Friday, November 21, 2014

TeaTree Essential is my GO TO!!!!

One of my best sellers this week has been the TEA TREE Essential Oil.   I've used it to help with my allergies.   I've had so many people ask me how I use it.  I have to say the list just goes on . .

  • Tea Tree Essential Oil is nature's most powerful immune booster. When your body gets hit with an infection Tea Tree EO is your best first defense. For skin and hair, a few drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil added to your Shampoo, Gentle Cleanser, or Spritzer will combat acne, oily skin, head lice, and dandruff. Tea Tree EO has a fresh, clean scent with a hint of mint & spice.

When my head starts getting stuffy here are some quick tips that help me.

Quick Tips: 
1. Open the bottle and breath in
2. Drop a few drops in the back of the shower, it's an easy way to vaporize
3. When I'm really bad, I'll add a couple drops to my shampoo to help me breath.
4. We keep a humidifier in the bedroom, and will drop a few drops in there to help with my breathing.
5. Put a few drops on your tissue and lay it on your pillow at night to breath in.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Testimony Thursday: Ohhhh the skinned knee

Thursday Testimony:

I remember when I was growing up,  my knees seemed to always be skinned, cut, scabbed over,  and I am still doing a number on them as I age.   I sure wish we would have had skin relief way back then.   Check out this wonderful testimony for little Gracie.

Mary B:  My favorite product has already been mentioned several times...however it still is my fav! SKIN RELIEF!!! I used it today in fact! Gracie fell down outside, I immediately applied, and two hours later it looked better!

Skin relief is available in a 4 oz tube or the ecomony size 8 oz tub

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Testimony Thursday: Kids need it to!

Testimony Thursday:

Lisa D:  I love, love, love the skin relief shea butter. I love how it can be used for such a wide variety of skin issues and is so effective. My 4 year old nephew has suffered from a form of eczema on his feet since he was a baby. My sister tried everything but nothing seemed to work, especially in the summertime. He'd cry and hobble around like an old man because his feet hurt so much. On our family vacation this summer he let me put skin relief lotion on his feet and then 'seal the deal' with my lotion bar. Within days his feet looked and felt SO much better! He even let me get a sliver out of his foot saying "Auntie Lisa makes my feet feel better, not hurt anymore!" (The pictures don't do it justice - the first picture is before using the skin relief but after days/weeks of a steroid cream! The second picture is after one week of skin relief/lotion bar)

Skin Relief is available in both 4 oz tube and 8 oz tub

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Testimony Thursday: Herbal Blend works my Cluster Headaches

Testimony Tuesday:
                             Herbal Blend Headache

Shelly H:   I have to say, Since I've tried this Headache spray, I think this has become my new favorite! I am a sufferer of cluster headaches. Using this spray or the roll on, applied to the right pressure points really takes the headache away. The other day at work, a co-worker was suffering from a headache. I asked him if he was open to try something other than the regular Ibuprofen or aspirin and he agreed. I showed him how to apply and within 40 minutes his headache was gone. I could tell because his eyes were no longer red and watery. He definitely had a relieved look about him. He couldn't believe that Essential Oils could relieve his headache that quickly. This is definitely a new MUST HAVE for my medicine cabinet. The best part is, I no longer have to take aspirin or headache relievers that will upset my stomach.

Headache is available in both  rollon  and spritzer

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Testimony Thursday: Never thought magnesium lotion would solve the wart problem

Testimony Thursday:

Sharion C:  I have fallen in love with the magnesium lotion! This is my 5 year old's foot. She had this cranky, angry wart thing on the bottom of it. In the before pic you can see that there was a hole in the middle. I saw someone else's testimonial about using the magnesium lotion on a wart and decided to give it a try. Three days later I am amazed!!

Our Magnesium Lotion is available in both unscented and peppermint

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Must have for back to School

Over the past week we've had Mom's rotating in and out of the office,  heading to school to handle "school registration" for their children,  several having to make more then one trip, because their children are in school.

While I don't have any children going to school, however when school starts I have the same concerns as the parents.   I know that as parents,  one of the basic things that you teach your children is to share.  While in school it's taken to new heights.  They share everything . . .germs,  bacteria,  flu,  colds . . the list goes on.  But they don't just share at school,  but they bring it home to share with you and the rest of the family!

Jordan Essentials IMMUNE  Herbal Blend,  available in both simple to use roll on and spritzer are a must for every household to help protect you and your loved ones.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday Tip: Relief for your skin

Tuesday Tip: 

Even when you're careful, the summer sun can damage your skin....but you can soothe & heal your skin naturally with fabulous ingredients, such as:

Shea Butter to heal dry, cracked skin...  Aloe Vera that is great for burns & other skin infections...Green Tea, a powerful antioxidant...Seaweed to build collagen...Chamomile is know for it's anti-inflammatory properties

All of these healing ingredients come together in the JE Skin Relief Lotion!! A skin care essential!

#AfterSunCare #NaturalSkinCare #Sunburn
  • Rich Shea Butter helps enhance cell regeneration and capillary circulation, which assists in the healing of small wounds, cracks, and crevices in the skin.
  • Contains soothing Aloe Vera , Cocoa Butter , Allantoin - a natural, active ingredient derived from roots & leaves of the comfrey plant, Vitamin E , Jojoba Oil, Chamomile, Green Tea, and Seaweed.
  • Available in both  4 oz tube and 8 oz tub

Monday, August 4, 2014

Women 2 Women Empowerment Conference

Recently I've had a lot of those days where I wish that I could clone myself.  Saturday was one of those such days.  I missed being with my ABWA sisters in Killeen TX because I was in Houston at the Women to Women Conference,  I had the honor  to receive the WOMEN ON THE RISE award,  from the  Total Beauty Ladies Events

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Product Shout Out: Oh what a relief! F:     Product Shout Out:

Bought this for my mom as the testimonies in regards to it helping with pain are good. My mom has been experiencing pain in her arms and tenderness to the touch. Me liking a more holistic approach have been searching the internet for months. I bought this product Tuesday from Wealthy Sister Network member Catherine James and it arrived today. I had my mom lotion up her arms. 1hr later I asked her how her arms felt she reported soooo much better. She can even lift them a little higher than before. I just asked her again 8hrs later and she still had relief from the pain & tenderness. I can't wait to see her using this for 1 week!! Now to find a solution for her foot!!!!

Thanks for sharing Catherine!
#HappyCustomer #PainRelief #LovingMyMom
— feeling thankful.
Just love when I wake up in the morning to a customer testimony!     Our Magnesium is available in Unscented and Peppermint.  Also in purse size lotion and Dead Sea Soak.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Magnificent Magnesium

While preparing for this months  Wellness Clinic, my newest edition of "Prevention Magazine" came in and one of their topics was "13 Normal Foods with Superpowers" it focused on lowering you blood pressure and it talks about lowering your sodium intake (which we all know about) but eating foods that are high in at least 2 of the 3 POWER MINERALS. The three are calcium, MAGNESIUM and potassium. You'll see from the below that even with a healthy diet that you will find it diffi...cult to eat enough to get enough Magnesium. Magnesium is one of the minerals that are best applied topically.

White Beans 1 cup 30% of Magnesium daily requirement
Quinoa 1/2 cup 15% Magnesium daily requirement
Pork Tenderloin 3 oz 6% Magnesium daily requirement
Fat Free Plain Yogurt 1 cup 12% Magnesium daily requirement
Tilapia 4 oz 8% Magnesium daily requirement
Red Bell Pepper 1 cup raw 4% Magnesium daily requirement
Kale 1 cup 6% Magnesium daily requirement
Sweet Potato 1 med w/skin 8% Magnesium daily requirement
Banana 1 med 8% Magnesium daily requirement
KIWI Fruit 1 fruit 7% of magnesium daily requirement
Peach or Nectarine 1 med 3% of magnesium daily requirement
Avocado 1/2 fruit 5% of magnesium daily requirement.

July's  ONLINE  WELLNESS CLINIC   July 8, 2014  8pm cental time

Learn Why Magnesium is important. Relieves joint pain, fights fatigue, promotes better sleep just to name a few benefits. Join us to learn more about Magnesium.

Join us at 8PM Central Time for the KICK OFF, Fun, door prizes and more . . you're not going to want to miss this. Our focus will be on Magnesium!

...This event will remain open from July 8 through the 13th for review, questions and more. . .

Please feel free to share this invitation with friends, family and social media. The more people the more fun and give aways!

We will set this event up with a Mystery Hostess Link, and anyone placing an order, during the week will be eligible for a drawing for hostess benefits.

Mark Your Calendar: Every Second Tuesday will be a Facebook Wellness Clinic, each focusing on a different topic. FB message me with your email address if you would like to be added to our reminder list for next month.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fact Friday: Herbs in Medcine has a long history

I never gave much thought to herbs,  however with the release of the Jordan Essentials Herbal Blends,  I thought I might do a little research.  I knew that they had a long history,  but I remember my grandma and many in her generation referring to "OLD WISE TALES"  but maybe they should have listened more.

The Egyptians were studying the use of herbs as far back as 3500 B.C.,  using them for medicine and in their religious rituals.  Today,  about 7,000 compounds used in medicine originate from plants.  About 200 million pounds (90,718,474 kg) of herbs and spices are consumbed in the U. S. annually.  The most common are black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, paprika, chili powder, oregano, celery seed and parsley.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fact Friday: The difference between Herbs and Spices

Several weeks ago at a Wellness Clinic,  I was asked what the difference was between Herbs and Spices.  I could list different ones in each catagory, after all we all have them in our kitchen,   but I could not give a clear explaination.  However while we were on vacation last week,  I pieked up a copy of "TIDBITS of Cheyenne" and it actually had a GREAT explaination of the difference between Herbs and Spices.  

There is a difference between herbs and spices.  Generally,  herbs are the leaves of a plant, while spices are taken from the roots, bark or seeds.  This means rosemary, thyme and mint are herbs, and cinnamon, paprika, coriander and nutmeg are spices.

Such a simple answer to a question,  now I'll know how to answer the question when asked again while I'm presenting our Herbal Blends and Essential Oils.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Testimony Thursday: Magnesium, helps more then aches and pains!

I simply LOVE our Jordan Essentials Magnesium products  and every show that I do,  I completely sell out of what I have in stock.  I wanted to take a moment to share with you a testimony from Darlene about the difference Magnesium has made in her Vitamin D count.

Please let me know if you would like to see additional information on the Benefits of Magnesium.

A little long, but have to share my personal testimony: For almost 2 years, my regular MD had me on 50,000 Vitamin D once a week and after getting blood work done on and off, it always stayed below 30, (30 and above is normal...the higher the better) going down to 27 at one time and 23 the last time.  At the end of March, it was recommended that I should see an Endocrinologist for help in getting my level up. He ran tests and kept me on the 50,000/once a week dose again of Vitamin D and said he would recheck me in June/checkup was last Thursday on the 12th.

 A little over a month ago, a link was shared with wonderful information about Magnesium and it helping your body absorb Calcium, Vitamin D and other important vitamins. JE came out with Magnesium Products this past Spring, and I thought...let's give it a try, so I've been using our Magnesium Lotion on my hands and doing Magnesium Dead Sea Salt Soaks during the last Month. Today, I received a call from my Endo's office and the nurse said the Dr. went over my blood test results and wants me to continue on same prescription. He had told me last week that if needed, he would adjust my prescription and I may have to be on maintenance. I will be following up with him again in December. I was curious on what my number/count was so I asked her......and she said 33.7!!! Yes, blaming the Magnesium. lol I will follow up again on my count in December. So excited! 

Jordan Essentials Magnesium products are available in  Peppermint Magnesium Lotion (we've added Peppermint Essential Oil)  along with Unscented Lotion and Dead Sea Salts.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Weekly Tip: Things you didn't know about shampoo.

For those of you have have been following my blog,  I've shared with you the difference our Jordan Essentials Moisturizing Shampoo has made in my hair.   Thought I would take a few moments to share part of an article what is from "Women's Day Magazine" with some great tips for Shampooing.

When it comes to shampooing your hair, it's as simple as lather, rinse, repeat. Or is it? By now we all know there's no need to repeat––the instruction is just a clever ploy to get consumers to use up the product more quickly. But that's not all. We talked to the pros for insider information on everything from how to keep color from fading to the right way to wash your hair. Read on to get the lowdown on what you need to know to start having a good hair day, every day.
1. Shampoo is not the most important part of washing. You can buy the most expensive shampoo on the market, but if you aren't using it correctly you won't see results. "The massaging of the scalp and hair as well as the rinsing are the most important parts of washing your hair," says celebrity stylist Riccardo Maggiore. Curl expert Ouidad recommends using the cushions of your fingers to massage the scalp while you shampoo in order to get rid of the secretion of sebum (an oily, waxy substance) so hair follicles can grow healthily from the scalp. And always be sure to rinse the shampoo completely out of your hair to prevent buildup.
2. Natural home remedies aren’t necessarily better. Just because a shampoo contains a natural ingredient doesn't mean that ingredient is good for you on its own. "Lemon, for example, can irritate the scalp and hair follicle," says Maggiore. "And mint and menthol—which, when used in salon products can create a soothing effect—can actually cause severe allergic reactions when used in home remedies." So don't use shampoos as guides to what to use on your hair—they've all been formulated and balanced by professionals.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Micro Beads -- Are they Safe?

Love knowing that the health and wellness of you and your family if of primary concern for Jordan Essentials. We try to stay ahead of the game on issues like those of use of microbeads. . .

Friday, May 23, 2014

History of Memorial Day!

(Special Appreciation  Bonus)  everyone placing an order  online before midnight Memorial Day May 26th,  will be entered into a drawing for a $15.00 Jordan Essentials Gift Certificate good on future purchase.

The origins of Memorial Day:  

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.  

 Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

 In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

  We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies.

  She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

 Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

 There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye's Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

 To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

 The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

 But what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred, spirit back to Memorial Day is for a return to its traditional day of observance. Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day."

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday Tip: Green Cleaning

Many of us,  myself included are working on removing chemicals from our day to day personal care routines.  However there are some that are taking it a step further, so why not our household cleaners?

Check out this simple,  quick and chemical free tip.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Herbal Blend SLENDER

I've been falling in love with the ease of using the Jordan Essentials Herbal Blends,  all 5 of them.   Today I wanted to focus on  "SLENDER".

Slender Herbal Support Blend

You have drunk enough water to fill a lake, you eat healthy and know it is the dreaded head hunger! Slender to the rescue!

Suggested Use: Use on ear lobes “Appetite Suppressant Point on middle of Tragus point on outside of ear on both sides. Also rub behind the ears to stimulate metabolism. Pituitary Pump will also be demonstrated to regulate hormones

Check out this great HOW TO VIDEO:  about  how to use SLENDER!

Friday, April 25, 2014

What's your Favorite Essential Oil Contest!

What is your Favorite Essential Oil
Evryone Leaving a comment will be entered into a drawing for a
 "FREE Orange Essential Oil"  or a $10.00 Gift Certificate  
Winners Choice

If you're like me,  you'll find it hard to make a decision  to pick JUST ONE favorite Essential Oil as a favorite.   I it's a very close tie between the peppermint and the tea tree oils,  however when I look at the bottles, they tell me that I've used a lot more of the Tea Tree Oil,  But then again there is peppermint in my magnesium lotion that I use daily.

Looking forward to hearing what you have to share.

Drawing will be held at 9pm central time on April 30, 2014

Fact Friday: Essentials Oils and the Plague

act Friday

Have you ever thought to stop and ask yourself  "How many of today's everyday items were the result of an accidental find".   Something that someone just stumbled upon? A lot of what I learn is shared by someone else,  but who was the first to learn that Orange Essential Oil  helps depression,  or that Lavender Essential Oil was great on burns (oh wait I know,  I addressed this a couple months ago on an earlier Fact Friday post).

Well here is an interesting fact about essential oils and the Plague,  a pure accident!

An interesting episode of essential oils was during the great epidemic of the Middle Ages known as the Bubonic Plague (1330 A.D.) that destroyed almost half of Western Europe’s population.  An enterprising band of thieves took advantage of the high mortality rate by robbing the dead without becoming infected by the disease. The thieves were eventually captured in Marseilles, France and put on trial.  The judge offered the thieves leniency if they would reveal how they managed to avoid the ‘Black Death.’ It turned out that the thieves were perfumers and spice traders.  By rubbing themselves with a blend of highly antibacterial aromatics, they had effectively immunized themselves.

Thank you to the Essential Oils overview and Reference guide.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day Recycling Tips . .

Tip Tuesday

Happy Earth Day!!

Here are a few great tips for recycling some of the Jordan Essentials Packaging in honor of Earth Day.

Lotion Bar Tin:   Use for storage of beads,  pins and other small items.   I've just sent some empty tins to my Niece for a girl scout project that she needed them for.

Salt Scub and Shea Butter Tubs:   These make great storage items for bitter stuff.  I keep one in my kitchen,  and put the  soda can tabs in (as one of the ladies in my office has a niece that saves them to make purses out of them).  When it's full I just hand the the tub and start on the next one.

Soap containers:  I keep one in my kitchen drawer,  and all the school award points that I get off the cans, bags and boxes that I use go in there.  Then when full I give it to my nephew for use at the kids school.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fact Friday -- Essentials Oil use is Ancient!

act Friday

The use of essential oils is seeing a rebirth.  There has been a core group that has been using them all along,  but for many of us, it's something new, something that we want to learn more about,  myself included.  I'm on the search to learn more about them, how to use them and how they can be helpful to my family's well being.

We all know that the the "oil" are referred to in the bible,  but here is a little trivia fact from "Essential Oils Overview and Refernce Guide" that I found quite interesting and hope you will too.

Ancient Egyptians were among the first civilizations to recognize the therapeutic qualities of oils.  In the early 1800’s, papyrus, dating back to 1500 B.C., was found listing over 800 herbal prescriptions and remedies that included the use of many oils.  They had studied the chemical properties of essential oils, the development and refinement of the distillation process.  When King Tut's tomb was opened in the 1900s it had many jars with essential oil residue.  This story sometimes gets exaggerated but does confirm these oils have been used for millennia. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Testimony Thursday! How it began . . .

This week I've been participating in "Open Heart - Open House"  on facebook.   I absolutely LOVE the testimony and the "why" of  their reasoning for starting a business.   For the first time Nancy Bogart, CEO of Jordan Essentials  shared her "why" of how her business got it's start.  It was very inspirational.

I guess I better share my JE story!

I started Jordan Essentials in my kitchen. We had three little boys at home and I did not want to go back to work when the bills were more than my bliss! 
My dear hubby kept saying “Nanc, you need to get a job.” What I heard was “Nanc bring in an income and you can be with the boys.”
I figured if I made some things people might buy them. I was always crafty, creative and tenacious! I was at Barns and Noble on a rare day in town, no kids in tow to see my sister in the hospital. I found a book on pioneer women and how they made soaps and lotions. They used bars of lard to moisturize their hands. My Grandmother had solid perfume bars too my sister and I would play with as we dressed up at Grandmas house. I started gathering ideas and saw a few things that inspired me and I invented the Lotion Bar. I was sure it would be a cool product and yet really worked! My Mom helped me pour all night long as we got ready for my first craft fair. We sold out! One week later we did again and after just 3 events we had sold over $7000 and we knew we had something. We have sold and hand poured almost 3 million bars to date!
We incorporated on faith Feb 8, 2000 as BarnzB Inc doing business as Country Bunny Bath and Body. BarnzB is Ben- Alex- Annya (she came along 3 years later) Ron- Nancy- Zak- Bogart Barnz B!
I love what this company has become and now we do business as Jordan Essentials bath and body, a family skin care company with a focus on wellness and effective products for the whole family.
I am still in awe of what the Lord has done in my life and the lives of so many others. We see people transformed, loved, honored, get well, feel pampered and educated on so many levels.
I often pinch myself to think this little house wife is trusted to run the company and serve so many people.  . . . . . 

What is your why?  Why do you do what you do?  Are you looking for something different?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mother's Day is right around the corner.

I know that Easter is this weekend and I'm looking forward to a wonderful weekend with my Husband.  However I have to say that my eyes are looking forward to Mother's Day.  

We always spend some time with my mother,  and talk to my Mother-in-Law on the phone,  however when I was on a leadership conference call on Monday,  a comment was made and it really got me thinking.  What about those  "Mothers" that don't receive anything.

Maybe if each one of us,  gave a "Mother's Day Gift"  to someone that we know,  just to let them know that we appreciate what they go through..   What about those single mom's who are working hard just to make ends meet.    What about our Military Wives, who's husband's are so far away and are raising the children with his long distance help.

Or the Auntie's and Grandma's that step up to the plate whenever needed to help.   Or a Homeless Mother living out of a shelter with her children.

I know that I will be giving a few extra Mother's Day gifts this year to let them know that they are appreciated for what they are doing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Which Essential Oils Help to reduce stress?

I was asked to do a follow up post on what some of the Essential Oils are that help to reduce stress.

Frankincense:  This essential oil is used to alleviate stress and relieve pain

Patchouli:   Helps with sleep, stress, and anxiety.  There is a reason it was popular in the 60's!

Ylang-Ylang:  Known to help with PMS and super stressed symptoms to chill out.  Melts away tension, anxiety and stress for centuries!

I am familiar with these three as it's what is combined with Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil in the "Peace" Blend that I use regularly.  I am sure that there are other oils out there that can help,  one just needs to do their homework.

Tuesday Tip: April 15th can you say Stress

April 15th is a MAJOR STRESS generator for many of us.   While I personally take the easy way out and file an extension.  I know many others are focused on getting this out of the way so that they don't have to worry about it further.

Essential Oils and Herbal blends are a GREAT way to help relieve some of that stress.

Here is a quick tip to help.   Take your herbal blend roll in a circular motion on one hand.  Rub hands together and cup hands together and breathe deep.

If you're able to take a 5 minute break at your desk or find a quiet place away from the kids and use the blend on pressure points on your hands or massage the back of you neck.   If you are a praying person, recite your favorite Scripture and breathe deep.  Apply to palms and behind the ear.

** On a personal note,  I take the easy way and just use the Jordan Essentials Herbal Support Blend "Peace"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Here I come!

01So excited,  it's been awhile since I've had the opportunity to attend any of the 3 Regional Conference for American Business Women's Association.   I just celebrated by 24th anniversary of being a member of this wonderful organization,  and I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today as a person or as a business owner if it had not been for the organization and friend that I've developed along the way.

It's in my own back yard this year,  so I made plans to attend, and so looking forward to spending the time with some of  my friends and catching up with so many others.

I always seem to fill my schedule up,  when I'm not in classes,  or shopping with the vendors to socialize and network.   Just love it now,  20 plus years ago when I joined the organization, I can honestly say that networking with people I didn't know scared me to death. . . Now I'm addicted!

Also looking forward to hearing Suzette Peoples a dear friend,  and Debbie Holliday my accountant who are both candidates for District II Vice President.   I wish them both well as well as the others who are vying for that same position.  Having held that office myself in the past,  I know what a growth experience this will be for them.

My poor husband can't understand why my choice to pay for a motel room when it's only a 45 minute drive.  It's because it give me "girl time with my best buds as we're sharing the room"  and when I finally finish for the day,  it'll give me a few more hours of sleep. (seems I'm not as young as I used to be).   Then it's up early to start all over again.  That he understands. . . What he has problems understanding is why if I'm only going for two nights and I'll be home Saturday evening. . . . why is there so much in my suitcase!

Well you need a change of clothes for every day,  then you need the dressy outfit,  and the kick back and relax outfit.  The extra tops in case something does not quite make it from the plate to the mouth.  Then an extra top just in case one of the others just does not look right!  Then add the makeup, hair stuff and other bathroom stuff and sure enough  a full suitcase!

Well I'm out of work at 4 and headed down to the Marriott Town Square in Sugar Land. . .

**  Note to my regular readers Thursday is normally "testimony day",  however since I'm participating in a blog challenge this month I'm changing it up for the moment.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Essential Oils -- What is Blending

"Blending"  Essential Oils . . .  was not a term that I was familiar with and then Jordan Essentials launched 5 blends that I'm loving.   So once again that NEED TO KNOW was driving me to find out more about the elaborate process of blending.

It turns out that I've been blending on my own with out realizing there was an official name!   It's been in several of my previous posts,  but without the "Official Name of Blending".   Taking both lavender and eculyptus and mixing together with lotion for my cough is "blending".    Taking Peppermint and Orange and mixing with sunflower oil is actuall y "blending".    I have to say that it's blending on the very basic level.

However,  when digging much deeper into the research,  Essential Oils container "NOTES"  and each of the oils falls into a different  note.   Some are TOP Notes,  while others are MIDDLE Notes and then there are your BASE notes.  One could spend a lot of time mixing and combining to find just the "BLEND" that you want.

Personally I love using the blends,  that are more complicated that someone else has taken the time and trouble to develop and test.

Here are some of my favorite blends:

Happiness:  I've been using this one for about a year,  and it's been a big help with my hot flashes.   It blends Rose, Sage, Citrus blengds, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine essential oils.  I use this in both a spray and lotion.

Lemongrass Citrus:  This I use whenever I'm outdoors to help protect me from bug bites.  It containers  Lemongrass, Orange and Geranium  (even my husband loves this one) and puts it on before going out.  Use it in both lotion and spritzer.

Engery:  Got me through work during the month of March when my allergies were so bad.  It's a blend of Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus oils.

Sleep:   This one I use on my husband and it helps him.   Lavender, Neroli, Sweet Orange and Chamomile  (just put it on his big toes,  and he's sleeping so much better)

There are other blends that I'm looking to try, and can't wait to report back on how they are working.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Try this Tip for sleeping better!

Tuesday Tip:
        Sleep Better

Spray Lavender Mint on your pillow to help you sleep

As you may notice,  my last few blog posts have been focusing on how to use "Essential Oils".   I love that blending them together (or in a pre-packaged blend) can help you.   This would fall in to the "Inhaling" category of use that we discussed in yesterdays blog post.   

Just a spritz or two can make all the difference between a restless night and a sound sleep.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Inhaling Essential Oils

As promised today I am sharing about the different ways to "INHALE" essential oils.    I've always been one for opening the bottle and breathing in.   I have used the Tea Tree Oil for years to help with my allergies.  The I did my research and  it was almost like a "duh" moment.   Thinking to myself why didn't I think of that!

One of my favorites is the  STEAM Method.   I've been using a version of this by dropping a three or four drops in a hot shower to help in clearing up my nasal passages,  in the morning.  Then I was out of luck.  For some reason I never thought about boiling a bowl of water adding the essential oils and breathing in while placing a towel over my head and breathing deeply (at least trying)  for relief during the day.   It is suggested that when using the towel,  to be sure and keep your eyes closed as it's very potent.   

  • TIP:  Try using swimming goggles to protect children's eyes when using this method.

Humidifiers:  Like many of us,  we keep a humidifier at home for the kids.  I keep a small one in my travel bag as I never know when the extremely dry air will bother me.   Never though of putting the essential oils in it,  until the doctor told me to add some eucalyptus oil to it to help with my allergies last month.  I travel with my essential oils,  so adding them when needed is not a problem.   Might even add the Orange and Peppermint for a great smelling motel room  next time.

Dry Evaporation:  Add several drops of essential oil onto a cotton  ball and set on your desk,  or by you while you are watching TV.  Need a stronger dose then just pick it up and sniff it.  

  • TIP:  I'm told that if you have a spider problem,  put some peppermint on a cotton ball and stick it in a corner near where you are having the problem,  it will help take care of the problem    

Spray:  Mix a few drops of essential oils in a water based solution an spray the sir  to deodorize a room or set a mood.     Personally I love mixing it with a base spray that I get from Jordan Essentials.

  • TIP:   Try mixing Orange and Peppermint together for that Holiday feeling,  or peppermint for to stimulate alertness.
I have to admit that I'm learning daily about essential oils,  some of it is by trail and error,  but I'm enjoying the discovery.   Please feel free to check out some of my older posts for more tips and information about essential oils.

You are invited to contact me directly for more information while I continue on my quest for more knowledge on healthier living with essential oils.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Topical Use of Essential Oils

Topical:  Applying directly onto the skin

One of the hardest things for me to understand was how many drops of essential oils to how much of the carrier.

One of the first things that I learned was that Essential Oils when used Topically should always be mixed with a "carrier".  Some of the common carriers are   coconut oil,  sunflower oil,  nut oils, vegetable oil, grape seed oil and my personal favorite lotion.   Personally I use the unscented lotion then add whichever essential oil(s) I want to use.

I place about a  half or full teaspoon of the carrier in my palm,  and about 3 drops of my desired essential oil and rub into the chosen area.

Headaches -- I get a lot of tension and allergy related headaches.  So my first line of defense is peppermint and the lotion.   I'll rub it in the back of my neck, behind my ears and at my temples.   TIP:  One thing that I've learned is that when rubbing on my temples to be sure to bub closer to my hairline and into my hair line, as when I put the  peppermint/lotion to close to my eyes they water a lot.

Cough --  I had a horrible time with seasonal allergies for the entire month of March,  and had a horrible cough set in.    I took  Lavender and Eucalyptus 2 drops of each and rubbed the bottoms of my feet.  It lessons my cough enough to help me and let my husband get some sleep.

Insect Bites  --  I'm one of those people that when bitten by a bug,  it gets big and huge and itches to the point  that I just know I'll go insane.   Tea Tree oil has been my favorite,  mixed  with oil or lotion,  I rub it on the bit and immediate area and I have almost immediate relief from the itching,  and it helps prevent the swelling that I get.

Burns:  Ever tried using your curling iron when you start coughing,  not a smart thing.  I had been told and read over and over that Lavender was great on burns.  However I was Leary about using it for the first time because of my "floral" allergies.   But a curling iron burn is no fun,  so I mixed a little lavender oil with our sunflower oil and rubbed it on.  Immediate relief and no ill effects from the scent of lavender.   While the sunflower oil does not contain a real scent,  I was hoping that it would dilute the "scent enough".

I am becoming a true believer in the use of essential oils in the day to day lives of my family.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Question: How do I use Essential Oils . . . .

Personally I was so excited when Jordan Essential came out with the Essentials Oils.  It's something that I always wanted to know more about,  however I was totally clueless on where to start.    So with the Training that we received from the home office when they were launch, it provided me the base to move forward, and move forward with excitement I did.    I can honestly say that I will turn to my essential oils before the medicine cabinet.

Like many people I had made a "lot of assumptions" about essential oils,  and I have to be honest and admit that many of them were WRONG!

FACT:  There are 3 basic ways to use essential oils   "Inhaling",  "Topical" and by mouth.   Turns out that this was the one thing that I knew going in that was not wrong.

FACT:  When using on your skin directly it should always be combined with a carrier oil or lotion.    This one surprised me as I had been using Tea Tree oil on my bites and allergies for sometime.  However,  when I purchased the Tea Tree Oil (numbers times) no one ever mentioned this.   So,  I started doing research on my own on the trusty web,  in books and asking more questions.    Everything I read told me that yes "high grade therapeutic essential oils"  should be combined with a carrier oil.

FACT: To inhale there are numerous ways not just opening the bottle and smelling,  or dropping a few drops in the shower.    There were both ways that I was doing it . . . but there are some other great ways to do this that I will be sharing in the days to come.

FACT:   Essential Oils are not just for allergies and bug bites.  I've enjoyed learning about some of the wonderful other things that Essential Oils are good for.  There are so many more for me to research but some of my favorites are stress reduction,  help with acid reflux, help with headaches,  IBS,  Menopause and I'm looking forward to learning more about.

FACT:  That the best place to apply the oil is on the spot in question.  To my surprise there are so many places to apply your essential oils that have nothing to do with the location on your body.  Never would have thought about ears and feet.

Over the next few Blog posting I'll be sharing more about the various uses of essential oils and other interesting facts.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fact Friday: Women Owned Businesses

Women Business Owners have always been near and dear to my heart.   You see having been through the struggles myself in starting our Industrial Storage business,  I firmly believed that when you are starting a business you are going to make mistakes,  a lot of it trail and error to see what works and what does not work.  Heck I'm still finding new mistakes to make 20 years later.

In the past I spend a lot of time mentoring women owned businesses,  in the hopes that I could help them avoid making some of the mistakes that I've made in the past.  For awhile I sat on the Women's Advisory Board at one of the incubators helping start up businesses as a volunteer.

I gave a presentation last month about how I've grown my business with help from other's, to one of the local business leagues of American Business Women's Association and was asked by several how to go about starting a business or entering direct sales (blog post on how to choose a Direct Sales Company), so I thought I would take some time to share some great information.

The below are some of the highlights from an email from Yolanda Garcia Olivarez from the SBA.

Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, Regional AdministratorBy Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, Regional Administrator
In the last several weeks, I have travelled around the Region to visit with mayors, chamber presidents and economic development leaders.  At each stop, from Houston to Albuquerque to Austin to Brownsville, Texas, I had the pleasure to meet with our women’s business center directors and tour women-owned businesses. 
I continue to be inspired and energized by their creativity, passion and strength.  Women prove every day they not only build families, but they build enterprises.  They are changing lives and changing communities.  Today, women-owned firms are strong in 8 of the 13 most popular industries, especially construction and transportation.
It’s a good time to be a woman-owned business.  If you are still wondering where to begin, I encourage you to connect with one of the SBA’s Women Business Centers.  There are 19 Centers in the South Central Region states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, waiting to provide the advice and resources you need to start and thrive. ..............
  • Over 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S.
  • Women-owned businesses generate over $1.3 trillion in revenues.
  • Women-owned businesses employ 7.8 million people. 
Between 1997 and 2013, women-owned businesses increased by almost 60%, a rate 1 ½ times the national average. 
Some experts predict that in the next three years, women’s businesses will create more than half of the new small business jobs and a third of the nation’s total new jobs. 

There are also a lot of women entering  Direct Sales as a full time career. . . I've represented Jordan Essentials (A women owned business) for 14 years as not only does it give Women an opportunity to reach for something better,  adjust to leaving corporate America.   But the Direct Sales Industry brings with it considerable mentoring and training which ALL NEW business owners need.

There is NO doubt that women contribute very heavily to the success of the American Economy