Say “No” Sometimes…

canstockphoto31977632With the start of a New Year, we all tend to reflect on the past year, with all of its lessons and gifts. Again this year, I’m not doing any structured resolutions. I’m still just putting one foot in front of the other, taking it one step at a time. To consider my own needs before automatically saying yes.

Saying “NO” is not easy, especially for a recovering people-pleaser and an over-doer. Doing the inner work is the on-going process of setting up healthy boundaries and ignoring your inner critic. When you are doing inner work it is important to find tools that will help you with the process. Some people use self-help books or meditation; Others may want to work with a life coach. For me, (you know what I’m going to say here) I like to use essential oils, because of how they make me feel. When I started to write this blog, the one oil that came to mind was Lemon…

Lemon, botanical name Citrus Limonum (or Limon), is thought to be native to India & canstockphoto8353462Southeast China.  The fruit reached Europe by way of  Persia and the Middle East sometime around the twelfth century (Although some say Lemons were found in the ruins of Pompeii). In 1493, Columbus brought lemon with him to the West Indies, which introduced them to the new world. The main growers of lemons today are Italy, the USA, Spain & Argentina. The scent of Lemon essential oil is almost indescribable. To say that it is fresh and crisp doesn’t do it justice. It is also very versatile:

  • useful to diffuse during cold and flu season due to it’s antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties.
  • good to use when cleaning your house or doing your laundry.

Lemon is an uplifting, yet calming essential oil  that is said to “open your heart and alleviate the fear of emotional involvement”; it helps with:

  • stress, anxiety, depression
  • insomnia.
  •  focus
  • may help with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

At the end of the day, you have to be true to yourself. So say yes to the things that are important to you.  But pay attention to how you are feeling. If you are feeling exhausted or resentful, it may be because you are running yourself ragged doing things for everyone else. Our bodies give us clues when we are not paying enough attention or taking very good care of ourselves. It is important to say “NO” sometimes, and take time for yourself. In the end, it all comes back to having balance and healthy boundaries in your life.

Contraindications: Cold pressed”Lemon” Essential Oil is photosensitive so care should be taken not to expose the skin to sun or UV rays for 12 -24 hours after use.”
May cause irritation to sensitive skin. Always dilute before topical use.
*** Don’t add  Lemon Essential oil to your drinking water. Check out this website for more info 

My Blog is for information only & not meant to replace medical advice. Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.

References:

  • Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition,    The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
  • Davis, Patricia.  Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion,  an imprint  of   Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005
  •  Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002
  • Zeck, Robbi. The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for healing and transformation
    East Ivanhoe, Victoria: Aroma Tours.pp. 80 – 81). East Ivanhoe, Victoria: Aroma Tours. (2004)
  • Mojay, Gabriel, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Healing Arts Press, One Park Street, Rochester, Vermont A division of Inner Traditions International.(1997)

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http://www.chopra.com/ccl/find-power-and-warrior-energy-in-your-third-chakra
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Inspiring the Possibilities…

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.”    –  From “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)

canstockphoto12846846 I think that spring is all about great expectations; it is all about new growth both environmentally and spiritually. In many traditions, this is the start of the New Year, which to me, makes more sense because it is the beginning of the season of growth, not the beginning of winter. (The ancient Romans celebrated the Ides of March on March 15th (March is named after the Roman god Mars).

Being a gardener, spring is an exciting time; bulbs are starting to bloom, and I’m starting to see the new growth of my perennials. (I’m always amazed at these hardy, little plants that come back year after year). Some of my herbs from last year are starting to fill out, and I can’t wait to start adding them to my cooking; salads, sandwiches, and plates of pasta. (Bring on the  Pesto sauce).

My favorite herb is also one of my favorite essential oils. Sweet Basil is from the Latincanstockphoto0063361 “Basileum” which means royal or king. It is native to tropical Asia and has naturalized and grows wild all around the Mediterranean region of Europe where it thrives in the sunny weather. Basil has long been used in India for Ayurvedic medicine for colds & flues and in the middle ages, was used to treat “melancholy” and depression.   While they have identified 5 different chemotypes of Basil essential oil, I like to use the Sweet Basil ct Linalool variety. I find that it has an uplifting, fresh herbal scent. Read More

O Christmas Tree…

 

20161120_121454-1My favorite childhood memories of Christmas are baking cookies with my mom and going trekking through the bush with my family to get our Christmas tree. Decorated Fir trees have been used for over a thousand years to celebrate both Pagan and Christian winter holidays. The Ancient Romans decorated trees for their Saturnalia celebrations and German Christians started bringing evergreen trees into their homes in the 16th century to celebrate their everlasting life with God. Many early Christmas trees were hung upside down from the ceiling of their homes, which is interesting because I saw the same thing in a decorating magazine a few years ago  (What’s old is new again, I guess)

Douglas fir is one of the most common Christmas trees. (It isn’t actually a fir tree, it is considered to be a Spruce tree). Its Latin name is Pseudotsuga douglasii. In 1825 Scottish Botanist David Douglas travelled to the USA for the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1827 he made his way to Hudson Bay where he discovered close to 50 different varieties of plant material and including the Douglas-Fir (which was named in his honor). Most of the Douglas Fir essential oil is produced in France and other varieties are grown in USA, Slovenia, and Russia.

Research has shown that Douglas Fir is useful for:

  • it’s antiseptic properties (Good to diffuse or use in a room spray during cold and flu season.
  • for stress and stress-related issues. (Versatile because it can be revitalizing but calming at the same time)

Spiritually Douglas fir is a grounding essential oil that just plain makes you feel good. It is said to be good for the Heart and Solar Plexus Chakra, as it is calming and also uplifting.
My “Evergreen” Diffuser Blend is a grounding blend that reminds me Christmas and helps me to find a moment of calm in my busy day where I can re-focus my energies. To look forward to the upcoming holiday season and to appreciate the small gifts that are there, if you take a moment to look for them.

I wish you many small moments of Joy & a Blessed, Aromatic Holiday Season…

  • Douglas-fir essential oil shouldn’t be used if you are pregnant.
  • It may cause skin irritation, so always dilute it with a carrier oil before topical use.

    My Blog is for information only & is not intended to replace Medical advice. Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted for topical use.

References:
http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml
http://www.christmas-tree.com/where.html
https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/douglas-fir-essentialoil/profile
http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/library/documents/treebook/douglasfir.htm
http://www.snowlotus.org/conifer-oils.aspx

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/170153/David-Douglas