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10 Ways I Use Essential Oils Everyday

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You may be interested in essential oils, but don’t really know how you would use them. Let me walk you through a day of mine and I’ll show you how you may use essential oils for digestion to enhance your life.

  1. Meditation / Journaling

I am not consistent about doing a morning practice, but when I do, it sure helps set a great rest of the day.

Using essential oils for meditation during a morning reflective practice can help wake you up, focus your mind, or set a mood or intention.

I like to use a diffuser for these sessions. Which oil you put into a cold mist diffuser for this practice is very flexible. Here are a few ideas:

  • Lemon*: Lemon is a very clean scent that can focus your mind and wash away the sleepiness of the night

  • Cedarwood: This woodsy aroma is somehow grounding and uplifting at the same time

  • Citrus Bliss*: This blend is one of my favorites as it is energizing and gives me a feeling of joy

2.    Shower/ Hair

I think the use of pure essential oils in home-spa/beauty routines needs to be discovered! It is so powerful.

If you shower in the mornings, why not use that time as natural therapy! During the shower, you can use oils aromatically to open your lungs or wake up your brain.

You can also use essential oils with your shampoo and conditioner to beautify your hair while inhaling them for aromatherapy.

  • Peppermint*: this is a great one for both a wake-up call and for hair care. Shake a few drops of peppermint essential oil into your palm and inhale deeply three times. Then add your shampoo and wash. Peppermint will detox your scalp, controlling dandruff and oil, supporting hair growth and adding volume.

  • Breathe*: My friend uses Breathe in the shower regularly. Rub a few drops on your chest and inhale the scent as you bathe. Breathe essential oil opens up your lungs when congested or just anytime. Encouraging a deep, full breath at the start of the day will energize and balance you all day long.

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3.  Skin Care

Skin care is another area where essential oils shine.

  • Frankincense* is the ‘king of oils’ for several reasons, one of which is skin. It helps prevent skin sagging and wrinkles. Its antioxidants nourish the skin. Add a drop of oil to your palm before mixing in your moisturizer and applying.

  • Other oils I use on the skin are ylang-ylang and cedarwood.

4. Hormone Balance

Life has become busy and toxic, making it harder and harder to maintain hormone balance. There is a simple way to support your hormones with a pre-blended oil.

That blend is called ClaryCalm and it comes in a ‘rollerball’ that you simply uncap and roll over your lower abdomen liberally. Use twice a day and see what happens! This blend can be used at any age, even after menopause.

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5. Digestion

One of my favorite oils to help calm digestion is DigestZen. You can put a few drops under your tongue, or you can use the handle roller bottle version of DigestZen and rub it directly on your belly when you need support.

6. Cravings

After lunch is when my energy tends to drop and I want something sweet. Slim and Sassy to the rescue! You can use it before a meal to prevent overeating, or after a meal to prevent a trip to the cupboard or Starbucks for sugar and caffeine.

Use a drop of Slim and Sassy on your tongue. You can also rub it on your belly twice daily with a carrier oil to help reduce weight in this area.  

  • Peppermint* can also be used for cravings, to freshen breath and to provide natural energy.

7. Cleaning

Ah, cleaning: a necessary evil. I don’t love cleaning but I also don’t like crumbs everywhere or sticky drips of who-knows-what on the counter. I know germs can be lurking in this debris.

Cleaning with essential oils is non-toxic and gives peace of mind that your kitchen is really clean.

Many, many essential oils are antibacterial. This is because oils protect their plants in this way in nature. To make a cleaning spray, and ½ water to ½ vinegar and about 20 drops of essential oil.

Some to consider:

  • On Guard*: a classic germ-killing blend by doTERRA

  • Oregano*: a spicy, strong antiviral and antibacterial

  • Orange: a more pleasant smell but still kills germs

8. Fatigue

As I mentioned, afternoon is my sleepy time, so I look for natural ways to pick myself up. I’ll mention a few non-oil methods first.

Squeeze a whole or half lemon into water and drink. Take a ¼ teaspoon of sea salt with water (if you don’t have high blood pressure.) Take a 20 minute horizontal cat nap or reading session.

With oils, you can boost your adrenals with rosemary and basil. Rosemary is more stimulating, while basil is more blissful. 

9. Headache

If I’m going through an afternoon energy/stress roller coaster, sometimes I get a headache. Popping over-the-counter pills regularly is dangerous, so try essential oils.

  • Peppermint* distracts your body to relieve tension. Dilute with ½ coconut or grapeseed oil and apply everywhere it hurts.

  • Past Tense is a powerful blend already in a rollerball that you can carry in your purse and use as needed.

10. Sleep

Many, many women struggle with sleep and, although I’ve gotten better, I still do sometimes. Whether you are a full-time or part-time insomniac, having a sleep routine with oils is really beneficial.

Maybe you start with a walk, or some yoga, and move on to tea or reading. Using a diffuser in your bedroom is a great way to lower cortisol from the day and get sleepy.

If you don’t yet have a diffuser, you can shake a few drops of oil onto a tissue and put on your pillow.

A classic oil for sleep is lavender essential oil*, which lowers cortisol. You can optionally pair it with a grounding oil like vetiver.

My very favorite sleep blend is Serenity. I love the scent and so does my son, who uses it in his room most nights.

*= these oils are part of starter kits from doTERRA

Summary

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Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP, is trained in functional health coaching and has worked with thousands of women over her career since 2004. She is the founder of Women’s Wellness Collaborative llc and HormoneDetoxShop.com.

Get Your Brain Working Better with Dr. Steven Masley

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Dr. Steven Masley, MD is a physician, nutritionist, trained-chef, and author. In this episode we talk about brain health and his new book "The Better Brain Solution" coming out Jan 2, 2018.

Here’s what you’ll hear:

Min 01:55 The fear of aging & brain health
Min 02:55 Introduction to Dr. Steven Masley
Min 03:25 Motivation behind the book "The Better Brain Solution"
Min 05:55 The 5 pillars to better brain health
Min 06:45 The odds of cognitive dysfunction for men & women
Min 08:35 Why women's brains rewire during menopause
Min 10:50 Other factors affecting brain health
Min 15:50 Exercise for improved brain health & insulin control
Min 19:30 Ketogenic diets, memory loss and interminent fasting
Min 22:10 Avoiding meat & grains when fasting
Min 25:00 Nutrients & supplements for a better brain
Min 30:10 Toxins (BPA, Phthaletes, Mercury), paleo eating & preservatives
Min 36:55 Dr. Steven Masley's brain quiz

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Ease Anxiety & Support Immunity in a Disaster with Mira Dessy

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Mira Dessy is the Ingredient Guru and a Houston area resident whose home was flooded in Hurricane Harvey. She is a practicing holistic nutritionist and meditation expert.

She’ll share both how she remediated her home and some of the emotional and physical health challenges she handled with nutrition, supplements and mindfulness.

We cover:

  • The DIY actions she is taking to restore her home

  • How a community can come together in a crisis

  • The symptoms she’s noticing right after the hurricane

  • The emotional toll of losing your possessions and your home

  • How even junky food, given with love, can be nourishing!

  • How to kick a sugar habit if you’ve relied on it through a disaster

  • The supplements Mira uses to stay healthy

  • How quick and simple meditations can help for sleep and stress

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Effects of Childhood Trauma on Women's Health With Nikki Gratrix

Nikki Gratrix is our second guest on Mental Health Month and we're talking about the effect of childhood trauma on women's health. This is a great under-talked about epidemic that affects many people for years. And these childhood traumas could go from the very severe to the much less severe. But the good thing is that we can reverse them with interventions we can employ today. So this is a very interesting talk packed with facts and suggestions.

Nikki is an amazing speaker who has done a lot of research into the connection between childhood trauma and illness. She studied and was working in banking, economics & finance before moving to the health industry. She wanted to do something with more meaning and to help people directly.

Nikki trained and worked as a Clinical Nutritionist in the UK, and during this time she became more of a mind-body expert rather than just looking at nutrition and functional nutrition.

Click here to download an mp3 of “Effects of Childhood Trauma on Women's Health With Nikki Gratrix”

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What You Will Hear:

  1. How often emotional trauma and history plays a part in women’s illness
  2. The correlation between adverse childhood events and risk of disease onset in later life
  3. Types of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  4. Diseases in relation to ACEs
  5. Emotional trauma and fertility
  6. The identity level of childhood traumas
  7. Steps to healing emotional traumas and recharge rituals

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Meditation Challenge

During this Mental Health Month, I'll be doing a free Meditation Challenge meant to challenge you to meditate every day for a month and have support while doing it. And you don't have to do any huge amount of meditation; even just 1 min per day is fine because meditation is a great tool that can help us find peace of mind! Grab this chance to meditate with a supportive community.

Click here to learn more about this free challenge and if you'd like to join, please share you name and your goal in the blog comments below, or on our private Facebook group.

January Meditation Challenge

Do you meditate?  Would you like to start, or be more consistent?  Or just be a part of a community that is meditating together?

The Benefits of Meditation

When I challenge myself to meditate daily, I notice the benefits more, and I tend to want to continue.

Meditation can decrease feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. It can increase focus and lower blood pressure.  It can lower inflammation, and reign in the symptoms of pain, PMS and menopausal fluctuations.  

It can increase energy and balance blood sugar.  It can increase feelings of love and connection in your relationships.

In short, meditation can improve just about whatever ails you!  In my opinion, it's best to just do it, and see what happens.  When I was young and meditating, I was always waiting for some dramatic effect.  But really it's the subtle things that you'll notice first, like that you're not yelling as much, or feeling as worried.

How to Do This Meditation Challenge

This meditation challenge is flexible.  The main goal is that you meditate everyday for a month

You can start today, or start tomorrow.  You can meditate in silence, or with a guided audio track or music. You can sit or lay down. You can even walk peacefully outside.

It is recommended to use a timer to mark the start and end of your meditation. This creates a clear framework for the experience.

If you are coming to this blog as a new meditator, or a new mom, or a self-diagnosed ADD busy lady, you can start this meditation challenge with just 1 minute a day if you want! Even with that, you are creating awareness and starting a new habit.  If you choose to go longer, you certainly may, but don't feel obligated.

If you are a more experienced meditator, you may want to challenge yourself to meditate a little longer, or twice a day. If you are a sporadic meditator like me, just challenging yourself to be a daily meditator will have value.  

There is no value is comparing yourself to others in this challenge!  We are all in a different place, and simply here to support one another and be in community.  

How to Create a Habit

The best way to create a habit is to do it at the same time and place, as much as is possible.  If you travel or have a change of schedule, you'll need to think ahead to be sure to remember to do your meditation.

An example of meditating in the same environment could be: "Every morning after the kids leave for the school bus, I will get a cup of tea and my egg timer, sit in the comfy chair by the window, and meditate for 15 minutes."

This way when you realize the kids have left, you'll go do your meditation.  Now, you might be tempted to clean the kitchen instead, or want to check your phone.  But you've dedicated yourself to your routine, you will resist that urge!

If you do decide over time that you'd like to clean the kitchen first, just change your sequence and stick to it.

Another example:  "Every time after I brush my teeth at night, I will dim the lights, crawl into bed, and use the meditation app on my phone for at least 5 minutes." 

Meditation Resources

I wanted to share the app I usually use to meditate. It's called Insight Timer, and I have it on my Android phone, but it's on iPhone too.  It's a free app.

Insight Timer can be used as a straight timer, and there are many guided and musical meditations.

If I am feeling a certain emotion, I look for a meditation to address it. Here are a few meditations I like:

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  • Setting Intentions for the New Year by Tatjana Mesar
  • Innocent Sleep - Calming the Mental Body by Rama Inacio
  • Just for Today by Tom Evans
  • Favourite Place of Relaxation by Andrew Johnson
  • Manifestation Meditation by Melissa Ambrosini

You can search for any of these within the app.  

If you use another app or resource, feel free to share it in the comments below.  

Pledge Yourself!

If you'd like to join the challenge, please share you name and your goal in the blog comments below, or on our private Facebook group.