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.

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.

Lime Essential Oil

Lime is known as the Oil of Zest for Life This uplifting essential oil “revitalizes the heart space, giving room for light and joy.” Lime encourages individuals to pursue balance between the heart and the mind and encourages gratefulness for the gift of life. Additionally, Lime instills courage, determination, and cheer. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lime essential oil.

Lime comes from the Rutaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for citrus. One of the main chemical constituents found in limes is d-Limone, a natural compound which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The extraction method for Lime essential oil involves cold pressing lime peels. 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 Lime essential oil include bacterial infections, fever, gum/grease removal, and skin revitalization.

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

Lime essential oil can be applied via all three application methods–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lime essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Lime essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: add to a drink or take using a veggie capsule! Additionally, Lime essential oil can be great in cooking. Tip: 1 drop of Lime essential oil = 1 teaspoon lime zest.

Everyday Uses:

  • Tired of the waxy residue on your fruits? Add a few drops of Lime to a large bowl of cool water and soak your fruit for about 10 minutes!
  • You know when you pull the price sticker off something and it leaves that annoying adhesive residue? Rub 1 drop of Lime on the affected area to eliminate the stickiness!
  • Starting to experience a fever? Apply Lime to your forehead/back of your neck or add a few drops to a lukewarm bath.
  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Lime and Grapefruit essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Need an early morning pick-me-up? Add a few drops of Lime to a basic body wash for an invigorating shower!
  • Struggling to drink enough water throughout the day? Add 1 drop of Lime to 8-ounces of water for a refreshing drink!
  • Want to ditch those sugary cocktail mixers? Or maybe you forgot to grab the limes? Add 1 drop of Lime to a tequila shot and well…you can thank me later for the tip! You can also add 1 drop of Lime to a Corona or Moscow Mule!

Sweet for Spring-Key Lime Pie Recipe:

For the past few years, one of my favorite Easter traditions has been to bake a homemade key lime pie! I have a few extra ingredients in my recipe for the perfect tart + sweet balance!

Ingredients:

  • 1 + 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 14oz. cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup fresh key lime juice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ***Lime essential oil***
  • ***vanilla extract***

Directions:

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter + press into a 9-inch pie plate.
  2. Bake graham cracker crust @ 350º for 5-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Set aside and cool.
  3. Combine sweetened condensed milk and lime juice until blended. ***Add 3 drops of Lime essential oil for a little extra zest!*** Pour mixture into pie crust and set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed until foamy.
  5. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat the mixture until the sugar has dissolved and soft peaks form. ***Add a splash of vanilla extract for a little extra sweetness!***
  6. Spread meringue over filling.
  7. Bake pie @350º for about 15 minutes.
  8. Chill for 8+ hours.
  9. Just before serving, garnish with fresh key lime zest. YUM!

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 Lime essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lime 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.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is known as the Oil of Wellness. This encouraging essential oil promotes both emotional and spiritual wellness. Eucalyptus “encourages individuals to take full responsibility for their own health.” Additionally, Eucalyptus promotes feelings of liberation and increased responsibility, while combating the desire to escape life and feelings of powerlessness. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Eucalyptus essential oil.

Eucalyptus comes from the Myrtaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for Myrtle shrubs and treesThe main chemical constituents found in eucalyptus are oxides and monoterpenes, which contain anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. The extraction method for Eucalyptus essential oil involves the steam distillation of eucalyptus leaves. 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 Eucalyptus essential oil include asthma, bronchitis, congestion, cooling of the body, coughs, disinfectant, ear inflammation, fever, flu, inflammation, jet lag, kidney stones, lice, measles, over-exercised muscles, pain, pneumonia, respiratory viruses, shingles, sinusitis, and tennis elbow.

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

Eucalyptus essential oil can be applied via two application methods­—topical and aromatic. Topical: Eucalyptus essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: for individuals with sensitive skin or for children, dilute Eucalyptus essential oil with fractionated coconut oil (utilizing a 1:1 ratio). Aromatic: Eucalyptus essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused.

Koala Highlight: I recently visited Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is located just outside of Sydney, Australia. Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to the largest collection of Australian native animals in the world. I instantly fell in love with the koalas.  One of the first things I noticed when I encountered the koalas, was the familiar scent of eucalyptus. Here are just a few fun facts about koalas:

  • Koalas are marsupials (which makes them a relative of kangaroos!)
  • The average lifespan of a koala is 20 years
  • A newborn koala is barely the size of a jelly bean
  • A baby koala will stay in its mother’s pouch for nearly 7 months
  • The population of Australian koalas has dropped by 90% over the last decade
  • Koalas live and sleep in eucalyptus trees and their diet consists primarily of eucalyptus leaves (talk about constantly living in a state of Zen!)

Cleary, I might be a tad obsessed with koalas. I was inspired to create my own unique diffuser blend for a little reminder of my Australian adventure.

“Koala Escape” Diffuser Blend: Eucalyptus, Tangerine, & Cedarwood (2-3 drops of each essential oil)

Everyday Uses:

  • In need of a spa escape? Place a drop of Eucalyptus on your shower floor and inhale the aromas through the steam!
  • Feeling congested? Place 3 drops of Eucalyptus in a mug and fill the mug with boiling water! Breathe in the steam through your nose (and make sure to cover your eyes with a towel) for instant relief!
  • Suffering from migraines? Frozen Eucalyptus washcloths are pure heaven! Check out this post for the recipe!
  • Achy and tired muscles? Add 2 cups of Epsom salt and a few drops of Eucalyptus to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes!

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 Eucalyptus essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Eucalyptus 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.

Pursuing Peace

“To find peace, you have to be willing to lose your connection with the people, places, and things that create all the noise in your life.”

It is interesting to consider that as technology has simplified components of our lives, it has also overcomplicated our lives in the process. Technology has made routine tasks easier, but we have taken advantage of this increased efficiency. As human beings, we believe that when we have more time available, we should pile more responsibilities on top of our already busy schedules. Somewhere in this rush, the importance of human connections has begun to fade as we are consumed by what is going on in our own lives. Don’t worry…I will save my whole “I think I was born in the wrong decade” rant for a later time. I frequently find myself caught up in the rush as I scurry from home to work to school. Where do I draw the line?

A recent Luke Bryan song says “sixty seconds now feels more like thirty…sand through the glass sure falls in a hurry.” We have made it much easier for ourselves to believe we always need to be hurrying from one place to the next, constantly overwhelmed by a range of responsibilities. Why do we continue to accept the glorification of being busyIn order to change the pace of our lives, we must first learn that being a busier person does not automatically makes you a more important person. Now, I do not want that to be misconstrued because there is nothing wrong with being involved in a variety of activities. However, we also need to prioritize our wellness–specifically, focusing on balancing the seven dimensions of wellness.

The instant I begin to feel overwhelmed by my responsibilities, I practice living in the moment. Regardless of where I find myself in that moment, I stop whatever I am doing and become truly present. I really take in the details of my surroundings and observe the interactions taking place around me. The world is not revolving around me and I give myself a simple reminder that the stresses associated with my busy schedule are ultimately meaningless compared to the much bigger picture in life. Next, I take some deep breaths. I might take a few minutes to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine, or maybe I will notice the way the leaves on the trees dance in the breeze. As I begin to regain a sense of certainty, I also reevaluate my responsibilities.

When I reach those overwhelming moments, I know it is time for me to engage in one of my “pursuing peace” activities. These brief activities are just enough to restore balance to my overall wellness by addressing my emotional dimension of wellness.

Soak Up Some Epsom! Epsom salt (or magnesium sulfate) is a natural mineral compound which provides a variety of health benefits. When you place Epsom salt in a warm bath, the salt will quickly dissolve and the magnesium and sulfate will easily be absorbed by the human body. As a result of this absorption, you will begin to experience relaxation and thanks to our little friend reverse osmosis, toxins will be removed from your body.

  • Tip: for the perfect detoxifying soak, add about 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath! For enhanced relaxation, add a few drops of Lavender or Eucalyptus essential oil and soak for at least 15 minutes! This is the perfect way to end a long, stressful day!

Sip on Calming Chamomile! If you are in need of a quick, yet calming activity before bedtime, sip on a steaming cup of chamomile tea! In addition to its soothing properties, chamomile is a great source of antioxidants, it relieves headaches, and calms an upset stomach. I love that loose-leaf chamomile tea has actual chamomile flowers and I enjoy the process of steeping my own tea! I buy my loose-leaf chamomile tea from a small, local business that supplies spices and tea. If you live in Northern Nevada, you must check out salty-savory-sweet!

  • Tip: for an extra hint of chamomile, add 1 drop of Chamomile essential oil to your cup of tea! Spend a few minutes breathing in the aromas from the steam and clear your mind of the day’s stresses before you slip into bed for a great night’s sleep!

Incorporate Essential Oils! Did you know there are essential oils that can provide calming benefits and bring you a sense of peace? When I begin to feel anxious and completely overwhelmed, I grab my “reassuring blend” for an instant boost of composure and contentment. This peaceful blend includes Spearmint, Vetiver, Lavender, Yang-Ylang, Clary Sage, Frankincense, and Marjoram essential oils.

  • Tip: apply this blend to your wrists, the back of your neck, and temples! Don’t forget–you can always inhale the aromas straight from the bottle as well!

What are some of the ways you bring peace back into your life when you are feeling overwhelmed? Are there any specific essential oils you incorporate into your daily routine to promote feelings of reassurance? I would love to hear from you!

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is known as the Oil of Truth. This supportive essential oil encourages new perspectives by promoting wisdom, spirituality, and enlightenment. Frankincense “shields the body and soul from negative influences and assists the soul in its spiritual evolution.” Even more, Frankincense enhances meditation and combats feelings of abandonment and negativity. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Frankincense essential oil.

Frankincense comes from the Burseraceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for resinous trees and shrubsThe main chemical constituents found in frankincense are monoterpenes, which contain antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. The extraction method for Frankincense essential oil involves the distillation of the gum/resin of Boswellia trees, which grow primarily in West Africa. 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 Frankincense essential oil include aneurysms, arthritis, asthma, balance, breathing, cancer, concussion, confusion, depression, immune system support, improved vision, inflammation, memory, mental fatigue, moles, MRSA, multiple sclerosis, postpartum depression, scarring prevention, ulcers, warts, and wrinkles.

Research is currently taking place around the world to better understand the potential power of Frankincense essential oil in fighting cancer cells.  Studies have identified that in cases where cancer cells are unresponsive to chemotherapy, they can be responsive to the healing powers of frankincense. The future of Frankincense and its role in preventing and treating cancer could be the ultimate game changer. If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of frankincense, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Frankincense essential oil can be applied via all three application methods­–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Frankincense essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Frankincense essential oil can be inhaled directly of diffused. Internal: place 1 drop under your tongue or take using a veggie capsule!

Everyday Uses:

  • Feeling extra stressed or anxious? Rub a few drops of Frankincense on your temples and wrists for a calming effect! You can also diffuse frankincense to uplift your mood!
  • In need of an immunity boost? Place 1 drop of Frankincense under your tongue on a daily basis to support healthy cellular function!
  • Looking for a natural way to reduce age spots and wrinkles? Add 1 drop of Frankincense to your daily moisturizer for extra skin rejuvenation!
  • Experiencing joint pain or discomfort? Apply Frankincense to the direct area of concern for anti-inflammatory relief!
  • Has winter weather caused your nails to feel brittle and dry? Rub 1 drop of Frankincense on your nails for extra strength!
  • Need to enhance your environment during yoga or meditation? Diffuse Frankincense and align with your daily intentions!
  • Do you feel a tension headache coming on? Press 1 drop of Frankincense to the roof of your mouth and apply Lavender and Peppermint to the temples, back of the neck, or reflex points for relief!

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 Frankincense essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Frankincense 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.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is known as the Oil of Communication. This calming essential oil promotes open communication and relaxation. Lavender “encourages emotional honesty and insists that one speak their innermost thoughts and desires.” Even more, Lavender reduces tension, the fear of rejection, and fear of expression. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lavender essential oil.

Lavender comes from the Labiatae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for mint. Two of the main chemical constituents found in lavender are alcohols and linalool which contain anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. The extraction method for Lavender essential oil involves the distillation of the flower top of lavender. 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 Lavender essential oil include allergies, anxiety, appetite loss, bites/stings, blisters, burns, calming, chicken pox, concentration, crying, cuts, dandruff, depression, diaper rash, exhaustion, fever, gnat repellent, grief/sorrow, dry/fragile hair and hair loss, hyperactivity, inflammation, insomnia, itching, jet lag, dry lips, menopause, mental stress, mood swings, pain, physical stress, poison ivy/oak, post labor, postpartum depression, rashes, relaxation, rheumatoid arthritis, dry/sensitive skin, sunburn, teeth pain, tension, ticks, vertigo, withdrawal, and wrinkles.

If you are interested in learning more about the research and studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Lavender, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Lavender essential oil can be applied via all three application methods­–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Lavender essential oil can be inhaled directly of diffused. Internal: place 1-2 drops under your tongue or take using a veggie capsule! Tip: 1 drop Lavender essential oil = 1-2 teaspoon dried culinary lavender!

Everyday Uses:

  • Struggling with seasonal allergies? Add 2 drops each of Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon to a veggie capsule to alleviate allergy symptoms! 
  • Accidentally burn yourself? Apply Lavender to burned skin for instant relief!
  • Long day and in need of some relaxation? Toss a scoop of Epsom salt and a few drops of Lavender into a warm bath to unwind!
  • Interested in updating your chai tea latte? Add 1 drop of Lavender for a soothing, calming drink!
  • Do you feel a tension headache coming on? Apply Lavender (and Peppermint!) to the temples, back of the neck, or reflex points for relief!
  • 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!
  • Having trouble sleeping at night? Or maybe you just need a great nap? Diffuse Lavender and cedarwood essential oils for the sweetest of dreams!
  • Forgot to put on sunscreen at the beach? Oops! Lavender is a great sunburn soother! Add a few drops Lavender to fractionated coconut oil and rub on your sunburnt skin!
  • Tired of buying semi-effective dryer sheets? Add a few drops of Lavender to wool dry balls and toss in the dryer with damp clothes for a natural freshener!
  • Did you have a minor cut or scrape? After cleaning the affected area, apply 1 drop of Lavender for increased healing and relief!
  • Experiencing a stressful day at work? Diffuse Lavender or simply inhale the lavender aroma straight from the bottle for an instant calming effect!
  • 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!

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 Lavender essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lavender 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.

Managing Motivation

“She turned her cant’s into cans and her dreams into plans.”

My name is Kayla and I am a motivation addict. I currently work full-time in addition to attending grad school as a full-time student. I have a hard time remembering what “free time” feels like and my planner is my lifeline (yes, I still prefer to physically write down my schedule despite the pressures of the digital world). Even though I usually feel completely drained by the end of each day, there is this tiny part of me that continues to feel both encouraged and empowered by my overwhelming schedule.

What really motivates me? I love achieving my goals because the feeling of accomplishment provides me with a sense of purpose and pride. Regardless of the task at hand, I always pour 100% of myself into every single thing I do. I do not believe in minimal effort or creating the illusion of hard work. Most days, I love that I have a motivated mindset as it leads me to feel very productive and accomplished. However, there are days when I wish I had a just a few extra hours to cross a few more things off my never-ending to-do list. As a result of my busy schedule, I do occasionally experience burnout. Therefore, I must continually remind myself that it is of the utmost importance I work towards balancing the seven dimensions of wellness for the sake of my sanity.

If you find yourself struggling to stay motivated, here are some tips to get you back on the motivation train:

Identify your Motivators: It is vital you understand what motivates you. Are you motivated by money or recognition? Or maybe it is the pure feeling of accomplishment? If you are having a difficult time identifying your motivators, ask yourself what encourages you to get out of bed each morning? Once you have identified your motivators, structure your goals around these triggers. When your goals align with your motivators, it will be much easier to pursue your goals.

Scale your Goals: If you find yourself feeling discouraged, break down your goals into smaller, clearly defined actions. As you begin to accomplish these attainable goals, you will feel further encouraged to continue working hard towards your long term goals. Do not forget to reward yourself when you reach your milestones. Rewards are a great reminder that you are accomplishing BIG and meaningful goals.

Etched in Stone: Okay, okay…you can call me old-fashioned, but I refuse to give up my planner. I love writing down my schedule and the tasks I need to accomplish because it feels more permanent. If I make a quick note on my phone, it is so easy to delete that note when I feel strapped for time. Writing in my planner also gives me a visual of the total workload I am facing. Additionally, a planner is a great visual reminder of all the things you have accomplished, and the fun you were able to squeeze into your busy schedule. Plus, who doesn’t love writing with different colored pens and using fun sticky notes?

Incorporate Essential Oils: Did you know there are essential oils that can lift your spirit and revive your intentions? When I begin to feel worn out and unable to press on, I grab my “encouraging blend” for an instant boost of energy, confidence, and motivation. This motivation blend includes Peppermint, Coriander, Clementine, Basil, Yuzu, Vanilla, Rosemary, and Melissa essential oils.

Interested in reading more tips for staying motivated? Check out this post here for additional strategies!

What are some of the ways you motivate yourself to reach your goals? Are there any specific essential oils you incorporate into your daily routine to promote feelings of encouragement? I would love to hear from you!

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is known as the Oil of a Buoyant Heart. This invigorating essential oil positively impacts body, mind, and spirit. Not only does Peppermint combat negative feelings of pessimism and despair, but it also promotes relief, optimism, and renewal. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint comes from the Labiatae botanical family, which is the scientific, fancy word for mint. The primary chemical constituents found in peppermint leaves are phenolic alcohols and menthol, which contain antibacterial and invigorating properties. The extraction method for Peppermint essential oil involves the steam distillation of peppermint leaves. 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.

Some of the primary uses for Peppermint essential oil include alertness, bacterial infections, chronic fatigue, congestions, cooling of the body, cramps, fever, flu, headaches, heartburn, hives, hot flashes, hypothyroidism, indigestion, itching, jet lag, memory, migraines, muscle fatigue, nausea, osteoporosis, sciatica, shock, swollen eyes, ulcers, and varicose veins.

Peppermint essential oil can be applied via all three application methods–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Peppermint 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 1 drop of Peppermint with 1 drop of unfractionated coconut oil. Aromatic: Peppermint essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: add to a drink or take using a vegetable capsule! Additionally, Peppermint essential oil can be used in cooking. Tip: 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil = 1/8 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves.

Everyday Uses:

  • Do you easily get car sick? Inhale the aroma of Peppermint straight from the bottle, or rub on your temples and the back of your neck to relieve symptoms!
  • Feeling congested? Rub Peppermint on your chest and/or the sides of your nose to open up airways!
  • Need a quick breath freshener? Place 1 drop of Peppermint under your tongue, or add 1 drop to an 8-ounce glass of water for instant freshness!
  • In need of a morning energy boost? Place 1-2 drops of Peppermint on your shower floor and breathe in the steam!
  • Do you feel a tension headache coming on? Apply Peppermint to the temples, back of the neck, or reflex points for instant coolness!
  • Experiencing indigestion?  Rub a few drops of Peppermint over your abdomen for relief!
  • Experiencing acid reflux or heartburn?  Add 1 drop of Peppermint to an 8-ounce glass of water or take a veggie capsule with 1-2 drops!
  • Are you dealing with spiders in your home or office? Place a few drops of Peppermint on cotton balls for a natural spider repellent! 
  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Peppermint and Grapefruit essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Struggling with seasonal allergies? Add 2 drops each of Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender, to a veggie capsule to alleviate allergy symptoms! 

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 Peppermint essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Peppermint 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.

Lemon Essential Oil

 

Lemon is known as the Oil of Focus.  This refreshing essential oil supports increased concentration, reduces mental fatigue, and restores energy. Lemon “infuses the soul with energy, confidence, and alertness.” Not only does Lemon combat negative emotions such as guilt and confusion, but it also promotes clarity, joy, and alertness. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lemon essential oil.

Lemon comes from the Rutaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for citrus. One of the main chemical constituents found in lemons is d-Limone, a natural compound which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The extraction method for Lemon essential oil involves cold pressing lemon 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 most common primary uses for Lemon essential oil include the following: blood pressure regulation, concentration, depression, digestion, disinfectant, exhaustion, flu, oily hair, hangovers, heartburn, kidney stones, cleaning, physical energy, purification, and stress. Okay, okay. So I am throwing out all these uses and you are probably asking yourself, where is the proof?

When in doubt, search it out on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website. You might be surprised to learn that there is substantial research supporting the various uses and potential benefits of essential oils. This study here found that the inhalation of Lemon essential oil reduced nausea and other unpleasant symptoms associated with pregnancy.

Lemon essential oil can be applied via all three application methodstopical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lemon essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: if you are applying Lemon directly to your skin, it is important you avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours. Aromatic: Lemon essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: add to a drink or take using a veggie capsule! Additionally, Lemon essential oil can be great in cooking. Tip: 1 drop of Lemon essential oil = 1 teaspoon lemon zest.

Everyday Uses:

  • Accidentally left your laundry in the washer all day? Refresh your clothes by adding 1 drop of Lemon to a quick rinse cycle!
  • Is there a strange smell lingering in your refrigerator? Put a few drops of Lemon on a cotton ball and leave in your refrigerator for natural freshness!
  • Struggling with seasonal allergies? Add 2 drops each of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint to a veggie capsule to alleviate allergy symptoms! 
  • Feel like you need to wash your hands but you do not have quick access to a sink?  Rub a few drops of Lemon in your hands and voilà! Instant freshness!
  • Is your silver jewelry looking a little dull?  Use a soft cloth & a few drops of Lemon to shine up that silver!
  • You know when you pull the price sticker off something and it leaves that annoying adhesive residue? Rub 1 drop of Lemon on the affected area to eliminate the stickiness!
  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Lemon and Peppermint essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Tired of the waxy residue on your fruits and veggies? Add a few drops of Lemon to a large bowl of cool water and soak your veggies for about 10 minutes!

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 Lemon essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lemon 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.