Hey! I’m Marnie! I’m a teacher, a yogi, a mindful parent and a spiritual seeker. I’m also a dedicated wife and mom always on the lookout for better ways to take care of myself and my family. I teach yoga and mindfulness to kids and adults. It’s such a joy for me to help others on this path. I also keep myself and my family healthy using Young Living essential oils. I’ve used and loved them for over ten years and am thrilled to spread the word about them. It hasn’t always been this way, though. My life changed in 2003 when I got clean and sober and I don’t think I would have stayed that way if it hadn’t been for yoga and essential oils during my recovery.
A little background on why I choose to live a natural lifestyle with essential oils! This is an introduction for a group I have called Just the Basics which you can join!
Hey! Let's work together to be more mindful in our choices for our families! I teach families how to use yoga, mindfulness, and essential oils in their everyday lives. My family has been using these techniques for over ten years and I honestly don't know how anyone can make it through the day without a little breath, a little stretch, a little quiet, and a LOT of OILY GOODNESS!
So you’ve been wanting to get started with either yoga or oils (or both), but don’t know how to begin, right? Here’s a 15 minute intro to give you the basics of what yoga and oils are and how they can help you take control of your life. Sounds good, right? I don’t know where I’d be today if I didn’t have them both!
If you’d like to be added to a fun FB group dedicated to using oils in your yoga practice join Yoga Infused Workshop
Here’s what I teach my little yogis and their parents to do…
1. Get out all of your oils… let them play with and smell them and decide on their top 3-4 faves.
2. Make a special roller bottle blend just for them that they can use whenever they are feeling uneasy. They can make a cute name and label for it, too! You can can get 10 ml roller bottles on Amazon.
3. Talk about what stress looks and feels like to them (where they feel it in their body, how it feels emotionally, thoughts that come) and then give them 3 things to do when it happens.
Here are some ideas:
– take deep breaths
– go for a walk or play outside
– use their oils
– recall a place they love and paint the picture in her mind
– think of 1-2 things that they are grateful for and picture every detail about them
– sing a happy song
– say a prayer or affirmation (maybe write it down and color a picture to go with it and hang it up somewhere)
– help someone else, be of service
– put on music and dance
These strategies are tried and true!! And not just for kiddos, by the way. 🙂
Here are some books I recommend for families that might need a little more guidance.
Pain got you down? I get it.
My battle with pain began when I was in my teens. I suffered with horrible pelvic pain and was diagnosed with Endometriosis at 15. By age 16 I underwent my first (of many) surgeries to try and stop the pain and spread of the disease. But, with every surgery came a new complication, more pain, worsening scar tissue, and depression. By the time I was 20, I was taking prescription narcotics on a daily basis with a handful of other meds to help me get through each day. I was unable to see a way out. It was DARK. There was no light. I was willing to try anything to not have a hysterectomy.
Each year the pain worsened and spread. I felt like someone was standing INSIDE my body and jumping up and down on my pelvis. The pressure was immense. My back began flaring up with muscle spasms and my legs shot nerve pains from my back to my feet and I ached deep down in my bones. It never let up. It just didn’t. I began spiraling down with depression and anxiety, which worsened the physical pain. I tried all sorts of things to help alleviate the pain, but mainly I just scarfed down a TON of pills and had surgeries. Every doctor I saw had another prescription for me to fill and with each med came a new side effect. Many times the side effects were worse than the pain! Thank goodness I found my way out, but it wasn’t easy.
Here’s a list of the MANY drugs I was prescribed along with their side effects. I found many of the side effects listed here on the actual pharmaceutical company’s websites, but I also found a great deal of information here at www.spine-health.com. Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. I’m just a person who has suffered with chronic pain for over 20 years that has found a way to manage chronic pain naturally.
Common Prescribed Medications for Pain and Their Side Effects
Mind-boggling, isn’t it? So, in an effort to stop taking all of these medications, I scheduled a hysterectomy and set out to adopt a baby. Within a year I had accomplished both! I thought that the excitement and love of my new child would overcome any pain I might feel. Boy was I wrong. The overwhelming demands of being a new mom while trying to recover from drug dependency and chronic pain (yeah, it still wasn’t gone!) became too much to bear and I finally hit bottom in 2003.
How I Climbed Out of the Pain/Addiction Spiral
It wasn’t easy. It didn’t happen overnight. It’s not for the faint of heart. But, IT IS POSSIBLE! I turned my life around by:
I learned that:
It’s been a long haul and I still experience pain. I still have bone spurs in my spine as well as nerve and scar tissue pain, discs are degenerating (aren’t everyone’s though?) and my bones still ache from time to time, BUT it’s totally MANAGEABLE!
I feel better now than I have in 20 years.
I’m not on ANY MEDS and have not had any surgeries since my hysterectomy in 2002. I see my physician once a year — seriously, ONCE a year for an annual check up. It used to be a full time job – a life sentence, but it’s not anymore.
Here’s how I manage….
Essential oils for Musculoskeletal Support
I’ve learned how to listen to my body and take care of myself. Pain is an opportunity to Pay Attention Inward Now (Iyanla Vanzant).
Essential Oils for Emotional Support
When addressing emotional pain, it’s best to diffuse or inhale essential oils as this stimulates the Limbic System in the brain which is the seat of our emotions. I’m not sure who coined the phrase, “Deal with the ISSUES in your TISSUES,” but I love it and it rings true for me. I’ve relied on two great books to help me with these issues: Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils – Carolyn Mein, D.C. and You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay
Essential Oils for Rest and Recovery
It’s important for me to follow a bedtime routine. I like to bathe in a mixture of essential oils and Epsom salts, then apply my oils (layer or mix with a carrier oil/lotion), and take Sleep Essence. I always diffuse a blend to help me relax and nod off, too!
Young Living Supplements
The YL supplements are super SPECIAL! They are infused with essential oils which increase absorption rate by 86% in one hour!
Regular chiropractic treatments have been such a life-saver for me. I highly recommend finding a good one in your area, not only for yourself, but for your whole family.
Check your area for someone trained in the above techniques. I’ve had wonderful experiences with all three approaches and continue to incorporate them into my regimen.
“Yoga as a tradition also makes the distinction between pain and suffering. Pain is an emotional or physical hurt, whereas suffering is how our mind reacts to the pain. Since our mental reaction to pain and suffering can add to our experience of chronic pain, the practice of Yoga provides a framework to develop a new relationship with our painful body as it helps to cultivate steadiness, ease, acceptance and compassion.
As a complete mind-body system, Yoga offers practices for reducing stress, releasing muscular tension, coping with difficult emotions and for training the mind to be less reactive to painful sensations. Unlike pain pills, which can often become less effective over time, Yoga becomes more effective over time as it creates profound changes to the body, nervous system and well-being. In addition to this, a carefully set up Yoga practice is unlikely to intervene with other pain treatments and the side effects of Yoga are almost always POSITIVE. Yoga is likely to make you feel happier, healthier, stronger, more flexible and relaxed and more effective in your life.”
Yoga has been one of the most important components to my healing of mind, body, and spirit from chronic pain, depression, anxiety and addiction. Yoga meets you where you are. I highly recommend finding a teacher in your area or consulting with me to get started on your practice.
“Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health, and these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may improve certain medical conditions. When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.” Mayo Clinic
There are many types of meditation. The Mayo Clinic website provides some helpful ways to get started.
Take the first step
If you are ready to manage your pain naturally start slowly. I recommend starting with a walk around the block, purchasing your essential oils, and reading one of the books I mentioned. Make a commitment to yourself to try something new each day. Change happens slowly, but it CAN happen. I’m living proof. I am here to help! Please contact me and we can work together. I offer one on one education and support either in person or online. Let’s do this together!
Oily Gurus www.oilygurus.com
Essential Oil Desk Reference, Life Science Publishers
Stop Pain Vijay Vad, MD
You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay
10 Mindful Minutes, Goldie Hawn
The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
The Yoga Journal Online www.yogajournal.com
Women apply, on average, 168 synthetic chemicals to their faces and bodies each day. These chemicals are many times cancer causing and endocrine disrupters, mimicking estrogen in the body. #nobueno
I have spent a lot of years searching for the best clean products! I use the Think Dirty App and the Skin Deep / EWG database to help me make more mindful decisions. That said, here’s a list of my faves. Every choice we make has an impact on our health and I’m always searching for ways to reduce the toxic load. #mindfulchoices
Young Living makes it super easy for me to do a lot of ONE STOP shopping and they have the Seed to Seal guarantee which is important to me.
🌈 You can learn more here at seedtoseal.com.
YL doesn’t “list” with the above databases that I mentioned, but it helps to use the Think Dirty app to scan your current products and get a rating. YL also has a STELLAR rewards program which the other companies don’t have so I get as much as I can from them. 💵
I know many people use The Grove and while those products are definitely better, be careful, because some aren’t as clean as you might think. 🤦♀️ #mrsmeyers
You want to look for products that are free of harsh chemicals such as:
THE BIG LIST:
Hand soap: Thieves or Lavender Foaming Hand Soap (YL)
Dish Soap: Thieves Dish Soap (YL), Seventh Generation Fragrance Free
Dishwasher Detergent: Seventh Generation Fragrance Free dishwasher pods with 1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner works the best for me, Thieves Dishwashing Powder (YL)
Laundry Detergent: Seventh Generation Fragrance Free, Thieves Laundry Detergent (YL)
All Purpose Cleaner: Thieves Household Cleaner (YL)
Laundry Softeners: Wool Dryer Balls
Floor/Tile Cleaner: Thieves Household Cleaner (YL)
Window/Mirror Cleaner: Thieves Household Cleaner (YL)
Tub/Toilet Cleaner: Bon Ami (powder cleanser)
Body Wash: Dr. Bronner’s, Everyone Soap for Every Body, or YL Bath Gel (Morning Start or Evening Peace)
Soap: Dr. Bronner’s or YL Bar Soap (Valor, Lemon Sandalwood, Cedarwood Peppermint)
Deodorant: Native or YL (Mountain Mint) *may need to do armpit detox as you switch over or step down to Tom’s first
Shampoo/Conditioner: Everyone Shampoo and Conditioner, Avalon Organics, YL Lavender Shampoo/Conditioner
Lotion: YL Lavender Lotion, Everyone Lotion
Hairspray: Innersense Organic Finishing Spray (I’ve tried many, this is my fave)
Toothpaste: YL Thieves Toothpaste (Dentarome Ultra or Aromabright), Schmidt’s Natural Wondermint Toothpaste
Tooth Powder: Sparkle Dust for Teeth
Mouthwash: YL Thieves Mouthwash (has colloidal silver – yay!, Tom’s of Maine Natural Mouthwash
Perfume: YL Essential Oils (duh) 😂 like Stress Away, Valor, and Peace and Calming
Body Splash: Heritage Store Rose Petal Rosewater
Bath Salts: Epsom Salts with YL EOs
Make up: Savvy Minerals (YL), 100% Pure, Rejuva Minerals *I’m still looking for a mascara that love if you have any recs! I use Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes, but last time I checked it was a 5 on Think Dirty.
Home Fragrance: YL Diffuser and EOs – ditch those synthetic fragrances! #forthelove
Air Freshener: DIY spray bottle with witch hazel and EOs like Purification
Sunscreen: YL Mineral Sunscreen, Badger Sunscreen Cream
Bug Spray: YL Essential Oil Insect Repellant, Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellant
Feminine Products: Diva Cup, L. Organic Tampons (Target has several organic options), Seventh Generation Free and Clear
Hand Sanitizer: Thieves Hand Purifier (YL), Everyone Hand Sanitizer
Muscle Rub: Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream, Deep Relief, or Panaway with Coconut Oil (YL)
Chest Rub: DIY with Coconut Oil and EOs such as Raven, RC, or Breathe Again (YL)
Nail Polish and Remover: Piggy Paint, Karma Hues
Skin Care: ART Skincare (YL)
Wipes: Seedlings Wipes (YL) which are super strong and smell heavenly, Seventh Generation Free and Clear, Water Wipes
Hope this helps everyone make more mindful choices. 🕺
If y’all have other recommendations that are tried and true for you, let me know! Which of these do you already use and love?? ❤️