My journey in life as a stay at home mom building a career and being a caregiver to my mother and husband. Balancing life, family, and the unexpected. Contact me on the Weekly Essential face book page or feel free to email me if you would like to know more about essential oils or a business opportunity kollette@weeklyessential.com. Essential oils not only changed my life but helped me be prepared for the unexpected in life and how to deal with it.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Stay Healthy and Stress Free for the Holidays!

This is a priority to me this year! I set my intention weeks ago. The Good Lord above, Your Angels and the Universe or whatever your belief wants you to enjoy this time of year. What if we didn't have the holidays? Some choose to make it a stressful experience, some choose to see the Joy, there are many choices on how someone is going to spend the Holiday Season. What does your ideal Holiday look like?

I have had so many holiday's where all of the sudden it was over, and I felt like I didn't spend any quality time with my family. We spent time together, but not until Christmas Eve, before the holiday it was a hustle and bustle. Taking care of everyone else, making sure everyone is happy and before you know it, it's over and yes you enjoyed it maybe or your exhausted. Let me ask you, were you really aware and present, do you remember all the details, or do you know you just got everything done on your list for everyone else. And don't forget all the Birthday's in December. We have two right after Christmas. I know that makes some of you feel good to be so giving, but are you allowing yourself to receive? And don't you, deserve to enjoy the holiday season too!

I have made a goal the past few years to have the holidays be what they are truly meant to be, Joyful, peaceful, quality time with family, a time to reconnect with ourselves and with our family.

Can you imagine if we had no holidays, no time to be calm, enjoy the short days, reconnect with ourselves and others. This year be at peace, re evaluate the past year, learn from our mistakes and events, trauma, accomplishments, people that have come and go in your lives, the friends and family you are close to, reconnecting with your roots. Reconnecting with yourself. Enjoy the Holidays, be Joyful, peaceful and open to giving and receiving. Just enjoy!

What is your ideal Holiday?  
Ask yourself these questions.
1 - Why is it important for you to experience a healthy and stress-free holiday?
2 - What is your #1 stressor?
3 - What is your goal from this experience?

Do we even think about all of this? Or wham the season is here and there is limited time to do all you need to do. These are your expectations, what is your intention and what do you want to experience this holiday season?

Think back to your childhood…
Holidays were ALWAYS filled with joy, excitement, and fun so why did this have to change?
There was a survey conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center where they asked people what they dread most about the holiday season and the results are exactly what you would expect…
68%: Crowds and long lines
37%: Gaining weight
37%: Getting into debt
28%: Gift shopping
25%: Traveling
24%: Seeing certain relatives
16%: Having to attend holiday parties or events
15%: Having to be nice (I am assuming this means being nice to people you do not like- LOL)
12%: Holiday tipping

What about the joy associated with all of this negativity…
I mean, is it possible to make all of the above FUN and filled with HEALTH?!?!
Maybe I am too idealistic, but at the same time, I do believe it is possible to maintain our health and remain stress-free during this time of year which is why I am sharing all of this with you. 

Take a few minutes and think about this...
Fuzzy targets don’t get hit which is why most people are unable to accomplish their goals because they never truly define the desired outcome and envision what will become possible as this outcome is achieved.
Therefore, spend some time in your thoughts and begin to see yourself living out the ideal holiday season.

Who would you spend time with?
What foods would you eat?
What presents would you purchase?
What gifts would you receive?
Where would you be located?
How would you define this holiday season as successful?

Every successful outcome begins with a clear plan of where you are going. Take a few minutes and write out a response to these questions and keep it sacred for only your eyes.

Beware of the Buffet
Watch what you eat and don't let the food win. Eat before you go out, ask for a smaller plate, how are you going to feel if you indulge? 

Image result for people playing spoonsFamily Time
Focus on family fun and games, not just the food. Remember what the holidays are about, reconnecting with family. When I grew up there were no cell phones. I enjoyed playing games with my family. Our favorite game was a card game called spoons. 

If you have no family, volunteer at your local assisted living or anyplace you can serve. If you can serve others, I promise you will feel amazing!

Stay Active
Get out and Move, remember to take care of yourself and move. Find friends and make a plan through the holidays to keep you moving. I have friends that I swim and walk with and I am so grateful for, because if I didn't I probably well I know I wouldn't move as much. 

Sanitize and boost your immune with the Protecting Blend or make a gel capsule of your own for immune support, here is a recipe
Use Veggies Caps and create your very own immune booster

3 drops Lemon essential oil
2 drops Oregano essential oil
2 drops On Guard essential oil
2 drops Peppermint essential oil
2 drops Clove essential oil
1 drop Melaleuca essential oil

Immune Booster Diffuser Blend
2 drops Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Clove essential oil
2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops Cinnamon essential oil
2 drops Wild Orange essential oil

Schedule calm down breaks
20 drops Serenity 
20 drops Balance 
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Put drops in a 10 ml roller bottle and then fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil. Take this blend everywhere with you. 

One of the best ways to stay calm, content, and cheerful this time of year is to act generously with your loved ones, colleagues, and friends. This does not mean you need to spend a ton of money or do outlandish things, but the act of giving is the most rewarding experience you can create for yourself.
Whether this means giving your time.
Whether this means giving a small gift.
Whether this means writing a note.
Whether this means expressing gratitude.
You can define generosity however it is best for you, but during this holiday season, make a commitment to experience the gift of helping the people you care about most. This is the ultimate solution to creating a stress-free holiday!

Diffuse Daily
I can't tell you what a blessing it is to diffuse essential oils daily and at night while we sleep. 
An absolute must during the holiday season is a diffuser with dōTERRA® essential oils.
Diffusing essential oils not only makes my home smell nice, but they also can provide other health benefits as well.
If you are new to essential oils, there’s no better way to get to know them than through your diffuser. Try a few of my top favorite essential oil recipes for your diffuser below to get you started!

Happiness Diffuser Blend

-1 drop lemon essential oil
-2 drops wild orange essential oil
-1 drop lime essential oil
-1 drop grapefruit essential oil

Goodbye Stress Diffuser Blend
-2 drops frankincense essential oil (FREE this month with a 200pv order, message me for details)
-2 drops bergamot essential oil

Chill Out Diffuser Blend
- 2 drops vetiver essential oil
 -2 drops cedarwood essential oil

Happy Holidays Diffuser Blend

-2 drops white fir essential oil
-2 drops wild orange essential oil
-1 drop wintergreen essential oil

If you would like to more about the doTERRA lifestyle, feel free to contact me or the person who shared this with you.

If you would like more information, here is the webinar recording.

Thank you for letting me share with you, I can't tell you what a difference essential oils have made in my life. 

References; doTERRA.com, Syduit
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I Love Experimenting with my Boys

These two oils were announced at Convention this year in September. I was super excited for both and couldn't wait to try them. As any new oil it takes time to figure out how to best use them in your home with so many amazing properties and options. You can learn about all the details at SourcetoYou.com. One of my favorite websites.

I some how ended up on a group text and this mom was talking about how she made a roll on blend with with Blue Tansy, Copaiba essential oil and Fractionated coconut oil for her son. Her son was scared walking into school by himself and would have his mom or dad walk him in. His mother made him this blend and he was confident to walk in to school by himself without his parents and have a successful day. I know a lot of kids struggle with this.

The father took him to school a few days later and forgot the blend, the boy didn't even want to get out of the car. The next day they remembered to put the blend on him and he got out of the car with no problem and walked into school. This is awesome that this worked for him. Everyone is different and could have different experiences. But how great for this little boy.

I thought to myself, why not. I made the blend, put it on my boys before school for a week to see how it would make them feel. They both noticed a difference and helped them be calmer and focus better. Maybe to calm for my youngest son, he almost fell asleep in class one day. My oldest said it lasted until 4th period and he enjoyed how he felt. He could tell when it wore off. I made him another roll on to take with him to school. I love raising my kids with essential oils, they have been a blessing.

We usually put Balance on the back of their necks before school so they were fine trying something different. They sure did help moms curiosity. I need to make another roll on we are about out, both boys now ask for the roll on as we head out the door daily. Happy kids, happy mom!

I enjoyed the week long experiment and I think they did too. I invite you to bring essential oils into your life. Kids love them, I love them. If you haven't tried them, you should! Why not, what are you waiting for? Here is the recipe for the blend.

The Blend
What you need
Roller Bottle 5 or 10ml
5-10 drops Blue Tansy
5-10 drops Copaiba
Fractionated Coconut Oil

What to do
Put drops of oils in roller bottle, 5 drops ea for 5ml, 10 drops ea. for 10ml bottle. Fill the remaining bottle with fractionated coconut oil, press the roller part in and label it and you are done. We apply this blend on the back of necks before school.

To purchase roll on bottles visit Aromatools, here is the link to the roll ons, click here to purchase the essential oils.

Primary Benefits of Blue Tansy
• Helps reduce the appearance of blemishes
• Uplifts mood when used aromatically
• Provides a soothing sensation when applied to the skin
 to learn more Click Here

Primary Benefits of Copaiba
• Supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive and respiratory systems*
• Powerful antioxidant*
• Helps calm, soothe, and support the nervous system*
• Promotes clear, smooth skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes
to learn more Click Here.

I love these two essential oils together. I use it on my face for soothing skin. These two oils are a great blend together for the whole family. Enjoy!

References; doTERRA.com, Aromatools, 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Wassail Recipe with Essential Oils

A few years ago I was visiting my cousin in San Diego and we had an essential oil cooking class. We were having so much fun preparing the food, catching up, making the Wassail drink. My cousin was asking me about the tooth pick part, I was trying to explain it to her. You put the tooth pick in the essential oil bottle, tip the bottle upside down or getting the essential oil on the toothpick, then swirl it around in the drink. I think I told her to put it in the drink and she threw the whole tooth pick in the drink. We were laughing so hard I thought I was going to pee my pants. 

As the cold approaches and you want to sit down by the fire and have a warm cup of wassail. I could go for one tonight it is 9 degrees tonight. This is a great warm citrus drink that will hit the spot at your next holiday gathering or just a quiet night in. 

What you need
2 cups Apple Juice
1 cup Cranberry Juice
3 drops doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil
1 drop doTERRA Lemon essential oil
2 toothpicks of doTERRA clove essential oil
1 toothpick doTERRA cinnamon essential oil
1 toothpick doTERRA ginger essential oil
Serves 4 
What to doAdd apple juice, cranberry juice, wild orange essential oil, and lemon essential oil to pan and heat on stove bringing to boil. When it begins boiling, take your toothpick and press down into the essential oils listed above, then swirl in the ingredients already contained in the pan. Once finished pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!
Referenced from doTERRA blog
 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. And any statements on this blog, tabs or pages.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 2017 Full Moon Ritual

Photo taken by Tracy Despres
This full moon is known as the Super Full Moon in Gemini and It falls on December 3rd 2017 and will be overseeing us all on all the lessons learned and to celebrate our accomplishments. It is a time to enjoy and love, to give and to share, this is the time of year to honor the awakening we are all going through.  I love the energy and the beauty of the full moon, it's a magical time. I love the rituals and the time with my children when once a month we connect, do a meditation and a ritual and clear our emotional state and reconnect. We share our feelings, talk things out and set our intentions. It is a time of reconnecting not only with our family but with ourselves. The energy of this moon during the holiday's makes it even more magical. Embrace and enjoy. 
It is a time to be grounded and not be ahead of ourselves, it is time to be with our loved ones and appreciate all the love we share together. 
Image result for roses laying on table or ground
The intention of this ritual is to celebrate all of 2017 accomplishments, let go of what needs to be let go, appreciate all that has been learned, clear the energy, forgive yourself, love, be kind to yourself and others.  It is said that bad experiences, are learning experiences, as painful as they were. It is also said when things are tough, it is to prepare you for the future of your path. The universe is not going to give you anything you can’t handle. Pat yourself on the back, you have done your best and quit being so hard on yourself. Share your love and joy and end the year feeling good and ready to begin 2018. Be present and honor where you are.
December Gemini Full Moon Ritual
by Tanaaz and foreverconciousness.com, I added essential oils and a few other idea's of my own for the ritual.
The best time to do the ritual is December 1-15, 2017
What you need

·         Candle
·         Pen and Paper
·         Bowl of Water
·         Flowers
·         Gemstones - Rose Quartz, Angel Phantom Quartz, what ever resonates with you. 
·         Essential Oils - Rose, Chamomile, Juniper Berry, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Thyme, White Fir, Douglas Fir. Or your Essential oil of choice.

What to do

1. Before beginning, you need to take some time to prepare. Clearing the space Smudging sage or diffusing or spraying essential oils, ask for protection, then set a clear intention.

2. Place items in front of you, Gemstones, bowl of water, essential oils, flowers. Put a drop or two of essential oil of choice, rub on the back of neck and then cup your hands and inhale. Stand up and stretch, move and shake your body out. Take some deep breaths as you do this. Now, sit or lay down and try to still your mind by focusing on your breath. Take 20 deep breaths here.
3. Once you feel calm and relaxed, take your pen and paper and write down the names of the month. Under each month, reflect on what happened, how you felt, what you achieved, what mistakes you made- just write whatever comes to your mind. Allow your mind to let go and just write from your heart.
4. After reflecting on the year gone by, observe any thoughts, feelings or emotions that have arisen. Allow any emotions, particularly any painful ones to rise to the surface, allow yourself to feel them and breathe through them. When you feel ready, write your own mantra or repeat the one below three times while placing your hands over your heart-
“I forgive and let go of the things that I thought I should have done, and the things that did not go the way that I expected them to. I trust that whatever has unfolded is for my highest good and the good of the Universe. I forgive myself. I release myself. I love myself.”

Here is my Mantra to give you an idea of how to create your own
“ I forgive myself, I let go of what no longer serves me, I trust my path as it is part of Gods plan. “I let go, I trust, I allow myself to receive, I am enough, I am worthy and deserving, and I love myself”
Follow your instinct and just write.

5. Next make a list of 10 things you did this year that made you a better person or helped you to improve your life. Basically, you want to make a list of at least 10 positive things that you learned, changed or did through the course of the year. They can be simple, or they can be grand, the idea is that you want to honor yourself and your progress.
6. Next pick up a flower, place your other hand over your heart and then repeat- “I honor myself for (item on your list), Thank you”, then place the flower into the water. Really allow any emotions to come up and allow yourself to really feel the gratitude for whatever it is that you learned/accomplished. Keep repeating this process for all 10 items on your list.

Image result for gemstones
7. Once all your flowers are in the bowl, place your hands on the outside of the bowl and repeat the following affirmation-
“I celebrate myself for the year gone by and all that I have achieved. I am proud of myself for all that I have accomplished and trust that I am exactly where I need to be”

8. Leave the bowl of flowers somewhere you can see them. Place your gemstones around or in the bowl. Admire your bowl for it’s symbolic of your achievements and just how far you have come! Feel free to decorate or add to your bowl if you wish. When you are ready, or when the flowers start to wilt you can discard it all outside back into the earth.
Enjoy the Full Moon!

Credit goes to Forever Conscious, I added my own suggestions for essential oils and personal experience. 
 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. And any statements on this blog, tabs or pages. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

DIY Salt and Sugar Scrub Recipes

Sugar and Salt Scrub Recipes 
remember to follow with Body Butter or Lotion

Making DIY scrubs are so fun and easy. There are tons of recipes out there to enjoy. Here are a few of my favorites to share with you. At the end of the post there are references where to get supplies to make your own scrubs. My daughter really enjoys making scrubs with me and we have had make and take gift parties that are a lot of fun to do, some even ate the scrub as they were making it.  It is also a great way to share your favorite essential oils with others. When you give the gift of a scrub, it is made with love and the person receiving is going to love it. 

Pinky Simple Salt Scrub

What you need
4 oz container
Fine Himalayan Salt
4-8 drops Lavender Essential oil
Almond Oil or Carrier oil of choice

What to do
Fill with fine Himalayan Salt leaving 1-2 inches at top
Then fill with Almond Oil
Add Essential Oil of choice
Mix with knife carefully
Apply scrub, then rinse with warm water

I use this salt scrub year around on my whole body after I shower. I just love it, especially in the winter when my skin is so dry. Then I don't have to put lotion on when I get out.

doTERRA Body Scrub

And for the times when you don't have time to make your own scrub, you can always have the body scrub on hand. I love this scrub. I love making my own scrubs, but this one is a good one. It is a sugar scrub and it smells wonderful. It has Wild Orange, Grapefruit and Ginger Essential Oils. 

Festive Sugar Scrub

What you need
¾ cup white sugar 
4 drops Cassia oil
4 drops Clove oil
2–4 drops Ginger oil
Tip: You can use brown sugar or sea salt in place of white sugar and almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil in place of Fractionated Coconut Oil.
What to do
  1. Combine sugar and Fractionated Coconut Oil in bowl.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Stir until the mixture is the consistency of a slushy. You may need to add more sugar or Fractionated Coconut Oil for desired consistency.
  4. For separate colors, divide scrub into bowls separate bowls and add color then carefully pour each layer.
Coconut Salt Scrub

What you need
1 cup organic virgin coconut oil
1 cup Pink Himalayan (or Epsom) salt
¼ cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
15 drops favorite essential oil

What to do
  1. Melt coconut oil in microwave or over double boiler
  2. Once melted, remove from heat
  3. Add Fractionated Coconut Oil and Pink Himalayan Salt to melted coconut oil
  4. Stir until combined
  5. Add essential oil
  6. Let sit until coconut oil solidifies, stirring every 10 minutes
    Tip: Put in refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
  7. Stir until well combined and store in an airtight container
  8. To use, rub on skin and rinse with warm water
Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
This is a fun one

What you need
¾ cup white sugar
12 drops Peppermint oil 
Skin safe food coloring
Tip: In place of white sugar, you could use sea salt. In place of Fractionated Coconut Oil you could use almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil. 
What to do
  1. Combine sugar and Fractionated Coconut Oil in bowl. 
  2. Divide mixture equally into two bowls. 
  3. In one bowl, add red skin safe food coloring. 
  4. Layer red and white scrub to create a ‘candy cane’ effect. 

And remember to rinse your feet and then dry and apply body butter or lotion of choice. 

You can get supplies at AromaTools, Soap Goods or Amazon. You can get essential oils with the shop tab at top of page or clicking here. I get my Himalayan Salt from San Francisco Salt Company and I get the extra fine. Sugar and Salt Scrubs make great gifts. They do not ship well unless you pack it really well and have a super tight lid. Have fun and enjoy!

References doTERRA.com 
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.