March 31, 2010

Greening Your Greens

About two months ago I watched the movie Food Inc. If you were ever concerned about or wondering where our food comes from, this movie will tell you. When it's done, you may feel motivated to do a little re-thinking about what you eat and where it comes from.
The good news is that re-thinking doesn't have to be drastic. Forever in search of "balance" in my life, there is certainly no need for extremes here. However, there are some changes/adjustments that can be helpful for everyone. Unable to go vegetarian, we've made the move to accept paying a premium at Whole Foods to know from what farm our meat hails. In his effort to help, my husband sent me this link for details on where to go organic and where to stay conventional. There is a general rule of thumb I've followed which is this- when it comes to fruits and vegetables, if there is a peelable skin conventional is fine. If you are going to eat the skin- go organic. 
Additionally, here's a tip for making those fruits and vegetables we buy cleaner and last longer:
Add 3-4 drops of Lemon oil to a sink full of water and wash your greens. They will be cleaned and last longer.  So go for balance in your life and add a little citrus!

* this information is for educational purposes only.

March 27, 2010

How Essential Oils Work

Aromatherapy is the application of essential oils to promote the health and wellbeing of an individual.  Essential oils have very specific aromas which have been used since the times of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.  Essential oils have numerous important qualities - they can be soothing, relaxing, stimulating, healing - all pure essential oils impart oxygen and many are antibiotic, anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-fungal and much more!

Essential oils can enter the body through the air via the nose and bronchial passages (inhalation) or can be absorbed through the skin directly into the bloodstream using massage (absorption).

Aromatherapy makes use of both inhalation and absorption.  The power of smell is a very powerful trigger to the human nervous system.  Some aromas, such as newly cut grass, baking bread, the air after a rainstorm - have evocative smells so powerful that simply reading the word can remind us of the aroma.  An aroma usually has an immediate effect, which is why smelling salts can instantly revive someone.  The nose contains tiny hair-like extensions of the brain which detect scent.  The brain very rapidly interprets aromas that are inhaled. 

We can use essential oils to treat a surprising number of ailments.  Although serious conditions should always be treated by a qualified practitioner or by a physician, many common ailments can be relieved safely and effectively at home with aromatherapy.  You may, in fact, soon come to regard essential oils as a vital part of your home first aid kit.

For self help, essential oils are most commonly used to relieve aches and pains, for relaxation and stress reductions, and for skin and hair care, but they also have much wider possibilities.

Many essential oils have constituents which allow them to be used as first aid and as an ongoing treatment for cuts, burns, insect bites and bruises.  Other oils are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antiseptic.  Some can be used as an aid in the overall management of more serious conditions such as candida, arthritis and rheumatism.

Essential oils are lipid soluble and can immediately penetrate the cell wall to bring in oxygen and nutrients.  Jean Claude LaPraz' studies showed that the application of essential oils to the skin raised the availability of oxygen to the cell by up to 21%.

In addition, since the oils work through the brain to act on the emotions, they are very useful too, not only for stress relief, but for anxiety, overwork, stage fright, etc.  Emotional trauma is held in the amygdala gland in the brain, and it has been proven that the only way to access that area is through the sense of smell.  Therefore, many different kinds of emotional blocks can be removed using essential oils - allowing people to move forward and succeed in whatever they want to do.

Young Living's essential oils are wonderful. 
They take the chaos out of life!

March 20, 2010

Bikes, Baseball and Bugs

It's that time of year again- spring! There isn't much in life that makes me happier than seeing my flowers come up in the spring. The Crocuses and Dwarf Iris are out- tulips and daffodils won't be far behind.
What this also means is it's time to ride bikes to school again and for some kids, baseball season is about to kick off.
Along with these great things, also comes the more popular season for lice. As I've said before, the last two things I want to do are pick lice out of my 2 year old's hair (I think we'd both have to be sedated) or pay someone to pick lice out of my hair.
So- if you have Purification- start using it. Put a couple of drops in your kids shampoo bottle and mix or put about 10 drops Purification and 10 drops of Peppermint in a 3 oz bottle filled with water and start spraying.
If sore muscles arrive as a result of getting back into the "swing" of things, I like to use Deep Relief for kids or a 1:1 diluted Peppermint or PanAway.

Happpy Spring!

*this information is not meant to treat or diagnose any medical condition. It is for educational (and helpful) reasons only.

March 13, 2010

Inspiring Spring Cleaning

Did you know?
Many common commercial household cleaners contain chemicals that aggravate allergies, asthma and other health ailments.Not to mention a bunch of ingredients I cannot pronounce!

GO GREEN...Use Young Living for a healthy and happy home environment.

Warmer weather is almost here! My flowers are coming up and I'm sure we'll all be sneezing soon enough!  It's time for me to clean out all the indoor allergens and dust that accumulated during the winter months. I can't say this is my favorite job, but there is a feeling of satisfaction when the winter air is cleaned out and windows are opened. Here are some tips that will help you create a clean, healthy house ready for a beautiful spring:

1. Gather your essential cleaning supplies: empty spray bottles, Thieves® Household Cleaner, Purification® essential oil blend, your favorite citrus oils, empty garbage bags, and a few rags.
2. Select your favorite air-purifying essential oil and diffuse it throughout your home while you are cleaning. Springtime favorites include the crisp aromas of lemongrass, orange, and Citrus Fresh™.
3. Launder all your bedding, towels, and curtains and add a capful, or about one teaspoon, of Thieves® Cleaner to each load for added freshness.
4. Thieves® cleaner, either diluted in a spray bottle or a pail, is excellent on most surfaces, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. For areas that need additional power, add four or five drops of Purification in a spray bottle and spray directly on the problem areas.
5. Finish your spring cleaning by vacuuming and dusting and opening windows.

It seems simple enough but will probably take me the better part of a weekend or several mornings while kids are in school. it will be all be worth it- I've seen a couple of cobwebs creeping around and I know my curtains are due for the washing machine!

*The information here is not meant to treat or diagnose any medical condition. It's for informational purposes only.

March 2, 2010

Is There A Pill For That?- Longevity

I'm not what I'd call a vitamin girl. My mother always had the theory that if you ate the right foods, you didn't need them. I suppose I've taken on that perspective- along with a few other things from my mother....
However, as I watch my parents age and as I've done more research on the long term damage our environment can have on our bodies, I'm thinking that a little help from nature's living energy might just strike the balance for which I strive. So I did some research on nutritional supplements to try to find the right one for me. I was torn between Immupro and Longevity. With three kids I need all the immune support I can get, but I also know what I've done to my body in the past 39 years. I decided on Longevity. Frankincense, Orange, Thyme, and Clove oils have individual strengths and purposes but being able to take them all together in a daily vitamin is the perfect match for my life.
Frankincense-to support cell regeneration and healthy immune function
Orange- to support normal cell growth
Thyme- to protect DHA levels for brain health (I need all the help here I can get)
Clove- nature's strongest antioxidant
With this combination of oils, I figured I'd get immune support as well as cell support from the inside out. I wasn't sure of what to expect once I started taking it, but I can say this:
I've had no strange side effects.
I have more energy throughout the day on a constant level than I had before.
It's easy on my stomach- no issues.

So, while I don't expect to live forever, I am thinking I can support my body better for the next 39 years. Our next adventure will be with supplements to address cholesterol. Stay tuned.....

*This information is not approved by the FDA. It is not meant to treat or diagnose a disease or health condition.