“List”en To Me…Top 5 Reasons To Use Essential Oils

We’ve reached another week, which means another Top 5!  I LOVE sharing my knowledge of essential oils as you can read HERE and HERE.  However, as excited as I am about them, I realized that to most people this is something very new and unfamiliar.  Even though essential oils have been around for thousands of years (I’m talking biblical times) in the past twenty years they have gone from only hippies would use them to being mainstream.  So, this week we are going to focus on the reasons to use them in the first place. Here it goes…

Top 5 Reasons To Use Essential Oils

1. Alternative To Conventional Medicine – This was my main reason to take the leap.  I’d been researching essential oils for over a year, since before getting pregnant.  Then after giving birth to my daughter the thought of polluting her newly formed body with medicine was just not an option. During that first year we went without any bouts of sickness however, on her first birthday it finally hit, we had a full on post nasal drip commonly known as a COLD, what????  That is when I finally put these Young Living essential oils to the test.  We used Thieves, Lavender and Eucalyptus and were given specific instructions of how to use them on a baby/toddler.  We waited patiently and within five days she was back to her regular healthy self.  Did it take longer for her to heal?  Absolutely, that is usually the case with any natural alternative options.  However, I had such peace of mind knowing that the oils were working in conjunction with the body to build up her immune system without ever worrying about side effects.  On that note, I always recommend reading and applying the safety guidelines for these essential oils which you can read about HERE.  Additionally, we have used Young Living essential oils for allergies, headache, upset stomach, cuts/bruises, in-grown nails, sinus congestion, diaper rash, the list goes on and on.  Now these conditions are fairly common, however, Young Living essential oils have been used in the treatment of several other conditions such as ADHD, autism, depression, Parkinson’s, PTSD and even cancer.

2. Physiological and Psychological – Now this is interesting…when essential oils are inhaled the molecules hit the brain which can instantly change your emotional state – your thought process, your mood, your attitude. As I am not an expert when it comes to the science behind it all, below is a graphic that explains how it works.  I have used Joy, Peace & Calming and Oola Balance with great success when needing to boost or adjust my emotional state, alleviate stress or reduce anxiety.

LIMBIC SYSTEM v1.1

3.  Skin Rejuvenation – Don’t we all want glowing, healthy skin?!  We have to remember that as we age so does our skin, it’s a fact that wrinkles will inevitably happen.  However, there are several other skin conditions that we may come across as well, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, sun damage, even skin cancer.  For my dry, olive skin type, in the last ten years, I have encountered small bouts of acne, dry patches, broken capillaries on the cheeks and early on set rosacea from sun damage.  I had tried literally every product on the market from conventional to organic brands which led me to Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, which is safe, effective with no harmful chemicals or toxins.  Then when I started using Young Living essential oils and researched their healing benefits for the conditions listed above I was excited to put them to the test and incorporate them into my skin care regimen.  I currently use Frankincense for the brown spots and sun damage, applying this topically neat (no carrier oil) before moisturizing.  I then put a drop in my moisturizer before applying to my face. There has been a significant decrease in the color of the age spots, amazing results.  I also use Purification for acne breakouts & itching, applying this topically neat (no carrier oil).  The next morning the breakouts are gone and my face feels soft and smooth.

4. Pain Relief – From backaches, to broken bones, to sore joints, to headaches we have all experienced some form of physical pain.  Personally, I had a spinal fusion when I was twelve years old due to scoliosis.  My entire thoracic section of my spine is fused together with bars and wires.  Due to this, my neck and lower back have to work over time to compensate for that area.  Now my first line of defense when I feel aches and pain coming on is to exercise or walk, because for the body to stay fluid it needs to be stretched and moved, in addition to using cold packs to reduce the inflammation.  My next line of defense is my pain cream made with Young Living essential oils!!!  Let’s review the ingredients – 1/2 cup coconut oil, 15 drops of Valor, 10 drops of PanAway, 10 drops of Peppermint, 10 drops of Copaiba, then sometimes I’ll add Lavender or Stress Away.  I apply to the areas of pain, then apply it to the soles of feet for the specific location of pain as seen in the Vita-Flex chart below.  Not only do I sleep like a baby, I wake up feeling no pain and refreshed.  This pain cream has worked so well for me that I have given it to family and friends and they too have seen results.

VITA FLEX v1.1

5. Household Cleaners & Repellents – When was the last time you looked at the ingredients list on the back of your glass cleaner? Laundry detergent? Hand soap? Bug repellent?  Nine times out of ten the answer I get is NEVER!  I encourage you right now to go under your sink, in your laundry room and anywhere you keep these items and scan through that ingredient list.  Can you pronounce even one of the words listed other than water?  Do you know what those big words mean?  Most will likely be chemicals, irritants, carcinogens, essentially bad stuff that our bodies shouldn’t be exposed to.  When I first did this, I basically threw away everything under my sink!  Then when I got my oils from Young Living I figured out that the following oils could be used to make my own.  The first oil is Thieves since this oil is a blend of several oils that are considered to have antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-infectious properties.  This can be used for cleaners, wipes, soap & hand sanitizer.  The next oil was Purification which is also a blend of oils that can neutralize odors, disinfect and soothe.  This can be used in cleaners and bug repellent.

Are you ready to take the leap now?  Hopefully my list has shown you how they can have an amazing, healthy impact on your life.  If you’d like more information on Young Living and/or how to become a Distributor (discounted oils and shipping) click HERE.

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

 

If you are new to essential oils what are the reasons that you would start using them?  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, 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!

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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!

 

Excuse Me, You Said WHAT??

That’s right, let’s think outside the box! Think RADICALLY!!

Who says you can’t? Just because it’s been done that way for years doesn’t mean it’s the only way.

What you’ll learn here may go against the grain. It may seem impossible. It may seem down right unconventional however it may also be what makes the biggest impact in your life!

My hope is that this blog provides education, motivation and inspiration.  Most of all to be used as a resource and refuge to help you live a lifestyle that you LOVE!!

On the agenda for next week we will be exploring holistic health options, stay tuned!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo
Shane