Health, Life

Why Can’t I Sleep?


Did you know that a human can live for more than three weeks without food, however we can only survive about 11 days without sleep?  Sleep disorders currently affect more than 70 million Americans.  Yes, you read that correctly.  There are a whole lot of sleep deprived Americans in the classrooms (maybe those kids don’t need medicated, maybe they need sleep), in the workplace (I vote for napping pods), and on the roads.  It’s a scary number for sure!

Even worse, sleeping pill use is associated with 500,000 deaths annually.  Did you know that one of the side effects of sleeping pills is (wait for it)……. INSOMNIA!  Let’s take a look at some causes of sleep disorders.  If you can identify and correct the cause, rather than just masking the symptoms, you will be much better off in the long run!

Common Causes of Sleep Disorders

Stress – if your mind races when you lay down due to a stressful day, try this relaxing breathing technique (exercise 3 is my favorite for sleep).

Diet – sugar and caffeine will both affect your sleep.  Try not to consume either after 3 pm, or if you are sensitive like me, stop at noon.  Better yet, give them both up for good!

Lack of water – Did you get half your body weight in ounces?  Check out my prior post entitled “Why Water?” for more reasons why you may want to get more water.

Lack of essential fatty acids

Pain – If your pain is due to tired, achy muscles, give this a try!

Calcium or Magnesium Deficiencies – Blood tests are not always accurate when testing for nutritional deficiencies.  You can order nutritional tests online here or hair analysis is another option.  Most doctors will only test your serum magnesium.  Unless you are dead, it will be normal.  You must know your RBC magnesium (red blood cell) to know if the magnesium is actually getting into your cells.  Demand the RBC magnesium test at your next physical and if it’s lower than 6, you are magnesium deficient.  Check out Dr. Carolyn Dean.  These are my favorite calcium and magnesium supplements.

Room conditions – Is your room the right temperature?  I can tell if my kids turn the thermostat to anything other than 67-68 degrees.  I need my room cool to sleep!  I have blackout curtains on my windows, and I sleep with earplugs in my ears.  It is amazing what a difference it makes!

Lack of Exercise – Did you know that restless leg syndrome occurs because your legs want to move more during the day?  Try moving more, even if it’s just light stretching or walking in place.  Remember, any movement is better than no movement.

Eating too late – Most of our digestive systems stop working after 7 pm (unless you exercise late in the day).  Eating after 7 may interfere with your sleep so try to push dinner up if you can.

Side effects of medications – read the labels.  Often, your medication may be causing your sleep woes.

Hormone imbalances – If you suspect hormone imbalances, find a great functional doctor or naturopath who can order saliva testing for you.  Blood tests will not pick up on cortisol and adrenal levels.  It’s well worth the money to know where you stand, especially if you are having trouble sleeping.  Often, your cortisol is not following the normal curve and may be too high late in the day.  If that is your issue, check this out.

Vitamins and Herbs – always take your vitamins and herbs early enough that they won’t interfere with your sleep.  Some vitamins, especially the B vitamins, can give you a little too much energy and keep you up.  Remember, when you go to sleep, your body has a lot of work to do repairing, cleaning house, and recharging your immune system.  You don’t want to overload your system with a bunch of supplements that the body now has to break down and process as well.

If you address these common sleep disrupters and still find that you aren’t able to get your 8 hours (and yes, you do need 8 hours), I recommend the usual – shut electronics off an hour before bedtime, diffuse some lavender in your room, drink a warm cup of chamomile tea, and when your head hits the pillow, don’t think.  Say your prayers or practice gratitude, but do not start building your dream house in your head or mapping out your strategy if you get laid off at work.  I am a stress insomniac and I have found that if I don’t let one thought start, I can usually fall asleep.  And when all else fails, I use my Tranquil Roll-on and  SleepEssence to relax at bedtime.  If you are interested in trying any of the Young Living products I have mentioned, click here to order.

Essential Oils, Health, Life

Why Water?

Have you ever suffered from afternoon fatigue?  Do you get headaches?  What about varicose veins, kidney stones or urinary problems?  Do you have brain fog or constipation?  What about skin issues?  All of these annoying and sometimes serious issues have a common denominator.  They can all be caused by dehydration, which is MUCH more common than you would imagine.

So just how important is it to drink the recommended daily dose of good old water?  I was recently participating in the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit and a very well respected doctor mentioned that if his patients still aren’t getting better after trying the usual protocol, it is often because they are not drinking enough water.  A light bulb went off in my head and in that moment, I went from a girl who drank a glass or two of water per day, to a girl who drinks at least 75 ounces of water each day, and often more.

You may wonder what the connection is between water and a health condition such as Chronic Lyme.  For starters, water is absorbed into the blood stream and flushes out what doesn’t belong.  You can kill off as much bacteria as you like, but if it is circulating through your blood stream, you will still feel miserable!  Water helps combat fatigue, headaches and a myriad of other symptoms that are common in Lyme patients.

Here are 5 things to remember about water:

#1 – The kind of water you drink matters.

You do not find alkaline water anywhere in nature.  That is because God knows what He’s doing!  Your stomach needs acid to digest food.  We will discuss pH at a later time, but don’t spend money on alkaline water.  I know the internet will try to make you believe that you must be alkaline to be healthy.  Most of those articles are not  written by doctors.

You also don’t want water that has been enhanced.  Many bottled water companies add softeners, sodium, and even fluoride.  Fluoride is a neuro toxin and should be avoided at all costs.  You don’t need water with “added minerals”.  I won’t get into a debate over which water is the best, but I personally drink distilled water or reverse osmosis.  Drink room temperature or slightly warm water.  Cold water shocks your organs and should only be consumed if you are trying to cool down.

#2 – The amount of water you drink matters.

You probably know that you should drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day.  If you exercise, you need to increase your water intake accordingly.  Other beverages do not count toward your water intake, even if they are herbal teas, iced tea, fruit juices, etc.   Only water is water, and your body wants pure water.  Your blood is 90.7% water, your brain is 80.5% water and your lungs are 80% water.  Every organ in your body needs water!  If you drink caffeinated beverages, you need to add to your water intake because caffeine dehydrates.  For example, if I need 65 ounces of water per day but I drink a 12 ounce caffeinated beverage, I now need 77 ounces of water to maintain hydration.   The best thing you can do is start your day with 8 ounces of warm water.

#3 – Water plays an important role!

Water is responsible for helping regulate your temperature, balancing your pH, and lubricating your tissues, joints, bones, and muscles.  It is also necessary for cell creation and cleansing your body.  As I mentioned, water is critical for flushing out the abundance of toxins we are exposed to every day.

After 5% water loss, you will get a headache, experience drowsiness and be unable to concentrate.  After 6% water loss, your heart will begin to race.  Next time you feel a headache or brain fog coming on, drink a big glass of water!  Remember, our bodies are flowing with electricity and what conducts electricity?  Yep, water.  Your brain needs to be wet in order to work right.  It is 80.5% water for a reason.  I wonder how many kids have trouble focusing because they aren’t drinking enough good, plain water?

#4 – How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

Do you have dry skin?  Dry mouth? Dry eyes?  Are you constipated?  Do you have high cholesterol?  In addition to the symptoms I mentioned above, these are also signs that you may be dehydrated.  After breathing, good water is the most important element of good health.  You will be amazed after one week of staying hydrated.  My skin is softer than it has ever been and my fatigue has been greatly reduced. (It also helps with cellulite!)

#5 – What if I hate the taste of water?

If plain water is just absolutely unacceptable to you, try adding some mint leaves, cucumbers, or cut up strawberries.  You can add lemon if you are acidic (to be discussed in the near future).  I love to add a drop or two of my favorite essential oil to enhance the flavor of my water.  Not all essential oils are safe for consumption.  I only consume this kind.  Grapefruit and Citrus Fresh are my favorites!

I encourage you to take the one-week water challenge.  If you combine hydration with the deep breathing we talked about last week, you will be on the road to better health.

We don’t always need medicine, supplements, oils and herbs.  Sometimes we need to remember the basics – the things that God gave us in the beginning.  Air, water, and food – the basic building blocks of good health.




Back to Basics – Breathe!


My first formal introduction to natural health occurred five years ago, right before all hell broke loose in my life. In the corporate world, we occasionally have learning opportunities called “Lunch and Learns”.  I admit, I was normally not a fan of these hijacked lunch hours.  They interfered with my three cigarettes in a row smoke break and my second trip of the day to Starbucks for my liquid caffeine lunch.  Are you getting the picture of abundant health?

They only reason I attended the “Lunch and Learn” on the October day in 2011 was because my good friend and smoke break partner had coordinated the event, which just so happened to be about nutrition and health. I learned enough that day to sign up for a consultation and evaluation, and so started my relationship with natural health.  I expected Dr. B. to give me a lecture about smoking, exercise, caffeine, my diet – all the things I knew I was doing wrong.  When I finished the evaluation that first day, she put her hand on my shoulder and said, “You need to breathe”.

I shrugged her comment off that day but every time I caught myself holding my breath over the next five years (which was several times per day), her words echoed in my mind.

Fast forward to today, as I am studying natural health myself, and I have a much clearer understanding of just how important it is to just breathe. As a matter of fact, I would like to challenge all of us to really focus on the importance of our breathing over the next week.

We are all very aware that our body needs good air to survive, but did you know that ninety percent of our energy comes from just breathing the air? Breathing clean air is essential to get oxygen into our cells as well as removing toxins and waste.

Detoxing is a buzz word right now – everyone wants to detox, and with good reason. We live in a toxic world.  When I think about doing a good detox, I envision spending a lot of time in the bathroom.   I don’t normally correlate detoxing and breathing, but there are only five ways your body can get rid of toxins, and your lungs are one of those ways.  If you want a stronger immune system, you need to make sure all avenues of elimination are working which means your lungs too!  Nothing leaves the body unless it is first combined with oxygen.  Detoxing is critical because toxins negatively impact our body functions.  When you detox, you are bringing your toxic body back in balance by eliminating those poisons that have overburdened your organs.

I know what you are thinking right now. Of course we are breathing because if we weren’t we would be dead! There are two types of breathing, shallow breathing and belly breathing.  When you shallow breathe, you are taking in just enough air to get by.  When you shallow breathe, only ten percent of our blood is cleansed and you can’t make red or white blood cells correctly.

On the contrary, when you take deep breaths (maybe you know this as diaphragmatic or belly breathing), eighty to one hundred percent of your blood is cleansed! As a matter of fact, if you take 10 deep, cleansing breaths each day for seven days you will remove 3 pounds of toxins.  If that doesn’t motivate you to try deep breathing, I don’t know what will!

There are several different techniques for deep breathing and some exercises are specifically targeted for relaxation and sleep. Check out one of my favorite breathing exercises here.

We all want better health, or at least we should. Everyone (myself included) is so eager to throw our money at the next promising natural health fad – the next supplement, herb, oil, diet…..  but what if we started with the simplest, most basic, FREE resource we have – air.  Pay attention to your breathing this week and see how much better you feel when you just remember to breathe deep, cleansing breaths!

Relaxed woman breathing fresh air raising arms at sunrise with a warmth golden background


What is your favorite deep breathing exercise?

Essential Oils, Health

When Getting Healthy Becomes a Full-Time Job

I have a spreadsheet with all the things I am supposed to do each day in order to be healthy.  My brain wasn’t big enough to remember everything.  The more time I spent on Pinterest and Facebook, the longer my list grew.  It soon grew longer than the post-it note on my desk.  Then it grew longer than the inside cover of my journal.  So, as an accountant by profession, I resorted to a spreadsheet.

It’s exhausting really.  How do you fit it all in?  Coconut pulling on an empty stomach.  Warm lemon juice on an empty stomach.  Apple cider vinegar and honey….  you guessed it… on an empty stomach.  Add to that my Lyme herbals that must be taken on an empty stomach, and I might as well quit eating.  I really like to eat.  My stomach is only empty for the first five minutes after I wake up!

I want to be healthy.  I want to fit it all in.  The detox baths (only after fifteen minutes of dry brushing), the essential oils, the supplements, the strict diet, half my body weight in water (filtered of course, but not from a plastic bottle) and don’t forget the exercise, if I could only make my legs cooperate.  Oh wait, I didn’t take my three kinds of magnesium.  That must be why my legs aren’t working today!  Intermittent fasting?  Sure, I’ll try that.  I want my cells to rejuvenate, but I also really like to eat!  (Yes, that is a picture my husband took of me eating the entire paleo chicken pot pie on New Year’s Eve.)


All kidding aside, just where do you start when you are on a quest for better health?  Every time I open social media, I feel like there are fifteen new things that I must do or I will never find optimal health.  I mean, is it possible to poop correctly without adding bentonite clay, coffee enemas, milk thistle, and a mega probiotic?  Probably not, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?  So I decided to ditch the spreadsheet this year and take a new approach.  To be honest, I rarely remember to open the spreadsheet, and when I do look at it, I am reminded of how many things I didn’t do and I feel like a gigantic failure.  I have teenagers, so I don’t need additional reminders, thank you very much.

My quest for health started a few years ago, so there are some great habits that have already been incorporated into my daily routine.  I wake up and take my herbs before I even get out of bed.  I apply my Clary Sage and Melrose essential oils.  I replaced my coffee habit with green tea in 2015, so that comes next with lemon oil and honey.  Sometimes, I even remember to add the ACV.   My bedtime habits are pretty good.  I never forget my 80 billion probiotic; that is non-negotiable.  I never forget my essential oils before bed either.  The Oregano keeps my husband away.  Just kidding!  Sort of.

There are still many things I want to incorporate into my daily routine, but I’m overwhelmed!  So, they say it takes 21 days to make a habit, and that is how I am going to approach 2016.  I wrote down twelve things I would really like to add to (or take away from) my daily routine.  These include things such as drinking half my body weight in water, coconut pulling for 20 minutes every day, exercising for 15 minutes each day, meditating or deep breathing for 10 minutes each day, etc.  I folded up the papers containing these habits and put them in a jar.  On the first day of each month, I will pull one piece of paper out of the jar and I will focus on that one thing for the month.  In January, I will be drinking a lot of water.  Hopefully by the end of the month, I will not need to remind myself to drink water because it will be a new habit.

I’m not disillusioned enough to think that I will have twelve healthy, new habits by the end of the year.  I will be happy if one or two stick because that will put me one or two healthy habits closer to being the person I want to be!  Resolutions don’t work and never will.  If they did, I would be 120 pounds with a six pack, my kids wouldn’t talk back to me, and no one in my house would look at their electronics during meals.  Habits work because they become part of who you are.  What habits are you working on for 2016?


Happy New Years!






Answered Prayers

Last night, I stood in my kitchen and surveyed the dishes in the sink, the shoes and book bags on the floor, and the smudges all over my slider door. It was in that moment that I realized something. I like myself more now than I have in a long time.

The healthy me would have been stressed over a messy kitchen and yelling at kids over book bags and shoes. The healthy me would have had the Windex out, scrubbing away any trace of my nephew’s window kisses. The healthy me would have been irritated at my husband for taking the kids to the store at 9pm.

The healthy me was a miserable control freak.

Do I wish I felt great? Absolutely, who doesn’t? But these past few years of suffering from chronic Lyme disease have taught me some pretty cool lessons. I am not the same person. I don’t have the same heart. I have reexamined my priorities.

Name brand clothing and fancy purses? Not so important when you can’t leave your house. Expensive cars and gadgets? You can’t take them with you when you die. A perfect house? Who cares!

When I got sick, my first prayer request was not for healing. I asked God to change my heart. I asked him to make me a nicer, more compassionate person. Last night, as I stood in my messy kitchen with no makeup on, in my worn sweatpants, joking with my son and my husband, I realized that while I have been focused on my disease, God has been focused on me. He has changed my heart. And the truth is, I wouldn’t change a single thing about the past four years because I have learned invaluable lessons, met amazing people, and I have found the rainbow in the midst of the storm.


Genesis 50:20  You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.  He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. NLT

Kids, Life

Guilt Is A Dirty Word


We carry it around on our back like a heavy toddler screaming for a piggy back ride. Every time I hear “Let it Go”, which is several times a day in a house with five kids, I think about how nice it would be if I could. I was reflecting on guilt last night, both my own and the guilt that other people so generously place on me. It occurred to me that every bad decision I have made in my life, every single one that I regret to my core, was made because of guilt. Someone convinced me that THEIR needs were more important than MY needs.

We do this all time. We tell our kids “No” but they give is that face. You know, the cute one that could melt ice during a Pittsburgh winter. Or we tell someone we can’t attend something because we don’t feel good and then after a guilt trip, we decide to try anyways. This is bad for a lot of reasons, but the worst part of guilt trips is how you feel towards the person afterwards. Here comes that “Let it go” theme again. Now please hear me, I know that holding a grudge is not the Christian thing to do. I am well aware that forgiveness always needs to take place. Forgiving does not mean forgetting. Chances are, if you put a guilt trip on me and it results in a bad outcome, I will not be able to forget that.

We are not taught to put our own needs first. We are wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, employees, and friends. I have always tried to put everyone’s needs before my own because I do believe that is what God wants us to do. However, I am pretty sure He is ok with boundaries! Nowhere in the bible does it say “Thou shalt never say No”.
I am raising a lot of teenagers right now, and I want them to say “No”. I don’t want them to fall prey to guilt trips like I did. Guilt makes you drink with your friend so she doesn’t have to drink alone. Guilt makes you sneak off to parties and lie to your parents about where you are going because your boyfriend tells you “If you loved me, you would want to be with me”. Guilt makes you do adult things that you are not ready to handle.

As a parent, I want to balance teaching my children to put others before themselves with taking GOOD care of themselves. I talk about stress a lot, and so much of our stress comes from guilt and the misconception that we have to meet everyone else’s needs.

How do you balance teaching your children to put others first while not falling for guilt? This Oily Mama needs your suggestions!

Essential Oils, Health, Life

Sharing Health

When I started using oils, I had no intention of sharing them with anyone other than my immediate family. That quickly changed as I fell in love with Young Living. I promise, if you do your research, you too will discover that there is no higher quality essential oil brand. What other company owns their own farms and distilleries? What other company has over twenty years of success?

I have a secret though. I’m not just in love with essential oils. There is so much more to it for me.  Here are the three reasons why I know I have found my passion.

1. I love sharing the gift of health. Oils are only party of the bigger picture for me, but my oil classes are a gateway to talk about a more holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. I always tell people, essential oils were only a piece of our lifestyle change.

2. I love training up leaders. I don’t think God has called me to just share oils. I believe he has called me to give other people the resources and the support they need to share the gift of health as well. There is no greater feeling than knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life. I was struggling with my full-time career because at the end of the day, I never felt fulfilled. Sure, I got my job done, but I wasn’t making anyone’s life better. Now, every time I share about oils and help others do the same, my heart sings.

3. Finally, I know so many people who are struggling financially and don’t see a way out. I am passionate about helping those who want to be helped. Sure, you have to do some work. You may have to spend some time preparing and educating yourself, but if you want to make a few extra hundred (or thousand) dollars a month, I would love to have you on my team. I promise I will support you every step of the way!


If you want to learn about how you can join my Oily Bunch, send me a message.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

Kids, Life

How Stressed are our Kids?

I am willing to admit, I probably stress my kids out.  Not as much as I stress my husband out, but I’m sure the kids are a close second.  I want my kids to get good grades.  I want my kids to practice their instruments.  I need them to keep their rooms clean, their fishtanks clean and for heaven sakes, themselves clean!  I need my oldest to go to the grocery store for me and drive her brother to hockey practice.  I feel like I’m always barking commands at someone in my house!

I never realized how stressed our kids might be until I got my Zyto Compass.  Now don’t get me wrong, the Zyto is not meant to diagnose, it just tells you what your body may prefer.  I scanned my kids, I scanned my friends’ kids, and I have scanned kids I don’t really know.  I am amazed how often stress seems to be the recurring theme.

I am a true believer that stress is a killer.  It weakens our body’s defense mechanisms, and causes all sorts of other problems.  Stress is a terrible thing!  And yet we as parents are pushing our kids harder than we have ever pushed ourselves.  We are expecting things out of our children that no one ever expected from us.  It’s not enough that our kids play baseball or hockey….  no, they need private coaching lessons in addition to the four days a week they are already practicing, and just to make it worse, let’s make these sessions before school, at 5 am.  And it’s probably not enough that my child plays an instrument in the band at school.  I should probably sink huge sums of money into extra private lessons, even though my child hates to practice.

Don’t get me wrong, I want my kids to be successful and happy.  I don’t want lazy kids who do nothing except play video games and watch television all day.  But what ever happened to letting our kids have time to go out and play?  Why can’t they have time to be kids?  Who are all these lessons for?  If you have a kid who is driven and loves every minute of what they do, that’s awesome.  But if your kid (like mine) begs to skip lessons because he is so tired, because he has so much homework, because he doesn’t even want to take those lessons anyway, it may be time to reevaluate.

Our kids are stressed.  I know kids who throw up on their way to baseball games because they are so nervous about playing well.  What happened to “it’s a game”?  Parents, please stop trying to live vicariously through your children!  You had your chance.  We are leading our children down a path straight to therapy.  Sure, they will know how to push themselves.  They will know how to practice and work hard.  But will they know how to be happy, and satisfied?  Will they know how to relax?  Will they know that they are good enough?  If they aren’t good enough for us, their parents, they will never feel like they are good enough for anyone else, including themselves.

Now slap some Stress Away on your kids and let them go PLAY!



Sunset, Hilton Head Island, SC

5 Reasons Why Titles Shouldn’t Matter

Several years ago, I sat across from my attorney and went through the depressing, yet incredibly necessary task of creating my will. I was in my late 20’s and I thought I really had life all figured out. After answering all the standard questions, I told my attorney to add what I thought to be a brilliant clause; “In order for any of my children to collect their inheritance, they must have completed college”.


In my vast ignorance, I thought that would motivate my children to choose the path that I had chosen. I was proud of the letters after my name and I hoped that someday my children would have even more letters after their names! Thank goodness I came to my senses! There are many reasons why titles shouldn’t matter. Titles may be PhD, MBA, CPA, Director, President, CEO, Mom, Stay at Home Mom (or Dad), Introvert, Extrovert, etc. I believe a title is anything that attempts to classify you.


  1. Your title doesn’t define your health. You can go to college for fifteen years, get every degree available, make more money than you ever imagined, and if you don’t have your health, you have nothing. I have met so many people in high-powered positions with impressive jobs, yet they are holding on by a string. High paying jobs usually come with high stress levels. Stress is a killer.



  1. Your title won’t keep you from being lonely. If you are working sixteen-hour days to maintain your title, but you don’t get to tuck your children in bed, you may regret that some day. If your wife eats dinner alone because you are always out of town, your marriage may suffer. How valuable is your time and who owns it? If your title is your job, then yes, it’s important to make enough money to provide for your family. But how much is enough? Is it ever enough? Our Pastor at church always says that out of all the dying people he has spoken with, none ever say they wish they had spent more time at work.



  1. Your title will never make you happy. I have met so many people who were on a mission to chase a title. If I can just be a manager, if I can just be a Director, if I can just be a VP; we are never happy where we are. I went through a brief period where I was jealous of stay at home moms. After a few days with my kids I couldn’t wait to get back to work! My daughter almost went to college for something that I wanted her to do. Everyone had her convinced that she would never make enough money doing what she loves. I say phooey. If you love it enough and if it is your passion, you will make it work. She is now starting school in July to be a makeup artist and I hope she rocks it because she’s so talented and that is what makes her happy! If you have to spend the majority of your life doing something, shouldn’t it be something that makes you smile?


  1. Your title is not an automatic entitlement for respect. I believe in treating everyone with respect. I don’t care if you are the janitor or the President of the company. Someone once said to me, “Don’t you know who so-and-so is? He is the blah blah blah of *insert impressive company here”. I honestly couldn’t have cared less. In God’s eyes, we are all the same. Anyways, the bible clearly tells us that some day, the first will be last and the last will be first. You can interpret that however you would like, but my take on it is that Mr. Super Important Job Title will be serving coffee to my friend the janitor!


  1. Your title doesn’t define your worth. I have sat in classes where I have been told my personality type, my personality color, and my personality shape. Please stop defining me! I don’t need a special group because I’m a “working mother” or an “MBA”. I don’t need called out because a test I took defined me as an Introvert. My worth is determined by one thing and one thing only, and that is by my Maker. Every single one of us is “wonderfully and fearfully made”. Let that sink in for a minute. You don’t have to spend a bazillion years in college to be important. You don’t have to be an Extrovert, or a stay at home dad. Every single one of us is equally important. You just need to find the path that God has chosen for your life, and hopefully, that will be the one that makes you THRIVE! And when you walk that perfect path, no matter what the title, you will be healthy, happy, worthy of respect and you will know that you are worth EVERYTHING to the only one who matters!


My hope for all of our children is that they find and follow their calling, the thing that makes them jump out of bed in the morning. I pray that they are healthy and happy, no matter what title follows them into adulthood. And although that title is not important, hard work is! What you get out of life will always be proportionate with what you put in, and any difference is due to God’s grace!


Zyto What?

Two and a half years ago, I had my first Zyto scan experience.  It was my first visit with a new doctor in Orlando, when my health was at its absolute worst.  I honestly don’t remember all the results, but I do remember how I felt about putting my hand on a cradle while a computer generated my nutritional deficiencies. I thought it was complete Bull ca ca.  I received a print out of my results and when my blood work came back a few weeks later, the results matched up perfectly.

Fast forward a year, and I decided to try out a naturopathic doctor close to home.  My initial visit started with….. you guessed it, a Zyto scan.  This time, the supplements and herbs recommended were for inflammation and infection, quite accurate for a Lyme patient.  I started to feel uneasy.  What was with this voodoo craziness?  Was this some kind of psychic reading that would be considered “black magic” by biblical standards?  That’s always been a very confusing, gray area for me.

After further research, I made the personal decision to move forward with a Zyto scan for essential oils.  The scan takes a survey of your body by measuring electrical and energetic fluctuations in your skin. It addresses 76 biomarkers. The dictionary defines a bio-marker as “a specific physical trait used to measure or indicate the effects or progress of a disease or condition”. Biomarkers are used in many scientific fields. I am not a scientist, so I won’t try to explain this further. I know that God made my body and my body is made up of electricity. Everything has a frequency that can be measured. That is as much science as this blond brain can absorb at this point in my life 🙂

Yesterday was the first time I was scanned for Young Living products. I watched several people go before me, and they all seemed pleased with their results. When it was my turn, I filled out a few standard details, including my name, email address and birthdate. I placed my hand on the cradle and after a few minutes, I was literally blown away. The oil and supplements that were recommended for my body could not have been more accurate based on blood work that was recently completed by my doctor. This month when I place my order, I know exactly what to buy. My daughter has Keratosis Polaris and her recommended oils were both for skin conditions. Another family member scanned for a supplement for joint inflammation and he is currently suffering from arthritis.

I know that I will be scanning my Oily Bunch each month so that I have some guidance when it comes to using oils on the kids. How will I scan them every month? I just ordered my own scanner so I can help keep everyone I love on a path towards greater health and wellness, which is why I started using essential oils in the first place!