I Made Bug Spray… and It Worked!

… well, mostly…
Yesterday the weather was awesome. This came as a special treat because here in mid-Michigan we have been bombarded with rainy days. As I looked outside at my neglected yard, I decided to do some cleaning up. Nearly 20 minutes after being outdoors, I received half as many mosquito bites (yes, the rain makes the flowers grow, but the damp conditions make marvelous mosquito breeding grounds).

I ran inside to get the commercial bug spray that I saw in one of the bathrooms and then stopped in my tracks… I remember seeing somewhere on-line about making bug spray with essential oils. I immediately went to my computer and started searching for a more natural option to deter these little critters. I have recently become quite concerned about the amount of toxic chemicals I use on my body on a daily basis. My concern about making the healthiest of choices comes from my family history of auto-immune disorders. My mother has lupus. My grandmother had RA and my sister has something that mimics MS (I am not sure of the diagnosis). As one of my rockstar holistic health coach mentors always reminds us, “Genes load the gun. Environment pulls the trigger”. This statement has ruled my life lately. So I searched for an alternative solution.

After doing some research, here is what I found: These oils may be helpful in deterring mosquitoes: citronella, lemon eucalyptus, plain o’l eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass,and lavender.

My research helped me to understand that it is not necessary to have ALL of these oils in one concoction, but instead choose a few and see how they work. The readings that I did, however, suggested that eucalyptus and citronella are the most effective. Sadly, I did not have either of these on hand, but here are the oils I combined…
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I used roughly 15 – 20 drops of each oil (less lavender because I did not want to attract bees or wasps. I just assumed that it would – it coming from a flower and all…). Next, I did the following:

I filled a 2.5 ounce spray bottle with 1/3 vodka (you can also use witch hazel, but I did not have any on hand) and 2/3 water. I made sure to leave a little space at the top of the bottle so that I could shake up the ingredients.
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I should have used a dark bottle to protect the integrity of the oils, but again, this is what I had on hand… and there was yard work to be done!

The Results: I didn’t get any more bites!!! I had a few buggers that swarmed, but no more bites! I worked outside about an hour longer until another task beckoned me. But not more bites!! This stuff worked for me! Here are a few things that I would do differently. I would get a bigger bottle, add one of the eucalyptus varieties and maybe played with amounts/measurements to be more exact. I will keep working on it.

If you want to get your hands on some amazing therapeutic grade essential oils, follow this link.

Remember, I am not a doctor… or anything close. I cannot treat, diagnose or even recommend stuff. I am just a wellness and health coach/mentor/advocate that loves to help people and share holistic information. So here’s to sharing! Peace.

I Am A Fermentation Queen!!!

I am taking a course in fermenting veggies. So, so cool! I am into eating fermented stuff because I have noticed such an amazing difference in how I digest foods since eating them. My belly is SOOO much happier after years of troubles. I swear by fermented foods. Plus, I love the way they taste. People have been fermenting foods for centuries as a way to preserve things. Anyway, I want to have some fermenting parties beginning late summer. This is when many of my friends with gardens should have an awesome harvest of cabbages and other cool veggies. Who wants in? I will probably host them at my house. If you are interested, please inbox me and when I set a date, I will send an invite!! So excited!!!! Of course this only applies if you live in the Lansing, MI area. If there are more people interested, I will try to offer on-line parties or classes!

Planning, Planning, Planning…

I am thinking about the fall. Who on earth thinks about fall when it is not even officially summer? Well business owners do and I am no different. So yes, I have been a busy, busy bee – planning awesome classes, workshops and programs for fall. I thought it would be fun to put a little bug in your ear (tee-hee). So here is what is being proposed so far…

Conscious and Fit – a collaboration with two awesome health and fitness professional coming to a few different venues in the Lansing area. Body, mind, food and spirit are the topics. Stay tuned.

Sweat-N-Stretch – my mini bootcamp has proven to be so much fun, that I will be offering it again beginning in September. This time, it will be for the full 8 weeks. Tabata followed by yoga is an awesome mix. As one bootcamper stated, “It’s such a great mix”.

Gentle Yoga Flow – back by popular demand. It will be offered through Delta Township Parks and Recreation Department beginning in September.

Power Yoga Level 1 – many of you have spoken out… you want a more vigorous yoga class. I have listened and will obey 😉

For The Love Of Veggies: Parent/Child Culinary Classes – I am most excited about this one! I will begin by offering it through Delta Township, but the possibilities are endless…

There is more brewing in this head of mine, so stay tuned… Peace

Today’s The Day…

My new class, Sweat-N-Stretch begins in just over 2 hours from now. There is still time to register! In fact, you have until 5:00 (EST) tonight to get in on this amazing experience. Call 517-323-8555 NOW. All you need to bring is some water, good workout shoes and a yoga mat. No mat? No worries. I have some extra ones. See you in a few hours!

Sweat-N-Stretch and Microburst Training

Have you signed up for Stretch-N-Sweat yet? No? Well read this little blurb from the Tabata website about the awesome benefits of microburst training. Hint: you only need minutes per week… not hours… to see and feel the difference! Sweat-N-Stretch is Tabata (sweat) and yoga (stretch)…

What are the 20-10 Microbursts in Tabata Bootcamp™?
A true Tabata Bootcamp™ workout is founded on quality, not quantity. In other words, the effect of a workout should not be based on the amount of time devoted to exercising, but rather what the exercise does for your body after the workout is over. Done the Tabata Bootcamp™ way, you not only burn calories during the exercise, but your body keeps burning extra calories for the next 24 to 48 hours. Tabata Bootcamp™ training is a unique and revolutionary approach to successfully lose weight and build muscle in minimal time.
The unique protocol used in Tabata Bootcamp™ is the 20-10 microburst intervals. An interval consists of performing specifically chosen exercises at an ultra high intensity for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest. The beauty behind these short microbursts is that 20 seconds at high intensity is doable and the 10 second rest allows for brief recovery before moving on to the next exercise interval. These 20-10 microburst intervals are stacked in the 30 minute group workouts in specific sequences of different exercise movements that target every part of your body. The 6 minute workouts also stack 20-10 intervals using just a few select exercise movements that deliver a short yet high metabolic boosting workout.
This short duration, but high intensity interval training (HIIT) creates a prolonged afterburn, or EPOC (excess post oxygen consumption). This type of training causes the body to take longer to return to its state of rest, so it continues to burn calories (5x more) at a higher rate long after the workout session has completed. Put simply, a 4-minute Tabata Bootcamp workout can reap the same benefits as a longer but steady workout, like running for a half hour. The results with microburst workouts are backed by research.

Ready to register??? If you live in the Lansing, Mi area, call 517-323-8555 today!

#ThankfulThursday

Today I looked in the mirror and was actually (relatively) pleased at what I saw. Okay, okay, I am just like many of you – I do wage a war against the mirror on a regular basis. But not today. Today, for some reason, I felt differently. I gazed at my full bodied reflection and actually said, and meant, “Not bad. I’m totally not mad at that”. Yep, that was my affirmation.

Now it is your turn. At some point today I challenge you to look in the mirror and find something awesome (or at least, “not bad”). Create an affirmation and say it out loud. Notice how you feel. Be thankful for your appearance today. Find something about your body that you are “not mad at”, and say it out loud! Peace

What’s Up Wednesday

Lately I have been actively working to heal myself of recent and passed traumas (the deaths of my father, grandparents and a few significant friends and the severe illness of one of my children). My heart (the energetic one) has taken quite the hit. So what’s a holistic health and wellness coach to do in these circumstances? She turns to the practices that have worked for her for the last 16 years. Yoga, acupuncture, meditation and self Reiki to the rescue! It has been a wild ride, but I feel myself beginning to balance again. For a long time I felt like I was lost. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life anymore. I knew what I was “good” at, but I questioned this “calling”. I felt stuck and confused and was afraid to do the work needed to get over this emotional hump. I am not there yet, but I feel better, stronger and a little more brave.

I have recently experienced breakthroughs and have received messages from the most unexpected places and people that the darkness is lifting. Today during my home yoga and self Reiki practice (the two go really well together), I heard someone say these words:
namaste

They were spoken at the exact same time I was moving my hands over my heart. Wow… what a rush! Blessings are on their way. And from my heart to yours, may you be blessed. Namaste

Oh My Gosh… I Am So Excited!!

I just designed the first class of my newest offering, Sweat-N-Stretch! Sweat-N-Stretch combines Tabata Bootcamp with yoga in a 30/30 format (30 minutes of Tabata and 30 minutes of Hatha yoga). After the Tabata session I felt great. My blood was pumping, I was dripping sweat, I felt so incredibly strong and I even laughed out loud a few times. After my yoga session, I am totally chill – stretched out and balanced. I have the best of both worlds, the yin and the yang. I can’t wait to offer this ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. What, you haven’t signed up yet? Well, if you live in the Lansing, Mi area call 517-323-8555 NOW. I have only a few spaces left. You need not be a resident of Delta Township to participate! When you come to class, be sure to wear a good athletic shoe and bring a yoga mat and lots of water. See you soon. You can also register here.

Because I Have Teenagers…

I use this blend everyday to feel grounded… and because I have teenagers. I mix a drop with some sweet almond oil and apply it to my belly and kidney areas. It is a blend of the essential oils of spruce, Ho wood, frankincense, blue tansy and blue chamomile! The scent is mild and the effect is wonderful. Give it a try! Check out my DoTerra site
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I Love Essential Oils So Much That…

I have decided to become a doTerra Wellness Advocate. I use essential oils every day! I love to wear them for aroma therapy and holistic health uses. I love to diffuse them in my home so that my house smells like a spa (ahhhh… home sweet home) and I even use them in cooking and making water infusions (essential oil of lemon is one of my absolute favorites).

I decided to add doTerra to my biz so I can share my latest passion and have even more fun (essential oil party, anyone?) Any-who, if you are interested in learning more about essential oils – how to choose them, what you can do with them, etc. – check out my doterra site
In no time at all, I bet you become an addicted to these precious gems! Peace