Fashion For Women Over 40+Menopause

Well, I was overwhelmed with your emails from my post yesterday. OVERWHELMED!! I wish I could hug each of you! I cannot believe how many of us our suffering from menopause, and to be honest, we’re suffering silently. I pray we can help each other through this season of our life.

If I haven’t answered your email yet, I will!! 

For those of you not interested in Essential Oils, don’t worry, this is still a fashion & beauty blog. I’m not changing that!! But I do want to share about healthy lifestyles from time to time so I hope you’ll bear with me.

We’ve had some crazy summer weather here in Kentucky. We had a mild day so I pulled out this light crew neck layered sweater. (For some reason my camera blurred me instead of the background, I guess it thought the background was prettier!!)

Fashion For Women Over 40+Menopause

It’s perfect for a mild day. I’m wearing a white tank tucked in under the sweater. The sweater and the off white piece are attached. Does that make sense? I added my favorite Stella & Dot necklace.

Fashion For Women Over 40+Menopause

Crew neck sweater-Stitch Fix//Boyfriend jeans-Kut From the Kloth//Wedge heels-6 p.m.//Jewelry-Stella & Dot

 Now to Young Living Essential Oils! 

I could write forever about these oils but most of you asked how I use them? Where do I put them?

There are 3 ways to use essential oils:

1. Inhalation (Diffuse or inhale directly from the bottle)

2. Topical Application (Place 2-3 drops of oil in the palm of your hand or on the desired application area. Massage the oil in a circular motion onto the skin. Repeat as necessary.

3. Internal Consumption (Some of the oils can be taken internally. We can talk more about this later.)

This 6 minute video explains it PERFECTLY. I think if you’ll take just a few minutes to watch it, you’ll understand it much better!

Now really quick let me introduce the Vita Flex Foot Chart. This may sound crazy to you if you’ve never heard of it but you’re feet are a great place to massage your oils.

This chart not only shows where your organs are on the bottom of your feet but also where to rub certain oils.

vita flex foot chart

If you notice on the chart women’s reproductive organs are on the side of the feet. That’s where I rub Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage.

I know it sounds crazy but it works for me and many other women. Also, there’s a great Pinterest board with lots of information on essential oils. These ladies know what they’re talking about and I trust their information. Go here to follow this board.

Okay, ask away! I’ll be sharing some other oils that would be good for menopause this week. If you want to join me and sign up with Young Living go here.

Beauty For the Heart~~“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” -Mother Teresa

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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3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

Let’s talk menopause! Do you feel tired all the time, do you have hot flashes that make you want to strip in public (or am I the only one that feels this way)? Do you dream at night you’re swimming in a pool but when you wake up, you realize you’re soaked in sweat? What about sleep problems?

Have you struggled with mood swings? There were months when my husband avoided me like the plague. The least little thing could set me off. This was not the woman he married.

After months of suffering, I talked to my OBGYN and she shared with me about HRT (hormonal replacement therapy). We discussed the good and the bad and because I felt I had no other choice, I started taking a low dose of hormones.

I did start to feel better but I was never comfortable with taking them. Cancer is prevalent in my family and I was afraid the hormones would increase my risk.

Thankfully, I started researching essential oils. I read of women who were using them and they were helping them with their menopause symptoms.

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

I decided to take the plunge and I’m so glad I did! Here are the 3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause:

1. I was scared of Hormone Replacement Therapy. Period. There were too many side effects with HRT and I just didn’t want to take the risk. I tried it for 6 months and worried about it so much that I decided to stop.

My symptoms came back with a vengeance. I wanted to wave a white flag and surrender but I decided to look into alternative medicine.

2. I wanted to take something that had few or no side effects. I couldn’t believe that not only did the essential oils work but they had no side effects.

3. Essential Oils work for me! I can’t say it loud enough, they work for me! You have to find the oil or oils that work for you but when you do, you’re hooked.

Most people who use essential oils will tell you there’s usually one oil that worked so well for them that it convinced them that they really do work.

Which one is that for me? It’s Ylang Ylang.

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

Why? Well that’s a good question but one that’s kind of personal because it has to do with intimacy. So I’ve thought about it, and I’ve decided if you want to know you can email me at cyndispivey(at)gmail(dot)com.

The reason I use it is NOT listed above on the picture but I believe there are many of you that might be experiencing this same problem and I want to give you a safe alternative to treat it. So email me if you want to know.

I also use Clary Sage for hot flashes and night sweats and I’m super excited because I’ve ordered Progessence Plus. This one is supposed to be amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

I’ll share more about how I use my oils tomorrow. 

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

Let me be clear that we each have to do what we’re comfortable with. If you’re using HRT or bioidentical hormone therapy and they’re working for you and you’re comfortable with them, then keep using them.

If you’re interested in trying Young Living Essential Oils, I’m offering a special for the month of August. (Those who signed up before August will be getting The Primary Usage Guide.)

If you order a Premium Starter Kit~~(I explain why to order the premium starter kit here.)

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause
You’ll get a Thieves hand sanitizer, Cap Labels, and The Primary Usage Guide. All you have to do is go here to sign up.
3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

If you have any questions, let me know!! 

Beauty For the Heart~~I was looking up verses in the Bible about oils. Oils are mentioned many times but I thought Ezekiel 47:12 was interesting, “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

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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Healthy Living In Our 40′s And Beyond!

It’s hard for me to believe that I recently turned 48. Ouch! But one thing I’m trying to do is stay healthy. It’s not about being skinny, it’s about feeling my best. So today I thought we’d talk about healthy living in our 40′s and beyond.

The reason I thought we’d talk about our health is because of a picture I saw of myself in 2012. First, what the heck was I thinking with that pose! Let’s have a good laugh and move on.

Healthy Living In Our 40's And Beyond! I noticed I was heavier in 2012. (This is also a perfect picture showing why crop pants are not attractive.) It was right after this, that I really started to make changes in my lifestyle. I realized eating M&M’s for breakfast was starting to wear on me. Anybody with me?

My hormones were out of whack. I was tired all the time and my clothes were feeling a little snug.

I slowly started making changes to my eating habits. I started looking at what I was putting in my body and it’s been an eye opening two years.

Here’s a few things I’ve done over the last two years.

1. I started clean eating. When I first started I jumped and I went a little crazy with it. I still like to “clean eat” as much as possible but I don’t always. I give myself some grace. I try to eat organic as much as possible. I eat healthier snacks and I’ve cut back on sugar. I haven’t eliminated it but I don’t eat M&M’s for breakfast.

2. I cut diet coke out completely. I loved my diet coke but I knew it wasn’t good for me. I will drink a coke every once in a while (popcorn and a coke at the movie theatre is a must for me.) I don’t ever use artificial sweeteners.

3. I got serious about exercising regularlyI’m not a hard core exerciser. I do it because I know it’s good for me but after looking at the 2012 picture, I think the exercise has helped and I definitely feel better when I do it.

4. I use essential oils. I know there’s a ton of hype about essential oils on the internet right now (it’s because they’re wonderful!) but I started using them before all the hype. They’ve been a huge help with my hormones. I didn’t want to start taking estrogen and thanks to my essential oils, I don’t have to. I use them everyday!

(Using essential oils does not  mean I don’t go to the doctor. I go for all my check ups, pap smear, blood work, mammogram etc.)

These are some of my tips for feeling healthier, have you done anything that has helped you feel and look better? 

Beauty For the Heart~~So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

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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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?

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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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