1. Intuitive Consulting
2. Healthy Living Guidance
3. Brand Partner Mentorship
4. Liver flush Coaching
5. Shamanic Journey
9. Wellness Events
Why work with an intuitive health consultant?
We all have the capacity to tune into our innate healer. There is a higher intelligence that knows exactly what we need to create states of harmony and vitality. When you work with me, I will tap into that field and give insights. These insights create an opportunity to expand awareness around root cause, deeper meanings, and supportive action items. In nature, there is an intelligent order of operations. I am often shown where the body needs to focus and in what order for optimal results.
Intuitive insights may access all dimensions of the human experience. This includes but is not limited to the physical body, mental body, emotional body, and spiritual essence. I enter altered states of consciousness and use my claire senses to hear, feel, see, and know what information is ready to be revealed.
With my scientific background, I am a strong receiver for medical insights. My ability to read is not dependent on location. I have given clients halfway around the world readings that were later confirmed with medical diagnostics. Intuitive readings are an amazing non-invasive method to strengthen the connection with your inner most healer.
With my strong connection to nature, the elements, and plant medicine, I am a strong receiver for simple, at home lifestyle modalities that create the foundation of health.
Healthy Living Guidance
In my own personal health journey, I became acutely aware of the negative impact of environmental pollution and bio accumulation of harmful, synthetic chemicals. I have made conscious choices to minimize exposure to synthetic chemicals, fragrances, respiratory irritants, endocrine disrupters, and so on. The choices we make every day add up. They can either be a constant drain on energy and stress on elimination organs and pathways. And while it’s not possible to completely avoid harmful substances, we can reduce exposure in controlled environments and bring in tools for cleansing and protection. Think about the products we use every single day (hand soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, makeup, laundry soap, dish soap, surface cleaners, air purifiers, etc.) The process of ditching and switching can be overwhelming. I can help find the better alternative and gradually ditch and switch on a timeline that works for you and your budget.
Brand Partner Mentorship
Are you looking for purpose and personal growth with a paycheck? Partnering with Young Living is an incredible opportunity to support your own wellness goals, create a stronger and healthier community, be a steward of the earth, and create an extra stream of income. By partnering with me, you will not only have direct access to me, but also be connected to amazing trainings, resources, and mentorship from long term, successful leaders. The incredible transformations I witness are an integral part of WHY I will continue to share with everyone who is open and receptive.
Liver Flush Coaching
When I was younger, I experienced hundreds of partial complex seizures daily. I had hired several medical doctors and one amazing holistic doctor without relief of my biggest complaint, seizure activity. My health dramatically increased when I began liver flushing. I became aware of how digestive issues, joint issues, nutritional deficiencies, and lymphatic stagnation can be rooted in liver dysfunction. Over a several year process, I completed the liver flush series, which means I cleared out all debris and symptoms. I reversed food sensitivities, digestive complaints, fertility, immune suppression, joint pain, and seizure activity. I broke the cycle of chronic illness, and reversed many states of being that the medical community said I would live with forever.
I love teaching this empowering, cleansing tool. The process can feel a bit intimidating at first. I promise to guide you through the whole process, help navigate any challenges, and maximize discernment with education. After a few flushes, many of my clients feel confident in how and when to implement this deep cleansing protocol.
Most healthcare professionals are ignorant to this process. It’s very important to work with someone who deeply understands the process and has experienced it themself. I offer this to those who are ready to take their health into their own hands. I teach the protocol designed by Andreas Moritz.
Shamanic Journey- Soul Retrieval
During a shamanic Journey, I will meditate on your behalf and enter the non-ordinary reality. I will call upon helping spirits, connecting you to ancestors, power animals, and other compassionate spirit helpers. I will work with these spirits to gain insights and transform energy. With soul retrieval, I will identify when and why part of the soul left, cleanse energy, and call it back. You will feel a remembrance of wholeness, increased presence, and insights from the soul aspect. You will receive a synopsis of what transpires on the journey. This is a helpful modality for those who have experienced trauma and have not fully recovered. It will facilitate healing, wholeness, spiritual connection, and increased presence.
This is a distance healing modality that calls upon universal life force and the spirit of light. The main goal is to use the light to alchemize denser, darker energies while providing insights on necessary shadow work. This is a very helpful modality in times when one feels heavy and unable to shift into lighter states on their own. You will feel lighter, energy moving faster, and will receive a new perspective.
The first time I received a distance illumination, I was blown away by how quickly I shifted from despair to states of love and peace. I received clarity on how to navigate a difficult situation, and slept deeply like a baby before complete resolution.
I used this modality to support a man in the hospital unable to see visitors. His blood oxygen level increased 3% after the illumination. I was also shown important aspects of the next two weeks of his life. I was shown his time on earth was short, and the goal of the illumination was to connect with loved ones and find peace before his transition.
Herbal medicine in the form of topical nourishment. I offer three types of salves, the Soothing Salve, Burst of Sunshine, and Moon vision.
The soothing Salve is designed to calm, hydrate, and nourish a wide range of skin irritations. The recipe was inspired by my daughter who needed support with chronic eczema.
The Burst of Sunshine is sunshine consciousness in a bottle. It creates an uplifting mood, protects against seasonal sadness, and alchemizes despair associated with loss of loved ones.
The Moon Vision Salve is every menstruating woman’s best friend. It helps ground emotions and eases tension that arises during her moon cycle. This herbal support enhances divine feminine flow and clarity with regards to her unique vision. It can be used topically on the abdomen and feet during the luteal and menstrual phases of her moon cycle.
Adaptive Crystal Roller
This is an individualized essential oil blend designed to optimize emotional, energetic, and functional energy along with overall adaptability. You will complete a Zyto Insights scan that gives an energetic snapshot of state of being, top rated oils to increase energy, and receive the individualized blend in a beautiful crystal roller. You can roll this on your wrists, chest, spine, and/or feet.
Education is an important step in health empowerment. I love teaching a variety of wellness topics, including but not limited to connecting with intuition, meditation, plant based nutrition, herbalism, cleanses, hormonal wellness, menstrual cycle, stress management, and spiritual awakening. Reach out to setup an event designed for your needs and target audience.
When we consider inherited disorders, often this concept is a source of disempowerment. We find ourselves thinking I didn’t cause the problem, and I have no real solutions other than to manage my fate.
But I’m here to tell you many genetic disorders can be reversed. How is this possible? You might ask. Within the field of epigenetics, scientists study how the environment influences our gene expression. It reminds us that our environment plays a critical role in what information stored within our genes is expressed.
When we inherit a genetic disorder, we are inheriting a negative environmental influence or experience that our ancestor had and how they responded. This information is stored in the DNA which is passed down to us.
There’s two methods we can use to rewire our DNA expression. We can select plants, either dried herbs or essential oils, that target the disorder we’ve inherited. And then we can enter into a state of hypnosis where we can remember, see, and feel the event that our ancestor experienced. By allowing this trauma to be seen and felt, we can consciously release the energy and any stuck emotions associated with that experience.
Once the energy that us disconnecting us from optimal health is released, we can reconnect with our divine intelligence and rewrite the DNA for optimal function.
During an energy reading with marigolds, I found this dried flower helped heal the eyesight of the woman I was observing. I was shown the regions of the body that lacked oxygenation of tissues and circulation, and how that had a negative impact on nutrition to the eyes. I asked to be shown the origin of the pattern. I was shown a woman seeing the hard to process aspect of war and genocide. Her eyes were exposed to death and destruction on a deep level, so much so that she developed a resistance to seeing clearly.
As I talked with this woman who I knew had not experienced those atrocities in this life, I discovered that her grandmother had lived through those times. This grandmother had developed glaucoma in her later years, and this condition was passed down to the woman I observed.
The marigolds help bring those memories and energetic imprints to the surface to be released. After using marigolds as medicine, these pathways that were once weakened will strengthen and the condition has the possibility of healing.
This woman is being called to heal her ancestral trauma with the support of marigolds. The flower will support her in clear vision and seeing the beauty life has to offer.
If you have a known inherited disorder or ancestral history of great trauma, I encourage you to dive deep, feel and release the trauma, break the ancestral karma, and create a better future for your descendants. It’s time to reconnect with your divine and vibrant nature.
In celebration of the new Young Living website, I am offering a free zyto insights scan to everyone who places a Young Living order with me this month. The new setup enables anyone to get the 24% by ordering one item on subscribe to save. This means if you’ve been wanting to try our products, but the starter kit price point is too high or you want something not in a starter kit, then this is your opportunity to get what you want! We can customize order to exactly what you want within your price point.
Zyto insights is a biofeedback technology that takes a snapshot of your energetic body and creates a systems analysis with specific recommendations to support wellness. A scan will provide clarity on what products and modalities will help you adapt and be well. It takes the guesswork out of what tools will give you the most desirable transformation.
When my mentor introduced me to this technology, she referred to me as a human zyto. For years I’ve studied what creates health and found the tools and modalities that create the best results. I’ve used energy medicine to identify what tools are most helpful with a given state of being and health goals. My unique way of working with clients is in complete alignment with this technology. Now I can offer much needed insights on a larger scale with results in minutes instead of hours. I’ve vetted the results and can confirm that they are accurate and reliable.
If you are a current member, this scan will help identify what products you have that you need to use more and what products you need that may not be in your awareness. I highly recommend completing a scan before placing your monthly wellness order.
If you are looking to become a member, this scan will help identify the best place to start to get the results you want. No more guesswork or inefficiency when investing in wellness products.
Offer for a free, remote zyto scan with any young living purchase is valid from July 14th to August 14th 2021 to all members in my organization. Contact me to get your free scan!!
After a night of sleep with a teething baby demanding to be fed every 1-2 hours, I’ve been feeling slightly sad, distant, and depleted. I know many other mother’s may be feeling similarly overwhelmed spending so much time with their children without external support and increased demands. I thought it would be fun to show to show a case study that dives into the energetic transformation of drinking an herbal tea for physical, emotional, and spiritual support.
First of all, what do I mean by energetic transformation, and why is this important? Every substance has a unique impact on an individual depending on the pre-existing state of their aura. I look at what organs are physically supported in order of impact, what emotions and mantras are released, what emotions and mantras are imprinted, and what chakras are strengthened. When we can better understand this potential impact, then we can make better choices when looking for support with specific issues. I love diving into the individual scenarios because it helps us understand why the same physical support might help one person but not another.
So for me today on 5/5/2020 at 6:00pm this is the energetic transformation of Mother’s Milk tea.
Physical support: liver (energy stays here for a long time), spleen, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, and throat.
Spiritual support: strengthens my third eye, crown chakra, and root chakra
Emotions released: anger, fear, sadness.
Mantra’s released: “I hate you”, “Get away from me”, “Leave me alone”, and “I don’t want to be here.”
Emotions imprinted: present and capable.
Mantra imprinted: I love my baby.
The overall increase in chi energy is very strong. This has been verified with a muscle test. On a scale of 0-100 with 0 being all harm no benefit and 100 being all benefit no harm, it registers at 98. This means my aura will greatly benefit from drinking this tea today and it will increase my overall vitality.
Wow. What a transformation.
On the package, the Herbal Power is listed as supports breast milk production for nursing mothers. Did you notice that even as a breastfeeding mother, my breasts did not register under physical support? This tells me that these herbs support the specific challenges of a motherhood and those challenges may or may not include a need for increased breast milk production.
Physically, the energy stays in the liver the longest. We store our negative emotions in our liver, so this means my liver must need support in processing negative emotions. The spleen represents our ability to digest life and circumstances whereas the pancreas represents our ability to allow sweetness into our life. The uterus represents our relationship with ourselves while the ovaries represent our relationship with others. The throat chakra represents our ability to listen and speak our truth.
Perhaps other moms can relate emotionally. In this instance, hate refers to a behavior that is disliked. In my case, the behavior I disliked was crying in the middle of the night and constant demands to breastfed when my body needed sleep. I love the emotional shift. Who doesn’t want to be fully present and feel capable? And the end result is often our overarching goal, to be love and receive love. Our energy must be connected and flowing without blockages to be able to embody unconditional love for our children. Self care for mothers is not selfish, but rather the foundation for a healthy relationship. Clearly, this herbal blend was the perfect match for me given the circumstance and pre-existing condition.
One of the most beautiful and difficult aspects of a deep healing journey that focuses on detox and nutritional balancing is the phenomena called retracing. This is when we begin to experience strong emotions and physical sensations that make us wonder “Am I healing? Or am I getting sick? Am I getting worse or amidst a breakthrough?” Very often when the symptoms start, it is impossible to know whether or not you are getting worse or retracing. Only in hindsight can we see what has happened. For this reason, retracing can be very scary and worrisome. How one handles these situations will determine their overall success with a lifestyle healing program.
Deep healing is not linear. The body will heal what it can when it can. It wants you to succeed and has an innate intelligent order of operations. The unpredictability and timing can be frustrating, but one must submit to the process and adapt accordingly. Every opportunity is an opportunity for growth. I want to share with you a recent story of retracing to show you what it can look like.
One month ago, I had my heaviest period this decade. After switching to a plant based diet, my periods are moderate to light with one day of heavy flow and total length of 2-3 days. I look forward to my period as a time of reflection, renewal, and cleansing. This period was different. I bled 3 times as much as I normally do. It hit me hard as I am also breastfeeding. The total amount of fluid loss left me feeling weak, anemic, and breathless regardless of what I ate or drank. I was not worried. I knew it would take time to rebuild my blood supply.
During my period, I had dreams and visions of my most traumatic experiences as a child. These particular experiences are ones I wanted to heal and move on for years, but never felt like I knew how to do so. I repressed many of the memories. I have separated myself from those who caused the abuse and trauma, but its not a topic I like to think about or discuss. It became part of my past that started to haunt me, and I didn’t like how it was affecting my present.
Whenever I feel strong emotions and memories of my past that need to be seen and processed, I go to meditation, often meditation with the use of essential oils in an Epsom salt bath to help release the emotions and cleanse them away. This month I began using orange essential oil in my spiced cider recipe. For three days following ingesting orange essential oil for the first time, I flashed back to every emotional significant experience where I was extremely scared. I flashed back in chronological order starting as an infant, through adolescence, and into adulthood.
I noticed a theme. I was scared and powerless in every flashback. This is how I knew that the retracing was triggered by the orange essential oil and facilitated by intense cleansing in the form of my period. You see, orange is the color of our third chakra that is our power center. In order for me to fully step into my power, I need to face and release every significant moment where I was powerless. The memory will remain, but the stored emotion must be released.
I was so excited when I realized why I was feeling the emotion so intensely, because I knew my body was shifting into its power. However, the symptoms continued and got worse to the point where I became concerned. Am I getting worse due to stress and lack of sleep? I developed mastitis, and it lasted longer than I expected. My breast swelled, my arm hurt, and my lymph became backed up. I used my normal approaches for this situation, such as rest, Epsom salt baths, and cinnamon essential oil. This usually clears up a clogged duct within 24 hours for me. But this time was more complicated.
I store my energy for nurturing others in my left breast. Many of my powerless traumas involved an expectation of over nurturing others in an imbalanced or inappropriate manner. I could feel the heartache these experiences caused. In meditation, the mantra “My heart is in pain.” appeared over and over again. I felt like maybe the constant interrupted sleep of nursing a newborn multiple times a night had taken its toll and that only sleep and patience could solve this discomfort.
Then last night, I had a break through. Before bed, my husband suggested that I was processing something deep that had been stored for a long time. He recommended that I not worry and embrace what that could be. Then I went into meditation and had another intense flashback. I relived my wisdom tooth surgery: the pre-surgery jitters, the comatose state, feeling close to death, the grief of losing a body part, the fear of not being with my mom, and the illness caused by the pharmaceutical drugs.
Retracing anesthesia is as scary as it gets for me. I learned just how harmful and traumatic the surgery was for my mind, body, and soul and that it’s haunted me for over a decade. I was reminded that I was close to death in a comatose state where my body was totally paralyzed, and I was victimized. I was reminded that those drugs leave residues. They can create temporary paralysis symptoms, moments of intense fear, and limit physical range of motions. It weakened my heart and has caused many episodes of dizziness.
I understand that pharmaceutical drugs and surgery have a time and a place, but that they should be used as an absolute last resort. I was reminded why I turn to whole foods, herbs, spices, and essential oil FIRST, and why I invest so much into prevention and healthy foundational habits. I was reminded of how powerful my body is and how my liver protected me from death. My heart kept pumping and has chosen to heal from lack of love, so that I may become unconditional love for my family. I woke up with a feeling of optimism and hope.
My heart and boob still ache. I still feel the fear and panic releasing. But I know that I am transforming into a more powerful version of myself. I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful to be able to run, jump, and sing. I’m grateful to be able to breastfeed a beautiful little girl. I’m grateful for an amazing supportive husband who does not judge me for my past or emotions and instead holds space for me to heal and grow. I’m thankful for essential oils taking my health to the next level by helping me release such powerful, stored emotions. I’m grateful for the pink roses my daughter picked out. I’m grateful for the wild blueberry pie I had for breakfast. What an amazing opportunity for growth on Thanksgiving Day!
PS. Did you know that wild blueberries are one of the best foods to help overcome life and death situations? Wild blueberry bushes can be burned to the ground and will come back stronger than ever.
One of my favorite parts of utilizing energy medicine with my clients is to see the variety and individuality in creating wellness plans. We are able to look beyond “healthy” and “unhealthy” foods and substances are dive deep into “What does this person need the most? What is most supportive and creates the most overall chi energy?”
My approach is unique in that when I create a nutrition plan, I’m not focusing on counting macros or calories. I’m looking at the ingredients themselves and how those specific foods effect the individual at hand. Of course, there are general statements that can apply to a large population of people. It’s hard to go wrong with eating more fresh organic fruits and vegetables. But just because a carrot is generally considered healthy does not mean that this is the vegetable to bring the individual back to balance and increase overall vitality.
There are so many factors at play. So much, in fact, that it’s impossible to be consciously aware and factor them in when designing a plan. However, our bodies have an innate ability to calculate exactly how it will respond to any given substance and how that response impacts the overall chi energy of the body. This we can verify with simple muscle testing techniques. With practice, I have learned how to identify the strength of the energy, the quality of the energy, and the location of where the energy strengthens or weakens the body the most. If you are new to the concept of energy medicine, I find demonstration to be most helpful as words alone are insufficient in understanding this concept. It is something that must be felt.
Recently, I was testing an individual who is struggling with a sugar addiction. He did a sugar free cleanse for 30 days, but quickly went back to ingesting refined sugar as the cravings were intense. The problem became severe enough that his immune system became suppressed and he was missing work due to extreme fatigue and tiredness.
I had a feeling that his body desperately needs more sugar, but the form of sugar he was ingesting was not serving him. Sure enough, any type of refined sugar, such as coconut sugar or cane sugar, immediately weakened his whole body. It was stealing energy and minerals from his liver, spleen, and pancreas while over stimulating his adrenals. But when I tested him on Vermont maple syrup, his overall energy strengthened incredibly as this source of sugar is concentrated, but minimally processed. We checked dates, raisins, and other dried fruits. They all tested very strong. Then I tested local, raw honey and his body registered potential shock and a chaotic, weak energy. This type of reaction signifies a potential food allergy or sensitivity. Then we tested raw, honey from Crete, Greece and it also tested very strong.
He had no way of knowing that the local, raw honey was wreaking havoc on his body, but a quick muscle test was able to identify the substance as non-compatible for his specific constitution. It doesn’t matter how many studies and articles promote health benefits of local raw, honey. His individual response was different than expected and showed that what is beneficial to one person may not be for another. So why did he have a negative response? Well that question is much harder to answer. I can speculate but would need additional information to give a reliable interpretation.
What I loved most about this particular demonstration is that he was able to feel exactly how the individual substances were affecting his overall energy. This experience opened his eyes to how much damage his sugar addiction was causing. And it gave him the strength and determination to significantly reduce refined sugar consumption while increasing his consumption of concentrated, but minimally processed natural sugar. He’s not depriving his body of all sources of sugar, including fruits, to attempt to get over his sugar cravings. Instead, he’s embracing the right form of sugar that is properly fueling his body and will give him energy in such a way that will boost his immune system and allow him to work as he desires.
Over the past few months, I’ve had several conversations with people about how they love essential oils and love getting them at a bargain price. One woman said she could buy 10 mL of Frankincense for less than $10. She was so proud to show it to me and so I asked if I could use energy medicine to test how she responds to that particular oil. To her dismay, she learned that the cheap oil was draining her overall energy and weakening her crown chakra. The oil was counter productive as her goal was to use the oil to strengthen her crown chakra. She was better off energetically with no oil as opposed to using a cheap oil. We could have sent the oil to get tested at a laboratory to find out what exactly was in that bottle, but it was clearly not pure Frankincense.
It’s amazing that essential oils are getting much more traction these days. We are seeing a return to ancient medicine and health approaches that come directly from nature, and not a laboratory. With this boom in the essential oil market we are also seeing a lot of false advertising and sub-par products. There are no regulations on essential oil marketing, so it can say pure without any backing to that claim.
Young Living has their own code of standards (www.seedtoseal.com). Their standards are stricter than USDA organic. I knew Young Living oils were worth the investment the moment I touched them. They have the strongest chi of any of the oils that I’ve tested. I would like to share with you what sets the quality apart of Young Living apart from other brands and what risks are involved with using sub-par oils.
There are 5 grades of essential oils sold are the market today. Therapeutic grade essential oils are the only ones that contain medicinal qualities. The lowest quality is “Synthetic Biology” oils. These oils are created in a laboratory from synthetic DNA and are bio-engineered with fungus and enzymes. They can be labeled as natural as they are derived from yeasts and are made quickly and cheaply. These oils are fake copycats that give the illusion of fragrance without any therapeutic benefit. In addition, the incomplete formulas often cause harm opposite of the intended benefit. For example, fragrance grade Lavender contains high levels of lavandin, a hybrid of lavender. It is often heated to evaporate camphor, mixed with synthetic linalyl acetate to improve the fragrance, and then sold as lavender oil. Higher levels of the constituent camphor can lead to burning of the skin, so if one uses Lavender to support the skin in healing after a burn, then this oil will worsen the burning sensation.
When one uses adulterated oils topically, they may experience rashes, burns, and other skin irritations. Common synthetic additives used in creating those oils are propylene glycol, DEP, and DOP. These chemicals have no smell and are used as volume fillers. They put the user at risk for allergic reactions in addition to providing no therapeutic benefit.
Adulteration of oils is such a concern that Young Living tests all oil batches with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry and then retested with gas chromatography and flame ionization detector. These tests help identify chirality of the compounds, which will detect synthetic oils. Some essential oil companies will dilute the essential oil with a fatty lipid oil to increase supply and reduce cost.
Even natural or organic certified oils can be problematic depending on the growing conditions and time of harvest. The type of genus, species, and chemotype is important for growing plants that contain the highest constituents that provide the therapeutic benefits. In addition, the use of chemical pesticides contaminates the final product.
According to Jared Turner, the president of Young Living, it costs around $12,000 per acre to weed lavender fields by hand. Other companies that used cheap herbicides may spend $60 per acre to kill the weeds. This is why Young Living oils cost more, but the investment includes not only a higher quality product with therapeutic benefits, it also invests in the quality of the earth.
Pesticides are known for having delirious effects on health, in the short and long term. Tyrone Hayes has scientifically documented how a common herbicide, Atrazine, has been shown to change gender and sexuality in frogs. This herbicide was the most common water contaminant in 2001 and has had a large impact on reducing fertility and disrupting endocrine balance in males and females. Glyphosate, another herbicide, has been shown to increase permeability of the intestinal tract and has caused the most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies in our food supply. All pesticides and herbicides have been shown to have adverse health effects on the soil, plants, and animals who consume those plants.
Here are a few of the seed to seal requirements for producing quality oils. This is an excerpt from the Essential Oils desktop reference by Life Science Publishing.
Producing pure essential oils is expensive. It can take thousands of pounds of raw plant material to create one pound of essential oil. For example, it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce just one pint of Rose oil, which is the essential oil with the highest vibrational frequency. If we want the world to be a better place, then we need to invest in better quality products that are sustainable, regenerative, and allow us to be stewards of the earth. I’m grateful that Young Living does not sacrifice quality for a number of reasons that other companies may do so.
Essential Oils desk reference: Seventh Edition (ISBN 978-0-9966364-9-0)
For the last few years, I have focused on finding and implementing strategies to fully heal chronic illness for myself and others. All of my tools can be done at home by anyone. I started with what I call “foundation tools”. They include clean water, fresh air, sunshine, exercise, rest, and diet. I’ve seen a great reduction in disease symptoms and a return of quality of life.
When I first started my journey, I had debilitating food and environmental allergies and sensitivities. I had to wear a mask to walk to class during Spring. If clothes were washed in a washer with mildew or mold, I couldn’t wear them without having convulsions. If I ate the wrong item, I could throw up or have diarrhea for a week. I quickly learned for survival sake that I needed to eliminate as many harmful substances as I could to switch off from flight or fight and enter rest and digest mode. Just walking through the cleaning aisle of a store would trigger asthma attacks and migraines.
I went through a period of time when my liver was so congested, that I would react to anything slightly toxic. This was a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing, because I was made acutely aware of anything harmful. My body could sense mold long before a mold test. I picked up on water leak and mold issue in an apartment months before they found the source. It was a curse because I could no longer live the standard American lifestyle. If I ate the same as my peers, then I would be violently ill. If I had one drink of alcohol, then I would be immune suppressed for a full week. If I breathed in cigarette smoke or scented candles, then my lungs would close until I got to fresh air. This was highly restrictive and limited many joys that others my age were experiencing.
One of the areas that I was highly restricted to was aromatic compounds. Everything I bought had to be unscented. If it listed fragrance, then it was out of the question. If the cleaning product contained ammonia, then I couldn’t go near it. My life became very simple. The less ingredients, the better. I began looking for personal care and cleaning products with natural ingredients. Many of the products I was drawn to contained essential oils.
A few months ago, my friend invited me to learn about her wellness business. I sat in a room full of women and we passed around little bottles of essential oils. She discussed the care in which the company took to ensure the highest quality pure, therapeutic grade essential oils from seed to seal. The amount of life energy contained in each bottle was incredible. I knew from just holding the little bottles that they were gems and worth an investment.
I bought the premium starter kit and began energy experiments. I started diffusing them, applying them topically, and ingesting a few of them. I realized that this was exactly what my wellness journey was missing. The aromatic compounds in these essential oils are life giving. They help to focus energy according to your wellness goals. They open up sinuses instead of closing them. They help to ground energy in to the earth. They help to focus spiritual energy during meditation. They help to let go of stored emotions that are creating chaos. They help to keep a greater purpose in mind and not sweat the small details. They help skin to glow. The list goes on and on. They smell true to nature and carry a sense of home.
My energy experiments have confirmed the quality of design in their blends. Anywhere that an individual registers with excess oxidative stress is the first place that the blend, Stress Away, targets. Valor supports the kidneys and bladder to let go of fear and strengthens the heart chakra thereby increasing courage. The immune support blend, Thieves, strengthens the thymus. The blends are designed well enough that if you have a specific symptom or goal, then you can trust the oils blends as labeled.
The high-quality oils are just the beginning. This company has products to support all wellness needs, including cleaning, skincare, makeup, supplements, kids, and pets. They are bringing wellness into the lives of millions by reducing stress caused by ingesting everyday toxins and giving life to dreams, goals, and inspiration. The educational literature included in the lifestyle resonates with the approaches I have found to be most effective including but not limited to fasting, colon hydrotherapy, liver cleanses, dietary approaches, and processing stored emotions. I have been searching for my tribe of like-minded individuals and finally feel at home with this wellness community.
I’m excited to take my wellness journey to the next step by partnering with Young Living. Gary Young had an incredible vision of a better tomorrow. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help make the vision a reality.
Does my story resonate with you? Are you also looking for quality products to help reach your wellness goals? Are you new to essential oils and looking for more educational information? Are you an oil expert looking for a better quality product? Reach out to me and let’s further the discussion. I’d be honored to guide you on your wellness journey. Follow me on IG at plantedvitality.
My first birth to Athena Joy was a typical first birth successfully accomplished at home. My midwife later informed me that I was statically in a group of less than 1% of women in the US to accomplish this feat. Even so, it was a long, painful, and utterly exhausting experience that broke me physically, mentally, and emotionally. I was happy with the decisions I had made and Athena thrived as a baby. But the experience had such an impression on me that I wasn’t sure I wanted to go through birth again. Low and behold, I became pregnant two years later and knew I had to go through it again. My experience the second time exceeded all of my expectations and left me feeling on top of the world and capable of anything. This is the feeling I wish all women could experience as they bring their children into the world.
This is the birth story of Isabella Claire.
At 40 weeks and 4 days, I woke up in the middle of the night feeling an odd period like sensation as blood flow to my pelvis increased without any discharge. I woke up in the morning with pelvic pressure hoping it was a sign that the baby was ready to bare down and get labor started. I took an epsom salt bath to see if the discomfort would disappear or progress. The sensations of pelvic pressure and discomfort disappeared during the bath, but picked back up after I dried off around 10:30 AM. I continued my day as usual taking care of Athena, cooking, cleaning, and doing house chores. I made and drank fresh pressed orange juice, consisting of navel and blood oranges. Every now and then I would feel a Braxton hick contraction sensation with associated pelvic ligament pain. Walking felt more difficult and any desire to leave the house diminished. I felt the urge to minimize movement, walking, and changing positions.
For lunch, I made brown rice pasta with moringa, avocado, tomato, tomato sauce, soy sauce, and turmeric. I called my husband, John, to let him know I suspected labor was impending but there was no need to rush home. I encouraged him to pick up groceries on his way home from work. At 3:40 PM, I texted my midwife to let her know that I had experienced two Braxton hicks accompanied by searing ligament pain. I watched a funny show to help pass time as I sat on my exercise ball. The contracts kept coming, and they were easy to breathe through. I ate a vegan burrito bowl from Chipotle for dinner.
By 7:00 PM, the contractions were 8 minutes apart. I told John to go to bed with Athena as early as possible. I wanted him to get some rest before the contractions became intense enough where I wanted his support. They were in bed by 8:00 PM. I brought my exercise ball up to the bedroom where I sat on it next to the bed. I made a stack of pillow to lean against and rest between contractions. The room was quiet, filled with only my thoughts. The light was dim with a red flow from my salt lamp. I entered a meditative state where I felt positive affirmations come and go. I asked my body to let the energy go where it needed to go. I asked my body to not resist the pain and discomfort. I focused on breathing as deeply and relaxed as I go during each wave. I asked my body to be strong where it needed to be strong and soft where it needed to give way. I found strength in breath and reminded myself that only I could give birth to this baby. By taking full responsibility for the birth, I asked for the strength to be the mother this child needed. I was quiet, focused, and felt confident in my ability to labor on my own. This lasted about three and a half hours.
Since my first labor took a couple of days, I had told my midwife and in-laws to get some sleep and that the baby would likely be born sometime the next day. I knew this birth would be faster, but assumed the early stage would take a while and wanted everyone to come well rested.
At 11:30 PM, I went to the bathroom as I felt like I needed to poop. When I pushed down, I felt something shift. Suddenly, the manageable contractions became much more intense. I could no longer enter my quiet meditative state. I found myself vocalizing with each contraction to help with pain management. The primal instincts kicked into full gear and I felt the power of labor take over. John heard me in the bathroom and came to see if I needed help. He came with me into the bedroom and gave me support and comfort during each contraction. He offered a heating pad, but I was repulsed by how the heat changed my blood flow. Even massage felt like a distraction from the process at hand. Therefore, I sat on the ball holding onto to John and vocalizing through each wave. During one particularly painful contraction, I felt what I perceived to be the baby’s nose and forehead twist into my pelvic bone. It was simultaneously fascinating and horrifying. I suspect this contraction is what caused her stork bite.
At 12:00 AM early Friday morning, the contractions were 4-5 minutes apart. I had difficulty breathing into the waves and felt resistance to the pain. I became nauseous, panicky, and shaky. I told my midwife that I needed her at 12:23 AM. I felt like labor was progressing much faster than I had anticipated and felt like I needed support or a new strategy to cope with each wave. Surprisingly, Athena was sleeping soundly in the next room and was not disturbed by my vocalizations. She woke up once asking John to stay with her, and quickly went back to sleep after he left the room.
The midwife arrived at 1:10 AM. Right after she walked into the room, I felt a downward urge with the contraction. I looked at her in disbelief and asked if it was okay to bear down. She encouraged me to go with the sensation. I couldn’t believe I was in the transition phase already. Soon after, the pain of a contraction tested my limits and I heard myself tell John and the midwife “I can’t do this.” John looked at my slightly puzzled and said, “You ARE doing this.” It was the perfect response to give me confidence. I realized that I had hit the transition phase and the labor would be over soon.
I began pushing at 1:30 AM, right after the midwife’s assistant and my in-laws arrived. I felt the urge to push 3-4 times per contraction. I was surprised by my muscle memory and strength during each push. I could feel baby moving down through the birth canal. The midwife checked the baby’s heart rate once and it was perfect. I was in a squat position leaning against the bed with protective pads underneath on the floor. I realized the baby was coming very fast and awkwardly stripped off all of my clothes. I felt the baby’s head emerge and then the body soon after. It was quick and there was no ring of fire. John caught the baby and held it as I crawled into bed. After only 15 minutes of pushing, the baby arrived at 1:43 AM on January 4th 2019.
John put the baby on my chest and exclaimed, “It’s a girl.” After several dreams vividly showing the baby as a girl, I thought, “Of course! It’s Isabella Claire.” No boy names resonated during the pregnancy, so I was hoping my intuition was right. Ironically, I was confident about the labor, but as soon as I held the small baby on my chest, I no longer had a clue what I was supposed to do. I kept asking the midwife, “What do I do next?” We took our time and bonded. The midwife wiped vernix off of her eyes. Within the hour, Isabella had latched. We waited until the umbilical cord was done pulsing to cut it.
Isabella rated a 10 on her first apgar score. She cried and breathed well. She was an average size, weighing 6.5 lbs and 20 inches long. She looked beat up with a stork bite on her forehead and right eye, but showed no complications or reason for concern. The midwife confirmed that I had minimal blood loss when the baby came out, and I was not at risk for hemorrhaging or excessive blood loss. I even managed to keep my perineum in tact without a single tear. My placenta came out easily. The afterpains were intense, but very effective at stopping bleeding and helping my uterus shrink.
My total labor lasted 16 hours with 2-3 hours of active labor and 15 minutes of pushing. It was very fast compared to my first labor that lasted 53 hours with 10 hours of active labor and 3 hours of pushing.
I was high on hormones. I could handle all of the physical and emotional stress during and after labor. My core still felt relatively strong as I walked to the bathroom for the first time after birth. I was tired, but not exhausted and could move well on my own. I bled fairly heavy for 3 days and then the flow was spotty and minimal for the next couple of weeks. I was able to switch from depends to pads within two weeks. Bleeding nearly ceased by 4 weeks with minimal spotting afterwards. Isabella grew fast, gaining 4 lbs in the first 5 weeks. She slept and ate well with almost no crying. She would sleep on her own sometimes and was content as long as she was fed, clean, and being held.
In the postpartum period, fresh orange juice in the morning and grounding soups with root vegetables at night gave me life. I had some night sweats that I was able to reduce by increasing intake of organic soy milk and soy sauce. I took an Epsom salt bath every 2-3 days to keep my magnesium levels high to help cope with stress and optimize healing. I rested in bed as much as I could for the first 3-4 days. After that I became stir crazy and became cooking, cleaning, and went for car rides and walks. I was constantly surprised by how well the labor, birth, and postpartum period had gone. I was healing at least twice as fast the second time around. I was 10-15 lbs lighter than the first time. I was stronger, happier, confident, and empowered. I could easily see myself having another child in couple of years.
Suffering and trauma are an inherent part of life and the birth process. What we can do is educate ourselves and submit in a way that reduces additional unnecessary suffering. We need to embrace the pain, submit to the discomfort, and believe that our body knows exactly how the baby needs to come out. I had no fear. I had no desire for external pain medication. I never entertained the idea of going to a hospital. I loved staying in my home and focusing on the task at hand. I knew my birth vision could come to life if I stayed in the moment and embraced each challenge with a positive perspective. I am able to look back on my experience with pride.
I attribute my positive birth experience to a whole food plant based pregnancy. I used muscle testing to pick optimal foods and quantities at each stage. I gained enough weight, but did not suffer from edema or intestinal distress. My body was hydrated and flexible. I continued to exercise moderately until the day before labor began. I focused on walking, rebounding, handstands against a wall, and calisthenics that focused on pelvic and back strength. I did regular Epsom salt baths to keep my magnesium levels from getting depleted. I meditated daily and worked through fears, concerns, and emotions regarding the birth, including processing and healing from my first birth. I found a midwife who was very supportive and brought a peaceful confidence to the process. She focused on informed consent without fear mongering.
Every woman is different. Every pregnancy is different. Every labor and birth experience are different. I hope more and more women will enter birth with confidence in their natural ability instead of fear of worst-case scenarios. I hope birth attendants will support women when they feel doubt instead of looking for a reason to create unnecessary panic and interventions. When I envision female empowerment, I think about how we view and treat women during their most vulnerable and powerful moments during birth.