The whole process of labor and birth of a new baby are pretty incredible. It is also a very intense time, where women are challenged physically and emotionally. There are many ways to support the mama during the process: I am a huge fan of doulas to support both parents, birthing classes such as Bradley method and Hypnobirthing/ Hypnobabies, meditation techniques, water therapies such as birthing tubs, etc. Essential oils are another modality that I believe can make so much difference to the birthing experience. Here are five essential oils to have on hand during labor:-
I always loved to make my own pesto. Somehow the store-bought one isn’t quite the same. Since I’ve been using more essential oils, I’m now adding them to lots of my favorite dishes for an extra burst of flavor. This basil pesto chicken recipe is quick, easy and healthy. It is gluten free but not dairy free, but the parmesan cheese could be switched with a vegan substitute.
Can you imagine giving your child a craft activity to do that could actually calm them down too? I came across these aromatherapy crafts for children, and thought what a brilliant idea it was. I’ll be making these paints and cloud dough for sure and wanted to share them with you too!
It’s Monday morning, and after a long and fun weekend, my brain is still in Friday mode. I have to remind it that indeed, it’s Monday and needs to get going. I have a few tricks that I use to get in ‘go’ mode for the start of the week. The first thing I do when I get up is take a shot of liposomal glutathione, and I definitely utilize my essential oils too. Here are three essential oils that can make you more alert:-
Sometimes I feel that we get so distracted making things that smell yummy and are safe and natural for ourselves and our kids, and leave our men right out of the picture! They deserve great stuff too! Today, I’m going to give you some great DIY hair stuff for men, utilizing essential oils and other natural ingredients – beard balm and hair wax.
Hair perfume? That’s a thing? Well, yes it is. In fact, once I started using scented sprays for my hair, I never went back to not using them. I don’t mean commercial hair sprays that have artificial ingredients and chemicals in them, I mean all natural, non-toxic hair spritzes that are just for the pleasure of the scent and the feeling of freshness they bring. This DIY hair perfume has such a lovely fragrance – try it, you’ll see what I mean!
I’m a complete sucker for reed diffusers – to the point where I will bring a particular brand of reed diffuser home in my suitcase when I make trips to Australia, carefully wrapping them up in bubble wrap and praying that they don’t get smooshed in my case! I love they’re just there all the time, I don’t need to put the oil in or plug them in, and they create a beautiful scent that fills the room. However, many reed diffusers (including my favorite Aussie ones) are scented with artificial fragrances, which are going to contain chemicals. There is a healthier option, however – DIY essential oil reed diffusers!
There is some controversy as to the safety of using essential oils internally, or whether they should just be used aromatically and/ or topically. Some schools of thought believe that oils shouldn’t even be used topically, that essential oils are purely for aromatherapy purposes. I’m not here to say any one school of thought is right or wrong, but I am a firm believer in using essential oils internally and topically, when done sensibly and safely.
I’m always looking for natural body washes and shower gels, and now I just make my own! It’s really simple, and the nice thing is you can switch up the scent as your mood takes you. You could have a more uplifting one for the morning shower and a more relaxing calming one if you shower in the evening.
Here’s how to make your DIY body wash:-
Just a quick post today to remind you about an upcoming webinar I am holding entitled “Introduction to Essential Oils for the Whole Family”. I’ll be sharing lots of great information including what essential oils are, how to discern the highest quality essential oils, the different ways to use essential oils, then lots of practical information on some of our most popular oils and how to use them. I’ll cover some general health concerns and how oils can be used safely and effectively to enhance the health of your whole family.
Date: Thursday March 3rd at 6pm PST.
To register, click here.
Hope to see you there!