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Now What?!

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Okay, I have ADHD…I keep getting off track from my original plans and ideas…Happens all the time…Welcome to my world!!!

Anyway, my original plan in writing this blog was to talk about the changes that I am making in each step of my day to live a more minimalistic, simpler, and healthier lifestyle.

The first topic that I highlighted was Taking the Perfect Shower. Taking the perfect shower or bath is important because that is one of the best ways to prepare for a “good” night’s sleep, get rid of any “bad” moments of the day that you just went through, and help you from being stinky and “ugly.”

The next topic that I highlighted was Getting a Good Night’s Sleep. So many of suffer from insomnia and have bad nighttime habits—such as staying up way past midnight and midnight munching. Yet a good night’s sleep is important because…

From there I moved into the topic of the Raw Foods Diet and why it is important to stop eating processed foods and to start eating healthier in general. That is where I feel like I got sidetracked.

We all get the point. In order to improve our health and get more energy to chase a “resident four year” old, there are certain things that we must do—such as cut processed foods out of our diets and replace sugar with healthier substitutes.

But how do these facts affect our daily lives? Sometimes too much information can be overload. So instead of remaining on my textbook-like journey, I’d like to pause my “What Next” segment on the Raw Foods Diet…or at least not necessarily pause it, but to break this segment into four different “What Next” segments…

  • What’s for Breakfast?
  • What’s for Lunch?
  • What’s for Dinner?
  • I’m Still Hungry!!!

So let’s start with “What’s for Breakfast?”…

Why do we even need to eat breakfast in the first place? Won’t skipping breakfast allow me to hit the snooze button on my alarm clock enough times to get some more rest that I won’t need breakfast at all.

Wrong!

There are so, so, so many reasons that we should all be eating breakfast, but instead of dwelling on these reasons in order to avoid starting to sound too much like a textbook again, let’s look simply at what we should be eating and accept the fact that we should be eating in the first place.

So what should we be eating for breakfast?

This is the second step in my creating a Master Grocery List for my family. The first list of foods that I should keep on hand can be found on my Midnight Snacking post about what to eat before bed in order to help you sleep. 

Now let’s add to this Master Grocery List by focusing on what we should actually be eating for breakfast.

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Book Review…Essential Glow

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Essential Glow: Recipes & Tips for Using Essential Oils is an all-inclusive guide to natural beauty written for people who would like to learn how to use essential oils in their daily lives to boost their beauty, home, and general wellness.

This book sparked my interest because I am just now starting to use essential oils in my home now that I have started this journey to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

The title, Essential Glow, is appropriate for the book because the book was written by the same people who host the popular Hello Glow website—the ultimate source for daily inspiration, recipes, projects, and tips for living a healthy, mindful life and learning more about natural beauty and wellness.

The author of the book is Stephanie Gerber, a Nashville-based natural living blogger, who has also written…Stephanie Gerber says that she believes that “the journey to well-being can and should be, simple and beautiful, natural and stylish.”

The book is filled with over two hundred simple recipes and tutorials for making organic skincare and haircare-products, household cleaners, and even cosmetics at home…all using essential oils…including recipes for laundry softeners, all purpose cleaners, steam tablets, masks, bath oils, and invigorating scrubs.

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Book Review…Essential Oils: The Complete Guide: Essential Oils for Beginners, Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Recipes

 

 

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Essential Oils: The Complete Guide: Essential Oils for Beginners, Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Recipes is a guide book about essential oils written to “introduce you to the world of essential oils and aromatherapy.”

The book was written primarily for beginners who have absolutely no prior knowledge about using essential oils and carrier oils.to show how to use them properly…

This book sparked my interest because so many of the natural body care and skincare products that I will be making and sharing in the near future contain them.

The title, Essential Oils: The Complete Guide: Essential Oils for Beginners, Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Recipes, is appropriate for the book because the book explains everything in simple, easy to understand steps..

The purpose of the book–showing how to use essential oils  properly-is carried out throughout the book as evident by the fact that the book tells the reader how to store your essential oils and carrier oils, and the fact that It is important to know what you are doing when you are using essential oils because some essential oils can do things such as increase UV light/sunlight sensitivity and affect your hormones.

According to the introduction, this book promises to teach you a natural treatment that takes care of both your mental and physical health at the same time…how to cure your common cold without the use of drugand how to start the day exploding with motivation and energy, whilst finishing the day calm, content and stress-free.all through the proper application of essential oils.

The author of the book is Amy Joyson.

The main idea of the book is that both your health and vitality can be improved through the use of essential oils.

My favorite part of the book was definitely the over 100 recipes for natural body and skincare products, as well as home cleaning products because this is something that I am focusing on right now in both my life and my blog…recipes to enhance your calm or self-esteem and confidence, to uplift your mood, to support your detox and many, many more.

Other topics discussed include what aromatherapy is and how you can use aromatherapy at home for stress relief and weight loss, what carrier oils are and how to use them, and what exactly essential oils are and how they work in the body.

I highly recommend this book, and feel that you will also be happy that you bought it.

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13 More Uses for Cedarwood Essential Oil

In addition to using cedarwood essential oil for your skin and hair, there are many other great uses for cedarwood essential oil. These include…

1. Aches and Pains…Cedarwood oil, especially Himalayan cedarwood, is a natural analgesic. This means that cedarwood essential oil can help get rid of any aches and pains. Many over-the-counter and prescription topically applied pain lotions and creams that are used to treat joint and muscle pain actually contain cedarwood essential oil.

To use cedarwood essential oil to help cure aches and pains, try one of the following…

  • Hot Bath…Take a hot bath with five drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • Massage Oil…Blend eight drops cedarwood oil with four teaspoons carrier oil

Blend for Aches and Pains…

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

2. ADHD…Cedarwood oil has been used to help children with ADHD. The oil is believed to be able to help these kids stay focused, and also to boost their learning capacity. In recent studies, children suffering from ADHD have been shown to have experienced improvements in brain activity and fewer ADHD symptoms after using cedarwood essential oil.

To use cedarwood essential oil to help you stay focused, try one of the following…

  • Inhalant…Inhale deeply while holding a bottle of cedarwood essential oil three times a day.

Blend for ADHD and Improving Focus/Learning Capacity

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil

3. Anxiety and Stress…Cedarwood essential oil has natural sedative properties.

The calming effect of cedarwood essential oil can be helpful for anyone having to  combat stress, anxiety, and depression…or looking for a decent, uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Cedarwood essential oil contains cedrol, a substance that promotes the release of serotonin in the brain. This serotonin is converted into melatonin and, as a result,  encourages restful sleep and helps you calm down and relax.

  • Diffusion…Diffuse cedarwood essential oil in a diffuser machine
  • Inhalant…To use cedarwood essential oil to combat stress, anxiety, and insomnia, try simply inhaling the oil straight from the bottle or from a handkerchief whenever you start feeling weird.

Blend for Anxiety, Stress, and Insomnia

  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil…
  • Massage into the body and heels of your feet before bedtime…

4. Arthritis and Rheumatism…Cedarwood oil, especially Himalayan cedarwood, acts as an anti-inflammatory properties.  This makes cedarwood essential oil great for people suffering from pains and stiffness of the joints—such as people with arthritis and rheumatism.

The best ways to use cedarwood essential oil to help treat arthritis and rheumatism both topical—as a massage oil, or added to a hot bath.

  • Bath Soak…Add five to ten drops to your hot bathwater.
  • Massage Oil…Dilute eight drops of cedarwood oil with a carrier oil. Rub into the affected joints and muscles.

Blend for Arthritis and Rheumatism

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

5. Athlete’s Foot and Other Fungal Infections…Cedarwood essential oil is a antibacterial and antifungal agent that can be used effectively in treating a variety of fungal infections—such as athlete’s foot and toenail infections.

Blend for Athlete’s Foot and Toenail Infections

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

6. Bad Odors…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural deodorizer that can be used to freshen the air in your home. The oil can have long-lasting therapeutic effects for both you and your home.

The oil is used in many perfume and oil blends to add a warm, pleasant, wood-like scent that is both reassuring and comforting.

  • Diffuser…In order to not only deodorize your home…but also to create a calming, mood, try using the oil in your diffuser—either alone, or combine with two drops each of sandalwood and wild orange essential oils
  • Garbage Can Anti-Groucher…In order to keep your garbage cans from smelling like Oscar the Grouch just farted in there, combine several drops oto a spray bottle with water and spray it around garbage cans and anywhere where musty smells can erupt

Blend for Getting Rid of Bad Odors…Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Use to dust as you would regular furniture polish.

  • 1/3C water
  • 1/2Tbsp liquid castile soap
  • 8 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil

7. Coughs and Other Respiratory Problems…Cedarwood essential oil, especially Himalayan cedarwood, has antispasmodic ability. This simply means that cedarwood essential oil can be used to help with respiratory problems—such as colds, the flu, congestion, and asthma.

Cedarwood essential oil helps to clear phlegm and other breathing difficulties that come hand in hand with your flu or cold. Cedarwood essential oil also helps to relieve other symptoms of a cold such as a headache and watery eyes.

  • Chest Rub…Combine eight drop of cedarwood essential oil with 4tsp of a carrier oil.  Massage onto your chest and neck area before going to sleep at night.
  • Inhalant…Sniff the oil directly from the bottle when needed.
  • Steam Bath…Make a steam bath by adding a few drops to a sink full of hot water. Cover your head with a towel, Inhale the vapors for five minutes.

Blend for Coughs and Other Respiratory Problem

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

8. Cuts, Scrapes, and Minor Wounds…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural antiseptic that can help cuts, scrapes, and minor wounds and skin damage by keeping the area from becoming infected.

To use cedarwood essential oil to treat minor wounds and skin damage, try…

  • Massage Oil…Add a few drops of cedarwood oil to coconut oil and massage gently onto any cuts, scrapes, or minor wounds.

Blend for Cuts, Scrapes, and Minor Wounds

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

9. Insects….Cedarwood essential oil is a natural insect repellant that is able to repel mosquitos, ants, ticks, fleas, and other bugs.

  • Bed Spray…Spray a diluted mixture of cedarwood essential oil on your bed sheets and pillows.
  • Bug Spray…Add five drops of cedarwood essential oil to an ounce of water. Add several drops of a carrier oil to the spray mixture to help absorb it into your skin easier. Spray on your skin.
  • Diffuser…Use cedarwood essential oil in your diffuser.
  • Dog Spray…Carefully spray your dog with a diluted cedarwood essential oil mixture of six drops of cedarwood essential oil and one ounce of water.
  • Entry Barrier…Spray cedarwood essential oil on screens and around doorways to keep fleas and other insects from entering the home in the first place.
  • Furniture Spray…Spray diluted cedarwood essential oil on your furniture to keep pests away.
  • Mosquito Repellant.. Add cedarwood essential oil to lemon eucalyptus essential oil  to make a powerful and natural mosquito blend.
  • Moth Deterrent…Dip cotton balls in cedarwood essential oil. Place them in your closet, on your hangers and inside of storage boxes.

10. Poor Muscle Tone…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural astringent that can tighten the skin, improve muscle tone, and leave you feeling rejuvenated.

  • Massage Oil…Dillute cedarwood essential oil with a suitable carrier oil—such as coconut, jojoba and almond oil.

11. Restless Leg Syndrome…Cedarwood essential oil can help relieve the symptoms of restless legs syndrome, the uncontrollable urge to move your legs constantly, because of its calming and soothing properties.

Blend for Restless Legs Syndrome

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 3 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

12. Stress…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural sedative with the power to relieve tension and stress that can negatively affect your health. Its sedative properties and calming effects of cedarwood essential oil can help combat stress, depression, anxiety

The aroma of cedarwood essential oil promotes the release of serotonin in the brain which gets converted to melatonin which encourages restful sleep and a calm mind.

  • Diffuser…Diffuse cedarwood essential oil in a diffuser machine.
  • Inhalant…Simply inhale cedarwood essential oil from the bottle or put a few drops on a handkerchief and breathe it in whenever you feel the need.

Blend for Stress Relief…

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

13. Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Trouble, Hypertension, and High Blood Pressure…Cedarwood is a natural diuretic that can increase the frequency of urination. This means that cedarwood essential oil can promote both the volume of urine produced and the frequency at which a person urinates. This is important is getting rid of any toxins, fats, and excess water.

  • Massage Oil…Try rubbing a few drops of cedarwood oil into your abdomen or bladder region.

Blend for Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Trouble, Hypertension, and High Blood Pressure

  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

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Cedarwood Essential Oil—Great for Your Skin

In the last post, we learned that cedarwood essential oil is great for your hair—especially in treating dandruff and dry scalp, preventing hair loss, and encouraging hair growth.

Cedarwood essential oil is also great for your skin. The fresh, earthy aroma and the calming effect of cedarwood essential oil will make you want to use the oil as many ways as possible.

The anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties of cedarwood essential oil make it a great tool in safely and effectively treating a number of skin conditions—including eczema and acne.

As far as eczema is concerned, cedarwood essential oil helps regulate the production of sebum, reduce the symptomatic skin peeling associated with eczema, and treats any unpleasant inflammation and dryness caused by the condition.

As far as acne is concerned, cedarwood essential oil is a natural antiseptic that can protect and heal your skin against unsightly acne. Cedarwood essential oil prevents clogging of the pores of your skin and protects the surface of your skin from intrusion by harmful particles and bacteria

Cedarwood essential oil can be used both topically or aromatically through the use of your diffuser, (or even your nose?!)…

  1. Bath Soak...Add four or five drops of cedarwood essential oil to your bathwater.
  2. Facial Scrub…….Combining a few drops of cedarwood oil with coconut oil and oatmeal.
  3. Massage Oil...Blend eight drops cedarwood oil and four teaspoons of a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. (You may also try replacing a few of the drops of cedarwood oil with other essential oils—especially chamomile and lavender.) Massage the mixture on to any infected or itchy areas.
  4. Product Enhancer...Adding a few drops of cedarwood essential oil to your favorite lotions, creams, and other skin care products. This will give even your most favorite products an extra kick in the pants.

 

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Cedarwood Essential Oil—Great for Your Hair

Cedarwood essential oil is useful for many different concerns—including curing skin problems, preventing hair loss, preventing infections, managing stress, getting rid of any moths and pests from your home, discouraging the growth of mildew, helping to cure illnesses, relieving pain.

Cedarwood essential oils gets many A’s, if not A+’s, for its many different roles, including working as the following…

  • alopecia
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • anxiety and stress
  • astringent
  • anti-ant (insecticidal)

Alopecia…This is simply another way of saying that cedarwood oil is good for your hair.

Cedarwood essential oil can help you have shinier, healthier-looking hair, especially by working to control dandruff, prevent hair loss, and promote hair growth.

1. Damaged Hair…Cedarwood essential oil has moisturizing properties that can help make your hair stronger and repair any damage you cause to your hair from frequent washing, blowdrying, styling, and so forth.

2. Dandruff…Cedarwood essential oil can help reduce any itching or drying that you might be enduring because of dandruff and other scalp conditions such as seborrhoiec eczema.

Cedarwood essential oil can help prevent seborrhoeic eczema, an infection of the epidermal cells of the scalp that results in having dry, itchy and flaking rashes on your scalp. This infection is caused by the sebaceous glands found in the scalp producing too much sebum.

3. Hair Growth and Loss…Cedarwood oil stimulates and strengthens your hair follicles. Stronger hair follicles contribute to hair growth and help prevent alopecia—which simply means hair loss and thinning hair.

Two of the best ways to use cedarwood essential oil for healthier, shinier hair are…

1. Hot Oil Treatment:…Combine eight drops of cedarwood essential oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Massage the mixture it into your scalp for about five minutes. Wait twenty minutes before washing the mixture out of your hair.

2. Shampoo... Add a few drops of cedarwood essential oil to your shampoo and conditioner.

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Essential Essential Oil Essentials

Way back in March, I had decided to choose one essential oil per month and discover just exactly what this particular oil is, what it’s used for, and so forth.

Well, this hasn’t happened…

So my goal in these next few posts is to catch up on these oils so that I can hopefully stick with my original goal of highlighting one essential oil per month.

Having written this blog for a short while, it seems like the “Muffins and Magnolias” mission has become…

—to begin living a healthier lifestyle and develop new habits that will simplify and improve your quality of life every single day.

I really believe that this is important, and that everyone—or at least almost everyone—wants to accomplish and learn about how to do this.

I also believe that developing the habit of using the right essential oils for the right purpose can be an important part of achieving this goal.

We began our venture into the world of essential oils with a list of the best essential oils for helping to cure insomnia. These essential oils are…

  1. Bergamot
  2. Cedarwood
  3. Frankincense
  4. Juniper Berry
  5. Lavender
  6. Marjoram
  7. Roman Chamomile
  8. Sandalwood
  9. Vetiver
  10. Ylang Ylang

This last series of posts about sugar substitutes and processed foods is starting to become to academic and serious…I need to take a short break from this topic myself, especially today while I will be preparing desserts for our 4th of July cookout tomorrow, right?!

So join me as we catch up on these essential oils that should have been included in posts from the last four months–cedarwood, frankincense, juniper berry, and lavender…and don’t feel guilty about eating that entire gallon of Blue Bell all by self tomorrow…I won’t…

 

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And To All A Good Night (Review)

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My initial goal when starting this blog was to take you on my journey to establishing a bed and breakfast in Oxford, Mississippi…but this dream has taken a sudden backseat as we now find ourselves raising our grandson…becoming a “new mother” at the age of fifty.

So this has been a journey, or “Now What,” series of posts on taking the “sleeping aspect” of my daily life and learning how to make it better…Lord knows that I need to this, being the 49 year old mother for a four year old.

 

Sleep is as important to your health as a healthy diet and regular physical activity. How well you sleep each night can impact nearly every aspect of your life.

Lack of sleep can…

  • Affect performance on the job or at school
  • Cause countless headaches
  • Cause increased irritability of the person who has had trouble sleeping
  • Cause the immune system to function poorly
  • Cause us to become more irritable, short-tempered, and impatient during the day
  • Damage relationships
  • Decrease the quality of work performance
  • Diminish quality of life
  • Give you a general feeling of being unwell, both mentally and physically.
  • Hinder our ability to stay focused for long periods of time
  • Make certain activities, especially driving, dangerous for both ourselves and people around us
  • Make getting started on even the easiest work or school assignments even harder than normal
  • Make you gain weight
  • Make you have less energy to tackle the day ahead
  • Sabotage our health
  • Sap our energy levels
  • Slow the ability of the nervous system to process information and translate visual cues into conscious thought.

I have personally found that having such a “nightly routine” of soothing transitional activity between my being awake and actually falling asleep helps your sleep quality and overall wellness….just like it probably did when my kids were little, and does for my “resident four year old.”

The following is a summary of the tips that I have learned lately to help create a relaxing ritual that I can do each and every night that will help me fall asleep faster and more consistently…healthy bedtime habits—such as meditation, soothing music, essential oils—that will help program your mind to get ready for bed.

Breathing Techniques

  • Dr. Weil’s 4-7-8 Technique
  • Kapalbhati Breathing
  • Nadi Shodhana
  • Pranayamic Breathing Techniques
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Essential Oils for helping to cure insomnia..

  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang ylang

Music

Supplements

  • 5-HTP
  • Flower essences
  • GABA…GABA (gamma butyric acid)
  • Holy basil
  • L-theanine
  • Magnesium
  • Melatonin
  • Skullcap
  • Valerian Root
  • Vitamin Supplement

 

Snacks

 

  • Almonds and Almond Butter
  • Bananas
  • Cereal and Milk
  • Cheese and Cottage Cheese
  • Cherries and Cherry Juice
  • Edamame
  • Granola
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Hummus
  • Lentils
  • Peanut Butter
  • Popcorn
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Whole-Grain Crackers

Tea

  • Banana
  • Catnip
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Oat Straw
  • Passion Flower
  • Peppermint
  • St John’s Wort
  •  Valerian

Apps

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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April Essential Oil of the Month—Chamomile…The Why?

Chamomile, an aromatic herb, has been used throughout most of the world for many centuries and is one of the most ancient and versatile medicinal herbs known to mankind. The plant, with its white daisy like flowers and scent reminiscent of apples or pineapple, is native to Europe and western Asia.

  1. Stress and Anxiety...Chamomile is one the best medicinal herbs for helping to lower stress and anxiety because chamomile helps to increase the levels of serotonin and melatonin, two hormones that slow down your mind and eliminate the classic symptoms of stress and anxiety—such as hysteria, nightmares, insomnia, and various digestive problems. Drinking one or two cups of chamomile tea per day or inhaling chamomile essential oils through a diffuser are often recommended as natural remedies for stress, anxiety, and depression.
  2. Skin…Chamomile is often used topically on the skin to help fight skin irritation, heal wounds, treat skin conditions such as eczema, and lessen the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles on the face. Try this recipe for a “natural” Calamine lotion to treat mosquito bites during the summer…
  3. Sleep…Drinking a warm cup of non-caffeinated chamomile tea or diffusing it in the home diffuser can be a very powerful sleep aid, particularly for people who are struggling with restless sleep, insomnia, or other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
  4. Menstrual Discomfort…Chamomile tea is often used when dealing with the symptoms of menstruation—like PMS, bloating, cramping, sweating, inability to sleep, and mood swings. Chamomile tea is often also used in some parts of the world, such as Mexico, to soothe the body and mind and to relax abdominal muscles after giving birth.
  5. Immune SystemChamomile works as both an anti-histamine and an antioxidant, meaning that it can strengthen your body’s immune response to allergens in the body and soothe these allergic reactions before they become serious. The phenolic compounds in chamomile tea have been proven specifically good at fighting bacterial infections in the body, and that six glasses of chamomile tea consumed over a two-week timeframe can significantly improve the body’s ability to fight off  any infections.
  6. Gastrointestinal Issues...Chamomile has been used in many cultures for various stomach ailments—such as upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, mild bloating, IBS symptoms, gas, acid reflux, indigestion, diarrhea, anorexia, and motion sickness.
  7. Diabetes…Chamomile helps lower blood sugar levels, regulate the amount of insulin in the blood, and prevent massive drops and spikes in blood sugar.
  8. Pain…Chamomile has been referred to as an “herbal aspirin” and has been a popular home remedy for centuries in reducing pain—especially pain associated with arthritis, injuries, back pain, fevers, and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

 

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Essential Oils to Keep…If You’d Like to Be Able to Sleep

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When I first started using essential oils, I felt overwhelmed by the selections and how little I knew. Which one should I choose, and why? Almost like being a kid in a candy store.

But as I have started reading and studying more about living a healthier lifestyle and beginning new habits, I have also learned more about which essential oils work best for what the problem is.

For example, these are the best essential oils for helping to cure insomnia that are out there…but instead of going into depth about each one of these in this post, I have decided to choose one oil per month, and detail more and more reasons and ways to use that particular essential oil that particular month…

For example, the Essential Oil of the Month is bergamot (see next post…oh wait, you can’t…because at this point I haven’t finished writing it)…

Anyway, here are the best options as far as essential oils to help you sleep…

1.  BergamotBergamot essential oil is a cold-pressed essential oil that is produced by cells inside the rind and peel of a bergamot orange, a citrus fruit that has been used as a fragrance ingredient since around the year 1714. It takes about one hundred bergamot oranges to yield three ounces of bergamot oil.

Bergamot essential oil smells like a sweet light orange peel oil with a floral note and has a bright, yet calming and relaxing, effect. Bergamot essential oil is used to give Earl Grey tea its flavor, to calm anxious feelings, and to reduce both the heart rate and blood pressure.

2.  Cedarwood…Cedarwood essential oil is an essential oil that is produced from the foliage of various types of pine and cypress trees. The oil has an earthy, woodsy smell and supports healthy function of the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, the body’s natural sleepy hormone.

3.  Frankincense…Frankincense essential oil is a steam-distilled essential oil obtained from the tree resin of four main species of trees from the Boswellia genus. Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, balsamic fragrance and is perfect for balancing emotions, supporting healthy sleep, calming your mind and supporting your body’s natural response to healing.

4.  Juniper Berry…Juniper Berry essential oil is a steam-distilled essential oil that has a calming, grounding effect and an earthy, woodsy smell. The oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of about fifty different species of junipers plant, a member of the cypress family that can grow anywhere within the Northern Hemisphere, all the way from the Arctic down towards tropical Africa, Pakistan, and the mountains of Central America. Most of the juniper berry essential oil that we use here in America has been harvested from juniper plants found in middle Tennessee, northern Alabama, and southern Kentucky.

5.  Lavender…Lavender essential oil is a steam-distilled essential oil that is obtained from the flower spikes of certain species of the lavender plant, a member of the mint family. Lavender essential oil has a relaxing and calming effect…and is used to reduce heart rate and blood pressure, help reduce feelings of tension, and calm emotions.

Most of us are already familiar with the lavender plant because the plant has been used as ornamental plants in garden and landscaping, as a culinary herb, and was one of the common colors in that magical 64-count box of Crayola crayons…the bo that had the sharpener on the back of the box…and that every kid in the classroom envied unless they had one themselves.

6.  Marjoram…Marjoram essential oil is steam-distilled from from the flowering leaves and tops of the marjoram plant, a somewhat cold-sensitive perennial herb or undershrub, that was referred to by the Romans as the “herb of happiness” and to the Greeks as the “joy of the mountains.”

The leaves have a unique mixture of sweet “pine” and citrus flavor. Most of us have had a marjoram spice container at least once in our spice cabinet of marjoram. If not an actual jar of marjoram by itself, perhaps a spice blend containing marjoram, such as herbes de Provence and za’atar…(I probably still have all three of these spices in the same container from back when I purchased thirty-one years ago when I first got married….let me go see)…

Anyway, marjoram essential oil is wonderful for muscles and joints, but it also excels in creating peaceful sleep and calming frazzled nerves.

7.  Roman Chamomile…Roman Chamomile essential oil has a calming, soothing, and relaxing effect and is perfect for helping to get rid of restlessness and anxious feelings.

The Roman chamomile plant is a low perennial plant found in dry fields, gardens, and cultivated grounds in Europe, North America, and in Argentina…and is used for making foods, herbal teas, perfumes, and cosmetics.

8.  Sandalwood...Sandalwood essential oil is a steam-distilled oil extracted from chips and billets cut from the heartwood of various species of sandalwood trees. Sandalwoods belong to the same botanical family as European mistletoe and can befound in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii, and other Pacific Islands. Sandalwood is the second most expensive wood in the world, after African blackwood.

Sandalwood has a distinctive rich, woodsy smell that has been highly valued for centuries as an ingredient in perfumes, cosmetics.

9.  Vetiver…Vetiver essential oil is distilled from the roots of a type of grass that is widely cultivated in tropical regions such as Haiti, India, and Indonesia. Vetiver has a psychologically grounding, calming and stabilizing effect and a rich and earthy smell.

10.  Ylang Ylang…Ylang ylang essential oil is extracted from the flowers of a ylang-ylang tree that is native in the rainforest habitats of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Ylang-ylang is also widely used in oriental- or floral-themed perfumes such as Chanel No. 5…and is also believed to relieve high blood pressure, to help with skin problems, and to be an aphrodisiac. In fact, in Indonesia, ylang-ylang flowers are spread on the bed of newlywed couples.