My small legs dangled from the edge of the table. The paper crinkled under me as I shifted, and the doctor looked me in the eyes. “If you don’t learn to hold down food, you will die,” he said in a serious tone. Even though I was only eight years old, I understood the gravity of those words. I had lost three people very dear to me in the span of just one year when I was five. I also prayed every night, “If I die before I wake . . .” according to what I had been taught.
So there I was, a child diagnosed with a “nervous stomach” and tasked with learning how to hold down food. No one tried to teach me how to do it, but I knew I had to figure it out—it meant my life. I discovered that if I closed my eyes and breathed slowly, the twisted feeling I had in my stomach would ease. At that young age, I learned that it was possible to control my physical body through mind work and breathing. From then on, I’ve used breathing and thought to calm my body and help my digestion.
Since then, I’ve learned to amplify that ability of calming my nervous system by using my sense of smell, and I understand the science behind it. Now I know that our amazing nervous system is designed to keep us alive, even though it sometimes doesn’t feel like it when we experience the high-energy fight-or-flight mode that twists our stomach into knots and activates hyper-awareness of our surroundings. I’ve also learned that instead of stuffing our emotions down because they’re scary, it’s possible to feel emotions from a place of peace. I understand what each emotion is designed and created to do and how to pay attention to them.
My “why”: I ate well, exercised, and was very active in my 20s and 30s. But I hit a wall in my 40s, and when I got checked, all medical tests came back clear. Nothing appeared wrong. Doctors shrugged their shoulders (that was helpful . . . 🙄), so I set out with determination to get myself well, knowing this is not how 40 should feel. I couldn’t fathom going on by simply surviving day to day. And so began my journey.
I discovered that the key was supporting my body, mind, spirit, and emotions in every way possible. This became my path to wellness. I learned that being centered, grounded, and emotionally healed helps humans handle life’s bigger challenges with more ease. In addition, reducing toxins to the extent possible improves hormonal balance, thereby helping with emotional balance too. Those are two truths I wished I’d known sooner, so I’m here to reach back. It’s been a healing and life-changing journey, and I’m on a mission to empower other women with feelings and experiences like mine.
I discovered so many things, but it didn’t happen overnight. I researched, implemented new ideas, and slowly my health changed. A real turning point came when a friend introduced me to essential oils and plant power. Not only were the physical benefits amazing, but the emotional benefits surpassed my expectations.
Another huge step was learning more and more about how my emotions connected to my physical health and adrenal system, and how stress from unhealthy relationships and viewpoints was impacting my physical health. Years of toxic, accumulated damage needed to heal. To do that, I needed to change some things, but it was tough because I have such a big, open heart. I learned that the mind-body-emotion connection is huge and very real. The science is simple, it’s not difficult to comprehend. In fact, you may already know all these things deep within your soul. I share what I've learned to empower others to heal emotionally and physically before it takes the toll on them that it did on me.
I came to truly appreciate this mind-body-emotion connection when I landed in the ICU back in 2014, fighting for my life. I’m convinced that had I addressed my emotional issues and stressful situations sooner, I wouldn’t have found myself at death’s door. I’m not being dramatic. The reality of it all hit me hard, and I realized that I needed to accelerate and move more intentionally into this metamorphosis. Looking back, I had started to learn about emotional balance in my mid-20s, but I didn't have all the tools I needed then and had difficulty aligning what I’d learned with my core values and gentle nature.
We were designed and created with all of our emotions in the image our Creator. He possesses all emotions in perfect balance. Humans, not so much. But, they are there, and I’ve learned that viewing them as the blessing they are and tuning in to the message they’re designed to convey is what opens the way to emotional healing. For more on that, click here.
Essential oils and aromatherapy are a significant part of my journey, and this moved me to get my aromatherapy certification and Aroma Freedom Practitioner certification. Now I can help you discover your superpowered sense of smell to empower you to handle your unique challenges and heal deep wounds that you may or may not know are running in your subconscious, wreaking havoc on your life and goals.
What I love about essential oils is that people’s knowledge and experience levels range from just thinking they smell good, all the way to the other end of the spectrum, digging deep into the science at the molecular level and exploring their naturally occurring chemical constituents. There’s something for everyone to learn, no matter your approach to learning. You can follow along with my journey with or without oils, but they’re certainly super-concentrated little bottles of amazing power! Learn more here.
My Fire . . .
My unique, personal philosophy drives excellence from within: What I learn holds little value until I share it with others. That’s how I’ve lived my entire life, professionally and personally. That’s what I wrote on my resumé in my early working days, and I still feel it deep in my soul. [AH3] It breathes life into me when I learn something and then share it with someone else. I can't keep this awesome thing I learned all to myself!
I. Must. Share.
About me . . .
Hey there! My name is Dee, certified aromatherapist and Aroma Freedom practitioner.
I’m an artist, poet, author, and wife to an amazing musician. We’re organic foodies, and our adventures as nature lovers include hiking, backpacking, and camping. Years back, I left my corporate job as a technical project manager to pursue a more peaceful and spiritually focused life centered around bringing praise and honor to our Father, Jehovah.