Years ago when I began my recovery from Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Disorders, I jumped in with both feet into living a holistic lifestyle using natural and organic solutions to treat symptoms of anxiety, pain, and to just promote wellness in a proactive way. Eventually, I retired from teaching to dedicate my life to helping others to heal through wellness practices, and earning my certification in holistic health counseling. I began my practice in 2015, and continue to live a holistic lifestyle, and help others in reaching their own health and wellness goals.

Due to the cost of natural and organic solutions, i.e., homeopathy, and naturopathic care not being covered under insurance, I had to cut back on some of the modalities that helped to sustain my wellness in the past, such as Young Living Essential Oils, which are organic oils, and 100% pure, and heal on a cellular level. I used the oils in a diffuser, encapsulated them as part of my daily wellness, and used topically as needed.

“Young Living Essential Oils offer the holistic approach to the quality-setting of these products which is called the proprietary Seed to Seal production process.

The distillation process itself is also a remarkable feature of the production of Young Living Essential Oils. As compared to other brands, which use low-heat steam distillation process and compression or cold pressed without any additives, Young Living oils are processed in a slow steam extraction procedure which effectively brings out the essential oils without any unwanted adulteration.” http://www.youngliving.com

Over the past 9 months, or so, I’d been living with chronic pain, widespread, from my face to my feet, where blood work was showing inflammation, but not exactly where it was originating. The pain began to affect my quality of life, and finally just 10 days ago, barely able to walk from the swelling and the pain, pain that literally took my breath away, I went to the doctor, and blood tests confirmed that I am in a Lupus flare. It has been festering all this time. I had been diagnosed years ago, but it went into remission when I started my recovery over 6 years ago.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, also known as a connective tissue disease, where the immune system begins attacking its own tissues and organs, and is exacerbated by stress, and can also be traced to emotional unhealed trauma. Lupus can cause pain, damage, and inflammation in the joints, blood vessels, skin and organs. It causes joint pain, swelling, fever, muscle pain and red rashes, sometimes on the face, and I had all of these symptoms for so long.

Being rendered almost completely immobile, temporarily, due to these symptoms, I agreed to take a pretty high dose of steroids, and a Lupus medication called Plaquenil to help to reduce the severe inflammation and pain I am experiencing. I am still going to work every day, and doing a wonderful job, but I am totally exhausted at the end of the day. Chronic pain and inflammation takes a toll physically, and emotionally. I began to think back to years before when Raindrop Therapy and daily use of the essential oils was so healing for my autoimmune, and called upon a Raindrop Therapy expert that I met recently to come to my home to provide a Raindrop Therapy session. We sat before the therapy, and afterwards, to discuss all of the possible homeopathy that Young Living offers not only in essential oils, but in healing natural, plant based supplements, homeopathy, and wellness products. These were the products that brought me back to wellness years ago. Although the expense of holistic care such as this can be burdensome financially, it is an investment in my wellness. I’ve had so many $50 co-pay doctor visits, blood work, x-rays, and medication, that are costing me so much, so I am, at this time, combining a traditional medical approach with a holistic health approach which I know is the way I will heal at this time. Eventually, I hope to be able to phase out, as I’ve done before, the medications and thrive, once again, on homeopathy, essential oils, and wellness, plant based supplements. Of course, I continue to eat organically, and will go back to 100% of the time using all personal hygiene and home cleaning products that are natural and organic. Everything we put into, onto, and around our bodies either promotes wellness, or inflammation. Even the thoughts that we think cause wellness, or inflammation, as a new study shows that “our cells hear everything that we think!” The relationships that we have, if unhealthy/toxic, will also promote inflammation.

Choosing wellness is a conscious thought in every single thing that we do in every single minute of the day. Each time you think a thought, eat, interact with another, ingest any type of substance, choose an exercise, provide oneself joy and recreation, rest, meditate/pray, offer and accept love, and a number of other healthy practices that provide self care, we are choosing wellness, and wellness is where we stand in our power in our lives, and in recovering from any disease.

Natalie Lopez, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1398437023587234/a Young Living Essential Oils practitioner, and Raindrop Therapy Care practitioner, came to my home yesterday, with her table, equipment, oils, books, expertise, and her invaluable time, and helped me to begin the holistic healing side of recovery from this Lupus flare. I slept so soundly last night, and as the oils are doing their job throughout my body, today I am healing. Here is a brief description of how Raindrop Therapy works:

“The purpose of Raindrop Technique is to stimulate every organ, muscle and bone of the body at a cellular level through the oils, supporting the immune system, bringing the body into structural/electrical balance, and enabling the release of toxins or disease wherever they may be lodged…including those illnesses lodged in the mind and emotions. Raindrop Technique is a non-secular art and science. Raindrop stimulates detoxification of the body.” And, for me, Natalie and I consulted our Young Living directory specifically for Lupus, and found exactly what I need, through using a finger body scan to guide us that scans the body to create a list of what I need to promote wellness on a cellular level. I am on my way.

I am feeling a significant reduction in my pain, and in the swelling in my joints today, and I know from past experience, as I continue to utilize these tools and practices, I will return to full wellness through all of my healthy practices combined. My grounding spiritual practice is at the center of everything that I do, and I believe that God/Universe/Spirit is guiding me back to wellness by reminding me of how I have healed in the past in a holistic lifestyle. What we believe, we become, and so I believe I am healing, therefore, I am…healed.

I too, am a former Young Living Distributor, and am returning to the company. Once my virtual office is up and running, I will provide details. I will be incorporating the oils and incorporating Raindrop Therapy into my health practice.

In addition, my own amazing and brilliant Holistic Health practitioner, Lisa D’Alessandro, Holistic Practitioner, Nutritionist, and Health Coach, https://www.facebook.com/Lisadalrocks has been taking care of me since I began my recovery, and has taught me so much about natural and organic solutions/healing. In her practice, she offers many new cutting edge technologies in diagnostics, and treatment, including Lymphatic Drainage, Raindrop Therapy, Massage, and Cold Laser Therapy. Lisa continues to guide me through achieving optimal wellness, and was instrumental in getting me excited in becoming a Holistic Health Practitioner. She is a WEALTH of knowledge and support!

We all know what we need to heal, and it will be different for everyone, and it will change for each of us over our lifetime. Having a variety of choices and tools to heal with is imperative in managing symptoms, and offering ourselves the best possible self care to achieve our health and wellness goals.

I am more cognizant of going back to pretty much being a purist in all that I eat, to be mindful of my thoughts and emotions where I practice the tools to share how I am feeling in a healthy and constructive way, to eliminate any toxic relationships that no longer serve me, no matter who it is that is causing me to feel unwell, to ramp up my meditation practice and prayer throughout the day, to increase my homeopathy, and to relax more and enjoy the peace and love that surrounds me each and every day. I have so many amazing and loving friends and colleagues, not to mention my loving and supportive children that inspire me every day to keep fighting. I am very transparent with my children about everything that I am going through so they are reassured in every moment that I am dedicated to my sobriety, and that I will never go back to accepting controlled substances as the answer for any treatment, whatsoever.

I thoroughly love exploring new, and older natural and organic solutions that have served me to offer myself the self care practices necessary to achieve healing.

A new friend, Michael S., said to me this morning, “I really like how you are bringing all aspects of your life together in such a healthy way.” This is so validating for me, and also encourages and inspires me to keep on going. These are the types of relationships that offer support, mutual joy, and healing.

For more information on my health counseling practice and how I can support you in achieving your health and wellness goals, please contact me at wendyblanchard044@gmail.com, or go to the Contact Page here on my website, and I will be in touch shortly.

Find a balance in whatever it is that you know is healing for you, and practice it. Never substitute any other person’s judgement or advice for your own. Get more than one medical professional opinion. Confer with a holistic health practitioner as well if you like. Consider all of your alternatives, go within, ask yourself if this is what will heal you, gather lots of information, meditate and pray about it, and listen carefully for the Universe to give you the answer. She always does if you are open and willing to hear whatever the answer is, and to take direction that will serve you. Sometimes we are too close to the circumstances to know what will serve us…God/Universe/Spirit is always guiding us in our best interest. Surrender and accept.

Every day, I take my guidance through meditation and prayer from God/Universe/Spirit, and I am always given the answers. I listen. I follow direction. I live a spiritual life which is the grounding component of my physical one.

To your good health!

Love and blessings,


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