lady bits to balanec

5 Tips to Bring Your Lady Bits Back to Balance

…and by Lady Bits, I mean Hormones.

Have you ever felt like you were following someone else’s schedule rather than your own natural rhythm?

You may be letting your kids, husband, partner, or even roommates influence the flow of your day; it could also be a broader “prescribed rhythm” that you’re going with instead of actually listening to your body.

Here’s the truth: One rhythm does not work for everyone. Following someone else’s schedule more often than not has a negative effect on female hormones. If you’re dealing with chronic fatigue, low sex drive, intense premenstrual syndrome (PMS), cystic acne, mild depression, or other “random” symptoms, going against your natural rhythm might be the issue. By working to balancing your hormones, you’ll naturally begin to live in harmony with your female body instead of dragging yourself along on someone else’s agenda.

The result? You’ll start feeling more energized and vibrant than ever.

EVALUATE YOUR MINDSET

A lot of women feel like they need to keep up with other people. If you don’t feel like partying four nights a week after a 14-hour workday or exercising for two hours every single day, you might think there’s something wrong with you. You might even beat yourself up or feel ashamed and lazy. Ignoring your body’s signals and writing them off as laziness is not productive or helpful – it actually drains your energy even more.

The mental weight you put on yourself (like shame and judgment) is often more draining than a long to-do list. The female body is naturally incredibly fine-tuned. It is designed for deep relaxation and self-care at certain times of the month and linear, productive work at other times of the month.

Here are some symptoms that commonly appear when you have been pushing your body rather than honoring your limits:

1| You’re exhausted.

2| Your sex drive is nowhere to be found.

3| Your PMS is more intense than usual.

4| You’re gaining weight around the middle of your body.

5| You feel guilty, ashamed, and/or depressed – sometimes for no particular reason.

6| Cystic acne is starting to appear, especially around the jawline and chin.

If this is you, and you feel like you need some help in this department; read on to learn how to heal the body through simple methods that bring your female body back into balance.

1. EMPOWER YOURSELF.

When symptoms pop up, it’s easy to fear there might be a bigger or more complex issue going on or to feel like you’re broken and you can’t heal. The first step to healing is acknowledging that nothing is inherently wrong with you. Even if your health is not perfect right now, there’s nothing wrong with you and you’re not broken. You are whole exactly as you are. From that place of confidence in your body’s ability to heal itself, you can get curious about what’s going on for you and tap into the endless toolbox, the universal library of information that is always within.  To do this, you may want to consider meditation, contemplation, journalling, or other beautiful practises that allow you to explore your feelings, and or be the witness to what is going on for you.  Embodying the mindset that you are healthy now and you can become even healthier takes a huge weight off your shoulders and allows your body to naturally reach health. Stop focussing on what you believe to be WRONG, and focus your energy on the good things in your life. Read more about my recent post on Gratitude to understand how this all works.

2. GET REAL ABOUT REST.

Are you chronically exhausted, trying to push through the day? Maybe you’re actually tired. Starting with weekends, let yourself sleep as long as you want. You might notice that you wake up naturally without an alarm clock during the week. Some people will be healed after one long deep sleep, while others might need to take some serious time off to come back into balance. Sleep is a requirement for good health. Listen to your body and sleep when you’re tired.  Even short power-naps are a juicy way to re-energise the body.  Pop a diffuser on with some calming Essential oils, like, Lavender, Pettitgrain or even LemonGrass and Cedarwood, and let the aromatic compounds calm the nervous system for some down time.

3. BALANCE YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM.

Most modern people spend the majority of their lives in the sympathetic nervous system state, aka the fight or flight, stranger-danger zone: that feeling you get when someone creeps up behind you and surprises you – or, perhaps less likely, when you’re getting chased by a bear. Here’s the thing: Your body doesn’t know the difference between those literal stressors and chronic work-related stress, or stress that stems from difficult relationships. When your body is in this sympathetic state, it can’t repair. When you are relaxed and calm, your body is in the parasympathetic state – referred to as the “rest and digest” system. This state is brought on by sleep, laughing, meditation, qigong, reiki, and even intimacy like cuddling and sex. Your body has to be in the parasympathetic state to heal and evolve. The more you can activate your parasympathetic nervous system by relaxing and having more fun, the healthier you’ll be – physically and mentally.

4. EVALUATE EXERCISE.

It might surprise you, but sometimes the harder you work out, the more stress you actually put on your body. Depending on your constitution and condition, you may actually need gentle exercise, like yoga or tai chi. Certain forms of rigorous exercise trigger the stress response, so make sure you balance your hard-core workouts with practices that are more gentle on the body. Gentle practices might include yoga, meditation, or dance. You might even discover that you want to do only these more gentle practices. Experiment for a few weeks and see how your body responds.

5. EMBRACE THE POWER OF COMMUNITY.

Community has a powerful influence on personal health, and developing a community of people to support you is crucial to balancing your hormones. When you feel alone and isolated, you’re more likely to overeat, feel depressed, and lack love and connection in your life. Humans are meant to live in communities – it’s natural and necessary. Reach out to three people this week who you’d like to deepen your relationship with and notice how it impacts your energy and physical health over the next few months.

If you’re stoke that you read this post, and you want to delve into this subject a bit more, then please join me for a workshop on Sunday the 9th April at 11am in Port Melbourne.  Click here to reserve your spot. Tickets are FREE (I know, it’s ludicrous right?!) but seats are limited so get in quick if you can attend,  

If you’re not able to attend because of geographic limitations, then please pop your name on this list – The Healthy Humans List, and I’ll send you some information on when next I’m running a webinar on the subject, and you can join in on the fun then,

Please share this post with women who you feel would benefit from these 5 tips, After all, it’s all about sisterhood, love and sharing the message that it’s ok to beat the drum to your own rhythm. It’s ok to be your own person.  It’s ok, no, IT’S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for you to show up in the world EXACTLY as you are NOW. You have a divine gift and by not being true to yourself, but not expressing your hearts passion, by not accessing the gifts that you’ve been given, you’re doing (not only the world at large) but yourself a disservice.

Let’s create a movement in the world where we start to honour the body, and it’s limits. Who’s with me?

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are you craving movement

ARE YOU CRAVING MOVEMENT?

Stress, hard work, and lots of thinking create tension in the body, which can lead to chronic aches, tightness, and constipation. I see this all too often, with the problem being that once this tension has fixated its claws into the body, it’s often a bit too late and so many people try to alleviate these symptoms with alcohol and sugar, which only serve to dampen their unease and anesthetize the body.

I’ve always been an advocate for regular exercise. From a young age, I was always seen on the netball or tennis courts, cricket or softball fields, and mostly in the dance or yoga studio.  It is an ideal way of releasing a build up of physical tension, and alleviating the mind of stresses or anxieties which we all feel from time to time.

Developing a regular exercise program to suit your particular body type and lifestyle will have numerous rewards. The challenge is to find the types of exercise you enjoy most, and then build them into your life.  After all, it’s those things that we enjoy doing the most that will see us coming back fro more right?

And so the question you need to answer first and foremost is:

WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE WORKS BEST FOR YOU?

Say GoodBye to Boring Exercise Regimes, and ‘must-do’ fitness goals. Wouldn’t you rather be excited and motivated to get to your training sesh for the day?

Answer these 5 easy Q’s and let’s discover what lights you up and gets you going…

  1. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU LOVED TO DO AS A KID.
  • Did you dance, bike, or hike? This is a good place to start when looking for a new exercise routine. Set your timer for one minute and start writing about all the things you LOVED to do as a Kid … Ready? Go…!

  1. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.
  • Know that movement is a lot like food. Once you understand how different types of movement nourish your body in different ways, you can put together a menu of activities
to keep yourself in balance. 
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  • Feeling frail and unfocused? Try a vigorous exercise to make you feel stable and powerful like kickboxing or running.
  • Feeling tight and tense? Try a gentler exercise to increase lightness and flexibility like swimming or yoga.

 

  1. WHAT’S YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE?
  • If you are a quiet person who likes a lot of alone time, consider buying a small trampoline or a set of hand weights so you can move in the comfort of your home.
  • If you like being around groups of people, you can find team sports like baseball or volleyball, which have the added benefit of human interaction and fun competition.
  • You can also find a blend of the two by taking a group fitness class like Pilates, karate, or dance.
  1. WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST ENERGETIC?
  • Just as some people think more clearly in the morning and others think more clearly at night, some people prefer to exercise first thing in the morning, while others prefer to exercise later in the day. There’s no right or wrong; it’s simply a matter of personal preference.
  1. THINK ABOUT CONVENIENCE AND COMFORT LEVEL.
  • Look for a gym or yoga studio near your home or on the way to the office where you can work out. It’s important to find a location that’s convenient, and where the atmosphere is pleasant, comfortable, and welcoming. This will enhance your chances of going regularly.

And remember, physical activity can take simple and modest forms, like getting off the train, tram or bus one stop earlier and walking to your destination. It can be taking the stairs, instead of the elevator, to your office or apartment. It can be taking your dog for a walk or your children to the park. A 30-minute brisk walk every day may be all you need to keep yourself in shape.

Be experimental and find a routine you can nourish yourself with on a daily basis. What will get you moving?

THE ATHLETES KIT:

I’ve noticed that whilst most of you kicked ‘back into gear’ last month (Feb) that you’re looking to take your training, practise or exercise regime to the next level, and I’ve got just the thing to get you there.

This Athletes Kit, as I’ve so aptly named it, has all the goodies you’ll need to ensure that you look after your body whilst you embark on this ‘next level training’.
PLUS – I’ve written a 30 page eBook titled ‘An Oily Lesson about your Body, Stress, and Exercise’ which has some really cool explanations (If I may say so myself) on how we can increase our metabolism, try and experiment with various forms of exercise and what / how they’ll help you achieve physically, as well as some Easy Steps that you can embrace TODAY, as you reach towards your Health and Wellness goals.

f you’re interested in learning more, send me a quick email and I’ll email some bits n bobs to you         e: arianna@ariannapienaar.com

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Camping

The Misleading Ingredients in your Camping Supplies

Andre and I, along with a couple of mates, went camping not so long ago to a little place called Tumut in New South Wales in Australia.

We only went for two nights, as it’s all that we had time for, but oh my word, did we have fun.  We managed to secure the perfect spot along the river, where we could see the river from our open tents.  The sound of the water coming off the Snowy Mountains gushing at about 15km per hour was the perfect sound to go to sleep at night and wake up to.

There’s something about being in nature that really lights me up. This is most certainly a practise that I want us to keep up through the year. Mind you, the winter-cold in a tent isn’t something that excites me, so we may just have to save it for the warmer months.

Never-the-less, whilst preparing for our little trip to the Great OutDoors, I was compelled to create and make-up all bug repellant ointments, cooling-sprays, flea sprays (for Marvin of course), and also sunburn sprays from  the Essential Oil Collection that we have. It was an idea that originally came from Andre, as he had mentioned that he wants a fly-spray for when he is on the golf-course so that he isn’t distracted by those nasties landing on and around his face whilst trying to enjoy a relaxing game of golf each weekend.

I have posted the Bug Repellant Spray Recipe on my Oily Recipes Page, but also wanted to share with you some really interesting information and articles I found about the damaging effects of certain store bought repellants.

  1. Some Common Side Effects for store bought insect repellants include skin reactions, allergic reactions, and eye irritations.  A 2009 study found that DEET (which is a chemical found in most insect repellants) can interfere with the activity of enzymes that are vital for the nervous system to function properly. doTERRA have published an article on their website about the Common “scents” defensea term they have coined for Drawing upon Mother Nature’s blueprint to use Essential Oils to ‘Bug Off’ when needed.
  2. Many topical medicated creams for insect-bites, itching and irritations have side effects, causing redness, irritation and or swelling. An article published back in 2008 (yes, that’s how old and obvious this information is) talks about various instances where women have DIED because of their use of various ointments and lotions purchased over the counter.  Here, Leslie Goldman investigates 14 ingredients commonly found in products you may be using right now — and she tells you how to stay safe. My advice after reading this is simple. Don’t use products with ingredients you don’t know how to pronounce.   Stay within the realms of natural medicine, and pop food grade essential oils and other products on your skin to allow Mother Nature to take care of your woes.
  3. The natural oils in plants protect the plant from insects, shield the plant from a harsh environment and help them adapt to their surroundings. By USING essential, you are harnessing the protective and health-promoting powers of a plant. Essential oils are truly the most potent form of plant-based medicine. Their power to heal and cure disease, and in this case, to act as an insect repellant, is so effective that by using essential oils many people are able to avoid the need to use a plethora of drugs or have various types of surgeries.

With all that in mind which 8 oils did I take with me? and why?

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  1. Tea tree – What a potent powerhouse tea-tree (melaleuca) is.  Tea tree soothes itchy insect bites, sores, and sunburns, acts as a powerful antiseptic and anti-microbial, and acts as an effective insect repellent. For scratches, bumps and cuts… bring out the tea-tree!  You can also use tea-tree as a hand sanitiser either neat, or mixed with water in a spray bottle.  

  2. Lemon is best known for its ability to support the body’s natural detoxification and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, to rejuvenate energy, purify skin and also act as an insect repellant.

  3. Clove Oil is a powerhouse of an oil and has so many practical uses. Mixed with some LemonGrass Essential Oil, acts as a very effective insect repellant. We diluted this mixture with Fractionated coconut oil because Clove is quite a spicy oil and a neat application (the oil direct on the skin with no carrier oil) should be avoided.
  4. Lavender Oil is a great all-rounder with a wide range of applications so it’s the perfect addition to the travel kit.   Lavender heals burns (including sunburn), wounds and skin irritations, including eczema and psoriasis.
  5. Peppermint Essential Oil is so versatile that I don’t go anywhere without it!
    Plus, it’s one of the most affordable oils and has a clean and refreshing smell that we all love!  It acts as a 
    Sunburn Relief – If you’ve been out in the sun a bit too long, 1 drop of Peppermint and 1 drop of Lavender combined with some Fractionated Coconut Oil can be rubbed on the area of concern to cool the skin and alleviate the burning. I use it a lot to Relieve Bloating, Indigestion Gas (whoops), or Nausea. Rubbing 1-2 drops on the area of concern, or if you’re comfortable, drop 1 drop of Peppermint directly on your tongue (only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils please) and drink a glass of water. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY! To Freshen Your Breath. Because nobody likes morning breath! Place 1 drop of Peppermint on your tongue for super fresh breath!

  6. Frankincense – Because I don’t go anywhere without Frankie. I imagine that you know that Frankincense has been around for thousands of years, but did you know that it can be helpful for hundreds of different things?!  Seriously, it is used for everything from immune support, inflammation, skin issues, supporting the thyroid, and so much more. Luckily I brought it with me because Andre’ started to feel a bit flu-y on the first night we were there, and although I didn’t have a roller bottle on me, I sprayed his feet with Frankincense and OnGuard.
  7. OnGuard Essential Oil Blend.  Have you smelt the On Guard Essential oil or any of the On Guard range yet? If you haven’t, just get onto it. It is so warming, reminding me of Christmas. The beautiful aromas of orange, cloves and cinnamon mixed tighter just fills our house with joy.  On Guard Protective Blend of wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary CPTG essential oils. This powerful essential oil blend is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odours….perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.
  8. LemonGrass Essential Oil is a very economical oil that is useful for aromatherapy, to help with various health issues, and can be used in your cooking.  Also a great insect repellant!

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    I’m interested to know what you use and take with you when you go camping? Please comment below and share this post.

Lavender

Rashes be GONE – The Miracle of Lavender Essential Oil

From Rashes to Sunburn, Anxiety to Body Aches, Insomnia to Cuts and Burns, you can totally see how the versatile properties of Lavender essential oil make it my personal favorite, and a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times.

It is not surprising that Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular oils used in aromatherapy. Its popularity is attributed not only to the fresh, pleasant floral scent, but more to the numerous properties for which lavender has been assigned and used since ancient times.

Anciently, the Romans and Egyptians would use Lavender as perfume and for bathing and cooking & Since that time, many have discovered the myriad benefits that Lavender holds.   You’ll know the scent of lavender quite well as Lavender oil is commonly used in a variety of perfumes, soaps, cosmetics and for aromatherapy.  

Of course, in order for Lavender Oil to have the Therapeutic Properties I’m mentioning below, you want to ensure that your brand of Essential Oil is Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). I stand behind and use doTERRA Essential Oils in my home, on my body and in my Wellness Holistic Practise. TO learn a little bit more and watch some really cool videos about this brand, click here.

CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® — An Innovative Standard

dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils represent the safest and most beneficial oils available in the world today. For an oil to be CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade the oil must be:

  • Pure and natural, with aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants
  • Free from fillers or artificial ingredients; no dilution of active qualities
  • Free of contaminants, pesticides, or chemical residues
  • Rigorously tested for standards of chemical composition
  • Cross tested using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to ensure exact purity and composition potency
  • Sourced by a global network of leading essential oil chemists and growers to ensure correct species, growth in ideal environments, and that raw plant materials were carefully harvested at the right time

Take a look at some simple topical, aromatic, and internal uses for Lavender essential oil, along with some of the top Lavender oil benefits:

  1.  Do you struggle with obnoxious razor bumps after shaving? Well, shaving might be essential, but irritating razor bumps are not. Pop some lavender in a carrier oil and wallah, soothed skin…You can also cleanse and nourish your skin by making your own Lavender essential oil clay mask at home. Great for all skin types!  I use it every morning on my face and body.  Whether you are trying to soothe skin irritation or merely nourish delicate skin, there are many uses of Lavender essential oil for skin.  The soothing properties of Lavender have made it a popular option for skincare products, at-home skincare DIYs, and simple topical application.
  2. I also find it’s amazing for anxiety, emotional confusion, stress, insomnia, irritability, anger, mood swings and depression.  As someone who has suffered from migraines most of my life, the simple inhalation and or anointing of lavender to the temples and forehead is super-soothing and is also an effective and safe treatment in the acute management of migraine headaches.  
  3. I would recommend a few drops of lavender oil in a hot foot bath to relieve fatigue.
  4. Lavender is a very effective expectorant, especially useful for chest and throat infections.
  5. Topically it is excellent for muscular aches and pains and outwardly applied for the relief of toothache & sprains.

When deep sadness covers the spirit like a suffocating blanket, lavender gently lifts the weight. When inner tears fall, lavender wipes them away. When depression clouds the psyche, lavender blows it asunder. And for those with worries that trouble the spirit, lavender lifts the veil of despair. Embracing lavender is direct, pure of thought, brave and humble. It makes men gentle and women strong. Even in times of hardship a lavender personality bravely continues overcoming obstacles that ae placed in their way, having the ability to give generously of themselves – caring for others, often with gentleness and sacrifice.– Worwood

6.  True lavender is very useful for its healing properties and the treatment of burns and wounds. Lavender appears to have cellular regenerating action and has topical analgesic action. Lavender’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties were well known by the French Academy of Medicine, where it was used in the swabbing of wounds, treatment of sores, varicose ulcers, burns and scalds.

8.  Making a homemade cuticle cream with Lavender essential oil is a great way to bring the moisture and healthy look back into your nails. You can also use this cream on your hands, lips, or anywhere you have dry spots. Check out this DIY recipe for homemade cuticle cream, featuring the wonderful soothing abilities of Lavender essential oil.

9.  Ladies, this one’s for you! and I promise you, this friggen works for menstrual pain like you would never believe – A study found that lavender oil used in a massage oil significantly reduced pain associated with menstruation to a greater degree than the placebo. There was a 38% reduction in pain with lavender oil massage compared to only 9.8% reduction in pain with the placebo group.

10.  One aromatic benefit that Lavender oil is widely known for is its ability to promote a relaxing atmosphere that leads to a restful night’s sleep. The calming properties of the oil help create a serene environment that is optimal for resting well and staying asleep. Sounds amazing right!? Add a few drops of Lavender to your pillows or bedding so that you inhale the aroma as you are drifting off to sleep. OR, like I do every night, you can also apply Lavender oil to the bottoms of your feet as a part of a relaxing bedtime ritual. Last night, I was so tired, that I didn’t bother smearing some on my tootsies, and I woke up twice during the night.  Coincidence?  Maybe not.

11.  Lavender essential oil can also help ease feelings of tension and I have found it most helpful when feeling nervous.  While the use of Lavender is often used to promote restful sleep, it can also promote relaxation and feelings of ease during your waking hours.  So diffusing Lavender oil, will make you feel at ease and peaceful emotionally.

12.  Sunburn?  Lavender Oil has got ya covered.  Sun exposure is good, but too much of it can cause irritated skin. Thankfully, Lavender oil holds many soothing properties that are perfect for calming occasional skin irritations. If you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun and find your skin irritated, reach for a bottle of Lavender essential oil.  The next time you are dealing with discomfort from too much sun, try this after-sun soothing spray with Lavender essential oil. 

13.  Whether you have kids, pets, or just a lot going on in your home, unwanted odors can sneak into nearly any room. Thankfully, the fresh, powdery, floral aroma of Lavender essential oil can get rid of musky, pungent smells that might be haunting your home. Combine Lavender oil with water in a spray bottle to create an instant solution for the unwanted smells that might be plaguing your home or belongings. Spray a light mist from your Lavender spray bottle into your car, linen closet, on your mattress, or any other areas that could use some freshening up.  

PS. Lavender, rosemary, neroli and petitgrain blend perfectly to create a refreshing au-de cologne perfume.

Lavender works so well with strong florals & as we know, has strong feminine quality so it really enhances and balances the sensual feminine energy of these other rich floral oils like ylang ylang or jasmine.

If you want more information about Lavender and other essential oils, read amazing books like: Fischer-Rizzi S’s Complete Aromatherapy HandbookHolmes P, Aromatica – A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics & who could go past Worwood V’s The Fragrant Mind & The Fragrant Heavens which helped me write this post.

 

The fragrance of lavender is like fresh, tangy mountain air that’s happy and free. Its fragrance imparts a feeling of inner freedom that allows one to let go of compulsions and anger. Lavender helps one undo negative self-talk; thinking becomes clearer, and balanced decisions may be made. The essential oil helps reduce mental ramblings that keep people from falling asleep.” – Fischer-Rizzi

If you know someone who would benefit from this information, please share this post.  And if you want to know more about how essential oils can CHANGE YOUR LIFE, and empower you to live the life you LOVE, then please pop your details below. OR email me direct on arianna@ariannapienaar.com and I’ll send you my Personal Cheat Sheet (with 38 Uses for Essential Oils).  


 

The information provided above is not intended to diagnose, prescribe for, treat, cure or prevent any disease or ailment. I am not a health professional. Essential oils are essentially classed as a food/cosmetic and not a drug. Essential oils can help support a healthy immune system and calm us and lift us up.

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GIVE ME 5 minutes AND I’ll GIVE YOU 5 Extraordinary oils you NEED in your bag

Oh my goodness, when I first started using essential oils, I knew there were dozens of ways to use each one, but I didn’t know exactly where to start.



Place your name in the subscribe bar above, and you’ll receive my personal guide with 38 uses for Essential Oils.

Do you feel the same way?

Well, I thought I’d remove the guessing out of the equation.

I was at my Barre Teacher Training this past weekend, and wasn’t feeling well. My head was hurting, I was feeling queasy and I needed to go home stat.  I needed to lie down! and rest!  Thank my lucky stars that I had taken what I like to call my ‘Emergency Pack’ of Essential Oils with me, and so I pulled them out of my back pack for some self love. 

I dropped some peppermint oil on my neck, chucked a few drops of lemon in my water, rubbed some onGuard on my throat, and Digest Zen on my Belly when I got home.  Not only did I smell Delish, but it worked like a charm, and before i knew it, all the lovely ladies in my class had the luscious, zesty and fresh smell of peppermint oil spread across the back of their neck. Not only did they too smell AHHmazing, but they felt refreshed and revitalised to carry on with the intense training that lay head for the afternoon, instead of having to grab that cuppa joe to get them through the afternoon.

What I realised was that although I have been using essential oils as my medicine cabinet for EVER, not all folks know how therapeutic these golden oilies are. They’re 100% natural with virtually zero side effects. Problem solved!

… so my post this week is dedicated to YOU!

If you’re just getting started with essential oils, there are five oils that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. You can use each of these oils for dozens of different things to help you and your family! 

My Top Five:

Lavender – calms emotions, takes the itch out of bites and stings, soothes sunburn & helps reduce inflammation.  This beautiful smelling oil reduces stress, helps you sleep & does wonders for aging skin and soothes dry lips.  A few drops on my pillow before bed is s a great way to relax at the end of the day!

Photo of Lavender and Frankincense from Alice Nicholls

Peppermint – great for digestive support, occasional headaches, respiratory support. It also supports the thyroid when it’s working a bit too fast & soothes the occasional sore throat.  ssshhhh – this is my secret weapon when feeling tired or drowsy.  A drop or two on the back of my neck and I’m right as rain!

Frankincense – helps reduce inflammation & to prevent scarring.  This is my number one recommendation great for aging skin as it provides healthy cell support.  I have this oil in ALL of my body and bath products.  My hubby and I constantly smell like Holy Frank.  I LOVE IT!! It can help soothe occasional headaches, provide immune support, and so much more.

Digest Zen – I don’t go anywhere without this oil blend! It’s fantastic for soothing an occasional upset stomach and any occasional digestive or intestinal issues. Just rub a drop or two on the area of concern.

Lemon – This oil is great for detox. I place a drop or two of this in my water each day.  For all the oils, you can try rubbing 1-2 drops on the bottom of your feet, your neck or on the location of concern. You could also add a few drops into a carrier oil of you’d prefer your oils to be diluted.

And if you’d like to makeover your medicine kit today, I highly recommend doTERRA therapeutic essential oils. These are the oils I personally and in my practise.  They are 100% therapeutic grade oils and each is 3rd party tested to ensure purity. 

If you’re interested in knowing more about these ‘liquid goldies’, and you haven’t yet received my Personal Tip Sheet with 38 uses for Essential oils, then pop your name in the bar below so I can …..

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Oil Pulling in 5 simple Steps

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What if I told you that there was a simple, inexpensive self-care method in which you could clear up your skin, improve your oral hygiene, and whiten your teeth, among other health benefits?

This daily habit may seem a bit gross and intimidating at first, and the thought of swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth from anything between 5-20 minutes seems crazy, but I promise you, this works!

The action of oil pulling action draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.  This ancient practice can whiten teeth and improve gum-health by reducing bacteria, plaque, and infection in the mouth, often alleviating inflammation, congestion, and even allergies.  It also rids bad breath, bleeding gums, cavities, gingivitis, plaque and sensitive teeth, and moistens the mouth, lips and throat.  Oil Pulling is even said to relieve stomach issues such as ulcers, improve kidney function and kill strep throat bacteria.  With that said, you’d be silly not to make it a part of your daily regime.

So how do you do it?   

  1.  Put  a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.  I have tried sesame oil, olive oil, and coconut oil, and find coconut oil to be the most palatable.  I actually love the taste and smell, so it doesn’t make it as difficult to keep going.
  2. Swish the oil around your mouth and in between your teeth. Start with just 5 minutes a day and increase it up to 20 min eventually. Twenty minutes of swishing is a long time.  The longer you pull, the more bacteria you’ll remove, 5 or 10 minutes will still offer some benefit. Also, if your jaw starts aching a few minutes in, slow down.
  3. Discard the used oil into the toilet or the garbage.
  4. Swoosh some warm salt water around your mouth as a mouth gargle.
  5. Make sure you brush your teeth and tongue immediately afterwards, as there’ll be toxic residue in your mouth which is best brushed out.

Very important:

1)  Don’t swallow!  The toxins from your mouth which are being absorbed into the oil shouldn’t go into your gut.
2)  Don’t spit it down the sink, The contaminated oil could clog your pipes.

It’s best to practise oil pulling in the morning(on an empty stomach preferably), but you’ll benefit from doing it any time of the day and for any amount of time. Start small and work your way up.  It will become as natural as brushing your teeth and you’ll have those pearly whites beaming in no time.