"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye" - The Little Prince
This quote perfectly sums up how I feel about using essential oils for emotional support. While often as humans we look for the things that can be seen and measured, I am a true believer that so much of what matters in life is in what cannot be seen or measured. I also believe that our emotional health is of the utmost importance, as most of our actions, whether we realize it or not, are taken based on our emotional state. When we create clarity around our inner workings within ourselves, we create clarity in the vision that we have for our life.
I look at essential oils as the tool that we can reach for to 1. Name our present emotional state and 2. Take a solid steps towards inspiring action for how we want to proceed. It matters what we reach for. We can reach for our yoga mats or our meditation cushions. We can reach for drugs and alcohol or even food. For me, essential oils are my tool of choice and what I reach for to ignite action in the form of self-care led by self-love.
So in today's class, I spoke specifically about emotional support during the winter months and how to use essential oils as tools to keep ourselves well and uplifted. Having some personal experience with what this time of year can do to our inner worlds, I have experienced dramatic and profound results from using oils in this way. My hope is that I can help to support any of you who find yourselves struggling emotionally this time of year as well.
Below I am going to list the top four oils for this season. These are the ones where if you having nothing else, they will powerfully carry you through the season and help to support positive emotions. You can also join my Facebook Group HERE and watch the class and ask questions.
Here are the top Oils for Winter: *Note all of this comes from Emotions & Essential Oils*
Lavender - The Oil of Calm and Communication
Lavender aids verbal expression and calming the mind. Specifically, it calms the insecurities that are felt when one risks their true thoughts and feelings. Lavender addresses a deep fear of being seen and heard. It encourages emotional honesty and insists that one speak their innermost thoughts and desires. It is through open communication that an individual has the potential to experience unconditional love, acceptance and peace of mind. With Lavender, one is free to share their True Self with others.
Lemongrass - The Oil of Cleansing
Lemongrass is a powerful cleanser of energy. it dispels feelings of despondency, despair and lethargy. Lemongrass assists individuals in entering a healing mode or cleansing state. In this state, one easily lets go of old, limiting beliefs, toxic energies and negativity. Lemongrass teaches individuals to move forward without hesitation. It asks them to commit to a healing path where change is a regular occurance.
Peppermint - The Oil of a Buoyant Heart
Peppermint brings joy and buoyancy to the heart and soul. It invigorates body, mind and spirit and reminds individuals that life can be happy, and they don't have to be controlled by fear. It lifts an individual out of their emotional trials for a short reprieve. When individuals use peppermint, they feel as though they are gliding through life. It assists in staying on the surface of emotional issues like floating on top of water.
Rosemary - The Oil of Knowledge & Transition
Rosemary assists in the development of true knowledge and true intellect. It teaches that one can be instructed from a far greater space of understanding than the human mind. It challenges individuals to look deeper than they normally would and ask more soul-searching questions so that they may receive more inspired answers. It invites individuals to trust in a higher, more intelligent power than themselves. It supports them in feeling confident and assured during times of great change in understanding and perspective. Rosemary roots them in the true knowledge that surpasses all understanding.
"What is essential is invisible to the eye". I cannot give you facts and figures about exactly how and why these oils work the way they do. If you are only looking for black and white answers, then perhaps these are not your tools, and I respect that. However, if you believe and work with the understanding that it is with our hearts that we we can truly see things rightly, then I invite you to explore using these tools even further. I believe wholeheartedly that what we reach for when it comes to caring (or not) for our emotional selves, matters immensely. That small action of choice has a big impact, which cannot be seen and measured, only felt. I wish you health and happiness this winter and immeasurable loving support.
After spending much of December offline, closing out the year and gearing up for this new one, I am so excited for January and to be bringing you a regular schedule filled with Essential Oils classes and opportunities!
This month, I will be offering a class each week over on our Facebook Group, which is totally free to join and have access to! I am setting a very specific schedule so that both you and I can commit to expanding our knowledge and conversation around using doTERRA Essential Oils! It is one of my personal goals for 2019 to cultivate community, and be more present each week online, in a very mindful way.
So, each Thursday you will find me LIVE at 11am talking about oils in very specific ways and answering any questions that come my way. If you cannot make it LIVE that day, the video will remain on the Facebook Group along with being posted on here as well.
My hope is to connect through discussion around how and why these oils make a very big difference in our lives and the powerful tools that they are for supporting our emotional and physical well being.
So, Here are the details:
In this class we will discuss Oils for Winter, specifically oils that can be used for emotional support during the longer and darker months of the season. I have some very powerful information to share in terms of how oils can be of support when dealing with anxious and sad feelings, which are ever so common during this time of year.
Essential Oils are potent and powerful naturally occuring chemicals. While they are so much safer than some of the alternatives, there is still a safety component that must be acknowledged and practiced. So in this class we will go over how to use essential oils safely and effectively with mindfulness.
I am so excited for this class, and frankly, this week. In addition to going over one of doTERRA's newest collections, there is going to be something pretty incredible happening all week long with this collection! I know it's vague, but basically, you are going to want to stay tuned for this one...
The final January class will be all about the Yoga Collection and how to use these gorgeous blends whether you are a Yoga Teacher or practitioner who would like to enhance your practice using oils. Oh AND this class will accompany an actual Yoga Class where I will cue you to use the oils specifically at different points throughout the class!!
So that is January. I am so excited to get going and really jump into 2019 with a commitment to building community, to grow my business and mostly to YOU! I hope that you will join me. These oils have made such a huge impact on my own life and I believe that they hold something really powerful for each and every one of us to live our very best life this year!
Make sure to join the Facebook Group HERE if you haven't already! Simply request to join and I will add you! Happy January, Happy 2019!
Today is Day 30 and I almost procrastinated putting this post up until tomorrow. Today was a long day, I was super immersed in getting things done for work while working from home, bedtime for Audrey was tough tonight and she ended up not going down until wayyy past her bedtime and my husband and I seemed to be taking turns all day getting on each other's last nerve. It was just one of those days.
I was so tired and caught myself zoning out on my phone scrolling through social media and honestly just being mindless about it all. Earlier in the day I said that I was going to take a long, candlelit bath tonight once I was done with everything. I do this sometimes as an evening meditation of sorts and a way to wind down and give some self-care. During my mindless scrolling I was really close to scrapping the bath and just climbing into bed, still with the grit of the day on my body and in my mind.
Just a couple of days ago, I listened to Ange Peter's podcast How to own your Phone....and not have it own you. It was a lot about ways to keep our phone use in check but at the heart she spoke about how just being present is one of the most productive things we can ever do for ourselves. Our phone makes it incredibly easy to not be present, and for many of us, in moments when we don't want to just sit with what is, we can quickly and easily turn to the mindlessness of the slot machine like scroll. This podcast resonated with me so much that as soon as it finished, I deleted Facebook from my phone, turned off all alerts and organized all of my apps into folders on the first screen so I don't even have to scroll to find what I need and have to be intentional with what I am trying to find. I even turned off my email alerts and have made the decision that I am going to check my mail only at certain times during the day. Basically I am on a mission to get my screen time down and to not have my smartphone be an extension of my own arm. It's already hard.
But back to the bath. After that little voice in my head reminded me of what Ange said about the most productive people are the ones who choose presence with what is, even in the smallest moments (hello, no more taking the phone into the bathroom!) I knew that if I was going to adhere to this mission, I had to take the bath. And I did. And as I was lying there I knew that I had to write my final post for this 30 day challenge to myself on the day I am supposed to. I knew I just had to get present with myself and my commitment
And so I am writing the final post of the challenge about presence and how this daily action of blogging has actually supported me and inspired me to be present. Oh and to say that this is not my final post because while I have done the 30 days in a row, this blog is quickly becoming the backbone of all that I have to offer in my work. So while I am unplugging in many ways, I am also plugging in, in stronger and more impactful ways. I hope that what I have to share and offer on this blog, creates the space and inspiration for us all to get more present in our lives. I know it seems ironic for a blogger to basically say, hey get off your device, aka stop reading my blog! But I am saying it, because I want you to come here with the intention of wanting to be inspired and ignited to rising to your highest self and your utmost presence in this life while we are lucky enough to have it.
So tonight I will sleep well knowing I was present with a challenge for 30 days and tomorrow I will wake up knowing how lucky I am that it starts all over again because it means there is more work to be done, more learning to discover, more to create and so much to be present for.
Last Week on Thanksgiving morning, my amazing mama hosted a donation based yoga class. I actually wasn't really paying attention to what it was we were donating towards until I actually arrived at the class. I was just happy to get my pre-Turkey day yoga on.
Right before class began, my mama introduced Kristina Malone, who is the creator and founder of Santas Letters. She went on to explain that when her husband worked for the post office, she found him one day responding to a pile of letters. He told her that the letters were sent to Santa and he had, for fun, taken it upon himself to respond the the letters, as he knew that they would otherwise go unanswered. Loving this idea, she joined him in his quest to respond back to as many letters as possible.
What they discovered was that many of the letters contained very simple requests. Sometimes the most basic items were needed, such as toothbrushes and winter coats. Sometimes it was a request to help make a sick parent well again. As you can imagine, this could be heartbreaking to read and not really be able to do anything about it.
However, Kristina and Sean were determined to make something happen. So, in just the past few months, they have officially launched Santas Letters, Inc. Posting a mailbox outside of their own home, people can come and drop off letters to Santa in a clearly marked envelope! Santa himself will then reply and each child will receive a letter back. And to take it even further, Kristina and Sean are making it a point to help in as many practical ways as possible! Whether it is a winter coat, money for utility bills or a single present under the Christmas tree, they are making it their mission to surround their community and those who need support this season a priority. In fact, on their site they say "Hundred of Local families need our help, and it begins with our community".
I knew the moment that I heard Kristina speak about Santas Letters and what they were doing that I wanted to connect her with Supportful and get a Care Page set up. What they are doing is truly in alignment with what we are also creating and so I am incredibly proud to share their page:
Please visit Supportful.com/SantasLetters to make a donation or purchase a gift that has been requested in a child's letter.
I love so much that this collaboration happened because of a yoga class. I love that when we take time to support each other in small and simple ways, it creates a ripple effect. One letter at a time, one breath at a time, one supportful action at a time, we all have the power to make an impact.
This past Friday, the women of our family held a surprise baby shower for my sister-in-law Ansley. She is currently 7 months pregnant with their first child and we knew that while we were all in the same place for the holiday, we wanted to also celebrate our newest incoming member!
I also wanted to do something a little extra special for Ansley and celebrate her transition into motherhood. I had heard about Blessingways which are traditional Navajo ceremonies where the women of the community come together to celebrate a woman's rite of passage into becoming a mother. The biggest difference from our now traditional baby showers is that while they tend to focus on the baby, a blessingway focuses on the mama. I loved this idea and knew that it would also be something that Ansley would align with! In fact, she is the first person to ever introduce me to essential oils and what they can do!
So as I was looking up all kinds of Blessingway ceremonies to do, I came up with an idea of my own that centered around oils. I got to thinking about how something I would want to bestow upon my sister-in-law or any new mama is the importance of self-care and how it directly translates and effects how we care for our little ones. And one of my favorite self-care practices is carving out the time to take a long, relaxing bath myself. It most likely means that I am going to have to clean up all of the bath toys that were used earlier that night while bathing my daughter, but there is even something ceremonious about that. It's as if I am saying "Ok I cared for you all day, will do the same tomorrow but for now it is my turn to care for me." I will dim the lights, light some candles and listen to music, a podcast that I love or simply sit in the peace of silence.
I also thought that perhaps she will have the opportunity to, while in labor, care for herself in this way. This ended up not being an option myself, however I did offer myself a bath often throughout my pregnancy.
So, I bought some epsom salts and gathered some of my favorite oils for just the occasion. I then went to my Emotions and Essential Oils book and simply printed out each oil and the emotional meaning behind it
At the shower, after we played some really fun games, right before we went to opening presents, I brought out the salts in a large bowl and placed the oils next to it with the paper of meanings. I then explained to everyone that each of us would take a turn, come up and pick an oil that resonated with us to be used as a blessing for Ansley. I told them that they could simply pick an oil because they loved the smell, or they loved the emotional meaning or if they had a very specific blessing and or words of love that they wanted to share with her they could do that. They would each then place a drop of their chosen oil into the salts. What she would be left with is a gorgeous blend of epsom salt soak and essential oils, but each time she would use it, she would be surrounded by the love, support and blessings of each of the women in the room that day.
If I may humbly say, it was a beautiful moment in the day and one that I am surely going to use again and again. My journey of motherhood has taught me that the role of sisterhood in the lives of women is ever so important. A ceremony such as this reminds us of that importance and encourages us to continue to uplift and support each other on our individual journeys, collectively. It is, yet again, a stunning reminder how we can use essential oils to connect us to ourselves and each other.
Klutz the Kind Elf has been visiting us each day for 6 days now and we are going strong! So far he has asked Audrey to give hugs to everyone, share, make something special for someone, be a helper, give away toys that she no longer plays with and write letters to people she loves! Tomorrow he is ready to go with the kind request of sharing her voice to brighten someone's day! She will be asked to sing a song, record it and send it to someone who could use a smile. In all honesty, she doesn't love being recorded on video singing, so I may try to do it as a voice memo instead!
I have loved watching her enthusiasm grow each day. The first couple of days she definitely wasn't so sure about this new guy who would show up every day in a different spot. But the last couple of day she has come downstairs with such excitement wondering where Klutz will be that day. It has also been so fun to weave Klutz's kindness message throughout each day. We have talked to her about why it's so important to show and tell people that you love them and to be someone who is a helper. Today we talked about why it matters that she recognizes how privileged she is to have all of the toys that she does and that not everyone is as fortunate is she is. So we give when we can, as much as we can because it matters in the lives of others, even if we can't see how.
All in all, it is going well. I do know that there are some bigger tasks coming up and as we have been away from home still following Thanksgiving, it will become more of a challenge to stick with it some days! And yet, we will as I can already feel the impact Klutz is having on making this season so much more about the feeling and the action vs. the presents!
In case you are still looking to begin your Klutz journey, I am re-sharing his notes! And I would love to hear from anyone who is doing it, how it is going for you!
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday and I want to proudly and humbly ask you to consider creating a Supportful Care Page for someone you know who could use some practical support right now.
My daughter is named after the actress Audrey Hepburn. I grew up absolutely loving and idolizing her. It would be easy to think it was because of her beauty and grace and the glamour that seemingly comes with being a famous Hollywood actress. In some ways it was. But what I honestly remember the most about her and what made a huge impact on me when I was younger was that even with all that she had, many being things that I desired for myself, her most cherished roles were that of being a mother and an ambassador for UNICEF.
Now a mother myself, I can understand the immense importance of having a giving heart. Not just so that I give to my daughter, but so I may help to leave some lasting imprint on how important it is to think of others and ask the question "How can I Help?".
I am no Audrey Hepburn, but I am the Community Manager of Supportful.com and I believe so strongly and wholeheartedly in what we are creating. And so as we enter this season of giving, I am posing the question to us all: How can we Help? A Care Page may just be the answer to this question. And if I can be of service to you so that you get the support you need, please don't hesitate to reach out!
To create a free Care Page head to www.Supportful.com
I have been working with and talking to so many people lately who are looking to support their thyroid health by way of integrative and holistic approaches, and wish to use essential oils. I absolutely love this article that Dr. Mariza Snyder wrote for mindbodygreen.com that helps to shed light on exactly how essential oils can be used when it comes to keeping our hormones in check, healing from and preventing issues with our thyroid.
You can read the full article HERE
Then head over to mydoterra.com/sarapackard to check out the oils she mentions in the article.
Finally, I would love to jump on a call with you this week to help answer any questions you may have and get you started using essential oils in a way that will support your overall health!
Did you know that I am my own small business? Both with One OM at a Time Yoga Classes and being a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I make much of my income through running my own small organization. When you purchase essential oils from me, a portion of what you buy goes directly to me and a subscription to One OM at a Time online yoga is 100% profit for myself and my mama who teach the classes. For a long time, I brushed off the importance of shopping small and now I am planning on doing the majority of my Christmas shopping by supporting other small businesses. I especially love supporting other women who are involved in their own direct sales companies. Where once I was a total skeptic of this business model, I am now a fully fledged believer. Imagine that when you need to purchase something, you could go to your friend or neighbor, buy from them and not only get what you want, but also know who your money is going towards supporting. We often balk at this model because it is so unlike and unfamiliar with how we have set up enterprise in our culture. And yet, I am always the advocate for doing the things that are the least popular and off the beaten path.
So this Holiday Season, I would love for you to support me and anyone in your life who you know runs their own small business. If you are looking for anything essential oil related or to purchase yoga classes that you can practice anytime and anywhere, I am your gal! Shop small, it makes a BIG impact!
is a Mama, Wife, Teacher, Writer and Creator of One OM at a time. She has been teaching and studying yoga since 2008 and has taught at studios in Syracuse, Boston and New York City. For two years her hOMe was wherever she, her husband Justin, their daughter Audrey and pug Oscar find themselves as they traveled for Justin's job on the national tour of Matilda the Musical. This way of living has really taught Sara that yoga and mediation requires nothing more than some time and a space for your mat. You can find Sara teaching regular classes in NYC, workshops and retreats all over the country as well as in her very own online studio right here!