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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,



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!



2 Delicious Ways to Get Avocado Into Your Children

Do you have fussy eaters who turn their nose up at healthy foods?  Well if you’re anything like me you’ll find a way, and this is my way of getting avocado into them – avocados are full of amazing good fats so I make sure it’s part of their diet.

These two desserts are completely delicious and my two boys devour them in seconds and ask for more.  Little do they know…

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1 ripe avocado
4 cups frozen organic (if possible!) strawberries (I chop these up before they go in the freezer to make it easier on the food processor)
1/2 cup plain organic yogurt
1/4 cup raw honey
4 drops Wild Orange essential oil*
4 drops Lime essential oil*
*you can purchase these food grade oils here.

Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until all the frozen strawberries have broken down.  Serve immediately. 


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This recipe not only has avocado but it’s rich in magnesium from the cacao too so it’s super healthy!  Our bodies need the correct amount of magnesium in our diets for us to sleep properly, so we need a regular intake of magnesium.  Also, cancer free populations have an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5 – 3g which is 10 times more than most western countries.  So here we go…

1 avocado
1/2 cup creamy coconut milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 raw cacao powder
2 tbsp raw honey
(add a dollop of hazelnut butter for a Ferrero Roche twist – so good!)

Using a food processor or high-speed blender, combine all ingredients until smooth.  Put in refrigerator to chill before serving.  I love to top them with some fresh raspberries!


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One of the biggest pitfalls when it comes to weight-loss

Most women approach a weight-loss program with gusto.  We’re spurred on with visualisations of ourselves at the end of the program strutting our stuff in our slinky new outfit – then bam!

You reach the end of the program and find you haven’t reached your target weight – you start to internalise and sabotage yourself for possible reasons why.

More often than not, the answer boils down to one thing (and it has nothing to do with weakness or lack of willpower)…

Body shame.

We get caught up in the self-sabotage pattern and don’t allow ourselves to love our bodies.

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Why do SO many women do this?   When you hate your body, then no one else can hurt you.  As unkind as we are to ourselves, this way of being ‘keeps us safe’. Because if you don’t love yourself then there is nothing anyone can take away from you.

You think you are protecting yourself, but really you keep yourself trapped and avoid any chance of loving the skin you are in and accepting yourself just as you are.

Don’t let negative thought patterns sabotage your goals – you deserve to live in a body you love!

Swapping out negative thought patterns for more compassionate ones might feel vulnerable to start with, but I can promise you this: when you let go, when you start showing you and your body compassion, you start to experience the feeling you’ve been searching for in diets: love & self-acceptance.

So the next time you approach a weight-loss plan, make sure your mind-set is in check as this can make all the difference – because to reach your destination, you need to start loving your body just as it is right now.

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Chocolate Chia Pud

I love chocolate and I love puds!  A sweet indulgence doesn’t have to be laden with sugar and unhealthy fats.  Made with the right ingredients you can have a delicious dessert that’s not only delicious but nutritious too!

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This pudding is rich in magnesium (from the cacao) and is full of amazing omega 3 fats (from the chia seeds).  So many of us are deficient in magnesium so this a really delicious and natural way for our body to absorb it.  Omega 3 fats are essential for our heart, brain and eye health.

1 ¼ cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk

¼ chia seeds

2 tbsp raw cacao powder (more or less, depending on how chocolatey you want it)

¼ tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Pinch of pink Himalayan salt (this is my most favourite nutritious salt)

1 tbsp organic raw honey or 100% pure maple syrup

Directions: add all ingredients into a mason jar, top with lid and shake well until all ingredients are well combined.  Put jar into fridge and let sit for an hour or so, or overnight, until pudding is nice and thick and to desired texture.  Periodically give the pudding a shake.  Serve the pudding chilled and top with fresh rasberries, coconut, or goji berries.

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How to nourish your children without spending hours in the kitchen

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So here goes last night’s conversation with one of my boys:

“Mummy, what are we having for dinner?”

“Cheesy beans babe”

“Awww… but we always have cheesy beans” (THEY DON’T)

People seem to think I have it all figured out and that every item of food that lands on our table is cooked from scratch. Wrong. I’m just like you.

Cooking real food takes real time so if I was doing this for every meal I’d have no time for myself or my children. My realistic goal is aiming for 80% of the time.

Prepping and planning makes life so much easier and at this time of year soups and stews are ideal. I don’t know where I’d be without my slow cooker – this genius appliance saves me a lot of time in the kitchen plus it’s big enough to make leftovers – leftovers for the next day or storing in the freezer are the way to go for an easy life! Plus have you noticed how much more flavoursome it is the next day?

Cooking every meal from scratch is near impossible without burnout so adopt the motto ‘cook once, eat twice’ (or three or four times and box up for the freezer).

Now our boys are older they can eat most things we eat which makes life much easier. They still object to new dishes but that’s because it’s new, however… perseverance pays off. Dishes they were turning their nose up at a month ago they now love.

As some of you know I’m also a huge advocate for smoothies – smoothies can be made full of nourishing goodness, they’re quick, easy, and they’re so digestible – win win!

It always surprises me when my boys enjoy the smoothies I make and nothing makes me happier than when they happily drink or eat something without complaint and I know it’s nourishing them in so many ways. Getting them involved in the making process always helps (although I try and cover their eyes when the spinach or kale goes in).

I’ll be posting more delicious recipes to my blog soon but if there’s anything you’d really like to see please post a comment in the box below and/or if there’s anything that resonated with you in this post I’d love to hear that too!

Happy blending, stewing, slow cooking, or whatever it is that nourishes your family in the most stress-free way.

Health & happiness,
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Xmas Gingerbread & Raw Chocolate Infused with Orange & Cinnamon Essential Oils

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XMAS GINGERBREAD (Gluten-free & Refined Sugar Free)
Preheat oven to 160c (320f)
Ingredients:
1 tbs ground ginger powder
1 egg lightly beaten
100g melted butter
1/2 tsp mixed spice powder
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup gram flour (chickpea flour)
Method:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until it forms together in a pastry ball. Dust the bench top with some rice or gram flour and roll out into a thin layer. If you think your pastry is too moist, massage some more gram flour into the pastry. Cut into shapes and gently lift onto your baking tray, rolling out the remainder, dusting surface with flour and repeating. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are browned. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the tray before serving. Sprinkle some icing sugar or arrowroot flour if you want to keep them sugar free. Enjoy!

RAW CHOCOLATE INFUSED WITH ORANGE & CINNAMON ESSENTIAL OILS
Ingredients:
100g raw cacao butter
6 tbs raw cacao powder
4 tbs maple syrup (more if you like them sweeter)
1 small pinch sea salt
2 drops cinnamon essential oil (optional)
2 drops orange essential oil (optional)
Method:
Melt raw cacao butter in a pyrex bowl/jug sitting over some boiled water in a large pot (just so long as it’s big enough for the pyrex jug to sit on the bottom). It’s important to melt it slowly and under 40 degrees in order to keep it’s nutrients. Once the butter has melted then add the raw cacao powder, maple syrup, sea salt, and essential oils. Stir until all blended then pour into moulds. Place in freezer to set for 20-30 minutes then store in fridge but I doubt they’ll last long – they make a delicious and nutritious after dinner treat!

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