Rosemary Oil

rosemary essential oilRosemary, also known as Rosmarinus Officinalis, is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods. Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures. Rosemary essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the flowers and leaves of the shrub.

When I used to think of Rosemary, my mind would often go to roasting a chicken, and memories of my Grandmother harvesting from her herb garden on a sunny summer morning for what I knew was going to be the best meal ever! I had no idea that it has a multitude of benefits and uses besides that roast chicken!

What are the benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil?

Along with its culinary applications, Rosemary has many health benefits. Some of its primary benefits include:

1. Rosemary improves memory. Its mental strengthening ability has been known for thousands of years.

2. It helps to stimulate hair growth and provides relief for itchy scalps and dandruff.

3. It is a fantastic detoxifier. It greatly enhances the body’s bile flow and reduces plasma liver enzymes.

4. Rosemary essential oil aids with eliminating congestion associated with colds, seasonal flares, and respiratory discomfort.

5. It promotes oral health by removing bacteria and reduces the buildup of plaque. It also reduces bad breath.

Top Ten Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil

1. Rosemary has the ability to improve memory. Mix 3 drops of Rosemary oil with a carrier oil and rub on the upper neck. You can also add 4-5 drops to a diffuser and diffuse for 1 hour a day.

2. It is very effective as a hair thickener. Put 5 drops of oil on the scalp and massage in after showers.

3. It is useful in helping to support sore muscles and joints. You can apply topically by adding several drops of Rosemary oil to a carrier oil and using to massage the affected areas.

4. Rosemary essential oil can help the body fight seasonal colds and flu. You can add 2-3 drops to your diffuser, or put 8-10 drops in bath water to have a warm, refreshing, healing bath.

5. Rosemary essential oil is effective in digestive issues. Mix 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and massage on the lower back and abdomen area. You can also use 8-10 drops in your bath water for a refreshing bath.

6. Use Rosemary essential oil to reduce the symptoms of head tension, especially those related to gastric upset. Use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress, or add 2-3 drops to your diffuser or 8-10 drops to warm bath water.

7.Rosemary oil is a disinfectant and is often used as a mouthwash. It reduces oral bacteria and helps dental conditions.

8. Rosemary is a great immune system booster.

9. Rosemary essential oil is able to help to control hormone production and to balance the hormone levels in our body.

10. Rosemary oil is a workhorse in helping to keep your house clean and free germs.

 

This is truly one of my favorite oils, and I encourage you to give it a try if you haven’t yet. Click here to add this one to your collection.

10 Amazing and Awesome Uses for Orange Essential Oil

wild-orangeCold pressed from the peels of oranges, Wild Orange oil (Citrus sinensis) has a wide variety of domestic, industrial, and medicinal uses. Wild Orange essential oil is said to have more and stronger properties than regular orange oil. The main chemical components of Wild Orange essential oil are alpha-pinene, citronellal, geranial, Limonene, Linalool, and Neral.

What are the benefits of Wild Orange Essential Oil?

Some of the primary benefits of Wild Orange essential oil include:

Orange essential oil provides relief from inflammation, whether internal or external. regardless of the reason.

It can help you avoid fungal and septic issues wherever there is a cut or abrasion.

It rids your body of excess gas and flushes out the excess toxins. It promotes urination which eliminates toxins like uric acid, bile, excess salts, excess water, and pollutants.

It is a natural sedative and alleviates anxiety, anger, depression, and helps you to relax after a hard day at the office.

It has been shown to have the potential to be effective as an insecticide and may help in the elimination of houseflies.

What are Wild Orange’s cautions?

As with any citrus oil, it may cause photosensitivity when exposed to sunlight within 12+ hours of use. Use at night, or only on the unexposed skin to avoid a reaction. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose.

Top Ten Uses for Wild Orange Essential Oil:wild orange

1. The aromatic use of orange can calm the nervous system and the mind. Try rubbing a drop between your hands and cupping to your nose in times of stress.

2. It is effective in helping to reduce constipation. Mix 2 drops of Wild Orange essential oil with 2 drops of coconut oil and massage in a clockwise rotation over the entire abdomen. Repeat 2-3 times a day.

3. It can be used to relieve digestive upset. Add a drop to a glass of water, or add 1-2 drops to a carrier oil and massage into the upper abdomen to kickstart a sluggish digestive system.

4. When used consistently throughout the cold season, it helps to increase your immune system response. You can apply it topically or use 3-4 drops in your diffuser.

5. It can help to regulate hormones and relieve the symptom of hot flashes. Massage 1-2 drops into the base of the neck and over the front of the neck.

6. Consider using Peppermint oil in a blend with the Wild Orange essential oil. Great morning blend or afternoon pick me up.

7. It is very effective in calming the nervous system and the mind and relieving stress. Try rubbing a drop between your palms and then cupping your hands to your nose to inhale deeply in times of stress.

8. Wild Orange can be used to increase appetite in dogs. Put one drop on the dog’s paw so he/she can smell the oil. You could also add 1-2 drops to a small amount of coconut oil, and use your hands to massage your dog’s tummy.

9. During the hot days of summer, when we are outdoors, running, biking, going to the beach, kids going to summer camp, proper hydration is a key to staying healthy and fit. Wild Orange essential oil added to water tastes wonderful and can encourage you or a child to drink a full glass to rehydrate.

10. Wild Orange essential oil is a fantastic addition to wool dryer balls. Add 3-4 drops to each dryer ball, and discover the wonderful scent your clean clothes have.

Bringing it all together

As you can see,  Orange essential oil has a lot of awesome uses and benefits. If you want to get some of your own, click here to grab it at retail, or for even better savings, consider becoming a wholesale customer. For $35 a year, you will have wholesale pricing for what I truly believe is the purest essential oils on the market.There is no obligation to purchase anything, but  I like to think of the membership like Costco. When the time comes to renew, if you choose to do so, DōTerra sends you a free bottle of Peppermint oil! So awesome!

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Happy oiling!

10 Amazing Ways to Use Fennel Essential Oil Right Now

fennel

The history of Fennel dates back to ancient times when Roman warriors were said to have consumed Fennel to make them strong and ready for battle. In Medieval times it was known as Fenkle and was a very popular herb with the ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Romans, who believed it conveyed longevity, courage, and strength, as well as warding off spirits.

The essential oil of fennel is obtained through the steam distillation of crushed fennel seeds, an herb which bears the scientific name of Foeniculum Vulgare. Its main chemical components are benzene, anethole, and limonene.

What are the benefits of Fennel Essential Oil?

Fennel essential oil has many medicinal benefits and has been in use in culinary applications and as a mouth freshener since ancient times.

A few of its primary benefits include:

It is beneficial for use with any kind of occasional digestive upset. It helps keep the stomach healthy and functioning properly, and protects the stomach from infections and ulcers, thus ensuring the all-around health and wellness of the stomach.

Even More Benefits:

It eases monthly menstrual cycles by giving relief from symptoms associated with periods such as headaches, pain in the abdomen, dizziness, and mood swings.

It supports a healthy lymphatic system.

It calms minor skin irritations.

As a laxative, fennel can assist in the flushing out of the kidneys, liver, spleen, and gallbladder. Kidney stones and urinary tract infections are reduced as a result.

Fennel oil’s expectorant properties also help with treatment of respiratory disorders. Excessive mucus in the lungs, chronic coughs and colds, and asthma can be lessened with this oil.

Top Ten Uses for Fennel Essential Oil

1. To support a slow sluggish digestive system and to alleviate digestive problems, you can dilute 1 drop of Fennel oil with 3 drops of a carrier oil and massage in a clockwise rotation over the abdomen. You could also add 1 drop to water or food or take it in a veggie capsule.

2. Fennel oil is great for the skin. It has strong cleansing and toning properties. It tones facial muscles and restores moisture to the skin, and reduces wrinkles and eye bags on the face. You can make a fennel cleanser for oily skin by adding 2-3 drops Fennel oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and applying it to your face. Hold a hot washcloth over your face a few seconds before rinsing your face.

3. Fennel Oil helps prevent abnormal contractions in the body known as spasms which are known to affect the respiratory and intestinal tracts, muscles and nerves and cause acute pain, cramps, muscle pulls and convulsion. Try adding 1-2 drops Fennel oil to a carrier oil and massaging to provide much-needed relief to the affected areas.

4. Applying Fennel Oil to open wounds and cuts protects them from becoming irritated.

5. Put a drop of Fennel under your tongue to help fight sweet tooth cravings.

6. Fennel Oil increases the frequency of urination and the quantity of urine, thus helping not only remove excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts and other toxic elements from the body but also proper blood pressure, cleansing the kidneys and reducing fat. Take 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule once or twice a day for three or four days.

7. Fennel oil is a good laxative and benefits in occasional constipation. However, unlike synthetic laxatives, it has no side effects and can be used regularly. You can take a drop or two in a veggie capsule daily, or add 1-2 drops of Fennel oil to warm water or tea, stir, and drink.

8. Fennel oil has proven to be effective in providing relief from the depositions of mucus and phlegm that leads to congestion. Try adding 2-3 drops to a steam inhaler and breathe deeply. You can also make Fennel tea by adding 2-3 drops Fennel oil to steeping tea, and flavor with honey if desired.

9. Fennel oil can be used to help boost the milk supply for breastfeeding mothers. It is great combined with basil for this purpose. Drink 1 drop of each oil in water or tea every 2 hours until supply increase. You can also apply 2 drops of each, diluted, to the outside of breasts after each feeding.

10. Fennel oil can be used in many cooking and baking recipes. Try adding 1-2 drops Fennel oil to your salad dressing, or in your homemade Marinara sauce. Add 1 drop of Fennel Oil to desserts for an additional depth of flavor.

As you can see, Fennel essential oil has a lot of awesome uses and benefits. If you want to get some of your own, click here to grab it at retail, or for even better savings, consider becoming a wholesale customer. For $35 a year, you will have wholesale pricing for what I truly believe is the purest essential oils on the market.

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Happy oiling!

3 Nutrition Tips That Work

When I decided to make real changes for my health, besides getting into a doctor, and getting myself back in to the gym, the biggest challenge was to make real changes to what and how I eat and look at nutrition as a whole.

Let me be real for a minute. I eat like a bachelor. Or rather, I did. More often than not breakfast was Starbucks (hello sugar, fat and oh my word expensive!!), then maybe later chips or candy. Dinner would almost always be out. Because of my work schedule, I am almost never home around meal times. Olive Garden, Outback, Texas Roadhouse are among favorites – haha.

Looking at this pattern, it’s super easy for me to see how my weight and health got so out of control. And because I am on my feet and moving around a lot for my job, I never “look” like I might have a problem.

But I did. My doc told me that I am at an elevated risk for heart disease. If I didn’t make changes immediately, I could end up in the hospital.

G.U.L.P.

Making nutrition changes aren’t that easy though, especially with a stupid crazy work schedule. But here are the things I’m doing now that have made a difference in how I feel. It’s also working – yay!

Food Tracking

I personally love and use My Fitness Pal. It seems to be the most intuitive app for me and I’ve been pretty good about making sure I keep everything tracked at least once a day. Sure I still have days where I forget, but baby steps, right? It also helps me track water intake and exercise. Yay for tools that help!

 Daily Supplements

My doc has be on a series of supplements from Pure Encapsulations, Claire Labs and Thorne. Since starting these 3 months ago, I can honestly say that I can tell a difference. With so many options out there for supplements, I can say that I’m very happy with these.

Cheat Days

Not everyday is going to be perfect, and I finally am at peace with that. I used to beat myself up over not eating perfectly clean, or wanting that cookie (umm, hello Holiday season!), but not anymore.

What are the things that you do for yourself to keep accountable in the food department? I would love to know!

5 Ways to Help you Start Your Transformation Journey

 

One of the hardest things about transforming your life is knowing where to start. I believe that’s the biggest reason why people stay where they are, and that makes me sad. (Sad Susan isn’t pretty, trust me.)

On a personal note, that was my story. For a long time, I knew I wanted to make changes, in a lot of areas in my life, but I didn’t feel like I knew where to start. So I just kept trudging along, doing nothing. After a while I started to ignore the voice in my head that wanted to change. You get the idea.

Today, I’m here to share 5 ways that helped me start my own transformation.

 

1. Decide once and for all that enough is enough. 

It sounds simple, but in reality, if there are multiple areas in your life that you fee need a reset, then this alone can be daunting. So instead of sitting in despair over the fact that you know you need to change, just decide that enough is enough, and choose just one area to start making improvements in. It can be any area: food choices, exercise, finances, relationships, or personal growth. Just pick one. (Pro tip: if you are able, pick the one that seems like the hardest change to make. Often making a change in that area will create a domino effect on other areas as well.)

 2. Know that change isn’t going to happen overnight, but one step at a time will bring you the results you are seeking.

For me, the biggest challenge was to take control of my health. That meant searching out a new doctor (I didn’t have a regular provider) and making the appointment to find out where I was. Not gonna lie; it took me about a month to make that happen. I think I was scared to see what my starting point really looked like.

3. Set small goals to complete along the way.

I have a few small goals that I try to follow everyday to help me reach the larger goal of a complete health transformation.

  • Drink 100 oz. of water daily
  • Take all of my prescribed vitamins daily Get 8 hours of sleep
  • Exercise 3 times a week for 45 minutes

These small goals will get me where I want to be: 75 lbs. lighter. If I were to completely focus on the 75 lbs., I would just crawl under my covers and hope the pounds would melt away all on their own.

4. Use tracking tools to help.

I use a couple of tools on my phone to keep me in check. My Fitness Pal for meal and water tracking and Sworkit. I track my meals, water, and track exercise with My Fitness Pal, and use Sworkit for exercise routines. Just by tracking what I’m doing, I’ve noticed a couple of things. The weight os coming off, and I have more energy because I am actually exercising. I also have noticed that when I’m not faithful about tracking, I don’t feel like I’m doing all I can for myself. I also use my phone’s health tracker, along with my Apple Watch. It’s amazing to me how much just having these tools in place have helped me personally.

5. Have a reward system in place to keep motivated.

I used to think having small rewards didn’t matter, after all, wasn’t reaching the goal a big enough motivation to keep going? As it turns out, having the proverbial dangling carrot always in the forefront of your mind make a huge difference. The key to having rewards in place though is to make them personal to you, because this is your journey. Keeping a reward in place to stay motivated really helps. As a coffee addict, I used to allow myself to have a Starbucks if I worked out 3 times a week. But as it turns out, I don’t enjoy that as much as I used to, so now my reward to myself is a new outfit to workout in once a month if I hit my workout goal.

 

In conclusion, pick one thing you want to change, and just start. Big change won’t happen overnight, but when you break it down and take one step at a time, I know that you will begin to see results much sooner! I’d love to know what you do personally when you decide to make changes. Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

xo ~ Susan