10 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Autumn

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s finally September! I can barely contain my excitement awaiting the arrival of autumn weather, which is hopefully just around the corner! Nothing beats the wonderful scents of autumn–apple pie, pumpkin spice, crisp air, and spiced cider. Ready to create your own autumn escape with blends inspired by your favorite scents? Here are 10 of my favorite autumn essential oil diffuser blends:

Spiced Chai:

  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops Cardamom
  • 1 drop Ginger
  • 2 drops Clove

Apple Pie:

  • 2 drops Citrus Bliss
  • 3 drops Douglas Fir
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark

Autumn Warmth:

  • 4 drops Cardamom
  • 2 drops Wild Orange
  • 1 drop Clove
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark

Ginger Snap Cookies:

  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops Cassia
  • 2 drops Clove

Pumpkin Pie:

  • 4 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Clove
  • 2 drops Nutmeg

Happy Harvest:

  • 5 drops Tangerine
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Clove

Cinnamon Swirl:

  • 2 drops Citrus Bliss
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops Cardamom

Thanksgiving Bliss:

  • 2 drops Holiday Joy
  • 3 drops Clove
  • 2 drops Lemon

Sweet Spiced Cider:

  • 4 drops Wild Orange
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops Ginger

Crunchy Leaves:

  • 2 drops Douglas Fir
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Frankincense

What are some of your favorite essential oil blends to diffuse during this magical time of year?

Fishing: Lost Lures & Life Lessons

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Brother + Sister | Lake Lahontan | circa 1999

Some of my earliest memories include fishing with my family. When I was little, we would stop by this little store to pick up a small, Styrofoam cup of worms on our way to go fishing at Lake Lahontan. Every single time, I would name each of the worms and make up little stories about their lives. While my younger brother refused to touch the worms (and he still does to this very day), my dad had to convince me to stop playing with the worms so that we could bait our hooks. Unless we are on a backpacking trip, we usually practice catch and release.

Pyramid Lake Sunset

Yesterday, my family celebrated my dad’s birthday with a quick fishing trip to the Truckee River. There is something so peaceful and calming about being near water. Just being outdoors and away from technology has a way of clearing your mind. However, getting my dad to stop fishing is like trying to pull a ten-year-old boy away from his favorite video game. Near impossible. This is literally how the end of the fishing went yesterday:

Mom: “Okay, Russ–it’s time to start wrapping up…”

Dad: “Alright, let me catch just one more fish.”

*Next cast, catches fish*

*Dad continues fishing*

Me: “I thought that was the last one?”

Dad: “Okay, okay. Just one more fish.”

*Repeat scenario a few more times*

Dad in his happy place | Pyramid Lake

I am thankful I grew up fishing. Fishing teaches you a few very important and valuable life lessons.

Patience: We all interact with people on a daily basis who have zero patience. I have gone on fishing trips with dad during which we spent 8 hours on the lake and caught nothing. Literally–we wouldn’t even get one bite. We have also had days, like yesterday, when we caught fish every few casts. There are some days when things will go your way. However, you will also have days when it feels like nothing is going your way. That is just a part of life. We can’t control everything–sometimes we have to wait a really long time for something we want more than anything. Whether you have patience through faith, or by training yourself to change your mindset–even just a little bit of patience will take you far in life. I was not going to say it but I know it crossed your mind–patience is a virtue. 

Time with family is never wasted: Some of you might be laughing at the fact that I have spent many 8-hour days fishing on a lake, catching nothing. Why waste so much time? Well–none of that time ever felt wasted. I was able to spend valuable time with my dad, brother, grandpa, uncles, and cousins, making memories that will last a lifetime. 

Nothing is perfect: During yesterday’s fishing trip, the following happened in just a few brief hours:

Fishing lures lost: 8 (sorry dad)

Fishing pole malfunctions: 1

Trying to find a parking spot: near impossible

Fish caught and released back into the river: 9!

Life’s not perfect and you’ll make things much easier for yourself if you learn to laugh at the small things and appreciate life’s hiccups. 

Commitment: When we go fishing at Pyramid Lake, we bring our waders and dress for the weather. Yesterday’s trip to the river was not supposed to involve getting in the water. On a pathetic cast, I got one of dad’s favorite lures stuck in the rocks. Oops. Without a second thought, my dad jumps in the river (in his gym shoes) to save his precious lure. If you are passionate about something or someone, it’s not difficult to be fully committed. Commitment is something that does not require contemplation–it’s effortless. Oh, and let’s recall those 8-hour long fishing trips I mentioned earlier…complete commitment.

learning to fly fish in 50 mph wind | Pyramid Lake

What are some of the activities you experienced growing up that taught you valuable life lessons? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass is known as the Oil of Cleansing. This refreshing essential oil encourages individuals to let go of toxic energy and promotes clarity. Lemongrass combat emotions such as despair, darkness, and negative energy. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lemongrass essential oil.

Lemongrass comes from the Gramineae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for grasses. The main chemical constituents found in lemongrass are aldehydesnatural compounds which contain anti-inflammatory and hypotensive properties. The extraction method for Lemongrass essential oil involves the steam distillation of lemongrass. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The most common primary uses for Lemongrass essential oil include the following: airborne bacteria, carpal tunnel syndrome, cholesterol, cramps, bladder infection, diuretic, fleas, hernia, lactose intolerance, mental fatigue, muscular dystrophy, purification, retina (strengthen), sprains, muscle strain, tissue repair, urinary tract infection, varicose veins, and wounds. 

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Lemongrass, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

I would also like to include a personal success story about my father. My father struggles with high cholesterol and for years, his doctor had him trying a variety of medications to lower his LDL cholesterol. These medications would somewhat help, but my father had to deal with the various side effects caused by these medications. At the time, I was fairly new to essential oils and my father was extremely skeptical. Let me emphasize extremely skeptical. Despite his uncertainty, he agreed to try a little experiment. Instead of taking his cholesterol medication, he began taking 3 drops of Lemongrass in a veggie capsule daily. My father continued eating the same diet and followed his normal exercise routine–the only difference was that he was taking Lemongrass and not a prescription medication. After a few weeks, my dad went in for his appointment and had his blood drawn. To his surprise and his doctor’s, my father’s cholesterol was in the normal range. Lemongrass has allowed my father to naturally regulate his cholesterol (free from side effects)! Lemongrass made my father an essential oil believer.

Lemongrass essential oil can be applied via all three application methods–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lemongrass essential oil can be applied directly to the skin (or diluted for sensitive skin) on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Lemongrass essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: take Lemongrass essential oil using a veggie capsule! Additionally, Lemongrass essential oil can be great in cooking.

Everyday Uses:

  • Ready to ditch the traditional smelly bug repellant? Lemongrass is a natural bug repellant! Check out my DIY Bug Spray recipe here!
  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Lemongrass and Wild Orange essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Is there a strange smell lingering in your refrigerator? Put a few drops of Lemongrass on a cotton ball and leave in your refrigerator for natural freshness!
  • Tired of struggling with hypertension or high cholesterol? Take 3 drops of Lemongrass in a veggie capsule daily!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Lemongrass essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lemongrass essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Essential Oil Beauty Hacks: Simple + Natural

How often do you clean your makeup brushes? You should be cleaning them about once a week because bacteria, dirt, and oil enjoy thriving in the bristles. Gross, right? I know…it’s hard to add one more task to your weekly chores, but consistently cleaning your  makeup brushes will keep your skin healthier! Thank goodness there is a simple and natural solution for you to easily incorporate a quick makeup brush cleaning into your weekly schedule! Grab a mason jar, washcloth, and a few essential oils with cleansing properties– now you are ready to go!

Cleaning Makeup Brushes:

I find it easiest to clean my brushes on Sunday, after I have used them for the day. Trust me…you’ll see how well this works once you remove your brushes from soaking as the water will not look very pretty!

  • Give your makeup brushes a quick rinse under warm water to get rid of the loose makeup particles
  • Fill a mason jar (or any glass) with warm water and add any of the following combinations of essential oils:
    • 3 drops On-Guard (Protective Blend) + 2 drops Melaleuca — this is my personal favorite combo
    • 3 drops On-Guard (Protective Blend) + 1 drop Geranium
    • 2 drops Melaleuca + 2 drops Lemon
  • Swirl your makeup brushes around in the water and allow them to soak for about 30 minutes
  • Give your makeup brushes another quick rinse under warm water
  • Use a washcloth for a final wipe and to reshape the bristles
  • Lay your makeup brushes on the washcloth and allow them to air-dry

Don’t put your essential oils away just yet– I have a few more recipes to enhance your all-natural beauty routine!

 

Calming Face Toner:

The job of a toner is to remove any remaining impurities that might still be lingering on your face after cleansing. This refreshing + calming toner is wonderful for a quick facial spritz after washing your face!

 

 

Strong + Healthy + Long Hair:

Looking for a natural way to promote hair growth? This spray works miracles! I give my hair a basic weekly trim (sorry to all the professional hairdressers I just made cringe) and use this spray about every other day. Let me tell you…my hair has never been as long and healthy as it is today! 

  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle:
    • 10 drops Rosemary
    • 10 drops Cedarwood
    • 10 drops Lavender
    • fill bottle with distilled water

 

 

Sun-Kissed Summer Hair:

This spray enhances the lighter ends of my hair and it also smells great! I spray the bottom half of my hair about every 3 days or so. I have noticed that my hair slowly continues to look like it is being lightened by spending a significant amount of time out in the beautiful sunshine!

  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle:
    • 10 drops Lemon
    • 10 drops Roman Chamomile
    • 10 drops Cinnamon
    • fill bottle with distilled water

 

 

Complexion Serum:

This complexion serum is perfect to dab on blemishes due to its cleansing + purify properties! 

  • 1/3 oz. glass roll-on bottle:
    • 15 drops Melaleuca
    • 15 drops Lemon
    • 15 drops Purify (Cleansing Blend)
    • fill bottle with fractionated coconut oil

 

Additional Essential Oil Beauty Hacks:

  • Looking to enhance natural eyelash growth? Add 1 drop of Lavender to a brand new wand of mascara! Your eyelashes will become stronger and longer over a few weeks of daily use!
  • Struggling with a dry scalp and unwanted dandruff? Add 1 drop of Lavender to shampoo while washing your hair to stimulate hair growth and control dandruff!
  • Looking for a natural way to reduce age spots and wrinkles? Add 1 drop of Frankincense to your daily moisturizer for extra skin rejuvenation!
  • Has winter weather caused your nails to feel brittle and dry? Rub 1 drop of Frankincense on your nails for extra strength!
  • Need an early morning pick-me-up? Add a few drops of Grapefruit to a basic body wash for an invigorating shower!
  • Are your nails feeling weak and brittle? Apply Melaleuca to your nails after showering for both purification and strengthening benefits! 
  • Experiencing annoying acne spots? Add 1 drop of Melaleuca to your daily moisturizer for enhanced cleansing properties!
  • Razor burn? Apply Melaleuca directly to your skin after shaving to prevent irritation! 
  • Struggling with rough cuticles while you are trying to get ready for sandal season? Mix about 6 drops of fractionated coconut oil with 1 drop of Oregano and rub on cuticles/toenails!

Do you have any other quick essential oil beauty hacks? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

The Final Graduation: A Bittersweet Ending & Beautiful Beginning

“What she tackles, she conquers.”

-Richard Gilmore

Tomorrow, I will attend my final graduation. I easily get nostalgic, so the other night I decided to pull out my 6th grade yearbook. Each student wrote a paragraph about where they saw themselves in 20 years. Here is what I wrote:

“In twenty years, I Kayla Brown, will be 32. Hopefully, I will have a two story house with a huge garden in my backyard in Rome, Italy. I will maybe be married with a daughter and a son. I will have a beagle and and a golden lab. I will have a Bachelor’s degree in either interior design or architecture from UNR. When I retire, I will travel throughout Europe and write a book called, Within Europe. It will include the best sights to see, dining areas, overnight stays in suites, and places to have fun. This is where I’d like to be in twenty years.”

Let me know when you have finished laughing. Obviously, I have always loved planning ahead. Way ahead. While my fellow 6th grade classmates were writing about owning “19 boats and 1 yacht” and being “single and rich,” my 12-year-old self was already brainstorming the travel book I would write during retirement. I do not currently reside in Italy, but thankfully I have a decent chunk of time before I turn 32 to start working on that.

School has always been an important and essential component of my life. My parents never pushed me hard in school, it was always a choice I made to challenge myself. I have always admired the work ethics of both my parents and I knew I wanted to be just like them. They work hard and deserve every bit of the lives they have made for themselves. My parents are my biggest supporters and I would not be where I am today without their unconditional love and encouragement.

It is so hard to say goodbye to something that has always been a part of my life. I love the structure that comes with school and knowing exactly what I need to accomplish in order to reach the ultimate goal. But then I also have to remind myself that many of my favorite memories came from times when I did not have every minute planned out. By not creating specific expectations for my life, I know that I am allowing for the potential to experience a life that exceeds my wildest dreams. It might be cheesy to say, but anything is truly possible.

For those of you who have been reading my blog posts, you are probably wondering how I am going to incorporate essential oils into this post. Well…I am not.

Tomorrow, I will attend my final graduation. I will not need lavender to calm my nerves, nor will I need wild orange to uplift my emotions.

Tomorrow, when I attend my final graduation, the only emotion I am going to feel is pure and simple pride.

Pride is a direct result of hard work; it is not a feeling you can fake. Everything in life is only worth the time you put in to achieve it. The last year and a half have been the most challenging, yet rewarding years of my life. There were days when I doubted myself. There were days when I realized I had taken on too much. There were days when I felt disappointed when I fell short of the expectations I had set for myself. There were days when I cried (more than I care to admit).

Ultimately, was it all worth it?

Yes.

Yes, a million times.

The confidence I have gained, friendships I have developed, and self-development I have experienced is worth so much more than each and every obstacle and setback along the way.

For the first time in my life, I do not have an exact plan. Yet somehow, I feel more prepared for the future than ever before.

Tomorrow, I will attend my final graduation — a moment in my life that represents both a bittersweet ending and a beautiful brand new beginning.

Wo(man’s) Best Friend: Essential Oils for Dogs

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

Meet Bentley. Bentley is my 1-year-old, 125-pound Labradane (yes, a Lab and Great Dane mix). When I adopted Bentley from the SPCA, he was 1 of a litter of 8. At 7 weeks old, he was the cutest little ball of fur and he literally had to climb into his food bowl to eat. The SPCA said he was a “lab mix” and by mix, they thought Border Collie/German Shepherd. Wrong. Bentley exhibits many of the Great Dane traits…he is all about the “Great Dane lean”. Oh, and I should probably clarify the origin of his name. No – I did not name him after a fancy car. Bentley was named after the one and only, extremely talented Dierks Bentley.

Bentley LOVES to play in the snow, eat eggs with his breakfast, watch TV, and of course, listen to Dierks Bentley. Bentley is scared of plastic bags, baby gates, and the rain. Bentley fills my heart and soul with so much love and comfort. When I have what has felt like the worst day, coming home to his excited spirit instantly turns my day around. Dogs are special creatures and I think as humans, we can learn a whole lot from these selfless creatures.

All of my blog posts focusing on single essential oils explain how we (humans) can incorporate essential oils into our lifestyles. You might be surprised to learn that your little furry friends can also benefit from the aromatic compounds in essential oils! Dogs experience a range of emotions and essential oils can provide enhanced emotional support!

Essential oils should be diluted for smaller pups. Check out this chart with the dilution ratios for essential oils based on weight!

Allergies: Yes, dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies. Doggie sneezes are no longer an issue! Apply Lavender to the pads on the bottom of their feet to reduce allergy symptoms.

Ticks & Fleas: In an 8oz. spray bottle, add 4 drops of each of Peppermint + Eucalyptus essential oils and top with distilled water. Spray your doggie once a day!

Calming: Massage Lavender onto the pads of feet, tips of doggie ears, and the top of the head! Now, I am going be honest. Bentley is a ball of energy and he does not particularly enjoy the scent of Lavender. However, I have heard that Lavender has worked wonders on other hyperactive dogs. Just as with humans, certain oils work better on certain individuals.

Bad Breath: found this great recipe for “Bad Breath Bones” which incorporates Peppermint + Cinnamon essential oils to naturally freshen doggie breath through a healthy, natural treat!

How do you use essential oils to help your best friend? What natural solutions have you found to work best for dog? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood is known as the Oil of Community. This supportive essential oil “inspires the feeling of belonging and assists the heart in opening to receive the love and support of other people; it invites the strong-willed individual to couple the strength of individuality with the supportive power of community.” Cedarwood combats negative emotions like loneliness and the fear to form strong bonds by promoting a sense of belongingsupportand connectionsThe purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Cedarwood essential oil.

Cedarwood comes from the Cupressaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for cypressThe main chemical constituents found in cedarwood are sesquiterpenesnatural compounds which contain antifungalantiseptic, and sedative propertiesThe extraction method for Cedarwood essential oil involves the steam distillation of the wood. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Cedarwood essential oil include the following: acne, arthritis, calming, cough, eczema, hair loss, tension, urinary infection, and yoga.

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Cedarwood, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Cedarwood essential oil can be applied via two application methods­—topical and aromatic. Topical: Cedarwood essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: for children and individuals with sensitive skin, dilute with fractionated coconut oil. Aromatic: Cedarwood essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused.

Everyday Uses:

  • Having trouble sleeping at night? Or maybe you just need a great nap? Diffuse Cedarwood and Lavender essential oils for the sweetest of dreams!
  • Looking for a natural way to promote hair growth? Rub a few drops of Cedarwood into your scalp to stimulate hair growth! 
  • Suffering from a nasty cough? Rub a few drops of Cedarwood on your chest to relieve symptoms!
  • Did you have a minor cut or scrape? Apply 1 drop of Cedarwood to disinfect and protect from infection!
  • Want to enhance your meditation or yoga space? Diffuse Cedarwood to create the ultimate calming environment!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Cedarwood essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Cedarwood essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Environmental Wellness

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

-The Lorax

Happy Earth Day! In honor of Earth Day, I thought it would be the perfect time to focus on one of the seven dimensions of wellness – environmental wellness. Environmental wellness incorporates learning how to engage in sustainable practices and understanding how our daily decisions impact the natural environment. Ultimately, all of our decisions, whether it is the foods we consume or the products we buy, will impact our lovely planet and home.

As much as we should enjoy the beauty mother nature has to offer, we must also take responsibility to protect our planet’s limited natural resources. I believe our decisions should encompass sustainability measures to ensure that we are not creating impossible problems for future generations. At the very least, we should be working towards identifying solutions for the environmental problems we are currently creating. The good news is that there are many organizations who are investing in economic research and working towards solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems. These organizations are led by individuals who exhibit growth mindsets and are future-oriented through their commitment to a better future for all human beings.

Food Choices: Did you know that more than 30% of the available food in the United States is thrown away every year? I won’t even get started on my “American food portions are WAY too large” rant. But honestly – I think we have a lot to learn from some of the healthier nations around the world.

  1. ReFED: a nonprofit organization that utilizes a data–driven approach to address the many inefficiencies in our food system. I started reading their report – A Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20% and the first paragraph left me completely blown away…

    “By 2050, it is estimated that the Earth’s population will top 9 billion. This growing population will undeniably stress our food systems, natural resources, and ecosystems. But consider this: Currently, we waste up to 40% of our food globally. In the United States, this equals roughly 400 pounds annually for every American. Meanwhile, one in seven Americans are food insecure.”

    ReFED has developed a roadmap to address food waste because economic analysis has revealed this is a solvable problem. The necessary resources are available, but we need policymakers and consumers to get involved in order to achieve widespread change. A strategy to solve global food waste has been developed. Now it all comes down to the execution of the strategy, as well as global participation.

  2. The Better Buying Lab: this initiative was launched by the World Resources Institute to develop strategies to enable consumers to purchase and consume sustainable foods. Did you know that different proteins can impact the environment in a variety of ways? Meat and dairy production are extremely resource–intensive to produce compared to plant-based foods. Check out the World Resources Institute’s Protein Scorecard to learn more about how your diet impacts agricultural resources.

“The world’s population is expected to grow to nearly 10 billion people by 2050, requiring 70 percent more food than what’s available today. If we’re to meet the demands of the future, we must develop a sustainable way forward for food production and consumption.”

The three core focuses of the Better Buying Lab include transforming how the food industry communicates about plant-based foods, popularizing dishes rich in plants, and identifying the right environmental metrics, methods, and targets.

These organizations are operating at a global level, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved and bring about change as well!

  • Plant your own small garden! Backyard veggies always taste better and this is a great way to increase the plant-based food consumption in your household!
  • Start your own backyard compost bin! This activity will save you money and make the plants in your garden extra happy!
  • Purchase canvas bags and ditch those plastic bags! But really…it’s time.
  • Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle! Once you start identifying simple ways to become more environmentally–friendly, you’ll be amazed how simple switches will transform into larger lifestyle changes!
  • For more simple ideas, check out the United Nations’ “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World” and get to work!

Product Choices: Businesses are aware that as the “going green” trend continues into the future, they must engage in sustainable practices to appeal to consumers. As consumers, we must acknowledge that many large corporations are not actually committed to reducing the environmental impact of their operations. We call this “greenwashing” and it occurs when a company spends more money on advertising that they are “green” than what they are actually investing to implement green initiatives. How crazy is that?! Fortunately, the Social Age has forced companies to become more transparent and this sneaky strategy will not lead to long–term success. There are methods to identify which companies are actually committed to reducing their environmental impact – you just have to do your research. The companies who truly care about their long–term impact on the environment are the ones I want to do business with.

How do you engage in sustainable practices? What are the methods you utilize to achieve a balance with nature and how does this impact your other dimensions of wellness? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit is known as the Oil of Honoring the Body. This uplifting essential oil “teaches true respect and appreciation for one’s physical body. Grapefruit combats negative emotions like anxiety by promoting self-acceptance and encouraging integrity through acknowledgment and respect for one’s physical needs. This essential oil encourages “a positive relationship with one’s body based on love, tolerance, and acceptance.” The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Grapefruit essential oil.

Grapefruit comes from the Rutaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for citrus. One of the main chemical constituents found in grapefruits is d-Limone, a natural compound which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The extraction method for Grapefruit essential oil involves the cold pressing of grapefruit rinds. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Grapefruit essential oil include appetite suppressant, bulimia, cellulite, dry throat, edema, gallbladder stones, hangovers, mental stress, obesity, overeating, performance stress, PMS, stress, and withdrawal.

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Grapefruit, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Grapefruit essential oil can be applied via three application methods­—topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Grapefruit essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Grapefruit essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: add to a drink or take using a veggie capsule!

Everyday Uses:

  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Grapefruit and Peppermint essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Looking for a natural way to boost your metabolism? Add a drop of Grapefruit to a glass of water before eating a meal!
  • Need an early morning pick-me-up? Add a few drops of Grapefruit to a basic body wash for an invigorating shower!
  • Dealing with cramps because it is that time of the month?  Massage a few drops of Grapefruit to relieve symptoms! 
  • Struggling to drink enough water throughout the day? Add 1 drop of Grapefruit to 8-ounces of water for a refreshing drink!
  • Why is it that blemishes always show up right before an important event? Add a few drops of Grapefruit to a cotton ball and dab the affected areas! 
  • Need of an afternoon pick-me-up? Inhale Grapefruit directly from the bottle, or apply to the wrists for an energizing boost!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Grapefruit essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Grapefruit essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Running Essentials

“Running teaches us to keep moving forward, one step at a time, especially in the most painful moments.”

I enjoy running. Okay – maybe I should rephrase that sentence. I enjoy running in nice weather, on flat courses, when I am in the “right mood.” I am a picky runner and I am perfectly content with that. I love 5Ks and I can handle 10Ks. However, after my last half marathon, I made a promise to myself that would be my last half-marathon without more than a week’s worth of training.

I struggle with training consistently because my schedule is just a tad crazy right now, so there is always some excuse to go running on a different day. I will be running a 5K in the near future, so tonight I had to have a serious talk with myself and start training. The first day back is always the hardest. My legs started aching about 1/8 of a mile in. Pathetic, right? I have to remind myself that what matters is that I am being active. At this stage in my training, it does not matter how fast I go – all that matters is that I am out there moving.

The wonderful thing about running is that once I get back into it, I remember that even though my body will experience some aches and pains, running makes me feel GREAT.  Living an active lifestyle makes me feel more energized and improves my emotional dimension of wellness. Running reminds me how important it is to set goals and work my hardest to achieve those goals. My first short-term running goal is to be prepared for my upcoming 5K. Baby steps. One day at a time. Progress matters. 

Thankfully, essential oils can be incorporated into your pre-running and post-running routines to improve both the physical and emotional dimensions of wellness.

Before Running:

  • Apply a few drops of Peppermint or the respiratory blend to your chest and/or wrists a few minutes before beginning your run. Peppermint will clear the airways and enhance alertness.
  • Inhale or apply the grounding blend to stabilize emotions and clear the mind of outside thoughts.
  • Did you know Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties? Apply a few drops to your legs to reduce muscle fatigue.
  • Apply 1 drop of Frankincense and 1 drop of Peppermint to the bottom of each foot for energizing and cooling sensations while running.

After Running:

  • There are a variety of essential oils that are wonderful to soothe muscle tension. Apply Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Wintergreen, White Fir, or Frankincense to your calves or other sore muscles to relieve tension.
  • Rehydration is essential! Add 1 drop of Lemon to each 8-ounces of water you drink to benefit from its uplifting and cleansing properties.
  • Take an Epsom salt bath with Lavender to soothe sore muscles and experience ultimate relaxation. If you missed my post on the importance of a detox bath, you can read it here!
  • Cypress supports circulation! Apply a few drops to your legs after running to promote blood flow and reduce muscle fatigue.
  • Blisters? Apply 1 drop each of Lavender, Melaleuca, and Chamomile to speed up the healing process!

What are some of the natural solutions you utilize to enhance your running or workout experiences? I would love to hear your thoughts!