50 Ironman Triathlons, 50 Days, 50 States: The Iron Cowboy


James Lawrence AKA The Iron Cowboy has been showing the world what the human body is capable of completing; 50 full triathlons in 50 states in 50 days. WOW, right? When James was 28 years old his wife Sunny challenged him to do a 4 mile “fun run”. He struggled to even finish. But Sunny believed in her husband and signed him up for a full marathon… WOW… he did it and little did he know his journey to be one of the world’s top athletes had begun. Fast forward more than a decade and the 50- 50-50 challenge has now broke his previous World Record of 30 Ironman distance races in one year. With this challenge, James the Ironman and his family are showing us much more.

Dream Big and Succeed


This picture is from a Facebook post of the Iron Cowboy’s Room where his wife Sunny posted this years ago. The 50-50-50 is pushing us all to look at our dreams and goals and push ourselves to DREAM BIG… If our Dreams don’t scare us then they aren’t big enough, his Facebook post said.

Get Healthy


Change is Hard. Change is Really Hard. But the Reward is getting your life back. – James Lawrence

The Iron Cowboy 50-50-50 is encouraging all of us to get healthy. My family attended the Pensacola 5K with James along with other Young Living leaders. This was my husband’s first 5K run. In our conversations after the event with other successful business leaders, we all realized that our success and hard work had contributed to our weight gain and some unhealthy habits. We all had committed to get back on track and my husband was bit by the 5K bug. Eight days later he would run another 5K 4th of July Run. And then by coincidence we would be 40 minutes away from James’ 38th Ironman near Cleveland Ohio and we got to bring our friends and participate in that 5K run too. What a blast!


Moms pushing their kids in their jogging strollers, kids as young as 6 years old passing us, and even meeting some amazing success stories like Christian Crabtree who James coached and helped release more 100lbs. I was so excited.


Family First


One of the things I most admired about James’ journey is that he did it with his wife and kids. Can you imagine that summer vacation? WOW. Talk about endurance for the whole family. I can imagine it was extremely challenging, but in the events we got to witness we watched happy kids, running or biking with their dad, and loving on him when they could.


#FightTheFight Childhood Obesity

Children are a product of their environments. And us as adults and parents have that responsibility to make those changes to start eating healthy foods, to start being active. – James Lawrence

In 2012 according to the CDC more than 1/3 of children and youth were overweight or obese in the United States. Ironically as James addressed the crowd in Ohio about his fight against obesity, the kids swim meet right next to us was serving all kinds of junk food at it’s snack bar.

It’s not easy. It’s a choice. – James Lawrence


Pushing Past the Pain

You can view through the Facebook feed to find plenty of times when James was injured, he had toenails falling off, was exhausted physically and mentally. In fact I don’t think he got more than 6 hours of sleep most nights with the schedule and travel they had to do. I am sure he wanted to quit but he kept with it. His wife Sunny shared on Facebook how hard the travel was and her little one missing his dad. I am sure she wanted to quit too but she persevered.


I was thankful to see some great chiropractors, massage therapists and physicians supporting James’ success. It takes a great TEAM to achieve the IMPOSSIBLE DREAM.


Young Living Supports the Iron Cowboy

Young Living Essential Oils was one of the biggest supporters of the Iron Cowboy. It was fun to see the Young Living bus, Slique van, and supplements the Iron Cowboy used while on his journey.

Here are a few posts from Facebook:

Everyday, twice a day, crucial for James’ success!!! – Facebook post


“Young Living products are a permanent part of my training, competing, and my family life,” says James. James has used them since 1994.



James Sets an Example

Although James’ 50-50-50 journey is over, his lasting impression, inspiration and memory will be set in the Guinness Book of World Records and throughout history. What he did to inspire us to get our kids and ourselves more active, to make fitness a family affair, and to make our health and the health of our children a top priority will remain with us for years to come.


I will close with James’ words from his 50-50-50:

Hopefully I can lead by example and you are going to want to join me. Come swim a lap with me, come bike a mile with me.

What he started let us continue to exercise and live an active life for our family and our future.


Article by Mary Starr Carter aka The Total Wellness Doc and Mom. Inspiring others through her real life struggles and wins with infertility, healthy living, parenting and being a wife. Visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheTotalWellnessDocandMom


Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.

Anoint My Head with Oil

Have you wrestled with how to use essential oils

Biblically when the New Age Influence is so strong?

Live Webinar May 5, 2015

In this refreshing discussion – completely free from either paranoia or obsession – your hosts will frankly, and openly discuss what place essential oils have in today’s Christian homes. The New Age movements counterfeits have long kept Christians bound in fear and unwilling to use God’s natural remedies. Your hosts will help you understand what is fraudulent, and how the New Age movement is actually imitating something real. Our job is to search out the real, and to not take part in the counterfeit

We do not need to operate in fear, or reject what God has created because the enemy has tried to taint it. We need to claim what is ours and use what God created for us as good.

The Bible frequently speaks of anointing, ointment, and perfume. What does it mean? How does this fit into our modern lives?
Find out more and register for FREE today! Limited seating available, register soon!

With Love,


Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.

The Difference Between Essential oils: Part 1

Grapefruit -Oil

I was reminded recently of how powerful and “Therapeutic Grade” essential oils are. This past month I had some tight muscles that needed some TLC so I made an appointment with my friend who is a massage therapist. She is very talented and a great therapist but for me I feel Raindrop Therapy is so much more effective than a massage for helping overall healing and helping the body, but my body needed some help.

So I brought my Young Living Ortho Ease Massage Oil and she used it on me during the whole massage. Ortho Ease has fractionated Coconut oil, Wintergreen, Grape Seed oil, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Thyme Eucalyptus, Vetiver, Wheat Germ, Sweet Almond, and Olive oil. So it really is a wonderful combination of oils to help sore, tight and tired muscles.

After the massage I felt amazing. My muscles relaxed, I felt refreshed and so much better. I happily made an appointment for the next month.

So I scheduled for 4 weeks later. At the week 3 point I felt my body tightening up again and also felt like I was coming down with something. So I made an appointment with my friend Tammy Baxter at Hello Beautiful Salon in Crestview Florida for a Raindrop Technique.

The Raindrop Tehcnique uses the Ortho Ease and 9 other wonderful essential oils along the feet and spine. After my session I felt so relaxed, “detoxed of the crude”, and no more tension and tightness. The results lasted all weekend and also helped me to keep cool under some stressful times.

But at week 4 I had a very intense week physically and emotionally and by the time my appointment came around for my massage I was ready for it.

I got on the table and was looking for that wonderful time of relaxation.  My friend is very talented and does a wonderful massage but I realized in the first 10 minutes she wasn’t using the Ortho Ease I had left her.  And every few minutes she would stop and get more oil I thought.

After the session I got off the table and did not feel as relaxed and refreshed as I did just a month ago. I wished I had asked her to use the Ortho Ease oil. I realized at that moment it made a huge difference because even though her hands can massage the tight muscles, the therapeutic Young Living oils can go directly into the cells creating more of an overall change for my body and muscles.

When she came back in she said, “Today I played a little and used Grapefruit and Peppermint on you”. I looked down to see her Aura Cacia oils on her stand. “AGGHHHH! Don’t use those synthetic oils on me!”, is what I wanted to say but I didn’t. I just smiled and said thank you.

But I realized something at that moment. With Young Living’s Peppermint, just one drop on the skin makes a relaxing and refreshing sensation and I didn’t feel any of that. Grapefruit has a beautiful smell, I didn’t smell any of that, yet I know she stopped and used these oils at least 9-10 times. So my body had at least 9-10 drops of these oils on me but I didn’t feel any of them.

My friend uses a few Young Living oils that she really likes but she believes Young Living oils are too expensive so she sells a line of Aura Cacia oils in her office along with a few Young Living oils.

My personal belief is that Young Living oils are not more expensive. They are more effective. She used 9-10 drops of her other brand without any noticeable effect. These are not Therapeutic Grade Essential oils. They may smell nice but they do not have the therapeutic qualities that Young Living oils have.

Why? I will follow up this blog with a report on the 4 different types of essential oils on the market including the Young Living Standard of Therapeutic Grade. And another blog on why I believe Raindrop Technique is one of the most effective body therapies there is.

Thanks for listening. Let me know what you think below.


Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.

How To Make a Living While Making a Difference

How To Make a Living While Making a Difference

It’s so much more than money… having a home business. As many of you know I started my Young Living home business over 15 years ago and today our business generates per month what some people make in a year. The money is phenomenal but having a home business especially with a company like Young Living that provides such quality products with the highest integrity is so much more than money.

1. It’s a Way to Serve Others
When you own your own home business, the #1 idea you must understand is that your job is to serve others. In Young Living, our job is to share, provide information and support, and eventually leadership. The commission check is just an indicator of how many people we have served.

2. It’s About Friendships  
The Young Living business is about creating lasting and meaningful friendships. I was an only child growing up so making friends wasn’t easy for me. Through my Young Living business I have created thousands of friends and dozens of quality personal relationships that have inspired me, encourage me, and love my family and I. It is so much fun to have friends all over the world.

3. It’s a Way to Learn and Grow
I admit my people skills and professional skills stunk when I first started but with some mentorship I learned how to really listen, communicate, and love on people.

As a side effect of this learning, my marriage became stronger, my parenting more effective and the people who normally annoyed me I learned to handle much more effectively.

I do believe that constant learning and applying what I have learned is the key to my success. What really launched my success was www.firststepstosuccess.com.  I encourage you to attend an event or at least get the First Steps to Wealth book and read it over and over again. If you apply what you learned, your life will never be the same.

4. It’s a Way to Partner with God
In the first 7 years of my business, I was stressed out. I did a ton of meetings running all over Central NY and I helped a lot of people. But I was striving on my own strengths, which would burn out over time.

I eventually started putting on a lot of weight, getting sick, not making time for my health and happiness. Then in November 2007 I let Jesus in to my heart and had a radical wake up call on what life is like Partnering with God.

Matthew 11:30 says, “For my yoke is easy and my burden light”. WOW things started to change for the better when I lived my life based on Biblical principles and God at the center.

I also realized that my little Home Business was my ministry. It was a way I could serve others and minister to others.

5. It’s a Way to Help Others Change Their Lives
Probably the most rewarding job we do with our Young Living home business is helping others change their lives. Initially it may be with an essential oil that helps them with a health challenge or annoying problem.

Helping someone improve their health with a simple, natural, and safe routine like using essential oils everyday or drinking their NingXia Red juice can be life changing in itself, but there is something even greater we can do. We can help them change their financial future.

It’s estimated that 92% of those who enroll for the distributorship in Young Living do so just to receive the wholesale pricing, but 8% are actively working and growing a Young Living business.

Even just achieving the level of Senior Star with an average commission check of $261 can help a family afford their own Young Living products and then some. To achieve that level you are working at about 7 hours a week, your entire team of other distributors and customers do a minimum group volume of sales of $2000 dollars in a month.

If we assume the average monthly order is $150, then that is approximately 14 people ordering in a month. (Note: Young Living has one of the highest client loyalties ever, once people consistently start using our products they will be re-ordering on a monthly basis.)

For those who need or desire to grow bigger businesses, they can do so by increasing the amount of hours they work, skill level and amount of new people they share with on a monthly basis. See this link for 2013 Income Disclosure of Young Living Essential Oils.

Executives work on average 11 hours a week and earn a monthly commission of $617 or $7,404 a year, Silvers work on average 17 hours per week and earn on average $28,020 a year. Now granted these are averages so there are people who are achieving greater amounts and lesser amounts at the same rank.

I know there are people out there right now who need to change their financial future. Maybe you use our products only right now. Maybe you have said you are doing the business but when you really look at it, you aren’t doing anything consistently. Maybe you are in another company but it just doesn’t feel like a good fit for you. Then why don’t we talk?

After 15 years we have the majority of our members just loving our products but 17% of our members are receiving commissions checks for sharing with others, and 159 members have gotten serious about changing their families future and earn income from the Senior Star to Diamond level in our business.

We would love to see that number grow by 25% this year. We have decided we are going to be more vocal about talking to others about the business of Young Living.  It may or may not be a good fit for them but if we don’t show them what we have then they will never have the opportunity to change their lives.

Maybe you are thinking you need to earn more income, supplement your retirement, build a retirement, replace your current job’s income so you can come home, take the financial pressure off of your spouse, or maybe you just want the extra income to be able to travel more, visit your grandkids, or have your own spending money.

If you are interested in seeing how Young Living can help you achieve those goals, my husband Jay and I would love to chat with you. Please email us or call our office so we can set up a time to chat. Really anything is possible with the Young Living home business if you are willing to Serve Others, Partner with God, Build Friendships, Learn and Grow, and don’t give up on your dreams.

Thank you and we look forward to talking with you.

Mary Starr and Jay Carter
Your Total Wellness Coaches


Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.

Testimonials and Some Hard Facts About Work, Health and the Economy

hard facts

Recently I did a survey for those who have decided to do Young Living as a business. The question was “Your WHY and reason for doing Young Living as a home business?”

The answers were very encouraging to me. I don’t know your reason for reading my blog posts or how you found this website. But all I know is there are some hard facts about women working from home or outside of home, about our health and economy.

Before I present you with the WHY and reason for doing Young Living as a home business, let’s take a look at the three hard facts:

One: Women in the workforce/stay-at-home moms
Recently the Economist published an article titled “The return of the stay-at-home mother” and USA Today reported that nearly three in 10 American mothers are now stay-at-home moms who don’t hold a job outside the home. The numbers are increasingly showing women leaving the work force to either pursue motherhood full-time or doing something on the side while raising kids.

Pew Social Trend reported that these 10.4 million “stay-at-home’ mothers includes those who are unable to find work, are disabled or are enrolled in school. The largest group is the “traditional” married stay-at-home mothers with working husbands.

The Economist said the average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Women are still being paid lower than men.

Staying at home could be a practical decision for family with children. Parents magazine said when you run the cost of childcare, commuting expenses (train/bus/subway tickets or gas tank fill-ups), lunches, dry cleaning and buying new duds suitable for the office, the cost of working may not benefit the family at all. Read more here.

However what do you do if you can’t pay your bills after making a decision to stay-at-home? Many reports show that the lack of money is not just a problem with one-income families. It happens to many two-income families too.

The Washington Post‘s article on “Happy Days no more: Middle –class families squeezed as expenses soar, wages stall” reported that the Johnsons both working and making a combined salary of $90,000 a year have fallen behind on their electric bills for March and April.

Families filing bankruptcy rose to 1.6 million and a book by Elizabeth Warren, “The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke” tells many stories of middle-class mothers and fathers.

Two: Our health
Here is a testimonial from Sage M:

I have been in a health/fitness/wellness career for 25 years and it was crushing my spirit. I struggled with supervisors who censored the truth about health and wellness in order to keep the ADA or FDA or USDA happy.

Being self-employed means that I am able to passionately speak the truth and share the HOPE that there is wellness without expensive (and often dangerous) pharmaceuticals.

Young Living offers me the flexibility to work from home, set my own schedule, and take an entire day every week to serve my community as a volunteer EMT.

I can (for the first time in my career) prioritize my own health and well-being! As I advance in rank and take on more of a leadership role, I can also now see that I will be able to provide financial stability for my family. Supporting my team and hearing from them how Young Living has changed their lives is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever been a part of.

Americans are faced with a high cost of health care and easy access to prescription drugs. The White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy wrote:

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that over 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives… further, opiate overdoses, once almost always due to heroin use, are now increasingly due to abuse of prescription painkillers.

What if we shared the all-natural 100% pure essential oils to help ease the emotional stresses and body aches and pain?

Three: Economy
Three quarters of Americans polled in 2008 said the American Dream was harder to attain and according to USA TODAY, to live the American Dream you need to make at least $130,000 per year in 2013. With inflation, the amount will definitely increase. The truth is only 1 in 8 households in America makes that amount.

For some of us, the American Dream is not about bigger houses or having the newest vehicle, it is about the pursuit of happiness, great health and wellness, safety and security in money and environment and building strong families and communities.

To Georgia W it is about:

I choose to do the business side of Young Living because it provides me the opportunity to help many others with a more natural way of life and better health. I marvel each time I hear how the oils and products have made a difference in someone’s life. They work for babies, kids, big people, older people and animals.

What a wonderful gift God has given us to share with others.  Georgia W 10 Year Young Living user 5 years in the business.

Katie A. said:

I chose Young Living as a home business because I saw first hand with my family how oils have changed our lives. My daughter is no longer on a daily dose of miralax or prescription allergy meds and after extensive research Young Living would be the only oils I would trust with my daughter.

I can’t help but share my personal success stories with my friends and family. It is just an added bonus I make a commission!

Beth T. revealed:

I fell into YL as a business by accident. I had bought the premium kit just to use on my family back in 2013. I made a few comments about it on my personal FB page out of amazement of how well they worked. Then people started asking me about it.

It took off from there and even though it’s growing slowly right now, it is growing. But the real reason I do it?

It’s hearing someone tell me they’ve been on 3 blood pressure medicines to no avail, were afraid of being hospitalized, etc. Then they tried one of the oils and they have the lowest blood pressure they’ve had in 20 years and are now cutting back on meds under their Dr.’s supervision!

It’s my husband who had chronic headaches from working at a PC all day (he’s a graphic designer and digital sculptor). He would pop 2 ibuprofens per day; sometimes more. Then he started using peppermint oil and doesn’t need the pain relievers any more!

That’s why I’m with Young Living. Seeing illnesses turn around, treating symptoms naturally, watching people get breakthroughs in their health,…there is no price on that for me! I thrive on helping people and YL’s products are life changing.

Working on a home based business is not about knocking from door to door, forcing your friends and family to buy your products or stocking a garage full of soaps and detergents. The best way for my team and I is to find products that you can use and that give you the results needed and share your testimonials online or offline.

Young Living Essential Oils shows the power of pure essential oils and achieving wellness solutions. It is about experiencing nature’s gifts of wellness and harmony and creating total wellness for work at home moms, families and our community.

Hilary S said:

I used the oils as a customer for 1 year before signing up (I didn’t even know I could!) I saw a huge difference in my non-medicated ADHD child and began using them daily on our whole family. I am a fitness instructor for my full time income. I know I cannot do that forever and needed a “retirement plan”. This business has allowed us to move into a bigger house (with my own office!!). I am no longer concerned with my financial future because I know that my business will only continue to grow and I can still do what I love, helping people!!!

Are you a mom looking for ways to create an income from home while experiencing nature’s gifts of wellness and harmony? I would like to chat with you. Come over to my Facebook page and introduce yourself. Or get my weekly wellness coaching newsletters sent to your inbox now.


Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.

Ancient Einkorn: Hybrid Grains, GMOs and Chemicals: A Book Summary and Sharing of Thoughts

Ancient Einkorn

By: Claudia Looi

“Let’s not wonder what is happening but be part of making things happen” was the last sentence I read in Dr. D. Gary Young’s latest book, Ancient Einkorn, Today’s Staff of Life: Hybrid Grains, GMOs and Chemicals, Truth or Consequences.

In this book Dr. Gary, Young Living Essential Oils’ founder
• Takes us through his quest to find the ancient einkorn
• Shows the decline of nutrition
• Explains what is modern hybrid wheat
• Enlightens us on gluten
• Shows the importance of enzymes
• Teaches the many diseases and disorders triggered by hybrid gluten
• Explains what the silent killers are
• Takes us through the road to recovery and a healthy life

We all know that to understand ones passion we have to trace it to their experiences and upbringing. Dr. Young grew up in a small cabin without running water or electricity. His family lived in the harsh mountains near Challis Idaho. By the age of 12 his job was to drive a team of horses to cut the wheat and oats his father grew in the farm. They worked hard and ate off the produce of the land.

Two early driving forces that set him searching for answers to recovery and a healthy life were-
1. His mother’s constant battle with aches, pain, fatigue, depression and weight gain.
2. An accident that left him in a wheelchair, drugged and suicidal.

Why Einkorn?

Dr. Gary became curious about einkorn since 1990 when he stumbled upon a small farm in Hunza Land in Pakistan.

While attending Cairo University from 1991 to 1994, Dr. Young was fascinated with the reliefs and hieroglyphs on the walls. This fascination led him to the discovery of an Egyptian hieroglyph showing grain being harvested. These grains reminded him of how wheat looked like when he was a young boy.

The wheat he remembered were at least 38 to 42 inches tall just like the hieroglyph. But as a young adult the wheat he saw was only 14 to 18 inches. That perked his curiosity.

Were the constant aches and pains, depression, fatigue and weight gain his mother faced due to the type of grain she ate? What happened to those tall plants he remembered making grain teepees out of with his siblings?

What is einkorn?
According to Dr. Gary, einkorn is considered the ancient grain or the original wheat of man. Its botanical name is Triticum monococcum. The stocks are long and slender, and the kernels are oblong and flat and protected by a strong husk that clings to the kernels. It grows to about 4.5 to 5 feet tall.

Today’s common wheat only grows to 16 inches. The big difference is modern (dwarf) wheat has 42 chromosomes and einkorn has 1 genome and 14 chromosomes. It has the simplest genetic code and is easily grown organically in mountainous areas even in poor soil conditions.

It has low glycemic index, low gluten levels, two and half times richer in protein than commercial wheat, three times higher antioxidant, twice the vitamin A content of modern wheat, three to four times more beta carotene, four to five times more riboflavin, easily digested and is an ancient mineral-and-vitamin dense grain.

In ancient times farmers let the plants grow through stages of maturity. This process helped retain the plants natural enzymes, which made it easy to digest. These days, farmers harvest wheat according to their plans and convenience not Mother Nature’s plans.  Dr. Gary compared it to vine-ripened tomato and non-vine-ripened tomato.

“The non-vine-ripened tomato that tastes like cardboard and has a nutritional value of an egg crate.”

The decline in nutrition is not a new thing. It started about 2,000 years ago but the Industrial Age led to extensive hybridization, usage of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers on wheat and other grains. With that came grains depleted of enzymes that are important for digestion.

Drastic changes happened when Dr. Norman Borlaug created a wheat that increased production yield and was resistant to wheat fungus called rust.

The outcome of hybridized and genetically engineered grains-

Many are suffering from symptoms of wheat gluten intolerance like joint pains, weak immune system, digestive problems, celiac disease, fibromyalgia, gastritis, schizophrenia, autism, TDD and ANS disorders, bipolar, manic depression and many more chronic pains and dis-eases.

Even animals are showing similar symptoms.

One shocking result shows that modern wheat can turn into glucose three times faster than white sugar.

It also creates an acid condition and inflammation in the body.

It is highly addictive and causes cravings, which lead to problems like being overweight and obesity. In the book, Dr. Gary quoted Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly about triathletes getting fat too even when they workout and eat fairly healthy.

What is gluten and why do you need gluten?

A direct quote from the book:
I don’t think that God would create nutritious grains, seeds, grasses, and other similar foods and not expect man to eat them; and surely He knew that through time, nature would crossbreed and make natural and nutritious variations of these foods as well.

The thing is, did God expect man to create unnatural crossbreeding in a lab?

Three important facts I learned from this book about gluten
• We are created to digest natural wild grasses like einkorn with 14 chromosomes
• The body may have extreme difficulty digesting and recognizing the hybridized 42-chromosome man-made wheat especially for those suffering from gluten sensitivity
• Not all gluten is toxic and bad, we need to know the difference

Gluten from man-made 42-chromosome wheat may be incompatible with the human body and may contribute to autoimmune diseases, interfere with the absorption of other nutrients, trigger gluten intolerance and a host of other problems related to sensitivity to gluten.

Ancient Einkorn

Food for thought from the book about gluten:

We cannot blame wheat gluten for the rapid increase of autism, but it is probably a contributing factor. (Page 61)

Enzymes deficiencies are a growing problem every day and, I believe, are another cause of gluten intolerance and celiac disease. (Page 77)

But what is important is that after we look at the evidence, study the science, and listen to other people, we make our own decision about what we feel is right for us, not what everyone else thinks is right for us. Experiment and if something works, then do it, irrespective of what science tells you; and if it continues to work, then it must be right for you. (Page 63)

Page 63’s statement is freeing… we are all built differently with different body types, blood groups and needs. Listen to your body and be in tune with your body. It doesn’t matter what age group you are in, taking care of our body with a healthier diet is essential for total wellness.

That will also include:
• Learning to read the ingredients on the label of the food you purchase
• Learning the difference between hybrid gluten and natural gluten
• Understanding our digestion processes and immunity
• Not all health foods in health food stores are chemical free and nutritious
• Staying away as much as possible from processed food, fat and sugar-laden gluten-free food, additives, colorants, dyes, unnatural ingredients, toxic chemicals, food stabilizers and food preservatives.
• Learning the importance of enzymes and why we cannot live without enzymes
• Not all gluten-free products are good for you
• Sugar-free doesn’t mean it is good for you because you may be consuming toxic artificial sweeteners
• The power of liver and gall bladder cleansing, taking good enzymes and enzyme supplementation and probiotics

Could your aching joints, headaches, foggy thinking, allergies, food sensitivities, dizziness, dragging feeling in the morning, candida problems, psoriasis, PMS, infertility, digestive issues, inflammation, anxiety, depression, mood swings, ADHD, constant tiredness, diabetes, fibromyalgia and chronic pains caused by the food you eat or don’t eat?

I learned that an average senior American citizen is polluted with over 700 synthetic chemicals and heavy metals. These chemicals and heavy metals are from household cleaning detergents, personal care products, air pollutants, pesticides, fertilizers, canned foods, recirculated airline air, prescription and over the counter drugs and food we prepare at home and eat at our favorite restaurants.

They are the silent killers!

Lots of important health nuggets are found Dr. Gary Young’s latest book.  I highly recommend this book if you are looking for ways to learn about wheat, gluten, enzyme and total wellness.

Now you can try two einkorn products at home:

Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Spaghetti 8 oz. (Item 5301)– this product contains 100% einkorn, non-GMO ingredients, no preservatives, never hybridized and unbleached. It is manufactured in a facility that also processes tree nuts, soy, peanuts, milk and egg products. It is suitable if you are looking for alternatives to modern wheat products and looking for nutritious pasta for your family.

Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix (Item 5300)– finally a whole grain einkorn flour, brown rice flour, Amaranth flour, tapioca flour, Sorghum flour and Dhokla flour pancake and waffle mix. It comes in a 2 lb. box with suggested recipes.

To order simply follow this link or email us at info@starrhealth.com

Thoughts from Claudia Looi, the content writer at www.travelwritingpro.com

I am more convinced than ever that “we are what we eat” and our food is too processed and refined. I am allergic to American corn but was not allergic to corn when I ate it in Ecuador. My throat hurts and itches every time I eat breaded chicken nuggets, breaded shrimp or anything that has corn and wheat. Is there a relation between your discomfort/pain and the food you eat?


Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.

Wellness Inspiration From People I Met at Convention

After a week away with my husband and 9000 other health seeking, positive people I am processing all that I learned and am continuing to learn. I made a conscious choice to stay away from processed foods, gluten, and heavy foods during Convention. I ate light, had shakes, Slique Bars and about 6-8 oz. of NingXia Red a day plus a few hits of NingXia Nitro.

14-16 hour days made me tired but I seemed to have much more energy than I ever thought possible for the amount of information, energy, and processing we all did. Among it all we prayed daily for direction, God moments, and discernment as we choose what to do, who to see, and what to learn.

At an event like that you can’t do everything, so you must choose. One day I was very tired and had another 10 hours left to my very full 16 hour day. But God gave me a nudge to go visit this certain table. I did and WOW was I blessed. I got to see some friends, a woman from my church, got to bless two women with simple things God told me to give them, and the highlight getting to rub Teri Secrest’s feet.

This woman has always been a mentor in business for me. Her story is compelling and her life is a true testament to Christian leadership. She is among 1% of women earners in America today and her presence and work span the globe.

She blessed me with her new book which I started and finished on the planes coming home. Excellent information, resources, strategic steps on how to be a stunning success in Network Marketing. You can pick it up at http://terisecrest.com/books/.

There were many other God moments but I feel like God told me that I really need to take a more detailed look at my food choices based on three conversations I had during this week.

The first conversation happened when I got off the plane and met new friends mother and daughter Lisa Reader and Casey Reader Patterson. Here is Casey’s pictures- before she changed her diet and after.

Caseybefore Caseyafter

She has had some miraculous changes in her health due to the food changes she made and of course God. Visit her blog at http://www.caseylynnpatterson.blogspot.com/2014/05/whats-for-breakfast.html.

Next I had a chance encounter with my Amish friend and Platinum leader in Young Living Melvin Peachy. Melvin’s business story is pretty remarkable and I will share another time, but seeing him and his wife they looked 10 years younger to me. “What are you doing I asked?” He told me about a certain eating protocol he was doing and some other things he had taken control of in his health.

Lastly on the ride home to Pensacola I met a great woman husband team from my church the Trembley’s who also have a pretty remarkable health journey that started 14 years ago with fasting, prayer, and specific health regimens to regain their health.

The last night of Convention I went out to a Mexican restaurant and had a heavy meal and a ton of corn chips. Although the food was above par I ended up with a hurting belly and lots of gas before the dinner was over. I wasn’t the only one.

My husband with Giant Burrito… only 1/4 was eaten but still

So to me all those experiences were not coincidences but God’s divine planning. Waking me up to some things that not only can benefit me but all my readers as well.

It’s my promise to bring some of this powerful information across to you through our blog and newsletter over the next eight weeks of summer. Stories of inspiration, health challenges overcome, redemption, grace, and much more. I want you to be inspired and renewed like I have been. And it is my hope that God will lay vision for your life and health in the coming weeks.

God bless your success,

Mary Starr Carter
the Total Wellness Doc and Mom


Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.



Ways to Create Freedom in Your Life


Have you ever wished you had more freedom in your life? More vacation days, more time with your family, more flexibility on where you live… or maybe you have flexibility and freedom but don’t have the money to enjoy it.


Freedom to me means having some control over my time, energy, and resources. It means not being a slave to a corporation, my own business, or my financial situation.  It means spending quality time with my family every day and visiting my extended family more than once a year. It means easily investing in the lives of others whether that is a divorced single mom, a particular cause or ministry I am passionate about, and being able to give enough money and or time to make a real difference.

Simmons family

This week some of my good friends and Young Living colleagues came down from NY for a week. We have been having a ball hanging out, making delicious meals fresh from the garden and talking about their future. (The pictures above are from our fun day at the beach.)

See, my colleagues Bryon and Mary Simmons have been an associate in my Young Living business since 2005 and a user of Young Living Essential Oils for several years prior to that. In the past 8 years this couple had 2 children, had a devastating house fire, rebuilt another home, dealt with some health crises, became a Deacon in their church, spent more than 3 weeks a year visiting family, and participating in outreach and mission trips. They did all this and spent a few hours every week creating a Young Living business. They have gotten a commission check every month even when there were times when they couldn’t work in their business for weeks and even months.

The few hours a week they spent in Young Living created a current commission of $300-$500 a month, the ability to write off portions of their vacations with family, and other awesome tax write offs. They recently decided that they are determined to grow their Young Living business and create significant income over $5,000 a month in the next few years so that they can have more FREEDOM in their life.

Although I am not allowed to legally make claims or predictions I KNOW THEY CAN DO IT. They can achieve their goals, dreams and get the freedom they want because they have the right vehicle and team to do it.

So now I want to ask you. Are you ready for more freedom in your life? Young Living Essential Oils can be the vehicle to help you get there. Are you ready to work with a 20 year old company with an established track record and highest client loyalty in the industry?

The first step is to become a member in our Young Living Team. The cost of that is only $150 includes over $300 of health promoting essential oils, products and training. For those of you who are serious about creating FREEDOM in your life like myself and other associates including Mary Simmons then you will upgrade to Health Investor and be required to purchase and or retail $100 dollars worth of Young Living products per month.

I don’t want to mislead anyone. Creating FREEDOM will cost you money, time, and energy. It will take learning new skills, like time management, money management, and home business development.

And I don’t want to mislead you to believe that I take just anyone on my team. We love everyone but only those who are serious about helping others, are coachable, can follow a proven system, and are self motivated get to work with myself or other top leaders.

My team members call me the nicest Drill Sargent they ever knew. I require high integrity and constant personal and professional development of the members I work with. But my team members will also tell you I am one of the most generous leaders they have ever met. I am honest, caring, and determined to help you succeed.

One of the programs I have found to help my team members succeed is Dani Johnson’s First Steps to Success Training. I will be taking a refresher class in July in San Antonio Texas. If you are serious about creating more freedom in your life then I am going to suggest 2 things.

1. Get started with your Premium Start Living Kit and Young Living Membership today with this link. Get your membership before June 1st and get this cool new Pocket Desk Reference a $20 value FREE.

2. Then consider joining me in San Antonio Texas July 12-14th at First Steps to Success Training.

If you have more questions or maybe would like to interview with myself or one of our team members to see if our Young Living home business is a right fit for you then email us at info@starrhealth.com and request an interview for an associate position.



Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.

Home Biz

The stewardess on the plane was an amazing woman with many talents…

She was originally from the Philippines and moved to this country, having had several degrees and different careers during her life. She loved people and just had a caring heart. She and her husband recently adopted a baby girl from the Philippines. Her husband was living in the Philippines with their daughter and she was flying the skies.

They had a home in Texas too and I didn’t ask but I just felt that her heart was with her family…

Maybe her husband could not get citizenship, maybe there were legalities of leaving the country with their baby, maybe they had more help from their family there, I don’t know. But I just knew that although she was a phenomenal stewardess and seemed to love her job, if money didn’t matter she would probably be with her family.

What if she could creatively make money another way without sacrificing on spending time with her family?

I was checking out at the grocery store and I heard the two clerks talking about the upcoming BIG Lotto drawing….

The one cashier said, “if I win I am paying off my school loans and paying cash for Law School.”

The other cashier said… “I don’t know what I would do… Maybe build a new house, but I really could have any house I wanted.”

I asked, “Are you all talking about winning the Lottery?” They said yes. And then I proceeded to question them. Sue, the one cashier in her late 40’s tells me that really she doesn’t want to win the lottery. She just wants to BE COMFORTABLE. Be able to pay all her bills. Get away for the winter where it is warm. And be ableto take weekends and holidays off and not be stuck working the upcoming Easter Sunday Holiday like she is this year.

My heart hurts for both the stewardess and the cashier, not because of the situations they are in but because they don’t see a way out of their situation.


It’s called a Home Based Business and simply it’s a small business that you can run from your home or from your smartphone and iPad anywhere in the world.

In 1999 I was introduced to the concept and in 2001 I started getting serious and partnered with Young Living Essential Oils to distribute and market their products all over the world.

Today myself and 100 other associates in our team work 2-20 hours a week sharing, teaching and marketing Young Living products. We serve more than 4000 clients all over the world.

What’s the earning potential on that?


It allowed for comfort when my husband suddenly lost his job in 2006. It allowed for comfort and a consistent residual income when I wanted to take almost a year away from my business when I had my first son. It allows for us to create jobs. It allows for us to make investments in real estate. It has allowed for me to pay off over $200,000 in debt.

So if you think you want a little comfort in your life, or you want to be able to work from home, or you want to just have enough money to do a few extra things this summer, let’s look at this option further. 

How do you know if a Home Business is right for you?

You have to have a strong desire for change

This is a commitment and unless you have a strong WHY you are doing it, then you could quit when times get tough. Don’t start a home business unless you have a strong why.

You have the capital to invest – Company & Training

This is a business and it will require an investment. Most home business initial investments range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. A much lesser investment than starting your own restaurant or storefront business!

In addition, you will need
● Monthly capital for training
● Monthly product
● Marketing expenses

You have the time

18 months of 5-10 hours a week minimum

A true lasting business will require consistent work weekly (5-10 hours minimum, 10-20 hours maximum) for no less than 18 months. You may see results before this but to create lasting residual income, give yourself a time commitment of 18 -24 months. (I also recommend not working more than 20 hours a week consistently or you will end up being burnt out.)

You are teachable and willing to learn new things

Even if you have a background in sales and business, make sure you keep a teachable mind and heart. In this industry you must constantly learn new things. You will need to learn to communicate in new ways like through social media, email, video, etc.

Self motivated and hold yourself accountable

Unlike a job, a home business doesn’t have anyone telling you to work or not to work. No one will fire you if you don’t show up for 2 weeks, but you won’t see the results if you don’t work. Self motivation will pay you huge profits!

You have a product that is consumable or gets used up

A consumable type product based home business creates for re-orders and loyal clients. This is the foundation of any good and long term home based business. This creates an income that is residual, meaning you get paid every month because your clients re-order every month.

You have some passion or excitement for what you are doing

Don’t try to start something you don’t have any excitement for. Passion will fuel your profits.

You are okay with making mistakes

Every business owner makes mistakes. Don’t be afraid to. It’s not about perfection, it’s about results.

You’ve come to an agreement with your spouse and children about your business

This is very very very important. Have a serious talk with your family. Let your spouse or significant person in your life learn about your goals and desire to start a home-based business. Decide together when you will work your business and how you will work the business. For example, Wednesday nights mommy is not home, every Tuesday and Thursday nights, Daddy works on his home business from 5:00-7:30.

You have to be willing to work harder on you than anything else. Personal development

It may sound strange but if you have ever watched seasons of the Biggest Loser you will see the most successful individuals in lasting weight loss work harder on their own issues and improving themselves then anyone else. It’s the same in this industry. The long lasting top earners are the ones who have worked harder on themselves. Their people skills, their issues and challenges, their STUFF.

Where are you at in your life?
Which season are you in?

Do you think owning a home business is right for you? If you are serious and ready to take the next step this month we are interviewing for Associate Home Business owners with our company.

Send me an email at info@starrhealth.com with Associate Position in the subject line and why you think having a Home Business would be right for you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.

Zyto Compass For Your Young Living Business

Zyto Compass The Total Wellness Doc and Mom

Deciding on which essential oil or nutritional supplement you should use or take just got easier with Zyto Compass. Zyto Compass can be used at home for your family or home parties. You can take it along when conducting Young Living seminars or sharing your oils with friends and family.

Have you ever wondered what is best for your body? Would you like to have a tool that works easily while you share essential oils with potential clients?

None of us have a body that can talk back. Now you can take away all the speculations and presumptions. Let Zyto Compass do all the work for you and get accurate “prescriptions” every time.

Some of my friends have shared about their experiences with Zyto Compass:

Leslie V: I am amazed at how the Zyto Compass Scan gets to the root of the issue and reveals more of the emotional component to the issue I am concerned about.

Holly T: I started the Zyto Compass during a really stressful time. I scanned for Super C, sulfurzyme, and nutmeg (adrenal). A month later, the physical issues were resolved, but I was a wreck emotionally. I scanned highest for Inner Child. After another month, I was doing a lot better but feeling discouraged. I scanned highest for magnify your potential. Now after a few weeks, I’m really feeling whole again.

Linda J: When I first got the Zyto Compass, I wanted to see if it really worked, I took it to a party, put 20 people on it, it was accurate for all 20, I was sold! It alerted my niece of her TMJ before the dentist did!

Debbie E: As a chiropractor, I always do my clinical exam/assessment first. Then I do the Zyto scan on the patient and am always amazed how the findings correlate! Love my Zyto!

Kirby S: I just have to say…I got my scanner and scanned myself this morning…BLOWN AWAY!!!!! I can’t believe how dead on it is! I’ve been using the wrong oil, but now I know exactly what to use. Holy cow!! So excited!!! Want to scan the planet!

Zyto Compass is able to explode some Young Living businesses. Here are two:

Misty B: I love it!! I did a class 2 weeks ago and had about 8 people do it. Would say if 8 did a scan 4 would sign up. I just got my 6th leg tonight.

Georgia W: I think it’s a great tool to help grow your business. Some people will listen to a machine better than what you tell them.


So how does the Zyto Compass work?

Zyto Compass uses your skin’s electricity to determine what nutrition or essential oils will help your body’s systems that are out of balance. It is not a technology that treats, cures or diagnoses. It is a tool designed to assist the individual in finding the body’s preference for any list of items like essential oils and nutritional supplements.

It is a quick and simple tool that anyone can use. It is not rocket science just for doctors. It gives real results and 90% of clients say their scans correlate to what’s going on in their physical or emotional health.

Using the Zyto Compass Scan with your Young Living essential oils and nutritional products can help you measure the overall improvements of your health weekly or monthly. It also gives you an indication of stressed systems in your body. For example, if you keep scanning for Stress Away, Peace and Calming or Tranquil, it may be a sign. You are experiencing too much stress and the use of consistent aromatherapy may help you relax and relieve stress.

Likewise if you keep seeing nutritional products come up in your scans, you may need to start taking the nutritional supplements and see if the scans change after six weeks. Nutritional supplements take about six weeks for change to occur. While essential oils for emotional support take about less than a week.

Some of my clients told me the following, immediately after we looked at the scanning results:

I had been struggling with Sinus problems for weeks. The scan pointed right to it and showed me what I needed to get better.- M Bolton Baker Fl 

I had just had a physical and blood work and the doctor told me my sugar was a little high. The scanner showed I needed supplementation to help support my pancreas and blood sugar.- V Chalone Fulton NY

I had been on vacation eating all bad food. The scan showed me what damage I had done, as my body was inflammed and how to improve it. – S Parmley Constantia, NY

I couldn’t believe it I had been on vacation and forgot my supplements. The scan showed that I was deficient in that same nutrition I forgot.- L. A. Lebanon, PA

My friend Sandra Wallace, an oiler and a practitioner had a lot of success with Zyto Compass with her clients. This is her story:

This system is based on some of the technologies o=f an MRI machine. It shows me WHERE there are blockages in the information that flows through the body. IE: blockage = problem!

I had no scanning device to help me pinpoint what supplements and oils that each INDIVIDUAL would need for their body.

I’m a “stickler” for getting EACH unique person their UNIQUE protocol.

I found out about the Zyto Compass and that it would take measurements of the electricity in the body and fill in the “electrical shortages” with an oil or oil supplement! It was $399 and being a pracititoner~I was a “little” skeptical about how well this device would pick up what I wanted to know about each person!

Well, I got my “socks knocked off“!

I started “experimenting” by comparing my $10,000 device with my Zyto Compass to see if there would be any correlation between the two. Would they be close to agreeing with what was going on with my clients? They sure did!

I would say 90% would be in agreement.

Even when I would sit and think: what in the world is that Zyto “talking” about? I would take my reference book, look up the blend that appeared at first to make no sense~and BAM!

Sure enough it would be in agreement with my more expensive device!

My clients love it that they can “see” what is going on in their own bodies. They love to have the report in their hands where they can go home, read and think about it! And because they have the knowledge in their head they tend to heal better because they KNOW what they’re working on! (There’s no seperating the emotional from the physical!)

I’m also impressed that this little device is something that anyone can use.

I recommend that my clients and members to get one to use on their family members to possibly avoid doctor’s visits and get immediate answers!

No waiting….

That’s what is so revolutionary about the Zyto Compass.

People using a device~at home~on anyone~and getting answers to questions that you used to have to pay an office visit fee to and may or MAY NOT get to see when you’re feeling bad!

NOW, you have it in your own house and you don’t have to make an appointment for your supplements because I’ve been involved in natural health for about 30 years and one of the first things that you learn is: IF you spend money on supplements that the media says EVERYONE needs, and your body doesn’t need it or doesn’t know how to use it?

You’re FLUSHING your money down the toilet! That’s why I’m excited people have this opportunity to know that their money will be put to good use and not wasted.

Are you ready to take your Young Living business to the next level?
How about taking control of your own health and your family’s health?
Want to take all the guesswork out of the questions asked by potential clients?

Would you like to be the “rockstar” of your Young Living Essential Oils business?

If your answers are YES, it is time to add Zyto Compass Scan to your business. For more information on how to get yours, here is our page dedicated to Zyto Compass.


Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.

Why I Choose You

Why I Choose You

by Kayla Howard

Have you ever wondered, “which essential oil brand truly is the best?” Let’s just be honest, if you’ve ever even thought about using essential oils, then you’ve encountered this debate.  It’s actually quite a fad right now to debate, disprove, and otherwise sling mud at all essential oils companies-except your own-which is of course, the only pure and natural kind of oil. (Yes, I just rolled my eyes-oops!)

As a prominent and successful essential oil user, I do get asked this question, and usually I choose to create a very vague and non offensive answer then slip away before anyone notices that I’m gone.  Why do I do this?  Simply because I hate confrontation and do not feel the need to prove what I choose- never because I don’t have an opinion about the best oils.

Personally, I believe it is ridiculous to claim that only one company can possibly create pure essential oils. If that’s your stance, then you need mental help.  Hello, essential oils have been around for thousands and thousands of years.  One small oil company did not figure out the superior way to create essential oils.  Period.

That does not mean that there are not many, many adulterations of essential oils, impure essential oils, and even oils which could be dangerous if misused.  Where there is something beautiful, there is always a fake trying to masquerade as equally as good.   Be careful. Pure, therapeutic grade oils are not made by only one company, but most oils on the market today are not high quality.

The most common question I get about essential oils is, “why do you use Young Living oils over anything else?” The answer to which is very simple; I trust their quality.

This trust is not just placed in the word of someone inside the company who claims that the oils are pure.  This trust is actually based on real life experience.  I’ve been there and seen it.

Kayla sniffing, (and sniffing, and sniffing…come on Kayla, you’re going to get high…) a bag of Sandalwood chips ready for distillation!

Mary Clendenin of The Encouraging Home photographing the lavender fields! 

Young Living actually has farms near my home where they grow some of their plants and distil their oils.  I had the privilege of visiting one of those farms and seeing the planting, the harvest, and even the distillation of the oils.  I was flabbergasted by the care and time put into creating essential oils.  Before this visit, I KNEW it was a complicated process, but I had no idea how much passion and time it takes.

A FEW Facts that I never knew (there were many!): 

  • It takes 5 years to train someone how to distil essential oils.  That’s just to get them good at it, not amazing at doing it.
  • Gary Young searched for a long time to specifically find land which has never been sprayed with any kind of chemicals, etc.. so he could start his farms.
  • If even the tiniest thing goes wrong when distilling a batch of essential oils, the entire batch is discarded.  Young Living will never use anything even slightly compromised.
  • Plants are harvest different and treated with exact and specific care during harvest in order to get the highest quality oil from them.  It took many years to perfect the art of harvesting Melissa to get the best oil.

Mary and I had such a wonderful time touring the farm-but I must confess, my favorite part was sitting in the leftover floral water Jacuzzi!!!!

Young Living Silvers enjoying the floral waters!

Bottom line is this; I want everyone to use essential oils because I love them so much!  I’m so grateful that I had an opportunity that many people won’t get when I got to tour an essential oil distillery.  It changed the way I view essential oils forever.  Even though you may not get the chance to visit a distillery, I do know that your gut and your research will lead you to be comfortable with the best quality oils you can find!

Kayla Howard & Mary Clendenin at the Young Living Lavender & Melissa Farm, August 2013.

Kayla Howard is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mom who loves online business.  She is a Biblical Health Coach, ISSA Fitness Trainer, Master T-Tapp Trainer, and Young Living Essential Oil Lover . If you’d like to know more about becoming and staying fit and healthy, Kayla is happy to answer your questions! Visit her website: www.kaylahoward.com


Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.

Fun, Affordable and Healthy Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

It’s the time of the year again. November ushers in the holiday gift giving and family gatherings. Putting a list of gifts and purchasing gifts could be a difficult task for most of us who have a large family.  And then wondering if your mother in law will like the gifts you take hours standing in line for during Black Friday sales.

Recently I read an interesting article by MSN that 75% of Americans lied about liking a gift. Market Tools took a poll and find the following categories of return goods (in percentages):

• Clothing & shoes (62 percent)
• Toys, games & hobbies (16 percent)
• Consumer electronics (14 percent)
• Kitchen & bath (13 percent)
• Beauty & cosmetics (11 percent)
• Jewelry & watches tied with 10 percent each

What are the chances of someone liking the gift you purchased? Looking at the above percentage, the category to avoid is clothing and shoes.

It gets even more interesting…

Consumer Reports reported 49 million people admit to getting stuck with an awful holiday gift. 18% donated it to charity, 15% re-gifted it to an unsuspecting family member, friend or coworker, 11% returned the item to the retailer for merchandise credit, 11% throw them out and 6% resell them.

Is there a better, fun, affordable or healthier way to gift giving?

We think so. Here are five healthy gift ideas to jumpstart your holiday shopping:

One: Something to smile about – The Kids Gift Collection
This collection includes:
One KidScents Slique Toothpaste
One KidScents MightyVites
One toothbrush
Five toy animals
Plus a holiday gift box


Two: Transform your home into a Spa getaway – Home Diffuser
Young Living’s new Home Diffuser is an ideal way to infuse the air in the home or office with the benefits of essential oils. Includes:
One home diffuser
One 5 ml bottle of Spruce essential oil (limited time holiday special)
One 5 ml bottle of Christmas spirit essential oil (limited time holiday special)


Three: Portable, Powerful- Lip Balm Collection
This trio essential oil-infused lip balms includes:
One Cinnamint Lip Balm
One Grapefruit Lip Balm
One Lavender Lip Balm
Plus holiday gift box



Four: Holiday Comfort Collection
Three powerful roll-ons includes:
One Deep Relief
One Stress Away
One Breathe Again
Plus a holiday gift box
This collection will help you escape to find relief and comfort no matter where your holiday travels take you.


Five: Slique Gift Collection
One 15 ml Slique Essence essential oil blend
One box Slique Ocotea Oolong Cacao Tea
One 25-pack of lemon honey sweetening sticks
Plus a holiday gift bag
This is a healthy weight-management gift for anyone looking to feel good and look great.

Would you like to earn the title of the best gift-giver this holiday season? Let us know how we can put a holiday gift-giving list together for you. Better yet, get your gift at wholesale before the holiday season.

Let us know how we can help.

Photo credit: Young Living Essential Oils
Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.