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How to Feel Less Stressed, Worried, Overwhelmed

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How to feel less stressed, overwhelmed, worried or anxious and regain energy, balance, optimism, motivation and physical wellbeing.

Here is a FREE SESSION to inspire and motivate you to start changing your life and move your energy from how you are feeling to HOW YOU WANT TO FEEL. During this introductory session to “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?

I am 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 to throw challenges at us. Sometimes different challenges, all at the same time. Taking small steps incorporating little routines, exercises and tools, can make all the difference in helping us shift our energy, from how we are feeling in the moment, to how we want to feel and dial down our stress levels. Exploring, experiencing, embracing, and truly integrating these effective tools into our daily routines can make all the difference, physically and emotionally.

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Creating Your Protective Bubble - Energy Protection

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Energy Protection Routine & Essential Oil Blend

Create your protective bubble with an easy routine, while benefiting from essential oils that have protective and calming properties. Practice your routine every morning.

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 other people, reducing the impact of their words or actions. Protecting you from negative energy from events happening in your life, your community, in the World.

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. Focus on your breath, inhale deeply, feel your lungs expanding 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 that 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 your safe space while supporting the flow of energy.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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Life Changing Morning Routine

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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 therapeutic 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 therapeutic 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 therapeutic 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!

Safe Use of Essential Oils with and around Cats

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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 therapeutic 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 Can Be Used Safely with and around Cats?

The following essential oils are generally considered safe with and around cats.  

 

  • 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

 

7 Essential Safety Tips for Cat Owners

Just because an essential oil is toxic to you catsdoes not mean that you can never use it 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 therapeutic 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.

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

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.

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!

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!

 

More Restful Sleep with Essential Oils

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Getting a better night’s sleep means waking up refreshed and energetic.

When we don’t have enough sleep, it affects everything in our life. We aren’t as productive as we could be, we aren’t as energetic as we could be, we aren’t as happy as we could be, and our body doesn’t feel as healthy as it could.

There are several essential oils that have calming and relaxing properties. My personal favorites are Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Petitgrain, and Serenity calming blend. Often when using electronics such as computers, tablets, iphones, watching TV until late at night as well as stress and personal worries can impact sleep. Since I’ve developed a routine using Lavender or Calming blend, Vetiver and Cedarwood, I’ve been able to fall asleep much faster, stay asleep, and wake up feeling much more rested. I add a few drops of fractionated coconut oil to my palm and add one to two drops Lavender or Serenity, rub my palms and then apply to the back of my neck and down my traps, apply some to my wrists (so I can smell the oil while falling asleep), and apply one drop of Vetiver or Cedarwood or Petitgrain under the soles of my feet. Other simple solutions are putting 2-3 drops across the pillow. I also use a diffuser in the bedroom and add a total of four drops of my favorite soothing essential oils.  Taking a soaking bath or foot massage with some of the essential oils mentioned is also very relaxing and promotes better sleep.

I’m more productive, I feel better, and I’m a happier person after a good night’s rest and I thank these essential oils for it!

 

Ginger Essential Oil After Surgery

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Ginger Essential Oil from Ginger RootDr. James Geiger, Anesthesiologist, explains how he prevents post-operative nausea through aromatherapy using ginger essential oil.

Dr. James Geiger says, In my career as an anesthesiologist, I have emphasized use of ginger root essential oil due to a specific need of my specialty–preventing and treating post-operative nausea. I conducted a statistical analysis on one hundred of my anesthetized patients evaluated to be at high risk for nausea to prove to myself that ginger oil works to curb side-effects of anesthesia. Essential oil of ginger made a difference in patient outcomes by preventing nausea in the recovery room after surgery. The results were so remarkable that they were in the Journal of Aromatherapy in 2005.

Like to order a ginger essential oil aromatherapy inhaler to help with your post-operative nausea? Order here.

 

 

Essential Oils & Hydration

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Essential Oils Can Help Support Proper Hydration

It’s summer and it’s hot in Florida but not only in Florida! We want to be outdoors, running, biking, going to the beach, kids going to their summer camps, and proper hydration becomes key to staying healthy and fit.

Dehydration can have serious effects, even be fatal. So staying properly hydrated is key. Who doesn’t know the feeling of having a hard time to drink an entire glass of water? One of my kids when he was in his teens simply couldn’t drink an entire glass of water, it made him feel ill. Essential oils can be a savior, making water taste simply delicious.

When adding essential oils to water, make sure you are using only 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils (CPTG) that are labeled for internal use.

Some of our most favorite essential oils to add to water are Lemon, Wild Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Lavender, and Peppermint. One of my friends who owns a Cafe and has a water dispenser for her guests, adds lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils to the water and it’s the most refreshing and delicious water you can imagine.

Essential oils are very potent so be careful when experimenting with the number of drops. Start just with one drop. It might be already sufficient for a 16 oz glass of water. You can also add CPTG essential oils to smoothies and frozen popsicles to add flavor, therapeutic value, and actually increase your antioxidant intake.

Enjoy your summer, stay hydrated, stay healthy!

 

Antioxidants & Essential Oils

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We all Know that Antioxidants Counteract Free Radicals. But Did you Know that the Most Powerful Antioxidants are Essential Oils?

The Antioxidant Capacity of a Substance is measured in ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).

Please see below a table of foods and their ORAC values:

Ningxia Wolfberries 30,300
Blueberries 2.400
Kale 1,770
Noni Juice 1,712
Xango Juice 1,644
Strawberries 1,540
Spinach 1,260
Raspberries 1,220
Brussel Sprouts 980
Plums 949
Broccoli florets 890
Beets 840
Oranges 750
Red Grapes 739
Red Bell Peppers 710
Cherries 670

 

 

Something I wasn’t aware of before I learned about Essential Oils is that they are some of the most powerful antioxidants. Make sure that when ingesting an Essential Oil it is labeled for internal use, read all dietary supplement facts and warnings, and please read this article on internal/oral use of essential oils.

The Most Powerful Essential Oils (ORAC value):

Clove 1,078,700
Myrrh 379,300
Citronella 312,00
Coriander 298,000
Fennel 238,400
Clary Sage 221,000
German Chamomile 218,600
Marjoram 151,100
Melissa 139,905
Ginger 99,300
Cumin 82,400
Black Pepper 79,700
Basil 54,000
Peppermint 37,300
Lime 26,900
Grapefruit 22,600
Thyme 15,960
Oregano 15,300
Cassia 15,170
Cinnamon Bark 10,340
Orange 1,890
Lemongrass 1,780
Lemon 660
Lavender 360

 

Just to give an example, you would have to eat 2 pounds of carrots, 2 quarts of blueberries or drink 2 cups of red beet juice to get the same antioxidant intake as 1 drop Clove essential oil provides.

People often ingest essential oils by:

  • adding one drop to a glass of water, juice, smoothie or other drink
  • adding one drop to appetizers, main courses, desserts (see recipes)
  • adding essential oils along with a vegetable oil to an empty veggie cap to swallow

The antioxidant capacities of Essential Oils are being analyzed as a potential in food protection.

The Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry writes:

” Many EOs have antioxidant properties, and the use of EOs as natural antioxidants is a field of growing interest because some synthetic antioxidants such as BHA and BHT are now suspected to be potentially harmful to human health. Addition of EOs to edible products, either by direct mixing or in active packaging and edible coatings, may therefore represent a valid alternative to prevent autoxidation and prolong shelf life.”

 

Many people have Essential Oils in their kitchen cabinet just like dried spices to add when preparing foods & drinks. It is important to mention that essential oils have a low smoke point, so adding the oils to cold drinks and dishes or at the end of a cooking cycle is best practice to maintain their therapeutic value. For instance, when making a stir fry, many use Grapeseed or Avocado oil to stir fry because of its high smoke point. People prepare four ounces of the oil with two drops of any essential oil they like to add for flavor and therapeutic benefit,  and then add one or two tablespoons of that oil mixture at the end of the cooking cycle and let simmer at low temperature for one minute. Another reason people like using the essential oils in preparing their dishes is that it is much cheaper than using fresh herbs! One drop of basil essential oil is enough for a pot of spaghetti sauce and costs only about $0.07. Many essential oils have unlimited shelf life if kept out of direct sun and heat (except for the citrus based oils that have a three year shelf life). So, using essential oils in the kitchen means for many: adding therapeutic value, adding antioxidants, elevating flavors, and saving money.

 

100% Natural Fabric Softener & Cling Reducer

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Create you own soft, beautifully scented, feel-good laundry
— without toxic chemicals!

Substitute chemically driven fabric softeners for an all-natural, toxic-free alternative that is much easier and affordable than you might think. Make your own 100% natural wool dryer balls that can last for many years, and scent them with your favorite essential oils to leave your fabrics soft and smelling fabulous. To reduce static cling form a ball out of aluminum foil and throw into the dryer along with your dryer balls! Learn more about “Respiratory toxicity of fabric softener emissions“.

 

Essential Oils and LaundryWhat you’ll need:

100% wool or 100% other animal yarn
pantyhose

 

Instructions:

  • roll up yarn into balls about the size of tennis balls
  • -make 4 to 6 balls
  • cut off one leg of panty hose
  • put in one ball at the bottom, tie a knot, add next yarn ball — repeat until you have three to four in one leg of pantyhose
  • throw into your next wash of towels (hot water cycle)
  • throw yarn balls in pantyhose into the dryer when drying the towels (hottest dryer setting)
  • this will fuse the yarn balls together
  • wait until yarn balls are completely dry and remove from pantyhose
  • add 2-3 drops of favorite essential oil per yarn ball (scent will last for a few loads)
  • throw yarnballs into the dryer with your next load
Some favorite scents:

 

Enjoy soft, beautifully smelling laundry — knowing you are keeping yourself and your family a little safer and away from toxic chemicals!

 

All Natural Shaving Cream with Essential Oils

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shaving cream with essential oilsFind out how to make your own shaving cream with natural lubricants and essential oils. This wonderful recipe will let you create a shaving cream that improves razor glide and will leave your skin smooth, healthy, and moisturized.

Here is what you will need:

1/3 cup shea butter

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil

5 drops Sandalwood essential oil

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

5 drops Melaleuca essential oil

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in double boiler except for essential oils.

2. Once melted, remove from heat, and let sit for 3 minutes.

3. Add essential oils and stir until combined.
Note: Use a popsicle stick for easy cleanup.

4. Let shaving cream rest until hard. You can put it in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.

5. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy (around 3-5 minutes).

6. Put into container of choice. You’re done!

 

For information on the Essential Oils used in the recipe and to order, please click below:

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Melaleuca Essential Oil