DIY Elderberry and Jacked Up Honey!

DIY Elderberry and Jacked Up Honey!
During my quest of living a more natural lifestyle i found elderberry syrup. A friend found some elderberry bushes growing in her yard and made a batch and I was HOOKED. Jacked up honey is another winter wellness staple that I recently fell in LOVE with (and is great to add to tea or coffee).

Last weekend I attended a make and take elderberry syrup and jacked up honey class-it was a blast, they were super simple to make, I learned a ton and came home with my own stash!

Elderberries have been used for years by Native Americans and even in Ancient Egypt. Today its used as a supplement. In the middle ages it was considered a "holy tree" due to its ability of health and longevity. There are several different varieties and need to be cooked before eaten because the raw berries, bark and the leaves of the plant are known to be poisonous and can cause stomach problems.

These powerful berries are packed with nutrition, powerful antioxidants, support heart health and immunity and low calorie.
  • High in Vitamin C
  • High in dietary fiber-fiber helps slow digestion which helps your body absorb nutrients more effectively
  • High in flavonols -compounds great for heart and brain health
  • High in phenolic acids-work as antioxidants 
  • Rich in anthocyanins-give plants rich dark purple/red color-powerful antioxidants 
What are NingXia Wolfberries?
  • Young Living’s Organic Dried Wolfberries are a sweet, organic snack from nature that’s easy to make a part of your daily diet. 
  • With polyphenols and polysaccharides, this exotic berry is touted around the world for its taste and nutrients.
  • Powerful antioxidants.
Benefits of using local raw honey
  • Has unique flavors that are lost when industrialized.
  • Will insure that the honey has the allergens native to the area you live in.
  • Buying local is better and not just because it reduces pollution and saves resources.
  • Local, raw honey is full of all kinds of healthy ingredients. Industrial methods dilute the good stuff out.
  • Quercetin, a component of honey, has been found in studies to reduce inflammation and pollen allergy symptoms. It stabilizes the cell membranes that release histamine, which triggers allergic reactions. Raw honey also contains bee pollen and bee propolis, which boosts the immune system, and builds immunity to allergens.
Due to being thee winter season, the organic dried elderberries were purchased on line, we used local honey and Young Living essential oils. Here are the recipes we used:

Jacked-Up Honey using only Young Living Essential Oils 
4 oz raw honey
5 drops thieves vitality essential oil
2 drops peppermint vitality essential oil
4 drops lemon vitality essential oil
2 drops orange vitality essential oil
  1 drop oregano vitality essential oil
Mix all the ingredients in a 4 oz glass mason jar. 
Kids take 1 tsp once daily to support their immune system. 
Adults can take more if needed for respiratory &/or extra immune support.
Safety- always use glass jars with essential oils. 
Elderberry/Goji Berry Syrup using only Young Living vitality oils 
Using an Instant Pot
½ C dried elderberries
½ C. dried goji (Wolf) berries     
4 C. distilled water
Cover and pressure cook on HIGH for 7 min.
Allow to naturally release for 15 min.
Strain fruit from berries
Add fluid to Instapot and cook on saute on high and reduce fluid by half stirring frequently, approx. 15 min yielding 2 C. 
-Add 1 C raw honey and stir to mix
When slightly cooled add 1 drop each of Young Living Vitality Oils:
  • Lemon 
  • Thieves- has cinnamon bark, clove, eucalyptus radiata, lemon & rosemary
  • Orange 
Optional- ginger, cinnamon bark, clove 
Total yield = 3 C. 
Store in glass jar and refrigerate, use w/in 1 month
1 tsp for children
1 Tbp for adults

We only recommend Young Living Vitality oils because they are labeled for internal use, non-gmo certified and safe to use. If you do not have a Young Living account-I can help you get Young Living essential oils AND wolfberries in your home at wholesale pricing. Reach out to me and I will help you!

Peace, harmony & essential oils, 

Stay happy and healthy this winter!

Stay happy and healthy this winter!
With chilly days and unpredictable weather –its important to do everything you can to make sure that everyone in your house makes healthy choices to maintain health and happiness. 

I choose to use essential oils and plant based products in my home for my family. My family is the most important aspect of my life. If I cant get my ass out of bed in the morning because my body aches or I am lost in my own despair-I cant help them. My kids need a mom who is capable of loving them fully, providing them with not just their basic needs like food and shelter but keeping them safe from harmful ingredients in foods, in products I bring into the home. They need a role model to look up to that walks the talk from work ethic to responsibility to conscious living to helping humanity to living a life on purpose. They need a mom who is in optimal health-mind, body and spirit. 

Why are people more likely to be sick during the winter? 
During winter we are more likely to take ill do the fact that most of us will spend more time indoors, giving closer proximity yo the crud like bacteria and viruses to hop on. With low humidity times like winter, this crud can live longer in the air to allow it time to find a willing host to land on. 

Stress is the cause of all symptoms
Our body was designed to work perfectly well 24/7. Specific things happen every day that force your body to adapt and may cause you to fall below the wellness line. It starts with “symptoms” we feel and experience. Stress is the cause of all symptoms in the body.

There are 3 types and you can have to much good (toxicity) or too little bad (deficiency).

Physical stressors-too much may appear as an injury like a sprained ankle, low back issues or anything that puts too much strain on a joint, muscle, etc. Too little would be not getting enough movement, being more sedentary. Fitness and movement are essential in our life and not enough or too much could cause issues and cause us to fall below the wellness line. 

Chemical stressors-anything that goes in the body, whatever you are putting on yourself, whatever you are eating, and ingesting would go into this chemical category. So too much-toxicity-would be eating gluten for some people, or too much sugar, using personal care products and household cleaners filled with toxins that can overload our body, these are things that are body is not made to process, things our body is not designed to have in massive quantity. On the other side is deficiency- this is the thing we can forget-there is a lot of stuff that happens in a day so we forget about the things we are suppose to take and have-like water, nutrients we need. Ensuring we remove the toxic chemical stress and add in those needed chemicals like drinking enough water and getting enough vitamin d in the winter time are again crucial for our wellness. 

Emotional stressors –this is the most overlooked category when we think of our health-you can have too much bad and not enough good-too much bad-fear, shame, guilt ….this is harmful on the body…deficiency on the other  side of emotion-may be a feeling of lack of support-someone not speaking life into you, feeling lonely, isolated-this will also affect the immune system and can cause problems. 

Take a moment to assess where you are balanced in these 3 categories and what needs your focus.

What decreases our Immunity?
In order to live happy and healthy not just during the winter but all year long, We need to understand what can decrease our immunity-when you know better, you do better. Things that happen during a daily basis-but seem to increase during the winter-can decrease your immunity include:

  • Too much Sugar
  • Not enough sleep
  • Family Stress
  • Extreme weather
  • Lack of sunshine
  • Excess alcohol
  • Exposure to the crud, to toxins
I mean just reading this list is stressful!

 How do we stay Healthy?

Ben Franklin said it best...An ounce of prevention is worth o pound of cure. We live in a society where we have been taught to wait for something to happen, an illness or injury and then slap on a band aid, reach for a med to fix it. There is a HUGE lack of prevention. 

You want to do these things because you want your body to work better, you want it at optimal health, and you want to be better.We need to detoxify or remove the toxic stressors and replenish with the things we need that are lacking.

FIVE Tips for Winter Wellness

1. Provide your body with proper nutrients, decrease sugar and increase water. Did you know for every tablespoon of sugar you compress your immunity for about an hour an a half. Also, if you eat veggies before eating a sugary snack-it will help you feel more full AND the enzymes in the veggies will help you break down that sugar. Rule of thumb for water intake is to drink half your body weight in ounces every day. So for a 150 pound person, they should drink 75 ounces of water every day. SUPPLEMENT was is missing in your life..keep reading we will talk about this!
2. Get Intentional movement everyday-everyday move your body-weather it is walking, doing an online fitness program, hitting the gym. Intentional movement of our body is an essential nutrient and will help YOU stay healthy. 
3. Manage your stress-whatever works for you! I like to add in fun everyday-when your laughing you can not be stressed, gratitude journaling at night-where I sit and write out everything I am grateful for-helps me to focus on the good not the bad. Guided meditations and or visualization exercises are a wonderful way to start a more daily mindful practice especially for those whom have never meditated before-YouTube is great for this-search 10 minute guided meditation to start!
4. Get your zzzzz's. A good night sleep can help keep you happy, healthy and functioning properly. I am not a big fan on having the tv on matter of fact research has shown to detach and shut off all electronics 30-60 minutes before bedtime to allow your body to get in more of a restful state. I like to have the last thing I do (with electronics) as a goodnight meditation from YouTube. Also if the room is dark and serene at bedtime-that helps me a ton too and of course I love to add my favorite nighttime oils to my diffusser like lavender or peace and calming or cedar wood and orange. 
5. Start replacing products in your home that could be toxic to you and your family and replace them with safe, plant based alternatives. WHY?

As presented by a friend, check this out....

You may not know Lysol causes lung disease and exacerbates asthma until someone tells you.

You may not know bleach is a neurotoxin and was originally used in chemical warfare until someone tells you.

You may not know that 7th generation and Honest company aren’t all their advertised to be and have class action law suits against them until someone tells you.

You may not know that Johnson and Johnson makes totally different products for Europe because their products made for the States are too toxic to pass European standards.

You may not know the fragrance of Bath and Body Works products may cause cancer, migraines, asthma, autoimmune diseases... until someone tells you.

You may not know Tide is 70% water and fragrance until someone tells you.

You may not know that Mrs. Meyers dish soap & hand soap is an 8 in toxin rating from the environmental working group until someone shows you.

You may not know that Young Living essential oils can help raise your frequency to keep you above the wellness line, until someone tells you.

How Young Living Can Help

How can Young Living help you and your family live happy and healthy lives not just during the winter but all year long??
You guys I got in to Young Living to help me with my emotions…but I found out quickly that Young Living can literally support every aspect of my life. 

YL is an essential oil company but more so there are a lifestyle company-Gary Young, the founder is known as the pioneer of essential oils. For over 25 years Young Living has brought pure essential oils and wellness solutions to families all over the globe.

Essential oils are the most powerful part of the plant-and consist of hundreds of natural organic compounds. In humans, they support every system in the body, they have been used for spiritual support, emotional support, They have been used for thousands of years as beauty aids. An oil in a diffuser can soothe a child’s tough day at school, and provide a calming effect when you’ve had a stressful day at work. Oils can be used as an alternative to cleaning chemicals in the home. You can literally start swapping out every single chemical in your home to live a purer lifestyle; and you can do it without breaking the bank! I started using essential oils for my hot mess emotions and then began detoxing my home from harmful chemicals and toxins which created peace of mind as a mom. 

For me personally, my life is so busy and full that I don’t get all the nutrients my body needs to function at optimal function-this is why supplementation is so very important-with things like free radicals, busy schedules and fast food-supplementation with the right products are super Studies have shown that supplements infused with essential oils, the nutrients in the supplements become more bio-available-meaning your body will absorb and use them better.
Oil infused supplements are literally the bees knees for your supplementation nutritional needs. 

We cant prevent contact with all the dirty ingredients and chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis but we can control what we bring into our home. Our inside air is much more heavily polluted than the outside air-especially during the winter when we cant open the windows and let fresh air in-this is mostly impart to what we are cleaning our homes with, the personal care items we use and slap on our bodies and what we scent our homes with from candles to air fresheners..

Young living makes it easy to detox your life and stay above the wellness line with over 600 life changing products that are safe for you, your family, your fur babies and the environment… like essential oils, laundry soap, dish soap, bath soap, shampoo, supplements, nutrition products like shakes, household cleaner, diffuser to scent your home, toothpaste, mouthwash and the list goes on.

With wholesale memberships that save you over 24% on retail and options that begin cheaper than a costso or BJ’s membership YOU have the option to save even more money with our easy monthly ordering program called essential rewards that pays you back with points for free products, thank you gifts and discounted or even free shipping. 

Learn more about ESSENTIAL REWARDS

It’s a no brainier to support your families wellness during the winter and all year long. 

My top 5 essential oils for winter support:

THIEVES is a powerful blend and a daily favorite-from adding it to my diffuser to rubbing it on our feet or spine on the daily. Thieves vitality one of the first oils that our family experienced an aha moment-me and the 2 little's at the time were sick-my oldest daughter asked for the thieves put it in the diffuser, on her feet and in her drinking water and was the only one who didn’t catch what the rest of us had.

DIGIZE-this was my husbands gateway oil-again the little's woke up one morning and were green-we rubbed some of this on their tummies and they and they were enjoying breakfast not even an hour later. This oil is always in my purse-when eating out, trying new foods or when we need some tummy support

LEMON-oil in my water every day helps to zoop up my boring water while supporting my immunity with its antioxidants.

RAVEN-a blend including oils like wintergreen and eucalyptus-this refreshing oil allows us to breathe easy-I like to apply this one to my chest before bed or add a few drops to the shower 

PEACE AND CALMING-Now to manage my stress-I do things like deep breathing and meditation and I encourage you to find what works best for you but I will tell you when I just cant take it anymore and it’s the end of a long day I go to my Peace and calming oil-add a few drops to my hands, breath it in and rub it in the back of my neck, my chest my feet to bring me back to center-its my adult version of a soothing baby blanket and everyone needs this.

My top 5 supplements

GUT HEALTH- Every morning I support my gut health with life  9 probiotic-did you know that 1/3 of our immunity is in our gut? It is said that 85% of our issues stem from the gut-If you are having one bm for each full meal you have per day-that is the right consistency-not too soft not too hard-that means your gut is working correctly-You can take life 9 in the am or before bed but best on an empty stomach with no other supplements -you can take it 3 days per week or like I do daily. There are no essential oils in life 9 and does need to be stored in the refrigerator.

ANTIOXIDANT support: Ningxia red is a powerhouse of antioxidants and nutrients my whole family enjoys. Its made from a wolf-berry puree and wolf-berries similar to a goji berry have extremely high antioxidants and one of the highest fiber content of any whole foods. Made with pure essential oils and exotic fruits, NingXia red supports overall wellness, eye health and normal blood sugar levels. 

OMEGAGIZE-combines 3 core supplements that most of us lack-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin d-3 and coq10. these supplements combined with powerhouse essential oils support general wellness and normal heart, eye, brain and joint health. I find that my body needs more omega gize during the winter and less during the summer based on sunshine and the types of food I eat seasonally. 

INNER DEFENSE-is a powerhouse supplement that you can take daily but I choose to take it as needed. So like in football when the offense or the crud starts to get close you need to amp your defensive measures and reach for your inner defense to amp up immunity. This supplement has saved my ass so many times especially that I work at a job where I cant always call in for a day off. The moment I feel something creeping in or I have been around others with the crud-you can bet the farm I'm taking this bad boy. One thing about inner defense is if you are taking life 9 you will want to separate the 2 by about 8 hours. 

SULFERZYME powder contains a prebiotic(helps the probiotics work), probiotic, dietary sulfur/msm –no it is NOT sulfa. This helps us on a cellular level, supporting our immune system, liver, circulation, proper intestinal and digestive function and works to scavenge free radicals. I add sulferzyme and lime essential oil to my NingXia Red everyday. 

These are just a few of my favorites I incorporate in my daily life...

Now HOW do you get these AMAZING products in YOUR home?

Friends, You HAVE Options from $35-$200 we can find the right starter kit for you. 

Head over to my WEBSITE and watch the two short videos: What are essential oils and Why Us...THEN scroll down and look at the various options available. THEN hit the CONTACT me button and LETS do this! 

While you are on my website-check out the upcoming events-our next Facebook class is Thursday and all about essential oils and special needs. SPECIAL NEEDS CLASS.

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I get asked all the time why I do what I do. Why do I work so much-I have a full time job, a full time family and yet I invest more time in Young Living. It’s a twofer. First I love the lifestyle, the oils and products have change my families life, I get up in the morning with a smile on my face knowing I am doing right for my family, I get out of bed because I have the tools to help me want to live my life, I have vitality and energy and I have a passion for sharing with others who were once in my shoes. I know what its like to not want to get out of bed, I know what its like to hurt physically and emotionally..i know what its like to want the best for your kids when you feel like you have nothing left to give. 

People often tell me they cant buy from a MLM-I'm here to tell you its not a pyramid scheme, when you buy from a corporation-you are buying a CEO’s 3rd home when you buy from someone like me-you are helping me keep my daughter in singing lessons, helping me make sure my dad can stay home with all the help he needs, you are helping a friend, You see my oils tribe is like family-we have created a community of people who love and support each other and I think that is a huge piece missing from so many people lives—so not only are you supporting your own and your families health and wellness when you start your young living journey, your helping whomever enrolls you, you are gaining a family of people who are here to support you along the way, 

We are all in this together and we are here to welcome you with open arms. But you need to take the next step. Go to my WEBSITE,  watch the two videos, then hit the CONTACT me button and tell me what you liked the best!

Hope you have an amazing week, I am off to go to a DIY elderberry syrup and jacked up honey class with my oily family today-stay tuned as I will share my experience next week with you!

Peace, harmony & essential oils,