How much thought do you put into oral hygiene? Are you a quick-brush-with-the-Colgate type of person, or a regimented twice-a-day-floss-and-mouthwash type? Do you use fluoride or no fluoride? Do your kids brush their teeth every single day (confession: mine doesn’t)? Did you know you can use essential oils for oral hygiene too? There are some extremely simple ways to do that, too, it doesn’t have to be complicated. [Read more…]
I get a lot of liquid nutrition in the morning – in fact, I’ve downed three shots before I even get to my coffee! I have developed my three morning energy boost drinks over the months, and now it’s part of my regimen, I miss it when I don’t have them. There are times that I might skip them on the weekends, but every day during the week I take all three, without fail. It takes about 15 minutes, mostly because I allow a little time in between, and I just putz around putting the strewn toys away, packing the school bag etc etc in between steps. So what are they? Let me tell you.
We decided just yesterday that we’d have a quick escape to Palm Desert this weekend, to have some R&R before family descends upon our home for Christmas (which will be great fun and a bit chaotic all at once). We also have a couple of great trips lined up, to Cancun in January and London in February to celebrate my Dad’s 80th birthday. I’m not one to pack light, but I’m always trying to – so I’ve whittled down my copious collection of essential oil bottles, and these are the five oils I always travel with, whether it be a weekend or a month away! I tend to use blends more than individual oils, as I feel they are synergistically combined, but that’s just my personal preference.
I love making roller bottles with essential oils, mostly because of how convenient it is to apply them that way. But also for our kids, it allows us to apply the oils to their skin, already diluted with fractionated coconut oil. This makes a very safe way to use oils for children, given that essential oils are potent and a little bit goes a long way. Here are five of my favorite roller bottle recipes for kids:
Last post we talked about sleep hygiene and the importance of maintaining good sleep habits and a reliable sleep schedule. Sometimes, the reality is that good quality sleep is not forthcoming, and we need a little help along the way. Natural sleep aids are the safest way to help, without many of the side effects and even addiction potential of pharmaceuticals. I have been fortunate to try a new line of sleep supplements that has just been released, and I have to say I’m loving them. The new face of Serenity essential oil blend, and the brand new Serenity Restful blend capsules, have me sleeping like a baby!
Do you ever get that feeling that your brain is spinning and overexcited, to the point where you can’t really focus and there are some feelings of anxiousness that go along with it? I know I am prone to that – sometimes I feel like my brain is in overdrive, but that takes away from my focus rather than contributing to it. Petitgrain essential oil calms the brain and supports healthy cognition.
Petitgrain comes from the leaf of the bitter orange plant. It is somewhat similar in chemistry to lavender – and therefore has similar calming and soothing effects. Men tend to like Petitgrain because it’s not as florally-smelling as lavender, so they can be calm without smelling all girly! It is a little more earthy smelling, with some secondary notes of citrus and floral. One of the other differences is that while lavender is made up of many different chemical constituents (around 64), petitgrain has just 17 main ones. This does not necessarily give it less activity; in fact when oils are made up of fewer compounds, there can be even greater activity and benefit as those compounds are more concentrated.
What I love the most about Petitgrain is the calming effect it has on the nervous system, both centrally and peripherally. Therefore it increases calm feelings, can reduce sad and anxious feelings, and can increase sleeping time and quality. One of it’s major chemical constituents, linalool, inhibits GABA transaminase – the enzyme that breaks down GABA. The net result is more GABA in the brain which has a calming effect, while at the same time increasing focus and clarity. Linalool also exites receptors for serotonin, dopamine and other neurotransmitters – thus further supporting greater cognitive function and sense of peace and happiness.
In the peripheral nervous system, Petitgrain also acts in a soothing fashion, so it can reduce over-excitability of nerves and the discomfort that might come from that. In those cases the best way to use Petitgrain is on the affected area. For calming and focussing the brain, Petitgrain can be diffused, or taken internally.
Another benefit of Petitgrain is to support the immune system. We all know that stress reduces our immune system’s capability to keep us healthy. This is largely because of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis; the sympathetic nervous system activation (commonly known as fight or flight response) has a suppressive action on immune cells. Linolool restores neutraphils and lymphocytes (two types of immune cells) to normal levels, and upregulates genes that are critical for the healthy functioning of the immune system.
Petitgrain smells so good, and has such great benefits. doTERRA has been working on sourcing and harvesting Petitgrain and it is now available to us. It’s fast becoming one of my favorite essential oils – I have been putting a drop between my palms and just rubbing it on my shoulders, that way I get the benefit of inhaling the aromas. I also have mixed it in a diffuser with Citrus Bliss and that was a delicious combination.
I know a lot of parents who love essential oils and utilize them with their kids … but tend to pull them out when problems arise. I personally use essential oils with my daughter on a daily basis, and feel that it contributes to her overall health and well-being, and helps to prevent health issues in the first place. To help other parents who might desire this too, I want to offer 8 everyday uses for essential oils in children. Not everyone is going to do all of these every day, that might seem overwhelming, but at least you have a starting point to work from.
Well it’s that time of year again – the kids are going back to school, summer is coming to an end, vacations are now a collection of photos and good memories. For some this is a fun and exciting time, for others, filled with angst and dread. I’m still trying to figure out where the last year went – it seems like just yesterday we started Valentina in preschool, and now she’s moving up to the next class, with new teachers and a new classroom. I’m counting on sending her back to school with essential oils to help us with the transition. [Read more…]
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!