Self Care Series: Sleep

I’m sure many of us have heard this before: You need to take better care of yourself. This may sound surprising considering my passion is health and wellness, but it was something that was coming up a lot for me lately. I was still providing my body with good foods, quality essential oils, and amazing supplements, but there were some key elements I was missing. I am just a few weeks into this, and I already feel a difference. So, I decided to share my personal experience with y’all, and start a self care series.

Today’s focus will be on sleep. Sleep has always been something I could easily sacrifice, but that doesn’t mean I should! When I was 12 years old I developed insomnia for over a year, so I was normally running on 2 or 3 hours a night. In high school and college pulling “all nighters” to study for exams or finish writing essays was the norm for me. Once motherhood came along, a lack of sleep had just become a part of life. I would throw phrases around, like Sleep when you’re dead… Sleep is for the weak… 10:00PM – 1:00AM are my office hours. I normally would stay up super late, and then just crash at midnight or 1:00AM. Y’all, my kids are up at 6:00AM, and 5 hours is NOT enough sleep for this 31 year old mama. I may have been able to function on that 10 years ago, but that is just not the case anymore.

Eventually, your body will show signs of wear and tear. (And please here me out on this, all you achievement driven people like myself: THIS IS NOT A WEAKNESS. Good grief, when did I start believing if I got 8 hours of sleep I wasn’t being productive enough? What a load of crap! Our bodies were designed to sleep for 8 hours a day.) If you are looking for a natural solution to help your body get a good night’s sleep, try using doTERRA’s Serenity (Restful Blend) products. You can find them at mydoterra.com/amandagerber.

Are you wondering what a lack of sleep actually does to your body? Well, let me tell ya:

  • Brain Fog & Memory Retention: When we sleep, we are giving our mind a rest. Just like our muscles need to rest overtime, so does our brain. If we aren’t giving our brain enough time to rest, then metal fatigue and brain fog sets in. You can also become forgetful, and your short term memory may suffer. For additional support, consider dropping 1 drop of doTERRA’s Frankincense under your tongue to promote a optimal brain health.
  • Weight Issues: If you’re someone who is trying to lose weight, then you definitely need a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that an inadequate amount of sleep can prohibit your body from shedding pounds. For additional support, consider using doTERRA’s Slim & Sassy products to support a healthy blood sugar and metabolism.
  • Aging: Too little sleep can increase signs of aging. This can include fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and circles under your eyes. Many times, what is happening on our skin is the reflection of what’s happening internally as well. For additional support, use doTERRA’s Immortelle (Anti-Aging Blend) to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Emotional Suffering: If you’re not getting enough sleep for your body, then you will probably be quick tempered, moody, or suffer from mood swings. Now your lack of sleep is affecting everyone around you, especially your family. For additional support, try out some of doTERRA’s blends of oils that support your mood and emotions: Peace, Balance, Elevation, or Cheer.
  • Weakened Immune System: A lack of sleep can weaken your immune system, and make you more likely to catch various colds, or viruses that are in your area. For additional support, use doTERRA’s OnGuard (Protective Blend) and Melaleuca to support a healthy immune system.

I decided recently to make a change. I recognized how my lack of sleep was affecting not just me, but my family as well. So, I decided to get 8 hours of sleep a night. For the most part, I have been sticking with it. Have I noticed a drastic change? No, but nothing ever happens overnight. (See what I did there?) Plus, I was already feeling pretty good, so this is something I’m implementing for the long term benefits. Although, I have been noticing I am able to stay on task more without being distracted, so I am enjoying that!

Bonus from ME!

For those of you curious about the doTERRA essential oils I mentioned, here is what I am offering when you choose to start your doTERRA journey with me (and this month only doTERRA is throwing in $50 in FREE essential oils with any starter kit!):

•Welcome gift (personalized roller bottles, recipes, and other oily goodies)

•Private access to my team’s Facebook group (a wealth of oil knowledge)

•Free Wellness Consultation (a chance to really dive deep into your health goals)

•Continued Support (to answer your questions in real time from a real person— ME!)

Simply go to mydoterra.com/amandagerber and click “Join & Save” to get started.

Which one of these promos are you taking advantage of this month? Share below in the comments!

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.

I wanna know! How many hours of sleep do you get each night?

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doTERRA’s Mother’s Day Collection

Ok friends, I am going to real with y’all: I am putting this blog post together way last minute. I almost didn’t write it, but this deal is too good not to share. So, just a heads up: this will be quick and to the point!

So, doTERRA has released their limited time Mother’s Day item this year, and I love it! It’s called, Harmony: Aroma Handcraft Collection. It features three rare essential oils: Green Mandarin, Pink Pepper, and Star Anise. It also includes 2 empty roller bottles, 10 pipettes, and a recipe booklet with write on labels. Look how cute it is!  Get yours before it sells out.

Green Mandarin essential oil is distilled from just that: green (unripened) mandarins! It can be taken aromatically, topically, and internally. It can help soothe the nervous system, promote healthy immune function, and is known for its cleansing abilities. It has a sweet citrus aroma that can be diffused for an mood or energy uplifting boost.

Pink Pepper essential oil can be used aromatically, topically, and internally. Its known for supporting a healthy metabolism and immune system when taken internally. It can also calm the nervous system, and promote healthy cellular function.

Star Anise essential oil has sweet and spicy aroma. It can help promote feelings or relaxation and support a healthy digestive system when taken internally. You can use this oil internally, topically, and aromatically as well. Star Anise can also promote a healthy cardiovascular  and immune system.

Y’all, don’t these oils sound amazing? I just ordered mine today, and I can’t wait to try them out. You can order yours at mydoterra.com/amandagerber and click “Special Offers” to see the kit. If you are currently not working with a doTERA Wellness Advocate, and would like some help ordering and getting education on doTERRA’s products, I would love to help!

Bonus from ME!

Just to sweeten the deal, here is what I have to offer when you choose to start your doTERRA journey with me:

•Welcome gift (personalized roller bottles, recipes, and other oily goodies)

•Private access to my team’s Facebook group (a wealth of oil knowledge)

•Free Wellness Consultation (a chance to really dive deep into your health goals)

•Continued Support (to answer your questions in real time from a real person— ME!)

Simply go to mydoterra.com/amandagerber and click “Join & Save” to get started.

Which one of these promos are you taking advantage of this month? Share below in the comments!

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.

Happy Valentine’s Day: Intimacy Blends

Hey y’all! I know this is quite unusual for me to do TWO blog posts back to back, but I wanted to give you a couple of blends you may want to us tonight. These two blends are intended to help support a healthy libido, so if you need a little help getting in the mood tonight, try it out! They can also help encourage a healthy emotional connection between you and your significant other.

I’ll go more in depth about these particular doTERRA essential oils, why they work to encourage intimacy, and how they work together in a later post. I just thought y’all might want these for tonight.

You can put the drops listed below in a roller bottle, top with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and roll on pulse points as needed. If you are struggling to emotionally or physically connect with your spouse on a regular basis, then you might want to consider making these oils a part of your daily routine to help build that connection.

Here ya go!

          

P.S. These are not my original recipes. I got these from The Essential Life book, but I did make these cute graphics!

What’s your go-to essential oil for inspiring intimacy?

doTERRA Holiday Gifts: For Every Budget

Y’all… Christmas is ten days away. TEN. How did this happen? Are you scrambling like I am to get our last minute Christmas gifts under your tree? Well, I’d love to share with you today how you can give your loved one some amazing gifts this year!

doTERRA’s Emotional Aromatherapy Touch System: I absolutely LOVE doTERRA’s Touch line. These are their same, well loved, proprietary blends of essential oils, but they are diluted in a 10mL roller bottle. This makes it super easy to apply, you can carry it with you in your pocket or purse, and have it ready for younger kids or loved ones with sensitive skin. I like giving the Emotional Aromatherapy oils as gifts because most people begin their essential oil journey with the emotional blends. This gives them some extra goodies to enjoy and a way to take care of their emotions naturally and effectively. These are super affordable too. You can purchase them individually for as little as $13 wholesale, or get the whole kit for only $100 wholesale!

doTERRA Spa Replenishing Body Butter: Have y’all tried this yet? It’s amazing. It’s so smooth, creamy and moisturizing. It leaves your skin soft, but not greasy. It smells heavenly and is made with Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Douglas Fir, and Frankincense so you’ll uplift your mood too! Who doesn’t love a little self care products? This is only $17.50 wholesale and is a big crowd pleaser.

doTERRA Exfoliating Body Scrub: This is a natural body scrub that helps to exfoliate and polish your skin. It has Wild Orange, Grapefruit, and Ginger so it can also helps to reduce blemishes while you use it. It’s another great gift that’s only $19.50 wholesale!

doTERRA Personal Care Products: Hello, perfect stocking stuffers! Did you know doTERRA has an array of natural based personal care products? They’ve got lip balms, soaps, shampoo and conditioners, lotions, and toothpaste! These babies start at just $6.50 wholesale, and may of them are cheaper when you buy them in packs of three. There’s something for everyone’s stocking!

DIY: My friends, I’ve got some fun DIY recipes on this blog, but doTERRA has a TON on their website. You can find their blog through my business page mydoterra.com/amandagerber and you’ll find all sorts of ideas for bath salts, body scrubs, face masks, and MORE! Making your own gifts are fun, and very cost effective.

I wanna hear from you! What are some doTERRA items you’d love to receive for Christmas?

My Favorite Essential Oil: Frankincense

Frankincense is my favorite essential oil. It’s rightly called “the king of oils,” and was a gift to baby Jesus along with gold and myrrh. Hey, if it’s good enough for Him, it’s good enough for me. That alone speaks so much about the value of this oil.

You can use doTERRA Frankincense essential oil can be used topically, aromatically, and internally. Remember, when using essential oils on infants dilute 1 drop of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (FCO). Frankincense also has the ability to magnify the effect of other essential oils, so throughout this post you’ll notice I’ll give suggested pairings along the way.

Overall Health: For overall health, I like to take 1 drop of frankincense under my tongue every day. This oil is packed with antioxidants and will support brain and cellular health.

Immune Support: I have what I call a “FLOOM BOMB.” In a roller bottle, I put 3-5 drops each of Frankincense, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, and Melaleuca and top it off with FCO. This combination is like magic. I roll it on my spine and the bottom of my feet when I’m feeling under the weather, and I’m back on my feet the next day. It’s also soothing for your scratchy throat. Just roll on over your throat and massage over your lymph nodes.

Anti-Aging: Frankincense is packed with anti-aging properties and is a powerhouse when paired with Myrrh. You can make your own blend in a roller bottle, or check out doTERRA’s Immortelle Anti-Aging blend. It’s got Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, Rose, and Sandalwood. Fine lines and wrinkles don’t stand a chance.

Emotional/Mood Support: If you deal with mood swings, sadness, or anxious feelings then you should definitely be diffusing frankincense in your home. When I need my mood to be uplifted I diffuser Lemon and Frankincense. If you need to reduce anxious feelings and calm your emotions, try diffusing Lavender and Frankincense. It’s a great blend for sleep as well!

Soothing Tension & Soreness: You can use Frankincense for head tension and for muscle soreness. For head tension, apply Frankincense, Lavender, and Peppermint where you’re feeling discomfort. For sore muscles, combine Frankincense and Deep Blue and massage into your muscles.

These are just a few ways you can start using doTERRA Frankincense in your home. Remember, this month you can get Frankincense for FREE with a qualifying order. Want more details? Check out my business website mydoterra.com/amandagerber For even more deals, an exclusive welcome gift, and extra perks and support from yours truly, click “Join & Save” to become a Wholesale Customer.

Now, did you learn something new? What’s your favorite way to use frankincense?