Spice up your life I say, and what better way than to spice it up with cinnamon!

Here’s a fun 2016 article on 10 Reasons You Need to Add Cinnamon to Your Coffee as well as the one from the Huffington Post to which it refers.

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This is my favourite mug 🙂 I brought it back from Lisbon in 2017. Fábrica is this wonderful small roaster where baristas from all walks of life serve you coffee in a very retro-chic bar atmosphere. If you ever find yourself in Portugal, Fábrica is a must in my opinion!!

Oh, how I miss touring Portugal and Spain…

No, I’m not talking about the rose oil, unfortunately. One day, I will have saved enough to buy such a precious oil, but today, I’m talking CLEANSE. A cleanse can mean many different things to many different people. Now, I won’t go into all the intricacies of a cleanse here, but I will underline a few points and the rest you can easily find on your own 🙂

    1. Everyone needs a cleanse, especially as the body ages and the toxins accumulate.
    2. It has never been more important to maintain a fully-functioning, healthy liver.
    3. Let’s focus on alkalinity – many researchers believe that most diseases can be linked to blood and intestinal acidity.
    4. The ideal program and the frequency can vary significantly from one to another. Discipline & water are key elements (and chlorinated tap water is a whole different post!).
    5. Fasting has been dubbed ‘nature’s single-greatest healing therapy’ and one can cleanse completely through fasting, but very few people can sustain this for an extended period of time.
    6. 00100lPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20190304203809148_COVERThe Master Cleanse (or Lemonade diet), which is delicious in my opinion, provides certain nutrients to sustain the body and help with the cleansing.
      • for each 8-oz glass, squeeze juice from 1/2 fresh organic lemon
      • add 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
      • add up to 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
      • fill glass with distilled water
    1. Depending on your blood type*, your intake of this cleanse may vary.

     

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    *This I have to read up on since I never gave blood-type related food and such much credibility.

    For more information and more cleanse recipes, see Aroma Cleanse from Life Science Publishing (Aroma series booklets).

March is finally here and Spring cleaning is on the mind of many… even if snow banks around our house are still taller than most middle school children. This being said, I’m in Montreal this weekend and a change in scenery is just what I needed. Best of all, it’s 5 degrees today (that’s Celsius my American friends 🙂 ).

Soooooooo Spring cleaning, for me, is now synonym with Thieves and I just can’t believe I have cleaned my house (and I’m like a super scrubber!) for years (YEARS!) with non-natural toxic products. From the floors to counters to our clothes, my family has been exposed to SO much toxicity in the past.

Just recently, I had the conversation, once more, concerning skin and the fact that people believe it is a barrier against toxins. Skin, our largest organ, is porous and very much absorbs whatever you put on it. How else do you explain, for example, hormone patches? If the skin did not absorb what is placed on it, how would the hormones in patches work?

But, we learn every day, and it is what we do with that information which is important. So please ditch those toxic non-natural, non-plant-based products and do that Spring Clean Bonanza with green products you trust.

Late next week, I will be making Thieves recipes at my place with my family-in-law. It is so amazing that so many of them are looking into changing their cleaning habits and going for Thieves products. One of my aunt-in-law just joined YL and bought the Thieves Starter kit. I can’t wait to show her just how many wonderful products she can make with her kit! Check out my recipes page for just some of my (and others in my tribe) concoctions. They ALL clean thoroughly while smelling heavenly.

Funny that even after almost 22 years, I’m still happy to rub my husband’s head with a serum every night to help with hair growth or simply to give him a nice scalp massage. Don’t get me wrong, many times I wish I could squeeze him in the compost bin and leave the bin and him out on the streets, but most days he makes me laugh and I love the fact that he embraces my crazy ideas and is always willing to go along.

When I proposed to him that I wanted to start adopting and sharing the principles of Young Living, he was quite skeptical. But as I started changing our habits and incorporating supplements while eliminating toxins, he embraced it full heartedly and now drinks his 2 tablespoons of camel milk every day even if he says it tastes like sand (which it truly does not hahaha). Now camel milk has nothing to do with Young Living per se, but as we change our health habits to better more educated choices, things like camel milk make their way to our homes. 🙂

After only three months of having adopted Young Living into our lives, he thinks of oils before going for ibuprofen when an ailment hits. Soon, I think I’ll have him take detox baths, but one thing at a time. My teenagers are a bit harder to crack, but I think that as they see the benefits, they will also be pulled towards adopting this new natural healthy lifestyle.

So, at the end of the day, I rub his head with serum to help his scalp but also to thank him for wanting to embark on this journey with me!

For the serum recipe, see my Recipes page. I think many men will be quite glad to have their spouse or partner spend time rubbing their heads at night!

There are some oils and blends that smell wonderful, there are some that leave you a bit indifferent and then there are some that you just connect with on so many levels. IMG_1840 (1)

Abundance is a blend that truly resonates with me, that enhances my senses, that balances me, calms my mind and makes me feel like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. It also brings a kind of joy and peace while creating a vibrant energy around me. It is hard to explain really 🙂 and as much as it resonates with me, it may not be as powerful to you, but I would say it is a blend not to miss. It is certainly one that everyone should try if only to add to a chakra roller or to feel its true power of synergy in the diffuser

I believe that by diffusing this blend or by using it topically, you are inviting prosperity and plenitude in your life. We all work hard towards our goals of health & wealth in all sense of the word, but as with everything else, why not accept a little help from our oily friends.

Write a comment to tell me how you are working to achieve your goals and you will be entered to win a free Chakra roller from me!!! I may even give two away 🙂

On my Day 22 video, I was talking about my skincare routine (and my fourth as last essential oil used in my face serum) and I know many friends of mine are asking me what products I use, how I use them and when I use them. So, here it is in a nutshell.

Night routine:

Cleanse my face with Stone Crop Gel from Eminence
– will be switching to ART gentle cleanser from Young Living shortly
Use about half a dropper of my DIY face serum (see recipes page)
Use eye cream serum from Eminence
– in the process of finding an alternative

Once a week, I use a mild mask. Last Sunday, I tried a DIY from Brigitte’s Facebook group (The Glow Co. Lounge) which I will add to my recipes page. It was FANTASTIC!!!

Morning routine:

Cleanse
Use serum
Use light moisturizer with SPF or powder which contains SPF
– in the process of finding an alternative here as well

Quick and easy, right? No more 12-step program and my skin has never looked or felt better!

Rest assured that I will update you as I find new products or concoctions (which I much rather make as a DIY as you know 🙂 )

Soon after my introduction to Young Living at the end of November 2018, I decided to make my own serum. The reason for this was two-fold; let me explain.

In 2018, while working from home, I was also working part-time in a Spa that sold Eminence products; organic products from Hungary that I had been using for many years and that I quite enjoyed. IMG_1815 But, these products were expensive (even with my discount) and I seemed to be buying more and more to obtain the same results (see my bathroom countertop below from March 2018… and I had more products sitting on my shower shelf!).

I wanted to find a way of reducing all these products to the bare minimum, not just in a cost-saving manner, but also as a way to get back to the essentials. I told myself that if I ate well and kept my body happy and healthy, my skin did not need all these products.

I did, however, want to find a way to help my skin obtain all the nutrients and benefits from naturally occurring oils and compounds so I researched and asked my oily tribe members for advice. And this is how I came up with my face serum that I call Flight, for it elevates my skin and mood to a healthier level every time I use it :). My Flight recipe has been added to the Recipes page and you are more than welcome to try it. There are many recipes for face serum out there. Try different ones and see how you feel. I can certainly attest to the fact that once you find the one that suits your skin the best, you will be able to forego all those other expensive products that clutter your counters.

Not only am I saving money on products, but I am saving my skin from long term effects of non-naturally occurring compounds. My skin feels better, my bank account is much happier AND the aroma from my face serum gives me added benefits that stay with me all day and all night long!

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