What is HypnoBirthing? And How can it make my labor and childbirth experience less painful?

So, what is HypnoBirthing?

I find myself dispelling a lot of myths and misconceptions about hypnosis in general when people wonder about HypnoBirthing.

“Will I be hypnotized?” “Hypnosis is against my religion.” “My husband doesn’t feel comfortable with hypnosis.” “My priest tells me hypnosis is of the devil.” “I don’t want anyone to have control of my mind.”

Perhaps I should start with answering, “What is hypnosis?” Hypnosis is simply deep relaxation coupled with visualization. So is it evil to deeply relax? If it is, deep REM sleep is evil. Is it evil to visualize? If it is, day dreaming and vision boards and the Law of Attraction are evil. Nonsense.

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis! No one is taking control of your mind. You either choose to follow the given suggestions or you choose not to. You are totally in control. No one can be hypnotized against their will. And, furthermore, you will not do anything under hypnosis that is against your morals and values. So if you’ve seen anyone do really silly or stupid stuff under hypnosis, we’ll get to that in a minute.

Let me give you a couple examples. Have you ever driven home from work thinking about all that you have going later that evening, maybe you have a date and you’re thinking about what you are going to wear, about the movie you plan on seeing, if you should get concessions or not, maybe imagining what your date will be wearing, etc. Suddenly, you arrive home and think, “Oh. I’m already home.” Even though you have little recollection of actually having made the drive. You see, you were running on “autopilot”! And you’ve driven that route so many times in the past, it takes little conscious thought to drive home.

Maybe you try to get your spouse’s or your child’s attention and they are watching a movie on the television, playing a video game, or reading a good book and you call to them and they don’t even respond. In fact, it seems as though they didn’t even hear you at all…or worse yet, they respond and then never ever even remember having the conversation!

It’s because they are in a hypnotic state – ultra focused on something other than what you are saying. In fact, they may be aware of something ‘out there’ but they have no idea what they are saying because they are so ultra focused on something else.

The truth is, we go in and out of periods of hypnosis all day long. Anytime you are engrossed in a good book, a great movie, visiting on the phone, typing up a blog, etc. you are ultra focused and in a state of self-hypnosis.

Consider the Pavlovian dog experiments. Pavlov rang the bell and fed the dogs; rang the bell and fed the dogs; rang the bell and fed the dogs…and conditioned the dogs that food was coming when the bell was rung.

Likewise, in HypnoBirthing we condition your body to relax.

Embrace the power of instinctive birth.

In the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.

Birthing muscles work in perfect harmony–as they were designed to–when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. Learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.

When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing, you are not in a trance or asleep. What you experience is similar to the daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire. In this calm state, your body’s endorphins replace the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.

Awake throughout, you are aware of your body’s surges and your baby’s progress; conversant and in good spirits–totally relaxed, but fully in control. Because you have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation, you will determine the degree and the manner in which you feel the surges.

Experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to.  – us.hypnobirthing.com

What are essential oils?

What are essential oils?

If you have ever walked through the forest or walked through an herb garden and reached out and touched the leaves of the plant material and smelled the aroma on your fingers, you have ruptured the essential oil sacs and experienced essential oils.

What our senses perceive as fragrances or scents are actually “volatile” aromatic compounds, tiny organic molecules that serve a variety of protective, reproductive, and regenerative purposes. 

Essential oils are found in all parts of the plants…the leaves, roots, stems, bark, seeds, flowers, etc. In the plant world, these volatile aromatic compounds help ward off unfriendly pests, attract friendly herbivores and insects, and even help the plant heal from infection and physical injury. 

There are over 3000 identified varieties of aromatic compounds, each with its own unique and functional chemical constituents that provide different aromas and benefits to the plants. From the petals of a flower, to the leaves of a plant, the rind of a fruit, or the resin of a tree…these volatile aromatic compounds are all around us. The fragrance of a flower, the smell of an orange, or the scent of a pine tree…all serve specific purposes vital to a plant’s survival.

Distilled directly from their plant sources, essential oils are multifaceted agents that have seemingly endless applications to our health and can be used aromatically, topically, or internally.

Ensuring the maximum potency and beneficial properties of an essential oil are the result of maintaining the delicate ratio of aromatic constituents found in that essential oil, all of which can vary depending on the time of day or part of the plant which is harvested, the time of the year or life cycle when harvested, the geographic location and weather where the plant was grown or the method and even the duration of distillation.

Certainly the purity and potency of what’s in the bottle matters here. Not all essential oils are created equal! And a recent study at Roseman University shed some light on this very subject. Dr. Tim Le’s data suggest that “human cells know the difference between a naturally sourced oil and an adulterated or synthetically constructed oil and that this difference can be detected using the cell’s own physiology”… representing a “biochemical lie detector test, a physiological polygraph.” 

This study proved what I had already experienced with essential oils. I have been using essential oils for more than 30 years. And before I found dōTERRA, my experience with essential oils was that sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn’t. I have been exposed to dozens of brands of essential oils from around the world. But it wasn’t until I found dōTERRA in April 2010 that I experienced therapeutic consistency. 

For that reason it is vital that essential oils come from a trusted source committed to not only producing unadulterated essential oils but to adhering to the strictest production protocols. There are no wasted efforts in nature, neither should there be in the healthcare you provide for yourself and those you love. 

It’s been my personal experience that dōTERRA has the most pure, the most potent, the most trusted and the most tested essential oils on the market and this is the only brand I now use and the only brand that I endorse.

Simple Natural Solutions to Manage Spring and Summer Allergies

“What natural remedies have you got for allergies? Please give me something that works!” I had asked that question countless times and couldn’t find the answer anywhere, it seemed. Nothing over the counter could touch my allergies.

My whole life I struggled in the spring and summer months! I have lived in Draper, UT for nearly 25 yrs. and up until seven years ago, couldn’t enjoy being out on the many trails that Draper is so well known for because I needed respiratory support during these seasons. I had used over-the-counter products in the past, and if it had a adverse effect, I experienced it. I had to find more natural solutions! So I turned to herbs, homeopathics, and finally essential oils.

After receiving my first wholesale DoTERRA product order, I put a few drops of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint oils in a gel cap and took it morning and night for two days. I didn’t need any additional support for three weeks and then I repeated it when the pollens and grasses were driving me crazy. I didn’t need any further support for the rest of the summer and my life was literally transformed! Could it possibly be so easy? Since that first spring and summer of 2010, I no longer consider myself held hostage by pollen counts! I use a drop of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint oils on my tongue maybe three times a year OR I just put a drop of each in the palms of my hands, rub my hands together and breathe that combination of essential oils in and feel the itchy eyes and throat, the drippy nose and tight chest dissipate immediately OR add a few drops of each to the diffuser! Such an incredible blessing! I can now enjoy petting the neighbors cats and dogs now, breathing in the incredible aroma of flowers and flowering trees as I walk the trails of Draper, and going on countless walks and bike rides even when the grasses are almost as tall as I am.

When I was a young girl, my Mother gave me, my older brother and my Father allergy injections to desensitize us a little so we could better handle the spring and summer months with all its loveliness and pollens! I learned to drive when I was nine years old because I couldn’t help in the hay field or my eyes would swell shut and I struggled to get air in. I remember watching my Dad put Vicks VaporRub in his eyes…as the burn of the Vicks was far more tolerable than the terrible itching eyes and throat and the drippy nose.

Seven years ago, in April 2010, I found doTERRA after many years of searching for more information on essential oils. I knew it was an answer to prayer, as my previously experience with essential oils over nearly two decades was less than consistent. I saw Peggy Smith’s vendor table at a perinatal nursing conference and knew it was an answer to prayer and that I wanted everything on her table. I gave her my business card and asked her to please call me. When she called the following week, I told her I had always wanted to learn more about essential oils and asked how soon she could teach a class for me and how many people I needed to have present to make it worth her while! I called twenty two women to confirm eight in attendance and we barraged Peggy with questions for nearly three hours. It was time well spent and that was the beginning of an incredible healing journey!

Ever since that first experience in the spring of April 2010, I now carry sample bottles of many essential oils, including Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint oils to be ready for anything! The peace I now feel knowing that I have what I need when I need it is priceless! As a wellness advocate, I would love to guide you as well in managing your health and wellness concerns naturally! Please contact me here. To order Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint oils, click here.

Why are essential oils so effective?

In my own experience, I knew the essential oils were effective, but I wasn’t sure why or how. I am the sort of person that needs to know the ‘why’. The more I used essential oils and had consistent therapeutic benefits, the more I wanted to know the ‘why’ behind why they were so effective!

Essential oils became much less confusing and more useable as soon as I learned more about their chemistry. I would be awakened in the night with a child and be prompted as to which essential oil I needed to reach for to support them in their healing journey. After administering to their needs, often I would retire to my bathroom where I kept one of my favorite essential oil resource guides. Opening the resource guide, I would search out more information on that particular essential oil or group of oils that I was prompted to reach for.

One of my healing gifts is the gift of intuition. I was able to recognize spiritual promptings in attending to the needs of my children…but I also desired to learn more about the oil I had been prompted to use and why it was effective. Eventually, I found myself studying the biochemistry and turning to my husband to better understand the chemistry since he was first a chemist and second a pharmacist. During my husband’s study of pharmacy, he had a class called pharmacognosy, which was the study chemical constituents found in plants that had therapeutic benefit. From that science stemmed pharmaceuticals. So why don’t we reach for more natural solutions? Our Creator has placed them here on Earth for our use! We just need to search them out.

Studying the biochemistry a bit certainy helped! Learning more about the chemistry can seem daunting which is why I love how Dr. Hill breaks it down for us in this article “How do chemical constituents in essential oils affect us?” (https://doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-fall-2015-ask-dr-hill”). He gives an easy to understand explanation of the science behind how and why these drops can do so much for our wellness. “The chemical constituents of an essential oil are analogous to the macronutrients in food. Just as the fructose (sugar) composition of a banana provides instant energy and has specific metabolic effects, essential oils rich in Limonene can provide a powerful boost to your immune system. The chemical constituents in an oil determine its potential benefits, what metabolites it will produce, and best practices for application.” Chemists have identified more than 3000 different chemical constituents in essential oils. Familiarity with why these constituents are so effective helps any essential oil user use the products safely.

What other resources have you found that help you understand the ‘why’ behind your favorite oils?


Six questions to create lasting change

I was driving home from Arizona yesterday, the freeway message board read, “New Year, New You…Use your blinker!” It caused me to chuckle! I had left my Mother’s home talking to four quarreling boys about making some changes to strengthen our family in the coming year and reduce the contention in our home.

newEach year, many or us make goals or New Year’s Resolutions in hopes that we can create desired change. But what does it really take to make that happen? Will we fail to even remember our “goals” two weeks from now? Will it be like last year? Again? When all our “goals” were thwarted because “life happened”?

As I work with childbearing women that desire a natural birth…or a much different experience than their previous birth, OR work with those on my doTERRA team that desire to make a change in their health and wellness naturally OR desire to serve and bless others by sharing natural solutions, I often ask, “What do you want?” “Why do you want it?” “What are you willing to do to get what you want?”

1.) Are you ready? Is the timing right? There has to be a commitment! Are you committed? If you keep doing what you are doing, where will you be 6 months from now? Are you tired of doing (or not doing!) the same thing over and over while expecting different results?

2.) Are you willing make a change? What tells you so? There has to be a willingness and a desire! (And this goes much deeper than the surface.) What will reaching that goal or achieving the desired outcome give you? Give your family? What will it feel like? Why is that important to you?

3.) Do you believe it’s possible to create this change? On a scale of 1-10, what is your confidence level that you can change? That you can achieve what you desire? If that number is low, then we need to dig deeper into the emotions to raise that number so there is real motivation to progress.

4.) Are you fully committed? When life throws you down, do you have that “get back up” ability and drive? They say it doesn’t matter how many times you fail or fall as long as you get back up! Have you gotten back up when you fell short of your achievement before? Do you trust that you can do it again?

5.) Are you properly equipped with the education, the understanding, the tools, the skill set that you need OR do you know where to find it? Do you know what actions to take?

6.) Will you DO the daily work consistently, day after day after day until you get the results you are looking for and create a different habit? a different mindset? a new found confidence? Are you willing to stay and play until you achieve what you set out to do? If you know what you need to be doing to get the desired results, are you doing it? Are you doing enough of it? Are you getting the results you should be getting? If not, who might you turn to for mentoring?

In order to progress and improve, I have found it very helpful to reflect on the past year and decide what I wanted to change and what goals I desired to achieve. And in doing so, I have
untitled-design-29recognized, once again, that I cannot change anyone but myself. It’s possible that I might inspire another to change (and I sincerely hope I have done that) but I cannot change anyone! I am finding though that when I recognize the efforts of others, they are much more likely to continue striving to make changes. Taking time to quietly contemplate how important it was for me to reduce the contention in our home and why that was so important to me allowed me to look deep inside myself and come up with several behaviors that I was personally committed to changing. I shared the list I made with my boys and posted it on my bathroom mirror for me to read each day. I hope you will write your goals and post them for your constant review and reflection or ask another to be your accountability partner.

When does learning begin?

When Annie Murphy Paul’s TED talk came across my facebook feed, I immediately pulled it up to view. I stopped my world to see what she had to say. (https://www.ted.com/talks/annie_murphy_paul_what_we_learn_before_we_re_born?language=en#t-14002)
I was excited and curious to hear of more scientific proof of something I knew innately…that learning begins at conception. From the moment of conception, your baby is already taking in experiences that literally become a part of their internal wiring. I encourage you to copy and paste the link into your browser and view this 16:39 minute recording. Read more

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