How are you feeling today?

Are you feeling alone? Stressed? Sad?

This is a stressful time for all of us. So, I was thinking of how I can do my part to help others. So, I decided to create a bundle to help you get through the pandemic a little easier. This FREE bundle focuses on self-care and mental health during this time.

Here’s what’s inside the bundle:

– Essential Oils for Emotional Health and Balance
– 12 Healthy Habits to Boost Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
– 5 Happiness Boosting Smoothies
– How to Use Essential Oils
– 21 Day Food and Gratitude Journal
– Eat Your Way to Hormone Health
– Hormone Health Quiz

You could come out of this pandemic with…

  • Ways to balance emotional health using essential oils
  • Ways to alleviate stress and overwhelm instantly and naturally
  • Tools to keep your home free of chemicals and toxins that suppress your hormones and immunity
  • Hormone-loving rituals and resources to support lasting health and vitality
  • The confidence to understand your body and its needs so you can be the best version of yourself.

 

This bundle has the power to radically change your relationship to your hormones and improve your emotional health by changing your relationship to the #1 thing that throws everything out of balance: STRESS.

This pandemic is going to end, but your emotional health and hormones are not. COVID-19 is going to be a memory one day, but how are you setting yourself up for a lifetime of healthy choices and habits to help you thrive?

Stay connected with other women by joining my private Facebook group. Click here and I will email you the bundle.

Love and light,

Shaline

Essential Oils Vs. Fragrance Oils

The other day I went to my local CVS to grab a few things and I came across the air freshener aisle.  I glanced at the essential oils.  Do you know that these essential oils are not essential oils?! They are fragrance oils. And these items come with a plugin diffuser!
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Have you noticed that there are more ads on TV for these products?  What is sad is; because essential oils are so popular, people are deceived by these so-called essential oils.
It is not surprising that fragrance oils are being promoted so much these days.  Fragrance oils are cheaper to produce than quality therapeutic essential oils. There are, of course, some things in common between fragrance oils and therapeutic oils – the primary one being that they both produce aromas! Note: pure essential oils like rose are more expensive because it takes lots of rose petals to produce a high quality oil!
However, there are some things about fragrance oils you should be aware of -especially since they are so popular. Here are some key points to consider when purchasing so-called “natural” essential oils and fragrance oils.
1.  They are made with synthetic/artificial ingredients. Read the label.
2. Natural oils can be called “natural” when they contain 10% pure essential oil.
3. Fragrance oils and synthetic essential oils may clog or confuse the receptor sites of cells.
4. Fragrance oils and synthetic essential oils may have a depressing effect on the immune system.
5. Fragrance oils and synthetic essential oils may lead to headaches and stuffiness especially if you have allergies.
6. Fragrance oils and synthetic essential oils may cause dizziness or other side effects.
In contrast, quality therapeutic essential oils usually are organic or 100% pure.. These essential oils may help support wellness.
There is a big difference between fragrance grade oils and therapeutic grade or pure essential oils. And this difference is worth pointing out since fragrance oils are being promoted so much these days. It’s easy to assume if something smells good or has “essential oils” in its name that it must be quality stuff. But this is often not the case. So, be aware of what you’re buying.
To your health and happiness,
Shaline
PS Look for my segment where I compared several essential oil companies.

Are you ready to attract abundance?

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By shifting our attention to what we already enjoy in our lives uplifts our energy and vibration for attracting more good. This can work like magic! Even science has now established how positive emotions stimulate our system’s production of ‘feel good’ hormones, like serotonin and dopamine.

Daily practice of gratitude brings about a significant energetic shift that helps sustain a life- affirming flow of energy while enhancing our power of attracting greater abundance of love, fulfillment, wellness and prosperity.

Gratitude is not only a launching pad for more abundance, it’s a natural fuel for maintaining an optimistic outlook. If we study the lives of great historic figures, they commonly share a characteristic of optimism about the future. Research has also shown that looking to the future with positive expectancy is a common characteristic of healthy longevity (more than some particular diet or exercise, etc.). All this indicates that a grateful outlook is not only spiritually and mentally uplifting, it may even affect our physical health.

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Making an attitude of gratitude an everyday habit can take whatever form suits your lifestyle. Here are some easy ways of uplifting your personal vibration with the practice of gratitude:

  • Keep a Gratitude/Happiness Journal – Give yourself a few minutes a day to jot down grateful feelings you have. First thing in the morning, write brief notes about experiences, achievements and relationships that have brought you happiness. Even on a not-so-good day, we can reflect on previous good in our lives or special moments/events we are looking forward to. In addition to the immediate lift that can give, directing our attention in this intentionally positive way is like building a mental muscle that supports our inner strength when faced with subsequent challenges.
  • Start your morning with gratitude for what you’d like to see this day hold. Vividly imagine positive events unfolding while holding grateful feelings about your good yet to come.
  • Always begin or close meditation practice with a grateful intention for the good in your life already present and yet to come. Bear in mind that practicing gratitude is not merely a mental exercise, it’s a literally empowering feeling, an emotive vibration that extends beyond mere words.
  • Use essential oils, in diffusion and direct application often! They are specifically designed to enhance these feelings.  I recommend Young Living Gratitude and Young Living Abundance oil blends. Make their use a part of your ongoing gratitude practice to discover a natural boost in outlook and energy!
  • Use Emotional Freedom Technique to create abundance.

 

10 Tips for a Restful Night’s Sleep

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Scientific evidence supports that nutrient rich foods can provide us with the nutrients we need for our general health and well being.
Nutrients work best synergistically from natural food sources, rich in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. This is good to know because your diet has a lot to do with the quality of the sleep you will get!
There are many things you can add to your afternoon and evening routine, that will help you to fall asleep more easily and promote a more restful sleep.
Here are some tips:
1. Evening meals should be geared towards relaxation and good digestion. Foods high in tryptophan will help promote better sleep. Tryptophan serves as a precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps the body to regulate appetite, sleep patterns, and mood.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, one that our bodies cannot manufacture and which we must get from our diet. Excellent sources of Tryptophan or protein-rich foods are: cage-free eggs, Crimini mushrooms, tuna, hormone-free chicken, turkey, tofu, lamb, grass-fed beef, spirulina, sardines, shrimp, wild-caught fish like cod and salmon, and raw dairy products. These foods for dinner make an excellent foundation of your main meal choices.
Vegetables that are very good tryptophan sources are: spinach, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, Swiss chard, and kale. Create your dinner around these Tryptophan rich food sources and see how this changes your sleep quality.
2. Avoid caffeine in the four to six hours before bedtime. Caffeine drinkers may find it difficult to fall asleep. Once they drift off, their sleep is shorter and lighter. For some people, a single cup of coffee in the morning means a sleepless night. That may be because caffeine blocks the effects of adenosine, a neurotransmitter thought to promote sleep.
People who suffer from insomnia should avoid caffeine as much as possible, since its effects can endure for many hours. Because caffeine withdrawal can cause headache, irritability, and extreme fatigue, some people find it easier to cut back gradually than to go cold turkey. Those who can’t or don’t want to give up caffeine should avoid it after 2 p.m., or noon if they are especially caffeine-sensitive.
3. Avoid alcohol in the four to six hours before bedtime. Also, alcohol depresses the nervous system, so a nightcap can help some people fall asleep. However, the quality of this sleep is abnormal. Alcohol suppresses REM sleep. Drinkers have frequent awakenings and sometimes frightening dreams. Alcohol may be responsible for up to 10% of chronic insomnia cases. Also, because alcohol relaxes throat muscles and interferes with brain control mechanisms, it can worsen snoring and other breathing problems.
4. Do not eat large meals within two hours of your bedtime. Your emphasis should be on low glycemic index carbohydrates, such as: whole grains, a mixed green salad or lightly sautéed vegetables rather than high-glycemic index, blood-sugar-elevating carbohydrates.
Try to avoid food choices with a high glycemic index such as white potatoes, corn, oats, rice, bananas, orange juice, pineapple, figs, raisins, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
Food choices with a low glycemic index are: lentils, garbanzo beans, split peas, almond or coconut milk, black beans, and most vegetables such as: spinach, lettuce, zucchini, asparagus, celery, cucumber, radishes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, eggplants, onions, tomatoes, cauliflower, bell peppers, green peas, and squash.
5. Include a small portion of a healthy fat containing food such as: olive oil, avocado, nuts, or seeds.
6. Include herbal teas that are non-stimulating, like chamomile or peppermint.
7. Avoid sugar – refined sugar! If a dessert is desired, eat a moderate amount of fruit. Fresh fruit lightly steamed with cinnamon on top makes a great dessert!
8. Avoid brain stimulants like: bacon, cheese, chocolate, eggplant, ham, potatoes, sauerkraut, sugar, sausage, tomatoes, and wine close to bedtime. These foods contain tyramine, which increases the release of norepinephrine, a brain stimulant.
9. Exercise in the late afternoon to make your body tired.
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10. Take a hot bath an hour or two before bedtime. Add a couple drops of essential oils such as Lavender or take an essential oil-infused epsom salts bath.  Diffuse essential oils like Vetiver, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Sandalwood, or Marjoram.
Try these tips and see how your sleep improves.
Sources:
Improving Sleep: A Guide to a Good Night’s Rest, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.

How to add Essential Oils into Your Daily Routine

 

I just love using essential oils and have been using them since 2012! I’ve been using doTERRA’s Serenity Blend and Balance Blend to help me get a good night’s sleep.  And I love diffusing Breathe!  I also use Balance when I feel stressed at work. By the way, I work in residential property management.

Are you concerned that your household cleaners aren’t so clean? Do your children have allergies?  Do these chemicals make you sick?

Essential Oils are an awesome natural, non-toxic alternative!

The labels of many mainstream household products from skin care, toothpastes, hand soap to household cleaning products like spray disinfectants, dishwashing detergent, and laundry detergent contain toxic ingredients that research indicates may be harmful even in small amounts. Think your family deserves better? Note: check out my eBook.  Also, check out the Environmental Working Group, http://www.ewg.org/.

Remember your skin is the largest organ on your body.  What you put on it is quickly absorbed into your body!

Fill your home with body care, shampoo, dental care, and cleaning products you can feel good about using. And these essential oils are natural, healthy additions to your first aid kit, medicine cabinet, and spice cabinet.

Note: After years of research, my favorite essential oils are Taspen Organics, Living Libations, Young Living and Mountain Rose Herbs.  I was first introduced to essential oils, doTERRA in 2012 by a friend and colleague. Dr. Axe has a new line of essentials oils which I haven’t tried yet.

Natural Cleaning Products

Young Living has a line called Thieves, that offers safe, essential oil-infused alternatives for products you use every day. doTERRA has a line, OnGuard that is a safe alternative. There are other companies Mountain Rose Herbs, etc where you can purchase oils to create a cleaning blend.  Note:  Be sure to purchase high quality essential oils!

Forget conventional cleansers formulated with harsh chemicals; safe, effective alternatives are easy to make and use. Alongside the Thieves’ line, you may also want to try using essential oils in your laundry, for cleaning countertops, freshening stale linens, removing stubborn stains, and much more.

The most popular essential oils for cleaning include: Lavender, Lemon, Pine, Cinnamon, Melaleuca, Thieves essential oil blend, and Purification essential oil blend.  Diffuse these oils to keep your home smelling fresh and clear of stale air with healthful air purifying solutions.

Using a diffuser with essential oils makes it easy and convenient to purify the air in your home without using chemical-laden aerosol fresheners. Add 5 drops of Thieves, Peace & Calming, or Purification to your diffuser and allow these clean, refreshing scents to fill your home.

Dental Care

Young Living has a dental line which is formulated to help you keep your teeth healthy, and free from harmful chemicals.  Their line ranges from Thieves Dental Floss and Dentarome Toothpaste to Thieves mouthwash.  Nadine Artemis’ Living Libations Holistic Dental Care line is great too.

First Aid and Medicine Cabinet Makeover

Natural protection for your busy life has no room for sick days! Essential oils offer ideal natural support for a stressed immune system. Essential oils can help you maintain the cold season wellness you need to keep working, playing, and caring for your family. Support your body with these immune-supporting oils like Young Living’s R.C essential oil blend or doTERRA’s Breathe, Thieves essential oil blend, Thieves Hand Purifier, and Breathe Again essential oil blend. Keep Cedarwood on hand for sleep issues, skin problems, and focus issues.

Injuries/Pain Management

Be sure to keep on hand the essential oils that can help make all the difference if a family member is injured or not feeling well. Add these first aid favorites to your collection: Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, Young Living’s Thieves, R.C., and PanAway  or doTERRA’s OnGuard and Deep Blue essential oil blends.

Emotional Release/Stress/Yoga/Chakra Balancing

Use these oils for emotional imbalances: Peppermint, Lavender, Young Living’s Valor, Peace & Calming, Stress Away, Citrus Fresh,  Joy, and Feelings Kit, or doTERRA’s Aromatherapy System, Serenity, and Balance blends.

Digestive Issues

For digestive distress, use Lemongrass, Peppermint, or Young Living’s DiGize or doTERRA’s DigestZen .

Healthy Cooking

Are you looking to add variety and flavor to your cooking? Make room for essential oils in your spice cabinet! Their rich, bright aromas can add a delicious kick of flavor to your favorite recipes. Try adding a drop of lime to fresh salsa or to your favorite Mexican-inspired marinade, lemon to grilled fish, peppermint to hot cocoa, or basil and oregano to homemade pasta sauce.  Note: remember to dilute oil.

Get creative and enjoy all the culinary possibilities of essential oils. Popular essential oils for cooking include: Peppermint, Basil, Lemon, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Orange, Ginger, and Lemongrass. While certain essential oils can be harmful if taken in high dosages, moderate use as flavoring (1-2 drops) is not only safe but delicious!

Be sure to keep a carrier oil (organic sweet almond, organic jojoba, avocado, grapeseed, or olive oil) on hand to dilute your essential oils.

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One of my favorites: Orange vanilla sugar scrub. Use white sugar to make it look and smell like a dreamsicle dessert!  This reminds me of when I used to have Dreamsicle popsicles as a child!

orange sugar scrub ingredients

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of coconut oil

3/4 cup of organic brown sugar or white sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

5 to 10 drops of orange essential oil (I used Mountain Rose Herb’s Orange Sweet Essential Oil.)

 

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Directions:

Scoop coconut oil into container.  Microwave until liquified.

Add in brown sugar, vanilla, and essential oil.

Pour in 8 oz glass mason jar.

By the way, if you are wondering why I have parchment paper under the lid of my coconut jar, I put it there during the Summer when the coconut oil melted and made a mess on the jar.