Wellness at Jana’s Three Dresses | Decreasing Your Toxic Load with doTERRA Essential Oils

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Just 8 months ago, Essential Oils were not on my radar. I vaguely knew they existed – but didn’t give them any thought. I had some exposure at my yoga classes – Lavender on my forehead during final meditation or diffused in the air. It was a nice smell, but that was it.

It wasn’t until I was at the end of my rope, frustrated beyond belief with my maturing, acne-prone skin, that I stumbled upon them. Then, as often happens, I began hearing about them from friends, family, articles on blogs, and comments on Facebook. doTERRA Essential Oils kept popping up time and time again.

This is what I know:

  • I was and have been for a while interested in natural, chemical-free options for skin care, household cleaners, and my family’s health care.
  • I believe in being proactive when it comes to health. Therefore, I work hard to eat right, exercise frequently, get ample sleep, balance work and play, and build authentic relationships.
  • The term Toxic-Load or Total-Load is a fairly new one in my vocabulary. Many books have been written about detoxing our body, not because we all use drugs, but because daily we are absorbing thousands upon thousands of toxins and chemicals from our environment. In nursing school, I learned nothing about how environmental factors, the quality of food we eat, and the chemicals our bodies come in contact with can increase our toxic load. A High Toxic Load is bad and leads to many of the cancers and illnesses we have today.
  • Artificial ingredients, synthetically engineered fillers and chemicals in our medications, personal care items (like lotions, deodorant, and face wash), and house cleaning agents can all be quickly absorbed into our skin and increase our toxic load thus putting undo stress on our vital organs.
  • Toxic-load (or Total Load) is explained by Dr. Mark Hyman, Family Physician (read his bio here) this way

Total load is the total amount of stressors on your system at any one time–it’s like what happens when a glass fills over with water. It takes a certain amount of water to fill the glass and then, after a certain point, you put more in and it overflows.

When our detoxification system is overwhelmed, it gets overloaded. That’s when we start developing symptoms and getting sick, but it may take years of accumulated stress and toxins to get to that point.

  • If the cells and organs (like our kidneys and livers) in our bodies are working hard to get rid of all of the toxins that we absorb through our skin, lungs and gut, they struggle do the most important job of daily restoring our bodies to balance and optimal health. And we get sick, many of us chronically.

Click here for a link to an article written by Dr. Mark Hyman which includes a list symptoms from chronic toxicity.

  • When it comes to our health care, we spend most of our time treating or managing our symptoms, and much less time prioritizing prevention strategies such as diet, exercise, reducing stress and reducing our toxic load.


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  • doTERRA Essential Oils and doTERRA’s supplements, like their Lifelong Vitality Pack, are a safe, all-natural, and highly effective way to make permanent changes to the Toxic Load levels in your homes and family.
  • doTERRA’s oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). This means they contain zero fillers, pesticides, chemicals, or artificial ingredients. They are 100% pure plant extracts. They work quickly and are safe and effective for all ages. (Read more about what sets doTERRA’s CPTG Essential Oils apart from the rest.)
  • Essential Oils can be used in one of three way. Aromatically – inhale from an open bottle, rub a drop between palms and inhale, or diffuse into a room. Topically – apply drops directly to affected area or to the bottoms of your feet. Some oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil. Internally – drop oil into a capsule, under the tongue, in water or add to recipes. This is safe with doTERRA oils because they are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. I would not endorse ingesting oils from any other company. All oils are not the same! (Read more about taking doTERRA Essential Oils internally here.)

I believe in the healing and restorative power of these oils so much that I want to offer you a FREE SAMPLE of either Lavender, Lemon or Peppermint – mailed to your door with some additional information. 

Please email me at j3dwellness {at} gmail {dot} com if you are interested. Please include your mailing address, best phone number to call, and a brief statement as to why you would enjoy knowing more about doTERRA. 

Link here to Learn How to Buy Oils?

Jana Finch, doTERRA Wellness Advocate, IPC #749334, www.mydoterra.com/janafinch/

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. I am simply sharing ideas and suggestions. I assume no liability for the way you choose to use essential oils. Use your good judgement and act responsibly. I am a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate who receives bonuses and commissions from the Company.

This Military Life | The “Senior” Military Spouse as Mentor

redo #2 1 Cor 13On our first date, I didn’t know my soon-to-be-husband was in the military. When I found out, I didn’t really give it much thought. I considered it like any other profession – lawyer, doctor, airline pilot, engineer. It was his job. His passion. What he loved to do. A dream fulfilled.

After some time, however, it became very apparent to me that this was not like any other job. This was a lifestyle. One that I would soon be entering.

I was not raised in a military family. I had never been on an Air Force base. I didn’t know what any of the acronyms meant. I was unaware that I would have a role as his spouse. I was no longer considered a “civilian” but a “military dependent”. I had to push through my anxiety of driving onto a military installation and seeing tanks, armored vehicles, men and women in uniform, service dogs, and weapons.

My husband was in the middle of his 20+ year career when I joined him. Other spouses had been doing this life much longer than I. I felt lost in conversations among the spouses as they talked about previous assignments, TDYs, PCS’ing, the Commissary, BX, BAH, COLA and Dining Outs. (Did I lose you?) See what I mean?

The most frustrating thing for me was that I had no clue what I didn’t know. Therefore, I didn’t know what questions to ask. I am not shy about asking questions when I don’t understand something. But, if I don’t even know that I should be asking questions to gather important information for me and my family, well then, that just plain brings me to tears. Nothing frustrates me more than feeling like I am being left out in the dark. And for the first 5-6 years of our marriage, I felt that way.

Currently, as a “Senior” Spouse, I am extremely sensitive to those who are new to this military life. I want to come up alongside them and tell them it is going to be okay. I see their “deer in the headlights” looks. I see their discomfort at formal events such as – when to stand, when to sit, how to address their spouse’s senior leadership, what to do during the presentation of the colors, and on and on. It is all so confusing and foreign. I was a mess for a while. But, I watched, I paid close attention, and I asked my husband and other spouses questions when I could.

For the most part, my questions were answered. But, there were times when I was made to feel like I should already know the answer. As a Senior Spouse, it is my goal to never make another spouse feel that way. I must always remember what it was like to be new.

The truth is we are all a “Senior” Spouse to someone. No matter your spouse’s rank, there is a military spouse in your midst who would benefit from your mentorship. Whether you have been in the military <1 year or >10 years doesn’t matter. There will always be spouses with less experience and great need for mentoring. Step up to the challenge. You have something to teach them. And, if nothing else, your smile and genuine concern for how they are adapting to military life will be a salve for them.

One of our goals should be to raise up the next generation of military spouses. Build their confidence. Empower them. Create in them resilience by being patient, answering their questions, guiding them gently, and giving them greater and greater opportunities for leading in your organization. Even “hold their hand” for a while if necessary. We must assume the role as mentor and engage in a purposeful relationship that is nurturing, kind, and compassionate. We must listen to what they are saying and be prepared to give words of encouragement and support as needed. Sometimes it may require that we do more than we think necessary. 

We must remember what it was like to be a sojourner in a “foreign land”The example in Scripture is set before us. 

He…loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18,19)

Too many spouses are lonely, hurting, and wandering without direction. Too often we are so busy comparing military “war stories” – who had the most difficult move, who had the longest deployment, who has had to relocate their family the most times – that we don’t realize what we are communicating to new spouses.  The message is, Be Tough! As if developing a tough outer skin is going to get them through the difficult times.

I disagree. While it serves its purpose to a point, developing a game face, a tough facade, is only going to cut you off from developing authentic relationships making it harder to reach out when you need help.

I have seen it time and time again. A tough outer facade leads to pridefulness. Being prideful as a military spouse will alienate you from the people you need most during deployments or when settling into a new assignment. Let’s not compare. Let’s not communicate to our younger spouses that we survived, therefore they just need to tough it out. Too often that is the message that is being sent. And, we wonder why spouses stay at home, don’t come to socials, or ask for help when they need it! 

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)

Let us be gentle and show love towards the younger military spouses in our midst. Let’s be wise and avoid pridefulness. Let us not neglect our role as mentors. Let us humbly accept our role of raising up the next generation of military spouse leaders.


I would love to hear from you. In what ways have you been mentored as a military spouse? In what ways have you mentored others? How might your early days as a military spouse been better had a more “senior” spouse come alongside and encouraged you?

Cheers to This Military Life!



Monday Invitations | Grace Our Lives that We May Learn to Love Others by Giving Ourselves to Them

I invite you to consider this prayer today. It is a prayer of thanksgiving, one that follows Holy Communion.

We thank you for giving us this meal, shared in the Spirit, through which we have encountered the Real Presence of God once more. Grace our lives that we may learn to love others by giving ourselves to them and at the last come to share in the heavenly banquet of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Grace our lives that we may learn – With this statement, we invite Christ to enter our mind, body and soul, to grace our lives with His presence. God is patient, kind, and gentle. He offers us His love, but doesn’t force it on us. We must open our hearts to receive Him.

We give part of ourselves, in order to learn to love others. Think of the mother and her child. Think of the newly married couple. Think of the adult caring for their aging parent. Or the family with a newly adopted child. These are new relationships requiring each to learn to love the other. Self-sacrifice is required of us all when we earnestly seek to love another as Christ has loved us.

Think of that person in your life right now that you find difficult to love. We can all name at least one. It is in the giving of ourselves that we will learn to love them. Take a moment to embrace that truth.

Will it be hard? Yes. Will you want to quit? Yes. Is it worth it? YES!

We can and should learn to love another. What might we sacrifice in order to learn to love someone? A portion of our time? A portion of our energy? Effort? Sleep? Creativity? Money?

Harry Beckwith in “What Clients Love: A Field Guide to Growing Your Business” says this, Sacrifices tell people that you care, which makes them care more in return. Your sacrifice transforms the relationship. Now you no longer are a service. You are their service. While this is a book intended for business building, it aptly captures our role as disciples of Christ. We are in the business of building the Kingdom of God in the name of Jesus Christ!

Did you know that in learning to truly love someone else, you are being transformed more greatly into the image of Christ? Knowing this will flip all personal entitlement, “me-centered” thinking on its head.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

While we were and are still sinning, he died for us. It’s all grace. His love for us is freely given, no strings attached. Unconditional, pure love for you and me. We should be able to love others with the same unconditional love, but, it comes at a cost.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8

Are you willing to sacrifice for another? He will grace you with his presence and show you how. Ask Him in. Ask Him to join you and help you to learn to love someone else by giving of yourself. You won’t regret it.

And, what is it all for? What is the point? Look above – it says it in the prayer: 

“at the last come to share in the heavenly banquet of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”

That is the entire point! It is why we love sacrificially. We give ourselves to others in love because it brings us both closer to our final destination – eternal life in Christ.

I assure you it is worth the cost, the sacrifice, the yielding of our time, money, energy, and even sleep. (I am thinking of you sleep deprived mommas out there.)

This prayer may seem simple, but it will penetrate to your deepest most selfish parts. I invite you to ponder and sit with it for a while.

Happy Monday,


Exciting Changes on the Horizon for Jana’s Three Dresses

About 8 months ago, I began feeling an unrest about the direction Jana’s Three Dresses was going. I felt my writing voice was changing and my blog no longer reflected me as a person, writer, mother, spouse, and spiritual sojourner. I began pondering a new direction and vision for Jana’s Three Dresses.

I began by asking the tough questions:

  • Lord, you called me to write then, are you still calling me to write now?
  • What is my purpose at Jana’s Three Dresses?
  • Who is my audience?
  • Do my written words matter? Are they making an impact?
  • Should I keep writing?
  • If so, about what?

My writing was silent for some time. I only posted every once in a while as I struggled with these questions and pondered these thoughts. I spent a great deal of time in prayer. I did a lot of reading. Books like Freefall to Fly“, by Rebecca Lyons, and Restless“, by Jennie Allen, have helped me to reroute my pursuits and purpose in my writing and my life.

Mentors and friends listened and reflected with me. A sweet group of new blogging friends gave me encouragement and hope when I was finding none. And, a new passion arose in me – a desire to lead, mentor and encourage people toward spiritual and physical wholeness.  In January, I became an Independent Product Consultant for doTERRA Essential Oils. (read more of my Essential Oil story here.)

I am a dreamer. My biggest obstacle to making my dreams come alive is actually following through on the work required. I often stop when the going gets tough, or I share my dream with a nay-sayer and lose my courage. 

 dream girl with balloons

Slowly, a new vision has come forward. A new passion has arisen and a new voice has emerged in my writing. I have gained a confidence and belief in myself that only God can provide. I am deeply humbled by the calling He has placed on my life.

I believe I can serve you well as a coach and advocate steering you towards a life of resilience, passion, and wholeness – both spiritual and physical. In order to achieve my goals, I plan to post three times a week using the following structure.

Mondays | Monday Invitations – Monday posts will be reflections on Scripture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My aim is to encourage you in your faith walk and invite you to go deeper in your spiritual journey.

Wednesdays | This Military Life – These posts will be personal reflections (mine and Guest Posts) on Military Life – Such as tips from military spouses, lessons learned, and anecdotal stories about obstacles transformed into opportunities for personal growth. I plan to offer the opportunity for others Bloggers to link up and share their stories as well.

Fridays | Wellness at Jana’s Three Dresses featuring doTERRA Essential Oils - On Fridays I will have a variety of posts available, all promoting wellness from the inside out. I will feature guest posts from fellow bloggers and doTERRA Essential Oils users, DIY projects, and more.

My prayer is that committing to this structure will allow me to pursue my passions and writing in a more targeted fashion, and enable me to move forward with focus and clear purpose.

Of course, this is a work in progress, and some weeks I may not be able to produce three posts for your reading enjoyment. But, it is my goal! I am learning that goal setting is highly motivating for anyone with dreams and aspirations.

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I have collaborated with Satin at My Heart, His Words  who will be producing images for many of my posts. I am so excited about introducing you to her. She is highly talented and uses her creativity and love for Christ to enhance my words by capturing them in her images. Also, I will begin a blog redesign with Ted Barnett at Contemplate Design this summer. I am so excited to present a fresh, new website that will serve and, hopefully, minister to you more richly. I hope to launch my new website in early Fall. Stay tuned!

God is good, All the time. He is ever faithful. I am an ambassador for Christ whether I am sharing an awesome nugget of truth and promise from the Holy Scriptures; encouraging a fellow military spouse in this daily military life we live; or, engaging in relationship with someone to help them achieve their health care goals naturally with doTERRA Essential Oils. I am beyond excited about sharing this journey with you!

Thank you for your continued support and faithfulness to the ministry of Jana’s Three Dresses.

With love and gratitude,



Wellness at Jana’s Three Dresses | Give-away! A FREE doTERRA Family Physician Kit ($166 Retail/$125 Wholesale)


What a treat it is for me to be able to offer You this FREE Give-Away! I am a member of the Empowered Health doTERRA Team.  Between today and April 18th at midnight, you have the chance to Enter to Win a FREE Family Physician Kit. This type of Give-Away is rare. If you have been thinking about incorporating essential oils into your lifestyle, this is the time to do it!

The Family Physician Kit is one of the top kits I recommend to anyone interested in using Essential Oils in their home. Think of it as “Nature’s Medicine Cabinet”. These are the “feel better” essentials that moms and dads need on a daily basis to care for their families and themselves. The single and blended oils provided in the Family Physician Kit will offer you numerous options for improving the quality of your health and your home.

Win a Family Physician Kit ($166 value)


The Family Physician Kit is one of the most popular doTERRA essential oil  kits available. It’s a wonderful place to start if you are new to the idea of essential oils. The kit includes 5 mL bottles of:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Melaleuca
  • Oregano
  • Frankincense (This oil alone sells for $93 Retail/$69.74 Wholesale – It is often called the “miracle” oil and has an enormous number of therapeutic properties.)
  • Deep Blue® (soothing blend)
  • Breathe (respiratory support blend)
  • DigestZen (digestive support blend)
  • On Guard® (protective blend)

How to Enter for Your Chance to Win:

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 Giveaway ends April 18th, 2014 at midnight. Winner will be announced here within 72 hours.

(I know there are a lot of entry options–but keep in mind that you do NOT have to complete all of them–just the ones you want!)

Taking the first step towards a more natural, wellness-oriented lifestyle is the hardest part! Let me be your Guide and Wellness Advocate. I would love to have you join me and my amazing team.

Transitioning my family to a toxin-free lifestyle one day at a time!


doTERRA Wellness Advocate, #749334, www.mydoterra.com/janafinch/


A huge THANK YOU to Mr. Al Garcia, our generous up-line, who donated the prizes for this giveaway!

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