In part one we looked at starting your day with some breathing, gratitude and simple stretches and today we are looking at early morning hygiene.

Tongue scraping is an ancient ayurvedic, or yogic practice but it still has great benefits today! Since I started including it in my morning hygiene routine I have noticed a big difference. Our deepest daily cleansing cycle happens at night while we sleep. During this time the body deposits some of the toxins drawn out onto the tongue. Cue that cotton-like feeling we often get after a heavy sleep!! Tongue scraping first thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth or drinking anything, prevents these toxins getting reabsorbed into the body. Buy them here from Life Cleanse for €5

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Then every other day I do coconut oil pulling to help keep my gums healthy. Swish it around your mouth for 10-15 minutes to help draw out toxins. I usually do this when I’m in the shower. Make sure to put it into tissue paper to dispose of it as otherwise it can block the drain.

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LEMON WATER

Then I have some lemon water where I squeeze half a lemon into warm water or room temperature water. I add Apple Cider Vinegar too some days because of the great health benefits. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been known to help with so many health issues from skin irritations to acid reflux, your health health and even diabetes.

Overall these habits can help with your energy and digestion and can help to give you a boost before your day gets started.

Your morning hygiene routine really can help you to start your day the right way every day!!

So how do you start your day? I would love to hear from you. Please comment below

Shine bright

Ali xx

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1. Weight Loss
Grapefruit essential oil helps to activate enzymes and assists in the breakdown of fat. Its fresh smell and great taste make it an easy oil to take internally either in water or in a veggie capsule to support weight loss.
2. Detox
It helps to cleanse and improve kidney function so taking internally is useful for an overall body detox.
3. Sugar Cravings
Struggle to stay away from sweet treats? Grapefruit is known to help with sugar cravings so inhaling it from the bottle or adding it to the water you drink throughout the day can help combat cravings.
4. Acne & Oily Skin
Help to manage break outs and fight the bacteria that cause acne by applying grapefruit topically to areas of concern.
5. Adrenal Fatigue
Support the adrenal glands by applying grapefruit topically mixed with basil. Taking grapefruit internally can help support recovery.
6. Antibacterial Cleaner
Ditch the chemicals and use a natural alternative by cleaning surfaces with grapefruit & water. Grapefruits antiseptic properties will help fight bacteria, mould and contaminants.
7. Candida rescue
Helps to target and reduce excess yeast in the body and the bacteria that can cause an overgrowth of candida.
8. Hangovers
Support the liver & help the body to remove toxins and recover quickly by taking grapefruit internally.
9. Progesterone Balance
Support fertility and hormonal balance in the body by applying grapefruit topically and taking it internally.
10. Hair Care
Protect your hair from sun damage and remedy greasy roots by adding grapefruit to your daily shampoo routine.

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When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.
Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.
Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

-Caroline Jackman, Honest about Health
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Does starting your day the right way make any difference?

I decided to do a couple of short videos about starting your day the right way. As our brains are primed for survival and not happiness we need to make a conscious effort each day to help put us on the right track! Consistency is key and small happiness habits each day can make a big difference.

SO WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Well even simple things like saying thank you as soon as you wake up (practising gratitude), taking a few deep breaths and even some gentle stretches can get your day off to a great start.

For years I used to roll out of bed and hope my day would go well. What I have realised through the years is that when we consciously start our day on a positive note it gives us a pep in our step and helps get our day off to a great start.

Starting your day the right way also helps you to feel more centered and calm which gives me you the ability to cope with stress better.

So why not try and implement some simple tips! Try simply sitting on the side of your bed as soon as you wake and take a couple of moments for yourself before your day begins. It’s these small changes that start to add up and make a big difference in our lives.

These are some simple ways to get your day off to a great start – but figuring out what works for you is the key. Have fun with it and switch it up.

When you are done with part one check out starting your day the right way part 2 below. Let me know how you start your day. I would love to hear from you. Please comment below

Shine Bright

Ali xx

 

 

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I wanted to make a very simple video to introduce everyone to the idea of meditation and take away some of the preconceived ideas of great difficulty that can sometimes get attached to buzzwords.

I have been meditating for many years now and I have had a great many teachers from all over the world. Some teachers made it easy and some made it incredibly complicated. I practise daily now and its very simply just a part of my day like sleeping and eating. Very few of us even get a chance to stop and breathe each day so maybe just try and take a few minutes for yourself each day and check in.

This quote really sums it up for me:

“One who does not touch the stillness of his life, one who does not touch the stillness of his being, one who does not know or has not tasted the stillness within and without, will invariably get lost in the movement.” Sadhguru

Sometimes the greatest power is in keeping things simple!

Have you tried meditation? Do you like it? I’d love to hear from you

Namaste

Ali xxx

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At all stages of their lives, women face specific health challenges to maintaining hormonal balance. More than ever women are now juggling a lot of roles in life which can lead to elevated stress & cortisol levels which in turn can lead to an increase in anxiety, digestive problems, weight changes, and exhaustion. Hormonal balance is vital to reproductive health but also important for maintaining both physical and emotional wellbeing. Many factors influence a woman’s hormonal balance such as diet, hydration levels and stress. Nutrition plays an important role in women’s health as excess sugar can disrupt hormone balance along with an over consumption of high oestrogen & processed foods. Eating a nutritious diet and reducing stress levels are great ways to promote balance in the body. Using essential oils can also help with hormonal balance and in doing so help avoid conditions such as PMS, cramps, bloating and irregular cycles. The following essential oils are my top choices for supporting hormonal balance for women.

Clary Sage

Clary Sage helps with emotional stress and its antispasmodic properties make it a great choice for applying topically to the abdomen to ease cramps and symptoms of PMS. One of the main benefits of Clary Sage is that it helps promote ideal oestrogen production which makes it a great choice for people with PCOS, Endometriosis and during the menopause. There are many studies proving how Clary Sage oil benefits hormonal balance and simply inhaling it can also help reduce cortisol levels in the body. Clary Sage however, should not be used during pregnancy.

Rose

Rose oil helps support hormonal health and provides a natural mood boost. Often used as an aphrodisiac, applying it topically can help with low libido. It can also assist in regulating ovulation and helps to support emotional balance.

Thyme

Thyme essential oil helps to balance progesterone levels in the body and promotes production of the hormone. Progesterone is essential for regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle and optimum progesterone levels are needed for fertility and pregnancy. Low levels of progesterone may cause pms, hair loss, depression, painful periods and infertility. Using Thyme essential oil is a great way to improve progesterone levels and to balance hormones naturally.

Geranium

Geranium essential oil is often chosen for its stabilising and regenerative properties. It is a great choice for anyone suffering from PMS and imbalance as it can help to balance hormones and applying it topically can help to ease symptoms such as breast tenderness. Used aromatically and topically it helps promote emotional balance and is good choice to use post labour or after miscarriage.

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‘PMS Rescue’

3 drops Clary Sage

10 drops Geranium

3 drops Ylang Ylang

40 drops carrier oil

Apply on the wrists & inhale for calming effect/emotional support.

Apply on abdomen daily for hormonal balance.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

-Caroline Jackman, Honest about Health

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Not many people look forward to visiting the dentist and given the amount of increased sugar consumed in the average diet, the battle to maintain good oral health is tougher than ever. Essential oils provide us with a practical and natural way to support overall oral health. Many oils which are antibacterial and antifungal in nature can help with complaints such a plaque, tooth ache, gum disease and more. Here are the top essential oils for oral health

Melaleuca

An incredibly practical and useful essential oil to have in any household, Melaleuca when applied topically on gums or taken internally in a capsule can help avoid tooth decay and cavities. Along with good oral hygiene, the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of Melaleuca essential oil make it a great choice for maintaining great gum health. Gargling with melaleuca is also a helpful remedy for a sore throat or inflamed tonsils.

Frankincense

Frankincense is an incredibly restorative and supportive essential oil which is particularly useful for wound healing and pain. Applying it topically is beneficial when dealing with sores, cuts or mouth ulcers. Headaches and teeth grinding can be eased by using Frankincense oil and it also helps with bleeding gums, infection, tooth sensitivity and toothaches.

Clove

When asked for a natural home remedy for a toothache, most people will associate cloves with reducing inflammation. Clove essential oil helps to soothe pain and protect nerves, making it ideal for easing pain when struggling with a toothache or inflammation. Antiviral in nature, clove oil is great for boosting immunity and combating infection in a natural way.

Myrrh

Another soothing essential oil, Myrrh’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great oil to use for aiding oral health. Applying Myrrh topically is helpful for bleeding gums and gum disease. Myrrh is used to combat infection and naturally helps boost the immune system. Myrrh is a great choice for aiding gum health and helpful when used topically for gum disease, bleeding gums, receding gums and infections

Lemon

A natural disinfectant, lemon essential oil is another incredibly useful essential oil to have to hand. Applying lemon essential oil topically is a great remedy for mouth ulcers and applying it to your toothbrush helps to keep it clean and fresh. Using lemon topically can benefit tender/sore gums and gargling with it can help fight plaque.

Peppermint

An ideal breath freshener, Peppermint essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties which also makes it a good choice for reducing swelling and inflammation. Gargling and drinking peppermint helps combat bad breath and is a good alternative to sugary chewing gums and mints.

‘Mouthwash’

5 drops peppermint

5 drops melaleuca

2 drops myrrh

3 drops clove

Mix oils with 100ml filtered water in a glass/jar and mix well before use.

 

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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Essential oils can be helpful for both young & old members of the family and they also provide a wonderful way to support health issues that are unique to men. It is often common for men to hide emotions or to ignore minor health issues that don’t hinder their function on a daily basis. Whether it is to combat depression, to support prostate health or to simply provide relief after shaving, essential oils can help men in practical and effective ways.

Stress, Anxiety & Depression

Often men are less likely to open up about feelings of anxiety or depression. They may be less likely to seek treatment or to be aware of natural ways to support their mental health. Essential oils such as wild orange are uplifting and help with anxiety, and nervousness. Wild orange and lavender help to combat insomnia which is often associated with anxiety and depression. Stress is also a common problem for many men and simply inhaling or diffusing lemon essential oil can help balance emotions and bring about a more energised mood. Inhaling wild orange can help with something as simple as calming feelings of fear before a presentation or promoting a more uplifting outlook on days of low mood.

Urinary & Prostate Health

Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death for men in Ireland. Natural remedies can help support and promote prostate health on a daily basis. As well as helping to balance emotions & ease symptoms of depression; Frankincense essential oil also supports prostate health. Placing a few drops under the tongue each day will help promote longevity and benefit the prostate. Juniper berry helps with wound healing, nightmares and for men in particular supports both urinary and prostate health. Massaging Juniper into the abdomen daily is a good way to experience the therapeutic benefits.

Shaving

Essential oils can improve men’s health in very practical ways such as providing skin relief after shaving. Shaving daily can often cause skin irritation or sometimes simply leave skin feeling dry or itchy. Mixing oils such as Lavender and Melaleuca into the skin with carrier oil can help provide effective relief for angry skin. Melaleuca has natural antiseptic properties to fight bacteria and lavender provides a calming and soothing effect both of which can help with ingrown hairs and overall skin health.

Aftershave

Similar to women’s perfumes, many men’s colognes contain chemicals and synthetic fragrances that can be toxic and bad for health. Replacing cologne with a mixture of essential oils is a great way to smell great and experience the health benefits of essential oils on a daily basis. Mixing citrus oils such a bergamot with earthy oils such as sandalwood, combine well and also provide a great mood boost.

Concentration

Many working roles for men today are sedentary and it can be difficult to stay focused & motivated without turning to caffeine and sugary stimulants. Inhaling oils such as lemon, wild orange, lime and peppermint can have an uplifting and invigorating effect. Diffusing essential oils such as rosemary in a room is a great way to improve memory and concentration. Spritzing peppermint on shirt collars is a great way to both smell great & feel refreshed throughout the day.

 

Hair Loss

Hair loss and baldness can be all too common for men and can cause emotional distress and a lack of confidence. Using the right blend of essential oils for balancing hormones can help combat male pattern baldness. Massaging rosemary into the scalp each day before shampooing can help with hair loss and improving the thickness of hair.

‘Hair Help’

20 drops rosemary

10 drops lavender

12 drops geranium

15 drops cedarwood

10 drops peppermint

Mix oils with 1 tbsp fractionated coconut oil and store in a glass container. Massage into hair and scalp daily and leave for 15 mins before shampooing out.

 

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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Like most parents, I go to great lengths to look after my child’s health and work hard to support her physical and emotional well-being. The world is an exciting place for any growing child but also full of its own challenges for immature immune systems and developing emotions. Essential oils provide a wonderful way to help support a child’s health and in my own home have become a first line of defence for the majority of typical childhood concerns. There are of course occasions where medical attention is needed but for minor injuries and illnesses, essential oils can provide effective relief. Children are very responsive to aromas and essential oils can also be a wonderful way to support children dealing with emotional upset. Here are some tips for beginning to use essential oils with children.

Bumps & Cuts

Cuts & scrapes can sometimes be an everyday occurrence for parents of adventurous kids. Using natural remedies can effectively help with healing and at the same time the aroma of the oils helps to calm emotions. Melaleuca essential oil is a great natural disinfectant which helps healing when applied to cuts & scrapes. I like to mix Melaleuca, Lavender & Frankincense together and spray on cut knees. Lavender is comforting & soothing and Frankincense supports skin regeneration.

Sickness

When a child is suffering with any minor illness, it is difficult for a parent to deal with, especially if it interferes with the child’s appetite and sleep. Once a child attends crèche or starts socialising with other children, illnesses like coughs & colds can become a common occurrence. Eucalyptus, Melaleuca and lemon used topically and aromatically can help with coughs and congestion. Diffusing these types of supportive oils in a child’s room at night is a helpful way to open airways for a more restful sleep. Lavender used topically can provide relief to rashes, earaches, headaches and can also help soothe a teething baby. Diffusing or exposing a child to essential oils like wild orange, clove, cinnamon & rosemary can all help to boost a their immune system in a safe and natural way.

Emotional health

Lavender and citrus oils like lemon, bergamot and wild orange can help manage anger or stress for little ones. Rubbing oils between the palms of your hands, cupping them over a child’s face (without touching skin) and letting them inhale the aroma is a really effective way for them to benefit from the positive effects. Choosing oils like spruce, vetiver and Frankincense can help children deal with mood swings or new social environments like the first day of school.

Study

Create a positive and happy learning atmosphere for a child doing homework or study by diffusing or inhaling an essential oil like rosemary, which helps to balance emotions and combat mental fatigue. Lemon essential oil can help concentration, reduces stress and is a refreshing scent that will elevate a child’s mood.

Sleep

Whether you have an infant who hates nap time or an older child scared of the dark, essential oils with calming and sedative properties can help everyone in the family get a good night’s sleep. Diffusing essential oils is an easy and effective way to help balance children’s emotions and create a more peaceful space for sleeping. Lavender, roman chamomile and vetiver are some of the many oils which can help children to wind down and sleep soundly.

When using essential oils on children, it is important to first apply a small amount of oil to test for skin or other sensitivity. Avoid using essential oil on a child’s hand as they may easily transfer it to their eyes or mouth. Always use 100% pure therapeutic grade oils.

 

‘Calm Child Blend’

Diffuser Recipe

3 drops lavender

3 drops wild orange

 

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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Some tips on how to transform your stress this holiday season

We all know that Christmas is a big opportunity for stress—the combination of having to appear to be having fun, while coping with all the frustrations and extra work can be a real downer.

One of the things we need to know about stress is that it closes things down. It’s hard to feel joyful and enthusiastic when you are stressed. We tend to close in on ourselves and set up a kind of survival regime to get us through. Maybe it does help us to struggle along but it does not help us to care for ourselves, to open our hearts to others, to learn anything about the habits that lead to the stress in the first place.

Let’s take a look at some ways we could set about making connections this Christmas instead of going into survival mode.

Connecting with yourself first of all

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Do you ever feel like this gingerbread person at Christmas—all in your festive gear but not able to communicate how you are really feeling? The holidays can be a strangely lonely time, even when you are surrounded by people.

As the lead up to Christmas gathers pace, why not take some time to check in with yourself and see what you are hoping for from the holidays.

Whether you are religious, or not you can ask yourself what is important to you about this holiday. Is it having family around and lots of good things to eat and presents to share? Or is it about having a few days off from work and routine in the middle of winter. Whatever it is, it will help you to set an intention for yourself—a kind of inspiration for the holiday.

Then at the other end of the scale, try to see what it is that triggers stress for you. Take a moment to sit quietly and then ask yourself these questions:

  • At what times do I experience a high level of frustration over relatively small events?
  • How does it feel in my body?
  • What do I do about it?

Going through this exercise will help you to identify the times when stress can creep up on you, so you can prepare for it and hopefully, avoid it. Allowing yourself to use your body like a stress barometer shows you the effect that stress has on you. Spending time thinking about how you deal with stress helps to get you off the survival treadmill and really consider how you can ease your stress.

Connecting with the present moment

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So often when we are busy our minds are just rushing away with us thinking ahead of all there is still to do. That’s particularly sad at Christmas when there are so many enjoyable rituals in getting ready—like making the cake.

So one way we can ease a feeling of stress is to connect with the present moment. For example, instead of hurrying to make the cake while worrying about the mince pies, a present for grandma and whether you have enough wine in the house, try focusing on simply sorting your ingredients for the cake, weighing and adding them in the correct order and mixing it all to a delicious consistency. Take time to smell the fruits and the brandy. Allow yourself to enjoy the texture of batter. Remember to make your wish and just be with the making of the cake. When it is in the oven, you can go on to the next task and approach it in the same way. 

Connecting with a sense of enjoyment and celebration

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The more we can get our stress into perspective, the more chance we have to enjoy some of the magic that there can be around Christmas. We said earlier that stress closes things down and one of the first things to go is any sense of enjoyment and celebration.

Allow yourself time to look around you and see the things you enjoy. I am a big fan of Christmas trees both indoors and out in the open. There is something about all the lights and glitter on a dark winter evening that just says home and love to me.

What is it that you enjoy most at Christmas? 

Connecting with family and friends

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Probably if we are honest, one of the biggest sources of stress is how the family is going to manage together over the holidays. It can get complicated with all the in-laws and the extended family. We all know that awful tense feeling that can come when uncle George manages to come out with the opinions that we know will drive our teenage daughter to distraction, or when grandma insists that we don’t know how to out on a Christmas like they did in her day. You dread the moment when your sister-in-law, who always manages to make you feel like bargain-basement wife, arrives for dinner looking as if she just stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine, along with her two immaculate children. You, on the other hand, hot and bothered from the kitchen feel less than glamorous.

Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind while the family dinner is underway.

Everyone around the table wants to be happy—just like you do. None of them want to be anxious, or worried, or miserable and yet, inevitably they all have times when they are—just like you. Chances are that each one of them have their own insecurities about the family gathering—just like you do. Perhaps some of them are even intimidated by aspects of your behavior–what a good cook you are, how you juggle family and career—who knows? It can help so much if before your irritation arises you can put yourself in the shoes of the person irritating you—perhaps they are more like you than you think.

Connecting with the rest of the world

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During the holiday period you can counter-act any tendency to feel that getting the lights working on the tree is more important than, say, global warming by consciously allowing yourself time to think about what is going on for everyone else in the world. Many millions of other people are celebrating Christmas around the world, with traditions that may be very different from your own. There are also millions who are not celebrating Christmas and it is just another ordinary day for them. Then there are the millions who whether or not they wish to celebrate Christmas are not able to because of poverty, or war, or persecution. Keep them in mind also.

So, a very merry stress-free Christmas to everyone!

 

Maureen Cooper is the author of The Compassionate Mind Approach to Reducing Stress. She combines more than thirty years of experience as a professional educator and senior manager in a non-profit organization with a hands-on education in Buddhism. In 2004 Maureen founded Awareness in Action, a consultancy dedicated to the secular application of mindfulness, meditation and compassion in the workplace.

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Christmas is a wonderful time that most people looking forward to but it can also be a very stressful time of year for many. If you’re feeling stressed out doing last minute shopping or struggling with indigestion after your Christmas dinner, essential oils can provide a welcome relief. Diffusing essential oils like clove, cinnamon, douglas fir and nutmeg are a great way to set the festive mood and make your home smell wonderful when family & friends visit.

Stress

Whether it’s the complicated social interactions at this time of year or the stress of the mounting costs of all those presents, there’s no denying Christmas brings its own share of headaches and stresses. Inhaling wild orange or lavender before guests arrive can help you feel calm minded and less anxious. Citrus oils are uplifting and provide a great mood boost. Mixing lavender or roman chamomile with Epsom salts in a bath is a great way to rest weary muscles after a hectic day of running around the shops.

Sickness

It’s the time of year for colds & coughs so to avoid spending Christmas day sneezing into your turkey, give your system a boost by using oils like clove and lemon to help ward off threats and improve immunity. If you’re unlucky enough to catch a cold or flu then oils like Eucalyptus and Peppermint will help to open up airways and help to clear a stuffy nose.

Sleep

For the kids watching out for Santa and refusing to sleep on Christmas eve, diffusing calming oils can be a really effective way to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep. Roman chamomile, lavender, marjoram and Ylang Ylang are some good choices for calming busy minds.

Over Indulging

Christmas dinner & pudding followed by turkey sandwiches and chocolates – suffice to say most people spend Christmas night suffering with indigestion. Essential oils like peppermint and ginger will help with bloating and digestive discomfort. Most social interactions at this time of year also include alcohol so applying peppermint to your temples will help with the following day’s headache. Taking lemon and grapefruit essential oils internally can help with hangovers by assisting your liver to detox and inhaling them will provide a nice lift when you’re feeling unwell.

 

‘Santa’s Sleepy Blend’

1 drop Bergamot

1 drop frankincense

1 drop roman chamomile

2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil

Combine essential oils with coconut oil & massage onto soles of feet

 

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com