Essential Oil Rockstar: Wild Orange

Some essential oils are polarizing, like Vetiver, or Patchouli, or Geranium. People either love them or hate them! But one essential oil everyone loves is Wild Orange. Diffusing it instantly brings a smile to my face (and so does it’s low price tag). It’s a favorite of my daughter’s, too.

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When I want a bunch of citrus happiness all at once, I put 2 drops of Wild Orange with 2 drops of Grapefruit in my diffuser (sometimes with a drop of Peppermint) and it smells like I’m walking through a citrus orchard!

Wild Orange is my favorite oil to cook with, because it’s so versatile – it can enhance anything from chocolate treats (think cacao oat bites, chocolate ice cream shell, chocolate hearts, mmm!) to meats or savory dishes, to smoothies, to lattes (just add a drop to your favorite latte and stir well).

Here are a few of Wild Orange’s health benefits:

    • Contains powerful antioxidants.
    • Add a drop to your water for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health.
    • During colder temperatures, take one to two drops of Wild Orange in a capsule to support a healthy immune system.
    • During clean up, use Wild Orange to cleanse and purify countertops, tables and other surfaces.
    • To improve your home’s scent and to purify the air, place a few drops on your air filter.
    • Place one drop Wild Orange, Peppermint, and Frankincense in your hand. Rub hands together and inhale deeply for an energizing aroma (I keep these three in a roller bottle for easy application, any time of the day).
    • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent.
    • Before a stress filled day, diffuse for an energizing and revitalizing aroma.

I’ve found it blends nicely with some of those “heartier” oils I mentioned above, like Vetiver and Patchouli, to lighten them up and make them smell better.

How do you like to use Wild Orange?

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Essential Oil Rockstar: Arborvitae


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Hi friends! Today’s eo rockstar is Arborvitae (Thuja plicata), a beautiful tree found in Canada. Native Americans used its wood to build all kinds of things including vessels, totem poles, and baskets. Interestingly, when an Arborvitae tree dies, it can remain on the forest floor for many years without decaying (hence its nickname!). Seedlings even begin to sprout on its trunk, which helps them get off to a good start.

Arborvitae has a strong, distinct aroma – woodsy, warm, and rich. It is a natural insect repellant, and helps preserve wood surfaces.

During prayer, meditation, or other quiet times, I like to diffuse it for a sense of peace and calm. Only use 1-2 drops to start, it is really strong!

It also helps protect against environmental and seasonal threats, making it a favorite during all year long.

Here are some more benefits and usage ideas:

-Powerful cleansing and purifying agent

-Apply to wrists and ankles while hiking.

-Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray on surfaces or hands for a protecting solution.

-Diffuse to purify the air.

-Diffuse for a grounding aroma.

-Mix four drops of Arborvitae essential oil and two drops of Lemon essential oil with a carrier oil for a effective wood preservative and polish.

-Mix in with mulch while gardening.

-Create your own cologne with Cedarwood, Arborvitae, and Frankincense.

To get started with essential oils, email me at fitoilsmomma@gmail dot com. Ask me your Q’s and definitely ask about special offers – I’ve got a big one going on now for Christmas!

Essential Oil Rockstar: Ginger

Hello! Happy Thursday 🙂

Who else loves the pickled ginger that comes with sushi? Yeah, it’s pretty much the bee’s knees 😉 I ration it so I get a little piece with every bite of sushi!

The essential oil is just as spicy and sweet with that ginger “zing”!

  
(Some freshly picked ginger from the container garden)

It’s favorite add-in of mine for raw juices, because it supports digestion, and one of the reasons I juice is to promote healthy digestion. Because essential oils last for so long (years!) and it only takes a drop, it’s a cost-effective way to never run out of fresh ginger to juice. Also, I wouldn’t go cruising without it! Say bye-bye to occasional nausea after a whiff of ginger (diffuser jewelry comes in handy here, or just sniff from the bottle).

It’s hot, spicy, earthy, and sweet – and a great way to enhance your gingerbread cookies this time of year! (Remember to add it to the liquid part of the batter, not the dry.)

  
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It’s not hard at all to grow your own ginger, either (and it loves humidity, so Flordia peeps, this is something you can actually grow!). I’ve been doing it for months from a little piece I purchased at the grocery store, soaked overnight in water, and stuck under a little dirt in a container on the porch.

Here a few more of the essential oil’s benefits:

*dilute for young or sensitive skin with a 1:2 ratio of essential oil to carrier oil

  • During a long car ride along windy roads, di use or place a drop of Ginger in the palm of your hand and inhale.
  • May help to reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion.
  • Apply over lower abdomen for a soothing massage.
  • Great to add to your dinner for enhanced flavor.
  • Use one to two drops in place of whole ginger in favorite recipes.
  • Use to help create a sense of equilibrium.
  • Use for added energy in late afternoons.
  • Delivers anti-oxidant protection.
  • Use with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a stimulating massage.

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My Morning Routine (for gut health and all-day fat burning)

Good health doesn’t happen on accident. What we think, eat, and do consistently makes us healthy (or unhealthy). We all have morning routines–hit snooze, snuggle under the covers as long as possible, finally get up, change the baby’s diaper, wash face, make coffee, eat something, and head out the door has been my typical routine many times 😉

For gut health (read: to keep things moving. No shame!), I started a few years ago with drinking water on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. I’ve done warm water, water with lemon, and tea. Then, when Judith was born, I started taking probiotics right after the glass of water every morning because Judith was having digestive issues and the pediatrician suggested both of us taking probiotics. But over the last few weeks I’ve added a few things that are really changing how I feel throughout the day.

I’ve been more full and satisfied after breakfast and it’s been lasting the rest of the day! I’m really excited about this, because I have been a voracious monster grazer for the past couple of years, so it’s nice to go a few hours between meals and not think about food.

In chronological order:

1. A glass of water (I sometimes add grapefruit essential oil)

  
This cleanses and stimulates the digestive system, as well as rehydrates me after sleeping (and breastfeeding, which takes extra water out of my body) at night. The grapefruit boosts the hormone glutathione production (strengthening the immune system) and accelerates fat loss (really helped me with belly fat post-partum).

2. Probiotics

  
Look for a refrigerated probiotic, or a double-encapsulated one like doTERRA’s. I’m using this one because it has a very high dose so although some of it will get killed by stomach acid, a lot will still make it through to my gut. Taking it on an empty stomach means lower stomach acid levels and more probiotic is kept alive. This one is in powdered form, so I sprinkle it on a spoonful of applesauce. I get it from the holistic doctor’s office.

3. Phat Fudge

  
This stuff is a post all on its own–but not on my blog 😉 Mary (Paleo Chef) created this recipe. Basically, I wanted a way to get more turmeric in me, and cayenne pepper has great anti-inflammatory benefits too, so I jumped at the chance to combine them with…cacao? And butter? Yes. Obviously. But I think is really what’s keeping me full and satiated. Fats aren’t digested until they get to the lower part of our intestine, which contains a trigger for that full feeling. Phat Fudge has a huge dose of healthy fats, therefore, a piece before breakfast results in 1. eating a smaller breakfast and 2. feeling fuller longer. Much longer.

4. dōTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality supplements

  
One is for cellular vitality, one for omega fatty acids and essential oils, and one for vitamins & minerals. Really, the quality of the ingredients (whole foods, from sustainable sources), their bioavailability (very easily absorbed by our bodies), and the dosage that’s formulated to fill in the gaps of the Standard American Diet (SAD) are what set these apart. I haven’t been sick in 3 yrs because of these. Ask me about the most affordable way to get these. 

5. Vitamin D3 drops

  

I started taking D3 when I was pregnant with Judith, because blood tests showed my levels were low. I’d already read about Vitamin D3’s amazing health benefits (like fighting cold & flu, supporting a properly functioning immune system, and promoting DNA repair) so I was excited to start taking it. (Yes, taking supplements excites me! Or, if that sounds too nerdy, not missing anything in life because of sickness excites me!) Read here for more Vitamin D3 info. I agree the best way to get most of your Vitamin D is through sunlight, but I like to make sure I’m getting enough by continuing the liquid drops.
On the “things that don’t work in the morning” for me side, I noticed coffee always sits heavy in my stomach so I’ve been skipping it in the morning, and carb-y breakfasts leave me feeling sluggish so I have fats & protein with a little complex carbs instead. 

What are your morning routines? What doesn’t work for you in the morning?

March Goals + How to Have a Marvelous March

Hello friends! Happy March! This first week + 1 day is full of celebrations for us–we just came home from a weekend vacation/anniversary trip, Garrett’s birthday is the 4th (yes he was a “march forth” baby 😉 ), and our anniversary is the 8th. I see lots of cake in our future 😉

A few days before each new month begins, I do a lot of planning for the month ahead. I’ve been setting monthly goals for my business for over a year now, but I’ve been slacking on the personal life side of goal setting. For my business, I set a long-term goal (a few years out), and a yearly goal. But without breaking those down further, it can be discouraging to see what looks like little to no progress in the short term. So that’s where the monthly goals come in. They challenge me to get from point A to point B and I only have 30/31 days to do it, so I really push to do what I need to do on a daily basis.

So I’m thinking setting personal goals on a monthly basis would be awesome, too. Here’s what I’ve come up with for March:

  • Read 2 books
  • Read to Judith 4x/week (she doesn’t like to sit still for this, and wants to eat the books, so we don’t do it every day)
  • Exercise 4x/week + walk with Judith 2x/week
  • Host an essential oils webinar 3x this month (I’ve got fun topics planned! Stay tuned!)
  • Get quiet time/alone time for 30 mins each day (harder than it sounds when you live with 2 extroverts. Haha!)
  • Spend 20 mins outside (barefoot! Possible anti-inflammatory benefits) 3x/week
  • Put away phone/computer/TV for set times each day (been wanting to do this for a while…it’s amazing how differently I feel and think when technology isn’t distracting my thought processes)

And now, how to have a Marvelous March! I’ve seen quite a few bloggers do posts like this at the beginning of each month, and I loved the idea!

1. Get back in touch with nature

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Now that winter is coming to an end (for us in Florida, it never started. Haha.), it’s the perfect time to take a walk, sit under a tree and read, or hike in a forest. The pic is from the Pacific Crest Trail–I’ve been dying to hike this for a few years now, but it hasn’t happened yet. Still in my 10 year plan 😉 Planting a garden would be another awesome way to get in touch with nature again!

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2. Pick up an old instrument you used to play (or learn how to play one for the first time!), and use it to bless others. Music has powerful effects on mood and health.

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I play the piano, but have sorely neglected it for years 😦 College took me away from it, and now our house is too small to have one. But my parents still have a piano, so when I visit I’m going to play it again. I really miss it!

3. Reconnect with an old friend

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Over coffee, of course 😉 You know, your best friend in high school, or your college roommate who you got along great with but lost touch with? There can be something beautiful about picking those relationships up again in a different place and time in life. If your friend lives too far away to meet in person…

4. Send some snail mail!

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These ones from Lara Casey’s shop are so cute! I really want to get a set! Handwritten notes of encouragement mean so much. They’re a quick, easy, meaningful way to brighten up someone’s day and let them know how special they are. Speaking of letters, that brings us to #5:

5. Sponsor a child (and write them letters!)

 

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Sponsoring a child provides them with clean water, basic health care, and school supplies. World Vision also works with the families of sponsored children to improve their economic condition by teaching them a skill (like baking bread) to earn money. With World Vision, the cost to sponsor a child is $35/month. I began to sponsor a child from Ghana last month, and I was so excite to receive my welcome packet a few days ago with pictures of him and info about his community…I’m looking forward to receiving my first letter from him so on! They make it easy to send letters through email, too, so you can save on postage if you’d like.

 

Pare you soon with a vacation recap & pics 🙂

Gina

Easy Orange Coconut Granola (Gluten free!)

Hello again! I know I’ve been MIA from the blog lately, prepping for baby Judith’s arrival. But now my to-do list is dwindling (ok, so it really ebbs and flows between “a lot of stuff to do” and “MORE than a lot of stuff to do”, but at this exact moment it’s not too bad), so I’m taking time to relax and do things I enjoy (like blogging) while I can before sleepless nights become the norm!

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The aroma alone of this granola makes it worth baking a batch. Your kitchen will smell glorious!

Orange Coconut Granola

Ingredients:

4 c. oats

1 c. chopped nuts (I used almonds)

1/4 c. chia seeds

1/4 c. unsweetened coconut flakes

5-6 T. coconut oil, melted

1/2 c. maple syrup (I used 1/4 c. maple syrup and 1/4 c. honey, since we’re low on maple syrup)

2 drops Cinnamon essential oil (email me about the brand I use)

5 drops Wild Orange essential oil (email me about the brand I use)

1/4 t. ground cinnamon

1/4 t. salt

2/3 c. raisins (or other dried fruit)

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients (except dried fruit), and mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add wet to dry and stir to thoroughly combine.

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Add dried fruit after baking. Breathe in deep when you take the granola out of the oven!

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Have a lovely weekend! I’m headed to an all-day essential oils training with my team tomorrow (unless I go into labor tonight 😉 ). Can’t wait!

❤ Gina

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What’s your favorite granola flavor?