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For me personally stress is a huge deal that I struggle with daily!! If my stress is not managed properly I tend to get overwhelmed really easily and freak out. How many times in our culture have we heard from doctors about how bad stress is? But do many people actually heed the warnings and try to lessen their stress? I can’t actually answer that question for society as a whole. I can only answer it for myself. For a long time I didn’t lessen the stress. It just kept building and building until one day the dam broke. I was left with essentially a nervous breakdown. I had to leave college and go stay with my Aunt for a few months. I am so thankful for the time I had there and for my family and friends who helped me through that very difficult time. To be honest, nothing has ever been the same since then, I have never returned to that person I was. I don’t take on as much stuff at a time, which is a blessing. I had to learn my limits. And thankfully I very much learned during that time in my life that failure is okay and is a natural part of life. A big thank you to my aunt for helping me to see that and encouraging me to try again. But this isn’t a post about failure, its about stress that can lead to failure.

Stress can not only lead to failure if you have to much, but it can also cause physical illness that can become quite serious. Some of these illnesses include heart disease, asthma, diabetes, GERD, IBS, PCOS, depression, sleep issues, and many many more illnesses. I personally have suffered with many of these for quite some time and others in my family suffer from others. The main one that I have been working on dealing with is PCOS.

PCOS plays a factor in stress levels. It’s almost a viscous cycle stress begets PCOS which begets more stress. Many people believe that extra cortisol produced from stress brings on Insulin Resistance, which is believed to be a key factor in PCOS. This is because all of the hormones are connected and when one is out of balance the others obviously cannot be in balance. Having higher levels of cortisol in the body causes more testosterone to be made due to a basic flight or fight response by the body. The higher testosterone in females leads to PCOS and Insulin resistance. Due to this it is important for me to take care of myself and have some good natural ways to take care of stress. Below is a list of items that naturally help with over stressing.

Ways to naturally deal with stress:

Peppermint Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Serenity Essential Oil Blend

Meditate/ Pray

Go for a walk with my dog barefoot

Hug someone

Distract yourself

Take a bath

Read a good book

Perspective- is it really THAT bad/big of a deal, can you change what you are stressing about right this minute? If you have ideas about ways to fix your problem, write them down.

Trust- trust that the situation will work out.

Don’t just make a to do list, scratch things off that list so you feel more accomplished.


There are many others that can be a great help, this is just a short list. The important take away from this is to find something that helps alleviate your stress, it may be a different thing for each person and it may take time. But with the potential illnesses that can be caused by stress isn’t finding a natural, healthy way to combat it worth it?


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What Are Essential Oils?

“Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. … Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.” – ‘An Intro to Essential Oils’ doTERRA website. The quality and purity of essential oils can be affected by many factors. The variety of plants, where and how it is grown (organic/sustainable or conventional), when and how it is harvested, and how it is extracted can all cause contamination if not done right. It is very important to research the oil company’s methods of extraction and testing for purity to ensure your oils will be as effective as possible. There are many companies out there, but we have personally fallen in love with the doTERRA brand oils as well as with how the company operates.

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Grandma’s Roots?


Hello and welcome to our blog! Let me start off by saying…I am not a writer! I never have been and I probably won’t ever be because I write how I talk. 🙂 I’m all about being real, not perfect! That is precisely what this blog is about. Real. Real food. Real life. Real experiences. My sister and I have been on a journey that we feel many people could relate to or benefit from…or both! Our journey has been about getting back to “Grandmas Roots”, the way life was when people farmed, made their own soaps, clothes, food, etc… Obviously life is quite a bit different now considering I’m currently typing on an ipad and posting it on the internet for millions of people to access. 😉 But the idea is the same. We are passionate about doing it ourselves, keeping it clean and homemade (as much as possible), and finding more organic and natural ways of doing things. We will be posting about a variety of topics. Everything from PCOS to refurbishing and remodeling. From the incredible uses of essential oils to gluten/dairy/sugar cane free recipes. And everything in between! Including raising kids in this day and age with these principles!! We are very excited to share our knowledge and experiences with you, as well as welcome you to join us on our journey! Our hope is that your life will be changed for the better! However, one very important requirement for joining us: you must be able to laugh at…er, I mean with us. 😉

Welcome to Grandma’s Roots!