Spring is in the air...or is that pollen?

Mud, windy days, sunshine and rain, Spring is always a welcome time of renewal and freedom.
Are you ready for a little spring re-fresh??
How about oral sprays, self-care and mindfulness? That’s what this month’s Wellness Wednesdays have in store for you so, fill up those diffusers, grab your favorite wellness drink, and let’s get started! 
Spring may be beautiful but it can be a bit of a challenge with those acute respiratory needs that pop up, too. These simple rollers and sprays will make the season much easier for you…and your nose…
Changing Seasons Oral Spray
Let me introduce you to your new springtime companion that will give your respiratory system a little TLC.  
We know using oils topically and diffusing them are great health habits, but there is even more benefit in using them on the mucous membrane areas, including your mouth. 
* 10mL glass spray bottle (https://amzn.to/3CAxsnI
* 1 drop each Lavender Vitality, Copaiba Vitality, Peppermint Vitality
* 2 drops Orange Vitality, Lemon Vitality
* Splash Thieves Mouthwash, optional
* Filtered water
Add all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Spritz into your mouth daily or as desired! 
Raindrop Oral Spray
This definitely won’t take the place of a Raindrop session, but sometimes your defenses need a little extra boost, and this combination of oils is a go-to when you need something a little ‘more.' 
* 10mL glass spray bottle (https://amzn.to/3CAxsnI
* 1 drop each Oregano Vitality, Thyme Vitality, Peppermint Vitality, Basil Vitality
* 2 drops Lemon Vitality, Orange Vitality  
* Splash Olive Oil
* Filtered Water
Add all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Spritz into your mouth daily or as desired. Note: this one may tingle a bit, similar to OTC throat sprays. 
Raindrop Roller
This roller is an easy way to harness the power of Raindrop with easy application. I prefer to layer the individual Raindrop oils on the bottoms of my feet, getting the most frequency out of each of the oils instead of averaging them together in a roller, but that’s my personal preference right now. I have used this roller for years and I was never disappointed.
* 10mL roller bottle (https://amzn.to/3H3jBZ4
* 10 drops each Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Marjoram, Cypress, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Aroma 
Siez, Lavender, Valor
* Fill with carrier oil of choice
Apply over lymph nodes, along spine, bottom of the feet as desired
DIY Nasal Rinse
Grab your Neti-pot and whip up your own oil-infused sinus rinse! 
* 10 drops Lavender essential oil
* 15 drops Copaiba essential oil
* 8 Tbsp of ultra fine salt (unprocessed, no iodine) 
Mix well and store in a sealed glass jar. To use, dissolve 1 tsp of salt mixture into 1&1/2 cups of distilled water (or water from a Berkey filter or boil and cool some water), then add to your Neti pot and use as needed. 
DIY Season's Change Capsules
Make using your Vitality oils easy with this simple hack! 
* 2oz glass dropper bottle
* 30 drops each Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Copaiba Vitality
* Olive oil to desired dilution (about 2 Tbsp)
When you're ready to make a capsule, fill an empty vegetable capsule with a dropperful of the blend and take as desired. 
Sinus Support Steam Pot
When you're needing some relief from the pressure that spring can cause your sinuses, give this tried and true trick a go!                                                                                                                                                                                            
* Bowl of very hot, steaming water
* 2-3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
* 2-4 drops Dorado Azul Essential Oil
Add essential oils to the water (start with the lower end and add more as desired). Place a towel over your head and sit with your head above the steam bath to open the airways. 
Happy Noses Roller
This is a great roller to use anytime you need some sinus relief, but I’ve heard it is pretty great after doing the sinus steam pot! 
* 10mL roller bottle (https://amzn.to/3H3jBZ4
* 20 drops each Dorado Azul, Idaho Blue Spruce
* 10 drops DiGize, R.C.
* 5 drops Peppermint
Roll over your sinus cavities as desired. Take care when using near your eyes and dilute more if needed. If you get it too close to your eyes, simply apply coconut oil over the area.

Are you playing the game of life to win?? *Upcoming CARE Basic Seminar*

Have you ever looked at your life through the lens of a video game??
It’s a wild adventure!! Just spent five days doing just that on a masterclass with Melanie Ann Layer.
My friend, don’t be a non-playing character (NPC) in your own life. Be an active player. To win, you must play.
Play to change your life.
Play to win and leave something beautiful behind. 
You only lose when you power off…
What if you truly learn to play this game of your life well? Playing with everything you have? 
Playing to win and win big and enjoying all the moments along the way??
After all, you created the game. You wrote the guidebook. 
You created the obstacles, gremlins, monsters, detours…
You even sprinkled in cute little hearts, shiny gold coins, a little extra life force for the rough spots you would encounter along the way. 
You determined the level of skill, patience, commitment, and focus needed to be fully ready to move to the next level.
You added in that duality for a little extra something…that frustration that keeps drawing your competitive spirit back in for the next try…the little happy celebrations that give you the pick me up you need to even consider attempting the next level…
Can you lean in, staying focused, committed and determined to have just as much fun in this daily game of life as you did all those nights staying up until 3am just trying to beat the little gremlins on the screen of your favorite game, laughing with friends until you cried, cheering each other on, teasing one another a wee bit, loving the moments, taking the experience and wisdom with you to the next levels, but never forgetting the cherished memories you created along the way?
Player One – are you ready?

It's MY birthday month and I want to sprinkle some of that birthday love your way!
Here’s how we’ll make this month extra special…
Throughout March, for every session you have with me, your name will go into my first ever Birthday Drawing!
If you help spread the birthday cheer by referring a friend, and they have a session in March, you DOUBLE your chances with another entry into the draw!
On April 1st, I'll be drawing 2 winners who'll have the delightful dilemma of choosing between a Mini Sound Table Session (a $60 value) or 36-Minute Ionic Foot Detox experience (a $55 value). Relaxation and healing…and it’s my treat!
My schedule is twinkling with celebrations this birthday month, so if you want in on the fun, don't wait! Message or drop a comment below to secure your spot. 
Are you ready to dive into a month of longer days, wellness, and a little sprinkle of birthday magic?

I am hosting another CARE Basic Seminar April 6 and 7 in Skowhegan! Are you looking for new tools for your wellness toolbox? Vitaflex and Raindrop might just be in! Whole body and emotional support at the cellular level. I have used these tools repeatedly with my kiddos and haven't had any complaints yet. ;)  

Interested? Simply reply and let me know!
Want to learn more about each of this month’s Gifts with Purchase??
Do you have your own Lifesteps account yet?? It is a treasure trove of information, challenges, and diffuser blends! LOL

Let's talk detox baths...and a 14 day reset

Detox baths can be an incredible way to help your body through acute needs, help with skin issues, or help you and your family get back above the wellness line as soon as possible!
A perfect tool when you or someone in your family is feeling your defenses are going down...or they have already been breached, or are fighting an acute skincare or muscle need. Give your body comfort, support and a little TLC.

The combination of essential oils, baking soda, Epsom salts or magnesium flakes combined in hot water can help flush impurities from your body, helping you process and detox from those invaders, environmental exposures and more. So simple, too. Simply use very warm water, sit for 40-60 minutes, and ideally, sweat during that time. ;

This is a super easy way to use essential oils and also help give your body some magnesium! Magnesium flakes are less processed so those are a great choice,, but epsom salts will work as well.
* 1 cup magnesium flakes (https://amzn.to/3mzayHm)
* ½ cup high quality baking soda (https://amzn.to/499g4Hk) (optional)
* 20-40 drops essential oils of choice 
* Simply add oils to magnesium and mix well. 
* To use, run hot water into the container of salts and let it overflow into the tub!
When adding essential oils to detox baths, you can use your own judgment on the number of drops, but remember that you are using this for an acute need (versus a relaxing soak!). Because of that you want to use enough oil to give your immune, respiratory, or other body system the boost that it needs. For most detox baths, we use around 30 drops of essential oil. When you are making detox baths for your little ones,  usually use about 20 drops of essential oil will suffice. 
The goal with a detox bath is to sit in the bath with the water as hot/warm as comfortably possible. Ideally you are sweating as you soak so that your body is processing (detoxing!) the invaders! You want to sit in the bath for 40 minutes or so, up to an hour. The first 20 minutes will give your body time to remove toxins from your system while the last 20 to 40 minutes will allow you to absorb the minerals in the water and help you emerge from the bath feeling rejuvenated.
Some favorite oils for detox baths include:
* Cypress, Idaho Blue Spruce, Frankincense, Copaiba
* Dorado Azul, Ravintsara, Eucalyptus
* Cilantro Vitality, Lemon, Oregano
* Purification, Thieves, Aroma Siez

Here is a recipe you will swear by for acute immune needs! If you don't have all these oils, use what you have on hand. Feel free to play with the number of drops for a recipe that is exactly what you want! Also,  use tepid water in the presence of a fever for even more comfort.
* 1 cup magnesium flakes (https://amzn.to/3mzayHm)
* ½ cup high quality baking soda (https://amzn.to/499g4Hk) (optional)
* 15 drops Ravintsara
* 6 drops Frankincense
* 6 drops Idaho Blue Spruce
* 3 drops Dorado Azul
* 2 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
* 1 drop Wintergreen
* Add oils to Epsom salt and mix well, then run hot water into the jar of salts/oils and overflow into the tub to mix! 

This curated set of essential oils is a powerful tool for promoting health, wellness and vitality – both proactively and for acute needs since the oils included can be incredible tools for healing! We love using these oils in rollers, massages, and in detox baths.
* 1 cup magnesium flakes (https://amzn.to/3mzayHm)
* ½  cup high quality baking soda (https://amzn.to/499g4Hk) (optional)
* 3-5 drops each Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Cypress, Wintergreen, Marjoram, Peppermint, Valor and Aroma Siez essential oils

If you lived through 2020, then you know that Pine, Geranium, and Lemon are huge players in our arsenal for ‘that which shall not be named.' Grab this recipe to help provide comfort and support for your immune system!
* 1 cup magnesium flakes (https://amzn.to/3mzayHm)
* ½ cup high quality baking soda (https://amzn.to/499g4Hk) (optional)
* 10 drops each Lemon, Geranium
* 15-20 drops Pine

This is a great winter time go-to. Adding oatmeal to the bath is helpful for more acute skin needs, especially for children. Think conventional oat baths but without the fragrance!
* 1 cup organic oats, ground (https://amzn.to/3esZqHN
* ¼ cup organic powdered milk (https://amzn.to/3Hjburg) (or coconut milk) (https://amzn.to/3qvRIlI) (or goat milk) (https://amzn.to/3Jmacxz)
* 1 Tbsp liquid castile soap (https://amzn.to/3pERPMR)
* 2 tsp Vitamin E oil (https://amzn.to/3pvSfEX)
* 10-15 drops Frankincense
* 5 drops Lavender
* 5 drops Helichrysum

This one is incredible for both the skin and for joints! An ACV soak with magnesium is a great way to support active lifestyles.
* ¼ cup ¼ cup magnesium flakes (https://amzn.to/3mzayHm)
* ¼ cup organic oats (https://amzn.to/3pkykIJ), ground
* 2 Tbsp sweet almond oil (https://amzn.to/3pkik9w)
* 10 drops each Cypress, Idaho Blue Spruce, Lavender
* ¼ cup raw organic apple cider vinegar (https://amzn.to/3IuFp10)
* Mix together and add to bath water. Then add ACV to the water and gently mix.

This is a great recipe to tweak for your little ones! You can alter the oils as needed for specific issues, or you can add even less oils for younger children. If your child has trouble staying in the bath, consider reading to them or playing music while they soak!
* 1 cup magnesium flakes (https://amzn.to/3mzayHm)
* ½ cup high quality baking soda (https://amzn.to/499g4Hk) (optional)
* 15 drops Frankincense
* 5 drops Lavender
* 5 drops Oregano
* Simply add oils to magnesium and mix well. 
* To use, run hot water into the container of salts and let it overflow into the tub!

Detox baths are a really wonderful tool to have in your toolbox and can benefit every need that you have. Use the basic recipe above and customize it based on your specific issue at hand:
* Muscle love → Cypress, Idaho Blue Spruce, Oregano, Aroma Siez
* Aches away → Peppermint, Lavender, Clove, Cypress
* Immune needs → Oregano, Lemon, Frankincense, Thieves
* Shark week → Dragon Time, Copaiba, Aroma Siez
* Belly woes → Ginger, Peppermint + Lemon, DiGize
* General detox → Frankincense, Lemon, Aroma Siez, Lavender
Did you catch the news!? We have a brand new experience kit - the Make a Shift Reset Kit! It's available to everyone this month as a one time or Loyalty order. After that, it will only be available to new members of the YL family. Want to join me in a 14 day reset?? I'll be starting again January 15...Snag your kit, reply, and let me know you are in!!

What's the best that could happen?? 

What on earth is Raindrop?

You've heard me mention Raindrop, but just what is it??

Raindrop stimulates every organ, muscle and bone of your body at the cellular level through the oils, supporting the immune system and bringing your body into structural and electrical balance, releasing toxins or disease wherever they may be lodged, even in your mind and emotions. It is truly incredible to experience.

There are many versions of Raindrop out there, but the same oils are always applied, just not always in the same sequence.  The first set of oils go in and open the cells. The second set act a bit like bouncers...cleaning up the junk and misinformation in your cells, while the third set of oils reprograms and corrects information in your cellular memory, restoring and maintaining both physical and emotional wellness. 

Gary Young was exploring natural modalities for healing through a variety of healers, including the Lakota Indians. They would cross the Canadian border to enjoy the frequency of the Aurora Borealis, lift their hands in the air, plant their bare feet in the ground, and draw energy from both the ground and the lights while someone lightly stroked feathers up their back from the ground to the base of their skull. 

As with VitaFlex, only Young Living oils are used as they are the only ones CARE knows of that are grown, manufactured and packaged in the US that meet all standards for Natural, Organic and 100% pure therapeutic oils. About 98% of other brands are diluted, refined, adulterated with synthetics and/or are improperly grown, harvested and/or distilled and may meet standards for food and fragrances, but not for healing applications. If you see “100% USP grade” on the label of your favorite oil, that is US pharmacopeia = manipulated to fit a standard = adulterated by definition. Remember, Wrigley’s wants all it’s spearmint gum to taste the same every single time you open a stick and pop it in your mouth…

Therapeutic grade oils, however, can’t be played with in any way. Chemical analysis is not the only property that an oil has. It also has electromagnetic and frequency properties. An oil can either contain life force or not, and therapeutic grade oils must contain that life force. Even just a little bit of synthetic material added to that living oil poisons it, diminishes it, and may even kill it all together.

Adulterated oils don’t work and can cause allergic reactions, however, pure steam distilled oils do not. You may see a detox reaction or have a psychosomatic response but not a true allergic reaction. You can even be allergic to the plant, but you cannot be allergic to the pure oil. How fascinating is that?? It's all in the chemistry...

Why the name Raindrop?? I drop the oils 6-8 inches above my hand before applying and vitaflexing them into the spinal points on your feet, as well as before feathering them onto your spine. This allows them to pass through your energy field, and mine, increasing their energetic frequency. Also, when we apply them from that distance above your back, it really can feel like raindrops...

Issues in your body and mind are in layers, like an onion. During a session only those layers you are ready and willing to release will be released, both physical and emotional. Raindrop can lead to permanent  healing but not all problems can be solved in a single session.

Benefits to your mind, body and emotions start taking place during a session and these adjustments can continue throughout the following week, while some benefits may be subtle and not noticed for awhile.
That's Raindrop in a nutshell! Coming soon I will be offering hands on workshops on both this and Vitaflex where you can learn how to do the techniques and you will experience each technique. I will also be offering a Healing Oils of the Bible class – fascinating information in that one!! 

Until then, my schedule is filling up fast, so if you, or someone you know would like to experience this first hand, feel free to reach out. I am currently offering sessions at my home in Norridgewock and also at a salon in Skowhegan. The price varies depending on the location so reach out if you are ready! I am already booking well into September, so don’t wait!

Be well,

by: Vicki  Lyn Merrill©, CRTS, LSH
Licensed Holistic Practitioner
Certified Vitality Lifestyle Coach
207 480 0356

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