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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.

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

 

Helpful Tips For Taking Care of Your Skin

Do you know that regarding your body your skin is your largest organ? Internally, your largest organ is water-1487304_1920your liver. But on your overall body, your skin is the largest organ. How you take care of it is critical to its overall health as well as your body’s overall health.

It’s hard to determine which one of these tips are most important (because they all are) and the sequence of the list below is no indication of that. Take every tip and apply it to your skin and I believe you will like the results.

  • Diet

Be sure to eat a well balanced diet that eliminates processed foods, artificial colors, preservatives and flavorings, sugar and foods with GMOs. Get lots of greens and “whole foods” in your every day diet.

  • Water

Be sure to hydrate and there is no better way than with water. For some, water is hard. I know I never drank it as a kid. I hated the taste. I think because it tasted like metal probably from the copper pipes. But when I was pregnant with my first child, I really revamped my diet and started adding water. At that time Evian was very popular. I drank that by the gallons. I fell in love with water. Right now that is what I drink 90% of my day. Add some fresh squeezed lemon or lime and you will find it so refreshing.

  • Sleep

This is so important. Getting a good 8 hours is critical to not only your health but to your skin. Sleeping allows your body to detox and rejuvenate. When you are not getting enough sleep, your skin is pale, your eyes can be puffy and you overall look exhausted. Make this a must!

  • Fresh air and sunshine

Vitamin D is so important to your health. The sunlight stimulates your body to produce Vitamin D; which is known to be protective against many diseases. You don’t want to overdue the sun but a good 15-20 minutes a day gives you a glow of health. A little color never hurts. But don’t add color via cosmetics. Get the real deal.

  • Exercise

This is one area that I am very weak in. I find it hard to exercise and am currently working through why I have such a block here. I know in my head and in my heart it is critical for my overall health but yet I struggle with doing this. But exercising keeps your skin toned and increases circulation and helps detox internal chemicals by sweating. It also can help you de-stress after a long stressful day.

  • Keep your skin clean

What you wash your face with daily is imperative to your health. The cosmetic industry is so unregulated that you really need to educate yourself with ingredients and the impact on your health. Check out my blog entitled Ingredients in Cosmetics. I discuss here the dangers of many of the ingredients in our cosmetics. You can go to Whole Foods or your local health food store and find safe products.

Putting a filter on your shower can also be beneficial. Our water systems are filled with fluoride and chlorine to name a few chemicals; both which are not healthy for your skin nor your body. The chlorine kills all bacteria (even the healthy ones) on your skin and can dry it out.

  • Moisturize Your Skin

This is important to keep your skin soft and smooth. Dry skin is itchy and unattractive … to say the least. Be sure your moisturizer is safe and use products like Shea Butter and Aloe Vera. AVOID ALL PETROLEUM BASED PRODUCTS. They are made from the gas you put in your automobile. They do not belong on your body. They actually will dry your skin even more.

Also consider taking Omega-3s. Mine is Antarctic Krill Oil by Dr. Mercola. I found this helped tremendously with my dry skin. But I always moisturize my skin after each shower. The combination of the Omega 3s and moisturizing has eliminated my dry skin and I used to have a battle with this.

  • Tone Your Skin

Consider using a toner to give your skin a protective measure that will help remove residual oils and impurities. After you cleanse your skin, use the toner. Mine is a spray so it’s easy to spray my face. There are many healthy recipes for toners. Dr. Axe or Dr. Eric Z has a number of options.

  • Exfoliate Your Skin

This helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores. It also will help the blood circulate in your skin and will refresh its surface. Doing this 2 – 3 times a week will create a beautiful glow in your skin … barring you are eating well, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep.

Be sure you use a product that has a gentle exfoliate; a product that has ingredients such as ground cornmeal, oatmeal or finely chopped nuts. You can even make your own exfoliating paste with water, rosewater or even some herbal teas. Or consider making your own with sugar, essential oils and olive or almond oil. These natural products will help draw toxins from your skin as well.

Bottom line we must be responsible and take care of our skin … as well as our body.   We are our best advocates. Eat well, rest well, hydrate well and be careful what you put on your body. Resolve to make little healthy changes each day. You don’t have to change everything in one shot. Make small changes each day and before you know it you will have achieved a greater level of health and feel and look good also.

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

 

 

 

Health – It’s More Than Just Food

Our health is affected by much more than the food we eat or the stresses in our life. There are other areas lipstick-1367771_1920of our lives that we need to look at to determine if they are impacting our health negatively.

Cosmetics

What you put on your body affects your health just as much as what you put in your body. Did you know that the FDA does not regulate cosmetics and these manufacturers can put any ingredient they would like in them? That’s pretty scary. What are some ingredients you absolutely should stay away from?

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Musks, used as fragrances
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)
  • Artificial fragrances
  • Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum
  • Toluene – made from petroleum or coal tar

Clothing – Dry Cleaning

Chemicals used in dry cleaning are very toxic; especially when we bring these garments home and hang them in our closets. We make it worse by keeping the plastic over them. This just continues to seal the toxins in the clothing and does not allow them to “air out.” Try to locate Dry Cleaners who are going “organic.” I found one in my area. I definitely have to schedule it in my travels because they are about 25 minutes from my home. But it is well worth it.

Perfumes and Fragrances

Years ago we used to use essential oils as a body fragrance. Then synthetic perfumes were created. We spray them on our body daily only to fill our body with toxins.

Natural Air Fresheners

These are chemically laden fragrances that have nothing natural about them. Even if they use the word “natural” does not mean that is true. So many people enjoy filling their homes with different fragrances by burning candles, spraying with Febreze, or using Glad Plug-Ins. If you do, please STOP immediately. Throw them away. Get them out of your home. They are extremely toxic.

Deodorants

Antiperspirants are known to have high levels of aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer. Also, the fragrances in these deodorants are nothing but chemicals. Find a more natural means by going to your local health food store and researching safer items. There are ingredients that work well in helping to curb your perspiration.

Plastics and Food

Do you store your food in plastics? Better yet do you microwave your food in plastics? Please stop. Don’t do it any more. When you microwave your food in plastics, you are breaking down the plastic and these chemicals are seeping into your food.

Storing food should be done in glass containers as best possible; especially if your food is hot and you poor it into a plastic container. There again you are causing the chemicals in the plastic to seeping into your food.

Pesticides, Insecticides, Fungicides, Herbicides and Rodenticides

We all hate these pests and want them eliminated. But be very careful what you use to rid yourself of these pests or what you use to fertilize your lawn. It’s no longer safe for kids to play in the grass because we don’t know what toxin was sprayed and what residue is still left. As kids, we would run around outside barefoot all the time.   It’s almost not safe to do that any longer. There are natural means to rid yourself of pests. They may take longer to do the job, but in the long run your health is more important.

Pots and Pans for Cooking

Do you use TEFLON? Yikes, please stop. Throw it away … especially if the pan is scratched and worn. Don’t even donate it. You are only allowing another to get harmed. I can’t say enough as to how toxic these pans are and are not worth the convenience of that “non-stick” cooking.

Drinking Water

This is a toughie. Drinking tap water can be toxic but so can buying bottled water because many of the bottled water companies are just tap water. It’s best to test your tap water to see how pure it is. Then perhaps consider putting a water filter system in your own home. There are some good ones on the market. Check out www.mercola.com he talks about this issue extensively.

Cell Phones and Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)

There is so much controversy regarding the electromagnetic fields being emitted from our cell phones and there are more and more studies showing it’s dangers. The reality is we cannot be without our cell phones or wifi. So want can we do to be more health conscious? First, do your best to not store your cell phone on your body. I know this will be hard for the male population as they don’t carry purses. But the constant EMFs penetrating our bodies can be dangerous.

Secondly, do not sleep with your laptop or cell phone in your room. Remove them so you don’t have the EMFs flowing constantly in your room as your sleep. I know many people use their cell phones as an alarm clock. Find another clock to use.

Also, stop using these devices at least one hour before you want to go to sleep. The blue light being emitted from these devices will affect your natural melatonin and make it difficult to either fall asleep or stay asleep. Good sleep is important to your health and wellness.

Does all this seem overwhelming to you? Do you not know how to begin evaluating your health and wellness, then feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to walk along side you on this journey. I’m offering a Health History Consultant/Evaluation at not cost to you.

 Regina Sanchez your Health, Wellness and Organizational Coach