A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

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Earlier today, I was listening to one of Lindsey Elmore’s video where she was saying how she was often criticized for her diet: too vegan, not enough vegan, too many supplements, not enough supplements, same with oils, etc. I loved when she described herself as a flexitarian, which I realized was not really an invented word, but one that seemed widespread on the web:

noun: a person who has a primarily vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat or fish

I am exactly that, a flexitarian! A flexitarian when it comes to my meal choices but also when it comes to my life choices. I believe one has to be a flexitarian to be in the present moment and to truly enjoy what life can offer each of us. For example, I am currently on a ‘ReBoot’ lifestyle diet but I choose where and when to deviate from it. And, by being flexible in my choices and with myself, I am on a true winning path. Not only have I lost 15 lbs of extra fat, my body and mind feel leaner and free: free of extra fat cells but also free of negative emotions.

Every day I encounter roadblocks that show themselves in all kinds of ways. These days, it is mostly with The Rolling Barber and with my YL business. The Rolling Barber (the non-profit organization that I founded in early 2018 to offer free haircuts for those in need) is running on empty and I can’t seem to find a way to find the necessary funds.

On the other hand, as much as I believe in YL products, I find it extremely difficult to share with others and incite them to join my tribe. My network is relatively small and it seems most of my close friends and family have joined YL, love the products themselves but have no wish to share with others. My pay went from $765 to $528 to only $145 last month as my members are not expanding and I cannot for the life of me find additional members. And, since I was hoping to use part of the YL commissions for The Rolling Barber, I’m stuck in a conundrum.

To be flexible is, in my opinion, to be true to yourself and others with your views and values. In this perspective, I need to be honest and say that YL products are expensive. I won’t say you are not using them correctly if you find them expensive then explain how very little goes a long way (like many representatives of other products do… Arg!). Actually, as I side note, I loathe when people break down the cost of an expensive product and end up saying, ‘so it only costs you pennies a day’. Well no, it doesn’t really. You need to make the initial investment which you may choose to put on credit and most of the time, you need to repeat this several months before it actually ‘pays out’.

Yes, YL products last a very long time because every single one of them may be diluted and spending a little more for a natural, non-toxic product makes total sense to me. Also, replacing regular products you were using with YL ones doesn’t require additional funds, it only diverts them to YL, but you are paying a shipping fee + taxes which you wouldn’t otherwise.

I do wonder, I must say, why people seem to so easily accept rhetoric from someone saying their product costs ‘pennies a day’ or ‘the cost of one coffee a day’. But, at the end of the day, I need to be true to myself and I prefer saying that it is an investment. Same goes for The Rolling Barber where I need to accept that not everyone is willing to help out his or her community.

Recently, The Ottawa Mission requested to feature us in their next impact report. They asked me what have we learned in my time with the Mission and what does it mean to us to provide these services to vulnerable members of our community. I responded that our clients from the Mission have taught us humility and the power of appreciating every moment of the present. I also wrote that, for us, a community is the sum of all its constituents. When one of its members struggles, another should be there to help. We hope our bus brings some hope to those in need.

Maybe this will help us raise funds, but in the end, I have decided to accept come what may. I will be flexible in the outcome of The Rolling Barber and in my YL business. Yes, I would love people to join my tribe* and yes, I would love people to freely donate to The Rolling Barber so we may be able to complete our second year of operations, but I have to accept that this may not be in the books and I have to be flexible enough to be ok with it and not to berate myself for it.

I love how my cousin who went through many difficult moments last year puts it. She posted this:


I would say ‘Be Flexible with Yourself and Others’ and not only will you accept what comes your way, but you will also be more understanding of how you see others.


*my YL business has been put under my company name of The Writing Hummingbird. TWH is my primary business for my editing contracts. NaturOil Woman is the sub-business name which I would have liked to feature on my YL profile, but unfortunately, this couldn’t happen since my primary account in under The Writing Hummingbird. Flexibility in point haha


As I mentioned in my One Oil, One Use videos of Day 90 & 91, here is the YL Letting Go protocol summarized. Don’t hesitate to reach out personally to me for the full description.

It is important to be in a quiet place and setting – find your meditation spot!

Step 1. Valor Apply 3-6 drops on each foot and top of shoulders, then cup hands and breath in the beautiful strength-giving aroma.

Step 2. Harmony Apply a drop on each of the chakra points.

Step 3. Sacred Frankincense Place this oil on temples, back of neck, top of head, and over the heart.

Step 4. 3 Wise men Place 2-3 drops on the crown of the head.

Step 5. Release Rub 1-2 drops over the front and back of liver area in a circular motion.

Step 6. Idaho Balsam Fir Rub a drop on the brain stem and under the nose.

Step 7. Inner Child (essential step to achieving emotional balance) Apply 1 drop under the nose and 1 drop around the navel.

Step 8. Forgiveness Apply 1-2 drops around the navel and massage in a clockwise motion.

Step 9. Grounding Apply 1-2 drops to the back of the neck and on the sternum.

Step 10. Hope Massage 1 drop on the outer edge of each ear.

Step 11. Joy Apply 1-2 drops over the heart area and massage in a clockwise motion.

Step 12. Present Time Apply 1-2 drops on the thymus (top of the sternum) in a circular motion.

Step 13. SARA Apply 1 drop over the energy centers (chakras), navel, and chest.

Step 14. White Angelica Apply 1-2 drops on the crown and on the shoulders.

Step 15. Take time while still in the quiet, meditative space and select an oil or oil blend of your choice to enhance this process. I am personally choosing Abundance for its energy around prosperity and plenitude.


A few days after writing part 1, I decided to contact a nutritionist to help put me on the right path in terms of my overall health, but also in terms of my allergies and my wacky hormones. So, almost two weeks ago, I started a three-week rebalancing lifestyle of no dairy, no alcohol, no grain, and no sugar. With the amazing meal plan given to me by my nutritionist, I feel much healthier with no cravings and, most importantly, no regrets!

It’s not always 100 % easy as my family will still have the odd piece of cheese or bread, but overall, I must admit, we are all the better for this new lifestyle meal plan. I have also modified my supplements slightly by taking 1 YL chewable Super C and 2 YL Sulfurzyme with my breakfast every morning, then enzyme supplements at lunch (presently Candaclear, but will be moving over to YL Essentialzymes-4 after my rebalancing period) and finally 1 YL Life-9 probiotic at night.

I start my day with a Fat Coffee. Yes, I am finally on the fat coffee wagon haha! Since I like my coffee black, I was quite reticent to start this trend, but it has given me the fat content and energy I needed (not counting the all-important collagen that I add to it). There are many pros and cons of doing this, but rest assured that I don’t replace my breakfast with my fat coffee. I simply start my day with a fat coffee, help everyone get out the door, then make myself a sustainable breakfast.

Here is my recipe for Fat Coffee:

1 cup organic coffee
1 1/2 tbsp collagen powder
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp full fat coconut milk

It truly is a delicious way to get a boost of beneficial fats as well as improve my skin, joint health, and gastrointestinal health with the collagen I add.


Now on to the Soap conundrum to which I alluded in part 1 of this blog post. Soap is definitely something we use way too often in my opinion. But don’t only take my word for it, read Beyond Soap by Dr. Sandy Skotnicki or the hundreds of research papers on the subject. Many ‘soaps’ will kill the correct proportion of bacteria on your skin that lets it regulate itself and that acts as a necessary barrier to environmental toxins. Even with ‘non-stripping’ soaps, it is not necessary to wash twice a day and certainly not washing twice in a row to ‘remove’ the impurities.

Again, your face, like the rest of your body regulates itself and the oil that is secreted by your pores ‘wash’ your face completely naturally. I am not saying to never wash yourself (although some people are certainly doing this and only using water – read about the ‘no poo’ movement where people are no longer using any type of shampoo!!), but what I am saying, is to do so with the knowledge that we have been indoctrinated for years by soap commercials and ads.

I cannot tell you how frustrated I become when someone is trying to sell me on a double wash, be it for my hair or face. My face and hair look healthy (actually the healthiest they have been in a long time) and still, someone who is looking right at me, will try to sell me on the idea that I should double wash every evening and again in the morning! Why is that, if not for an extra buck in their pocket? I really do hope it has to do with the fact that they truly believe this is the best way to go about and nothing else. But please take the time to read the research. Yes, research changes, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t listen to it. We are all learning new and better ways to manage our bodies everyday and science simply proves this.

Next up will be the amazing ‘Letting Go’ essential oil protocol I have been reading about.

Stay well and healthy and have yourselves a wonderful weekend!


I don’t think anyone would say “Healthy lifestyle? Nope, not for me!” 🙂 I believe everyone wants (and needs!) a healthy lifestyle, but most don’t think they have the time nor the energy to invest in making it happen.

I totally understand this as I, myself, have days of running around like a chicken with its head cut off (such a terrible analogy… especially for a vegetarian haha) and can’t imagine adding an extra task to my day, even if it is to simply fill my diffuser.

So, believe me, I fully understand just how busy everyone’s life is. And, as I was saying in my Day 82 video, this is not always a bad thing. I love to be busy all the time. I love to accomplish long lists of to-dos and always have something on the back-burner, but accomplishing a healthy lifestyle does not mean adding to your list of to-dos, it simply means to do things differently.

Let’s take a normal weekday morning. Most of us will wake up, wash, go down to eat breakfast, clean the dishes and table, brush their teeth and be off to work. What would a healthy lifestyle mean for these people? Well, it would be to use a natural face wash and soap (if using soap at all*), then possibly adding a drop of cinnamon in your morning coffee or adding a drop of lemon to your glass of water, using a natural spray for the table or counter, brushing your teeth with a natural toothpaste and possibly infusing it with orange oil for a whitening effect.

Same goes for supplements. I used to take evening primrose oil for my hot flashes, vitamin D because there just isn’t enough sun year-round in Ottawa and glucosamine for my joints. Now I chomp down on a vitamin D & C as I wake up and swallow Sulfurzyme & Omegagize as I eat breakfast. My routine is essentially the same, but I feel a thousand times better.

I wish I would have more time right this instant so I could go on as to what it means in terms of new products to add to your routine as replacement of others, but that will to go in a separate post since off I am again to cross out another to-do item on my list. 🙂

I wish you all a gorgeous sunny day like it is currently in Ottawa and hope you will take the first step in changing your lifestyle to a more healthy you. Cheers!

*stay tuned for part 2 where I will talk about soap in all its definitions


Whether Albert Einstein said this or not, I think it is safe to assume that Energy in its physical sense exists, and is relational to everything around us.

Until very recently, when ‘Energy’ was used in any way apart from its purely physical sense, it was mostly ridiculed. Even today, when we talk of ‘healing energy’, most tend to dismiss it.

I come from a scientific and philosophical background where science definitely takes the central stage but where I believe we, as a society, still have lots to discover. To me, energy lives in harmony with its environment. Why don’t we open our minds to what could be?

I think we can all agree that the mind is a truly powerful entity. Whether used for good or bad, it regulates our emotions and rationale which leads to a healthy state… or not.

Now I won’t go into scientific details for lack of time as well as knowledge, but I will copy a few extracts from other sources.

More on the scientific side:

The scientists discovered that the observed vibrations are connected with the cardiovascular system, which has its own proper movements occurring simultaneously with the work of the heart. Three types of infrasonic vibrations were registered. Waves of the first type are connected with the heartbeat; the second with the human respiratory rhythm; the third, called Traube-Hering waves, with states of emotional tension. Thus, it could be possible to judge the human emotional state via the amplitude frequency response of these waves. Phys.org

And more on the metaphysical side:

Energy is a theme that permeates many areas of complementary health care, including Reiki. For historic and emotional reasons, two key words have not been mentionable in polite academic research society: “energy” and “touch.” Hence it is not surprising that Reiki therapy has been neglected by mainstream biomedical science.

This picture is changing rapidly because of exciting research from around the world. The tale of how concepts of “healing energy” have swung from suspicion and ridicule to respectability is one of the most fascinating and clinically significant stories that can be told. reiki.org 

If you allow yourself to see some truth in this, here is a list of oils, with their frequencies. You decide whether you believe interacting frequencies can harmonize our body, but one way or the other, I hope I have opened up your mind to this possibility.

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There is SO much information out there and if you are like me, you have been on and off supplements basically all your life. I did learn a few things recently like it is best to take your probiotic at night. Now, a probiotic is made up of live microorganisms which need warmth and food to thrive. So, taking a probiotic first thing in the morning is not optimal, even if some experts still say it is. Others will say to take it last thing before going to bed, but I choose to take it after my last meal of the day, maybe within 30 minutes or so believing that the microorganisms will survive in greater number especially as the stomach’s pH is much less acidic at that time.

But apart from this, I am still a bit torn on multivitamins and how much/when to take vitamins. What about fat soluble vs water soluble one? I have always been told that if I stick with a vegetarian diet, I must take vitamin B supplements. I have been a vegetarian for over 18 months now (did have fish a few times when out in a restaurant) but as of my last blood test, I am not vitamin B deficient. I did choose, however, to purchase the super B supplement from Young Living as I know it is a water-soluble vitamin and I will simply pee out what my body does not absorb. Vitamin C is another water-soluble vitamin that I will start taking shortly (well, as soon as my order arrives hahaha). And why, say you, am I upping my vitamin supplements lately? I have been reading and listening to doctors say just how vitamin deficient many of us are, so I would rather waste a bit of money peeing out some vitamins rather than living with a deficiency.

Apart from my probiotic that I take in the evening, and my current vitamin B that I take early in the day, I also add two Sulfurzymes and two evening primrose oil supplement every day. The evening primrose oil I took to control my perimenopause symptoms, but I have very recently decided to stop taking them as my symptoms have drastically diminished since adding Progessence Plus to my routine (have a look at Dan Purser MD talk on YouTube regarding Progesterone – it’s about 50 minutes long but it is very informative).

Is there another supplement that I should take? Apart from the antioxidant drink Ningxia Red that I take every day? Well, I have just watched Lindsey Elmore’s talk on supplements and there seem to be four supplements that she just wouldn’t go without 1) Sulfurzyme, 2) Ningxia Red, 3) Master Formula, 4) Essentialzyme.

I will certainly read more on digestive enzymes, but as I am looking for a sustainable optimal protocol for my body, I am on the hunt for information of all kinds. Please share your supplement protocols as well as your tried-and-true methods if any.


Spice up your life I say, and what better way than to spice it up with cinnamon!

Here’s a fun 2016 article on 10 Reasons You Need to Add Cinnamon to Your Coffee as well as the one from the Huffington Post to which it refers.

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This is my favourite mug 🙂 I brought it back from Lisbon in 2017. Fábrica is this wonderful small roaster where baristas from all walks of life serve you coffee in a very retro-chic bar atmosphere. If you ever find yourself in Portugal, Fábrica is a must in my opinion!!

Oh, how I miss touring Portugal and Spain…







No, I’m not talking about the rose oil, unfortunately. One day, I will have saved enough to buy such a precious oil, but today, I’m talking CLEANSE. A cleanse can mean many different things to many different people. Now, I won’t go into all the intricacies of a cleanse here, but I will underline a few points and the rest you can easily find on your own 🙂

    1. Everyone needs a cleanse, especially as the body ages and the toxins accumulate.
    2. It has never been more important to maintain a fully-functioning, healthy liver.
    3. Let’s focus on alkalinity – many researchers believe that most diseases can be linked to blood and intestinal acidity.
    4. The ideal program and the frequency can vary significantly from one to another. Discipline & water are key elements (and chlorinated tap water is a whole different post!).
    5. Fasting has been dubbed ‘nature’s single-greatest healing therapy’ and one can cleanse completely through fasting, but very few people can sustain this for an extended period of time.
    6. 00100lPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20190304203809148_COVERThe Master Cleanse (or Lemonade diet), which is delicious in my opinion, provides certain nutrients to sustain the body and help with the cleansing.
      1. for each 8-oz glass, squeeze juice from 1/2 fresh organic lemon
      2. add 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
      3. add up to 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
      4. fill glass with distilled water
    1. Depending on your blood type*, your intake of this cleanse may vary.

*This I have to read up on since I never gave blood-type related food and such much credibility.

For more information and more cleanse recipes, see Aroma Cleanse from Life Science Publishing (Aroma series booklets).


March is finally here and Spring cleaning is on the mind of many… even if snow banks around our house are still taller than most middle school children. This being said, I’m in Montreal this weekend and a change in scenery is just what I needed. Best of all, it’s 5 degrees today (that’s Celsius my American friends 🙂 ).

Soooooooo Spring cleaning, for me, is now synonym with Thieves and I just can’t believe I have cleaned my house (and I’m like a super scrubber!) for years (YEARS!) with non-natural toxic products. From the floors to counters to our clothes, my family has been exposed to SO much toxicity in the past.

Just recently, I had the conversation, once more, concerning skin and the fact that people believe it is a barrier against toxins. Skin, our largest organ, is porous and very much absorbs whatever you put on it. How else do you explain, for example, hormone patches? If the skin did not absorb what is placed on it, how would the hormones in patches work?

But, we learn every day, and it is what we do with that information which is important. So please ditch those toxic non-natural, non-plant-based products and do that Spring Clean Bonanza with green products you trust.

Late next week, I will be making Thieves recipes at my place with my family-in-law. It is so amazing that so many of them are looking into changing their cleaning habits and going for Thieves products. One of my aunt-in-law just joined YL and bought the Thieves Starter kit. I can’t wait to show her just how many wonderful products she can make with her kit! Check out my recipes page for just some of my (and others in my tribe) concoctions. They ALL clean thoroughly while smelling heavenly.


Funny that even after almost 22 years, I’m still happy to rub my husband’s head with a serum every night to help with hair growth or simply to give him a nice scalp massage. Don’t get me wrong, many times I wish I could squeeze him in the compost bin and leave the bin and him out on the streets, but most days he makes me laugh and I love the fact that he embraces my crazy ideas and is always willing to go along.

When I proposed to him that I wanted to start adopting and sharing the principles of Young Living, he was quite skeptical. But as I started changing our habits and incorporating supplements while eliminating toxins, he embraced it full heartedly and now drinks his 2 tablespoons of camel milk every day even if he says it tastes like sand (which it truly does not hahaha). Now camel milk has nothing to do with Young Living per se, but as we change our health habits to better more educated choices, things like camel milk make their way to our homes. 🙂

After only three months of having adopted Young Living into our lives, he thinks of oils before going for ibuprofen when an ailment hits. Soon, I think I’ll have him take detox baths, but one thing at a time. My teenagers are a bit harder to crack, but I think that as they see the benefits, they will also be pulled towards adopting this new natural healthy lifestyle.

So, at the end of the day, I rub his head with serum to help his scalp but also to thank him for wanting to embark on this journey with me!

For the serum recipe, see my Recipes page. I think many men will be quite glad to have their spouse or partner spend time rubbing their heads at night!


There are some oils and blends that smell wonderful, there are some that leave you a bit indifferent and then there are some that you just connect with on so many levels.IMG_1840 (1)

Abundance is a blend that truly resonates with me, that enhances my senses, that balances me, calms my mind and makes me feel like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. It also brings a kind of joy and peace while creating a vibrant energy around me. It is hard to explain really 🙂 and as much as it resonates with me, it may not be as powerful to you, but I would say it is a blend not to miss. It is certainly one that everyone should try if only to add to a chakra roller or to feel its true power of synergy in the diffuser

I believe that by diffusing this blend or by using it topically, you are inviting prosperity and plenitude in your life. We all work hard towards our goals of health & wealth in all sense of the word, but as with everything else, why not accept a little help from our oily friends.

Write a comment to tell me how you are working to achieve your goals and you will be entered to win a free Chakra roller from me!!! I may even give two away 🙂


On my Day 22 video, I was talking about my skincare routine (and my fourth as last essential oil used in my face serum) and I know many friends of mine are asking me what products I use, how I use them and when I use them. So, here it is in a nutshell.

Night routine:

Cleanse my face with Stone Crop Gel from Eminence
– will be switching to ART gentle cleanser from Young Living shortly
Use about half a dropper of my DIY face serum (see recipes page)
Use eye cream serum from Eminence
– in the process of finding an alternative

Once a week, I use a mild mask. Last Sunday, I tried a DIY from Brigitte’s Facebook group (The Glow Co. Lounge) which I will add to my recipes page. It was FANTASTIC!!!

Morning routine:

Use serum
Use light moisturizer with SPF or powder which contains SPF
– in the process of finding an alternative here as well

Quick and easy, right? No more 12-step program and my skin has never looked or felt better!

Rest assured that I will update you as I find new products or concoctions (which I much rather make as a DIY as you know 🙂 )


Soon after my introduction to Young Living at the end of November 2018, I decided to make my own serum. The reason for this was two-fold; let me explain.

In 2018, while working from home, I was also working part-time in a Spa that sold Eminence products; organic products from Hungary that I had been using for many years and that I quite enjoyed. IMG_1815But, these products were expensive (even with my discount) and I seemed to be buying more and more to obtain the same results (see my bathroom countertop below from March 2018… and I had more products sitting on my shower shelf!).

I wanted to find a way of reducing all these products to the bare minimum, not just in a cost-saving manner, but also as a way to get back to the essentials. I told myself that if I ate well and kept my body happy and healthy, my skin did not need all these products.

I did, however, want to find a way to help my skin obtain all the nutrients and benefits from naturally occurring oils and compounds so I researched and asked my oily tribe members for advice. And this is how I came up with my face serum that I call Flight, for it elevates my skin and mood to a healthier level every time I use it :). My Flight recipe has been added to the Recipes page and you are more than welcome to try it. There are many recipes for face serum out there. Try different ones and see how you feel. I can certainly attest to the fact that once you find the one that suits your skin the best, you will be able to forego all those other expensive products that clutter your counters.

Not only am I saving money on products, but I am saving my skin from long term effects of non-naturally occurring compounds. My skin feels better, my bank account is much happier AND the aroma from my face serum gives me added benefits that stay with me all day and all night long!



Every year, I treat myself to flowers. My husband is wonderful in many different ways, but flowers are not really his thing and his being color blind doesn’t help either! So, every year, I find myself a wonderful florist and order a custom-made bouquet. For the last 2-3 years, I have been going to see Elaine from Le Petit Bouquet. The flower shop used to reside within the Blanc & Turquoise store on Innes road, but it has relocated in Elaine’s home in Blackburn Hamlet. Elaine has recently joined our tribe of oilers and I am so glad she did! Not only do I consider her an amazing florist and fellow oiler, but I also consider her a friend.

And what I have learned this year is to put 2-3 drops of Purification essential oil blend to the water. This will extend the life of those fresh cut flowers while deodorizing the air in your home.


Hello Everyone!

After starting my Facebook Group a few weeks back for my ‘tribe’ of oilers :), I decided to also blog about my wellness journey with Young Living and share with you what it has given me.

My biggest enterprise at the moment is a book I’ve been wanting to write since the moment we came back from a year abroad in 2014. But a mere three months after our return, my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and for the following two months, all my efforts were to care for him to the fullest of my capabilities. After he passed away on December 26th, 2014, my employment became unstable and I feel I am just now, four years down the road, truly climbing out of my deep hole.

There have been bad moments, but also very good moments in the past few years and I hope to share some of these with you as I complete writing my book. I shall also share my love for Young Living oils and supply you with recipes for DIYs of all kinds. Most of these will be completely free of charge, but there may be a couple of online classes and webinars that will be offered at a low cost for those who would like to learn what I have to offer in more detail.

Wishing you all the very best! Stay warm and take good care 🙂


You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.    

– Michelle Obama