Using Essential Oils to Support Your Whole 30

I did it, guys. I completed the Whole30!

And I have to be honest- it’s all it’s cracked up to be. Besides the scale victory (down ten pounds!) I have tons of bigger, non-scale victories- more energy, better sleep, less bloating, and newfound knowledge of what does and doesn’t work with my body. I highly recommend it, if you haven’t done it yet!

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about or are on the fence about it, I would suggest starting by reading this book. It outlines the philosophy behind Whole 30 and the WHY of each thing you cut out. It honestly convinced me that it was worth it: once I read the book, I knew I was IN. 🙂

Completing a whole 30 in Africa was an interesting experience, too. While it is undoubtedly cheaper (fresh produce and meats are a fraction of what they would cost in the states) there are practically zero compliant prepared food options- I had to hunt around the city just to find compliant coconut milk and compliant raisins. Tessamaes? Primal bars? Forget about it.

However- I discovered a secret weapon during my whole 30 that made it worlds easier, and I didn’t expect it at all! You may have guessed by the title of the post: my essential oils!

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Because our essential oils are the purest of pure plant compounds, they are definitely compliant- score! I ended up using my oils for a variety of things during my whole 30. Here’s some of my favorites:

CRAVINGS:

My craving were REAL the first week or so! One of my favorite tricks was to drink water with Grapefruit essential oil. Grapefruit is great for curbing cravings, as well as balancing blood sugar and hormones! It also gives a boost of vitamin C. Other oils can be used this way, too- Lemon, Lime, Peppermint, etc- but Grapefruit is particularly good.

BLOATING / DIGESTION:

So, I found the official Whole 30 timeline to be VERY accurate. That said, there’s a discussion about gut rebalancing and how that can cause indigestion around the second week- and that was definitely true for me. I totally didn’t expect this! That said, I made great use of digestive oils and oils that cut down on bloating- citrus oils in my water, and DigestZen and Cardamom or Peppermint applied topically to my tummy. The rebalancing process can take a week or more, but using my oils, I cut it down to about 36 hours!

MENTAL SUPPORT:

This was HUGE. Honestly, there were just times that I was stressed or anxious or frustrated or sad and I wanted to EAT. I didn’t realize how emotionally tied I was to eating until doing the Whole 30! I made great use of my oils during these hard times: Peace, Motivation, Hope, and Cheer were all huge assets, as was a morning and evening application of Balance just to keep me grounded!  I loved having something else (something much healthier!) to turn to during those times, rather than grabbing the nearest carb.

DETOX AID:

The Whole 30 definitely functions as a detox, and I used my oils to support the process. Lemon in all my water (as much as I could remember) kept my system alkaline and help flush out toxins. Using Zendocrine under the tongue once a day and then a Cilantro application on the feet once a week helped as well!

RESTFUL SLEEP:

Sleep is a big thing in Whole 30. Especially if your detox reaction is strong, your sleep might be WORSE at first, but then get drastically better by the end- I promise! I used Serenity and Cedarwood to boost my body’s natural melatonin production, and Vetiver to quiet my mind at night. Diffusing Serenity and using the new Serenity gel caps also made it easier for me to fall back to sleep at night after waking to feed the baby- especially if I was starting to feel a bit hungry (which I sometimes did, especially in the beginning).

How about you? Did you use essential oils to support your Whole 30? What worked well for you?

For more information on purchasing Whole 30 compliant, pure as can be essential oils, please email me at karli.vonherbulis@gmail.com 🙂

Fighting Adrenal Fatigue, Naturally

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After losing our son in the early second trimester in August, my body just never recovered. I lost a lot of blood, resulting in plummeting iron levels and extremely low energy. Walking up the stairs, exercising, and even holding my daughter were exhausting to me.

Even when I got to a point where I was eating a very clean diet, pushing through workouts, and taking my multivitamins regularly, I still couldn’t shake the fatigue and general feeling of “unwell”. I gained 15-20lb in about 3 months. My self confidence was waning and I honestly felt hopeless.

Several friends encouraged me to research adrenal fatigue- and, boy, were they on to something! Adrenal fatigue is kind of complicated, but you can read up on it here. The general premise: stress and life events render your adrenal glands basically inactive. Your body stops making adrenaline, or produces it at inappropriate times, resulting in crazy fatigue but then sometimes insomnia and unnecessary panic. Weight won’t budge no matter what, exercise makes you feel worse, and you can have random bouts of inflammation. I had all of these symptoms and more.

Because I don’t currently have health insurance, I was cornered into a self-diagnosis through trial and error. However, I am happy to report that after about 6 weeks, I am already starting to feel much better! So, I want to share some of the lifestyle changes that I have made to fight my battle with adrenal fatigue.

Cut out the caffeine…
This was so hard for me! I was drinking 4-6 cups of coffee throughout the day and I was feeling NOTHING. No jolt, nothing. It does’t help that I like the taste of coffee, the feeling of a warm mug in my hands- so yeah, it was an issue. Overusing caffeine, particularly after 12PM, overworks and confuses the adrenal glands. So out went coffee.

Now, if I have any, I drink decaf or maybe a half cup of regular- and I feel it. Instead, we drink Chaga concentrate or sometimes even Mate!

…and the sugar…
Sugar functions much like coffee in that it makes it more difficult for the adrenal glands to function properly, let alone the myriad other health issues it causes. Out goes the sugar. Boo!

…and the gluten.
Same thing. Gluten takes a lot of work for the body to digest, and when the body needs to be healing instead…you need to conserve that energy. I am not 100% gluten free at this point, but I try to limit my consumption as much as possible to give it the break it needs.

Support your body’s natural rhythms.
ACV and honey in the morning help naturally jumpstart the metabolism and support the adrenals! Also, see the supplements below.
Magnesium and chamomile or lavender at night- help relax the body and the mind. Tell your body that it’s time to shut off and sleep! I love to drink this magnesium just before bed.
Epsom salt baths to relax at night- again, helps relax the body and get ready for sleep. These are particularly helpful if you are struggling with any kind of sleeping issues. This kind is great!

Add in supplements to support healing.
Ashwagandha, ginseng, and ginkgo biloba all support the adrenals and productively manage stress. You can find formulas with all of these, or each individually. There are also adrenal support specific formulas that often include these.

Support your healing with essential oils.
Essential oils can be very supportive of the healing process. Using “awakening” oils in the morning, such as citruses or mints, and calming oils in the evenings, like lavender, chamomile, or cedarwood, can further support the body’s new rhythms. There are also oils that specifically support the adrenals, such as rosemary and lemongrass. For more information on essential oils and for purchasing options, please email me: karli.vonherbulis@gmail.com.

Replenish minerals and vitamins and FEED your adrenals with SOLE.
Sole water is one of the best ways to do this! Sole is a high-mineral salt water infusion that is drank on an empty stomach each morning (ideally). You can buy high quality sea salt crystals made specifically for making sole and make it at home! This has made a huge difference in my healing process and I have come to (almost) crave the taste 🙂

Limit heavy cardio and stick to restorative exercise
For most healing protocols, this sounds counterintuitive- but when your body isn’t making energy hormones to even get you through the day, making them for a sweaty cardio sesh just isn’t gonna work. Stick to things like yoga, tai chi, or walking until you feel your energy starting to return.

SLEEP!
For the love, your body is healing! Go to bed early, sleep in if you can, nap if you need it. This is a good, good thing!

Have you suffered from adrenal fatigue? What was helpful for you in recovery?

Green Your Life: It’s Easier Than You Think!

I recently had the pleasure of reading Emily McClements’ new book, Green Your Life, and I absolutely loved it! Emily does what many authors in this field fail to do: not only gives a great overview of steps to take to make greener choices in your life, but explains WHY we should make those choices without becoming overwhelming.

Green Your LIfe: Get Started Today!

Emily’s book is well-researched but approachable, practical, and attainable. What I love the most about the book is that she is very honest, both about her subject and how she approaches it within her household. For example, she writes that LED lights are the most eco-friendly choice, and that buying fair-trade clothing is the way to go, but gracefully admits that both of these choices are usually outside the realm of her family’s budget. Being in a similar financial situation myself, I found this very encouraging. I think this really hits on the underlying theme of Emily’s book: be informed, and do the best you can for your family and for creation.

What’s more is that Emily’s book is full of easy, practical ideas that I had never thought of- and I’ve been around the block as far as reading and learning about green living goes! For example, Emily suggests that we take an inventory of our waste for a few days, and then identify trends and seek to create less waste through those trends. For me, I realized that, while I am great at recycling anything that comes through my kitchen, things in our bathrooms and bedrooms automatically just go into the trash. But, if I invest in a small recycling bin for each of those areas (even an old shoebox would do the trick) I can significantly cut down on the amount of recyclables that are leaving my home in the trash can each month! It’s great ideas like these that make Emily’s book really stand out.

Whether you are a seasoned green living veteran, or just starting out with making green choices, Green Your Life offers a comprehensive overview of the many areas in which we out to be examining our choices and taking care of creation. Here’s just some of the subjects covered in the book:

Cleaning Supplies
Cloth Diapering
Grocery Shopping
Beauty and Hygiene Items
Simplifying Your Stuff

Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living walks you through making simple changes to your home and lifestyle that can have a big impact on the world around you. Plus, as a thank you for purchasing the book, and to give you extra support, encouragement, motivation, and community to help you make changes in your life, Emily is providing a free membership to the Green Your Life Challenge she is running in February, a $14.99 value!

In just 4 weeks you will:

-Purge your bathroom cabinet of toxic and harmful personal care products.
-Choose beauty and personal care products for your family that are safe and effective.
-Make your own homemade green cleaners.
-Clean your home with non-toxic cleaners that really work and are safe to use around your family.
-Begin making simple and easy changes toward more real food and less processed, conventional foods
-Use more reuseable products and fewer disposable ones around your home.
-Work to eliminate and remove toxins all around your home.
-Determine how you and your family can make an impact on the world around you!

Read more about Green Your Life the ebook and the Green Your Life Challenge here.

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This post is part of a Blog Hope to celebrate the release of Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living. Check out what other bloggers are saying about the great new book:

Jan. 8 – Ninth Street Notions
Jan. 9  – Red and Honey
Jan. 10 – Running Family
Jan. 12 – Five Little Homesteaders
Jan. 13 – My Blessings Homeschool
Jan. 14 – Vintage Kids | Modern World
Jan. 15 – The Humbled Homemaker
Jan. 17 – Accidentally Green
Jan. 20 – Home With Purpose
Jan. 21 – Intentionally Simple
Jan. 22 – Feed Me Mama
Jan. 23 – Saving by Making
Jan. 24 – More Than Mundane
Jan. 27 – My Humble Kitchen
Jan. 28 – Sorta Crunchy
Jan. 29 – Simply Rebekah
Jan. 30 – A Delightful Home
Jan. 31 – Gidget Goes Home

ALN Best Home Remedies of 2013

ALN's Best Home Remedies of 2013

Some of you may know that I am lucky to be a part of a beautiful blogging community called the Alternative Living Network.  Filled with bloggers who love Jesus and want to live a natural, Kingdom-minded lifestyle, I am endlessly thankful for the challenge and encouragement that they are to me!

This year, we are combining forces to bring you the best writings of 2013. You can see the other blogs (and subjects) involved at the end of the post, but for today, here are ALN’s Best Home Remedies of 2013!

EVERYDAY REMEDIES
Oil Pulling: Your New Daily Routine
What is Oil Pulling?
Establishing a Daily Routine with Essential Oils
Foraging for Wild Edibles
5 Steps to Building the Best Collection of Oils for YOUR Family
Autumn Tonic Tea

ALN Best Home Remedies of 2013 (Elderberry Syrup)
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COLD & FLU
A Guide to Elderberry Syrup (Plus 8 Recipes!)
Elderberry Syrup
Preventative Measures for Winter Health
Surviving the World’s Worst Cold Season
Home Remedies for Cold and Flu
The Cold Buster
Easy Detoxifying and Healing Morning Elixir
DIY Herbal Vapor Rub- Crock Pot Method

ALN Best Home Remedies of 2013 (Owie Balm)
Image Used With Permission From Your Thriving Family

BUGS & BOOBOOS
Heal a Spider Bite With a Potato
Healing Bug Bites
Owie Balm Recipe

ALN's Best Home Remedies of 2013 (Remove a Mole with ACV!)
Image Used With Permission From Don’t Waste The Crumbs

SPECIFIC REMEDIES
For Pregnancy: Blend-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tea
For Chicken Pox: Made Up Chicken Pox Salve
For Dry Skin: Dry Itchy Skin Remedies
For Mole Removal: How to Remove a Mole With Apple Cider Vinegar
For Detoxification: 10 Day Water Fast

Great selection of bulk herbs, books, and remedies. Articles, Research Aids and much more.

To see more Best of 2013 Round-ups, make sure to check out the following blogs between 12/23 and 12/31!

Whole Intentions

Feed Me, Mama

It Takes Time

The Entwife’s Journal

The Ezer Wife

Your Thriving Family

Nourishing Simplicity

Richly Rooted

Joyful Thrifty Home

Day 2 Day Joys

Wisdom Seeking Mommy

Natural Momma in Progress

Accidentally Green

Georgetown MN

Growing Slower

Imperfect Homemaker

Simple Life Abundant Life

Natural Living Mamma

Whole New Momma

Nourishing Faith and Family