Aromatherapy, Digestive System, Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Immune System, Muscles & Ligaments, Respiratory System, Skin care

Supporting your body with essential oils

For the past several weeks we have talked about a few basic things everyone should know before using essential oils. Now, let’s briefly look at 10 essential oils that are in my personal self-care kit and how they can be building blocks to support every part of the human body.

Muscle and Bone Support

PanAway – One of my favorites after exercise when my muscles are sore, or if I get a boo-boo that hurts! It has a safety cap, so that reminds you to use caution with small children.

Copaiba – Supports overall wellness, before and after a workout especially on moving parts. It has a very light aroma, so is especially nice to use in a gym.

Digestive Support

Peppermint Vitality – A great addition to your water. But remember it is very potent, so just one drop in a gallon of pure water is sufficient. If you have a gurgling tummy, take a drink of your peppermint water and then tap your cheeks. It’s amazing how good you feel after doing that!

DiGize — Is very supportive to the intestinal system. Rubbing a drop between the thighs or on the abdomen provides comfort if you eat too much and feel a little upset.

Respiratory Support

Thieves Vitality – A great dietary supplement to support overall wellness, particularly during times of the year when we need to enhance our respiratory system.

RC – Makes a wonderful partner to Thieves to provide respiratory comfort. Diffuse it to provide a comforting atmosphere, or rub it on the feet or chest for direct absorption into the body. Asthmetics should use it on the feet and not on the chest.

Immune Support

Lemon Vitality – This simple and lovely oil has so many benefits and uses, but one that is often overlooked is how it supports a healthy immune system by helping improve pH balance in the body. It is a great addition to water.

Purification – Breathing clean air is so important when thinking of staying healthy. Diffusing this oil is literally a breath of fresh air! Not only are you helping clean the environment, but imagine how it is purifying the inside of your body as you absorb it’s wonderful benefits.

Skin and Emotional Support

Lavender – Known for its benefits to promote relaxation, it can be a great addition to a soothing bedtime bath. The additional benefit is how supportive it is to the skin. There are hundreds of ways to use Lavender. These are just two ideas.

Frankincense – The “king” of all oils. It is very widely used in many skin care products and seems to magically support the appearance of the skin. You can also diffuse or breathe it in to promote grounding and purpose when you want to connect with God.

You cannot put a price on your health or your happiness. So why not check out these amazing essential oils and get them at a huge discount? Learn more in my newsletter called Journey with Essential Oils. You can request our copy by emailing me at Joyce@ShareScents.com.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle

Ways to use essential oils

When you think of essential oils does the term aromatherapy come to mind?

It is true that smelling essential oils is one of the more common ways people make use of them. In fact, in light of recent weather disasters in our country and around the world, I think aromatherapy is an excellent way to help with emotional trauma, and I wish more people would become aware of the benefits of aromatherapy.

Have you ever considered the power of our sense of smell? It is a unique sense, in that the molecules we smell through our nose travel directly into the emotional part of the brain called the Limbic area. From there chemical messages are sent out to the rest of the body, by-passing the areas of the brain where thoughts happen. So aromatherapy is one of the fastest ways to benefit the body.

Another way to use essential oils is topically. We often think about massage when talking about topical use. But I also have applied essential oils to an area of my body that is asking for some comfort. Many oils are soothing to the skin and even can be nourishing. Two that come to mind right are Lavender and Frankincense.

A lesser known way to use essential oils is by ingesting them. This is probably one of the more controversial methods of using oils. But let’s think logically for a moment. Do you eat lemons? Do you use spices in your food? Do you like peppermint flavored foods? So if you answered yes to any of these questions, then why would you object to using essential oils that come from those plants internally?

Here’s the thing that is imperative to remember for all these ways of using essential oils: They are VERY POTENT. Less is more. For example, did you know that one drop of pure peppermint essential oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea? So if you want to add peppermint oil to your water to make a refreshing beverage, you might want to only dip a toothpick into your oil and then swirl it in your glass or stainless water bottle. Or perhaps add only one drop to a one-gallon glass pitcher.

In our last article, we mentioned that not all oils are created equal, so it is extremely important to read your bottle labels to be sure they are safe to use internally. Young Living has an entire line of oils called “Vitality Oils” that are labeled and safe for internal consumption. Have some fun exploring the many choices and if you want more information about ways to use oils in your cooking, please contact me at Joyce@ShareScents.com.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle

Are Essential Oils safe?

Do you ever wonder if there is any reason to be cautious about using essential oils? After all, it seems like everyone is jumping on the band wagon but many really don’t know anything about them.

The first thing to understand is that all essential oils are not created equal. There are four grades of essential oils, but in the United States there is no regulation of them. So a company can produce a Grade D (the lowest type) and call it pure as long as it contains only 5% pure essential oil. They don’t have to even say what the other 95% is. Yikes! That really doesn’t set well with me.

The best essential oils are Grade A. These come from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures and pressure in clean quality-controlled facility. Grade A is the only true pure oil even though all sorts of claims can be made on labels, since there is no regulation of them.

Before you purchase, check to see if the company grows their own plants, owns their own fields and controls the entire process from Seed to Seal – from the farm to the sealed bottle. Pesticides, pollution, previously farmed land – all of it can affect the quality of an oil. Young Living’s oils are Grade A.

Why would you go the extra step of using an oil to get away from a chemical and then use an oil that is laden with chemicals? It makes no sense.

One of the things that stands out to me is Young Living’s Seed to Seal process. It’s a promise of integrity. Gary Young (founder of Young Living Essential Oils) has said that he never makes an oil for profit, he makes it for a purpose. Seed to Seal means each plant is hand-weeded; there are no pesticides used, no chemicals, and no weed killers. The plants are harvested at their peak and distilled. They’re then put through a vigorous testing process. Then they go from the warehouse directly to your home. Seed to Seal is not a slogan, it’s a promise. You can learn more by checking out the Young Living Story, and fall in love with the company as I have, at www.seedtoseal.com.

So once you know the quality of the oils you are using is good, another consideration is whether a particular oil is safe to use without dilution or if you need to dilute it with a carrier oil. That is, a fatty oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Using a carrier oil will slow down the absorption into your skin and is especially important with some oils that are what we call “hot” oils. Those would include ones like cinnamon, oregano, black pepper, etc. Dilution is also important with children.

Some oils, particularly citrus oils are photosensitive and should not be applied topically if you are going to be out in direct sunlight.

Some oils are safe to ingest but be sure to read the bottle to make sure it is safe to use internally.

All these considerations are part of some basic training I offer in an Essential Oils 101 class. I also have a newsletter devoted to the safe use of essential oils. If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact me at Joyce@ShareScents.com

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle

Essential Oil Journey

Have you been dabbling in essential oils? Do you ever wonder what all the buzz is about? Which oils are best? What’s so special about these little bottles? Perhaps you found them at your health food store and gave them a try. They were nice, but you didn’t really see why people are so excited about them.

This month we will take a closer look at some basics about essential oils to help answer some of your questions and concerns. Before we do that, let me briefly share my story with you.

I was first introduced to a little bottle of essential oil called Valor back in 1999. It changed my life. I don’t know why or how or what it did for me, but I fell in love with that bottle.  When I used it before going to the chiropractor, I seemed to have a better treatment and the treatment seemed to “hold” better. I have no idea why. I just knew it helped! So I started looking at some other bottles. My wish list grew and so did my stash.

Now, being a bargain hunter, I did check out some other bottles I would find in stores. They never measured up to the ones I was getting from the company that I eventually grew to trust and love. I’ll talk about why that is another time. But today, let’s focus on what I like to call my “self-care” kit.

Yep, self-care. That ‘s what these oils do for me. They help me care for my body. Every part of my body. Safely. Easily. Enjoyably. And in ways I never imagined possible.

You see, I had studied herbs and natural health for many years before discovering essential oils. So when I started using oils, I discovered the knowledge I already had fit perfectly with essential oils.

I discovered the reason plants are so wonderful for our bodies is the secret tucked inside their cells. The essential oils. They are in the leaves, stems, bark, seeds, flowers, rinds, well most all parts of plants. And our bodies just seem to know what to do with them because they are natural when no chemicals are added to them.

There are different ways to get those oils out of the plants and into our bodies. But the most common way to extract the oils from the plants is through distillation. What separates out in that process is a very potent and volatile thing called essential oils. The essential oil is so concentrated and powerful, that in many cases, only one drop is needed to get the benefit that it may have taken substantially larger quantities of the living or dried plant to get.

They are so easy to use. You can just open the bottle and sniff! You can diffuse into the air. You can rub a drop on your skin, and in some cases, certain oils can even be used internally. We will talk more about that later too.

But for now, let’s start this journey together! Open that bottle. Take a sniff. But don’t put it right up by your nose. You might find it rather over-powering. Hold the bottle out at arm’s length. Slowly move the bottle toward you in a spiraling motion. It’s a fun experiment.  Notice if the scent changes. Notice what thoughts pop into your head. Notice how your body feels. Do you feel any different than you did before? Congratulations, you have just accidentally discovered some things about essential oils that you never knew before.  Your journey has started. Perhaps your life will change for the better, like mine did!

If you have questions please contact me at joyce@ShareScents.com.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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Babies, Children, Essential Oils

Essential Oils in the Nursery

Our discussion of caring for the babies in our life wouldn’t be complete without talking about essential oils.

Often mothers will ask me whether certain oils are safe to use with small children and babies. My answer is that you really must rely on common sense and do some research. Babies systems are very sensitive, so I always recommend that you go “low and slow.” If in doubt, start with the feet. The feet are furthest away from the face. Well, unless your baby likes to suck their toes!!!! And secondly, dilute, dilute, dilute!

Here are some general guidelines for how much to dilute essential oils for use on your child. For example, an infant under 12 months, you might want to dilute eight times what the recommended dilution would be. So if the recommendation is to use 1 drop of oil and 1 drop of carrier oil, you might want to start with 1 drop of oil and 8 drops of carrier oil. It is much easier to dilute more than to dilute less and end up with a crabby baby! Does that make sense?

I have published a special newsletter called Seedings: From Mother Nature’s Nursery to Yours. If you don’t have a copy of it, please send me an email and request the Seedling newsletter by name! In that newsletter I talk more about dilution, safety, diffusing, and some oils to avoid with infants and children. You are going to want to read this newsletter, for sure.

There is an essential oil blend called “Gentle Baby” that was specially created by Gary Young for his wife and babies. It is unbelievably calming to moms and babies. In fact, I have a friend who calls it “Super Baby”! That’s how much he loves it for his grand babies! Needless to say, I think every parent and grandparent needs this SUPER secret weapon in their arsenal! Enough said!

If you have questions please contact me at joyce@ShareScents.com.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle

Four Reasons to Choose Young Living

When I first was introduced to essential oils, not many people knew very much about them. To me it was an extension of knowledge I had accumulated over many years, because I loved gardening and had studied herbs already for many years before hearing about essential oils.

I found that knowledge and experience easily transferred to the products I was now learning about. I also knew that quality really matters. So I was happy to learn how important purity and integrity was to Young Living. Here are four reasons why I believe choosing Young Living Essential oils as a supplier is so important.

  1. Quality: Each bottle of Young Living essential oil contains pure distilled essential oil. This means a full application is only 1 to 2 drops. Feel the difference high quality makes as you breathe, rub on, or ingest these high-quality oils.
  2. Passion: The secret to Young Living’s purity and quality is found on their farms where they cultivate and harvest completely organic botanicals. Young Living has a team that personally travels worldwide to scout farms that offer ideal conditions for growing premium botanicals free from pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. All of their plants are hand-weeded and have been validated by experts through scientific research, field study, university partnerships, and on-site planting certification. Their professional organization, called the Young Living Essential Oils Scientific Advisory Council, consists of prominent scientists from around the world who passionately provide innovative insight and expertise into the development of essential oils and essential oil infused products. This is redefining the way the world thinks about wellness.
  3. Experience: Since it was founded over two decades ago, Young Living’s exponential growth stands as a testament to their quality, purity, community and passion. Young Living has been the world leader in essential oils for over 20 years. Setting international standards with an unwavering dedication to authenticity, they operate their own farms, distilleries, labs and warehouses.
  4. Guarantee: The Seed to Seal process is carefully completed by sealing and inspecting every bottle of essential oil at a state-of-the-art facility where they ship out to Young Living members worldwide. Every Young Living oil is marked with the batch number to provide an extra layer of safety, accountability, and professionalism.

Young Living has earned the respect and loyalty of millions of people across the globe for having products that are powerful, effective, and versatile.

If you want to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils, please contact me at Joyce@ShareScents.com or visit www.ShareScents.com to learn more.

 

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Diffuser, Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle

What diffuser is best?

Do you enjoy a fresh scent in your home. One way to improve the atmosphere in your home is to diffuse essential oils. But how do you know what diffuser is best for your home? Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. But there are two types that I recommend: Ultrasonic and Atomizing.

An atomizing diffuser functions as an aroma diffuser, air purifier, and atomizer in one simple-to-use product. Its atomizing technology transforms essential oils into a vapor of millions of microparticles, dispersing them into the air and releasing the powerful plant constituents found in Young Living essential oils. They are convenient to use because you simply screw the essential oil bottle directly onto the atomizer. No water is needed.

An ultrasonic diffuser functions as a humidifier, atomizer, and aroma diffuser. Ultrasonic frequency technology breaks down essential oils and water into millions of microparticles, dispersing them into the air, and releasing the oils’ unique constituents. Water is needed, but only a few drops of oil are used.

In both cases, diffusers help you enjoy a positive aromatic experience.

I do not recommend any diffuser that heats or burns the essential oils, since that will change the properties of the essential oils you are diffusing and you will not experience the same benefits that atomizing or ultrasonic diffusers provide.

Young Living offers many choices in diffusers. My personal favorites are the AromaLux and the Desert Mist diffuser. There are two other diffusers that are also very popular and are offered as choices in the Premium Starter Kit. Those are the Dewdrop Diffuser and the Home Diffuser. All these are simple to operate and have proven reliability.

No matter what Young Living diffuser you select, you can’t go wrong! If you would like a one-page document with tips on using and cleaning an ultrasonic diffuser, please send your request to Joyce@ShareScents.com and mention you would like the tips on using ultrasonic diffusers.

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The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided

 

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