Eat a few crackers, anything, when you take medication. Just in case.” To put Noah’s worrisome mind more at ease, we could all start using peppermint for headaches with zero side effects.

Here’s something crazy-awesome about Young Living essential oils: they pass through the blood-brain barrier. Stay with me…”the blood brain barrier is a wall of high density cells that restrict passages of substances from the bloodstream into the brain. This protects our brain from foreign substances. Since essential oils are lipid soluble and have very light molecular weight, they can pass through the blood brain barrier and effect their benefits. Frankincense and peppermint can carry more oxygen into the brain this way and some essential oils can also benefit those with Alzheimer’s, memory loss, ADHD, metal toxicity, and more.” This is quoted from here, but there is proper (medical) documentation here.

Essential oils are a wonderful alternative to over the counter medications and even antibiotics. Certain EOs (essential oils) can help balance your body’s alkaline levels, cross the blood-brain barrier, and even penetrate cell walls. Okay, stay with me on this one. Bacteria in your body happens outside of cell walls. That’s why antibacterial medications can work quickly and well, because they can travel through body systems, like your bloodstream, where bacteria can lurk. (Side note–antibiotics can also kill good bacteria like that in your gut. Gut health and overall health are closely linked, so be mindful to restore good bacteria in your body after taking antibiotics! I just try to avoid them when I can, and use that time to build my immune system to super-strong!) Anyway, so bacterial lurks outside of cell walls in our body. Viruses, however, reside within a cell wall. That’s how they get so nasty. Not only are they hard to get to (antibiotics do NOT help!), but they can also replicate and reproduce within your body because they make their home within your cell’s membrane. I have good news! EOs penetrate cell walls. Yup! Those EOs that your body absorbs can help your body on a cellular level. Crazy, right?! Crazy awesome!! Oh, and if you have a virus, get some rest and let your body stock up on vitamins D & C as well as Zinc! A strong immune system is your best defense against being down for the count.

Essential oils can be used at a variety of application sites. Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? It’s true! The skin is really great at absorbing stuff, like Vitamin D when you’re outside, or Vitamin E if you are like my Grandma Betty who would pierce a capsule with her teeth and apply the Vitamin E to a cut or zit. Skin absorption can be a scary thought if you think of the chemicals that we come in contact with, by choice or not. Have you ever read or studied about the ingredients in your lotion, face wash, or eye cream? Sure they are just trace amounts of toxins, but don’t you use that stuff nearly every day? Do you think that those toxins could build up in your body over time without proper detox? There are plenty of cancers where the source just can’t be explained…like a lifetime of built-up toxins. I digress…so your skin absorbs stuff! Well EOs can be applied to the wrist, temples (careful of the eyes!), inside of mouth or nose, outside of the ear (never inside the ear), under the tongue (I can only recommend ingestion of oils with Young Living), reflexology points of the feet and hands, the back of the neck, the heart, and other specific helpful areas to focus their potency. Oils can also be inhaled straight form the bottle or from your cupped hands around your face. Young Living oils can be ingested with water or with a vegetable capsule. I love a drop or two of lemon EO in my water for detox purposes. Peppermint applied to the intestines can soothe gas and an upset stomach. Lavender oil (Young Living’s) can be swabbed in the mouth or nose for allergy symptoms. As you can see, EOs can be inhaled, applied topically  with or without a carrier oil, or ingested, but be careful which oils you use for this!

Tomorrow I’ll talk about why I chose Young Living specifically. Do you have experience with essential oils? Do you have questions for me?

Blessings,

Kate

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Disclaimer: All opinions made above are my own and not necessarily reflective of Young Living or others associated with Young Living. I am an Independent Distributer. These statements and sources have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The above is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please seek guidance from your doctor before incorporating anything new into your diet. 

Sources: see links above in addition to Esoteric Oils page about oil history, Young Living Oil Lady, Dr. Myhill’s website in reference to infections, Baby Steps website’s intro to EOs, Heart-Centered Sharing by Vicki Opfer . Photo cred: google search “essential oils in history”  and Young Living’s website.

a new journey begins

I’ve never been much of a salesperson. I waited tables in college (aaaaand for a little while after college), and I had trouble “selling” appetizers and loaded baked potatoes to my guests. It wasn’t until the last couple of years of my five year waitressing experience that I could spit out, “I’ll get your drinks…Did y’all want to start off with fried pickles or cheese fries? Okay I’ll be right back!” Whew, that makes me slightly nervous just thinking about it. The weird part is that I’m social, friendly, and outgoing.

Back to sales and business: I don’t know that I’ve ever even taken a business or marketing class. I have an education degree. I’ve always enjoyed children more than adults (sorry, y’all) and I’ve only ever considered a career in teaching as my life’s work.

Some things have changed. Now, I still love being with and teaching children. Though I haven’t found a job in a school system since we moved, I’d still enjoy teaching if the opportunity presented itself. However, I am not laser-focused on teaching as the major consumption of my time and energy, outside of my family and the Lord, of course. For the past year, I have gone through professional experiences (challenges, disappointment, and rejection in the workplace), personal experiences (getting married and all the funness that comes with melding your independent life with another), and religious experiences (a life-changing Bible study called Story Formed Life) that have shaped the shift in mindset that I’m still working through. Now I see possibilities of homemaking, sewing, gardening, homesteading, my role as a full-time wife & mother, teaching, learning, leadership, bible studies, and yes…business!

Hubby (Nate) and I have talked about selling our goods and services when we can. His woodworking, my sewing projects, the soap we make, the cleaning and self-care products I make, the SCOBYs we grow, and other works are all things that have crossed our mind. We now have a new opportunity.

Before I share that opportunity, let me say that I have been on a journey for a more natural life and home for a while now, and I recruited my husband when we got married. We are working toward getting chemicals out of our home and using whole foods and less processed foods in our diet. For example, we’ve made our own shampoo (no chemicals or parabens) and kombucha (a fermented probiotic drink made from green tea) and we are collecting resources to make our own soap and Nate makes a loaf of bread for us every week.

I have always been interested in alternative medicine, mostly because of the influence of my sweet Grandma Betty. Recently, I have stumbled across the wonderful benefits of natural essential oils on our health. These oils do not diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. But based on the experiences I have had and others have had, I know they are beneficial for overall well being. I, and others, have used oils to replace over the counter medications in addition to helping others combat more serious health problems.

I have chosen to become a part of Young Living Essential Oil team. There are many reasons why I chose Young Living, and I will share those reasons next week in my serious about the Basics of Essential Oils. I’ve been using essential oils in our home since August first and I have seen a change in my health already! I’m part of a wonderfully supportive group of women, my Baby Steps team, I have a strong and driven mentor over at Oily Temples, and I’m proud to work through a company that is so well respected (for good reason!).

Check in next week as I talk about the Basics and answer the following questions:

  • What are essential oils?
  • Why Young Living?
  • How do you get oils and what can I use them for?
  • What are your (Kate’s) experiences with them?

 

Do you use essential oils for health? If you have questions, please ask and tune in next week!

Blessings, 

Kate

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