We have all heard how valuable essential oils can be in helping influence emotional states, I know many of us have experienced it personally. But for me it’s helpful to understand a little more about how essential oils influence emotions from a scientific perspective. I’m going to keep this really simple, but hopefully give you a little more information so that you can understand the process better. [Read more…]
Even here in San Diego, we’re seeing stories on the news about how this summer is going to be the worst on record for ticks. Summer also brings more fleas, mosquitos, flies and other tiny critters that you really don’t want biting you. Given the number of pathogens that any of these bugs can carry, prevention is key in avoiding the bites in the first place. Many people want to avoid the toxic effects of chemicals such as DEET for their family, and want an effective, natural insect repellent instead. I have a great one for you! [Read more…]
The bathroom may not be the room you spend the most time in, but it’s certainly one that is a priority for keeping nice and fresh. With just a couple of spray bottles, you can make a blend of essential oils for a clean and nice smelling bathroom. And the loo spray? As much as it might seem an odd thing to share, it’s a very popular item for the whole family. And it really works.
Do you love a cup of peppermint tea after dinner to settle your stomach and help your digestion? Did you know that 1 drop of peppermint essential oil is the equivalent of 27 cups of peppermint tea? 1 drop in a cup of water, cold or warm, will give you a much better result with much less. Peppermint is actually a really versatile essential oil with lots of different applications. Here are five everyday uses for peppermint essential oil:
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…]
No one likes a smelly, grimy kitchen – but many of the traditional cleaners are full of harsh chemicals and fake fragrances, all which can be highly toxic. Here are some ways to spruce your kitchen up with essential oils. They make great cleaning agents, and leave a natural, fresh scent. [Read more…]
Our nervous system is such a central facet of our overall health. We think of our brain as the central computer that drives our whole system, using our peripheral nerves as the conductors of messages, signals and chemicals. When the nervous system is stressed for whatever reason, it can impact our whole body. These essential oil recipes for healthy brains and nerves can give you some tools that you can utilize to help yourself if your nervous system is not functioning the way that you would like.
There’s nothing like that feeling after you’ve worked out – you’re all proud of yourself, energized and your body is thanking you. Oxygen is pumping and the endorphins (hopefully) are flowing! But let’s face it, sometimes just getting your running shoes on and getting out the door, or making it to your gym class can be challenging; and sometimes, we feel a bit more worn out afterwards than we hoped. Here are 3 simple ways to use essential oils to help your workouts that I can personally vouch for – they’re simple, not time-consuming, but will help you to get the most out of your workouts, and help the recovery afterwards.
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.
We’ve talked a lot about hormones recently, so to round it off, I’m going to add my top picks of essential oils to help get things back in balance. You can read about dietary factors, lifestyle factors and the role of phytoestrogens in previous posts to get caught up on those things. Now we turn to essential oils and hormone balance.
My favorite essential oil blend for hormones is a blend called Clary Calm. It is a blend of 12 essential oils that can help manage symptoms of hormonal change. It comes in a roller bottle, and can be easily applied to the skin on the lower abdomen or on the feet.