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10 Essential Oils You’ll Want To Diffuse and WHY…

Aromatherapy means “to treat with aroma through inhalation”.

Although there are other applications for Aromatherapy, if you would like to be proactive about your health and wellness, and particularly the state of your emotions, then diffusing essential oils is the most practical and effective way to enjoy their benefits!

Why inhale essential oils in the first place?

Because essential oils affect the brain and the brain affects the rest of us! Essential oils, naturally, have the ability to help us by bringing about a feeling of calmness or alertness. They can stimulate appetite or a feeling of being full. They can help us feel romantic, grounded, and empowered. They bring back memories and help release trauma. In short, essential oils affect the way we feel and the way we feel affects everything!

In fact, essential oils are being studied for their effects on stress, blood pressure and cortisol levels, among many other things! Find out more here.

10 pleasant-smelling essential oils to diffuse and enjoy!

1.  Cassia – This essential oil is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, making it a wonderful oil to have in your breathing space when people are coughing all around you. And it smells a little like Christmas Candy!Towel, aromatic candles and other spa objects

2. Clary Sage – This essential oil is believed to be beneficial for hormone balance, insomnia, and other symptoms of PMS. You may find it calms you, making it a wonderful oil to diffuse during stressful [and hormone-upset] times!

3.  Cedarwood- An essential oil high in sesquiterpenes which means it can affect the emotion centre of the brain. It also encourages the pineal gland to release melatonin which fosters deep sleep. Breathe in this oil during times of congestion, coughs, and bronchitis.

4. Frankincense – Diffuse this fragrant oil when you would like to increases spiritual awareness and stay focused while you are meditating. Breathing in Frankincense may also improve your attitude and elevate your spirits!

5.  Geranium- Another great essential oil for stress. While it calms and balances you, it may help to release negative memories. Diffusing this oil may bring you to a higher level of well-being emotionally so you feel more peaceful and optimistic.

6.  Roman Chamomile – Diffuse this essential oil for a “breath of calm” in a busy day! Roman Chamomile may help you to dispel anger and steady your feelings bringing you back to a clear, calm state of mind, helping you to feel better emotionally and to sleep well.

7.  Lavender – This wonderful essential oil is well known for its calming, relaxing and balancing effect on the emotions. These properties make it a good oil to diffuse when you are dealing with nervous tension, high blood pressure or depression. Diffuse this in the bedroom for a good nights rest.

8.  Lemongrass – This essential oil is fun to diffuse because it is said it helps to make one more intuitive. It is also purifying and a natural insect repellent. Diffuse it to stay awake and feel less irritable!

9.  Ylang YlangThis relaxing fragrance balances male-female energies. It seems to give you what you need to come into balance. It brings your energy up if it is low and helps to calm you if you need grounding! It also has aphrodisiac properties. Think: calm, balance, confidence, peace, joy.

10.  Peppermint – This fresh cool-scented essential oil is known as “The Happy Oil”. If you are on a weight-reduction diet, you may like to know that Peppermint has been studied for its ability to affect the brain’s satiety center; the part of the brain that makes us feel full after we’ve eaten enough! It’s also good for headaches, focusing, and depression and can help clear the sinuses!

These comments are not meant to replace conventional medical treatment.

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this blog is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care providers.  Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations, or procedures discussed in this blog.

©2007 Terra Cotta Pendants About the author: Lori Gosselin has been studying and sharing information about essential oils since 1997. She has witnessed many profound changes in people when they begin diffusing essential oils into their everyday lives. Together with her family she started Terra Cotta Pendants in 2003. Terra Cotta Pendants, the “diffusers you wear”, allow you to experience the desired benefits of a chosen oil, via inhalation, effectively and effortlessly throughout your day. www.Terra-Cotta-Pendants.com

Do-it-yourself SPA!

After the gym, get pampered without having to leave your bathroom.

DIY SPA!

Need a little pick-me-up?

Towel, aromatic candles and other spa objectsPhoto Credit:  Fabulous Fete

This body spray recipe (originally featured in Body + Soul magazine) is sure to chase the blahs away and help balance your mood.

Ingredients:

1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil

2 drops Geranium essential oil

3 drops Peppermint essential oil

To Make the Spray:

1. Fill a clean, dry mini spray bottle with 4 ounces of pure distilled water.

2. Using a dropper, carefully put the selected blend of essential oils directly into the spray bottle.

3. Tightly close the bottle and shake vigorously to combine. Be sure to shake it before each use, as the water and essential oils tend to separate.

Geranium Soothing Body Scrub

The sweet, pungent scent of Geranium essential oil is ideal for relieving tension and anxiety. Try this soothing body scrub with Geranium essential oil, and let us know if Geranium is now your favorite oil for relaxation!

2 cups Bath Salts

3 Tbsp. Fractionated Coconut Oil

5 drops Geranium essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a cute bowl and stir together

This is a FABULOUS, rejuvenating body polish that relieves tension, exfoliates, softens the skin, and helps speed up the reproduction of skin cells.

These recipes are from the doTERRA blog and you can shop for oils here.

Relax & Rejuvenate,

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this blog is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care providers.  Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations, or procedures discussed in this blog.

Work for it!

Create a “rewards plan” to keep yourself motivated through your fat-loss journey.  Start by pinpointing important milestones you would like to reach, then list an inspiring & realistic way you plan to celebrate each.

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What are some goals you have to share?  Comment below.

Believe,

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5 Essentials for Healthy Fat Loss

Keep your body fat in check with these strategies that will have you looking leaner, tighter and stronger without even having to step on the scale:

 

1.  Lift weights – Adding weights to your routine not only makes you stronger and leaner, it also increases your metabolism to help you burn more fat throughout the day.

2.  Eat Clean Foods – If it grows, eat that!  Stick to fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  A 2009 study in the Journal of Nutrition found that people who consume the highest amounts of whole grains have 2.4% less body fat than those who eat the least.

3.  Pump up the Cardio – Try adding one minute intervals to your routine to rev up your energy and blast fat.

4.  Plan 5 to 6 meals a day instead of three large ones to keep your metabolism working and never skip breakfast.

5.  Be patient – Quick results usually don’t last, so go with the slow-and-steady approach to reach your goals and stay lean.

 

To Your Success!

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3 Vegetables YOU Must Eat

These vegetables should be HIGH up on your grocery list:

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Photo Credit:  Australian seeds

1.  Eggplant  – This vegetable is a very good source of the water-soluble vitamin thiamine (aka B1), which plays an essential role in promoting healthy function of the nervous and cardiovascular systems.  Thiamine also helps in the conversions of carbs to glucose, your body’s primary source of energy.

2.  Asparagus – The high level of vitamin C helps your body produce collagen, which not only maintains the health of your skin but aids the health of your tendons, ligaments and blood vessels, all of which are essential for successful workouts.

3.  Red Bell Pepper – A 1 Cup serving provides over 100% of your DV of vitamin A.  This vitamin has been shown to promote lung health (think about those intense cardio workouts).

TIP:  Whenever possible, spend a little extra on organically grown produce.  If you choose non-organic, make sure to rinse your produce under running water for at least 20 seconds to remove as much pesticide residue as possible.

Happy Shopping!

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