The Art of Retracing

One of the most beautiful and difficult aspects of a deep healing journey that focuses on detox and nutritional balancing is the phenomena called retracing. This is when we begin to experience strong emotions and physical sensations that make us wonder “Am I healing? Or am I getting sick? Am I getting worse or amidst a breakthrough?” Very often when the symptoms start, it is impossible to know whether or not you are getting worse or retracing. Only in hindsight can we see what has happened. For this reason, retracing can be very scary and worrisome. How one handles these situations will determine their overall success with a lifestyle healing program.

Deep healing is not linear. The body will heal what it can when it can. It wants you to succeed and has an innate intelligent order of operations. The unpredictability and timing can be frustrating, but one must submit to the process and adapt accordingly. Every opportunity is an opportunity for growth. I want to share with you a recent story of retracing to show you what it can look like.

One month ago, I had my heaviest period this decade. After switching to a plant based diet, my periods are moderate to light with one day of heavy flow and total length of 2-3 days. I look forward to my period as a time of reflection, renewal, and cleansing. This period was different. I bled 3 times as much as I normally do. It hit me hard as I am also breastfeeding. The total amount of fluid loss left me feeling weak, anemic, and breathless regardless of what I ate or drank. I was not worried. I knew it would take time to rebuild my blood supply.

During my period, I had dreams and visions of my most traumatic experiences as a child. These particular experiences are ones I wanted to heal and move on for years, but never felt like I knew how to do so. I repressed many of the memories. I have separated myself from those who caused the abuse and trauma, but its not a topic I like to think about or discuss. It became part of my past that started to haunt me, and I didn’t like how it was affecting my present.

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Whenever I feel strong emotions and memories of my past that need to be seen and processed, I go to meditation, often meditation with the use of essential oils in an Epsom salt bath to help release the emotions and cleanse them away. This month I began using orange essential oil in my spiced cider recipe. For three days following ingesting orange essential oil for the first time, I flashed back to every emotional significant experience where I was extremely scared. I flashed back in chronological order starting as an infant, through adolescence, and into adulthood.

I noticed a theme. I was scared and powerless in every flashback. This is how I knew that the retracing was triggered by the orange essential oil and facilitated by intense cleansing in the form of my period. You see, orange is the color of our third chakra that is our power center. In order for me to fully step into my power, I need to face and release every significant moment where I was powerless. The memory will remain, but the stored emotion must be released.

I was so excited when I realized why I was feeling the emotion so intensely, because I knew my body was shifting into its power. However, the symptoms continued and got worse to the point where I became concerned. Am I getting worse due to stress and lack of sleep? I developed mastitis, and it lasted longer than I expected. My breast swelled, my arm hurt, and my lymph became backed up. I used my normal approaches for this situation, such as rest, Epsom salt baths, and cinnamon essential oil. This usually clears up a clogged duct within 24 hours for me. But this time was more complicated.

I store my energy for nurturing others in my left breast. Many of my powerless traumas involved an expectation of over nurturing others in an imbalanced or inappropriate manner. I could feel the heartache these experiences caused. In meditation, the mantra “My heart is in pain.” appeared over and over again. I felt like maybe the constant interrupted sleep of nursing a newborn multiple times a night had taken its toll and that only sleep and patience could solve this discomfort.

Then last night, I had a break through. Before bed, my husband suggested that I was processing something deep that had been stored for a long time. He recommended that I not worry and embrace what that could be. Then I went into meditation and had another intense flashback. I relived my wisdom tooth surgery: the pre-surgery jitters, the comatose state, feeling close to death, the grief of losing a body part, the fear of not being with my mom, and the illness caused by the pharmaceutical drugs.

Retracing anesthesia is as scary as it gets for me. I learned just how harmful and traumatic the surgery was for my mind, body, and soul and that it’s haunted me for over a decade. I was reminded that I was close to death in a comatose state where my body was totally paralyzed, and I was victimized. I was reminded that those drugs leave residues. They can create temporary paralysis symptoms, moments of intense fear, and limit physical range of motions. It weakened my heart and has caused many episodes of dizziness.

I understand that pharmaceutical drugs and surgery have a time and a place, but that they should be used as an absolute last resort. I was reminded why I turn to whole foods, herbs, spices, and essential oil FIRST, and why I invest so much into prevention and healthy foundational habits. I was reminded of how powerful my body is and how my liver protected me from death. My heart kept pumping and has chosen to heal from lack of love, so that I may become unconditional love for my family. I woke up with a feeling of optimism and hope.

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My heart and boob still ache. I still feel the fear and panic releasing. But I know that I am transforming into a more powerful version of myself. I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful to be able to run, jump, and sing. I’m grateful to be able to breastfeed a beautiful little girl. I’m grateful for an amazing supportive husband who does not judge me for my past or emotions and instead holds space for me to heal and grow. I’m thankful for essential oils taking my health to the next level by helping me release such powerful, stored emotions. I’m grateful for the pink roses my daughter picked out. I’m grateful for the wild blueberry pie I had for breakfast. What an amazing opportunity for growth on Thanksgiving Day!

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PS. Did you know that wild blueberries are one of the best foods to help overcome life and death situations? Wild blueberry bushes can be burned to the ground and will come back stronger than ever.

Why Quality Matters when Investing in Essential Oils

Over the past few months, I’ve had several conversations with people about how they love essential oils and love getting them at a bargain price. One woman said she could buy 10 mL of Frankincense for less than $10. She was so proud to show it to me and so I asked if I could use energy medicine to test how she responds to that particular oil. To her dismay, she learned that the cheap oil was draining her overall energy and weakening her crown chakra. The oil was counter productive as her goal was to use the oil to strengthen her crown chakra. She was better off energetically with no oil as opposed to using a cheap oil. We could have sent the oil to get tested at a laboratory to find out what exactly was in that bottle, but it was clearly not pure Frankincense.

It’s amazing that essential oils are getting much more traction these days. We are seeing a return to ancient medicine and health approaches that come directly from nature, and not a laboratory. With this boom in the essential oil market we are also seeing a lot of false advertising and sub-par products. There are no regulations on essential oil marketing, so it can say pure without any backing to that claim.

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Young Living has their own code of standards (www.seedtoseal.com). Their standards are stricter than USDA organic. I knew Young Living oils were worth the investment the moment I touched them. They have the strongest chi of any of the oils that I’ve tested. I would like to share with you what sets the quality apart of Young Living apart from other brands and what risks are involved with using sub-par oils.

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There are 5 grades of essential oils sold are the market today. Therapeutic grade essential oils are the only ones that contain medicinal qualities. The lowest quality is “Synthetic Biology” oils. These oils are created in a laboratory from synthetic DNA and are bio-engineered with fungus and enzymes. They can be labeled as natural as they are derived from yeasts and are made quickly and cheaply. These oils are fake copycats that give the illusion of fragrance without any therapeutic benefit. In addition, the incomplete formulas often cause harm opposite of the intended benefit. For example, fragrance grade Lavender contains high levels of lavandin, a hybrid of lavender. It is often heated to evaporate camphor, mixed with synthetic linalyl acetate to improve the fragrance, and then sold as lavender oil. Higher levels of the constituent camphor can lead to burning of the skin, so if one uses Lavender to support the skin in healing after a burn, then this oil will worsen the burning sensation.

When one uses adulterated oils topically, they may experience rashes, burns, and other skin irritations. Common synthetic additives used in creating those oils are propylene glycol, DEP, and DOP. These chemicals have no smell and are used as volume fillers. They put the user at risk for allergic reactions in addition to providing no therapeutic benefit.

Adulteration of oils is such a concern that Young Living tests all oil batches with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry and then retested with gas chromatography and flame ionization detector. These tests help identify chirality of the compounds, which will detect synthetic oils. Some essential oil companies will dilute the essential oil with a fatty lipid oil to increase supply and reduce cost.

Even natural or organic certified oils can be problematic depending on the growing conditions and time of harvest. The type of genus, species, and chemotype is important for growing plants that contain the highest constituents that provide the therapeutic benefits. In addition, the use of chemical pesticides contaminates the final product.

According to Jared Turner, the president of Young Living, it costs around $12,000 per acre to weed lavender fields by hand. Other companies that used cheap herbicides may spend $60 per acre to kill the weeds. This is why Young Living oils cost more, but the investment includes not only a higher quality product with therapeutic benefits, it also invests in the quality of the earth.

Pesticides are known for having delirious effects on health, in the short and long term. Tyrone Hayes has scientifically documented how a common herbicide, Atrazine, has been shown to change gender and sexuality in frogs. This herbicide was the most common water contaminant in 2001 and has had a large impact on reducing fertility and disrupting endocrine balance in males and females. Glyphosate, another herbicide, has been shown to increase permeability of the intestinal tract and has caused the most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies in our food supply. All pesticides and herbicides have been shown to have adverse health effects on the soil, plants, and animals who consume those plants.

Here are a few of the seed to seal requirements for producing quality oils. This is an excerpt from the Essential Oils desktop reference by Life Science Publishing.

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Producing pure essential oils is expensive. It can take thousands of pounds of raw plant material to create one pound of essential oil. For example, it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce just one pint of Rose oil, which is the essential oil with the highest vibrational frequency. If we want the world to be a better place, then we need to invest in better quality products that are sustainable, regenerative, and allow us to be stewards of the earth. I’m grateful that Young Living does not sacrifice quality for a number of reasons that other companies may do so.

References:

Essential Oils desk reference: Seventh Edition (ISBN 978-0-9966364-9-0)

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Moving Beyond Disease Management and into Vitality

For the last few years, I have focused on finding and implementing strategies to fully heal chronic illness for myself and others. All of my tools can be done at home by anyone. I started with what I call “foundation tools”. They include clean water, fresh air, sunshine, exercise, rest, and diet. I’ve seen a great reduction in disease symptoms and a return of quality of life.

When I first started my journey, I had debilitating food and environmental allergies and sensitivities. I had to wear a mask to walk to class during Spring. If clothes were washed in a washer with mildew or mold, I couldn’t wear them without having convulsions. If I ate the wrong item, I could throw up or have diarrhea for a week. I quickly learned for survival sake that I needed to eliminate as many harmful substances as I could to switch off from flight or fight and enter rest and digest mode. Just walking through the cleaning aisle of a store would trigger asthma attacks and migraines.

I went through a period of time when my liver was so congested, that I would react to anything slightly toxic. This was a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing, because I was made acutely aware of anything harmful. My body could sense mold long before a mold test. I picked up on water leak and mold issue in an apartment months before they found the source. It was a curse because I could no longer live the standard American lifestyle. If I ate the same as my peers, then I would be violently ill. If I had one drink of alcohol, then I would be immune suppressed for a full week. If I breathed in cigarette smoke or scented candles, then my lungs would close until I got to fresh air. This was highly restrictive and limited many joys that others my age were experiencing.

One of the areas that I was highly restricted to was aromatic compounds. Everything I bought had to be unscented. If it listed fragrance, then it was out of the question. If the cleaning product contained ammonia, then I couldn’t go near it. My life became very simple. The less ingredients, the better. I began looking for personal care and cleaning products with natural ingredients. Many of the products I was drawn to contained essential oils.

A few months ago, my friend invited me to learn about her wellness business. I sat in a room full of women and we passed around little bottles of essential oils. She discussed the care in which the company took to ensure the highest quality pure, therapeutic grade essential oils from seed to seal. The amount of life energy contained in each bottle was incredible. I knew from just holding the little bottles that they were gems and worth an investment.

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I bought the premium starter kit and began energy experiments. I started diffusing them, applying them topically, and ingesting a few of them. I realized that this was exactly what my wellness journey was missing. The aromatic compounds in these essential oils are life giving. They help to focus energy according to your wellness goals. They open up sinuses instead of closing them. They help to ground energy in to the earth. They help to focus spiritual energy during meditation. They help to let go of stored emotions that are creating chaos. They help to keep a greater purpose in mind and not sweat the small details. They help skin to glow. The list goes on and on. They smell true to nature and carry a sense of home.

My energy experiments have confirmed the quality of design in their blends. Anywhere that an individual registers with excess oxidative stress is the first place that the blend, Stress Away, targets. Valor supports the kidneys and bladder to let go of fear and strengthens the heart chakra thereby increasing courage. The immune support blend, Thieves, strengthens the thymus. The blends are designed well enough that if you have a specific symptom or goal, then you can trust the oils blends as labeled.

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The high-quality oils are just the beginning. This company has products to support all wellness needs, including cleaning, skincare, makeup, supplements, kids, and pets. They are bringing wellness into the lives of millions by reducing stress caused by ingesting everyday toxins and giving life to dreams, goals, and inspiration. The educational literature included in the lifestyle resonates with the approaches I have found to be most effective including but not limited to fasting, colon hydrotherapy, liver cleanses, dietary approaches, and processing stored emotions. I have been searching for my tribe of like-minded individuals and finally feel at home with this wellness community.

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I’m excited to take my wellness journey to the next step by partnering with Young Living. Gary Young had an incredible vision of a better tomorrow. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help make the vision a reality.

Does my story resonate with you? Are you also looking for quality products to help reach your wellness goals? Are you new to essential oils and looking for more educational information? Are you an oil expert looking for a better quality product? Reach out to me and let’s further the discussion. I’d be honored to guide you on your wellness journey. Follow me on IG at plantedvitality.