What Your Intuition Can Teach You About Essential Oils

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in·tu·i·tion / noun
INTUITION: the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.

The more I dive deeper into my practice (& yes, I'd call it a practice) with Essential Oils, the more I realize that our body & emotions are often onto something well before our thinking brain is.

While I really do like thinking of Essential Oils as being prescriptive - How do I want to feel? What do I want more of? Less of? Target the need or want & choose an Essential Oil (or oils) to use. Mission accomplished.

On the other end of the spectrum, I also like to respect & let run free, the intuitive relationship I have with Essential Oils.

This relationship is a bit more nuanced, & certainly seemingly less "logical" on the surface, but trust in this relationship is where major ah-ha's & breakthroughs can happen. 

So naturally, intuitively selecting an Essential Oil (or oils) stems from a slightly different line of questioning - What Essential Oil am I drawn to right now? 

And without yet asking "Why" or attributing any reason, practicality, or prior knowledge around this decision, just choose an oil & choose a way to integrate it. 

How does this look in action? Just walk up to your stash of oils & grab one (or two, or three)...

How would you integrate? Some examples might be: creating a diffuser blend, applying to your wrists, rubbing over your heart or the back of your neck, adding into a body oil blend, putting a drop in your hands & breathing it in before a meditation, or a meeting, or whatever it is you're about to go do, and so on. 

Don't allow for too much brain chatter, just integrate as your intuition tells you to integrate. Even if it doesn't "make sense."

And before any brain interrogation begins, take a moment to experience the Essential Oil you’ve chosen. And I mean EXPERIENCE it - What do you smell? How does that aroma make you feel? Where does your mind go? How does your body react? Are you breathing deeper? More fully? Does your mind feel clearer? Mood brighter?

It's sometimes immediately that I feel or know why my body chose that Essential Oil. Perhaps I've chosen this oil in a similar situation before, or perhaps I've reached for it a number of times recently. 

And other times it's less clear. In that case, I'll take it to a resource like my Emotions & Essential Oils book to look up the energetics or emotions of the Essential Oil (or oils) I chose or maybe something more clinical & look to my apps or resource books to read the health benefits & what systems of the body it supports to see if I can find any connection to either how I currently feel or what I might need - mind, body, or spirit.

It's often then that I say "Ahhh, yep, that makes sense."

Occasionally I might dig in to my resources & still see no real connection to why I chose it. It's in those times I trust that it was just what I needed in that moment. And leave it at that. 

As our emotions, energy, surroundings, physical body, etc, changes, that which we're attracted to changes. Today might be different than tomorrow, which night be different than next month, & next year.

Truth time: I actually did NOT like the smell of Frankincense when I first opened the bottle. But I felt pulled to keep opening that bottle & smell it every so often. Now it's my most favorite Essential Oil & go-to happy place to de-stress & reduce anxiety.

Along those lines, allowing myself to work intuitively with my Essential Oils also meant releasing judgment or opinion on the smell of an Essential Oil, more specifically: if I "like the oil" or "don't like the oil." Just like my Frankincense example, but also because our intuition often knows what we need before we do.

When we create this judgment around what we '“like” or “don’t like” - & believe it - is when we step further away from our intuitive power. Again, it's a practice - so follow what's guiding you, trust it & integrate accordingly. Get excited when you see the patterns & don't worry about it when you don't.

And most importantly… have fun :) 

Do you use intuitively choose & use Essential Oils? What has been your experience?

Want to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils or purchase some of your own &have me as your personal oils guide? Click here to learn more.

Best News Ever + A Big Goal (with your help...)

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For those of us in doTERRA Essential Oil land, the most exciting day of the month is often the 1st. Why? Because that's when an email arrives into our inboxes with the new month's news & promotions.

And September 1st was perhaps the MOST exciting "first of the month" I've ever experienced.

So what's the Big News?

The September promotion is 20% off Starter Kits. And this is by far my most FAVORITE promotion doTERRA has ever done. 

I, like a lot of people, am conscious, thrifty, & like to know that I'm getting the highest value when it comes to things I choose to purchase. I also demand quality & integrity with the companies & brands I choose to align with.

I recognize that can be a tall order, but I bet you can relate, right?

So what's the Big Goal?

It literally lights me up knowing this extra special discount enables even MORE people to afford these powerful, healing oils, & enables them to begin a journey to change their health & the health of their family in a radical way.

My mission in the month of September is to help bring doTERRA Essential Oils into 18 new homes. Yep, 18. So I'm going to need your help...

Are you new to doTERRA? 

Awesome, let's connect. I'd love to learn more about what your biggest health needs are & help you find solutions. Email me at bewellyogalifestyle@gmail.com to book an in-person or phone one-on-one session & we can figure out which discounted Starter Kit is best for you (take a peek below).

Do you already have doTERRA Essential Oils? 

If you have ever found your Oils to positively benefit your health or the health of someone in your family, I have a favor to ask: Will you connect me with the person in your life that you think could most benefit from using them too? Email me at bewellyogalifestyle@gmail.com & CC that friend or family member letting them know why you think we should connect. I'd be so grateful to help them on their journey 🙏🏼.

I know there are people & families out there that are just begging for natural solutions in their home & I am committed to helping as many homes become as resourced & empowered as I can.


Have you been wanting to buy Essential Oils, but still not sure you can afford one of these kits? 

"Strategic" is one of my top 5 tested strengths (not kidding!), so if you want Essential Oils in your home, but have any hang up or restriction -- I know we can find a solution, just let me know & I can help.

As I mentioned, I am a discerning shopper who always wants to understand all my options so below I've shared the following for each of the 20% off Starter Kits with the hopes of making things as clear & transparent as possible...

+ the actual financial $$$ breakdown
+ who the starter kit is best suited for
+ why the starter kit is of high value

And don't worry, I will never leave you hanging. No matter what kit you choose we will have a chat to go over exactly how to use each item, plug you into some incredible resources for education & I'm here to be your Essential Oils running buddy for life.


Have questions? Already know what you want? Email me at bewellyogalifestyle@gmail.com & we'll get your Starter Kit ordered.


HOME ESSENTIALS KIT
"the most popular & versatile kit"

What is the financial $$$ breakdown?
> Retail: $366.67
> Wholesale: $275 (savings off retail $91.67)
> 20% OFF SPECIAL PRICE: $220 (extra 20% savings $55)  
> Total savings: $146.67 (40% off retail)

Who is this kit best suited for?
This kit is for the person who wants to get started with the basics - the top 10 most popular, most versatile oils. If you're on a budget or just dipping your toes into natural wellness, this kit is for you. 

Why is this kit valuable?
These top 10 oils (plus diffuser) will support MOST of the health needs that you come across on a daily basis. All those over the counter items you get at the drug store? Think of these as your natural swap for most.

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NATURAL SOLUTIONS KIT
"the non-toxic, natural lifestyle kit"

What is the financial $$$ breakdown?
> Retail: $733.33
> Wholesale: $550 (savings off retail $183.33)
> 20% OFF SPECIAL PRICE: $440 (extra 20% savings $110)  
> Total savings: $293.33 (40% off retail)
+ 100 credit

Who is this kit best suited for?
This kit is for the person who wants the basic oils, but also wants to overhaul some key home & lifestyle items to be more natural & non-toxic. I always say to people if you're interested in more than just the oils & removing toxins from your products/home is a priority (& this kit fits into your budget)... GET IT!

Why is this kit valuable?
I also like to call this the "Best of Kit" or "Mini Diamond Kit" because it really does have a comprehensive selection of the most popular oils & products that people often end up purchasing in the next few months anyway. This is the kit I most hear people say "I wish I would have started with that one."

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EVERY OIL KIT
"the all the oils right now kit"

What is the financial $$$ breakdown?
> Retail: $2433.33
> Wholesale: $1825 (savings off retail $608.33)
> 20% OFF SPECIAL PRICE: $1460 (extra 20% savings $365)  
> Total savings: $973.33 (40% off retail)
+ 200 credit

Who is this kit best suited for?
This kit is for the person or family who wants all the oils at their fingertips right away & don't want to bother with ordering piecemeal. This might be a busy mom or business person who is low on time, but wants to have solutions right away when something comes up.

Why is this kit valuable?
I LOVE this kit. And other than being able to get every. single. oil. at once, here's the other coolest part: If you break this kit down to a monthly cost, it averages only to $121 per month over 12 months. If that sounds like a lot, think of all the other things you spend that much a month on (groceries, gas, over the counters, going out to eat & drink, coffee runs, gym memberships, clothes, makeup, I'm sure the list goes on).

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DIAMOND KIT
"the absolutely everything kit"

What is the financial $$$ breakdown?
> Retail: $3333.33
> Wholesale: $2650 (savings off retail $683.33)
> 20% OFF SPECIAL PRICE: $2120 (extra 20% savings $530)  
> Total savings: $1213.33 (36% off retail)
+ 400 credit

Who is this kit best suited for?
This kit is for the person who puts the health of themselves & their family first, period. This person is serious about health & wellness, & they want ALL the tools right away. Committing to this kit is committing to yourself & I give MAJOR props to the person with that foresight & determination.

Why is this kit valuable?
I mean the savings of $1213.33 should make the value pretty obvious, but how about all those CVS & target runs that end up being hundreds of dollars each time somehow? Toothpaste, deodorant, laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, vitamins... Yah, you won't be doing those anymore. #YoureWelcome.

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I am beyond excited to dig right into this lofty goal & get 18 homes stocked with these natural tools.

If you have questions or know what you'd like to order, shoot me an email at bewellyogalifestyle@gmail.com.

xoxo Meredith

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Beauty: DIY Soothing Oat Mask

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One of the main reasons I came to natural health & Essential Oils was to clean up my skincare (& home cleaning) products. I knew my super dry, eczema-prone skin was not going to get better when there were unknown chemicals & fragrances in everything I was touching.

While I don't do much with my skin other than rinse with warm/cold water & heavily moisturize, every few days (at least certain times of year), it calls for some exfoliation. Most face scrubs leave my face super irritated, red, & splotchy (not to mention have so many toxic ingredients), so I figured I'd make one of my own.

I knew Oatmeal to be really moisturizing & gentle, & baking soda to be a great natural exfoliator, so in an effort to keep it as simple & minimal as possible, I decided to keep it to two ingredients with the option to add Essential Oils for additional skin-enhancing benefits.

While this is purpose made for sensitive & dry skin types, I imagine it could be really soothing & luxurious on any skin type.

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What you need:
3oz GF Quick Oats (not sure it matters what kind, but this is what I used)
1 oz. Aluminum-Free Baking Soda
4oz. Glass Jar
2-4 drops Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Frankincense, or another favorite skin-loving doTERRA Essential Oil (optional)

Use any sized glass jar you have, the ratio of Oats:Baking Soda is 3:1.

My recommendation is 1 or 2 drops of Essential Oil for each 4oz of face scrub, less is more!

What to do:
Blitz the Oats in a food processor until it makes a powder.

Add in appropriate drop(s) of Essential Oils & blitz again.

Add Oats & Baking Soda into jar & you're done!

To use:
I tend to use the face scrub in the shower since it's a bit messy. When you're ready to use it, add about a tablespoon to a small clean bowl (or the palm of your hand, but I prefer bowl.) Add drops of water SLOWLY & stir with your finger until it becomes a paste. You should see the oats begin to cream-ify. You can choose if you prefer a thinner or thicker paste.

Rub on face with a gentle scrub & rinse. If you want to use it as more of a mask, keep it on for a few minutes. Rinse with warm (not hot) water, then with the coldest water you can get (closes up the pores & creates more glowy, happy skin). While skin is still damp, moisturize your face!

I'd love to hear how you like this recipe. If you try it, please share your feedback in the comments below!

 

Featured on MindBodyGreen: 4 Reasons To Meditate On A Plane (And How To Do It)

Read the article below, or on MindBodyGreen here: http://bit.ly/1Qm5ZIC

Let me preface by saying that in my opinion, there's no "right" way to meditate.

You don't have to be trained or have read any special mystical books, nor do you need to be seated cross-legged on a cushion with perfect posture, nestled in some magical environment.

In fact, it's often in the most unlikely of places and at the most random of times, that dropping into a meditation on a whim can do a whole lot of good.

One of those random places in particular? On an airplane.

Here are four reasons why meditation is a must-do when you're flying, plus a few tips to help get you started:

1. There's nothing else to do.

With longer flights often comes boredom, there's just no way around it. After hours of sitting in one place, we might peruse through the in-flight movies or do some work on our laptop, take a nap or get some reading done.

If we're traveling solo or have a poor Internet or TV connection (not to mention no phone calls or texts), we can find ourselves getting bored real quick.

So why not pass the time by calming and centering your mind? You're already 75% of the way there — you're sitting still and in silence.

Now just close your eyes and take some deep, mindful breaths.

2. Flying can cause stress and anxiety.

A fear of flying and not being in control — not to mention encountering turbulence — can raise your heart rate fast and make you uncomfortable.

So try this mantra in your head:

Say to yourself "I am safe" with every inhale, and "I am calm" with every exhale.

Keep this going for as long as you like and notice your heart rate start to lower and your mind begin to calm.

If you have mala beads, you can incorporate them in this meditation:

Place the mala in your right hand. Beginning from the tassel bead, move along to each next bead with your thumb allowing the mala to slide through your hand. Each time you move to another bead, repeat the above mantra in your head.

By offering your brain these positive thoughts, you'll keep from thinking of worst-case scenarios, and will begin to tune in to the present moment where everything is indeed, OK.

3. You'll get in the right mindset.

No matter where you're headed or where you're coming from, taking time to meditate while you're in transit will give you perspective and clarity about your journey.

Are you going on an exciting vacation? Tune in to how grateful you are for this experience.

Are you nervous about heading to a job interview? Check in with yourself about the ways you're smart enough, capable and passionate.

Heading to a competition? Visualize starting the big game and how you're going to execute that first play.

Traveling takes a toll on your physical body, but also on your mind. So on your flight home, make sure to take a moment to close your eyes and breathe to reset back to baseline, before jumping back into your everyday life.

4. You're treating yourself to self-care.

If "being busy" and "not having enough time in the day" are your excuses for not taking time for yourself (or meditating) on a regular basis, here's your chance!

You know exactly how much time you've got on your hands, so make room for a small chunk of self-care for YOU. There's no way you're too busy to take a few minutes for yourself in some meditation on your flight!

So there you have it, you can meditate anywhere and in a number of different ways: repeat a mantra you wish to manifest, visualize your ideal scenario, remember ways you're grateful, or just simply, to breathe.

And don't worry about looking like a spiritual weirdo to those in the aisles around you, they'll just think you're sleeping.


My newest conscious collaboration...

Being conscious is not just a practice in eating well, but living well as a whole -- how we interact with others, treat ourselves, and even down to the clothing and jewelry we wear. 

As healthy eating is a balance, it's also a balance to find brands that are as equally stylish as they are healthy to the environment and their workers.

Which is why when I was approached by Mala + Mantra to be their first Conscious Collaborator, I was ecstatic to partner up with a company that I knew understood the importance of both looking good and feeling good about what you're wearing.

Focusing on mala beads and bracelets, the company was "Designed with intention. Consciously created. Fair, sustainable fashion. To nurture the soul."

And even better, all of the M+M jewelry is crafted at a social enterprise in the Philippines that provides sustainable income, pays fair wages, and provides a safe work environment for a women’s cooperative in San Manuel, Pangasinan.

The materials like rosewood and coconut shell are sourced sustainably, AND M+M has a growing Women + Wellness Campaign that empowers female artisans around the globe. 

Could a fusion of fashion and mindfulness get more awesome?

I'd love for you to get to know M+M more, so check out this interview below (or on the M+M blog here) where I asked the company's founder, Judith Perez Compton, some fun questions!

Meredith Nordhem (MN): Why is it important to you to introduce M+M to the yoga community? How do you see meditation + yoga going hand in hand? 

Judith Perez Compton (JPC): When I first created Mala and Mantra, I wanted to cater to three core audiences: the yoga, wellness, and spa communities. I felt that these three communities would be most receptive to the larger message behind the M+M brand—that of mindfulness, self-enlightenment, wellness, and empowerment. 

I see meditation and yoga as an integrated practice, as it is for myself when I practice every morning. Meditation is how I center myself through my breathing to create self-awareness, and yoga is how I integrate my breathing and body together. When I combine the two, I achieve a mind-body-spirit connection, which is what I think many people are searching for in their everyday lives.

 MN:  What's one feeling you hope people experience when they wear their M+M malas + jewelry?

JPC: Mindfulness, which essentially is self-awareness in the present moment, without judgment.

MN: How can integrating malas and consciously created jewelry, like the kind M+M make, into one's yoga + meditation practice enhance their overall wellness experience?

JPC: Mala beads, in particular, are a traditional meditation tool used to help keep focus and count mantras while meditation, so I think their connection to meditation is very real and powerful. I use my beads every day to meditate and stay centered, and I carry them with and on me throughout the day to help embody the properties of the particular gemstone or wood malas I’m wearing.

I think mala beads and other conscious jewelry can be very useful when practicing yoga, too, because they keep you grounded. They keep you focused on the present moment, on everything going on in your body instead of outside of it, and I think that’s one of the wonderful things about yoga in general. 

MN: If M+M were a yoga pose, which pose would she be and why?

JPC: The Prayer Pose, because mala beads are used for meditation or prayer. They also symbolize the mantra Namaste, which translates to "The divine light in me honors the divine light in you." It’s one of my favorites.  

MN: What can us yoga lovers expect next from M+M?

JPC: Lots of new things are definitely coming your way in 2015!  New collections launching this Spring + Summer 2015 include our Lariats + Layers Collection, the “I Am Me” Collection, our Crafted For a Cause Collection, and our much-anticipated Yoga Mala Collection, along with exciting introductions to our vetted Conscious and Creative Collaborators (and so much more)!

Learn more about Mala+Mantra (and check out their current super fun and vibrant Moda Mala Collection) here.