The Stretch

We have no healthcare insurance and we are wealthier and healthier as a result.

How can that be you may ask? It is really just basic math and common sense, but at first it was scary and seemed strange. Most people complain here and there about all of the changes in health care over the years but it isn’t until you find yourself without coverage and you need to start purchasing it that you really become aware of just how broken ...

Clove and Basil: Dynamic Duo for Back to School

If you think Clove is only good for your favorite fall recipes and Basil is just for pesto, then read on! These 2 amazing essential oils have uses that go way beyond the kitchen in ways you may not think about?! The smell of clove has always been one of my favorite Autumn aromas! Mixed with a little cinnamon and ginger, my favorite pumpkin spice comes to...

Did somebody just say the "S" word?

Say it isn't so!? I have been getting reminders over and over the past week that it is nearly time to start thinking about Back to School. Yes, the dreaded "S" word....School. The word so many youngsters, parents, and teachers dread thinking about as the lazy days of summer come to an end for yet another year. I have friends who HATE the end of...

Karla's top 5 Essential Oil Gardening Favorites

Essential oils are the aromatic parts of plants and are being proven over and over to be beneficial to us in so many ways. Often times, when our body begins to feel out of balance, disease or sickness ensues. By using essential oils, the body gets a natural support to restore balance or homeostasis, resulting in the perfect environment for the body to begin...

Essential oils are the Bee's Knees!!

By now you have certainly heard of the raging popularity of essential oils! dōTERRA is credited with taking the usage of essential oils out of the boutique type setting and putting them in the mainstream. Essential oils are being used to support health and wellness of individuals of all ages around the globe! Is this just a fad? It's doubtful. Essential...

What a pain!

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system and it is a leading cause of disability and a major contributor to health care costs in the United States. Combine that with the recent conc...

When it is Spring, but it doesn't feel like it!

Out like a LION and in like a LAMB! That is what I was hoping for this March. As we wrap up the last few days of March, knowing the calendar says SPRING HAS FINALLY ARRIVED, but it still feels cold and damp outside. What is a person to do?! There is an oil for that remember!! Essential oils provide a powerful tool for our mood and emotions. We don't ha...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day is here and that means either one of two things. You are excited for a fun romantic date out with your loved one ooooor you’re preparing for Valentines. Turning on my favorite music/movie and a favorite diffuser blend while I pamper myself is really one of my favorite things to do. It is so much MORE FUN and HEALTHIER to make your own produc...

Essential Skin Care

Did you know our skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight? And that the average adult has about 300 million skin cells which together composes about 21 square feet of skin? Our skin renews itself about every 28 days and that dust you see accumulating on your computer screen right now? Yes, some of that is made up of your dead skin cells that have f...

Start the New Year off right!

I am going to re-post some content from an earlier blog this year as we gear up for 2018 and the New Year. January is going to be all about CLEANSING and what it looks like and more importantly HOW you can do it affordably and effectively! Am I the only one or is anyone else sick of all of the "junk" bombarding us in our world? Our water ways are gunked...

Cleansing your body from the inside out

Last time we discussed a few ways to clean up your environment to help keep toxins from entering your system. Today, I want to discuss a few essential oils that can be really good to cleanse your body from the inside. Despite our best efforts, many interactions to harmful substances are unavoidable, so our bodies are still exposed to a myriad of toxins ever...

Ever felt the need to detox?

Am I the only one or is anyone else sick of all of the crap (pardon the expression) bombarding us in our world? Our water ways are gunked up, our food has been poisoned, the products we purchase contain harmful chemicals, the air we breathe is contaminated and the list goes on and on!! Just thinking of it all is enough to send a person in to overload. Is ...

Essential Oil Spotlight: Lavender

Lavender Oil Lavender oil is one of the most popular doTERRA essential oils because of its light, powdery aroma, and its myriad of uses for everyday life. Taken from the highly aromatic lavender flower, lavender oil has been used for centuries for its distinct aroma and powerful benefits. Whether you need to soothe the occasional skin irritation, ease feeli...

Chemistry of Essential Oils

When I first started using essential oils I was amazed at how quickly and completely they seemed to work! My first experience personally was with a blend doTERRA sells called DigestZen. I had temporary stomach upset whenever I ate dairy products. After just a few minutes of applying 1 drop of DigestZen (diluted with a little fractionated coconut oil) to my s...

Essential Oil Spotlight: Melaleuca

Melaleuca, also known as Tea Tree oil, is one of my favorite doTERRA essential oils because it is versatile and has range of applications. What I love most about Melaleuca is its benefits for the skin and hair. I often put a drop or two of Melaleuca into my moisturizer, or even directly on my face after washing to reap the benefits of this purifying, toning ...

A true Inspiration!

Welcome to my blog, The Stretch, where I will offer morsels of information to help stretch you in many ways: Physically, emotionally, and spiritually! To start off, I want to share with you a little inspiration! I have an amazing story about one of our Wellness Advocates, Jennifer Thomas, who takes time out of her busy schedule to volunteer in her local e...