5 Popular Essential Oils and Their Uses

Essential oils have been used for many years, both for emotional and physical health. You can use essential oils aromatically, topically and some people add essential oils to food and drinks.

 

There are many types of oils to use as a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, avocado oil, or sesame oil. People use essential oils due to its inhibitor, antimicrobial and medicated properties. Its use is spreading day by day as it has no side effects and can be considered as a natural solution for physical issues.

 

There are three ways to use essential oils: diffuse the oil, apply the oil to your body and ingest the oil. You can put a few drops on your feet or shake a few drops on the carpet to make your room smell great. If you have any skin sensitivity, it is best not to apply directly on your skin. Before using any oil make sure it is diluted with a carrier oil as all oils are concentrated.

 

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Here are 5 oils and their use is mentioned as below:

 

  1. Lavender:

Lavender has soothing and relaxing features. It is mostly used oil and is easily available anywhere in the market. It can be used as a scent to refresh the mind, to relieve stress and tension. By adding 2-3 drops on an insect bite as Lavender helps skin issues. Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to your hands, rub it in your palms and inhale deeply. I call this the human diffuser.  Drop a few drops on your bed pillows before going to sleep which helps you to sleep faster and live in peace.

 

  1. Lemon:

Lemon oil added in water can be used as a substitute for fresh lime. You can spray it in the room to keep your mind – mood cheerful and the room fresh. It also plays a vital role in cleaning household things. It can be used to remove the smell from dirty clothes while washing. Its odor prevents bad smell in toilets, dustbins, trash cans so can be termed as a good air freshener.

 

  1. Peppermint:

It is the most flexible oil used all over the world. It is a food energizer; you can use it in tea, or a smoothie.  It also supports the body, and many use it when they feel tired. You will feel happy when you breathe in its bottle.

 

  1. Sandalwood:

It is one of the expensive oils, but its use is worth it. It possesses a long lasting property. It  helps cool down your mind after inhaling it or applying it on your neck. It also strengthens your body, keeps yourself active and increases your willpower.

 

  1. Tea Tree:

Tea Tree has a nice fragrance which provides cleaning solutions in the home. It cleans our home appliances. Tea Tree Oil has been known to help skin conditions. It helps get rid of  harmful bacteria. It is also used to reduce body odor.

 

Taking a bath with your favorite essential oil(s) and epsom salts has emotional and physical benefits: not to mention it is great for detoxing your skin. Massage an essential oil mixed with a carrier oil (i.e. avocado, jojoba, almond, or coconut) on top of  your body either at home or salon to be relaxed and relieve yourself from stress and tension. It also increases your circulation. It can use it as a do-it-yourself conditioner.

 

For more information on these oils or if you are new to oils, contact me at healthcoachshaline@gmail.com, so I can send you samples.

 

Workshops/Programs I offer: Women’s Hormones Health, Essential Oils and Emotional Well Being, and Essential Oils and Chakra Balancing.

Essential Oil for Menstrual Cramps and Achy Joints

Menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, and the aches and pains that accompany PMS and menstruation can affect a woman’s ability to enjoy her life. Though “period symptoms” during the menstrual cycle are often thought of as insignificant and no big deal, there are many women who suffer every single month and aren’t able to live a full life during this time and would do almost anything for a little pain relief.

Fortunately, if you are faced with menstrual cramps, achy joints, and other unpleasant symptoms associated with your period, there are safe, natural, and effective ways to manage the problem. Essential oils are one example.

How Can Essential Oils be Used to Ease Menstrual Cramps and Aches and Pains?

There are several ways essential oils can be used to help when you have cramps related to PMS or your period—or when you are feeling achy overall. Some of the most popular options include massage and aromatherapy.

Massage is one of the best ways to ease discomfort regardless of the cause. It stimulates blood flow, helps toxins make their way out of the body, and just feels good overall. Adding essential oil to a massage makes the experience even better. This is especially true when you choose oils that are shown to combat aches and pains.

Most massages incorporate oils to reduce the friction during the practice. Adding a few drops of essential oils to a carrier oil and massage the lower abdomen can reduce cramps by up to 50 percent. It also helps to relieve anxiety and makes it easier to sleep—two things that can also be problems that stem from PMS and menstruation.

Another way to incorporate essential oils into a self-care plan to combat menstrual cramps and achy joints is through aromatherapy. Diffusing oils into the air or putting a few drops of oils on a piece of cloth or something you keep near you can boost your mood and eliminate physical symptoms related to your period. There are even jewelry pieces that serve as diffusers which make it easier than ever to keep the scents that make you feel your best nearby.

Though it’s possible to add just a single oil to a diffuser, most women find that a blend of oils aimed at menstrual symptoms to be the best remedy. The list below of essential oils that help with menstrual cramps is a great place to begin. You can combine the oils to find just the right blend that appeals to your olfactory senses and that eases cramps and pain.

What Are the Best Essential Oils for Treating Menstrual Symptoms?

Marjoram Oil

Marjoram dilates blood vessels in the body so blood flow is increased. It also has analgesic properties to relieve pain. It offers muscle relaxation, reduced blood pressure, and suppresses inflammation of the uterus.

Clary Sage Oil

Clary sage helps regulate the cycle and has been shown to ease the symptoms of menopause.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is perhaps the king of relaxation oils and has anti-inflammatory properties. It improves blood flow and reduces cramps. It can also ease anxiety and moodiness and helps you feel better overall.

Geranium Oil

Geranium oil is soothing and many women find it helps them ease PMS symptoms. It balances hormones and improves blood flow, which eases the pain of menstrual cramps. Geranium oil is included in many oil blends that are created to help with feminine health and menstrual symptoms.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is a great natural option for easing the pain of menstrual cramps. It also helps with anxiety, stress, and tense feelings, and is an antispasmodic agent that relaxes muscles and reduces cramping.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is analgesic and has anti-inflammatory agents that reduce PMS symptoms.

Rose Oil

Rose oil not only has an amazing floral smell, but it also contains emmenagogues. This works to ease menstrual cramps and aches by stimulating hormonal secretions that trigger menstruation, so it can ease problems with irregular menstrual cycles. This oil also features antidepressant properties that improve moodiness and ease anxiety.

Ylang Ylang Oil

Another favorite in feminine oil blends, ylang-ylang has antidepressant and antispasmodic properties. It helps with emotional swings and lowers high blood pressure. There is also a sedative effect for people exposed to ylang-ylang, which can ease PMS symptoms and help with anxiety and depression. Some people also find that exposure to ylang-ylang help them soothe their brain and central nervous system.

Turmeric Oil

Turmeric is a health powerhouse in many ways. The oil features an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage and has anti-inflammatory qualities that relieve pain and inflammation, making it a perfect oil for dealing with menstrual cramps. Some people have also found it helps with the digestive distress that sometimes accompanies PMS.

Clove Oil

This warm oil is perfect for cold fall and winter days and features antispasmodic properties that help reduce blood pressure. Clove oil alleviates menstrual pain and reduces excessive menstrual bleeding.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil, which blends extremely well with clove oil, is anti-inflammatory and helps to facilitate menstruation and relieve menstrual cramping. It’s an analgesic that acts as a natural pain reliever and it can alleviate bloating by aiding in the release of intestinal gasses.

Peppermint Oil

This potent oil is an antispasmodic that is relaxing, soothes menstrual cramps, and ease digestive issues. There is also evidence it calms the nervous system. It pairs well with a variety of oils.

Ginger Oil

Ginger boosts blood flow and enhances circulation, making it one of the most effective remedies for menstrual cramps. It’s an analgesic, so it can lessen the pain of periods and help to make periods more regular. It, too, can help with digestive issues.

If you suffer from menstrual cramps or get achy joints related to menstruation or any other issue, essential oils can provide natural and safe relief. What’s more, blending essential oils and creating wonderful fragrance mixes that are used in your home and on your body is a lot of fun. It helps to ease stress and creates an environment that helps you feel your best.

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

 

How to Find an Essential Oil Company You Can Trust

Aromatherapy has taken the wellness world by storm, and for good reason. From moisturizing your cuticles to positive breathing experience, essential oils have several awesome benefits.

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Finding a Reputable Essential Oil Company

 

Like any popular product on the market, not all essential oils are created equal. You wouldn’t go to a restaurant without consulting Yelp or getting your haircut  without asking for references, right? You should approach wellness companies with the same caution.

Finding reputable companies can be difficult, though. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of traits to help you choose a company that’s making oils you can trust.

 

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The Essential Oils Company Checklist

 

1. They’re Transparent About Where Their Oils Come From

Because essential oils can be easily contaminated, brand transparency is everything. A company should be able to tell you how they harvest and extract their ingredients and where each oil is sourced. They should also be able to tell you the Latin name of each oil so you know exactly what plant the oil came from.

For example, there are many different species of lavender. If you don’t know the specific kind being used in your oil, you may not be getting the experience you’re actually looking for.

 

2. Their Products Are Pure and Backed by Science

So, how are essential oils regulated to ensure they’re pure? Unfortunately, the honest answer is that there is no official or standardized regulatory agency for testing the purity of essential oils. But, it helps if a company has put together a detailed, comprehensive quality and safety process to ensure their oils haven’t been contaminated or altered in any way. A company willing to use third-party testing is even better!

I’ve research several essential oil companies over the years i.e. doTERRA, Young Living, Mountain Rose Herbs, Living Libations, Taspens Organics, and Melaleuca. Recently, I’ve been checking out Isagenix’s new line of essential oils.

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3. Their Prices Aren’t Extreme

It can take a lot of plant matter to create one small bottle of essential oil, which is why some oils are more expensive than others. The price primarily depends on how readily available each plant is.

Frankincense oil, for instance, will be more expensive than lemon oil because lemons are much more readily available than frankincense. Frankincense requires a process in which sap is collected from a tree and then steam distilled, whereas lemon oil is cold pressed from lemon peels — a much easier process!

If a company is charging the same exact price for every single oil, you may need to question where they’re sourcing their plants.

Similarly, if a company is luring you in with the lowest prices on the market, you may need to consider if they’re being honest about the quality of their oils. On the other hand, just because a company has the most expensive oils doesn’t necessarily mean they have the best oils.  Note: check out my blog post about essential oils vs fragrance oils.

The key is understanding which oils are common and which are rare and checking bottle labels to determine oil quality.

 

Think You’re Ready to Choose?

Finding a company you trust  can be difficult, but at the end of the day, the more information a company is willing to share, the better. When a company is honest and forthcoming about their product every step of the way, you have everything you need to make an informed decision.

 

Summary

In conclusion, everyone has the essential oil company they like and would recommend, so I suggest doing your own research and find the best one for you.

 

Cancer: My Friend’s Story

One of my childhood friends lost her mother a couple years ago to cancer.  We all know someone who had or has cancer.  As a way to honor her mother and to help those with this disease, she created a company, Zzinia, to pay tribute to all whose lives have been affected by cancer.

A cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming experience and my friend’s experience as a primary caregiver for her mother who ultimately lost her life to liver cancer, challenged her in many ways. The journey with her mother gave her a deeper understanding of unconditional love, patience, the fragility of life, and the importance of living each day to its fullest and happiest.

More about Zzinia

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The company creates smell-proof bags. The smell-proof bags are carbon lined with double closure. These bags are perfect for dry herbs, CBD oils, and essential oils. It keeps strong odors in even in warm weather.

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Visit Amazon to check out the bags here. 10% of the proceeds goes to cancer research.

 

Sew Grown Essential Oil Bags

I’ve been using essential oils for the past six years and I could not be happier about that decision. I have been using my oils everyday and have been slowly eliminating toxins from our life. I am constantly searching for products that I can use with my essential oils.

I came upon a product that goes perfectly! I found Sew Grown as I was searching Instagram.  I knew after I saw the bags on their website, I had to get one in my hands!  I just received my essential oil bags today and I am so excited to use them with my oils.  I am very impressed!  The essential oil bags arrived in a drawstring bag along with their Sew Grown card.  The quality is amazing! You can tell that great detail was taken to make sure the quality was top-notch. The clasp is nice, strong and all the sewing is perfect! The fabric feels amazing, and the bag is padded to protect your bottles. And there is a story behind every detail in each Sew Grown product.  Each fabric has a meaning and best of all, the wooden tags work as diffusers for essential oils!

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Sew Grown offers a purse with oil straps, essential oil carrying cases, crossbody purses, and diffusing bracelets.

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The amazing thing about these essential oil bags is that they are handmade in the USA by people with disabilities through the STEPS program. STEPS employs American’s with disabilities and people in poverty who are working the steps to independence.  These are people learning new skills and working to live empowered lives. When you purchase a Sew Grown product you help to employ the many hands working towards a life of independence.  How perfect is that! Not only do you get beautiful products but your purchase makes an actual difference.

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When you purchase a bag, you also share with the world a different way of life. Please visit their website here and enter code 20OFFNOW_sm to receive 20% off your first purchase.

 

 

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The Art of Using Feng Shui to Eat Right

Feng Shui originated in China more than 4000 years ago.and its practice has a long history throughout the East. Feng Shui is used to harmonize one’s surrounding environment.  Feng “foong” translates as wind and Shui “swaay” translates as water.

What is Feng Shui?

 

Feng Shui is the art of designing your home to promote success in life, health, wealth, and happiness.

 

Principles of Feng Shui

 

The concepts of chi energy, yin and yang, the Five Elements, and the Eight Directions and incorporating them to make changes can transform your life.

 

Chi energy

“Chi” is a subtle flow of electromagnetic energy which links all things in the universe. In the Far East the understanding and control of energy flows underlies traditional healing systems such as acupuncture and Shiatsu.

 

Chakras

The Chakras fall into this area. Chi flows through your body by means of channels called meridans. They radiate from seven key points.in your body where energy is concentrated. These key points are the Chakras.  The Chakras include crown, mid-brain or pituitary, throat, heart, stomach or solar plexus, navel, and reproductive organs (coccyx).

 

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang Balance: First determine whether you are too yin or too yang,  Eat the right kind of food that can help you balance your personal levels of yin and yang.

 

Foods can range from the most yang (salt and meat) at the top to the most yin (liquids and sugars) at the bottom. Balanced foods include brown rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, dark, leafy greens, squash, carrots, parsnips, mushrooms, beans, and legumes.

 

The Five Elements

The Five Elements: These Elements are associated with season, color, taste, and organs.  When you eat foods according to the season, it will help balance the corresponding organ.

The Five Elements of Food include:

  • Wood: Green, Spring, Sour, Liver and Gall Bladder, Purification
  • Fire:  Red, Summer, Bitter, Heart, Circulation
  • Earth: Yellow/Orange, Late Summer, Sweet, Stomach, Spleen, and Pancreas, Digestion
  • Metal: White, Autumn, Hot, Pungent, Lungs and large intestine, Respiration
  • Water: Black, Winter, Salty, Kidneys and Bladder, Elimination

 

For example, the Metal Element is associated with the color white, the season of Autumn, and the body organ of the lungs. So incorporating hot and pungent white foods, such as those in the onion family, are useful for dissipating mucous and common colds that often occur during this time of year.

 

The Eight Directions

The Eight Directions is used to determine the pattern of chi in a home. The directions include: North, North-West, West, South-West, South, South-East, East, and North-East.

 

Benefits of Feng Shui

  • Improved Health
  • More harmonious relationships
  • Better relaxation at home
  • Better sleep
  • More stimulating social life
  • Great opportunities for love and romance
  • Feeling more in control
  • Increased motivation
  • Increased fame and respect
  • Greater control of finances
  • Brings prosperity
  • Higher opportunity for selling home

 

For more information, check out Paul Pitchfood’s book: Healing with Whole Foods.

 

 

Review of Living Libation’s Peppermint Exfoliating Scrub and Frankincense Best Skin Ever Products

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I love my new products I purchased at the Women’s Wellness Conference!

I use my Peppermint Exfoliating Scrub on my face, arms, and legs.  I apply a small amount on a hemp cloth and gently apply to my face.   This exfoliator is wonderful!. It is not very harsh, removes dead skin, the peppermint is so refreshing and all you need is a drop because it goes a long way.

The scrub is great for exfoliating the whole body, especially hands and feet, can be very gently use as a facial cleanser. The combination of peppermint, grapefruit, sage, rosemary, seaweed, aloe vera, slippery elm, marshmallow root, and coconut oil you simply will not want to live without!

It leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth! I love Nadine’s products!

Directions: For your body, apply to a small amount to wet or dry skin then rinse.

Ingredients: Jojoba, beeswax, calcerated seaweed, natural pumice stone, marshmallow root, slippery elm, aloe vera, lemon, coconut oil, peppermint, grapefruit, sage, and rosemary antioxidants.

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My skin is sensitive to products containing alcohol, chemicals, and other harsh ingredients.  Wow! I love using my Frankincense Best Skin Ever in the morning and evening before I go to sleep. You can use it as a cleanser and moisturizer to cleanse and moisturize your whole body!  Apply a few drops of Frankincense to a wet cloth and gently exfoliate your entire body, including your face.

Awesome that it saves time in the bathroom especially when you’re in a hurry!  It is great for stress relief too. I massage a drop of Frankincense on the back of my neck.

The product is organic with wild-crafted ingredients that include jojoba, coco-crème, seabuckthorn, tamanu, frankincense, cape-chamomile, yarrow, vetiver, grapefruit, and palmarosa.

My Thyroid Story

Here is a story that I haven’t shared with anyone. A few years ago while my husband and I were on a plane traveling back from our vacation to Florida, I had a major panic attack that I ending up being taken to the emergency room at an Irvine hospital. Besides the usual tests, they asked me if I had any thyroid issues. I told them that I was not aware of any issues. They ran tests and mentioned that it I was on the border of hypothyroidism. They recommended that I do a follow up with my primary care physician. She advised that I have hypothyroidism and suggested that I take synthroid. Being a health coach, I researched an alternative, holistic approach to synthroid. Every Google search I did, I came across Young Living’s Thyromin. I ordered it and found that it worked. I also use Endoflex Essential Oil. Last year when I did not take it, I found my thyroid to be on the border again. The reason why women have thyroid issues is because they do not get sufficient iodine in their diet. Kelp is a good source. Because table salt is refined and most women add sea salt to their dishes, they do not get iodine. Some seafood have iodine. Anyway , that is my thyroid story. I hope my story helps some one else.

EndoFlex                Thyromin