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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Essential oils were first introduced into my life when I had my first son. A desire to use more natural products that were better for all of us became prevalent. I knew so many people who were suffering from cancer and I truly began to believe that all the garbage we were eating and putting on our bodies were affecting our health.

As the years went by I began trying to treat different issues each of us were having with more natural remedies. I was diffusing oils for sleep, calming oils and just good smelling oils. When my children didn’t feel good I would rub different oils on their chests and soles if their feet. Now that they are a little older I decided to take some classes and educate myself more on all the different oils and their benefits.

In August I got certified as a clinical Aromatherapist. What is an aromatherapist? An aromatherapist is a practitioner of aromatherapy or inhalation or bodily application (as by massage) of fragrant essential oils (as from flowers and fruits) for therapeutic purposes (taken from Webster dictionary). In many states aromatherapy is not regulated and anyone can say they are an aromatherapist so you want to make sure you really look at where your information is coming from. There is so much information on essential oils that I feel like I am only scratching the surface. So please try to make sure any information you are reading about essential oils is from a reliable source.

I also want to say that when I began learning about oils I only knew of Doterra and Young Living. These are mass market companies and you will pay so much more for oils than most other places. STOP buying from them but look for a reputable oil company. Now in all companies you will have oils that cost a lot more than others. That is because of the process of obtaining the oils and how much of the product is used to yield the oil. Pure Rose oil for example is very expensive because you need 2000 lbs of rose petals to make 1lb of essential oil.

So how do you know if you are buying from a legit place or not? There are a few tell tale signs. What kind of container does the oil come in? You want a dark glass bottle to help the oils last longer. Is there a tamper proof lid and an orifice reducer inside to keep air out and allow a drop out at a time? Is the botanical name of the oil written on the label. You want to make sure the botanical name of the oil is written somewhere so you know what you are buying. Lavender is known as LAVENDULA but it can be different types such as LAVENDULA angustifolia (this is true lavender) or LAVENDULA latifolia (this is Spike lavender) or Lavandin, which can be made synthetically. Each of these lavenders have different properties so knowing the botanical name is important.

You also want to smell and feel them. If they are not pure oil you may be able to smell an additive to it or it may feel oily which means there is an additive. Essential oils do not actually feel oily. Another way is to take a white piece of paper. A pure oil will not leave a mark but an oil with an additive will leave a ring from the additive.

These are the basic ways to tell what quality oil you are buying. One last thing is that there is no medical grade oil. An oil is either a pure oil or it is not.

I will post a lot more about aromatherapy and essential oils and I hope you will join me in learning all about these great natural products that can help us in our everyday lives.

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Focus with Extreme Concentration

Please join me for the next 20 minutes and learn how to focus with extreme concentration. This will take practice but you CAN do it.

Script obtained from The School of Positive Transformation.

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Helping Others

Take this time in today’s meditation to focus on when you have helped others, others have helped you and helping people far into the future.

Script obtained from The School of Positive Transformation

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Practicing Positivity

Let’s fill our world with positivity. It begins by ourselves being positive. Once we become positive we can then share that with others. Please join me for this meditation.

Script obtained from The School of Positive Transformation

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An Instrument of Peace

Today is Oct 4th which is the feast day of St. Francis. He gave up his life for the poor and to be Christ like to all those he met.

Every where you look there is bad news or news of violence, anger or hatred. Our world seems to be falling to pieces and I want to find a way to help make it better. How can we make it better? I think it could be as simple as a small act of kindness. If everyone in the world did one nice thing for someone else imagine how great that would be. We have to set the example. We have to live the way we want the world to be,

The Prayer of St. Francis, also known as the peace prayer is as follows;


Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. author unknown

In my meditation podcast I changed the words around a little because I wanted all people, religious and non-religious, to benefit from this prayer and not feel like it was for one religion over another.

I hope you enjoy it!!

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Is Stress Making You Sick?

I recently watched someone I love die from cancer. Things seemed to be looking up but sadly they got very sick, very quickly. After they died I found myself looking over their life in my head. I was trying to figure out why we did not see it coming. They had so much going on in their life and most of it was not good. I truly believe stress caused them to deteriorate so quickly.

For me stress has been a life long struggle. I never worried how it was affecting me until just recently. My depression and anxiety led me to having migraines, panic attacks and being overweight. I would bury my feelings and ultimately pile them up deep inside, which I believe caused the sicknesses to just keep coming.

My last bout I told my husband I had enough and I didn’t want to live this way anymore. I had to get help. I found help in the things that brought me peace and serenity. For me it is aromatherapy, Reiki, meditation, Qi Gong and Tai Chi. They were all introduced to me at one point or another and now I needed them.

I have taken back my life and while it will always be a work in progress I do feel it is helping me. OK, so what does this have to do with me? You ask. Being stressed, depressed, anxious, nervous, overwhelmed or anything negative is NOT good for you. You may not realize it but it is impacting your life in one way or another and is most likely causing you to be sick.

You can feel better and get better. There are so many different avenues out there. You just have to find what works for you. Trust me there is something out there. I thought I was a hopeless case and yet here I am feeling better. Sure I still have bad days but now I have tools I can use to get me back to good days faster.

I believe in you but you need to believe in yourself. You can do this. If any of my avenues sound like they could help please let me know and if you need other ideas of places to look I can provide that too. Together we can get better!

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