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My journey in life as a stay at home mom of three, building a career and being a caregiver to my mother and husband after a horrible tragedy. Balancing life and the journey of tragedy, love and faith, family connection and healing physically and mentally. Contact me on the Weekly Essential face book page or feel free to email me if you would like to know more if you are looking for support and a lifestyle change, how to survive the unexpected in life and how to love yourself and life again please book an appointment with me or email me at kollette@weeklyessential.com. Facetime and Skype appointments available as well. Essential oils not only changed my life but helped me be prepared for the unexpected and they were and still are a great tool for my family and I both physically and mentally.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Slim & Sassy

Slim & Sassy® Metabolic Blend

When this product first came out I fell in love with it. I used it every day in my water. Maybe a little too much! I have to say it worked for me. I didn't gain a pound that year. I traveled a lot and I like to eat when I travel, but I was consistent on drinking it in my water. I am grateful that I learned about other oils I could also drink in my water to switch it up a little. Then a few years later, doTERRA came out with the Slim & Sassy Trim Shakes. 
The Trim Shakes are hands down the best shakes I have ever had! I have tried a tons from the health food store, spent a lot of money on chalk tasting shakes that I just threw away. I couldn't stand them. 
When doTERRA came out with the Slim & Sassy Soft Gels the timing couldn't have been better. I don't think I can drink anymore Slim & Sassy in my water. Thank you doTERRA for all of these amazing products. Now lets get to the details. 
The Slim & Sassy Blend is designed to help boost your metabolism and manage hunger cravings, Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend can be used as part of a weight management plan when combined with exercise and healthy eating.*
Primary Benefits

  • Promotes healthy metabolism when used internally*
  • Helps manage hunger cravings when taken with water*
  • Diuretic-, stimulant-, and calorie-free

Ingredients

Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Root, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils.

Aromatic Description

Warm, spicy, herbal

Description

Slim & Sassy, our proprietary metabolic blend, combines powerful essential oils known to promote a healthy metabolism when ingested.* The flavorful blend of Slim & Sassy helps manage hunger throughout the day while supporting healthy metabolism and promoting a positive mood.* Slim & Sassy contains Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon. When taken with a healthy eating and exercise plan, Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend can help you reach your weight management goals.*

$26.00 Wholesale $34.67 retail

Uses

  • Add to water or tea and drink before working out for a revitalizing energy boost.*
  • Consume before meals to help control appetite and overeating.*
  • Take internally as a part of a healthy weight management program.*
  • Add a few drops to Slim & Sassy TrimShake or V Shake.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute four drops in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

Other Product Recommendations



* 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.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Winter Essential Recipes 2020

Winter Essential Recipes

Diffusing is probably my favorite way to enjoy the benefits of oils in the winter! Here are 5 of my favorite diffuser recipes. (Don’t see one you like? Customize any that looks tempting or create your own!)


GINGERBREAD HOUSE
- 3 Drops Ginger
- 2 Drops Cassia
- 2 Drops Clove

FROSTY FOREST
-3 drops White Fir
-2 drops Cypress
-1 drop Cedarwood

BY THE FIRE
-2 drops White Orange
-2 drops Frankincense
-2 drops Cinnamon

LONG WINTER’S SLEEP
-1 drop Cassia
-2 drops Cedarwood
-2 drops Wild Orange

WINTER CHAI
-3 drops Orange
-1 drop Cinnamon
-1 drop Cardamom
-1 drop Clove


Ready for some yummy soup?


It can sometimes be hard to choose between healthy and tasty... so why not choose both?
This Roasted Butternut Squash Soup strikes a balance of delicious and nutritious, and with it being easy to make, it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser!

INGREDIENTS:
- 1⁄4 cup medium diced onion
- 1⁄4 cup medium diced celery
- 1⁄4 cup small diced carrot
- 3 cups medium diced butternut squash
- 2 - 3 cups chicken stock
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 drops Cardamom oil
- 2 drops Cinnamon Bark oil

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Roast first four ingredients in 350° F oven; when nicely browned put in a saucepan.
2. Add two cups of chicken stock, heavy cream, salt, and pepper.
3. Simmer until just boiling and place in a food processor.
4. Puree until smooth, adding more stock if needed for a smooth, soupy texture.
5. Add Cardamom and Cinnamon Bark oils.
6. Add more seasoning if needed. Serve hot.
(Credit goes to dōTERRA®: https://bit.ly/2LNIegJ)
(To make this recipe vegan, substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock, and almond milk for the heavy cream.)


I am excited to share the next recipe....


Check out one of doTERRA’s most popular winter recipe for On Guard Pancakes that uses what you already have in the cupboard:

INGREDIENTS:
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup flour
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 drop Cinnamon Bark oil
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
- 1⁄4 cup canola oil
- 2 - 4 drops of doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend (to taste)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Mash bananas in a medium mixing bowl; mix in yogurt, eggs, milk, canola oil, vanilla, and doTERRA On Guard. (You can also add in a drop of peppermint if you desire!)
2. In a large mixing bowl add oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and walnuts; mix well.
3. Add banana mixture to dry ingredients and mix. Do not over mix.
4. Spray griddle with non-stick spray, use a small ladle to scoop out the mixture to griddle. Cook on medium to high heat. Cook as you would regular pancakes, waiting for bubbles to appear then flip.
Has anyone tried this recipe or something like it? What did you think?
Credit goes to dōTERRA®:https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/recipes-doterra-on-guard-pancakes

My family loves them and I know you will too!
And the next one is good too!



Ready to make 28 perfectly delectable peppermint chocolates, perfect for treating yourself or others? Look at how manageable this recipe is:

INGREDIENTS
- 1 1⁄2 cup organic coconut oil
- 1⁄4 cup raw honey
- 3 drops Peppermint oil
- 1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 candy cane, crushed

DIRECTIONS:
1. Whip solid coconut oil, raw honey, and Peppermint essential oil together with a hand mixer. The whipped filling should be white and fluffy when complete.
2. Refrigerate the whipped filling for about five minutes.
3. Use a small scoop or measuring spoon to make small mounds of mint filling. Press down with a spoon or finger to make a flat shape.
4. Place each piece on a sheet of parchment paper on top of the cookie sheet. Return mints to freezer until ready to coat with chocolate.
5. In a small saucepan or double boiler, gently melt chocolate chips over low heat.
Take mints out of the freezer. Use a fork to dip each piece in melted chocolate. Place on top of the cooling rack.
6. For holiday fun, sprinkle with crushed candy cane immediately after coating.
7. Put chocolates back in the freezer to cool until hardened. Serve chocolates immediately or store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.
(Full recipe at https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/recipes-peppermint-chocolates)

Thank you for letting me share these recipes


Source/ doterra.com, synduit.com 
**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.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Full Moon Ritual January 2020



This month starts the year off with some powerful cosmic weather including the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Cancer on January 10th.

The energy this Lunar Eclipse will be emotional, sensitive and allow to release and help clear a path so we can align deeper on our soul journey. 

Be patient and enjoy seeing what the Universe bring us.

This months ritual will be sensitive and emotional so this ritual will be gentle, healing and restorative. 

Ritual for Aligning and Releasing during this Cancer Lunar Eclipse
This ritual is best done between January 9-20th, 2020

You will Need….
  • A smudging tool of choice, Palo Santo stick or white sage is my personal preference
  • Pen and paper
  • Meditation music
  • Crystal of your choice
  • Essential oils
  • Candle (optional)
Essential Oil suggestions 

Bergamot – helps let go of anger, anxiety, loneliness, insecurity, and fear.
Cedarwood - helps overcome meekness
Frankincense – elevates and stimulates the mind. Helps let go of approval and feelings of worthlessness
Geranium – helps let go of wanting to please everyone
Helichrysum – let go of panic, loneliness, and grief
Jasmine – let go of stress and habits that burn you out
Lavender – for abandonment and atonement (one of my favorites) Now you know what I need to let 
Melissa – also known as “heart’s delight”, Melissa is good for letting of self-limitations
Respiratory Blend and Spikenard – helps you release grief and sadness
Rose – enhances security, spiritual focus and a sense of unconditional love. Helps let go of sadness
Roman Chamomile – helps let go of irritability
Sandalwood – helps calm overactive emotions. Strengthens independency
Ylang Ylang – illumination. Helps you face your fears

Directions for Ritual...

1. Start by smudging your surrounding, aura and supplies for the ritual, while cleansing your surroundings and supplies recite the following…

“ I cleanse this space and gifts of the Earth. I cleanse all that surrounds as I do my work. My space is cleansed, my space is protected. My energy is pure, my energy is connected. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.”

When smudging your aura recited the following…

This year is fresh and new and I ask that I be too! I ask my angels and guides of the highest light to cleanse and purify me on this night. Cleanse my mind, my body and my heart; cleanse me of anything that feels apart. Restore my body and restore my soul, allow me to feel my heart glow. I am radiant, I am strong, I am ready to sing my song. I am cleansed. I am restored. I am destined for so much more. Guide me angels and light beings above, to my highest path, my destiny and all that is love. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. “

2. Light a candle (optional) Take some deep breaths. Begin with a meditation of choice with the intention of what you would like to release. Take a few moments to meditate, then come back to your space. 

3. Take a piece of paper and rip it into three strips and write down three things you want to let go of. Just keep the strips of paper small. 

4. Fold your strips of paper and put them in front of you with your crystal on top of them. Recite to yourself…

“Each movement opens me and aligns me with the calling of my soul, I feel myself releasing and letting go, releasing and letting go, releasing and letting go, releasing and letting go, releasing and letting go."

5. Take the essential oil of choice and put a few drops in the palm of your hand, cup hands together and inhale, taking three deep breaths. Find your breathe rhythm and continue to breathe and recite the following.

“I release the past and all that was, I let go of these things so I can welcome the new. I release all that is not love, was never love and all that no longer serves me. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.”

6. On another piece of paper, write down your intentions. Remove the three pieces of paper and dispose of anyway you would like, crumble, burn, recycle. Place the piece of paper in a safe place with your intentions and place the crystal on top of the paper, leave the crystal on the papers over night. In the morning create an affirmation with your new intention and write it somewhere you can see it daily to remind you and manifest your intention. 

7. Your Release and alignment work is complete. Carry your crystal with you, sleep with it, but keep it by your side until the New Moon, then cleanse the crystal and charge it again. 

Happy Full Moon & Eclipse!



Source/Inspired: Forever Conscious. Image Credit Kent Chambers and Google 
**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.




Sunday, January 5, 2020

Winter Essentials

For most, oils that invoke the most nostalgia when it comes to winter include Clove, Cinnamon Bark (or Cassia), Peppermint, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Douglas Fir, and Siberian Fir.

Others that may inspire you may include Cedar, Wintergreen, our Breathe Respiratory Blend, our line of On Guard Protective Blend products, and our amazing Active Botanical Nutritive Duo, Yarrow|Pom!

Everyone has a different take on what ails and interests them during winter, and thus, everyone’s top choice of oils differs!

Today, we’ll discuss the most popular choices in which you’re more than welcome to change or tailor it to your desires! Ready to get started?



IMMUNE BOOSTER

If you’re looking for a naturally delicious immune boost, you MUST try mixing one drop of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oils in a glass of filtered water every morning!

The Lemon supports healthy respiratory function*, while Lavender (when taken internally) can reduce anxious feelings and promote a peaceful sleep* and Peppermint (when ingested) can promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing*.

*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.


HYDRATING


If you’re exhausted from layering yourself with globs of lotion and moisturizer just to have it wash off in a few minutes, you’re not alone!
In fact, Seasonal Affective Disorder (a very real problem) is only worsened with a seemingly endless bout of winter’s dry skin.
Thankfully, the doTERRA Spa Hydrating Body Mist is formulated to improve the overall appearance of healthy-looking and radiant skin.
Simply mist over your entire body after bathing or anytime for an uplifting boost of long-lasting hydration!

Are you ready to enjoy the aromatic benefits of our Beautiful Captivating essential oil blend combined with the nourishing properties of coconut, sunflower, avocado, and passion fruit?


MUST HAVE SANITIZING MIST

Runny noses, endless sneezing, and a visit to Santa and his elves all call for one thing...

The dōTERRA® On Guard Sanitizing Mist!

Infused with the dōTERRA® On Guard Protective Blend, the active ingredient in dōTERRA® On Guard Sanitizing Mist kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria which means that it’s now easier than ever to protect your family and home against environmental threats!

When was the last time you wished you had the dōTERRA® On Guard Sanitizing Mist for your kids or yourself?

Tip: Keep one in your hand bag, throw one in your kids back pack so they have it at school and keep one in your car. Spray everyone's hands including yours before going into the house. Prevent the days germs you have picked up from entering your home. 


YARROW PALM

I’m beside myself with this post, and I have a feeling you will be, too!

Friends, the amazing Yarrow|Pom is a one-of-a-kind expertly crafted proprietary blend of Yarrow essential oil and cold-pressed Pomegranate seed oil, offering powerful benefits to both the skin and the body.
It’s our BEST FRIEND not only this winter but all year long!

This vegan-friendly active botanical duo supports cellular, immune, and nervous system function and rejuvenation when taken internally* and it can also be used topically for healthy-looking skin when not being used for its aromatherapy benefits! Simply put… it’s a POWERHOUSE!
Our entire bodies are tested during the cold, winter months… is Yarrow|Pom on your must-have list?

ON GUARD MOUTHWASH

Kissing… bad breath… hugs… close contact with loved ones… do you see where I am going with this?
Not only does the On Guard Mouthwash leave you kisses and hugs ready, but it does so in style!


This clear, alcohol and toxin-free formula cleans teeth and gums, reduces plaque, and promotes a healthy-looking mouth with the powerful benefits of the proprietary CPTG® essential oil blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Myrrh combined with other natural ingredients!



DEEP BLUE 

Sore muscles seem to be synonymous with winter. If you agree, you’ll appreciate doTERRA’s Deep Blue line.

Specifically formulated to soothe and cool with the help of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint,
Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus, doTERRA Deep Blue Soothing Blend is perfect for a massage after a long winter’s day or an intense play in the snow.


Available in a bottle, as a rub, as a polyphenol complex, and also as a roll-on, there is an application for every desire!

Who’s ready to say goodbye to sore muscles and hello to the minty,
camphoraceous, and soothing sensation of Deep Blue?

Cinnamon Bark and Cassia

Cinnamon Bark and Cassia are wildly popular at this time of year!
Extracted from bark, Cinnamon oil supports healthy metabolic function and helps maintain a healthy immune system, especially when seasonal threats are high.* Cinnamon is frequently used in mouth rinses and gums and has a long history of culinary uses, adding spice to desserts, entrees, and even hot drinks!

A close relation to Cinnamon, Cassia has been used for thousands of years for its many health benefits. (Did you know it's one of the few essential oils mentioned in the Old Testament, noted for its unmistakable fragrance and calming aromatic properties?)
It also is a great oil to diffuse during cold months due to its warming properties and spicy scent. Plus, Cassia can be used in cooking either as a replacement for cinnamon in pies and bread or by itself in a myriad of entrees and desserts!

While they are extremely similar, they also each have their own benefits. What would you like to learn more about, Cinnamon Bark, Cassia, or both?

Information provided by synduit and 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.



Monday, December 9, 2019

Winter Essentials DYI

PAMPER YOURSELF

As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, I begin to fantasize about warm baths, cozying up, and ways to slow down and show myself some love with fun and easy pampering DIY.

Wondering why DIY when it’s so easy to order things online? Well, a lot of methods of self-care can cause harm, such as (often hidden) harmful chemicals in store-bought bath and beauty products.

This is why DIY is the way to go! By doing it yourself, you know every ingredient, get more bang for your buck, and have fun making things EXACTLY how you want them!
dōTERRA® has a wonderful DIY blog: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy.
I’m also going to share a few of my favorites that I know you will love, too!

DYI NECK WRAP

I have a fantastic neck wrap tutorial that can help soothe sore muscles while enhancing relaxation with the aromatherapy benefits of your favorite essential oils!

There are a few ways to make the wrap, and if you’re making the easiest one, you’ll need a tube or dress sock, 3 cups of flaxseed or rice, and your favorite 
doTERRA essential oil(s).

It’s quite easy to make… simply pour the flaxseed or rice into the sock and tie a knot at the opening of the sock! To use, place in the microwave for two to three minutes and add two drops of your preferred essential oil. (Try Peppermint, the Holiday Joy blend, or the Cheer blend!)

DYI BATH SALT ORNAMENT

Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! These Bath Salt Ornaments can be personalized to the receiver with their favorite scents AND they are quite easy to make!

YOU’LL NEED:
- Clear, round ornaments
- 1 cup of Epsom salt (you may need more or less depending on the size of your ornaments)
- 5 - 10 drops of doTERRA essential oil(s)

INSTRUCTIONS:     
1. Mix the desired amount of Epsom salt in a bowl and add some skin-safe colorant if desired.
2. Add dried herbs or flower petals to the mixture for color and added aroma.
3. Add the essential oils of your choice and mix well.
4. Add the bath salt to the ornaments until full.
5. Once full, put the top of ornament back on and decorate if desired.
6. When ready to use, add the desired amount to a warm bath and enjoy!
Again, the credit goes to the dōTERRA DIY Blog! https://bit.ly/2yn43hO
Who do you know that would love some personalized pampering?

DYI ROOM SPRAY

This room spray smells INCREDIBLE. At first, there's a top note of Grapefruit, mingled with just a hint of welcomed Frankincense. The Douglas Fir lends an appleyness, and after being in the air for a little while, the Grapefruit fades to a faint sparkle to reveal a heartier base note of apple, pine, and a spicy, earthy resin from the Frankincense. You can't help but be in a good mood when you've got this magic in the air!
 
DIRECTIONS:
- Grab your Frankincense, Douglas Fir, and    Grapefruit essential oil.
- In a glass spray bottle add water, 15 drops of Frankincense, 15 drops of Grapefruit, and 30 drops of Douglas Fir.
- Shake the bottle of spray.
- Spritz the room until your heart’s content!

Note: Depending on the size of your spray bottle you may wish to use more or less, but make sure to keep the ratio of twice the amount of Douglas Fir to equal parts Frankincense and Grapefruit.
The original spray can be found at https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-holiday-room-spray
Are you thinking Frankincense, Douglas Fir, and Grapefruit? Or will you use something similar like Siberian Fir or a touch of Clove? (Remember, you can customize EVERYTHING with essential oils!) The Holiday Joy and Holiday Peace blend are great around Christmas time.