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30 Days of Red – Day 1

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Welcome to the 30 Days of Red Challenge – we are delighted to have you on board!

For starters, there is no right or wrong way to compete in this challenge – as long as you’re doing your two ounces a day, you can mix it up and do one ounce in the morning, one during an afternoon slump, or two in the morning all at once (I usually will do another one or two ounces in the afternoon if I’m dragging – and doing more Ningxia Red is ok)!

30-days-of-red-august-calendar Do you have your Calendar printed? If not, you can snag it HERE. You’ll be using this calendar to jot down how you feel or anything noticeable that you would like to remember (and your photo of your completed calendar gets you in the drawing for a fun prize at the end)! Some people will notice an immediate boost in energy, for others it may take some time. Each of our bodies are different – we have all lived very different and unique lives, filled with our unique challenges and we will all respond in our own way to the wonderful nutritive powerhouse that Ningxia Red provides.

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And don’t forget H2O – your water intake will be very important as well!

Our goal will be 64 ounces – and, of course, this doesn’t include anything but good ‘ol, purified water (not even sweet tea, y’all)! However, you can add all of the oils you like to your water – we are big fans of Citrus Fresh over here (along with Grapefruit+Orange).

We will check in every few days with some encouraging stories or tips and would love to hear how you’re doing! We will also be offering some fun prizes for your Red photos throughout the challenge! If you post pics or write a post, tag them with #30daysofred and #babystepsteam and we can all see how Red is rocking our world together! Here is a thumbnail pic for your Facebook page – load it up and create some buzz!

Bottom’s up!

Courtney, Callie & the Baby Steps Team

A Skeptic Says “Yes” to Young Living Oils

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Courtney here. I had to preface this testimony to let you know that it is one of my favorites. There is so much depth to this family’s journey of health, so much history, so many disappointments and yet perseverance beyond belief. I have deep respect for their faithfulness, the fight they have fought, and the battles I believe I will watch them win. To win the trust and the choice of a woman like this is like gold. I feel it is a prize to have her sharing with you the reasons she would choose Young Living and our team. I want you to know that if you are a skeptic, we welcome your close inspection, your questions, your doubts. We are at different places in our journeys and life has dealt us rough blows. We don’t desire blind followers, fad seekers. That’s not what Young Living is and not who we are. We looked hard, researched, checked, weighed, and we love it when you do too. So thank you, Deanna, for this honesty and encouragement that breathes fresh air into the lungs of this team causing us to be always growing, always searching to serve you more effectively. Those searching for health alternatives, financial freedom, support, whether on the fast track or pacing a slower marathon, we want to walk alongside you! You don’t have to do this alone.

I am not new to alternatives to western medicine.

In fact, my journey started almost 20 years ago when my husband began looking at natural ways to combat heart disease and stopped taking his prescription medications. Not long after that, my 18month old daughter showed the first signs of eczema on the backs of her legs. We spent a couple of years dealing with a dermatologist who assured us she would outgrow it, while having to increase dosages and add new prescriptions at each monthly visit. About this time, I read a paragraph in a book on colloidal minerals that stated that when children are treated with the kinds of prescriptions my daughter was on (instead of working toward a healthy gut) they tend to develop chronic illnesses like juvenile onset diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and cancer. This scared me enough to seek other solutions to my daughter’s problems. Even back then I dabbled in the use of essential oils. I would buy lavender and chamomile to rub on her skin to help with the itching.

I didn’t know anything about the different grades of oils. I just bought what was cheapest. Consequently, my results varied.

At this time I found a medical doctor who was also a naturopath. Through his efforts to help my daughter regain her life, I was introduced to many forms of alternative health, as well as the importance of drinking water (who woulda thought?) and clean eating. These concepts revolutionized my life. So much so, that I have one friend in particular who often teases me about two things:

1. That my solution to all of the world’s problems is “put lavender on it.”

2. That I am forever talking about the healing properties of one food or another.

My daughter has had years at a time when things would go well for her, followed by years where she would hardly be able to leave her room. Each setback sent me searching for answers, and deepened my understanding of the human body. As I dealt with different specialists, I became frustrated with the lack of cooperation and cohesion among alternative health practitioners. I also became frustrated with their tendency to have their own line of supplements that they believed in, pronouncing all others as totally ineffective and a waste of money. These supplements would only be available through the practitioner, making it impossible for me to obtain them on my own. Additionally, I was dismayed by how much of alternative health is practiced by people who are spiritually adrift. I actually had a chiropractor tell me that my daughter’s problem had a strong emotional/spiritual component, but then was totally clueless as to what to do with this information.

Through all of these experiences, I became convinced that I could not depend on the “experts” to help me. I need their input, but my 21-year experience with my daughter has given me a big picture perspective that they do not have.

Recently, my daughter had another big setback. Several of our friends had become involved in Young Living, but I was reluctant to become involved in something that might just suck my money without giving me much in return. I was, however, very interested in the Raindrop Technique, as it reportedly dealt with the body, mind, and emotions as a whole. I am convinced that my daughter’s health affects and is affected by all of these. The idea of the body storing emotions in tissue was not new to me, and I was interested in learning more about this technique. And so I waded in one toe at a time. Here are some things that convinced me to buy into Young Living :

  1. The people involved in what has become my up-line are people whose lives I trust. While I can’t say I knew Courtney personally, I have known and loved her parents and sisters for many years. I waited eagerly for her sister, Carissa to get through her alternative health training so that I could have a healthcare practitioner whose heart belonged to the Creator of all things. I once had a pastor tell me, “If you want to know if someone is telling the truth, look at how they conduct their lives.” This family is one that can be trusted. Further down the line are others I have known for years whose greatest desire is to glorify God.
  2. This company is committed to me learning to care for my own family. There are a plethora of resources to be had: books, websites, facebook pages, Zyto-scans, etc. Instead of being dependent on someone else to tell me what is wrong and how to fix it, I am given access to tools that enable me to determine these things for myself, and the resources to provide what is needed. I am even learning to do the Raindrop technique.
  3. I can order the products I need without having to go through someone else, and without having to leave my home. Presently I am not only caring for my daughter, but also for my husband who survived a massive stroke three years ago. Being able to order oils, household supplies and toiletries online from a company I trust is invaluable. To be able to get discounts and free products through the Essential Rewards program is icing on the cake.
  4. I have never been one for government regulations, because I think they are generally just something large companies find a way around. They are also often influenced by greed and cronyism. Consequently reading labels in baby-steps-to-essential-young-living-seed-to-sealthe grocery store is often and exercise in semantics – cage free, pastured, all natural, organic, high fructose; all words that mean one thing to me, but may mean something else to the manufacturer. It pleases me to find a company that regulates itself. That Young Living has their own farms, their own distilleries, and their own high standards for production is a huge selling point to me. If this means that sometimes the product I want is out of stock, I take comfort in this. I would rather wait than have them compromise their standards.
  5. One of my favorite resources has been the Baby Steps Facebook page. Every day I read the posts by various members asking questions and getting suggestions from other members. I am learning about things I have not had to deal with, in hopes of being able to help someone else down the road. That and the information on the Baby Steps website have been invaluable to me. I am so thankful to be involved in a group that wants to help me gain the most from my YL experience.

Mine is not a big success story. I have only been using Young Living products for a few months, and my only down-line person is my daughter. Through diet, rest and oils she is slowly regaining her health. Meanwhile, I am using YL oils and supplements to help me maintain the rigorous lifestyle of a full time caregiver. My husband loves the diffuser, and has also benefitted from the use of various YL products. I am not able at this time to actively pursue the business side of YL, but I do find myself talking about the products with friends as a natural part of conversation, because I believe in their effectiveness.

I never get pressured to buy more or do more than I choose to do.

The only pressure I feel is from myself. I can’t learn it all quickly enough! I don’t know if I will one day be able to be more proactive about sharing with others.

I hope that my daughter’s health story will give her the ability to benefit financially from the business side of YL. All of that is safely in the hands of a loving God. What I do know is that I am thankful to have this wonderful resource.

If it never becomes anything more than it is today, it will still have been a tremendous gift.

Deanna PicDeanna B. is from Alvarado, Texas. Three years ago she traded in her career as a stay-at-home mom for a career as a caregiver for her husband who suffered a massive stroke. When she is not caring for her family, she blogs about her spiritual journey as a caregiver. She joined the Baby Steps team in February, 2014. If you would like to be mentored by a woman who knows what it means to walk the big, tough roads and keep looking for solutions, we can get you started here.    

My Oily Beauty Arsenal: Tales from a Recovering Product Junkie

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Having spent the majority of my adult life working in either healthcare or the cosmaceutical industry, I was very intrigued when I sat in on my first oils class and began learning about Young Living.

I thought to myself, ‘If this stuff really delivers, I think I found the answer to the future of health and wellness for our family.’

On the one hand, coming from medicine, I can be somewhat of a skeptic and rely on decades-old medical advice with the best of them; however, the deeper I get into healthcare as a whole, and the more I see trusted brands and ingredients exposed for shoddy quality and long-term detriments, I know that there has to be another way…a better way.

At first, I dabbed a few drops here and there (mostly Lavender…my answer for everything, which is slightly true, but also, it just smells good, y’all), but as we put our oils to the test (for burns, elevated thyroid levels, back pain, sleeplessness, acid reflux, you name it), it was clear that YL oils were legit. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of the Baby Steps favorites that I read so much about, and start overhauling my entire medicine cabinet.

And then it occurred to me…why stop at the medicine cabinet?

With shelves of beauty products starting at me, ranging in price from $25-$75 a pop, promising to SUPER UBER AWESOMELY treat…one thing or another (the key being one thing), I looked to my oils and resolved to slowly, one product at a time (as existing products ran out, because waste isn’t fun) replace my beauty stash with real, healing, multi-beneficial Young Living Oils!

Here are some of the cocktails currently in full effect in the Gonzalez home…

Day Serum/Spritz: (approx. 2 oz.)

  • 5 drops Joy
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Melrose
  • Grapeseed oilBaby Steps to Essential Oils - DIY Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

Night Cream: (approx. 2 oz.)

  • 5 drops Sacred Frankincense (a.k.a. The Precious)
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Melrose
  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • Coconut oil
  • a splash of Grapeseed oil

Hand Soap: [BABY STEPS RECIPE!]

  • Castile soap
  • 4 drops Thieves
  • 2 drops Cedarwood (or Lemon for the kitchen)
  • 2 drops Vitamin E oil
  • Filtered water

Body Butter: [BABY STEPS RECIPE!]

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  • Shea butter
  • Coconut oil
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops Cedarwood

Deodorant:

  • Cocoa butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Shea butter
  • Beeswax
  • Arrowroot power
  • Baking soda
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Probiotics
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Joy

As my skin and body comes into balance, I’m encouraged more every day at the results our family has seen while using Young Living oils! When you get down to it, it’s a more cost-effective way to protect my skin (and still pursue that youthful glow…let’s not forget that!), and I know that I can trust the source and the process by which the ingredients made their way onto my vanity. Not to mention, I am not only preventing further damage from using…well, chemicals, but I’m helping heal my body from years of exposure to I-don’t-even-know-what!

I love reading all the amazing testimonies out there, both those great and the seemingly-small.

I marvel at the incredible God that we serve, knowing that the cures, remedies, and balms we seek are out there, gifted to us from The Lord Almighty! (Can I get a “Halleluyer!”)

NatalieNatalie Gonzalez resides in Fort Worth, TX with her husband, Michael, and their ginger kitty-son, Scrappy. They’ve been oiling as a family since March 2014, and have yet to look back. They are excited to continue growing in their oily journey, especially as the think about expanding their family (to include non-furry little ones…not that we’d love a hairy baby any less), and love to hear all the sweet testimonies from sharing oils with friends and family. Having been in healthcare since the age of 16, wellness has always been a cause close to Natalie’s heart, and she’s elated to have the tools, support, and passion to shepherd folks to living truly well

If you would like to order oils as a part of Natalie’s team and have all this recovering junkie info right at your fingertips in your very own sponsor, we’ve got you covered here!

Nourishing Her Littles – A Committed Oily Mom

Baby Steps is quite proud to share with you this story of a dedicated mom in our group. We are constantly in awe of these women and the lengths and commitment they pursue to give their children the very best health opportunities. Thank you for sharing, Amanda. We think you’re a super mom!

My story began 3.5 years ago when my now 4 year old was a baby.

He had the normal eczema/milk intolerance issues while nursing but my “normal” kid turned abnormally unhealthy around 9 months after a series of unfortunate events.

His story can be heard here. I’ll never be the same, and although it was a very difficult thing to endure, I have learned so much through it which has been a blessing with my now 2 year old, S., to prevent a potentially similar outcome.

S., although she was an otherwise healthy baby, had the same little patches of skin as a baby so I chose to EBF until she was one and hold off on grains, nuts, dairy (and limited beans) until she’s 2. I only gave her bits of fruits & veggies here and there just for her to try out but when she was one, I decided to introduce her to foods more intentionally.

That entire week, her body was covered in hives. So, from my experience with D., I back tracked to mostly EBF, chicken broth and some fruits/veggies until around 15 months at which point, I followed the GAPS diet. It’s been so exciting to see her digestive tract mature and handle things she reacted to before and to see her eczema patches are gone, which is a sign to me her gut is healing!

The other part to her story is her inability to nurse (enter oils). She was an easy, happy baby so it wasn’t until around 3-4 months that, with the help of her pediatrician, I figured out she was only getting around 2-3 ounces per feeding! This explained her low weight.

At that point, in order to keep my supply up and provide her with enough milk, I started exclusively pumping (except for the morning feeding). I soon figured out she had both a tongue and lip tie so we had the procedure done to release those. She nursed like a rock star for 2 weeks at which point, she reverted to old habits.

She was also a very social baby and would rather play than eat, so, since 3 months, I have spent more hours sitting with my pump than I’d like to calculate. Because of her signs of food allergies, I am committed to pumping until 24 months (almost there!). I have had to work very hard to keep my supply up. I have to drink lots of water and work really hard to get plenty of fat in my diet. I joke that I wish I could just hook up to an IV because I am so tired of eating.

For a long time, I took a gazillion capsules of fenugreek and blessed thistle daily which significantly helped my supply. But it was expensive and I was tired of taking so manyBoost Milk Supplycapsules three times a day. So, about 2 months ago, I had the idea to try oils (I don’t know what took me so long!).

I bought a bottle of fennel and happened to have just received my free bottle of basil (score!) and have been thankful to see my supply equal to or slightly greater than when I was on the other herbs.

I put 5-7 drops each of basil and fennel into a 5 ml roller bottle and fill it with grapeseed oil. I apply it on my breasts before I pump and sometimes after. When I apply it, I get a very slight “let down” feeling. I accidentally applied a different oil on my breasts the other day then realized I had grabbed the wrong roller bottle. So, I put on the correct roller bottle and got the let down feeling. It was interesting to see not just any ole’ oil creates that effect. 

I recently dropped from 5 to 4 pumps a day and I hesitate to tell people how old my baby is when the topic of my pumping comes up because I feel like they think I’m crazy. I’m crazy, I know.

But it’s been the biggest blessing to know I’m giving my baby the best start to life and to see her avoid the health difficulties that my middle child experienced.

Amanda ColemanAmanda C. is “Sooner born & Sooner bred” but has lived in Texas with her husband since 2005. She is a full-time mom of 3 precious kids & 8 adorable chickens and dreams of owning a goat & bees someday. She loves sharing her life with others, is a diligent researcher, and counts it a privilege to walk alongside others as they take baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Please contact us or order here if you are interested in being a member of her team and receiving her support.

Baby Steps to Essential Oils – 30 Days of Ningxia Red Challenge

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Mark your calendars and stock up: Announcing the first annual Baby Steps 30 Days of Red Challenge!

The Baby Steps team is declaring war on the “sick season” that hits with school starting and everyone returning to enclosed spaces again. We say down with the runny noses and coughs and up with our immunity! How, you ask? In the most delicious way possible.

Did you know? One ounce of Ningxia Red has the antioxidant power of:
- 4 pounds carrots
- 2 quarts carrot juice
- 8 oranges
- 1 pint orange juice
- 2 pounds beets
- 2 cups beet juice
- 3 cups raspberries
- 2 cups blueberries

- More beta carotene than carrots
- More vitamin C than oranges
- 18 amino acids
- 21 trace minerals
- 6 essential fatty acids
- Vitamin B1, B2, B6
- Vitamin E

Enter the Challenge Here!

As a team we will join up August 15 – September 15 and drink 2 ounces of Ningxia Red daily (bonus points for a minimum of 64 ounces of water).

You’ll be looking for:
- Sustained energy
- Minimized sugar cravings
- Improved vision
- Balanced blood sugar
- Detox
- Weight loss (add a few drops of grapefruit oil to water and each shot of Ningxia for best results)
- An immune boost

You will need: 60 ounces of Ningxia Red to compete (roughly two bottles plus a few pouches [bottles are 25 ounces/each] or a 30-pack of Ningxia Pouches).

Ningxia Red can be purchased as an Essential Rewards Kit with 4-bottles and 30 packets for $1.07/ounce. Consider splitting an ER pack with 2 friends or family members and all of you can share the kit and compete!

Each person who participates in the challenge will be entered in a drawing for a surprise gift! (Hint: rhymes with “shing-sha”)! Get your whole family on board and get everyone’s immune system up to snuff before school launches – earn a raffle entry for each family member who competes! To be enrolled in the drawing a photo of a completed calendar log must be emailed to courtneyandcallie@babystepstoessentialoils.com. Enroll in the Challenge here and we’ll send you reminders and encouragement along the way!

If you are unable to compete in the Red Challenge, then join us in the Water Challenge – our goal is 64 ounces/day (does not include juice/tea/coffee – just pure, clean, H2O!)