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
Wayne Dyer died this past weekend and he was (and still is) a huge teacher for me. His passing caused me to pause and reflect on where I was when I first started listening to him. I would put in my earbuds and go out for my daily walk with Wayne, just as I did this morning… and so the shifts began.
My life really did change about 12 years ago when I checked out of rehab for the second time. Pre-sobriety and recovery I spent my days on an endless loop of narcotics, doctor’s appointments, medical tests, depression, anxiety, and victimhood. My quality of life sucked. I was constantly negative – bitching and moaning about my life and asking the universe, God, whoever was listening, “Why me?” I would walk through the motions of going to yoga or taking a walk or trying a new treatment, but I was INVESTED in being sick. It was awful really. I didn’t want to be around me. I’m pretty sure no one else did either. If anyone I knew had the slightest complaint I would tell them to go to the doctor and “get something” for that. I thought everyone could just be “fixed” with the latest drug on the market. Why, I myself, was on 13-14 different medications at any time and look how well it was working for me! EEK! I was told by very qualified health professionals that I would be on them forever. FOREVER. That’s a long time. And I knew it would kill me. And it almost did. Living this way was incredibly taxing on me physically, mentally, and spiritually… not to mention financially! BEING SICK IS EXPENSIVE.
So, when I hear people bitching and moaning about the price of organic whole foods, yoga classes, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and essential oils I get a little put out. Well, strike that, A LOT put out. You know what is really expensive? Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity! Here’s the thing… my well being is important. It’s a priority for me today. I want to live a life full of vitality and abundance not sickness and disease. Each day I have a choice: am I going to invest in wellness or sickness? Do I always make the absolute best choices? Nope. But I strive to do better every single day. I want my children and their children to choose wellness and love themselves enough to make their health a priority. I want them to know that they deserve the best foods, the best self care, and the best essential oils on the planet because they are divine and deserve it. And guess what? So. Do. You.
INVEST IN YOUR WELLNESS, people! Be an advocate for your own health. Shift does happen! And as Wayne says, “When I change the way I look at things, the things I look at change.”
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
Getting sober was the most challenging thing I’ve EVER done. Essential oils HELPED. Honestly, I don’t think I could have stayed sober or even been in the right mindset to GET sober without the help of essential oils.
Learn how they can help you, too!!
Want a kit? Have a kit? Learn how to use that box of plant power! Seriously, your oils don’t do you ANY good unless you open them and USE them. Don’t be scared! You got this. A little knowledge goes a long way. Learn how to use that kit by watching this short video… let me know what you think!