Sade: A Once in a Lifetime Experience….

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For those of you who know about Sade and are HUGE fans of her such as I am then it’s pretty clear she is such an amazing talent all on her own. The minute she stepped on the music scene in 1984 with Smooth Operator off her album Diamond Life, the world knew she is something different and rare. Seeing her in concert would be such a treat but with her reclusivness and her willingness to tour only once every 10 years, seeing her would be hard but such a treat. To be honest this is what I admire about her, she’s not out there flaunting and feeding off her fame like so many other celebrities we see, constantly in the tabloids, destroying themselves with drugs and doing anything to get attention, to get in the camera. Sade rejects this type of fame and has said many times she does not release an album until she has something to say, something to sing about. This is great because you know the album she has spent a decade writing and producing is going to be a gem of all gems and so worth the wait. It has been ten years since she had released Lovers Rock and the same amount of time since she has been on tour and there had been plenty of fans (such as myself) that have been dying for her next album and next tour. I was determined if she came back with more music that was the time for my husband and I to go see her! We are both such huge fans and the privlige of seeing her would be once in a life time. Well the time finally came and Sade came back with Soldier of Love and let me tell you, worth the wait!! Each song is so different and so Sade.  She has stuck with her own unique sound and song writing that it never disappoints but with the release of the new album there wasn’t immediate talk of a tour, this had me nervous but very hopeful. Finally the word came down that she was going on tour in Europe… 18 months after the release of her album. No one else can pull off what she does by waiting that long after her album drops to take on a world tour, but she did it! I had been spending months on her website praying to see dates in Phoenix and I had no idea how much September 2, 2011 would change our lives….

We bought the tickets six months before she was to come to Phoenix and let me tell you those months dragged and went by fast at the same time… So the day finally comes and it doesn’t hit me until we are at US Airways Arena that we are not only getting to see her but John Legend! He’s a super performer by the way… Let me tell you, ten years has done NOTHING to Sade. What you hear on her albums is what you hear live and it was amazing! It was worth every penny every minute of waiting to get to see her. I would highly recommend that you go to the ends of the earth to see her live in concert. The set, the lights, her outfits were all perfect and honestly I wouldn’t change a thing about that show. It was simple, and even in that big arena she could make you feel she is just singing to you in a small venue… She put on a full two hour show and it felt like five minutes. You are engaged the whole time, hanging off every note, every song she sings. Sade I love you!!!

It was well worth the ten year wait for her next album and next tour. She may not tour again because she has said she doesn’t know how much longer she can sing the same songs… We are aware that this was a once in a lifetime event and so very thankful that we could be apart of it….

How to use Essential Oils

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Featured Oil of the Week: Lavender

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So this week I want to feature an oil that is so amazing and has a lot more uses and effects on the human body than just relaxation. Lavender is known to many for its calming properties and helping people de-stress and aide in anxiety treatment. I personally have used Lavender for those nights where I have a hard time getting to sleep, I have a lot on my mind or I just want to feel more relaxed. I place this oil and Peace and Calming (I’ll discuss this oil in a later blog) on the bottoms of my feet and I can tell you I have not had a better sleep in years! Many of us wake up in the middle of the night, we have a restful sleep at first but then we get disturbed and can’t get back to sleep, etc. So here is some info  and fun facts about Lavender 🙂 It is the most versatile of all essential oils. When lavender is distilled to be therapeutic grade it is great and highly regarded for helping the skin. It can help with scar tissue and the prevention of scar tissue formation, helps with cuts and burns, dry/chapped skin, rashes, sunburn, insect bites and other skin abrasions. Never knew you could do so much with lavender huh? Lavender is also an adaptogen so when the body is stressed or adapting to imbalances that we all experience from time to time, Lavender can be a help with keeping the body and mind calm and adapting to new and potentially stressful situations.

Other uses for Lavender Essential Oil is as follows:

Calming,  Sleep aid, Bee sting/Insect bite, minor burn, cuts, eczema/dermatitis, motion sickness, nosebleed, unblock tear ducts, dry/chapped skin, scar tissue, deodorant, Hay fever, dandruff, moths and insects, water fountains, sweeten laundry, cold sores, allergies, sunburn and rashes. That’s crazy!! One bottle of oil and so many  uses for your heath and around the house. Researchers in Germany did a study on the effects of Lavender on anxiety disorders. At the end of the ten week study, it was concluded that users of the oil their score on the Hamilton Anxiety scale versus those that just took a placebo. So scientifically it is being proven that these therapeutic grade oils do affect the body and your health for the better 🙂  A daily use for the Lavender oil is using 1-2 drops and rubbing it on the bottom of my feet along with Peace and Calming. It’s such a great way to come down from a busy day that is potentially stressful and hectic. Literally a few minutes after this I am super relaxed and I have the kind of sleep I do not wake up in the middle of the night and feel super rested the next morning! If you are having trouble sleeping or suffering from anxiety Lavender oil is a great treat and a wonderful way to treat your body.

I will be blogging more with more uses of Lavender oil and other oils I will be featuring each week. Please visit my site at https://www.youngliving.org/esnyder for more info on this oil and other oils you may be curious about.  You can shoot me an email at erica_snyder@me.com or post a comment and I will be sure to get back to you!

Thanks for the read and here’s to your health….

Essential Oils and what are they?

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You may have heard the word essential oils or organic oils and may have wondered “what the heck are those? Another weird natural way of living?” Well it is a natural way of living but definitely not weird 🙂 LOL More and more people are discovering a more natural way to deal with health ailments, sore muscles, fussy babies, pet health etc. Essential oils have a wide array of uses and tremendous health benefits! If you have been looking for a chemical free way to rid your house of germs, chemicals from your home believe it or not people are discovering essential oils. So where do the oils actually come from? Well if you have ever squeezed a lemon or an orange peel and seen then liquid that comes out is the essential oil, totally organic and natural! So there nine oils and oil blends that are highly regarded for daily use and these oils are Lavender, Lemon, Frankincense, Purification, PanAway, Peace and Calming, Valor, Peppermint and Thieves.

Lavender Oil:

Lavender is a very versatile oil that is used to clean and soothe burns, cuts and other skin irritations. it also calms and balances the body with its refreshing and relaxing scent. Having trouble sleeping? Rub 1-2 drops of this oil on the bottoms of your feet for a much needed deeper rest. You also diffuse this oil to enjoy the scent in your home to create a more relaxing and calm atmosphere and also rub Lavender over a cut or burn to soothe these injuries. People have been known to use this oil to heal dry,chapped skin also. Feeling tense. Rub 1-2 drops of this potent oil on the back of your neck for calming and you can also minimize scar tissue by rubbing Lavender on or around the affected areas. Some versatile uses of lavender are helping with, calming, sleep aid, bee stings/bug bites, motion sickness, nosebleeds, dry/chapped skin, scar tissue, hay fever, can be used as a natural deodorant, eczema/dermatitis, unblocking of the tear ducts, dandruff, sweetens laundry, minor burns, moth and insect repellent, sunburns, allergies, rashes, cold sores and the list goes on! So amazing!

Peppermint oil is the oldest and the highest regarded oil as far as aiding in digestion. Scientists have studied its affect on the liver, respiratory system, improving concentration and mental clarity. This is a great oil to diffuse and over time it can improve the smell of your home, get rid of viruses and bacteria and improve your over all well-being.  Peppermint can help aid in heartburn, inflamation on unbroken skin, bruises, fever, itching, poison ivy/poison oak, working out, nausea, headache, hiccups, alertness/concentration, travel sickness, congestion, flavoring of foods, and detrrrence of ants, rodents and cockroaches.

The name Thieves for this essential oil was founded on the legend of a group of thieves in fourteenth century France who used clove, rosemary, and other aromatics when robbing plague victims in order to stay immune. This Thieves Essential Oil contains clove for its antimicrobial properties and cinnamon for its purifying properties. Youc an use this oil in a diffuser to eliminate bacteria and odors in the air, place some on a cotton ball place in a back pack, car or anywhere that the air needs cleaning. Thieves is also known for its immune strengthening properties. A great way to strengthen your immune system with Thieves is to put 2-3 drops in a capsule and swallow daily for that extra protection. Some more uses for Thieves are as follows: Cold and flu prevention, aids with strep throat, getting rid of household germs, aids with gingivitis/bleeding gums. mold, bronchitis, cold sores/fever blisters and aids in the healing of fungal skin and toe infections. If you are suffering from a cold or flu you can diffuse this oil in 1/2 hour increments, rub a 1 drop on the bottom of the feet and also add a drop to a glass of water and drink. Great during cold and flu season!

This oil was considered to be more valuable than Gold during ancient times and used to treat every man or woman that was ill. Frankincense is known antidepressant and muscle relaxing benefits.  This oil is great to use to get a sense of spirituality, increase inner strength and to also support skin health. When diffused the scent of Frankincense can enhance prayer during meditation and is a great oil to use during yoga or any other mind/body classes. Some great uses for Frankincense are for: concentration, immune health, blisters, insect bites, depression, brittle nails, stretch marks, cysts, skin health, warts, breast health and healthy maintenance. A true miracle oil!

When taken internally, lemon is a great source of d-limonene which is a great antioxidant and is known to boost the body’s defenses. you can use this oil topically to balance out oils glands and minimize oil production. Massage lemon onto cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste cells. Lemon is also great for enhancing foods and to add a few drops to your water for a great antioxidant boost. Some other great uses for lemon are: air freshener, to remove gum oil grease spots and crayons, reduces the appearance of varicose veins, helps with callouses/bunions/warts, prolonging the life of fresh fruit, making lemonade, disinfecting dishcloths, cleaning counters tops and also disinfecting your hands before using a public bathroom.

This oil blend was formulated to be diffused to purify and cleanse the air from mildew, cigarette smoke and other odors.  This is another oil blend that can be used to aide in clearing the skin of blemishes and also repel bugs and pesky insects. Uses for Purification Essential Oil Blend: Sore throat aide, air purifier, flu aide, humidifier, cat/dog ear mites, sneaker odors, skin blemishes and insect repellant.

This is a gentle fragrant blend that promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace. People have said that it helps them calm tensions and raises their spirits. You can mix this oil with a V-6 massage oil for a more soothing calming massage for your client and also with 1-2 drops rub on the bottom of your feet and shoulders for a more rested sleep. Peace and Calming can also help with overactive children, relaxing massage, relaxing bath, teeth grinding and a natural sleep aid.

This pain relief blend of wintergreen, clove, peppermint and helichrysum eases discomforts or everyday twinges with a warming soothing effect. If you have had a tough workout or suffer from any other muscle pain PanAway can ease and soothe those sore muscles for a more relaxed feel. This oil is great for women during that time of the month, add 3-4 drops to a warm towel and place over the abdomen to ease the discomfort of cramps and bloating. PanAway can help with arthritis, sciatic pain, growing pains, sore muscles, headaches and inflammation/bruising.

Valor essential oil is a blend of Rosewood, Tansy, frankincense and spruce. This is known as the confidence booster oil and can help build emotional strength by rubbing a few drops over the heart, neck, wrists and on the bottom of the feet. Valor is also valuable with back pain/injury, joint pain/injury, TMJ, sciatica, anxiety, sleep apnea, stiff neck and spinal adjustment.

As you can see Essential oils are amazing! You can use all kinds of natural remedies for most ailments that you experience daily or during your life. I love sharing about these and wanted to share with you the 9 essential oils that are most popular that people use on a daily basis and have had the greatest success with. If you have questions please leave me a comment I would love to hear from you!

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Turning on the Lightbulb

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So when was your lightbulb moment? When did you get sick of the current situation you’re in now and decided to make a real change? A lot of us have been or are in a situation now where we aren’t/weren’t happy and just didn’t know what to do! A good example (of course it has to do with health and fitness) is if you’re in a physical shape you are just not happy with. You feel tired, your joints hurt and other side effects that are not fun but what to do?? There are so many fads out there and “get skinny quick” products out there it can make your head explode! What to do what to do??? One day that light bulb will go off… You’ll get sick of not being in the shape you’re in, not being in the job you’re happy at, or in a relationship that’s doing nothing for you one day you will hit your threshold and take action! This is the best time, it’s like the blinders come off and you just know what to do.  You send out your resume for that job you’ve been wanting to get, or finally tell your relationship partner that it’s over or find a “soulmate”workout that you just love and are determined to drop those pounds and get to where you want to be! This can be such a moment of power for you! The moment where you say “enough is enough!” When this moment happens you find yourself forming new habits, making new friends, having healthier relationships and all kinds of life changing events happening. You may be scared at first because change is scary, it’s unfamiliar you don’t know what to expect or how others will react to it. What this is for you is a POSITIVE change. You will attract others that are interested in the same things you are, that are more supportive of you and your goals and just a more fulfilling relationship with people. This is a huge step at setting and achieving your goals. Just think if you are surrounded by people that are like “why do you want to lose weight?” “Why are you so into fitness?” You the naysayers?? It’s amazing how they can throw you off your goals, feed your fear and hold you back! If your lightbulb, your breaking point has happened, listen to that and make something happen! Never be afraid to be yourself! Break through those walls and achieve the goals that you have set for yourself!

I’m curious, when did your lightbulb go off and what did it go off about? What did you do about your situation that you wanted to change? I would love to hear about it! Again hitting the threshold of what made you so unhappy is always a good thing! Whether you want to get the last 10lbs off or lose 50lbs or get a new job, just remember that YOU CAN!! Anything you set your mind to can be done! Don’t listen to the naysayers, take it one day at a time and you will get there!

Remember I’m always listening 🙂

Yours in Wellness

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