It’s Time to Break Up with Your Dermatologist

Two months ago, I was preparing for one of the biggest competitions of my life when I got an unexpected dose of gluten from a supplement.  Then, there it was – the biggest and most painful pimple of my life was forming on my chin.

Here’s what it looked like on day two (warning this is cringe worthy…):

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It was painful, hot to the touch, infected and full of pus.  Look familiar?

You’ve probably been there, too.  Maybe you have a major business presentation or a first date this week, but hidden gluten got the best of you, and now you’re suffering.

Benzoyl peroxide is the number one ingredient in most over-the-counter and prescription-based acne treatments.  It’s yet another toxin that we put on our skin to ‘heal’ it.  My dermatologist’s answer is always the same, a benzoyl peroxide cream with lots of pain or a shot with drainage.  Yuck!

It doesn’t have to be that way

Clinical studies have shown essential oils with antimicrobial properties can repair many skin conditions with fewer side effects. (Yay – no drainage!)  I’ve used essentials oils to heal my Celiac Disease symptoms and skin conditions are a major side effect of mine.

A variety of essential oils can work as antiseptic agents and healers including:

  • Melaleuca
  • Lavender
  • Juniper Berry
  • Basil
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum

I follow a specific protocol to deal with my ‘boils’ caused from Celiac Disease.  More on that in a minute…

Healthy skin starts from the inside out

You are what you eat. Your mom probably told you this when she wanted you to eat your veggies over that plateful of chocolate chip cookies. Like all things your mom told you, she was right again.  Food has a major impact on your skin.  Watch out for the oatmilk, but these 30 foods can cleanse your skin.

Plus, drinking 8 glasses of water helps, but…

Sometimes you need more than foods to cleanse your body

As a Celiac, it’s likely that your body isn’t absorbing all of the nutrients that you need.  That’s where supplements save the day.

Here’s my daily supplement regime for glowing skin:

  • 1 8oz Glass of Water with 3 drops of doTERRA Lemon essential oil first thing in the morning to remove toxins and petrochemicals that are built up in my body.
  • 2 Alpha CRS+® Capsules: These support healthy cell proliferation and lifespan with important metabolic factors of cellular energy to help you live younger, longer.
  • 2 Microplex VMz® Capsules: A Food Nutrient Complex that’s an all-natural, whole-food formula of bioavailable vitamins and minerals that are deficient from our modern diets.
  • 2 xEO Mega Capsules: A blend of marine and land-sourced omega fatty acids. These omega fatty acids help support healthy joint, cardiovascular, and brain health, support healthy immune function, and have been shown to help mediate healthy inflammatory responses in cells.
  • 1 GX Assist® Capsules per day for the first 10 days of the month that helps support a healthy digestive tract by creating an unfriendly environment for potentially harmful pathogens that can disrupt digestive immunities and cause digestive upset.
  • 1 PB Assist®+ Capsule per day for the remainder of the month to support healthy digestive functions and immunities.

Since starting this daily regime, I’ve had no painful breakouts/boils, no dermatitis, no constipation, fewer migraines, increased energy levels and more.

What if you need to get rid of a breakout quickly?

The faster you can get rid of that painful pimple, the better.

Here’s my step-by-step acne protocol for painful pimples caused from hidden gluten (especially those water-filled bumps that form on your chin):

  1. Do not squeeze the spot! I’ve tried it, and I promise it is extremely painful and can leave scarring.
  2. Cleanse your skin as you would normally to remove makeup and other oily residue.
  3. Mix Lavender and Melaleuca oil (1:1 ratio) and apply directly to the infected area. Reapply 3 – 5 days per day until healed.
  4. If needed, added a drop of Peppermint to the affected area throughout the day for a cooling sensation.
  5. After the pimple is gone, use a mixture of Geranium and Helichrysum (1:1 ratio) to prevent scaring.

Ready to start your doTERRA regime at wholesale prices? Here’s how:

  • Click here to open this link in a new tab.
  • Select “Join as a New Wellness Advocate”. This means you’ll get wholesale pricing and save 25% on all orders, plus earn rewards points!
  • Choose your Enrollment Kit (see options here).  I suggest the Family Wellness Kit to receive both your supplements and oils.
  • If you prefer to enroll without a kit and select your own products, please select 3201: Introductory Packet for $35 and then add the individual products you are purchasing.
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Have questions or want to add doTERRA to your spa or salon? Email me at info@glutenfreelifestylecoach.com to talk more about wholesale options.

Also, remember, I’m not a doctor nor do I claim to be one (or really encouraging you to not listen to your dermatologist anymore). I’m just sharing my experience and the natural ways that I’ve got rid of my skincare problems and acne.

What essential oils have you used to get rid of acne? Share with us in the comments below:

Essential Oils for Anxiety

Anxiety is how your body prepares itself to deal with a threat or stressful event. It’s much like our innate ability to go into ‘flight or fight’ mode.  While anxiety is a natural response to stress, it can also occur at any time or much more often than it should – especially if you have an anxiety disorder, experience a traumatic event or live in a stressful environment.

Anxiety can lead to feeling fear, nervousness, nausea, sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate plus difficulty concentrating, restlessness, irritability and panic attacks.

Before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I would wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I was having a heart attack.   Later, I discovered that these were panic attacks that my body was using as a response to my undiagnosed autoimmune disease.

Now, if I’m ever feeling anxious, I use my essential oils.  The best essential oil for anxiety is lavender.  Researchers have studied it’s ability to decrease anxiety and found a greater improvement in mood and perceived levels of anxiety over those that received a massage. Other essential oils for anxiety include orange, lemon, ylang ylang and sandalwood.

doTERRA also has some amazing blends that work wonders to reduce anxiety like In Tune, Serenity, AromaTouch and Elevation.

Living in New York, I never lived in an apartment that lent itself to a long, relaxing bubble bath.  Since getting a house in New Hampshire, I make it a priority to spend at least an hour in the tub every time we get to escape from the city.  I mean, look at this gorgeous tub! Wouldn’t you?

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My favorite way to reduce anxiety with essential oils is to add one to two drops of lavender essential oil to 1/4 cup of bath salts and then dissolve them in bath water.

I’d love to hear how you’ve used essential oils to reduce anxiety in your life. Post a comment below on how essential oils have improved the quality of your life.

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Finally Fight Back Against Chronic Fatigue

An IV bag filled with coffee, energy drinks, caffeine pills…you name, I’ve tried it to get rid of the constant fatigue that comes with Celiac Disease and Anemia.

While I might argue that ‘Celiac Tired’, as my friend Gluten Dude calls it, is the worst case of chronic fatigue a lot of other conditions like depression, fibromyalgia, sleep apnea, heart disease, diabetes, hypothyroidism and more also can cause severe fatigue.

For years, I just lived with being tired from the moment I woke up until I finally could get in bed.  But the biggest problem was that once I was in bed, my body was so overloaded with caffeine that I couldn’t sleep!

I knew something had to change.  I started using essential oils for celiac disease side effects like fatigue and bloating, then complimented them with a monthly cleanse and probiotic supplement.

It took some time, but I’m finally on a normal sleep schedule – and I’ve pretty much given up coffee, except for the occasional Saturday morning treat on the back patio.

By the way, there’s an awesome online event happening this month called the Natural Solutions Health Summit, and they even have a class on getting more sleep!

Holistic Health Coach, Dawna Toews, will teach the Sound Asleep workshop, and she’ll cover insomnia and less serious sleep issues can wreak havoc on your body, your mind, and your life! She’s going to explore the different reasons your sleep can be interrupted and help you discover natural solutions to give your mind and body the tools it needs to help you find a restful sleep.

Her son has an autoimmune disease, too and she’s used the same methods that she’s going to teach in the class to help him sleep through the night.

Not concerned about sleep? There are 30 different classes included in the Health Summit taught by doctors, health coaches, therapists, and other specialists.

Can’t take off work to attend? Don’t worry! All of the classes are online and can be watched from the comfort of your home.  Plus, if you can’t make the class ‘live’ then just register for the replay.

The Health Summit is typically $199, but I have a few free tickets to attend.  While I wish I could give this free code to all of my readers, I only have a limited number of free tickets to share and I need to keep track of how many that I give out.  If you’re interested in attending for free, email me to request the promo code.

After you get the free promo code, there are 7 simple steps to register for the Natural Solutions Health Summit:

  1. Go to http://naturalsolutionshealthsummit.com
  2. Click on “register now” (use promo code to register – email me to request the promo code)
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. Go to your email, open the message from me with the subject line Natural Solutions Health Summit.
  5. Read email, find password, and click link.
  6. Register for each individual class you would like to attend “live” AND each class you will want access to for 2 weeks following the Summit.
  7. Attend the class and enjoy!

The 5 side effects of celiac disease that I healed using essential oils

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After years of struggling with asthma, bloating, inflammation, and the inability to maintain a consistent weight, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2009.    Even when I went gluten free, there were still many symptoms of Celiac Disease that I couldn’t get rid of like migraines, dermatitis, cramping, bloating, fatigue and mood swings.

One long week of migraines so fierce that I couldn’t leave my bed was one of the factors that lead to my diagnosis.

Months after going gluten free, I would still get migraines from accidental exposure to gluten as I was learning the lifestyle. Gluten is everywhere like in your toothpaste, some brands of gum, lipsticks and more.

Anytime that I came in contact with gluten (yes, just by touching gluten), my skin broke out in dermatitis or water-filled pimples-like bumps.

Not only was the dermatitis painful, but it was also raging a war against my self-confidence.  I wasn’t able to hold eye contact because I feared I was being judged by the breakouts on my chin.

Occasionally I would still get stomach pains, cramps or bloating.

Then there were the mood swings.  Anytime I would come in contact with gluten, there would be violent mood swings from the shift in my body’s hormonal balance.  One minute I would be on cloud nine, and the next I would be crying like I just re-watched the Titanic.

But, my biggest concern was fatigue. A friend of mine with Celiac Disease says it this way, “there’s being tired, and there’s being ‘Celiac tired’.”  Throughout the work day, I would be fighting the constant urge to crawl under my desk and take a nap.  After lunch I couldn’t keep my eyes open, be productive or even concentrate on my to-do list.

Something had to change.  A friend introduced me to essential oils, and I haven’t gone a day since without using them.

Here’s how I use essential oils for Celiac Disease:

  • Migraines: Place a drop of stimulating oil like peppermint directly to your temples.  Additionally you can place a drop in your hands, gently rub together and breathe in aromatically.
  • Dermatitis: Place 2 – 3 drops of juniper berry or lavender essential oil into a dime size drop of unscented lotion in your hand. Mix together, and then rub over the irritated area. If you’re you have dermatitis on your face, add to face lotion instead of body lotion.
  • Digestive Issues: Place 1-2 drops of ginger essential oil or a blend like doTERRA’s DigestZen directly to your abdomen area to promote healthy digestion, reduce bloating, relieve constipation or cramping.
  • Depression and Mood Swings: Place a drop of balancing oil like clary sage, lavender or rosemary essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub hands together and inhale the oil aromatically.
  • Chronic Fatigue: Apply a combination of basil and lemongrass essential oils directly to your temples, back of neck and feet to boost energy levels and reduce fatigue.  Additionally, you can diffuse lavender or roman chamomile essential oils at night to encourage a deeper sleep.

Essential oils have made a powerful change in my wellness, and they can do the same for you.  Click here to shop my doTERRA website or email me to talk more about the right oils for you.  Don’t forget to ask me about wholesale pricing!

I’d love to hear how you’ve used essential oils to treat your illness. Please post a comment below on how essential oils have improved the quality of your life.

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