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Essential Oils for Inflammation

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One of the most common questions I hear is how to use essential oils for inflammation. Unchecked inflammation causes all sorts of problems especially with your heart and kidneys.

So just what is inflammation? Healthline.com gives a really simple explanation of inflammation:

Inflammation occurs in the body when the immune system is activated. Inflammation can have many different causes, such as from an infection or even a reaction to a food allergy. The body senses that something is wrong, so it sends blood cells to that area to help heal what’s wrong and kill off any “invaders.”

Chronic inflammation can be even more damaging as left unchecked, your immune system is always on guard. Eventually, your immune system gets “tired” and you get sick. According to Facty Health, some things that cause inflammation are:

  1. Digestive troubles
  2. Emotional stress
  3. Physical stress
  4. Insulin resistance
  5. Hormonal imbalance
  6. Synthetic fibers (i.e. latex)
  7. Poor diet
  8. Food allergies
  9. Chemicals
  10. Trigger foods (i.e. corn, safflower oil)

No matter what, there will always be a bit of inflammation in your system – this is good. It’s when the inflammation is not kept in check by a healthy diet and lifestyle that it becomes an issue.

Staying away from foods that cause inflammation is a real key to a healthy diet – which is any food high in sugar and saturated fats. So, what are good foods that fight inflammation?

  • Fatty fish
  • Whole grains
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Nuts such as walnuts and almonds
  • Beets and beetroot juice
  • Garlic and onions
  • Olive oil (Make sure it’s REAL olive oil!)
  • Naturally fermented sauerkraut
  • Berries and tart cherries

I’d like to note something important here: eating right and eating well are two completely different things.

If you have a gluten intolerance, whole grains are going to make you miserable. If garlic and onions give you indigestion, it doesn’t make life any easier. If you’re allergic to histamines, then eating sauerkraut or other naturally fermented foods will make your head and nose stuffy.

See what I mean? Eat the right foods for you that help with inflammation.

2010 study found that there are some essential oils that inhibit inflammation, especially Oregano and Thyme. Frankincense and German Chamomile are both good choices as well.

With that said – using essential oils for inflammation can be a huge help but only if you’re making healthy lifestyle choices to supplement and help them. There’s a lot you can do to help yourself by taking advantage of aromatherapy. 

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If you think you’re dealing with inflammation, the first thing you need to do is talk to your healthcare professional to get to the root cause. If you don’t do that, then anything you do to relieve the inflammation is simply putting a band-aid on the situation.

It’s the same thing as disconnecting the check engine light on your car. The problem is still there, you’re simply ignoring it. Eventually, the engine will stop running. By paying attention to your body (your engine) now, you greatly increase your chances of healthy living.

Using Aromatherapy to Address Inflammation

So the question becomes: do essential oils really help with inflammation? The short answer is yes, but. Yes, they do help with inflammation – there have been many studies confirming this and lots of oils have natural anti-inflammatory properties. But use them in addition to healthy lifestyle choices. Inflammation doesn’t appear in your body overnight and essential oils alone won’t make it go away overnight. 

If you have occasional issues with inflammation, you can use this blend to assist you:

Anti-Inflammatory Oil

  • 1 ounce of Trauma Oil
  • 3 drops of Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia:
  • 3 drops of Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
  • 5 drops of Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 3 drops of German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
  • 3 drops of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool)
  • 1 ounce dark glass bottle with treatment pump

Blend all the listed essential oils in 1 oz. of Trauma Oil. Apply gently to inflamed area 5-6 times daily. You can use this long term as well.

If you don’t have these oils on hand, I make this blend for $36.95. You can choose Custom Blend in the shopping cart and I will send an invoice to you for the balance of the payment. Or you can simply send an email to me and I’ll take care of you in one easy step.

I want to help you take charge of your well-being. It’s not hard to do and yes, aromatherapy can make a major difference.

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or fill out the contact form.

Do it today.

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.

 

Are You Feeling Stuck?

Are You Feeling Stuck, coaching, in a rut, head or chest cold, feeling stuckIt seems like wintertime gets a lot of people feeling stuck in a rut. When I say feeling stuck in a rut, I mean your energy seems sluggish and there’s no spring in your step.

It could mean that you feel stuck emotionally and energetically or it could be congestion from a head or chest cold that just won’t budge.

When your energy seems stuck and your head or chest cold seems to linger, it’s a great time to bring out the conifer oils to get your energy and your congestion moving.

All essential oils have energetic qualities to them and the conifer oils such as Black Spruce, Hemlock (not the deadly kind), Pine and Fir are all steam distilled from the needles and cones. The needles of conifers allow them to breathe, protect them from water loss and support photosynthesis.

Andrea Butje, owner of Aromahead Institute talks about Black Spruce (Picea mariana) in her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy:

Black Spruce has a helpful presence in blends for soothing respiratory issues and “sprucing up” your energy. It can support you through colds, the flu, coughs and allergies.

Andrea goes on to say that Black Spruce is an excellent oil for staying healthy and vibrant in winter and anytime people around you are sick. Just about anywhere you go in wintertime, someone is coughing or sneezing, coming down with something or getting over something, so black spruce is a great oil to keep on hand.

Black Spruce  is also very good when you have aches and pains with your cold or flu. You can add 6 – 8 drops to one ounce of carrier oil such as argan or almond and massage your sore muscles as it has a rejuvenating effect. Moving Stuck Energy

Another oil that Andrea talks about for respiratory health and sore muscles is Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis). It’s interesting how she says Hemlock supports your energy: 

While hemlock soothes muscles, it does so in a way that releases energy rather than relaxes it. Hemlock is a great essential oil for feeling vibrant and overcoming fatigue, especially during the long, dark months of the year. 

One of the oils that it blends especially well with is Black Spruce. If you have a cold or the flu or you are around people who are sick, this combination is ideal to diffuse as they are both excellent at fighting infections.

I learned so many wonderful things from Andrea during my aromatherapy studies. The area that had the biggest effect on me was the emotional support that essential oils provide. She is very intuitive and her wisdom in this area is the reason that I approach my aromatherapy practice with your emotional well-being in mind.

How To Get Out Of Your Rut

Here is my personal blend to use anytime you are feeling stuck in a rut, whether it is energetically or from congestion:

Get Unstuck Diffuser Blend

  • 2 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 2 drops Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
  • 2 drops Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • 2 drops Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

Add to a cold mist diffuser whenever you have a cold, the flu, sinus issues or just feeling stuck in a rut. You can also add this blend to one ounce of carrier oil and massage into your chest and back. I have 10 mL stock bottles of the pure, undiluted Get Unstuck blend for $19.95 plus $3.95 shipping. Simply send an email requesting this blend and I’ll take care of you!

Essential oils offer so much to help you take charge of your overall well-being and aromatherapy and holistic life coaching are my way of helping you help yourself. I want to help you enjoy your life to the fullest and experience your best version of goodness.

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or click here to fill out the contact form.

Take charge of your overall well-being and take the first step – let’s get started today.

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.

Do You Have Sleep Deprivation?

sleep deprivation, sleep deprived, insomnia, non-addicting sleep aid for insomnia, natural sleep aid, how to fall asleepDo you have sleep deprivation? I’d almost bet you are sleep deprived. We’re a 24/7 world, always connected, always on, always awake.

Our bodies are wired to sleep when the sun goes down and rise when the sun comes up.

We have been sleep deprived since October 22, 1879. That is the day that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. After that day, it was game on for packing ever more into our busy schedules.

What is sleep deprivation and are YOU sleep deprived? I’m pretty sure I am, even though I try to get 8 – 9 hours of sleep every night.

Just because you go to bed at a decent hour doesn’t mean you’re getting enough sleep. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute offers this definition of sleep deprivation (and deficiency):

  • You don’t get enough sleep (sleep deprivation)
  • You sleep at the wrong time of day (that is, you’re out of sync with your body’s natural clock)
  • You don’t sleep well or get all of the different types of sleep that your body needs
  • You have a sleep disorder that prevents you from getting enough sleep or causes poor quality sleep

Even though I try to get into bed by 10 – 11 PM every night, it doesn’t mean I sleep the whole night through. Every once in a while, insomnia strikes and I get into a pattern where my body (read that my monkey mind) wakes up at 3 AM and it’s game on. At best, I toss and turn; at worst, I’m wide awake for the rest of the night.

Sound familiar?

One of the products I created for just this issue is Sleepytime Lotion. Put a squirt of it on your chest about 15 minutes before you go to sleep and drift off to lala land. Before you pop that sleeping tablet (and feel groggy and disjointed the next day), think about using a plant-based product like Sleepytime Lotion first. 

Sleep deprivation can cause car and workplace accidents as well. How many times have you been driving and felt like you could nod off any any moment?

Christopher Barnes of the University of Washington wrote an article for the Huffington Post on how stress impacts your sleep. Show of hands – who is NOT stressed?

Barnes writes that work stress in particular plays a role in poor quality of sleep. Work is stressful sometimes, there’s no way to avoid it. Then, to make matters worse, lack of sleep makes you more stressed! He says that social support is good in stressful situations and having regular sleep patterns is even better.

YooHealth.com and found a wonderful article on the ins and outs of sleep deprivation. Here’s some fast facts about sleep deprivation from that article:

  • When you do not get the amount of sleep you require, you begin to accumulate what is known as sleep debt. sleep deprived, sleep debt,
  • Teenagers need the same amount of sleep as small children, and those over 65 need the least amount of anyone. The average adult requires a middle amount.
  • It is estimated that fatigue is the cause of 1 in 6 fatal road accidents. (!!!)
  • It can damage your skin, causing bags and wrinkles that worsen over time. In addition to this, it can weaken your immune system so you become sick more frequently. (AACK!)
  • A lack of sleep can increase feelings of depression and anxiety.

Are you beginning to see why sleep is so important?

Breaking the Cycle of Sleep Deprivation

There are other ways to break this vicious cycle. I could go on and on about stress management, but really, how do you manage stress? The easiest way to manage your stress is to walk around the block. I’m not kidding!

When you move your body (even if it’s only for 10 minutes), your body releases endorphins. When your body releases endorphins into your system, they act like sedatives. You feel calmer and less stressed.

According to WebMD.com, even a small amount of exercise makes a huge difference. Regular exercise is proven to:

Sleep deprivation makes life harder. The bottom line – make sleep a priority.

How Does Aromatherapy Help You Sleep?

As an aromatherapist, I use a number of essential oils to calm your central nervous system and help you relax. I use several of them to make a wonderful non-addicting sleep aid for insomnia to use at bedtime to help you relax and sleep restfully. Along with Sleepytime Lotion, here’s another blend you might like to help you sleep:

Good Sleep Blend

  • 10 drops of May Chang (Litsea cubeba)
  • 10 drops of Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
  • 10 drops of Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
  • 2 ounces of Unscented Lotion
  • 2 ounce jar with lid

Combine all ingredients into jar and stir well. Apply each night to your chest and back of neck, preferably about 15 minutes before bedtime.

I get my essential oils from Aromatics International – a wonderful small business who goes directly to a network of small distillers around the world for pure essential oils. You can purchase directly from them, too, there’s nothing to join and they offer free shipping.

I know the frustration of not getting a good night’s sleep. Please think seriously about moving your body and reducing stress with the amazing goodness of essential oils. I use them every night just for reducing stress and good sleep.

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. Simply fill out this contact form and I’ll take it from there. Don’t wait – let’s get started today.

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.

Good Essential Oils for Wintertime

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As usual, it’s aromatherapy to the rescue! There’s several good essential oils for wintertime that help you focus, stay alert and help fight off the blues. And many of these are immune stimulating essential oils which is always good in the wintertime!

Peppermint (Mentha x peperita)

Peppermint is probably one of my favorite oils. It has very versatile and it does so much to help you especially in the winter. It can help clear your energy, it’s uplifting and stimulating to your mind to combat fatigue, it awakens and refreshes, it stimulates the digestion of new ideas and creativity and supports self confidence.

It is a well-known and proven analgesic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and also helps with itching. Please use caution when using peppermint with children.

Lemon (Citrus limon)

Nearly everyone loves the aroma of fresh squeezed lemons. It has such an uplifting scent and as such, helps reduce anxiety and depression. Lemon essential oil with its components limonene and citral, can decrease both physical and psychological stress.

Wintertime is stressful with all the extra clothes you have to wear and snow and ice on the streets. With its antibacterial and antioxidant actions, anti-inflammatory actions, and activating, tonic effects on the mind and body,

Lemon essential oil can be used to help support the immune system and promote well-being. It also supports healthy liver function.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

I have to say, Clary Sage is an amazing oil – another one of my favorites. It reduces anxiety, calms the mind and is emotionally uplifting, all good qualities to have for those dark winter nights. Home of Real Aromatherapy

Clary Sage has a wide range of actions for people with respiratory issues such as asthma. It seems like we catch more colds during the winter and the properties of Clary Sage are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic – perfect for everyday use.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

If there is one oil that is amazing and perfect to have on hand in the wintertime, it’s Oregano. There is scientific proof that Oregano has extremely effective properties against methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), showing a higher effectiveness than 18 currently used drugs. Oregano is exceptional for your respiratory and digestive systems and is a good natural antiseptic due to the Thymol content.

What more could you ask for in a wintertime oil – it’s a stimulating nerve tonic, warming and calming and gives a feeling of well being. It also helps relieve the fear associated with anxiety.

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

No list would be complete with Lavender. Whatever the situation is, whatever time of the year it is, use Lavender. It’s a known anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, it makes a great analgesic and it promotes balance and relaxation. Lavender is also an immunostimulant and helps with depression as well. I love this stuff!

All of these essential oils are available at Aromatics International to help you get through this winter. And if you’re reading this post during warmer days, there’s some good essential oils for summer, too.

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. 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.

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.