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.”
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.”
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!
We took a nice family walk tonight and went “trick or treating” according to my 2 year old, for some plump juicy blackberries. When they are fresh off the vine they do not last very long and need to be washed and properly stored.
I wanted to see if there was a way to prolong their shelf life so I started to research! Essential oils never stop amazing me.
I found this study that shows that Lemon essential oil is a great tool in killing surface bacteria, fungus and microbes on food as well as increase shelf life. Which makes sense considering people have been using citrus for centuries to preserve food.
What you Need
3 cups warm water
1 cup white vinegar
12 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Clean kitchen towel
Mix up the warm water, vinegar and lemon oil in the large bowl.
Now add the produce and let it soak for a minute or two. You can turn the produce in the middle to let the solution reach all parts.
When the time is up, place the produce to dry on a large clean kitchen towel or start eating right away!
If you are going to freeze them like me make sure they are 100% dry. Then lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze for 3 hours before putting them in freezer bags and returning them to the freezer!
Have you ever wondered what sets Earl Gray tea apart from the black English breakfast tea? The quick and most accurate answer is the unsung hero of essential oils…Bergamot. Whether you pronounce it like the french or with a hard “T” it is a great oil for calming anxiety and settling down from a long day.
This oil can help with insomnia, relaxation, and reduce agitation.
There was a study conducted that shows bergamot and lavender blended decrease feelings of anxiety and depression which is very awesome. One step closer to helping people control their mental health and feel empowered to have the tools on hand to combat those feelings!!
Please remember that bergamot is a citrus oil and may cause skin sensitivity when exposed to sun up to 12 hours after application!
Bergamot blends best with the following oils: Cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, and ylang ylang.
Have you wanted to start using oils but are not quite sure about where to start or how to safely use them with your kiddos? This kids roller ball kit is a great place to start. You will have what you need on hand for most of your daily challenges.
COOL KIDDO- Patchouli + Peppermint
Patchouli acts as an anti inflammatory which may help with pains related to fever. Peppermint contains menthol which will help open airways and give cooling sensation to help decrease fever.
HAPPY BELLY- Cardamom, Wild Orange + Peppermint
Cardamom is related to ginger and helps improve the entire digestive system along with peppermint. This article shows that peppermint oil is an effective treatment for IBS which is really awesome! Orange oil acts as an anti-inflammatory, relaxant and circulation-enhancer. In turn this helps promote digestion and ease tummy cramps and constipation. (according to Dr Axe) HAPPY EARS- Basil, Lavender + Melaleuca
There are mass amounts of testimonials for this blend in regards to ear pain for babies and children. HAPPY NOSE- Lavender, Lemon + Peppermint
This article supports the use of peppermint oil to decrease sinus inflammation which is really awesome. These three power house oils make a great combo to tackle allergies. It is a great blend for the diffuser as well. Just remember that when using topically to place on the bottom of the feet as Lemon oil can make your skin more sensitive to light! No sunburns allowed! HEALTHY KIDDO- Cinnamon, Clove, Wild Orange + Thyme
This blend is very similar to the DoTerra On guard which has been studied and shown to kill bacteria and boost kiddos immune systems!
Supports healthy immune and respiratory function*
Protects against environmental threats*
Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses*
Promotes healthy circulation*
Energizing and uplifting aroma
HOMEWORK HELPER- Black Pepper, Grapefruit, Lime, Peppermint + Rosemary
Today is my day off from work and I am stuck at home waiting for the longest time slot appointment ever from the septic company for our inspection. So, I am cleaning. I guess I will be productive if I a hostage at home!
I used our On Guard cleaner for the counters, I added lemon and peppermint into our steam mop (Smells good but oils are damaged when exposed to heat so no cleaning properties), and I vacuumed the floors ( I add peppermint and orange oil to cotton balls and suck them up first to make the vacuum clean and fresh).
The focus of my post however is the new blend I create today! I am so excited about it, it smells amazing, purifies the air and keeps everyone in the house nice and balance, 2-year-old included.
I think I have made it pretty obvious how much I love DoTerra’s Grounding Blend. We use it daily diluted for our 2-year-old to balance his emotions, for me to be more patient and we even diffuse it to make our little dog less anxious ( the jury is still out on this last one).
Balance can promote a whole-body sense of relaxation, may help ease anxious feelings and evoke feelings of tranquility and balance.
Purify is a blend we like to diffuse for its refreshing aroma, the fact that it can replaces unpleasant odors and clear the air and how it may protects against environmental threats.
We use purify for our toilet bombs, fabric spray and our air deodorizer (can you say stinky diapers?)
According to DoTerra Eucalyptus oil has purifying properties that can be beneficial for the skin and for cleansing surfaces and the air. Studies have shown that Eucalyptus is effective in helping lessen tension.
Lastly we have an oil that is quickly becoming a new favorite (let’s be honest I love almost all of them) Copaiba.
This is a newer oil that DoTerra released last year. The primary make up is 60% beta-Caryophyllene or BCP which binds to CB2 receptors which are found mostly in the immune system. According to this study Copaiba does not have toxic effects and may be useful in treating pain disorders. Copaiba can be comparable to CBD but 100% drug free with zero risk of containing THC and 100% legal.
I added this to our diffuser today to help me with my back pain while cleaning and I have no pain! I will do a very detailed post on Copaiba but I wanted to give you a little sneak peek on the research I am doing and how amazing it is!
Here is a quick guide on adding Lemon oil into your daily routine!
Essential Stiles was created after my very sneaky and intelligent 2 year old figured out how to bust through our child safety devices. He opened up our cupboard with cleaners and sprayed himself. Luckily he was just fine, nothing a shower couldn’t fix but I knew I needed a more natural alternative.
I have been skeptical of Essential Oils from the moment my grandpa rubbed cheap low quality lavender oil in my fresh gaping wound when I was 10 and it burned like hell. From that moment on I wanted nothing to do with them. When my friend told me that she used Essential Oils in her home for cleaning I was once again skeptical.
Alas, as a new mom I found that I was willing to try anything to keep my baby boys safe.
We met up and she educated me on how they applied Essential Oils in their lives: hand soap, cleaner, pain relief ect…
I decided to purchase Lemon and Lavender from her that evening and immediately went home and started some in depth research. I read all about the antiseptic properties of Lemon and found hundreds of DIY recipes and uses for Lemon oil. I read the effectiveness of Lemon oil as a cleaner so I found a recipe that had ingredients I already had at home and got to cleaning. The house looked and smelled great. The best part, non toxic, no chemicals and I could set it down for 2 seconds without worrying about mischievous hands.
This moment marked the beginning of our oil journey.