Now that kids are back in school, tensions can run high as parents try to make sure homework is getting done, kids are adjusting to routines with new classes, teachers and subjects, and distractions with phones, iPads and games are greater than ever. It can be stressful and chaotic! Sometimes we need a little outside help to keep things calm and centered (for the kids and ourselves!). Here are three essential oil blends for calm focussed kids that can be a Godsend to have around the house and can be safely and effectively used on a daily basis. You can make them yourself, or even better, you can get them already blended and ready to go! [Read more…]
I love using safe, non-toxic cleaners around the house – not only do they smell great, but I don’t have to worry about Valentina getting chemicals in her eyes, mouth or even worse, ingesting them. Here are three of my favorite recipes that are easy to make and work like a charm! [Read more…]
One of the best things about essential oils is the variety of ways in which they can be utilized. The three main ways to use essential oils are aromatically, topically and internally. There are certain times and situations that make each one most appropriate. Here’s a little summary of each: [Read more…]
Many people know the power and benefit of essential oils for physical health – from digestive support to a well-functioning immune system, essential oils can be used for the whole family to keep the body in balance. However, essential oils also have dramatic impact on emotional states, and there are essential oils for emotional health just as there are those for physical health. This week I am at an essential oil conference where a new range of oils has been released that specifically target emotional issues. I am so excited for this as I know that for myself I have many days where I could use a little calming, or encouraging, or a little extra peace! [Read more…]
Have you ever wondered what to do with your empty essential oil bottles? Especially when you see a little bit left in the bottom that just won’t drip out? Here is a great solution – beautiful DIY essential oil bath salts – a fantastic way to make the absolute most of your oils: [Read more…]
Would you believe we’ve never ever had to use any diaper ointment, not even once? Since Valentina’s birth we have used this safe, natural DIY diaper spray, and it has worked like a charm. [Read more…]
Essential oils have become a staple in my household, and there are a few key ones that I use every day. We are blessed with good health, but there are still things that come up in every day life that benefit from the assistance of oils, and I know that essential oils help us to maintain optimal health!
Here are five essential oils I use every day:- [Read more…]
I’m not obsessed with hand sanitizer in the same way my toddler is, so I never would have sought out a natural recipe. Since she is obsessed, and since I’m not keen on her accidentally drinking a bottle full of alcohol (as traditional hand sanitizers are full of) I went looking for the best DIY hand sanitizer that wouldn’t be detrimental for her to be around. [Read more…]
Frankincense: the King of Oils!! Frankincense would have to be one of my very favorite essential oils – in fact, if I ever had to choose just one oil to have, it would be frankincense. I take a few drops each morning for overall health, and I feel better for it.
There are a few key benefits that I love relating to frankincense. The first is that it helps reduce inflammation in the body and can help with various kinds of discomfort. One day I was out running and I tripped on a metal ring on the pavement (genius, I know). My knees were bruised and my right hand was very sore. I ended up having it x-rayed and there was no fracture, but it was pretty badly bruised. The minute I came in from my run that day, I took a few drops of frankincense under my tongue, and immediately I felt a change – the throbbing and aching reduced to a bare minimum. I continued to use if over the next few days and it helped manage the inflammatory response from that fall. I know of other people who apply it over their lower abdomen if they’re experiencing any muscle cramping in that region, and it works like a charm for that too. [Read more…]
Essential oils have been used for centuries for their aromatic properties and health-giving benefits. Essential oils can make a significant contribution to one’s health, and have become a popular modality in both my medical practice and my home.
Essential oils can be used to support the body in many different ways, allowing it optimal healing potential. They can support immune function and help overcome infection, reduce inflammation and discomfort, promote healthy digestion, assist in healthy sleep patterns, moods, cognitive function, and so much more.
I started incorporating the highest quality essential oils into my practice after hearing experiences of people who had utilized them in their own health care regimens. Now I can’t remember life without them, nor do we want to know life without them!! There are oils to support every system of the body – helping to strengthen the body so that it can heal itself. Essential oils are more potent than herbs since they come from the aromatic oils of the plant – they are very concentrated for that reason are highly efficacious. Also because of that potency, a small amount goes a long way! [Read more…]