So, I'm not much of a "girly girl". I tend to focus more on the homeostasis of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being. So when they said "natural face lift" I was like whatever. However, after some thought I have to admit I was intrigued as the challenge was to INGEST the oil ... NOT put it on the skin TOPICALLY. So, that got me pondering about the physical challenge and effects that would take place since this challenge would be working from the INSIDE OUT. We know that therapeutic essential oils are adaptogens which means they work with your body where it needs it most ... which doesn't mean that a "face lift" would be on the priority list for my body. (I mean, we push and max our bodies every day, especially with my delightful schedule of balancing family, ministry, my practice and my business and lets not even mention not eating the best while working or on the road!)
With that being said, I have those days that I go all out and actually dress up and wear make-up. It is important that I wear products that are healthy for my skin and don't cause irritation or itchy like many I have used in the past. We'll not even go into how some of the ingredients in my past products have been found to impact my skin and internal organs negatively. That's a whole other area that I actually teach a class on.
When I was encouraged to do the Longevity 30 Day Challenge I wasn't sure what to expect and honestly, it wasn't a high mental or emotional priority for me. However I wanted to encourage and support my associates on their journey.
So I started taking 8 drops of Longevity Vitality in a capsule every day. I was very consistent in the beginning; however, life happened and I ended up making a last minute ministry trip that lasted 10 days and well, I missed days and didn't take enough Longevity oil with me. (I honestly thought I was only going to be gone for 3 days!)
While I was gone my husband, who is in the recovery process of blood pathogen challenge that almost graduated him to Heaven a couple years back, muscle tested for Longevity and started using it while I was gone and well, I didn't have enough to cover us both. (In his defense, he did say he only muscle tested for the oils I had setting out. Teach me! LOL) Therefore, I have not been as faithful on the every day usage of Longevity for the last 10 days or so.
I must say, with all the life challenges that happened during this time frame I am pleased with the results. I honestly didn't know what to expect.
When I did a quick research on Longevity oil I found that it contains the highest antioxidant and DNA-protecting essential oils. It was said to promote longevity and prevent premature aging. It is a blend of Thyme, Orange, Clove, and Frankincense.
In looking at the physical and known medicinal benefits -- well who couldn't use support for anti-aging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, highly antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic, antitumoral, relaxant, anticoagulant, circulatory stimulant, analgesic/anesthetic, stomach protectant, anticonvulsant, bone preserving, immuno-stimulant, antidepressant, and muscle relaxing. Can't go wrong with supporting the maintenance of your body in those areas!
From the emotional and mental aspect, (that's a passionate focus of mine!) ...
I know that it helps support the attacks or challenges of negative emotions and mindset of: ridicule, no protection, lashing out, dizzy, off balance, worthlessness, and F-orget You,
I know that is helps support the positive growth and expansion of: being applauded, honored, secure, protected, discretion, truth from inside, directed, approval, detached, and standing in own power.
So from any direction that I look at the potential benefits of this challenge ... they all impacted my life and those that chose to do the challenge with me in a positive way that we may never see or understand fully due to the preventative maintenance being done to support the health of our body systems while we continue to live our lives. .
During this challenge, I ended up being stretched out of my comfort zone, I went from being in one state to being 4 states away within 24 hours including last minute planning, organizing, packing and driving. On top of that I was extremely stretched to another galaxy in taking a motorcycle riding training in borrowed gear as I had nothing with me. I had to procure jeans, boots, long sleeve shirt, helmet, gloves, even socks!!! Basically my underwear was the only thing that was mine that I had during this 4 day training ... and boy ... did I feel like a little kid dressed up in someone else's gear. Not the most confident building position to be in when you are already heavily drawing on your confidence level in stepping out of your comfort zone to do something for your husband and sons. In looking back at the 30 day journey ... I can see how this challenge played an important roll in helping support me not only physically but especially mentally and emotionally during this 4 day journey that stretched me and had me pushing, giving my all to overcome fears and bondages that I had no clue existed. Imagine if I hadn't used up 5 days of intense stress how much more different my "face lift" would have looked. However, I must admit that learning how to ride my motorcycle and obtaining my M endorsement on my license has helped boost the confidence in my spirit which I'm sure reflects on my face too.
From the physical side ... you can see the difference in my before and after pictures of my face. (I never thought it would be so hard to try to recreate the same pose and angle for the after picture. It was great for some good laughter though!) So, if it did that for my face then imagine what it did for the rest of my skin on my body, inside and out.
My husband asked me if any of the oils would cause moles or skin growths to come off ... which got me to thinking about the fact that I had several skin tags and challenged areas on my skin that had or are in the process of clearing or detaching - which is always a good thing in my books!
So to wrap this up. I must say that this Longevity 30 Day challenge was a definite win for myself (& my husband and he didn't even do it properly!). I am excited to add Longevity and Longevity Vitality to my Life Toolbox and resources.
If you did the challenge with me or are going to start it now ... I'd adore for you to share with me what you saw and noticed in your personal journey. Post below or contact me with a written testimony!
As always ... I am passionate about Standing the Gap from where you are to where you can and want to be.