Essential oils to calm the crazy

Running a house…  Building a career…  Looking after the kids… Chasing your tail…

Sound familiar?

Yep, that’s my world, and I need BALANCE.  I try to exercise 2-3 times a week, I try to eat healthy and clean food every day.  I try to spend quality time with my kids and husband every day.  AND… I use my oils every day.

So I wanted to put together a quick list for you of 5 oils that can help support you so you don’t feel so overwhelmed.  Depending on the oil you can apply topically, internally or diffuse them for best results.

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5 OILS FOR BALANCE & CALM

1.) Ylang Ylang – pronounced (eeelang, eeelang), is well known for centuries and has been used as a fragrance and in perfumes for many years. It can help manage stress and is a wonderful emotional support for depression.  You can throw a few drops in an epsom salt bath or place a few drops on your wrist too.

2.) Lavender – a very popular oil that has been known since ancient Roman and Egyptian times to help with promoting relaxing and calming effects.  You can use lavender in so  many ways…placing on your skin, in your food, a couple of drops in your mouth, diffuse or even in your cooking.  One of my favourite oils.

3.) Geranium – the oil of ‘Love & Trust’ and it’s also known as ‘the emotional healer’ – it’s a wonderful you can use over the heart chakra for emotional support and healing.  It’s been used in many different forms, whether it is the flowers for decoration, being used as a fragrance or in hair care products…but it is a great oil to provide a calming affect, especially when diffused.  You can also add to your shampoo or moisturiser for great hair and skin.

4.) Bergamot – the oil of ‘Self-Acceptance’ – this is an oil frequently used in massage therapy for it’s calming benefits.  This is a fantastic oil that can help uplift those sad feelings and have a calming affect on heightened emotions. 

5.) Wild Orange – the oil of ‘Creativity & Abundance’ – a popular citrus oil that is known for elevating the mind and body and helping us with a boost of energy.  This is another one of my favourites that I put in my water, use in many of my raw food treats – it’s also gorgeous diffused on its own or with other oils, such as Lavender and Frankincense.  Those 3 oils blended or diffused together are simply magical.

Well there are enough oils here to get you started and to bring more calm into your life.

Essential oils work with our body’s chemistry in a very natural and beautiful way.  They’re a true gift from nature.

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Emotions + Essential Oils

I love talking about Emotions and I love talking about Oils. So today I wanted to put those 2 together and help you find emotional balance and harmony, so you can be that indestructible mama this summer… while you’re kicking back on the sun lounger or running around after your kids.

If our emotions are out of whack, everything is going to be out of whack. Our actions will match the way that we feel, which directly influences our results.

That means if we want to get the results we want in our life, then we need to keep those emotions in check. That isn’t always easy… and that’s why I LOVE essential oils.  They have been a HUGE support to me over the past 2 years.

I have several favourites when it comes to supporting my emotions but my new favourite is the Emotional Aromatherapy Kit. It has these amazing blends of oils all in one cool kit – and if you’re new to oils it’s perfect as it makes it so SIMPLE.

You just need to look at the wheel (as shown below) and it will tell you everything you need to know.  So you always know which blend you need at any given time – easy peasy!

You can use them as pure-fumes on your pulse points, or if you are anything like me (and the other 4 million doTERRA users), you will fall in love with the way it fills a room with its aroma.  So, a diffuser to accompany your gorgeous oils is a must.  

And guess what?  When you become a doTERRA member with this kit, you also get the cute little Petal diffuser – how cool and cute is that little diffuser?

Becoming a member is a beautiful thing, you are not locked into anything, there are no catches, you simply have access to the cleanest and purest essential oils in the world plus other high quality products at 25% below retail price – cool huh?

So if you are ready to start your essential oil journey then Click Here to start shopping.  Or, if you have any questions then I am here to help so just hit reply to this email, or message me at bridget.thiswholesomelife@gmail.com 

Warmly,



The dark side of perfume… & what to do instead

We all want to smell nice.  Of course we do.  But at what cost?

Fragrances have been around for a LONG time.  But a lot has changed.  Back in the day (we’re talking pre-1800’s), perfumes were mostly derived from natural plant ingredients. 

Nowadays though, perfumes are a potent cocktail of synthetic ingredients.  Much like personal care products, these industries are not regulated, no one is telling them what they can and cannot put in their products.  Nor are they required to disclose the actual ingredients as it’s considered a ‘trade secret’.

Our skin is our largest organ & it’s highly absorbent, so we want to make sure that what we put on our skin is 100% natural.

We’re already exposed to thousands of toxins a day so we want to control what we can.  And studies show that some fragrance blends are created with over 600 ingredients, most of them chemicals you’d never want to ingest. 

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These ingredients can cause allergic reactions, hormone imbalance, skin irritations, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and more.

Read the labels and go with a company you completely trust.  If a company isn’t 100% transparent about what’s in their product then that’s a red flag to me.  Steer well clear.

Don’t believe the marketing hype and don’t follow the crowd.

We can no longer trust what’s sold off shop shelves, we need to take control and self-educate.  And it’s not just perfume, did you know as many as 200 chemicals can be found in a body wash to make up its scent.  These chemical ingredients won’t be listed, they will simply say ‘fragrance’.

A 2001 study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that synthetic fragrances were often shown to contain hormone disruptors linked to abnormal cell reproduction.

So why are they more accessible over natural products?  Scents produced by chemicals are cheaper than naturally produced scents, plus they last longer.  So when you’re buying your perfumes, moisturisers, cleansers, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, deodorants, and even candles, you might think you are buying luxurious items, when they could actually be potentially disrupting your health.

How do I avoid synthetic fragrance?

  • Choose ‘unscented’ and ‘fragrance-free’ products.
  • Avoid all products that list ‘fragrance’ in the ingredient list.
  • Buy your products from companies who are conscious and transparent about what is in their products.
  • Look for scents that are naturally derived or plant-based.
  • Certified organic products do not have synthetic fragrances.

My most favourite alternative to synthetic perfume is a pure-fume made up with essential oils, Click Here for a little video I did sharing how I make mine up, what I use and why.  And here’s a short clip I shared 24 hours later about the response I had from the blend I chose.

Here’s to living a more natural life.

Much love,
Bridget xo
P.s. If you’re ready to join us on this natural journey then head over here >> to Get Started or email me at bridget.thiswholesomelife@gmail.com with your questions.

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Essential Oils Can Change Your Life… When You Use Them Every Day

I’m not one of those people who grew up around holistic remedies, when something was wrong we’d go to the doctor like most people. 

I started using essential oils only 2 years ago, and prior to that I had NO IDEA they could support us in so many different ways.

Let me share briefly how I came to using them when I became a mum I faced a number of emotional challenges, such as depression, crazy hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, and anxiety.  I lost who I was, and one dark day rolled into another.  For about two years I trialled various prescription drugs, in search of a solution that would return me to my normal self.

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So when someone gave me a sample of an essential oil, my response went a little like this… “hey thanks, but I’ve been on some of the strongest medications there are, so I don’t think a little smelly liquid is going to help me!”

I didn’t try it straightaway, it sat on my shelf for about two weeks, but that person kept persisting I try it.  I’ll be forever grateful they did, because I had an experience with that oil that I definitely wasn’t expecting, and I wanted more of it! 

That one application was by no means a cure.  Essential oils are not a cure, they support the body in its natural healing process.

It took me a while to get into the daily habit of using them, because they’d never been a part of my routine before, or even on my radar.

I now use them for all our family’s wellness needs, as well as to clean our home (they make incredible non-toxic cleaners!)  But for this post I want to share how I use them each morning to support my mood, both mentally and emotionally, because it is this routine that has changed my life in such a powerful way:

A Joyful Breakfast
When I get up in the morning to organise breakfast, the first thing I do is add Elevation (our Joyful Blend, commonly used for depression) to the diffuser with some Wild Orange (which is like a burst of sunshine!)  Breathing in these gorgeous aromas while we have breakfast puts everyone in a good mood.

Essential oils have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier and connect directly with our limbic system – this part of our brain controls our memory, mood, blood pressure, our heart rate, and so much more, and this is why essential oils can create such a powerful response.

Grounding Heightened Emotions
Before I put my shoes on I’ll apply some Balance (our Grounding Blend) to the bottoms of my feet – it takes approximately 30 seconds for them to reach our bloodstream from our feet.  This helps level out my mood.

From Anxious to Calm
Then I’ll apply what I call my ‘anxious mess’ blend (no fancy names here!) which I make up in a roller bottle – I add 15 drops of Serenity (the calming blend) and 15 drops of Wild Orange (both calming and invigorating).  I roll it onto the top part of my spine, as far as I can reach, then I massage it in. 

Our spine is very connected to our nervous system, so this is a great place for essential oil application to support anxious feelings.

Anxiety has crippled me at times, I’ve literally had moments where I’ve not been able to hold a conversation with someone, or if I have it’s had me in a hot flustered mess.  Seriously.

Brightening Up a Dark Day
And finally, I’ll apply my ‘happy’ blend to the back of my neck and massage it up towards the back of my head / brain.  This blend is made up of Frankincense (‘Oil of Truth’), Bergamot (‘Oil of Self-Acceptance’), and Ylang Ylang (‘Oil of the Inner Child’)*.  I add 10 drops of each to a roller bottle topped with fractionated coconut oil. 

And that’s it!  I won’t necessarily do each of these every single morning, but I make sure I include at least two of these steps within my morning routine.  It really depends what I need at the time.

Not only do I feel like the weight has been lifted and I can go about my day feeling more calm and positive, but they smell incredible too.  I’m ALWAYS being complimented on how good I smell – dropping the synthetic perfume was the next best thing I did by the way, but that’s a topic for another day!

When using essential oils for physical and emotional wellbeing, you want to be using a high quality essential oil.  I chose doTERRA because they are the leaders in the industry, no one is growing, sourcing, testing, and producing essential oils like they do. 

Did you know that only 5-10% essential oil is required to call it a ‘pure’ essential oil?  Crazy huh.  

When I first started using essential oils, I had no idea what I was doing, so now I love to help others get started right, based on their needs.

Committing to this routine not only keeps me calm, grounded, and a much happier person, but I found what I was searching for – my ‘normal self’ And it is this that has transformed the way I show up in my life, and how I show up as a wife and mother. 

Be whole, be happy.

Bridget xo

* If you’d like to learn more about the emotional elements of essential oils then I highly recommend this ‘Essential Oils & Emotions’ book.

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All you need for success in 2017!

I don’t know about you but I start EVERY year with the best intentions, I set goals and resolutions, and EVERY year I hit December and wonder why I’m no further forward..  sound familiar?  There are many things that come into play when it comes to achieving big goals and dreams but you know the biggest thing that holds us back… our head!

Yep, we need to GET OUT OF OUR HEADS AND… INTO OUR HEARTS…

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To truly evolve and achieve our dreams, we need to lead from our heart, not our head.

Our heart space is an awakened space and allows us to truly hear our intuitive voice – our heart knows things intuitively.  It is the thinking mind which separates, which judges, which tears apart, and it is the light of love that can wash away the troubles.

When we rely on our head, decision making can become all the more difficult because our limiting beliefs and fears often create stress and overwhelm during that process, making it difficult to find clarity and do what ‘feels’ right.

So go grab your journal and write down your goals, resolutions, and dreams for 2017 and map out how you’re going to achieve them – during this process ask yourself regularly ‘Am I leading from my heart or my head?’

And guess which essential oil is so perfectly accompanied with this process?  Frankincense – THE OIL OF TRUTH.

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Frankincense reveals deceptions and false truths.  It invites individuals to let go of lower vibrations, lies, deceptions and negativity (all created in the mind!)  Frankincense helps create new perspectives based on LIGHT & TRUTH.

Frankincense recalls to memory spiritual understanding, gifts, wisdom and knowledge the soul brought into the world.  It is a powerful cleanser of spiritual darkness.

So how perfectly timed is it that doTERRA gives a FREE Frankincense to everyone who places an order of 200PV or more in the month of December…

JUST TWO DAYS LEFT!  Valued at £76 (retail) makes it the perfect month to join doTERRA and get 25% off the highest quality essential oils in the world!

To take advantage of this offer simply CLICK HERE or if you’d like help choosing your kit simply message me at thiswholesomelife@gmx.com.

Here’s to creating your magical 2017!

Much love,



Creating calm in the Xmas chaos + FREE Frankincense this month!

This is my favourite time of year… but boy can it be stressful.

It feels like there’s no end to the ‘to do’s’.  Shopping, running errands, meal planning, cooking, baking, present wrapping, decorating, entertaining friends and family, and the list goes on.  If you have your own business as well as running a household then I HEAR YOU.

All this stress can put us in a bad mood and that is NOT what Xmas is about, at all.

Are you open to the idea of a calmer and more joyful holiday?

One oil I always turn to when I need to balance my mood and relax is Frankincense.  One of my most favourite diffuser blends is Frankincense, Wild Orange, and Lavender, mmm… so good for the soul! 

Did you know that Frankincense was considered more valuable than Gold in ancient times?
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This oil has had a huge impact on my emotional wellbeing.  It’s also known as the KING because it’s such a powerful support for SO many physical and emotional issues.

It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when we use Frankincense, and as for stress, I can just feel that weight being lifted from my shoulders.  It also has a beautiful calming effect on my boisterous 6 year old boys!

It smells beautiful on its own but at the moment I’m loving blending it with some On Guard, our immunity blend, just perfect for these wintery days.

And in December there is a promotion whereby if you place an order of 200pv (which is approximately £150) anytime this month you will get a bottle of Frankincense FREE!  (This oil is £76 retail so this is an AMAZING Deal!).

What a great month to get your very own wholesale account… the oils make great gifts and you can get them at wholesale pricing so you are saving money and sharing the joy of holistic remedies with your friends and family to support their physical and emotional wellbeing.

So you see, there’s no reason you should feel stressed and strung out this holiday season.  Join me in being relaxed and making people wonder just WHAT you are doing that is keeping you so calm. 

With your own wholesale account you have the option of being apart of the Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP).  This not only gives you 25% off the retail price but you receive 10-30% of your orders back in points redeemable for free product, how cool is that!  And it gets better… when you place your order before the 15th of each month and your order reaches 125pv then you get the Product of the Month FREE!

To view the most popular kit options CLICK HERE.

Lastly I would like to wish you a beautiful festive season with your family and friends!



How To Create A Morning Routine To Set You Up For The Day

They say that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’.  Well yes, I would have to agree with that, but how we start our day is pretty important too.
 
I used to wake up naturally, lounge about in my PJ’s, have a cup of tea + toast, have a LONG bath or shower before getting dressed… and then I had children.
 
My children can wake up grumpy, really grumpy.  So I not only need to be ready for that but I need to get myself in the right zone to set me up for the day.
 
I need to connect with myself before I can connect properly with anyone else.

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It doesn’t always happen in this order but most mornings look a little something like this…
 
Alarm goes off at 6am.
 
Head upstairs to my ‘sacred space’, that being my comfy meditation chair with its lush sheepskin draped over it.
 
Place a drop of Frankincense on my third eye – Frankincense is the Oil of Truth and is a wonderful oil to use in any spiritual practice.
 
Massage Balance onto the bottoms of my feet and cover with my favourite cashmere socks (life’s little luxuries!) – Balance is one of my most favourite grounding blends to help set me up for the day.  I talk more about this blend here.
 
Spend 15 minutes in meditation, either in silence or using a guided meditation.
Pick one of my Angel tarot cards and write my 3 big intentions and goals for the day.
 
Listen to a podcast or periscope replay of inspiring leaders in business I love to follow and tune into.
 
Go downstairs at 7am to make my lemon and water and wait for my boys to come downstairs – I am READY for them, ready to cuddle and snuggle them, no matter how grumpy they are.
 
Connecting with our feminine, fun-loving, and soulful selves makes us far more productive, present, and patient in the mornings and for the remainder of the day.
 
Create a morning routine that you will fall in love with – that way, when your alarm goes off you won’t want to turn over and go back to sleep.
 
What does your ideal morning look like?  Mine has taken some tweaking and it doesn’t always go to plan but having that ‘plan’ keeps me on track. 
 
Why not start experimenting with a morning plan that works for you.  Start with 2-3 things that will make you feel good, and set your alarm accordingly.
 
I would love to hear how it goes for you!  You can send me a message at thiswholesomelife@gmx.com.
 
Being a woman isn’t always easy, sometimes we need support from our sisters to lift us up and through the tricky moments.  If you know someone who might find this helpful, I hope you’ll share it with them.
 
Much love,
Bridget xo 



Bliss Out with this Bath Recipe

Sinking into a luxurious warm aromatic bath is one of the best forms of self care.

What you put in your bath can enhance your bath experience – so one of the ingredients I love to add is magnesium. 

Did you know that 80% of us are deficient in magnesium?  Magnesium is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. 

Here’s just a few of the incredible benefits of magnesium:

  • Relieves stress 
  • Soothes muscle aches
  • Improves circulation
  • Supports better nutrient absorption
  • Relieves headaches 
  • Speeds up wound healing
  • Encourages mineral absorption and improves sleep
  • Helps relieve joint pain
  • Improves skin hydration

I use various different salts such as Epsom salts which is also great for releasing muscular tension, but with all those benefits with magnesium you can see why it’s one of my favourites!

The below recipe I use for both myself and my children (it’s my secret weapon to calm them down before bedtime – the bedtime hour is their craziest hour!)

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After your bath I highly recommend adding your favourite essential oils, ideally the same ones you just bathed in, to 10ml carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil, and lather it all over your body while it’s still warm and the pores are still open from the bath.

Taking a sacred pause from life’s endless To Do’s is paramount to both our physical and emotional wellbeing.  

Happy bathing!

Bridget xo 

 



7 Great Reasons to Diffuse Essential Oils for a Healthy Home

They’re just pretty smells right?  Yes, essential oils can smell amazing but that’s not why the world’s going mad for them right now.  They can have incredible health benefits for us physically, mentally and emotionally.

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There are 3 ways to use essential oils, aromatically, internally, or topically.  Aromatically through a diffuser is my absolute favourite, here are 7 reasons why:

  1. It cleanses and purifies the air (air fresheners mask odours and leave synthetic chemicals in the air).
  2. It’s the fastest way to reach our limbic system in our brain which controls our memory, emotions, blood pressure, and heart rate – breathing in a pure plant oil with no synthetics or fillers has a powerful effect on the brain.
  3. It boosts our immunity.
  4. It can change the vibe in your home from cranky to harmonious.
  5. Everyone in the room benefits from the therapeutic qualities.
  6. It helps with relaxation and sleep.
  7. Helps ease breathing.

So there you have it, 7 great reasons to consider diffusing in your home!  Once you start, you will fall in love with the simplicity and effectiveness of using essential oils in this way.  We certainly have, we diffuse every day (and often through the night) for a variety of reasons.

Toxins and chemicals are so prevalent in our society today that using and diffusing pure essential oils is one of the best things we can do for our health.  

My two favourite diffusers are Made By Zen which can be found on Amazon, and the Petal diffuser from doTERRA which you can purchase here.

Using a diffuser is one thing, but the type of essential oil you use in your diffuser is key for achieving true health benefits. 

If you’re ready to start diffusing in your home and you would like some help choosing some essential oils (and a diffuser if needed) that are best suited for your needs, then simply email me at thiswholesomelife@gmx.com with ‘help me choose’ in the subject line and I will be in touch.

Much love and happy diffusing!

Bridget xo



Sweet Potato Brownies

Ingredients:
1 medium sweet potato – 2-3 cups when grated
2 whole eggs
½ cup melted coconut oil
⅓ cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 drops Wild Orange essential oil (optional but adds incredible flavour!  You can get yours here.)
½ cup raw cacao powder, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2½ tablespoon coconut flour

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Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 185 °C (365 °F), make sure the oven is hot before you put in the brownies in.
  2. Combine grated sweet potato, eggs, vanilla, honey, Wild Orange and coconut oil oil in a large mixing bowl and stir together until well incorporated. Then add cacao powder, baking powder and baking soda and stir. Finally add coconut flour. Avoid adding too much coconut flour as it will absorb too much moisture which will result in drier brownies.
  3. Once combined, pour the mixture into a baking tray lined with greased baking paper. I used a 9″/23cm square tin.
  4. Cook for 25-30 minutes. Remove the tin and cool for 5-10 minutes before carefully removing the brownie cake form the tin. Cut them into squares and dust with a little cacao powder or melt some dark chocolate in a bowl over boiling water or in a microwave and drizzle it over the top. Serve with raspberries or strawberries and maybe some fresh cream or coconut yoghurt to be extra decadent. Enjoy!



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