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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!

 

 

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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!

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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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Christmas Bazaar Lip Balm!

Good Morning Everyone! I wanted to say thank you for all your support yesterday with our Holiday Bazaar! Especially my sweet Dad who hung out with me most of the day. I wanted to share our Lip Balm Recipe with you all! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday and Please let me know what questions I can answer for you about all your essential Oil needs!

 

LIP BALM

What you need:

1 tbsp beeswax pellets
1 tbsp coconut oil
1.5 tsp shea butter
7 drops peppermint Essential oil
5 drops Citrus Bliss Essential OIl
Dropper/Funnel
Double boiler
Chapstick tubes

Directions

Measure out your beeswax pellets, coconut oil and shea butter.
Add them into a double boiler and heat on low until everything melts down to liquid form.
Once melted, remove from heat and let it cool for about 2 minutes.
Now add your peppermint and vanilla essential oils, drop by drop and stir well
Using a dropper, fill up your chapstick tubes. This recipe will fill about 10 chapstick tubes.
When you’ve filled all the tubes, place them on a tray in the refrigerator to set for about 15 minutes.
Keep a tube in your purse, drawer, pocket or any easily accessible location!

Enjoy and keep yours lips nice and smooth all year long!

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DIY vapor rub

Both boys woke up congested this morning. Tis the season of dry air, coughs and stuffy noses. We have been able to teach our oldest child how to make an elephant trunk when he coughs (with help from one of my friends) as to not spread his germs. A cough can spread droplets up to six meters and a sneeze up to eight so it is really important to cover your mouth in your elbow  and to wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs all year round but specifically during the winter when we spend so much more time indoors!

Use On Guard foaming hand soap for best results!

At the end of the day, no matter how hard we try, we cannot always avoid all germs. So in those times I have this awesome homemade vapor rub to open up the chest and sinuses and improve respiratory function and it is a strong antibacterial.

In the Science world one of the strongest studies is a randomized double blind. This study is a prospective randomized double-blind controlled trial whose aim was to investigate the clinical effects of aromatic essential oils in patients with upper respiratory tract infections. They were treated with eucalyptus, peppermint, oregano and rosemary essential oils. “Researchers found that 20 minutes after using the spray, those in the essential oil group reported a greater improvement of symptom severity compared to those in the placebo group. The symptoms measured were sore throat, hoarseness and cough.”

The results obtained from this study showed that “essential oil of the leaves of E. globulus has antimicrobial activity against gram negative bacteria (E. coli) as well as gram positive bacteria (S. aureus).”

 

So Check out our awesome recipe below and let us know what you think!

 

 

HOMEMADE VAPOR RUB
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 30-60
Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup grated bees wax
20 drops peppermint essential oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Glass jar

Directions:

Pour the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax into a jar.
Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water over medium low heat.
Place jar in saucepan and allow oils to melt. Stir to combine.
Once combined, allow to cool slightly and add in essential oils.
Pour mixture into metal tins or storage containers and allow to set.

 

Lather and apply to chest or feet as needed to open those airways and calm down those symptoms!

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Natural wax warmer wax!?

So, who else has multiple wax warmers around their house?

Most of the fragrance/perfume smells would make me queasy, but there were a few that I loved and before I found diffusers I would have my warmers going to kill that musty wet dog smell!

So, now that I know that the word fragrance can have millions of cancer causing toxins I have not been using my warmers and they are sitting there begging for some love!

My solution: Another Essential Stiles DIY!

Christmas Joy  SCENTED WAX MELTS


Time: 5–10 minutes active; 2–3 hours inactive

Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS AND MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • 2 oz. beeswax pellets
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • Cupcake tin or silicone ice cube tray

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt together the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler on the stove, stirring frequently. Once completely liquid, remove from heat.
  2. Stir in the essential oil using a bamboo skewer.
  3. Pour mixture into molds (I use cupcake tins), and then set aside to cool.
  4. Once cooled and solidified, you can remove the wax melts from the molds and use them in your candle warmers.
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Bruise Be Gone

Good Morning!

My children have been extra needy these last few weeks, demanding to be held. Which I totally do not mind because they are pretty cute! Add in some yard work and the fact that I have been using my arms a little extra at work the last few weeks and I am left with a sore shoulder.

Luckily I have all the tools in my arsenal to help! I did some cupping. Michael Phelps was the one who made the technique famous but it has been used in eastern medicine for ages! This article  has some compelling evidence that cupping may be beneficial for pain control and improved quality of life. The down side is it leaves some nasty bruising.

Luckily for me I have OILS!

2013 review found helichrysum to have anti-hematomal properties. If quickly applied, the essential oil can reduce bruise size and appearance as well as decrease inflammation.

Apply diluted oil to unbroken skin immediately after injury or massage. Reapply as necessary for pain relief.

I took this one further and Checked my Modern Essentials book for other great oils to help!

I came up with this blend.

I mixed it with Vitamin E oil because that is what I have on hand. FCO, jojoba or grape seed oil would work well too.

Hope you have good luck with those bruises.

If you feel you need to try out some cupping you can always try Balance Massage owned By Rebecca Shawver, the essential oil cupping master here in Gig Harbor!

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Elevate your mornings

Aromatic Profile: Minty 41.7%, Floral 33.3%, Citrus 25.0%
Emotion: Very Stimulating—with score of 92

Don’t forget to water your diffusers today. This is a great blend to get things going in the morning. Elevation is another emotional blend crafted by Doterra scientists to elevate mood and increase energy. It is also known as their Joyful blend.

 

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Motivation

Why don’t we just run through all of the emotions blends! I LOVE motivate. I have the roller and I mix it with Jasmine Absolute which is one of my top 5 favorite oils. I have been obsessed with Jasmine since college. I love to drink Jasmine Tea, Smell like jasmine, and I have even attempted growing it. If you know me at all you know I have the super power to kill ANY plant no matter how hard I try to keep them alive.

I use this blend in the form of a roller, but be cautious as motivate contains citrus oils that may cause skin sensitivity in the sun.

This blend mixed with elevation is a great blend for the diffuser to keep things uplifted and stimulating! This article shows that peppermint significantly increases walking speed and distance in mice suggesting increased behavioral activity when diffused.  Also as a fun side note this article shows Peppermint oil targets headache pathophysiology in multiple ways and now is LICENSED for treatment at a 10% dilution for people with tension headaches. Motivate contains peppermint and the extra dash just sends it over the edge for a great way to decrease tension and increase activity!

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Feeling Gross!

IT HAPPENED! My 9 month old was crawling around on the floor at the doctor and the next day he was sick! We used his open airways blend (Cardamom, Frankincense and FCO) and diffused breathe, but on Sunday he secured my fate by sneezing his green snot all over my eyes and mouth! I really hate calling in sick because in my line of work there are more people affected then just me.

Menthol containing Essential oils are starting to have some supporting research showing they have a positive effect with inhalation on “mucus clearance in chronic airways obstruction.”

Menthol containing Essential oils are : Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Breathe, Deep blue and spearmint!

So for today’s post I will outline what I did to make myself functional and feeling better in 3 days!

Breathe Vapor rub stick on the chest and feet to open my airways!

On guard throat drops: AMAZING!

On Guard beadlets

Diffuse on Guard and breathe with serenity

Apply motivate and cheer in the morning and as needed through the day

Drink Starbucks citrus defenders and Lime water with raspberries

Use Elderberry drops (Thanks to my colleague Becky!)

And Lastly the use of my home made eucalyptus shower melts!

Here is the recipe!

To make your own shower melts you will need:

1 1/2 cups cornstarch
20 drops Breathe essential oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel (optional)
Food Coloring (optional)- DID NOT USE!
Water – 3 to 4 tablespoons to start, more will likely be needed
ice cube tray or silicone molds
medium size bowl
mixing spoon

 

Step #1 – Add your cornstarch, essential oils, witch hazel and food coloring to medium sized mixing bowl. Stir. It will be very powdery and clumpy.

Step #2 – Add water, starting with 3 Tablespoons. Mix well… it will start as a dry, crumbly mixture. Add water a few drops at a time and mix well. Then a few more drops and mix some more. Repeat until you get JUST past the crumbly point and the color is mixed in. If the mixture gets too wet, add a little more cornstarch.

Step #3 – Spoon the paste into the ice cube tray or silicone mold. Gently tap / shake to work out the bubbles. Freeze for at least 1 hour.