Creating Healthy Habits to Beat Stress

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Stress is a big part of life.  As adults we seem to have to deal with it everyday.  Since it is such a big part of life, it makes sense to develop healthy habits that can protect you from its harmful effects. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop.

  1. Talk with family and friends.

    A good friendship is great medicine. Spending time talking as well as listening can be an excellent way to process thoughts and feelings.  Call or email friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and be sure to listen to them.

  2. Engage in daily physical activity.

    Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Studies show that physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning.  Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.

  3. Embrace the things you are able to change.

    While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others.  As I’ve gotten older, my joints are wearing down and I have been forced to find a different form of physical activity besides running.

  4. Remember to laugh.

    Laughter makes us feel good. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip, even when we’re alone.

  5. Give up the bad habits.

    Too much alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine or soda pop can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, decide to quit now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation and be sure to eliminate soda pop asap.

  6. Slow down.

    Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush.  Spread things out, if it doesn’t get done today, there’s always tomorrow.

  7. Get enough sleep.

    Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you can’t sleep, take steps to help reduce stress and depression. Physical activity also may improve the quality of sleep and life in general.

  8. Get organized.

    Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks. Approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.

  9. Practice giving back.

    Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you.  Contribute regularly to a legit charity.

  10. Worry less.

    The world won’t end if your grass isn’t mowed or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, but right now might not be the right time.

There are essential oils that you can use to help deal with the affects of stress.  Bathing in a lavender bath, diffusing lemon or other citris blends are great ways to help alleviate stess!

5 Ways to Be Healthy this Winter

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Since my family has started to use essential oils we are healthier and days kids stay home from school has dramatically decreased.  This has been due to a proactive approach we take, especially in the winter to stay healthy.  Following are a few tips to try:

1 – Frequent hand washing using the Protective Blend hand soap.  This is a habit that’s easy to get into when you use this fragrant soap.  It is filled with certified pure essential oils so not only does it smell good, but it’s also cleans and gets rid of the bad stuff. There’s also a some DIY hand wash using the essential oils that you can carry in your bag or backpack.

2 – The daily supplement pack we sell is what’s made all the difference for our family.  Taking these supplements daily increases your stamina and energy and boosts you immune system.  Because the supplements works on a cellular level, there is so much that’s happening to help repair damage cells and that will leave you less vulnerable.

3 – Decrease your sugar intake.  That may mean to ditch your 3:00 chocolate fix.  This is the hardest thing for me to do but doing this not only helps you to feel better, it helps to enhance the effects of using the special dietary supplements.

4 – Increase intake of clean foods.  This means eating more raw veggies, fruits and wholesome grains.  Eat less from any kind of packing and shop from the perimeter of the grocery store

5 –  Stay warm.  Some people say that catching cold doesn’t lead to catching a cold.  My experience is different.  When I allow myself to get chilled it usually end up getting sick.

6 – Increase oxygen to your bloodstream……yes, this means exercising, daily!

While these things may seem like common sense, I realized how if I’m not paying attention, bad things happen.  The use of essential oils can really help increase your effectiveness of supporting good health.

Turmeric – Wellness Gold

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If you love Indian food, you recognize the rich, deep-yellow color found in any modern Indian curry dish.  Tumeric has been a go-to item for thousands of years in India, China and Indonesia, not only as a food and a dye, but also as a curative herb.  While the use of Tumeric dates back to the 7th century, the herb’s natural healing ability continues to gather attention as modern sientific research validates its potency and popularity among modern wellness advocates in Asia, Europe and North America.

Found primarily in Soutern Asia, turmeric is a perennial plant and member of the ginger family.  Fully grown, it reaches heights of five to six feet and boasts deep, dark yellow trumpet shaped flowers.  However, it’s the root of the plant that boiled, dried and ground into that familiar yellow powder.

Historically, holistic medicine dictated the use of turmeric for a long list of health issues, including intestinal support to respiratory distress.  It’s used to help deal with parasites and bacterial and viral infections as well as surface bites and bruises.  Natural healers relied on the plant to treat kidneys and bladder inflammation and even used the root to treat leprosy.

tumeric root

The wide variety of medicinal uses can be attributed to turmeric’s inherent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties.  Scientists have discovered the plant to contain the following important compounds:

  • Polyphenols and phytochemicals
  • Vitamins A, C, E and several Bs
  • Iron, manganese, potassium, magnesium and other minerals
  • Immunity-boosting carotenoids and carotenes
  • COX-2 enzyme inhibitors to alleviate pain

With more than 90 active constituents in its bilogical makeup, it’s no wonder that healers have relied on turmeric since ancient times.

Although there is currently no official system governing the use of herbal medicine in the U.S. studies on the the practice continue here in and medical science communities around the globe.  Recent research has shown:

  • The American Cancer Society reports that turmeric has been found in laboratory studies to slow the development of several forms of cancer and to shrink tumors (in animals) – particularly those that occur in colon and rectal cancers.
  • In a 2010 Italian study, subjects with osteoarthritis took a turmeric formulation for 90 days and experienced a 58 percent decrease in overall pain compared to a control group.  They also experienced a 16 fold decrease in their blood serum levels of C-reactive protein, the inflammation marker.  Subjects were able to decrease their use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) by 63 percent with use of turmeric formulation.
  • A 2014 German study found turmeric promising for treating neaurological disorders and events, such as Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. The study was performed on rats, but researchers found that subjects given a turmeric compound exhibited an increase in the same type of brain stem cells that are found in adult humans.  This indicates that cells might be able to self-repair and recover brain function in instances of neurodegenerative disease.
  • A 2011 study an Chiang Mai University in Thailand, the use of turmeric following coronoary bypass surgery decreased the incidence of heart attack.  Researchers say that phenols in the turmeric root were responsible for reducing the risk of heart attack in subjects by 56 percent.  They concluded that by lowering inflammation, oxygen toxicity and damage from free radicals, turmeric acts in a cardio protective capacity.

For centuries, Turmeric has been used to heal and enhance skin.  When ingested, its antimicrobial, antiviral and antiseptic benefits can ease acne and other skin conditions.

All in all, turmeric has a range of health benefits from its use.  Anyone interested in the use of herbs to support their health are encouraged to research more and seek advice of a holistic healthcare professional.   As always, the content of this article is not intended to give professional medical advice, treatment or diagnosis, the content of this blog is for informational purposes only!

Source:  Day Spa Magazine – Jan. 2015

Diet Alternative: Emotions and Food Cravings

As I’m learning more about the emotional roots behind all of our health problems, it got me to thinking that there must be emotions at the root of our cravings.  As I researched, I learned the validity of this idea.  Here is what I found…..basically, there are three primary emotions behind our cravings for food.  1) anger:  this is manifest in the cravings for salt.  As we hold onto our anger we tend to subconsciously crave ways to release anger without having to yell at our spouse or our kids which also plays into our cravings for all things crunchy.  Combine the salt and the crunch and you have potato chips, nuts and other crunchy snacks.  So next time you have a hankering to down an entire bag of chips, stop yourself and think of the emotion behind it…..it’s likely anger.

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2) If you are going through a difficult time and maybe you are missing someone significant in your life whom you lost to death or divorce, you will likely be reaching for a plate of home baked goodness, perhaps a plate of cookies, a cake or cupcakes.    As you begin to consume these sugar filled caloric treats, consider the emotion behind it is a need to comfort yourself.

chocolate chip cookies

Finally, there is a craving we have to help us overcome loneliness.  This is manifest in our desire for 3) all foods soft and gooey.  This often comes in the form of foods packed with high carbs like pasta smothered in cheese sauce.  Next time we have that craving for a plate of macaroni and cheese, consider the source and ask yourself, “am I lonely?”  Also consider that often we can feel lonely even when we are surrounded by family and friends.

mac n cheese

As you successfully identify the emotion behind the craving, next consider alternatives to satisfying the depleted emotions that may be in the form of other, more wholesome foods or a session of self care including meditation or exercise that will help to satisfy the unmet emotional need which will naturally dissipate the craving for unhealthy food.  Of course, it’s not always easy to tie our cravings for food to our emotional deficiencies and then quickly finding a more healthy alternative; however, I believe that consciousness is half the battle and knowing where these cravings are coming from sure helps to move forward in healthy, more productive ways.

As we effectively identify the emotions behind our cravings, there is always an essential oil that can be used to support our emotional health and lend to an alternative way to temper our eating habits.  For instance, some essential oils use to overcome feelings of  loneliness include marjarom, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Myrrh.  For anger, consider using Thyme, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, and Spikenard.  Some great comfort oils include the Clary Sage, Juniper Berry, Cedarwood, Jasmine and Rose.

 

Managing Your Personal Energy During the Holidays

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The holidays are so stressful!  There is so much going on and the expectations we hold for each other can be back breaking.  There is so much that needs to be done in the next few weeks to prepare for the big day.

Following are some suggestions to manage your energy to get through the month in a healthy and happy way:

  • Write your story of how the holiday will unfold, use phrases like “stress free”, “restful”, “exhilarating”, “best holiday every.”  Audibally repeat this story as you are busy preparing – it will happen the way you write it.
  • Get plenty of rest – plan and delegate so that you are NOT doing “all nighters.”
  • Fit in self care – don’t stop exercising becaue you’re too busy.
  • Manage your food intake to minimize the amount of sugar you are eating.   Too much sugar will lead to a crash.  When you crash, you lose you momentum.  You know the saying…..”When momma’s not happy…..”
  • Don’t be afraid to say no to something.  If you are overprogrammed, don’t hesitate to eliminate something, maybe this year isn’t the year for Christmas cards.
  • Use essential oils to calm and balance yourself, specifically the Grounding Blend and the Calming Blend.
  • Most of all, remember the reason for the season, carry that spirit through the month and beyond.
During a recent team meeting, one of our Wellness Consultants, Melissa Mitchell, did an amazing presentation on using oils for emotional wellness.  With her permission, the powerpoint to this is here for your review.  ESSENTIAL OILS with emotions. Please take a minute and read it and use your essential oils to help support you when you feel the stress and anxiety that comes with the season.    Thanks Melissa!

Eliminating Toxins from Your Home

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You exercise regularly, you eat healthy and done other things to clean your personal environment in your home including ditching BPA bottles, thowing out the Drano and stop using pesticides to kill spiders.  But, unknowingly, you may still be exposing your self to serious levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCS).  Research shows the EDSs can hijack hormonal systems in your brain and thyroid, putting you at risk for diabetes, unexplained weight gain, asthma and cancer.  A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, links exposure to EDCs called phthalates – found in beauty products, processed foods and plastics – to a 13 percent lower testosterone level in men ages 40 to 60.

According to Heather Patisaul, a biology professor at North Carolina State University specializing in EDCs, “we’re swimming in a soup of nealry 90,000 chemicals, most of which have not been tested for endocrine disruption or safety.  It is not something to panic over but simple lifesyle changes can cut exposure and reduce risks,”  using these simple strategies:

  1. Ditch Chemical Cleaners:  Most detergents and household cleaners are full of EDCs, which you inhale and absorb through your skin.  “Cleaning products are not required to list ingredients,’ says Caroline Cox of the Center for Environmental health, “so even if they’re marketed as ‘green’ or ‘natural,’ you don’t really know what’s in them.”  Choose products that carry the EPA’s Design for the Environment seal, which Cox says certifies that products are safe.
  2. Store food in metal or glass:  One major sourch of phthalates is plastic food-storage containers and plastic wraps.  “the longer plastic is in contact with food, the more likely EDCs are to migrate,” says Rolf Haden, director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University.  Microwaving makes the phthalates leech even more quickly.  Put your leftovers in glass or ceramic and pack lunches in stainless steel versus plastic bags.
  3. Use old-fashioned soap:  For your sink and shower, you want plain bar soap.  Antibacterial soaps and body washes often contain either triclosan, which mimics a thyroid hormone and can affect your metabolism, or triclocarban, which may interfere with testosterone, Haden says.  “Besides posing a health risk there’s zero proof synthetics clean any better than regular soap.”
  4. Limit packaged foods:  Anything mass produced and wrapped is suspect of containing high levels of phthalates.  It’s impossible to avoid packaged food entirely, so as much as you can “eat fresh foods that have undergone as little porcessing as possible,” says Joh Meeker, an EDC researcher and dean at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
  5. Upgrade your couch:  Furniture with foam is often treated with brominated flame retardants and one common type, called PBDEs, can impair thyroid function and brain development, says Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health at the California Environmental Protection Agency.  Replace the foam lining in your mattress or couch cushions with fire retardant-free foam, or buy a new model and double-check the brand via the watchdog website http://www.greenscienceepolicy.org.
  6. Avoid synthetic fragrance:  Air fresheners, candles, hand lotion, if it’s scented, you can bet it contains EDCs.  “Phthalates are wonderful carries of fragrance,” Patisaul says.  “That ‘new car’ smell? That comes from phthalates releasing into the air.”  Eliminate all scented home and body products and look for brands that specifically say they’re phthalate-free, or that use natural, plant-based oils.

These are a few of many inexpensive and simple ways you can be detoxing your house today.  Take some time and look for ways to improve your living environment.  Besides, you don’t know what might be killing you.

Source:  Men’s Journal, November 2014

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Au Naturale Support Using Essential Oils

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I’m always looking for ways to incorporate natural options in my home.  This year, at our house with four active boys, I want to be prepared for anything.  With the help of my good friend Fran, she shared this amazing recipe that I prepared for our arsenal with this natural throat soother ready to use;   ingredients include:

8T Honey

8 drops Lemon Oil

8 drops Peppermint

8 drops Frankenscence

8 drops Wild Orange.

This concoction costs less than $3.52 to make and less than .35 per tablespoon dose plus its all natural.  I have found that using this compound offers soothing relief to a dry, scratchy throat.  This is one of several essential oil uses available.  Try it today and share with me your results on our Lavender Living Facebook page.

New Products Introduced at Convention

The essential oil company’s annual convention is a lot like Christmas, there’s always so much anticipation around new essential oil products rolled out during the event.  This year was no exception and after spending the last 30 days really trying them out, I’m happy to report that each new product is a hit!  There continues to be additional essential oil uses in 2014

So……here’s what’s new:

New oils:  Arborvitae

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats, have powerful purifying properties, and promote healthy cell function. Hinokitiol, one of the tropolones in Arborvitae, protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity. This compound also contributes to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.

 

New Product:  Cardamom 

A close relative to Ginger, Cardamom is known as being the most expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways. Cardamom is commonly used to help reduce indigestion and nausea, and to soothe stomach discomfort and promote digestion. Its distinct scent can lessen motion sickness while promoting a positive mood. Cardamom has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health. Native to Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to traditional Indian sweets and teas for its cool, yet minty aroma and flavor. TōDERRA Cardamom essential oil is extracted from Cardamom seeds grown in Guatemala, using our strict CP testing standards. Through a collaborative and responsible sourcing arrangement, we are able to have a significant impact on the lives of local partners, ensuring that these farming communities enjoy improved livelihoods.

 

Product Update: Respiratory Blend with Cardamom

Enhanced with the powerful respiratory benefits of Cardamom, Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils that combine to help you breathe easier. A staple in the essential oil line, Breathe supports healthy respiratory function when seasonal threats are high and can be used safely by all members of the family to soothe airways and promote clear breathing. This proprietary blend consists of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom essential oils, all known for their positive effects on the respiratory system. The Respiratory Blend can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote sleep.

 

New Product:  Respiratory Blend

Respiratory Blend is a long-trusted essential oil blend and has helped many with oils such as Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and now Cardamom. These type of issues are not fun and we all turn to anything that will help, but very little ever does. Respiratory Blend essential oil is a tried and true support to this age-old foe. Respiratory Blend all-natural drops are a blend of selected oils from Certified Pure essential oil blend mixed into a respiratory drop to make it more convenient to enjoy the benefits of these oils. Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Melissa, and Cardamom essential oils all help to clean and soothe airways and now they can be delivered straight to your mouth and throat in these great-tasting lozenges.

There’s much more products added but due to extremely compliance regulations, I am unable to share them here.  Please email me and I will get you more detailed information.

 

The Right Way to Hydrate

Yes you can drink too much water.  The recommendation for daily water consumption is to limit water intake to a little over 2 liters, or up to 10 (8 ounce) glasses per day.  Your kidneys do a good job of filtering excess water, but more than this is generally not needed for nonactive hours.

Consider drinking the Metabolic Blend in your water or taking the geltabs as a way to maximize your body’s hydration efforts.  The oils used in the Metabolic Blend are carefully formulated to maximize your body’s natural functions. to aid in weight loss and engaging your natural metabolism.

The Metabolic Blend is specially designed to help control hunger and to help limit excessive calorie intake.  The oils in this blend are calming to the stomach and work to improve emotional well-being.  Metabolic Blend is most effective when combined with exercise and healthy eating and contains the following:

  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon

 

Dr. Oz talks Herb Based Healthcare Mainstream

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This is an amazing segment that recently aired on the Today show.  Dr. Oz talked about the compounds used to support health found in herbs and of course anyone with knowledge of essential oils knows the value of supporting our health using natural compounds.  I am passionate about this subject and have experienced, first hand, the value of treating your health with these “gifts from the earth.”  Dr. Hill, the chief medical officer at the essential oil companies states:  “essential oils themselves are not smart, but our bodies are smart and know how to respond to natural compounds.

http://www.today.com/health/herbal-medicine-goes-mainstream-breaking-it-down-dr-oz-1D79574377

There are so many valuable uses for essential oils, there’s immune support, decreasing toxic load as well as creating emotional balance.  Fortifying these aspects of our health are vital to our longevity and overall quality of life.  Tap into the power of essential oils today!