Essential Oils for Sadness and Grief

The lessons from these oils keep on rolling in. I’m constantly surprised by their gentle power to shift my mood and physical experience in the space of a minute, or less!

Breathe (now called Easy Air, but it’ll continue to be Breathe in my mind for a while yet!)  is another oil blend I didn’t care all that much for to begin with.

Don’t judge an oil by its smell

The more I work with these oils the more I discover that smell isn’t everything, and our responses to the smell changes at any rate. It runs a lot deeper than whether you like the smell or not at first encounter. They are complex creatures. You have to spend some time with them. Get to know them. Experience the full-spectrum of their personalities.

Sometimes you need to be around people who will quietly and softly listen to you and hold space gently. Other times you need people who are going to give you the truth-bombs-no-more-bullshit-talk.  And so it is with the oils. Their unique profiles and personalities come into their own at different times in our lives.

So if you don’t like the smell at first, don’t write-them-off. Ever meet anyone you weren’t sure about at first, but then when you got to know them you began to love their quirks and uniqueness? I’m finding this is so with these oils.  Oils I really did NOT like at all are now my best buddies. Yes, I know I sound like a mad woman.

And Breeeeeeeeathe

Breathe/Easy Air is the respiratory blend and is good for, well, all things respiratory.  I have another lingering cold from the nursery bugs and a drop rubbed around my nostrils cleared my airways beautifully. They aren’t miracle cures. If you’re heavily bunged up a drop won’t miraculously make the cold go away, but it certainly helps.

Oils + Emotions

More importantly, or at least equally, on an emotional level, I’ve been experiencing some serious heart woes recently. Sorrow and grief have been around for a while and this is the best oil for sadness and grief of all types.

According to Chinese medicine the heart and lung area is where we store these emotions. I’m sure you’ve felt this in your own body. You don’t feel sadness and grief in your stomach, or knees, you feel it in your heart and chest area. Applying this oil invited me to breathe deeply and easily, making way for these emotions to move through (emotion = in motion, they are supposed to move through us, not get stuck in our body as we fight to resist them and push them away).

I love making little balms with the oils to carry with me. This one was so nice today rubbed onto my chest and neck 🙂

Breathe helps us experience our sadness and grief fully, without fighting, resisting or trying to hold it still to avoid the pain we fear. It supports us in letting this part of our human experience come through and move out, in a healthy way.

I’m astounded by the intelligence of these plants and their power to support me through this complex, interesting, challenging and beautiful journey that is life.

Are the oils whispering to you too??*

*it’s OK, I won’t tell anyone 😉

If you feel these oils are calling your name (they quite likely are) and your curiosity is spiked, then I recommend heading over to the shop and investing in the home essentials kit.  This kit includes the top 10 ‘essential’ essential oils that every home should have. These are pure certified therapeutic grade, which is important if you want to experience their healing properties as well as enjoy their aroma.

When you’ve worked your way through this kit you’ll know what these oils can do for you and what, if any, role they will play in your life going forwards. DoTerra offer so many wonderful oils and oil-based products, but my summary is that it’s the 80/20 rule. You will get 80% of the benefit from just these 10 oils. The kit also includes a beautiful diffuser so you can get those little dudes into action right away.

The offer here in the UK this month is a free bottle of copaiba with every home essentials kit.  Copaiba is an incredible oil, the most anti-inflammatory substance on earth. I’ve been using a drop under my tongue since he came into my life and I find he soothes my nerves wonderfully.

So, the short of it:

 

Go here to buy a home essentials kit, before the end of July if you’d like a free bottle of copaiba

Then go here to schedule a free half hour ‘I’ve got my oils, now what?’ session (subject to availability, so don’t delay!)

Top Tips for a NINJA immune system

Guard Your Sleep

Sleep is the best beauty cream and health supplement. Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis is one of the quickest ways to shoot your immunity in the foot. So get yourself a sweet bedtime routine, and wind down for some epic sleep to stay well.

My favourite ways to guard my sleep:

  • Turn off all electronics (including the TV!) an hour or two before bed. Give yourself time to literally unplug. Our devices give off a blue light that messes with our sleep hormone melatonin. The bright blue light of our dear screens and devices trick our brains into thinking it’s still daylight.
  • If you can’t bear to unplug look for special night settings that turn the harmful blue-rays down. For my computer I use f.lux, it’s a great programme that reduces your screen’s blue light: https://justgetflux.com/
  • Do something nice for yourself at the end of the day as a little self-care ritual, it’ll put you into a great mood for sleep. Some of my favourite things include making a nice herbal tea, giving myself a foot massage with some essential oils (cedarwood and lavender are two of my faves right now), and reading something inspiring, or journalling.

For more sleep tips, check this out.

Exercise & Movement

Exercise keeps our immune system-fighting strong, not least because it’s one of the most powerful anti-stress techniques. We all need lots of daily movement,  but sadly our sedentary culture means most of us aren’t getting anywhere near enough movement,

Try slotting 20 minutes of movement at the beginning of the day, before the day gets away from you. Then, whatever way the winds blow later in the day, you’ll always be getting a minimum amount of exercise each day.

If 20 minutes seems like too much, start with 10 minutes. If that’s too much, go to 5 minutes. Make it a habit! Daily is the key, even if it’s just a small amount, you’ll earn good compound interest on it over time.  

Besides exercise, keep your eyes peeled for ‘opportunities to move’.  Do you have to sit down while you take that phone call? Could you stand? Walk? Squat?! Ask yourself ‘how can I get more movement into my daily life?” and watch as the opportunities start to present themselves.  Katy Bowman’s book Move Your DNA offers lots of inspiring information and ideas. Her podcast is also well worth listening too. Just make sure you listen on the go 😉

 

Eat Real Food

Specifically lots of plants, ideally those in season.  When we eat plants they gift us their immunity, we benefit from the many wondrous chemicals and compounds that comprise their immunity.

When we eat local and seasonal fruits and vegetables we receive the immunity from plants that are set up to thrive in our area, which is where we too are looking to thrive.

Another way to get more plant goodness is to use a variety of herbs and spices in your meals. The amount of antioxidants in herbs and spices compared to regular plants is crraaaay-zy.

Check out this ORAC Scale chart that illustrates the point nicely. Something like  blueberries, which are well-known for their antioxidant punch, score around 2,400. Clove on the other hand, scores over a million!! See, craaaazy!

Don’t miss out, get your herbs and spices in there. It’s as simple as sprinkling some cinnamon on your porridge.

I’ve recently gone next level by incorporating some pure essential oils into some of my foods.  Right now I’m loving adding a drop of doTERRA’s On Guard blend to my porridge. It includes clove, cinnamon and wild orange so packs a powerful antioxidant punch, and is delicious to boot.  It’s been great while I’ve been away from home especially as I haven’t had my herbs and spices on hand and travelling about opens you up to all sorts of new bugs and possible infections, so you want to be more On Guard then ever. See what I did there? 🙂  Cinnamon is also super-duper useful in reducing sugar-cravings.

Which leads to the next point, reduce your sugar intake! It suppresses your immune system. This one’s a little tough for me as I’m a chocoholic, but the cinnamon is definitely helping!

 

Chill-ax – Reduce Stress

Stress puts you into fight-or-flight mode which suppresses functions that aren’t needed for the fight-or-flight. Our hectic modern lives are often fraught with low-level stress, so get yourself a strategy to deal with it. Create boundaries for yourself, don’t take on too much, take time out each day to just breathe and relax.

Carve out some time either at the beginning or end of each day (ideally both!) just for you, to meditate, journal, do some yoga…whatever helps you imprint a pattern of ease on your mind-body-spirit. Without some conscious practices built into your routine you’ll easily be swept up by the stress that surrounds us all. Unless you’re a complete cucumber and just too cool and totally unflappable. #envyyou

Mind Your Gut

The gut is known as the second brain. In Ayurveda it’s hailed as the root of all health. If digestion is healthy everything else is good, if digestion is messed up, all manner of problems unfold.

Did you know that 80% of our immunity is in our gut? And 90% of our serotonin!

Our gut is one place that’s full of bacteria. In fact, for every 1 human cell there are around 10 bacteria cell. We are totally outnumbered, so we better keep the bacteria dudes happy.

The best way to take care of your gut is to cut out (or seriously reduce) processed and junk food. Eat real foods that keep gut bacteria happy. You might also consider taking a probiotic – a supplement made of different bacterias that helps out the good bacterias in there.  Another great option is to eat fermented foods, these serve as wonderful probiotics. I always have a batch of sauerkraut on the go, it couldn’t be easier to make, see recipe here:

Consider Supplements

Do some research into supplements to see if you might benefit from any. Most of us in the northern hemisphere at least need to supplement with vitamin D in the winter as we just don’t get enough sun exposure and this is a vital vitamin for our healthy functioning.

 

Reduce Your Toxic Load

If you’re eating well, exercising, sleeping like a trooper, taking time to zen-out and stay cool, then it might be time to look at reducing your toxic load.

Something like 80,000-90,000 chemicals have been introduced into our environment in the last 50-100 years or so. We’ve never been exposed to such a variety of chemicals, many of which haven’t been studied or testing thoroughly. They’re in our face cream, our toothpaste, our shampoo, our cleaning products, our carpets, furniture, even in our water supply. Everywhere you look, they’ll be room for improvement.

Don’t get bogged down. Notice the products you have in your home that you’re using regularly. Check out the ingredients labels. Don’t freak out at the enormity of the problem and do nothing. Pick one things at a time and see if there’s a better option available. Better still, have fun making your own products!  

 

Action Steps:

Use the Think Dirty App to help you assess products and make better purchasing decisions. 
If you’d like to be in good company as you lighten your toxic-load then join my natural living facebook group for ideas and chit-chat on this topic. 

If you’re interested in using essential oils to uplevel your health and wellbeing then check out the link below. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I’m here to help!

How to Forest Bathe…From Your Living Room

Born to Forest Bathe

You’ve probably heard of forest bathing and how beneficial it is for us. It’s the practice of consciously going out into the woods to reap the benefits of simply being in a natural environment.

We evolved with the natural world so our bio-rhymes are linked to the rhythms of nature. We are happiest and healthiest when this connection is strong.  The old adage early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise nods to this long-standing truth. We’ve evolved to rise and rest with the sun, to eat the plants and animals in our environment.  Being close to nature brings us home to ourselves, it harmonises our body. 

The Modern Dilemma

But it’s tricky in today’s world. We live in houses, often in cities, cut off from the natural world around us. We often have little contact with the source of our food.  We’re constantly exposed to EMFs and junk light via all our wonderful devices. In evolutionary terms this is all VERY new information for  our ancient-monkey-bodies.

What’s in a Forest?

A Japanese scientist named Qing Lil wondered what it was exactly about being in the forests that improved health measures such as our hormone levels and blood pressure. He suspected that it might be the aromatic molecules given off by the trees.  

He ran a little experiment with some subjects in two hotel rooms. In one room he diffused cypress essential oil and in the control room nothing was diffused. Those in the cypress room showed a 20% increase in cells that are vital for immune function and reported feeling less fatigued. The control group reported no changes.

While there’s obviously nothing quite like going into the woods and doing a full 360 degree immersion in nature, it’s good to know we can bring a bit of the forest into our homes and still reap some of the benefits.

Grab a good quality essential oil and diffuse away. My favourite oil right now for full-foresty-feelz is cedarwood.  It’s like an aromatic hug from a tree. What’s your favourite oil?

If you’d like to learn more about oils join my Essential Wellness Facebook Group.

One Small Victory – DIY Hand Sanitiser Recipe

I’m on a mission this year to detox the world.  Ambitious I know, it oughta keep me out of the fridge at least.

I’m starting with my own personal-world, and boy is there work to do.  Since having a baby, everywhere I look, I see potential danger. BPA in plastics leeching into foods, toxins in household cleaning products getting soaked up by baby lungs, chemicals in carpets, furniture, beauty products…argggghhh…literally everywhere. We’re surrounded.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed of course. So I’m taking it slow.  One small change at a time.

The latest discovery on my natural-living mission is that antibacterial soaps, and those antibacterial hand-sanitisers…well, they aren’t so good (basically, you should probably assume everything is bad for you unless proven otherwise!!).

They are so bad that the FDA, who aren’t exactly known for being on the ball about these sorts of things, have told manufacturers who make these products that they have to prove that the antibacterial chemical in them is actually helpful or they have to stop selling it in the next couple of years.

But why wait until then. Let’s cut this stuff loose from our home environments TODAY.  Carpe diem!

Just wash your hands with good old fashioned soap and water. And make your own natural hand sanitiser for when you’re on the go.

Make Your Own Hand Sanitiser

Making your own hand sanitiser couldn’t be easier.

What you’ll need:

  • A small jar and spray top. I re-used an old essential oil bottles and just purchased the spray-top
  • Tablespoon of aloe vera (I have plants at home, so easy to keep and they come in useful for lots of DIY beauty products)
  • 10 drops of a good essential oil that has disinfecting properties (e.g. lemon, teatree, lime, cinnamon, peppermint, thyme, on guard) I used the On Guard Protective Blend as the combination of oils was designed for this sort of thing.
  • Water

Add the aloe vera gel, then the essential oil, shake well and fill the rest of the jar with water.

Done. You are ready to rock.