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Peppermint Beadlets

Doterra Has these AMAZING peppermint beadlets. This is a true testimonial, While on vacation we drove on a lot of winding roads and I get very car sick. Using the peppermint beadlets almost instantly got rid of my motion sickness. If you think oils are still a little witch crafty then check out this article from PennState that shows how peppermint oil has been shown in research to decrease motion sickness!

 

If you havn’t tried them yet, you should!

Happy Thursday!

 

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Muscle Release

Who else is feeling sore after getting outdoors? Yard Work, hiking, or maybe kayaking like me? This is the blend I am using today to ease that tension! Remember that sore feeling is good, your muscles are growing and rebuilding to make you stronger! Also Check out this video as Dr. Hill talks about Copaiba Vs CBD. Very cool!

Happy Memorial Day Everyone. Thank you to all who served and did not come home. We Remember and thank you!

 

 

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Citrus Bloom in the Air

Citrus Bloom is in the air people! There are just a few stressful things going on in my life. I will be the first to admit that everything is not always rainbows and unicorns in life. Our household is by no means perfect and I have been stressed out, snippy and down. Citrus Bloom, Balance and motivate is one of my new favorite blends that I have been diffusing. My family may not agree that I am less snippy but I guarantee they do not want me off this mixture of sunshine and happy. I am far more stable and happy when I have oils on board.

So, To introduce the New Doterra oil Citrus bloom:

Citrus Bloom:
💦Wild Orange – uplifting and energizing, supports immune function
💦Grapefruit – cleansing to the air, helps with stressful feelings
💦Lavender – support healthy cortisol levels, soothing and calming to the emotions
💦Roman Chamomile – support your mood and emotions, support healthy sleep
💦Magnolia – calming and relaxing

Motivate:

🧡Peppermint Plant- energizing and invigorating
🧡Clementine Peel- soothing and sedating
🧡Coriander Seed-stimulant, relaxing, decreased stress and nervousness, calming influence
🧡Basil Herb-aid concentration, alertness and reduce mental fatigue
🧡Yuzu Peel- improved circulation, focus and concentration
🧡Melissa Leaf- calming, balance and uplift emotions
🧡Rosemary Leaf- relieve feelings of nervousness or mental fatigue, depression and improve memory and concentration
🧡Vanilla Bean Absolute- calming and balancing as well as ease tension
Balance:
☯️Spruce- creates balance and improved circulation
☯️Ho Wood- Appeasing to mind, relaxing body and creates feeling of peace
☯️Blue Tansy- Rid of anger and promotes feeling of self control
☯️Frankincense- promote positive attitude, enhance communication and increase oxygen to the brain. provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions.
☯️German Blue Chamomile- Ease nervousness and tension
☯️Osmanthus Flower- relaxes and eases feelings of depression
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Migraines and Essential Oils? Do they work?

Migraines are very uncomfortable and come with multiple symptoms that can be debilitating and make it difficult to function. I myself use oils for migraines and people often recommend their use so I wanted to get to the bottom of the issue, do they work?

Lavender oil is often called the Swiss army knife of oils. A research study from 2012 found that out of 47 participants 92% had improved symptoms with inhaling lavender oil for 15 minutes suggesting “The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.”

Some Studies have found that applying a mix of eucalyptus oil and peppermint oils applied to temples and back of neck might help with relaxation and clarity of thought if you have a headache.

Migraines can be caused by stress and anxiety so also adding in some roman chamomile may be helpful in the prevention of migraines. This double blind study found that Chamomile may have clinically meaningful antidepressant activity that occurs in addition to its previously observed anxiolytic activity.”

Another major symptom of Migraines is nausea which can be combated with diffusing lemon oil or another study suggests Ginger oil and peppermint oil applied to stomach or inhaled to decrease nausea, dizziness, fatigue and headache.

There is no evidence that I found stating that essential oils would make symptoms worse or any adverse effects so give it a try!

 

 

DIY

Squirrel Repellent EEEK!

DIY squirrel Repellent for cold days! WE HAVE A SQUIRREL PROBLEM! It has been snowing like crazy and is super cold! They have decided to help themselves to our nice warm garage and attic space to warm up and destroy everything they touch! We have had the dogs  try to catch them, but the darn car keeps getting in the way so we had to find another way to deter these smelly gross rodents! So I hit the research and came up with this awesome blend. It has been sprayed in the attic, garage and garden shed and we have placed it on cotton swabs under the car and on the shelves. It is pretty potent to be cautious when spraying in enclosed spaces.

Here is my Repellent Blend:

Feel Free to upload this image into your Cricut design space to label your spray bottle!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp On Guard concentrate
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 10 drops on guard
  • 10 drops lemongrass
  • 10 drops peppermint (for the mice just in case)
  • 10 drops pink pepper

Fill to the top with water

Mix all together in a spray bottle and go crazy!! Spray high low and in between! The dish soap will help the mixture stick to what gets sprayed.

Also for added bonus we used one drop each on multiple cotton balls and placed in the attic and small cozy places in the garage and garden shed.

 

Good luck with the battle against the squirrels!

 

 

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Lavender Calming Paw Protector

Thank goodness for Paw protector. Our sweet Little Hugo cut his paw on some Icy snow today leaving crime scene looking blood prints all over the deck! Luckily I have some paw wax to slather on his paw and he was good to go.

Snow Dog: Hugo The Leonberger

Not only do we need to protect our babies from the chapped cold, Many common deicers are dangerous for dogs, and can irritate their paws and even cause serious illness if ingested. This wax prevents the dogs from absorbing deicer into their bodies and you can wipe and re apply when heading in and out of the house. It is also safe for them to lick. Scared of essential oils or just do not have them on hand? It is not required to make this recipe and you can still keep your doggies paws safe. Lavender Essential oil helps heal their paws and keep the skin soft and smooth as well as calms those puppies down making it an added benefit.

Let me know if you give it a try!

Calming Paw Protector:

Essential Stiles Paw Protector

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive , sunflower, or sweet almond oil
  • 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) Coconut Oil
  • 1 oz. (approx. 1 tbsp.) Shea Butter
  • 4 tsp. Beeswax Pellets
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2oz tins or Mason Jar lids (Baby Food lids work too!)

Paw Wax Instructions

  1. In a small pot – or double boiler – over low heat melt the oils, Shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.
  2. Pour the mixture into tins.
  3. Let them cool on the counter until hard.
  4. Cap and label.
  5. Keep away from extreme heat.
  6. Use within 1-2 years.
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Metabolism and Essential Oils? Can it really help?!

The life long search for that secret weight loss tip. The endless days of calorie counting, awkwardly staring in the mirror wishing for something different, avoiding foods you love and doing hours of exercises you hate…. Sound familiar? What if I told you all the angst and anxiety that goes behind weight loss is actually making it worse?

Cortisol is a hormone that is released with stress and anxiety. According to this case study “Stress can be either a triggering or aggravating factor for many diseases and pathological conditions.” ” stress can affect appetite and stress adversely affects the normal function of GI tract.” If you continue to read the article it will demonstrate the downfall of stress on memory, brain function, cardiovascular function, GI function and Immune system.

To address the focus on Metabolism there has been a few studies conducted about aromatically (inhaling, sniffing or diffusing) Essential oils  wild orange, lavender, sandalwood and clary sage decreases anxiety and stress which in turn improves gut bacteria and  “A significant alteration of metabolic profile in subjects responsive to essential oil was found”

Studies have also  report that bergamot reduces the production of cortisol, which has also been linked to the inability to drop stubborn belly fat.

Slim and Sassy the metabolic blend by Doterra is made up of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger and Cinnamon.

Grapefruit used 3x a week for 15 minutes inhaled, ingested or used topically was sown to reduce urge to eat.

Peppermint inhaled can decrease calorie intake over normal intake. “Decrease appetite, hunger cravings, decreased calories which in turn leads to weight loss and healthier life style”

Peppermint has also been shown to improve exercise performance “The results of the experiment support the effectiveness of peppermint essential oil on the exercise performance”

Ginger has been shown to help with many areas of digestive health such as anti nausea, preventative for colon cancer, and also appears to reduce cholesterol and improve lipid metabolism, thereby helping to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

 Lemon EO is a natural stress reliever. “Inhaling lemon EO causes anti-stress effects, Lemon EO showed cytotoxic effects against human prostate, lung, and breast cancer cells. Lemon EO causes activation of the sympathetic nerve activity innervating the white adipose tissue (WAT), which increases lipolysis and results in the suppression of body weight gain. Lemon EO significantly enhanced attention level, concentration, cognitive performance, mood, and memory of students during the learning process.”

 

So, Are you convinced that essential oils can help you on your anti anxiety weight loss journey with A lot of extra side benefits? I absolutely am!

 

To make it even more effective you can try the awesome High intensity interval training (HIIT) which has been shown to be one of the most effective workout styles to boost metabolism and “Perhaps equally important to maximal aerobic capacity adaptations are the dramatic acute and chronic effects HITT has on improving insulin sensitivity. The effects of HIIT on visceral fat and subcutaneous fat loss are encouraging. And, the impact of HIIT has on reducing blood pressure (when elevated) and improving HDL cholesterol is promising. The evidence is in, and it appears that HIIT is a metabolic health effects winner!”

 

So Go ahead and give it a try, the evidence is overwhelming. I am so excited to get fit, stay healthy and spend more time cherishing the precious moments with my loved ones. No more stress fat for me!

Family TIme
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It is Diffuser Blend day! What do you have in your diffuser today?! Drop your favorite blend in the comments! I have a few blends for you today to try out! Let me know what you think!

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Eucalyptus Essential OIl Shower Melt DIY

I hope making these will make your cold season a little better. There has been a lot of controversy about using Eucalyptus with children under 6. I myself was a little cautious at first. I will give you some science of course. But I will also inform you that I have now 3 times seen organic eucalyptus roller balls in the baby aisle of target, Fred Meyers and whole foods labeled to help with infant congestion. I thought to myself, If it is so dangerous for children how on earth would they be approved to sell and market it directly to parents of infants. So I decided it was time to weed out the garbage and get some more solid evidence.

Max Helping Mommy DIY

Eucalyptus is a natural expectorant that can help unclog respiratory congestion. This makes Eucalyptus a favorite during the cold winter months.

Eucalpytus radiata is a different species than the commonly found Eucalyptus globulus. Children and infants should use Eucalyptus Radiata which is the species produced by Doterra While Eucalyptus globulus is safe for adults, it should not be used on children under the age of 2.

The essential oil safety guidelines state that “The cineole present in eucalyptus oil can create nervous and breathing related problems in children. That said, some distilled versions of eucalyptus oil contain lower amounts of cineole.”

Make sure children and babies do not ingest eucalyptus oil intentionally or accidentally. The side effects might be more severe if the family has a history of respiratory problems such as asthma.

The scientific review of eucalyptus injuries and side effects in children were with ingesting 3-5ml of the essential oil. That is ALOT of essential oil and would never be recommended to ingest that much of ANY essential oil.  Read the full reviewed info in this Pub Med article .

I use Eucalyptus Essential oil Diffused only for my kiddos but If you are not comfortable using eucalyptus that is OK! You can always use Frankincense, Lime and cardamom to help open airways, improve congestion, cough, cold, and sore throats.

You can try out this awesome shower melt recipe next time you need to clear those airways!

 

Eucalyptus Shower Melts Recipe
Ingredients

1 cup baking soda
2-5 tablespoons water
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil (substitute Frankincense, Lime and Cardamom)
10 drops lavender essential oil
Soap colorant (optional)
Silicone mold

1 cup of cornstarch
• 4 Tablespoons of water
• 6 drops of essential oil (Eucalyptus)
• Optional drop/s of green food coloring
• An ice cube tray

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DIY Essential Oil Body Butter

Tis the season for DRY CRACKED SKIN!!!! It is the WORST! I am in the pool for the majority of my work day which already dries out my skin and then it is followed by the cold dry air of winter as a double whammy.  Thank goodness for this wonderful Essential Oil DIY recipe that has been able to moisturize and sooth my skin. I used Lavender which has been shown to help with wound healing in Rats and Frankincense is shown to help with tissue remodeling which makes them great oils for healthy skin.
DIY Whipped Body Butter
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Shea butter
  • ¼ cup cocoa butter
  • ¼ cup virgin coconut oil (not FCO)
  • ¼ cup grape seed oil (or other light oil on hand)
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil (Lavender and frankincense really helped my skin)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except the essential oils, in a small pot or double boiler.
  2. Gently melt and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is liquid.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to partially set up. (you can place in the fridge or freezer to speed this process) We put it in the cold garage as to not take up precious refrigerator space!
  4. Once the mixture is partially set, add the essential oils of your choice, and whip with a hand mixer or stand mixer until the body butter is fluffy and stiff peaks have formed.
  5. Spoon into a jar and apply anywhere on the body. Or, gift as a gift!

Let me know how it turns out in the comments below!