Yoga & Oils

Yoga & Oils

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Whether you do Yoga at home or you go to a class, the use of essential oils can really enhance your practice! The purpose of this blog is to share information on how Yoga and essential oils may support overall wellness for healthy individuals.


BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Before beginning, drink 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red. This amazing drink, helps give energy and is an excellent supplement for all over body wellness. Try adding a drop of Lemon Vitality oil to it for added benefits & taste as well.  

Ningxia Red combines the extraordinary wolfberry superfruit with pure Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils, along with blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices to deliver a whole-body nutrient infusion. This powerful formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health-supporting benefits, while ongoing research continues to reveal exciting new properties on this ingredient. Enjoy NingXia Red daily to energize, fortify, and revitalize the body and support overall health and wellness, from head to toe. Ningxia

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KEY BENEFITS:

  • Sustain energy with the combination of select wolfberries and other superfruits. Contains powerful ingredients which are involved in many antioxidant processes and may help prevent against oxidative stress.
  • Balanced ingredients make NingXia Red a whole-body nutrient infusion for health and wellness support
  • Delivers citrus essential oils containing d-limonene, a powerful component in citrus oils.
  • Halal and Kosher certified in 750ml bottles (Halal Certified in 60 ml sachets)
  • Powerful formula includes wolfberry which is touted for its health benefits

STAYING HYDRATED

Fill a large glass water bottle with water, and add 1-2 drops of your favorite uplifting oil. A personal favorite is Lime Vitality + Peppermint Vitality.  This combination tastes so good and has lots of benefits too!  Staying hydrated during your practice is so important!  Here is a little more info on the choice of these two oils in particular, for drinking water.

  • Lime Vitality oil:  Lime oil today, is best known throughout the world as a way to help support a healthy immune system. When taken internally, lime may provide antioxidant support and aid in weight management. Lime Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Vitality oil: Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort. When inhaled it can help in curbing your desire to snack, which is helpful since yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach! Peppermint is also uplifting and may help clear the airway, helping you achieve your deepest breaths. Peppermint Essential Oil

KEEPING YOUR YOGA MAT CLEAN

It’s important to keep your yoga mat clean, using non-toxic, chemical free cleaners.  You can use the Thieves Household Cleaner, Thieves Spray or make a recipe of your own to use.  Try the following oils to spray on your mat before and after your session:

*Enjoy the smell of this combo when surrendered into Child’s Pose.

To make your own spray you will need:

  • 4 oz spray bottle
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Witch Hazel
  • 3-4 drops Lavender
  • 3-4 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • Fill remaining with distilled or bottled water.

You can vary what oils you use in the spray to your liking, and the amount of drops as well.  Spray your mat again at the end of class to disinfect.


SET THE MOOD FOR YOGA

Set the mood for yoga, either at home or bring your diffuser to class if the instructor allows it!  Fill your diffuser with something that calms and grounds you.  If you are not allowed to bring a diffuser into class, consider using a lava bracelet, and put your oils on that – to breathe in throughout the class.

Some great suggestions are:

  • Believe
  • Inspiration
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Stress Away

Often we need to check in with ourselves to see what we are seeking before our practice. Do we need guidance?  Or grounding?  Set an intention for your practice.  I mix up what I use in my diffuser depending on my intentions – you honestly can’t go wrong with any of these suggestions, whatever your mood may be.

  • For an energizing early morning or mid-afternoon practice:  Try Grapefruit, Lime, and Patchouli. This blend is emotionally and physically uplifting and will help get you going while helping to balance your emotions.
  • If you are expecting and practicing prenatal yoga, or have a new baby:  Try diffusing Peace & Calming or Gentle Baby for a calming or soothing aroma.
  • For a hot yoga (Bikram) or power yoga session:  Try Valor and Lime for an energizing and detoxifying aroma.
  • If you are winding down your day with a bedtime practice:  Try diffusing Lavender and Cedarwood or Tranquil.
  • For seasonal practices, try one of these:
    • Christmas Spirit or Frankincense and Myrrh (Christmas or worship playlist)
    • Autumn: Nutmeg and Cinnamon
    • Winter: Balsam Fir and Wintergreen
    • Spring: Geranium with a Citrus Oil, such as Lemon.  Or combine the uplifting aroma of your favorite citrus oil with the cooling and energizing scent of Peppermint or Spearmint.

APPLY TOPICALLY

Apply Grounding, Harmony or Magnify Your Purpose to the bottoms of the feet.  1 drop to the base of each foot, rub feet together and hold for a minute. Also try applying Grounding to the base of the skull, one drop.

  • Grounding Oil:  A relaxing and balancing blend of essential oils that provides a stabilizing influence. Emotional chaos can lead to poor decisions, Grounding helps you cope with reality in a positive manner.  Contains White Fir, Spruce, Ylang Ylang, Pine, Cedarwood, Angelica and Juniper.
  • Valor Oil:  You can also apply Valor to the bottoms of the feet to help promote balance and alignment, and refresh your energy at a cellular level.

FRANKINCENSE

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) includes the naturally occurring constituent boswellic acid, and has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma. Diffuse or apply a drop of Frankincense to your third eye Chakra (6th Chakra at the brow, above the base of the nose).  Frankincense oil can help you get in touch with your spirit and may elevate your meditative experience. It is mentioned over 52 times in the Bible, when considering the fact that the Hebrew word for incense was usually referring to Frankincense. It has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries.


BREATHING

Breathe Again, RC, Peppermint and Spearmint support the respiratory system during Yoga. Apply Breathe Again roll-on to your chest and neck, rub in and inhale the scent from your hands, take 2-3 deep breaths. If you do not have the roller, you can use Peppermint or Spearmint. This will help with the deep Ujjayi breathing.

Breathing in yoga is vital. Your breath will help get you through the more difficult postures. If you feel congested, apply Breathe Again or RC along your sinuses, and the bridge of your nose as well. As you move through each pose, occasionally inhale the oils from the palms of your hands.


YOGA & CHAKRAS

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You may wonder what chakras are. Studied for thousands of years, the Chakra system originated in India between 1500 and 500 B.C. The word chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit in the oldest writings, the Vedas. It is spelled “cakra” but pronounced “chakra.” According to Hindu tradition, the chakras are wheels of light or energy centers running along the spine up to the top of the head. Though the first studies of chakras were Hindu in nature, the principles can be applied to Christianity or other religious practices as well.  The chakra system, made up of seven main chakra points, is connected to our body not just on a physical level, but on an emotional, spiritual and mental one as well. When one of these chakras becomes blocked, there is an imbalance of energy that can result in poor health. There are a lot of ways to counter the imbalance that can occur in our bodies’ chakras and allow the energy to flow properly. This includes massage, reflection, meditation, acupuncture, aromatherapy and Yoga. Another often overlooked therapy to enhance the body’s chakra state is the use of essential oils.

Applying oils to your Chakras:

  • Root Chakra:  The root area represents our foundation in life. Staying grounded in present; releasing anger & other deep-seated emotions. If you are feeling scattered or imbalanced try applying Cedarwood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Ginger, Cypress, Valor, Grounding or Abundance to the base of your spine/coccyx or bottom of the feet.
  • Sacral Chakra:  The sacral point holds the seat of our emotions. It is the center of sexuality, emotion and creativity.  If you feel burdened or weighed down emotionally try applying Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Rose, Rosemary, Patchouli, Jasmine, Harmony, Inner Child, Forgiveness or Peace & Calming to your lower abdomen, slightly below navel.
  • Solar Plexus Chakra:  The solar plexus region relates to our self image. It is the source of personal power, confidence and self – worth.  If you lack self confidence or self esteem apply Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint, Juniper, Basil, Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Lemongrass, Harmony, Sacred Mountain, Acceptance or Release.  The solar plexus is also an area for energy.  If you feel particularly tired or run down, add these oils to your upper abdomen; between navel and rib cage for a pick me up!
  • Heart Chakra:  The heart locale symbolizes your ability to love and be loved. It helps open the ability to give/receive love and the ability to heal from sadness.  Apply Lavender, Bergamot Rose, Geranium, Jasmine, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus, Acceptance, Humility or Joy over your heart to feel soothed and softened.  
  • Throat Chakra:  The throat area represents your ability to communicate and trust your own intuition. It is the center for communication, thoughts and emotions. Try applying Roman Chamomile, Basil, Spearmint, Lemon, Tea Tree, Lavender, Patchouli, Hyssop, Hope, Valor, Envision, or Believe to your throat to bolster these aspects of your life.  
  • Third Eye Chakra:  The third eye relates to our wisdom, imagination and ability to make decisions. It helps purify negative thoughts and tendencies; stimulate intuitive thinking. Try Frankincense, Lavender, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Helichrysum, White Angelica, Awaken, Dream Catcher, or Transformation to assist mental clarity apply between the eyebrows.
  • Crown Chakra:  The crown is located on the very top of your head.  This is an excellent point to apply essential oils for connecting with God. It is the center of spirituality and enlightenment.  Apply Frankincense, Jasmine, Rose, Myrrh, Lavender, Three Wise Men, Gathering or Inspiration to aid in your spiritual connection and prayers.

AFTER YOUR SESSION

After your session is over, you may want to support your muscular system with Deep Relief, PanAway, Copaiba, Lemongrass, Aroma Siez or any other favorite soothing oils. Try soaking in a hot bath using a cup of Epsom Salts with 3-5 drops of oil to relax and soothe the muscles.  Mix the oils with Epsom Salts prior to putting into bath, so that the oil isn’t just floating on the surface of the water.

For extra muscle support, apply 1-2 drops diluted Panaway on location.  Or use the ready to go roll-on, Deep relief.  Another great blend for muscles is Peppermint, Aroma Siez and Copaiba diluted with a carrier.  Apply as often as needed.  Young Living also carries Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream, which would be a great addition to a post-Yoga routine.

Happy Yoga-ing!

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How to Get the Best Night’s Sleep

If you’re tossing and turning all night, hitting the snooze button more than once, then loading up on coffee in the morning, you might be among the many people wishing for a better night’s sleep. Sleep issues have become a common problem in our modern society. Over 68% of the UK population report that they have a bad night at least once a week and a quarter of them say that they experience poor sleep most nights. That’s a lot of missing sleep!

Maybe you’re wondering if you struggle with insomnia. How can you tell? The general definition of insomnia is that it’s an inability to fall asleep easily and/or stay asleep easily all night, even when you have a restful environment for sleep.

Everyone gets insomnia occasionally. Sometimes before a big test or important interview you might have trouble sleeping, and that’s pretty normal. But if you have issues sleeping on a regular basis, especially three or more nights per week, and if it’s been going on for months or even years, you probably have chronic insomnia.

When you don’t get enough sleep, the next day is usually pretty rough. You’ll typically feel drowsy, have trouble thinking clearly, have a hard time concentrating, and lack energy. You might even get irritable and angry easily, which doesn’t bode well for relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. Chronic insomnia can also lead to serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, and depression.

So how do you get back to sleep and move to a healthy sleep cycle? Here are some of the best tips to help you slumber peacefully all night, every night.

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Top Tips for A Great Night’s Sleep

Tip 1 – Turn off the TV and all electronics an hour before bed. The blue light coming from the screens of your television and devices suppresses the release of melatonin with is an important hormone for sleep. Keep your electronics out of your bedroom, if you can, and definitely make sure all electronic lights are out at night. Most people don’t realise that using electronics before bed can affect their sleep. Consider removing your phone from your room and not using it for your alarm. If you must keep your phone in your bedroom, be sure to turn it on “Airplane Mode” and turn off the Wi-Fi.

Tip 2 – Take some time to relax before bed. Good choices for relaxing activities include meditating, reading a calming book, or listening to peaceful music. Make sure your pre-bedtime activities are relaxing and make you feel sleepy.

Tip 3- Exercise every day. It can help you sleep better at night, so make sure to include at least a brisk walk in your daily schedule. Just make sure you don’t exercise at night, as it can “amp” you up causing you to have a hard time settling down for sleep.

Take sleep promoting supplements and herbs. These include magnesium, melatonin, and valerian (a herbal tea). Try them out to see if they’ll work for you and adjust the dose as necessary. ( Look for a good holistic store or health shop for advice ).

Tip 4 – Create a dark bedroom. Your body takes cues from your environment, so your bedroom needs to be dark in order for your brain to believe that it’s time for sleep. Train your circadian rhythm again to get back to a healthy schedule by ensuring that your room is always dark. If you can’t make it pitch black, wear an eye mask to block out the remaining light.

Tip 5 – Find out what’s causing you stress. This is especially important if you spend a lot of time thinking about your worries while trying to fall asleep or when you wake up in the middle of the night. Try writing a sleep journal right before bed to get it all out on paper, leaving your mind free to relax for the night.

Tip 6 – Review your pain relief. Are you taking unnecessary prescriptions? When was the last time you reviewed your daily / weekly intake of pain medication? Have you considered alternative therapies to manage your physical pain? When the body is stressed and/or in pain, it is much more difficult to relax and therefore sleep. Consider magnetic therapy (a magnetic eye mask also helps create the perfect calm and dark environment) hypnotherapy, Reiki, reflexology, acupuncture, Bowen technique, and aromatherapy using essential oils.

Tip 7 – Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine may be the cause of your insomnia, especially if you ingest it in the late afternoon or evening. Reduce your intake and keep it to a morning routine. Then you’ll give your body enough time to wind down in the evenings for rest. Alcohol is known cause of insomnia too. Consider your daily / weekly intake and make adjustments accordingly. Increase your hydration to at least 1.5 litres of still water per day. Try magnetising your water for maximum absorption and the right pH balance.

Create a bedtime routine. The human brain and our circadian rhythms love routine. By creating a routine, you’ll signal to your brain that sleep is coming soon. Keep to the same bedtime hours, if possible. After a while, you’ll notice your body is immediately triggered by the routine and starts to feel sleepy.

Tip 8 -Take a warm bath. Include it as part of your bedtime routine, adding in lavender essential oil to increase your sense of relaxation. Add in a little meditation and you’ll start to feel sleepy right away.

Tip 9 – Sip a cup of relaxing, warm tea. If you love tea, stock up on some that is known to promote relaxation, such as chamomile. An hour or so before bed, brew yourself a cup and sit in a calm place to sip on it. Make sure it’s caffeine free though. It might be a great thing to do whilst writing your sleep journal or taking a bath.

Tip 10 – Get help if you need it. If you’ve tried all these things and you’re still struggling to get to sleep, reach out to a holistic doctor, practitioner, or wellness coach. They can help you find out what is causing your insomnia, such as an imbalance of cortisol, adrenal, or other hormones. They can then help you find the solution to get back in balance and get back to sleep.

Sources:

https://www.sleepfoundation.org

https://sleepcouncil.org.uk

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-sleep-better

https://wellbeingliving.co.uk/2019/01/11/its-dry-january-yet-you-need-to-drink-more/

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Are YOU Living in a Toxic Environment?

With our planet facing an unprecedented environmental disaster, governments around the world are acting to clean up the air and oceans and save entire ecosystems. Businesses are becoming increasingly environmentally friendly, and action is being taken at household level too. 

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Plastic in the Environment

The seeds of change are beginning to take root, with the quality of air in towns and cities improving and more eco-friendly products being produced. 

But whilst the external environment is beginning to improve, millions of people are unwittingly living in toxic surroundings.

A Toxic Household

You keep your house spotlessly clean and tidy. You use organic products and eco-friendly, non-toxic detergents. But your house is STILL full of harmful airborne toxins, in the form of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS).

What are VOCs?

VOCs are organic chemicals that easily vaporise and enter the surrounding air. Not all VOCs are harmful – for example, some are released by plants, allowing them to communicate with other plants and animals. 

However, many VOCs are dangerous to human health and cause environmental damage too. 

The Harmful Effect of VOCs

Unfortunately, the impact of exposure to many VOCs is not recognised until it is too late; toxic compounds rarely cause severe health problems in the short term (more often than not they are merely the cause of irritation and discomfort). 

Over 400 different VOC chemical compounds have been found in domestic environments. The effects of exposure to these different chemicals can cause a wide range of relatively mild health problems, including:

  • Eye irritation
  • Respiratory problems
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Visual disorders
  • Memory Impairments 

However, the potential health implications of long-term VOC exposure are more alarming:

  • An increased risk of cancer
  • Liver, kidney and central nervous system damage

Groups of people at particular risk are young and elderly people, people with respiratory problems and those with a heightened sensitivity to chemicals.

Where are VOCs Found?

Over 400 harmful VOC compounds have been found to exist in domestic environments. They are most commonly found in furniture and material furnishings, toiletries and chemicals. 

So which household items should we be concerned about?

How Toxic is Your Household?

Carpeting 

Ah – that ‘new carpet’ smell. Unfortunately, the chemical composition of this smell contains around 200 VOCs. And the sheer surface area of carpet means it emits a very high volume of chemicals.

Furniture

Who would have thought furniture could bring dangerous chemicals into your living space? Unfortunately, pressed-wood furniture and sofas bring a high level of VOCs into your home.

Hair-Sprays, Deodorants and Air Fresheners

You may have heard that the chemicals within aerosol products are damaging the ozone layer. It is therefore not difficult to imagine how these chemicals could impact human health. 

Paints 

Many paints release formaldehyde – a chemical which poses a significant risk to human health. 

Other Sources of VOCs:

  • Vinyl flooring
  • Curtains
  • Dry-Cleaned Clothes
  • Shampoos and Cosmetics
  • Varnishes
  • Perfumes
  • Wood-burning Stoves
  • Building Materials
  • Candles
  • Cleaning Agents
  • Smoking

So How Can We Avoid VOCs?

  • Buy solid wood, hardboard or exterior grade plywood instead of pressed wood products
  • Buy antique furniture
  • Look out for ‘Low’ and ‘Zero-VOC’ paints
  • Use non-toxic deodorant sticks in place of aerosols
  • Use plant-based cosmetics, cleaning supplies and essential oils
  • Make the inside of your home a ‘no smoking’ zone

Although it isn’t always possible to completely avoid the use of products containing VOCs, you can manage your exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Airing

Airing newly-manufactured products can dramatically reduce the risk of exposure to VOCs. For example, unwrap a brand-new sofa, and leave it to air in a garage or outbuilding for a couple of days before bringing it into the home.

Sealing

Seal pressed wood products with varnish or paint before bringing into the home. 

Ventilating

Ventilating your home can lower the concentration of VOCs in your home – particularly if you have a new carpet or have recently painted a room. Open the windows and doors, and use a fan to direct air outside.

However, it is a good idea to keep fresh air circulating through your home on a regular basis anyway for the sake of your health.

An Environment of Wellbeing

When considering health and wellbeing, people focus their attention on nutrition, exercise, sleep and mental health. It is therefore easy to miss out the quality of your domestic environment – from the cleanliness and design of your rooms, to the very air that you breathe. 

So eliminate VOCs from your life to help you and your family to become happier and healthier this year.

Find out more about VOCs here.

It’s Dry January… Yet You Need to Drink More?!

Water of Life

Water is essential for life and it is vital to absorb the right amount to be healthy. Water is not only important – it is critical and has major effects on the health of everyone, whatever their age. 

So Why Do You Need Water? 

Water makes up a large proportion of the body – on average up to 70% of body weight in men and 65% in women. Water has many functions in the body including regulating temperature, transporting nutrients and compounds in blood, removing waste products that are passed in the urine and acting as a lubricant and shock absorber in joints. Water is lost in urine and in sweat and is also being lost throughout the day when you breathe and when small amounts of water evaporate through the skin. To avoid dehydration, you need to replace this vital fluid regularly with a recommended 6-8 large glasses of water per day. 

Magnetised Water

What is Magnetised Water?

Magnetising water is another misunderstood area, which can be just as important. The water from our tap and/or from bottles, will have no magnetic properties whatsoever and after centuries of being considered an ‘old wives’ tale’, magnetism is finally coming into its own. We now know that fish return to their spawning grounds by following the earth’s magnetic lines, in the same way that birds do. Recent investigation has also shown this influence also applies to beetles, crickets, bees, grasshoppers and even flies.

Research is currently underway into the effects of magnetic influence on growing plants too. Through such studies, they have discovered that treating seeds with a magnetic field increased the plant’s yield. It has been found that by magnetizing the water source, plant growth, health, and output can be vastly improved. Incidentally, this can also affect the health of people who consume the vegetables, so the water butt, rain collectors may well be smarter than we initially thought!  

Magnetising water has the additional benefit of increasing the alkalinity of the water. This has been scientifically proven to be more beneficial to our health and wellbeing.

Where Can You get Magnetic Water From?

Magnetic water is something that can be easily produced at home using your own water source and a Magnetix water stick . Stirring the water with the stick for just a few minutes will re-energise / magnetise the water, giving you your own instant supply of healthy magnetic water.

Magnetix Water Stick

For further information, check out this short video https://youtu.be/lgKOcTPZTAY

What will Magnetised Water do for You?

Drinking magnetised water will have numerous positive effects on you and your wellbeing. The magnetic influence that comes from a rare earth neodymium magnet will affect you, just as it does all creatures great and small. It may be a few weeks before you begin to feel the benefit; in others it may take just a few hours. It has been used most effectively to help with Acid Reflux, IBS, Constipation, Bloating, Urinary tract infections, Kidney & gall bladder issues and even teething babies! Water also helps keeps the skin naturally moisturised, helps prevent wrinkles and the body and mind remains fresh and healthy. You should always seek advice from your medical practitioner if you are about to make radical changes to your regime.