Working towards Gratitude…

With the New Year, there are lots of blogs about releasing negative patterns and feeling canstockphoto19853169Gratitude all over the internet.  Everywhere you look on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook, there are well-meaning yogis, life or fitness coaches who #hashtag about gratitude. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but what if all of this gratitude stuff isn’t resonating with you right now?  Before you dismiss me as being all negative, let me explain…

If you have been going thru a transition, whether by your own choice or not, it can bring up a lot of different feelings and some of these may be the ones that No One Wants to Talk About…THE NEGATIVE ONES!!!! (Cue the music here). Read More

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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New Year, New You?

canstockphoto1281338Most of us, when we think about New Years, think about resolutions. My resolutions were probably similar to some of yours; how we can fix ourselves, our bodies, organize our homes, and the list goes on and on. And come February, or maybe even March, frustration would set in that nothing much had changed, and of course, my inner critic just wouldn’t stop.
I realized that I was overlooking something in the process. Rather than revamping all aspects of my life at once, I needed instead to take a very small step or two in a new direction. Not a new idea, but definitely a good reminder for me.

After the holidays, I find that I am really tired and my energy is low. This is probably due to over-scheduling, and definitely under sleeping. I always know when I need some self-care because that is when Lavender essential oil starts to smell really good to me. I have an interesting relationship with Lavender. It’s not my favorite essential oil. But when I’m feeling run down, it then becomes my go-to essential oil.

Lavender is an aromatic “sub-shrub” that is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. The best quality Lavender is grown and distilled at higher altitudes, with the main suppliers being France and Bulgaria. Lavender, like Rosemary, is a herb that has been around since ancient times. The early Greeks and Romans liked to use it to scent their bath water. Thru the ages, Lavender has been used for all sorts of things, like scenting bath water,  lice, and flea repellent and for healing wounds.

Lavender is by far the most popular essential oil in aromatherapy.
It may also be useful for:

  • Soothing burns. (A lot of people use Lavender neat or straight from the bottle. I wouldn’t recommend this as your skin can become sensitized to the essential oil. Diluting is always best) 
  • muscular aches, pains, and arthritis.
  • Insomnia and sleep issues.
  • Stress and anxiety. It’s calming to your stressed out nervous system.
  • tension headaches and migraines.

I think that the best property of Lavender is its versatility; it has the ability to be relaxing so you can sleep or be gently stimulating so you can get on with your day. 

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

  • Lavender is good for most people to use as it is non-toxic and non-irritating. I would always dilute it before topical use.
  • Diffuse 2-3 drops of Lavender essential oil during pregnancy if you are liking the scent. (A lot of women are sensitive to smells during pregnancy so use small amounts of Lemon or Grapefruit if Lavender isn’t appealing to you.)
  • Use caution when using Lavender essential oil topically in the 1st trimester of Pregnancy.

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
  • Tisserand, Robert, & Rodney Young,  Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2014

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