Essential Oils for Allergies

chocolatecoveredcarrotsyounglivingallergies(pp_w730_h283) A couple of years ago I said goodbye to my allergy medication.  What did I do?  I eliminated dairy during allergy season (for me that’s pretty much through the summer) and started taking 1 TBSP of raw, local honey a day (I love honey so it’s easy to consume more than that as I’ll have it on toast or in tea but you can also just take a spoonful, a spoonful of sugar right?).  Well that totally took care of the bulk of my issues but occasionally I still get itchy eyes and/or itchy ears on the worst pollen days and when there’s lots of wind.  This spring I started using Young Living essential oils (learn more/get started) and I’m fit as a fiddle!  What do I do?  I start at the top and move my way down the list below, saving taking oils internally for the very worst of days! TOPICAL roller of 4 drops lavender, 4 drops peppermint, and 4 drops lemon with the carrier oils of your choosing…

  • itchy eyes:  I like to apply it on my eye lids and on the bags under my eyes and it feels amazing!  But if that’s too much of a thrill for you, simply apply around your eyes (eyebrows, cheekbones, etc)
  • itchy ears:  apply all around and over your ears (do not put inside your ear)

apply peppermint directly to the back of the neck, sinus, and vitaflex points AROMATIC diffuse 3 drops lavender, 3 drops peppermint, and 3 drops RC  OR 4 drops lavender and 4 drops peppermint if you only have the premium starter kit (still does the trick pretty well, the RC tackles congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose in addition to other allergy symptoms) diffuse 5 – 8 drops of tea tree for itchy eyes diffuse 4 drops purification and 4 drops lemon for cough INTERNAL ingest 1 drop of each peppermint and lavender either in a capsule, in a small shot of water, or in a spoonful of honey. allergy-trio IN THE END, if these don’t work for you I have plenty more ideas and options where these came from!  First step is to GET YOUR KIT, then I will meet with you (near: in person; far: Skype or Google Hangouts) to get you started using them for whatever ails you, and I send you off with a handy dandy handbook and some other awesome materials! Happy allergy season everyone!  May you find some respite with any of these natural remedies 🙂


Essential Oil Guide: FAQ and Getting Started

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Essential Oil Guide: FAQ and Getting Started

I feel like there is so much to share about essential oils (EO) that I don’t really know where to start. In this little post I will try to address some FAQ and then give you a quicky guide to getting started!  Also, subscribe to my blog to stay tuned for more posts about EO, especially my up-an-coming series of posts called “Essential Moments with Kaia” where I will share my personal success stories with oils!

Buy some oils and/or get the starter kit… [HERE]


Q: What’s the big idea behind all this hype about EO?

A: People are fired up about a means to get on a path to health and wellness that doesn’t involve medications with bazillions of side effects but instead uses God given plants to heal our bodies. These oils can and do cure everything from scrapes and burns, to warts and moles, to allergies and asthma, and some say even vision and cancer! Personally I’ve have so far been able to get my baby to sleep (to me, that was as good as curing cancer), cure some really bad diaper rashes, kick a wicked stomach bug in less than 18 hours (and before getting on a flight), and so much more! I’m currently working on getting rid of a wart and repairing my vision, I’ll keep you posted on those happenings 🙂

Q: What is so special about Young Living (YL)?

A: All EO are not created equal. Some mere months from today I had no idea that this was the case! Now, from a researched and first hand basis I wholeheartedly know otherwise. Young Living stood out to me because they sell pure theraputic grade EO farmed from virgin fields. This is a step up from organic folks, in fact, it doesn’t get better that this! These oils are primarily extracted through careful steam distillation but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted – one drop of peppermint oil, for example, is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea! What’s great about YL as well is they are plum full of resources and when you become a member you get a sponsor (in your case, me!) who becomes your direct line to a world of information!

Q: How do I get started?

A: You have two choices: become a member and buy wholesale forever and ever OR purchase retail (24% more expensive). I recommend becoming a member and doing so with the Premium Starter Kit (cost $150/value $300) which includes 11 of the every day, most popular oils (the Every Day Oils set and Citrus Fresh), a diffuser, sample packs of oils, 2 Nixgia Red to-go packs (an anti-oxidant drink), and some informational pieces. It is an investment but this kit offers the most comprehensive and handy means to getting started. If you are still overwhelmed I am happy to help you one-on-one. You can come to my house and we’ll get you set up! Also, after you order I like to meet with you to give you some handy dandy materials to get you started with your new oily friends.

Buy some oils and/or get the starter kit… [HERE]

Moms & Babies Photography Workshop

I am super excited to announce that I will be hosting a “Moms & Babies Photography Workshop” at the studio this month! Sign up fast before the slots are gone!

Email to reserve your seat.

To see more baby photography CLICK HERE.Moms and Babies Photography Workshop

I’ll be back soon!

Hey friends!

It’s already been a while since my last post.  I’m committing to the bare minimum time online (answering emails only) in order to get caught up and to get ahead in my photography work.  I was blessed with so many weddings and senior portraits that I rapidly found myself behind on it all.  I will be back soon!

Until then,


August Newsletter

Hey friends!  It’s high time for a newsletter.  Life here was a little bonkers but now it’s getting groovy again.  I missed July so I’ll fill you in on the happenings here in the photo studio, mommy life (that’s right a baby finally came), and any other happenings worth mentioning.

Wedding Season.

Wedding season is underway and I’ve photographed 5 since having Maisy and she’s 7 weeks old!  Yup, so life is nuts, too nuts for me to even have a completed wedding edited and set off but I do have one preview to share:  Sarah + Travis’ Wedding.

Attention High School Seniors.

I absolutely love senior portrait photography so if you are a high school senior, a parent of a high school senior, or know a high school senior contact me at (subject line “senior portrait photography” please) to get pricing info.  A note of warning, only contact me if you want to have fun during your portrait session!

Having a baby.

I am a mommy!  And I have so much to share already in the land of storytelling and photography.  Here are some links that may be of interest to you, a peek into my new life of motherhood:

Buying a Home.

We bought a home!  It’s been a slow process getting the place put together… and here is my excuse:  I went into labor June 16, met Maisy June 19, closed on our house June 20, moved into our house June 20, photographed my first wedding of the season June 28, then photographed 4 more between then and now along with some other sessions and traveling to Minnesota.  All the boxes are unpacked as of a late night earlier this week but it’ll still be a while before I post any pictures of our adorable abode because painting almost an entire house takes a while!  I’m excited to share pictures of our home ASAP though!  For now, here’s a little one our friend Mandy took (

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Tata for now!

Kaia Calhoun

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