Blemishes And Non Cystic Acne: My Journey

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Blemishes And Non Cystic Acne: My Journey

hormonal acneI have made a lot of progress on my skin since this picture was taken in 2011.When your face looks like this, your body is trying to send a message. It’s hurting and it needs help. I’ve found a lot of natural tools to tackle the problem of adult hormonal acne. In my first and second posts of this series, I explain that there are three different reasons for acne: bacteria on the skin, food intolerances and hormone imbalances.  Read about those more here.       Part 1       &   Part 2

This is part 3 of the series.

 

For me, this was a 3-way war. I didn’t just have one cause for my adult acne, I had three. Once I realized I needed to heal from the inside out, my journey began taking on momentum. In the beginning, it’s always hard to try to find something that will work because we expect a one-prong answer. Just like a three legged stool, I needed to support all three legs of my stool in order for it to work properly. The last leg on my stool was my hormones and figuring out natural and safe ways to support my body. I had gone to the Doctor and had only been offered synthetic substances. It didn’t make sense to me to begin adding fake, man made chemicals into my body when I was trying to be healthy from the inside out. It felt like that would be adding to the problem. It wasn’t until I found Young Living, that I was able to trust the products that I was putting into my body.

All of the products that I highlight on my journey have added essential oils. Progessence Plus is a natural way to support the body. It’s wild yam based and helps to balance the luteal phase of the woman’s cycle. (Day 14- end) It does not need to be cycled. Lack of progesterone can be a precursor to many problems related to the woman’s reproductive cycle and lack of hormones. I use this daily.

Joy is a wonderful blend for hormonal support with singles such as Geranium and Ylang Ylang. 

Prenolone+ is a unique product in the fact that it delivers pregnenolone, DHEA and black cohosh to help maintain healthy estrogen levels. This supplement is meant to be cycled for 21 days. As we age, our bodies will naturally produce less hormones, but we can support the decrease like a well made pair of Spanx! 

Lastly, this blend of oils will support the Thyroid. It’s so versatile, I give it to my pre-teen daughter for growth spurts and menstrual help. It amplifies metabolism and creates hormone balance with oils like spearmint, sage, myrtle, and nutmeg. It also smells WONDERFUL! 

For more help on hormonal balance, please consult your Doctor. There are many tests that can reveal deficits and imbalances that can give you an overall picture of your health as a starting point of reference. I do not pretend to know everything, nor am I a physician. Only one of these products has been tested and approved by the FDA, while the others are still awaiting their trial. Please use your own discernment and start slowly when you are supporting the endocrine system.

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Here’s the progress, from the beginning of my journey, until now. My face has dramatically improved, but so has my digestion, skin elasticity, energy, hair and nail strength and mental agility. When you heal your body from the inside out, there are so many benefits. I’d love to go on this journey with you. If you are at all interested in any of these products, please contact me or use this web link to Sign Up. May your health and wellness start today!

 

 


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Weight Loss in the New Year

weight loss systemWeight Loss in the New Year

The month of January undoubtedly brings New Year’s Resolutions which include getting healthier. Fad diets abound and gym memberships are started. It’s the time of motivation.

If you know me well, you know that my theory on weight loss can be summed up by the phrase, “eat fat to lose fat.” It’s a real food theory that essentially believes the body actually needs good fats, (avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter) to operate and maintain normal functions. If the body is deprived of real fats, then all kinds of systems are thrown out of whack and loosing weight becomes last on your body’s list of priorities as it’s trying to fix a multitude of other issues spurned on by the non-fat dieting.

When given the choice, I always choose whole fat foods. Your brain needs fat and your endocrine system (think hormones) need good sources of cholesterol to function. Hormones play an integral part in weight management for women as we age. Children especially need healthy fats for their developing brains. So when I talk about weight loss, I always have to give the caveat of, “keep eating, and choose healthy sources of fat.” Your body will thank you.

Young Living does off a weight management system called Slique. There is a meal replacement shake, tea, protein bars, gum, dietary fiber and essential oils all included in the Slique line. The fiber is for creating a healthy digestive system, which is a must when we discuss weight loss. Your gut needs to be eliminating frequently to absorb the nutrients you are feeding yourself. It also helps to eliminate cravings for sugar and salt when it’s all working properly.

The essential oils that are embedded into these products are what makes this product line different than the rest. healthy weight Loss

In the coming year, if you have any health related goals, I hope you will consider adding more healthy fats into the diet.

#mystory As I’ve tried making lasting changes to my diet over the years I’ve learned a few key components. First, real change comes slowly. Don’t pressure yourself into unrealistic expectations because guilt will follow. Pick one thing to focus on. The first thing I chose to do 6 years ago was eliminate soda. After months of resisting the temptation, I added another baby step.

Second, adding foods to your diet is easier than subtracting them. People make the mistake of getting rid of things first. In reality, your body is crying out for MORE nutrition! More vitamins, more minerals, more fats. Adding new foods alongside some of your “normal” ones will produce lasting change because as you nourish your body, you will crave the unhealthy foods less and less. Add in the vegetables and after that becomes normal, you will have more energy and more drive to eliminate unhealthy snacks.

Third, get enough sleep. This is critical to weight loss and making healthy changes in general. When we are tired, we crave the fast fixes like caffeine and sugar to help with energy. Lack of sleep will be your ultimate enemy when making lasting change.

Know this- in the month of January, I am transitioning and making changes alongside you. Don’t expect everything to go smoothly and give yourself grace. Change always leads to growth -so stretch and grow!


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Daylight Savings Issues?

Sleep is by far one of the most challenging issues I try to help people regulate with oils, and it seems to really be a problem during daylight savings.

There are so many reasons why a person would not be sleeping regularly! The first thing you have to do is determine the underlying cause to irregular sleep. Reasons include:

  • irregular hormones
  • sickness or injury
  • lack of melatonin
  • over-stimulization/ hyperactivity in the brain
  • excess caffeine
  • poor sleeping habits
  • sugar
  • time/clock changes

Hormones play a huge part in our sleep quality as we age. If you find you have other issues in the body that are hormone related AND sleep issues; a good place to start would be hormone support.

Sickness and injury can affect the quality of sleep. Teething, sore muscles, a broken bone; sometimes we just need pain relief in order to sleep well, not necessarily a sleeping aid.

Melatonin production in the brain plays a part in quality of sleep. If your brain has stopped producing enough, sometimes supplementing melatonin will help. Sleep Essence contains 1.5 mg of melatonin.

#myoilstory Sometimes I have a hard time “turning off my brain” after along day. I get poor sleep when my brain does not rest while I sleep. My brain likes to process the day’s events after I fall asleep by sleepwalking. I do it more often in high stress seasons. Valerian and Vetiver both help my brain “turn off” while I sleep and control some of my sleep walking tendencies. I apply these two on the bottoms of my big toes when I climb into bed.

Creating poor sleeping habits will alter your quality of sleep. Follow these rules:

  • no caffiene after your noontime lunch break
  • go to sleep at the same time every night
  • keep all electronics and “blue lights” turned off or out of the bedroom 1 hour prior to bed

Sugar is a stimulant. Just like caffeine, eating sugar will keep you awake. I sleep better overall when sugar is not a part of my diet.

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You’ve heard me say it before, FOOD is the best medicine. Foods that help you sleep are:

1. Fish (salmon, halibut, tuna) because they boost vitamin B6 which you need to make melatonin.
2. Jasmine Rice- it’s high on the glycemic index and can help you fall asleep faster.
3. Calcium- in any form will help you fall sleep. If you are deficient in calcium you may be lacking quality sleep and having a hard time falling asleep.
4. Magnesium- in any form, will help you stay asleep. Many Americans have too little magnesium in their diets.
5. Bananas- known for their potassium, but are also a good source of B6, just like the fish.

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And last but not least, the time change period that occurs between Fall and Spring always messes me up. My body hates it! Apparently, I inherited this from my Dad, who also struggles when we mess with the clock. It doesn’t matter what I do, my body wants to fall asleep earlier and wake up earlier than normal for the entire period during the Winter when we adjust our clocks. I struggle every year.

My sister-in-law has trouble sleeping and I sent her a sample of the SleepEssence. It contains melatonin, lavender, vetiver, valerian, tangerine, and ruta essential oils. Here’s her review:

Just curious- do you swallow them or break them open and rub them on the bottoms of your feet?

“I take them like a pill. They do have a funny aftertaste due to the ingredients but I find if you are motivated to sleep, meaning get rid of distractions, it hits you 20 min. after you take them. My opinion is that these are a step below ambien but a step above over the counter stuff at the store.”

Awesome, thanks! I might quote you on that.


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Penicillin Allergy

It had been a full holiday season and all of the Christmas gifts had been opened and played with. My sweet 3 year old son had come down with an ear infection and we went to the Pediatrician to get our routine prescription of penicillin. A few days later, he had full body hives and we discovered he had a penicillin allergy.

My trusted Pediatrician informed me that there are two types of allergies to antibiotics: mild or life threatening. She determined my son’s allergy was life threatening and immediately removed the bottle of antibiotics from the room. He was to never have another dose of penicillin or any of the other forms of penicillin again because it could trigger anaphylaxis shock.

This was serious, and I knew all to well how serious it truly was. Three years prior, my husband went into anaphylaxis shock as he entered his local Dr’s office.anaphylaxis shock We were both clueless that he was so close to death at this point that I was driving him to the clinic, not the emergency room. He was posting on Facebook.

I walked out of the Pediatrician’s office feeling panicky because I never wanted to relive another event like that. Up to this point in my motherhood, I had always relied on antibiotics to treat common childhood illnesses like ear infections. I knew there were other antibiotics on the market he could use, but they were stronger and scarier. They were unknown. None of the other mommies I knew had dealt with this and I was at a loss.

Fast forward one year to an essential oils class that my friend had invited me to. I was interested in holistic healing, I had been visiting a naturopath myself recently and wanted a more natural approach to illness and disease.

Up to that point, my son had not experienced another ear infection, or anything else that required antibiotics and I was grateful, but I felt like my luck would run out at some point.

As I was sitting in my first oils class and learning about all of the benefits of using essential oils, I knew that I had found my answer. The relief was palpable and I didn’t have to secretly sit and worry about when the next ear infection was going to hit. I had new tools in my tool belt.

The words penicillin allergy were no longer a threat in my mind.

This is the number one reason why I choose essential oils to treat my family’s sickness. It’s #mywhy; my motivation for teaching others and sharing them with friends. Even this week as I fill out the medical forms as school is starting, I still have to mark down “penicillin allergy” on my son’s forms, but it serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come.

If you’ve never tried using them for yourself, what are you afraid of?

Email me today  ddeirdre (at) yahoo (dot) com and we can find a class together for you to learn and ask questions in. You won’t regret it!

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Mineral Essence tastes like…

Why are Minerals important for the body?

According to two-time Nobel Peace Prize winner, Linus Pauling, PhD, “You can trace every sickness, disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

WOW. Minerals are necessary for the body to preform basic metabolic functions. What are metabolic functions? The set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of our body. These enzyme-catalyzed reactions allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. Sounds important.

Without minerals, the vitamins that we get through food cannot be absorbed. Mineral Essence contains 60 trace minerals.

The essential oils that have been added to the mixture help our body absorb the minerals: lemon, peppermint and cinnamon.

A group of volunteers consumed trace minerals without essential oils and the result was diarrhea within 24 hours.

The same group, allowed a period of cleansing for several days, and then consumed Mineral Essence with essential oils added and there was no occurrence of diarrhea.

IMG_0461Just one more reason why Young Living’s supplements are superior. So, as always, I will give an honest review. Mineral Essence tastes like salt water plus cinnamon. It’s evident that they tried to mask the flavor by adding cinnamon, but it’s still just gross. I had been experimenting different ways to get it down the hatch and I’ve officially found my favorite method.

I add one dropper-full to a shot of Madagascar Vanilla kefir. The vanilla flavor masks the salt water taste, and the cinnamon is a good compliment for the vanilla kefir. I can actually say I ENJOY taking Mineral Essence this way.  Try adding it to your next order!

 

 


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Blemishes And Non Cystic Acne: My Journey

Why don’t you just wash your face?

Most people think that people with acne just have dirty skin. That’s more than likely not the case. In fact, most people that I know who suffer from blemishes over wash their face because we are still trying to clear it from the outside in. Remember, it’s an internal process. I’ve tried every cleansing program available in the drug store and none of them worked. In fact, most of them led to over-drying my skin. I started out with dry skin naturally, but these products made it worse. This is the number one mistake of people who have this problem! We dry out the skin which leads to the skin needing to produce more sebum, (oil) to balance the dry factor. Over production of sebum can lead to more blemishes.

Generally there are three causes for acne; bacteria on the skin, food intolerances and hormone imbalance. Bacteria can play a part in some acne which is why it’s important to cleanse the skin, but not with harsh cleansers. I’ve found that the bar soaps with MINIMAL ingredients, like 5 or less, usually work just as well as the over priced stuff. There’s a bar called Grandma’s acne bar that is gentle. I also have found soaps at my local health food store. If they have ingredients like coconut oil, Shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and essential oils you have found a winner! I personally like the bars from Young Living.3675 3678
The other product that I have found extrememly hydrating for the skin is the lavender lotion. As I said before, I have very dry skin and this stuff is hydrating enough for daily wear without feeling like you have butter on your face.5201 It has at least 5 essential oils in it, along with other high quality ingredients including Aloe Vera, kelp, wolfberry, vitamin E, p-Anisic Acid, and Hydrolyzed Silk. Trust me, you can feel the silk in there!

Lavender, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Lemon & Rosemary

 

 

 

The Berkey Water Filtration System

Water is one of the other foundational elements of good nutrition. Drinking dirty water can have catastrophic effects on your health and can even lead to death in some countries. We are fortunate in the USA to have generally clean tap water, but if you stop to read the official report that your water company is required to send you once per year, you will see what’s lurking beneath the surface. Chlorine, arsenic and other chemicals can all be found in “acceptable” amounts in your drinking water. This is why they send out that report to you every year- to prove that the level of arsenic is minimal.  The Berkey water system filters out all of those chemicals while leaving behind all of the minerals using a charcoal filter.

Read more here: On the Importance of Water (H2O Pt. 2)

 

 

For those that are following along, this is the second post in a 3 part series.

My Journey: Part 1            My Journey: Part 2                  My Journey: Part 3

In part one, I covered food, and how it is the essential building blocks to healing facial blemishes from the inside out. If you haven’t read it, and are trying to gain clear skin, please start there! In this post I will cover some of the things that I tried in the beginning of my journey. Everything from switching my make-up to finding a water filtration system; all in the hopes of clear skin. In part three, I talk about hormones and the products I use to gain clear skin.


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Do You Wax?

Bring Your Oils With You

QUICK TIP:  Eyebrow waxing is on my to do list on a regular basis. One of the things I used to dislike about the whole process was the raw, irritated skin afterwards. I also used to get these little whiteheads pop up the next day on the freshly waxed skin. I decided to bring my oils with me to the salon and asked my stylist one day to replace the white soothing cream that she was using with my oil. The result? No more little whiteheads and skin that was less irritated!

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The first round I tried Melrose and really loved the soothing effect. Melrose has a blend of rosemary and melaleuca alternifolia in it. The next time I was out of Melrose and brought Lavender with me. Lavender burned a little, but I chose it for it’s benefits on the skin. Around Christmas time, I chose Myrrh for the same beneficial effects and it was bit sticky on the skin, but overall soothing. Last week I tried Melaleuca A, (tea tree) and I loved it! It gave me that cooling sensation on the skin that I was looking for.

So don’t be afraid to experiment with your Young Living oils and bring them with you!  Your brows will thank you!

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Please feel free to email me ddeirdre (at) yahoo (dot) com and we can chat if you are interested in purchasing essential oils or just want to try a free sample.


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Lavender: The Swiss Army Knife [part 2]

To Read Part 1 click here.

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~Just to Just to review, you can use Lavender for:

-minor burns in the kitchen
-sun burns
-antihistamine responses on the skin
-bug bites and stings
-dry skin
-blemishes
-diaper rash
-antibacterial uses including scrapes and blisters
-anti-fungual uses 

I also promised to tell you my suspicions about how his feet got this bad! I think it’s important to treat the skin on his feet but even more important to try and prevent this from happening again. So I started looking for clues and honed in on the gym that he works out at. Why the gym?

My best guess is that this is a reaction to the chemicals that the showers at his gym are being cleaned with. Within the past month, he has increased his workouts to 5x per week. This means he gets up at the crack of dawn and sweats his butt off. Then he SHOWERS every single morning before leaving to go to work at the gym. It’s literally the only place that he is barefoot during his day. My first clue was the fact that neither the kids nor I had anything similar going on with our feet. This ruled out our home as the culprit. I also brainstormed all of the places he is shoeless and that list is quite short. We’ve decided to buy him some shower flip flops to see if we can prevent this. 

Since becoming a member of Young Living, I have learned the importance of protecting our feet. Why the feet? Because they have the largest pores in the body, which also means they are the largest receptor sites for anything that our feet come into contact with. This is why we recommend slathering the oils all over the bottoms of the feet! The oils will be absorbed, through the large pores and be delivered throughout the body within 24 minutes.

This also means that anything negative, that we don’t want inside our bodies, should be avoided in places like our showers, our kitchens, our floors and our lawns. Yes, our lawns! I’m very persnickety about how many days need to pass before I will let my kids play on our lawn after it has been sprayed. We absorb all of the household chemical cleaners through our skin as it is the largest organ in the body, and most often through our feet. This is also the reason behind the Thieves household cleaner. It’s ingredients are safe enough to drink, and more than safe enough to absorb through the pores on the feet. I use it for everything in my home minus the windows and laundry detergent and it’s highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. If you love the smell of Thieves oil, this smells the same as it has the same essential oils in it to kill viruses and bacteria from your household surfaces. Thieves cleaner
 
If the flip flops don’t work at prevention, I may just donate a bottle to the gym owner. 

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Lavender: The Swiss Army Knife [part 1]

Today I want to highlight Lavender oil. I think sometimes this mighty little oil gets overlooked because of it’s simplicity. It is one of the everyday oils in the starter kit and it doesn’t bring a lot of pizzaz but it does bring a lot of options to the table. Lavender is nicknamed the Swiss Army Knife for a reason. It’s so versatile! I often overlook it and I want to bring it back to the forefront today.

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These were my husband’s feet two weeks ago. He randomly complained about it one night before bed and when I looked at it, I gasped. He had no idea it looked this bad. It was cracked, itchy and bleeding. His other foot had similar symptoms, but it wasn’t as bad. I immediately got my oils out and applied Lavender and some coconut oil. Coconut oil is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. I had no idea what I was dealing with, but I figured the Swiss Army knife would be the best option. Coconut oil acts as a carrier oil, and can be applied to dilute the oils, but what it is really doing is slowing down the absorption rate into the skin.

When you are dealing with skin issues, this is a very good thing because you want the oils to sit on the skin as long as possible before soaking in.

I alternated applications of Lavender and Myrrh essential oils along with coconut oil and some body butter cream that has lavender and rosemary in it. I figured the skin needed to be nourished and hydrated, along with healed.
This is just one story about the power of Lavender and I hope you won’t overlook it as I often do!3575
This also brings up a good talking point- most people think they need all of the oils in the entire collection, and if they don’t have the exact right one, there is no substitute. The oils can be substituted for each other. It is true that they each have unique properties because they come from different plants, but they do overlap in chemical constituencies often. Buying an essential oils book will help you learn the chemical constituencies of each oil.
Also- you really do have everything you need in the Premium Starter Kit. It is stocked in that way as to allow you to have all of the major components for health and wellness.
This also bring up another good talking point- how did my husband’s feet get this way in the first place? We will discuss that in the next post!

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Do Kids Like Fish Oil?

I’ve been trying different forms of fish oil for at least 5 years now and they all have one thing in common. Fish burps! No matter if it comes in a liquid or a capsule form, I have been dealing with the unpleasant aftertaste of fish burps for years. I knew enough about the benefits of taking fish oil that I just gritted my teeth and pressed on, but I am proud to tell you that Young Living’s version of fish oil gives no fishy after burps! Totally true.
3097OmegaGize3 is full of omega-3 fatty acids. These are the good fats that help strengthen the body and keep the brain in tip top shape. Volumes of research confirm this. OmegaGize3 fatty acids are sourced from sardine, anchovy and mackerel fish. CoQ10 and vitamin D3 is also added to this supplement. While eating more fish is one way to get Omega-3s into your diet, it can also add more toxins into the system if the fish is not wild caught. OmeGize3 also contains essential oils of course: spearmint, clove, myrrh, and German chamomile. Clove has anti-inflammatory benefits and is antibacterial. Myrrh helps stabilize the omega-3s in the supplement itself.
 

I love OmegaGize3 because my big kids will swallow these capsules. They aren’t too big for them, and with zero fish burp aftertaste, I don’t have to fight them on it! Do kids like fish oil? Yes.

Their pediatrician recommended 3 things at their latest wellness check-up: a daily dose of fish oil, a multivitamin and a probiotic.  Let me introduce you to Young Living’s multivitamin for kids. 3215MightyVites is a chewable, berry or orange flavored vitamin that all three of my kids will take. Kid tested, mother approved. With no added artificial coloring or flavoring, I tried one and they aren’t so bad. And, with literally 2 pages of vitamins packed in there, they also contain a super fruit; the Ningxia wolfberry. Originating from China, this berry is what the Ningxia red juice is made from. This is what makes our kids vitamin different from the rest.

Lastly, I would be a bad friend if I didn’t tell you about a buy one get one free offer! From now until January 31st, one of my other trusted sources for quality supplements is having a sale. Corganic is offering their Extra-Virgin Cod Liver Oil for a great deal. clo-45_9 Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil | Corganic
It’s just one more source for great nutrition and ingredients. It’s good to mix it up a little in regards to supplements. Warning: I am ordering my first bottle today so I cannot vouch for the level of fish burps!
To order any of these products listed above, visit my sign-up link here.
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