Monday, August 7, 2017

Tangerine Essential Oil

This month, doTERRA released Tangerine essential oil! Are you as excited as we are?  It's an economical citrus oil that can be used to support the immune system, reduce stress, in cooking and so much more!

It blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Clary Sage, Douglas fir, and Peppermint. Keep in mind that because it's a citrus oil, it's best to avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying it to the skin.

Here are 10 Ways to Use Tangerine Essential Oil:
  1. Sore muscles - Rub 1 drop of Tangerine oil on the area of concern.
  2. Poor Circulation and Water Retention - Rub 1 drop of Tangerine oil over the area of concern or place one drop in a veggie capsule and take internally. If you struggle with circulation issues often, especially water retention, you'll want to use foods and oils that will help support the adrenals. The adrenal glands control the levels of hormone aldosterone which is what keeps edema and swelling in check. 
  3. Achy joints - Rub 1 drop of Tangerine oil on the area of concern. 
  4. Summertime Diffuser Blend (this is a lovely blend!) - 3 drops Tangerine, 3 drops Lavender and 2 drops Douglas fir. 
  5. To Reduce Stress - Rub 1 drop of Tangerine and 1 drop of Lavender on the bottoms of the feet, or over the heart. 
  6. Congestion - Rub 1 drop of Tangerine and 1 drop of Eucalyptus over the chest. 
  7. Occasional Constipation - Rub 1 drop of Tangerine and 1 drop of Peppermint over the stomach. 
  8. Energy Boosting Diffuser Blend - 3 drops Tangerine, 3 drops Spearmint and 3 drops Lemongrass. 
  9. To Help Reduce Inflammation - Rub 1 drop of Tangerine and 1 drop of Frankincense on the bottoms of the feet each day. 
  10. To Support a Healthy Metabolism - Put 1-2 drops of Tangerine oil in ice water and drink throughout the day. If you're not comfortable using essential oils internally, you can use them however feels best for you. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Essential oils for summer

Staying Alert while Driving
If you start feeling drowsy, roll the window down for fresh air and take a whiff of an invigorating essential oil.
- Peppermint essential oil is a great essential oil for focus. Increases mental clarity and accuracy.
- Rosemary essential oil is versatile, stimulating and helpful for alertness.

Fear of Flying
For many, flying can be an unpleasant experience. Dealing with crowds, lugging baggage and long periods in small spaces can be stressful. For others, plane travel itself creates anxiety.

Here are some essential oils and blends that can help combat fear of flying and stress:
- Wild Orange and Lavender blend - Diffuse these two essential oils together to reduce fear and anxiety.
- Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, sweet aroma that is relaxing without sedating you. It stimulates the limbic part of the brain, helping the mind overcome stress and fear.
- Roman chamomile essential oil has a crisp and sweet aroma. It has a calming effect on the nerves.
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Bringing comfort with an aromatherapy hand massage

One of my most meaningful memories involving essential oils is when I travelled home and visited my dad's best friend when he was in a nursing home. I offered to give him a hand massage with Balance essential oil blend and fractionated coconut oil.  It was a simple offering, and I felt like it was a way for me to bring some comfort and care for someone who I loved and was like an uncle to me.

Balance essential oil blend is a blend of spruce, ho wood, frankincense, blue tansy and blue chamomile essential oils. It smells exactly like going for a walk through the woods and I find the scent very calming and grounding. It's my absolute favourite blend. It meant a great deal to me to share it with my dear friend and bring comfort to him in this way.
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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Wellness Consultations

Are you interested in natural solutions?

Do you need help managing your health concerns or reaching your wellness goals?
Did you know that essential oils can help with common health concerns, including:
  • stress / anxiety
  • energy / fatigue
  • sleep
  • digestion
  • hormone balance
  • weight management and
  • pain.
If you're not sure where to start and are curious about how essential oils can help, I would love to talk with you. I love helping people discover the health benefits of essential oils. 

Appointments are available in person, by phone or email.

Please contact Janice at 709-237-3689 or spirityoga@live.com to book a wellness consultation.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Essential oil spotlight: Arborvitae

Arborvitae (aka the tree of life):
  • protects against environmental and seasonal threats;
  • promotes healthy cell function;
  • powerful cleansing and purifying agent;
  • natural insect repellent;
  • protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity;
  • protects against common threats in the environment; and
  • traditionally used by Native Americans for health benefits.
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A vision of Whole Health

I love Lissa Rankin's TEDx talk, The Shocking Truth about Health.

Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women's health and wellness community OwningPink.com. Discouraged by the broken, patriarchal health care system, she left her medical practice in 2007 only to realize that you can quit your job, but you can't quit your calling. 
She teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment. She is leading a revolution to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, fostering self-healing, reconnecting health care and spirituality, empowering patients to tap into the mind's power to heal the body, and encouraging women not to settle for being merely well, but to strive for living vital, joyful, authentic lives full of "mojo."
I really resonated with her model of health and love that her background is a physician. Imagine a world of physicians and healers who help individuals to empower themselves to heal holistically by considering all aspects of their health (what she refers to as the "whole health cairn"):
  • physical health;
  • mental health;
  • financial health;
  • environmental health;
  • sexual health;
  • creativity;
  • spirituality - connection with the divine;
  • work / life purpose;
  • healthy relationships;
  • listening to one's "inner pilot light" / intuition / highest Self; and
  • focusing on gratitude, pleasure and love.
This is a model of whole health that I really resonate with.

A natural mid-day "pick me up"!

I am not a caffeine-drinker. No coffee or tea for me.

When I need a mid-day pick me up, I reach for my bottle of lime essential oil, open it up and take a big whiff!

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

Wow!!!

Instant pick me up!

Instant happy!

Daniel MacDonald in his Emotional Healing with Essential Oils book, states that lime is the oil for zest for life. It also encourages a balance between the heart and the mind, and brings balance to those who have over developed their intellectual capacities.

I *love* lime!!

And it's also a very affordable essential oil!!