Relieve Stress With A Detox Bath

Lately, I’ve been reading about detox baths. They are supposed to help relieve stress and who doesn’t need some help in the stress area?


I have to admit, I’m not a bath person. We have a jacuzzi tub in our master bathroom that does not get used very often.

But after reading about the health benefits of epsom salt, I think it’s going to finally get some use!

What are the health benefits of using Epsom salt?

  • Relax the mind and body-helps relieve stress
  • Rejuvenates the skin
  • Relieves pain and muscle cramps
  • Helps muscles and nerves function properly
  • Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
  • Makes insulin more effective
  • Eliminates toxins from the body-helps flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells

For a detoxifying bath, at least once weekly add one to two cups of epsom salt and 10-20 drops of Lavender essential oil (Young Living essential oils are therapeutic grade and safe for your skin.) to your bath water and soak for at least 10 minutes

Lavender is a great essential oil to add to your bath. It helps to relieve stress and imbalances.

Other great essential oils to add to detox baths include: Peace & Calming, Valor, Joy, Lemon, and Stress-Away. {All of these essential oils come in the Premium Starter Kit.}

Have you tried a detox bath? What’s your favorite essential oil to use in a detox bath?

(If you would like to know more about essential oils you can go here, you can also email me at cyndispivey{at}gmail{dot}com with any questions.)

Have a blessed day!

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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What You Need To Know About Your Toothpaste

What you need to know about your toothpaste

Some of you might not know that I’m a Dental Hygienist by profession. I still work two days a week as a hygienist.

I’ve been cleaning teeth for over 20 years now, so I can speak from experience and say I have more patients today with sensitive teeth than ever before.

I wish I had kept a record of all the patients that have come in thinking they have a cavity because their teeth were sensitive.

When the dentist examines them they don’t have a cavity but we realize the toothpaste or mouthwash they’re using is causing the sensitivity.

After being in dentistry for years, I believe there are way too many chemicals in our toothpaste.

Here are some of the things that are added to your toothpaste:

  • artificial sweeteners
  • coloring agents
  • artificial flavors
  • detergents to remove fatty films
  • water softeners
  • acrylic polymers to prevent bacteria
  • tetrasodium pyrophosphate to remove calcium and magnesium from the saliva to eliminate tartar build up
  • sodium carbonate peroxide to whiten teeth
  • various gums to thicken the paste and on and on.

There’s no way I can eliminate every toxin in my life but I do think taking some steps to eliminate what I can is a good idea.

The mucous membranes in the mouth are highly permeable and chemicals can pass directly into the blood stream.

Think about this: Some medicine is given sublingually. Why? Because the medicine is absorbed by the body faster. When a medicine is placed under your tongue, it diffuses through the mucous membranes beneath your tongue. And because of the capillaries there, the medicine has a fairly direct route into your bloodstream.

Wouldn’t the chemicals in toothpaste get under our tongue?

So I’m taking baby steps and trying to eliminate toxins I put in or on my body. Believe me, I have a long way to go. Everything I use is not toxin free but I’m slowly trying to use better products.

Where to purchase a natural toothpaste~~

You can purchase a natural toothpaste at a Whole food store or online.

Young Living also carries a good toothpaste that tastes good and that’s what I’m using. You can find out more here.

**Always go to the dentist if you have sensitivity and make sure it’s not a cavity or some other problem before diagnosing on your own.

***I know some of you are going to ask about fluoride and to be honest I’m not sure where I stand on this issue. I’m okay with not having fluoride in my toothpaste because I’m not cavity prone. This topic is for another post. :-)

Have you ever thought about what is in our toothpaste? Have you tried a natural toothpaste?

Have a blessed day!

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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How To Stay Healthy Over 40 With Essential Oils

If I could name one thing that has changed the way I feel in my forties, it would have to be essential oils. I know some of you think I’m crazy but until you’ve tried them, you don’t know what you’re missing.

How To Stay Healthy Over 40 With Essential Oils

Believe me, I thought my friends who used them were crazy. But then I decided to do some research and after checking into them and reading testimony after testimony of people who use them and love them, I decided to take the plunge.

First, let me say, I am not anti-doctor. I get my physical and blood work every year. I get my pap smear and a mammogram. I believe in being proactive with my health.

But what I’m doing with my essential oils, is using them daily instead of grabbing over the counter medications that have side affects. Make sense?

You all know I have a fear of flying. Instead of taking a valium or some prescription medication, I use Peace & Calming and Stress Away.

I have only taken ibuprofen one time in the last year. I use peppermint for headaches.

If I burn myself or have a cut, I use Lavender and I’m telling you the pain is gone! Everyone should have Lavender essential oil, especially if you have children at home. It’s amazing!

I diffuse them in our home everyday! Not only does our house smell amazing but diffusing oils also helps:

  • Relax the body, clear the mind, and relieve tension.
  • Reduce bacteria, mold, fungus, and odors.
  • Stimulate neurotransmitters.
  • Improve concentration, mental clarity and alertness.
  • Stimulate secretion of endorphins.
  • Improve digestive functions.
  • Improve hormonal balance. (Yes, please!)
  • Relieve headache.

I do need to tell you, I recently switched from using DoTerra essential oils, to using Young Living essential oils. I know there’s a lot of talk online about the two companies.

Which one is best? I did not switch because I didn’t like DoTerra. I used them and liked them.

I switched because my sister started using Young Living (she thought I was using Young Living, obviously she doesn’t pay attention to me).

We wanted to work together and because so many of our friends use Young Living, she wanted me to switch. Basically it was peer pressure.

If I had titled my post, Why I switched to Young Living essential oils, I could have gotten a ton of traffic. But I’m not wanting to make an issue of this. If you use DoTerra and like the oils, keep using them!

My intent is to tell you how essential oils have helped my overall health and I’m excited about sharing my journey with Young Living.

If you want to get started, I highly recommend the Premium Starter kit. You can go here for more information.

Premium starter kit

Have you tried essential oils? Do you have a question for me? Leave a comment or shoot me an email at cyndispivey(at)gmail(dot)com.

Beauty For the Heart~~“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Let’s let our light shine today!

Have a blessed day!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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How To Stay Healthy After 40-Strength Training

How To Stay Healthy After 40-Strength Training

Let me begin by saying I’m not an expert in this area. But I am over 40 and I’m trying to stay healthy.

One thing I’ve noticed in the last several years is muscle deterioration. My arms and legs are not quite as firm as they use to be and walking doesn’t cut it.

Each year after a person turns 40, she starts to lose muscle mass, according to an article in U.S. News & World Report.

Hormonal changes play a big part. As we age, we lose estrogen which can cause us to lose muscle mass.

So what can we do? We need to incorporate strength training into our exercise program. You can rebuild muscle mass!

Whether you’re 45 or 70, it’s never too late to start (or restart) an exercise program. Strength training is the only way to increase or preserve muscle mass.

What are some of the benefits of strength training:

  • improve the symptoms of arthritis
  • prevent osteoporosis
  • reduce or eliminate back pain
  • prevent diabetes
  • prevent obesity
  • lower the risk of depression.

To help with my arms especially since I’m wearing sleeveless tops during the summer, I’m using this video. It’s short but good!


Have you tried strength training? What are you doing to increase muscle mass?

(As with any exercise program, make sure you check with your doctor before starting something new.)

Beauty For the Heart~~You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matthew 5:13

Like salt flavors food in a positive way, we need to affect the world around us in a positive way. Let’s go out and be salt today!

Have a blessed day!

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Saturday Morning Chitchat-Essential Oils

Good Saturday morning! As always, I feel like I have a million things to get done today. We’ve been working outside trying to get our yard and landscaping looking good for spring/summer.

I haven’t planted any flowers yet because my Mom always said to wait until after Mother’s day. Do you all wait that long? Have you planted any yet?

I received several emails about this red chevron shirt. Although a lot of you didn’t love the boyfriend jeans :-) you did like the shirt.

Saturday Morning Chitchat-Essential Oils

Here’s where you can purchase the chevron shirt if you would like, go here. In case you’re wondering, I’m wearing a size medium.

I haven’t mentioned my essential oils in a while. But I use them everyday! The two I’ve been using lately are peppermint and and an oil blend called In Tune.

Saturday Morning Chitchat-Essential Oils

Peppermint is great for headaches and sinus problems. This time of the year with everything blooming, I’ve been diffusing it and placing some on my sinuses over my eyes. Works wonderfully!

In Tune is an oil blend and is used to promote calmness, focus and a balanced state of mind.

Does anyone else have trouble with thinking about too many things at one time? I struggle with thinking about a million things and wanting to do them but not always get things accomplished.

I use this oil to help me focus! I roll it on the back of my neck first thing in the morning and then I use it throughout the day.  I love this stuff! (To purchase any oils, you can go here. To see other oils I use regularly go here.)

Some of you have asked how I know what oil to use and how to use it. I have this book Modern Essentials (4th edition). A contemporary guide to the therapeutic use of essential oils. It’s for use with doTerra oils and I could not do without this book!

Saturday Morning Chitchat-Essential Oils

Well, that’s all I have today, I hope you have a wonderful Saturday! I can’t help but think, This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty.  Thank you!

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Get Healthy With Young Living Essential Oils

Do you need help with headaches or menopause? Do you have sleep issues? Well, Young Living essential oils can help!

Get Healthy With Young Living Essential Oils

This winter I’ve been exposed to the flu, the stomach virus twice and lots of colds. I’m the only one in my family that hasn’t been sick all season. I think using essential oils has helped me stay healthy.

Here are some questions and answers that I hope will help you:

Young Living Wholesale Member FAQs

Why Should I Become A Wholesale Member?

This is a no-brainer. Becoming a Wholesale Member provides you 24% off retail price! Who doesn’t love a deal like that?!! As you use the oils and you share your testimonials with friends and family, you have the option {zero pressure!} of earning commissions when others join and purchase Young Living oils. How cool is that?!

Is there a monthly order minimum?

NO. You can just order what you need when you need it.

What kit do you recommend that I get started with?

I highly recommend the Premium Kit {see the graphic below!} because it gets you the most bang for your buck! {This is the one I started with as well.} You receive the 10 Everyday Oils, PLUS a 5ml Stress Away, PLUS a Roller Fitment which allows you to make any essential oil bottle a roll-on, PLUS 10 popular essential oils samples, PLUS 2 packs of Ningxia Red, PLUS a Home Diffuser!! {I LOVE MY HOME DIFFUSER!!!}

That’s over $300 value for $150! Awesome-sauce! It’s the best deal of it’s kind.

Get Healthy With Young Living Essential Oils

I just really want to use oils myself. Do I have to sell Young Living products to be a wholesale member?

NO. There are ZERO obligation to sell oils when you join as an wholesale member. However, if you ever change your mind, you can jump right in. And if you do decide to start selling oils, I can help you get started!

Are you *sure* there are no monthly order requirements?

To retain an active account, you have to place one 50PV minimum order per year. {That’s only $50 a year.} If you miss that deadline, you can reactivate your account by calling Young Living Customer Care with a 100PV (point volume) order. Easy peasy.

If someone wants to join Young Living through me, what do I give them?

When you join, you will be assigned your own member number to give to your friends and family who are interested in joining as well.

Is there a way to save even more money?

Yes! The Essential Rewards program offers reduced shipping, credit for free oils & more! Plus each month there are great promotions for free oils when you place an Essential Rewards order. Free stuff rocks!

Young Living also has monthly promotions and sales which enable you to build up your “oily arsenal” on a budget.

Will you walk me through how to to join Young Living Essential Oils?

Follow the directions below! :)

What kind of support do I get after joining Young Living through you?

Well, let me just say that I am THRILLED about this part! When you join Young Living through me, you will get all the help you need. You will get access to our private Oily Family Room Facebook group that is a wealth of information. You can search the archives, ask questions, get tips on how to use your oils etc. Our Oily Families community is super helpful and supportive! The Oily Families Facebook page is another amazing place to find inspiration!

Get Healthy With Young Living Essential Oils

Ready to join?

Step by step instructions on how to join Young Living Essential Oils:

1. Click here to begin the enrollment process. It’s super easy!

2. Wholesale Member will already be selected. Again, this is the wholesale membership…with NO strings attached. It is AMAZING! If you select “Retail Customer” you will not receive wholesale pricing, you won’t have access to starter kits and you will pay retail cost which is 24% more than wholesale. Yikes!

3. Make sure my member number {1819242} is in both the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID spots.

4. PLEASE be sure to include your email address. If you don’t, I have no way to invite you to the Oily Family Facebook support group and I can’t support you as you begin your journey with essential oils. This support is vital for empowering you to use the oils to the fullest.

5. Choose the kit you want. {I highly recommend the Premium Kit.} Then proceed to check out. You can skip the Essential Rewards part for now unless you would like to join ER right away.

6. That’s it! Your oils will be on their way to your doorstep!

If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You can ask through leaving a comment or email me at cyndispivey{at}gmail{dot}com.

Beauty For the Heart~~My husband makes fun of me sometimes and calls me the “oil lady” not to be confused with “old lady”. He would get in trouble for that one!

But there are lots of scriptures that talk about oils in the Bible. I’ve just started looking into it but here’s one from the Song of Solomon.

What is that coming up from the wilderness like columns of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the fragrant powders of a merchant? Song of Solomon 3:6

Have a blessed day!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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