Young Living For An Active Lifestyle

Young Living For An Active Lifestyle

 

Caring For Yourself

Trying to carve out time for our health can be a real struggle in the world we live in. You know that taking care of your body matters, it’s what keeps you going. But between work, family, chores, activities, and responsibilities, it takes a real commitment to make time to care for yourself as well.

In recent years we are seeing more and more cases of everyday products being detrimental to our health. As someone who knows the value of your health, how can you ensure that the products you’re using are helping you stay in that place of wellness you’ve dedicated so much time to?

How can you be confident in your products without spending hours either creating them yourself or researching every artificial ingredient in the world and how to avoid them? What you need is an effective, all-natural solution that’s convenient for you. You need Young Living for an active lifestyle.

 

Seed To Seal

 

What Is Young Living

Young Living is an Essential Oils company that has really become a natural lifestyle company. They use only 100% organic (and in most cases, better than organic) products. These products are made from plant based materials and use the natural properties of these plants to support the various systems of your body. They never use plants grown with pesticides and absolutely no artificial chemicals anywhere in the process. They call this standard of integrity “Seed to Seal.”

This is so important because even some products that are marketed as pure, natural, or organic can contain some toxic items within them. You can scan your products at home or on the store shelf to see how even the ‘organic’ brands measure up using the “Think Dirty” app for your smartphone. Then learn more about the better than organic standards at Young Living as well as the process they use and the purity of their products on the website www.SeedtoSeal.com

 

 

The Dangers In Commercial Products

At this point some of you may still be wondering “But what’s wrong with the products I’ve always used? Could they really be THAT bad for me?” To answer this I’d like to take a look at one of the most common products we use when we are out playing, exercising, or just going about our lives. Sunscreen. If you’re outdoors for long periods of time you probably use sunscreen to keep your skin healthy amidst all those rays. If you have children sunscreen is especially important to protect their delicate skin.

Most people don’t realize that sunscreen typically contains ingredients that act as “penetration agents” to help the product adhere to your skin. This unfortunately means that your body more readily absorbs the toxic chemicals contained in that product. According to the EWG (environmental working group) website “many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk, and urine samples”

What about the other products we use as we’re out and active? Bug spray can keep away mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, but they can also contain DEET and Permethrin. DEET can impair cellular function in parts of your brain and has been found to be a behavior modifying chemical. Permethrin is a neurotoxin, meaning it can kill brain cells. It is also damaging to the environment as it can harm cats, bees, and all forms of aquatic life. These are just some of the products you may be reaching for before you go out.

 

Cool Azul Pain Cream

 

There Is A Better Way

Now what if you could take all those toxic chemicals and replace them with something that is beneficial to your body instead. That’s exactly what Young Living has done. Their Mineral Sunscreen Lotion protects against UVA and UVB rays and is naturally derived from plant and mineral based ingredients.

Their Insect Repellent is clinically proven to repel mosquitoes and other tiny invaders using only 100% naturally derived, plant based ingredients. They also have Cool Azul Pain Cream which provides relief from muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. Its an effective and natural alternative to medicated pain creams or “over the counter” sports gels, which use artificial ingredients and petroleum.

They carry a complete Active & Fit Kit which contains Cool Azul Sports Gel (made from organic plant based ingredients) and five essential oils that provide aromatic and topical support to help you do your best when you’re at the gym or after a long day of activity. These include Peppermint with it’s invigorating aroma that helps you wake up and get moving. R.C. to support your respiratory system and keep you breathing easy. Deep Relief with it’s soothing, cool sensation during or after a workout (or a long day). Thieves to help support your immune system and leave you with #noexcuses to not give today your all. As well as Copaiba which works with your body system to ensure they are all operating in harmony.

 

Active and Fit Kit

 

Make It Happen

You already dedicate time and energy towards your health everyday.  The next step is to start using products that support the level of wellness you’ve worked towards, instead of taxing your body and setting you back. The best way to get started on this journey is with a Starter Kit from Young Living. There are four starter kit options to choose from so you can pick the experience that will best support your journey of wellness.

The first is an Essential Oils Starter Kit, this comes with 11 of the best oils to get you going and your choice of diffuser. This kit is ideal for anyone who prefers to take their health 100% into their own hands. It gives you the ability to start benefiting from the therapeutic properties of the oils directly, simply by adding them to the diffuser or applying them topically. It’s also the best option if you intend to create your own products.

The second option is the NingXia Starter Kit, which focuses on nutritional support for your body through our powerful antioxidant drink.

The Thieves Kit is for those wanting to start their natural living at home. This kit contains everything you need to get started detoxifying your home and replacing toxic cleaners.

If you’d rather have an experience that’s tailored to you, the custom starter kit is just what you need. You can Create Your Own Starter Kit using the products we discussed here today that will help support your active lifestyle or any products you choose to help replace those toxins in your life with something better.

When you choose the starter kit that’s perfect for you, you also have the ability to set up Essential Rewards. This amazing program offers discounted shipping and access to free products every month and additional products when you keep it active for several consecutive months. When placing an order you are always getting a better deal when you have Essential Rewards activated. The best part is that you can turn off this program (and restart it) whenever you like.

To get started go to bit.ly/CoriSchultzEssentialOils and get ready to Thrive!

Local Raw Honey

Local Raw Honey -The secret weapon to fight seasonal allergies, naturally.

Do you suffer each year from itchy eyes and runny nose? Are you dreading those first blooms of the Spring or the harvest each Fall? Most people experience some form of seasonal allergies ranging from a minor discomfort to a more extreme reaction. While over-the-counter allergy medications may provide relief, these pills also come with a slew of side effects. Drowsiness or anxiousness can affect your daily routine and impair your livelihood. That a daily allergy pill also adds one more set of pharmaceuticals and unnatural chemicals into our bodies and our lives. Fortunately Mother Nature has already provided us with a valuable resource that can help fight seasonal allergies. Local Raw Honey.

Beecher Bees Local Raw Honey

Honey

Most peoples already know that bees produce honey from the nectar and pollen they gather from local plants and flora. This means that honey contains enzymes for breaking down the nectar and pollen of these plants. When you eat raw, local honey, you are ingesting the pollen from these plants, in a broken down form. The pollen is no longer active so it doesn’t cause a reaction, and your body gets used to the pollen being in your system. After some time, your body will react less harshly to that pollen in your environment, thus reducing your seasonal allergy symptoms. Local raw honey, then works like a natural vaccination against the allergens. 

Raw Honey

However, in order for this natural allergy treatment to work, you must use local, raw honey. Unfortunately, when you walk through your grocery store, some of those jars labeled honey,may contain little or no actual honey. A quick look at the label will show you that many of the generic honeys from large companies are mostly made up of artificially flavored corn syrup. Real honey is one of the few things in nature that can truly last forever. It has an almost indefinite shelf life and therefore, needs no preservatives or additives. Make sure your honey is just honey. Raw honey has not been as heavily processed as regular honey, which is important if you want to fight seasonal allergies. Overprocessing will kill the enzymes which help neutralize reactions to plant pollen. Unfiltered honey is even better, as this type of honey will contain higher amounts of pollen. 

Hansen's Honey Local Raw Honey

Local Honey

The last important criteria for your honey is that it must be local. Wildflower honey from Hawaii is delicious, but it will not help me in the Midwest to fight seasonal allergies. That’s because the local flora in Hawaii is very different than the plants in the Midwest. Local bees are using the plants in your area to make their honey, so the benefits are specific to those plants. There is no specific rule for how close the honey must be, in order to be considered local. Generally, the closer the better. However, as long as the area contains similar plants, the honey should be effective. To help you find honey near you, I’ve compiled a directory of local honey suppliers. Click to access this free resource and find honey in your area. 

Local Raw Honey

Using Your Local Raw Honey

Now that you’ve got your local raw honey, how do you use it to help fight seasonal allergies? While there is no specific amount, as little as 1 tablespoon a day can help you start to build up a tolerance to local pollen and reduce your allergy symptoms. A spoonful in your morning coffee or nightly tea is an easy way to incorporate honey into your diet. But as a natural sweetener and healthy alternative to refined white sugar, honey can be used in almost anything. From smoothies, to baking, once you start to experiment, you’ll be surprised at how often honey can replace sugar or other sweeteners in your cooking. As an added bonus, you’ll be removing one more processed ingredient from your kitchen and replacing it with a natural alternative. Honey is also sweeter than sugar, so you will use less to achieve the same effect. 

Responsible Use

A word of caution, remember that children under 1 year old should never be given honey. Those with severe or life-threatening allergies should always consult a doctor before trying a new remedy. This article is meant to educate and advise. Always use your own judgement for your specific situation.  

Start the Journey of Natural Living

Start the Journey of Natural Living

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Cheers to the New Year!

Hooray! We made it through the hectic holiday season, filled with family, friends, and a full list of to do’s. January is quickly becoming my favorite time of year. It is commonly thought of as a time of planning and setting new goals, projects, and resolutions. For me, it has become a quiet time of relaxation. I generally find myself focusing all of my energy towards the next task and, with blinders on, I charge ahead. But running in with blinders isn’t always the best way to see where you’re going. I find it’s more beneficial for me to step back and review. That way it is easier to realize how much I have accomplished while getting to this point. Besides learning from my mistakes, it also sets a positive mood for the tasks ahead.

Blinders

 

Preparing for Change

This month, I’ve been doing exactly that as I prepare The Looking Glass Craft to move forward in a more focused direction. This is going to mean big changes, as I take steps to redirect efforts towards my new goal, to start the journey of natural living. I am excited today, to share some of the changes you will start to see around the site and what these changes will do for YOU. At the end of this post are some great resources for focusing on your goals as well as a new recipe I used to celebrate the New Year and reward myself for taking steps towards my resolutions.

Time to Reflect

A Look Ahead

This year The Looking Glass Craft is first taking a step back, in order to move forward. The core goal of this business is to ‘See Things Differently’. Guiding people with simple ideas, encouraging them to step away from the faceless factory production of today. Teaching and providing them with resources in order to live a more natural life. Helping people focus on the way things used to be made, with care and love.

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Start the Journey of Natural Living

I’m happy to announce that our goal this year is to dive into that journey, alongside you, our readers. We’ve all heard about the benefits of living a more natural life and the dangers of chemicals that are used in our everyday food and products. Yet faced with all of this information, how do we begin to make that change?

The reality is that all of us have limited time and limited finances, which many of the convenience products are trying to take advantage of. Living a natural lifestyle, free from these products and their harmful ingredients, is a large undertaking, but it does not have to be complicated. Change doesn’t happen immediately. It is a journey filled with small steps (and perhaps a few leaps) along the way. The important thing is to start somewhere.

Steps of Change

Assess Where You Are

This month, The Looking Glass Craft will be redesigned to help YOU on the journey of living a healthier, more natural lifestyle. We embark on this journey together, moving along month-by-month ,towards the life we wish to lead. Start by reviewing your previous efforts this month and give yourself credit for the accomplishments you have already made. Perhaps you’ve started cooking more often at home instead of relying on pre-made convenience foods? Maybe you’re eating more local produce this year than in the past. You may have begun using vinegar-based cleaners to replace some of those toxic household chemicals, or started a small garden to grow some of your own foods. Take pride in any of the improvements you have already made and give yourself credit! You have already begun. If you haven’t made any real changes yet, don’t worry. Making the decision to live a healthier life is the true start of the journey.

Get Started

Are you excited for a new year of growth and change? To help us embark on this journey together I am creating a free Get Started Guide to help you map out what that healthier, more natural future looks like to you. The Guide gives focus on simple actions you can take towards natural living and will be released next week. Sign up here to receive your free guide! We all plan, learn, and grow in different and unique ways, so I’ve assembled a list of resources to help you achieve your goals.

Meditate on what you have accomplished

Dream Big

Remember to take time to reflect! Give yourself a moment to slow down and Breathe. Meditate on what you have accomplished. If you’re the type of person who needs to visualize their goals, our Five Minutes of Mindfulness exercise Spring is just what you need. With five minutes of quiet, thoughtful time you can intentionally slow down and hone in on your dreams.

Plan Well

Do you have a more practical personality and need a tool to outline and plan your goals? Then check out these great resources from Brilliant Business Moms. Their Brilliant Life Planner is perfect for anyone trying to make their great big dreams a reality. Although their main focus is to help women in business, they have a wealth of information and systems that are perfectly geared towards any woman who wants to balance her goals in life with the practical realities of day-to-day living (no dreams of business required!) You can use this link to save $5 on your order of $45 or more from their site, or access a variety of printables, knowledge, and tools absolutely free!

Slow Down and Breathe

When setting my goals, I use a combination of these techniques. First I take time to clear my head and reflect. Then, with the help of these planning tools, I clearly map out the details for accomplishing my goals. Having a plan in place gets me inspired and motivated to jump right in! But I’ve found the most important part is to reward myself and enjoy my new resolution and the progress I’ve made so far. So without further ado, here is my exclusive recipe to help you say Cheers to the New Year and start the journey of natural living!

Spiced Eggnog Punch

The inspiration for this spicy seasonal punch came from a wonderful cookbook called The Irish Kitchen, that I received for Christmas. This book includes a festive recipe for Scaltin or Irish Milk Punch. The original recipe is made with Irish whiskey, milk and spices.I revised it to have a more seasonal flair.

Spiced Eggnog Punch
A festive drink with a burst of cinnamon and smooth eggnog flavor.

Start out with 1 cup Milk and 1 cup Eggnog in a small saucepan. Blending the milk and the eggnog together gives this punch a delicious holiday finesse that provides a perfect end of the ‘eggnog season’, yet it’s not as thick as eggnog and makes a smoother drink that is not as heavy on your stomach. This could be made with milk alone, and would still be delicious (in this case use 2 cups Milk). Mix in ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg and ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon. Heat the mixture slowly on the stove-top and whisk together to blend the spices. Don’t use a very high heat, or the milk will scald. Whisking the ingredients, as the mixture heats, will create the milk foam on top that makes this drink classy, without the use of any fancy equipment! When the mixture is heated (but not boiling) remove from heat and pour in ¼ cup of Fireball Whiskey.
Fireball’s intense cinnamon flavor gives this drink an extra kick, but is balanced out by the eggnog so it’s not overpowering. For a different type of kick you, could substitute a few shots of espresso or dark roasted coffee instead of the fireball and doubling the cinnamon for flavor. Don’t forget to sprinkle a little extra nutmeg on top! This simple-to-make recipe is an elegant delight and perfect for a festive get together with family and friends this winter.

Spiced Eggnog Punch
Serves 2
A festive holiday punch with a burst of cinnamon and smooth eggnog flavor.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
247 calories
17 g
85 g
8 g
10 g
5 g
278 g
126 g
17 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
278g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247
Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 85mg
28%
Sodium 126mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 17g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
33%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Milk
  2. 1 cup Eggnog
  3. ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
  4. ⅛ teaspoon Cinnamon
  5. ¼ cup Fireball Whiskey
Instructions
  1. Mix Milk, Eggnog and Spices together in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat slowly over a low flame, whisking continuously.
  3. When mixture is hot, but not boiling, remove from heat and add Fireball Whiskey.
  4. Serve in individual mugs and sprinkle with nutmeg.
  5. Enjoy!
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