Stress Less…Sniff Your Way To A Happier Week

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Essential oils has been used for centuries in assisting with healing the mind & body. These amazing oils offer a variety of healthy benefits. They’ve been shown to support gut health & immunity, aid in the detoxification of organs, & balance hormones—naturally! Essential oils have amazing effects on our mental state as well, and they’ve been shown to naturally elevate people’s moods.

You can use oils to stimulate the brain when you need to boost your mood or to relax & de-stress your mind. Their positive benefits on our emotions really are endless.

Try using these different oils each day to help elevate your mood & well being. Here are some of my favorite essential oils to help support an awesome mood. Diffuse 3 to 6 drops of them in your home or office using a diffuser, in a pot of steaming water, or, Pour ¼ cup of hot tap water into an attractive jar or container. Add ¼ cup alcohol (I used rubbing alcohol but apparently vodka works, too) and 20-25 drops of whatever essential oil you want to use. Swirl to mix. inhale a couple of drops from the bottle, or place a few drops in an Epsom salt bath for the ultimate at-home spa treatment.

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Monday

We all need a “pick me up” after the weekend. This is the beginning of our week, try using one or a combination of:

  • Peppermint is a popular oil that is said to stimulate the mind to help support memory, focus, concentration, and mental performance.
  • Lemon is very uplifting to the mind & body. Lemon, when used aromatically, promotes physical energy & purification. Its invigorating fragrance is warming, & there are many clinical studies supporting the use of lemon essential oil for reducing stress & boosting mood. A MUST have for Monday!
  • Frankincense is an amazing oil that has been used to support healthy cellular function for thousands of years. During biblical times, Frankincense was said to be even valued more than gold. Used aromatically, frankincense offers wonderful mood support & can help improve focus, minimize distractions & improve concentration. It also reduces hyperactivity, impatience, irritability & restlessness.

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Tuesday

Research has shown that stress levels seem to peak on Tuesday.

  • Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils…for good reason. It smells great & is an effective stress-relieving oil. In addition to stress-relieving properties, Lavender is a healing aid against colds, flu & migraines.
  • Vetiver is a really nice, thicker oil that carries an earthy fragrance. It has powerful calming & grounding effects on emotions. It can be used to relieve stress, promote restful sleep & aid in recovery from emotional trauma & shock.
  • Bergamot is one of my favorite citrus oils. This wonderful oil assists in reducing anxiety & depression, calming the mind & reducing worries.

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Wednesday

Falling into the hump-day slump? Can’t wait for Friday? Time for inspiration!

  • Eucalyptus offers many topical and aromatic benefits, this essential oil has a soothing, cooling vapor. Use Eucalyptus oil to invigorate, soothe & uplift. Try making your shower experience even more relaxing… Place a couple drops of Eucalyptus oil directly onto the shower floor while you are showering. The steam from the water will create a natural diffuser for the Eucalyptus oil, leaving you with a clear, invigorated feeling! You can also try putting a couple of drops in your shampoo for an invigorating treatment for your scalp.
  • Jasmine has an exquisitely floral aroma that is uniquely its own. A tiny bit goes a very long way! This wonderful oil is called the oil of optimism & confidence. I diffuse Jasmine in my office when I know I’ve got a tough job ahead. If I really need a boost, I will enhance this oil’s amazing effects by sipping some hot jasmine tea.
  • Clary Sage I call the oil of clarity & vision. This lovely oil can help change our perceptions, dispelling our limiting beliefs about our work & open our hearts & minds to new possibilities. It can inspire us to rely more on our intuition & expand our horizons. Clary Sage is one of the most relaxing, soothing & balancing essential oils, creating a restful environment while reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.

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Thursday

Almost to Friday! Hang in there, start getting into the weekend mood!

  • Ylang Ylang (pronounced as Eee-lang Eee-lang), was one of the first essential oils that I ever purchased & worked with. I couldn’t resist its intoxicating aroma. I love making an oil with Ylang Ylang & Clary Sage. This is known as the MOST powerful aphrodisiac combinations. 😉 Emotionally, this oil is known for being helpful with stress & anxiety. It’s also used in cases of depression or when trying to cope with anger. I use Ylang Ylang Oil in blends intended to focus upon happiness, gratitude & celebrating blessings. Ylang Ylang alone is also considered an aphrodisiac. 😉
  • Geranium is a strong smelling oil with a floral aroma & a hint of mint. This fresh essential oil has a firm place in aromatherapy, as it helps to balance the mind & emotions, while stimulating the adrenal cortex, balancing the hormonal system &  stimulating the lymphatic system.
  • Orange has a wonderfully uplifting aroma, this is one of the most popular of essential oils within aromatherapy. The aroma of Orange Oil is cheerful and helps to improve the aroma of a stale-smelling room. The very smell of orange essential oil reminds you of happy moments & brings pleasant thoughts to mind. That is why this oil is so frequently used in aromatherapy.

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Friday

Scent the mood for a hot night or a much needed girls night out!

  • Sandalwood sedates inflammation, anxiety, fear, stress, & restlessness. Furthermore, it induces relaxation, calmness, concentration, inner vision, & positive thoughts. Sandalwood is particularly useful for enhancing mood & providing grounding & uplifting feelings during meditation. Mix Sandalwood with Ylang Ylang or Jasmine for a “hot night in”!
  • Oregano has been found to boost dopamine, & then it goes on to boost noradrenaline & serotonin, other functions oregano oil reduces the inflammation of the brain, which can resolve depression and boosts the mood.
  • Patchouli provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions. I’m not alone in my fondness for Patchouli Essential Oil…Patchouli is regularly used in the perfume industry & its aroma is suitable for unisex & men’s blends. It can act as an aphrodisiac as well.

What are your favorite oils to use? Are you willing to try the essential oils listed above? Let me know what you think.

Till next time….

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Five Amazing Beauty Tips From The Greek Goddesses

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There is something about the ancient beauty secrets that is so appealing to our modern world. It is essentially appealing to me because they used natural ways to enhance their beauty. There was no such thing as toxic chemicals back then!

Well it’s been a crazy two weeks! I live in SE Florida, so from preparing for Hurricane Irma, to riding out Irma, to cleaning up AFTER Irma, Irma has left me wiped. Not sleeping good for the past two weeks, not eating right before Irma then during Irma (all junk!), not taking care of myself the way I normally do, has left me looking & feeling, well like a hurricane wreck!

I have always used homeopathic remedies for my skin & body. From making my own scrubs to facials to detoxing baths. So this week I took the time to re-integrate what I love most…my Goddess Beauty Secrets.

The women of Greece, for example, were all about enhancing their features, long hair & a fair complexion. Some of their styles were intriguing. They had different styles to represent their status. For example, married women would mostly wear their hair tied up in a bun accessorized with flowers & jewels. Whereas young women would curl their hair & let them flow freely to attract attention from men.

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There is a reason why an exceptionally beautiful woman is called a “Greek Goddess“. So let’s find out their secrets…

  1. An herbal infused bath was like a spa treatment. The Greeks collected various leaves of plants & dried them. They infused these dried leaves in a thermal bath along with some minerals like sea salt. These baths nourish & loosen up the joints & muscles. Cleopatra used milk, adding powdered milk to your bath leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. The fat and protein in the milk provides immediate benefit in your bathwater. The milk also helps exfoliate the skin for additional softness. The lactic acid in milk helps clean and soften the skin.
  2. Seaweed was widely used as a facial mask back then. They would ground it up with water to make a paste & applied it on their skin for a radiant glow. The iodine in the seaweed normalizes the production of subcutaneous fat, makes skin smooth & silky, drying out acne rashes & pimples. Vitamin C contained in seaweed in huge quantities is known for its rejuvenating properties. … Niacin helps to ensure that the skin complexion is radiant & healthy.
  3. The Greek women preferred to have pale skin & rosy cheeks.They discovered the bleaching & anti-bacterial properties of honey. So they mixed honey with olive oil and applied this on their skin. They used this mixture as a body wash & facial mask/cleanser.This made their complexion fairer & kept their skin acne-free & smooth. Olive oil is made up of monounsaturated fatty acids with strong antioxidants, & vitamins A & E, which help moisturize & repair skin & hair. Honey is a naturally sweet food that also provides benefits for our health. Its high sugar content makes it a great source of healthy energy. It also has antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
  4. Greeks considered roses as the “queen of flowers“. They used its oil and water to soothe &  nourish dry skin. Add this to your favorite moisturizer!
  5. Ancient Greeks loved the exfoliating properties of sea salt & the way it leaves their rough, sun exposed skin soft & glowing. This is a natural exfoliating method Greeks used. I LOVE mixing it with olive or avocado oil to get a moisturizing natural peel or use alone to remove dirt, dead cells & blackheads following up with some of the wonderfully nurturing treatments described above.
So these were some of their secrets. Would you use any of their beauty tips in your daily life? Let me know if you have tried them.
Till next time………