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headacheI have had headaches & migraines since I was a young teenager. Each year approximately 45 million Americans suffer from headaches. (That is 1 in 6 people). One of the reasons I got interested in Aromatherapy was because I was taking a lot of OTC pain relievers to help with my headaches and they weren’t working all that well; I was also concerned about the long-term effects of pain reliever usage on my stomach. I decided then, that I wanted to go a different route, to manage the ongoing pain that I was experiencing.
With our busy lifestyles, our daily stress can cause a lot of different physical symptoms which can include, you guessed it…Headaches. (Other causes of headaches may include certain foods, air pressure as well as anxiety, lack of sleep, and dehydration). It is important to take the time to manage your stress and to understand your headache and/or migraine triggers. Read More

Gut Feelings

canstockphoto19913695Most of us experience stress in our daily lives on some level. When you are chronically stressed or if you add anxiety into the mix, you may experience a whole range of physical symptoms that can include digestive issues; which can make it difficult as you go about your day. Stress can affect every part of your digestive system. An estimated 60 -70 million people in the USA suffer from some form of “tummy troubles.” Read More

Don’t worry, it’s just Anxiety.

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. ~Author Unknown

Most people use the term “stressed out” as an umbrella explanation for what is going on anxietywith them. What may be causing some of the confusion is that while stress & anxiety share similar symptoms, the causes are very different.

“Psychology Today” defines stress as, “Simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium.”  According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, “Anxiety is characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things. The fear of the unknown & the uncontrolled situations in life & and the worry about how to handle it.” Read More

Back to School…

canstockphoto1593771With the beginning of September comes all sorts of changes. Our holidays are over and our free time is somewhat limited. If you have children, you are probably finding that as their schedules start to fill up, yours does too. It is really important to allow for some downtime as well as some flexibility in your schedule to prevent burn out. During these busy months leading up to the holidays, try diffusing essential oils in your home to enhance your family’s well-being as well as your own self – care. (There are essential oils that are more appropriate if you have younger children, but you still have a lot to choose from).

Diffusing Essential Oils is helpful for stress, focus, relaxation, as well as seasonal congestion, colds, and allergies. Blends that have antiviral and antibacterial properties. would be a good choice for the start of the school year as well as the cold season. You can also use essential oil blends that are more calming especially if your child is feeling a little anxious about starting or going back to school.Try more relaxing essential oils for your bedtime routines. Better night sleep is always a good thing as it helps boost the immune system. I prefer to use an ultrasonic diffuser because most have timers and the added safety feature of turning off when the water level gets too low. When you are diffusing essential oils:

  • try 3 – 4 drops of your blend and diffuse for 15 – 30 min, to see how you like the scent, but more importantly, to see how you and your child feel.
  • When using your diffuser, Author Robert Tisserand (2014) says,  “Don’t diffuse for long periods of time, 30 – 60 minutes is good for adults”. For young children ages 2 & up diffuse for 15 – 30 min for specific reasons, like congestion or sleep issues. Check the timer setting on your diffuser to find the best one for you, your family and your environment.

For Everyday & the Cold Season…
best breezyOne of my favorite blends is my Breezy Diffuser Blend. It’s a good choice for everyday use during the cold season, especially if you have younger children. Try it first thing in the morning to wake everyone up or after school, when kids are doing their homework.  (I wouldn’t use this one at bedtime as it is a more stimulating blend.) You could also try Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender or Palmarosa essential oils for younger children.
***For older children (9 & up) or adults you can try my Inhale blend; Purify,  or Life Support Diffuser Blends, both have stronger scents, so depending on your scent preference and the situation, you have a few choices. You can also try Niaouli, Tea Tree, Thyme, and/or one of the Eucalyptus varieties for older children or adults. Just check the contraindications before use.

Relaxing & Bedtime Routines…
canstockphoto8095059With back to school, little ones can get anxious and not sleep very well. Those little worries can seem awfully big to someone just starting school or having to make new friends. Try Lavender, Mandarin, or Roman Chamomile for younger children. Adults and older children can also use these essential oils as well as Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Sweet Marjoram, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang. Just check the contraindications before use. Read More