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Howdy!  We are Peter & Amy Minke.  Welcome to our blog at MinkeWellness.com.  We are excited to be a part of the greater blogosphere and add to the conversations on wellness.  It is our goal to share insights, tools, and ways of thinking that have helped us on our wellness journey.

To learn more about our story, check out our About Us page.

We are often asked questions about “what to do for ____?”  We are not qualified to answer those questions!  First, we are not medical doctors, but even more importantly, who but YOU knows your body, your circumstances, your family better than YOU?  We desire to share our experience, that it may be a source of hope in your own situation, as well as help you in your quest for answers and healing in your own life.

Blessings!

Minke Wellness ~ Minimize Your Learning Curve ~ Maximize Your Wellness

YL Wellness Program! Month 1: Respiratory System

images of Young Living products to orderHow to use essential oils and supplements to support the respiratory system and eliminate toxic fragrances.

The list of Young Living products to buy for this month.

Supplements for the Respiratory System
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  • Super C
  • Sulfurzyme
  • Laurus Nobilis Vitality essential oil
  • Detoxzyme
  • NingXia Red (2 pack or more)
  • Lime Vitality essential oil

Products to Support Lifestyle Change
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  • OrthoSport (or OrthoEase) Massage oil
  • Breathe Again Roll-on for enhancing massage of the chest
  • RC essential oil blend for diffusing
  • Myrtle essential oil for diffusing

Here’s a “star chart” to help you mark your progress each week!

YLWP_StarChart_Month1

Follow this link to YouTube to view all of the videos for Month 1: Respiratory System

Videos Include:
How to Be More Well in 2017
The must-Do 1st Step for Wellness: Morning Water
3-Step Wellness Strategy
The 4 Most Powerful Healing Tools
Top Supplements for Respiratory System
Can We Use Essential Oils as Supplements?
You Breathe Anyway, Make it Count
The Most Dangerous Toxins in Your Home
You Are What You Eat: Toxic Fat
Summary Week 1: Foundations For Our Wellness Journey
Take Your Supplements for the Respiratory System
Bring Nature into Your Home
Therapeutic Breath
Meet Your Respiratory System, Part 1
Meet Your Respiratory System, Part 2
YL Wellness – Summary Week 2
Breathing Is a Whole Body Activity
Posture, Breath, and Bras
Self Massage for Better Breathing
Is My Diet Trashing My Breathing?
Lungs for Overflow Detoxification
YL Wellness – Summary Week 3
Cleansing the Lungs Through Breath
Breathing to Build Healthy Lungs
Breathing to Calm the Panic Button
Breathing to Release Past Trauma
YL Wellness – Summary Week 4

Young Living Wellness Program! What is this?

YLWellness_BannerWe have developed a series of informational and how-to videos that focus on a body system and a lifestyle change for each month. They are fantastic!

Follow along to gain one of the most important skills for being (and staying) well — self-awareness. How do you know if you’re well? How do you know if you’re getting better? or worse? Are you waiting on someone else to tell you? You don’t have to — you CAN know. These are the tools that Peter used on his wellness journey — detoxing from chemo and the effects of it in his body.

Join us on a year-long journey, as we implement a wellness strategy that encompasses lifestyle changes, diet adjustments (or overhaul), expert advice on supplementation and use of essential oils, and daily action steps in video format.

Every month there will be a “What to Order” video installment for your Young Living Essential Rewards order. It will include the supplement program for the body system of the month and supplies to help make the environmental lifestyle change. We’re taking it in increments so that by the end of the year, we’ve learned about and gotten in touch with every system of the body AND most areas of lifestyle.

 

 

Use What You Have

This is principle #2 in our trainings “Essential Oils for Your Family” and “Methods of Use.” Use what you have.  We developed this principle while out and about or traveling, and having only a few essential oils with us. In those instances, it’s likely that we won’t have the “perfect” oil for every given situation that comes up.

use of essential oils

You usually won’t have the “perfect” oil for every situation when you’re traveling.

A couple of stories come to mind.  We were out and about and encountered an outdoor annoyance.  My “perfect” oil for that situation is the Purification® blend.  When we apply it quickly enough, no issues!  Well, no Purification in the diaper bag… Did I say, “Oh well. I’ll wait until we go home to apply Purification”?  No.  I used what we had.  Of the few in the diaper bag, I chose Lavender.  It helped!  Another story – we were at church and a child vomited behind us.  My go-to oil when I need extra cleaning boost in the environment would definitely be a Thieves® blend-infused product (Thieves Spray, Thieves Hand Purifier, Thieves Cleaner).  Did we have any of them? No. So, I rummaged through the diaper bag and came up with Purification.  We applied it to all the kids and dropped some on the floor after the vomit was cleaned up.

There are many instances when we may not have the “perfect” oil. Sometimes we’re waiting on it to arrive. Sometimes we need to budget. Sometimes it’s at home. Sometimes the kids did something with it. Sometimes it’s out of stock.

So, what do you do?

Use what you have!

use of essential oils

We all have our favorite essential oils, the ones we rely on.

We all have our go to oils. The ones we love, the ones we rely on.  While Valor® has been out of stock, I’ve been telling everyone, “Be Brave! It won’t be long.”  All the while, I’ve had a stockpile of 4-5 bottles. Well, that was a deceiving “stockpile,” because they were all about half full.  Then, to top it off, we lost our entire diaper bag set while traveling. Ouch.  Now, I tell the kids, “You do know that Valor is out of stock…” every time one of them has a clumsy spell.  And, I’ve branched out.  We tried the “Owie™” blend in the new KidScents Collection. It works, too! (We ran through the bottle in a month!) And, I’ve lined up oils that others have told me work for soothing the skin (namely Lavender and PanAway®) in case we run out of Valor.

Here are a couple of thoughts that help me when I’m panicking about not having the “perfect” oil…

1)      The plant only has one essential oil.  An injured Peppermint plant doesn’t think, “Oh! If only I had Lavender oil, I could really get to work!”

2)      The fact is that our God is a God of abundance – and provision.  He provides many solutions to our every need.  So, get creative.

And, use what you have!

 

Important Note: “Use what you have” only applies when you know you have pure, potent, plant essential oils. Because of the nature of the essential oil market, I cannot recommend you just “use what you can find.” We use only Young Living Essential Oils.

Wellness for the Weekend: End of Summer

What should I do with the last weekends of summer?  Rest? Relax? Play?

Well, if you’re like me, you may be tempted to sit down with the calendar and piles of paper and emails and frenziedly plan for the fall.  This time of year is packed and gets more packed by the day!  (Can I run screaming now?)

How can we take our wellness into account when we head into planning mode?

  • Let’s be realistic about our abilities.  There are only 24 hours in a day and we do actually need to sleep during some of them.  Are we in a recovery period from illness, degenerative disease, mourning, moving, changing jobs or school, birth of a child, etc.?  Any of these require time in themselves.  If we have more than one, it requires more time.  What kind of time? Time to process. Time to live. Time to think. Time to feel.  These things generally don’t happen while running from one activity to another.  Be sure to allow plenty of time to recover!  Remember that others in your family also need time to recover.

 

  • If we consider our energy level figuratively in terms of adrenal dollars, we can say that each day we start out with $100 to spend.  As above, if we are recovering (or need to recover), we may start out each day paying a debt – let’s just say we start out with an interest payment of $20.  Now, how are we going to spend the rest of the $80? Are we going to spend impulsively? Are we going to have spending leaks? Are we going to go into greater debt? Are we going to borrow from the future with adrenal stimulation (e.g. caffeine, high stress movies, video games, or even stressful thoughts)?  Or, are we going to make a payment toward principal and endeavor to build and support our health?  And, are we going to thoughtfully invest our adrenal dollars in what is most important to us?

 

  • We need to take the time to recognize what is most important.  Have you ever seen the illustration by Stephen Covey in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People about Big Rocks?  Basically, each of the things we spend time on is a rock.  The important things are big rocks and the unimportant pebbles.  We need to fit our rocks into a jar representing our time.  If we just react to the many things that happen during our day, we are probably filling our jars with little pebbles, leaving no room for our big rocks.  So, we need to place our big rocks in the jar first and then, if there’s time left, fill in with some pebbles.  My big rocks are my husband, kids, health, family – oh yeah and prayer!  I need to recommit to placing them in my schedule first!

Here’s a fun quote: “Schedule the Big Rocks, don’t sort gravel!” http://www.franklincovey.com/tc/publicworkshops/productivity-workshops/the-5-choices-essentials-1-day A concise list of choices to help find the most important. (Not necessarily recommending the workshop – just liked the list.)

 

Here’s a blog about how life is not about fitting the most rocks (of whatever size) into your jar! http://www.lifeofasteward.com/coveys-big-rocks-illustration-is-wrong/ (I’m not familiar with this author, so have no idea what the rest of the content is like.)

 

  • Basically, we need to keep our ultimate goals in mind.  I endeavor to ask myself when I’m scheduling anything, “Does this help us as a family to meet our goals?”  We have goals and needs for the family as a whole and then individual goals and needs for each member.  An example that comes to mind for our family is sports.  We have a couple of boys who would enjoy sports (we have a couple who wouldn’t). So, we have to ask ourselves, “Does joining this sport meet our goals?” For the boy, yes it would be fun and help him exercise more.  For the family, no, it means we’ll be running around two nights a week and most Saturdays for 2 months.  As a family, we can’t handle that right now.  Are there other ways for our boy to have fun and exercise that we can handle?  This may feel like we’re depriving our son of opportunities.  However, no matter what we choose, we are depriving him of other opportunities.  We can’t do everything!

 

  • Since we can’t do everything, but often try, we need to schedule rest.  If it helps you, think of resting as something you’re doing – then there’s less guilt.  “What are you doing?” “I’m resting.”  A friend of ours said that when she felt the need to rest, she would start a load of laundry and put something in the crockpot.  Then, she could say that she was doing laundry and cooking dinner while she took a nap on the couch.  It’s not being lazy, it’s taking care of yourself!

So, that brings me back to my original question… What should I do with the last weekends of summer?  I will include time to Rest, Relax and Play!

Thoughts on “Wellness Approach to Stress”

  • This DVD came about because we have thought for many years (as we are recovering from chronic stress overload), that this topic is so needed in our society.  The level of stress that we accept as normal is actually crushingly high and leading to degenerative states in our bodies.  We are in desperate need of redefining what it means to be well!

 

  • This DVD (“Wellness Approach to Stress“) is power packed with information.  It is information dense.  You may want to only watch one segment at a time so that you can absorb the information and concepts – and make decisions about how you can change your lifestyle to maximize your wellness!

 

  • The more I think about Peter’s approach using the Four Essentials for Life, the more I appreciate it.  He provides a framework for approaching any situation affecting our health – in this case, the situation is stress and how to alleviate it’s affects in our lives.  From watching the DVD, I was able to affect my personal experience of stress positively and easily (read my blog post Stressed?).

 

  • Peter discusses ways we are actually creating stress in our lives through our daily choices.  Usually, this comes from things we think are helping us actually decrease our stress.  Argh! Self-sabotage!  Rather than helping ourselves, we end up hurting ourselves. (Thankfully, he does provide alternatives.)

 

  • Peter also discusses simple interventions that can help alleviate underlying stressors.  I was going to say “easy interventions,” but since behavior modification is seldom easy for us, I’ll stick with simple.  We just need to do them, realizing that by doing these simple things we can have PROFOUND positive impact on our lives over time.  And, I’ve found that when the underlying stressors have been lessened or are gone, the daily stressors that crop up on me don’t overwhelm me!

 

  • Unexpectedly, we have recommended the DVD to people just for the Food section.  People often ask us how to go about changing their diets to support their health.  This DVD is an excellent resource for the basics.  These are the first steps!

 

  • Peter gave a similar presentation while speaking in Australia. :)