Ways to Balance the Mind, Body, & Spirit?

As a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner, I know about  working with the three elements of the human body – the mental, the physical, and the spiritual.  It is so important to balance the mind, body, and spirit to maintain our health. There are so many who don’t understand this. Today I want to share a bit about ways to do just that.

First, what does Mind, Body, Spirit mean?  It means that our whole wellness comes from our Physical health, Mental health, and Spiritual health.   When one or two are not balanced, we have illness occur.

There are many things we can do to take care of each element. For time sake, I’ll just share a few for each here. During the whole month of May, I’ll be posting more tips on Facebook and Instagram.


Stress can affect the balance of the Mind/Mental element hardcore!  Adulting is stressful and we can’t avoid it(not if you want a place to live, food to eat, a family, and well a LIFE 🙂 ) Life is hard! We have to keep our Mind healthy.

  1. Taking a break from the daily grind.
  2. Walking outside among nature.
  3. Relaxing in a bubble bath.
  4. Enjoying a glass of wine with a friend.
  5. Unwinding while diffusing Lavender or Lime essential oil.
  6. Taking a mid-day nap.

We get told right away when our physical element needs balance. The messages might 2058243_Sget ignored but they are sent all the same!  If something doesn’t feel right, go see a healthcare practitioner! The earlier the better. Taking care of the body is even better.

  1. Eat a healthy diet.
  2. Walk 30 minutes daily.
  3. Get monthly massage and chiropractic sessions,
  4. Do exercise/aerobics 3 times a week.
  5. Support your body’s systems with dietary essential oils(be sure to read labels! I only ingest Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils.)
  6. Take nutritional supplements.

Now the hot topic…the spiritual. There is a difference between being spiritual and being religious. They both help balance the spiritual element of the body. No matter which you are, take time to balance this element.

  1. Daily prayer.
  2. Do 10 minutes of meditation.
  3. Listen to music that speaks to your SOUL.
  4. Get a Reiki or Chakra Balance session.
  5. Diffuse or apply topically frankincense or Lavender essential oils.
  6. Attend religious(any religion) services/rituals.

These are just a few ways to help balance your Mind, Body, and Spirit.  Some of these tips actually help balance all three at once, like massage with essential oils and walking in nature.

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @triessentials for more tips on balancing your Mind, Body and Spirit.

(All photos used are from http://www.pixabay.com)

My Story

I want to share a little bit about what brought me to who I am today.  My Story so to speak.


I was born in Alabama in 1978 and we moved to Tulsa, OK when I was 8 months old.  My dad was a self employed construction worker and had built homes on Grand Lake and had several connections there. Plus we had a few family members there and was 3 hours from my Dad’s childhood home in Magazine, AR.

I was a sickly child.  Every time the weather changed, I got sick. I seemed to keep ear infections. When I was 4, I got so bad that my parents took me to the hospital.  After chest x-rays and 1 really horrifying experience with several nurses and a needle(over 30 years later and I still have problems getting shots or blood drawn because of it), they said I was borderline of having pneumonia and was sent home.

We didn’t have medical insurance so my parents used old home remedies to help me get better as much as they could.  I had a baby blanket that my Aunt made me.  I thought it had these magical powers to make you feel better.  When I got sick, I wanted my blanket.  When someone else got sick, I’d go get them my blanket and make them lay down under it.  

One day, my dad came home and had a fresh scrape on an old cut off finger.  I was in his lap and saw it and was like “Oh Daddy! Oh Daddy!” so I scrambled down off his lap and ran to get my blanket.  I came back and wrapped my baby blanket all around his finger.  He sat there with a big ball of blanket wrapped around his finger holding it up with his other hand.  Then, after a little bit, I asked him did it feel better.  He told me it was all better and I allowed him to unwrap the blanket.  It was MAGICK!

As a self employed construction worker, your at the mercies of the weather.  And sometimes my dad would go a week without working.  No working meant no money that week.  It was tough sometime, but we got by.  We also had periods where the money just seemed to roll in!  And then the bottom fell in Construction in the mid to late 80s.

We were really struggling in 1988.  My older brother was living in Alabama and told my dad we should move back to AL, that business was booming there.  So, during Christmas of 1988 we moved back to Alabama.  And much to our dismay, construction business wasn’t any better.  But, now my dad didn’t have any connections like he did in Oklahoma.  So, we were stuck.  Little odd remodel jobs would come in and that kept us from starving and being in the streets.  

We moved out into the country.  It was 20 miles to the nearest grocery store. The school I 1424550_10202646646306581_440597795_nwent to was 11 miles from where we lived and was a country school in an almost ghost town. So, we went into the city once a week for groceries and any errands we needed to do.  It was a big change from living in Tulsa where you were only a couple blocks away from just about anything.

During the summer, I’d go stir crazy.  So my Mom and I would walk the roads and collect aluminum cans.  When we got enough for gas into the city and lunch, we’d turn them in.  Sometimes we were able to collect enough, to go to a thrift store too.  We did this a few times each summer.

My Senior year, I got a job working at one of my best friend’s grandparent’s Barbecue restaurant on the weekend and sometimes a weeknight or two. It was 12 miles away from the house and helped pay for Senior year expenses.  

After graduation, I decided to take a year off of school.  I got a job at Wal-Mart in the nearest city.  It was there that I met my husband who also worked there.  In less than a year we got married, learned my dad had leukemia and started a family.  

Over the years we had our ups and downs. We lost my dad in 2000 after a 2 and a half year battle with the Leukemia. We worked various jobs, me in the food industry and Bill in retail and Security. He had reenlisted in the military just before we got married and went on four deployments before retiring after 24 years.

After one deployment, he came back and started having issues and ended up not being able to work.  During this time, I was working but not able to keep us afloat.  We had a car repossessed, power shut off and we lost our house.  We ended up moving back in with my Mom.  We were able to to get him better and both of us working got us back on our feet into our own place again.

Bill deployed again for the last time to Iraq in 2009. I decided if I was going to go on to College, I better do it while I could get some tuition assistance from the military.  I found Massage Therapy and loved the idea that I could help people feel better without having to deal with needles.  So, I went to school to become a Massage Therapist.  I learned that a lot of what I did to help Bill’s old military injuries feel better was something I was instinctively doing right.

I graduated in June of 2011 and in August opened my own massage center with a classmate. 1274016_696811323681250_672805901_o By March, she had backed out of the business and I was on my own with it.  Bill helped me out there with the phones and appointment making.
Being self employed and a small business owner was a struggle and had it’s own challenges.  In April 2014, I rented a room out to another therapist to help lighten the load some.

In June 2014, a lady walked in to buy her husband a gift certificate.  She asked the other therapist if we used essential oils in our sessions.  They said we did.  She asked what kind and was told just was we got from the health food store or our massage supply place.  She asked if we would be interested in hearing about Young Living, and was told that she would have to talk to me.  So, she left her contact info.  

No one knew it, but I’d been thinking about upgrading the quality of essential oils we used. I wanted to offer more value to our clients since we were coming up on our 3rd anniversary. I had heard that Young Living was better but really hadn’t looked into it yet.  So, I called Susan and set up a meeting for the next day.

Susan brought several bottles of oil for me to smell and compare to what I was already using.  There was no comparison!  Young Living smelled way better.  Want to compare for yourself? Just smell the peppermint for Young Living next to the peppermint of another brand.  You’ll smell the difference like I did that day!

10390190_1093654310663614_3453554505902754589_nAfter Susan left, I went online and enrolled with a Premium Starter Kit.  And then shared with the other therapist the information that Susan shared with me.  And we discussed her getting a membership kit as well.

I got my kit about a week later and immediately opened it up and applied the thieves oil to a tooth that needed some oral health support.  To my surprise it started helping right away.  Over the next few days, I researched and tried the oils for different things.  These oils made such a difference in our health and emotional wellness. We were able to handle our work stress and life related stresses so much better. Even Bill’s problems we had been dealing with for years saw massive improvements.

I already knew I was going to do the business side of Young Living.  I had done two other MLM businesses, 1 for over 5 years and with moderate success.  But this was something that would actually HELP people.  This was something that would help my clients enjoy their sessions but was also something they could get and use at home to help their families health and wellness.

So, I started sharing with my clients, friends and massage colleagues.  Within 1 month, I hit Star.  Within 4 months, I hit Senior Star, and in 9 months, I hit Executive.  Our team hit a few snags and stalled for awhile.   I closed my massage center and went mobile. We had to re look at how we do things and make some changes, as well as do some personal growth, but we are starting to move forward again.  I estimate we’ll be a Silver team by the end of Summer and a Gold team by the end of this year.

Young Living Essential Oils gives you the tools to take your life and make what you want.  Want improved health? Want relationships with like minded people? Want a purpose? Want extra money for your family with a work from home business? Want a career where there is no limit on income potential? Want to help causes all over the world? Want FREEDOM?  Rusell201610(27)

YOU CAN HAVE IT! Get started today with a Premium Starter Kit from Young Living Essential Oils.  Get yours here and let me help you along the journey.


So Much More Than A Beach Retreat!

16142473_10209959501362208_8642843101252405241_nIn January, I got to go on a 3 day Leaders retreat with 20+ other leaders in Young Living Essential Oils.  It was at a beautiful beach house in Seagrove, FL and I don’t miss an opportunity to play in the water.

But that retreat did more for me than the soul soothing of the water.  It deepened relationships with my leadership support and with my fellow crossline leaders.  I dug in deeper to business concepts and gained a better understanding of the unlimited possibilities of making a career with Young Living.

Not only did our leadership support share with us, but all of us contributed to our time together. We all shared our struggles and things that have gone well for us.  We shared our dreams and our fears.  We cheered and we prayed for one another.  And we still do even now that the retreat is over.16195168_10209959753221934_2726509669464310477_n

There were many who had to make sacrifices to attend.  Some moms had to leave young babies for the first time.  Some homeschool moms had to rearrange schedules and tag team with other family members.  Some business owners had to rearrange work schedules.  And some plans didn’t quit work out. We had one leader that was in an accident on her way to the retreat. She was not critically injured but was unable to attend the retreat in person.  Our Leadership support set it up so she could join us through live stream.  Isn’t the internet wonderful?!

16406676_10211590867432075_2811326368696531329_nOh and remember the 21 Day Sugar Detox I was doing in January?  I was still on it during this retreat.  The Leadership support made sure there was plenty to eat in the house even for those of us still doing the Sugar Detox!  And we had a few leaders that were responsible for the delicious meals, granted I had to pick and choose from the offerings what I could eat.  But our Leaders thought of everything!

This retreat was so needed and has breathed new life into so many of us.  We didn’t want to leave and can’t wait til the next one!  It really emphasized One Dream. One Vision. One Team. One Mission. 16265726_10210413053554002_6340277271018502795_n

Living a life of wellness, purpose and abundance.  I couldn’t ask to be part of a better business. So looking forward to what is in store for the rest of 2017!



The Struggle Is REAL!

You know, gut health is so important. It is a major player in your body’s immune system.  The foods we eat majorly affect our gut.  A sluggish gut equals a sluggish immune system. Which can lead to missed work, missed school, missed recreational activities, and money being shelled out left and right.

That is why proactively supporting you gut is so important!  I just finished a 5 Day Cleanse as my first thing in 2017 to support mine.  I used a meal replacement shake with a superfruit wholebody nutritional supplement. I was also supposed to use a digestive support capsule but I ended up not having a bottle of it like I thought I did.

I did the shake and nutritional supplement three times a day as my meals. The products I used were in serving pouches so it was very convenient with my work travel. I mixed it all together with bottled water in a shaker bottle. So quick and easy!

Since I didn’t have the digestive capsule(and because I didn’t want too bad of a caffeine withdrawal headache 😉 ) I had 1 cup of coffee every morning. I slowly stepped down my amount of sugar in it each day since I start a 21 Day Sugar Detox right after the Cleanse. It worked! My bowels worked and no headache!

You’re allowed 3 snacks between shakes. I didn’t always need them.  But as a snack, I had 1/4 cup of raw whole almonds and 8oz of water.  And if I had any cravings, i drank more water. It helps!

Now the struggle is REAL if you get around delicious smelling food.  My husband ate two meals in front of me and felt bad about it. From then on, he only ate sandwiches around me. By day 5 the smell of the bread had me salivating.  More water and almonds to the rescue!

All in all, it comes down to willpower and determination.  It’s a head game you have to master. And be determined to follow through with something you know you need.  Now let’s hope my will power and determination can hold out against pasta, breads, and sweets for the 21 Day Sugar Detox!

I’ll let you know how that goes along the way. 

New You Kit For 2017

Well, it is that time again to say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new one.  I no longer make resolutions for New Years.  Instead, I make goals and put a plan together to meet those goals.  My success rate is so much higher this way.

I have a few goals this year. One of which is to get better at supporting my digestive system.  Gut health is so important and mine can use a little bit of help. So, I have put a few minor goals as steps in my plan to achieve this goal.  The first of which was to look at my essntial oils starter kit.  I wanted to see what I already have that will help me support my digestive system, as well as help me with my other goal of getting in better physical shape.  

Here is what I learned about the 11 essentials oils that come in the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living.

DiGize Vitality – 

  • Supports the respiratory and digestive systems. Supports normal detoxification of and healthy elimination of the body.
  • Add 2 drops with honey to a hot tea 
  • Add 1 drop with 4 drops of olive oil or grapeseed oil in a gel capsule before meal.
  • Contains the Naturally Occurring Constituents menthol, citrol and zingiberene.  Do an internet search to learn about the powerful properties of these constituents!

Thieves Vitality– 

  • Add 1-2 drops with honey to a hot tea.
  • Add 2 drops with 8 drops of olive or grapeseed oil in a gel capsule upto 3 times daily to help support a healthy immune system.
  • Add 1 drop of Thieves to 2 drops of Orange Vitality as a refreshing flavor to complement your favorite beverage.
  • Add 1 drop to a cup of warm water as part of a wellness regimen.
  • Contains the Naturally Occurring Constituents Limonene, eugenol, & eucalyptol.  Do an internet search to learn about the powerful properties of these constituents!
  • Supports the immune and digestive systems.

Peppermint Vitality– Supports healthy digestion. supports gastrointestinal system comfort, Supports healthy bowel function, and opens respiratory channels to breath deeply.

  • Apply 1 drop to the roof of mouth for good breath and to support healthy digestion(also clears your head and supports focus).
  • Add 1 drop to glass or stainless steel water bottle for gastrointestinal comfort.
  • Add 1 drop to your pre-workout beverage.
  • Add 1 drop with 4 drops of olive or grapeseed oil in a gel capsule as a daily dietary supplement as overall support for healthy digestive system comfort.

Lemon Vitality– Supports 5 of the body systems: Circulatory, Urinary, Digestive, Lymphatic, & Immune.  Helps with the body’s normal healthy detoxification process. Supports a healthy body pH level.

  • Add 1 drop to glass or stainless steel bottled water.
  • Add 2-3 drops to your morning smoothie.
  • Add 1-2 drops to glass or stainless steel bowl of water & use as a fruit & veggie rinse.
  • Contains the Naturally Occurring Constituent “Limonene”.  Do an internet search to learn about the powerful properties of this constituent!

Copaiba Vitality– Supports the Respiratory and Lymphatic systems.

  • Add 1-2 drops with honey and warm water to create a tea.
  • Add 1 drop to 4 drops of olive or grapeseed oil in a gel capsule for an important part of a daily health regimen.
  • Contains the naturally occuring constituents of Beta-Caryophyllene & Alpha-humulene. Do an internet search to learn about the powerful properties of these constituents.


  • Apply with coconut or grapeseed oil as a massage after activity.
  • Diffuse to refine your sense of purpose
  • Diffuse during your yoga or exercise practice
  • Diffuse for an uplifting aroma that’s perfect for spiritual connectedness.
  • Rub 1-2 drops on the temples and across forehead.
  • Contains the Naturally Occurring Constituent alpha-pinene.  Do an internet search to learn about the powerful properties of this constituent!


  • Rub on feet or chest before exercising to uplift and inspire.
  • Add to carrier oil to create a spa-like atmosphere with massage.
  • Apply 2 drops to a warm wet towel to use as a hot compress on chest and throat.
  • Diffuse to create a comforting aroma
  • Contains the Naturally Occurring Constituent linalol acetate, linalol, camphene and eucalptol.  Do an internet search to learn about the powerful properties of this constituent!


  • Add to carrier oil and unwind with a neck or back massage.
  • Add 2 drops to Epsom Salt and add to a warm bath at night to unwind.
  • Diffuse to relax and calm
  • Rub 1-2 drops on feet at bedtime


  • Rub on muscles after typical exercise for a calming aroma.
  • Add to coconut oil for a balm that can be used after stretching or exercise
  • Contains the Naturally Occurring Constituents of methyl salicylate, gamma-curcumene, menthol, and eugenol.  Do an internet search to learn about the powerful properties of these constituents!


  • Place 1-2 drops on cotton ball and place in sneakers
  • Mix 6 drops with 4oz of distilled water to spritz on Yogo mat, gym bag, & into air.
  • Add 4 drops to a cup of Epsom Salt for a soothing foot or bath soak.
  • Contains the Naturally Occurring Constituents cineol, neral, and geranial.  Do an internet search to learn about the powerful properties of these constituents!

Stress Away

  • Diffuse or apply to wrists, front and back of neck, and temples throughout the day when you feel the stresses of everyday life.

Ningxia Red– 2 pouches of 2oz samples in kit.

  • Balanced ingredients make Ningxia Red a whole-body nutrient infusion for good health and overall wellness support. Is great for energy support.

So, it looks like I have all that I need in my kit. I’m going to get a bottle of Grapefruit Vitality and add 2 drops if it to 2 drops each of lemon and orange vitality in gel capsules for their support in weight management.  

I also plan to jump start my goal with a 5 day cleanse using Young Living’s Ningxia Red, Digest+Cleanse, & Slique Shakes. Follow me on Facebook for updates on how the cleanse goes. Just hope my marriage survives, since the hubby is not doing the cleanse with me.  He keeps talking about eating steaks every night in front of me.  Not cool man! 

Get your New You kit today by going here and enrolling with a Premium Starter Kit.  Enroll by midnight on December 31, and Young Living will send you a BONUS bottle of Christmas Spirit. Join with me and I’ll send you some reference material and get your FedEx 3-5day shipping cost reimbursed! Bonuses end midnight on December 31, 2016.  Have questions, email me at sharon@triskelionessentials.com

How To Use Essential Oils

When people think about essential oils, most think about them as something to make the room smell good. While that is one benefit from using the oils aromatically, there are so many more uses and benefits. Let’s take a look at the three categories of usage.


Essential oils are first and foremost aromatic substances. Their primary mode of action is aromatic. The next time you drive by a field of fresh peppermint or hike through a pine forest, breathe deeply—you’re experiencing the soul-soothing power of essential oils. But essential oils are more than nice scents; these powerful plant extracts are your path to the lifelong wellness we are committed to helping you discover.

You can use them Aromatically by:

  1. Add 4-6 drops of essential oil in an ultrasonic diffuser.
  2. Drop 2-3 drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and place in your home or car air vents.
  3. Inhale directly from the bottle



When a plant is injured, it releases its essential oil to the wounded area. Therefore, the second mode of action is topical application of the essential oil.

You can use them Topically by:

  1. Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to 1-2 drops of a carrier oil(grape seed, almond, coconut oil, etc) and apply directly to the desired area.
  2. Apply 1-2 drops of essential oils to the corresponding acupressure or Vitaflex points.
  3. For emotional wellbeing, essential oils can be applied to the back of the neck, behind the ears, wrists and over the heart.


PLEASE consult the labels, before using any essential oils Internally. Young Living has recently come out with the Vitality Line. All the essential oils in the Vitality line have a white label and are safe for Internal usage.

  1. Add 1-2 drops of Vitality essential oil to a large glass of ice water(glass or stainless steel containers only!)
  2. Add 2-6 drops of Vitality essential oil to a size 00 capsule and ingest.
  3. Cook with 1-3 drops of Vitality essential oil. They really enhance your favorite dishes!

These are just a few ways for each category of use. Please follow the label usage instructions. Some oils need diluting and the labels will tell you the dilution ratios.

Essential Oils

Have you considered using essential oils in your health and wellness regime? Most people are looking for more natural ways to take care of their family’s health. Many are turning to essential oils for their versatility and ease of use.

Essential oils may have grown in popularity over the last few years but they have a long history of use. They’ve actually been in use since early recorded history, probably even longer. The ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs depicted use of essential oils as medicine. They are mentioned in some of the ancient medical texts of the Chinese and the Greeks. Plus, there are over 188 mentions of the oils in the Holy Bible.

Their versatility and ease of use are a big plus. A single oil can have multiple uses and applications. You can use them Aromatically, Topically or Internally. We only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils if you plan to ingest them. This is due to Young Living’s high quality standards. Research is highly recommended and obtaining a good reference guide is crucial to getting the most benefits from using essential oils. Consider adding essential oils to your health regime to help support your family’s wellness goals.

We became members of Young Living Essential Oils in June 2014.  Since then we’ve slowly changed to a less chemical laden lifestyle.  We’ve changed what we put in and on our bodies and what we use in the environment we live in.  Essential oils have changed our health and wellness so much.  We’d love to discuss with you how they can change your live as well.


For more information on Young Living Essential Oils quality standards, visit www.seedtoseal.com

Most people get started with Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit. You can get your own membership kit here.