Frankincense is amazing, fabulous and wonderful, ok I may have an obsession! It is truly a multipurpose power house of oily goodness! Ok let's get to it, Frankincense essential oil comes from the resin, the resin comes to the surface when there has been a wound to the surface of the Boswellia tree, that tells me a lot about the nature of the oil right there. It has a resinous and rich aroma that grounds and calms the mind, supports the immune system and is also wonderful to add to skincare products for scarring, anti-aging, nourishing dry skin etc. I love to use it in my moisturizer and often just inhale it for the mood enhancement. Frankincense, Boswellia carterii, belongs to the Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Monoterpenols, Sesquiterpenols chemical families which is great because that covers such a wide range of therapeutic properties. It is steam distilled and as I mentioned previously great for use with skin, but also great for use in meditation, for mental focus, immune support, pain and inflammation, and it has also been used for generations in traditional medicine for its effects on mood.
Can you see why I just LOVE Frankincense!? Frankincense has had a great affect on things like headaches and I love adding it to an inhaler for use when a headache comes on. Frankincense blends well with coniferous and citrus oils, but also with other resins, such as Myrrh, spicy oils, especially Clove and Ginger, and intense florals such as Jasmine and Ylang Ylang.
Here is a great recipe for headache and neck tension using Frankincense:
Years ago we kicked to cleaning chemicals to the curb. I grew up in a house where clean meant BLEACH and when I moved into my own place years ago I just couldn't stand to use it. The smell, the drying of my skin it just wasn't for me. So I started using vinegar and let's face it vinegar works great but the smell not so much. My kids would come in and say "oh Mom you cleaned the bathroom and it smells so gross!" sigh so I started adding essential oils to my vinegar cleaning solution and I have found that you can make some pretty amazing cleaning blends quick and easy. I use this base recipe for most things, 14 or so ounces water to 2 ounces distilled white vinegar and then just add essential oils to it. I use a standard 16 oz spray bottle and sometimes I add more essential oils than what is listed above and some times less. Some ideas to try are of course Lemon, Orange, Siberian Fir, Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint and Clove. Lemon oil is also great for removing sticky stuff or labels from bottles and jars. What is your favorite cleaning blend or essential oils for cleaning?
I get asked often how much oil do I use, can I use it neat, what is a good carrier? These are all such good questions and a lot of times I am thinking about them too. How much oil depends on what you are using it for and what your health goals are. As a standard I like to use the dilution ratios here:
1 or 2 oz of carrier oil or lotion, cream, aloe gel to your number of drops of essential oil
1 oz (30 ml) — 5 to 6 drops
2 oz (60 ml) — 10 to 12 drops
1 oz (30 ml) — 10 to 12 drops
2 oz (60 ml) — 20 to 24 drops
1 oz (30 ml) — 15 to 18 drops
2 oz (60 ml) — 30 to 36 drops
and so on. Some times you will need a higher percentage for a short period of time and that is totally fine, these are guidelines. You want to use caution with those pregnant mamas, elderly and kiddos as they are much more sensitive.
Why dilute, I just want that oily goodness!
I totally get that but these oils are seriously powerful and we need to respect that. More is not always better. Some oils can be skin irritating and we do not want to create a situation where someone gets sensitive to an oil or even burning to a dermal layer. Because of their concentration we can usually get the desired effect from using a small amount so why use so much that it drives up your costs as well as product demand. I like to think of it this way if I can get what I am looking for from 5 drops why not. If I try a smaller amount of oil and it doesn't quite do it I can always add more and increase the dilution. Plus that leaves me a lot more drops to use later, it also helps with production of plant material on the environment.
Can I use it neat?
Yes and no. There are some oils it is totally not recommended to use neat but others like Lavender or Helichrysum might be extremely helpful to drop onto a bee sting or minor burn. Again you have to think can I get the desired effect with it diluted, can I dilute it right now, is this a skin safe oil or can it be irritating?
The possibilities are huge here. I love Jojoba it is nourishing to the skin, doesn't go rancid and just rocks in my opinion. You can use an oil, lotion, aloe vera gel, bath salts, scrubs etc. What your preference is will determine what carrier you use. I do like to use carriers that do not have any synthetic ingredients because anything we put on our skin we are absorbing that is one reason essential oils work.
What are your favorite carriers and dilutions? We learn from each other let's hear ya :)
Well it is that time of year. Time to give thanks, time for family and friends and the kick off to a truly crazy and busy time. We just want to stop and say THANK YOU! Thank you to all of you. Whether you've been a client for years or a client for 5 minutes we are grateful for you. This is also a time to remind you to stop, breathe and truly take in the joy and beauty of the season. Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving!
If you are like me you need quick, healthy recipes that you can actually use on those busy evenings. We have been trying to eat "clean" for a couple of years and I am not a cook so believe me quick and easy is exactly what I need!
Quick Salsa Chicken
What you need:
Chicken Breasts or Thighs to feed your crew
Your favorite Salsa
Organic chicken broth
What to do:
Put an inch or so of broth in the bottom of crock
Put your choice of Chicken in then top with minced garlic and salsa. Cook for 6-8 hours on low then shred for Nachos, or we put it on our salads with peppers, cilantro, onions and more salsa as dressing.
My kids and hubby thought it was great and it doesn't get easier than that. I mean take out is harder. Let me know what your family thinks!
I was recently blending some oils for EOH and thought this one I just had to share. I like to make a few pain blends for use during massage but this is nice for after showers or even day to day use. Do you use essential oils in your home? I use them pretty much everyday whether it is cleaning, cuts and burns or just wanting to boost my mood they are my go to. So give this one a try or better yet let us know you need a bottle and we will blend one up for you. Contact me here
Stress Reducing Massage/after Bath blend
5 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Bergamot
2 drops Jasmine
1 drop Neroli
Blend in 1 -2 oz of carrier oil or cream depending on how strong you like it. This is about a 1% dilution rate so that is not strong but if you blend it and feel like you need to dilute more just add a little more oil or cream to your blend. We recommend using only organic or products free of any synthetic, potentially toxic ingredients and our oils are only pure, organic or wild crafted oils.
Now if we look at each of these oils there are a ton of therapeutic properties in each one. I mean a ton. So they all may be very soothing and relaxing but also can help with other things like illness, and skin healing. Cedarwood alone in research has been shown to be Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Astringent, CNS Sedating, Decongestant, Diuretic, Expectorant, Insecticide, mucolytic, Tonic and wound healing. And that is just one oil in this blend. I mean the world of essential oils is mind blowing. Stay tuned more to come!
Do you ever use oils for bugs? We have used oils in our office for muscle pain and stress for many years but I am finding out oils can help with many things. We recently had some sugar ants at home and me wanting to be chemical conscious did not want to use conventional sprays. So what did we do but try this and it worked! We had to spray several areas they were coming in but it worked! Be sure to use a quality oil, not just any old one at the health food store, research them since not all oils are quality oil but that is another post ;-) We have used Young Living and doTERRA with great success. What tricks do you have for bug repellent? What are your favorite oils?
These stretches are so important. Do them EVERYDAY! The more we have become "sitters" at our jobs it has really added to the increase in low back pain. Many people we see have chronically tight hip flexors, the muscles that cross the front of the hip, and that adds tension across the low back. We treat low back pain almost daily and these stretches may not completely relieve that but may lower the frequency and intensity of those flare ups. Find this helpful?? Feel free to share and comment, we love to hear from you guys! STRETCH ON!!!!!!!!
Lavender! One of the most diverse and wonderful oils there are. Everything from burns to allergies! Here is a brief little cheat sheet for you. Please remember to use a good quality oil, many oils are mixed with chemicals you do NOT want in your body. Anything you place on the skin is absorbed with in seconds, this is why hormone patches or patches work, so research brands. We have used oils for years, about 8 or so, and host Essential oil intro classes a couple times a month if you ever want more info let us know we love sharing what we know and learning together. Do you use essential oils? What kind?
Massage therapy can play an important role in your health regimen. Here are five ways massage can improve health and wellness.
1. Lower stress. The long term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy is proven to relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.
2. Increase immune function. Medical research indicates that massage therapy can help boost immune system strength by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural "killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.
3. Boost mental health and wellness. Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy.
4. Manage pain. Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Recent findings highlight the role of massage in pain management.
5. Improve physical fitness. Elite and recreational athletes both can benefit from regular massage therapy. Massage is proven to reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance and prevent injuries.