So Grateful

So Grateful


When we stop to look back and reflect on 2015, we are humbled and so thankful. The journey has been rich, hard, exciting, challenging, tedious, and devastating … to name a few. We’ve seen days of unimaginable pain and days of exhilarating joy.

Through it all we are learning to cling to one thing … God is good and He knows what is best.

We are so thankful for all of you – our Joyful Vida community. We are continually amazed with the sacrifices you make to care for others.

Thank you for being health-minded. What a privilege it is to be in a community who desires to make the most of our time on this earth.

Thank you for your stewardship. You spread the word about essential oils and the gift God has given us through His plants so well.

Thank you for your friendship – an indescribable gift!

I love this poem and think it captures this year so well:

“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”
― L.R. Knost

With love,
Matt & Sonja

Gentle Babies

Gentle Babies

newbornLast weekend Sarah Bosch presented a topical class in our home called Gentle Babies, after the book written by Young Living Royal Crown Diamond Debra Raybern. The power point she used was created using excerpts from the book, things Sarah has learned with her three children (and one more on the way), and detailed descriptions from products Mary Young used to give birth to her children at age 54 and 57! This new Joyful Vida power point is now ready and available for you to download here for free!

Below are a few nuggets from her presentation:


  • Reduce or eliminate inflammatory foods such as coffee, sugar, wheat, and processed foods.
  • Be in a healthy exercise routine
  • Incorporate more greens into diet: (i.e. green smoothies or juices)
  • Incorporate medicinal teas: (dandelion root, milk thistle & red raspberry leaf tea.)
  • Reduce toxicity in your life (chemical cleaners, BPA)
  • Integrate Essential Oils and Ningxia Red®pregnantmoms
  • Integrate Master Formula Supplement

Essential Oils that support healthy fertility:

  • EndoFlex: spearmint, sage, geranium, myrtle, nutmeg, german chamomile
  • Dragon Time: clary sage, fennel, lavender, marjoram, yarrow, and jasmine
  • Clary Sage
  • Tip: Apply to reproductive vitaflex points on the inside
    and outside of feet.

During Pregnancy:

  • Peppermint for tummy troubles
  • Valor for joint and ligament support
  • Into the Future, Inner Child, and Joy for prayer/emotional preparation for coming changes
  • White Angelica, Peace & Calming, or Gentle Baby for rest and relaxation
  • Brain Power is perfect for inhaling or diffusing to enjoy its uplifting aroma while baby is growing. The blend of essential oils in brain power is great for supporting mental clarity and balancing out thoughts and emotions as you prepare for a new baby in your home.
    TIP: Apply Brain Power topically to moisturize the skin and enjoy its inspiring scent as it promote the mental acuity support that every expecting mama needs.
  • Gentle Babies: a soft, fragrant combination of essential oils designed specifically for mothers and babies. It helps calm emotions during pregnancy and is useful for quieting troubled little ones. It is also soothing to tender skin.
    TIP: Use Gentle Babies with White Angelica Essential Oil in the evenings to promote relaxation and rest.
  • Tender Tush Cream: Great for promoting elasticity when applied to skin

First Trimester

  • Add Power Meal into your daily routine! Great for supporting healthy nutrition for mom and baby as baby grows big and strong.
  • OmegaGize: Combined with the enhancement of essential oils OmegaGize is an omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement that when used daily supports healthy brain development, healthy hormonal function and healthy heart, eye, and joint health.

Second Trimester

  • Adding Super B, Super C and Mineral Essence to your daily routine is a great way to keep healthy and strong as baby secondtrimestercontinues to grow. Super B helps support health and energy levels while Super C continues to boost mama and babies immune system. Adding Mineral Essence insures you are providing all the wondering minerals baby needs to continue to grow.

Third trimester

  • At 36 weeks, begin Claraderm Mist on the perineum.
  • Apply 3-4 times per day to support elasticity during birth

Labor and Birth

  • Use Valor oil on Mom’s feet and back during labor – press in to relieve pressure on low back
  • Cool Azul for aches
  • Frankincense can be added to water birthing tub for added focus & spirituality

Post Partum

  • Claraderm Mist for any soreness: (contains Myrrh Tea Tree, Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile and Helichrysum in a base of fractionated coconut oil.)
  • Gentle Baby to support skin repair
  • Progessence Plus for emotional support mamababy


  • Frankincense diluted is wonderful to anoint baby
  • Maintain healthy soft and smooth skin – Tender Tush
  • Gentle Baby diluted 50/50 is great for a newborn massage!
  • Kidscents products are safe for infants.
  • Best to always dilute with infants/newborns.
  • Vitaflex points on feet are best, so babies cannot put oils into the eyes.
  • 1 diluted drop goes a long way with an infant.
  • Gentle for newborns (dilution recommended): Frankincense, Copaiba, Chamomile,
    Tea Tree & Lavender.
  • Avoid: Wintergreen, Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon Bark, Hyssop.

Toddlers & Childrenhellotoddler

  • Choose non-toxic products to use on your children such as:
    • Young Living KidScents Shampoo, Conditioner, Bath Gel, Lotion and KidScents Toothpaste
    • Mightyzyme Vitamins
    • KidScents Oil Collection is Prediluted: GeneYus, Owie, Bite Buster, TummyGize, SniffleEase, SleepyIze. No dilution required
    • Purification to help deodorize and disinfect (diaper pail)

These tips and many more can be found in the new Gentle Babies powerpoint, available for download here!