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Oils + The Enneagram
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In a recent blog post, I made the case for how Essential Oils are beneficial for emotional support (read here). Something I've been curious about since then is pairing Essential Oils with Enneagram Types. Interesting, right?

Before diving in, let me share with you some basics about the Enneagram, why I love it, and why I think it's important.

Enneagram Basics

The Enneagram is a personality type system that pinpoints how each of us are wired. It's all about what drives us and gives us the "why" behind the way we react and respond to situations. The Enneagram helps identify why you see the world from your perspective and, when you get gut-level honest, it can be an avenue for major personal growth.

Once I started digging in and doing the work, the Enneagram helped me see myself and the people around me in a different light. Just to clarify, the Enneagram doesn't replace God's work in my life, it points me towards God. It's a tool in my toolbelt that helps me grow, mature, and have deeper empathy for other people.

People a lot smarter than me can better describe what the Enneagram is and how it works. Read here, here, and read the posts on this Instagram account.  You can even take a class about learning the Enneagram.

If you're curious as to where you fall on the Enneagram, you can take this Assessment linked below, then start reading! It's important to note that you won't fully know your type until you've done a little research beyond the initial test. Let this assessment point you in the right direction.

 
 

Enneagram + Essential Oils

There are 9 different types within the Enneagram and people fall into one of the types. The Enneagram says that each of the 9 types have specific growth areas, fears, and that each type's greatest strength is also their greatest weakness.

Again, it's all about motives and the way we are wired to think and perceive the world around us. Where one type is constantly riddled with anxiety and can't turn their brain off, another type is deeply resentful and holds onto anger far too long. It's not that everyone can't feel overlapping feelings, it's just that different emotions are magnified within each type. 

What I want to zero in on is how each type specifically deals with their emotions and how I believe that we can use the molecular power of essential oils to help us process and release our toughest emotions.

I believe that one of the most important steps to taking control of your health is discovering who you really are and what you really need.

Because of those beliefs I'm putting a resource together to combine Essential Oils and the Enneagram.

I've started combing through all of the educational resources I can get my hands on to find at least two beneficial oil singles or blends (singles are one single essential oil in one bottle and blends are multiple essential oils in one bottle) based on the specific needs of each Enneagram type. This resource will share specific oils and blends to sustain you when you're in a good place and to help you for when you're in the not-so-good places emotionally.

Don't you want to use all the resources available to grow and mature? I do and I hope you do, too!

I'm sharing what I've learned in a free online workshop on October 4 and I would love for you to join me!

 
 

This is a free workshop and it's happening online so you can join us while wearing your comfiest pjs or sweatpants. This is my first online workshop and I am so excited! You can click the button above and go to the Facebook event. Click "going" to let me know that you're going to join me!

Don't feel like you have to be an expert in the Enneagram to participate in this workshop. I am going to share the basics about each Enneagram type. It would be helpful if you had an idea of what type you might be. You can take that Assessment linked above (it's free!). If you have any questions about Oils and/or the Enneagram, you can let me know by leaving a comment or messaging me through the Facebook Event. This is going to be fun! 

The Power of Emotional Support
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Let's just be honest about something and say it out loud: we need emotional support. Our modern life is demanding. Our lives are all over the place. We are constantly being pushed and pulled in different directions. Whether our circumstances were our choices or not, we are still responsible for our own emotional support. 

Just so we're on the same page, this is what I mean by emotional support: doing things to support our overall emotional health.

We need emotional support relationally. We need a tight inner circle of friends built on trust and loyalty. That inner circle can be one person or multiple people. The number doesn't matter. What matters is getting plugged into a community of people who you trust. 

We need emotional support spiritually. Everyone has a soul. It's what makes us human. As a Christ follower, I have a personal relationship with Jesus. Through prayer and scripture reading, I connect with God daily and it's one of the biggest and most important markers in my life. 

We need emotional support physically. We must make physical choices to benefit our bodies. Eating nourishing foods (hello, Keto!), staying hydrated, and participating in energizing/stress reducing activities like relaxing hobbies or walking your dog. There is one more element that I am going to add physical realm here --- Essential Oils. Regular use of essential oils has been so beneficial to my overall emotional health! 

Making the Case for Oils + Emotional Support

I want to make something clear: Essential Oils are just one of the tools available to help with emotional support. While they've been incredibly helpful to me on my journey, they might not be as helpful for you. 

Question - What controls our emotions? 

Answer - The Limbic System

First off, I slept through my biology classes in high school and college. I was NOT interested. Since I can't go back in time and tell the teenage version of myself to pay attention, I'm having to go back and re-learn a few basic things. 

The Limbic System is the part of our brains that controls emotions, memories, and stimulation. The Limbic System is what helps us govern our emotions. More often than not, we need help regulating our emotions and reducing anxiety. Enter Essential Oils. Read more about the Limbic System here. 

How does it work?

When we inhale or apply essential oils directly to our skin, the tiny barrier breaking molecules in the oils can permeate the skin, get into our bloodstream, and ride all the way up to our brains. That's a really good thing because it can happen very quickly!

"Essential oils have the ability to directly access and affect the brain’s limbic region, the center of emotion and memory. Many oils can be used to create a positive emotional state, help soothe grief, create an environment of relaxation at the end of a long day, and much more. These pure essential oils are uniquely able to bring emotional balance where less pure oils may not" (Read More)

Essential Oils --- good, quality, essential oils, not the kind you can buy off amazon or at the check-out lines in TJ Maxx --- can calm you down, give you energy, and balance your hormones. Meaning, essential oils can give you emotional support. 

Here are a few oils you can use for emotional support - Peppermint, Lavender, Stress Away, Valor, Joy, and Release. You can breathe them in aromatically by diffusing or holding the bottle up to your nose or you can rub a drop on your neck, hands, wrists, or chest. 

How do I know when I need emotional support?

Unless you live in a fairy tale scenario where you never worry and nothing bad ever happens, you most likely need emotional support. To further identify when and if you need emotional support, let me ask you a series of questions: 

Do you experience major stress or are you easily stressed out? Do you have anxiety about one or a lot of things? Are you under pressure at work or at home? Is your energy depleted by the early afternoon? Do you feel lonely and/or isolated? Do you feel like you can't think clearly? Does your body feel tense? Do you feel restless? Is your mind always running?

If you answered yes to one or more these questions, you need emotional support. 

What are other ways I can support my emotions?

Like I said above, Essential Oils are not the only way that we can physically support our emotions. There are other things that you can do. Here are some examples: 

  • Reach out and Listen to your Inner Circle
  • Eat Well
  • Rest 
  • Change your Scenery
  • Self Care Practice 
  • Be Kind
  • Go for a Walk
  • Engage with a Relaxing Hobby 
  • Listen to a Podcast
  • Write in a Journal
  • Start a Gratitude Journal

I've found that when I use my oils in combination with these other things, -- like diffusing Stress Away while I crochet -- I feel doubly supported and know that I'm less likely to spin out in my thoughts. 

TL;DR - We all need emotional support. Oils can get to the part of our brains that control our emotions. Use oils to help regulate your emotions. 

Again, Oils are just one tool available for us to use. With everything that could be going on in our lives (job pressure, family stress, anxiety) don't you want every tool in your tool belt to fight against emotional distress? I know I do. If you want to know more, click below to continue this conversation. 

So what is PCOS?

One of the things I've mentioned a few times here on the blog and on Instagram posts is that I have PCOS. I want to share some details with about PCOS, what it is, how it effects women, and how I'm working to reverse it. 

Remember, I am not a professional in the medical field, just a woman who feels empowered enough to figure things out. 

PCOS is an acronym for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The name makes it sound like it's an issue with cysts on your ovaries, but the name is just a scratch on the surface to the real issues going on inside. Some women do develop cysts on their ovaries, some (like me) do not. The real issue at play is hormones. PCOS is a hormone disorder. 

When your hormones are disrupted and not functioning properly, everything is thrown off. With PCOS your cycles are extremely irregular, you have difficulty losing weight and it's incredibly easy to gain weight. Other symptoms are partial or total infertility, fatigue, acne, excess production of testosterone, male pattern baldness, facial and abdomen hair, and mood changes. Yeah, there are some real great symptoms there. 

When did you realize that you had it?

When I was in college, my cycle wasn't really a cycle. It was nonexistent. So like any mature college student would do, I called my mom. She encouraged me to find a gynecologist in my area and make an appointment, you know like real adults. 

After that visit to the doctor, I was put on birth control to regulate my cycle. They threw out the term, PCOS, but didn't really explain it to me. It was one of those situations where the doctor said, "You more than likely have PCOS. Take birth control." So that's what I did. I didn't do any research about PCOS or how birth control effects you. It didn't even cross my mind that I could be doing something about this diagnosis without medication.

I had heard that being on birth control helped some girls lose weight, so I was excited to have that prescription. I was thinking that being on birth control would help me lose weight without me changing any of my habits. Yeah, college JJ wasn't all that smart. 

Being on birth control made me feel crazy so after 6 months I quit taking it. Also, it still never crossed my mind that PCOS was a real life condition and that I needed to do something about it. That drive and desire wouldn't come until years later after I got married and wanted to get pregnant. 

Why is it a big deal?

PCOS is a big deal because your hormones are a big deal! PCOS is the leading cause of infertility. A LOT of women have it, they just might not realize that they do. Not everyone shows all the symptoms and that's why it's so tricky.

PCOS causes infertility or makes it extremely difficult to get pregnant. If you do get pregnant, it's a high risk pregnancy.

Along with fertility issues, the other main symptom that I am focusing on correcting is insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a dangerous road that leads to Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome. Those are 2 internal issues that I do NOT want to have. 

Finally, the 3rd reason why PCOS is a big deal is because it's linked to higher risks of cancer. 

What are you doing about it?

For a long time I avoided the diagnoses. I just continued on my merry way slamming cheeseburgers, pizza, ice cream, and fries, but in the back of my mind I knew that things had to change. It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I actually felt empowered enough to take my life into my own hands and start making changes from the inside out. 

I knew that I didn't want to be on medication. I KNEW that I could work on my issues in a natural way. I knew that just taking synthetic medication wasn't going to solve my problem, but contribute to more. That was a turning point. 

The timeline coincides with our adoption timeline. After trying to get pregnant for a year and a half, I knew what it was. My body wasn't healthy enough to get pregnant. The systems weren't working. That was another major turning point. 

I started devouring all of the information I could get my hands on. I read story after story of people who reversed PCOS and went on to lead healthy lives. All of my research led to a 2 pronged approach to healing my hormone issue: diet/lifestyle changes and reducing exposure to endocrine disruptors.

I've already shared making the switch to Keto in another blog post. You can read more details about that here. 

What are endocrine disruptors?

"Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with the production, release, transport, metabolism or elimination of the body’s natural hormones." (Dr. Axe)

So toxins, unnatural products, chemicals, all the bad and scary stuff that's in processed food, cleaning products, beauty products, and pretty much everything else we come in contact with in our everyday lives. Yeah, that's kind of a bummer because toxins are everywhere, BUT, there are things we can do!

We can make the switch to using the right kind of products in our homes and eating as natural as possible. That's one of the biggest reasons why I've joined  up with Young Living, first as a customer and now as a distributor. Read more about that here and here. 

The first thing I did to start limiting endocrine disruptors was not order a starter kit of oils (that came a little while later!).  I took a look at all the products that I came in contact with in the kitchen and those in my beauty products. 

Instead of storing my food in plastic containers, I started using glass containers. 

I stopped drinking out of plastic water bottles (that includes convenient water bottles like Dasani) and started drinking out of my stainless steel cup. I'm not perfect with it. I have the occasional bottle of water, but 95% of the time I'm drinking my own water out of a stainless steel cup. I bring my water with me everywhere I go. Glass bottles are also A-okay! I just prefer stainless steel. Too scared I'm going to break the glass.. LOL. I also got a stainless steel travel cup for my coffee.

The next thing I did was evaluate my beauty products and did research on what to buy once I ran out -- soap, body wash, lotion, face wash, moisturizer, makeup remover wipes, and makeup. If it was going on my body, I wanted it to not be filled with chemicals. That also includes laundry detergent. It's been a slow change on that front, but I'm LOVING trying new products. 

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I hope that gives you a clearer picture of what PCOS is and why it's a big deal. Even more so, I hope that you feel EMPOWERED to start taking health things seriously. You CAN make changes. You CAN do research for yourself and learn what's effecting you internally and externally. I would love to help you do that. I'm figuring out this stuff for myself and I would love to share what I'm learning with you along the way. We're a team! We have to help each other! 

If you have any questions about PCOS, tell me in the comments because I've probably had or currently have the same questions! I also recommend making the switch to non-toxic living if you don't have a condition like PCOS. You don't want endocrine disruptors effecting you at all! 

I'm a Little Interested in Oils! What do I do now?

Using Essential Oils is more than just breathing in the good smells. While that's a benefit for sure, it's really about taking a stand for your family and for yourself. It's you, feeling empowered enough to make necessary changes that benefit longterm. It's you standing up against harmful products and chemicals in our everyday products that are not just damaging our environment, but our bodies. It's you recognizing that you CAN do things differently and that you're not alone in wanting what's best for you and your people. 

If you are ready to take your next step into healthier living, take control of what comes into your home, and be a part of a community of like-minded people, then I am committed to walk alongside you. Not just me, but a joint effort between me and my friends at Young Living!

So what do we do now? What's next?

You need some oils and a diffuser and I can hook you up!

Because there are so many oils and products from Young Living, they've made it super easy to get started. I recommend purchasing a Premium Starter Kit. It's the best deal you can get and gives you the most versatile oils. Personally, I'm using these oils every day or every week. The Starter Kit is a huge $$$ saver. It's $160 for over $300 in YL products. 

 

What comes in the Premium Starter Kit?

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    Here are the oils that come wit the Premium Starter Kit listed out and basic ways to use them. (The easiest way, in my opinion, to use the oils is to diffuse them and breathe them in):

    • Frankincense for skin
    • Lavender for sleep
    • Panaway for muscle tension
    • Digize for indigestion
    • Raven for allergies
    • Citrus Fresh for diffusing
    • Lemon in water daily
    • Peppermint for head tension relief + fresh breath
    • Thieves for seasonal illness
    • Copaiba & Stress Away for emotional support

    Plus, you get two samples of the Ningxia Red antioxidant drink! This yummy drink is made up of wolfberry, plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices, vanilla extract plus lemon, orange, yuzu & tangerine essential oils. Ningxia helps support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole body and normal eye health. You also get a diffuser of your choice, a Young Living membership that gets your 24% off all products, samples to share with your friends & a Thieves house cleaner sample!

    Bonus: when you become a wholesale member, you are added to my team! This does not mean you are selling anything, it just means me & my team will be here to help offer support along the way! You will also get added to our Facebook group for additional help in your oily journey. Whoop whoop! I loved being a part of the Group. It was and still is so helpful  when it comes to learning all the ways to use my oils!

     

    So, are you ready to do this? Are you ready to join me on the oils train?

     Let's get started! To purchase your kit, follow these steps:

     

    Make sure that the MEMBER option is selected & that both the ENROLLER & SPONSOR sections include my member number 13173886. (You can choose to be a retail customer but you will not receive the 24% discount, freebies, reduced shipping or promos.) Next, hit continue. A popup will show up, hit continue again.

    STEP 1 : select the Premium Start Kit of your preference. You will also see there is a Thieves Home Kit, Savvy Minerals makeup kits or the Basic Membership Kit.  The items included in each kit are as listed. Each kit gives you membership benefits!

    STEP 2: This is where you will want to place an Essential Rewards order if you'd like to sign up for auto-ship, reduced shipping costs, points back on purchases & occasional freebies! This is the best route in my opinion. Where else can you get up to 25% back on each purchase?! Can't beat that! You'll simply place a minimum order of $50 a month to be on Essential Rewards ($100 minimum if you want to join the biz).

    Everything I use in my daily routine - my vitamins, oils, skincare, makeup -  show up at my door monthly. The best part is, my monthly routine qualifies me for everything Young Living has to offer. It's awesome & I use my points on fun purchases like Ningxia! If you do not want to sign up for ER yet, simply skip this step.

    Step 3: If there are any other Young Living products you are interested in purchasing outside the kit, you can add them to your order here. Otherwise, click Continue & then Continue Enrollment when the popup comes on the screen.

    On the following screen, you will type in your personal information + create your Young Living account. Under Commission Processing Info, select INDIVIDUAL without social security. If you are wanting to join me as a Distributor & get your oils FOR FREE, then you will select Individual with social security so you can get paid! From there you will fill out billing & shipping.

    Once you're done you are officially "one of those oil people" and it's the BEST. 

    If you have any questions about what it looks like to use oils, why it's worth it, or have any questions about particular oils, let me know! If I don't know the answer, I will happily figure it out.

    My main goal in this business is to help myself, I'm not going to lie about that. I want to be healthier, but my other main goal is to share what I'm learning with others and help YOU become the healthiest version of yourself. 

    Now, the ball is in your court! Let's Go! 

    My Intro to Essential Oils

    Guys, I've been keeping a secret. I'm oily. LOL.

    I've been using Essential Oils almost daily for the past few months. They've become such a normal thing that I forget that oils are still kind of a mystery to a lot of people. 

    I took the same approach as I did with starting Keto in that I took my time and got comfortable with my starter kit before really talking about Essential Oils, how much I love them, and how valuable they are to my everyday routines. 

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    These oils are just as big a part of my journey into healing my body from the inside out as subscribing to the Keto Lifestyle. Oils and Keto work together! 

    Around this time last year, I started doing researching natural approaches to healing PCOS and hormones. Essential Oils and Keto popped up in almost every blog post that I read, but I wasn't ready to fully get into oils.

    You know what made me dive head first into Essential Oils?

    Learning about the link between cancer and environmental toxins. Learning about how the everyday toxins we consume, breathe, and absorb into our skin disrupt our hormones. 

    My jaw hit the floor when I learned that the percentages of people getting cancer from environmental toxins was significantly higher than people getting cancer because of genetics. When I learned that the toxicity from E V E R Y T H I N G in our environment, from our food to our washing machine detergent, is disrupting our hormones, I knew that this was a major cause to my PCOS and my hormone issues. I knew that it was time to clean it up when it came to what I ate, the household cleaners, and beauty products I used. 

    I'll be totally honest: I don't know everything about PCOS and essential oils. I'm committed, though, to learning and testing things out. I wholeheartedly believe that my internal healing will happen with a lot of prayer, my oils, and Keto. 

    That's how I got into oils! Realizing that I was the only thing in my way from being the person I wanted to be and having the life I want to have empowered me to dig in, learn new things, and try something different. Over the days ahead, I am going to continue sharing what I learn and what works for me and my hope is that this will encourage you to find what works for you, too. If you have any questions about oils, let me know! I love figuring this stuff out and I'm always looking for more oil pals! Happy diffusing - JJ