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“12- Days of Change Or Elimination for Your Health”

Today I heard that someone I know and love has had his or her cancer metastasized to another organ in their body. I’m mad and angry that this ugly demon is making havoc in this person’s life. I offered to help coach this person via another person but was told they would not be open to other means for turning their health around. They are comfortable sticking with traditional medicine. All I can do is pray … and that I’m doing.

As I thought about this person and the changes that would need to be made, I realized it might be a bit overwhelming for them. Making a lifestyle change can be dramatic and seem overwhelming. For this person, I would have to recommend an “all in” change. That would mean what they eat, what they put on their body and what they clean their home with would have to change dramatically. They are in crisis mode.

But for the average person, who is not in a crisis, you can begin to make changes in your life that won’t seem so overwhelming because you will gradually make those changes. At the beginning of August, I did a 31-Day De-Cluttering Challenge for my organizing clients. Each day they had an item they needed to de-clutter (if it were applicable). At the end of 31 days they potentially have removed 31 items from their home that was causing clutter.

We can do the same with our health. Each day make a change with our eating, what we put on our body or what cleaners are in our home. We can take it slowly. This way we won’t feel overwhelmed. As I tell my Seniors who are considering the option of downsizing, “Make a decision now while you are able to make the decision. Don’t wait until the circumstances make the decisions for you.” Well I say the same to you regarding your health. “Make those lifestyle changes now. Don’t wait for you to be in a health crisis to decide to make those changes.”

Here are some changes for you to make for the next 12 days to help propel you into a more healthy lifestyle.

  1. Water – be sure that you are drinking enough water each day. They say half your body weight in ounces. So if you weight 125 pounds you would need to drink 62 ½ ounces of water each day or 7-8 8 ounce glass of water. Squeeze lemon, put fresh mint, cucumbers, fresh berries or doTerra Essential Oils in your water to give it a refreshing taste. Bottom line be sure you are hydrated.
  2. Sleep – be sure you are getting 7-8 hours of restorative sleep each night. Restorative sleep is when you wake up feeling refreshed. If you are waking up in the night or having trouble getting to sleep, deal with it. Don’t just accept that’s the way it is to be. And dealing with it by taking a sleep aid is not necessarily the answer.
  3. Dairy – if you are going to eat/drink dairy be sure it is And if it’s organic be sure it’s not ultra-pasteurized. Ultra-Pasteurized is dairy heated to over 280 degrees. It kills all vital nutrients. If you are not purchasing organic be sure the cows have not been injected with hormones and the cows are grass-fed … not fed with grain or corn.
  4. Meat – you want to be sure your beef, chicken and pork is not injected with hormones and that they are grass-fed AND get to roam. Avoid all CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation). Your standard meat is probably from from CAFOs. This is cattle that is confined to a small pen and fed un-naturally. Cattle needs grass not grain or corn.
  5. Vegetables – try to get at least 5 different fruits and vegetables in each day. Raw is best but steamed is good also. If you can’t get it fresh, then get it frozen. Stay away from canned vegetables or fruits as much as possible. If you have a budget for it, purchase organic … at least the Dirty Dozen. Go to Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen to find the fruits and vegetables that are highly recommended organic. If they are not organic, they have residue of pesticides left on them. The Clean 15 is those fruits and vegetables that can be purchased conventional.
  6. Glad Plug-Ins/Febreze/Yankee Candles – avoid at all costs. Can’t say this enough. Remove them from your house immediately. If you have new ones, don’t even consider donating. Bring them to a hazardous waste recycling place. If you want a fragrance in your house, consider diffusing Essential Oils. I love my doTerra Essential Oils.
  7. Exercise – be active and come up with an exercise regime that would interest you … walking, running, high impact, playing a sport. Find what you would enjoy doing and do 3-4 times a week.
  8. Stress – deal with the stress in your life. Find a way to release the stress that does come in. It could be exercising, using Essential Oils, getting a pet, reading a book, and taking a bath. Find what will work for you and implement it as soon as you feel that stress coming on.   Don’t believe it’s normal and that you have to live with it.
  9. Attitude – have a grateful attitude. At the end of the day, write down at least one thing you are grateful for. Start a gratitude journal or buy something like this Gratitude Journal. Being negative and stressed out is not a way to live. It has been shown that negativity and stress can be the major cause of many life-threatening illnesses. Turn this around for yourself. Only you can change it.
  10. Sugar – cut it from your diet. Start by not putting refined sugar in anything you eat or drink. Then as you move forward, read the ingredient list of foods you are eating. You will find that much of the processed foods contain high amounts of sugar. Avoid them.
  11. Processed foods – remove from your diet. If you did not make it or if it comes in a box or can, don’t eat it.
  12. Plan Your Menu – choose a day each week to plan what you will eat for the following week. Do not “shoot by the hip” when you are at the grocery store. Be thoughtful and intentional about your diet. Check out new recipes. Perhaps try one new recipe per week. If you and your family like it, then keep it. Other wise toss. I’m going to do a Manage Your Recipes video shortly to show you how I manage new recipes for my family. Simple and fun.

Does this list seem overwhelming to build upon each day? Then take one suggestion a week and work that into your life. I promise you will start to feel better. Once you start incorporating good wholesome foods in your diet, your body will crave them. There are certain things I cannot image ever sinking my teeth into. One of those is donuts. I have not had a donut in 20 years. I could not imagine eating one. I think if I gave in and had one, I’d be sick. The other is boxed dessert. I do like my cakes and pies from time to time but if it’s not homemade and came from a box, I cannot eat it … as good as it might look. I truly can taste the chemicals. The same with M&Ms. I cannot put them in my mouth. I can taste the chemicals in those M&Ms. Your body knows what it needs. We need to learn to listen to it.

So my hope is that this list of 12 suggestions will help propel you into a life-style of healthful living. If you need support, guidance and some coaching to propel you into a more healthful life-style, consider hiring a Health Coach. We are trained to encourage you, guide you and keep you going so you can get to your desired goal whether it’s getting into those jeans that no longer fit or having more energy to play with the kids or grand kids, we are here to help you reach those goals.

Have fun beginning this 12-Day lifestyle and health change!! I’m here if you need me.

Your Health, Wellness and Organizing Expert … Believing in You!

“Essential Oils – To Dilute or Not Dilute?”

One of the biggest questions about using Essential Oils (EO) is whether you should dilute it or not with a Carrier Oil (CO)? You might think that if you did dilute your EO, you are getting less of an effect from the oil. Well according to Dr. David Hill from doTerra, that is not the case. But there is a certain consideration to take to be sure your dilution is working effectively.

That pertains to the type of Carrier Oil you use and being sure that it is “near-neutral pH.” doTerra’s Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) is near-neutral pH. This means it is incapable of altering the chemical make-up of the Essential Oil you are mixing it with.  When you want to dilute your Essential Oil, be sure to check the pH of the Carrier Oil. I personally stick with doTerra’s Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Do you know what “Fractionated” means? Well for those that don’t, it means that when the oil is in a cool environment, it will not become a solid. It will stay a liquid.

The nice thing about Coconut Oil is that it is excellent for your skin. Unlike using Olive Oil or other Vegetable Oils, Coconut Oil does not leave a greasy residue on your skin and hence on your clothes. It is also stable oil.   You do not need to be concerned it will go rancid after you have used it just a few times. I keep my FCO in my bathroom cabinet. This is where I usually mix my oils.

So why would you want to dilute your Essential Oil? One of the reasons is that it has been shown to improve the application of your EO through different pathways. Because EOs is “volitile” (means that can evaporate quickly), diluting will give you a greater benefit of your desired oil. When you dilute your EO with FCO, it slows that process down by decreasing the surface area exposed to the air. Hence, you have less evaporation.

Essential Oils are “lipophilic.” This means they are attracted to and are soluble in fatty substances. By diluting EOs in a good quality Carrier Oil before applying, will enhance their properties and provide a number of benefits.

Studies have shown that when you dilute your EO, the chemical constituents will pass through the skin or epidermis more effectively than if you applied NEAT (applying Essential Oil only).

Also, diluting your EOs when you are using them on children will help to eliminate any risk for a hypersensitive reaction. Our skin is our largest organ. Everything we apply to our skin gets into our system. Our skin acts as our protector. It’s protects our organs and blood from unwanted enemies such as viruses and bacteria’s. It’s an amazing organ and not one to be abused.

So when you are using an Essential Oil, consider diluting and applying with a “near pH” Carrier Oil. doTerra actually offers a full line of EOs https://www.mydoterra.com/reginasanchez/#/ already mixed with FCO called doTerra Touch Kit . They are in great roller bottles too. This makes it easier to apply. It is something worth considering.

If you have not tried Essential Oils and want to make changes to your family’s medicine cabinet, let me know. I’d love to introduce you to a new way of Health and Wellness!

 

Your Health, Wellness and Organizing Expert … Believing in You!

 

 

Continuing The Anxiety Discussion

In my last Blog, I began the discussion of “Dealing with Anxiety.” I discussed that because of my past and the many traumas’ I experienced, anxiety had become my friend. Not a friend I really wanted but one none the less.

I have to say that I am feeling the beginning of a breakthrough regarding my anxiety but still have some work to go. So what changes have I made you might ask? Read below and I’ll explain those changes. Perhaps they will inspire you to apply some or all to your life for your desired breakthrough.

Change #1 – The Listening Program

I have been applying The Listening Program TLP to my own life and am in my second cycle. I was in the Zone for energizing, creativity, alertness, and organization. I was excited about entering this Zone but wondered if it was too much for me. My nerves were raw at that time. My adrenals were probably on overdrive and my sympathetic nervous system didn’t know how to transfer over to the para-sympathetic system. Was this Zone aggravating my anxiety or keeping it active? I wasn’t sure so I made some changes and went back to the balancing and integrating Zones. I started to feel a difference. I did two weeks of that and now I’m in the grounding, self-regulation, body awareness, coordination and timing Zone. I plan on staying in these two Zones until I have a complete breakthrough. They are very calming.

Change #2 – Shut electronic devices off

I have not completely mastered this but have made significant changes. My goal is to stop working by 6 pm and be off my computer by 7:30. Now that can work if I have office days or am working in my home office with a photo job. But if I’m out of my office working with a client and don’t get home until 5 or 6 pm, then being off my computer by 7:30 is a little harder. When I get home at that hour, I need to prepare dinner. By the time that is done and the kitchen it cleaned up, it could be 7:30. I then need to check emails or do some administration work. So ending by 7:30 is a little tricky. All in all, I have cut back on being on overload with my day. But my plan is to purchase “Blue Light Blocking Glasses.” Something like these from Amazon.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Change #3 – Diet

I am 85-90% organic in my eating. But I do eat sugar … organic sugar but non-the-less it’s sugar. I have cut sugar out of my diet about 95%. My goal is 100%. But my sugar intake comes from sugar being in my organic ketchup per se. For the most part sugar is out of my diet. Well I did cheat the other day when my daughter made my favorite cupcakes for my Birthday. But I’m back on track.

Change #4 –Exercise

I have started walking again. This is a hard one for me. If you are a praying person, please pray that I stick to it. I have been walking. Not every day but 3-4 times a week. My goal is 4-5 times a week.   I still have not received revelation as to why exercising is so hard for me and why I am so resistant. I know it’s a necessity and so healthy for me. But I do struggle. I have a wonderful neighborhood to walk in so that’s not a reason not to. But I am pushing throug and actually enjoying my walk. I put my “buds” in and listen to TLP program whether it’s motivational, inspirational or de-stressing music. It has helped.

Change #5 – Essential Oils

I found a new mixture of clove, rosemary, basil and fractionated coconut oil. I put in a roller bottle and at least twice a day I apply to my adrenals … which are above my kidneys. The first time I applied it I was shocked. There was such a soothing, calming feeling on my adrenals. It’s like they were on fires and the Essential Oils calmed them done. Love my oils.

Change #6 – Spiritually

As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I put my trust in Him … or should. Unfortunately, there are times where I don’t turn to Him and believe in the healing He has given me. I get in my flesh and my own “works” that I forget to leave this issue with Him and trust that He has paid the price for my healing. That’s what He actually promises in His word. So I repent and ask Him for forgiveness for not fully turning to Him and trusting that He has healed me.

With that being said, I believe we cannot just pray and expect the Lord to bring healing and still do things to our body that is “unhealthy.” Praying, believing and doing our part in leading a healthy lifestyle will be the result of healing.

So these are the changes I have made and there seems to be results. I need to keep on keeping on and focus on “self-care” and continue to do the things that are in my health’s best interest. Share with us what you may have been doing and what changes are working for you.

If you are struggling and not seeing results, working with a Health Coach can help propel you to your desired goals. Contact me if you’d like to chat or get started on a journey to health. I’d be honored.

Your Health, Wellness and Organizing Expert … Believing in You!

 

“Dealing with Anxiety”

This week I want to focus on some Emotional Recovery or Healing. I initially was going to combine anxiety and stress together. But I believe they are impactful individually and warrant their own Blog post. So today I will start with anxiety.

We all have it at some point of our life and some people have such a level of it that it’s active most of their day. Anxiety has been a part of my life … actually for so long I don’t even remember when it wasn’t there. It has been so part of my life that it actually seems like my friend. Not a friend I want to keep or hold onto. Not a friend that I’m glad I developed a relationship with. But nonetheless it has been such a part of my life … that it seems like it’s my friend.

But I’ve decided I want a divorce from this friend. I’m parting ways. The crazy thing is this friend just doesn’t want to go. He or she wants to hold on. I think though I haven’t been serious enough about not wanting this friend around any more.

Did you ever have a relationship that you don’t really want to pursue any longer but you really haven’t been upfront about it? Haven’t been forthright about expressing your desire to end the relationship. Ending relationships can be done nicely. They don’t have to be mean or hurtful. You just need to be decisive. It can’t be done passively. Because then the friend doesn’t go away and you are complaining that they are still around. Yet you didn’t communicate clearly that it’s over.

Well I’m going to communicate clearly to my friend that our relationship is over. Anxiety, you are no longer my friend. I don’t want you in my life. It’s time for you to move on and move out. Does this mean I will never feel anxious again? Absolutely not! But I’m learning that when anxiety comes up again, I don’t need to hold onto it. I need to get some tools in my travel bag to have with me so when it decides to come back; I know how to release it. I may need to do this again and again and again. But that’s ok. I’m up for the challenge. Want to join me? Keep reading.

Life for me growing up has been difficult (one day I’ll tell my full story). I’ve experienced just about every abuse there is. So growing up was rid with fear and anxiety. I believe as a child I welcomed the anxiety in as a way to protect me. I let anxiety rule in my life as a way to say “back away, danger, don’t venture, stay put, don’t go there, don’t do it.” Get the picture. The only problem was that this friend took a little too much control and began applying himself to areas of my life where I shouldn’t being responding in that fashion. I should have developed, grown and felt challenged to do new things. Instead, I listened to this friend and it held me back.

Now in my adult life, I became aware that I live most of my time in the sympathetic nervous system (that fight or flight mode) and not in the para-sympathetic nervous system and it is affecting my body. I’ve dwelt with high blood pressure, slightly elevated cholesterol and many, many sleepless nights.

Our bodies are a beautiful machine; created by an awesome God! It is His desire that we live in health … divine health. Our God is so awesome and so powerful that He truly can chose to miraculously heal us from all our diseases and health issues. But I believe it’s a partnership. He wants to partner with us to not only bring that healing to our body, but have it sustain itself. If God were to choose to zap the anxiety out of my body (which He could very well do), unless I learn a new way to handle it when it comes upon me again, I’ll be back where I started.

So what can we do to be rid of stress? I’ll not be able to cover all the option here. But hopefully these can propel you to get started. They key to every and any health issue you have is to do your own research. Don’t rely simply on what you Doctor tells you. There is so much information out there that he cannot possibly keep up with everything. I remember back in the early 2000’s when I was homeschooling, I attended a homeschool convention in Orlando Florida. It was a fabulous convention and I left every year full of wisdom. One of the classes I attended was on how to teach your children to research. Because learning how to research is key as we moved forward in life. Being in the information age, there simply is too much information out there to keep up on it all. She said that in order for a Physician to keep up on all new medical procedures, medications and diseases, they would have to read 250 periodicals a day!!! A day!!! Who can do that? So it behooves you to do your own research. Educate yourself. Be an informed consumer … after all it’s your health.

 

HOW TO GET STARTED

 

STEP ONE

Food – Be cautious with the foods you are eating and the beverages you are drinking.

Avoid

Caffeine

Sugar

Processed Foods

Meats with sodium nitrate and sodium sulfate

Artificial sweeteners

High Fructose Corn Syrup

MSG (E621, Yeast Extract or 50 other names

Food Coloring

Foods with BHA/BHT

Potassium Bromate

Sodas (especially diet)

Processed breads

Farm Raised Fish

Candy

Alcohol

Hydrogenated Oils or Trans-fats

Canned Soups

I am saying you cannot have a cup of caffeinated coffee again or a blueberry muffin? No. But for now until you get your body in a more calming state, stay away from the foods that can excite you … that are neurotoxins.

Eat These Foods Without Worry

Whole real foods in their natural form

Fresh vegetables (especially leafy greens)

Fresh fruit (especially oranges or other citrus fruits

Meats that are non-antibiotic/hormone injected

Legumes

Rice

Nuts

Eggs

Whole Grain Breads

Wild Caught Salmon

Step Two

Sleep – be sure you are getting 7+ hours a night of sleep. This is critical. Your body needs to be in that relaxed state to replenish itself. Much healing occurs in your body when you are sleeping. Make this a must!!

Step Three

Turn off the computer, iPad, tablet, cell phones and TV at least one hour before bed. The blue ray light from these electronics play havoc on your melatonin and makes your body think it’s still early. Hence you don’t easily fall asleep or sleep well. Are you one of those individuals that hit the pillow and are out like a light? Well that’s not good. It means your body is in exhaustion mode. You need to lie down and relax before you go into that sleeping state.

Step Four

Get yourself into some type of exercise program or activity. You don’t have to join a gym but you need to do something physical to get the stresses out of your body. This is one area that is really hard for me. I hate to exercise. Did I say hate? Yes, I hate to exercise. And even though I’m a Health and Wellness Coach and know the importance of this activity, I struggle.

Anyone want some accountability? We can join forces and motivate each other. This afternoon I wanted to take a break from writing this Blog so I put on my headphones to do The Listening Program and decided to take a power walk. It was nice outside. It was about 55 degrees (that’s nice for CT). I was able to walk my cul-de-sac about 3 times while doing my program. It was quite refreshing.

Step Four

How’s your job? Are you enjoying what you are doing or is it causing you anxiety? This is important to look at. We spend a great deal of time working. If we are anxious for those 8+ hours, we are really causing harm to the health of our body. Consider a new job if the one you are in is causing anxiety.

Step Five

Where are you Spiritually?   Do you have a spirit filled life? This is important. For me I’m a believer in Christ and if it wasn’t for that belief and faith in Him, I know I’d be in a worse place emotionally. The trauma of my past, the trauma of my divorce, the stress of starting my own business, dealing with two elderly parents who are medically challenged would have put me under. Knowing He would help me get through each and every issue was so important to my life.

We all must have a belief in something greater than ourselves; someone stronger than us; someone more powerful than mankind. I’ve chosen Christ. If you have no spiritual life, it would be important to look at that.

Step Six

Supplements can be helpful to aid in the release of anxiety. A few ideas such as Ashwagandha and Magnesium.

Step Seven

This Blog post would be incomplete if I didn’t add doTerra Essential Oils to the mix. Essential Oils are such powerful oils to help aid in the release of anxiety.

What are some of those beneficial Essentials Oils:

Basil

Lavender

Roman Chamomile

Vetiver

Frankincense

Orange

Lemon

Focus Blend

Calming Blend

Joyful Blend

Grounding Blend

Respiratory Blend

Tension Blend

Sometimes you need to try them out and see which Essential Oil works best. What may work for me may not work for you. Experiment with the oils and see which one or ones brings relief.

As I wrap up this writing, my hope and pray is that you will make yourself a priority and not allow the stress to continue to manifest in your body. TI pray that you will realize you are important, you are special, you are loved and you are worth living a life that is anxiety free.

Come along with me on this journey, as I will keep you posted as to the steps I’m taking to finally have my “friend” go away.

If you would like to do a Health History to perhaps get a better picture of where you stand health wise, contact me. Right now I’m running a special and am doing them at no charge. Would love to have you join my journey.

Your Health, Wellness and Organizing Expert … Believing in You!

“Brain Fog – What’s a Person to Do?”

Today, I want to focus on Essential Oils and how they can help with “brain fog.” You know that feeling where you’re not thinking clearly, you’re tired, distracted, have trouble focusing and you basically just feel “off?”

I know those times that I don’t necessarily have the best nights sleep and I wake up feeling out of sorts, I diffuse doTerra Peppermint and Wild Orange Essential Oils. Within a few minutes, I can feel the fog in my brain go away. I get clearer thinking and begin to feel like I’ve awoken from a good night sleep. I love my Peppermint Oil for sure.

Now, understand that just using Essential Oils won’t necessary “cure” your ails. There are other factors that come into play. Factors such as:

  • Are you getting a good night sleep more nights than not?
  • Are you eating a good, clean, healthful diet or is it full of processed foods and sugar?
  • Are you operating with a level of stress that is not healthy for you? Is there so much stress in your life that it has become your friend? (Someday I’ll tell you how it became mine.)

If any of the above issues are a factor in your life, then you need to look at those issues first; not that Essential Oil won’t be helpful. But to get long lasting results you are going to have to look at your life as a whole and make those necessary changes. We are so used to traditional medicine where they put a “band aid” on your medical issue and don’t get to the root cause. You cannot think that Essential Oils will solely be that band-aid.

If you have difficulty evaluating your life as a whole to see what other issues could be causing your “brain fog,” consider working with a Health and Wellness Coach. As a Health and Wellness Coach, I have been trained to look at the whole of your life to sort through your issues and guide you into making those changes that will have a lasting impact on your health and well being.

But not to digress, let’s get back to Essential Oils. Here are some Essential Oil options to help you with that “brain fog” and aid you in thinking clearer and being motivated.

Increase Focus – Diffuse 3-5 drops of Peppermint and Wild Orange Essential Oils while you are working.

Kick in Focus – Diffuse 3-5 drops of Elevation and 2-4 drops of Wild Orange while you are working.

More Energy and Awakeness – Diffuse 3-5 drops of Grapefruit and Lemon Essential Oils while you are working.

Increase Your Mental Alertness – Diffuse 1 drop of Basil, 2 drops of Cypress and 2 drops of Rosemary while you are working.

Calm Yourself – Rub 1 drop of Lavender at the base of your neck. If you are not a lover of Lavender, Cedarwood works great for me to bring about a calming effect.

Adrenal Gland Overload – Place in a roller bottle 10 drops of Clove, 10 drops of Basil and 10 drops of Rosemary. Fill the remainder of the roller bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil. Rub this over your adrenals (they are over your kidneys) every morning and again in the afternoon.

Restful Night Sleep – Rub 1 drop of Cedarwood and 1 drop of Serenity on the bottom of both feet right before going to bed.

Hope you find one of these options to help you with your “brain fog.” I pray you choose to try an Essential Oil and not opt for caffeine all day to give you that energy you need and to help you feel awaken.

Come back again to my Blog. I will be starting a series of Essential Oils and Your Emotions! There will be some good stuff to learn. Always enjoy writing to you and offering some “healthful” suggestions. If you’ve tried any of these and have seen some changes, write me and let me know. I love hearing success stories.

Your Health, Wellness and Organizing Expert … Believing in You!

 

Getting You Started with Essential Oils

What we eat, what we use for cleaning products in our homes and what medications we take need to be  high priority in our life and we need to continually evaluate them. I believe a generation is arising that is EO-WildOrangesaying, “I want to look at my whole body/whole life and see how everything is affecting my health and well-being.” There seems to be a shift to more natural healing and looking at food as a “medicine.” Understand that what you put in your body as well as on your body can and will affect your health. It may not affect you immediately. But down the road it could have long-term affects.

Essential Oils are on the rise for a number of uses. People are using them to create safe and healthy cleaning products. They are also using them to aid in healing. But how do you know if the oils you are using are safe? It is going to require research on your part. The FDA considers Essential Oils a cosmetic and they do not have any regulations on cosmetics. This means you have to rely on the manufacturer to tell you the truth. Unfortunately, not all companies are honest and you can get a product line that is full of contaminates.

Every time you are using an Essential Oil whether you are diffusing, ingesting or applying directly to your skin, you are opening up a pathway allowing everything into your body. If your oil is safe and pure, then you are reaping great benefits. There are, unfortunately, some chemicals/toxins that are legally allowed to “hide” in your Oils. They are: lead, solvent residues, insecticides and pesticides and the horrible GMOs.

So how do you know if your Essential Oil is safe? Well for one, if it is Certified Organic, you can be sure there are no contaminants in it. Secondly, you will have to research the company you want to use and determine if what you see and hear is in line with what you feel to be safe. I have chosen to use doTerra Essential Oil. Why? Because this is what they pledge their oils will be:

  • Pure and natural, with aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants
  • Free from fillers or artificial ingredients; no dilution of active qualities
  • Free of contaminants, pesticides, or chemical residues
  • Rigorously tested for standards of chemical composition
  • Cross tested using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to ensure exact purity and composition potency
  • Sourced by a global network of leading essential oil chemists and growers to ensure correct species, growth in ideal environments, and that raw plant materials were carefully harvested at the right time

So once you decide on which Essential Oil Company you want to use, what are some ways to use them? Well listed below are 10 Essential Oil Ideas to help get you started. This is by no means is an exhaustive list but it is a list to get you started.

  1. Detox your home first by removing all chemical cleaning products. Replace with natural cleaning products. Essential Oils can help you create some DIY cleaning products and are very effective in eliminating bacteria and germs from the surface you are cleaning.
  2. When considering adding Essential Oils to your health regimen, start small. Play with the oils and see what really works well for you. For example, there are a number of oils that work well for anxiety. After trying a few, I found that Cedarwood works great for me when anxiety creeps in.
  3. Need something to uplift your body and mind? Try diffusing Peppermint and Wild Orange. You can do them separately or together. I find when I have an office day and am tired, I diffuse Peppermint and my mind clears up and the “fog” goes away.
  4. Are you about to do your workout but just don’t feel motivated? Try applying some Peppermint Oil on your chest for a great pick me up.
  5. Do you get that afternoon slump? Instead of grabbing a cup of coffee, try adding some Ginger Essential Oil to your water. It will give you that late afternoon boost.
  6. Are you a runner? Consider popping in a Peppermint Beadlet before you run. It will open your airways and help promote clear breathing.
  7. Need to relax at the end of a busy day and having trouble winding down? Apply some Serenity Essential Oil to the back of your neck for a calming and renewing aroma as you head for the bed.
  8. As you are doing your rigorous workout, add a couple of drops of Lemon or Grapefruit Essential oil to your water bottle and sip as you workout.   It will help keep your metabolism going.
  9. Feel something coming on you like the flu, sore throat or runny nose? Trying applying On Guard Essential Oil and help boost your immune system.
  10. Are you dieting? Try using the Slim & Sassy Blend as part of your diet to help support healthy metabolic function.

So these are just a few ideas on how to incorporate Essential Oils into your lifestyle. Need more idea or want to learn more about Essential Oils? Contact me. I’ll be happy to get your started and led you in the right direction.

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Are You a Glad Plug-In User or a User of Febreze?

So many people love to smell a fragrance in their home. There is nothing like the smell of cloves, ginger 20160725_122852_resizedand cinnamon in the fall; or the smell of pine in the winter. Even the fragrance of fresh lemon or wild orange in the summer can be lovely. We love to have those fragrances fill our homes and our hearts.

But do you know that enjoying those fragrances can be dangerous to your health?

Yes, it can! It all depends on the method which you are enjoying those fragrances. Do you use Glad Plug-ins, Walgreens Air Fresheners or Febreze? Those items are extremely toxic to you health and well-being.

According to the EPA, air fresheners contain at least these four basic ingredients: formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, aerosol propellants, and p-dichlorobenzene.

Formaldehyde

This chemical is used in dead bodies and something we should not be breathing in. Some side effects can be stomach issues, burning eyes, throat irritation, nausea, and burning skin.

Petroleum distillates

Side effects of this chemical can be headaches, chronic fatigue, nausea, weight gain, breathing issues, and dysfunction in your neurological system. Now that’s pretty scary!

p-dichlorobenzene

This chemical is a sweet-smelling but flammable. This chemical is also linked to the cause of leukemia and other cancers of the blood. Other side effects can be low blood counts with your platelets (internal bleeding) or low white blood cell counts.

Phthalates

This chemical is a very powerful endocrine disruptor that has been shown to cause infertility in laboratory mice. Exposure to this chemical gives you an increased risk of developing neurological and/or behavioral problems.

These are just a few of the chemicals that can be found in these air fresheners and by the way that includes scented candles.

So what is one to do if they enjoy fragrance in their home but want to get away from these dangerous chemicals? There is an answer … and that answer is safe.

USE ESSENTIAL OILS

By diffusing Essential Oils, you can create the atmosphere you desire by not only releasing a fragrance that is “safe” but also can give you some health benefits. Do you need to relax? Lavender Oil is perfect to help relax you. Or are you feeling worn down and no energy, try some Peppermint Oil in your diffuser and feel energized. Peppermint Oil can help clear your mind and give you energy to move along in your day.

What are some Essential Oil Blends that would enhance the fragrance in your home … or office?

Floral Bouquet Diffuser Blend (©doTerra)

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Geranium

2 drops Ylang Ylang

1- 2 drops Rose (optional)

 

Spring Rain Diffuser Blend (©doTerra)

2 drops Lavender

1 – 2 drops Cypress

3 drops Bergamot

4 drops Clary Sage

 

Sun-Kissed Diffuser Blend (©doTerra)

2 drops Juniper Berry

2 drops Grapefruit

1 drop Wild Orange

 

Citrus Mint Diffuser Blend (©doTerra)

2 drops Lemon

2 drops Wild Orange

2 drops Lime

2 drops Grapefruit

3 drops Spearmint

2 drops Peppermint

 

Free Spirit Diffuser Blend (©doTerra)

2 drops Patchouli

2 – 3 drops Lavender

3 – 4 drops Sandalwood

 

Let It Go Diffuser Blend (©doTerra)

2 drops Vetiver

2-3 drops Lavender

3 drops Sandalwood

2 drops Clary Sage or Cedarwood

 

These are just a few of the blends that can be created with Essential Oils. Give it a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed. As you are enjoying these fragrant blends, you will know that you are not in any way hindering the health of you or your family.

 

Want to know how to get these special oils? Contact me at Regina@GroundedInWholeness.com to guide you in the right direction.

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