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Feeling Stressed? Here’s An Amazing Synergy Blend

Feel Stressed? Amazing Synergy Blend

When I’m feeling stressed, my favorite combination of essential oils is Neroli/Petitgrain Co-Distill, Bergamot, Sweet Basil and Clary Sage. I call it my Amazing Synergy Blend and I feel wonderful just talking about it!

There’s this sharpness and sweetness and tang and balsamic note and…well, there’s so much to share with you about this combination! Here’s what’s in it:

  1. Sweet Basil (Ocimum balisicum ct linalool) – it has this wonderful herbaceous, spicy sweet scent. As much as you love to have it in your salad or spaghetti sauce, it’s even better as an essential oil. It helps with the occasional upset stomach, stimulates healthy functioning of the immune system, helps support clear thinking, and brings clarity to the mind.
  2. Neroli/Pettigrain Co-Distill (Citrus aurantium var amara) added to that smells SO good! The flowers and leaves of the Citrus Aurantium tree are distilled together to make this amazing oil that is used to support sleep, reduce anxiety and muscle spasms. It is deeply sedative and is amazing for anxiety as well as calming and soothing for the heart. I love this scent so much that I put it in nearly everything I blend!
  3. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) rounds out this amazing blend – If you haven’t taken a whiff of it then you don’t know what you’re missing! It’s sweet, fruity, floral and herbaceous and it’s this herbaceous tone that makes it so appealing. Clary Sage relaxes nervous tension, anxiety, depression and stress; eases menopause discomfort and supports healthy lung function.
  4. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is a go-to oil for every aromatherapist. Bergamot is universally known to help lift a cloud of depression and assists with reducing pain and inflammation. Emotionally and energetically, Bergamot is deeply relaxing and restorative – and I love the citrusy scent.

How Does This Synergy Blend Help With Stress?

Where this blend really shines is to help you with stress. There are times when life simply happens and your stress level is higher than normal. When you have to face what’s going on, then it’s good to have a helping hand – especially a helping hand that relaxes you and boosts your immune system at the same time! Scented Balance Aromatherapy

It’s my favorite combination for the emotional support it offers. Each oil in and of itself is emotionally uplifting – in particular the Clary Sage and Basil. The synergy of these four oils is amazing for your senses and for any kind of anxiety or stress.

I put my combination in a diffuser that I use every day, especially at the markets. I’ve had so many people ask me “what smells so good?” Once they get a whiff of my personal synergy blend, they want it, too! I call it my Amazing Synergy Blend.

If you would like a 5 mL bottle, simply click on Custom Blends in the Aromatherapy Shop and type in “Amazing Synergy Blend” in the notes.

Amazing Just Because

You don’t have to feel stressed out to use my Amazing Synergy Blend! Even under the calmest of circumstances, it’s a wonderful blend to inhale every single day. It’s a way to help balance your emotions, stay calm and feel uplifted.

You can diffuse this blend or dilute it with your favorite carrier oil. Both methods provide a perfect way to enjoy this amazing scent.

Over the next few months, I’ll talk about essential oils and more synergy blends to help deal with daily life. I hope you’ll stay tuned! If you would like to know where to buy pure essential oils, go to Aromatics.com. This is an awesome company supporting farmers who practice ethical, sustainable and organic farming. 

How can I help you today? You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or fill out the contact form.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by – let’s talk today.

Blessings,

Melissa

PS – the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.

 

How Can I Use Essential Oils?

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Lots of people ask me “how can I use essential oils?” The short answer is “easy-peezy” and the long answer isn’t much longer than that. :o)

Here’s four excellent – and easy – ways to use your essential oils.

  1. Topically. With most oils, you need to dilute a few drops in carrier oil such as jojoba, almond or coconut. After mixing the essential oil into the carrier oil, you can apply to your skin to address any number of issues such as respiratory, anxiety, pain and digestion.
  2. Diffusion – meaning you put a few drops of essential oil into a cold mist diffuser and let it permeate your space. When you breathe in the diffused essential oils, they get into your system much quicker. This is a good way to help your space smell really nice and clear out germs, especially if someone has a cold or the flu.
  3. Clean your house. Seriously! Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Oregano and Lemon essential oils are excellent for cleaning and disinfecting around the house. Just add 5 drops of each oil into an 8 ounce spray bottle, add one tablespoon of Castile soap and fill with white vinegar. Shake it up and spray away! Not only are you cleaning and disinfecting, but you are boosting your immune system at the same time. Who knew?
  4. Inhalation. Simply open the cap and breathe in the bounty that nature provides.

Something I want to stress here – and this is very important – please always avoid your eyes and ears when using essential oils and never use essential oils directly on children younger than two.

Here are some ideas for using essential oils:

  • Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil and a half cup of Epsom salts to your warm bath before you go to bed.
  • Have a headache? Combine 5 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Peppermint essential oils in one ounce of Aloe Vera gel and apply to your temples and the back of your neck.
  • If you struggle to focus in the afternoon (especially during really l-o-o-n-g meetings), take a few deep breaths of Peppermint essential oil to help you stay alert and focused. If you can, diffuse it into the air and everyone will stay alert – maybe the meeting will end quicker! ;o)
  • Tummy ache? Take a two drops of Peppermint and rub directly on your belly. If you have sensitive skin, put the drops of Peppermint into some Aloe Vera gel or unscented lotion and rub on your belly.
  • Struggling with depression and anxiety? Put a few drops of Bergamot on a cotton ball and inhale it deeply – or even from the bottle. This is a wonderful oil to diffuse to help relieve stress and it promotes a balanced nervous system.
  • Do your gym clothes still smell like the gym even after you’ve washed them? Add 5 drops of Tea Tree oil to your wash to get rid of that “stinky” smell.

The Benefits of Using Essential Oils

Essential oils are so concentrated that you only need a few drops at a time. More is NOT better in this instance. When you use essential oils, you are actually helping your body. Some oils actually boost your immune system, some are amazing anti-bacterials and others can help with coughs, colds, digestive issues and many other areas of daily life. How Can I Use Essential Oils?

If you don’t have regular access to health care, essential oils can help you take control of your well-being.

Cleaning products are so full of toxins, so the next time you are cleaning the bathtub, try this recipe:

DIY Soft Scrubbing Cleanser

  • 3/4 cup      baking soda
  • 1/4 cup      Castile soap
  • 2 TBSP      distilled water
  • 5 drops each of Lemon, Peppermint and Tea Tree Essential Oils

Mix together well and put in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

As a Precautionary Measure…

If you are pregnant or nursing, you should not use essential oils without first talking to an experienced certified or clinical aromatherapist. You have to assume that all essential oils will cross the placenta and there are some oils that can harm your unborn child or a breast-feeding infant.

The best essential oils that I have found come from a company called Aromatics International (aromatics.com) based in Montana. They get their pure  essentials directly from farmers using ethical, sustainable, and organic growing practices.

Hope this helps you get started with essential oils. I would love to help you take charge of your healthcare by incorporating essential oils into your daily life. If you’re still not sure about aromatherapy, read this post which explains how essential oils can help you.

You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or simply fill out the contact form.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by.

Blessings,

Melissa

PS – the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.

 

 

Let’s Calm Down With Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil, How Do I Calm Down, Lavender OilLet’s calm down this week with Lavender essential oil. Lavender has so many wonderful uses – so many ways this amazing oil can help you without any side effects. It’s also one of the oils I use the most in my aromatherapy practice.

Lavender essential oil has a soft, herbaceous floral scent and simply opening the bottle and taking a deep breath through your nose can help you relax.

It’s wonderful for headaches and migraines, pain, anxiety and just about anything else you can think of. No matter what the situation, Lavender helps.

Each essential oil has its’ own energetic qualities and Lavender is no exception. You can use Lavender to calm, soothe and nurture; it encourages balance in all body systems; helps to reduce anxiety and fear as well as help to calm and control panic attacks.

If you want to get a bottle of Lavender that is pure and therapeutic-grade, I use two companies: Aromatics International and Eden’s Garden. Both companies offer pure unsprayed oils – which is very important! Your liver still has to filter whatever you put on – and in – your body. Pure, unsprayed essential oils are the kindest to your body and I only use these for all the aromatherapy products I create.

If you are pregnant or nursing, you should not use essential oils without first talking to an experienced clinical or certified aromatherapist. You have to assume that all essential oils will cross the placenta and there are some oils that can harm your unborn child or a breast-feeding infant.

How Do I Calm Down With Lavender?

All you have to do to calm down is open the bottle and deeply breathe in the beautiful aroma – I suggest keeping your lips closed and breathe in through your nostrils to get the most out of the oil. Using Lavender to Calm Down

Simply spraying some Lavender Linen Spray on your pillow or jammies can do wonders to relax an overworked or exhausted body, mind and spirit. 

 

How does Lavender essential oil work? Here is some information from the Lavender data sheet provided by the Aromahead Institute

Lavender has outstanding sedative and healing effects on the nervous system. Considering that so many illnesses are stress related, Lavender holds a special place in both preventive health care and in the treatment of tension-related illnesses.

Lavender is renowned for its ability to heal the skin (burns, ulcers, itching, rashes, irritations, infections, wounds, and other types of damage). This is due to its portfolio of properties (anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, edema reducing, anti-allergic, and broad spectrum antimicrobial activity).

Lavender is a tonic. It is healing on both body and mind, and can strengthen and restore vitality.

Believe it or not – lavender is amazingly easy to grow in many climates! I have three lavender plants growing in my yard that I bought several years ago. They’re beautiful, fragrant and easy to care for. To get started, read this blog post about growing and caring for lavender from DIY Garden. There’s lots of tips and tricks as well as information on many of the different varieties of lavender. It simply depends on your preference.

What is a tonic?

A tonic is something that strengthens and restores vitality. If you go back to the energetic qualities of Lavender, you see that it encourages balance in all body systems. Lavender is an amazing tool when addressing balance in body, mind and spirit.

What are you dealing with today that is causing stress and tension? As your aromatherapist and life coach, how can I help you calm down?

You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or simply fill out the contact form. Either way – let’s talk – and calm down together.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by.

Blessings,

Melissa

PS – *The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.

What is Aromatherapy?

essential oils uses, What is Aromatherapy, using essential oils, therapeutic-grade essential oils, body, mind and spirit, What is aromatherapy? I get asked that question a lot. Someone will ask me what I do for a living and when I tell them, they look at me like a deer caught in headlights.

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy – NAHA – answers this question beautifully:

Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.  It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.

So, in a nutshell, as an aromatherapist, I offer plant-based guidance and tools to help your body, mind and spirit be as healthy as possible. Aromatherapy aims to address the fact that your body, mind and spirit are connected – not separate.

I don’t just look at the physical issues that you confidentially discuss with me. I also look at what’s going on emotionally as well.

Why?

Why Do Emotions Matter?

I am a firm believer that all physical maladies begin in the 6 inches between your ears. Yes – I know – smoking causes cancer, too much junk may cause diabetes, too much stress causes heart attacks, etc., etc., etc.

I get that.

What most people don’t get is that the underlying reasons why we smoke, eat junk and feel stressed out is based on emotions. I have learned an all too difficult lesson that my emotional reactions causes most of my pain on an emotional level which usually comes out in something physical – especially when I try to stifle those emotions. Emotions and Aromatherapy

Case in point – I’m really having a tough time with my left shoulder. It hurts; I can’t exercise and free movement is hampered. Shoulder pain is all about bearing a load that is too heavy and, for me personally, trying to do everything by myself. Yep – you guessed it – the emotional stress of trying to do everything alone is showing up as physical pain in my shoulder.

So what am I doing about it? Actually, I’m doing a lot.

First of all, some things that I thought were important had to go by the wayside. I have learned that I can’t do everything by myself and expect to get a good night’s rest. Nor can I go wide open day in and day out and expect to remain healthy.

Oh – and believe it or not, I forget to eat. Seriously. I get so wrapped up in what I’m doing that I don’t listen to my body rhythms. Simply sitting down at the table with clean healthy food makes a huge difference in my stress level.

Secondly – and I believe this is very important – I use pure essential oils to address my underlying emotional issues. I created a blend of essential oils that I diffuse in the air to assist in letting go of emotional baggage, to address old traumas, to shine a light on anger, and most of all, to calm and uplift my energy.*

How can I help you if I don’t help myself first? You can’t give someone a drink from an empty cup.

I love being an aromatherapist. It is fulfilling and speaks to my soul. Whenever a client comes back and tells me the blend I created really made a difference for their issue, it feeds my soul. 

I want to show you how easily you can take control of your physical, mental and spiritual health, too.

How does Aromatherapy help?

It’s important that you know: I cannot heal you in any way, shape or form. What I can do as an aromatherapist is offer an amazing plant-based tool that triggers your body’s innate healing ability – whether it be physical, mental or spiritual.*

My approach to aromatherapy is to address the whole person – body, mind and spirit. I focus on areas where I know aromatherapy makes a difference:

My fee for a one-hour confidential consultation is $95 plus the cost of blends. The consultation fee covers researching any medications you take, what issues you want to address and the essential oils that can help you trigger your body’s innate healing abilities.

I can’t make any guarantees – neither can your doctor – but what I can do is offer you natural – holistic – tools to help you take charge of your own well being. I work mainly through Skype so you don’t even have to leave your home.

Not everyone has access to regular doctor’s visits, and aromatherapy offers a way to get out ahead of minor issues before they become full-blown medical concerns.

Take that first step today – call, email or fill out the contact form and let’s get started today.

As always, I send you my blessings!

Melissa

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for any health issue.