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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.

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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,



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…

Strawberry Citrus Ice Cream
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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. 


Raw Chocolate Moussechoc-mousse

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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