Be Kind

This is Behcet’s Disease.

It’s often an “invisible illness.” Systemic inflammation, severe fatigue. It’s an autoimmune vasculitis. So it can cause lesions anywhere you have blood vessels. This most often occurs in soft tissue, like the mouth, eyes, genitals, skin.

For me, the oral lesions are most problematic. Sometimes I can look totally normal from the outside, but my tongue, the inside of my cheeks, the roof of my mouth, gums, and throat are a wreck.

And then sometimes I look like this. Fat lip, and loads of lesions along my jaw, chest, and forehead. But I’m actually fine. A little tired maybe, but this mini flare, though more visible than usual, looks worse than it is.

When people see me like this, they cringe and say stuff like “Poor thing!” I appreciate the concern. But remember, there are people fighting invisible illness all around you. They may look fine on the outside. They may have learned to hide their pain. Or their pain may not be physical- but it’s no less debilitating.

So always be kind. Everyone is struggling with something.

My Wellness Boxes

I’ve been riding wave after wave of flares recently, so I’m focusing on tightening up my diet and getting back to basics with my daily routines and supplements.

Part of that plan involves the goodness that came in these boxes. Join me and the munchkin as we open them up and dig in. Plus Olivia shares her favorite diffuser blend, titled “Unicorn Fart.” You don’t want to miss that. 🦄💨

If you want to learn more about how the Essential Rewards program works, check out this link…

If you want to join me on this journey to health and wellness, go here to get your starter kit…

And for a detailed description of the items I purchased in February and March, as well as all the stuff we got for free, and what it’s all good for, read on…

What I purchased from Young Living in February and March and why:

MightyPro- super yummy synergistic blend of prebiotics and probiotics with over 8 billion active, live cultures to support digestive and immune health. Olivia and I take this straight from the package, or sometimes add it to our smoothies and oatmeal (after it’s cooled so we don’t harm the bacteria). Contains the Ningxia wolfberry fiber as a prebiotic that passes through the gut and promotes healthy bacteria in the colon. Packaged in single serve packets that protects freshness and efficacy and totally taste like pixie stix. Specially formulated for kids, but just as good for grownups.

Ningxia Red- crazy powerful, whole-body supplement drink containing the superfood wolfberry, plus plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and vanilla extract. It’s also infused with lemon, orange, yuzu, and tangerine essential oils. All of that comes together to support energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body wellness. We usually do about 2-4 oz per day, but even just 1 oz can make a world of difference.

Ningxia Nitro- all the goodness of Ningxia Red boosted with D-ribose, Korean ginseng, and green tea extract to support alertness, cognitive and physical fitness. I’ve had serious fatigue issues recently, and the naturally occurring caffeine in this supports normal energy levels without the “too much coffee” jitters and crash.

Super B tablets- comprehensive vitamin complex containing all eight essential, energy-boosting B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12). It uses a natural folate source derived from lemon peels, and methylcobalamin, a more bioavailable source of B12, combined with Nutmeg essential oil and bioavailable chelated minerals such as magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc. B vitamins are essential to maintain healthy energy levels, plus they’re critical for supporting mood and cardiovascular and cognitive function. Each B vitamin performs a unique and separate function, but they are not stored in the body, so MUST be replenished daily. Having this more bioavailable source is especially important for those of us with the MTHFR genetic mutations.

Inner Defense capsules- reinforces systemic defenses, creates unfriendly terrain for yeast/fungus, promotes healthy respiratory function, and contains the potent essential oils lemongrass, oregano, thyme, and Thieves which are rich in thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol for immune support.

Essentialzyme- a bilayered, multienzyme complex caplet specially formulated with tarragon, peppermint, anise, fennel, and clove essential oils to support and balance digestive health and stimulate overall enzyme activity, which helps me properly digest my food. It also supports healthy pancreatic function.

Lemon Essential Oil- so fresh and uplifting and inexpensive, so I can diffuse it 24/7. It’s also crazy good at removing sticky residue, like on my nails after removing my Color Street nail polish stickers, or when Olivia gets gum stuck in her hair, or slime embedded in her clothes. Lemon vitality is yummy in water and supports your body’s natural detox processes and lymphatic system.

Bergamot Essential Oil- The yellow-green peel of this orange-shaped fruit is cold pressed to produce pure essential oil. While Bergamot has a primarily tart and uplifting aroma, there are also sweet and relaxing elements, making it a popular addition to perfumes. Bergamot has attracted attention for its skin-cleansing properties, and its elegant scent makes it a popular addition to luxury shampoos, soaps, and cleansers. This is the fruit that gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor, Bergamot Vitality™ essential oil has a fresh, complex citrus taste that makes it the perfect addition to many summer dishes. With a distinctly tart finish, it can also liven up sugarless baked goods. The taste of the Bergamot Vitality is somewhere between a sour orange and lemon, making it a distinctive, zesty addition to seafood recipes.

What I got for free from Young Living in February and March and why I’m super excited about it:

March Freebies

Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream samples: Provides cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. Plant-based formula which combines the power of Wintergreen essential oil with the exclusive Cool Azul essential oil blend. With two powerful, synergistic active ingredients, this cream provides pain-relieving benefits in two ways: methyl salicylate found in Wintergreen helps alleviate pain deep in the muscles and joints, and natural menthol found in Peppermint provides a cooling effect.

Orange Vitality Essential Oil: fabulous immune support. We add a couple drops to our Ningxia for an extra boost, or to our toothbrush to help whiten our teeth! Orange is also calming for the emotions. It’s known as a “happy oil” because it’s so uplifting. And it supports glutathione levels.

Thieves Essential Oil: Immune system power house! We Thieves ALL the things! This is our secret to staying well over the winter months. I have enough health issues without adding on the complications of flu season. We diffuse Thieves daily, put it on the bottoms of our feet, and even make a Thieves tea (it’s a vitality oil as well) with honey and lemon. It’s also great for oral health, and has a numbing effect, which I appreciate during flares.

Thieves Dish Soap: plant-based formula, free from SLS, SLES, dyes, formaldehyde, phosphates, and synthetic perfumes, so it doesn’t add to my body’s toxin load when I eat off a plate or drink from a cup that has been washed with it. It is infused with the power of Thieves, Jade Lemon and Bergamot essential oils. Effective, smells amazing and doesn’t disrupt my endocrine system.

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap: plant based, gentle and power packed with Thieves, lemon and orange essential oils. Contains no sulfates, dyes, synthetic fragrances or harsh chemicals. It effectively cleans our hands, smells like Christmas, and doesn’t thwart my body’s ability to function properly.

Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak: safely and effectively cleans produce with the power of three exclusive essential oil blends—DiGize, Thieves, and Purification, combined with the other naturally-derived ingredients. Even if we buy organic produce, a fruit and veggie wash will helps remove wax, dirt, and other surface impurities. And it’s critical to use on conventional product to help minimize our exposure to pesticides and chemicals.

Thieves Household Cleaner: The BEST cleaner, on the planet – HANDS DOWN. This stuff cleans better than your chemical-filled junk from the store. It is completely plant-based, and every single ingredient on the list has the lowest toxicity score on Infused with the incredible thieves essential oil, it can clean any surface absolutely beautifully! From kitchen counters, basins, mirrors, windows, toilet bowl, shower, floors, walls and even stains on clothing – it literally replaces every single cleaner under my sink, and smells AMAZING!

Kunzea Essential Oil: This is an exotic single that smells like a fresh and complex blend. The plant, which is native to Australia and Tasmania, contains constituents that are present in eucalyptus, peppermint, sacred frank, oregano, pine, and hyssop.

While native cultures have been using Kunzea for centuries, it’s modern signficance was rediscovered when barbed wire fences remained free from oxidation/rust where the Kunzea grew along the fences! Oxidation… rust…think “antioxidants”… If it can do that for a metal fence, imagine what it can do for my face! And all our cells!

YL Branded Microfiber Towels: Super cute way to get mirrors and surfaces streak free and squeaky clean.

February Freebies

Clove Vitality Essential Oil: This is the most concentrated antioxidant known with an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of over 1,000,000. By comparison the ORAC score for blueberries is only 2,400. So loads of immune system support! Also wonderful to dilute and rub on the gums for oral health. Aromatically, clove encourages sleep, stimulates dreams, and creates a sense of protection and courage.

Marjoram Essential Oil: known as the “herb of happiness” to the Romans and “joy of the mountains” to the Greeks, it has been used to increase longevity! Wonderful to use on the muscles after a workout. And is good for the circulatory system.

Super Cal PLUS supplement: more than just calcium and minerals—it’s a true bone-health supplement. One of the main distinguishing ingredients are marine minerals from red algae grown in Iceland. This plant based calcium ingredient is delivered in a powerful matrix of 72 trace minerals naturally derived from algae. Unlike rock based calcium that contains little to no supplemental trace minerals, this ingredient has proven bioavailability due to its unique structure and spectrum of minerals. To support the route of calcium from the digestive system to the bones, it is crucial to provide Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and Magnesium. These co-factors work through complex biochemistry to deliver the calcium and other minerals as bone deposits.

Another unique and powerful ingredient in Super Cal Plus, is a fermented polysaccharide complex from a new strain of black yeast. This ingredient has been shown to support osteoblast function and the delicate ratio of bone remodeling. This supports bone density by potentially mimicking the function of estrogen. In clinical studies black yeast was shown to slow the process of osteoporosis.

Because of the powerful ingredients in this product, we can make strong claims about osteoporosis, which is actually listed on the bottle! “A daily recommended dose of calcium and Vitamin D throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.” BOOM.

Cypress Essential Oil: Calming and grounding, and is not only wonderful for releasing stored emotions, but it helps ease feelings of loss and creates a sense of security. It helps to heal emotional trauma, calms the body, relieves anger and just helps life flow better. Cypress is also one of the Raindrop oils which are always crucial to have on hand.

Purification Essential Oil: This blend is made up of six essential oils for the ultimate weapon against odors. Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree work together to create a refreshing, bright scent!

How we use Purification:

• Add a few drops to laundry to give our wash a great-smelling boost.

• Place a few drops on cotton balls and stash wherever necessary: the car, closets and drawers, air vents, or shoes.

• Use in the car with a car diffuser to eliminate lingering scents of road trips.

• Dilute with distilled water to make a linen spray. This also works as an air freshener.

Emotional uses: Anger, being alone, fear of rejection, fear of seeing, negative thoughts.

Palo Santo Essential Oil: a spiritual and grounding oil known for cleansing the air of negative energies and for good luck. Palo Santo means “sacred wood” so it is a beautiful oil to use for creating a more spiritual and sacred environment.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: means Flower of Flowers. It’s the oil of LOVE. Balances male & female energies, combats anger & low self-esteem, can be used to battle stress, increases focus, and filters out negative energy. Also a great oil to promote thick and shiny hair. And a healthy heart.