I haven't been to the Grand Canyon since I was sixteen, while on a road trip with my mom, step dad and best friend. We backpacked down, set up camp (I sat on a cactus thorn), we survived a torrential storm, then hiked our way back up, the snow fall, welcoming us. I remember fiddling with my new (but old) Fuji film camera, adjusting the ISO and shutter speed to capture the 'feel' of the vast hole I was witnessing in the earth, something that the small lens couldn't seem to grasp. I felt tiny and the earth felt huge. It humbled me at such a young age, where this massive erosion was a clear example of our ALIVE earth and it's adventures like these, where I remind myself of our precious earth and why I want to stay good to it. It also gives me time to reflect...
🌄 Sixteen years later, the Grand Canyon and I meet again, this time a quick stop as I am simply en route, helping my sister and her husband move to Austin, ready to embark on a whole new chapter of their lives. Our time spent on the road, just her and I, was full of contemplation, life, and our memories as we were kids. Our differences were actually very much understood as similarities. And there's nothing like the open road that allows you to get to know someone even more than ever before. Our shared mama (my other mom since the age of ten), is an anchor to our love and I am so grateful for that. She is one of the strongest and most courageous women I know, and has been able to love each of us, three sisters, individually and together, all for our unique and authentic selves. Her heart is vast, quite like the Grand Canyon actually, never-ending. I guess our family blended together quite well after all, and despite life's transitions and challenging times, there always seems to be lessons learned and conversations happening, making our compassion and love for each other so much more real, and stronger than ever before.
- Essential oils are not really oils. They do not contain the fatty acids that constitute what we would consider an actual oil.
- Essential oils are a excellent addition to your homemade cleaning preparations. Oils that are best for cleaning are: Lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and rosemary.
- Essential oils are miniscule in molecular size, which means they are absorbed well by the skin making them perfect ingredients in personal care items intended to heal, soften, and nourish. However, they do not accumulate in the body over time – they simply offer up their healing properties and then pass on through.
- Fragrance oils and essential oils are NOT the same thing. As a rule of thumb, if you see the word “fragrance” or “fragrance oil” or even “perfume” on anything, you can assume this is synthetic and NOT natural. (Even if it says natural fragrance.)
- Essential oils are wholly natural and cannot be patented; which means that you’ll never see an essential oil in a pharmaceutical drug. As such, you can expect that the vast majority of mainstream healthcare practitioners will never recommend essential oils as therapeutic alternatives to drugs. More importantly, because essential oils cannot be patented, drug companies will not waste money studying them. This limits our scientific knowledge of essential oils GREATLY, and the majority of what we know about them are things that have been passed down through thousands of years of personal use and experimentation.
- Enormous amounts of plants are needed to produce essential oil. In fact, on the extreme end, it takes 4000 pounds of Bulgarian roses to produce 1 pound of essential oil. Other plants like lavender only take 100 pounds of plant material to produce a pound of essential oil. Still, can you imagine how concentrated essential oils must be, in light of how many plants are used to produce them?
- Always read application and dilution information located on bottle.
- If you are pregnant, please ask your Enroller which oils your should avoid.
- To test if you’re sensitive to an essential oil (which is probably best to do before using it in a skincare preparation): Combine one drop of essential oil with 1/2 tsp carrier oil (like olive, grapeseed, V-6 or coconut oil). Rub this on the inside, upper portion of your arm and wait a few hours. If no redness or itching develops, you’re most likely not sensitive to that essential oil.
- Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children and avoid contact with your eyes. This is just standard safety precautions, but must be mentioned. If oils get into your eyes, do NOT use water. Water will intesify the oil properties. Put a drop of carrier oil into your eye to slow down the absorption of the oil. If you find that your skin is sensitive to essential oils, mix with a carrier oil.
And remember…as you get educated on the benefits of essential oils, don’t be fooled by low quality knock offs. At Young Living Essential Oils we proudly stand by our claim of providing only 100% PURE therapeutic-grade essential oils. Young Living's "Seed to Seal" and first time distillation process ensure the highest quality oil. Other companies distill use second, third and even complete distillation producing a less pure and potent oil while YL distill oils one time. This sets Young Living apart from all other therapeutic-grade companies. This unsurpassed commitment to quality began with our founder over 20 years ago…and we still stand by it!
The first time I realized that I couldn’t live without a healthy dose of nature (most all of the time), was when I was 9 years old. Our family and our close friends discovered a waterhole, a playground for water lovers, an oasis for play on the rocks and snowmelt rivers, just outside of our campsite, outside of Yosemite. We ended up calling this sanctuary, ‘Raging Waters.’ It was a wonderland of natural pools, and perfect for anyone who loved water and rocks. There was a slab baked slide (roughly 45 degrees) that we could splash water onto for us to slide right into a deep perfectly carved out pool, which set about 10 feet deep. The waterfall across the way left you yelling loud, for anyone to hear you, and it’s torrential water power would flow into this same pool where the slab of rock spilled into. The waterfall was strong enough to knock the wind out of you, but soft enough to swim underneath, only to find yourself challenged to dive deep enough, so you could greet the falls from the other side. There was a comfortable seat that rested behind the raging falls, leaving you in a moment to feel quiet yet rejuvenated from the power of the falls blasting in front of your face, just inches away. The feeling of satisfaction permeated into your skin and adrenaline of survival was so rewarding, this swim was addicting. Your laughs would emanate through the echo of the power of the water and your families voices muffled through the cackle of the falls. Now this was a whole new world of what FUN meant.
As we sprawled out on the rocks, swimming from one pool to the other, jumping from rock to rock, and warming our bellies from the sun kissed granite rocks, I remember lying there, my bronze tan getting a mountain shade darker, and my blond streaks almost turning white, I had this feeling of warmth. This feeling of contentment and satisfaction that I was in a really safe place filled my soul. I was in a place that was energetically giving back to me and I felt as if I was giving back to it. Was this the feeling of loving the earth, the earth loving me and all that it had to offer?
I remember not wanting to leave. It was my new safe place, my fun place, a place where I felt present. Nothing else mattered, nor distracted me other than my plan to jump from one rock to the next.
Years later, my family tried to go back to this sanctuary, only we were never able to find it. To this day, I am determined to go back to ‘Raging Waters,’ and to say hello to my special place and tell these pools, thank you.
Thank you for planting the seed for me to soak up the beauty that this planet offers. And I promise to take good care it you….
Yep, this is me taking a selfie with my go to blend of RC essential oil. I am standing at the very summit of Devils Slide in the back country just outside of June Lake after one of the longest treks I have done on my new split board. Yes, split board... You see, I didn't fully know what these were (nor thought I would actually experience them) until this year before my gnarly mountain man husband introduced them to me. They are skis that separate with skins on them that allow you to grip into the snow at an incline. Once you reach your destination, you take the skins off, link the skis together, turn the bindings, and now you have a snowboard.
5.5 miles later, cutting trail, legs burning (aka, falling off), and using the compass to navigate our route (which we only veered off slightly), my patience was wearing thin. I haven't had a breakdown moment in a while, but after my bindings weren't budging and my strength was weakening, and the face plant in the DEEP powder was sinking, I let out my scream! Yep, I had a mini summit melt down. Luckily, the mountain basins surrounding us can hold a whole lot of energy and even in my most frustrating moment, I was reminded of the beauty surrounding me. This was when I took out my oils. I don't know if it was the combo of the 4 different eucalyptus blends combining with the fresh, crisp alpine air, or my deep breaths, or my honey cheering me on, but my energy kicked up a whole other notch.
We turned the final corner to reach our summit, only to find ourselves gazing DOWN our line (see left side of photo). Devils Slide was filled with fluffy powder and a whopping 30 feet wide framed with rocks. Our hearts fluttered with nerves and excitement. The chute was welcoming us down, with open arms! After we checked the snow stack for safety, made sure our Avalanche beacons were turned on (um, yes, we wore those detectors to find your partner and dig them out within a matter of 5 minutes
to save them), we plunged and we plunged hard! I forgot how tired my legs were because I was now dealing with the snow spray in my face. (Yes☺️)! The mountains were singing with us all the way down as our smiles grew numb on our faces.
This accomplishment felt SO good. I
never imagined I would be able to hike up and bomb down a mountain range like that before. My love for my honey was amplified (and I didn't think that was possible)!
This was just an example of what we can achieve when we set our minds to something and not allow fear to get in our way. This life is too short to say no to adventure or to opportunity that might make you light up in ways that you've never experienced before. It's how we CHOOSE to live and there is no one way better than another.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
What lights you up? Have you tested your fear lately (physically, mentally, or emotionally?) What do you do to chill the hell out?