The Best Essential Oil For Beginners

The Best Essential Oil For Beginners

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If you have never used essential oil before lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is a beautiful and versatile essential oil for beginners.

It’s commonly know for its relaxing effect on the body but that is just the beginning for the many ways you can use this oil. If you are going to be using Lavender as part of your daily life or health routine be sure to purchase a high quality therapeutic grade lavender. When you use lavender aromatically, internally or topically it travels right to you bloodstream so be sure you purchase oil that doesn’t contain impurities or fillers. If you ready to get started with essential oil, purchase some lavender and then try out these ten different ways to use the oil.

 

  1. Bring on a restful nights sleep

If you have trouble relaxing after a long day try rubbing a few drops of lavender onto the bottom of your feet. If you are using this technique on a toddler be sure to dilute the oil first with carrier oil.

  1. Help a toddler relax

A few drops of lavender placed on a pillow will help a restless child relax. You can also you this on adults.

  1. Diffuse for a calm a peaceful environment

Diffuse lavender any time of the day you would like create a calm and peaceful environment in your home or office. Best diffused at the end of the day.

 

  1. Bug bite or bee sting

Place a drop of lavender essential oil on a bug bite or bee sting to reduce swelling and stop itching.

  1. Help Skin Irritation

Lavender can have a calming effect your skin irritation. You can use it after shaving to soothe or soften skin or on dry or chapped skin. To do this mix three parts mixing vegetable oil (coconut, almond etc.) with one part lavender oil in a small spray bottle and spritz on effected area.

  1. Take a Bath

Create a spa like, relaxing atmosphere for you bath. Drop a bit of lavender oil in the water for a calming experience. You can even add Epsom salts to help with an achy body.

  1. Great smelling sheets and towels

Add a few drops of oil into our laundry detergent with washing sheets or towels for a wonderful fresh and clean scent.

  1. Aromatherapy to lessen stress

Feeling stressed? Put one drop of essential oil in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and inhale deeply. After you done you can rub you hand on the back of your neck to soothe tension in the upper back and neck.

  1. DIY body scrubs

 

There are many DIY body scrubs that call for lavender. You can have fun experimenting with these recipes.

Simple Lavender Scrub

½ cup coconut oil

¼ cup sugar

20 drops pure therapeutic grade Lavender.

Mix together, store in a glass container.

  1. Cook with lavender

Lavender can add a creative and delicious flavor to scones, breads, truffles, and even cocktails.

 

Lavender is a must have essential oil and a great first oil to introduce into your health or wellness routine.

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Why I Haven’t Been Sick All Winter

Why I Haven’t Been Sick All Winter

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It’s cold and flu season and everyone is getting sick. In my family my kid has literally been sick with one thing after another for the past few months. This is his first winter in preschool and I swear he comes home every week picking up a different bug. This past week when I went to drop him off I could tell his little school buddy was not well at all. All my mothering instincts told me to grab my kid and run but I left him anyway and of course today he is sick again and spiking a fever. My partner was sick in bed for an entire week with the flu last month and everywhere I go people are coughing. I’m happy to say I haven’t been sick. I credit a big part of this to a strong immune system and a whole set of things I do almost daily during cold and flu season to not get sick. For starters, being sick with a kid is the worst scenario and well I just don’t like being sick, it effects my sleep and my mood. So, here is what I do, maybe you find a few things you want to adopt as the this years cold and flu season come to an end and some you may want to try next year.

 

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  1. Sleep

This may seem like a no brainer but its crucial. If I’m tired I put my sleep as priority. Sometimes I even have to cancel plans with friends or skip a workout so I can go to bed early. Lack of sleep weakens the immune system so start your healthcare routine with adequate sleep

 

  1. Ginger and Lemon

Most days I take a strong “shot” of ginger and lemon. I sometimes make it my own and sometimes buy it at my local juice bar. Lemon is high in vitamin C, which will naturally boost your immune system, and ginger has antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and boost the immune system.

 

Lemon Ginger Tonic

To make this tonic combine:

½ cup lemon juice

3 cups water

2 tablespoons ginger

Pinch of cayenne

Throw all of the above ingredients into the blender, blend till combined and enjoy. You can add a bit of honey or stevia if it’s too strong.

  1. Throat and Gland Spray- I take this!

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I buy it at the local health food store and have been taking it the past three winters. I swear by this stuff. I take it only when I start feeling like I may be coming down with something and I swear it wards of everything.

 

 

  1. Elderberry Syrup

During the cold and flu season I take a tablespoon of this a day and more if I feel like my immune system is fighting something specific off. Elderberry is known as one of the top antiviral herbs on the planet. When taken within the first 48 hours of flu symptoms it has been show to reduce severity of a cold. Elderberry has many benefits and uses and keeping you healthy is one of them.

  1. OnGaurd Essential Oil

Almost every night I diffuse essential oil for my son and me. OnGaurd is a blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils that naturally support the immune system and protect against seasonal threats.

  1. Take Fish Oil

Be sure to take a high quality, toxin free fish oil. Fish oil was know to be an anti inflammatory for awhile now but studies show fish oil, particularly fish oil high is DHA enhances the activity of while blood cells also know as B cells, and therefore the ability to fight infection.

  1. Take a Probiotic

Probiotics are a must have for cold and flu season especially if you have to go on a round of antibiotics. By increasing good bacteria in the gut you naturally help your body stay strong internally and fight off infection.

  1. Check your Vitamin D levels.

Many of us have low vitamin D levels. I would recommend checking your levels before you start taking a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D is a crucial component of activating your immune system so be sure your getting enough of this important vitamin.

  1. Meditate to decrease stress.

Stress decreases immunity. If there are current stressful situations in relating to your career, your relationships or finances it is best to address them by finding the best support. Your health very literally may depend on it. If you are looking for a practical way to decrease stress, that anyone can do, try meditation. A simple meditation I like to start with is to find a quiet place and sit upright in comfortable position. Set a timer for five to ten minutes and begin to pay attention to your breathing. A great way to do this is to inhale to the count of four, pause and the top and then exhale to the count of four. You can continue like this until your timer goes off. The sort of deep breathing activates your parasympathetic nervous system and gets you out of flight or flight mode. Your body and your health will thank you.

  1. Eat Well

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Eat well. Consume large amounts of whole, plant-based foods. Eat plenty of leafy greens. Avoid and limit sugar and processed foods. Proper nutrition will give your body the strength it needs to protect itself from colds and flu.

 

 

We all get sick sometimes but following all or some of these guidelines will help your body to use it immune system to naturally fight off colds and flu.

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