Amazon Juice

Amazon Juice
I. Drink. This. E’ry. Day. Every single day. 

I drink it once a day between meals as a refreshing pick-me-up instead of going for another coffee (which we all know I could totally do). I’m calling it Amazon Juice because it makes me feel like Wonder Woman if I’m faithful to take it. 

What’s in it?
  • 1 tsp. Young Living’s Sulfurzyme Powder
  • 2 drops Young Living Orange Vitality Oil
  • 3-4oz Young Living Ningxia Red
  • 10 fluid oz Club Soda
Mix together and sip. It is slightly sweet, bubbly, fruity, and does NOT taste like rotten eggs - I know you’re thinking stinky sulfa but this is very different and tastes great. 

Why drink this? *Organic, natural sulfur amino acids support healthy cells, skin, hormones, and enzymes (gut health). These aminos also produce something called glutathione which has a direct impact on your energy and focus levels, your immune system, your sleep quality, the quality of your hair, skin and nails, health of liver cells, and for athletes, it is a recovery God-send. Sounds pretty freaking magical, right? 

Sulfurzyme Powder is Young Living’s proprietary blend of Wolfberry (goji) fruit powder which is a natural prebiotic, as well as 8 grams of calcium, and FOS which is also a prebiotic. The type of dietary sulfur we are using is called MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). 

By mixing 1 tsp. of Sulfurzyme Powder with Ningxia Red (a puree of goji berries, organic superfruit juices, and citrus oils) you are providing an Amazon-size support to your body’s overall wellness. When I am faithful to drink this, I notice that my workouts are stronger, my recovery is quicker, my sleep is more satisfying, my nails and hair become a little hard to keep up with (mermaid hair anyone?), and my monthly cycles are much easier to manage. This is a phenomenal support to my overall wellness, energy and focus. And it tastes like a fizzy, fruity, goji soda so who’s gonna argue with that?

**What if I have a Sulfur allergy? There is medically no such thing as a Sulfur allergy - what you have is a Sulfa allergy. To say someone is allergic to Sulfur is like saying they are allergic to water or their own blood. It’s already in you. Sulfa on the other hand is a very real allergy. If you have a Sulfa allergy, please speak to your doctor before trying any new supplement. We do not use Sulfa in our Sulfurzyme Powder, but everyone will feel better if you talk to your primary care physician. Please also see the Disclaimers below.
Thanks Wonder Women <3 Enjoy!

*Where did you get this info? “Supplements Desk Reference” by Jen O’Sullivan, June 2019, pg. 148-149
**DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. Young Living products are not meant to cure or treat disease or ailments. I will not and can not prescribe or diagnose, and I am not making medical claims of any kind. This recipe is strictly coming from my own experience and research. Please do your own research in conjunction with advice from a trusted physician, and decide what is best for your body.
Please note that I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils because they are the purest on the market and the only ones I use. I cannot speak to, or recommend, the benefits of other oils. The essential oils used in this recipe are from Young Living. If you choose to use a different oil, you will have different results and I am not responsible for the outcome. 

Oils for Travel

Oils for Travel


 love to push my comfort zone, encountering new people, new cultures, and new perspectives.

Some of my favorite travel moments have been England to visit dear friends; Italy to run a Vacation Bible School and get in touch with my own heritage; Hawaii for three weeks of exploration; the Dominican Republic and St. Martin to rest; Japan for missions; Tanzania for work; Ireland for a solo adventure. God provided these opportunities to travel, and I am immensely grateful to Him. I come home from trips feeling refreshed, with a full spirit, fresh ideas and perspective. 

One of the reasons I became an entrepreneur is to have the financial freedom and time freedom to travel. Some of the other places on my Go-To list are: South Korea, China, Spain, Scotland, Thailand, Norway, British Columbia, Crete, Israel and Greece. I don’t know when I’ll get these stamps in my passport, but I do know that I will be taking oils with me. I never, never travel without my oils.

Can you get them through airport security? Absolutely. Keep them in a clear, quart-sized bag per TSA's regulations, and put them through the X-ray scanner like you would any other carry-on liquids. You can stow them in checked luggage.

So, let's do this. Here are 10 Young Living oily hacks for your next adventure, tried and tested by this road warrior. 

1. Thieves oil: I start taking Thieves Vitality a few days before my trip so I can support my immune system in advance. While traveling, I take a drop of Thieves Vitality every single day in a glass of water. 

2. Thieves Wipes: Oh these magical wipes! I use them to clean off dusty, stinky feet, wipe down hotel door handles and sinks, and clean out my faithful yet filthy suitcase. All of the power of Thieves is in these travel wipes. I may have also used them to freshen up in an Oxford dorm I rented because the showers were communal, unisex and the doors didn’t lock. NOPE! Thieves wipes it is.

3. Scarf Diffuser: If you're going to be on a 7-hour flight, you'll be exposed to some nastiness from fellow passengers, and you can’t run a diffuser mid-flight (obviously). Solution: 2-3 drops of Thieves oil on a scarf made of dark fabric (lemon in Thieves might stain white fabric). Rub the oil into the fabric and wrap it around your neck. As your skin warms the fabric, it diffuses the oils right below your nose. I’ve also done this with face masks and it worked so well. 

4. Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint Vitality Oils: The trinity of travel oils
  • Lemon - rub a drop in your hair so you smell fresh and bright while on the road, and Lemon Vitality is a delicious addition to water.
  • Lavender - supports your skin post-flight when applied neat to the face or with a carrier oil like coconut oil. It also helps chill you out when your connecting transportation is late.
  • Peppermint Vitality - put a drop on your tongue when you need a breath freshener. I also rub peppermint into my ankles when I’ve been on my feet all day to ‘cool my heels’.
5. Thieves Travel Toothpaste: Thieves is magical. So is the toothpaste. Young Living offers the toothpaste in 2oz tubes, so TSA will allow it in your carry-on bag. I keep a tube and toothbrush in my carry-on so I can brush my teeth on the plane before landing. This is a hippie hack - the toothpaste doubles as deodorant if you forget yours at home. Just squeeze a pea-sized dollop onto your fingers, smush it together, and apply under your arms. Wash your hands, and you have a deodorant. It’s not an antiperspirant, but you will smell minty and lovely all day. No stank here.

6. Orange Blossom Wash: I love this nontoxic facial wash. Pour some of the facial wash into a 3oz empty travel bottle (Target sells them for $1 each), fill 1/3 of the way with the wash. Fill the rest with water when you arrive at your destination. Its diluted but still extremely effective and gentle on your stressed out skin.

7. Ningxia Red and Ningxia Nitro: Under 3oz and a blessing when the jetlag hits. Ningxia is packed with antioxidants and essential oils to support your entire body, and tastes amazing. Think of Ningxia Nitro as fuel for your brain, and with Korean Ginseng and Yerba Mate oil, you will have the stamina to power through long days.

8. ART Sheet Masque: These sheet masques come in a 4-pack, but I just slip one into my checked luggage for when I arrive at my destination. Not only are they relaxing and scented with Young Living’s Stress Away blend, but they seep restorative nutrients into your skin after a long journey. Some of these nutrients include Frankincense resin, Phalaenopsis orchid extract, kelp, algae, and sea water (yes, sea water).

9. Copaiba Vanilla Conditioner: I have the driest hair and jumping from climate to climate, humidity to air conditioner does my curls zero good. In a 3oz travel container, I pour Copaiba Vanilla Conditioner. After showering at my destination, I apply a nickel-sized amount to the ends of my towel-dried hair, wrap it up in a bun or braid, and sleep with the conditioner in. In the morning, rinse it out and style like you normally would. It’s better than any hair masque you can buy at the store and free of chemicals. 

10. Slique Shake. Being on the road can bust up your healthy eating habits. These single-serve vegan protein shakes are berry flavored, deliver 16 grams of clean protein, and are easy to pack. I throw a couple in my suitcase, and pick up a little almond milk at the hotel convenience store or local grocery when I arrive. Most hotels and hostels have blenders, so maybe add a bit of fruit and you are good to go! 

BONUS: Glass water bottle. I wrap my empty glass bottle in a sweater and tuck it in my carry-on. Once through airport security, you can fill it with water from the fountain, and drop some Peppermint or Lemon Vitality in to keep your breath fresh and your body hydrated. Just be sure you empty it before going through security or you'll end up chugging it all in one go as I did, much to the amusement of the Heathrow TSA agents.

There you go, babes! Tried and true travel hacks with the greatest oils on the planet. I am flying to Utah tomorrow, so I better get packing!
Be well

5 Uses for Thieves Cleaner (besides wiping down your counter)

5 Uses for Thieves Cleaner (besides wiping down your counter)
If you love Thieves oil for immune system support, you're going to love this.

Young Living created an all-purpose cleaning product formulated with the power of Thieves oil. It is a plant-based, eco-friendly cleaner that does its job with natural botanicals like lemon, cinnamon, clove, and eucalyptus.

In our house, we have successfully replaced other toxic cleaning products from our life with this one bottle.
The cleaner is usually diluted in warm water and can be used in a BPA-free spray bottle. The dilution ratio for this cleaner to a bottle of water is incredibly low; each full bottle budgets out to less than a $1. Try finding a bottle of Clorox for less than $1. And can I say it again? This is safe for the environment, and it is safe safe safe for you and your body (we even know a woman who accidentally drank a mug of it thinking it was tea....don't do that....she was fine though).

Aside from the obvious (spray your counters), here are five slightly unconventional ways I've used Thieves cleaner. Have fun, Cinderella!

1. Spritz your yoga mat.
I had a yoga teacher tell me that it was good to have a dirty mat covered in skin cells, dirt, and sweat from multiple uses because you were less likely to slip around.

UM, EW. 

No thank you, I think it needs a regular rinse. Thieves cleaner is safe for your mat, and cleanses away all the sweat and grossness from your hot yoga sesh. Keep a bottle near your mat, you can always spritz it on after class.

If you want to do a deep clean, I fill a large bucket with warm water and mix in two cap-fulls of the cleaner. Throw your mat over a railing or clothes line, and slowly pour the water and Thieves over it, gently scrubbing away with your hand. Rinse the mat again with another bucket of warm water and leave to dry. Bonus: The cleaner is plant based, so the run off will have no effect on the environment!

2. Wipe your electronics.
Phones are pretty disgusting. You grab a door knob, and grab your phone. You use the toilet while using your phone (never understood this one). You handle money, you grab your phone. You walk around the city, get on the subway, and grab your phone....and then you bring your phone into the kitchen and check it while you handle food, or put all those germs up to your face to talk.

This is an easy one. Turn your phone off to start. Spritz a paper towel with Thieves cleaner mixed with water in a spray bottle. Don't drench the towel, just get it a little damp. Start on the back of the phone where the case is and your hand often rests. Wipe off the case. Then, very lightly, wipe off the screen.
You can also use lightly run a Thieves-spritzed paper towel across your computer keyboard. Again, don't drench the towel, spritz it a few times and make sure it isn't dripping any liquids.

3. Furniture polish.
I have a dark wood work desk which means every fingerprint shows up. Once a week, I spritz it with Thieves cleaner, and polish away the grime. The oils in the cleaner are fine for most woods, and leave it looking conditioned and bright, but if you are dealing with an antique, spot test it first.

4. Luggage and Purse Cleaner.
I just got back from hauling my roller luggage all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. My poor bag was rolled through the streets, and sat in God-knows-what on the subway. When I got home, I emptied it of its contents, and sprayed the heck out of it. Thieves cleaner is safe on most fabrics (again, spot test if you're nervous). I can spray and wipe, close it up, and let it sit in Thieves-y goodness until next time. This works wonders for inside my smelly, sweaty gym bag.

This is also good for most purses, which we set on the floor in public spaces (like bathrooms) and then come home and throw it on the kitchen table or counter. I spray and wipe my bag directly, but if you're toting Marc Jacobs around, spot test with a paper towel first.

5. Car Cleaner
Cars can get really nasty, especially if you eat in them. The problem is, when I go to the car wash for a full service, I get back into my freshly cleaned car and have to roll the windows down to let out the fumes from commercial grade bleaches and antibacterial sprays. It is HARSH, baby.

Take the spray to your dashboard. Wipe off handles, the gear shift, console, the wheel, everything. You don't have to worry about noxious chemicals; its all plant based. If you drive a priceless antique car, spot test on the interior - I don't want to be blamed for that one ;)

I use this stuff every dang day. E'ry day. Can I tell you that I'm loving the results? The best part is no longer breathing in those horrifying chemicals that come in our commercial cleaning products. No more headaches while cleaning the bathroom, no more wondering if bleach on my counter was getting on the veggies I am chopping. That worry is gone-zo.

Interested in getting a bottle? Hit me up, I'll hook you up ;)

Be well, dumplings.

YL products I DON’T love and how I made them work for me.

YL products I DON’T love and how I made them work for me.


And then, there are a couple of products that I’m just ‘meh’ about.

I don’t doubt that they are wholesome, 100% pure, safe, or effective. I’ve never doubted that for a second because I know that every product is held to Young Living’s Seed to Seal protocol. From the selected seeds planted in toxin-free, dormant earth on farms we own or co-op, to the seedlings weeded by hand (never with pesticide), to the bottling process and rigorous third-party testing, Young Living products are the purest oils on the market. I can say that without hesitation.

But if you’ve spent your entire life using products laced with chemicals, potions, and toxins, the switch to all-natural is an adjustment. And I want to be honest with you. Even though I use and love Young Living oils and products every single day, there are some that just aren’t my favorite. I’m not a saleswoman. I’m a woman who has adopted an all-natural, healthy lifestyle. Sometimes, even the best needs a personal tweak.
Here are the two products I haven’t loved, and how I’ve made them work for me:

Copaiba Vanilla Shampoo
  • Smells delicious, and has essential oils that absorb directly into your noggin (like calming Copaiba).
  • My curls CAME TO LIFE. I’ve always had wavy hair, but after ditching my old shampoo (which was weighing my hair down with fillers), my curls are shinier and bouncier.
  • Free of parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), Polysorbates or any of the other chemicals found in shampoos/conditioners. And, incidentally, in insecticides, and commercial oven cleaners. It’s important to think about what is in your shampoo and conditioner because the pores are large on your scalp, and your brain is, ya know…right there.
Cons: Not a lot of lather. My hair strands are thin, and I workout almost every day. Oil collects quickly, and if its not washed daily, it gets gross. I need some lather to lift oils away. Understanding that lather agents (like Cocamidopropyl Betaine) in most shampoos have actually been linked to higher toxicity levels in the body, and allergic reactions over extended use  I’m actually OK with there not being a lot of suds. 
My tweak: Add about a tablespoon of  vegetable glycerin. Pour into the shampoo and give the bottle a shake. The glycerin creates suds that are safe to apply externally and are fine for your scalp.

DiGize Essential Oil
Pros: Supports digestive health and can be taken before meals as a supplement to support overall wellness.
Cons: Smells like unwashed hippies. It does. It’s the patchouli and fennel oils in the blend.
My tweak: Apply it to the bottom of your feet so you can’t smell it, or add it into a veggie capsule and take the DiGize Vitality internally. You won’t taste it, and it won’t repeat on you.

So out of over 500 products and oils, I only dislike two. That’s not bad  Leave a comment below and tell me what oils you have loved and which you are learning to like.
Be well,