About Me

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Whole.  New.  Mom.

That’s me up there in the funny green car with the men in my life.

My name is Adrienne and I am the voice behind Whole New Mom.


– a writer.
– a researcher (sometimes I research way.too.much a lot.)
– whole food and healthy minded
willing to admit when I am wrong.
– a real mom. Dealing with real health issues. Struggling to balance it all.)

What I Write About:

Whole Food that is special diet friendly: My recipes are all sugar free and adaptable to dairy free, egg free, and gluten free diets.  Gradually I am incorporating grain free recipes as well and you might expect to see autoimmune recipes coming too.  Sorta glad about that.  Sorta not.

Healthy, Non-Toxic Living: stuff like personal care, home care, etc. that is free of all the chemical ickiness that really makes me (and the whole world) sick.  Got sensitivities?  This is the place for you.  Don’t have ’em?  This is still the place for you.  ‘Cause there are 82,000 chemicals being used in the U.S. alone.  Ick!

Check out my posts on Amazing No Streak Glass Cleaner, Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid and The Battle of the DIY Eye Makeup Removers – and The Winner for a taste of these kinds of things.

Health topics: toxins, GMOs, vaccines, autism, food allergies, special diets, essential oils – kind of “you name it”.  If it’s in the health news, I probably have something to say about it–I just might not have time to blog about it :-).

Frugal, Simple, and Sustainable Living:  That means doing things quickly and without a lot of money or waste.  My Easiest Coconut Milk is a great example of this.

All through my life I’ve been interested in healthy and healthy living.  I was Pre-Med in college, but decided against it since I thought someday I might want a family and knew it would be hard to do both the way I wanted to.

We know that we should eat healthy food, care for our bodies, care for the earth, love our families (which includes our fellow man if you happen to not be married or have children), impact our world, and do it all on a budget and within the 24 hours that God has given us. 

Tough assignment, especially for us perfectionists :-).

The reason why I started Whole New Mom is to share with others some of the things that I have learned along this bumpy road of life.

A Little Bit About Me:

– My husband is an English professor and we homeschool.

– Our oldest was born at home in Illinois.

– We lived in Oklahoma for a brief period and now reside in Western Michigan.  We had a different course planned for our lives, one that didn’t include life-threatening food allergies, autism, or adrenal burnout.  But then, we aren’t the ones in control of our lives.

– I have both the gift and weakness of second-guessing everything, as well as a diverse set of experience and interests that makes it hard for me to pin myself down.  You’ll see that diversity in my writing.  For example:

– I worked in the financial industry for 10 years including a stint on an equity options trading floor as well as work in employee benefits.  Ask me sometime about my nickname “the hammer.”

– Our first child was born at home and I am a strong advocate for natural parenting and breastfeeding.

– One of my sons has life-threatening food allergies as well as Asperger’s Syndrome.

– Our family of 3 lived on an income of 12,500 for 1 year while my husband was finishing his PhD and we still made it through 2 master’s and a doctorate without debt.  Ask me sometime about our “ghetto food” and frugal date nights :-).

– I worked as a tentmaking missionary in Japan for 1 year and served in parachurch ministry throughout college.  Interestingly enough, my husband taught in China for 2 years at the college level.  We both sang with black gospel choirs in college.  And LOVED it.

– I was pre-med in college, but I am not a doctor.  Remember that as you read my posts, please :-).

– I don’t say this to brag, but only to share that I am not an “intellectual slouch”.  I went to one of the top universities in the country and was near the top of my class.  Phi Beta Kappa.  That either means I fooled a lot of people or that I have a little bit on the ball intellectually.  I mainly write this because some folks accuse me of not being interested in real research (check out the comments on that post) or even have gone so far to say that I am an idiot.

I don’t appreciate that–let’s talk civilly, folks :).

So, if you put all of the above into one person and add a lot of other things, you come out with the person behind this blog.

Moving Forward:

I forgot to mention one thing.  I also am a reforming (emphasis on the “ing”) Type A personality.

All my life I have pushed myself to do more, get straight A’s, exercise enough, cook the right way, be with my kids enough, be involved at church enough, have a solid family life.  You too?

One thing that has never been perfect about me is having a neat house.  But that’s probably because I am usually too busy with other things :-).  I am thinking about starting a Messy Mom’s Club at our church.  If you clean before having friends over –you are kicked out :-).

But somewhere after Asperger’s and before today, I crashed into the world of adrenal burnout.  And now I am coming out.

We’ve been down many medical roads en route to better health.  Our current pitstop (and hopefully we are near the end) is Nutritional Balancing to reverse heavy metal toxicity and toxin overload.

So this blog may not be as busy as some others, simply because I need to stay healthy and sane.

I will probably feel guilty about it sometimes, but that too I am working on.  When I go a few days without a post, you will know why.  I am simply trying to take care of myself and not neglect my family.

The Car in the Photo

Oh…and the funny car up there?  The car is part of our life too.  The mascots from our favorite local ice hockey team drive around in it before each home game.  See why we’re so happy to be sitting in it?  We got to go on a “backstage tour” of sorts of the hockey rink and this was part of the “tour”.

According to my son, life without hockey would be–well–pretty rough.

Nice to Meet You.  Hope to see you around more and more!


  1. HI my name is Amy
    I have been doing a lot of research myself on our foods we buy and the products we use in & on ourselves . So me and my sister are doing the same thing. We are in the process of making our own lotions and toothpaste and making homemade foods without MSG and a lot of other things that are not good in our foods. So I’m so glad to hear that there are people that are concerned for there family’s health .

  2. Hey Adrienne! This is a wonderfully put-together site. It is always great with so much interesting information (:

  3. Hi, Adrienne,
    I met you last night at the hockey event. Great to talk to you! It is fun meeting people with similar interests and beliefs!
    Hope to talk to you again soon. Now you have my email.
    Blessings today,
    Sue E.

  4. Shalom Adrienne, it is a pleasure to meet you.

    I have just today, found your site and so happy I did. Because of your research on the Essential Oil’s (I have been with YL for the past 10 years) I was a bit concerned after reading some not so good things about YL and DT. Since reading your research, and finding out about the same issues you brought up, I have decided to place my trust with Native Americans Murtitionals. I have just subscribed with Native Americans Nutritionals.
    I would like to ask, would you happen to know of an equal to Thieve’s? I have diffused this in my house the the past 10 years and my granddaughter has not had one Asthma attack.
    Thank you again, for the time you have dedicated to the Essential Oil debate of who’s oil’s are best. It certaily has made my decision less stressful.

    Susan Folland

    • Hello and welcome, Susan! Native American’s Thieves equivalent is Spice Traders. I really like it.

      You are so welcome! I feel so much better now too. Glad to meet you!

      • Thank you, I will be ordering Spice Traders, will also let the company know who helped me to make an informed decision. I am so excited about this Company. Thank you so much.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Good afternoon,

    I have a question, was wondering if you still think that the Native American Essential oils are your top choice? I was just about to sign up as a consultant with Young Living through a friend and then I started reading up on as many companies as I could to understand them all better.

    My husband is clinical nutritionist so we eat all organic, mostly gluten free, and we grow 75% of our own fruits and veggies. We are looking into the Essential Oils for our family and for him to possible use in his practice. Any and all the help/information you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

    Jennifer McRae

    • Yes, I have not changed my mind at all. I am very very happy w/ them and their quality. I hope you feel the same. I just used their helichrysum on a tooth and it felt sooo much better than it should have.

  6. Hi Adrienne,

    I stumbled across your blog looking for natural ear infection remedies for my daughter. She is currently undering evaluations for possible autism. I’m hoping to treat her as holistically and naturally as I can. So glad that I found you to read about your journey.

  7. Hi Adrienne,
    I am so glad and grateful to have found your site. Am a passionate advocate for health, wellness and sustainability. Currently am pursuing answers to help my adult son find the answers to an ADHD diagnosis 7 years ago. Since then he has been over medicated, used illegal drugs, lost his zest for life and self confidence. He is in the midst of rebuilding every area of his life and together we are praying for the right people to guide us to the answers we need. Have met with two psychiatrists who are prescribing the usual medications, met with a nutritionist, talked with an N.D. about saliva testing for food intolerances and have tried several of the YL oils. Do you have an article/blog that addresses how we might proceed. It’s all getting quite confusing and overwhelming as we continue speaking with various professionals? Thank you so much for weighing in. God bless, Kim

    • Sorry, but I am not sure what to say. I am working with Theresa Vernon (you can find her in my adrenal health posts or just search my blog) and a local herbalist. I would personally consider them a good place to start -have you seen my posts on candida and probiotics? I also have seen a lot of links of celiac to mental issues. I hope those thoughts help you.

  8. Hi Adrienne,

    I’d like to email you about getting permission to use your content on my site, and I’ve looked for an email address for you but can’t find one. Let me know your preferred way for me to ask boring copyright questions.

    Thank you much!

  9. Hi Adrienne,

    What would you recommend for insomnia? I have been having very bad sleep quality for coming to 2 years now. Been searching unsucessfully for help.

  10. Would love more info on your journey with candida. I was diagnosed with it (biomeridian rest) but have never had traditional “yeast symptoms”. I kinda figured we ALL have some sort of yeast overgrowth due to being over-antiobioticed, etc. therefore, I did not follow the diet for too long. God flat out told me (after asking Him) to follow the anti-candida diet. I did so for about two weeks until we had to travel and ended up quitting, AGAIN!! My problem is that I can get very “out there” with my natural approaches (kombucha SCOBYs as a facial mask for instance) so I second guessed if candida REALLY WAS real. “Why can’t I just eat the foods God gave us” was my question. I just wanted to find a Believer that had gone through the diet with success.

    I now believe I’ve been introduced to sugar intolerance. I’m not a huge sugar eater, but have been consuming too much of it lately. I do believe this relates to me. So, back to the anti-candida diet. I guess He really does know best!! Ha ha.

    Would love to hear more of your candida journey and success.

    Thank you for your posts!! I’ve been sharing lots of them!!

  11. Alma Robinson says:

    I’m amazed with the wealth of information.
    I love it.
    Thank you

  12. How do you feel about Green Polka Dot Box now that they are forcing everyone to give up their points for shares?

  13. Caroine Mueller says:

    PLEASE PLEASE warn your friends, DO NOT USE THE SWEETENER listed in the ‘sugar free marshmellows. It is deadly to all dogs in any amount. Not the way chocolate it or raisins, or grapes. It causes internal drastic deadly problems to their pancreas and kills them quickly. Do No Use Xylitol..

  14. Sandee Rice says:

    Absolutely LOVE your web site! What a wealth of info…AND grateful for ALL the knowledge about the essential oils! I ordered from NAN and got on their site and found out so much about them. Very prompt at sending my order! Received them in just 3 days.

  15. I just sent you an email with some questions! Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks for the good information! :)

  16. Ok I found your site because I have been loosely looking at DoTerra and Young Living and unwilling to make an investment until I do in depth research on finding the best oils for me to invest in. Low and behold I foudn your post about Native American (Which I have never heard of). As I am reading, I am discovering that our name must have something to do with who we are. I am obsessed with researching too much. I have a website all about GREEN cleaning and getting kids on routines. I homeschool. ETC….So we are kindered Adriennes. LOL. I discovered Young Living years ago when I was speaking at a MOPS group about green cleaning and a lady in the audience told me about Thieves. I had to get the MSDS from YL in order to decide if I would endorse their cleaner. It took me a lot of arm pulling to get it from them. They were refusing and I had to tell them that LEGALLY they had to give it to me. I ended up loving the cleaner and endorsing it. But, that did put a sour taste in my mouth for YL. I love thier moutwash and I have the Thieves EO. I also have a lavender DoTerra that a friend gave to me. So, I am torn and trying to educate myself on these 2 companies and stumbled on your blog. Since you are an “Adrienne” and have similiarities to me (I also have adrenal fatigue…which oils do I need?) I am seriously thinking about trusting you and trying Native American.

    • Hi Adrienne – what fun :)!.

      I would seriously check out NAN and say goodbye to the others. I have heard that clove and rosemary on the adrenals is good. If you need more info I can work on that for you. There are many things you need to do besides oils for AF of course, but this isn’t medical advice.


  17. I recently found your site and I’ve really been enjoying it! I had a staph infection in my bladder about five months ago and had issues with antibiotic resistance, and ever since that nerve-racking ordeal, I’ve vowed to do my absolute darndest to treat things naturally. I especially loved your series on essential oils… very eye-opening!
    Also, I couldn’t help but notice the plane in the background of your photo – are you or your family by any chance involved in aviation? My husband and I are both commercial pilots and I get excited when I find someone who shares this passion. :-)

    • Thanks! No we are not but a friend is a pro pilot. The photo is from Dreams and Wings – a “gift” to special needs kids to give them a small craft flight in the air for free over our local city. We go every year :).

      My hubby gets nauseous in the air so not a lot of flying for us :).

  18. Hi, I’ve looked through your site (tons of info!) looking for your opinions on Mountain Rose Herbs. Thumbs up or thumbs down?

  19. Chris Rutledge says:

    Howdy! So, about six months ago I hit on this site when I was researching essential oils. I read through your “Which Essential Oils Company Is Best” series. After that, I read through a few other of your reviews. My wife has Celiac, so your GF resources were appreciated as well.

    Thank you for your thoroughness, accuracy, and attention to detail in your coverage. Thank you for explaining your methodology so clearly–and for having a purposeful methodology. You are a (very) intelligent and thoughtful person, and you have an amazing heart, as can be readily perceived by the grace in which you respond to others.

    Anyway! That’s not even why I posted.

    I wanted to share an article I recently read, called “The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism” (https://medium.com/matter/70c3d64ff221). It communicates a theory by a husband/wife team of neuroscientists who were trying to understand their son better. The theory (“Intense World”) is relatively new and is still being critically reviewed and circulated. However, one of my brothers-in-law has aspergers, and the theory seems to just click into place as a really, really good candidate for a unified theory of what’s going on under the hood.

    As y’all are someone who has a personal interest in this area, as well as someone who researches the heck out of stuff, I wanted to be sure you were presented with it. It has led to some really good conversation with others who it has been shared with. I hope it at least provides some good food for thought (if you haven’t already exhaustively studied it. Ha.)

    Have a grand day!

  20. Have you heard about or looked into the Joe Cross documentary “fat,sick,and nearly dead.com”? It is a wonderful documentary. It talks about how he re-booted his body and his life by doing a juice fast to rid his body of all of the accumulated toxins. I stumbled across your blog and am wondering now I can incorporate essential oils into this life style change I have started. How do you know which ones to take orally or just use topically? I never knew you could ingest them…I just thought they were room deodorizers! Sorry to sound like a moron.

  21. Hi! I am new to Pinterest. I’m slowly learning to navigate around. : ) Anyway, I’ve had EO’s in my cabinet for years and basically only used the tea tree oil for medicine, or cinnamon & lavender for scent. I’m so excited about the use of EO’s for health! THANK YOU for your research on them. My question: I know I saw somewhere here how to use EO’s in the decanters such as you get from scentsy, but can’t find it. Thanks for any help! Blessings, Linda in VA

  22. My youngest of three is Autistic and it has changed our world. I am also very into health and healing thru food (I am a chef by trade) and I love to hear what other families are doing. Thank you for sharing what you do. I think if we get back to basics, we will all be so much better. I am in Ohio!


  23. Good grief reading your “about me” page…. we might be related!
    I’ll be reading more and would be interested in knowing how you got started with your blog. Meaning, did you start with one of the free sites like blogspot (not real changeable I have found) or did you just jump in and buy a domain a use a program to create your pages? And also how did you create traffic?

  24. So excited to have found your blog! Thanks for all the great info. I, too, have a child on the spectrum and have switched the whole family over to a healtheir way of life. Nothing like having a sick child to get your butt into gear. My son has done fabulously since we started to eliminate our environmental toxins and work on gut health. I recently started a blog to chronicle our adventures and am excited to try the essential oils you recommeded!

  25. Wow. It seems like you are almost describing me! Thanks and happy to have found your blog!

  26. Hi Adrienne!

    My hubby actually directed me to your site! Wow, you’ve done a lot of work here! :) Thank you for sharing your journey to health, and giving good info and advice in the way of REAL health. I am, too, on the journey. Almost 2 years ago, after exhausting the medical field, I finally went to a NRT practitioner/doctor. He found I had tons of food intolerances (how are you to know? The whole (well-known/used) food system in our country is contaminated.) and heavy metal/chemical toxicities. It’s taken a long time to feel this good and there’s still a ways to go!

    One thing that happened to me: I’ve worn clear plastic retainers for the last 10 years (for braces) and never could get any doctor or dentist to explain why the plastic that covered my two silver fillings in the back were BLACK. Totally black. Finally I took them to this doctor and they showed for mercury gas. I tested for the max amount of mercury using NRT – in my mouth, entire digestive system, kidneys, bladder. He immediately started me on chlorella, garlic, cholacol II and several other detox supplements while I started the process of removing the fillings. It is very dangerous! Even tho I was on the detox, the days following each removal were horrible. I was dizzy, nauseous, totally out of it, exhausted chronically and in pain. My joints hurt the worst, and then muscles. My lungs showed up with mercury and I developed a cough, that thankfully didn’t last long. What a terrible thing it is to be heavy metal toxic!

    Does the Nutrition Balancing you do use muscle testing? Is it related to Nutrition Response Testing, do you know? That is the program that has helped me so much. What a blessing God gave us with nutrition and nutrition doctors!

    Thank you again for all your research and hard work. I look forward to ‘digging into’ your site! :)

    In Jesus,

    • I am not doing the Nutritional Balancing any more. It was testing of hair to determine mineral imbalances basically. It’s different than NRT. I am working with an FDN practitioner now. Thank you so much. You might wish to sign up for my email feed delivery -= thanks! Hopefully a new post will be out this evening. http://mad.ly/signups/97092/join

    • What do you do when you remove the fillings? Just leave them or refill them with something else? My daughter recently had a root canal, then I read that root canals are not good for your health. She also has a couple of cavities. I wish I knew what to do.

  27. Hi Adrienne. Thank you for replying so promptly to my email. I’ll just restate what I said there about my problem and then you can respond.
    Do you know of an effective natural anti-inflammatory cream for the skin. For almost two months now I’ve had eczema on my face for the first time ever that I’m aware of. I’m 61 years old and have been following a good whole foods, low fat, vegan diet since Jan 2010.
    Since I wash my face and hair with water only and rinse my laundry thoroughly, I doubt it’s caused by contact with an allergen, at least cleanser wise. Maybe I’ve developed an allergy to a fabric that I use a lot, in this case, fleece. I don’t know. I’ve eliminated anything and everything that I think could be the culprit from my environment for now, including gluten containing foods. I’ll test each later. Right now I really need something to take away the inflamation. There are three red spots on my face that I would love to get back to normal skin color. I’d very much appreciate any help you could give me.
    Thank you so much for your time.

    • Sorry for the delay – this got lost in a slew of comments. Just 3 red spots? Have they improved? Let me know and I can see what I can find out. Thanks!

  28. Bless you for your recipes. The only reason I have a kitchen is because it came with the house. I hate cooking. I especially hate chopping vegetables. It causes my blood pressure to rise. I really resent having to be on a “special” diet. I’ve just recently tried going on the GAPS Intro diet for the second time and failed. If I even smell chicken or beef broth, I feel sick. So I’m searching for recipes (ugh) to help me keep my favorite foods and not hurt myself too bad. I would never consider doing the experimenting in the kitchen that you do. My gut has recently let me know that if I cheat on the gluten-free diet, it’s going to kill me, even if I take enzymes. So again, bless you.

    • Thank you so much. Your words are a blessing to me. Make sure you sign up for the free Meal Plans in the orange box in the upper right of my blog – they should be done soon!

  29. Really nice to meet you and your boys Adrienne, I think we already share a lot in common but most especially the Type A in reform bit 😉 and also that you are a Believer/Christian – another reason why I decided to follow your blog and leave a comment.

  30. Hello,
    I love your website!!! My husband I are starting our life as homesteaders so I’m enjoying read all this great info. We have 4 year old twin boys. In December we found out that one of our boys has extreme food allergies. Barely, corn, milk, peanuts, potatoes, soybeans, tomatoes, walnuts, wheat and yeast. I have found that buying food is almost impossible, and I struggle on coming up with foods I can make for him. So now I’m on the quest to grow it and make it myself!! Plus we should be healthier now anyways.

    • Wow. That’s a lot. But we are in a similar boat. We’ve gone on some very special diets recently. We’re not great gardeners either so it’s hard. Hope to see you around again! Did you see the special diet meal plan you can get a free copy of in the orange box in my sidebar?

  31. You are a very interesting person and an excellent writer, or perhaps because you are an excellent writer, you are able to sound interesting. :-) I look forward to returning to read often.

  32. Wow! I like you! Seems we have a lot in common. I’m enjoying your site! Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned. <3

  33. Hi my name is Carol. I would like to purchase Immune Strength to apply to my daughter’s warts. I have looked at this for so long I am now confused. Can it be applied directly or does it need to be mixed with something first? If you have to mix it with something how do you go about that? What is needed?

  34. Britney Hortin says:

    My name is Britney Hortin and I love your blog! I have some exciting information that you would be interested in hearing. Please hear me out! I know you probably get hit up a lot from different essential oil companies, but there is a new company launching next month that is going to change the essential oil industry. Please e-mail me so I can get you more information.

  35. Hi Adrienne
    I have a question for you could you please email me :) thank you!!

  36. Hi Adrienne,
    My name is Sue and I think that I have been tired for most of my adult life. For many years I suffered from depression and anxiety. I always told my doctors that I was depressed because I was so tired but they insisted that I was tired because I was depressed. But I am a fighter so I continued to work for a major oil company for over 25 years. Suddenly, I was falling asleep while driving to work, becoming sick every time I ate and about ready to have a nervous breakdown. I finally found a good Dr. In San Francisco who is helping me a lot but I always revert to my old ways because I hate to cook. I am about to crash again so I need to draw the line in the sand. I love your site. I usually steer clear of the fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue sites because they are usually depressing so your’ sis a breath of fresh air. Everything you are saying is true so keep up the good work.

  37. Wendy Everett says:

    Hi Adrienne,
    I read all your oil posts AND the comments and I am exhausted! :) YOU are amazing and if someone reads everything, your character speaks for itself. Period. Thank you for your courage, common sense, kindness and what must be a very generous spirit to put up with all those comments. Since you now have my total respect, I am poking around the rest of your site. :) I apologize if I just haven’t found it yet, (I’m a little weary after all the oil comments – ha!) but what are you doing now instead of the Nutritional Balancing?
    Best of health to you and yours… inner and outer (and it sounds like you have the inner part down!)
    – Wendy

  38. Hi Adrienne
    I came to your site via your article on stevia. Thank you for such a well written and researched piece! You seem like a research perfectionist after my own heart. I think it’s the one place where channeling that part of our personality is ok :)

  39. Rosie Zummo says:

    Hi Adrienne: I just started buying essential oils, I love using them. I started with a sore throat the other day, and my friend who I purchased the Lemon Essential Oil from, told me to make a hot cup of decaffeinated tea, put some local honey (Florida) and add a few drops of my lemon essential oil. I went to bed, and the next morning I was feeling good, no more sore throat. It works for me. Rosie

  40. Wow! Great website or is it a blog?. I read all what I came across when I stumbled on your website. For the past year one of my close friends who has a 2 year old down syndrome child has been trying to get me to use essential oils from YL..I finally went to two of their presentations in the past few weeks and was thinking I will just join just to get the information( which they seemed to have because the presenter was a Ph.D in Cell Biology!) and sample the oils! Today( actually yesterday because it is still night of Friday!) I did could not go to work since I had dental surgery I decided to go to YL website and look at it more closely before I call up my friend in the morning to tell her I want to join YL . I thank the LORD that when I googled for YL I saw the name of the article about essential oil Theives of which I had heard a lot from the YL presenter. I opened your site and I read all the posts. Now I as soon as I finish this letter I am going to check out NAN. I think I signed up for your blogs- never done blogs before but I guess it is never too late to learn about it.
    Another reason I am so happy to have found you is that I was re-reading Jordan Rubin’s book the Great Physicians RX for Health and Fitness and for some unknown reason sent his websites biblicalhealthinstitute.com and greatphysiciansrx.com to many friends. Later in the night I decided to get on those websites and found that looks like something bad happened to them! Then I looked at one of the websites listed in the book for supplements mercola.com ( I was looking for supplements to improve vision) and after adding products to the cart I was unable to move it into check out. So I checked out of the website all together. Then I went searching for YL ( for same reason, possible good vision products) and saw whole new mom.com and about YL. So I decided to check your site first and ended up reading all the the comments of so many people. I am not much of a web browser. But I hope to be back to this site for more information..

  41. Do you receive any endorsement for recommending NAN? If you have disclosed on your site and I haven’t seen it mea culpa

  42. I am anxious to try your recipe CHOCOLATE COOKIES but would like to know if I use PURE RAW HONEY would they taste as D’lish as your receipe? Thanx, Ms.Helen

  43. Hello Adrienne,
    I have enjoyed wholeewmom a great deal with all of your homemade money savers and easy to make on-hand staples. I have made several of your recipes including the powdered sugar substitute many times. However I have been looking for a brown sugar substitute that I can afford or even make here at home and seem to be getting no where. I find that brown sugar substitutes (BSS) are extremely expensive that is if you can find one. I have checked the Internet and cannot find one that I am willing to spend $20.00 a pound for and would love to be able to make one myself.. Got any ideas? What do you think about putting a few drops of molasses in some Truvia? I haven’t tried it yet. Just curious about your take on it.
    Look forward to hearing from you soon,

    • HI there. Good question! I saw a few options on the internet – adding about 1 T brown sugar to a 1 cup of alternative sweetener so try that perhaps? Some say to add an extract of choice. Hope that helps!

    • Molasses is an industrial waste product. It was originally touted as being a very healthy health food and sold in health food stores. It has subsequently found to be a waste product of cane (& brown) sugar. Not good folks, especially if you value your health. I keep hearing more and more of sugar being the basis of inflammation in your body.

      And since I am on the subject of harmful foods, soy should never be touched; or any of its other by-products such as lecithin. Lecithin, and lecithin granules are a byproduct of manufacturing any other soy products.

      I have learned to read labels thoroughly. I carry a magnifying glass with me when I go shopping. There are so many harmful ingredients in our foods it’s astonishing.

      I have just started to read this site, so don’t know if I am repeating anything Adrienne has stated already. But what I have read so far, I like very much. I too try to research as much as I can, but am not as good at it as I would like to be.

      Thank You Adrienne for your efforts to inform people and share your knowledge.

      Regards, Doreen

      PS:: I am definitely not a spammer. I am a 70-year-old senior citizen trying to regain my health and have a modicum of quality of life.

      • How interesting about molasses. I never heard that and don’t know what to think. I don’t eat it much at all and for sure almost no sugar. I have heard from some that non GMO lecithin is OK but I almost never eat that either.

        Blessing and hope to hear from you again!

  44. Perdita smith says:

    Hi Adrienne,

    In your extensive essential oil research, did you look into any wholesale companies? Bulk Apothecary advertises on your blog page. Do you buy through them at all. And if so, thoughts? NAN oils are fairly comparative to Yl and DT.

    Thank you for sharing all your information. The millions of people you help and who enjoy you, far out way the critics. Never stop being a type A, over researching, passionate mom!


  45. Hi Adrienne,

    I really enjoyed reading your blog! I wanted to turn you and all the “overworked” moms onto a product the good Lord help me create and patent protect. It is called Aroma Wrap and it is the number one aromatherapy neck wrap on the market today! What makes it unique is the patent pending design that allows the user to pick their favorite essential oil, pour a few drops on provided cotton rounds, and slip into pockets on wrap for aromatherapy bliss! It comes as a kit with 3 oils (Lavender, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus), 2 cotton rounds, and the most luxurious neck wrap you will ever experience.

    I would love to send you one (as a gift) and if you love it, like I know you will, I would only ask that you let your audience know your experience;-)

    Please let me know if you would accept and email me on the mailing address of where to send the Aroma Wrap.

    Thanks so much!

    P.S. We take a portion of our net profit to help put an end to human sex trafficking, which is a big problem here in the USA.

    Be Blessed,
    Roger K.

    • Hi and thanks for commenting. Sorry I am just getting back to you – I have been inundated. I would be open to that but you would need to contact me via email and I am just swamped now. Thanks!

  46. Betsy Nicholson says:

    I too have a child with a severe egg allergy and wondered if there is anything other than potato starch to use in the egg replacement recipe you developed? She is also allergic to the white potato. The combination of allergies to eggs, chicken, potato, soy and chocolate have been an interesting road to travel but we have managed. We are able to use duck eggs when we can get them (totally different protein from chicken) but they are difficult to find and costly. When the chinese grocery has them they are 80 cents an egg!

  47. I have recently started using YL oils i love them, however now i am confused as to which oils to use NAN or YL. I have been drinking the lemon and grapefruit in my water and loving it,i am wondering if i order NAN can i also drink their oils as it doesn’t state anywhere if i can or not? all this is somewhat overwhelming for someone just starting out to say the least.

  48. Thank you for posting all of this information. I actually have a membership to YL and DT. I am also type A, I want to get the best. You are right on target with what I have been told at DT meetings about shipping. It’s high. I don’t understand the Loyalty program. As for YL, those followers will tell you that DT does not have true essential oils. The clean strong smell is just as you say, not totally real. I am new to the EOs, so I greatly appreciate knowing that there is another company out there that I can purchase from. I have friends in both companies and frankly I feel uncomfortable with the competition.

  49. I need some advise. I am 50 yrs old, in school full time and work. I have fibromyalgia but have been doing well till recently. My pain level has almost doubled. I have had a migraine for 4 days with no relief till I tried a product called joint health. It he’s to relieve it, but my pain level is still very high. It has been suggested that I try thieves oil which brought me to this site. I have also been told to have asyra testing done. I know nothing about essential oils. Where do I start?

    • Hi there. I am so sorry you are having these difficulties. I know that I had a lot of fibro issues (they seemed like that) and I found that I had issues w/ heavy metals and adrenals and thyroid and sugar issues. I wonder if you have done any work in those arenas, but of course I can’t medically advise. Does any of that sounds like it might help? As for oils, you could try what you think your main issues are. If you tell me perhaps I can help. Thank you.

      • According to my bloodwork, all of that is ok. I pretty much eat paleo and have for over a year now. To say I have a lot of stress is an understatement. I initially lost 30 lbs in 3 months and have not moved the scales since. I have been using thieves oil and a pain blend and they give me temporary relief. The joint health supplement has helped the most, but I must continue to take throughout the day to be able to have relief. I have not had issues like this in over 15 years so it is a struggle. Especially with college and kids and work. Any help is truly appreciated.

        • Well, I guess if it were me (not medical advice) I would find a practitioner who deals w/ adrenals and thyroid. This is the gal I used most recently. http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/thyroid-disease-hypothyroid-what-causes-hypothyroidism/ or I could put you in touch w/ the gal I hired this time to work on gut health and metals.

          If you are not interested in working w/ someone it’s harder. I love this supplement right now for stress. http://amzn.to/1F3cjk4 (it’s an affiliate link). It is great. Blood work doesn’t always show the issues, in my experience. My doc thought I was “healthy as a horse” but I was unable to function. Once I started thyroid and adrenal work things improved. Does that sound like it might be helpful? Again, this isn’t medical advice. Just thoughts on what I would do. Please consult w/ your physician prior to making any changes to your supplements or medical care.

  50. Hello I just wanted to say thank you for your site. I have been engrossed in essential oil research for my son who has ADD and insomnia (would appreciate feedback on both of those btw). Naturally all this research has brought up a whole new world of possibilities followed by headaches. I have just finished your multi-part saga in the forays of the essential oil enterprises…good for you!! I wished I read it sooner since I just placed an order with Edens Garden (about ~$90, not too bad). I looked up NAN and I like what I see. I am looking forward to ordering from them in the future. If you are a distributer, I would be happy to go through you since I would have never discovered them had it not been for you. I am also a thorough investigator of sorts, often in direct relation to the amount of $$ to be spent (took me almost a year to purchase a house). I appreciate that you are taking the brunt of the reseachwork. Thanks again.

    • Hi there and thanks! I am not a distributor – just an affiliate. Like most links on blogs where if you purchase something, your price remains the same, but I get a small commission that helps run the blog and have me not working for free. I hear you on the house issue. Did you just buy one?

      • No the house purchase was not recent but I recall when it was finally over there was a wave of relief coming from everyone around me. I was pretty determined to get all my needs met. I counted 20 :). Some were deal breakers (budget, #of bedrooms/bath, etc…) and the rest were “would be nice”…when we bought this house, it met 18. I only gave in because I just gave birth our 2nd son (yep we have 2 boys also :)) and I was willing to relinquish the other two musts in order to stop living out of storage. It was worth it. We love it here. Are you in the process of house hunting?

  51. Thank you Adrienne for sharing your life with us! I found your site last summer looking for a recipe and found a whole lot more. The information you post, the health sumits and recipes have changed my health as well as my 3 boys. My husband still likes hot pockets (sigh) but I sneak greens in his breakfast & dinner–shhh!! I’ve learned so much from you! I just wanted to let you know that what you spend your time doing has blessed my life.

  52. Hi Adrienne; Just wanted to say hello after reading all this terrific health stuff (Please forgive me ,I’m an Aussie ) and am going to try and make my own vanilla liquid Stevie after seeing how easy it is !!! Great site .keep up the good work…..From Gordo (Melbourne,Victoria, Australia…..)

  53. Hello Adrienne,

    I found your website after looking for a sugar-to-honey conversion. I found your conversion information useful and successfully made gluten-free cookies with honey. Thank you. :)

    I confess that I was hesitant as I read through your bio here, as many health people do not use science research with their articles. Then I saw that you are a fellow ex-pre-med, and my mind was put to ease. I’ll bookmark your site.

    Thanks, Hestia

    • Thanks for commenting! So glad they worked out! I try to use science and personal experience / anecdotes as appropriate. Look forward to seeing you again!

  54. Courtney says:

    Hi! I really would like to learn more about this, do you have a favorite couple of books you can recommend to get started. i really enjoyed your blog and you are very informative!

  55. Hi adrienne…such a great site …muaaaaah..admirable are ur efforts really i appreciate u…and u r so down to earth..was great reading ur articles..keep going…god bless u.

  56. hi Adrienne,

    I am so glad I found your blog. I appreciate ALL the time and devotion you spend on this hot topic of essential oils. I was doing research my self and was on the cusp of diving into the question ” what is best best EO company.. However I discovered you blog and you have done a thorough investigation. I still might at a later date tackle the question.

    My question is this. Ylang Ylang is one of the few oils that can go through more than one disllation. I noticed that on the Native Anmerican Nutritionals website that there are two ylang ylang. One is labeled Ylang Ylang Complete and the other oil is Ylang Ylang Extra. Ylang Ylang Complete is the last disllation of the plant where as Ylang Ylang Extra is from the first disllation. Is that right?

    • Hi there and thanks for your kind words. The Extra is supposed to be what is distilled for the first hour at a low temp and low pressure, while the complete is what is distilled for the whole 6-7 hours at low temp and low pressure.

      I hope that helps :).

  57. Christina Roberson says:

    I really appreciated your info regarding all the oil companies. I’ve only used do terra oils and became a member 4 months ago. I love sharing my oils! I host “make n take” parties and they are fun! Get a group of friends together and create natural products.
    As a nurse , I’m not a strong advocate for pharmaceuticals. I see them so over used and the results of side effects. God designed the human body to heal itself and placed these natural elements here to support our health. I used Bio Freeze for years due to back injury. Now I use deep blue, lavender and peppermint mixed with water in a spray bottle and get better relief than ever before!!

    • It’s so nice to “meet” a nurse who cares so much about natural products. Take care and hope to see you around again!

    • Hello fellow nurse who feels the same about pharmaceuticals. 😉

      • I too, am a nurse who advocates alternative medicine, Good to know I’m in such good company! Excited to follow your blog Adrienne. I stumbled upon it looking for information on essential oils.

        • So nice to have you here, Sarah! I have a blogging friend who is a nurse too – you all might want to check her out too at Sensibly Sustainable. Hope to see you both around again!

          • I guess I’ll just add my name to the list of nurses with a “Retired” added to it. I really enjoyed your “About Me” article.. such an easy and interesting read. Until I retired, 22 years ago, I was strictly traditional medicine… but with my interest in nutrition, since I graduated as an LPN in ’54 and R.N. in ’73, I have really leaned towards alternative medicine, not saying that traditional med does not have it’s place. I’m really interested in healthy foods, gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free, soy free, plus all the other good stuff.. But, would also like to learn more about essential oils.. This 81 year old has the average aches and pains and do prefer a natural relief rather than an Rx. relief. Thanks so much for an informative blog.. and keep up the good work ! Always try to remember that your family comes first and also keep in mind to make good memories for them in the later years. :)

  58. Good evening! I stumbled on your blog and I also a RN, however haven’t worked since November (1 day). I just started using oils because quite honestly I’m at a point where, “what do I have to lose?” I have been diagnosed with polymyositis and some days I can’t function, on any level. So, any advice, tips, tricks, jumping through more hoops that you may have; I’m all ears (well eyes)! :)

    • Hi there. I am so sorry for taking so long to respond. I have been swamped and comments have backed up (the more difficult ones to respond to). I just looked up your condition and am so sorry you have this. I guess, and this is not medical advice, but it looks like this is an inflammatory disease. The only thing I can say is that I have recently started on a supplement that has a lot of research on it regarding inflammation. So I am going to direct you to the research to consider on your own. And to my site where you can get a free sample if you are interested.

      Research: https://muscadinehealthresearch.wordpress.com/

      Site – https://naturespearlproducts.com/wholenewmom

      You can just sign up as a customer and get the free sample. It has really leveled me out and it’s doing good things for my son and the daughter of a friend of mine.

      Of course, there are other natural things you can try for inflammation, but the antioxidants in this supplement are just unmatched. It doesn’t cure any disease, but supports your body in its healing.

      Take good care and I will ask about oils that might help as well.

    • Hi again. I already heard back from the oils company I recommend about your condition. They said they hadn’t heard of it but since it is an inflammatory disease, they offered this:

      Aligning and True Blue are the best to reduce muscle inflammation. Sports Pro could also work. I would start with aligning. It works at aligning your spine by reducing inflamed and tense muscles so that your back naturally re-aligns itself, and then when it wears off the muscles will tighten back up around the spine, causing it to having self aligned itself.

      So I would try aligning on the affected area. If that doesnt work, i would try true blue, which adds the healing penetration of wintergreen to soothe muscles. It may also work well.

      Here is the post where I wrote about the company: http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/natural-remedies/announcing-the-best-essential-oils-company-and-a-great-sale/

      I so hope you can feel better. :)

  59. What University did you attend? I can relate to being an educated “stay at home” mom. Found you because of your vanilla stevia recipe–I think a lot like you!

  60. Hi Adrienne: I just read about you and your family, About your health challenges in your family, I thought I would pass on some info about what I just found about a diet called: The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy. It sounds like she is very well educated and sounds like the diet might help you. I am about to go on it as I am overweight and quite ill with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, angina, just to name a few. I am now 70 y.o. and am hoping to change all that for the better. Good Luck to you and your family. Regards, Doreen

  61. I have read your comments top to bottom and was wondering about a diffuser? Not seeing comments about this. Also how often is your research updated? I find the site very informative and interesting. I am doing research for my family use and am new. I have read lots of sites but I really like this one.

    • Hi Joyce, thanks again for your kind words. I try to write at least 1-2 times weekly. It’s hard right now but hoping to do more. I have another oils blend recipe coming. Your compliment means a lot.

  62. I appreciate the recipes you share, thank you. Have you ever considered using date syrup for a sweetener? Date syrup is 100% natural and can be made at home. We eliminated white and brown sugar completely and use date syrup exclusively and have really enjoyed the health benefits. I tried your recipe for carob chips and used carob, butter (I didn’t have the fat called-for in your recipe) and date syrup – that’s all, and it turned out great! Date syrup tastes yummy and contains nutrients so I think it is a win-win. :-)

  63. Dr. Deborah @ PeriodCrampsRelief.com says:

    Just found your blog today, and I’m in love! Wish I could tell you what the heck I clicked on to get here, but the trail is already cold. Anyway, glad to have stumbled by – you have a lot of good information here. Will start recommending your site to my patients to read for more information shifting to a natural lifestyle.

    Many blessings,
    Deborah Epstein, ND

  64. Hi, I just stumbled across your blog as well….interesting similarities as I am from IL & met & married my husband in MI & raised our 4 sons there. Now live in northern CA & am just selling our home in Okemos! I too have been a researcher of all things natural for over 20 yrs. & have done lots of comparisons & research of essential oils as well. The testing is very sophisticated, multi-level & ever evolving as synthetics become much better & more difficult to detect. I have studied the chemistry & followed the work of Dr. Robert Pappas for the last 2 yrs. You may want to contact him about the quality comparisons to see which ones truly come out on top.

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