Essential oils have so many different uses, and one of my favorites is to help us detoxify. Toxins naturally build up in our systems through air, food, water and even our own metabolism, and while we have good systems in place in our own bodies to deal with them, the fact is that often we take in more than our body can comfortably handle. In that case, toxins can build up and impact how we feel – our energy, sleep patterns, moods and much more. I have a few favorites when using essential oils to support detoxification:-
I love having lots of good, healthy snacks around so that I don’t go raiding the cheese draw in the fridge every time I get hungry!! I found some healthy dips and sauces using essential oils that really gave a lot of flavor and health value, and they’re easy to make, so I’m posting some of those recipes today.
I have heard more and more stories recently of people in my circle using essential oils to support neurological developmental, behavior and cognition in children, and I am using them with my patients with equally good results. I want to highlight a few of the oils and blends that I think are the most applicable and helpful for these children. These oils help with neurological development, act to support antioxidant activity (oxidative stress plays a big part in neurological problems), maintain healthy levels of inflammation, calm the nervous system for better emotional balance, and assist with focus and cognition.
Frankincense supports the central nervous system, and is good for anything neurological. It is great for emotional balance too. It can be applied on soles of feet, or base of skull. For older kids and adults, it can be taken internally – either under the tongue, or in a capsule and swallowed. Frankincense is also an amazing oil to help manage inflammation in the body and/ or brain.
This is a blend that already comes in a roller bottle, so it’s very handy. It contains Amyris Bark, Patchouli Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Lime Peel, Ylang Ylang Flower, Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood and Roman Chamomile Flower. Focus blend is designed to support focus and concentration, and mental acuity. It encourages optimal learning; while at the same time is very grounding and calming. It can be applied around the neck area, but it is very strong smelling, so many prefer it on soles of the feet. You could also apply it on the wrists or back of hands.
This is a blend for emotional balance and comfort. It contains Spruce Needle/Leaf, Ho Wood, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, and Blue Chamomile Flower in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. This is my favorite blend; it is very grounding and centering. This is because it contains mostly woods and barks – they contain a lot of base notes, which are long acting. It can be diffused or applied on the soles of the feet, and is not to be taken internally.
This is another blend for soothing and calming the emotions. It has more floral notes such as lavender scents than the Grounding Blend. It contains Lavender Flower, Sweet Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oils and Vanilla Bean. Calming Blend promotes relaxation and sleep and it is often used for this purpose; it is excellent to use in the bath and before bed. It can also be diffused overnight.
One of my favorite blends for kids, Cellular Complex contains Frankincense, Wild Orange, Lemongrass, Thyme, Summer Savory, Clove, and Niaouli essential oils. It has been shown in clinical studies to help protect cells against free-radical damage while supporting healthy cellular function. It is good for focus, cognition and emotional balance; it works on cellular repair and regeneration. Cellular Complex comes in liquid or softgel form.
This is an immune strengthening blend that helps to combat seasonal threats, which can often be a struggle for kids. It can be diffused or applied on the soles of the feet. It can also be mixed with water in a spray bottle and used as a cleanser/ disinfectant (we use it on high chairs at restaurants and on plane seats, tray tables etc). Protective Blend contains Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils.
This is a blend to help settle most digestive issues. It also comes in oil or softgels. The oil can be taken internally, but it is better for kids to dilute in coconut oil and apply directly on abdomen. It contains ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils.
The way I have been using these oils with Valentina is mostly in roller bottles. We have a roller bottle with Protective Blend (1 part) and fractionated coconut oil (3 parts). We have another one that has frankincense, Cellular Complex and fractionated coconut oil in equal parts. At night after bath we do one roll of each blend, one on each foot. Valentina is very healthy and she is neurotypical, but I still believe that these oils are so beneficial for supporting healthy cellular function and neurological development, they’re important for all kids to have. I have been hearing many stories of children being helped, transformed even, through using these oils. Their family life is improving, they are more social, they are performing better in school. It’s quite amazing and rewarding to see the difference.
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It’s no secret that holiday season is a time of indulgence – there are parties and social events going on everywhere, never mind the actual Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah meal celebrations. But it’s a fun time and should be time to relax and enjoy. I have been cooking more and more with essential oils and loving the rich flavors that they bring to food, so I am sharing with you some tasty treats for the holidays using essential oils. These would make great snacks to bring along to holiday parties. They’re healthy too!!
Earlier this week I discussed some solutions for sleep issues, in particular some lifestyle factors to consider, such as not watching the news right before bed and unplugging your electronic devices in your room; as well as a herbal supplement that I have had great results with. Today I wanted to share how you can use essential oils to promote good sleep, rest, and regeneration.
I’m just a sucker for lovely, indulgent spa-type experiences. What nicer than to relax with a foot soak, or a nice hot bubble bath. Here are a few more simple recipes that you can make for family and friends this holiday season. Make sure to make extra for yourself!
Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for family and friends, or just need a treat for yourself, these yummy body scrubs can be made in minutes. They smell great, are all natural and cost very little to make. Be creative in how you present them – hermetic jars with chalkboard labels and a lovely ribbon will turn them into a beautiful and personal gift.
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…]