Essential Oil Benefits!!!

Essential Oils!! I Luv Luv Luv them!!

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Whether I use them for skin care, or to unwind for a good night’s sleep. I truly luv essential oils!!! They are a wonderful homeopathic remedy I use to uplift my mood, relieve aches and pains, heal infections and the best of all they help me to relax you into a state of happiness and bliss. Essential Oil aromas have the potential to enhance the mind, body and your home.

What exactly are Essential Oils?

For those new to this trend, these incredibly potent oils — some of which have been around for centuries — are extracted from plants to capture their flavors, scents, and overall beneficial properties. Essential Oils are the natural essences of plants acquired by steam distillation or cold expression from a single botanical source. These oils are widely used in aromatherapy and massage therapy as well as in other commercial enterprises such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, soaps, candles, and domestic cleaning products.  

Some of the Health benefits of aromatherapy:

  • Basil: Stimulate, clarify, calm, fortify, energize and uplift the mind
  • Chamomile: Reduce stress and calm the mind
  • Eucalyptus: Purifying, cleansing, clarifying, and immune-boosting
  • Ginger: Soothes and reduce feelings of inflammation, nausea, stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue.
  • Lavender: Anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, reduces stress & cortisol levels, supports immune system, balances hormones and aids in a better night’s sleep
  • Lemon: Anti-anxiety, anti-oxidant known to increase happiness, improve concentration
  • Peppermint: Antiseptic, nerve stimulant, that boosts alertness and reduces headaches
  • Sage: Anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, stimulates and clarifies the mind while exhibiting a balancing, uplifting, soothing, and strengthening effect on the senses to ease negative moods such as fatigue.
  • Sweet orange: Cheerful, uplifting, relaxing, calming effect as it helps to reduce pulse rate and anxiety

How to use essential oils:

  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with water and spritz on your bedding
  • Apply a few drops to a cotton ball, then put the cotton ball in your car’s air vents
  • Put a few drops in your bath (Mamma Misty’ Fav!!! With added Epsom salt!!)
  • Rub oil on your pulse points
  • Take a quick whiff from the bottle whenever needed
  • Use an oil diffuser or vaporizer

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Before getting started, there are a few basics to remember when working with essential oils:

  • When applying oils topically, always dilute with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil.
  • Always do a patch test before applying anything to larger areas of your skin. Many essential oils are toxic and shouldn’t be taken by mouth unless under the specific care of a healthcare professional.
  • Buy “pure” essential oils. There are all kinds of knock-off versions and perfume oils that don’t contain the same benefits.

What to look for when choosing your high quality Essential Oils:

  • 100% Pure Essential Oil!!
    • If it says “essence oil,” that’s not a pure essential oil but typically a premixed blend of essential oil(s) in a base of carrier oil (like jojoba). This is great for certain applications but is not a pure essential oil.
  • Organic, Unsprayed, or Wildcrafted
  • Label that clearly states the common and the Latin name of the plant used to make the oil.
  • A quality supplier who sells their essential oils in a tightly sealed dark glass bottle.
    Last but not least – Take your time researching!!

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime for suggestions or for one of my essential oil blend recipes!!

 

Enjoy the Benefits of Journaling!!!

Start Enjoying the Benefits of Journaling Today!!!
Yep, it’s true. Journaling does more than just help you record your memories or find self-expression. It’s good for your health.
What are some of the short- and long-term health benefits of putting pen to paper? Here are five good-for-you virtues of journaling:
1) REDUCES STRESS – An overabundance of stress can be damaging to your physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s proven. Journaling is a incredible stress management tool, a good-for-you habit that lessens impact of physical stressors on your health. In fact, a study showed that expressive writing (like journaling) for only 15 to 20 minutes a day three to five times over the course of a four-month period was enough to lower blood pressure and improve liver functionality. Plus, writing about stressful experiences can help you manage them in a healthy way. Try establishing journaling as a pre-bedtime meditation habit to help you unwind and de-stress.
2) IMPROVES IMMUNE FUNCTION – Believe it or not, expressive writing can strengthen your immunity and decrease your risk of illness. Those who journal boast improved immune system functioning (it strengthens immune cells!) as well as lessened symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Expressive writing has been shown to improve liver and lung function and combat certain diseases; it has even been reported to help the wounded heal faster.
3) KEEPS A SHARP MEMORY – Journaling helps keep your brain in tip-top shape. Not only does it boost memory and comprehension, it also increases working memory capacity, which may reflect improved cognitive processing.
4) BOOSTS MOOD – Want more sunshine in your life? Try journaling. A unique social and behavior outcome of journaling is this: it can improve your mood and give you a greater sense of overall emotional well-being and happiness.
5) STRENGTHENS EMOTIONAL FUNCTIONS – Related to mood is how journaling benefits overall emotional health: Journaling evokes mindfulness and helps writers remain present while keeping perspective. It presents an opportunity for emotional catharsis and helps the brain regulate emotions. It provides a greater sense of confidence and self-identity. Journaling can help in the management of personal adversity and change, and emphasize important patterns and growth in life. What’s more, journaling unlocks and engages right-brained creativity, which gives you access to your full brainpower. Truly, journaling fosters growth.
Journaling is good for you — physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Our lesson? If you’re looking to better your health and well-being, KEEP A JOURNAL!!!