‘Tis the Season
It is that time of year that people love or perhaps love to hate. No matter where you fall on this vast spectrum, I am passing along my top tips for thriving this holiday season, instead of merely surviving them.
Over the last month, I spent nearly 2 weeks in the sunshine and festive city of Oaxaca for Dia de Muertos. This trip has been a long time dream of mine to explore Mexico during this holiday and it lived up to and far exceeded all of my expectations. I am cooking up a retreat there next year where we will be focusing on befriending death to fully live. Stay tuned for details in the upcoming future but if you want to place a deposit to claim a limited spot, contact me right away.
Now, I am back in the cold PNW recovering from a double ear infection and bronchitis that I came down with since I returned. This has forced me to slow down, go to bed early and to take exceptional care of myself. It has been non stop bone broth, tea, hot toddy's and essential oils all around.
As we head into the holiday weekend I want to share my favorite tips for Thriving through the holidays, but you know these really apply all year long.
1. Release all expectations
Over the years, one of the biggest lessons I have learned is to let shit go. This applies to all of life but especially over the holidays when it is easy to get caught up in the ‘shoulds’ and ‘have to’s’. There is no reason that anyone would want you stressed out over any holiday details or gifts.
Step back and ask yourself this very important question, “How do I want the holidays to feel?” Leading up to the holidays and the day of, what is that feeling you are going for? Are you wanting to feel connection, giving, peaceful, calm, grounded, excited, etc? What is that core feeling you hope to feel on your favorite holiday?
Now, take that answer and figure out how you feel that EVERY. SINGLE. DAY during the holiday season. Releasing the expectation that everyone is going to feel a certain way on THE DAY of the holiday frees up so much emotional space that otherwise just leads to disappointment. Someone is bound to be sick with the flu or things will somehow not go as planned when huge expectations are place on one big day.
Instead, start each day setting your intention for creating the feeling you long to have and bring it into each day from now through the holidays. Bonus points if you keep focusing on that feeling into the New Year!
2. Keep Calm
In the last year, I have replaced all the lotions in my life with essential oil, essential oil blends and custom created homemade body butters that support my emotional and physical wellness.
My favorite things to use when things get to be to much in life and I realize I am living in survival mode is Stress Away. I love this roll on and diffuse the oil in my diffuser any time things start feeling overwhelming.
I have tried many oils over the years and have found Young Living to be of the highest quality and their blends are my absolute favorite to use. This is plant and Earth Medicine at it’s best!
Huge Black Friday sale is happening over at Young Living which makes it the perfect time to stock up for yourself and to give some as gifts. When you sign up through me, I will even send you some goodies to say I Love You!
3. Drink a cuppa
Increasing your fluids when the weather gets cold and our heaters are blowing help keep things flowing. Hydration does wonders for our bodies.
As soon as the weather got cold I began drinking my favorite tea for the holidays, Juniper Ridge’s Douglas Fir Spring Tip tea. This tea is wild harvested and collected locally in the PNW. It tastes like Christmas in a cup. I add 1/4-1/2 of a fresh squeezed lemon and some local raw honey or stevia and it warms my heart and Spirits this time of year. Find it here.
My other favorite to keep any gunk away or to grab as soon as I feel some bug trying to take me down is to make some Thieves Tea. Thieves Vitality essential oil blend combines Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon Bark, and Rosemary essential oils. The Vitality blends are custom crafted to be taken internally in the proper dosage. You can order this item retail, but over the long haul becoming a member with a Premium Starter Kit saves your 25% off and Thieves Vitality and Lemon Vitality are included with your order! Here is how you order.
4. Spread Some Christmas Cheer
This time of year I often begin to feel pulled under with some seasonal depression so I have this diffusing constantly. Scents can magically lift our Spirits and I will have this one diffusing into the New Year. Christmas Spirt™ taps into the happiness, joy, and comfort associated with the holiday season. It combines Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Spruce to create a warm, spicy, and sweet Christmas essential oil blend that I am sure you will love as much as I do. You can place your order here.
5. Protect your energy
Valor is perfect for anytime you feel overwhelmed, if you experience social anxiety (raises hand), or need assistance in re-grounding yourself when over stressed. For COURAGE | Valor helps balance the energies within the body and helps to give courage, confidence, and self-esteem. Valor balances and equalizes the body’s energies thereby increasing oxygen intake to the pineal gland—the seat of our higher intelligence and intuitive faculties.- For STRESS | In my daily life, I put roller tops on all of my bottles. I use Valor every morning on my wrists and the back of my neck. I CANNOT BE WITHOUT MY VALOR. It keeps my nerves settled and brings me back from that crazy place my mind can wander to. For SLEEP | I also loved this diffused at night with Lavender and/or Northern Lights Black Spruce. You can place your order for Valor here. Or better yet, grab the roller bundle that will be on the Black Friday Sale and get 3 of my favorites in the bundle. Details for specials at the bottom of email. Place your order here.
6. Focus on Wellness
Staying connected to the Earth when so much time is spent indoors during the Winter can be challenging. Using essential oils is my top way to stay connected to the Earth and yourself over the holidays. All of these goodies make great Christmas gifts for teachers, co-workers and friends. Grab yourself a starter kit and make some custom blends in roller balls for all those that you love and hold dear this year.
Getting Started There are two ways to get your hands on these little bottles of goodness.
1. RETAIL - You can order individual oils at full retail prices. You can't get the starter kit as a retail member, you won’t be able to “go business” and you will not receive the Oil Method member pack. Let's just be honest - not many people choose to go this route.
2. THE PREMIUM STARTER KIT - This is the way everyone starts because it's the best value and includes allllllll sorts of goodies. This gives you a free, no strings attached wholesale membership. No monthly ordering and you NEVER, ever have to sell a thing - but you get 24% off of future purchases. For like ever. And you can get the Premium Starter Kit! (Affectionately know as the PSK ) The Premium Starter Kit is worth over $330 - but it is ONLY $160!!!!!!!! Hands freaking down the best value, and the best way to get started using oils.
It comes with:
🌿Lemon: Oh sweet, sweet lemon. Drink it all day long in your water to help flush out your system. Wonderful for focusing!
🌿Lavender: What CAN’T you use lavender for? That is the real questions. Amazing for relaxation, soothing for the skin, very calming for sleepy littles and adults alike. Diffuse at night to you and your kids can get into that deep deep sleep!
🌿Peppermint: Support your tummy and digestive system. Just one drop can increase oxygen levels! So drink during your workout too! Also support your respiratory system by using this bad boy. Diffuse in the morning with Lemon to get everyone up and moving!
🌿Copaiba: promotes a youthful appearance, supports the body’s response to injury and irritation, great for occasional inflammation of the gums, and enhances other oils. 🌿Raven: Keeps you breathing happily by applying on your chest and diffusing. Apply on the bottoms of your (or your husband’s) feet to breathe well all night long. Perfect for those rattly noisy kids during the winter month, rub on their chest to open those passages!
🌿Thieves: The healthy-keeper! Drink in tea to support immunity, take in a capsule at night and in the morning to support great health. Apply to the bottom of your kids feet daily to build up their immune system to fight off all the Back to School germs! Kiss it as a thank you for all that it does.
🌿Citrus Fresh: Neutralizes odors, so diffuse in your child’s room, drop in your gym shoes and let it flow in your kitchen after cooking some fish. Apply to problem areas on your face and use to keep bugs from getting friendly.
🌿PanAway: Kick up your feet, rub this baby on. Anything else you want to keep comfortable? Great for after a workout or roll it on your neck after a long drive.
🌿Frankincense: Incredible for the skin and immune system! Promotes feelings of calmness and balance, and eases occasional anxiety. This helps us focus and stay grounded, too! Great oil to diffuse during homework time!
🌿DiGize: All tummy support and digestive health. The dreaded tummy issue that goes rabid around schools, yeah this will be your defense if your kidddo happens to bring that home! If you eat food, you need this oil!
🌿Stress Away: When you need stress to GO AWAY. No one wants that. Especially when stress is the root of so many bad things. Give yourself a little break from life.
🌿Diffuser of your choice: Whaaaat! You can pick which diffuser you want to come with your kit. Dewdrop, Home, Rainstone or Aria. They are all amazing! Diffusing is such an amazing way to help support positive feelings and strengthen positive emotions! Talk about diffusing a situation!
🌿Extra goodies: - Two NingXia Red 2-oz. sample packets (throw a frozen one in your child's lunch box for a midday pick me up that is packed with antioxidants. Have them drink a packet before a big sporting event to keep them energized!) - Metal roller fitment for an easy-to-use roll-on bottle - Thieves cleaner sample - Mini glass travel bottles to take in the car or share with friends - a free membership - 24% off any future purchases. SCORE.
Ready to snag your kit? Give me a shoutout or PM on FB or IG and I will walk you through the sign up process and plug you in to our team and all the goodies! <3 You can find all the details here.
Check out these amazing Black Friday Specials! Many of these sold out quickly last year so don’t wait on any of these!
Want to get a jumpstart on your Black Friday order? Sign up today for your Premium Starter Kit so you can go straight to ordering your Black Friday goodies when the carts open.
And for the very best part: When you sign up through me you get full access to The OIL METHOD MENTORSHIP
What does the mentorship include? After you have signed up with YL and ordered your very first starter kit (best decision of my life!) you will receive an email from me within 24 hours which will give you immediate access to our member area crafted by the lovely and magical, Iris Nabalo.
Here you will find:
The 52 weeks Essential Oil Study
Four brand new eCourses each year
Online 24/7 Exclusive Membership Group
Essential Oils 101 Class Material
The Rhythm of Abundance course
Monthly fresh set of stock photos
Unlimited chat and email support
Monthly Membership Newsletter
Branding Material to Kickstart your Biz
If you have any questions or are not sure where to start, simply hit reply and I am happy to be your personal shopper/guide on your journey to Thriving this holiday season.
Huge love with oils and Soul Medicine,