Leah’s Tips for a healthy (and happy) life!

Morning routines

Morning routines can set us up for the day, either in a good or bad way. Take control and start your morning with healthy habits. Here are a few of my daily morning routines to get you started.

**The very first thing I tend to do just as I’m waking up is let Reiki flow for a few minutes. I set the intention of grounding myself – anchoring myself into the new day, if you will. Reiki allows me to be present, to maintain optimum health for my physical body, my mind, my emotions, and connects me more intentionally to  the great ‘All That Is’ of life.

**My next step? I tell my family I love them! It may sound daft but feeling loved and secure is one of the best ways of staying healthy. SO many issues arise from the unconscious notion that we are not worthy, not loved…or both! It’s an important part of my day and starts us all off in a positive way. Mindset is EVERYTHING!

**Sticky Willy water! Cleavers is an incredible plant that we forage regularly. It’s so easy to spot, can’t be mistaken for anything else, and is found everywhere. It’s also an incredible plant for supporting liver and kidney function. It enhances the lymphatic system and flushes out toxins. This also then improves the function of the immune system. It truly is an amazing herb. We add it to magnesium enhanced mineral water the night before.

**Magnesium water. Strengthens bones, reduces constipation, eases headaches, lowers blood pressure, keeps heart healthy, and relieves anxiety.

**I also add a few drops of either lemon, lime, grapefruit, green mandarin, wild orange, or tangerine doTERRA essential oil in, depending on what I fancy. In general, citrus oils are well known for their detoxifying, cleansing, tonic properties. They also serve to support our immune system and they are super uplifting. It’s kind of like bringing the sunshine indoors with these oils; they really brighten your mood!

**Diffuser on! There’s barely a minute that goes by in this house without one of the many diffusers on the go (we have one in each room and some to spare). My children like to pick one each and it’s an important part of our morning. The joy of letting the children pick an essential oil each is that we tend to have combinations that I would never have dreamed of putting together – but somehow, they just work. Diffusing oils means we set the tone for the day. In practical terms we may want an immune supporting or respiratory blend over the winter, or a bug deterrent or allergy relieving blend in the summer. But in real terms, we mainly choose the oils for the emotions that they bring. More on different oils and diffuser blends another time…

**The next part of my morning routine is my supplements. I use doTERRA Lifelong Vitality supplements, Mito2Max (for energy and stamina), Terrazyme (active enzymes to help my body absorb all the good stuff I’m taking!), PB Assist probiotics (good bacteria!). I also take a veggie cap (empty capsule) that I add 1/2 drops of: celery seed oil, zendocrine (fantastic blend for the endocrine system), DDR Prime, turmeric oil. I also take spirulina and a few drops of colloidal silver daily. The children have their supplements, probiotics, and omegas too.

**Finally, no morning would be complete without the incredible combination of one drop each of frankincense and copaiba under the tongue. This combination of oils really support us on EVERY level and do not say it lightly when I share that I have heard wonderful stories of health and healing when people have used these two oils consistently over both short and longer periods of time.

It may seem like a lot but I actually love this morning routine. It works so well for my family and I can’t remember the last time any of us were really sick. I’d like to invite you to incorporate one or two of these actions into your daily routine and note how you feel after a few weeks. I can guarantee you’ll feel revitalised, have more energy and feel happier/more positive too!

If you’d like more information on any of the above and to start your oily journey with a 25% discount, please feel free to contact me at: [email protected] 

Leah Napleton Empowerment Mentor & Wellness Advocate

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DoTERRA Oils & Cooking

One of my favourite ways to get some oily goodness and health benefits is to use  my oils in cooking. As a herbalist, I’ve been intrigued to see how oils have taken over in place of herbs in my kitchen. The bottles take up less space and I always have them to hand so that’s really useful but that’s to the main reason.

Did you know essential oils are SEVENTY times more potent than herbs?! Surprising that they are that much more powerful, right? It’s amazing and means that I only have to add one drop (or even a toothpick’s worth) to completely transform the dish I’m creating.

I also know that I’m not just adding incredible flavour. I’m cooking healing food. I can call upon any number of herbs and spices to intentionally ease some aches and pains, give my immune system more support, release tension and stress, help my skin… Literally any number of things! 

I’m a witch of old and this notion of using ingredients around my cauldron to make ‘potions’ enticies my soul. Here are just a few ideas for you:

  • Carrot and wild orange soup! So uplifting, gives the immune system a boost and tastes amazing on a cool autumn day
  • Karachi lamb curry with coriander, black pepper and ginger! Just…. OMG
  • Simple spag bog with a touch of basil or oregano – yum!
  • How about a drop of thyme on your roast chicken on a Sunday?
  • Or have you ever tried lavender scones on a Saturday morning?

There isn’t a day where I don’t use oils in something in my kitchen. If you don’t have oils yet, what’s your fave recipe? Maybe I could give you an idea of an oil that could work?

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more in-depth recipe ideas based around oils, healing plants and food we have foraged locally so keep checking back and be sure to let me know if there’s something specific you’d like to see and know more about!

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If you’d like more information on any of the above and to start your oily journey with a 25% discount, please feel free to contact me at: [email protected] 

Leah Napleton Empowerment Mentor & Wellness Advocate

www.mydoterra.com/empowermentessentoils

www.facebook.com/groups/empowermentessentoils/

Queen of Jars!

Want to know what I am insanely good at? Collecting jars! I can’t be the only one. Big ones, small ones, pretty ones, cool shaped ones, funky lidded type ones, totally normal ones…you name it. I have jars coming out of my ears and I could probably challenge most people to beat my collection. It was probably the biggest bone of contention when we were packing our house up to move to France and continues to be an ongoing joke even now.

I want to give you ten ideas of how to re-use and repurpose those jars so they’re not just oozing out of random cupboards (AND in my case the shelves in the shed). They’re really simple and can be quite fun to do together as a family. A few of them are also my go to ideas for homemade personal gifts for friends and family for special occasions. Why not try a few of them this week?

  1. Fill a jar with Epsom salts and add your favourite calming essential oil combination to create home made bath salts and beautiful way to wind down after a long, stressful day. I particularly like: doTERRA Serenity blend or Roman Chamomile in mine but the list is truly endless. Epsom salts are a fantastic way of relaxing the body and drawing out toxins. Eucalyptus is a great one to add if you’re feeling a bit bunged up (nasally, ha ha)
  2. Use them for your dried herbs! I’ve mentioned I love herbs and I’m always using in the summer. What I’ve historically been less great at is drying them out and popping them in jars for the winter months. It’s so easy though. Just collect your mint, oregano, basil, thyme and let the small bunches dry out fully by hanging them somewhere airy and dark. Sheds and airing cupboards are great places. Some people even have dehydrators these days. Just make sure they are really dry before popping them in your jars as you don’t want them to go mouldy. 
  3. Stick your bananas in your big ones! Ok, so not the actual banana, eat that first but pop your skins in a jar and add water. Leave it to soak overnight/for a few days. It makes THE best fertiliser for your plants and veggies as when it soaks in the water it adds nutrients like potassium, calcium and phosphorus. It’s also said that it may act as a deterrent for insects too. Either way, my tomatoes love me when I use it!
  4. Go local! We use lots of our jars to take to the market where a wonderful lady has an Eco stand. I get my top ups of paprika, couscous, raisons – just all the things to be fair. The great thing about this is that you’re supporting local businesses, you’re not using plastic products and in all honesty, it’s usually cheaper and better quality. No waste, take your own jars shops have been popping up all over so try and find your local one and start making those little changes.
  5. Make some salad dressings. Grab your homemade vinaigrette (recipe ideas coming soon) and save your money. We spend so much on things that we can easily make at home.
  6. Add some fairy lights and make some outdoor lanterns for those dreamy summer evenings
  7. Use them for cuttings. Again, we don’t always need to buy plants and veggies from a store. We can ask friends and family for cuttings or pick different ones when out foraging (responsibly of course). Pop them in a jar of water and wait until the roots start growing before you plant in a pot or your garden. (You may need to get some rooting powder to help some plants along)
  8. Decorate them. We live near the beach and we now have endless pots with shells glued to them. Pots for pens and pencils, pots for nuts and bolts, pots hair clips. You can wrap them in twine/string/yarn. You can etch them if you want to get really creative and one that my little people love is getting a baking tray with a small covering of water and old pots of nail varnish. Drip the nail varnish in the water and just roll the glass through it. The varnish sticks and you get some great patterns. The kids really enjoy doing this and then having their own jars for ‘special things’. Usually an empty snail shell, few twigs, some petals and a random rubber!
  9. Make jam and chutneys. Now is the season and home made jams, jellies and chutneys taste so good. We also add things like dandelion petals or lavender flowers to honey too to give them a distinctive yet beautiful flavour. Again, I’ll be sharing more recipes in the coming weeks so get storing your jars!
  10. Rustic branch vases. Just collect some sticks and glue them to the jar. Pop some of your favourite flowers in and voila!

 I hope you find some of these ideas useful. If you do give some of them a try, and tag us on your socials with @awakenedworlduk  

Leah Napleton Empowerment Mentor & Wellness Advocate

www.mydoterra.com/empowermentessentoils

www.facebook.com/groups/empowermentessentoils/

Healthy Household and Cleaning Products

Air fresheners

Commercial air fresheners can bring many unnatural aromas into your home. There are, however, completely safe and natural alternatives to help keep your home refreshed. Make your own air freshener that has only two ingredients—baking soda and essential oils! 

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 5–6 drops favourite essential oil

Recommended essential oils: doTERRA Balance®, Cassia, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, doTERRA On Guard®, Purify, or Wild Orange.

Instructions

  1. Put ¼ cup baking soda into a small Mason jar. Add five to six drops of your favourite doTERRA essential oil or blend.
  2. Put piece of fabric on jar and seal with jar band.
  3. To keep an area smelling fresh, place jar on a solid surface and shake often to activate the fresh scent.
  4. If scent starts to fade, simply add two to three drops of essential oil to jar. 

Lemon Cleaner Scrub Recipe

Cleaning the bathroom is not an experience people look forward to very often. Being stuck in a small, enclosed space with harsh chemicals not only makes it hard to breathe, but can also be hazardous to your health. The next time you clean your bathroom, why not try mixing up an effective cleaner with many ingredients you already have at home? It still might not be your favorite household chore, but you will at least have a clean bathroom and cleaning products that make the job a little easier to handle. 

Ingredients

  • ¾ rounded cup baking soda¼ cup unscented liquid castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 5–10 drops Lemon oil

Instructions

  1. In bowl, combine baking soda and castile soap.
  2. Add water and stir.
  3. Add vinegar and essential oil. The consistency should be a soft paste.
  4. Store in airtight container.

Make in small batches and store in an airtight container. This is enough for two to four applications. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tub, tile, and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5–10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean. Note: this scrub is also great to use when cleaning your kitchen sink or refrigerator.

Natural Glass Cleaner Spray

Want to make your own natural household glass cleanser at home? This DIY essential oil glass cleanser is affordable, easy, eco-friendly, and doesn’t include harsh chemicals like store-bought cleaners.

Ingredients

  • 16-ounce spray bottle
  • 1 ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup distilled water
  • 8 drops of your citrus oil of choice

Recommended oils: LemonLimeGrapefruitWild Orange, and Citrus Bliss®.

Instructions

  1. Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake.
  2. Clean surfaces.