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.

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  • 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!


Back to School with Healthy Kids!

Back to School with Healthy Kids!

backtoschoolkidsCool, crisp air has arrived and the leaves have begun to fall. Yellow buses amble through our neighborhoods while the sounds of marching bands fill the  air. Yes, it’s back to school time again and our kids are settling into the joys and pressures of another school year. Many of us have already begun to experience the challenges of transitioning from the carefree summer life of sleeping in, waterparks, and Netflix to the hectic flurry of alarm clocks, homework and extracurricular activities.

This past week Sonja and I hosted a Back to School Class that was chock full of great information geared to help our children deal with the rigors of the school year. Young Living has great products that give our kids the support they need to thrive physically, mentally and emotionally, and be at their best every day! I was amazed to learn that just one drop of an essential oil has 40 million-trillion molecules. Since there are 100 trillion cells in our bodies, just one drop of oil has enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules! (Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple, Dr. David Stewart PhD)

Here are a few more things I took away from Sonja’s presentation:

Immune System:NingxiaWaiter
Young Living has great products to support your child’s immune system to stay healthy & strong:

  • Ningxia Red™: supports all nine bodily systems!
  • Thieves®: Supports the following body systems: Immune System, Digestive System, Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System, Endocrine System
  • Oregano: has wide-reaching health benefits, but is most associated with respiratory and immune system health.
  • TIP: Apply Thieves and Oregano to the bottom of your child’s feet before heading to school each day!

Focus and Clarity:
YL has great products to support your child’s ability to focus and think clearly:

Emotional Health:crying
YL offers these products to support our children emotionally. Our youngest daughter has used these oils to support her mood – she is 13 years old… enough said. The difference they made was almost shocking. Lets just say we knew when she wasn’t using her oils.

Eating a nutritious breakfast with protein and fruit will help your child with concentration and energy.

  • Pack a nutritious lunch that’s sugar free, with complex carbohydrates, protein and veggies.
  • Avoid all processed sugars
  • Remind your child to drink plenty of water, especially after being outside!

Sleep and Rest:
Sleep is so important to help their bodies heal from a stressful day at school.

  • Get your kids into a routine of getting at least 10 hours of sleep. Try to keep the same schedule on weekends if possible.
  • One hour before bed it is helpful to have downtime that consists of:
    • No media – reading instead of TV
    • Lights down low
    • A diffuser filling the air with Peace & Calming™
    • Caffeine can hinder sleep, especially taken in the afternoon or later.

Energy Boost:
Weary and in need of a boost? Try these natural energy products from Young Living instead of soda and sugar drinks. Our girls and their friends love Zyng!

  • NingXia ZYNG is a light, sparkling beverage that delivers a splash of hydrating energy. Fueled by a proprietary blend of pure black pepper and lime essential oils, wolfberry puree, and white tea extract, this blend is a unique, delicious, and refreshing experience. No artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives, just hydrating energy with natural lime and black pepper essential oils, light carbonation and only 35 calories. Kids love it!!
  • Ningxia Nitro™ combines 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils (vanilla, chocolate, yerba mate, spearmint, peppermint, wolfberry) with naturally powerful ingredients (green tea, bilberry, Korean ginseng, blueberries, cherries, B vitamins & more) to lift mental clarity and focus while also providing a surge of energy when needed! Enhances athletic endurance and performance. This is a great natural pick-me up!

Everything starts in the gut!mightyzyme

  • KidScents® MightyZyme is an all-natural, vegetarian, chewable tablet designed to address each of the digestive needs of growing bodies and assist normal digestion of all foods.
  • Life 5™ is a high-potency probiotic that provides five clinically proven probiotic strains including two advanced super strains to enhance intestinal health, sustain energy and improve immunity.

It’s the little things than can help keep illness-causing germs away:

  • Washing hands and using Thieves hand sanitizer often throughout the day
  • Drink water out of your own cup or bottle – do not share.

Little ones:
Young Living has formulated gentler blends, mild and easy to use for the little ones:

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy school year!


The New Ningxia … Even Better than We Thought

The New Ningxia … Even Better than We Thought


Recently, a group of eager Joyful Vidians spent several days and hours reading, researching and exploring the profound secrets of a mysterious red liquid with a curious name and an uncanny ability to support every system in our bodies with just a single ounce a day, in most cases.

Our goal for this investigation was to create an efficient, informative, compliant, and highly helpful power point that would make it easy for our JV community to share the goodness of NingXia with friends, co-workers and strangers.

Mission accomplished! The new Joyful Vida NingXia Red™ power point is available and ready for you to download!

Even though we were already singers in the NingXia Red choir, what we discovered in the process of our little research project was shocking …

NingXia Red™ is even more system supporting, energy giving, and health and vitality boosting amazing than we thought!

In fact, Sonja and I have become such believers in the radical benefits of this wonder juice that we won’t let our daughters out of the house in the morning without taking their 1 oz. shot. To us that is akin to heading out to war without your armor. You’re better off forgetting your pants than your NingXia!ningxiaprovince

NingXia combines a whole truckload of powerful whole-body nutrients that replenish energy levels and support every system in your body. The most awe-inspiring ingredient is the extraordinary wolfberry from the Chinese NingXia province. This dynamic berry seems almost too good to be true. Growing in a flood plain sourced from the Himalayan Mountains, known to be one of the riches sources of minerals and organic nutrients found on earth, this berry is literally bursting with unusually high nutritional, system supporting and antioxidant properties.

The NingXia province is considered a “blue zone,” or an area where people live to be 100 years old feeling vital and strong. The NingXia province boasts more healthy 100 yr. olds than anywhere else in China. These NingXia centurions attribute their health and wellness to a diet of between 1 and 2 lbs. of local wolfberries each day.

By the way, just one ounce of NingXia Red is the equivalent of two lbs. of wolfberries!

wolfberriesSo why is the wolfberry and Ningxia Red so helpful to your body systems?

  • NingXia provides a natural source of calcium, magnesium, Vitamin B, and antioxidants.
  • NingXia contains a great whole food source of protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins.
  • NingXia contains therapeutic grade essential oils of yuzu, lemon, tangerine and orange.
  • NingXia contains natural antioxidants which protect the body against free radicals. It is free radicals that create cell oxidation; therefore Ningxia Red may help prevent against oxidative stress.
  • NingXia contains the highest levels of naturally occurring, age defying S-ORAC activity. Studies have shown that S-ORAC supports cardiovascular health, supports healthy immune function and supports healthy eye function.
  • NingXia may assist in helping your body detox on a daily basis.
  • NingXia provides a natural form of energy without sugar, caffeine or other artificial stimulants.
  • NingXia only contains 20 calories per 1 ounce serving! 0 grams of Fat; 5 grams of Total Carbohydrates; 2 grams of all-natural sugar (none added); and less than 5 mg of Sodium!
  • NingXia is Halal and Kosher certified and has a fantastic, fruity taste with no “junk-juice” (e.g., apple, white grape, pear, etc.) or added sugar.

In other words, NingXia Red can increase energy, support normal vision health, normal heart health, muscle, bone & joint health, healthy sexual function, blood sugar stabilization, healthy weight, healthy memory function, healthy immune system, and healthy liver & kidneys … just to name a few.

All of this can be achieved with one oz. of NingXia Red™ each day. At only $1.40 per ounce, you can get the same vital daily nutrition that the 100-year-old NingXia blue zoners consume for less than the cost of a cup of coffee! If you are not already having a shot a day … what are you waiting for?

Experiencing Clove Essential Oil

Experiencing Clove Essential Oil


I love the fragrance of Clove essential oil! It is sweet and spicy and very uplifting. Clove is an ingredient in Young Living’s Thieves oil blend because is has such high immune building properties. It is actually used by dentists as well to numb gums because it contains eugenol. Clove is the highest-scoring single ingredient ever tested for its antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale and may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods.

An ounce of clove oil has the antioxidant capacity of 450 lbs. of carrots, 120 quarts of blueberries or 48 gallons of beet juice! Wowza!!

Clove is a immune stimulant.  It is one of the highest sources of manganese you’ll find. Manganese is vital for metabolism, contributes enzymes, promotes bone strength, and also adds to clove’s high ORAC antioxidant value.

Magnesium, calcium, vitamins C and K also make strong appearances in clove. Clove is high in fiber also. Omega-3 is in abundance in clove as well as many phytonutrients that enhance the immune system. Clove greatly boosts your humoral immunity, which protects your blood and tissues.

Application:  rubbed directly around tooth, place on tongue with finger to remove desire to smoke, and/or placed on back of tongue to fight cough sensation.  This can be taken in a capsule or diluted with 1 tsp honey or in 4 oz of beverage.

– Written by Tara Pinho, Joyful Vida Contributor

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Ningxia Red – What’s All the Hype?

Ningxia Red … What’s all the Hype?

Heart racing, head pounding, crying hysterically, feeling like everything was crashing down around me. That was me on March 31st of this year.

After cooking for three private chef gigs in a row (resulting in five 14-16 hour days on my feet) I hit the proverbial wall. I felt like a truck had hit my entire body and I slept for almost 24 hours straight. For a person who rarely gets more than seven hours, that was a big clue that something was wrong. When I did finally make myself get up I realized something was majorly askew in my body. I was starving but felt nauseous and didn’t want to eat anything. My heart was racing madly and I was constantly feeling anxious.  But rather than recognize what the problem was and caring or myself, I went right back into my normal routine of cooking for my clients for that week.

On March 31, however, I went to my friend’s house (the original Joyful Diva) and we went for a walk. By the end of the walk, I had held it in long enough. Due to the news that several people I knew were being diagnosed with cancer or had even recently died, I burst into tears out of fear for my and my family’s health. I told my friend how I was feeling physically and she could clearly see my emotional state. She did what friends do and consoled me, but then she casually said, “Why don’t you try some of my Ningxia Red to help support your body?”

I already had tried it.

Last May 2013 when we were packing up the moving truck to move from Northern California back to my home state, I ordered 30 Ningxia Red Packets.

Why? Because I knew about the potency of the delicious red drink and how it could support your immune system. I also knew we would be traveling, four of us in a small car for three days, and staying in 3 or 4 hotel rooms where who knows what might be lurking germwise. So we all took a shot of Ningxia Red everyday. Sometimes a whole packet each.

It seemed like a good thing on the road, but I decided the expense of it overshadowed the effects since I couldn’t overtly see any changes and I stopped taking it. Fast forward a year and I now order 4 big bottles every month.

You see that day in March I went from being a complete mess with a racing heartbeat & anxious-filled soul to feeling completely normal and at peace in 30 minutes. I didn’t go to a therapist, I didn’t do any chants or yoga, I simply drank 2 ounces of this delicious, sweet-tart juice called Ningxia Red or as my hilarious Mom calls it, Ninja Juice.

You can go to this page and get more info but for now, bullet points:

  • Protection Against Superoxide and Other Free Radicals
  • Helps extend Cell Life
  • Supports Immunity and Promotes Anti-aging
  • Protects Cells from Oxidation
  • Plus, it tastes so great that my kids recently (like two days ago) asked me if we could stop ordering their other supplements and just take Ningxia Red. It’s sweetened with stevia so there are no weird sugars that you get in gummies or other vitamins so I’m really ok with that request.

It’s totally worth every penny. Check it out and see what you think!

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Oils that Come in “Handy”

Oils that Come in “Handy”

matthand2 The strong scent of alcohol and latex stung my nose as I sat helplessly waiting on the examining room table. Scissoring the air violently, my knees attempted to cut the growing tension that enveloped me like a London fog. In minutes a summer nightmare would become reality.

Finally, the doc strolled in with x-rays in hand. His droopy eyes and crooked smile were all I needed to see. Yep, my right hand would indeed spend its July and August disguised as a giant plaster club – a black prison without parole that would keep me from beloved seasonal pastimes like golf, swimming, water volleyball … and showering. Friends and family alike would spend their days frolicking joyfully in the sun, while I sat in the dark and distant melancholy shade, a wool shawl draping my shoulders and a plaid blanket on my legs. Poor me …

The first part of July I fell and fractured the 5th metacarpal of my right hand in two places. No, I wasn’t running with the bulls in Pamplona or saving Fluffy from a burning apartment building. I was mowing the freaking lawn for crying out loud! Apparently, navigating a mower on a steep, wet hill near a stone wall with tread bare sneakers is a bad idea. As I lay writhing in pain in the wet grass, my spirits sunk lower than the kneecaps of the grasshoppers that swarmed all around me, mocking me with their little chirps and whatnot. I knew this was probably more than a bruise.

But that was then.

Here it is today, two months later and I sit busily typing at my keyboard (another thing I will never take for granted again). Unencumbered by plaster and feeling stronger every day it felt like a good time to reflect on the positives of this otherwise painful experience. One thing is for sure, I have gained an even greater love, respect, and appreciation for Young Living Essential Oils through this ordeal. I mean, I’ve slathered so much oil on my right hand the past month you could probably wring it out and fill a five gallon bucket or two.

The day I got the cast, I set an unrealistic goal to play in a golf outing I had scheduled with my buddies in Minnesota. But six weeks and change from the accident just isn’t enough time for this to happen under normal circumstances – especially for a 46-year old male.

However, most of those guys don’t have the amazing new buddies I discovered in my time of need – tireless companions fully on board with the task of helping me reach my goal. They daily came to my aid, giving my body what it needed. They lifted my spirits and became life-long friends in the process. Their names are Copaiba, Helichrysum, Palo Santo, and Aroma Siez. They go by PanAway, Lavender, Valor, Joy and Peppermint. I rubbed these gems on daily with no particular rhyme, reason or recipe and they did the rest. I gulped down three Sulfurzyme® capsules, one BLM™ capsule and an ounce of Ningxia Red® twice a day and experienced dramatic improvement. I am so grateful for these friends. They are gifts from God, faithful and true.

So what about the golf outing? I believe that these Young Living products were a huge reason why I was not only able to play, but complete 72 holes of golf in three days! This was just three days after being in a cast for six weeks!

This feat was nothing short of miraculous as the doc had prohibited me from doing anything but maybe a little putting practice in a brace for another 3 weeks! hard-of-hearing1I must have been suffering from hearing loss as well as I didn’t seem to hear those instructions. Maybe I need to rub my friend Helichrysum in my ears – ha!

– Written by Matt Bomhoff, Joyful Vida Founder

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Fruitful Life

Fruitful Life

lavenderLast Saturday morning, Sonja and I and 300-plus people donning red polo shirts and buzzing with excitement squeezed into a not-quite-big-enough cabin at D. Gary Young’s lavender, melissa and tansy farm in St. Maries, Idaho. In these cozy quarters I began meeting people from all over the world … a man from Czech Republic, a woman from Australia, a couple from the UK. Beautiful faces of seemingly every race and tongue had traveled from Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South America, and beyond – their unique voices and languages joining together to create a roar of energy and anticipation that bounced off the timber beams like rubber balls.

This was farm day for the 2014 Young Living Silver Retreat, a reward for distributors who had achieved the rank of Silver in the past year.

I was eager to hear from Dr. Young on his home turf. Having grown up farming and logging in the mountains of Challis, Idaho, Gary began to discover a passion for growing plants to produce his own essential oils. Cramming in with this eager group of oilers was no big deal for Gary, who was raised in a 30×30-foot log cabin without running water and electricity. To him, this was home and his relaxed countenance and attitude set everyone at ease.

His smile was ear to ear as he began addressing current challenges and exciting developments in and around his farms and seeds and oils and dirt – the things he is most passionate about. He went into detail about dreams he had some twenty some years ago that planted this vision in his heart. He humbly shared his gratitude for how this vision has grown from a 1/8-acre test-plot of ground in Spokane to thousands of acres under cultivation in Mona, Utah; Simiane La–Rotonde, France; St. Maries and Naples, Idaho; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Salalah, Oman; and his newest farms in Peru and Canada.

Then, in mid-sentence, he paused, his face moving slowly downward. Silence filled the room as his face strained and tears filled his eyes. Struggling for words, he fought to continue through trembling lips.

“I’ll tell you what makes all of this possible. I listen to the Father … and I speak to Him just like I speak to you. I tell Him about my dreams … and He shows me what they mean. He gives me crazy ideas and I trust in Him. I believe that this is why Christ came to the earth … to make a way for us to have relationship with the Father. This is how I live my life. He wants to partner with us because He loves us and loves being with us … I don’t mean to offend anyone, but this is my life.”

All across the room hands were busy wiping away tears and reaching for tissue. Gratitude and awe permeated the room like dense morning fog. Sniffles and sighs were the only sounds breaking the silence in this holy moment.

In this deep place of peace that only His Presence creates, I heard a voice and verse:

I am the Vine itself, you are the branches. It is the man who shares my life and whose life I share who proves fruitful. – John 15:5 (JB Phillips translation).


– Written by Matt Bomhoff, Joyful Vida Founder

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