STAYING HEALTHY THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

Published on October 28, 2018 by

Healthy Holiday Food

Crowded shopping malls, holiday parties, grocery store carts, sniffling children, public transportation, theaters – things we all fear during cold and flu season! Germs lurking everywhere! Fortunately, you can create your own arsenal of natural, organic, and safe essential oil blends to help keep you healthy this holiday season.

One of the most effective blends to keep on hand is a stock blend to use as a steam. Just one or two drops (no more!) of blend in a steaming pot of hot water, with head tented with towel, can really help to nip a cold or flu in the beginning or greatly lessen severity and duration. Some good essential oil choices are Douglas Fir, Saro, Eucalyptus (Globulus) or Eucalyptus (Dives), Rosemary, and White Spruce. (If you are asthmatic, smell a drop of Eucalyptus before adding it to blend – in some asthmatics it can really help to open airways, but in others can cause an asthma attack. If you feel like you are beginning to tighten, do not use this essential oil.) Steam for 5 to 10 minutes – this will cause a lot of mucous to be expelled, so keep tissues nearby! Repeat 3 to 4 times per day until symptoms have diminished.

Using a diffuser with a stock blend is a great way to kill airborne germs and contaminants. There are so many oils to choose from, but some to consider are Hemlock, Cedarwood, Black Spruce, Lemon, and Ghandi Root. I generally recommend starting with 5 to 7 drops in diffuser, depending on type of diffuser and size of room. Increase or decrease as necessary. If diffusing around pets, small children, or elderly, use extra caution and make sure room is well ventilated. When using a diffuser, do not run the diffuser continuously throughout day. This is not only wasteful, but it is a lot for our bodies to process. A good rule is to diffuse for 20 minutes, turn off for an hour, and then repeat if desired.

Personal inhalers, one of my favorite delivery methods for many intentions, are another great addition to your winter “survival kit”. Inhalers are portable, discrete, long-lasting and inexpensive. Essential oils are always chosen for each individual client, but some good ones to try are Fragonia, Rosalina, Sitka Spruce, and my favorite, Ravintsara. Inhalers used during cold and flu season should contain oils which are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbial, analgesic, strengthening to the immune system, and, if necessary, opening for nasal passages. If your nose is stuffy, Ravintsara is an “essential” essential oil to add to blend! Ravintsara, however, should not be used with children under 5 years of age, and in very small percentages with children under 10, due to high 1,8 cineole content.

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Holiday Health

Published on September 27, 2018 by

No Stress Express

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are feeling the pressure of the hustle and bustle that the season seems to bring. Making time for self care is not everyone’s first priority, although it is a very important one we tend to ignore. Give yourself the gift of self care.

There are some simple things that you can do to ensure you enjoy the holiday season.

  1. Schedule time for you. Say no to things you don’t want to do. It’s ok to say no to others and say yes to yourself. Ensure you schedule in time to unplug regularly. You are important. The people who care about you will understand if you take time for you. Have time on a regular basis to do things that bring you joy and relaxation.
  2. Take an Epsom salt bath or schedule a Float on a regular basis. Magnesium is very calming to your brain and excellent for muscle soreness and body detoxification.
  3. Get outside a few minutes each day. Close your eyes and breathe in deeply and slowly. Even a few minutes a day can be rejuvenating to your mind.
  4. Turn off your phone alerts and check your phone when you want to. Having your phone buzz and ring at you is a stressful event to your brain. Take control of your phone instead of having it control you. It is also important to turn off your phone at night to give yourself a break from the outside world.
  5. Schedule a Reiki session. Reiki is a safe, natural, holistic healing practice. Reiki helps us move towards balance and wholeness by using simple relaxation techniques which activates the body’s natural healing response.

Benefits of Reiki:

  • Heal mind, body and emotions
  • Relieve pain and calm the mind
  • Promote deep relaxation
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Increase rate of recovery from injury
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Help meditative state
  • Promote personal awareness
  • Enhance spiritual connection
  • Foster natural self healing
  • Balance energies in the body

Best of all, Reiki adapts to the needs of the recipient. If you are overwhelmed with stress, worry, emotional upsets, physical aches and pains, and disease you should consider a Reiki session. Your physical and energetic bodies will thank you!

By taking time to care for yourself on a regular basis, you will find yourself more energetic and able to handle life, as well as the holidays, much better. You can live an Optimal life by taking care of you!!

By Darla Conchas & Richelle Schmidt

Reiki Masters
Wellness Partners at An Optimal You


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The Unstoppable Mind Set

Published on August 27, 2018 by

Life Coach Temecula

Are you living the life you desire? Do you feel happy and fulfilled or do you feel stuck in some way? I truly believe (after over twenty years of continuous improvement through personal development) that we are responsible for our fulfillment, our purpose, our lives and the meanings and emotions we ascribe to the experiences we have. In other words when we take complete responsibility for everything in our life, we can change anything we want. We can then live the life we want and get what we desire.

As a coach I listen to my client’s language to find patterns, figure out their state of mind and truly hear beyond what the person is saying. Most people are not truly understanding the part they are playing in their current situation. In most cases it boils down to comfort over action, confusion over clarity and an inability to see a new perspective from the position they find their pain. When someone is assisted in looking at things in a different manner, they find themselves living a level 10 life in regards to Health, Relationships and Career/Money.

It is important to find the places that are out of alignment, help build skills, recognize patterns, and develop a plan of action to correct any mindset issues. This brings clarity and alignment back into focus. There are many exercises to draw from that build skills, find clarity and utilize courage to overcome fear based mindsets.

One exercise that you can start utilizing today is to reassign the meaning to an event or situation by using different language. The language we use is critically important and sends messages to our brains in ways we don’t always realize. For example, instead of looking at something as a problem, what if you looked at it as a challenge? Which of those two things seems easier to do? A challenge is definitely a more appealing thing than a problem! Changing your language to more powerful words takes some time and training but it is entirely doable and effective.

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Healthy Benefits Of Meditation

Published on July 24, 2018 by

Meditation has proven to have a variety of health benefits. Regular meditation can decrease anxiety, improve sleep, assist with weight loss, increase energy, enhance focus, lower blood pressure, etc.

I remember when I first decided that I would like to meditate. I had read about all the amazing benefits and when my doctor suggested it for the 5th or 6th time, I set out to learn all about it. And that’s exactly what I did. I read books, listened to podcasts and studied many different meditation practices. The one thing that was missing…the practice.

Sitting down to meditate is often the most difficult part of the practice. I resisted this in every way imaginable. I couldn’t find a quiet space. I would need to clean the house first. I felt the need to buy a meditation cushion. The list of barriers I put up is quite long.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the “how to’s” and create an expectation for the perfect time and space needed to meditate. But meditation is about the simplicity of becoming completely present. It is not about having the perfect environment or equipment. In order to help others who may be struggling with meditation, I compiled a few short steps you may take to begin your meditation practice today:

  1. Find a comfortable spot. And by this I MEAN comfortable. This can be a nice, supportive chair or even lying in bed. You do not need to sit in a lotus position on the floor. (Unless you love the lotus position, then go for it!). There is no “right position” except the one where you can be comfortable.
  2. Expect interruption! Learn to embrace the sounds around you. Hear the noise of your environment and decide to stay present. If you are really fixated on sound, begin there! Identify all that you can hear. If you are interrupted by someone or something, gently return to your practice.
  3. Simply breathe. That is truly all that is required. With a gentle focus on your breath, let the thoughts simply drift into the background. If you find yourself engaging in thought, return your focus to your breath. Breath slowly and deeply.
  4. Practice. As with anything, a meditative state takes time to develop. Inevitably, when you begin to practice you spend most of that time in your head, critiquing your ability to meditate. This is normal! With a little time, you will find a quiet stretch and be able to quiet your mind. That’s it!! If you can do that you can say to yourself “I was meditating!”. You can relax and breathe for a few moments or a longer time and then easily pull yourself right back out! Eventually, these moments will increase and you will have a regular meditation practice.
  5. Find ways to support this practice! Many people find success in meditation through the practice of yoga, qi gong, martial arts, guided meditation, running, creativity or any activity that puts you in a state of flow.

Meditation is all about being present in the moment. It quiets your mind and body. By meditating on a regular basis you will find yourself enjoying life more. You will feel more calm and have better sleep. The list of benefits are many from something that has zero side effects and anyone can do.

Stay Tuned For The Restart Of Our Monday Meditation classes. If you are interested in Reiki or learning more about meditation please contact our Reiki Master Wellness Partner in Suite 203, Richelle Schmidt. You may schedule an appointment with her at 951-551-5849.


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Natural Allergy Treatment

Published on June 10, 2018 by

Natural Allergy Treatments

Pollen, grass, dust, pets, smog … we live in an environment where so many of us have sensitivities which trigger an allergic response. Traditional medicine can offer you nasal steroids and antihistamines but many people prefer a more natural way to minimize allergy symptoms. Fortunately, there are natural, organic, and safe ways to relieve these symptoms.

Putting an air purifier in your house helps eliminate allergens in your home. Adding a humidifier (using distilled water) can help reduce dryness and nasal irritation. What many people don’t realize is that essential oils can be a great help in reducing the suffering from allergies.

Essential oils are made when plant material is distilled or cold pressed. Many plant parts can be used to make essential oils, such as leaves, needles, flowers, bark, seeds, etc. Each essential oil contains many chemical components – these components make them effective in helping with both physical and emotional issues. When using essential oils it is important to use high quality organic oils.

Here are a few ways in which aromatherapy can help bring relief during times of allergies:


  • Inhalers – inhalers are wonderful tools to use for many intentions, including allergies. They are portable, discrete, inexpensive, long lasting, and provide quick relief. The inhaler is used in the nostril as needed and typically lasts a few months. There are many effective oils which can be blended into an inhaler based on each individual’s symptoms. Fragonia is an oil I love having in the inhaler blends I create. It is best to combine a few oils and not just use one oil. In general, when you combine approximately 3 to 5 different oils for one purpose, they work synergistically for a great result!
  • Steam blends – for fast relief and to help rid the body of allergens, I always recommend a steam blend. Bring a pot of water to boil, remove it from the heat and while it is still steamy, add 1 or 2 drops of a customized blend of essential oils to the water. Put a tent over your head with a towel, lean over the steam, and breathe deeply for 5 to 10 minutes. This immediately helps to clear congestion and expel allergens from the body. If you make your own blend, I always love using Xanthoxylum within the blend. I also generally recommend oils with a high 1,8 cineole content and those with anti-inflammatory properties for these blends.
  • Diffusing – creating an anti-allergenic blend to diffuse in the home is another effective tool. Diffusers distribute the essential oils into the air that you breathe. Blends are tailored to specific concerns, taking into account pets, infants, small children, or elderly are living in the home to ensure safety. Diffusing can help clear the air of allergens and offer purifying benefits. Cedarwood is always great to have in a diffuser blend of oils.
  • “Clean” cleaning products – people with allergies benefit immensely from using natural cleaning supplies. Commercial cleaning supplies contain environmental toxins and can further exacerbate symptoms relating to allergies. Cleaning products made from simple, economical ingredients like distilled water, vinegar, baking soda, Castile soap, olive oil, and essential oils are effective, non-irritating and smell fabulous too!
  • Facial and body spritz and eye compresses -spritzes, or hydrosols, offer a lot of relief when sprayed directly onto face and body. Hydrosols are the water which separates from the oil during the distillation process. They contain many of the therapeutic properties of oils but are safe and gentle; they can be used when oils are not appropriate (on babies, and on the face) If your eyes are red, itchy, and irritated, making a cooling compress of a hydrosol with anti-allergenic properties, like German Chamomile, brings a lot of comfort and significantly eases symptoms. (Never apply regular essential oils directly to your face or eyes.)

The next time you are faced with allergies, if you want additional help be sure to talk to your certified clinical aromatherapist to see how you can naturally and effectively find relief safely.

Article By Sharon Mayberry
Certified Clinical Aromatherapist

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ACTIVATING EVERLASTING VITALITY FOR 100 TRILLION CELLS

Published on April 25, 2018 by

Get More Energy

How do you feel right now in your body? Are feeling electric? Are you feeling activated? Are you feeling full of creativity?


Many Americans are not feeling any of this. Many Americans are not feeling good at all. A recent global study, completed in 2013, demonstrated that 95% of the world is ill! In the holistic world of natural health and prevention focused care or education, we know most of this is due to lack of useful knowledge. Many of the common items we suffer from are: Back pain, Stomach aches, Headaches, Lack of Sleep, Lack of Energy, Brain fog, and Anxiety.

Are you suffering?

Would you like a different option than simply covering it up and waiting for it to come back?
Is it worth some of your time, money, and effort if the results could last for months to years?

I hope the answer to those last three questions was yes!! A big YESS!!

Your body is made up of a community of trillion of cells. Your community can look and feel like a master planned community with perfectly flowing streets, active businesses, happy community participants, minimal trash and pollution, a proverbial paradise of ease. However, we have not been told how to do this effectively, so for many people we are owner operators of distressed, broken down, polluted, stressed, hurried very despotic communities of cells. In this scenario each cell is trying very hard to get a breath of air, drink of clean water, or a single molecule of nutrition. Things are not looking very good. Although the best news to hear is that this can be changed. You do have a choice. You can choose to begin again. You can start today by learning new concepts, enhanced function, and then benefit from the ability to learn how to facilitate better healthier cells by having improved and functional habits within your lifestyle.

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Is Your Inner Superhero Stressing You Out

Published on March 28, 2018 by

Just about every morning we create ‘to-do’ lists, ambitiously starting off with the best of intentions, dreaming of going to bed at night having checked them all off the list. Invariably, somewhere around 3pm or 4pm, it becomes glaringly clear the entire ‘to-do’ list is not going to get done. The major culprit? Sometimes it’s time, but more often than not, it’s STRESS! We over promise and under produce, not because we’re lazy or crazy, but because we’re trying to be ‘super-woman’ or ‘iron-man’. However, ask yourself this question: Are we really required to expend our personal resources to the point where we run ourselves empty and dry? I’m inclined to think… NO!

Super Hero Mom

So, why do we let this happen? Yes, I agree there are times when something extraordinary is taking place and we must pull out all the stops. But this doesn’t happen every day! So what’s really going on? Well, after studying human behavior through hypnotherapy training and experience, it seems the guilty party is STRESS. At first glance, it may seem a ‘super-hero’ type of person is the epitome of confidence and poise, but look closer and you may see a tear in those tights, revealing a frantic need to just ‘be enough, which often causes us to pressure ourselves to unreasonable limits.

The need to ‘be enough’ zaps our energy and resources in so many ways and robs us of our peace of mind. It allows the pressures of the day to fill us with the fear of what tragedy might happen, if we can’t pull this thing off. We were born ‘being enough’, but somewhere along the way we started believing weren’t smart enough, or thin enough, or pretty enough, or strong enough, or whatever enough… Enough already! We don’t have to prove our worth, as a human being, it’s a given. What we may want to do, is find a balance between ‘being’ and ‘doing’. When we find our value and worth in ‘doing’, we never feel like we’re enough because there is always more to do than we can accomplish on our own. However, if we can first find a way to truly enjoy and appreciate the masterpiece we were created to be, the ‘to-do’ list becomes what it’s supposed to be, just a list.

So, what can we do about it?

  1. Start by giving yourself some love, grace and appreciation for being a human being, not superman! YES, you can.
  2. Re-evaluate your ‘to-do’list. Separate the tasks into (2) columns titled ‘gotta happen’ and ‘would be wonderful’. Only place 2-3 items in the ‘gotta happen’ each day list and place the rest in the ‘would be wonderful’ column.
  3. Go through each item delegate some of these tasks. Now, when you delegate, be careful of the ‘micro-managing monster’. Give a few simple directions and let the person figure out the rest by DOING. After all, isn’t that how we learned the thing in the first place?
  4. Finally, keep the end in mind. When it’s all said and done, what will you and the people you love remember? Frantically running around trying to get everything done or connecting with the human spirit. So, instead of trying to be ‘perfect’, just focus on being ‘real’.

If you’re still struggling to make the switch, consider using hypnotherapy to help your sub-conscious mind get on board with what you really want. Your hypnotherapist can use relaxation techniques, putting YOU even more in control of how you respond to daily stresses from within and without. By increasing your self-confidence and self-acceptance on a sub-conscious level, you’ll accelerate your results, in a gentle and comfortable way. You’ll have more energy to enjoy your life than ever before, and isn’t that the best thing to do for yourself, your friends and family anyway?


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Toxic Relationships

Published on March 21, 2018 by

Life Coach

We have all experienced toxic people. They have been our friends, coworkers and family members; people we have met recently or relationships that we have had for a long time. Frequently, they can start out healthy and disintegrate into a non-healthy relationship. We often feel the negativity way before we recognize its impact on our day to day lives. Sometimes we confront the person but many times we justify that it is just who they are and attempt to navigate around them. Yet, we are left with this nagging feeling that something is just not right.

What is a toxic relationship? It is a relationship that doesn’t serve your higher good. Although it comes in many forms, the result is the same. It affects your peace and happiness. The relationship leaves you feeling like something is wrong with you or a sense of trepidation. It is commonly difficult to recognize because it can often be presented by the offender as “constructive criticism”.

These justifications leave you feeling like you should keep yourself open to this person’s judgement even though your gut is screaming at you that something isn’t right. A voice in your head starts questioning if this person really has your highest good at heart. Remember to pay attention to how you feel when you leave them. You might not remember what you talked about, but you will always remember how they made you feel.

The 10 signs of a toxic relationship are as follows:


  • 1. You are afraid to be direct and tell YOUR truth to this person; often finding that you are passive aggressive with them in order to express your point of view.
  • 2. There is continual criticism even if it is often presented as “constructive”. This is often used as a channel to devalue another.
  • 3. You frequently argue without really communicating. There is often yelling involved. Neither party really feels “heard”.
  • 4. There is a negative energy between you. The feeling is one of tension and being uncomfortable.
  • 5. You find it difficult to be authentic around them.
  • 6. You question if you do anything “right”.
  • 7. Personal growth and change are discouraged.
  • 8 You find yourself walking on eggshells, afraid to set them off.
  • 9. You just don’t feel internal joy or happiness when you are with them.
  • 10. It sometimes feels like a competition between the two of you.

Now the question is, what can be done about these negative relationships that we have welcomed into our lives. The first step is to take a long and hard look at each one and decide if we can let them go. We must remember the old adage “A reason, a season and a lifetime”. Maybe the person is someone that was just meant to enter our lives for a lesson and now it is time to move on. Appreciate what you shared together and put that new-found energy into yourself. Taking care of our spirit is the highest form of self-love.

If you have accessed the relationship and are not ready to leave, it is time to have a heart to heart talk with this person. Do not numb yourself to what is really happening between the two of you. Take control and be very clear about your expectations of the relationship and how you want to be treated. Be clear that sometimes it is not just one person’s fault but the dynamic between the two of you. Again, if you have been clear and set your boundaries within this relationship and it does not change, be prepared to walk away.

We all have our strengths and weaknesses and demonstrate both with the people we care about. Yet to live our lives to our fullest potential is the goal. To do this, we must evaluate the people we bring into our fold. Are we having a relationship with them coming from our strongest or weakest self? Life is short, time is limited, choose JOY.

Judith Keigley, M.A Counseling/Psychology
Life Coach Practitioner, An Optimal You


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Relax That Kid

Published on March 3, 2018 by

ADHD child therapy

All kids are amazing. However, some kids deal with more hurdles than others. A lot of kids these days are suffering from hyperactivity, restlessness, frustration or anger issues and parents are caught in the middle of this storm, looking for ways of helping to relieve symptoms that can be mistaken as ADHD (attention hyperactivity deficit disorder) in their children. We see these kids on a regular basis at An Optimal Brain, a wellness partner of An Optimal You. Parents seek us out because Brainwave Optimization (BWO) helps to relax the child. After a series of BWO sessions they typically experience calmness, peace of mind, and clarity and therefore are now in a better place to deal with their life challenges. Like all aspects of health and well-being, there are also other things to address in order to achieve balance. Before we begin BWO, we investigate the lifestyle of the child.

We start with diet. Each cell in our body, including our brain cells, require the right fuel in order to function properly. The big three food products that adversely affect our children’s activity levels are Sugar, Caffeine and Processed Foods. These big three either are a stimulant or can contain additives that are toxic. Avoiding these foods are important for all children, but if a child is already hyperactive or experiencing other types of emotional outbursts, it is imperative that parents take the time to review the child’s diet and reduce as many of the big threes as possible. Adjusting the diet ensures optimal benefit from the Brainwave Optimization. Balancing your child’s brain takes a multifactorial approach.

The next area to address is visual stimulation. The excessive exposure to electronic screens is adversely affecting the brains of our children. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State; and Edward Swing says U.S. children currently average more than six hours of screen time per day[1]. This is causing an excessive amount of visual stimulation and the developing brain of a child simply can not handle it. We are seeing the effects of this in negative behavior patterns seen in children all over the world.

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Diet And Hormones

Published on December 12, 2016 by

What we eat has a direct affect on how we feel. This is because your body assimilates the food that you consume and turns it into fuel and uses the nutrients to create what your body requires. Food to our body is like gas to a car–we need it to function.

apple and salad on a table

Your hormones (Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Cortisol, Growth Hormone, etc.) are all created from the food you eat. Following a Paleolithic diet (vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, eggs, fish) and enduring that the food is organic ensures your body can make healthy hormones. Avoid or minimize sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, smoking, breads, pastas, and cereals. These all affect your body’s ability to make hormones and keep a hormonal balance.

Hormone balancing is important to feeling and looking your best long term. Following a healthy diet and lifestyle will maximize the benefits that you get from bio-identical hormones.


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