You are the author of your life.

All of us are born with a blank page that over our childhood years gets filled with scrips that we have no control over.  As children we have no control over our upbringing, our surroundings and environments, essentially we have someone else write our first chapters in our of our stories.

We go through life one chapter at a time thinking that there is no other way to change what was. We willingly give permission to others to write our story for us. We continue on this path that was paved for us by our parents, people who influence us early on in life and we see no other paths that we could take. We see it as the only way to go through life. 

As a child I have always loved fairytales because they somehow represented what I and I’m sure all of us wish for and that is; to be in charge of the ideas and stories, to be in charge of our own fairytale. 

Unfortunately, some of us if not most of us were told to stop dreaming, we were told that these are just fairytales, that they are not real and to grow up and do what we were told or taught to do and, maybe we will have a somewhat of a happy life…if we’re lucky enough. 

We go through life not always aware the we have the power to stop and consciously look at the road ahead and choose our own path to where ever that may lead us.

We do have a choice to change our story and we can achieve anything we want, even against all odds. When we consciously take back the control we gain the ability to decide how our story will be written. We Reclaim Our Life!

We are the authors of our own "Story Books" and we cannot let anyone take that away from us again.

So… stop! Look at the road ahead and ask yourself, which path do you choose? Take back the “pen” and start writing your next chapter the way YOU want to write it!!!

by, Greta Olechno

What is Aromatherapy?


What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural essential oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.The inhaled aroma from essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.
A form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy is gaining momentum. It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.


Aromatherapy History

Little is known about the history of aromatherapy, or where it originated specifically, but the Egyptians are credited with developing one of the first distillation machines to extract oils from certain plants -- cedarwood, clove, cinnamon, to name a few -- which were used to embalm the dead. The practice of using infused aromatic oils as a mood enhancer, however, is thought to have roots in China.The Greeks also played a role in the history of aromatherapy. Megallus, a Greek perfumer, developed a fragrance he called megaleion, which consisted of myrrh. The "father of medicine" Hippocrates is said to have practiced aromatherapy (before it was dubbed so) for healing purposes. Greek mythology claims the gods were gifted with the knowledge of perfume and fragrance.The actual term "aromatherapy" first originated in 1937 when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse invented the word after a burn incident spurred his curiosity about the healing power of essential oils. On the heels of Gattefosse's "discovery" that lavender oil helped to cure his burn, French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential oils to help heal soldiers' wounds in World War II, proving the medical benefits of aromatherapy.



What are Essential Oils?
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Essential oils are the fragrant essence of a plant. These highly concentrated liquid oils are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant has healing properties. Essential oils should not be confused with perfumes or other fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural to the plant, whereas fragrance oils are chemically produced to mimic certain aromatic scents for perfumes, colognes, candles, etc.

 There are different grades of oils.

Grade A Therapeutic- Made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures
Grade B - Food grade- May contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical extenders, or carrier oils
Grade C – Perfume- Often contains adulterating chemicals and solvents to gain higheryield. Solvents can be cancerous, and are in many store bought oils. They may also be diluted 80-95% with alcohol.
Grade D – Floral Water - Aromatic only and usually a by-product of Grade A distillation. After the oil is pulled out, the left over floral water is sold to companies. They in turn will fill 5% of the bottle with this floral water, and top the rest off with carriers and label it “pure”.
Essential oils are extracted through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they come. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resin and herbs.
Oils consist of over 100 different natural, organic compounds. In humans, they provide support for every system in the body: your system and your hormones, respiratory system and immune system. They support brain health and a healthy weight. They are used extensively for emotional and for spiritual support in your prayer life. An oil in a diffuser can soothe a child’s tough day at school and provide a calming effect when you’ve had a stressful day at work.


Some oils are too concentrated to apply directly to the skin. In this case, the oil is combined with a 'carrier' oil or lotion to dilute its strength. Applying stringent oils to the skin can cause reactions, such as rashes or burns. Certain oils are photosensitive, so don't use if going outside (e.g., Lemon, Grapefruit, and most citrus oils).  There are over 300 oils available, each with its own healing properties but.. you only need ten to twenty oils to build a good kit. 


 So why do you need Essential Oils? 

Because you need them in your home as part of a simple, chemical free lifestyle. It is time to kick chemicals to the curb! Only you control what you allow across the threshold of your home. When you see what they do for your body and begin to kick chemicals out of every room in your house, it is impossible to walk into the home of your friends and family and not share what you know– especially when you see the ingredients lists in the products they use every single day. You share it because you love and care for your friends, and you want them to live a healthy life!

Where to start?

Here's my link to provide you with the best Starter Kit you will ever buy!


The kit comes with:

  • 11 essential Oils
  • Bottles to share with your family and friends
  • An AromaGlide roll-on bottle to apply the oils on the go
  • Samples of NingXia Red for full system support
  • Thieves hand sanitizer
  • A diffuser!!!!!!!!!
A lifetime wholesale membership
  • That means 24% off your oils for life
  • Every single order that you place after the kit is 24% off
  • To maintain a wholesale membership you only have to spend 50PVs in a calendar year in oils that you select. There is never a membership fee.

How To Order

  • It’s simple!
  • Go to here
  • Click on “become a member” 
  • Add my sponsor/enroller number (11112961)
  • Screen 2 lets you pick out your options
  • Screen 3 adds your mailing info
  • Screen 4 collects your payment info
  • And you are off and running!

Aromatherapy For Students

Parents typically want to do all they can to help their child succeed in school. Whether your child is just going down the street to the local elementary school, or across the country to college, there are some great ways that essential oils can help your student achieve his or her greatest potential in school.

Passing the Test


Nothing is worse during a test than seeing a question and knowing that you studied the answer, but it just won't come to you. According to the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley, essential oils may be able to help with that problem. They write, "A university in Japan experimented with diffusing different essential oils in the office. When they diffused lemon there were 54% fewer errors, with jasmine there were 33% fewer errors, and with lavender there were 20% fewer errors. When essential oils are diffused while studying and smelled during a test via a hanky or cotton ball, test scores may increase by as much as 50%. Different essential oils should be used for different tests, but the same essential oil should be used during the test as was used while studying for that particular test. The smell of the essential oil may help bring back the memory of what was studied" (pg. 155). Another study indicated that subjects who learned a list of 24 words while exposed to a certain aroma had an easier time re-learning the list when exposed to the same aroma than those who were exposed to a different aroma while trying to re-learn the list. Further studies have indicated that rosemary and peppermint aromas were found to enhance memory during clinical tests.

Calming the Stress


For many students, school means stress. Whether the stress is brought about by tests, homework, trying to fit in extracurricular activities or jobs, or from trying to create and maintain good friendships with others, essential oils can be a great aid to de-stressing after a stressful day. According to author Marlene Erickson in Healing with Aromatherapy, "EEG tests of the brain's rhythm patterns found that neroli, jasmine, and rose induced delta rhythms, with some inducing a combination of delta and theta rhythms. Delta and theta rhythms are associated with reducing mental chatter and allowing for more intuitive thought processes" (pg. 65). Marcel Lavabre also recommends chamomile, neroli, marjoram, lavender, and ylang ylang oils to help deal with stress in his Aromatherapy Workbook (pg. 49). Research studies have found evidence that lavender, lemon, and ylang ylang oils may help reduce stress.

 Fighting the Bugs


When lots of students congregate in classrooms, lunchrooms, locker-rooms, or dormitories, there are abundant opportunities for germs to spread. Essential oils appear to be a great natural way to help keep those germs at bay. According to Connie and Alan Higley, "Research at Weber State University has shown that out of 67 oils tested, 66 of them were powerful antibacterial agents. Oregano, cinnamon bark, mountain savory, ravensara, and peppermint were all more powerful as antibacterial agents than Penicillin or Ampicillin" (Reference Guide for Essential Oils, pg. 346). Aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood recommends using essential oils to make an anti-infectious room spray by mixing 20 drops thyme linalol, 5 drops cinnamon, 5 drops clove, 10 drops tea tree, and 10 drops lemon with 2 oz. alcohol (vodka or everclear) and then mixing it with 4 oz. of water and letting it stand for 24 hours before transferring it to a misting spray bottle to use (Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, pg. 37). One study found that a blend of lemongrass and geranium oils diffused into the air was able to reduce airborne bacteria in an office by 89%.

Getting the Energy


Between late-night study sessions, after-school activities, sports, jobs, and the many other activities students are involved in, sometimes it can be hard to find the energy needed to be awake and alert during the school day. According to several authors, some essential oils can be naturally stimulating. Marlene Erickson writes, "Stimulant essential oils are used for conditions of mental fatigue, poor memory, and difficulty concentrating. Stimulants are useful when you're feeling tired or sluggish and need to boost your mental activity. EEG tests used to evaluate stimulant essential oils such as black pepper, cardamom, and rosemary indicated that they induced beta brain rhythms. Beta rhythms correlate with aroused attention and alertness" (Healing with Aromatherapy, pg. 66). In addition to these oils, the Reference Guide for Essential Oils also lists basil, eucalyptus, fir, ginger, grapefruit, orange, patchouli, peppermint, rose, and sage as other stimulating essential oils (Higley, pg. 490).

Essential Tip: Keep essential oils close at hand for your student by placing the oils in small 1/4 dram or 5/8 dram vials and labeling each vial with a circle or rectangle label so it can be easily identified. Place up to 8 different oils or blends in a handy Keychain Oil Case. Place this small case in a the pocket of a backpack or book bag along with a copy of the Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils (you will get a small version of this book as a gift from me when you join my team), and your student will have quick access to the oils and information on how to use them any time there is a need!

3 Science-Backed Ways to Handle Fear

It was twilight and I had turned into the little alley to take the shorter route home. Suddenly something moved in the shrubbery. Before I could think, literally, I felt blood rush to my extremities and found myself turning back in panic. Within seconds though, it dawned upon me that it was merely a leaf rustling in the evening breeze, and I regained my composure. I had believed it to be something far more sinister, and my fear had kicked in way before my rational mind could.

Fear is part of our evolutionary journey—the oldest emotion we have inherited from the earliest reptiles of 600 million years ago in order to ensure our survival. We've managed to preserve it in the deepest recesses of our brains and carry it forth into the relative safety of the 21st century.

However, in today’s world, we rarely face the physical dangers that our hunter-gatherer ancestors did. 

Most of our fears are psychological, creations of an imagination that tries to protect an illusive ego. The classic fight, flight or freeze response shows up as the "attack, avoid or accommodate" tendency that harms our relationships and limits our full potential.

What are we to do? Here are 3 strategies to try.

Breathe from Your Belly

Our fear response is largely beyond our control. A pumping heart, blood rushing to our extremities, and the release of cortisol and adrenaline are all physiological reactions that run their course without our conscious input. But there is one we can control, and eastern meditation practices recognized its importance thousands of years ago. It's the breath. 

When we're fearful, we breathe shallowly from our chest—which is why our voice can squeak. Any vocal artist would recognize the importance of breathing from the belly to overcome fear and regain a commanding voice. In his book, The Self Comes to Mind, renowned neuroscientist Antonio Damasio talks of the importance of maintaining a natural rhythm to our breath, since it's ground zero for the way we experience life.

And mindfulness practices study the benefits of focusing our attention on our breath in order to ground ourselves in the safety of the present moment and thus calm the fear response.

Reach Out to Others

It's often believed that humanity’s rise to the top of the food chain is the result of our social brain more than any other capability that distinguishes us from other primates. 

In his book, Social, psychologist Matthew Lieberman reveals that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental than our need for food or shelter. No wonder we can calm others by a smile and a soothing voice, by looking and listening to them and by the warmth of a gentle touch. 

Neuroscientist Steven Porges explains that the new mammalian vagal nerve that enables us to do so developed as an alternate response to stress so that the traditional defence mode need not be called into action. By calling a family member or a close friend, or spending time in their company, we can initiate the parasympathetic nervous system and return our body to a state of calm.

Sit with It

Fear calls for urgency and action. For the purpose it serves, it's a brilliant mechanism devised by nature to ensure our survival. However, not all fears require the limited repertoire of the fear response. 

Panicking before a big presentation or feeling queasy about a difficult conversation are all fears that urge us to avoid the situation altogether. Being angry about someone’s behaviour or fuming over an email are also reactions to fear that instigate us to react with vengeance in order to establish our power.

When we can sit with our fears without reacting to them, we develop an inner resilience that silences them over time. This is the basis of many of the cognitive behavioural treatments for anxiety disorders such as panic and obsessive compulsive disorder. Watching the wave of fear’s urgency rise, pound, implore, and then reduce to nothingness is one of the best ways to handle its false cries of wolf and allow our rational mind the time it needs to kick in.

Einstein famously said that the most important question facing humanity is whether we view the world as a friendly place. 

Our fears have gotten us thus far in our evolution. But they have also given rise to the many challenges we face. 

We don't need to look far to find solutions to these problems. The answers lie within us, in our ability to see the world not as foe to be feared, but as a common humanity.

By Homaira Kabir

The fear we may experience during these uncertain times

The fear we may experience during these uncertain times

We have been faced with so much uncertainty these days.
People have so much on their minds and fear just keeps taking over their entire existence... whether it’s fear of getting sick, fear of loosing someone you love, fear of loosing your job, fear of loosing your home, whatever it is, it’s all valid!
And yes we do have to take appropriate precautions but we also have a choice to change our mindset.
I have been learning to move from a fear-based experience to feeling a more open and peaceful one.
I‘m learning to first take full responsibility and accountability that on some level I created the experience or feeling, and nobody else is to blame and now I choose to acknowledge, accept it and release it! 

The choice is truly ours. Do we choose to experience a fearful, limited life or do we choose a happy joyful life?
It’s not easy and it takes practice but it is possible.

Fear is a human emotion that is triggered by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism that signals our bodies to respond to danger with a fight or flight response or freeze. As such, it is an essential part of keeping us safe.
However, when people live in constant fear, whether from physical dangers in their environment or threats they perceive, they can become incapacitated.

Fear prepares us to react to danger.

But living under constant threat has serious health consequences. 

* Physical health. Fear weakens our immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers and bowel problems. It can lead to accelerated ageing and even premature death.

* Memory. Fear can impair formation of long-term memories and cause damage to certain parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus. This can make it even more difficult to regulate fear and can leave a person anxious most of the time. To someone in chronic fear, the world looks scary and their memories confirm that.

* Brain processing and reactivity. Fear can interrupt processes in our brains that allow us to regulate emotions, read non-verbal cues and other information presented to us, reflect before acting, and act ethically. This impacts our thinking and decision-making in negative ways, leaving us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions. All of these effects can leave us unable to act appropriately.

* Mental health. Other consequences of long-term fear include fatigue, clinical depression, and PSTD. Alongside stress, which in turn results in all of the above. 

So whether threats to our security are real or perceived, they impact our mental and physical wellbeing.

So my suggestions to you is turn off the news and choose a happy and joyful activity and choose to change your mindset. 

Have an amazing Monday!!!

Here's few of my favourite self-help books that I have enjoyed recently:)

Light Is the New Black

You Are a Badass -
Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World -
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