Diffusing Essential Oil

Diffusing essential oils is an incredible way to benefit from them. Essential oils are volatile in nature which allows them to be easily evaporated and diffused.  This method of application helps create an atmosphere where several individuals can enjoy the calming, stimulating, and soothing benefits of essential oils at the same time.

This weekend my husband had several interviews to perform in a very small space.  He had been fighting off some seasonal threats and didn’t want to share this with anyone.  We brought a diffuser to his office and put in some great oils to promote health.  One of my favorites to use this time of year is cinnamon.  :-) The mix we used for his office has cinnamon, clove, wild orange, eucalyptus, and rosemary.  The smell reminds me of Christmas.  It is very pleasant!

I love to fill our home with the wonderful smell of essential oils!  It is a great way to enjoy a fresh scent, encourage a happy mood, and support a healthy body.  I love them!

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Adding Flavor to Life

Yogurt is one of my favorite breakfasts to have.  A few years ago I decided to eliminate sugar from my diet to reduce some pain I was experiencing.  It has been very effective in reducing the discomfort, however, yogurts often contain sugar.🙂

I can eat plain unsweetened greek yogurt. (If you have already tasted it you know that it tastes like eating sour cream.)  I add a natural sweetener like honey, agave, or stevia and adding a few drops of one of my favorite essential oils then I sit back and enjoy!  The creamyness of the yogurt and the intense flavor of the oils make for a very decadent treat. Try adding some fresh or frozen fruit to give it even more interest and flavor.🙂

My favorite oils to use are wild orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, peppermint and cinnamon.

There are some great recipes for yogurt/oatmeal parfaits on the internet.  Adding a drop or two of your oils gives the recipe a new twist.

p.s. – Make sure your essential oils are safe to take internally.  For information on which oils I use, leave me a message and I will message you the details.

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Make and Take

IMG_5999Are you looking for some fun, creative and unique gifts to give this Holiday Season?  I thought I would share some recipes with you today.

Epson Salt Bath

1 cup Epson salt

10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Combine salt and essential oils and mix together.  I added some dried lavender to mine to give it a fun look.

 

Chapped Lip Balm

1 Tbsp Beeswax

2 Tbsp Shea, Cocoa or Mango Butter

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

15 drops of your favorite essential oil

Melt oil, butter and beeswax in glass double boiler, stirring occassionally. Remove from heat and add essential oil.  Pour into lip balm countainers.

 

Body Wash

1/2 cup unscented castile soap

4 Tbsp vegetable glycerin

3 Tbsp fractionated coconut oil

10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Combine ingredients in a glass pump bottle,  Shake before each use.

 

Bath Bombs

1 cup citric acid

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil

8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Mix well until soft dough is formed. Can add dried flowers or herbs.  Shape into molds and let dry for 24 hours before removing from mold.

All Purpose Healing Salve

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup olive oil
2 T. beeswax pastilles
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops melaleuca essential oil
Melt coconut oil, beeswax and olive oil together.  Let cool to room temperature and add essential oils.  Pour into containers.

How to Stay Healthy

IMG_5997As a mom, I know how hard it is to keep everyone healthy!  So…today’s post is all about how we can boost our immunity and naturally support our bodies.

Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Oregano, Melaleuca, Rosemary and Wild orange are wonderful essential oils that can help boost our bodies immune system.  I recommend rubbing the oils on the feet or diffusing into the air. Also, the brand of oils that I purchase can be taken internally. (message me to find out more🙂 )  These are great ways to remain healthy!  I find that at the first sign of seasonal threats is the best time to give it a boost. In fact, if I catch it then, I am often able to avoid it all together.  My favorite  boost is “The Bomb”.  It is a recipe in which I put essential oils into a capsule and then take internally.

Some of my friends are suffering from various respiratory issues.  Here are a few oils to support the respiratory system: Laurel, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, Cardamom.  I have a blend containing each of these oils and, by placing a drop in my hand and rubbing my hands together and breathing them into my lungs, I feel an increase of airflow and oxygen when I use it. It feels like my airway opens up.

For support of respiratory health, I either rub the oils listed above on the chest or I’ll mix Marjoram and Thyme together with coconut oil and rub it on the chest.  Then I place a warm compress on the area to help the oils go deeper into the chest and lungs.

At the first sign of temporary discomfort from seasonal threats, I love to use Melaleuca topically on the neck glands.  This helps support the body’s own defense system.  I apply a small amount regularly throughout the day as needed.

Essential oils are truly amazing things which work to naturally support your body. These tips are intended to help you learn how to stay healthy, but are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease.

However, I can’t write about staying healthy without including the basics of health care.  A healthy diet, exercise, and rest are fundamental to living a healthy life.  There is no magic pill to give us good health.  It takes consistent  good health habits to build up strength and provide the body with the necessary tools to do its job.  Essential oils help boost the systems in the body and support the natural tools the body already has in place to remain healthy.

If you would like more information sent to you about the power of essential oils, I would be happy to help.  I hope you have a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

 

 

 

 

 

Link

I came across this article and thought I would share.  Great information on the studies being done on essential oils.

http://reset.me/story/essential-oils-replace-overused-increasingly-dangerous-antibiotics/

If you would like a free sample to experience for yourself the power of essential oils, message me your information and I will send you one.🙂

Stress Relief!

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One of the major complaints I hear from people is that they are feeling too much stress!

Stress affects so much in our lives.  One way stress can affect the body is that it deactivates the immune system.  So how can we help to avoid this in our lives? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Eat a balanced diet.  Those who eat healthy diets are more prepared to deal with stressful situations.
  2. Exercise. Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress.
  3. Avoid caffeine and excess sugar. These products provide unnatural highs and then a crash of energy and mood.  Eliminating these can help you rest better and deal with stress in a healthier way.
  4. Avoid drugs, cigarettes and Alcohol.  These may help mask the stress for a time but can also cause more stress to appear in your life.  A healthier way to deal with stress is to face it head on with a clear mind.
  5. Engage Socially.  Having someone you trust and who will listen to you can give you an outlet for letting off steam in a healthy way.
  6. Accept things you cannot change.  Let go of those things and allow yourself to move on to making healthy changes in your life that you can control.
  7. Make time for fun.  Laughter and enjoyment are great ways to reduce your stress. Don’t forget to take care of yourself!
  8. Essential oils are an excellent support for reprograming the stress response on a chemical level.  The chemical compounds in citrus oils, when inhaled, help cells to return to their normal state.  The body’s descent into fight or flight is interrupted and the body is quickly able to shift towards homeostasis.

Some of my favorite essential oils to bring peace back into my life are:

Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Wild Orange, Frankincense, Vetiver, and a grounding blend.  I like to rub the oils onto my heart or feet.  I also love to diffuse the oils in my home or just put a drop in my hands and rub them together and then cup them over my nose and take some deep breaths- this is a great way to slow down and reevaluate where I am.

The Basic De-Stress Bath

1 cup Epsom Salts or sea salt

1/2 cup baking soda

10 drops lavender

Add oil into the dry mixture of salt and baking soda and stir.  Add to warm bath water.

The Law of the Harvest

The-law-of-harvest-is-toToday I have been pondering on The Law of the Harvest.  It feels to me that the “world” is going away from helping and serving others and drifting more to the self serve attitude. Don’t get me wrong…I see plenty of people sacrificing to help others and many dedicate their entire life to helping and blessing other’s lives.  Those people are my heroes!  Those are the people I want to emulate!   When I look at the Law of the Harvest it is a reminder to me that although I may not see immediate results in what I do, the harvest will come!  It must come!

Little habits done consistently every day are truly the building blocks of our character and ultimately our destiny!  Today I am taking a long look into what habits I have fostered in my life.  Some of my habits are wonderful and bring me great peace of mind but others, although comfortable, limit my growth and keep me from becoming who I really want to become.

“With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.” -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I hope that we can all take a look at the deeds we are doing, the habits we are creating, the character we are becoming and the destiny we are approaching.  What we do really does matter!  My purpose in sharing these thoughts is to inspire and ignite a positive change in my life and in all who may read this.   I welcome any insight and comments below!

Here are a few of the sources I was reading in my study:

 New Testiment – Galatians 6:

vs.7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

vs.8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 vs.9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

…Every secret is told, every crime is punished, every virtue rewarded, every wrong redressed, in silence and certainty…
Every act rewards itself, or in other words inte­grates itself, in a twofold manner, first in the thing, or in real nature; and secondly in the circumstance, or in apparent nature. Man calls the circumstance, the retribution. The casual retribution is in the thing and is seen by the soul. The retribution in the circumstance is seen by the understanding; it is inseparable from the thing, but is often spread over a long time and so does not become distinct until after many years. The specific stripes may follow late after the offence, but they follow because they accompany it….-Ralph Waldo Emerson  

Where are you sowing your powerful dreams? Do not waste your valuable time sowing your powerful dreams into a mind full of the following;

  • anger,
  • hatred,
  • jealous,
  • unforgiveness,
  • arrogance,
  • vanity,
  • corruption,
  • theft
  • disrespect
  • laziness

Whatever you do will fail if your mind is colonized by the above.  Nothing positive comes from being negative all the time.

Success in life

The powerful dreams will only germinate into good fruit in a mind colonized by good deeds, love, kindness, health, and forgiveness. With this mind for sure you will leave this world better than you found it. – Muhaise.com

Healthy Weight Loss

This past few months I have been participating in a health challenge.  I have been exercising 5 days a week using some exercise videos, eating only “approved” foods, not eating after 8:00 p.m.  and using some of the great essential oil  products I have to aid with weight management.  I decided right at the start to give this program 100%!  I have been so amazed at the great results I have been experiencing!

I have been losing some weight, which wasn’t necessarily my goal, but I have really noticed the change in my body shape and how I feel.  I don’t think I have ever been this consistent with a healthy lifestyle…EVER!    The accountability to a team really makes a difference in keeping me honest and motivated. (I lost 13 pounds on the 12 week program and have managed to keep off the weight while I continue the healthy habits I formed!)

I love the meal replacement shakes and use them everyday.  The company I purchase my products from just came out with some new bars that help to aid in accomplishing weight loss goals.

Are you ready to transform your life?  I would love to help you in your journey to accomplishing your health goals!  The next health challenge is beginning soon!  Give me a call or text me and we can get you all set up! (208-346-1968) If I can do this…anyone can!

Drink More Water!

I have been doing a health challenge and am reminded that water is such an important ingredient to becoming healthier and to help in weight management.    If you are like me, I can only handle drinking so much water.🙂  I find I can drink so much more when I add a drop or two of essential oils to help flavor the water.

I typically use a metabolic blend of essential oils in my water. This blend helps with natural weight management.  I love the taste!  Lemon and Lime are also favorites of mine.  :-)

Here is some information on the importance of drinking plenty of water each day:

Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight.

Every system in your body depends on water.

For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions.

Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

Here are some great ways to flavor your water. :-):

Stay Hydrated and Healthy with Essential Oil-Flavored Water

It’s that time of year when we’ll be spending more time outdoors jogging, riding bikes, or just enjoying the sunshine. As the temperatures begin to rise along with our activity level, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated.

Drinking water is so important for good health. But let’s face it—sometimes plain old water just gets boring. Flavor your water with essential oils, and you’ve added great taste at ZERO calories!

Try these delicious recipes

1. Summer Smoothies or Popsicles
Ingredients
2 cups ice cubes
Stevia, Agave or honey to taste. (Agave tends to be our favorite)
3-5 drops of oil
(Ideas are: Wild Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Lemon Lavender, Peppermint (ONE DROP!) Grapefruit…be creative!)
add about 3/4 cups water
BLEND.
Pour into paper cups (OR MAKE POPSICLES!) and enjoy!

2. Ginger Lemon Water
Add a drop of each, or make a pitcher full of delicious ginger lemon water. Perfect after a run!

3. Orange Cinnamon Water
Add a drop of each for a sweet treat!

4. Peppermint Water
Refreshing and minty! The perfect breath freshener.

 

Spring Cleaning Naturally!

Here in Corvallis the weather has been so nice!  I feel like Spring is really here!  As the good weather comes I have the urge to get some cleaning and organizing done.  Why is that? I am making the transformation from chemical cleaners to natural cleaners.  The more I learn about keeping my family healthy the more I am incorporating natural and helpful products into our everyday lives. The amazing health challenge I am on right now really stresses putting healthy foods into our bodies.  I am changing how I think about food and feeling so much better! So, what about the things we breathe or get on our skin while cleaning?  Isn’t that just as important as what we eat? Here are some of the things I am finding on using natural products to clean.

Bring In the Spring: Tips and DIYs for Natural Spring Cleaning

bring in the spring As the warmer temperatures of spring thaw out the winter blues, it’s time to de-clutter your life and give your home and mind a fresh start. Here are a few tips to help you tackle your spring cleaning: CREATE A CHECKLIST Create a detailed to-do list for cleaning each area of the house. Having a list will help you organize your mind as well as your tasks. Each checkmark will also provide a sense of accomplishment. MAKE IT A FAMILY ACTIVITY Spring cleaning is not a one-person job. Getting your family involved in an annual spring cleaning event can be a fun bonding experience. Make a list for each member of the family based on their ability level and preference. FOCUS ON ONE AREA AT A TIME You will be able to get more done, more effectively, by focusing on one room/area at a time. If you try to multitask during cleaning, it can take you longer to get your chores done. Start with the more difficult areas to clean, such as the bathroom or kitchen, and then move to easier areas. This allows you to save some energy for the rest of the home. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS Try to stay focused on each task, eliminating things that will slow down your productivity. Facebook, TV, and other unrelated activities can wait until after you’re done. DE-CLUTTER Don’t be afraid to get rid of stuff. There are likely belongings built up over the years that no one uses anymore. Start “sell” and “donate” piles for items that are in good shape and a trash pile for items that are not worth keeping. You will be surprised how much better you’ll feel with the new space. ORGANIZE An organized home has been proven to reduce stress levels and create a relaxing atmosphere. Establish an organizing system that will work for you. Look into bringing order to your closet, cabinets, kitchen items, toys, office space, bills, and garage. DEEP CLEAN After you have removed clutter and organized, it is time to roll up your sleeves and give your home a thorough scrubbing. Start with tackling more advanced cleaning job such as washing the inside of kitchen cabinets and drawers, cleaning the carpet, ceiling fans, windows, ovens, blinds, and fridge. Once those are done, move to daily or weekly tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, mopping, etc. USE ESSENTIAL OILS Certain essential oils such as Lemon, Protective Blend, Grapefruit, and Thyme contain powerful cleansing and purifying properties that make effective and safe cleaning agents.

“I love cleaning with natural products. This soft scrub recipe is one of my absolute favorite natural cleaning recipes. I coat my kitchen sink with a little bit, let it sit for 10 minutes, and gently scrub it clean. It can be used in so many other places too. Happy cleaning!” —Paulette  Preeshl-Shipp

Natural Soft Scrub

¾ rounded cup baking soda ¼ cup liquid Castile soap 1 tablespoon distilled water 8 drops Lemon essential oil 5 drops Lime essential oil Directions: 1.   In a bowl, combine baking soda and Castile soap with a wire whisk. 2.  Stir in water. 3.   Add essential oils and whisk until smooth. Consistency should be a soft paste. 4.   Store in an air tight container out of the sun.

Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar 2 cups hot water 15 drops of Lemon essential oil Directions: 1. Combine the ingredients in glass spray bottle. 2.  Spray mixture inside fridge or microwave, then scrub and wipe using a damp cloth.

Stove Top Cleaner

¼ cup baking soda ¼ cup table salt 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons water 4–5 drops of Cleansing Blend.  Directions: 1.   Stir all ingredients together until they form a paste and spread it over the stove top and burners. 2.   Leave it on for 15 minutes or longer for hard-to-remove stains. 3.   Using a sponge, scrub the mixture into the grime. 4.  Remove excess cleaner and wipe the surface clean.