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How to Improve Perseverance Skills

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Perseverance is the ability to keep going despite facing obstacles. It is the power of staying committed to a goal, passion or belief no matter how difficult the journey. Perseverance grows from falling and getting back up. It is a skill that can be learned and developed.

How can we improve our perseverance skills?

Finding Passion
Turning our focus inward, finding what stirs our heart and soul, what attracts our interest, what keeps coming back into our thoughts or into our life – being fully aware of what drives us, fuels our passion, helps us stay the course to persevere.

Great oils to fuel passion: Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Neroli, Patchouli, Sandalwood

Setting a Goal
SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) goal setting is a MUST. The goal has to be attainable, even if difficult to achieve.

Consistent Practice
Breaking up a bigger goal into several smaller goals or steps, practicing and honing our skills to continuously work towards what we want to achieve. Setting challenges, working on strengthening self belief and boosting motivation, helps us persevere.

Reflecting and Learning
Developing our ability to look at an experience, learn from the experience, see the experience as “ A LESSON” — a valuable learning opportunity that helps us grow. Reminding ourselves to focus on the POSITIVE of the experience and applying the LESSON to future mindset and actions.

Great oils for learning and positivity: Rosemary, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Patchouli, Lemon, Wild Orange, Bergamot, Spearmint, Peppermint

Boosting Resilience
Picking ourselves up after falling down. Not allowing ourselves to get caught up in self pity, self blame or self sabotaging thoughts. Learning to release, let go, and move on.

Great oils to boost resilience: Cypress or Black Spruce combined with Bergamot and another Citrus Essential Oil such as Lemon, Lime, or Wild Orange

Staying Focused
Distractions and simply a full life with all it’s challenges and detours can make us lose focus. But when we remind ourselves of WHY this goal or passion matters so much and how it ties in with our core values, can help us stay the course and persevere.

Great oils to stay focused: Rosemary, Vetiver, Patchouli, Peppermint, Lemon, Wild Orange, Frankincense

Embracing the Journey & Experience
Reminding ourselves that it is not just about the end goal but the journey, expressing gratitude for all lessons learned, for all advances achieved, for all hurdles overcome. Cherishing the moments along the way.

Great oils to accompany celebrating gratitude: Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Neroli, Grapefruit

Great Perseverance Blend Recipe (10ml roll-on):

1 drop Sandalwood
1 drop Ylang Ylang
1 drop Frankincense
3 drops Black Spruce
3 drops Cypress
6 drops Bergamot
3 drops Grapefruit
3 drops Peppermint

Fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil. Like me to make you a perseverance roll-on? Contact me.

Make sure to be proud of yourself and reward yourself for your achievements along the way. Persevering is all about making small but constant progress.

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When in the midst of struggle or self doubt, it can be challenging to find the resolve to truly believe in ourselves. Self belief is so important as it really works two fold: helping us move forward, finding the strength to go after our goals but also because it brings out the best in others around us! Here are a few tips and tools that may help boost self belief. If you’ve read my article on “How to get better at Self Love“, then a some of the items below will sound familiar, as self love is really one of the backbones to strengthening self belief. So, if you haven’t read it yet, make sure to take a few minutes to take a look.

Positive Words
Only use positive words when talking to yourself in your head or speaking about yourself. Reframe negative thoughts in a positive way.

Be Your Greatest Cheerleader
Don’t wait for support or praise from others, cheer yourself on like you would cheer on your very best friend.

Be Proud of Yourself
Look at any achievement, no matter how small, and practice being proud of yourself. Maybe even reward yourself in a healthy way for an achievement.

Challenge Yourself
Try something outside your comfort zone and reward yourself for even trying, no matter the outcome.

Nurture Yourself
Nurture your body, to nurture your spirit. Be conscious of the brain-mood-nutrient connection and feed your body with essential nutrients.

Movement & Exercise
Walking, biking, exercising, dancing, nature hiking, and other sports or exercises that get our heart pumping, stimulate the production of feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins, which can strengthen our resolve and self belief.

Become Mindful
Turn your focus inward, listen to your body and emotional needs and put the importance on them they deserve.

Set Healthy Boundaries
Learn when to say no and focus on developing healthy and positive relationships.

Improve Stress Coping Skills
Work on improving coping skills to achieve greater balance and thrive even during stressful times. Find the right tools to relieve and manage stress.

Overcome Limiting Beliefs
Shift your self image from “I’m not…” to “I am…(positive word)”, from “I can’t” to “I can…”. Set yourself small achievable goals, praise yourself for the progress you are making.

Stop Comparing
Comparisons are unhealthy, they can make us feel envious and bad about ourselves or our life. Recognize your triggers and become fully aware of the negative impact they have on you. Let the thoughts pass through, don’t attach to then, instead turn your full focus on something you are grateful for.

End Self Judgement
Turn your “I should have…” thoughts into “I did the best I could at the time” and release yourself from self judgement, self blame or feelings of shame.

Strike a Pose
Stand for 2 minutes, feet hip width apart, hands on hips, chest out, tall, striking the “Wonder Woman” pose. According to Amy Cuddy (Harvard University) our body language shapes who we are.

Affirmations & Mantras
Find a few affirmations or mantras that speak to you and tie them into regular occurring task / situation (i.e. brushing teeth, washing hands, loading the dishwasher, waiting a red light). Here a few samples that boost positivity and self belief:

“I will succeed”
“I’m strong and resourceful”
“I am ready to create change”

“There is nothing that will hold me back”

Strengthen Positivity
Positivity fuels the perception that we “CAN” achieve something, which fuels self belief. All the items listed above may help us become more positive.

My favorite essential oils to accompany the journey of boosting self belief:

Bergamot, Neroli, Wild Orange, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Patchouli, Cedarwood

My favorite essential oils to help release limiting beliefs:

Cypress, Black Spruce, Juniper Berry, Grapefruit, Bergamot

“Boosting Self Belief & Releasing Limiting Beliefs” blend (10ml):

1 drop Ylang Ylang
1 drop Sandalwood
1 drop Cedarwood
3 drops Cypress or Black Spruce
3 drops Juniper Berry
6 drops Bergamot
6 drops Grapefruit

Fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil.

How to Get Better at 'Self Love'

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Loving yourself has nothing to do with being narcissistic or self absorbed. Loving yourself has a lot to do with getting to know yourself better, value your unique qualities, learn not to compare, and push beyond limiting beliefs that have often been thrust upon us growing up or through life experiences.

I know practicing self love can be daunting. Often we are raised with a mindset of that we shouldn’t pay much attention to ourselves but always be there for others. While being there for others and showing compassion plays an important role in life, not having learned to love ourselves, cherish ourselves and value ourselves is a common thread in the life stories of so many. So here are a few routines and tips that have proven very helpful for me on my journey towards getting better with ‘Self Love’.

Set the Tone for the Day

Set the tone for the day by develop a calming and grounding self care routine in the morning (see example). You may want to incorporate breathing exercises, meditation or movement exercises. Cherish the time you spend with yourself and for yourself. Enjoy creating an inner resource of strength you can draw on throughout the day by starting your day feeling grounded and balanced.

Taking time for self care = self love

Great essential oil choices to accompany a morning routine:
Frankincense, Sandalwood, Balance Blend, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Heart & Soul Blend, Lavender, Rosemary

Nourish Body & Mind

Another form of self love is nourishing your body with good food and all the vitamins, minerals and fatty acids your body and BRAIN need. Yes, it’s not just our body that needs those wonderful nutrients, our brain and emotions are very much influenced by how we nourish our body (read “The Brain Mood Nutrient Connection”). Take some time to put together your meal plan for the week. After your beautiful morning routine with some “me” time, reward yourself with a yummy smoothie or shake, packed with everything your body and mind need.

Great choices for nourishing body and brain:
LLV supplement, protein shake, greens, Turmeric (love to add that to my morning smoothie), Probiotic

Music & Movement

Moving your body to music can help boost self love. Put on some tunes that uplift your soul and spirits, move your body, dance, sway, exercise to music, whatever feels natural and comfortable. Create little breaks throughout the day and simply move to your favorite music.

Great choices for supporting your routine:
Cypress, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Wild Orange – use a single oil or mix and match

Hugging & Affirmations

Have you ever hugged yourself? It might be a strange concept at first but it actually feels really good. Especially when living during a time where social distancing is necessary. Try it! Cross your arms, hug your shoulders and just hold tight for minute and repeat a self love affirmation while doing it. Here a few sweet affirmations:

I am enough.
I am grateful for being me.
I am worthy of love and joy.

Affirmations can become very powerful tools. Especially when we are able to “hook” them into a repetitive task we perform several times a day. Find a positive affirmation that speaks to your heart and repeat it every time you brush your teeth or wash your hands (for the entire duration of the task). Hook it in and stay consistent.

Great essential oil choices to support self love affirmations:
Neroli, Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Geranium, Ylang Ylang

Positive Words

Choose words wisely, not just the words you speak out aloud but pay attention to how you “talk” to yourself and about yourself.  Don’t say anything to yourself you wouldn’t say to your very best friend. Be encouraging and try to replace “negative” words with “positive” alternatives. This may not seem easy at first and may take some practice but it is very effective and powerful in shaping a more positive self image. Instead of saying “It’s too complicated” say “I’ll try a different approach”. Instead of saying “it won’t work out” say “I will try my best to make it work”. Try and put a positive spin on your words and add some humor if you can. Let’s say you are struggling with an issue, instead of saying “that’s a problem” say “I’ll have to get creative with this one”. We don’t become optimists over night but by paying attention to our self talk and consistent practice of using more positive words, we can lesson self criticism, become more self accepting and self loving.

Great choices to support positivity:
Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Cardamom, Cypress, Basil

Don’t’ Compare

Let go of comparing yourself to others. We are all unique. Your unique qualities are what make you “YOU” – a beautiful human being inside and out. Cherish that thought. Learn to cherish everything about yourself.  Practice gratitude for all your gifts and focus on your personal strengths. Try and increase self awareness and when you catch yourself comparing, imagine a big red STOP sign. Turn your focus on all the things you do have, all the things you can be grateful for. We tend to compare to what we “see” and tend to “inflate” that but are not aware of someone else’s struggle, illness, life challenges “within”. So don’t compare, turn towards being grateful for the blessings life has given you.

Great oils to help “let go” of tendency to compare:
Combine Bergamot or Neroli with Cypress or Black Spruce

Be Selective

Surround yourself with people who love, support and encourage you. Let go of toxic relationships and be mindful of who you reach out to when you need loving support. Some people are good at listening, some people can show compassion. Some people simply don’t. Recognize that they are not trying to be mean but it is just not one of their strong qualities. When you need loving supporting, make sure you reach out to someone you know is compassionate and a good listener and will support and uplift you.

Great oils to boost awareness:
Clary Sage, Frankincense, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon

Be Proud of Yourself

Be proud of your achievements, no matter how big or small. Reward yourself. Praise yourself. It is an important part of practicing self love. You don’t need the approval of others. Don’t even look for the approval of others. Praising ourselves and feeling gratitude is all we need to boost our self confidence. Perhaps take an opportunity to do something outside your comfort zone! Praise yourself for even trying and should you succeed, enjoy the amazing feeling that you’ve done something you thought you couldn’t do before. If you make a mistake, see it simply as a learning experience and that you’ve gotten smarter and stronger because of it. Even something negative can become something very positive, it just depends on how we look at it.

Great oils to boost courage and confidence:
Bergamot, Jasmine, Cypress, Rosemary,  Juniper Berry, Black Spruce, Cassia, Cinnamon, Lavender

Set Boundaries

Sometimes life, friends, family, work and life situations can drain us and make us feel like we don’t have any time left for self care. Learning when to say no and expressing limits is an important step in setting boundaries that are healthy for our own personal growth. Boundaries also help us feel less stressed, less drained or resentful. Important is that we are clear and direct in communicating our boundaries, honoring our own feelings and needs.

Great oils to help express boundaries:
Vetiver, Frankincense, Clove, Bergamot, Rosemary, Juniper Berry

Free Your Mind

An hour or so before bedtime it feels good to write down thoughts, anything that has been occupying the mind during the day. Once we write those thoughts down, it frees the mind from having to think about them. This simple routine can make us feel like a weight was lifted off our shoulders and can also help clarify things. It may help us process emotions better and allows us to perhaps look at a very emotional situation more rational or from a different angle. Writing is a form of release which also supports a better night’s sleep.

Great essential oils to inhale while writing down thoughts:
Rosemary, Vetiver, Frankincense, Lemon, Cypress, Black Spruce

Revisit a Good Place

When having a bad day or a negative experience or encounter, it can be very helpful to find a quiet place, close your eyes and revisit a time and place in your life where you felt happy, peaceful, positive, and resilient.  Try and remember it using all your senses – smell, sensation of your skin, sounds, light surrounding you. For me it’s standing on my skis going downhill, feeling the cold wind on my face, the sound of the snow below my skis, the sun reflecting on the snow crystals, feeling eternally free and happy. Find your place and go to it while breathing in a citrus essential oil like Wild Orange, Bergamot or Lemon from the palms of your hands. It will help uplift your spirits and give you renewed energy.

Great essential oils when having a bad day:
Wild Orange, Bergamot, Lemon

Release and Let Go

Try to let go and release negative thoughts, feelings, and attachments that can make you feel stuck. Professional counseling and health practitioners specializing in this area can offer great support with helping us move out of feeling stuck and forward, releasing what no longer serves us. Personally, I’ve had wonderful success using the Forgive Blend which I use daily on my aromatherapy bracelet simply to get past little things that might come up during the day that I don’t want to emotionally get “stuck” with. Forgive helps release and move stagnant energy but I don’t just use it for my daily challenges, I had a major emotional trauma I was dealing with and using this oil blend in combination with taking RIM sessions (regenerating images in memory) I experienced the most wonderful  progress. If you are interested in learning more about this, just reach out to me and I’ll be happy to send you more details.

Great oils to support release and letting go:
Forgive Blend, Cypress, Black Spruce, Juniper Berry, Bergamot

Be patient and consistent on your journey to loving yourself more and more. Every change takes time but what we practice daily will become routine and start feeling completely natural.

Love creates understanding.

Understanding creates harmony.

Harmony leads to feeling at peace with yourself.

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Motivation - Tools & Tips to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

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Motivation – it is the essential ingredient needed to achieve any goal, to affect change, to be able to get through the tough times, when we feel challenged and doubtful. So it is vital to have tools and techniques that will support us in getting motivated and staying motivated, to help us shift from where we are to where we want to be in life with health, relationships, business or anything else.

Quick Introduction

Just scroll through the slides.

Creating Awareness

Being fully aware of the things in life that motivate us and which make us procrastinate or stumble is an important part of our toolkit in achieving a particular goal. Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On the left list things in no particular order that are motivational, on the right list items that make you procrastinate, create self doubt, are “hurdles” or cause lack of motivation.  Keep the list “open” and add things to it as they come to mind (over several hours and even days).  When you feel your list is “complete” highlight or circle your top three items that help you stay motivated and your top three “challenges” in staying motivated.

Essential Oils to help increase awareness:
Clary Sage, Frankincense, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon

Essential oils can be beautiful tools supporting us in the process of becoming more self aware. Diffusing awareness increasing essential oils while working on the list or applying them over the heart area, to pulse points, and/or to diffuser jewelry (bracelet or necklace with lava beads) can proof very beneficial.

Three Diffuser Recipes:
2 drops Frankincense, 1 drop Clary Sage, 1 drop Rosemary
2 drops Clary Sage, 2 drops Rosemary
3 drops Lemon, 1 drop Peppermint

Awareness Blend (10ml recipe with 5% dilution):
2 drops Frankincense, 4 drops Clary Sage, 3 drops Rosemary, 3 drops Lemon – fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil.

Increasing Positivity

Positivity fuels motivation. The more we feel that we “CAN” achieve something, the greater the chance of actually achieving it. So what are some of tools we can use to shift our mindset and increase positivity?

Affirmations

Affirmations are really powerful tools in helping us shift mindset. Finding an affirmation (or multiple affirmations) that speak to the core of our heart and mind, is essential. Here are some examples:

“I will succeed”
“I am ready to create the change I deserve”
“I am grateful for the choices I’m making”
“There is nothing I can’t do”

An effective way to use affirmations is to incorporate them into a repetitive task. For instance, repeating a particular affirmation over and over in our head while brushing teeth or every time when washing hands. Also practicing equal breathing  several times a day (breathing into the belly counting to four, holding the breath counting to four, breathing out counting to four) while repeating an affirmation is very powerful. Personally, I practice equal breathing and repeat an affirmation every morning after I wake up and every time I sit at a red light in traffic during the day. It calms my body and mind, reduces feelings of stress, and helps me shift my mindset to get closer to what I want to achieve.

Tip: Find what works for you and practice it daily.

Essential oils that increase positivity:
Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Cardamom, Cypress, Basil

Three diffuser recipes:
1 drop Ylang Ylang, 2 drops Clary Sage, 3 drops Bergamot
1 drop Frankincense, 1 drop Clary Sage, 1 drop Cypress, 1 drop Basil, 2 drops Orange
1 drop Frankincense, 2 drops Cardamom, 3 drops Lemon

Positivity Blend (10ml recipe with 5% dilution):
1 drop Frankincense, 1 drop Ylang Ylang, 2 drops Cardamom, 2 drops Cypress, 3 drops Bergamot, 3 drops Lemon – fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil.

Imagining the Future as a Part of Positive Thinking

What will my live be like when I achieve what I have set out to do? Picturing where and how we are living, our relationships, our health, our lifestyle – describing it in detail, seeing it in our mind is very powerful. How will I be feeling?

Setting Goals

Sometimes we can feel like we are stuck in a hamster wheel, working hard but not getting anywhere. Desiring change and improvements but struggling to fulfill our ambitions.  Goal setting is a crucial part in realizing change and moving forward. When goals are unrealistic, we can lose motivation quickly. But what if we have a “big” goal we want to achieve but feel it may be out of reach? Perhaps we can create smaller goals, moving forward step by step, only focusing on the smaller goal one at a time but ultimately helping us achieve our “big” goal.

Setting SMART Goals is important in staying motivated working towards the change we desire.

S – Specific(what is it we want to change or achieve?)
M – Measurable (how can I measure increments of success working towards it?)
A – Attainable (is it possible to achieve it? If not, set smaller goals supporting the bigger goal.)
R –
Relevant (is this goal helping me to get closer to the way I want to live?)
T –
Time-Bound (by when do I want to achieve this goal? Create a timeline for accomplishing steps along the way in support of the end goal.)

When working on goal setting, it is important to be in a clear and balanced state of mind. Meditation, yoga, tai chi, chi gong, using crystals and essential oils can be very helpful in feeling centered and balanced, a place from which we make the best decisions. We can support any of our practices by using essential oils, bringing into balance our energetic vibrations, balancing our Chakras.

My Top 8 Essential Oils for creating balance and harmony:

Frankincense
Frankincense essential oil is calming, grounding, comforting, opening the heart towards self love and spiritual connection, purifying, protecting, harmonizing, and clearing negative energy.

Myrrh
Myrrh essential oil is grounding, promotes self-acceptance, opening the heart to trust and love, detach from negative memories, while instilling deep tranquility.

Sandalwood
Sandalwood essential oil is grounding, balancing, opening the heart to trust and feeling emotions, promoting intuition and clarity, feeling protected, healing emotional wounds, instills a sense of feeling rested while mentally alert.

Cedarwood
Cedarwood essential oil is calming, centering, flushes negativity, and encourages focusing inwards.

Vetiver
Vetiver essential oil is grounding, centering, calming, relaxing, comforting, uplifting, calms mind chatter, and eases anxious feelings, fear and insecurity.

Neroli
Neroli essential oil opens the heart to love, light, reflection, and pure intentions, instills a sense of feeling protected, promotes self love, self acceptance and courage, and uplifts the mood and spirit.

Clary Sage
Clary Sage essential oil promotes mental clarity, creativity, boosts intuition, instills emotional balance, and helps clear negative energy

Black Spruce
Black Spruce essential oil is calming, grounding, harmonizing, promotes mental clarity, boosts mental energy, and helps to let go of limiting beliefs.

The Simple “Starting the Day on the Bright Side” Routine

Having a morning routine that sets us up for having a good day is a vital tool in our daily arsenal of staying motivated to affect change. Important is to develop a morning routine that really works for us. Selecting the right tools and routines as well as the perfect timing, create a recipe for success. Here some ideas to get you started with creating your morning routine, setting you up with motivation and inner strength for the day ahead.

  • Practice diaphragmatic breathing while laying in bed (before getting up)
  • Apply Balance essential oil blend or other grounding blend under sole of foot when getting up (or before practicing your breathing exercise)
  • Engage in a grounding exercise for 15-20 minutes min. (meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi, walking, stretching, etc. while listening to zenful music and diffusing or applying grounding and uplifting essential oils)
  • Diffuse 2 drops Rosemary, 1 drop Peppermint, 2 drops Wild Orange while getting ready in the bathroom, in the kitchen, or even in the car while driving to work
  • Use an affirmation while brushing teeth
  • Use an affirmation while practicing a breathing exercise
  • Think about three things you are grateful for
  • Apply the Motivate Blend to the inside of wrists, pulse points and diffuser jewelry when getting ready for the day

Anything that helps us feel grounded, fuels our inner strength, helps uplift our spirits, instills mental and physical energy are great tools to help us get through the day and stay motivated to follow our heart, goals and dreams.

Boosting Energy & Motivation

Last but not least, here are some of my favorite essential oils and blends to simply boost overall energy levels and motivation.
Peppermint, Wild Orange, Lemon, Bergamot, Rosemary and the doTERRA Motivate Blend

Diffuser recipes:
1 drop Peppermint, 2 drops Wild Orange (or Lemon), 2 drops Bergamot
1 drop Peppermint, 1 drop Rosemary, 1 drop Wild Orange, 2 drops Bergamot

doTERRA Motivate Blend (10ml roll-on):
Peppermint, Clementine Peel, Coriander Seed, Basil, Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary, and Vanilla Bean Absolute

Remember your “Awareness” list with your top three items that motivate you or create hurdles? Revisit the list and make notes. How can I have or create more of what motivates me? What can I do when I experience one of my top three hurdles? Having a plan and exercising consistency are vital tools in creating lasting change.

There is so much we can do for ourselves – we just have to find the MOTIVATION to do it.

Ditch Unhealthy Habits

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Do you find yourself at a point in time where you want to break an unhealthy habit?  You are not alone if you’ve been feeling like you are craving more sweets or chocolate, need that third cup of coffee, simply want to eat all the time, grab that cigarette, drink more alcohol or can’t stop playing video games simply to ‘ease stress’ and ‘unwind’. For many, stress can be a culprit in forming addictive tendencies and I think we ALL have been faced with one of those struggles at one time or another in our lives. But when those tendencies become constant, a habit that seems hard to break, start interfering with life and health, you may find yourself at a point where you are trying to break an unhealthy habit. Essential oils can become powerful tools in our repertoire supporting the process of changing habitual patterns. Find out how below.

Inhaling essential oils is a great way of supporting the process of shifting habitual patterns.

You can inhale essential oils by:

  • Diffusing them (at home, at work, in the car)
  • Use a personal aromatherapy inhaler (learn how easy it is to make your own inhaler)
  • Wear diffuser jewelry (necklace, bracelet)
  • Apply topically to pulse points on neck, inside of wrists and over heart area
  • Apply a drop to palms of hands, rub together to create a little heat, cup 6″ in front of face (do not touch eyes) and inhale for a couple of minutes

Which essential oils can help break habits?

Grapefruit and Black Pepper

Reduce cravings for food, coffee, nicotine, sweets and help to calm any feelings of anxiousness that may arise when trying to change habits. They are both powerful antioxidants, help boost serotonin levels, and great supportive tools in breaking negative patterns.

Peppermint

Powerful tool for nicotine cravings and food cravings! Immediately interrupts the craving sensation when inhaled. At the same time also uplifts moods, boosts energy and mental alertness.

Bergamot

Bergamot is the oil of courage, inner strength and self belief. This can be powerful when trying to create lasting changes and alter habitual patterns. Bergamot also helps to relieve tension and stress, and uplifts moods.

Vetiver

Wonderfully grounding and centering when feeling stressed. Powerful essential oil to help calm the mind, quiet mind chatter, and allowing to be more focused.

Suggestions for creating some powerful blends:

‘Curb My Cravings’ Diffuser Blend:

1 drop Black Pepper, 1 drop Peppermint, 2-3 drops Grapefruit

‘Curb My Cravings’ Essential Oil Inhaler
(interrupt cravings – keep in your pocket or purse for immediate use when needed):

1 drop Black Pepper, 3 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Grapefruit

‘Changing My Habits’ Blend:

Create a 5ml blend in a glass container combining:

1 drop Vetiver
2 drops Black Pepper
2 drops Peppermint
3 drops Grapefruit
2 drops Bergamot

Fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil, shake well. Apply to diffuser jewelry and to pulse points on neck, inside of wrists, and over heart area several times a day as needed.

Popping a Peppermint Beadlet in your mouth when experiencing cravings is another great way to curb cravings immediately!

Consistency is Key!

Habits often form over months or years. Stay consistent with your routines. It will take time to ditch unhealthy habits but you’ll see from week to week how your essential oils can become powerful partners on your quest to changing negative patterns.

Links to the Essential Oils mentioned in this blog post:

Grapefruit Essential Oil 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade
Black Pepper Essential Oil 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade
Bergamot Essential Oil 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade
Vetiver Essential Oil 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade
Peppermint Essential Oil 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade
Peppermint Beadlets with Essential Oil 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade

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Create Your Protective Bubble to Stay in a Positive Mindset

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Watch Video of 5 min Simple Movement Routine

Designed to help protect a positive mindset and good intentions from negative energy of outside influences.

Stay in your positive space, focused on your goals, create inner balance and strength. Make this routine part of your morning practice and feel a sense of inner peace, strength, and resilience growing day by day.

In the video above I’m demonstrating the routine incorporating an essential oil blend with properties to help us feel grounded, loved, connected, and protected. I practice this routine every morning supported by my special “Heart & Soul” Blend (formerly referred to as protective bubble blend). This special blend combines the powerful effects of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Palmarosa and Neroli essential oils in a base of fractionated coconut oil (see details).

Getting Started

Imagine forming a three dimensional bubble all around you, creating your safe space, filled with calm and peace, filled with positive energy, warmth, and light. A place where your energy can flow freely, giving you strength and resilience, protecting you from negative energy of outside influences, reducing the impact of the words, actions and energy of people around you. Strengthening your personal resilience despite of events unfolding in your life, your community, or in the World challenging your positive energy and outlook.

Settle into your bubble with your body, soul and spirit, let it fill every cell of your being with positive energy, strengthening the body and calming the mind. Follow the flow of movement exercises demonstrated in the video. Focus on your breath, inhale deeply, feel your lungs expand with every breath, filling your body with life and joy, and exhale fully, releasing any stress you may feel, releasing pent up emotions, releasing fear or worry, releasing anything you’ve been holding on to that you need to let go of. Let it flow through you and out, escaping your body, released into your bubble and dispersing as tiny little fragments, through the pores of your bubble, out into the universe.

Now place your protective shield on the outside of your bubble. Imagine anything reflective you love. Sometimes I imagine snow crystals because I love how they shimmer when hit by the rays of the sun. Sometimes I picture tiny little mirrors or crystals or gems – imagine putting reflective pieces all around your bubble, creating a shield, reflecting any negative energy coming at you. Fill the entire surface of your bubble and see yourself inside it, peaceful, calm, centered, protected.

Practice this routine every morning. Create a beautiful space supporting the flow of positive energy.  Start feeling calm, peaceful, and strong.

Disclaimer: Essential Oils are not medication. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. Sensitivity may occur. Discontinue use if irritation or sensitivity occurs. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult a licensed health care professional before using essential oils. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and other sensitive areas of the body. Use essential oil products at your own risk.

Balancing Chakras with Essential Oils

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Chakras are flowing energetic vibrations associated with emotional and spiritual energy, linked and in tune with each other. When one or multiple chakras are blocked or unbalanced, physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing is affected. Pure therapeutic grade essential oils have inherent energetic vibrations with the ability to assist in opening and balancing energy flow, aiding in restoring harmony to the chakras.

Balancing Chakras with Essential Oils

Root ChakraRoot Chakra (Muladhara)

Element: Earth
Location: Base of Spine, Pelvic Floor, and the First Three Vertebrae
Color: Red
Organs associated: Blood, Feet, Vertebral column, Skeleton, Bone, Legs

Balancing the root chakra to feeling grounded and safe, creates the foundation for opening the other chakras above. Meditation, yoga, mantras, chanting, colors and gems, can be enhanced with aromatherapy.

Goal: Feeling Balanced, Grounded and Secure

Root Chakra Essential Oil Blend (10ml roll-on)

My specialty essential oil blend contains 100% Certified Pure Cedarwood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Basil, and White Fir Essential Oil in a base of fractionated coconut oil.

Application (at beginning of meditation, yoga, mantra, chanting, using colors or gems):
Apply to base of spine, massage lightly. Apply under the soles of the feet, massage lightly. To use aromatically, you can also apply the blend to your palms and inside of wrists, cup hands 6” from face, close your eyes, inhale counting to four, hold your breath counting to four, exhale counting to four, repeat three times.

Cedarwood:
Cedarwood is a grounding essential oil, clearing away negativity, calming anger, and releasing tension. It instills positive energy, is soothing to the mind and soul, and opens communication with higher realms.

Vetiver:
Vetiver is a grounding and calming essential oil, bringing about not only physical but mental calm. It bridges the gap between the root and crown chakra, calms mental chatter and soothes feelings of anxiousness.

Patchouli:
Patchouli increases sensory levels, aids in feeling stable, peaceful and abundant, feeling connected,  liberation from boundaries, and caring for ourselves and others.

Basil:
Basil assists in feeling strengthened,  restored, and secure, easing nervousness and anxious feelings.

White Fir:
Assists in developing healthy patterns, stay true to the path of healing, and offers spiritual protection.

Sacral ChakraSacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

Element: Water
Location: Pelvic area
Color: Orange
Organs associated: Kidney, Bladder, Reproductive system, Genitals
Yoga poses: Bālāsana, Natarajasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

The sacral chakra is the center of feelings, emotions, experiencing pleasure, sensuality, and intimacy.  It is the center of connectedness between the body and emotions, the center that fuels passion and creative energy. Meditation, yoga, mantras, chanting, colors and gems, can be enhanced with aromatherapy.

Goal: Feeling present in your own body and connected to your feelings, experience joy, feeling bright, enjoying intimacy and relationships, sparking passion and creativity.

Sacral Chakra Essential Oil Blend (10ml Roll-on)

My specialty essential oil blend contains 100% Certified Pure Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Bergamot, and Wild Orange Essential Oil in a base of fractionated coconut oil.

Application (at beginning of meditation, yoga, mantra, chanting, using colors or gems):
Apply about 1” below naval, lightly massaging lower abdomen. Lightly massage into lower back area. To use aromatically, you can also apply the blend to your palms, cup hands 6” from face, close your eyes, inhale counting to four, hold your breath counting to four, exhale counting to four, repeat three times.

Sandalwood:
Sandalwood essential oil is calming and instills deep tranquility. It also creates heightened awareness and clarity.

Ylang Ylang:
Ylang Ylang is the oil of passion and intimacy, opens the flow of emotional energy, paves the way to self-love, and enhances feelings of gratitude.

Clary Sage:
Clary Sage is strengthening and relaxing at the same time. It is emotionally balancing and uplifting, and promotes clarity.

Bergamot:
Helps release repressed emotions, releases tension, encourages confidence, enhances the expressive state of being, and instills feelings of joy and inner strength.

Wild Orange:
Wild Orange frees up stagnant life energy, creates feelings of optimism and abundance.

Solar Plexus ChakraSolar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

Element: Fire
Location: between naval and solar plexus
Color: Yellow
Organs associated: Digestive system, Pancreas, Liver, Large Intestine, Lung, Stomach, Adrenal gland
Yoga poses: Dhanurasana, Virabhadrasana I, Virabhadrasana II

The solar plexus chakra is the center of our personality and identity, self worth, self expression willpower and self discipline. It is the source of personal power and the power to transform. Meditation, yoga, mantras, chanting, colors and gems, can be enhanced with aromatherapy.

Goal: Moving forward in life, being proactive instead of reactive or inactive, feeling fulfilled, complete, and confident, developing a strong sense of purpose.

Solar Plexus Chakra Essential Oil Blend (10ml Roll-on)

My specialty essential oil blend contains 100% Certified Pure Spikenard, Ginger, Clary Sage, Peppermint, and Grapefruit Essential Oil in a base of fractionated coconut oil.

Application (at beginning of meditation, yoga, mantra, chanting, using colors or gems):
Apply about 1” above naval, lightly massaging upper abdomen. To use aromatically, you can also apply the blend to your palms, cup hands 6” from face, close your eyes, inhale counting to four, hold your breath counting to four, exhale counting to four, repeat three times.

Spikenard:
Spikenard aids in letting go of negative patterns, inviting connectedness with inner spirit, easing feelings of anxiousness. It opens the soul to acceptance and gratitude, bringing about inner peace and harmony.

Ginger:
Ginger instills feelings of being present, accountability for life circumstances, commitment and empowerment to bring about change, and promotes moving forward mentally and physically.

Clary Sage:
Clary Sage allows to be fully present and seeks truths. It brings about clarity, feelings of strength and calm to move forward in life, emotionally and physically.

Peppermint:
Peppermint infuses life and clarity into the energy system. It is invigorating to body, mind and soul and fuels mental and physical stamina, optimism, and strength to face emotional pain.

Grapefruit:
Grapefruit helps move stagnant energy, alleviate irritability, reduce feelings of stress, and aids in the acceptance of body, strengthening feelings of self-worth.

Heart ChakraHeart Chakra (Anahata)

Element: Air
Location: in the center of the chest at the heart level
Color: Green
Organs associated: Heart, Circulatory System, Lungs, Breasts, Lymphatic System, Thymus gland
Yoga poses: Uttanasana, Bakasana, Ustrasana

The heart chakra is the center of love, compassion, kindness and joy – the unifying chakra where body and spirit meet. It harnesses the essence of our spirit and soul and allows us to see the fundamental truth how everything in life is connected. Meditation, yoga, mantras, chanting, colors and gems, can be enhanced with aromatherapy.

Goal: Accept and love yourself, move beyond grievances, truly forgive and let go of anger, fear, hatred or jealousy, open the heart to love, empathy and compassion for others.

Heart Chakra Essential Oil Blend (10ml Roll-on)

My specialty heart chakra blend contains 100% Certified Pure Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Cypress, and Wild Orange Essential Oil blended with fractionated coconut oil.

Application (at beginning of meditation, yoga, mantra, chanting, using colors or gems):
Apply over center of chest and heart area. To use aromatically, you can also apply the blend to your palms, cup hands 6” from face, close your eyes, inhale counting to four, hold your breath counting to four, exhale counting to four, repeat three times. Apply to inside of wrists.

Ylang Ylang:
Ylang Ylang is calming to the heart, helps to release tension, reunites emotional aspects of self, and opens the flow of emotional energy, paving the way to self-love, experiencing joy, and compassion for others.

Bergamot:
Bergamot releases pent up feelings and repressed emotions, releases tension, encourages confidence, enhances the expressive state of being, and instills feelings of joy and inner strength.

Cypress:
Cypress supports physical and energetic circulation, provides strength and comfort to a discouraged heart, helps overcome fears, release tension, encouraging to move forward.

Wild Orange:
Wild Orange frees up stagnant life energy, creates feelings of optimism and abundance.

Throat ChakraThroat Chakra (Vishuddha)

Element: Aæther, Spirit
Location: neck
Color: Green
Organs associated: Thyroid, Parathyroid, Esophagus, Cervical vertebrae, Larynx, Trachea, Neck, Jaw, Mouth,  Tongue, and Shoulder region
Yoga poses: Ustrasana, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Matsyasana, Simhasana

The throat chakra is at the center of seeking and sharing of truth. Listening, communicating openly and with honesty, and expressing beliefs with authenticity.  Meditation, yoga, mantras, chanting, colors and gems, can be enhanced with aromatherapy.

Goal: speaking truth with kindness and compassion, verbalize what is important to you and others, connecting with intuitive abilities, projecting ideas and realizing your life’s purpose

Throat Chakra Essential Oil Blend (10ml Roll-on)

My specialty throat chakra blend contains 100% Certified Pure Frankincense, Cypress, Geranium, and Eucalyptus Essential Oil in a base of fractionated coconut oil.

Application (at beginning of meditation, yoga, mantra, chanting, using colors or gems):
Apply to center of throat. To use aromatically, you can also apply the blend to your palms, cup hands 6” from face, close your eyes, inhale counting to four, hold your breath counting to four, exhale counting to four, repeat three times.

Frankincense:
Frankincense increases spiritual awareness and openness to communication. It enables to let go of lies, deception and negativity, connecting the soul to the inner light, enabling to express thoughts and emotions with kindness.

Cypress:
Cypress supports physical and energetic circulation, provides strength and comfort when feeling discouraged, helps overcome fears, and instills courage to speak your truth.

Geranium:
Geranium moves stagnant energy, clearing the way for self expression, speaking your truth, intimate communication, and creative expression. It restores confidence, facilitates trust, and aids to communicate with empathy, tolerance, love, and openness.

Eucalyptus:
Eucalyptus aids the body and soul in clearing the throat, creating a feeling of expansiveness and instilling inner freedom. It paves the way for clear communication and self-expression.

Third Eye ChakraThird Eye Chakra (Ajna)

Element: Light
Location: Between the eyebrows, behind the forehead, above the base of the nose
Color: Indigo
Organs associated: Eyes, Nervous system, Brain, Pineal gland, Pituitary gland, Ears
Yoga poses: Bālāsana, Janusirsasana, Ardha Pincha Mayurasana

The third eye chakra is at the center of intuition and foresight, self reflection, and spiritual connection. It enables us to see deeper truths, have clear thought, access psychic abilities and reach a state of illumination. Meditation, yoga, mantras, chanting, colors and gems, can be enhanced with aromatherapy.

Goal: overcome self limiting thoughts and beliefs, seeing not just with the eye but observing with conscience and wisdom, heightening awareness, accessing inner visions, creating balance between both hemispheres of the brain (creative and logical thinking), sparking inspiration, and creativity.

Third Eye Chakra Essential Oil Blend (10ml Roll-on)

My specialty third eye chakra blend contains 100% Certified Pure Vetiver, Frankincense, Marjoram, Juniper Berry, Cypress, and Galbanum Essential Oil in a base of fractionated coconut oil.

Application (at beginning of meditation, yoga, mantra, chanting, using colors or gems):
Apply to center of forehead, above the base of the nose (do not touch eyes or allow to get into eyes). To use aromatically, you can also apply the blend to your palms, cup hands 6” from face, close your eyes, inhale counting to four, hold your breath counting to four, exhale counting to four, repeat three times.

Vetiver:
Vetiver promotes psychic awareness and intuition.

Frankincense:
Frankincense increases spiritual awareness, aids with visualization, supports focus and concentration, and creates balance.

Marjoram:
Marjoram opens the third eye, instills balance to the mind, is restorative and cleansing, and brightens emotional state of being.

Juniper Berry:
Juniper Berry heightens psychic awareness, sparks intuition, and improves self awareness.

Cypress:
Cypress supports physical and energetic circulation, provides strength and comfort,  instills courage to let go of the past and trust in the flow of life.

Clary Sage:
Clary Sage opens the soul and thought process to new ideas, new perspectives and experiences, helps overcome limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns, opens creative channels and clears creative blocks.

Crown ChakraCrown Chakra (Sahasrara)

Element: Space & Time
Location: Crown of head or slightly above the head
Color: Violet
Organs associated: Brain, Nervous System, Pituitary Gland, Pineal Gland, Hypothalmus, Endocrine System
Yoga poses: Shavasana, Vriksasana, Sirsasana, Half Lotus Pose

The crown chakra is at the center of experiencing unity with oneself and the universe, it is a receiver and giver of energy, the point where physical body and spirit meet. Meditation, yoga, mantras, chanting, colors and gems, can be enhanced with aromatherapy.

Goal: experiencing higher consciousness and wisdom, feeling interconnected with the universe, open to the divine but at the same time firmly rooted, liberated from limiting patterns, develop the ability to live with faith, trust and gratitude, and experience bliss.

Crown Chakra Essential Oil Blend (10ml Roll-on)

My specialty crown chakra blend contains 100% Certified Pure Sandalwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, and Rosemary Essential Oil in a base of fractionated coconut oil.

Application (at beginning of meditation, yoga, mantra, chanting, using colors or gems):
Apply to crown of head. To use aromatically, you can also apply the blend to your palms, cup hands 6” from face, close your eyes, inhale counting to four, hold your breath counting to four, exhale counting to four, repeat three times.

Sandalwood:
Sandalwood quiets mental chatter, instills feelings of peace, creates mental clarity, and allows to access a higher state of consciousness.

Frankincense:
Frankincense invites tranquility, spiritual liberation, and spiritual connection. It aids visualization, supports focus and concentration, creates feelings of balance, while awakening the soul.

Lavender:
Lavender invites life force to flow freely through the body, releases pent up emotions, and has calming effects on the body and mind.

Lemon:
Lemon is clarifying, increases awareness, and focus, helps to release negative emotions.

Rosemary:
Rosemary stimulates the conscious mind, mental clarity, openness to new experiences, and trust in higher power. It enables to look deeper, ask soul searching questions, and develop true intellect.

How to Feel Less Stressed, Worried, Overwhelmed

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Want to move from feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious towards balance, optimism, motivation, more energy and wellbeing?

Enjoy this FREE SESSION below to inspire and motivate you to start changing from how you are feeling towards HOW YOU WANT TO FEEL During this introductory session to my online course  “The ABCs of Stress Management & Living Well” you’ll get to experience and practice three transformational exercises designed to help you create a little shift…

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Once you have watched this free class… answer these three simple questions:

Is stress and overwhelm affecting my life, health or emotional wellbeing?

Do I want to feel better physically and/or emotionally?

Am I feeling stuck? Do I want to feel inspired, motivated and experience change?

I you’ve answered YES to any of the questions above, you are not alone. Life has it’s way of throwing challenges at us, sometimes multiple challenges, all at the same time. Taking small steps incorporating easy routines and intuitive tools, can make all the difference in helping us shift our energy from how we are feeling at the moment, to how we want to feel – dialing down our stress levels.

You can get started right away by selecting any of the choices below:

Sunflower Stress Management Package

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6-Week Self-Paced Online Course
“ABCs of Stress Management
& Living Well”

Includes
Coaching Videos for each week
Weekly Workbooks & Tip Sheets
Weekly Exercises
Weekly Guided Meditations
Essential Oils Toolkit

only $97 (reg. $347)
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POPPY PACKAGE

6-Week Self-Paced Online Course
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& Living Well”

including everything listed under the Sunflower Package

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“Poppy Be You”
Self Belief & Courage Blend

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only $199 (reg. $482)
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Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

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Face Masks Cool Tips

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How to Keep Face Masks Clean & Use them as Aromatherapy Tools

Sharing my quick tips on how to increase peace of mind with wearing masks and cleaning them. Plus, they make awesome aromatherapy tools! Just watch this 3 min video. Want to try any of the items mentioned? On Guard, Breathe, Adaptive, Cheer, Forgive and the special laundry detergent. Simply message me.

Holiday Stress Busters

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Watch the recording of the live “Reset 4 Success” chat with Marian LaSalle, Louise Dewey and myself on the subject “Holiday Stress Busters”!

Well World TV Interview

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Moira Hutchison chats with Scarlet Strapko on Well World TV about stress management and living well and how essential oils and mindset can be of benefit to all of us.

Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Lavender Essential Oil Ointment DIY

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After Sun Skin Care DIY

Got too much sun? Yes, I did weeding for hours in the Florida heat. So I quickly made an ointment to soothe, calm, cool, and hydrate my skin using Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba Oil and Lavender Essential Oil. Great DIY. Quick and easy. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week. For large portions I can freeze it as ice cubes.

Disclaimer: Essential Oils are not medication. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. Sensitivity may occur. Discontinue use if irritation or sensitivity occurs. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult a licensed health care professional before using essential oils. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and other sensitive areas of the body. Use essential oil products at your own risk.

How to Properly Make an Essential Oil Inhaler

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Inhalers are amazing tools, inexpensive, powerful, personal. Learn how to make them properly and see some great ideas for blends below.

Essential Oil Inhaler Recipes

Calming/Grounding

6 drops Lavender

or

6 drops Roman Chamomile

or

2 drops Vetiver
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Wild Orange

or

2 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Roman Chamomile
2 drops Grapefruit

Uplifting / Energizing

2 drops Peppermint
4 drops Wild Orange

or

2 drops Spearmint
4 drops Bergamot

or

6 drops Wild Orange

or

2 drops Frankincense
3 drops Wild Orange
1 drop Sweet Basil

Focus / Memory Supporting

2 drops Vetiver
4 drops Rosemary

or

2 drops Vetiver
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Lemon

or

1 drop Vetiver
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Spearmint
1 drop Lemon

Stress - Our Worst Enemy

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The topic of “Stress, Sleep, Emotions & Physical Wellbeing” is a subject very dear to my heart. I’ve personally been through traumatic and devastating phases in my life which had a tremendous effect on my sleep, my emotions, my stress levels and my overall health. So it is with great passion that I share about tools and techniques that can support us in those areas.

So let’s get started.

ON A SCALE OF 1-10 with zero being that is no problem at all for me and 10 this is a big problem…

1) How often are you aware of being stressed in your daily life?
2) How concerned are you about the quantity and the quality of your sleep?
3) How frequently do your emotions feel difficult to manage appropriately?

Let’s take a look at how stress affect us?

We are all familiar with our bodies stress response – the fight or flight response – where the adrenaline kicks in, cortisol is released into the body and you become faster, stronger, highly alert, you react quicker – this response in your body can keep you safe when danger looms – it is a healthy and amazing response happening in your body.

But when we are under constant stress, when stress becomes chronic and the HPA axis stays activated, our bodies are continually flooded with cortisol and adrenaline. What is the HPA axis? The Hypothalamus – Pituitary – Adrenal System which regulates our long term stress. The Hypothalamus releasing CRH (corticotrophin) which is a hormone that activates the Pituitary Gland to release ACTH (adrenocorticotropic) which is another hormone, that stimulates the Adrenal cortex to release cortisol into the body.  When we experience chronic stress it becomes difficult for our body to switch from the fight or flight response of the sympathetic nervous system back into rest and digest response of the parasympathetic nervous system.

When we suffer from chronic stress it can start affecting any of our body systems, we can become irritable, develop anxiety and depression, chronic stress affects the nervous system so we can developing headaches or nervous disorders. The cardiovascular system is affected and we might experience high blood pressure, and increased risk of heart attack. Stress also lowers our immune system making us more prone to infections and illness, and it can even affect the respiratory system, muscles and bones, digestive system, and the skin. Stress can be at the root of developing diabetes, weight gain and developing addictions.

A Study released out of Sweden monitored 100,000 people over 30 years. Those who had been diagnosed with a stress disorder like chronic stress or PTSD had a 30-40% higher likelyhood to develop an autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, endometriosis, autoimmune thyroid conditions, lupus and more) which underlines the high correlation between stress and physical illness.

Stress can make us physically sick and the stress itself and the physical manifestation of stress can cause emotional strain and often also impacts our sleep, especially the quality of sleep and how rested we feel when waking up in the morning.

Research suggests that 70% of sleeping problems are related psycho-physiological issues and only 15% each are related to the environment or medical issues. Increased cortisol levels impact our body’s ability to maintain melatonin levels that promote restful sleep. Many people wake up during the night, especially between 1am and 3am. According to Chinese medicine our organs work on a 24 hour clock, and the time between 1am and 3am is liver time, the time when the liver performs its regenerative functions. One thing the liver needs to carry out its restorative function is energy, and for that it uses glycogen from the body’s sugar stores. So if we spend the whole day stressed and with your blood sugar levels going up and down by the time it gets to 1am, there will not be enough glycogen left for the liver to carry out its regenerative functions. In this scenario, the body produces adrenaline as an energy source to compensate – and as adrenaline is designed to keep us awake, we will wake up and may have a hard time going back to sleep. That’s why managing stress levels is so important when we want to improve our quality and quantity of sleep.

So you can see, unmanaged stress can be at the root or contributing factor to many physical and emotional challenges we may be facing.

Ready to tackle YOUR daily stressors and become aligned, balanced and calm? TRY THESE EXERCISES.

DIY Class - Stress Rescue Inhaler, Shower Melts, Lip Balm

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Essential Oils DIY Recipes

In this DIY Class we will be making:

  • All Natural Lip Balm with Lavender & Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Balance Shower Melts for an Aromatherapy Shower Experience
  • Stress Rescue Inhaler

Please find below the list of ingredients and supplies needed for each DIY project along with the video recording of the live DIY class. Please watch the introductory part but if you need to come back and review instructions for a particular item, I’ve noted below the starting point in the video.

Stress Rescue Inhaler

  • inhaler tube with wick and cap
  • 1 tsp. FCO (fractionated coconut oil)
  • 4 drops Cypress Essential Oil (Cypress helps us release pent up emotions, promotes flow of energy, opening the heart to letting go but at the same time comforting)
  • 4 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil (Wild Orange is stress releasing, energizing, uplifting moods and spirits, and promotes positivity)

Video instructions start at 15:15 minutes (see video below).

Balance Shower Melts

Balance Essential Oil contains Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. Balance has a warm, woody aroma creating a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. Spruce, one of the oils in Balance, was used by Native Americans for health and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body.

  • 6 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp distilled water
  • 8 drops Balance Essential Oil
  • glass or ceramic bowl for mixing
  • craft stick for blending
  • mold to create shower melts (let air dry in mold for 24 hours – remove carefully)
  • air tight container (store in air tight container)

Video instructions start at 24:40  minutes (see video below).

Lip Balm

Quantity is for making 2 lip balm tubes. Please wash and dry your shot glass as we will need it again for this recipe.

  • 5ml (1 tsp) Beeswax
  • 5ml (1 tsp) Coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Shea Butter
  • 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 Lip Balm tubes
  • shot glass for melting ingredients
  • small pot/water/stove for boiling water
  • craft stick for blending
  • optional (pipette with tip cut off to make opening larger; you can pour directly from the shot glass into the lip balm tubes but if your hands aren’t steady use a pipette – make sure to let melted ingredient cool only for 2 minutes when using pipette)

Video instructions start at 44:00 minutes (see video below).

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How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

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How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Here are the Ingredients & Supplies I use:

Rubbing Alcohol
Aloe Vera
Vitamin E Oil
Distilled Water
On Guard Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
Melaleuca Essential Oil
Glass Mister Bottle or Pump Bottle
Funnel

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The number of drops of Essential Oils is for a
2 oz container:

For Mister Recipe I use:

Rubbing Alcohol (70% min)
Distilled Water
(or boiled water after it has cooled down)
5 Drops of Vitamin E Oil
20 Drops of Essential Oils i.e.
10 drops On Guard
5 drops Lemon
5 drops Tea Tree
(or just 20 drops On Guard)

For Pump Recipe I use:

Rubbing Alcohol (70% min)
Aloe Vera Gel
20 Drops of Essential Oils i.e.
10 drops On Guard
5 drops Lemon
5 drops Tea Tree
(or just 20 drops On Guard)

Suggested Ratios for Alcohol / Distilled Water or Alcohol / Aloe Vera:

When Using 99% Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol:
2/3 Alcohol
1/3 Aloe Vera Gel or Distilled Water

When Using 91% Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol:
3/4  Alcohol
1/4  Aloe Vera Gel or Distilled Water

When Using 70% Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol:
90% Alcohol
10% Aloe Vera Gel or Distilled Water

If you don’t have Rubbing Alcohol you could substitute with a high percentage alcohol like Vodka.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need essential oils for your recipe.

Disclaimer: Essential Oils are not medication. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. Skin sensitivity may occur. Discontinue use if skin irritation occurs. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult a licensed health care professional before using essential oils. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and other sensitive areas of the body.

Secrets to Better Sleep

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more restful sleep with essential oils

Secrets to More Restful Sleep

I’m excited to share with you my personal lifestyle tips for a truly soothing bedtime routine!

My top secret: CONSISTENCY!!

We all need good rest at night so we can be at our best during the day. 

So here is what I do…

Disclaimer: The following article is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. It is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone with a disease, illness, injury or medical condition should consult a qualified health care professional.

Sleep is essential for a person’s physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

REM sleep, when dreaming occurs, is essential to our minds for processing and consolidating emotions, memories and stress. It is also thought to be vital for learning, stimulating the brain regions used in learning and developing new skills.

How do I support more restful sleep? Here are my lifestyle tips for a truly soothing bedtime routine:

  • I avoid light sources such as cell phone, ipad, tablet, computer, TV at least one hour before bedtime; I do not keep cell phone, ipad, tablet, or computer in your bedroom at night;
  • I avoid laying in bed “planning” my next day, I try to sit down at least an hour before bedtime and write down tasks, appointments, reminders, and thoughts about my next day, freeing up my mind when going to bed;
  • sometimes I take a relaxing bath with 4 drops of soothing essential oil such as Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang or a blend called Serenity; best is to add the drops of essential oil to 1 oz of pink Himalyan salt or dead sea salt first, then empty the salts into the running water; when I don’t feel like a bath, I make a relaxing foot soak with the salts and oils instead;
  • then right before going to to bed, I apply 1 drop of Serenity Essential Oil Blend to the back of my neck and traps (that’s where we carry so much tension and stress), under the sole of my foot, to the inside of my wrists and rub them together;
  • when I have a lot on my mind and I have a hard time “calming” my thoughts, I’ll apply a drop of Vetiver under the sole of my foot and onto the inside of my wrist and rub my wrists together;
  • I will also add 2-4 drops of a calming essential oil (or oils) to my diffuser such as the Serenity blend or Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Copaiba, Cedarwood, Spikenard, or Vetiver; if you do not have a diffuser you can add 1-2 drops to a cotton ball and place it next to your pillow (scent stays on cotton balls for up to 24 hours) or create a mister with soothing essential oils and spray your pillow;
  • once I lay in bed, I practice diaphragmatic breathing (breathing into my belly, raising the belly and counting to four, holding my breath counting to four, breathing out counting to four) – I will repeat 3-5 times then breathe normally; then I’ll repeat the cycle for a minimum of 5 minutes;
  • after my soothing breathing routine I will focus on the crown of my head and let go any tension I might be feeling there, then I’ll walk down focusing on back of my head and face,  again letting go of any tension especially in the jaw and back of my neck, I try to completely relax and work my way down my body, from my shoulders, you upper back to my lower back, from my chest to my belly, down to the legs, feet and toes, focusing on each body part, relaxing any tension I may hold in those areas;
  • when I go through phases where I have trouble waking up during the night and not being able to fall back asleep, I make sure my diffuser runs all night; I’ll reapply my soothing oils to my wrists and over my heart area;  I’ll repeat my breathing routine and try not to get up (hence I keep my oils on my nightstand always!)
  • I try to make my bed an “island” or “oasis” of relaxation and peace; I avoid “planning” my day ahead when laying in bed; sometimes I play relaxing music or water sounds which turn off automatically; I will think of at least one thing that I’m grateful for not matter how difficult my day might have been and try to make that my last thoughts before drifting off;
  • I work on reducing feelings of stress during the day as I know that stress has a great impact on how we sleep at night (see my program “The ABCs of Stress Management & Living Well“)

Essential Tip: It takes 21 days for the body to adapt to a new sleep rhythm.
Developing a CONSISTENT routine every night can make all the difference!

Here some Additional Thoughts on Waking Up During the Night

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our internal organs work to a 24 hour ‘clock’, with certain times of day being peak times for that organ. Chinese medicine believes that his is the time that the organ will carry out its most essential functions.

The schedule is as follows:

Large intestine: 5am-7am
Stomach: 7am-9am
Spleen: 9am-11am
Heart: 11am-1pm
Small Intestines: 1pm-3pm
Bladder: 3pm-5pm
Kidneys: 5pm-7pm
Circulation: 7pm-9pm
Endocrine system/pancreas: 9pm-11pm
Gallbladder: 11pm -1am
Liver: 1am-3am (also 2am-4am)
Lungs: 3am-5am

In Chinese medicine, any repeated issues that occur at a particular time of the day suggest a possible imbalance in the corresponding organ. For example, if we often feel excessively tired at around 6pm this could be an indication that the kidney function is not in balance.

As you can see from this schedule, 1-3am is ‘liver time’. One thing the liver needs to carry out it’s restorative function is energy, and for that it uses glycogen from the body’s sugar stores. The problem is that adrenaline production also uses up glycogen, and adrenaline is what we produce when we are stressed and when our blood sugar levels are unstable.

So if we spend the whole day stressed and with your blood sugar levels going up and down by the time it gets to 1am, there will not be enough glycogen left for the liver to carry out it’s regenerative functions. In this scenario, the body has to produce adrenaline as the energy source to compensate – and as adrenaline is designed to keep us awake, we will wake up and have a hard time going back to sleep.

So, if Chinese Medicine is correct, reducing stress is key to a good night’s sleep!

Hope my lifestyle tips for a soothing bedtime routine may prove helpful to you to get better rest at night, wake up refreshed in the morning, and have the energy you need for your day ahead!

Sending Wellness and Peace Your Way thank you for reading!
Please reach out to me with any questions or if like to try any of my essential oils.

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My 21+ Ways for Trying to Stay Healthy

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Lately, more and more people have been approaching me asking…

“What do YOU do to try and stay healthy?”

So I’m happy to share in a video and detailed article my comprehensive list of lifestyle tools and tips that have helped me and my family have more peace of mind when thinking about the immune system and respiratory system, and how we can best support them through living  a healthier lifestyle. Please see below my outline of what I’m about to share with you.

For the Immune System to function well, it requires balance and harmony.

A healthy lifestyle is the first line of defense in keeping our immune system strong and healthy.

So, let’s see what we will be taking a closer look at:

Washing Hands Washing Produce Gargling
Hand Sanitizer Rest & Sleep Sitting a Lot
Reducing Stress Gut Health Boosting Antioxidants
Vitamins & Minerals Chicken Broth Tea
Hydration Vagus Nerve Vibrational Energy
Sugar Smoking & Alcohol Essential Oils
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Please watch this 5 min video sharing tips on how to create a grounding and balancing morning routine that get’s your day started on the right foot and helps you create a resource of inner strength and resilience you can tap into when things get challenging during the day.

Suggested essential oils to accompany your morning routine:

Balance Essential Oil: contains Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus in a base of fractionated coconut oil. This is my favorite essential oil blend to get started with my day.

Other single essential oils with wonderful grounding effects are Frankincense, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Sandalwood or Myrrh.

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How Safe are Essential Oils?

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by Scarlet Strapko

Published on Apple News / Essential Oils Channel

Essential oils seem to pop up everywhere, so many brands, so many different oils to chose from. The main question remains, how safe are essential oils. The simple answer is, it very much depends on the quality of the essential oil and the users experience and education on essential oils.

The quality of an essential oil is determined by a variety of factors, the central one being the sourcing of the plants used to create an essential oil. Just imagine, a plant grown on a field where heavy metals are in the soil, treated with pesticides, in an environment not native to the plant – this is not a healthy scenario for what should be used in essential oil production.  The best essential oils come from plants that grow in their indigenous environment as the soil, water,  and climate ensure the growth of a plant rich in its chemical constituents. Pair that with organic farming and harvesting at the proper time, and voilà you have the best source material for an essential oil.

But it doesn’t stop there, sourcing the right plant material is just the beginning. There are various methods on how essential oils are extracted from plant material. Only two methods that are safe in creating a therapeutic grade essential oil, steam distillation or compression extraction. These methods are completely natural. Depending on the type of plant material it can take over 20 hours to distill one batch of essential oil. Time consuming but safe and most definitely the healthiest method to create an essential oil. Some companies prefer to go the faster and cheaper route by using something called solvent extraction where a chemical such as acetone or hexane are used to extract the essential oil.

After distillation, for safety purposes, every batch of essential oil should be laboratory tested to ensure the essential oils has the proper chemical constituents, at the right levels, hasn’t been adulterated, and does not contain any heavy metals, microbes, mold or fungus spores, or anything else that does not belong in a 100% pure tested grade essential oil.

Don’t be fooled, only because an essential oil is labeled “100% pure” does not a guarantee it is truly100% pure, and that the sourcing, distillation, and testing has been performed as described in this article. A first warning signal can be when an essential oil lable says “100% pure” and then in fine print reads “not for topical use” or “do not ingest” (although there are a few essential oils that even in the highest quality should not be ingested).  Research the brand you have been using, see whether they publish their sourcing, distillation, and testing methods. If not, find a brand that does publish the information you are looking for as it very much impacts the safety and effectiveness of the essential oil. More experienced essential oil users are often able to distinguish a high quality essential oil from a poor quality essential oil simply by its aroma.

Last but not least, the more educated you are as a user, the safer and the more satisfying the results.  Find a good book and online resource, like myoilguide.com, to learn about essential oils and safe application methods. Always read the label on every essential oil bottle and adhere to its instructions. Pregnant women, people with medical conditions, and those under a doctor’s care should always consult with their physician before using essential oils. Use extra care when using essential oils with children and older people (always dilute appropriately and skin test). Connecting with someone who is experienced in using essential oils is a great way to get the most benefits from integrating essential oils into your life, and also the safest.

Teeth Grinding Anyone?

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Teeth Grinding TipsTeeth grinding can have many different reasons from injury or misaligned bite, and other dental problems to simply “Tension & Stress”.

If your teeth grinding is related to the latter, you can try these tips:

Tip 1:

Massage jaw and neck with a blend of Lavender, Frankincense and fractionated coconut oil. Add some Marjoram, my secret ingredient, to offer even more relief! Use a dilution ratio of 3% to 5%. Apply before bedtime and after waking up in the morning.

Tip 2:

Diffuse relaxing essential oils while sleeping such as Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Vetiver or Cedarwood.

Tip 3:

Diffuse stress reducing citrus oils during the day! Pick Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, or Tangerine or use a drop or two to combine a few scents in your diffuser.

Want more tips on how to reduce stress effectively?

Take a look at this online stress recovery course.

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Quality is Key with Essential Oils

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Essential oil quality impact benefits of essential oilsQuality is key when it comes to essential oils. It directly impacts how effective the essential oil will be and the benefit you will experience. High quality, 100% pure tested grade essential oils are also the safest essential oils to use.

If you are serious about your health, don’t compromise when it comes to quality. There are several factors you should be aware of before using any essential oil. Where did the plants grow that are used to make the essential oil? How were they cultivated (organic farming vs. treatment with pesticides and herbicides)? Are they harvested properly and at the right time? Which distillation method / extraction methods were used? Are the essential oils being tested? The essential oils I use come from plants that are grown in their indigenous environment (and without use of any pesticides or harmful chemicals), harvested properly and at the right time, and are either steam distilled or compression extracted. EVERY BATCH of essential oil is tested with Gas Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, FTIR, Refractive Index, Optical Rotation, Specific Gravity, Organoleptic testing, Stability testing, Heavy metal testing, TPC/Microbial testing, Pesticide analysis, Chiral GC, Istope Carbon 14, Biochemical Pairing (ARC Plots), Taxonomy, VOC (volatile carbon analysis), Thin Layer Chromatography, and LC/LCMS. This rigorous testing ensures that every essential oil bottle is 100% pure, medicinal grade and that every drop from every bottle has the same potency and consistency.

Potency Begins With the Seed

The proper seed variety (species) and even chemotype for particular plants must be carefully selected so that the distinct molecular profile of the aromatic compounds produced by the plant can be achieved. For example, there are many different plant varieties and chemotypes for rosemary. The chemotype depicts the level of particular compounds within the oil composition which will determine specific health benefits.

Harvesting the Right Part of the Plant

The environment plays a key role in the potency or therapeutic value of the plant. Growing season, elevation, climate, moisture, soil, terrain, and pH all factor into the quality or potency of the essential oil produced. It is also essential that the right part of the plant be harvested. The aromatic compounds from the leaves of the plant will differ from what is produced in the flowers. For example, when you use the yellow flowering tops of the Helichrysum italicum plant from Corsica you will harvest the most dependable therapeutic benefits, but many essential oil producers will harvest the leaves and stalks as well to increase the oil yield of this delicate crop thereby increasing their profitability. This completely changes the composition of the essential oil.

Where Essential Oils are Sourced Matters

The best essential oils come from artisans who grow aromatic crops in the indigenous soils of their land and follow stringent growing and harvesting quality standards. Plants grown in traditional or indigenous environments yield better results because the natural elements specific to that region promote a more therapeutic profile of the aromatic compounds produced by the plant. For example, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is indigenous to the Provence region of France. The high altitudes at which lavender is grown results in the plant having higher ester and sesquiterpene alcohol content, thereby increasing its therapeutic benefits. You simply cannot duplicate the rocky soil and Mediterrean growing conditions that are specific to this region anywhere else. Although lavender grows readily in the United States, the therapeutic values are not as beneficial because the growing conditions that exist in its native land cannot be duplicated. Where your oils are sourced matters.

Take a look at the oils you have been using, see if the manufacturer provides information about sourcing, distillation methods, and testing methods. This will help you determine whether your oils are of therapeutic, medicinal grade quality or not.

If you are unsure please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to help you. In addition, I offer all my clients the option to purchase essential oils directly through me and also receive custom blends made just for you! This way you can ensure that the blend is appropriate for your age, any chronic conditions that have to be considered, other medication you might be taking, appropriate dosage, and delivery method.

Working with an aromatherapist will ensure that your experience with essential oils will be positive and rewarding.

 

 

 

 

Don’t know where to start? Not sure what quality grade the essential oils are you are currently using? Want to try a sample?

Please contact me. I’ll be happy to help you.

Essential Oils and Dogs

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Using Essential Oils Safely with Dogs

Just as for humans, essential oils can be wonderful tools to support the physical health and emotional wellbeing, as long as you are educated on general safety considerations, appropriate dilution ratios, and most effective application methods.

General Safety Tips

Quality of the Essential Oils

Many essential oils available in stores today are adulterated, of very poor quality,  and often created synthetically in a laboratory. Those essential oils can contain many unnatural, harmful elements. Even if they are extracted from plant materials, they can contain chemicals from solvent extraction, pesticides, heavy metals, microbes, mold spores, fillers, and other unhealthy or unnatural components. Toxins in inferior oils can become culprits causing adverse reaction or side effects when used with humans and pets. Make sure your essential oils are 100% pure tested grade  and please don’t be fooled, only because a bottle says 100% pure it can still contain all the harmful elements mentioned above. To learn about which questions to ask and how to determine whether your essential oils are of therapeutic, medicinal grade – read this article on essential oil quality.

Let Your Dog Decide

Trust your dog’s instincts when selecting an essential oil to support their health. Let your dog sniff the essential oil from your hands first. If your dog starts drooling, whining or runs away use an alternate essential oil that has similar properties and your dog reacts positively to. Dogs just like humans are naturally drawn to essential oils that will benefit us due to their inherent frequency.

Topical Use of Essential Oils

Topical application of essential oils can offer immediate comfort, be calming and soothing.  It can support the immune system, nervous system, muscles and bones, and skin.

Essential oils that are appropriately diluted can be applied along the spine, rub their ears (never put inside of ears), or even on the toes/pads (see reflexology chart for dogs). Essential oils can be applied directly to a particular area you want to support like the skin, muscle, or joint.  But remember to avoid the eyes, nose, inner ears, anal, and genital areas and only use essential oils that are labeled for ingested use as your dog might lick itself and inadvertently ingest the essential oil.

Appropriate Dilution Ratios

Dogs tolerate therapeutic grade essential oils generally well but they also vary greatly in size.  As a Certified Aromatherapist, I generally suggest to use the dilution ratios appropriate for infants and children for dogs, just instead of age we dilute according to weight.

For a 10 ml bottle filled with carrier oil (I prefer fractionated coconut oil) add the following amount of essential oil:

Up to 25 pounds: add 1 drop of essential oil = 0.5% dilution
25 to 50 pounds: add 2 drops of essential oil = 1% dilution
50 to 90 pounds: add 4 drops of essential oil = 2% dilution
over 90 pounds: add 6 drops of essential oil = 3% dilution

For acute use and brief periods of time, the dosage may be increased. Please only do so under the guidance of a holistic veterinarian or certified aromatherapist.

Another factor impacting the selection of essential oils and dilution ratio, is the general health of your pet, any medications it might be taking, and age. Do not apply essential oils topically on puppies under 10 weeks of age and only under appropriate guidance with senior pets and pregnant dogs.

Avoid eyes, nose, anal area, and genital areas. Flush with milk if irritation occurs.

 

Essential Oils NOT to Use Daily

Certain essential oils should not be used on a daily basis. Those include: Wintergreen, Thyme, Clove, Cassia, Camphor, and Oregano. They can be used occasionally to support their health but not for prolonged periods of time.

 

Special Note:

Keep in mind that if a dog is toxic from medications or has not been on a natural raw food diet then it is best to use greater dilution ratios at first and apply only once a day for the first week. As with humans, the essential oils will support the body with eliminating  toxins. When too many toxins are shed out too quickly, it can make your dog feel nauseous or lethargic.

Essential Oils NOT to Use Topically

Melaleuca also known as Tea Tree Essential Oil

Melaleuca essential oil has phenolic compounds that can be more difficult for a dog’s body to process. The oral toxic dose of phenol in dogs is about 0.22 grams per pound of body weight. 4 drops of Melaleuca are about 0.22 grams. So Melaleuca can be toxic but generally only in high doses. Some dog owners have experienced adverse reactions to Melaleuca that’s why I generally recommend to select an alternative essential oil.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus, when ingested in sufficient amounts, can be an irritant to the gastrointestinal system and cause discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is also a neurotoxin and can cause neurological symptoms as well, such as depression, confusion, and seizures. As dogs may lick themselves, please do not use Eucalyptus essential oil topically. When diffusing, make sure it is Eucalyptus radiate (there are over 900 species of eucalyptus). Please read this article for more information.

 

Aromatic Use of Essential Oils with and around Dogs

Essential oils can be used aromatically to support moods, help a dog feel calmer and less anxious, improve sleep, support the respiratory system, support the immune system, and the nervous system,  and also cleanse and purify the air.

Tips for Aromatic Use

There are different options on having your dog benefit from essential oils aromatically.  You can use an ultrasonic dffuser, apply a drop to the dog collar, put a drop on a bandana tied around the neck, spray a mist over the dog bed, create a spray with distilled water and a few drops of essential oil and spray into the air.

When diffusing essential oils make sure the area is well ventilated and that your dog has the option to leave the room where the essential oil is being diffused. Again, I can’t stress enough to “listen” to your dog and watch its behavior when you are using an essential oil aromatically. If your dogs reacts in a negative manner, select an essential oil with similar benefits your dog reacts positively to.

Take Breaks and Switch it Up

I can’t emphazise enough the importance of taking breaks and alternating essential oils. You do not want your dog  to develop any sensitivities and you like to see the greatest benefit. Taking breaks and changing it up is an essential step. After using an essential oil for about a week, take three days break. If continued use it necessary, take a week break after 3-4 weeks.

Change it up! The effects of essential oils are all related to their chemistry. Many essential oils have similar chemical profiles, so desired effects will also be similar. Find essential oils that have similar desired effects and keep switching it up a bit for sustained long term benefits.

Common Uses of Essential Oils with Dogs

Skin Care

Essential oils are wonderful for supporting your dog’s skin. Use Lavender or Frankincense for minor skin irritations and to clean dog’s skin. You can apply your essential oil blend to a cotton ball and dab the dog’s skin. Another great idea is adding a drop to your dog’s natural dog shampoo. To encourage healthy blood-clotting use Helichrysum.  Other options to support the skin is creating your blend in a spray bottle.

Digestive Support

Some of the best essential oils to support the digestive system are ginger, peppermint,  and fennel. Lavender is calming and soothing to the nerves in the abdomen area. Lightly rub  one to two drops of your blend directly to the stomach area or use a spray bottle and then gently rub in. Start with only once a day, then work your way up to max. three times per day. Remember about taking breaks and switching it up!

Respiratory Support

Aromatic use of essential oils can offer great respiratory support for your dog. You can diffuse single oils or a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary (one drop each is sufficient), and diffuse in the room, mist the dog bed or apply a drop to the dog’s bandana. Dogs also have vitaflex points on the bottoms of their paws and between toes. Apply the essential oil diluted for your dog’s size to the bottom of the paws where indicated for respiratory support.

Tick Bites

After removal of a tick, dab a cotton ball with Lavender (diluted appropriately to your dog’s size) on the affected area twice a day.

Flea and Tick Repellent Mist or Shampoo

Mist: Use a 16 oz glass spray bottle, fill with distilled water, add 8 to 16 drops of Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint and Lemongrass essential oil. Shake well before use. Lightly spray dog, avoiding the eyes. Reapply as needed.

Shampoo: Use 8 oz of an all-natural dog shampoo and add 2 drops each of Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint and Lemongrass – avoid eyes when shampooing dog.

Support Ear Health

Create a blend diluted to your dog’s weight with Lavender,  Basil, and Geranium essential oil. After cleaning the ear with a natural cleanser, apply the blend and lightly massage in behind the ears, at the base of the ears. Do not use inside ear canal. Repeat twice a day as needed to support ear health.

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Support against Seasonal Threats

Blending Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint offers great support when seasonal challenges start affecting your dog’s respiratory system. Diffuse during the day or at night (2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Lemon, 1 drop Peppermint), apply 1-2 drops of the blend to your dog’s bed or add to a bandana that’s tied around the neck.

If you dog suffers from allergies you may want to consider a raw food diet. Many allergies are caused by diet.

Immune System Support

A great blend for immune system support is a blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.  Dilute appropriate to your dog’s weight and apply a drop under bottom of paws or onto spine. This blend is also great when diffused in the room where your dog sleeps. Make sure the diffuser has an intermittent setting, the area is well ventilated and that your dog can leave the room where it is being diffused. Other essential oils you may want to consider to support your dog’s immune system are Vetiver, Ginger, Rosemary and Peppermint.

Joint and Muscle Support

Some of the best essential oils for muscle and joint support are Frankincense, Copiaba, Peppermint, German Chamomile, Marjoram, and Wintergreen.  Create a blend appropriate for your dog’s weight, apply a few drops to your hands, rub along the spine or problematic areas to ease discomfort. Another option is to create a spray, apply to the area, and lightly massage in.

Support Nervous System and Mood 

Essential oils are wonderful tools when it comes to affecting moods. Aromatic use has the most immediate effect but topical use is also a good option.  Diffuse in room, apply to collar or bandana, or spray on bedding.

  • For calming: Lavender or a blend of Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang yYang, and Sandalwood.
  • For moodiness: Frankincense or a blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, and Blue Tansy.
  • For confidence: Vetiver
  • For sad dog: Apply 1 drop of Frankincense on spine and 1 drop of lavender on paws.
  • Essential oils with other calming properties: Geranium, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, the Joyful blend Elevation. The joyful blend contains the essential oils of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus, and sandalwood

 

As a Certified Aromatherapist, one of my main tasks is creating custom aromatherapy products and essential oil blends for people and pets, taking into consideration age, weight, health history, any sensitivities, and desired benefits. Many custom 10 ml blends range from only $20 to $28 and you can be assured that the highest quality essential oils are used with appropriate dilution.

I hope this article answered some of your questions and was detailed enough for you to make an informed decision on which oils you can use safely with and around your dog. Please share a link to this web page with other dog lovers to keep our pets safe!

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If cats are part of your family and you like using essential oils to support your family’s health, please read this article as it introduces you to the safe use of essential oils with and around your cats. It also provides important tips regarding precautions you can take with essential oils that may be potentially toxic to your cat but would benefit your own health. Learn how to use these essential oils in a safe and responsible manner that does not negatively impact your cat’s health.

Why can essential oils be a problem for cats?

Cats are sensitive to essential oils for a few reasons.

  1. Cats have a very acute sense of smell.
    Cats have twice as many receptors in their olfactory ephithelium than people and also have a scent organ in the roof of their mouth.
  2. Cats have delicate and thin skin.
    Anything applied topically will have quicker absorption into the bloodstream. Remember, when diffusing essential oils into the air, there will still be absorption through the skin, just in lower ratio than what is absorbed through inhalation.
  3. Cats lack important liver enzymes that humans posses.
    Cats can’t efficiently metabolize some of the compounds in certain essential oils, which can lead to toxic build-up in their bodies over time (glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) enzymes).

Does this mean that all essential oils should be avoided?

No. But perhaps the question that needs to be asked first is what is the quality of the essential oils used? Many essential oils available in stores today are adulterated, of very poor quality,  and often created synthetically in a laboratory. Those essential oils can contain many unnatural, harmful elements. Even if they are extracted from plant materials, they can contain chemicals from solvent extraction, pesticides, heavy metals, microbes, mold spores, fillers, and other unhealthy or unnatural components. Since we know cats are highly sensitive to chemicals and artificial ingredients, it could be that the toxins in inferior oils are the real culprits when cat owners have had bad experiences even with essential oils from the “SAFE” list (see below). 100% pure tested grade essential oils can benefit your cat’s health when used appropriately. Please don’t be fooled, only because a bottle says 100% pure it can still contain all the harmful elements mentioned above. To learn about which questions to ask and how to determine whether your essential oils are of therapeutic, medicinal grade – read this article on essential oil quality.

 

Essential Oils that can be potentially toxic to cats

Cats can’t efficiently metabolize phenols, ketones, d-limonene and alpha-pinene, so over time toxic buildup can occur.

Examples of essential oils containing higher amounts of Phenols – Wintergreen, Anise, Birch, Clove, Basil, Tarragon, Fennel, Oregano, Thyme, Mountain Savory, Peppermint, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Calamus, Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Eucalyptus citriodora, Parsley, Ylang Ylang. These all contain greater than 8% phenols.

Examples of essential oils containing higher amounts of Ketones – Western Red Cedar, Idaho Tansy, Marigold, Spearmint, Thuja, Hyssop, Davana, Sage, Dill, Yarrow, Peppermint. All these oils contain greater than 20% ketones.

Example of essential oils containing higher amounts of D-Limonene – Grapefruit, Bitter Orange, Orange, Tangerine, Mandarin, Lemon, Celery Seed, Lime, Bergamot, Angelica, Dill, Neroli, Blue Tansy, Citronella and Nutmeg.

Examples of essential oils containing higher amounts of Alpha-pinene – Cypress, Cistus, Pine, Douglas fir, Juniper, Myrtle, Rosemary Verbenon, Silver Fir, Angelica, Nutmeg, Eucalyptus, Dill, Spruce. These are all monoterpenes that have alpha-pinene concentrations greater than 15%.

Essential Oils that may be used with cats with CAUTION and only by a holistic veterinarian or certified aromatherapist: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Carrot Seed, Celery Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, Clove, Galbanum, Ginger, Juniper, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, and Western Red Cedar.

If your cat has liver or kidney trouble make sure to avoid essential oils high in Ketones, Phenols, D-Limonene, and Alpha-pinene.

 

Which Essential Oils are generally considered safe with and around cats?

Make sure to use only highest quality essential oils appropriately diluted or diffused, with care and common sense and ALWAYS consult with a holistic vet or certified aromatherapist if you have concerns or questions.

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil
  • Elemi Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
  • Geranium Essential Oil
  • Helichrysum Essential Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil (NOT Lavendin)
  • Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
  • Valerian Essential Oil

Which essential oils support which body systems?

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil
    Endocrine System
  • Elemi Essential Oil
    Immune System, Respiratory System, Skin
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
    Immune System, Nervous System, Skin, Emotional Balance
  • Geranium Essential Oil
    Skin, Emotional Balance
  • Helichrysum Essential Oil
    Skin, Cardiovascular System, Muscles and Bones
  • Lavender Essential Oil (NOT Lavendin)
    Skin, Nervous System, Cardiovascular System, Emotional Balance
  • Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
    Skin, Digestive System, Cardiovascular System, Nervous System, Muscles and Bones, Emotional Balance
  • Valerian Essential Oil
    Emotional Balance, Digestive System, Cardiovascular System, Skin

7 Essential Safety Tips for Cat Owners

Just because an essential oil is on the “caution” list does not mean that you can never one of those essential oils in your home to support your own health. However, it does mean that certain precautions will need to be taken to ensure your cat is not exposed to the essential oil.

Here’s a list of tips to help keep your cat safe:

  1. Pick from the “Safe” list whenever possible.

Select essential oils from the “Safe” list whenever possible to support the health and wellness of your family, including your cat. Make sure it is a 100% pure tested grade essential oil, free of fillers, pesticides, heavy metals, microbes, mold spores, fungi, or other harmful ingredients.

  1. Diffuse using common sense.

When diffusing an essential oil from the “Safe” list, make sure to only diffuse small amounts for limited periods of time, and make sure your cat has the freedom to leave the room if it wants. If you want to inhale an essential oil that is potentially toxic to your cat but would be beneficial to support your respiratory system for instance (Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove, Melaleuca), try to diffuse in your car using an ultrasonic USB diffuser, at work, use a personal inhaler (making essential oil inhalers is a great way of enjoying the aromatic benefits of essential oils without diffusing it.), or use a room your cat never spends time in. This way you can fully benefit from the inhaled use of essential oils and keep your pet safe. Never diffuse an essential oil that is potentially toxic to your cat in a room it spends time in.

  1. Don’t pet your cat after touching essential oils.

If there is any residual essential oil on your hands and you pet your cat, the oil will get on its fur. Cats lick themselves for cleansing purposes. Your cat would be in danger of ingesting the essential oil from its fur. So be cautious and wash your hands well after using essential oils.  In addition, make sure to keep the skin that you applied an essential oil to covered (long pants, long sleeved shirt, etc.) so that your cat does not rub up against you and accidentally transfers the essential oil onto its fur. Apply a drop under the soles of your feet in the morning and put on socks/shoes immediately. Click here for more information about topical use of essential oils.

  1. Store essential oils away from pets and kids.

Cats are very curious, mischievous,  and playful capable of getting into almost anything. Even if your essential oils are sealed tightly, there will be residual oil on the bottle that your cat could lick off or get on its fur. Keep your essential oils stored in a box or cabinet your cat can not open. Same rule goes for young children. Keep your essential oils locked away and out of reach.

  1. Be cautious cleaning with essential oils.

Essential oils are wonderful additions to natural cleaning products but use caution and common sense, making sure your cat does not rubs against the surface you cleaned or licks it, to avoid ingesting essential oils.

  1. Don’t leave out dishes after cooking with essential oils.

For those of you who love to enhance flavor and therapeutic value of your dishes with essential oils, it is important to put away or clean these dishes immediately after use. Make sure your cat doesn’t eat leftover food that was prepared with essential oils.

  1. Appropriately dilute for topical use with cats.

Essential oils are very potent and powerful. If you have decided to use an essential oil from the “Safe” list topically to support your cat’s health be sure to highly dilute the essential oil. I generally use the safety considerations for use of essential oils with babies. which means a 0.5% dilution ratio.

As a Certified Aromatherapist, one of my main tasks is creating custom aromatherapy products and essential oil blends for people and pets, taking into consideration age, weight, health history, any sensitivities, and desired benefits. Many custom 10 ml roll-on blends range from only $20 to $28 and you can be assured that the highest quality essential oils are used with appropriate dilution. If you need a custom product for your pet, please contact me.

I hope this article answered some of your questions and was detailed enough for you to make an informed decision on which oils you can use safely around cats and offer you safe options to maximize the therapeutic benefits for yourself and your family. Please share a link to this web page with other cat lovers to keep our beautiful felines safe!

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Safe Use Around Dogs

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Eucalyptus essential oil and dogsYesterday, in my stress reduction workshop, one lady asked about Euclayptus Essential Oil and toxicity with dogs. Here are some important tips and insights.

Eucalyptus, when ingested in sufficient amounts, can be an irritant to the gastrointestinal system and cause discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is also a neurotoxin and can cause neurological symptoms as well, such as depression, confusion, and seizures. If your dog has INGESTED any part of an eucalyptus plant or product containing eucalyptus, it is important to visit a veterinarian as soon as possible.

So be cautious when using Eucalyptus essential oil for yourself, making sure the dog does not lick your hands or any body part you applied an Eucalyptus essential oil to or a product containing Eucalyptus.

When it comes to DIFFUSING Eucalyptus in a home with dogs, make sure it is Eucalyptus radiata (there are over 900 species of Euclyptus) and that it is of therapeutic, medicinal grade quality. There are so many cheap essential oils on the market that contain chemicals from solvent extraction such as hexane or acetone, pesticides, microbes, mold spores,  and other toxic components (read article about essential oil quality). Make sure when diffusing essential oils around pets, that the area is well ventilated, and LISTEN to your dog. If your dog leaves the room when you diffuse a particular essential oil, your dog is telling you that it is not good for him or her. When they are drawn to you wearing a certain essential oil or lay near the diffuser, their body is telling them, it will be good for them.

To learn more about safe use of essential oils with dogs, please read the following article and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. Safe Use of Essential Oils with Dogs.

Therapeutic Essential Oil Blend & Natural Perfume

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We all sometimes need a little more courage, inner strength and self belief – to reach our goals in wellness, life, work and relationships. Scarlet Strapko worked on this special blend for many months, perfecting it’s composition so that it not only supports these very important aspects of self care but also serves as a natural perfume, a scent you feel drawn to, a scent that comforts and uplifts you.

Treat Yourself
Treat Your Best Friend

inner strength courage self belief with essential oils

This proprietary essential oil blend, is named after Scarlet’s daughter Poppy as tribute to the courage and strength she has exhibited, following her heart, overcoming tremendous challenges, being truly unique and simply herself, believing in herself, and standing up for others against injustice no matter the personal risk or repercussion —  a truly wonderful human being!

Order “Poppy – Be You” only $26 (reg. $36)

Makes a wonderful birthday or holiday gift!

Blend Contains proprietary essential oils of 100% Certified Pure Cedarwood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Marjoram, Copaiba, Lemon, Bergamot, and Neroli.

Match with Aromatherapy Bracelet “Be You” with African fire agate, carnelian agate, hematite, and lava beads to help support inner strength, courage, and self belief.

Order Aromatherapy Bracelet for only $24
Aromahterapy Self Confidence Bracelet

Use “Poppy – Be You” Essential Oil Blend & Bracelet for truly being yourself, trusting in yourself, and following your heart.

Now, also available in store at the OM Shoppe, Sarasota, Florida

Bath Salt Soaks - Pamper Your Body & Soul

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Pamper Yourself with a Bath Salt Soak

Aromatic baths are a wonderful natural remedy to support physical and emotional wellness. The salts alone already have many therapeutic benefits. Himalayan , Dead Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the Great Salt Lake in Utah are some of the most popular salts. The salts will change the osmotic balance of the bath water, allowing your skin to absorb more water. Magnesium sulphate present in salts, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps the body to stay healthy by avoiding cellular breakdown. Phosphates will soften the skin and help exfoliate. Sea salts also stimulate circulation and help to relax tense muscles. Your bath salt soak can encourage deep relaxation and relief from stress.

Essential Oil Bath Salt SoakFormulate your bath salt soak to  your body’s needs by adding essential oils offering properties you are looking for.

1 cup of sea salt -> add 10 drops of essential oil (for adults)

Essential Oils NOT RECOMMENDED for use in baths: Basil, Bay, Benzoin, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clove Bud, Cinnamon, Lemon, Lemongrass, May Chang, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Orange, Oregano, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, Tarragon, Thyme

Relaxing Bath Soak: 2 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Roman Chamomile, 4 drops Lavender,  4 drops Ylang Ylang or Geranium

Achy Joint Soak: 4 drops Juniper Berry, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Cypress, 2 drops Frankincense

Soothe Baby Skin: 1 drop Frankincense, 1 drop Lavender

Enjoy Making Your Bath Soaks!! Pamper Yourself a little!!

New Year's Resolutions

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS –who doesn’t have them?

We all have good intentions to make changes when a new year starts but often we just can’t stick with it. So here is my New Year’s Resolutions Kit: FORGIVE — forgive yourself, forgive others, be able to let go of things that keep holding you back. MOTIVATE — stay motivated to make the changes happen you want to make in your life, your health, your job, your relationships. CHEER — feel positive and inspired! Trust in yourself, be strong, be bold, be fearless and make it happen!

Contact me to receive this special kit for only $49 — free shipping!

 

Pampering Ideas with Awesome DIY Recipes

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Essential Oil Fizzy Bath BombsLike to pamper yourself or a loved one or simply have a fun afternoon with family or friends? Simply follow these easy recipes and feel pampered for weeks to come!

Click here to open PDF with DIY Recipes for:

Espom Salt Soaks and Baths

Fizzy Bath Bombs

Frankicense & Wild Orange Sugar Scrub

Soothing Face Masks

Foot Spa Treatment

and more!

 

 

Supporting Hormonal Balance with Essential Oils

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Online Stress Reduction Course, Sleep Better, Feel more BalancedSupporting Hormonal Balance with Essential Oils

Essential oils wonderful in the way they can support your body and your endocrine system. If we can embrace a natural, non-toxic and synthetic-free approach to lower toxicity in the body, we can better support hormonal balance and live a healthier lifestyle.

To reduce toxicity in the body, I’ve switched most of my personal care items (soaps, shampoo, conditioner, facial care products, body lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.) as well as cleaning products and laundry soap to a natural line of products that is infused with high quality essential oils (contact me and I can send you an overview of the items I’m using).  I also drink one drop of Lemon essential oil daily (only use certified pure essential oils labeled for internal use)  in 4 oz of water every morning before eating or drinking anything else.

In addition to reducing toxicity it can be extremely beneficial to incorporate a group of essential oils called adaptogens. These essential oils are unique as they are both stimulating and relaxing, they will adapt to your body’s needs. Clary Sage, Basil, Lavender, Lemon, Geranium, and Lemongrass belong to the group of adaptogen essential oils that are very beneficial to support hormonal balance. I personally use Clary Sage every morning and evening applying one drop under soles of my feet and one drop to the back of my neck (the Suboccipital Triangle).

Reducing toxicity and incorporating Clary Sage into my daily regimen have greatly contributed to supporting the hormonal balance of my body. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

 

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins

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Women on Average Put 515 Chemicals on Their Body Every Morning

Ever thought about how you start your morning using shampoo, conditioner, body soap, body lotion, deodorant, facial care products, make-up, and perfume that you are basically loading your body with toxic chemicals?

Many of these toxins can cause side effects such as allergies, rashes, eye irritation, affect the mouth and throat, hormonal disruption, changes to cell structures, respiratory problems, headaches, dizziness, nausea, kidney damage, and can be linked to cancer.

I’ve found an interesting article at Daily Mail that details all the chemicals that are contained in many personal care products. That’s why I’ve changed to all natural alternatives for many of the products mentioned. And I didn’t just change personal care products but also cleaning products, laundry detergent and replaced dryer sheets with all natural dryer balls.

The most astounding experience for me has been that all natural products are not only healthier for me and my family but also work better. My laundry is cleaner than ever, smells amazing, my skin is as beautiful as when I was in my early 20’s, my hair looks healthy and strong, and it just feels good to know that I’m doing something positive that directly impacts the health and wellness of our family.

I’ve got many tips for you on how to reduce your toxic load, so if you are interested in learning more and like to get a catalog with all the products I’m using, just contact me.

I’ll be teaching a class at my house in Bradenton FL on Sunday March 20th from 3 pm until 4 pm. You’ll get a chance to see and sample all the different products I’m using for cleaning, laundry, and all my personal care and beauty products. As a little gift you’ll get some conditioner, shampoo and toothpaste to take home and try. Simply text me at 941-504-1968 to RSVP.

 

Gum Health and Essential Oils

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Can Essential Oils Support Gum Health?

After having heard Dr. Steuer, DDS  and Dr. Harding, DDS speak about how they use therapeutic grade essential oils in their patient case studies, we started using various essential oil products in our family to support gum health. Based on the research by Dr. Steuer and Dr. Harding we started using an essential oil blend called the protective blend which consists of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils by adding one to two drops to a shot glass of warm water and swishing the mouth for a minute. For special areas of concern, rubbing a drop directly onto the affected area was soothing and supporting gum health. In addition we switched to a great toothpaste which contains that same essential oil blend and started taking a supplement which supports cellular health, contains all necessary vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, and essential oils.  We now enjoy healthy gums in our family!

 

Summer Tip - Repell Mosquitoes Naturally

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Summer is here and so are mosquitoes, at least in many areas around the country, especially in Florida where I live. If you are like me and a mosquito magnet, you might want to take a look at an essential oil repellent blend. But first, have you ever wondered why some people attract mosquitoes more than others? Studies have shown the insects are attracted to sweat, lactic acid, uric acid, and octenol. When you are sweating you’ll produce more octenol, attracting mosquitoes. Blood type can also influence how likely you are to get bitten. Research shows that people with Type 0 blood are twice as likely to get bitten as those with Type B.

Before I discovered essential oils, I would purchase mosquito repellents but never liked the smell or feel of them. I always worried about the toxins I was applying to my skin as well as breathing in the fumes during application. Then I discovered that essential oils work really well to repel insects. The repellent blend contains Skimmia Laureola, Catnip Plant, Amyris Bark, African Sandalwood, Cabrueva Balsam, Wild Orange Peel, White Fir Needle, Cedarwood, Citronella Herb, Eucalyptus Leaf/Stem, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Genet Absolute, and Rose Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. I love the fresh and citrusy smell and I’m so happy to have an insect repellent on hand which can be used safely by everyone in the family. The bottle is small, easy to carry in my purse, and it lasts for a long time.

 

Keep Your Kids Healthy in School

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Do you have kids in pre-school, kindergarten, school or even college? Then you know the struggle as a parent to keep your kids healthy. As my daughter has a rare illness which gets three times worse when she gets sick with a cold, keeping her healthy is one of my main concerns. She used to be sick so often and miss so many days (not to speak of the struggle for the parent to juggle a sick kid and work). Not any more. I’ve found a way to boost her immune system and support her body.

Applying a protective blend under the soles of her feet in the morning has worked amazingly. We use it for three weeks then take a week off. After a couple of months we take a longer break. When her risk of getting sick was even higher with siblings or friends being sick, we increased application to several times a day to support the immune defense.

To have witnessed a change in her overall health using this oil blend has been amazing. One 15ml bottle lasts us for many months, especially because we dilute it as necessary.

As a parent, it makes me feel good to know that I’m supporting my child’s health with something natural and that she feels better all year round.

Give it a try!

 

 

 

Stress Reduction and Essential Oils

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The use of essential oils was approved at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after implementing a research model which analyzed the direct effects of diffusing essential oils in the hospital environment for the perceived outcome of stress reduction and increased energy levels. The staff was surveyed for 30 days pre and post implementation. Before the use of essential oils 41% of the staff felt work related stress very often, after the use of essential oils only 3% felt work related stress very often. The feelings of being overwhelmed changed from 25% very often before implementation to 2% after implementation. Feelings of being well equipped to handle stressors at work changed from 13% very often before implementation to 58% after implementation. Perceptions of staff optimal energy level increased from 33% to 77%. Following the implementation of the essential oil initiative, 84% of the staff strongly agreed and 10% agreed that diffusing essential oils contributed to a more positive work environment.

Oils that Vanderbilt University Medical Center diffuses intermittently:

Lemon
Wild Orange
Lime
Invigorating Blend

Diffuse citrus essential oils at home, at work, in your car to help reduce stress levels!

How to Reduce the Amount of Pesticides on our Fruits & Vegetables

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A 2012 report from the American Academy of Pediatricians that’s quoted by EWG suggested that pesticide exposure is linked to “pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.”

Everybody is aware that eating organic is more healthy but not many families can afford to eat organic all the time.

Wash Produce with Essential OilsHere is My Recipe for Washing Fruits & Vegetables

Make your own citrus produce wash – quick & easy and a great way to get more of the harmful toxins, pesticides, and bacteria off your produce.

Here is what I use:

Mix lemon juice, baking soda, and essential oils in a bowl, add cup of vinegar, mix well until baking soda is dissolved, add purified water, mix well, pour into glass bottle. Your produce wash is ready!

Spray your fruits and vegetables with produce wash, let sit for 30 seconds, then rinse well with water. Use produce brush if possible for certain fruits and vegetables.

 

Enjoy your fruits & veggies!

Happy Husband

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Testimonial from a Customer’s Husband

Hey, all you fellow dudes out there, who says oils, scents, and stuff like that is only for women? I was coming home each night after work to find my wife throwing dinner into a microwave, the house upside down, the kids running around–you know the score. My wife was also shying away from me in ways that really hurt and confused me. I don’t know when I started noticing a change for the better. It seemed like all of a sudden the house was picked up, kids were calmer, everything seemed more relaxed and together. Even our dog was changing. At first my wife smelled different. She always smells good, don’t get me wrong, but now she was smelling like really extra special good. I noticed something called essential oils coming in through the mail. She had these oils in real bottles and with labels that said lavender, wild orange, and some others I can’t remember and also toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner. She also started having more “interest” in me if you know what I mean. So now I even take her stuff. I feel better myself, I have amazing energy. I can focus better and think things through. I don’t feel a need to yell at the kids or the dog…or her. I have a renewed respect for my wife. I feel like a whole new man. It is so strange. Guys, if you need to get your wife something special, toss the chocolate and roses and get this stuff. My wife said she met Scarlet at an event who introduced her to the amazing benefits of essential oils. Not only is my wife beautiful but obviously she is smart, too, for having found this stuff.

Anonymous, Sarasota, FL

Tight Muscles and Essential Oils

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Can You Soothe Tense Muscles Using Essential Oils?

Soothing muscles with essential oilsMuscle cramps can be very painful. Common causes for muscle cramps in your legs or even toes can be dehydration, too much exercise, lack of nutrients such as calcium, potassium and magnesium, or irritation of a nerve through injury or stress. Leg cramps can also happen without any specific cause especially during the night or at rest. Muscle pains can also be of symptom when going through a detox regimen as the body is getting rid of stored toxins and metabolic waste. Bacteria and yeast that have been feeding on substances such as sugars, start dying off when we deprive them of their preferred food. This die-off releases toxic substances into the blood stream. Muscle pains, body aches, headaches, nausea are just a few of the related symptoms of detoxification.

Essential Oils Commonly used to Soothe Tense Muscles:

Cypress, Marjoram, Massage Blend, Soothing Blend, Lime

When I experience my leg leg tightening up or my toes  I apply 2-4 drops topically to the affected area and lightly massage the oil in to relax the muscle tissue. Personally, I’ve had great experience with Marjoram and the Soothing Blend. A friend of mine uses Marjoram on his legs before he goes on long bike rides. His legs don’t feel sore the next day. Another friend of mine runs track, especially hurdles, and she applies the Soothing Blend to her legs before practice and track meets. She loves the oils as she doesn’t get sore like she used to.

 

 

 

Dogs Loss of Appetite and Essential Oils

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Dogs Loss of Appetite and How Essential Oils May Help

Dog loss of appetite can be caused by various factors. It is important to find out the root cause for the problem in order to be able to address it successfully. Some common reasons for a dog’s loss of appetite include:

  • Illness
  • Dog Stomach Problems
  • Age (older dogs)
  • Diet
  • Teething or Tooth Problems
  • Parasites
  • Emotional issues such as anxiety, trauma, stress

Consult with a Vet to find out the root cause of your dog’s loss of appetite to treat it correctly.

An essential oil that is great to reduce stress and anxious feelings and calm a dog is Lavender Essential Oil. The dog whisperer Cesar Millan uses Lavender essential oil to help dogs with emotional distress. Dilute Lavender appropriately for your dog’s weight, then rub a drop of the blend into the palms of your hands. Softly massage your dog’s ears, stroke along the spine, and down the tail.

The following oils are commonly used to increase appetite in dogs:

  • Bergamot
  • Wild Orange
  • Ginger
  • Digestive Blend

 

Dilute one of the oils mentioned above with fractionated coconut oil appropriate for your dog’s weight,  let your dog smell the oil from your hands. Keep in mind that essential oils are very powerful and a dog has a much greater sense of smell than humans. In general, dogs respond really well to essential oils but like with everything new, use caution. Let your dog smell the essential oil before you use it on him/her. Should your dog react adversely such as drooling, whining, leaving the room try to dilute the essential oil with fractionated coconut oil (the scent might have been too strong) or switch to a different type essential oil. Usually dogs will perk up and get excited when they smell something they like. Gently rub the diluted essential oil to your dog’s belly, up to three times per day.

Like to receive an appropriately diluted essential oil or blend for your pet? Please contact me.

If your dog has a health issue, is under 12 weeks old, or an older dog, ALWAYS consult with a holistic Vet before introducing essential oils into their wellness care!