Top Tips for Balanced Relationships

This past week I learned a valuable lesson in relationships.  Did you know there is a golden rule to keeping balanced relationships at home, at work, and elsewhere.  People respond better to positive praise and are more likely to want to do more things right in order to receive more positive praise. Unfortunately we tend to go straight for the negative or “constructive” criticism when dealing with people in our lives.  Does it ever feel like the negative interactions outweigh[Read more]

Wild Orange Essential Oil

Wild Orange is one of my absolute favorite essential oils due to its energizing aroma and multiple health benefits. High in monoterpenes, Wild Orange possesses stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to enhance immunity when seasonal threats are high. As with many citrus peel oils, Wild Orange contains powerful antioxidants that help maintain overall health. It can be taken daily to cleanse the body or used on surfaces as a natural cleaner. Diffusing Wild Orange will energize and uplift[Read more]

Inner Peace & Gratitude

Is your glass half empty or half full?  Most of us aren’t hard-wired to see the positive side of things, to be grateful for what we have in our lives, the things we’ve accomplished, or to see how we add value to the lives of others.  I’ll admit there was a time when it was very difficult to live in a state of gratitude for the things and people I had in my life. First world problems right?  But it’s all[Read more]

How to Reduce Stress this Holiday with Gratitude

When I was a kid, I loved watching the Muppet Movies.  The year I turned eleven, my mom took my sister and me to see the Muppet’s Christmas Carol.  This was my very first exposure to the classic Dickens story.  I loved Kermit and his little family, and I remember being terrified of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. In the film, Scrooge says to his nephew, “What right how you to be merry?  You’re poor enough.” To which[Read more]

HOW TO REDUCE STRESS AROUND FAMILY

  I love my family and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world, but I tell you what, they really know how (and when) to push my buttons. I’m 33 years old and I swear, in their eyes, I’m still that shy little girl.  My family can be passively aggressively judgmental with seesawing moods, and all the other nuances of typical family dynamics. Ok Laurel, now say 10 nice things about your family and go sit in the corner[Read more]

4 TIPS FOR A HEALTHY, STRESS-FREE THANKSGIVING + A RECIPE

  Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  I know the holidays can be stressful.  Essential oils can help keep everyone in your life this holiday season healthy and calm.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a stress-free, healthy family sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table?  Click here to learn about my favorite essential oils for calming.  Plus, you can cook with them and forget about having to buy all those expensive fresh herbs! Here are 4 tips on how to use[Read more]