You are Your Own Healer with Sarah Small



In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews Sarah Small, a health, lifestyle, & mindset coach for women with autoimmune disease. She helps empower women to get UN-stuck and be their own best healer through 1:1 coaching, online group programs, meditation, tapping, crystals, nutritional changes, essential oils, muscle testing, and strategic intervention. Sarah also works as a yoga and meditation teacher in Colorado (where she lives) and hosts an autoimmune book club.

Sarah shares her incredible journey with a mystery illness and heart-break, and how it lead her down the path of spirituality, personal growth and finding her own wholeness. You are going to hear Sarah share her insight and wisdom on:

  • what is missing from the world of treating autoimmune
  • the ball and chain of chronic illness
  • the dangers of perfectionism
  • creating boundaries with others and what can happen when you don’t
  • listening and trusting your own body’s wisdom
  • four of our mutual favorite tools for healing, loving support and transformation.

Connect with Sarah at www.autoimmunetribe.com and/or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1477095185932809/ 

Resources for support and/or mentioned in the show:

IMperfectly Healthy Community FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IMperfectlyhealthycommunity/ 

EFT Tapping: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/what-is-eft-tapping/ 

Essential Oils: https://www.mydoterra.com/faithshevlin/#/

Nourish Medical Center: www.nourishmedicalcenter.com 

Nourish TV: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7YzzV95hL3m2gFxVtfOqJA 

Institute for Functional Medicine: https://www.functionalmedicine.org/ 

Jessica Flanigan, The Loving Diet: https://aiplifestyle.com/ 

Paleo Mom: https://www.thepaleomom.com/ 

Autoimmune Paleo: http://autoimmunewellness.com/ 

Mastin Kipp: http://mastinkipp.com/ 

Gabby Bernstein: https://gabbybernstein.com/ 




Empowered Self-Care with EO’s

You have four parts of yourself that are all connected: the physical body, the mind (your beliefs and thought patterns), your emotions, and your spirit. This is a foundational truth in my life, and in working with my clients.

I have had a pretty long journey with my own health and well-being. Along my journey, I was led to explore many holistic and alternative avenues of healing. Through it all, I came to really learn and understand how our physical body, emotions, mind, and spiritual selves all influence each other. In order to live life feeling your best, all four parts have to be supported and nurtured.

Continue reading “Empowered Self-Care with EO’s”


Less sleep, more energy? How so?

Over the last couple months, I have noticed I am sleeping less yet have more energy.  I have been thinking….what has changed?

I have been thinking long and hard wanting to figure it out.  What I have come to realize, is that the only thing that has changed is I have started using essential oils and supplements regularly.  That is it!

It was hard to believe at first.  I was a total skeptic about essential oils when I first started.  Yet I have to say that is the only thing that has changed.  My diet has stayed the same.  My exercise has stayed the same.  I haven’t added anything else to my daily routine.

I have gotten feedback from clients that they too are getting the same results.

So here is what I attribute my more energy/need less sleep to:

I alternate between putting lemon and a metabolic blend in my water every day. (now adding to warm water since it is freezing out!)

I massage my feet with grounding blend before bed.  I also put a drop of calming blend on my palms, breathe it in, and rub in on my neck.

I use Protective blend and Frankincense as needed.

This is pretty exciting right!

I am not claiming oils to be a “magical pill” in any way. They have been a highly effective addition to my healthy lifestyle (that includes a clean whole food diet, exercise I enjoy, continual person growth work, self-care, and healthy relationships)….with very clear and noticeable results.

Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com for more info on how to get a wholesale account so you can get oils into your life at a 25% discount.


Oils that boost your mood

When you are feeling down, unmotivated, or doubtful…

When you are stressed out, overwhelmed, and afraid…

When you are tired and wired, feeling defeated, and can’t turn your brain off…

Oils can help! Essential oils can assist in diffusing stress/anxiety, lifting our moods, and finding more peace. EO’s also serve as a support for emotional work.


Invigorating Blend combines the powerful essences of Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine, and Clementine with a hint of Vanilla to form this unique and harmonious blend. Diffused or worn topically, this invigorating blend will uplift and make anyone’s day a little brighter.


  • Put 15 drops in a 16-ounce bottle and spray to help cleanse counter tops.
  • Diffuse to help uplift mood.
  • Put 1 drop on your wrist, and rub both wrists together, for a great everyday perfume.
  • Add 2-3 drops to your homemade dryer balls to add a refreshing aroma to your laundry.

Joyful Blend is the perfect blend for those moments when you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Joyful blend combines the uplifting and euphoric floral scents of Lavandin, Lavender, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, and Osmanthus, Tangerine, Elemi, and Lemon Myrtle to create a unique blend that promotes a positive mood and energized mind and body.

Primary Benefits:

  • Elevated mood and increases vitality
  • Energizing and refreshing aroma


  • Diffuse to promote feelings of self-worth, while also helping to lessen feelings of sadness and anxiety.
  • Diffuse  in the mornings before waking kids to help start their day with a positive, uplifted mood.
  • Rub  essential oil over your heart, temples, or wrists for an almost immediate mood booster.
  • After a long, stressful day, take a bath with a few drops of Elevation to help relieve anxiety and restore the mind and body.

The warm, woody aroma of Grounding Blend creates a sense of calm and well-being. This blend combines Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and a sense of balance. Spruce, one of the oils in Grounding Blend, was used by Native Americans for medicinal and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can soothe sore muscles and joints, promotes circulation, and relax the body, while Frankincense supports cellular health and overall well-being.

Primary Benefits:

  • Promotes whole-body relaxation
  • Soothes sore muscles and joints
  • Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance


  • Begin your day by putting it on the bottom of  your feet to lessen stress throughout the day.
  • Grounding blend is a great oil blend to use during a  massage.
  • Feeling anxious? Apply grounding blend to your wrists or neck to help with nerves.
  • Diffuse in your car during road trips to create a calming, soothing environment.

Calming Blend essential oil blend calms the mind, relaxes the body, and soothes the soul, providing a safe haven from life’s daily stressors. The essential oils is this must-have blend were meticulously chosen to lessen tension, calm emotions, and leave a peaceful feeling. Calming blend is the perfect blend to diffuse at bedtime for restful night’s sleep, to calm a restless baby or child, or to help reduce the anxiety and stress so many of us feel. Calming blend combines the soothing scents of Lavender, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang with the warming aromas of Hawaiian Sandalwood and Vanilla Bean to create a prized essential oil blend that every home, family, and individual needs.

Primary Benefits:

  • Creates a perfect escape with its calming, renewing fragrance
  • Promotes relaxation and restful sleep
  • Diffuses into a subtle aroma, ideal for aromatic benefits
  • Lessens tension and calms emotions


  • Apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime to promote restful sleep.
  • Add 2-3 drops into a warm bath to create a peaceful, renewing aroma.
  • Diffuse to help promote relaxation and decrease stress.

Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com for more info on how to get a wholesale account so you can get oils into your life at a 25% discount.


Essential Oils and Weight Loss

Oils can be an effective piece of your weight loss and healing journey. Not only do oils support the physical body, they also support the emotional growth aspect of your path. Both are important.

Extra physical weight shows up as a result of stuck emotions, negative beliefs, and stress. Weight is a symptom of a disturbance in our energy system.

To me, the emotional work is the foundation to lasting results. Addressing weight and emotional eating by healing the emotions and beliefs at the root of the struggle, is a doorway to complete transformation in your life.

Addressing the physical is important as well. Eating a whole foods diet. Being active and enjoying movement. Getting quality sleep. Using non-toxic and natural home and body products. These are all absolutely necessary.

Doing the emotional growth work is what lays the foundation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many people know what to do, yet do not do it. Why? Because there are dysfunctional emotions and beliefs in the way of living the life they truly want and deserve.

My Top Oils for Weight Loss:

  1. Metabolic Blend including grapefruit, ginger, peppermint, lemon, and cinnamon): Used for metabolism, weight loss, digestion, energy, cravings, and managing appetite. To use: Add 8 drops per 16 ounces of water and drink throughout the day. Apply on wrists, bottom of feet, or problem areas.
  2. Calming Blend including lavender, ylang ylang, roman chamomile, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, and vanilla bean extract): Used for addictions, calming, sleep, tension, mood balance, anger, and anxiety. To use: Apply to wrists, neck, forehead. Diffuse. Put in a bath. Wear as a perfume.
  3. Bergamot (a Citrus Oil): Can assist with handling all sources of stress, anxiety, and depression. It is uplifting, refreshing, and can help support self-worth. To use: Apply to the forehead, wrists, feet, or neck. Or Diffuse.
  4. Repellent Blend including lemon eucalyptus, citronella, and lemongrass: Can assist with creating boundaries, increasing confidence, feeling protected, and strong. To use: Diffuse or apply to the bottoms of the feet, chest, and/or wrists.
  5. Grounding Blend including spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, frankincense, and blue chamomile: Can be grounding and assist with anxiety, fear, depression, grief, energy, and metabolism. To use: Apply to the bottom of your feet. Add to a carrier oil and give yourself a massage.

Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com for more info on how to get a wholesale account so you can get oils into your life at a 25% discount.


My essential oil routine

I am so in love with  essential oils.  People have been asking me how I use them, so here are a handful of ways I use them.

I use the metabolic blend or lemon in my water daily. It is great in supporting detox.  Metabolic blend supports digestion and metabolism, helps blood sugar, curbs cravings and appetite, and increased energy.

I put a drop of peppermint or citrus blend in the shower before I turn on the water.  It is a great way to wake up feeling refreshed and optimistic.

I use the calming blend everyday on my neck and wrists, as well as before bed.  It supports a deep sleep.  I use it as perfume because It smells amazing. It also helps with anxiety and emotional stress.

I put the grounding blend on the bottoms of my feet (smells like Christmas).

I use the frankincense  and melaluca on my face and skin.

I use protective blend (on my throat or feet, in water, or gargle with) when I feel a cold coming on, although haven’t felt that lately.

I use the citrus, lemon, or protective blend for cleaning. I put a drop in the dish washer and laundry. I also use it with water to clean the bathroom and kitchen.  Works awesome!!

I feel like I am just getting started.  There are sooo many ways to use the oils.  Next on my list are:  making my own toothpaste, cooking with them, and getting a diffuser.

Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com if you want more info and/or want to learn how to get oils of your own.


5 ways to kick your food cravings

A food craving is a strong desire for a specific food that if unfulfilled, produces a powerful physical and mental suffering. It is an intense, urgent need for a specific type of food. You know that “I have to have _________ right now feeling”.

Food cravings are often huge obstacles for many people that are trying to lose weight and improve their health. People are out there dieting, exercising, and trying REALLY hard to lose weight. But then those darn food cravings somehow overpower one’s motivation and hard work. Then what often happens is, after indulging in their food cravings, they give up on the diet, then they beat themselves up, and make themselves wrong for indulging. “I was doing so well and then…” is something I hear all the time.

Are you one of the many stuck on the “on again/off again” diet cycle? So not fun!

Here are 5 holistic ways to kick your cravings:

1. Sleep: Get 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night. That is a general recommendation. We all have a certain amount of sleep required to function optimally. Create a bedtime ritual. Give yourself time to wind down. Getting to bed at/by 10 pm is ideal.

Poor sleep and fatigue can create serious carb and sugar cravings. Sometimes that extra hour or 2 of sleep in the am is more beneficial than a workout before work. Listen to your body. Pushing yourself too much can actually push the scale in the wrong direction.

2. Eat a whole food diet: It is pretty simple. If your body is missing nutrients, cravings will creep up.

  • Eat a balanced breakfast/lunch/dinner including lots of veggies, quality protein, healthy fats, and whole food carbs.
  • Get in your greens, with every meal if possible.
  • Go for color – red, purple, yellow, orange, green, brown/white
  • Eat fat, extra fat – ghee, avocado, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, extra virgin olive oil, quality meats, whole eggs

3. Water intake: Drink pure spring water, 1 liter for every 50 lbs of body weight. So someone weighing 150 lbs should drink about 3 liters or 72 ounces.

Have a hard time drinking water?

Try adding lemon, lime, mint, cucumber, or essential oils (I love lemon, citrus, and metabolic blend) email me at faith@faithshevlin.com to find out more about these oils.

The body can mistake hunger for thirst.  Staying well hydrated can do wonders for preventing food cravings.

4. Look at the Emotional Significance of your cravings: Our food cravings are often trying to tell us something and it’s not about the food. Food cravings are symptoms. We crave different foods for different reasons. We will develop a craving for a particular type of food based on what emotion is present (or missing) for us at the time.

5. Secret Weapon Foods and Supplements:

  • Green juices and super food smoothies
  • Fermented Foods like sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Celtic Sea Salt
  • Bone broth
  • Quality multivitamin/mineral
  • Greens powder such as Vitamineral Greens by Healthforce
  • Omega-3 fats – Carlsons, Nordic Naturals
  • Probiotics – Primal Defense by Garden of Life, PB8, Jarrow






I love essential oils!

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are natural, aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, flowers, stems, roots, and other parts of plants. Used for thousands of years in cultures around the world for medicinal and therapeutic benefits, you can have these powerful oils in your home too.

What can essentials oils do for you?

Essential oils are natural, safe upgrades that serve all of your personal, health, and home wellness needs.

Use essential oils for:

  • Maintaining a healthy immune system
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving sleep
  • Cleaning your home naturally and effectively (safe and nontoxic)
  • Supporting your body in a powerful and safe way (digestion, hormones, detox, energy, weight, immune, respiratory)
  • Managing pain (muscle, joint, nerve, headaches)
  • Supporting emotional and mental well-being

What oils I love most (ok, top 5 because I love them all!):

  • Lemon – I love it for cleaning, boosting my energy, and put it in my water for detox and cleansing.
  • Grounding blend (smells like Christmas!)- I put in on the bottoms of my feet for grounding, sleep, relaxation, and presence.
  • Metabolic Blend – I add a few drops in my water daily for metabolism, digestion, detox, and cravings.
  • Frankincense – I put in on my feet, neck, and skin for inflammation, cellular health, immune, emotional balance, and so much more.
  • Calming blend – I put it on my neck, feet, throat…everywhere pretty much.  It is great for calming, sleep, intuition, and it smells amazing!

Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com with questions and for more info on how to get your own wholesale account (for 25% off all products).