Holiday Gathering
Health and Body, Mind and Spirit

Surviving the Holiday Season

The leaves are finally turning and you know what that means…

The holidays are right around the corner! Can you believe it?

I find that although the holidays should be a happy time celebrating with family and friends, it can also be stressful. We pile on the commitments which can leave us feeling pulled in a million different directions and feeling burnt out before it’s even December.

That’s why on November 4th, I’m teaming up with The Life Detox once again to bring you a women’s workshop designed to help you not only survive, but thrive this holiday season.

During this workshop, we dive deep into creating a roadmap to Surviving the Holiday Season with Powerful Grace to ensure that you stay grounded, connected and balanced regardless of what’s happening in your environment.

We combine gentle Yoga, BodyMind Coaching, and Emotional Freedom Technique to reconnect your body, mind, and soul and we love to finish our workshops with a relaxing meditation with essential oils.

The workshop will be held at Oyster Bay Yoga with Amy Basnight, Veronica Valli, & myself on Saturday, November 4th from 1-4pm.

Click here to register online

Hope you can make it!

Warmly,

Carly

Woman drinking Immunity Tea
Health and Body, Mind and Spirit

6 Ways to Build Immunity Naturally

I was leaving the office the other day and I realized how different the light is now that we are deep into September.  The sun is setting much earlier than just a few weeks ago.

This change in light is always a reminder for me to start building up my immune system for the cooler months ahead. So today,  I want to share with you a few essential practices that I’ve discovered over the years to keep my immune system healthy and strong.

 

  1. Get plenty of sleep – When the days start to get shorter, take a cue from nature and go to bed earlier. Sleep is one of the most effective ways to rebuild your immune system.  I’m talking 9:30 pm! I know, it’s a bit radical but I swear by this. If we tune into the natural rhythm of the seasons and go to bed earlier, your body will thank you. Sleep is the most underrated natural remedy for nearly any ailment. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Even if you can’t get to sleep right away, still try to turn in earlier.  Trade electronic devices and the television in for a good novel. Reading fiction before bed is shown to calm the mind while using anything with a screen tricks your brain into thinking it’s time to get up. BONUS: Try turning off your WiFi before bed. This is a new addition to my nightly routine and I’m not positive it’s doing anything, but I think having less electromagnetic waves circulating through the house is helping me sleep better! Have you ever tried it???
  2. Warm Water – Drink plenty of warm fluids, especially hot water – During the colder months, the air is dryer. This can make staying hydrated a challenge. Sipping hot water in the morning will wake your digestive system and get everything moving. Continuing to sip throughout the day will keep digestion free from build-up and congestion. Make sipping hot water part of your daily routine. It’s one of the simplest ways to make sure your system is hydrated and flowing properly.
  3. Eat Fermented Foods – Add Probiotics, Sauerkraut, Kimchi etc. Adding good bacteria to our system will help fight off the bad. The latest science suggests our gut microbiome is connected with every other system in our body. If we have healthy gut flora, we are much more likely to fight off bad bacteria. Ask your doctor for a high-quality probiotic recommendation or try adding raw sauerkraut to your diet. You can now find raw sauerkraut in pretty much any grocery store. Look for the kind in the refrigerated section.  If you are not used to eating fermented foods start with adding 1 tablespoon to your meal once or twice a day. You can work your way up to two. Avoid refined sugar as much as possible. Sugar will feed the bad bacteria in your gut. Want to try making your own Sauerkraut? Watch my video tutorial here!
  4. Carly Clark Zimmer Lymph Stretches –  Our lymphatic system plays an important role in supporting the immune system. It helps the body get rid of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. When we move, we stimulate the lymphatic system. This is so important to make sure our body can properly get rid of anything that might keep it from functioning at it’s best. You can give it a helping hand by following these simple stretches once a day or a few times a week. The idea here is to keep the body moving. Click here to print out your lymphatic stretching guide. 
  5. Essential Oils – Essential oils have been used for centuries to ward off disease. I use Thieves essential oil religiously this time of year. It contains essential oils of lemon, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. I diffuse it in my office and home and I rub it on the bottom of my feet every night before bed. Did you know your feet are one of the most absorbent parts of your body? If I come in contact with someone who has a cold, I’ll take a hot shower before bed and mix a few drops of Thieves with sweet almond oil, then slather it all over. It does the trick pretty much every time! Thieves essential oil contains anti-microbial properties and it’s a wonderful way to protect you and your family.  Learn more about Thieves here.
  6. Decrease Stress: Over the past 10 years working as a Licensed Massage Therapist, I have become an expert on stress. Stress is inevitable, but it’s how we handle it that’s important. Stress is the leading contributor to so many diseases. Did you know being in constantly stressed out can break down your immune system? Chronic stress kicks on your sympathetic nervous system and puts you in the state of fight-or-flight. When your body thinks you are going to be eaten by a tiger, it doesn’t worry about protecting you from getting cancer down the road! If you feel constantly stressed out, let’s chat. Book your Complimentary BodyMind Strategy Session here and together we will look for ways for you to handle stress differently. On this call, we will get clear on how stress shows up for you and what steps you can begin to take to stress less and feel better. After our session, if you need further support we can also talk about what it would look like to work together through BodyMind Coaching.

 

As always, please reach out if you have any questions, comments or tips of your own! I love hearing about new ways to build immunity naturally!

 

With love,

Carly

 

 

 

 

Carly Clark Zimmer
Health and Body, Mind and Spirit

Mend and Attend

There is no way around it. We will all experience varying levels of stress in our lifetime. We may get into an accident or receive a frightening health diagnosis, or we lose someone we love.

These experiences can leave us feeling shaken to our core, totally alone and lost in a tunnel of the darkness with no light to guide you out. It may be a momentary feeling or it may linger for years.

But… I have some good news for you! Yes, stress is inevitable but it’s how we deal with it that counts.

We live in such a fast paced society and many of us feel like we “should be handling things better” or “over this by now”. I’m here to tell you that often the reason we are not over the stressful feeling, is because we have pushed it away and avoided dealing with how we actually feel.

 “Every feeling fully felt is bliss”  
Joseph Campbell

Of course, certain situations take much longer to process than others. That’s when you need to be extra gentle with yourself. Let yourself feel what you are feeling instead of pushing it away and you are going to come to the other side of the experience it a lot quicker.

What to do: Call on the Mend and Attend Stress Response
This is the counter response to the “fight or flight” stress response.

The easiest thing you can do after you have had a stressful life event is reaching out to someone. Call a friend, tell them what happened and how you feel. Get it all out and you will feel a million times better! I have seen this in my practice and personal life over and over again!

When you connect and talk about the event, you turn on oxytocin production, which shuts down cortisol production, which in turn kills the stress response. A prolonged stress response can lead to all sorts of health problems. Read more about stress related health issues here.

With all of our technology, we are more connected than ever before. Yet, I believe we are living in a time that is vastly disconnected from other human beings on a deeper level that our soul craves. One of the biggest thing that is lacking in our society is a sense of community and belonging. We evolved as a species in tribes that were developed to protect, connect, and nurture each other.

So next time you experience a stressful event, no matter how big or small, pick up the phone. Texting, emailing and Facebook is all ok, but it’s not going to kick in the “mend and attend” response as effectively as if you actually have a conversation with your nearest and dearest.

If you are feeling stuck and overwhelmed by stress, click here to schedule a Complimentary BodyMind Coaching Strategy Session. Together we can figure out what steps you can take to start heading in the direction.

I look forward to speaking with you!

With love,

Carly

Carly Clark Zimmer DIY Bug Spray
Healthy Recipes, Skin Care

Essential Oil Bug and Tick Spray

Looks like summer is finally here in the Cove! While I love spending as much time as possible outdoors, annoying bugs, mosquitos, and ticks come with the territory.

While bug bites are only a bit of a nuisance, a tick bite can cause serious health issues. So when it came to choosing a non-toxic bug spray that is both safe and effective, I did what I always do and turned toward nature. After a ton of research, I found that many essential oils are a natural insecticide! I also learned that ticks, in particular, operate mostly by using their sense of smell, which is why pure therapeutic grade essential oils are a great alternative to traditional bug spray. Nature has our back! 

This recipe works great! You have to reapply more often than traditional bug spray, but wouldn’t you rather do that and smell fantastic than using a stinky bug spray? When I’m outside, I carry a little bottle with me and apply liberally to myself, and anyone in my vicinity. It makes everyone smell great and keeps the critters away!

The essential oils that repel bugs and ticks are peppermint, geranium, lemongrass, cedarwood, lavender, and citronella. Use any combination of these oils, but try including peppermint and geranium as they were found in the research to be most effective.

Remember, the safest way to make sure you are protected from ticks is to do regular tick checks for our family and fur babies every time you come in from the outdoors.

Before trying the recipe, please be mindful of the safety precautions when using essential oils:

  • Always choose a therapeutic grade essential oil from a reputable company. Oils found at drug stores, and even health food stores often contain synthetic versions of the plant and can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
  • For children under 1 year, stick to spraying on their clothes instead of skin to reduce the risk of skin sensitivity.
  • Always do a test patch on both yourself and your pet before applying liberally.
  • This recipe is safe to use on dogs, but please remember their sense of smell is much more pronounced than ours so start by introducing the spray a bit at a time so they get used to it.
  • DO NOT use with cats. Essential oils can be toxic to cats.

Essential Oil Bug and Tick Spray

20 drops Geranium
20 drops Lavender
20 drops Cedarwood
20 drops Lemongrass
20 drops Peppermint
1 tablespoon castile soap or sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar – ticks hate the smell of vinegar too!

Place all of the ingredients into 4oz glass spray bottle. Top with water and
Shake well every time before you apply. Make sure you label your bottle!

Carly Clark Zimmer
Health and Body, Mind and Spirit

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Do you feel like you are constantly giving so much that you have nothing left for yourself? Do you have a hard time saying no? Do you feel over-committed, tired, and burnt out? When someone asks you to do something, is your first response yes? Only to immediately regret it and realize you have overextended yourself, AGAIN!

If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are your boundaries are a bit weak. When your boundaries are weak, you say yes to things you don’t want to do, and that leaves you dreading the commitment and feeling a bit resentful.

Let’s change this around and get those boundaries in place so they can better serve you!

Come join us for our 2nd Women’s Self-Care Workshop on Sunday, May 21st at Oyster Bay Yoga! We will dive deep into how to create healthy boundaries specifically for YOU!  You will learn what values you hold nearest and dearest to your heart and how to build those boundaries around them.

As if that wasn’t enough, Veronica Valli will lead us in a few rounds of” Tapping” which is a combination of acupressure points with modern psychology to help reprogram that automatic ‘Yes’ response so that your Yes is always a 100% yes. And your No, is a complete sentence. 

We will follow that up with some gentle yoga with Amy Basnight, and sprinkle in essential oils to support our transformation and experience.

This event sold out last time so don’t wait and get your tickets TODAY!

If you have any questions, respond to this email. If you feel like this might help someone you know, please pass it on! If you don’t live in the area but want to learn more, please reply to this email and I’ll put something together for you! 

With Love,

Carly

Carly Clark Zimmer
Health and Body, Healthy Recipes, Skin Care

Simply Celery

Celery, it’s in every grocery store, it’s so cheap and it’s so simple.  I recently stumbled upon an interesting book called Medical Medium- Life Changing Foods by Anthony William. He talks about the hidden healing powers of plain old fruits and veggies. When I read about how celery could transform your health, I had to share it with you!

The main reason celery is so great for your body is because it starves the bad bacteria in our gut and helps to flush out toxins and debris. This is important because the bad bacteria is a major contributor in inflammation which has now been proven to be the main cause of many, if not all diseases. Stuff that feeds the bad bacteria is sugar, alcohol, and processed food. I know it’s hard to get away from this stuff in our modern society, so that’s why I love little solutions like adding celery to your diet. It’s always easier to add something in than it is to take it away!

 

When you think of celery, think electrolytes. Celery is high in bioactive sodium and has a high water content that helps hydrate and alkalizes our bodies. It’s basically like drinking Gatorade without all of the added sugar and weird coloring! It also helps our nerve impulses fire and can ease tiredness, brain fog, and a ton of other symptoms. Here are just a few conditions William mentions in his book:

  • ADHD 
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Infertility
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Anxiety 
  • UTI’s
  • Kidney stones
  • Fatty liver
  • Thrush
  • Parasite
  • Mold exposure

This list goes on!

 

Are you ready to give good old celery a try? I have been drinking it every day for the past two weeks and I feel like it gives me more energy than coffee! I still love my coffee, I just drink it after my celery juice or smoothie:) Drinking pure celery juice on its own is where you will see dramatic results according to William, but if your not up for that just yet, try adding it to a smoothie (see my delicious smoothie recipe below), salads or eat it as a snack. This is one the easiest and cheapest ways you can start feeling better today!

 

Drink 16 oz of plain celery juice per day on an empty stomach for dramatic results.

Carly Clark Zimmer

 

 Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables

Have you ever tried incorporating celery into your diet to help with ailments? I would love to hear about!

 

Soothing Stress Away
Health and Body, Mind and Spirit

Stress Away

Ahhh, Stress Away. Basically, everything you need to know about this oil is in the name. I immediately loved this oil and it was the first one I used up from the Starter Kit. I love to wear it like a perfume and it’s especially helpful before a big meeting or presentation to calm butterflies in my stomach!

Stress Away is a combination of copaiba, lime, cedarwood, ocotea, lavender, and vanilla (vanilla is an essence, not an essential oil.)  Combining these oils create a wonderful aroma that will invigorate, uplift and soothe everyone in the room.

Caution:  It’s always a good idea to do a patch test before applying to sensitive skin on the inside of your elbow and wait about an hour or two before applying directly to your skin. Do not use directly on infants and dilute with a carrier oil before using with children. If you are pregnant, nursing or taking life-sustaining medication consult your health care provider before using. 

  • Apply a drop to wrists and neck to use as a perfume or cologne. This is a great fragrance for men too!
  • Place a drop in palms and inhale, then apply to neck and temples to relieve headaches.
  • Mix a few drops with a carrier oil and rub on sore muscles to relieve tension.
  • Mix with carrier oil and make your own roll-on to relieve stress and tension on the go. This is also great for muscle soreness.
  • Diffuse a few drops of Stress Away combined with a few drops of Peppermint to unwind and uplift after a stressful day.
  • Mix a few drops with Epsom salts and add you warm bath to relieve tension and stress.
  • Make your own stress-relieving sugar scrub by combining a few drops pf Stress Away with sugar and coconut oil. Mix and scrub your stress and worries away!
  • Diffuse Stress Away to help with insomnia and promote restful sleep.
  • Mix a few drops of Stress Away with peppermint or lavender essential oil (or both) and distilled water and put in glass spray bottle to create your own room spray. Spritz whenever you feel anxious, want to freshen a room or promote restful sleep.
  • Helps relieve symptoms of PMS.
  • Mix a few drops with your favorite body moisturizer to reduce tension.
  • Make your own Stress Away candles my mixing essential oil with beeswax.
  • Massage a few drops into your feet before bed to promote restful sleep.
  • Diffuse before a dinner party to create a warm and relaxing environment for your guests.

 

 Click here for a Printable PDF

To order your Young Living Starter Kit or a single oil visit carlyclarkzimmer.com/youngliving or click here to learn more! 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are on life-sustaining medication please consult your doctor before using.

 

Panaway essential oil
Health and Body

Pain Relieving PanAway

Panaway is another one of those oils in the Starter Kit that I used up right away with my massage clients! It’s cooling effects from the wintergreen, peppermint and clove work wonders on decreasing muscle and joint aches and pains. But the real star of this oil is helichrysum (pictured above). This essential oil has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and it’s currently being studied for its nerve regenerating properties! That’s great news for lots of people with nerve pain out there!

Caution: Panaway contains ‘Hot’ oils -use diluted: 50:50 with your favorite carrier oil.
Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Do not ingest. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use. Not intended for children under the age of 6 without the advice of a health professional. Do a patch test on small area of skin such as inside the elbow before applying liberally.

  • Mix with a few drops with carrier oil and rub on any sore muscles or joints.
  • Helps to decreases inflammation in joints.
  • Helps decrease soreness after workout.
  • Keep in your gym bag for after-workout cool-downs.
  • Mix with carrier oil and rub on tired legs and feet.
  • Add a few drops to a cup of Epsom salts and soak tired feet.
  • Mix with carrier oil and use for massage oil.
  • Diffuse for increase alertness.
  • Diffuse to clear negative energies and uplift the body and mind.
  • Dab a few drops on while working at the computer to reduce wrist pain.
  • Ease tension headaches by placing 1 drop in hands and inhale, then apply, to the base of your skull or behind the ears.
  • Keep in your first aid kit alongside bandages to soothe swelling, pain, and inflammation.
  • Dilute heavily and massage into children’s (over 6 years old) legs to help alleviate growing pains.
  • Add 5-6 drops to a bowl with 2 cups of Epsom salt, mix and add to bath.
  • Add a few drops to a hot shower to create a muscle-loosening steam-room at home.
  • Rub on your shoulders and put a dab on the crown of your head to increase awareness during meditation or prayer.

 Click here for a Printable PDF

To order your Young Living Starter Kit or a single oil visit carlyclarkzimmer.com/youngliving or click here to learn more! 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are on life-sustaining medication please consult your doctor before using.

RC Essential Oil
Health and Body

RC Essential Oil

R.C was one of those oils that sat in my starter kit for a few months before I figured out how to use it. Once I did, I couldn’t stop adding it to the diffuser! R.C. is a blend of Cypress, Spruce, and three types of Eucalyptus  E. Globulus, E. Radiata, and E. Citriodora). These oils are especially effective for supporting your respiratory system and help open up the airways. I also love to diffuse it when I’m feeling overwhelmed because cypress is a very grounding oil.

Caution: R.C should be diluted when used directly on the skin. 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil mixed with 3-5 drops is a good basic ratio. Avoid direct application with infants and young children since the blend contains ‘Hot’ oils and they may rub their eyes. Diffuse instead. Check with your health care provider before using while pregnant or nursing. Do not take internally. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.

  • Use R.C. mixed with carrier oil to and apply to supportive to the immune system.
  • Use topically or diffuse to support the lungs and sinuses naturally.
  • Mix with coconut oil and rub on chest to support respiratory system for cold or cough.
  • Mix with carrier oil and rub on your chest and back of the neck before to invigorate you before an early-morning workout, yoga class or outdoor adventure!
  • Mix with carrier oil and apply after work out to soothe sore muscles.
  • Diffuse to clear and freshen the air.
  • Place a few drops in the shower for a spa-like experience.
  • Add 5-6 drops to 1 cup Epsom salt and soak in a hot bath.
  • Diffuse inside a steamy enclosed area (such as under a hot towel over a bowl of hot water) and inhale deeply.
  • Make a hot compress to be applied to the chest, back and throat area.
  • Put 4-8 drops on cotton balls and place in air vents around your bedroom and bathroom during winter.
  • Use for emotional grounding.

 Click here for a Printable PDF

 

To order your Young Living Starter Kit or a single oil visit carlyclarkzimmer.com/youngliving or click here to learn more! 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are on life-sustaining medication please consult your doctor before using.

Thieves Essential Oil
Health and Body

Trusty Thieves

Thieves Essential Oil has been Young Living’s most popular oil for nearly 20 years!  This powerful blend comes from a European legend of four grave robbing Thieves who slathered themselves with herbs and oils to keep from getting sick during the bubonic plague. It’s a blend of clove, cinnamon, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus essential oils and is most widely associated with its immune building and protective properties.

But this oil goes way beyond the body. It’s a powerhouse for killing bacteria and germs all around the home. In fact, Young Living created an entire product line based off of this blend! I got rid of all toxic cleaning products in my home and replaced them with the Thieve’s Household. It’s super concentrated so it lasts forever and I love it because it’s safe AND effective! If you don’t have the Thieves Household cleaner yet, just use a few drops of the essential oil. For exact ratios using the cleaner, click here!

Caution: Thieves contains ‘hot’ oils’ and should always be mixed with a carrier oil when used topically. Use with extreme caution with young children and do not use with infants. Women who are pregnant or nursing should use caution and consult their health care professional. 

  • Apply on the bottoms of feet for internal support whenever you feel run down.
  • Put a few drops of Thieves Vitality in a capsule and swallow with water to support your immune system.
  • Create your own roll-on to carry in your purse for immune support whenever you need it.
  • Make your own hand sanitizing spray with Thieves and witch hazel.
  • Apply directly to cold sores for instant pain relief and quick healing.
  • Mix with baking soda and coconut oil to make your own toothpaste.
  • Add a drop to your toothbrush to freshen and disinfect.
  • Add a few drops to a carrier oil and rub on sore muscles.
  • Put a few drops in your dishwater or dishwasher to thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odor.
  • Create your own room spray by adding a few drops in a glass bottle with 1/2 water 1/2 witch hazel.
  • Use spray to glass or mirrors, kitchen appliances, and surfaces.
  • Diffuse for 15–30 minutes in your home or office to help eliminate airborne bacteria.
  • Deep Cleaning Scrub – mix a few drops with baking soda and scrub away! Works great in bathrooms and toilets!
  • Carpet spot cleaner: mix oil with baking soda and sprinkle on carpet. Wait 15 minutes, then vacuum.
  • Mix Thieves with olive oil to clean wooden cabinets, tables, furniture
  • Use to clean floors.
  • Use to remove sticky residue and grime.
  • Freshen laundry – add a few drops to freshen your next load!

For DIY cleaning Recipes and Ratios click here!

To order your Young Living Starter Kit or a single oil visit carlyclarkzimmer.com/youngliving or click here to learn more! 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are on life-sustaining medication please consult your doctor before using.