Essential Oils For $20 Or Less

Wellness Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

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I understand that starting out with a new form of wellness can be a little intimidating, and you may even postpone starting because you don’t think you’ll be able to afford it. But wait! There are tons of essential oils that are super cost effective and will still have a major impact on your life and your health.

Not to mention, once you look at the math- there are 250 drops in each 15ml bottle of Essential Oil. So each drop only costs you pennies. That is exceedingly cheaper than any pill on the market.

I went into detail with 10 of the oils under $20, but there are a lot more! You’ll see them listed at the end. (keep in mind, this price is based on having a wholesale membership and saving 25% on every product.)

You ready? Yeah, me too.

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Essential Oils under $20

Grapefruit: $16
This is a major part of the all time favorite doTERRA blend, Slim & Sassy®! Grapefruit helps to not only detox the body, but also supports your metabolism! Grapefruit is also a great choice for diffusing; it instantly purifies the air and provides an uplifting mood. Just wait- everyone who comes over is going to love love love how your house smells! Click here to purchase Grapefruit Essential Oil.

Melaleuca: $19
If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know that I LOVE Melalueca. It is amazing for any and all skin irritations, you just apply it onto the affected areas diluting as necessary. Because it is naturally purifying, this is a great oil to apply on the bottom of your feet or inside of your shoes to refresh them! Melalueca is also great taken internally inside a veggie capsule; helps support healthy joint function, soothe soreness, and when added with Frankincense and Oregano makes an AMAZING combo to get rid of any sickness. Click here to purchase Melalueca Essential Oil.

Clove: $14.00
This is one of those oils that you don’t wan’t to be without. Clove is a master at fighting free radicals because of it’s ability to be naturally cleansing and keeping your immune system healthy. I also love adding it to my moisturizer for a boost of germ destroying power! Clove is a “hot oil,” so make sure to always dilute it topically, and take internally using Veggie Capsules. Click here to purchase Clove Essential Oil.

Rosemary: $14
Yes, the delicious herb that you add onto your baked chicken, but man oh man it provides a lot more benefits than just taste. Rosemary Essential Oil can actually be taken internally to support healthy organ function! It can aid in reducing anxious feelings, tension, and low energy. Many people use it to help them with their memory! I also add it into my shampoos and hair serum because it helps hair grow. Click here to purchase Rosemary Essential Oil.

Eucalyptus: $14
Oh delicious Eucalyptus! I actually posted about this a little bit ago on this Instagram post. Eucalyptus is a great oil for cleansing- not only surfaces but also the air! I’ve been adding it onto my dyer balls for extra cleansing power on our clothes. This oil also opens up airways, so I love putting a couple drops at the bottom of your shower! It makes you feel like you’re in a spa. If you suffer from a lot of sinus issues, Eucalyptus is an amazing oil. It’s in the Breathe oil combination! Click here to purchase Eucalyptus Essential Oil.

Lemon: $10
Harvested in Sicily, Lemon is a doTERRA must-have oil that comes in the doTERRA Introductory Kit. Lemon is great for detoxing, cleansing, respiratory functions, and fights against allergies. This oil is also a straight up MAGICIAN for cleaning. If you have a weird mark on a table, in your car, on the wall, just add a little bit of lemon and watch it magically wipe away! Click here to purchase Lemon Essential Oil.

Cypress: $15.50
Cypress instantly transports you back into the woods. It has such a delicious scent that provides a great energy boost when you’re feeling a little tired. Cypress can be used on the skin to reduce blemishes, balance oily skin, and increase circulation! I first used Cypress in a blend for my husband to help with this varicose veins- and it worked! Click here to purchase Cypress Essential Oil.

Lemongrass: $10
Lemongrass is amazing for soothing sore muscles. You can apply it after a hard workout. just make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil. I first used it after I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed and it really helped to bring down the puffiness and reduce the pain. Fun fact: Lemongrass is also a natural insect repellent! Click here to purchase Lemongrass Essential Oil.

Juniper Berry: $19
This is a great oil to help with internally cleansing! You can add it daily to help detox all of the toxins, chemicals, and bad hormones your body tends to hold onto. It’s also wonderful used topically on skin to shrink blemishes. Click Here to purchase Juniper Berry Essential Oil.

Wild Orange: $10.50
This just may be one of my absolute favorite oils to diffuse. It smells SO good and it simultaneously purifies the air and boosts my immune system! You can also add Wild Orange to your water for a delicious boost of flavor and keep your body healthy.  Click here  to purchase Wild Orange Essential Oil.

Other Oils under $20

Besides being 100% natural, my favorite thing about essential oils is that they are so versatile. One oil can do so many things, and how much cheaper is that than getting different pills for each problem!?

To become a Wholesale member and save 25% on every product, sign up here. To just buy everything at retail, follow this link to my website!

If you have questions about starting essential oils, make sure to check out this blog post!

And if you are curious about what essential oils may be best for you and your health concerns, please reach out to me!

Happy oiling!

xxjoannaxx

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My Health Journey

The Emotional Side Of Healing

Getting healthy is a lot more emotionally involved than you may think. But let me just start off by saying that I am not perfectly healthy now, and honestly never will be.. our bodies are imperfect. But I have, like many of you, struggled with something for years and am finally at a point in my life where my body looks and feels it’s best. It’s been a long journey but I wish for nothing more than to share all that I have done in order to help some of you.

The Beginning

I remember the first time I knew something was wrong.  I had just eaten a meal that I had eaten probably 100 times, and suddenly my stomach started to cramp, I got really cold, chills all over my body. It had gotten so bad so fast that I began writhing on the floor. I felt so nauseous, and tried making myself throw up but wasn’t able to. It would start to go away then immediately come back full force. I was crying out in pain. It was honestly the worst pain I had ever experienced, even worse than awful period cramps because of the fear of not knowing what was happening to my body. I literally felt like my stomach was going to burst through my skin.

It thankfully passed after a few hours, but I was really, really scared.

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The Healing Process

Physical Side

Over the next few years I became extremely cautious with my food. I kept making little changes in my diet, always eliminating food that gave me problems.

My symptoms included: sharp, excruciating pains in lower and upper stomach, chills and goosebumps covering my body, nausea, rash from chest to stomach, unintentional weight loss, continuous breakouts, various food sensitivities, and feeling totally and completely helpless.

But it had gotten to the point that even healthy foods began to give me these problems. And foods would one day be fine, but then another day suddenly cause me to drop to the floor and curl up into a ball. It felt like my body was continuously rejecting all of the food I tried to give it.

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March 2, 2017. It wasn’t until later that I had realized how thin I had become. My body wasn’t absorbing any nutrients.

I signed up for Dr. Axe’s Leaky Gut Program after watching a webinar because I knew my disease was at least partially caused from my gut being damaged. It is a magnificent program that helped both my husband and I, but I knew I needed further attention.

When we were in Florida for a holiday I made an appointment with a naturopathic doctor I used to go to. And with the normal testing- blood work and hormone test, he gave me something I never heard of before- a breath test. To test my level of bacteria in my body.

When the results came back it showed that I had super high levels of bacteria which gave me the diagnosis of Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth aka SIBO.

I was ecstatic. The fact that there was a name for my condition meant that there were certain steps I could take to help heal my body. I had gone so many years,slowly giving up hope and this was the first sign that showed the light at the end of the tunnel.

So I went on the specific SIBO diet- cutting out a lot of different vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, sugar, protein, etc. And although this helped a little bit.. I am sorry to say that it did not heal me. My body was still weak, I still felt like my stomach was always upset. I went back to the doctor but never quite felt like he had my best interest in mind, something about how he spoke just didn’t show the care that I needed. So back to square one.

*small lesson: You do not need to see a doctor you do not love. You are your own best health advocate. Trust yourself and your feelings.*

I started seeing an acupuncturist, and after our consultation she gave me such confidence again that I started tearing up and gave her a huge hug. She is actually a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor so she was able to help me more than the typical acupuncturist. She first put me on high dosages of natural antibacterials to help kill the bacteria, high doses of probiotics to bring back the balance, and a shake to heal the gut lining and give my body the nutrients I wasn’t absorbing through food.

She also ordered a stool test which was by far the NASTIEST thing I have ever done but it is the best test to see how your body is doing. It tested my nutrient absorption, which bacteria levels were high, if I had any viruses or parasites, etc. This allowed my doctor to personalize my treatment even more.

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September 22, 2017. I was far along in my healing protocol and my stomach was doing better, but I was still really thin and dealing with a lot of emotional baggage.

Emotional Side

But it wasn’t until I tested my hormones through Delgado Naturals and saw how high my cortisol was that I also began to work on my emotional stress. If you read my other posts on my story on healing. ways to deal with emotional stress, and how to reduce cortisol, you’ll know that I have had some pretty hard years.

And you must know, this is so very important, that all stress manifests itself in physical ways. So my constant low level stress was causing my stomach to get all twisted up inside. I was constantly on the verge of tears, I was extremely lonely and heart broken, so I took the path to begin seeing a counselor. Having that outlet and a source of calm wisdom helped heal my heart and mind.

The Finale

Through persistence and patience, I am now at a point in my life where my body is absorbing nutrients, my gut is strong and healthy, my energy has dramatically increased, and I am, without a doubt, so much happier. I still go once a month to my acupuncturist to keep my body aligned. I don’t really take many supplements besides ones to balance my hormones, and I have kept up with the lifestyle changes to reduce my stress.

Now, I’ve been told that SIBO never truly leaves your system.  You can help it go into recession, but it may never fully go away. And that’s okay- I have accepted it. Through this health journey I have discovered various natural ways to help my digestive system whenever I do have a flare up. I am just so thankful that I never gave up trying or looking for a doctor that I truly felt was looking out for ME.

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September 26, 2018. This is me now. With a little extra love all around, and a healthy, strong body

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Your health is not determined by a number on a scale. It is only defined by your happiness.

 

What are you currently battling in your health journey?

xxjoannaxx

How To Fly Healthy

Turn Your Coach Experience Into A First Class Experience

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We just got back from two weeks abroad in France! We saw so many beautiful places, made so many memories, and even after being back in the states for a week and a half I still want to say Bonjour and Merci whenever I see someone.

But you guys.. our journey back home was a bit brutal- just shy of 24 hours of travel. Thankfully, before we left I compiled an arsenal of tools to use while on our flights to make them a lot more manageable! I am going to also write a blog post on what I used to make sure we stayed healthy even while living out of a suitcase, eating at restaurants for all of our meals, and definitely not sticking to our diets. Keep an eye out for it!

HOW TO FLY HEALTHY

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  1. Preventing Dehydration
    •  Plane air is extremely extremely dry and can cause dehydration insanely fast. Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, bloat, jet lag, dull skin, irritable bowels, and just overall sickliness. You should drink at least eight ounces of water every hour to keep your body properly hydrated.
    • I know that plain water can just taste so bland, right? WELL. I have discovered something absolutely magical to help with all of this!! LIQUID IV HYDRATION PACKETS. These are “a Non-GMO electrolyte drink mix that utilizes the breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology.. to deliver hydration to your bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone. 1 liquid IV can provide the same hydration as 2-3 bottles of water.”
    • Did you read that last sentence!? One packet = 2-3 bottles of water! And they come in different flavors! So not only do you have to drink less, but you’re more hydrated and your water tastes so delicious! I got the lemon/lime one and it’s sooo goooood. These really come in handy, especially on long flights! Get them here!
    • I also make sure to bring lots of tea bags, they’re much tastier than plain water and depending on what tea you bring, they can also provide a lot of health benefits!
  2. Sore Muscles
    • I don’t know anyone who finds those little seats comfortable. Not moving for a long length of time, not being able to extend your limbs.. it’s giving me claustrophobia just writing about it! And I’m sure you’ve experienced the dreaded pain that comes with being in these seats. That dull ache that radiates throughout the body.
    • Until recently, I just figured it was something I had to deal with. BUT NO MORE! meet your new Flying BFF- Yoga Massage Balls. so simple yet so ingenious. They’re small balls you can place behind your back, under your butt bone, by your shoulder, on your neck. You just roll all around it with your body. The pressure from your weight gives an amazing deep tissue massage. We also used these while not on the plane! When you can’t travel with all of your fancy healthy gadgets (like foam rollers) this does the trick in a pinch!
    • The other SUPER AMAZING product to bring with you while traveling is the DoTerra Deep Blue Rub. This. stuff. is. sent. from. heaven. above. hallelujah. amen. praise be. But for real you guys I would never leave my house without packing this. If you ever have a tight or sore muscle, rub this on and you will immediately feel relief. It’s the better, more effective, all natural alternative to tiger balm. I brought the sample packets because they’re really easy to pack! Plus you honestly don’t need a lot of the product so they last a really long time. However, if you’re thrifty and wanna save some dollahs, just buy the whole bottle and put some in smaller travel tubes! Processed with VSCO with m5 preset
  3. Inability To Sleep
    •  Those overnight flights are killer. You’ve got these weird lights on, you’re not comfortable, you can’t position your body in any way to encourage sleepiness, and there’s always some baby crying. But sleeping is sooo crucial for your travel. Getting off the plane after not sleeping and having a full day of adventuring can honestly set your whole trip off. maybe even cause sickness! I’ve got you covered:
    • Drink Kava Tea (ask for plain hot water from hostess and bring your own tea bags), Take Melatonin, Apply Lavender Essential Oil to Wrists and/or take the Serenity Blend Capsules from DoTerra, Eye Mask, Ear Plugs, Inflatable Neck Pillow, scarf to cover face/use as blanket, and exercise that day or the day before so your body is tired and wants rest. Processed with VSCO with m5 preset
  4. Feeling OuttaWack
    •  This word kinda describes what I’m trying to say haha. When you’re on a plane you are immediately ungrounded. Your feet aren’t touching the ground but you also may be passing through timezones, your internal clock is messed up, you feel nervous or anxious from being on a plane, you really just don’t feel normal.
    • Try these tips: Yoga before your plane ride, really zone in on your body and your breath, this will help relax you. Take deep, long breaths in and out from the nose to help your body recognize that you’re okay, you’re not in a fight or flight mode (I actually just did a video tutorial on this on my IGTV channel! Check it here). Use Balance Essential Oil Blend on bottom of feet and wrists before and during flight. This is a wonderful blend of essential oils that is super grounding, made primarily from tree essential oils which are known for their grounding abilities (roots baby, its’ all about the roots and solidity)
  5. Bloat
    •  This is something that can be hard to avoid. Amidst the dry air, the pressure changes, the weird plane food, being squished next to people and not feeling comfortable, bloating used to seem like it’s just part of the plane ride that came with the fee. BUT there are many tips for how to avoid this!
    • Bring your own food. Pack meals and snacks depending on how long the flight is. Try and eat light, your body is already in a weird limbo state and giving it heavy meals that takes a lot of energy to break down isn’t going to end well. Drink plenty of liquids so your stomach has enough lubrication to perform digestion. (There are many people who actually fast during their plane ride and don’t feel any of these affects! However, not everyone’s body can do this so make sure you listen to yours!)
    • But hey, I’m right there with you when I say that sometimes it is not easy to turn down a free meal… so now your belly is swelling up to the size of a pregnant woman, what do you do? Take Digestive Enzymes while eating, especially when eating heavier, inflammatory meals. It’s not a bad idea to take these no matter what you eat, it’s always a good thing to put less stress on your body.
    • Rub DigestZen on your belly, and actually massage it in with soft clockwise rotations around the belly. DoTerra offers a Pre-Diluted Rollerball for people who are more sensitive (children, older adults) and it’s also more beneficial than the straight oil because the carrier oil actually seals in the essential oils so that they don’t evaporate! If you prefer not to make the plane smell (which you shouldn’t, your health matters too!) they also come in tablets called DigestTab! These are super amazing, I always have a couple in my purse whenever i go out to eat!
  6. Dry Skin
    •  Does anyone else always get a “plane pimple”? It doesn’t matter how long I’m on a plane for.. without fail, I always get a pimple from being on a plane. Probably a mix from recycled bacteria ridden air and no moisture. So there is a way to prevent this! If I’m on an overnight flight, I always pack my skin care routine into my carry-on bag so that I can still wash and moisturize my face. You can do it easily in the bathroom! I also always bring a face mist to periodically spray my face with.
    • The one I make is super simple- 1-2 tsp Aloe Gel, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 2 oz Rose Water, combine in 2 oz Amber Glass Spritz Bottle, shake, and apply! I’ve also heard of people who apply masks while on planes! It’s a great way to pass time and keep your skin lookin’ fly.
  7. Stagnant Blood
    •  This is important to everyone, but especially for those of you that struggle with varicose veins/have a family history of them. When you sit in the same position for hours and don’t use your legs, blood pools and your leg expands, your veins have to work insanely hard to keep blood moving.
    • To prevent this, make sure you either get up and walk around every hour, or if you don’t feel like getting up, simply pump your feet as if you were pumping your brakes. This will get the blood flowing. You can also wear Compression Socks, but those of you that have vein problems should definitely wear them!! I found mine on amazon, and you can choose which one you like based on your color preference and size!Processed with VSCO with m5 preset
  8. Preventing Sickness
    • I’m not sure why, but there always seem to be someone right next to me who can’t seem to stop coughing the whole trip. And all of those germs spewing out? Yeah they’re being recycled in the air that the whole plane is breathing. So many people get sick after being on a plane, they inevitably pick up someones illness and it can be really hard to fully enjoy your trip if you’re feeling under the weather.
    • But no more! There are so many ways to boost your immune system before and during the flight so that you can fight away all of those nasty germs.
    • Before your flight: Eat a whole food based diet- lots of veggies, fruits, fats, whole grains, etc. Make sure you’re exercising, drinking lots of water, getting out in the sun and absorbing that good Vitamin D. Take Probiotics to keep that good bacteria in your gut. And right before your flight, make sure you rub d OnGuard Essential Oil Blend on your neck and bottom of your feet to pump up your immune system even more.
    • During Flight: Spray down your tray and seat area with the On Guard Sanitizing Spray, you really have no idea how well they clean those after each flight, Take an On Guard Beadlet to keep your immune system boosted from the inside out, and take a Vitamin D3 capsule. These will all keep your immune system strong and prevent you from getting sick! Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

And thats just about the jist of it! All of these made my super long flights a lot more enjoyable. I felt way more in charge of my experience and my body. If you have any more tips please leave them in a comment below! I’m always trying to make my coach flight feel like a first class flight 🙂

xxJoanna

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How To Reduce Cortisol (STRESS)

It’s Time To Tell That Cortisol To Get LOWWW

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If you guys know me, or follow me on my social media— you’ve probably deduced that I have a tendency to stress the frrrriiiick out. But you also probably know that I struggle with gastrointestinal issues as well. Surprise, surprise, most stomach problems are caused from the body’s response to stress.

Quick story: Your body manifests your mental and emotional state in your physical body. So if you’re ever going through a hard time at work, home, relationships.. this all translates into your body. The symptoms depend on the person, some get skin issues, some people get really imbalanced hormones, some (like me) get stomach problems. So just keep that in mind when you’re addressing your health issues- ask yourself how happy are you? how stressed? Is there anything you are dealing with?

Okay so back to me. (so self absorbed i know)

The main reason many people have stomach problems due to stress is because you subconsciously squeeze and contract your stomach. What do children do when they feel sad or uncomfortable? They cross their arms over their stomach- as if to protect it.

If you read my previous post, I kinda go into detail about all of the things that I’ve been struggling with. You can find that here. So through my journey of healing my body and healing my gut (that would randomly give me such awful pain, chills, bloating) I have learned so many tips and exercises to use to help calm my body down. Cortisol is the stress hormone, so whenever you are in the “fight or flight” mode, your body floods itself with cortisol. Causing a whole host of problems.

Symptoms of High Cortisol 

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Rapid Weight Gain
  • Food Cravings
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Brain Fog
  • Emotionally Unstable/Mood Swings
  • Imbalanced Blood Sugar
  • Weak Immune System
  • Poor Sleep
  • Changes In Libido
  • Acne/Skin Issues
  • Aches and Pains
  • Imbalanced Hormones/Period Problems

I’m betting you have one or maybe even multiple of these problems. So let’s get down to business (to defeat the huns) no just kidding. to defeat high cortisol. (that was a mulan joke if you didn’t get it)

WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS/CORTISOL

Eat Whole Food Diet, Reducing Inflammatory Foods

  • When you feed your body things that cause it to work overtime, deprive it of key nutrients, or flood your system with toxins that it cannot process- you are putting your body and your internal systems under a lot of stress. PLUS, when you eat inflammatory foods your blood sugar becomes super unstable- rising then crashing constantly throughout the day.
    Foods that are anti-inflammatory are high in key nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants which help balance hormones and control your cravings, all of which help bring your body into balance. Read this blog to find out what Inflammatory Foods you should avoid! 

Meditate

  • Meditation has been around for centuries. Creating space and stillness in your mind and body is scientifically proven to reduce your stress response and encourage relaxation and healing. Even just a few minutes a day can make a big difference. Try slowly building up your ability to meditate. It is really difficult, especially for those who were raised in this current generation who need that constant gratification of doing a million things at once. There are some apps you can get to help guide your meditation, as it can be difficult to know what to do and calm yourself down. Just try it for one minute one day, and keep adding a minute every day. 

Deep Breathing

  • When you’re stressed your chest become tight and your breathing becomes shallow. Very quick, light, short breaths. Unfortunately, these are automatic reactions that are part of the stress response… but most adults breathe like this all the time. To help counteract this- try diaphragm breathing. This actually activates your parasympathetic nervous system aka your natural relaxation response!!
  • How To- Breathe in through your nose, long and slow, filling up your belly and chest with air, then slowly exhale through your nose. You can also try putting one hand on your chest and one hand on your stomach to help monitor your breathing, while also directing your thoughts and energy towards those areas to increase the loving healing. 

Acupuncture

  • I began acupuncture probably a little less than a year ago to help address/heal my SIBO. Combined with supplements and lifestyle/dietary changes, acupuncture had a really impactful effect on my healing journey. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago, and is intended to rebalance the energy in the body. Injuries, disease, stress, these all cause the body to become out of balance. Acupuncture can help alleviate pain, balance hormones, heal stressed organs, achieve better sleep, increase circulation, etc. If you’re in the N. Tampa area, I have a really wonderful Traditional Chinese Doctor who offers acupuncture, she’s the best. 

Regular Exercise

  • This one should come at no surprise to you- exercise is pretty much the second most important thing you can do for your body. I’m serious. It is also one of the best ways to manage stress- as well as balance hormones, balance blood sugar, help you sleep better, yada yada yada it’s really important. There is one catch though- you MUST make sure that you do not overexert yourself to the point of exhaustion. And you must make sure you give yourself time to rest and heal. People who over train actually cause more stress on their body, releasing unnecessary cortisol into their system.
  • Although exercise temporarily increases cortisol, it brings it back down once you are finished. This teaches your body how to handle stress and how to lower cortisol levels easier. 

Adaptogens

  1. Food is medicine. What we put on and into our bodies literally break down and become our cells. So what better way to “treat” ourselves than to feed it substances that can help balance our body. Adaptogens may be something you have never heard of before- and I’ll be honest, until I became super health conscious I never heard of the word either. To put it simply- adaptogens are herbs that help your body “adapt” to undesirable conditions. “According to naturopath Edward Wallace, an adaptogen doesn’t have a specific action; it helps you respond to any influence or stressor, normalizing your physiological functions.” source 
  • I am a big big fan of adaptogens, I really believe I can tell a difference when I consistently take them. I have had experience with Ashwagandha, it is the most common and gentle of herbs. Here are the other top adaptogens that aid in reducing cortisol:
    astragalus
    licorice root
    medicinal mushrooms, including reishi and cordyceps
    rhodiola
  • TIP- always always always make sure you are buying your herbs and adaptogens from a reputable source. Often conventional foods herbs are grown with heavy pesticides and metals. I solely buy my adaptogens from Sun Potion. Their products are top of the line and they last a reaaalllyy long time.

Essential Oils

  • Ah, oils, my favorite! These work similarly to herbs and adaptogens, they work with your entire body bringing it back into balance. If you want to read my previous post about what essential oils are- check this post, it’ll help you understand more of what I’m talking about! Here are the top oils for reducing stress: lavender, clary sage, frankincense, and ylang ylang. I actually just bought the Doterra Roll On Blend called Clary Calm. This is specified for women who deal with PMS/menstrual problems (hormone imbalance, stress, cramps.) I like using it because it helps reduce my stress while also working on the other problems in my body. I love that it is already packaged so I can take it with me wherever I go to get a quick pick me up! 
  • NOTE- When buying essential oils, make sure they are from a reputable company!! Conventional companies are known to add fillers and toxic ingredients to their oils.. which can cause serious harm to your body. I exclusively use Doterra, if you have any questions or want to get started- let me know! 

Get Enough Sleep

  • Remember, cortisol isn’t inherently bad. It is a natural part of our body- it is the thing that wakes us up in the morning, and the thing that makes us tired at night so we sleep deeply. A lot of people with high cortisol levels have an extremely hard time sleeping, their circadian rhythms are out of balance. Getting enough sleep helps our body repair itself, and control cortisol production. Try applying the other tips to balance your cortisol and this will hopefully help our sleeping situation. ALSO- keep in mind, naps are okay. If you are super super tired and you didn’t sleep well and you can’t function- take a nap. Rest. Your body needs it.

Yoga

  • So yoga is like the ultimate cortisol defeater. It includes exercise, deep breathing, and meditation. You can also include essential oils into your practice to reap those benefits. I know yoga isn’t for everyone, but it is a really really powerful tool for reducing stress in your body. Even if it’s just ten minutes once a week. Your body feels so good afterwards, very light very open.

WHEW. Now that was a long blog post. But I know how important it was to write! If you have any questions or any other tips, leave me a comment or send me an email! Don’t forget you can catch me over on my instagram to see all of the other healthy tips and tricks.

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Hope you find the time to relax today. <3

xxjoannaxx

 

Top 8 Natural Remedies for Seasonal and Environmental Threats

The Rise of the Histamines

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Let me just say it- POLLEN SUCKS. It’s great for the bees and the plants and butterflies and whatever- but for you and me and all other humans… no thanks.

My car is literally coated in green.

Anyway, most people are afflicted with allergies. And while doctors normally prescribe pharmaceuticals like antihistamines, they’re not good for your body and may actually make allergy symptoms worse.

So I’ve compiled a bomb list for natural remedies, that can only help your body heal!

Wave Goodbye To Seasonal/Environmental Threats! 

  • Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet-
    • Lots of fresh leafy greens, veggies, and fruit.
    • Add in garlic! Natural antibiotic and immune booster. For most powerful, eat it raw
    • Lemons are amazing at detoxing the body and keeping it ‘alkaline’ (in balance)
  • Take Probiotics-
    • Everyone has bacteria in their gut, but most people have way more bad bacteria than good bacteria. A really good soil based probiotic (like these) helps rebalance the gut, which really increases your immune system and decreases allergies!
  • Eat Local Raw Honey-
    • This may sound counterintuitive, but it’s hella not. By taking a daily dose of this, your body will natural build up a tolerance to the local pollen! It is recommended you take 1 TBS daily, whether in tea, oatmeal, smoothies, etc. Remember though- it has to be raw and local, if it has been heated up you will lose the potency, and if it’s not local you won’t be building up your immune system against the local pollen. Check your local farmers market! 
  • Use a Neti Pot-
    • This clears sinuses and removes congestion, naturally relieving allergy symptoms. (like this one) or (this one!)
  • Frankincense Essential Oil-
    • You didn’t think i would go a whole post without mentioning the King of Essential Oils, did you?
    • Frankincense boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation, and heals the entire body. You can rub it (diluted) onto chest, or diffuse in your home, or take a couple drops under your tongue daily. (i only use Doterra’s Frankincense because it is the highest quality out there! Many essential oils are cheap and full of fillers, they will actually cause harm to your body! Check out more here)
  • Drink Stinging Nettle Tea-
    • This is a remedy that dates back to medieval times..!
    • It can treat a wide rage of health concerns, and naturally controls histamines which is why it’s so great for allergies! (check it out here)
  • Doterra’s TriEase Softgels Seasonal Blend
    • TriEase Softgels were developed to protect against seasonal and environmental elements and to promote a healthy respiratory system when needed most. Each softgel contains equal parts of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils, known for their ability to maintain clear breathing and a healthy immune response when combined together.”
    • You can purchase these through my site on Doterra! Which is linked here. ***If you wish to get more involved with oils, have questions, or wish to become a member and save 20% on each order plus earn points towards future orders- let me know! Send me an email or DM me on my Instagram @awellspringoflife!** 
  • Drink lots of water, sleep 8 hours a night, don’t eat sugar, processed foods, dairy, or conventional grains. 

I’m telling you, if you incorporate just a couple of these into your daily life you will see a difference!

Comment below if you’ve had any experience with these natural remedies!

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xxJoannaxx

 

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What Are Essential Oils?

Are They Safe?

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Those moments when you’ve smelled a flower or peeled an orange- you have enjoyed the wonderful experience of essential oils.

“These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.”

Essential oils are the things that give plants their smell, and are their natural defense system. Plants are constantly attacked by mold, fungus, insects, etc and actually have a natural way of defending themselves! Not only do essential oils protect the plant, but also aid in helping the plants become pollinated!

But before I go any further, I should probably break down what a “Volatile Organic Compound” even is:

They are small organic molecules that have the ability to change quickly from state to state (ie- solid to liquid to gas) at room temperature. This is what makes them volitile; their ability to change so quickly. There are over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds, and they determine what the essentials oil’s aroma and benefits are.

The composition of essential oils and their VAC’s can often vary depending on where and how it was growing, the time of year, the weather, the harvest, distillation, etc. Every step of the process plays a huge role in the quality of the essential oil.

Essential oils can be used in three ways; aromatically (smell), topically (touch), and internally (mouth). They can be used for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Essential oils are used in medicine, food preparation, and beauty treatments!

COOLEST FACT: You’re probably wondering why these work on humans. Essential Oils are great for plants, but how can they be applied to me? WELL, plant cells and human cells are actually suuupppper similar! So when your body comes into contact with an essential oil, the essential oil knows what to do because it’s working with similar material.

This blows my mind. It’s absolutely incredible.

The most important thing to remember is that you need to prioritize buying high quality essential oils. There are many companies out there trying to sell you crappy oils full of chemicals and nasty fillers. do not buy them. I know they’re tempting, but there’s a reason why they’re $5 instead of $30. People have become seriously sick/injured from using impure essential oils.

If you’re serious about your health, then you will want to only buy the best.

I exclusively use DoTerra. Not only are they the largest essential oils company, but they have the highest quality essential oils available. They also source it from all over the world, constantly giving back to developing countries.

If you’re interested in taking your health journey to the next level, send me an email! I would love to talk to you, figure out your health concerns, and from there talk about what are the best options for you <3

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xxJoannaxx

Why You NEED To Avoid Packaged Foods

Ingredients for An Unhappy BOdy

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This is quite a doozy of a topic. And while I can go super in depth with it, I’ll save you from the pages and pages of nutritional explosion.

Bottom Line: If it comes in a package, you should probably keep it in a package. 

Not only can these foods cause breakouts, sagging, dull skin, early onset aging, but serious health conditions- obesity, heart problems, diseases, diabetes, etc. You’re playin’ with fire, people.

Steer Clear from Packaged Foods

Excuse me Ma’am, Where Can I Find the Nutritional Value?  

I’ll keep it simple: nowhere. Mostly all conventional packaged foods have been so overly processed that even if it does have “okay” ingredients, the nutrientsare long gone anyway. Excessive heating and processes drain any goodness from foods. So you may feel full, but you’re nutritionally starving. And when your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, it’s going to start sacrificing parts of your body to stay running; i.e the skin.

Get Behind Me, Sugar!  

Processed Foods have a tendency to contain an INSANE amount of sugar. Not only does this cause inflammation and a heck of a lot of breakouts, but also totally wrecks your immune system. In order for our body (skin) to heal and prevent unnecessary degeneration, we have to be able to fight off diseases, injuries, viruses, etc. Sugar will also make you fat. true story.

Kookoo for Grains

The main reason why processed, packaged foods leave us feeling satisfied and full– processed, inflammation causing, gut damaging, highly refined grains. They fill you up, but then your body instantly breaks them down into sugars which spikes your blood sugar, causing wrinkles. And the inevitable post lunch crash. Food should give you energy and life, not take it away.

Drowning in Oils

If you check the ingredients, you will almost 100% of the time find some sort of processed, vegetable oil. Canola, Sunflower, Soybean, Corn, and Cottonseed are the worst and most common. They are full of Omega 6’s which can insane amounts of inflammation.

If you’re still paying attention, you’ll notice the overarching theme here is I N F L A M M A T I O N. Poor Diet is the #1 cause of inflammation. If you’re body is struggling to work properly, it is technically “injured.” And with any sort of injury, your body is going to send out signals to increase blood flow and histamines to that area to heal it. When it’s something serious, naturally induced inflammation is a necessity because it lets you know there’s something wrong. But when the cause is simply eating nutrient deficient food.. your body is going to slowly break down over time- starting with your skin.

I highly encourage you to eat whole foods rich in vitamins, proteins, fats, and antioxidants. If it was made in a lab, then a lab is needed to digest it properly. Don’t let your skin suffer because of tempting convenience foods! Treat yourself lovingly and get on that whole food diet!

xxJoannaxx

Why I Started Using Essential Oils

There’s An Oil For That

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This isn’t one of those insane, unbelievable, miraculous stories.. but I think it’s just as important to share those everyday life occurrences. It’s more relatable.

I had received a kit of Doterra Essential Oils as a wedding gift…. and didn’t touch them until about a year later. I had no idea what they were, how to use them, why I needed them, etc. I thought they looked and sounded super cool and hippyfied, but actually putting them into practice was another story.

I honestly kinda forgot I had them.

As most of you know, I don’t have the best skin. Mostly due to genetics and imperfect health, but it’s very stubborn and super confidence breaking. I had just gotten into really reading about health and nutrition and natural solutions, and came across Tea Tree Essential Oil. A super star for all things skin concerned, especially breakouts.

And I was like AHA! I hope I have this! And sure enough, amongst all of the other treasured Essential Oils in that kit, I found Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melalueca. I made a little concoction with jojoba and Lavender (also good for skin), and my face was astoundingly thankful.

And I was like “oh frick yeah, this jank works!” So I started incorporating Essential Oils into my everyday life. With cleaning, cooking, healing, pain, emotional support, etc. When I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed I didn’t take any of the medication they prescribed me, just Essential Oils. Of course I was kinda worried that I could get crazy infections because I have four gaping holes IN MY MOUTH, but I trusted the oils and their miraculous abilities. I healed super well and it just adds to my Essential Oil testimony.

I plan on going more in depth with different ways I use Essential Oils in the upcoming posts, I just wanted to start off the series with my background!

Always, always make sure you are using high quality Essential Oils. I religiously use DoTerra, who created their own standard of quality because it didn’t yet exist. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.

*If you have any questions, curious about ways to use it in your home or in your health journey, email me! I’m one of their representatives and would love to get to know you, talk about your goals, and send you a free sample!*

I whole-heartedly believe that Essential Oils are a crucial step in all journeys to better health. In helping you become A WellSpring Of Life.

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xxJoannaxx

Why You NEED Collagen

Baby Phat

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Collagen is a word frequently thrown around in the natural health and beauty world. Many companies and doctors praise it’s name, claiming it can heal anything from arthritis to dull skin. And not only have there been these claims, but also the countless testimonies from people who have had amazing results. It’s quickly rising to the top of the ‘things you need to add into your diet’ list.

What is Collagen

“Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues..” Dictionary

Although collagen is technically a protein, it also contains a mixture of amino acids (proline, glycine, hydroxyproline, arginine). This is found not only in our own bodies, but also in the bones and connective tissues of animals.

Why You Need Collagen

Collagen is something our body already produces. However, age has a tendency to take things away from us- one of those being collagen. The wrinkles, the kinks in our legs, the sagging neck- all attributed to the slow, but consistent loss of collagen.

Collagen gives skin its elasticity, hair its strength, and connective tissue its ability to hold everything in place. It’s pretty necessary to have a good amount of this in your body, for obvious reasons.

Supplementing Collagen

Age can decrease collagen, but so can stress, gut imbalances, poor diet, etc. So pretty much all Americans are really in need of collagen, no matter their age.

Thankfully, modern medicine has found a way to extract collagen and making it available to the public.

Collagen comes in powdered form, making it super easy to mix with water, non-dairy milk, smoothie, or even some snacks! There are really great recipes online that use collagen if you want to get creative. When choosing a powder, be sure it is sourced responsibly and grass-fed from a reputable company. I currently use this kind, and I LOVE it! Such good quality, and immediately dissolves into the liquid. No lie, I can tell a difference when I use this supplement.

Try it and see the magic work! Feel the power. Get the Collagen!

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xxJoannaxx

What’s In My *Non Toxic* Makeup Bag

No Nasties Here

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Alright my babes. Unless you’re some sort of purist, you wear SOME kind of makeup. Whether it’s just concealer or a full on fabulous face- you should be aware of what you’re putting on your skin. Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs 70% of everything we put onto it. So that lipstick you love? YEAH, you’re pretty much eating it like a snack.

Every bit of conventional makeup/skincare/bodycare/cosmetic contains chemicals and toxins that can cause infertility, cancer, inflammation, sensitivities, etc. It’s not pretty. If you want to find out how many nasties your products contain, just type the name into EWG SkinDeep and they’ll rate it for you! (It’s a dope website, I look everything up on there.)

One of the first ways people can make the switch to healthier lifestyle is to gradually throw out their gross makeup and replace it with a healthy alternative. I’m not a huge makeup connoisseur, but yo’ girl likes to look nice and put together. I have compiled a list of my top faves that I use pretty much everyday. For the record, I have super sensitive skin prone to breakouts, so I have to be really careful of what oils/butters/waxes I put on my skin.

Mascara

I’ve been loving this mascara! It thickens, lengthens, and it comes in a small tube so I don’t waste any product! (you should replace your mascara every three months to avoid bacteria growing in it) PLUS!! It’s only $14 !!! 

Concealer (face)

Jane Iredale has a really great option for those who are prone to breakouts. It’s nice and smooth, and melts into the skin with the warmth of your finger. The only thing I don’t like is that it comes with two colors, and I never use the lighter shade so it’s a tad wasteful.

Concealer (under eyes)

This concealer is the BOMB. It’s creamy and hides dark circles exceedingly well. Plus I feel like they have wonderful color options to match your skin. It is a bit buttery though, so I know a lot of people set it with a powder. I never do, and it does fade over the day, but I don’t care about that too much. Best part; because it’s a thicker consistency you only need a little bit, so this puppy lasts a looooong time. 

SPF

I usually wear a light oil beneath it, (hemp seed oil) because my face is a little on the drier side. But I looooooove this formula. It’s efficient and gives my face a really nice natural glow.

Eyebrow Tint

Glossier is like the bridge between 100% natural and conventional. The ingredients are pretty good, not perfect, but still really good. I love how this product keeps my brows in place while also making them look thicker and darker, but still super natural. The product lasts a really long time too.

Eyeliner (liquid)

Every once in awhile I like to look fancy and give myself a cat eye. I think it looks really sexy and it doesn’t require too much skill. This eyeliner has a really nice applicator, and the actual liner lasts a long time. But beware, if you have oils near your eyes the liner will come off.

Lip SPF

Coola is great. There’s not weird white tint or nasty taste. And it gives your lips a nice sheen, and is slightly moisturizing.

Red Lip Stain

I have seriously just begun to wear any sort of tint on my lips (..23 years old.) I love this color and this consistency. It does wear off over time, and leave a slight slight tint, but you should really reapply it if you want something super intense.

And that’s it! My main focus is always healthy skin, so I definitely care a lot more about how my skin looks without makeup.

**What are your favorite Natural Beauty Products?**

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xxjoannaxx

 

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