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Essential Oils – They Do A Body Good

I’ll be the first to tell you I’ve been skeptical.  Which is weird because I sometimes think Big Foot is real and UFOs have probably visited our planet.  And yes, everyone, there is a Santa Claus.

Yet I have been skeptical of essential oils and the good they can do.  My belief on them has changed over the past few years.

My son, Matthew, was about six years old and dealing with some stomach and digestion issues.  Like parents do we wanted to make our child well, so we visited a number of places to see if they could deal with whatever the issue was and solve it.  No luck.

Finally, it was suggested we visit an acupuncturist in Rocky Mountain House.  Her name is Carla Green and she runs Rocky Physio and Acupuncture.

oreganoH. O. L. Y. crap.  What a change.  Within a few visits and needles my son was much better.  And to top it off, the use of Oil of Oregano.  Seriously.  This stuff as far as I’m concerned is close to the be all end all as you will ever find.

The benefits of it are almost endless.  Here’s a list:

Anti-aging, powerful anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant, arthritis/rheumatism, respiratory, infectious diseases, infections/tuberculosis, and digestive problems.

This was my introduction to essential oils from Young Living.  From that moment on I’ve been sold on the benefits of essential oils and natural healing.

Onto my situation.  Somewhere along the way I did something to my hip/back.  It’s been a pain for over two years now.  Sometimes the pain is mostly gone and sometimes it likes to remind me who really is in power.

Over the last few years I’ve tried numerous things.  Some of which I’ll swear by and others I’ll simply swear at.  Meaning some worked and some didn’t and well, became a learning experience.

Enter, once again, essential oils. I started with a supplement called Sulfurzyme.  Then I got my hands on a blend called “Deep Relief” which seemed to help a lot. Kinda like A5-35, but better.  It’s not synthetic.  Then I tried to blast some of that hip pain and a new knee pain (happened Monday night) with a three oil combination.  Did it help?  Damn straight it did.  A few applications of PanAway, Valor and Peppermint Oil and voila, I feel like a hundred thousand bucks (hey, I’m not greedy).

We’ve gotten so used to using products we see on TV we sometimes forget about the things that are more natural.  When I first hurt my back, I scoffed at all the ‘back pain’ pain killers.  Telling me how after one pill I could whip out the tennis racket and get swatting.  Right.  That’s when started to explore more natural alternatives.

The uses for Young Living essential oils seem unbelievably endless.  Treatments for burns, cuts, scrapes, insect bites, general health, well-being, joy, and more (including making your home smell good without chemicals).  If you use plug-ins or any other chemical based fragrance in your home, you may be doing your body a pile of bad.

I’m speaking from experience here.  They worked for my family and they can work for you.

My wife and I are holding an Essential Oils class on March 30th.  Click HERE for more information or to ask questions.  It’s free and informative and you may learn some things about natural health.  I hope you can make it!

My wife also other alternatives to cosmetic surgery.  A way to stay younger without going under the knife.  If you’d like to see what that’s all about visit her site at Health Happens.

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.”  ~Josh Billings


“Failure Is Not An Option.”

Watch this, then read on:

Okay, get it?

That is from “Apollo 13” and the main character in this scene is Gene Kranz played by Ed Harris.  Apparently Kranz never actually said “failure is not an option.”  He explains as such:

“In preparation for the movie, the script writers, Al Reinart and Bill Broyles, came down to Clear Lake to interview me on “What are the people in Mission Control really like?” One of their questions was “Weren’t there times when everybody, or at least a few people, just panicked?” My answer was “No, when bad things happened, we just calmly laid out all the options, and failure was not one of them. We never panicked, and we never gave up on finding a solution.”

Regardless, the point is ‘failure is NOT an option.’  And this is the case no matter what situation is tossed at you as try to achieve your fitness goal.

Take all the scientific and engineering jargon out of that scene above and replace with comments you face day to day as you make your journey.  All the negative ‘this can’t be done’ crap is the same, just with different terminology.  I’m not kidding, saboteurs are everywhere.  ‘Have this cookie’ could be the same as ‘you can’t run a vacuum on twelve amps!’  

No matter where you go or what you do there is always someone with a negative point of view regarding, well, everything.  Honestly, it gets tiring.  Remove yourself from the situation as best as possible and show them it CAN be done.

Toxic environments suck.  They suck the life out of you.  They suck the drive out of you.  And they suck the determination and motivation out of you.

Lace ’em up and get going.  Failure is not an option.

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.”  ~ Zig Ziglar

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.

Zig Ziglar


You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.

Zig Ziglar


Unrealistic Expectations

Our society has a pretty messed up idea of the ‘perfect’ body.  Seriously.

There is a lot of pressure on women to have the ‘Barbie-body’ when realistically, it’s totally out of proportion and frankly, not attainable.

Plenty of studies have been done to show just how unrealistic her body type would be if she were actually human.  Suffice to say, she would be very tall, very skinny and anorexic.  Her neck would be too long to hold up her head and her feet too tiny.

barbieNote the image on the left.  This is Barbie.  Long neck, long legs and NO muscle.  You can barbie realbe a thin person with a high body fat percentage, but that’s a topic for another day.

The image on the right is the Barbie doll compared to the body shape of a real person.  The doll on the right in the image on the right has the average proportions of what a typical 19 year old woman has.

Simply put, the standard Barbie shape is not possible.  It sets society up for false expectations of what a woman’s shape really is and should be.  And it’s not just Barbie and other dolls. Media portrays false expectations, too.  Thanks to photo editing made easy, body shapes are being changed all the time to achieve the ‘perfect look.’  If there is indeed such a thing.

Oh, and let’s not forget this isn’t only for the female portion of society.  The male side has some unrealistic expectations thrown in front of them, too.

I give you He-Man.

He-man02Poking around this morning looking to see what this dude would be in real life, if he were 6′ to 6’4″ he’d be around seven hundred pounds (at least based on what I could find on the web – and everything on the internet is true).  Slightly unrealistic.

So, try not to follow a fictitious image of what the human body should look like.  Am I ever gonna look like Brad Pitt in “The Fight Club?”  Probably not.  I’m gonna look like me.  Form follows function and whatever form you wind up with is based on your function.

Move, eat well and live healthy.  You may not wind up looking like Barbie or He-Man, but at least you’ll be able to hold your head up.