Hey you! I see you out there finding your way through this phenomenon called life. Maybe you’re reading this because you got sidetracked on Facebook. Gosh, I’ve never done that! If you believe that one, I’ll tell you another. Or, maybe you stopped by because you’re looking for a solid way to get through your day? That was me four years ago when I found a local class on essential oils and had an AH-HA moment about why I had been struggling with breathing and respiratory issues my whole life.
By the way, I LOVE breathing. Do you? I value breathing more now than ever, even though I’ve been doing it my whole life. Are you breathing as you read this? Funny question, right? Of course, you are! But are you really breathing? Close your eyes for a minute. Hopefully, for many reasons, you’re not driving while reading this haha! Start from your belly and take an inhale through your nose all the way up to your forehead, if you can get there. Count if it helps. When I discovered conscious breathing at my first yoga class, my inhales were stuck in my diaphragm. I couldn’t get past my heart. That’s how I was going through life. Stuck. Can you relate? We can chat about that in the new year. I hope you’ve exhaled by now?! Please do if you haven’t lol! Through your nose is often best. Notice anything different?
I start each day with a deep breath or two, and a side of peppermint oil by my bed that makes me hate the alarm clock less. Ever hear of a scent tent? Try a drop of peppermint in your left hand (your receiving side), rub your hands together, and tent your hands over your nose. Ahhhhhhhh! S#*t just got real, right? Ha! Turns out real, therapeutic grade peppermint with knock your socks off. One sniff of this oil and I was head over heels in love. I get mine here because of the Seed to Seal promise and because what we put on our skin we should be able to eat. With this peppermint, we can do both.
At that class I mentioned, I made an incredible peppermint scrub with three ingredients. Mind blown. Why, for the love of God, had I been spending my hard earned money on a scrub at that stanky store in the mall? When I returned home and looked at the label on that scrub, it got worse. Seventy ingredients. Seventy! I recognized one. Water. Mic drop! I became a researcher that night, searching many of those ingredients and was shocked at what I found here. Many of the ingredients were an 8-10 on the carcinogenic scale. Not only was I paying way too much for that scrub, I was lathering it onto my largest organ, my skin. Every. Single. Day. (Takes deep breath as post traumatic stress creeps back in…) Could this be the reason for my neverending respiratory issues? I was on to something.
At this point I needed to soak in a bath with the Lavender salts I made at that class, if only to wash away the guilt of never realizing that I had been slowly poisoning my body. It was time to say “Bye Bye, Felicia” to this crap, except I ended up keeping that tube of scrub for two years just to show friends what they were putting on their skin. That’s how my Young Living wholesale membership morphed into one of the best things that’s ever happened to me and my friends.
Still breathing with me? The beauty of each breath is that it’s a fresh start, mentally and physically, and peppermint soothes the soul. For today, just breathe. A deep inhale and exhale reminds us that it’s all good even when it’s not. If that makes no sense now, it will once you get the breathing thing down. And for those “Bye Bye, Felicia” moments, be sure to add oils.
Prana (Just breathe) Peppermint Scrub:
1 cup sugar
1/4 - 1/3 cup carrier oil
5 -7 drops Young Living Peppermint oil
Mix well, take a deep breath, and lather on everywhere <3
“Bye Bye, Felicia” Lavender Detox Bath
1-2 cups plain Epsom salts
¼ cup baking soda (optional for better detox)
5 drop Young Living Lavender oil
Directions: Soak, relax, breathe for 20 minutes and let your troubles wash away.
Tip: Hydrate before and after for best results