Category Archives: Essential Oils

7 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon oil has a bright and joyful aroma and can play an amazingly productive role around your home and in your purse!  Lemon oil is cold pressed from lemon rinds, and has an invigorating, purifying scent. Lemon oil is very popular because of its versatility and multiple benefits.  This flexible oil is also frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes or as an overall assistant in the kitchen.  When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve your mood.

7 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Clean Hands – Add a couple drops of lemon essential oil with your soap and clean dirt and oil off.

Teeth Whitener –  Mix lemon essential oil, baking soda and coconut oil and rub on your teeth for two minutes and then rinse.

Promotes Fat-Loss – Putting 2 drops of lemon oil in your water 3 times daily can support metabolism and weight loss.

Improves Mood – Diffusing lemon essential oil in the air can lift mood and help replenish you body, mind, and spirit.

Laundry – Use a few lemon drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue, or adhesive from most surfaces.

Deodorizer – Place a few drops on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator or in spray bottle to freshen kitchen area.

Become Your Own Relaxation Expert

Become Your Own Relaxation Expert

Meditation and prayer have been practiced around the world for thousands of years. It is a practice used to quiet the mind and body, and relieve stress. [See the article about the health impacts of stress here]. Academic medicine and national peer reviewed articles are finally starting to validate meditation as a complimentary modality to healthcare–similar to aromatherapy, color therapy, massage therapy, and other healing practices.  Meditation is used to bring focus, clarity, and calm, and often, after meditating, problems that you have been struggling with, either resolve on their own, or you discover an inspired resolution to. Meditation has also been known to inspire people to write, and spur lucrative business ideas, as your subconscious works in partnership with you (rather than against you) to bring your greatness to light.

Pictured above: abundance oil ingredients: orange, frankincense, patchouli, clove, ginger, myrrh,  cinnamon, and spruce; along with pyrite stone and an oyster shell.

Keep It Simple, Sista. (K.I.S.S.)
The simplest form of meditation, requires you to sit in a quiet room, either on a pillow, or cross-legged on the floor, or in a comfortable chair, making sure your spine is straight. It is advised that you use the same place every day. It is also suggested that you personalize your spot, by beautifying it with candles, oils, plants, flowers,beautiful semi-precious gemstones, and pictures of the people that you love, or a representation of your vision.

The idea is to sit quietly, with your eyes closed, and focus on a point inside of your forehead. Try not to think of anything in particular, but don’t try ‘not’ to think either, allowing your mind to become calm, and peaceful. If you find that your mind is ‘chattering’, don’t try to control it, just let it finish what it is that it is working on, it will eventually quiet down. It is also recommended for beginners to begin with ten to twenty minute sessions, each day. I typically say to the constant chatter “ok, that’s interesting, I’m meditating now, so you can go.” Some other people call on scripture or some others ask God or the angels for assistance. After you get a routine and figure out what works best for you getting into a place of deep relaxation and joy during these sessions will be simple and easy. You’ve gotta try not

Some people can’t still for more than 10 minutes before their mind chatter overwhelms the silence. However, as you stay committed to your self-care meditation practice, you will want to increase the length of your sessions to thirty minutes, or maybe even an hour. In our highly active and noisy lifestyles, we often let stress and tension build up in our space, in our homes and in our minds, until it is unbearable. It is imperative that we include some time for meditation,reflection and prayer (if that is your practice) in our daily schedule in a proactive, preventative way to manage stress and achieve long term wellness.

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Four Tips for a Healthy, Chemical-Free Home

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It’s no secret that more people are getting sick with illnesses we didn’t even know about ten years ago; and even though new pharmaceutical drugs and chemicals are being introduced to the market almost everyday, it doesn’t seem like people are getting better.

Problems with Chemicals in our Homes

So many drugs are available in society now, another problem (besides over medication) is being created that is causing health care professionals and even the World Health Organization, and the Center for Disease Control concern.  It’s called Antibiotic Resistance, or drug resistance. It happens when a standard antibiotic has lost its ability to effectively kill bacteria growth, and the bacteria continue to multiply in the presence of the therapeutic antibiotic medication.

In other words, medications become ineffective and infections persist in the body potentially spreading to others.  If an infection is resistant to antibiotic treatment this means that a patient will be infected longer, the risk of complications from the infections increase, and stronger, more expensive drugs or treatments may be necessary to treat or cure the infection.

This presents a serious global health concern that patients and healthcare providers must work together to combat.

What is Causing Antibiotic Resistance?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a main cause of drug resistance is the widespread overuse and incorrect prescribing of medications.  For example, while antibiotics should be used to treat bacterial infections, they are not effective against viral infections like the common cold, most sore throats and the flu.  Another suspected cause of drug resistance is reusing leftover medications or taking the wrong medication for your illness. Also, a growing number of antibiotics are overused in animals for agriculture and veterinary treatment.  The inappropriate overuse of antibiotic based hand sanitizers are also being blamed for this problem.

At first I believed that having a chemical free home is a luxury; now I believe it is a health priority for my family.

I’ve worked hard to minimize my families exposure to chemicals in the home, and it is not as burdensome or expensive as I once thought. This can be true for you too.

Here are the top four ways I keep my home chemical-free

1.  House plants – They are not only nice to look at, green plants  are also healthy for the indoor environment. NASA researchers found that common houseplants are natural air purifiers. NASA Research on Houseplants

2. Remove shoes at the front door – Our shoes track in pesticides, lead, and other pollutants that contaminate your floors. Get a few sets of indoor shoes for your family and guests, so that people can go shoe-less comfortably in your home.

3.  Make your own cleaning products – I know with kids messes can pile up.  As a mom of three girls (two of which had asthma and the other had allergies) and glamma of one princess, I stopped using chemicals to clean my home years ago.  I started using vinegar, baking soda and other natural cleaners, and have graduated to making my own line of healthy home products.

4.  Avoid perfumy fragrances with synthetic ingredients – As a woman, I love beautiful scents, and before I knew about the problems chemicals caused, I used all the fancy sprays on the market.  My beloved man also loves a good smelling home and he was the king of commercial room sprays. Not only do we not know the impact of the many chemicals in them the smell in those sprays don’t last very long.  My family has now come to really appreciate the ways I make our rooms smell warm and inviting with my DIY scents made from pure, therapeutic essential oils. Here is another great way to put your own loving touch on scents.  For example, in our bedroom I use a relaxing aromas, but in the kitchen I will use a clean, citrus scent.

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Young Living has an amazing household cleaner based on one of their flagship essential oils.  This can be hard to get because it is often sold out. Here’s a quick snippet about it here.

 

Superfruit Smoothie Bowl – Recipe

I typically like my smoothies in a cup. Mostly because I’m on the go and I need something easy to transport and consume. Still it’s important for me to pack as many high quality, delicious nutrients in my meals as possible.

So when I have time – I make a smoothie in a bowl.

The cool thing about smoothies in a bowl is that you can arrange it so that the bowl is a nice meal!

You get your fruit, veggies, protein and carbs all in a bowl. (with the added bonus of Superfruit)!

I like to make the recipe below, or to make it super complete–I will add a warm cup of oatmeal (or you can just use granola), but in the winter, I prefer warm oatmeal on top of my smoothie bowl.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

 

5 Reasons To Love Healing with Nature

 5 Reasons to love healing with nature

  1. Nature is Regenerative – As a farmer’s daughter and soon-to-be-wife of an outdoorsman, I have a natural comfort with life giving, natural, organic elements like plants, oils and precious resources like water, minerals, and stones.  Studies are being conducted about the emotional and physical benefits of people who are exposed to these natural elements and it correlates with longer life and a higher quality of life.  I feel an improvement in my quality of life in natural environments.
  2. History & Culture – I’m a history buff with an endless curiosity for how things work and where ideas originate.  I love hearing stories about how our ancestors survived and built civilizations without the technology we take for granted today.
  3. Nature’s Ultimate Protection – Nature provides ultimate protection for birds, wildlife and humans too. Some of that power is hidden within the essence of a plant. For example, the deepest essence of certain plants, herbs, trees, bushes or flowers is the volatile oil–which also happens to hold some of the most natural healing balms on earth including; lavender, frankincense, or tea tree.
  4. A Gift for Future Generations – Sustainable living and strategic use of natural resources like plants, animals and the environment is a way to bless our children’s future.  Not only is it respect for your current home, but sustainable living is a way to honor the generations ahead.  My grandmother always remanded me:  “Always leave a place a little better than how you found it.”  Damage has been done to the environment for several generations before I became an adult, but many of us are turning that trend around now. Getting closer to nature and her wonderful tools is a great way to
  5. A Fun Way to Live – Our mid-range goal is to build a tiny house using sustainable design principles like solar panels, renewable siding, thermo-heating, sustainable wood materials whenever we can.  I’m so excited about this project!  My natural living habits in a traditional home will transfer well when we move into our new sustainable home.

 

Three Ways I’m Embracing Sustainable Living Now:

Keeping chickens.  I get my eggs from own free-range chickens!  This is a part of my lifestyle that I love, except now it is hard to eat commercial eggs if we go out to eat with others for breakfast.

 

I compost food waste.  When we can’t finish food, or it is ready to expire-I will first see if it is edible for the animals.  If the animals can’t eat it, I bury the food waste in the ground and cover it with dirt and leaves for natural composting in the yard. Since I’m finding more items to compost, and more waste to buy, the man says I’ve got to get a real compost bin.  So, I’ll be looking for one soon.

I also incorporate natural oils and plant based products into my daily house cleaning and personal hygiene.  My stock of oils is ever growing and over the years I’ve used oils from many different brands.  I use oils from head to toe on my body (including my scalp for great hair growth), and my man loves when I diffuse a little bit of lavender oil when trying to calm the house down after a hectic day.

After many years of trial and error, and even more hours of research and study, I switched everything up and got serious about going organic.  When I first got interested in sustainable living, I used products from everywhere, mostly trying to save money and cut costs. I would compromise and get dollar store products, or even look for quality products on at cheap stores.  Ultimately, I found that I was wasting more money with the trial and error of those products not working, or suffer through one of us being allergic to the chemicals in those grocer products. My middle child specifically has skin reactions to most synthetic chemicals–she breaks out in hives all over her body.  She also is agitated and her sinuses are compromised. Next I’m in the store buying more chemicals to try to cover those symptoms.  What a mess!

I decided a year ago to transition most of my healthy home products from trusted business people. Not a faceless corporation, or international discount wholesaler who uses questionable ingredients. It was the best decision I made to get my products exclusively from Young Living.  I became a member of Young Living simply because of quality and accessibility.  They have really high standards, and they make it easy to afford when you enroll as a member.  As an organic foodie, I’m picky about what goes in and on my body. I’m a lifelong co-op member, so it was a no brainer to join Young Living as a member.  It’s like my co-op for essential oils! You buy healthy stuff, and you get major discounts for your loyalty. I’m in!
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Love and Health to You!