“List”en To Me…Top 5 Essential Oils – Singles

Another great week is upon us and our focus is going to be essential oils.  In my previous post HERE and on my Young Living page HERE, I talked about how they are our first line of defense before conventional medicine and how we have used them in our family.  I have made over my family’s medicine cabinet because I.LOVE.THEM!  We are officially an oily family and it’s my mission to equip the rest of my family, friends and readers of this great blog with the knowledge and information to make that change as well!

Let’s Get Back To Basics

– Essential oils are concentrated oils taken from plants, flowers, trees, leaves, bark, nuts, seeds, etc that are put through a distillation process and bottled.  These oils are a very thin liquid and do not feel oily at all. Essential oils can be paired with a carrier oil such as olive, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, etc.

– Four grades of essential oils are produced today:

  • Therapeutic – 100% pure, medicinal, steam distillation
  • Food Grade – may contain synthetics, pesticides, carrier oils
  • Perfume – may contain synthetics, solvents
  • Synthetic – laboratory created

– These oils are powerful and effective with a variety of uses:

  • Aromatically – inhaled through a diffuser or from bottle
  • Topically – applied on the skin, soles of feet, hands, ears, spine, etc – click HERE for Vita-Flex Chart
  • Dietary – ingestible

My Top 5 Essential Oils

1. Frankincense – Dates back to biblical times, remember the birth of Christ when the wise men brought this lovely oil?  Considered the “holy anointing oil” and “liquid gold”, it is known for it’s healing power.  It is an immune booster, decreases inflammation, depression, as a treatment for cancer, respiratory infections plus more!  Our family uses it for glowing skin by adding a few drops in face moisturizer and also applied neat to remove brown aging/sun spots and scars.  We also us it in body cream, for back pain and on temples to relieve stress.  Click HERE for more info.

2. Lavender –  Just imagine those beautiful fields of purple flowers, the sweet aroma from those flowers, so relaxing, right?  Well surprisingly, this is one of the most versatile essential oils!  Discovered by a french scientist due to its ability to promote tissue growth and heal wounds quickly.  It has been known to treat skin conditions, high blood pressure, PMS, insomnia, hair loss and respiratory infections plus more!  Our family uses it to promote sleep/relaxation, allergies, skin care, PMS, wounds/cuts, colds/coughs, body cream and in grown nails.  Click HERE for more info.

3. Lemon – An oil from a lemon?  That’s right, it’s taken from the rind. There are 45 lemons used to fill just one 15ml bottle of oil.  Now this oil does pack quite a punch with several uses.  It is an immune booster, improves memory, improves circulation, assists in weight loss, varicose veins, anxiety, digestive issues plus more!  Our family uses it in our morning water which is ingested and boosts energy.  Also for allergies, dry skin, heartburn, cooking and cleaning supplies. Click HERE for more info.

4. Peppermint – Makes me think of candy canes, what about you?  Another very familiar scent that will surprise you with all it can do.  It is known to decrease inflammation, anti-bacterial, pain reliever, digestive stimulant, suppresses appetite/assists in weight loss, respiratory infections plus more!  Our family uses it for allergies, pain cream, headaches, upset stomach, nausea and colds/coughs and cooking.  Click HERE for more info.

5. Helichrysum (Italicum) – That is exactly what you ask?  We are talking about a flowering plant from the daisy family, found in several countries along the Mediterranean coast.  This oil known as an anticoagulant to treat blood clots, improve circulation, treat skin conditions such as eczema, hypertension, and liver issues plus more!  This oil is used solely by me in the family to treat a blood condition.  I use it to promote circulation which in turn helps me avoid blood clots.  I am very thankful that I can use this oil versus taking conventional medications with side effects.  Click HERE for more info.

After researching essential oils for over a year, Young Living stood out as the right choice for my family.  I chose them because I truly believe in their quality, 100% pure using the Seed to Seal process.  I believe you get what you pay for in life and knowing that I use these for health related purposes, as you can see from above, I only wanted to use the best.  Additionally, since being part of the Young Living family it goes much deeper than that.  I have met some amazing and inspiring women, helped family and friends treat problems and conditions and I’ve heard testimonies on everything from weight loss, ADHD/ADD, autism, parkinsons, cancer and PTSD.  Remarkable stories.  In future posts we’ll talk more about specific conditions, disorders and diseases.

If these oils listed above are something you want to try, I highly recommend becoming a Young Living Distributor.  Not only do you get 24% off the price listed on the website, you also can earn points towards more oils and get discounted shipping.  On top of that four out of five of these come in the Premium Kit which is where you get the most bang for your buck as there are ten oils offered in this kit!  Click HERE to start the process!

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!

 

Do you have a favorite essential oil?  If so, what do you use it for?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.

 

Reference: Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Fifth Edition – May 2011 – Life Science Publishing

Disclaimer: The information shared with you is based on life experience, facts and research.  As I am not a doctor, nor play one on TV, I advise you to consult with your physician when it comes to information listed above as it is not intended to diagnose, prevent or cure any sickness or disease.  Additionally, I will not be held liable for any loss or damages.  Thank you!

Let’s Get Personal… Holistic Health – Where Do You Start?

I bet if you read my post earlier this week (if you didn’t click HERE) you thought “hey I could at least start with one of those options” or maybe it was “I’m ready to transform my lifestyle completely” either way when you are ready to make some changes, where do you start?

First, let me tell you a little bit about my journey to a more holistic lifestyle.  It was 2008, we were living in Northern California, we had just gotten married the year before and had decided it was time to think about starting a family.  Of course to do this I had to stop taking the birth control pills I was prescribed, little did I know what was about to happen to my life.  From the very day I stopped taking them, my body, my hormones went completely out of whack.  There was a constant (talking 24/7) headache at the top of my head, as if someone was pressing down in one spot.  My appetite was gone, I had mood swings, anxiety attacks, sleepless nights, night sweats, it was awful.  Worst of all I was exhausted EVERY.SINGLE.DAY!   I was getting cluster headaches behind my right eye and had a CT scan to rule out clots/tumors and the anxiety attacks got so bad that I could barely breathe and requested that the doctor give me a chest x-ray, which he knew wasn’t needed but I swore something more serious was happening.  The doctor said that my body would need time to adjust but for me this lasted a very long time, almost a year.  When you feel bad enough you will do just about anything to just have one good day.  So that is when I knew I had to switch gears.  It was time to take inventory of every area of my life.

I started with the food, boxes of processed food were thrown out, soda was thrown out, microwave was thrown out (really haven’t personally used one since), and no more dairy!  Only whole food – fruits, veggies and meat were on the menu for food to eat.  I limited my sugar intake and double filtered my water.  I started reading ingredients and researching what was in our foods.  I was shocked and was sure that this change was the right path for me.

Next was getting more exercise, getting outside, biking, running, hitting golf balls especially since we lived right next to the Bay with beautiful weather, great scenery and a par 3 course.

During this time I also researched about medications and their effects.  I wanted to understand what exactly the birth control medicine had done to me.  Also with the anxiety attacks the doctor had wanted to prescribe me drugs but I wouldn’t take them, it was a temporary fix not a permanent solution.  This is when I started visiting a holistic practitioner and seeing the physical therapist as well.  I learned about herbs and homeopathic medicines as an option instead of the conventional medicines.

Lastly, I knew my spiritual walk had been put on the back burner, so out came the bible, biblically based podcasts and lots of prayer.  I knew that I had to give God my problems not solve them on my own.  “The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” Proverbs 18:14

Within a month I started to feel much better. By eliminating foods (processed, sugar, soda, etc..) I was detoxifying my system (which I initially felt worse before I felt better), then add in the exercise and my energy level was back up.  My hormones had finally leveled out.  The headaches stopped, I was sleeping better, the anxiety was gone, my appetite was back…YAHOO!!!

Since then I have maintained this lifestyle, the healthy eating, exercising (mostly walking), using homeopathic medicine and seeing the chiropractor.  I’ve also added in essential oils, oil pulling (for another blog post), drinking kombucha & raw milk (again another blog post to come), it just gets crunchier!  Oh, did I mention that after all that we did get pregnant and yes, I had a beautiful baby girl, such a miracle.  Now as awesome as all this is, there are days when I may take a few steps back, eat bagels & ice cream (not together), not get out for a walk, but I’m good with that, I’m only human 🙂

Phewwww, did you get all that?  Not expecting a story like that, right?  Now back to my original question…when it comes to holistic health, where do YOU start?

1. Take inventory of your life. What area do you want to work on…is it food? exercise? health related? environmental?  It could be a combination of things, however, I would recommend taking one area at a time, baby steps.

2. WRITE IT DOWN ON PAPER.  When we write it down it becomes real.  Write it on a post it note and put it on your bathroom mirror or on your computer where you can be reminded all the time.

3. Research – whether by book, internet or an actual conversation with someone who has either experienced what you’re going through or what you are looking to achieve. Below are links to books and websites that have helped me in my journey for a healthier holistic lifestyle.

4. Ever hear that saying that “knowledge is power”?  Well it’s really what we do with that knowledge that ultimately makes the difference.  You have to put your plan (or in this case area of interest) into action.  Again, take it one step at a time and I’m sure you will make some great changes!

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!

 

Whose ready to make some changes to their lifestyle?  What area would you focus on first or are you already changing?  Comments and feedback can be posted below.

 

Links to Books, Movies, People & Websites:

– Book: The Bible

– Book: You Are What You Eat by Gillian McKeith

– Book: Ultrametabolism by Dr. Mark Hyman

– Book: The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman & Thomas M. Campbell II

– Movie: Food Inc.

– Movie: Forks Over Knives

– Movie: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

– Person: Camille Vardy, L.Ac., DNBAO – My holistic practitioner in California, her website is full of information

– Person: Diane Sanfilippo – Nutrition Consultant & Author

– Website: Food Combining

– Website: Young Living Essential Oils

“List”en To Me…Top 5 Holistic Health Options

First, what exactly do I mean by holistic health??  Alternative methods that take a whole body approach. Below is a list I have put together of my top five holistic health options.

1. Food – Whole/Raw/Fermented/Organic/Local – Our bodies depend on food.  Everyday we have a choice of what we are going to fuel ourselves with.  We can choose to eat processed, sugar-laden food that our body will react to in a tired and sluggish manner, affect our moods, cause weight gain, inflammation, skin disorders, the list goes on and on…. OR we can start our days with healthy proteins, good fats, fiber and natural sugars, such as fruits, veggies, smoothies, meats, eggs, nuts, just to name a few.  Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food wrote a great summary on this way of eating, to read about it click HERE.  There have been several studies that show the harmful effects of sugar, artificial preservatives and additives used in our food today.  Additionally, we all need to understand the negative effects of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) that are being used in conventional produce, grains & meats.  Click HERE to find out more about the Non-GMO movement.  Now is the time to educate yourself to make the best food choices for your family.

2. Essential Oils – Now I could write a book on this one option!  I LOVE essential oils!  They have become the first line of defense for health issues with our whole family.  If you are new to essential oils they are highly concentrated oils taken from plants, flowers, fruits, seeds, leaves and bark that are taken through a distillation process and bottled.  We use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living, who uses the Seed to Seal process on ALL their oils.  Click HERE to find out more info!  In our house these oils have been used to remedy colds/coughs, areas of physical pain, allergies, cuts/scrapes, sleep, mental clarity, and much more.  In the following weeks we will explore essential oils in more detail, talking about how they are made, different types, quality and most of all uses!

3. Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy – Who wants an alternative method to back/neck/shoulder care without using drugs to stop the pain???  Oh, me, me, me!!!  This option has been a lifesaver for our family.  These doctors and therapists are trained to look for the root of the problem, not just at the symptom at hand.  By working/adjusting parts of the body other areas of the body can be corrected.  Not only that, they advise you on how to keep yourself feeling top-notch by providing additional techniques and exercises to do at home.  Click HERE to find out more details and watch videos about chiropractic care. Now although this option is ideal for most pain management, if you are experiencing severe/debilitating pain please consult a physician immediately.

4. Homeopathic Medicine – Have you even heard of this term before??  Well if not, then today is your day!  This type of medicine is specific to types of ailments and used as an alternative to over the counter medications.  Click HERE to get all the details from the Society of Homeopaths.  These types of medicines can be used on adults and children.  We have used them to heal colds, fevers, sinus issues and keep them on hand for my daughter’s teething pain.  Taken in tablet form and usually placed under the tongue, the medicine immediately enters the system to start the healing process.  A brand that our family uses and is sold in health food stores and drugstores is Boiron.  Before using these medications, I recommend contacting a Homeopath in your area for advise and guidance.

5. Exercise – I put this last as it is the hardest for me to do, but knowing it should really be at the top of the list!  We were designed to move, no doubt about it.  Exercise comes in so many forms – running, walking, biking, lifting weights, strength training, stretching, yoga, anything that causes our heart rate to go up and break a sweat!  Sweating has been said to clean out the toxins from your system, who doesn’t want that??  Exercise also boosts energy, helps regulate moods and keeps your body looking good!  In the next few weeks, I’ll be starting a new workout call PiYo by Chalene Johnson and writing about the results.  If this is an area you struggle with too, right now make it a priority and dedicate 10 minutes a day (out of 24 hours) to do some form of exercise.  Start small and move forward!!

Remember that you design your days, so make each one count!

What are some holistic health options that have worked for you and your family?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.

 

Disclaimer: The information shared with you is based on life experience, facts and research.  As I am not a doctor, I advise you to consult with your physician when it comes to information listed above as it is not intended to diagnose, prevent or cure any sickness or disease.  Additionally, I will not be held liable for any loss or damages.  Thank you!