Lavender!

lavender Tell me, can anyone really look at that lavender field and not smell the lavender and instantly feel calm and relaxed?

I really love almost any essential oil I try.  But, for day one of “An Oil a Day” I decided to showcase Lavender.  It is, in my opinion one of the most useful oils, with many uses and most well known to everyone.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm.  Because of this dynamic aroma this flower is a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products.   Lavender essential oil isn’t just a favorite because of its classic scent—but also because it has so many uses.

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Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home.

Here are a few ways you can use Lavender essential oil:

  1. Put a few drops into a diffuser and the scent will create a calming, relaxed feeling in the room.  This is great at night in your bedroom.
  2. Fill a squirt bottle with water, add a few drops and use as a “spritz” for pillows and linens to aid in relaxation and sleep.
  3. Add a few drops to your favorite fragrance free lotion and use on your skin.  It is great for calming redness in the skin.
  4. Many people use lavender oil to help with allergies.  I have found that a drop applied inside each nostril stops that sniffly, sneezing, itchy nose that happens when my allergies flare up.  Since this isn’t a medication – you can reapply as often as you wish.

In my home we all use the Lavender for allergies – even the kids.  It has done wonders and my young grandchildren reach for the Lavender when they have that itchy runny nose!  When I use it topically in my nose, my allergy symptoms are gone in a short time.

Lavender Relaxation Soak

  • Fill the bathtub with really warm water.
  • Add 1 cup of Epsom salts or Dead Sea Salt

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    bowl of lavender bath salt – beauty treatment

  • Add 4-5 drops of Lavender oil

I find the Dead Sea Salts or Pink Himalayan salt work best.  I often mix up a large batch – just add the oil to the sea salts and store in a GLASS container.  (oils will leach into plastic over time).  This is the most relaxing bath and it is also great for your skin and hair.  You have got to give it a try!

Lavender oil is a great start when trying essential oils.  I have to say that not all essential oils are the same and I definitely recommend using 100% pure therapeutic grade oils.  Young Living is the company I trust because of their sead to seel guarantee.

Interested in learning more?  Want to get started using oils?  Follow the link here for information or to order .  No cost wholesale membership gets you a 24% discount.  For those who order during the month of February, I will send a copy of “The Chemical Free Home” book as a thank you.

 

I’ve Got an Oil for That!

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    You guys, I just LOVE my essential oils!  Those little bottles right there – they are so AMAZING!  In my house it is often heard – “Ask my mom, she’s got an oil for that”.  My whole family uses essential oils everyday.  We use them for better sleep, dealing with stress, better looking skin, coughs and sniffles, rashes, stomach aches, headaches . . . . oh just for everything.

Essential oils come from plants and flowers in nature.  They are extracted from the plants and then we have the pure oil to use.  Because oils are not medications our bodies just use what they need,  the oils bring balance in the body.  In other words, they give us what we need for our bodies to function well.  I don’t claim these oils heal disease or cure illness – but there is a lot of research out there to validate their use.  Just one example:

Frankincense has been studied by the National Institutes of Health and found to affect cancer cells.  Read the conclusion of the study here .

Essential oils have antioxidant properties, antimicrobial properties and are absorbed through the skin easily.  More scientific info from the NIH .

A lot of people enjoy the smell of essential oils.  They do smell good!  I diffuse them in my home to clear odors and for a “happy smell”.   Smelling those oils can actually affect your mood.  When you inhale something through your nose, the olfactory center carries those little molecules right up to the limbic system in our brain.  The limbic system is the seat of our emotions.  So just think about how some smells remind you of certain places or events.  Now it makes sense, right?  What we smell affects our emotional center.

Smelling_Lavender_large I sleep so much better after discovering an essential oil blend called Peace and Calming.  Using one drop on the bottom of my feet each night ends up in restful sleep and waking up feeling rested.  My whole family depends on this oil now.  One day my 6 year old granddaughter woke up looking like she had a rough night.  When we asked her what was wrong, she said “momma forgot to give us our oils last night”.   That pretty much is all the proof I need.  

Here’s a word of warning.  Not all essential oils are the same.  I used to buy oils at the health food store.  They smelled good but I never really saw any results from them.  When I started using 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils I definitely noticed results.  So, the less expensive oils at the store and usually diluted with a carrier oil such as almond oil or jojoba oil.  Pure essential oils are expensive to produce and there is a limited number of plants available each season to harvest oils from.  The oils I use are from Young Living.  It is a company that has been in business for 20 years. They grow their own plants and oversee all the harvesting, distillation and packaging.  Here’s more info about the seed to seal guarantee .

For the next 10 days, I will be featuring a different oil each day here on the blog.  These will be basic oils that are inexpensive and have many uses.  Check back each day and I am sure you will learn some interesting things you never knew.  I love comments and questions – please let me know your thoughts or specific oils you are interested in.  Do you already use essential oils?  Tell us your favorites.

For more information check out this link with lots of useful oily info .  Have a great day – pay attention to the smells around you and see how they affect how you feel.   deboil20drop20bottle_full

About your skin . . .

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Let’s talk about skin today, shall we?  The past few days I have talked to several people (friends, patients, coworkers) who have skin issues.  These people have everything from dry skin to rashes to acne.  I am amazed at how much money they are spending on expensive creams, dermatology appointments, prescription creams!  Seems to me if I went to a dermatologist every month, tried several different creams he/she recommended and a year later my skin still isn’t any better – I might just try something new.  Just sayin’.

Do we even really take care of our skin?  I don’t think most people do.  I think our skin is abused, neglected and crying out for help.scream

SKIN FACTS

  • Our skin is the largest organ on our body.
  • The skin is a protector of our inner body, a covering.  It is porous – so anything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies through the pores and enters our blood stream in less than a minute.
  • Our skin gets thirsty and hungry.  When we don’t drink enough water, the skin cells can get dehydrated and shrink making our skin look dull and dry.
  • Collagen is a protein that gives our skin support and elasticity.   The collagen is damaged by cigarette smoking, ultraviolet rays from the sun and high sugar intake.

That’s the reason that slapping a little moisturizer on once in awhile doesn’t count as taking care of your skin.  We need to look at our diets – limit sugar intake, drink plenty of water, and eat protein which provides amino acids for collagen formation.  We do the most for our skin by feeding it from the inside.  Collagen in beauty creams is too big of a molecule to be absorbed through our pores it doesn’t feed our skin.

Be good to your skin – you never get a replacement.  

       I am really passionate about informing people about the toxins we put on our skin.  Since most of the things we put on our skin are quickly absorbed they then enter our bloodstream.  Are you even aware of what chemicals you put on your skin each day? Well, LET ME TELL YOU . . . . . .

Here’s an example:

Soap and shampoo – parabens, sulfates, triclosan, fragrance

Moisturizer – petroleum, phtalates, fragrance

Deodorant – triclosan, sulfates, fragrance

Now, here’s why you should be worried . . . . . . .

Parabens, Petroleum and many others are hormone disruptors.  They alter hormone levels in our body and can affect hormone production and have been shown to cause cancer.  That means in actual research these statements have been proven.  Why do you think our kids are maturing at a younger age.  Why do 8 year old girls have breasts and acne? Hormone levels affect our fertility, phthalates actually damage sperm.  Our products are altering our hormones!

Triclosan is widely used in deodarants and antibacterial soaps and toothpaste.  What is triclosan?  It is a hormone disruptor.  It harms our immune system. It causes bacteria to grow that resist antibiotics. It decreases thyroid function.  Triclosan is an aromatic compound and originally registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a pesticide.  In a 2008 study triclosan was found in the urine of 75% of people randomly tested.

Triclosan has been found in breast cancer tumors.

DO YOU GUYS GET THIS?  THOSE PRODUCTS CAUSE CANCER AND THE MANUFACTURERS KNOW IT!   IT IS NOT A SECRET – THEY JUST DON’T WANT US TO KNOW AND STOP USING THEIR PRODUCTS!.

I don’t know about you – but I really don’t want these chemicals in my body.  So I try to keep them off of my skin.  Read those labels.  You need products without these chemicals. Chemicals and fragrances are actually irritating to our skin so don’t help with the very problems we are trying to solve.

Whats-In-Your-Skin-CareI hope this information has been useful and gotten you thinking about how you treat your skin.   If you would like help with specific skin complaints contact me here or put some questions in the comments.  Love the skin your in,  Deb

Being Intentional

successWow – see how quick New Years Resolutions fade?  I haven’t posted on here in 3 weeks!  At least I haven’t been a total slacker – just been working on myself.  I was recently introduced to books by John Maxwell and have been reading “Intentional Living” . This book is a very easy read and is making a big difference in my life.  If you look at successful people, you will find that a majority of them live “intentionally”.  They have a plan for each day, and intentionally have certain habits.  Successful people don’t get there by chance, by being in the right place a the right time – they get there by living an intentional life.   This applies to everyone, no matter if you are an athlete, a student, a business person, a parent.   Having good intentions is just not enough – we have to take action not just think or wish.  This is where we achieve success – by acting on our good intentions.  It is a simple concept but sometimes it is easier and safer to think about doing something rather than actually taking action and doing it!

intentional“If you want to change the world, invest in helping another person to reach his or her potential”  J. Maxwell

Mr. Maxwell has written many books on self development, leadership and growth.  He is an excellent speaker and lives his life intentionally.  Check out his website linked above- I am participating in the 30 day journey of intentional living.  Already I see this concept changing my daily life and I have seen results in my business.  Have any of you read any John Maxwell books?  Comment and let me know what to read next 🙂

Take the first step today – take action and live intentionally.  Stop looking at your goals and “To Do” list and actually commit to doing one thing daily to help achieve your goal.

Let me know if this is helpful, especially if you follow through and start living intentionally!  deb

How was your year?

Now that it is a New Year we look back on 2015 and take stock of our success . . .or lack thereof.  Then we ask ourselves these questions:

                      So we are so much better off than we were a year ago, right?

We have had major accomplishments, reached all of our goals in the last year, right?

If we keep doing what we are doing, where will we be in 5 years?

If you aren’t excited by the answers to those questions, maybe you couldn’t wait for a New Year to begin –  then now is the time to do something different.  Have you heard that quote, “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity”?  Unfortunately there are many  people out there stuck in a rut just dreaming and wishing for something different in their lives. I doubt there are many people out there who accomplish much without a plan. It is hard to achieve your goals if you don’t really know what your goals are.  So, there we have it . . . . you have got to set some goals and have a plan for the year.

Now . . . .don’t click away yet.  Oh stop it already – I can hear the groaning, I see you grimacing – it isn’t going to be that bad.  It won’t even take a lot of time.  baby-grimacing_i-g-49-4913-pxj9g00z

 

 

 

 

I know most people hate the thought of goal setting.  But give me a minute and maybe I can change your mind.  I have seen a lot of posts about goal setting, planning, agendas, planners, etc.  Really, it’s not that complicated and you don’t need a new book or brightly colored pens and tags to write down your goals.  Think about this for a moment:

l-48544 If you want to move forward and you have dreams and you believe in those dreams then you have to set some goals to reach the dreams.

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Okay – take a few minutes to think of 3 things you really dream about everyday, or 3 things you really want to change in your life. Write them down.

Now, ask yourself Why?  Why do you dream about those things or want to see things change?  How will your life be different if those dreams or changes were reality?  Write that next to each dream/change. Are you committed to working to makes these dreams or changes come about?  Is it worth it?  Will you benefit?  If so . . . .you have your goals!

Now on a new sheet of paper, in the front of a journal, or on your phone – write those dreams or changes as a positive action.  For example:  I have lost 50# in 2016 and am happy with how I look.

Under each positive statement you will need to write steps to accomplish that goal.  Be specific and detailed.  Make these steps something that you can measure.  For example:  I exercise 30 minutes, 5 days per week.   I eat 3 meals per day.  I do not eat after 7 p.m.  I avoid all sugar/sweets with the exception of one cookie on the weekend.

A few things to remember about goals:  make them measurable – such as a specific money amount, a specific weight, etc.  Set a date for achieving the goal.  In order to stay motivated and increase your chance for attaining your overall goal – break it down into smaller achievable actions like in the example above.  If you have a grand, overall goal for the year – break it down into smaller monthly goals.  Each time you succeed in achieving a monthly goal you are much more likely to reach that big one year goal.

Want to increase your chances of reaching those goals?  Of course you do!  Then you have to stay focused.  You know most people give up on resolutions, ideas after about 2 weeks.  Commit yourself to these goals.  Write them down!

Post them where you will see them at least once everyday!

Say your positive goal statement out loud, in front of the mirror several times each day.  Some people place a post it note on their bathroom mirror. Others set reminders in their phones. Find a system that works for you.  Just know that being SPECIFIC, have goals you can MEASURE, WRITING them down, SPEAKING them out loud will all dramatically increase your success.

Now . . .go do it!   Go on – get up out of that chair, grab a pencil and start writing!  Congratulations that is the first step . . . .

Good Luck!  Comment below if you want to share your goals or thoughts.  For anyone who is struggling, I can offer individual help with your goal setting (no fees, no strings)  just email me

Dream for 2016!

motivational-dream-and-do-it-walt-disney-quoteHey everyone!  Hope your New Year has started off great.  I am so excited to get started on this 2016 Success series!  The past few days I have given the subject a lot of thought.  There are so many directions to go and so many other blogs and videos on success out there.  So, I just want to do something different, something new and something that is useful and helpful to my readers.  I will guide you to some other very good sources of inspiration that I have found.

“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start” . . . .  I believe that the Word of God, the Bible is the number one motivational book out there.  All wisdom, all good, all success comes from the Author of that Book.  After all, it is God who is in control and blesses us with gifts of speaking, writing, inspiring others.

“The mind of man can plan his way, but God directs his steps.”                       Proverbs 16:9

Now you know my focus and some of my values.  Keep that in mind throughout this series, as I believe faith is the foundation for any success plan.  You do not have to share my beliefs to be successful.  I do recognize that everyone has different belief systems.

So . . . . . let’s just dream today.

Dream big, have a RI – DIC – U – LOUS dream!

You have to envision your dream – really see yourself in your dream.  Don’t limit yourself.  If you limit your dream you limit what you can achieve.  This is where a dream board can be useful.  Most dream boards are a work in progress. Every time you have a new thing you think about you can pin it on your dream board.  Now is the perfect time to start pinning pictures of your dreams for the year.  When you dream use positive terms – such as “The home I am purchasing this year.”   Be descriptive and detailed:  see yourself in that home, walking through the hallways, spending time with family in the kitchen, etc.  Go car shopping and take a selfie of you sitting in your dream car.  Post in on your dream board!

See yourself in your dream!   Believe!  daretodreamseriesdayone-1024x1024

I have taken this graphic from a series on dreaming big by Monique McLean.  This is an excellent source for learning to dream big.  I highly recommend it. You can check it out here: Monique McLean

There you have it!  Your success will only be as big as your dream.  Go crazy!  Really let go and let yourself dream this week.  Get started on a dream board.

Next Up:    setting goals.

     Oh, I can hear you guys grumbling and sighing.  No, not goals.  Oh yeah – goals.  It can be fun once you have had some time to dream.    Hope this motivates you today!   Please, comment and let me know what you think,  and share with anyone you think needs a little dreamin’ . . . .      deb

Empowerment and Success

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.Previously I have posted about positive mindset, self development and believing in our dreams.  If you search the Internet with the word success you will bring up a multitude of websites promoting self development or personal development programs, videos and books.  I have done my research. There is a lot of good information and a lot of promises of amazing results.  Unfortunately, the average person could go broke investing in all of these programs.  I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t feel very empowered after spending lots of money to hear the same information over and over.

So, it is a fact – personal development leads to success.  Jim Rohn has written many articles on success. He also speaks quite a bit about personal development. Check out this post on personal development .  The stumbling block is that personal development is but one component of a success strategy.  Another component is hard work.  Did you know that most people actually give up just when they are about to reach their goal? They get discouraged, tired of working hard, or something comes along that promises better results. 
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It’s a hard uphill climb, but coasting down the other side is amazing!

 

Personal development has been a great experience for me.  I have grown as a person and have such a sense of empowerment.  During the month of January,

I am going to have an online personal development program here on the blog.  There is no fee.  Each day I will post thoughts, affirmations and other encouragement.  There will be weekly reading suggestions and book reviews.  

Let’s start this year off with a bang!  Please, join me for personal development, empowerment and the road to success so that we can make 2016 our best year ever.

Happy New Year!   see you back here on January 1, 2016.  deb

P.S. comment if you have requests for specific topics to include, motivational people you admire, etc.

A Gift for the New Year

53ae319ea2fb48b384c04efe74455a8fI am so blessed to have been given a gift a year ago – the gift of my own business.  My dream has always been to own my own business, be my own boss and work when I want.  Problem is, I always just thought of it as a dream.  Now I see that it is so possible – I own my own business and love building it!  I have had incredible support from my team, inspiring mentors and leaders.

No it isn’t easy and “get rich quick” – but it is so worth it.  My business is simple and just takes consistent effort.  Now I want to pass the gift on.   I want to offer this business to 2 people before the end of 2015.

 Let’s make 2016 the best year ever!

I will be your personal business coach for no charge.

I will guide you through a year long personal development program.

Nothing would make me happier than seeing you succeed and be happy.

Take a few minutes to watch this video – this business will change your life

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Email me now if you want one of those 2 spots and are ready to make 2016 the best year ever!

dlewisarbonne@gmail.com

Take Time for You!

image-relaxation2We may not all have access to a cliff overlooking the ocean, but it is important to find a quiet place during this hectic season.  Everyone needs some peace and quiet, time to relax, recharge and re-energize.  When we are rested and unhurried, we deal better with the demands of each day.

Unfortunately the holiday season has become a time of rushing around, feeling pressured to but the right gift for everyone.   We may be stressed by the cost of the gifts, afraid we didn’t get the best gift and the receiver won’t be happy, afraid we didn’t do enough this year.  Everyone is so busy rushing around that we forget to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.

So, here are a few ideas to help you recharge, right in the middle of the hustle and bustle:

If you haven’t got an ocean view – make one.  Get a large picture of palm trees, the ocean, a lake, a forest – whatever you love. Post it in your bathroom.  You can go in there, close the door and relax and deep breathe in front of the poster.  Better yet – take a nice warm bath with a beautiful view.

tea_saucer_drink_spoon_mug_hd-wallpaper-92283Set aside 15 minutes every night before bed. Sit quietly – no TV, no computer, no cell phone.  Sip on a cup of chamomile tea. Just concentrate on quiet, breathe slowly and deeply.  The rhythm of slow deep breathing is quite relaxing.

Some people find certain sounds relaxing – such as the sound of thunderstorms, the sound of the ocean, the sound of birds chirping.  You can easily find these sounds online and listen while doing your relaxation.

So this holiday season – give yourself a gift!  The gift of relaxation.sleepingpuppyspooning

You will feel better, you will feel re-energized and better able to handle the many activities with joy.  Remember, a good night’s sleep is so important!  People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick, are more likely to be overweight, and have high blood pressure.

What are your relaxation tricks?

Are your “Wellthy”?

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Those marketing wizards have come up with a new term – wellthy.  What does that mean?  It refers to the growing focus on health and wellness.  Read on for some staggering stats about this growing trend.

If you read any business journal or search industry trends online you will read about the growth of the health and wellness industry.

Health and Wellness is a trillion dollar global industry.  

If people are spending TRILLIONS of dollars then I want to be selling something in that industry!

Here are the players in this industry:

Beauty and Antiaging products                      $679 billion dollars

Fitness – mind/body/exercise                         $390 billion dollars

Nutrition – healthy eating/weight loss        $277 billion dollars

Wellness is defined as the state of being healthy as a result of deliberate effort.  As you can see, a lot of people are putting a lot of money into being healthy.  Wellness has now become a status symbol and therefore the term wellthy.  A wellness mindset is prevalent in the U.S. among middle and upper middle class.  The young adult generation termed “Millenials” are also driving social media and marketing trends.

49% want organic products

44% prefer eco-friendly companies and eco-friendly packaging

based on their age, this group probably hasn’t built a brand loyalty.

In addition, all across the globe – online sales are increasing.  It will be interesting to see what percentage of this year’s holiday sales were online purchases.

So . . . . . if you look at those facts above, you can see where the most money will be made now and in the future.  No matter what the economy, people wash their bodies and shampoo their hair.

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How can you take advantage and be successful?

  1. Products that are pure – vegan, organic
  2. Beauty, anti-aging, nutrition, weight loss
  3. Be able to sell online
  4. Eco-friendly packaging – recycled boxes, less waste

I am taking advantage of the huge wellness market.  If you would like more information or are just a little bit interested – email me.  I would love to have you join me!  Contact me here      Deb