My Why
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This journey has been so unexpected. When I decided to pursue a career with Young Living, I had no idea what was in store. I knew I had a passion for educating others about wellness and how we are in control of what comes into our homes, but I never saw all that would come from that passion - and we’re just getting started!

I know I share a ton of education on Instagram and I love being able to learn together that way. However, I want you to know WHY Plant + Prune was created. I want you to know WHY it’s so important that you’re here. I want you to know why all of this matters.

For the first 25 years of my life, I lived in a state of reaction.

I reacted to whatever happened to me. If I was sick, I went to the doctor. If I was hurt, I bottled up my feelings. If I had no money in my bank account, I sold whatever I could to make ends meet. Everything, and I really mean everything, was a reaction to whatever “just” happened. I didn’t have control over much in my life. And let’s be real, in reality, I still don’t have control (because, hello, God), but I’ve always known that something wasn’t right. My life was good. My life was fine. But there was something missing.

It wasn’t until I started doing this business that I realized instead of thriving in this life, I was just surviving it, and I know as a believer, that’s the opposite of what Jesus died to give us.

He died for us. And now we have freedom. And He wants us to live in that freedom RIGHT NOW, not just when we’re in Heaven. I began to realize that over and over again as people joined Plant + Prune and became apart of this whole thing. He’s called me to do so much more with this platform than just talk about oils. It’s become a community. A community that values and encourages relationships. A community that wants better. A community that desires to tap into the freedom that comes when we stop reacting to life and actually pursuing it.

So, here’s a short little list of all the things I want to do through Plant + Prune. I want you to see my heart and hear what I’m saying so that when I share about oils or educate on wellness, you know where it’s coming from.

Through Plant + Prune I want…

  • To pay off all of my husband’s school debt.

  • To put down 25% on our next house.

  • To give my husband the freedom to retire whenever he wants.

  • To spend more time with my family.

  • To give to whoever is in need at any time.

  • To not live paycheck to paycheck.

  • To serve on mission trips with my family.

  • To retire my mom early.

  • To pay for my children’s college education.

  • To teach more women to become confident, courageous, and kind.

  • To empower families to live in abundance.

  • To give more than my husband’s paycheck back to the church.

  • To support my friends serving in other parts of the world.

  • To never have to worry about finances while my children are young.

  • To welcome more people into our home and feed them whenever they need a meal.

  • To travel with my husband without fear of spending too much.

  • To get chemicals out of homes and put life giving products in them instead.

  • To spread God’s truth and teach others about Jesus and His saving grace.

  • To invite people in when they need somewhere to go.

  • To give in a way that radically changes people’s lives.

This is a short list for me. I could keep going. This is why I’m doing what I’m doing. When you see me post on Instagram, this is why. When you watch one of my stories, this is why. When I bug you about getting on Essential Rewards, this is why. It’s not to make more money so that we can be rich. It’s so we can give, love, serve, and honor those around us and whoever God puts in our path along the way.

If you’ve read this far… thank you. I’d love to know your why. Whether you’re doing this as a business or you’re just in love with your oils, I’d love to know why. Share below so I can pray for you specifically as you walk on your wellness journey.

Second Trimester Guide
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Y’all really seemed to love the First Trimester Guide to using oils and other YL products during pregnancy, so I’m here to give you some more ideas for the second trimester! Remember, I’m not a doctor [obviously]… just a mama with some experience and a love for all things natural for bringing babies into the world!

Let’s get started.

AROMA SIEZ

During the second trimester, it’s not uncommon for your legs to get a little wonky. I remember mine felt like I had been running, which OBVIOUSLY wasn’t the case. Aroma Siez is super helpful to apply to your legs when they’re feeling crampy and tense. Just take one to two drops in the palm of your hand and rub your legs down. Maybe even get your man to do this for ya ;)

PURIFICTATION

Although I never experienced this, it is common for women to get UTIs when they’re pregnant. Due to the change in hormones and added weight on your organs from the baby, it’s so important to go to the bathroom when you feel it. And for pregnant women, you can feel it all the time, amirite??? Anyway! Purification is wonderful for supporting a healthy bladder. Take a drop or two and rub it on your abdomen if you’re prone to UTIs, especially during pregnancy.

BELLY BUTTER

There are so many stretch mark creams out there and unfortunately most of them are toxic, especially for your sweet babe in the womb. You know what I did? Or my sister-in-law rather. Make your own!!! There are SO many good recipes out there for stretch mark cream, but here’s one I love:

  • melt 1/2 cup shea butter and 1/2 cup coconut oil

  • add 1/2 cup jojoba oil

  • add 10 drops frankincense

  • add 10 drops gentle baby

  • add 10 drops lavender

  • whip until it looks like butter

  • store in a glass container and use daily!

VALOR

If you’ve followed me for any sort of time you know I love Valor. This oil is incredible for all the things, but especially emotional support. In the second trimester, you might be feeling huge. Your belly has popped and people are commenting on your weight [why do people do this???], and you just don’t feel like yourself. Friend, I’ve been there! Some women feel absolutely stunning when they’re pregnant and others can’t stand the way they look. If you’re on the latter end of this spectrum, get some Valor in your life. Not only will it help you feel steady and calm, but it will give you a sense of confidence to really feel beautiful. You are creating a human, and that takes some stretching… both mentally and physically! Simply take a few drops and inhale them or make a roller to apply daily.

PRENATAL VITAMIN

Prenatal vitamins are important for pregnancy, but did you know a lot of the prenatals on the shelf at the store are full of fillers and even toxins? This time around, I stuck to using supplements only during my pregnancy with Everett instead of taking a normal prenatal. Here is the list of supplements I took throughout my pregnancy:

  • Super B: contains all the B vitamins, including Folate (B9)

  • Vitamin D: go outside

  • Life 9: probiotic

  • OmegaGize: contains fish oil, vitamin D3, and CoQ10

  • Super C: vitamin C

  • Ningxia Red: antioxidant supplement

Another incredible supplement option to take instead of a prenatal from the store is Master Formula. This supplement comes in a pack of several pills that have everything you need to provide for you and baby during pregnancy!

Alright, I think that’s enough to get you started during the second trimester. I’ll be back soon with what I used during the third trimester, and then we’ll get to packing for the hospital and bringing baby home. Yay!

First Trimester Guide
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I’m currently sitting in Starbucks at 38 weeks pregnant. My coffee is warm, my table is clear, and my playlist is top-notch. This is what mom dreams are made of, just saying. Well, minus the pregnant part, for me anyway.

My first pregnancy was hard. Health-wise everything was okay, except my blood pressure toward the end, but emotionally? I was so out of whack. So not myself. No one warned me that I just might not like being pregnant. And no one warned me that depression during pregnancy was even a thing. I was warned about after baby was born, but while she was still in the womb? That was unheard of apparently. I felt so completely alone and lost. Without any real reason for feeling that way.

I didn’t use oils or eat well or exercise or really take care of myself that first pregnancy. I was simply just trying to get by. Every day posed an interesting challenge as I got larger and larger and closer and closer to delivering this baby that I couldn’t imagine just loving automatically. I didn’t understand how I could love someone I had never met. But then that 7 pound, scrawny little thing came into this world and I didn’t know how I lived before her.

So, this time around has been very different. I know the love that’s coming. I know the unconditional joy I’ll feel when she’s finally laid on my chest. I expect the first few weeks to be hard. I know to get her checked for lip ties (story for another day) and take her to the chiropractor and not cut the umbilical cord so quickly and all those crunchy mama things. Emotionally, I’m better. And a huge part of that is how I’ve taken care of myself. Despite having a toddler while being pregnant, I’ve done a million times better at giving myself the rest I need, feeding myself with good food, and getting toxins out of my life as much as possible.

And because I have so many friends who are pregnant or want to have more babies or are thinking of having babies soon, I wanted to compile an all-encompassing list of goodies that I used throughout pregnancy, what I plan to bring with me to the hospital, and what I’ll use on our sweet baby girl when she’s here. The last two will probably be posts all on their own because this one is already long enough.

Let’s get to it!

First Trimester

The first 12 weeks of pregnancy are crucial. Not only are miscarriages prevalent, but the baby’s initial development is a big deal. Here are some things I did to help the first trimester:

Progessence Plus

Every morning, I used this incredible serum on my forearms. Progessence Plus is a natural progesterone supplement that provides the body with progesterone. Why is progesterone important? Well, it’s crucial if you want to get pregnant! Many women who can’t get pregnant or have miscarriages have extremely low progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone produced in the ovaries. This hormone has so many important functions, but a big one is how it thickens the line of the womb to prepare for a fertilized egg. If a pregnancy doesn’t occur, this is when a period happens. Progesterone also causes muscles not to contract and essentially reject the egg. ⁣

So, I used this serum every day during the first 12 weeks! Although I’ve never had a miscarriage, I obviously wanted to support my body however I could through natural remedies. Progessence Plus is also crucial for postpartum recovery, but we’ll get there.

Thieves Household Cleaner

This should be a no-brainer to those of you who’ve followed our wellness journey, but in case you’ve never heard… toxic chemicals lurk in every single one of our household products. Don’t believe me? Download the Think Dirty app and go scan what’s under your sink. You’ll be DISGUSTED by what is allowed in our household cleaners and even more so once you start doing some research into how those ingredients affect our bodies.

From what we wash our hands with, to what we wash our clothes in, what we spray on our yards, the soap we use to wash the dishes, the air fresheners we spray throughout the house, to even the toothpaste we use everyday...chemicals upon chemicals are found in these products and they have direct links to respiratory issues, hormone imbalances, cancer, and many other body issues.

Synthetic chemicals in these products mimic hormones and interfere with how they are to properly work. And because we are exposed to chemicals constantly from the beginning of life in utero to death, our hormones are constantly in a war, trying to do what they were designed to do despite chemicals interrupting their processes. You can imagine the chaos this causes: developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune disorders.

Here are a few common hormone disruptors:

✔ Bisphenol A (BPA) / found in plastic; some concern for effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and children

✔ Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) / found in manufacturing consumer food packaging; human development concern

✔ Dioxin / formed during industrial processes when chlorine or bromine are burned in the presence of carbon and oxygen, most of American food supply is contaminated; can affect male sperm permanently and reproductive and immune systems

✔ Atrazine / used on majority of corn crops and found in drinking water; linked to breast tumors, delayed puberty and prostate inflammation in animals, and some research shows link to prostate cancer in humans

✔ Phthalates / found in plastic food containers, children’s toys, skincare products, and plastic wrap; linked to hormone changes, lower sperm count, less mobile sperm, birth defects in the male reproductive system, obesity, diabetes and thyroid irregularities

SO! One easy way I got lots of toxic chemicals out of our home was use Thieves Household Cleaner. This one bottle is a concentrate and makes a million 16 ounce bottles of spray. We used the same bottle for over a year, y’all. It’s insane! Not only does it save money, but it literally saves our lives too. During the first trimester, I wanted my immune system and hormones to be as in-sync as possible and I know switching to Thieves products has been instrumental in this.

AromaEase

The first trimester comes with lots of excitement but also lots of sickness. With my first baby, I never struggled with nausea but with this girl? All through the first and second trimesters. I could hardly look at my phone or ride in the car those first few months. Enter in AromaEase.

Not only is this oil specifically designed for weak stomachs, but it’s gentle enough on you and the baby that you don’t have to worry. Anything that could help me keep food down or even desire to eat, I was willing to try. AromaEase also has incredible emotional support. It will knock an anxiety attack in a second. Experienced this first hand when I was flying a few months ago. I’ll never go without this oil in any other pregnancy!

Ningxia Red

You’re going to hear me talk about this one a ton throughout this series of posts. Every single person should be drinking Ningxia daily. It’s a whole fruit supplement made from wolf berries, and it has more antioxidants in it than you can even imagine. The benefits of drinking Ningxia while pregnant are endless!

With balanced ingredients, NingXia provides whole body nutrient dense wellness. It supports energy levels, overall health, digestion, appearance of skin, and protects the body from oxidative stress. The wolf berry is a fruit dense in protein. It is one of the highest whole food sources of potassium, zinc, fiber, and amino acids. All good things for mama and baby!

I drink about 2-4 ounces of Ningxia per day. Sometimes I make a fun afternoon drink with a seltzer water, Ningxia, and some vitality oils, but usually I just take a 2 ounce shot in the morning and another in the afternoon. I swear Ningxia helped keep my swelling under control and my weight throughout this entire pregnancy!

DiGize

Another product I will probably touch on throughout this blog series is DiGize. This oil is what made me a believer in oils in the first place! I cannot tell you how much it has changed the way I feel. Loaded with Ginger and Fennel, DiGize is a blend that will settle even the roughest of stomachs...mine included. After having a colonoscopy and being put on medication at the age of 21, I was determined to find a natural remedy for my stomach issues.

Insert DiGize.

Now during pregnancy? This one is amazing for the first few weeks when things are settled well. It’s also incredible to help you be able to eat pizza throughout your pregnancy without feeling fire rise in your chest...if you know what I mean! This oil comes in the starter kit too so it’s for sure one you should have on hand.

Okay! I think that’s enough for the first round of blog posts about pregnancy and oils. I’m going to keep trucking along for the second and third trimesters, and then get to things I took to the hospital (because I’m finishing this way later than when I started it… Baby Everett is here!) and then move on to what we’ve been using for her during the first few weeks of life.

I hope this information is helpful and gives you empowerment to use different and better products than what you find on the shelf. You know what I love to say… Know better, do better.

Especially for our babies.

Logan Hahn