Recovering Autism Part 2: Embracing Natural medicine

To catch up, explore the foundation of our journey here – A Complete immunological Meltdown: Our story of beating Autism

We never thought it would happen to us, and there is not ONE parent on Earth that dreams of being the next in line. Unfortunately with the direction current statistics are headed they will. It breaks my heart. We put our faith and complete trust in Doctors to steer us away from harm and provide us the pros and cons of each decision that affect our health. The latin root of Doctor is “to teach” and that is precisely what they did so well as little as 50 years ago. They taught us how to treat illnesses at home, did not stop until they found the root cause and made good ‘ol house calls. Fast forward to today where we are “told” what to do, handed a prescription at nearly every visit and ridiculed if we mention the word…gasp…Natural!

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Thru our journey of recovering two boys from autism we naturally had every Doctor in “western” medicine turn their backs on us. When our son was suffering from massive digestive issues, it was considered “un-related” and he quickly handed us a drug to mask the symptoms. Then there were the ticks and seizure-like activity that never seemed to end. Nothing showed up on the MRI or sleep study but again we were given a drug to mask the condition.

We searched and searched, with God guiding our path every step of the way, and with each turn and bump he brought just the right Doctor or treatment into our lives. With absolute prayer and trust God gave us our boys back. We absorbed more information in just a few short months, than our entire lives put together. Below is just a part of that process and some of the topics we wrestled with, ultimately finding what we believe to be truth.

The Fallacies of the Vaccine “Triumph”

Do any of us really understand what living conditions were like as little as 100 years ago in this country? Or the Dark Ages when the Black Plague reduced the entire population by a third?

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This was a rear tenement in Wisconsin shared by numerous people with horses, pigs and cows in the same living area. Feces and urine was rampant because of no sanitation or sewage

By the mid-1800s, slums had become commonplace settlements in the western world. New York City had 100,000 slum dwellers living in 20,000 tenement buildings. They were in a crowded and vile predicament. Throughout these unsanitary slums, death was ever-present. Cholera, typhoid, scarlet fever, smallpox, typhus, and other infectious diseases were never idle. But during this time, the seeds of change were sown and slowly took root. It was the beginning of the Sanitation Revolution. A new understanding that filth contributed to human illness had come to light. It was also known that poverty was often a result of such illness and not just the cause. Based on this awareness, projects for the supply of clean water and removal of human and other waste gradually began to be implemented. (Dissolving Illusions.com) And because of that infectious disease began to decline before the implementation of vaccines.

Let’s paint a little picture for ya.

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This water closet was shared by 14 people living in a one-room apartment in New York. This was typical of almost all living conditions at the turn of the century.

So let me get this straight, if I let my house look like this, never fed my children nutritious food, or gave them proper rest and never washed our hands with soap, then, yes we would have a whole host of diseases in our home! My child’s life-expectancy would dramatically decline as well because their body would have no strong immune function to fight the disease.

We DON’T live like that anymore. We have sanitation, sewage, fairly “clean” water minus brain toxifying fluoride, good food (try to ignore Monsanto) and trauma medicine.

This is exactly what I had to educate myself on in order to understand where most pediatricians are coming from. A lie. Parents are not getting the whole truth. When I declined the Chickenpox vaccine and asked my pediatrician why it would be so wrong to get this virus, his answer was “why would you want to do that and inconvenience you and your family?” Well sir, because then we would have 100% natural life-long immunity that I can also pass down to my children en-utero and they can then pass it too. That’s WHY.

And no, it would not be an inconvenience, because my child’s long-term permanent immunity is more important than short-term “convenience” that is riddled with possible debilitating side-effects.

If we can truly grasp how perfectly designed our bodies are by God, then filling it with synthetics and man-made substances is completely ignoring his intelligence. I admit medical statistics and research is not my gift so I rely on some very talented people, like this galto bring forth facts and figures. We make our decisions with a little thing called free-will; weighing the risks and rewards and ultimately choosing what aligns with our own beliefs and values. Having a Doctor force you into any decision strips you of your God-given right to choose.

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We had to Ditch the Scare Tactics

Despite many well-documented historical problems, polio and smallpox vaccines serve as the anchor for vaccination faith today. The subject stirs passion in those who believe their ancestors were affected by the dreaded virus or their children could be crippled by it today.

I was that average person. The new mom scared of stirring the pot and challenging my babes Doctor. As we moved down the path of autism recovery it was a no-brainer that I needed to take control of our own families health and build a comfort zone of how far I was willing to go outside the realm of allopathic medicine. Admittedly it was a slow process at first. For a person who perceived natural medicine as a bunch of hippie-chick-cuckoos, I was shackled to modern medicine and all the wonder drugs that it had to offer.

Fast-forward to multiple middle-of-the-night emergency room visits for breathing treatments, the pulmonary specialist who prescribed 3 separate steroid inhalers and casually told us to give our boy Allegra everyday for the rest of his life, the neurologist who said our boy would never be able to function in the real world and that pediatrician who injected my boy with 8 vaccines in one visit, it was all enough for me to completely abandon non-trauma western medicine.

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We had to fight to completely re-build this little guys immune system

I embraced it and religiously put into practice a natural regimen every.single.day.

  • We have not used Tylenol in over 3 years
  • We do not give our children any prescription meds and would only do so as a last resort (it felt pretty great to toss the breathing machine)
  • We have weathered strep throat, flu, whooping-cough, ear infections, pertussis, croup, eczema, digestive distress, heavy metal-toxicity and asthma (that was never present to begin with, but let me go ahead and give my son 3 steroid inhalers because a doc says to anyway right?) – ALL WITH NATURAL MEDICINE

We even live in the epicenter of the so-called measles outbreak. Everyone was “scared” and you cold feel the unease in the atmosphere during that time. We did not get the measles, nor did any of my friends, or their friends or even their friends. The population of Southern California is approximately 3.7 million and this is what happened:

“At least 21 cases of measles in Orange County, California so far this year, including 7 people who required hospitalization, in what the Orange County Health Department is calling the worst outbreak in 20 years. (2014)” With zero deaths.

Yes, you read it correct…21. Wow, that surely is a crazy outbreak. Hurry run and get your vaccine now. Calling this an outbreak is a complete fallacy and a dis-service to parents everywhere.

Why no deaths? Back to point #1, sanitation, sewage, clean water, nutrition, vitamins…

Of course this is not the case in third world countries, but rather than shoot up babies with a 10-in-1 vaccine let’s get ’em some clean water, a balanced diet and safe place to poop!

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I wish my colleagues who discourse so prolixly about the treatment of this disease would recognize that the grass in the fields, inconspicuous as it is, has a greater power to heal this disease than all their fancied wisdom and unsurpassed panaceas. – Dutch physician, Abraham Bogaert, 1711

Why we are not easily swayed into Modern Medicine

Quite simply we currently have a better understanding of how and why God created our systems to function, and the gifts of nature he gave us to treat illness. To see what we rely on in our arsenal of natural medicine read here. Does that mean we completely disregard modern medicine? No. It has its use, and for our family it rests solely in trauma and immediate life-saving interventions.

We have come full-circle from a devastating diagnosis to recovery, and without a doubt at least 75% rests solely on clearing my boys systems of toxic metals with natural medicine; the other percentage, a team of amazing therapists. Each day I witness their systems getting stronger, battling illness with ease and my fears have completely diminished. I am empowered as a Dr. Mom to treat my family with an amazingly powerful collection of safe and effective medicine

As a family we are confident in our health decisions, it may not be right for you and that is ok, we are all on our own journey. What we must NOT compromise on is allowing each person to choose their path without fear of persecution or bullying.

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A Complete Immunological Meltdown – Our Story of Beating Autism

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I am just a mom. Pictured above is my boy who had a label of Autism.

I am not a world-renowned Doctor and it doesn’t matter because our son was vaccine injured and I don’t need 8 years in medical school to prove it. Call it instinct, mother’s intuition or that gut-wrench feeling in the pit of my stomach; what matter’s most is that I knew the moment it happened.

I am a mom on a quest to share our story of tragedy, discovery and healing from Autism. One careless visit to the pediatricians office catapulted us into life-altering events for our family. Much is written about our healing progression on this blog except our story of injury and diagnosis, and friends that is the most critical part. There are millions of moms who are facing some facet of our journey each and every day feeling hopeless and with zero support from our “expert” medical community. I seek to change that by offering a glimpse into our struggles and triumphs recovering our son from that scary little word…Autism.

Mom’s carry an instinct that is more powerful than any Doctor or research study. Five years ago our son fell away into a deep, dark world after a round of 8 vaccines in one visit to “catch him up”. I don’t need a degree to understand causation; our boy literally changed overnight after his pediatrician forced those vaccines upon us. I was victim to the scheme of “if we don’t vaccinate then our child will become severely ill and die from a disease.” They promise that you will never face the hardship of an illness if you just inject a serum that is designed to trick the immune system. Never mind the fact that it is filled with highly questionable adjuvants. Ingredients that if any Doctor were to try and prescribe them singly, would be banned from medicine for life.

Can you imagine willingly injecting any of these ingredients alone? Aluminum, formaldehyde, mercury, DNA from foreign animals (non-human and aborted babies) and neurotoxins to name just a few. I guess five years ago I didn’t have the wherewithal to search the Google we all know and love, because if I did, you better believe I would have told that Doctor  to hit the road.

But YOU do. You have all the access you need to research and find the answers that make sense for your children.

It was in the days after his 15 month well-check that our little boy slipped away. Fevers (unexplained), major gut issues where he never had a formed stool, rashes all over parts of his body, ZERO language, hand flapping (that was NOT present before the 8 vaccines), no eye contact, socially inept, he was utterly and completely lost….His little body was on track for an epic meltdown from all the prior vaccine-adjuvants stored up in his system. That round of 8 broke him.

I wasn’t given the number for VAERS, or even a look of concern from our Doctor. No, instead “it’s completely un-related Ma’am, give him some Tylenol”. There was no screening for family history, past vaccine reactions or even asking me if I wanted to vaccinate. The nurse just came in with the needles, assumptions and all, as if it was a government mandated protocol.

A few weeks later, I had given birth to our second son, and in my crazy post-birth hormonal state had to deal with the reality of a diagnosis: Autism. It was like being hit with a ton of bricks and I literally suffocated. I cried uncontrollably every day and felt an enormous weight of guilt-then anger-sadness-then denial-then guilt again, and finally…determination.

It was game on in my book. I would get my child back.

What happened? My child had a complete immunologic meltdown and that spurred his brain and his gut into a state of Autism. I do not need evidence, research or some pharmaceutical-funded study to tell me vaccines don’t cause Autism. I witnessed it happen with my own eyes and that is all the evidence I will ever require. Vaccines do cause damage. The damage might be slight, moderate or severe, but damage will be done.

Momma’s, I’m speaking to you-an adverse reaction does not have to manifest in Autism. It can be allergies, rashes, eczema, auto-immune disorders, ADD, ADHD, OCD and behavioral challenges. It is our signal that the body is being stressed beyond it capabilities. There is a tipping point. The time has come. Our children are sick.

Is this what we want? Our children to become little drugged-up vaccinated robots with fake, synthetic immunity? I really do try and accept the stance of all those pro-vaxxers but unfortunately my simple-mindedness goes back to logic. Logic  dictates that nature will ALWAYS win over synthetic. Nature has this amazing ability to change and alter when threatened. I have never seen a synthetic drug or vaccine alter its state to stay “alive”. It is impossible. You can’t change the formula for a vaccine because it has a patent (enter “the love of money”). Instead more vaccines are made. Hey, that’s the answer right?

Notice I will not attach all kinds of research articles about how questionable vaccines are, because they are readily available to find. I am not here to convince you. I seek to share and start a thought process, not throw a bunch of statistics at you. If you want well-researched statistics please visit these amazing sites: LivingWhole, Age of Autism and The Thinking Mom’s Revolution.

We now make family decisions by using the good ‘ol brains that God gave us. Contrary to what the media and plethora of pro-vaxx sites will tell you, a person who decides NOT to vaccinate is pretty darn smart. We actually put in more time and research to land where we are than your average Joe. So, here is what I have come to know:

We are NOT to play the hand of God. Our bodies are perfectly designed with extreme care and intelligence. And that can never be replicated in a laboratory. Just look back thru history when man takes control over nature, it never works, yet our society presses on with complete arrogance thumbing our nose at God’s design.

The medical concept of health is virtually unrecognizable in today’s media from what it once was. Gone is the belief that our bodies are self-regulating organisms capable of amazing feats of healing, instead we get to hear the voice of organizations and companies who would have you believe the reason you get sick is primarily due to lack of their pharmaceuticals filling your body.

Is this Logic? 49 doses of 16 vaccines before the age of six.

No, it is just plain medical malpractice and dangerous, but let’s go ahead and add more to that schedule for our babies, because it sounds totally safe right?

Our family now comprehends naturally acquired immunity, which stands far away from vaccines. We rely on our bodies ability to self-correct with awesome intelligence and we use amazingly strong natural medicine that is always a step ahead of those nasty germs. We went from visiting a neurologist, ENT, pediatricians, emergency rooms, oncologists, you name it we were in an office figuring out this puzzle 4 times a month. Zero progress was made and no answers were given by our medical community. My son kept getting sicker. He made small, incremental gains in therapy, but his body was sick and that was the root of his Autism.

Fast-forward to present day and after 5 crazy-long years of recovery, we have not used a single pharmaceutical or OTC in over three years. Our children’s immune systems are getting stronger, and each day we seek natural choices, steer clear of synthetic immune altering substances, and pleasantly ask for those vaccine exemption forms with a smile.

How did we heal Autism? 

First, we treated it as an immune deficiency and took aim at the gut first. As the gut healed so did the brain. It took time, lots of time. Critical points of improvement happened with changing the diet (GAPS), homeopathic detox of each and every metal/vaccine stored up in his body, which we literally saw coming out one at a time. Camel milk, Essential Oil’s, and therapists that worked with him in the real world, not by the book of ABA guidelines.

It was nothing short of amazing to watch his progression over the years and I often sit in amazement and shock as I see my little social, happy guy thriving in school. It wasn’t easy, and the whole road was against the grain. We met resistance from family, friends and the medical community. But Autism didn’t win us, we won it!

Press on, research and follow your instinct. The tide is turning, the media cannot hide it any longer and the truth will come out.

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Naturally Effective Protocols for Stress and Anxiety in Children and beyond ~ Part Two

Catch up on Part One Here: Treating Stress and Anxiety in Children

 

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The stress response is the body’s way of dealing with a perceived threat. The problem starts when the threat never leaves. And this is the kind of stress that modern society is attempting to deal with.

The typical way to deal with stress is through the prescription and use of sedatives. Sedatives create calm but they also dull and depress brain function. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to get a handle on the problem or real cause behind stress and take the necessary steps to deal with it.

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Prescriptions=Side Effects (always)

Essential oils work differently as they contain constituents that are both calming and stimulating. In fact, researchers have found that, depending on the state of the individual, essential oils can be either stimulating or calming. Essential Oils have the ability to “know” what is required. So an agitated patient will find they receive a calming effect from a particular oil, while another patient who is feeling listless may find a restorative effect from the same oil. In aromatherapy, we refer to such oils as “adaptogens” because the type of effect they induce will depend on what an individual needs to restore their balance.

Stress in a person can manifest as agitation, anger, anxiousness, feeling tense or fearful and, given time, an individual can become listless and depressed; hence the value of essential oils in being able to restore one’s balance.

Part two will be focusing on 3 Key Essential Oils to use for Stress or Anxiety in both Children and Adults

First, let’s get a little more in depth as to why pure therapeutic essential oils are the only substance with the ability to create an immediate change in levels of stress or anxiety in the human body.

  • Essential oils are organic substances from the volatile liquid of plants. The essential oils support the body to come back into balance without harmful side effects or chemical based products.
  • Making sure the oils are pure, therapeutic grade is important because a majority of the oils on the market are for aromatic use only, or contain chemicals that may be harmful to the body.

And, the most amazing and helpful aspect when looking for home remedies for anxiety is that….

Essential oils can immediately penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues instantly in a matter of seconds. They cross the brain-blood barrier in seconds reaching the amygdala and other limbic parts of the brain. The amygdala also can influence the hypothalamus which is our hormonal center.

Why is this important?

The amygdala is the emotional center where all the emotions are controlled and stored. Anxiety, anger, fear depression and joy all originate from here!

And, the hypothalamus is responsible for sending out hormones that effect everything. Including our energy, mood, or state of anxiety.

So, just by…

Inhaling essential oils, we can minimize our stress, anxiety or any emotional trauma immediately. This makes them perfect home remedies for anxiety. It is that simple!

What is the difference between Stress and Anxiety?

Stress and anxiety are often confused and can be misunderstood easily! So, I have provided definitions for the readers below.

Many of the essential oils overlap when it comes to stress and anxiety, and the beauty of pure essential oils is they there is no “wrong” oil and they all intelligently work together. Only God can design something so perfect.

What is Stress?

Stress is the body’s response to stimuli which can be from many different sources. And it can be positive or negative. For instance, exercise is very positive stimuli but it can also be negative to the body. It can help release stress from home or work, but overdone, it can place too much stress on the muscles and create over exertion and soreness.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is really fear based emotion which creates an emotional and physical response in the body. If we do not recognize the symptoms of anxiety, or do not learn to manage it, then it can affect our physical and emotional well being.

So, when we speak of anxiety, then we must look at the physical and emotional components. Essential oils are great for this use, because they address the spiritual, physical and emotional components of the body.

The three categories are:

  1. Essential Oils that address Emotional Component
  2. Essential Oils that address Physical Component are Tonics for Kidney and Heart
  3. Essential Oils that address Extreme Fear or Attacks (panic or anxiety attacks)

The Emotional Component

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Peace and Calming

There are five different oils in Peace and Calming Blend. They are listed below along with a brief description of each oil.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata) increases relaxation; balances male and female energies. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.

Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemon cablin) is strongly grounding and centering. Very high sesquiterpenes that stimulate the limbic center of the brain. It reestablishes mental and emotional equilibrium and energizes the mind.

Tangerine Essential Oil (Citrus nobilis) contains esters and aldehydes that are sedating and calming, helping with anxiety and nervousness.

Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) is elevating to the mind and body and brings joy and peace. A 1995 Mie University study documented the ability of citrus fragrances to combat depression and boost immunity.

Blue Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum annuum) is anti-inflammatory and helps cleanse the liver and lymphatic system. Emotionally, it combats anger and negative emotions.

Documented Uses for Peace and Calming Essential Oil:Insomnia, anxiety, depression, nervous system.

Body systems affected: Nervous System

The Aromatic Affect on the Mind: Calming and balancing.

The Physical Component

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Lavender

Genus Species: Lavandula angustifolia

Why is this information important? Well, believe it or not, some companies will substitute a species within the family where the fragrance is similar! But remember, then it will have different properties and uses, so please be aware of this. Also be aware of distillation practices. Companies that do a “complete” distillation are altering the oil to smell “better” and  trap consumers into buying based on sense of smell. Call and ask your oil company their practices. If they cannot answer you then walk away, if they say “complete distillation” then they are not keeping the healing properties of the plant intact.

Plant Properties: Antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, vermifuge.

Documented Uses of Lavender: Insomnia, hair loss, burns, nervous tension, respiratory infections, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, menstrual problems/PMS, skin conditions, blood fat/cholesterol reduction, reducing excess sebum on skin.

Did you know that researchers at University of Miami found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation? The benefits of lavender also included reduced depression and improved cognitive performance.

Did you know that a 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness? Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User

In many alternative schools of thought the Kidneys and the Heart are considered to be out of balance in states of anxiety. This is particularly true in Oriental Medicine.

The oils that will assist with the physical components of anxiety are listed here and are considered tonics:

  • Cypress Essential Oil – Eases loss, creates security by grounding
  • Lavender Essential Oil – Reduces mental stress, one of the most studied for relieving anxiety
  • Lemon Essential Oil – Improves memory, cleanses toxins in kidneys
  • Marjoram Essential Oil – Herb of Happiness. Calms the nerves
  • Rosemary Essential Oil – Brings mental awareness eases anxiety
  • Thyme Essential Oil – Releases fear of known cause. Rebalances water element
  • Vetiver Essential Oil – Very grounding. Restores stability
  • Patchouli Essential Oil – It is sedating, calming and relaxing helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Has a significant effect on sympathetic nervous system
  • Neroli Absolute – Natural relaxant used to treat depression and anxiety. Uplifting.

Extreme Fear or Attacks (panic or anxiety attacks)

Essential Oil that will immediately ground the body and bring the body back into alignment with the mind will help with fear, panic or anxiety attacks.

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Present Time Essential Oil Blend

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata) increases relaxation; balances male and female energies. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.

Spruce Essential Oil (Picea mariana) has anti-inflammatory properties and helps us combat infection. Emotionally, it is grounding and releasing.

Neroli Absolute (Citrus bigaradia or sinensis) has anti-depressant, anti-infectious, anti-viral, aphrodisiac and sedative properties. It is calming and relaxing and reduces with anxiety and depression.

Documented uses of Present Time:

Anger, anxiety, argumentative, balance, clearing, confusion, day-dreaming, depression (and suicidal depression) despondency, disappointment, fear, forgetfulness, frustration, gingivitis, grief and sorrow, guilt, grounding, irritability, jet lag, loss of loved one, Lupus, moment, mood swings, obsessiveness, panic, past, pregnancy (focus during birth), shock, spacing out, stress, sympathy, transitions and trauma.

Body Systems are Affected: Nervous System

Additional Articles to support the use of pure essential oils for treating stress and anxiety:

Aromatherapy and Stress/Anxiety

9 Essential oils for Anxiety

Additional Young Living Oils for Stress Relief

5 Oils for Stress Relief

Stress does NOT have to be treated with prescriptions and OTC’s! Immediate healing can happen with pure essential oils. They truly are the worlds first medicine, and I believe will overcome all others in time. There is an astounding resurgence in the use of essential oils for disease, prevention and mental disorders, and that cannot be by coincidence. It works and that speaks to the power plants have if properly distilled and used.

Read more about Young Living and its standards (which are the highest in the world, next to France) HERE

Read about how to get started on your journey HERE

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I am a wife and a mom who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family. Please like and share the love!

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

 

Naturally Effective Strategies to Treat and Prevent Stress / Anxiety in Children (Part 1)

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One of every eight children suffers from an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health state that anxiety disorders affect 18% of the population, making it the most common mental health issue in the U.S.

Anxiety is a general term for a number of disorders that cause worry, fear, nervousness and apprehension. Anxiety disorders can greatly affect how we feel and behave, and they can also manifest themselves into real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety can be a vague and unsettling feeling of unease, severe anxiety can cause extremely debilitating symptoms that have a serious impact on daily life.

When anxiety symptoms begin to interfere with a person’s ability to sleep or otherwise function on a daily basis, this is when anxiety becomes a problem. Anxiety disorders occur when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation, and this is exactly what is exponentially increasing in our children!

Symptoms vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder, but general symptoms include:

Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
Uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts
Nightmares
Ritualistic behaviors, such as repeated hand washing
Problems sleeping
Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
Shortness of breath
Palpitations
An inability to be still and calm
Dry mouth
Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
Nausea
Muscle tension
Dizziness

I want to focus on children for one BIG reason. Babies, toddlers and young children are sick…they are suffering right in front of our eyes and it is because of what society is permitting. I know, this might stir up anger, but every current and future parent must understand the full scope of what is happening to our kids. STOP drugging them up and STOP over scheduling your kids.

We must completely embrace the toxic load that every child is carrying around

Children are vulnerable to stress. Over 30% of children experience some kind of anxiety disorder and many more are just stressed out!

The numbers are going up NOT down

My children are a part of that statistic. Not because we lead an overactive life, in fact we purposely under-schedule our children. Most days you can find us playing games in the front yard or hanging as a family. Our journey has taken us thru the spider web of Autism, ADHD, ADD, Sensory Processing disorder and major Occupational therapy. We did nothing to deserve the stress placed on our children, but it came with a vengeance. My passion is to share with you and provide some practical, easy steps to preventing stress and anxiety. Each of these are readily available and do not need a prescription.

It does require the commitment of a parent to a child to start taking your families health into your own hands. And it pays dividends I can assure you that!

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#1 Say bye-bye to Sugar

A number of studies suggest a correlation between the consumption of refined sugar and anxiety symptoms. Research from Yale University indicates that when children ingest certain types of sugar, they experience a 10-fold increase in adrenalin levels; adrenalin, also known as epinephrine, is a hormone released by the body when it feels stressed or threatened.

When simple sugars hit the blood stream, glucose levels skyrocket, creating a short burst of energy. Soon after, glucose levels crash, creating a condition known as hypoglycemia, with symptoms such as dizziness, insomnia, irritability and anxiety. Roller coaster glucose levels result in uneven hormonal levels, like adrenalin and cortisol, which exacerbate the anxious feelings.

Break out the Raw Honey and go to town! This gift from nature pack powerful enzymes and healing “propolis” for your child’s system. Often air borne allergies will lessen dramatically plus their immune system will strengthen over time. **do not give honey under the age of one

Are you giving your child an abundance of sugar and processed food because it is convenient for them or you?

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#2 Hello Cod-liver oil

You may have heard of the many disease-prevention benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids, but these nutritional powerhouses also provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the brain. A 2006 meta-study in the Journal of Clinic Psychiatry concluded that omega-3 fatty acids have a protective effect on the brain.

To complicate matters, diets that contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, found in vegetable oils, meat and egg yolks, can interfere with omega-3 fatty acids’ anti-inflammatory properties. Cutting back on the consumption of vegetable oil and refined, processed foods can help the body process EPA more efficiently. By the way, ditch the Olive Oil too; Do everything with Coconut Oil!

If you do not have cold-pressed Cod Liver Oil then check these great sources out:

Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil
Fatty fish and seafood such as salmon, cod, sardines, halibut, shrimp and scallops
Walnuts
Leafy greens like kale, collard greens, spinach, romaine lettuce
Vegetables like winter squash, Brussels sprouts and green beans
Fruits like strawberries and raspberries

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#3 Neurotransmitters

Though anxiety has a number of different triggers, some children with anxiety have unusually low levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA, a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect. Also known as the brain’s “peacemaker,” this amino acid is naturally produced in the body. However, when levels become low or imbalanced, anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression can result.

Low or imbalanced GABA levels may be caused by:

Deficiencies of vitamin B1 and B6, iron, manganese or zinc
Insufficient sleep
Chronic pain
Chronic stress
Excessive consumption of caffeine
Exposure to lead or mercury

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#4 Polyphenols

Fortunately, a study in “Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity” suggests that the consumption of dietary polyphenols – or naturally occurring substances found in some plants — can alleviate the symptoms and effects of anxiety and depression. Scientists believe that polyphenols work by reducing the biochemical changes that stress and anxiety hormones produce in nerve cells.

AND on that topic of plants…the most effective, safe and powerfully healing medicine you can utilize are pure therapeutic essential oils.

Therapeutic grade essential oils may offer a powerful and safe form of therapy for healing the brain without the dangerous side effects of anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications.

There is NO OTHER form of supplement, medication, drug or herb that is as effective as essential oils. This is due to the complicated and ever changing chemistry of the plant itself. When properly grown and distilled, each oil has a unique set of constituents (like Phenols – remember that from above) that can pass thru areas of the brain, like the blood-brain barrier, and often begin to permanently heal damaged areas.

  • Quickly penetrate the skin
  • Raise the frequency of the body, therefor putting it immediately into a state of balance
  • Essential oils embody the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune-strengthening properties of plants
  • Essential oils contain oxygen molecules that transport nutrients to starving human cells. We are ALL oxygen deficient due to our environment and diet. We NEED all the pure oxygen we can get
  • They are very powerful antioxidants, more so than any food you can consume. Antioxidants prevent cell damage, fungus and oxidation to the cells
  • Essential Oils are powerful anti-fungals, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti tumor, and restore balance to the body

This is significant! There is literally no other component on Earth that can do this.

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A major part of Stress and Anxiety is manifested in ADD, ADHD and Autism spectrum disorders.

“More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines…. A vast majority are put on medications such as methylphenidate (commonly known as Ritalin) or amphetamines like Adderall, which often calm a child’s hyperactivity and impulsivity but also carry risks for growth suppression, insomnia and hallucinations.” Full article here 

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“The US represents 5% of the world’s population, yet 90% of the world’s ADHD prescriptions are written for American kids” – Frank Lipman MD – that is a problem and a “side-effect” of our suppressive, I-Want-it-now culture.

The Essential Oils Desk Reference states “Terry Friedmann, MD, in 2001 completed studies using essential oils to combat ADD and ADHD. Using twice a day inhalation of essential oils including vetiver, cedar wood & lavender, Dr. Friedmann was able to achieve clinically *significant results in 60 days”.

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Essential oils recommended for ADD and ADHD are vetiver, lavender, cedar wood, roman chamomile, sandalwood, ylang ylang, cardamom, angelica, frankincense, and oil blends including Brain Power, Peace & Calming, and Stress Away. EODR: 5th Edition.

There are numerous testimonials on the use of essential oils and ADD/ADHD and Autism:

“Since refusing to give my son ‘Concerta’ for the label he has been given, ADHD, I’ve chosen only changes in his diet, consistency with his routines, and rewarding instead of punishing behavior. But most important was a combination of essential oils such as Peace and Calming, Brain Power for his temples, behind ears, and behind the neck. Valor on his wrists, Purification (area of liver), Cedarwood, Grounding, Bergamot, Vetiver, Rosemary on the bottoms of his feet every morning. – (Oil-Testimonials)

Since each oil has the innate ability to heal, there are numerous combinations of oils where success is achieved.

Here is an example for a Daily Anxiety or Stress Protocol

Daily Anxiety Protocol

Oils used: Stress Away, Valor, Frankincense

Stress Away

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Those suffering from chronic stress tend to have weaker immune systems and more susceptible to premature cell aging. This blend is specifically formulated to help relieve everyday stress and tension! It has Copaiba (major anti-inflammatory) Lime (elevates the mood and targets over-exhaustion) Cedarwood (calming) Ocotea (emotional balance) Lavender (promotes health and a relaxant)

Valor

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Valor is a mecca of an oil blend. The oils used in this exclusive blend where used by the Roman soldiers as they went into combat. Massage 2 drops into the soles of each foot. Also rub 1 drop on each wrist and rub your wrists together. Both of these application points help to realign your body’s energy centre. Carry a bottle of Valor with you so that if you come to a point in the day that your anxiety level begins to rise, you can inhale the oil and or apply more to your wrists to help calm you. Valor contains Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy and Frankincense.

Frankincense

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Frankincense is one of the oldest known essential oils. It is the healer of all healers by specifically targeting the brain. For anxiety release, drop 2-3 drops under the tongue twice daily. By placing under you tongue you allow the oil to enter your blood stream through your mucous membranes at lightning speed.

Why not take a New approach to your families health and well-being. What do you have to lose? Millions of people are returning back to ancient medicine because of its perfect design. Natural medicine will always beat man-made synthetics each and every time, there is simply no way we can replicate such an intricate and complicated design.

I do not recommend the use of low grade essential oils. They provide no healing or therapeutic power and will be toxic to the system. For more information on Young Living Medical grade oils please click here.

If you want to get a great introduction to oils then please contact me, I am offering two HUGE free gifts this month with a starter kit. Click here for more details.

In Part 2 of this Series I will be exploring more extensive uses of essential oils for Stress and Anxiety

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I am a wife and a mom who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family. Please like and share the love!

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

 

 

A Powerful Testimony: ADD/ADHD Young Living Essential Oils

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It is one thing to read something on a random blog and wonder…is this for real?? But when I have the pleasure of hearing first-hand how lives are being changed all over the world with something as simple and pure as essential oils, it brings me to tears. Yes, tears. Because after all, isn’t that what it is all about? Spreading good news and giving people the hope, tools and results they deserve!

Not Synthetics, NOT Side-effects, NOT money to pharmaceutical companies who profit from you, banking on the fact that with each drug ensues a whole-host of negative reactions that only cause more drugs to be needed.

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But you DO have a choice. And you have the power to choose for your child as well…

When I read this testimony on my private Facebook group, my heart was immediately full:

I wanted to share a quick testimony of just one of the ways oils have enhanced our lives.
E had been having trouble in school showing signs of attention problems, anxiety, focus issues, overly sensitive, confidence issues etc etc. It had been progressively getting worse over the last 2 or 3 years and I was starting to grow very concerned. I didn’t want to take her to the dr and have them tell me she had A. D. D. or to put her on anxiety meds or have them diagnose her as a certain thing or another. I HATE LABELS. I think they only further hurt a child who is already fighting an uphill battle.
So after getting my starter pack I went into investigation mode. I came up with a daily regimen of the following.
Brain power: temples, forehead, and thumbs and big toes. Yes I know that sounds weird but those are points connected to the brain. This stuff is AMAZING for focus. ( this is not in the kit you have to order separate but worth it’s weight in gold.)
Valor: spine and inside of wrists for confidence and it also seems to calm her. It gives a feeling of security
Joy: right over her heart. For anxiety.
Stress away: she likes it right near her throat. Says it takes away the lump in the throat feeling.
Peppermint. I wake her up with it every morning. And put a little on her tummy to help with the nervous tummy aches she was getting.
It has been a week now and she is a completely a different child. Attention, focus, emotional stability, confidence I could go on. I feel like I have my little girl back and I’m so thankful. Seriously we are speechless with the results. The best part is today I didn’t have time this morning to do her oils before I left. I had to be at church early. When she got to church she told me she did her oils all on her own and she even gave daddy some stress away because she thought he could use some. I almost cried. This is a child who would forget everything, cry at the drop of a hat and would lose her head if it wasn’t attached to her and here she was holding down the fort….. LIKE A BOSS. This is one happy momma and a customer for life.”

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This Momma decided to take matters into her own hands, and before trying anything else reached for God-inspired medicine.

Pure, safe, natural little drops from Heaven!

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One of the oils she mentions is Brain Power. This is the mack-daddy of oils to help lift the “fog” that so many children have.

What is it??

It is specifically formulated to include oils that are high in sesquiterpene compounds. These little babies play a huge role in dissolving petrochemicals along with receptor sites near the pituitary and hypothalamus glands. It helps to increase normal receptivity and increase oxygenation to those areas.

Increased oxygen=increased mental capacity, mental clarity and reduction of “brain fog”

What’s in it?

Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carteri) has anti-depressant and immune stimulating properties. The high sesquiterpenes level stimulates and oxygenates the limbic system of the brain which elevates our mood and helps us relax (overcome stress).

Helichrysum Essential Oil (Helichrysum italicum) is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. It also improves circulation and may help cleanse the blood.

Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum album) has anti-depressant, astringent, aphrodisiac and sedative properties. It is calming and emotionally balancing and is used for depression and stress.

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedras atlantica) has anti-infectious, anti-fungal and sedative properties. It stimulates the pineal gland which releases melatonin. It is calming and purifying.

Melissa Essential Oil (Melissa officinalis) has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and relaxant properties. It is calming and uplifting and used for depression.

Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) has analgesic and anti-spasmodic properties. It helps relief stress, sore muscles, menstrual cramps and nervous tension in the body.

Blue Cypress Essential Oil (Callitris intratropica) has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, insect repellent, and sedative properties. It is a stimulant to the amygdala, pineal gland, pituitary gland and hypothalamus.

How do I use it? (this is a suggested protocol)

Use NEAT (undiluted). Then,

Apply several drops (2-4) on ears, wrists, neck, forehead, temples or feet
Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
Directly inhale, or
Diffuse.

To me, this testimonial is simply stunning. A vibrant, healthy and happy little girl who is THRIVING on God’s Medicine.

There is NO denying Pure Essential Oils work. And as a celebration of this Momma’s testimony and the MANY children out there who are hurting I am offering two very special Gifts from me during the month of April for new enrollments. This is the PERFECT time to dive in and receive the multitude of benefits these oils bring.

With EVERY Premium Enrollment (Wholesale Membership) I will GIFT you a Care Package of:

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Pocket Reference Guide to Essential Oils. Everything you need to empower yourself in the world of Natural Healing. (Value $34)

 

A Stress-away Roll on (Value $25)

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Stress Away has been pivotal in our Autism/ADHD protocol and my boys LOVE when I put it on them each morning before school.

What are the Documented Uses for Stress Away Essential Oil? Abuse, anger, anxiety and nervousness, argumentative, mental stress, parasympathetic nervous system, peace, PMS, relaxation, restlessness, sedative, natural restful sleep, stress (emotional and mental), tension, trauma and unwind.

Plus many, many other tools to get you started. Here are a few quick links:

Enroll HERE

Read more HERE about Oils

Catch up on other Powerful results of Essential Oils:

Part 1 – ADHD, Behavioral Challenges and Autism

Part 2 – ADHD and Autism

 

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*Disclaimer: These statements and any information contained on this blog have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult individual products labels for safety information.

 

 

Time for Essential Oils in your life? Plus an amazing free gift!

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Essential Oils
Freshly cultivated and steam distilled, the essential oils in Young Living’s collection are life-enhancing gifts from the plant kingdom, revered for centuries for their restorative properties to body, mind, and spirit. Pure essential oils now re-emerge as a key solution to the challenges facing modern lifestyles. Superior to all other supplements, Young Living’s therapeutic-grade essential oils deliver positive benefits to the body through smell, direct absorption into the skin, and by normal digestive processes. Cleansing, calming, stimulating, soothing, Young Living’s essential oils bring balance to all systems of the body.

I have talked a lot on this blog about two things

  • Healing our children from Autism, ADHD, ODD, Speech delays, leaky gut…the list goes on
  • AND how from the moment essential oils were introduced into our lives, we have never looked or treated illness the same

Both are closely intertwined and oils have been pivotal in the healing process.

I simply LOVE sharing and talking about oils because why wouldn’t I? I want everyone to be healthier and more knowledgeable about how their body works. When you find a product that works, you want to share it right?

This month I am offering the biggest freebie ever, and I hope it will give you the added motivation to introduce essential oils into your Home Medicine Cabinet. I can guarantee you will be glad you did.

Here are some quick links to catch up a little on just how the oils work so well (with ZERO side effects):

So here you go, this month from April 1-30 I will be giving away TWO freebies with every Premium Starter Kit:

Premium Starter kit includes:

11 oils (new JOY included), a Home Diffuser (a must for kids or sickness), tons of samples and all about Young Living!

Value of over $300

 

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PLUS the Essential Oil Pocket Reference Guide (value $34)

Everything you need to research any illness or condition that comes your way. A VERY valuable resource. I have used it countless times for not only what comes our way but also with questions I get from others.

pocket referencePLUS a FREE large Essential Oil (Value up to $30!!) Many to choose from and I can customize to your need! 

 

Ready to take the plunge? Here you go:

TWO OPTIONS:

  • You can order as a customer: Retail price
  • You can order as a wholesale member: 24% off

To learn more in depth about what Essential Oils can do click here: 

Go to YoungLiving.com and choose your country
1. Click on “Member Sign-up” link HERE
2. Click on Young Living Wholesale member, or retail, but since there are NO requirement I high suggest Wholesale over retail.
3. You will need to enter a SPONSOR ID and an ENROLLER ID.
4. When you sign up as a member, you order your STARTER KIT (that is under STEP 1). I highly recommend starting with the Premium Starter Kit (shown in picture above). STEP 2 you have the option to add on a kit. But you can do that later, and it is never a requirement, only an option.
5. Look for my personal welcome message confirming that you will be receiving the free book, the Oil and other goodies that will address other specific needs you have. Like babies, chronic illness, cancer, flu etc..

As a way to continue to educate and empower you I will would also love to include you in our private Facebook group. Where there are tips, questions and testimonials galore.

You may also follow on Facebook at :  https://www.facebook.com/theoilsofjoy

Or Instagram @theoilsofjoy

Introducing therapeutic 100% pure oils have been the best decision we ever made as a family. I even catch my husband sneaking the Thieves every morning!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products discussed are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Views expressed are from an independent distributor, not a medical professional. Views expressed apply only to Young Living Essential Oils. Some info taken from the Essential Oils Pocket Reference Book by Life Science Publishing.

Explaining Death to our little ones

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This Christmas season has certainly not been what we pictured when the husband and I first talked about our vision prior to Thanksgiving. Sound familiar? Just when we think we have it all together and know precisely what is about to happen, God throws us a curveball. For a long time, when my life went off-track I would simply place blame and wonder why, if I was a Christian, that God would allow us any suffering at all. Over the years, thru my own strengthening of Faith, I realize that not only does God stretch us by challenges, but because we live in a sin-natured world, suffering is inevitable. It is how we respond to it that allows us to grow and also be an example to non-believers.

On December 10th, as my husband and I were sitting around the Christmas tree listening to music and playing with the kids we received a devastating call. His last surviving grandparent had passed away. The grief and shock were immediate on his face as he heard the news. I felt helpless and could only take the kids upstairs and let my husband process the news.

Grandpa “the Great”, was one of the last true gentlemen on this Earth. He was loved by so many and led a life of service to others. We are confident he was a believer and find comfort in the fact that he was welcomed into Heaven with open arms by Jesus. My husband was extremely close to him which only magnified the hurt he felt.

Next came explaining to our boys (baby girl is only 16 months) what happened and why Daddy and Mommy were so sad. We also knew that the next week or two would be hectic, emotional and full of some environments that would certainly stretch our boys and their ability to cope.

Even though we would officially consider our boys “recovered” from autism, there will always be residual character traits that provide us challenges as we navigate life together. They are not flaws by any means, but rather issues that need constant monitoring and training. One of those has been understanding others feelings. A lot of children on the spectrum deal with this and my boys are no different. While they have become markedly better, we did notice that as Daddy was crying there was little empathy from L our oldest (almost 6); M, 3, is still a little young. Now don’t get me wrong, I am realistic and I did not totally expect big brother to have some lengthly deep conversation about death or emotions/crying, but to simply ask “daddy why are you sad” is more neuro-typical, and something I secretly hoped he would do.

We decided to have a very simple conversation that Grandpa the great was called to Heaven and that someday we will see him again. Unfortunately both L and M thought Grandma and Poppa died, so there was a bit of convincing on our part that indeed they were still here. Note to self: provide a visual, like a picture. Rookie mistake by me, I always used visuals with the boys when they were in therapy. So, we did not see some promising emotions that night, but as we worked thru the next week in preparation for the funeral, we witnessed some amazing miracles.

Both boys started to understand a little more each day about Heaven and how we get there. God allowed this moment for both Aaron and I to have several short age-appropriate conversations about accepting Christ.

When the day of the funeral came, there were no issues with transitions, wearing a suit and tie, standing and sitting at a lengthly Catholic mass, standing in the rain at the gravesite and having self-control at the reception. Nothing short of a miracle and proof to us that everything we have done over the years helped to bring us to this point.

The absolute, most amazing moment from an otherwise sad event happened at the burial. Aaron was sitting with his family, and as the flag was being presented, big brother walked over to daddy and rubbed his back telling him “it’s ok daddy”. All on his own; what an amazing moment for all of us to witness. Often we think that there is just no hope, and I find myself in that position often with the boys.

God brings us hope in his timing not ours.

We will all miss Grandpa the great very much.

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A few other tidbits that we did that day to help:

  • Applied Young Living oils (Valor, Sacred Frankincense, Cedarwood to spine and feet) they have calming properties and can help with emotions
  • Brought plenty of snacks
  • ipad (but actually did not need it) and only was going to use it at the reception
  • several short reminders and front-loading