Immunity Boosting Snack for Children

There’s apples and then there’s immunity boosting apples… when our family discovered the incredible physical health benefits of On Guard essential oil through topical and aromatic use, my first thought was “how else can I get this oil into my children?”

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And then it was as if the Universe heard my whispered request because the next thing I did was log onto Facebook and I discovered this gem of an idea!  Now my kids have this as a snack almost every day after school.

On Guard is our protective blend, it boosts and protects our immune system in a really powerful way.  It was the first oil I used for a physical ailment when I got started with essential oils.  One of my boys was sick, like really sick, he had a vomiting bug that we’d been up all night with.  So I grabbed my On Guard and massaged some on the bottoms of his feet with some carrier oil, as well as diffuse it into the air.  By midday he was sitting up eating lunch, with colour back in his face, like nothing had ever happened.  It blew my mind.

So you see, I was pretty determined to find another way to get On Guard into my children 😉

It’s jam packed with antioxidants, killing bacteria and free radicals.  It also smells and tastes like Christmas!

So here’s the recipe:
:: Fill a bowl with 1 1/2 cups fresh filtered water
:: Add 2 drops On Guard + 2 drops Wild Orange (Wild Orange adds great flavour plus it’s also high in antioxidants) 
:: Chop up 2 x organic apples and add to the bowl.

I like to soak them for 20-30 minutes (the longer the soak, the better the flavour).  Then drain and serve.  

My boys absolutely love these so I hope your children do too.

Bridget xo 

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How to SOOTHE, HEAL, & NOURISH Skin naturally

I used to spend silly amounts on perfecting my skin, like $$$!!  And I still wasn’t happy. I also had zero clue about the 1,000’s of chemicals in the products I was using – did you know 13,000 chemicals are used in beauty products, and only 10 percent have been safety tested?  Whoa.

How to SOOTHE, HEAL, & NOURISH Skin naturally

It’s the manufacturers responsibility to safety test their products (with no third party to over-see this process) and even then, they’re under no obligation to disclose its results. Just because it’s sold over-the-counter does not make it safe for use.

Just 15 months ago I stripped it ALL back. I’m happier with my skin in my 40’s than I was in my 30’s. It works out a WHOLE lot cheaper too! 

I started with a super simple morning cleanser using 3 essential oils I refer to as the ‘skin trio’.

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doTERRA Lavender – is very calming, soothing, and healing for the skin. It’s also a great little anti-ager.

doTERRA Melaleuca aka Tea Tree – nature’s disinfectant! Incredibly clean and cleansing for impurities or blemishes.

doTERRA Frankincense – a great little anti-ager for helping smooth out lines, wrinkles, soothe, heal and repair the skin like magic!

I simply add 6-8 drops of each oil to some organic virgin coconut oil in a 50ml pot. I take a little on the finger each morning and massage all over my face, including my eyes – oh it’s A-mazing for removing eye make-up (with zero sting!)

It leaves my skin feeling soft, supple, and clear with zero redness or blotchiness – yeah!

To protect yourself and ensure you’re using only safe personal care products, check the EWG database here.  It is also a great source for learning more about which household products are safe for use.  (Whilst the EWG is a US site it also contains information for some globally used brands.).

Remember, our skin is highly absorbent – think about how a nicotine patch works, our skin sucks up anything we apply on it, so we want our skin products to be good enough to eat!

Bridget xo 

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Heavenly (melt in your mouth!) Raw Chocolate

I’m a MASSIVE chocolate freak, i.e. can’t get enough of it, so I make it myself by the truck load and it’s SO easy.  I don’t eat dairy, gluten, or processed sugar so you might well ask ‘how on earth does she eat chocolate?’

Well I’m about to show you… and guess what, to me this tastes BETTER than store bought processed chocolate, I hope you agree.  And the best thing of all?  It feeds our soul + nourishes us….

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I’m passionate about feeding myself and my family food that truly nourishes and supports our wellbeing and my kids love this chocolate…

100g raw cacao butter
5-6 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp pure organic maple syrup (add more if you like it sweeter)
Pinch Himalayan pink salt
(If you have doTERRA essential oils feel free to add 3 drops Wild Orange or Peppermint for incredible flavour)
Optional add ins / toppings: roasted almonds, toasted coconut, organic raisins, goji berries, anything you love!

Gently melt the cacao butter in a jug over hot water.  Add remaining ingredients and blend together well.  Pour over a parchment sheet on a tray – I like to sprinkle the top with roasted almonds and toasted coconut (I bake these together in the oven on 120C (fan oven) for approx. 20 minutes).

Place in freezer to set for 30 minutes then chop into pieces.  Enjoy! Bridget xo



Supporting kids naturally + Free anti-age blend worth £96!

As a mum I’ve never felt more empowered being able to support my children’s health with something that is not only 100% plant-based but that works so effectively.  It’s one of the greatest gifts to have a healthy and happy family.

I would like to share with you some simple ways I use essential oils with my children.  (Please note: whilst reactions to essential oils tend to be minor, caution is required due to the potency of some essential oils.)

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Here are just a few ways I use essential oils with our family:

Sleep:
When I run their bath I add 4 drops Lavender with a little milk (the milk helps it disperse itself throughout the bath.). While the bath is running I pop some Lavender or Serenity (our gorgeous calming blend) with some Wild Orange in the diffuser.  This creates a wonderful calming atmosphere.  If you have boys you’ll know this is much needed 😉

Respiratory Support:
The moment there is a cough going around, snot (so gross, sorry!) we diffuse the respiratory blend and apply to the underside of the kids feet.  This blend supports their breathing throughout the night.

Skin:
I have 7 year old twins boys so we ALWAYS have something going on with the skin from either a football or rugby injury.  Lavender is the first oil to come out for any skin irritations.  Whilst we know Lavender is very calming for the mind, but did you know it’s also wonderfully calming for the skin?  Think cuts, crazes, bumps, bruises, nappy rash, sunburn, and even bites and burns!

We have Lavender in our ‘Owie’ spray.  Owie spray is like the best Dettol you ever had without the sting.  It includes Lavender, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), and Frankincense diluted with some fractionated carrier oil.  Frankincense is very soothing and healing for the skin and Melaleuca is by nature a disinfectant so it naturally cleans the wound.

Germs away:
If there is the slightest illness going around then I’ll apply the On Guard Protective Blend onto the soles of their feet then we cover with socks.  On Guard is an absolute powerhouse for the immune system.  Through the winter months I love to diffuse it with Frankincense, such a heavenly aroma with multiple health benefits, both physically and emotionally.

Emotions:
We are always diffusing a range of essential oils throughout the day to support our emotions.  We like to start the day with uplifting and motivating citrus oils or peppermint.  Then towards the end of the day when the children get home from school we put on something calmer like Lavender, Frankincense, & Wild Orange – have I told you yet that this is my absolute favourite blend?

I also love to use our grounding blend Balance for both myself and the children.  I call it ‘mama’s medicine’ but I also like to use it with the children if anyone has their cranky pants on or for heightened emotions.

For further information on Essential Oils for kids, please watch this clip from Dr Hill:
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I truly could not imagine being without these incredible natural tools to support myself and my family.  I don’t know of another product that can support our physical and emotional health so powerfully as well as detox our homes. Yep, all we use to clean our home is distilled water, white vinegar and essential oils!

All the oils mentioned above are in our Home Essentials kit.  This is the most popular kit to get started with for its multiple uses.

Receive doTERRA’s beautifying anti-age blend worth £96 Free! 

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This month of March is an extra special time to get started because with every 200pv order (i.e. such as the Home Essentials kit) you receive a Free Immortelle (known as Salubelle in Australia/NZ) worth £96!

Known as the ‘beautifying anti-age’ blend, this gorgeous blend includes the most precious oils into one beautiful blend.  It is known as the Oil of Spiritual Insight, due to the high vibrational oils to assist with the connection between spirit and body, heaven and earth.

It includes Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lavender, Myrrh and can be used to assist the release of negative energy, darkness and limiting perceptions.

Apply over the heart, back of neck, forehead or pulse points for tension and mood balance.  Apply topically to scars, stretch marks or sunspots.  This blend is perfect to apply to the face daily for blemishes or replenishing the skin.

To place an order for the Home Essentials kit or to place a customised order, Click Here & select ‘Join & Save’.  Your Free Immortelle gift will be automatically added to your cart.

Please email me at bridget.thiswholesomelife@gmail.com if you would like any assistance.

Love + light,
Bridget xo 



Mum guilt & how to deal with it

I adore my children and I love being a mum, but I am not just a mum.  I have dreams and I have a purpose on this planet beyond my role as a mum.

And I don’t think I’m alone in this.

One of the things I am passionate about is helping women build belief.  Women are unsure that they can do this, they feel guilty taking time away from their family because they feel their obligations start and end with their family.  But we have an obligation to ourselves, if we neglect what we so passionately desire then nobody wins.  When you are bursting to spread your wings and flourish, then you have to set yourself free. 

So many women I talk to don’t believe they can do this.  They ask themselves, “Can I do this?  Can I be successful?  I would like to do something for myself but I’m worried it’ll take my attention away from my kids.  I think I’ll feel guilty investing that time in myself.” And the list goes on…

But you know, I used to feel the same!  But the pull tightened its grip and I gave in.  And you know, I’m so glad I did, because now I see that with this work, I can have both, and so much more.  

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I choose my hours, I walk my boys to and from school, and when we have days off school at short notice (like last week’s burst pipe in Hammersmith closing down local schools) there’s no last minute childcare panic because I can hang out with them.  I am so grateful in those moments that I get to be the one to hang out with them, and not have to pay a nanny to do it for me.

At the start of my journey (and still today) I remind myself that I need to make myself a priority – I am worthy of taking care of myself. 

Being a mum and running a business still means I have laundry and grocery shopping so if don’t take time for ME, I will burnout.  And that’s no joke, I have fallen down this rabbit hole a few times, being prone to adrenal fatigue this regularly bites me in the butt if I’m not careful.

And… there’s more to life than laundry and food shopping, I (and you) deserve to be happy and challenged.  Motherhood is a rewarding and beautiful role, but it’s not my purpose.  We are all on this planet to serve a much bigger purpose than motherhood.

It’s healthy for our children to see us go after what inspires us.  I want to role model a healthy, happy mother who chases her dreams and has goals as well.  I still have ‘guilt’ days, and not just with my children but my husband too, I can’t always be 100% ‘wife’, but I roll on my Forgive (from our emotional aromatherapy kit), and get on with it.

I want all women to believe in themselves and be a shining example to their families so they can do what they love AND still have an amazing family life.

So what got me over all that uncertainty and feelings of guilt?  Personal growth and development (and my essential oils to help raise my vibration/mood and manage different emotions – I do this on the daily, it’s a must).  The personal growth that I’ve gone through with my business has changed all aspects of my life.  I wake up every morning completely excited and deeply in love with the life I’ve nurtured and created. 

Having had multiple mental health challenges, I NEVER thought that this was possible, like ever.

This is what I do… I help women believe they can do it, I help them navigate this path.

So, don’t be afraid to start.  Get out of your own way and just do it.

Bridget xo



My love for ‘Franki’ knows no bounds…

It is renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils with extraordinary internal & external health benefits… & if I was stranded on an island and could choose just one oil, this would be it.  Yep, Frankincense – or ‘Franki’ as it’s more commonly known as in the essential oil community.  He’s the king of course, the king of the essential oil kingdom.

The Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin.  These centuries old rituals have contributed to how Frankincense is used today.  It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of ageing, scars and stretch marks.

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Frankincense is known to promote cellular health, immunity & can be consumed daily for these internal* benefits.  It acts as an overall tonic to the bodily systems, helping them function optimally.  When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense induces feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.  Aaaah!

Here are my top 5 uses for Frankincense
1) Mix with Lavender into a coconut oil or fragrance free body lotion for skin irritations.
2) Inhale a drop or two before yoga or meditation for a beautifully grounding practice.
3) Use as a base scent in pure-fume blends for relaxation & emotional support.
4) Mix into a natural moisturiser for anti-ageing & skin rejuvenation.
5) Add a couple of drops to some coconut oil and massage into stretch marks or scar tissue to support skin recovery & healing.

And… if you want a truly indulgent & relaxing aroma for the mind, body, & soul, diffuse it with Wild Orange & Lavender – pure bliss!

To learn more about the incredible Frankincense Click Here.

And do you know what the best news is?  doTERRA has extended the ‘Free Frankincense in December’ offer through to 15th January!  With a price tag of £76 retail this is such a generous offer!  So how do you qualify?  Anyone who places an order of 200PV or more by the 15th January receives a Free Franki!  So what does 200PV look like?  As an example, our most popular kit, the Home Essentials, qualifies for this offer.  To learn more about this beautiful kit Click Here.

Wishing you more peace & good health in 2018!

P.s. If you’re ready to get started with essential oils Click Here for our joining options.  Or if you would like a Free 30 minute no obligation wellness consult to help you figure out which oils are best suited for you simply Click Here and I look forward to connecting with you.

*Please note that internal use is only ever recommended with a high grade therapeutic essential oil such as doTERRA.  doTERRA is currently the leading essential oil for internal and therapeutic use.



Essential Oils for a Happy & Healthy Winter

It has been a little over 2 years since I bought my first essential oils kit and I honestly couldn’t imagine a winter without them now.  Coincidently, it has also been approximately 2 years since we visited our doctor.  I can safely say that getting started with essential oils was the best decision I made.

Their purity, potency, and effectiveness have exceeded all my expectations.  And I love that I can support my little family so naturally.  They love choosing oils to put in the diffuser and they know just which ones they need at any given time.  And my heart bursts seeing them empowered with these beautiful oils.

winter wellnessSo let me share with you some of the ways we support our family’s health during winter which are both 100% natural (all the goodness from mother nature) & 100% safe!

FRANKINCENSE: I add Frankincense to our immunity boosting flu bomb and massage it onto the bottoms of our feet (the feet is a great place to apply oils as it gets into the bloodstream in just 30 seconds!).  Frankincense has multiple benefits that supports our bodies on many different levels, such as a healthy cellular function and boosted immunity to name just a couple.  It’s not called the ‘King of Oils’ for nothing 🙂

The flu bomb can be made up in a roller bottle or for an adult they can be taken in a veggie cap.

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MELALEUCA (otherwise known as TEA TREE): Melaleuca is another oil added to our flu bomb.  Melaleuca by nature is a disinfectant so it’s wonderful to diffuse to help purify the air of any airborne germs or bacteria.  Melaleuca is very high in anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties making it a powerful support the healthy immune system as well as supporting clear breathing.

LEMON: Lemon is one of our go to oils.  Like with all doTERRA essential oils the oils is sourced from where the plant grows natively and naturally.  So you’re getting the best of the best with this Lemon as it’s cold pressed from the Sicilian lemons.  I have it in my water throughout the day for its cleansing benefits, anti-viral and respiratory support.  It’s incredibly versatile and a must have for winter.

OREGANO: known as ‘natures antibiotic’ Oregano is one powerful oil, so it is a key ingredient in the flu bomb.  However Oregano needs to be used with caution, it is a ‘hot’ oil so it should always be diluted.  It’s extremely high in antioxidants so it’s the first oil to come out for any viral symptoms.

ON GUARD: if illness strikes fast and we have little time to make up an immune bomb then On Guard is our best friend!  This powerful ‘protective blend’ is used in nearly 200 hospitals in the US to ward off nasty viruses.  I will diffuse On Guard and Frankincense all the way through winter.  It contains Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, & Clove which is nature’s highest antioxidant.  I have this blend in a roller bottle which I roll on the bottoms of my children’s feet each morning for daily immune support.

BREATHE (also known as Easy Air): a popular blend for the winter months to support our respiratory system.  Think snotty noses, colds, coughs, even snoring!  It contains peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon and cardamom.  If we have any respiratory issues we diffuse Breathe at night time with some Lavender to support any respiratory issues and a good night’s sleep.  This can also be made up in a roller bottle to roll onto the bottoms of feet, chest & back.

So that’s just some of the essential oils and blends I use to support our family.  All the oils mentioned come in our Home Essentials kit.  This kit offers the BEST value for anyone starting their essential oil journey.  Click Here to learn more about this incredible kit & its many uses.

For joining options simply Click Here then pop me an email at bridget.thiswholesomelife@gmail.com so I can check it has all gone through ok.

Then you will receive a special Welcome Pack from me with lots of goodies to get you started, plus I will plug you into the best resources, including our private Facebook community, to guide you on your journey.

Have a beautiful day!
bridget



My new favourite kitchen tool!

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I would say my diet is mostly gluten-free and partly grain-free.  In an ideal world I’d be completely free of both (as I feel so much better when I am), but let’s face it, there are limited options for this restricted diet, and less time when you’re feeding a family.

So when I heard about the spiralizer I got pretty excited!  But when I presented the idea to my husband it was met with a big fat NO.  ‘Not another appliance, please’.  And to be fair, the only spiralizer I could find back then was BIG.

And then I heard about a spiralizer that not only produced the same great results, but which was much smaller, it’s this one HERE – it’s a little gem and it takes up virtually no space at all.

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Ok so you’re probably thinking ‘yeah but zoodles (i.e. strings of courgette) don’t taste like pasta’, but seriously, once you’ve got all the other ingredients together you’d never know!  And it’s SO much better for the belly, my digestion always works well when I eat this way.

You can use it to spiral sweet potato and carrot etc but our favourite has been courgette (or zucchini, depending on where you’re from).

To learn more about a grain free diet and why you’d consider it the Wellness Mama explains all HERE.

You won’t find this appliance gathering dust at the back of a cupboard.

For some Zoodle inspiration CLICK HERE.

Happy Zoodling!

 



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.

bridget



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,



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