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 Pregnancy is an exciting and special time when a woman really needs to place an emphasis on self-care, nourishing her body and growing baby. It is also a time when many women become more aware of potential dangers from the foods they eat or products they use on their bodies. Natural plant remedies provide a convenient option for pregnant women who need help dealing with some of the more uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy and the early days of parenthood.

Peppermint

Any pregnant woman who has struggled through a cold or flu without the aid of over the counter medication would welcome a natural solution to clearing a stuffy nose. Peppermint is wonderful for opening up the respiratory system and a drop of peppermint in water or under the tongue can help clear airways. It is crucial however, that the essential oil used is 100% pure and labelled as safe for consumption. Peppermint & ginger are also incredibly helpful for morning sickness and can provide a welcome relief from nausea in those first few weeks of pregnancy. In the later stages of pregnancy those same oils can help with heartburn and digestive upset. Peppermint is one of the first essential oils I recommend for pregnancy as applying it topically is also great for headaches which makes it a useful & natural alternative to a headache tablet. Peppermint can however decrease milk supply which breastfeeding mums should factor in when using.

Wild Orange

Pregnancy is both an exciting and tiring time for a woman, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. Wild Orange can help with the fatigue associated with pregnancy and when used aromatically can help with energy levels. The uplifting properties of this citrus oil also help to lift mood and ease anxiety. Diffusing or inhaling wild orange can prove particularly useful in the days following the birth of a baby when new mothers can experience a rollercoaster of emotions and are more susceptible to low moods. Wild orange can also be helpful to calm emotions when diffused during labour.

Ylang Ylang

Choosing essential oils with sedative properties like Lavender or Ylang Ylang can help with insomnia or sleep problems associated with pregnancy. Ylang Ylang has a wonderful sweet smell and can help reduce high blood pressure, ease depression and encourage emotional balance.

Lavender

Incredibly practical oil for any mum to be, Lavender used topically can help with sore muscles/swelling and breast tenderness. Applying Lavender to the back of the neck & temples also helps with headaches and inhaling it or adding it to a bath helps combat feelings of depression. Lavender has antibacterial and soothing properties which also makes it ideal oil to use postpartum to promote healing. Diffusing lavender in a room can help calm both mother and baby. Breastfeeding mothers will find Lavender useful if dealing with mastitis or pain from feeding.

Fennel

Fennel has antispasmodic properties and can help with nausea and diluting it and applying it topically can help with colic. It is also well known as a natural way to increase milk supply which is welcome news to breastfeeding mums who don’t enjoy the taste of fennel tea. Fennel can also help ease cramps and to balance emotions.

 

‘Swelling Relief’

2 drops Lavender

2 drops cypress

3 drops ginger

2 teaspoon coconut oil

Combine essential oils with coconut oil & massage into legs & 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

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One of my favourite ways to use essential oils is to add a few drops to a diffuser and let the smell of the oils spread through the room. I first began using a diffuser when my daughter was a new born. Stuck indoors on rainy winter days, I wanted the house to smell fresh and uplifting but I also wanted an alternative to artificial air fresheners and the chemicals contained in them. Not only will diffusing essential oils make your home smell great, it can also help to boost your mood, increase your energy, and improve immunity & aid sleep. Inhaling the aroma of an essential oil can elicit a powerful emotional response and is also a great way to benefit from the valuable properties. A diffuser is a device that evaporates the essential oil into the room. There are various types to choose from, the most popular and cost effective ones being vaporising diffusers which are used with water to emit the oil and water particles into the surrounding air.

  1. Elevate your mood

Short dark winter days can contribute to low moods and seasonal affective disorder. Diffusing uplifting citrus oils such as orange and lemon can have an energising effect and lift low mood. Diffusing refreshing and invigorating oils helps to balance emotions and reduce stress. When stuck indoors with kids on rainy days, diffusing essential oils with soothing properties is an ideal way to keep the household happy.

  1. Ward off illness

Diffusing essential oils is also a great way to support the immune system and choosing supportive oils with antiseptic properties can help combat threats to the body. Essential oils such as Eucalyptus and cinnamon which have antiseptic and antiviral properties will help boost immunity, and aid the respiratory system proving particularly helpful for sufferers of coughs & colds.

  1. Sweet dreams

Diffusing calming essential oils with sedative properties can help when feeling stressed or struggling with disrupted sleep and insomnia. Diffusers make very little noise and can be safely left to run in a bedroom during the night. Lavender, sweet majoram, roman chamomile and ylang ylang used aromatically can promote peace and help to calm the mind. Diffusing relaxing oils such as lavender can help provide a targeted approach for relaxing the mind for a restful night’s sleep. When sick or congested, you can swap your oil for a respiratory aid such as peppermint or eucalyptus to help open airways when sleeping.

  1. Safe aroma

Before I discovered the benefits of using a diffuser, I loved using candles and incense to fill my home with welcoming aromas. Having a small child in the house makes burning candles too hazardous a practice and has also made me more aware of the contents & purity of products used in the home. Using a diffuser is a heat free and safer alternative to candles where you can also reap the benefits of aromatherapy.

  1. Concentrate & Focus

When trying to focus, avoid afternoon slumps and other distractions it’s helpful to diffuse stimulating essential oils such as Rosemary and lemon. Known to combat fatigue and assist with memory, Rosemary is a great oil to blend with peppermint to create a refreshing and uplifting environment while you work. Filling a space with an elevating aroma such as this is also an ideal way to help children focus when doing their homework.

 

Diffuser Blend

‘Happiness Blend’

2 drops Frankincense

2 drops lime

2 drops peppermint

2 drops wild orange

Fill diffuser with cold water. Add oils and diffuse to create a happy space!

 

 

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

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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There are many reasons to embark on a weight loss journey. Some people may need to lose weight out of concern for the many health risks associated with being overweight such as diabetes and heart disease. For others weight loss may be about improving their energy levels, reaching a personal goal or to feel more content with their personal body image. Placing the focus on improving the quality of the foods in your diet instead of calorie counting is a good way to approach a weight loss programme and to avoid feeling deprived. Essential oils can support digestion and help to gently clear toxins from the body. They can also assist weight loss in practical ways such as helping to curb sugar cravings and balancing blood sugar.

 

Top 4 oils for weight loss

  • Grapefruit

Grapefruit essential oil helps to activate enzymes and assists in the breakdown of fat when taken internally either in water or in a veggie capsule. It helps to cleanse and improve kidney function and is a useful oil for an overall body detox. The fresh smell and taste of grapefruit oil along with its usefulness for emotional balance makes it an ideal oil to incorporate into a weight loss programme.

  • Ginger

Ginger essential oil aids digestion and is an effective tummy settler. It also helps to reduce sugar cravings, which makes it a helpful tool for weight loss. Taking ginger internally promotes both healthy digestion and can help ease constipation or stomach cramps.

  • Lemon

Lemon essential oil assists in cleansing the body and aids in detoxification. Taken internally, lemon can help overall digestive health. The uplifting aroma of lemon essential oil is also a great mood boost which can help with motivation when embarking on a new way of eating.

  • Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil helps to balance blood sugar levels, which assist in combating sugar cravings and energy slumps throughout the day. Adding cinnamon to food is an ideal way to incorporate it into a healthy diet.

 

Beat Sugar Cravings

-1 drop grapefruit

– 1 drop cinnamon

Mix in a drink or place under tongue

 

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

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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Essential oils have powerful healing properties and make a great addition to any first aid kit. Plant remedies in the form of essential oils can provide antibiotic properties, sooth burns, reduce nausea or stop bleeding. Essential oils have a much longer shelf life than over the counter medications which makes them ideal to store and have to hand for your family’s minor emergencies.

Top oils for first aid

  • Frankincense

Frankincense, the ‘king of oils’ is restorative and anti-inflammatory. Some of the top uses for Frankincense include seizures and in trauma relief. It is very effective oil for wound healing and when applied topically can reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. One of my favourite first aid blends is a combination of frankincense, lavender and melaleuca mixed together to treat burns and cuts.

  • Clove

Clove is a powerful anti-inflammatory and people will be most familiar with its antiseptic properties and use for oral health. Rubbing clove on gums will help numb the pain of a toothache. Clove is a powerful antioxidant and ideal for protecting from illnesses and boosting immunity.

  • Lavender

Lavender is a must have oil in any first aid kit. Ease the pain of a headache or migraine by rubbing some lavender oil on the back of the neck and temples. It has soothing properties making it an ideal oil to apply topically on cuts and wounds. Applying lavender to sunburn will both sooth and assist with healing. If allergies are causing distress then mixing lavender with peppermint & lemon can provide quick and effective relief. It is also a useful oil to rub onto the site of a sprain.

  • Helichrysum

Helichrysum oil is renowned for its healing properties and ability to help stop bleeding. Nose bleeds, cuts and wounds can all benefit from the topical application of this powerful oil. It is often used for shock or trauma as it also helps with emotional balance.

  • Melaleuca

Melaleuca has antiseptic properties that make is a practical and useful addition to any first aid kit. It helps to clean and disinfect wounds as well as being an effective treatment for head lice. Hives, gum disease, athlete’s foot, and eczema are just some of the complaints melaleuca can provide effective relief for.

 

Ouch Spray

-20 drops melaleuca

– 20 drops lavender

-20 drops fractionated coconut oil

Spray on cuts/scrapes/blister/eczema/hives as needed

 

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@honestabouthealth.com

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If you were one of the 15,000 runners who took part in this week’s Dublin marathon, it’s likely your body is in need of some extra care this week. Along with an appropriate amount of rest, using natural plant remedies can prove really helpful to advance the body’s recovery time. Essential oils can prove effective when preparing for an event and when dealing with post event injuries.

Boosting Immunity

The health benefits of regular exercise are well known and given how sedentary our lifestyles have become, physical activity can be both energising and can also provide an important mood boost to help you feel happier and more relaxed. However, given how busy many of our lives are, it is important that the immune system is well supported especially when adding and exercise regime to an already busy schedule. Training for a marathon or sports event can be gruelling and stressful on the body so supporting the immune system is a smart way to reduce the likelihood of colds & flus taking hold the week of a big race or event.

An effective blend of oils to support the immune system are orange, clove, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus. Oregano’s antifungal properties make it a good choice for boosting immunity either taken internally or applied topically.

Energy & Focus

Inhaling Peppermint essential oil can help reduce fatigue, taking it internally with water assists oxygen intake and applying it topically has a cooling effect which in turn avoids overheating. Adding lemon or wild orange essential oil to water is a good way to stay hydrated and inhaling the citrus oil aroma will help to calm pre event nerves.

Recovery

Lemongrass essential oil is often used for ligament pain and to support connective tissue repair. Massaging Majoram, White fir or Lemongrass on over worked muscles will help with recovery time. Cypress essential oil reduces pain; it promotes blood flow and is helpful when applied topically for restless legs. 

Muscle Relief Bath

  • 4 drops white fir
  • 1 drop clove
  • 4 drops frankincense

Fill half a glass jar/cup with Epsom salts & add oils. Mix well & add to hot bath

 

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@honestabouthealth.com

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The ability to focus can be challenging for individuals of any age but can prove particularly difficult for children. These days our senses are constantly bombarded with images and sounds, often making it difficult to switch off the “noise” of modern living. Technology, the foods we eat and a busier pace of life can be just some of the factors contributing to a decline of our attention span.

Essential oils are powerful tools for effectively improving our focus, concentration level and memory. Whether it is to elevate mood, ease tension or to feel more alert, using essential oils can help bring focus to a busy day. One of the best ways to experience the powerful benefits of essential oils and to improve brain function is to diffuse them aromatically or inhale their scent. This is a simple and quick way to initiate a quick physical and emotional response in the brain.

Using the following essential oils can be very effective for achieving mental clarity and can be of huge benefit in a learning environment. Just like adults, children can often be affected by daily stresses so it is important to create a positive and happy learning atmosphere for them.

Top Oils for Children’s focus

Rosemary

Applying rosemary topically under the nose or across the head, aids in improving memory and mental performance. Diffusing rosemary while children are doing homework is an ideal way to combat mental fatigue after a long day of learning. It is also a wonderful oil for emotional balance so an ideal aroma to spread around a busy house.

Lemon

Lemon essential oil aids concentration and also reduces stress. It mixes wonderfully with Rosemary making it an ideal blend to diffuse during periods of study. Simply inhaling lemon essential oil from the bottle can elevate mood, balance emotions and improve concentration.

Orange & Peppermint

One of my favourite combinations, combining these two oils creates a ‘focus blend’ which is both refreshing and a wonderful mood boost. Spritzing this mix on a shirt collar or inhaling the blend at the beginning of the school day helps children to start the day feeling alert and happy.

Vetiver

Diffusing Vetiver aromatically or applying it to the feet, spine and back of neck can be an effective way to improve concentration. It is the ‘Oil of Tranquillity’ which when blended with lavender is helpful for ADHD and overall focus.

Frankincense

Frankincense is renowned for easing tension and assisting with focus. It is commonly used when practicing meditation and is also known for its antidepressant properties. This is an ideal essential oil to use for children who are easily distracted, bored, restless or hyperactive.

Kids Concentration Protocol

  • 2 drops wild orange
  • 2 drops Vetiver

Diffuse or spritz on collar of school shirt.

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.…

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When I first began using essential oils I was immediately drawn to peppermint. It is both refreshing and uplifting and to this day it is still my firm favourite. Peppermint is a universally loved essential oil, well-known for its medicinal benefits. Along with Lavender it is probably one of the most versatile and commonly used oils globally.

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus. Peppermint can also be found in Greek mythology and the ancient Romans would bind the plant to their crowns to stimulate the mind. A good quality peppermint oil will have a high menthol content and can be used to help alleviate stomach upset and to clear sinuses.

How do I use peppermint essential oil? My top 10 uses

  1. Relieves headaches

Rub a little on your temples for pain relief

  1. Improves mental focus

Mix peppermint with wild orange & inhale deeply to feel more focused and alert

  1. Soothes digestive complaints

Rub some on your tummy or take a drop internally if feeling bloated or unwell.

  1. Natural breath freshener

Who needs chewing gum when you have peppermint to freshen bad breath

  1. Energy booster

Before a workout, inhale peppermint or add it to water to feel energised and refreshed.

  1. Sinus aid

When congested or struggling with allergies, inhale peppermint to clear sinuses

  1. Cool down

Peppermint has a wonderful cooling effect so when dealing with a fever or feeling overheated; apply peppermint topically to reduce a temperature.

  1. Anti-Nausea

Add a drop or two of peppermint to water or place a drop in your mouth if feeling nauseous. Great for when you feel car sick!

  1. Muscle Pain

Peppermint can help relax muscles so mix it with coconut oil and rub into calf muscles after a workout or a long day on your feet.

  1. Cravings

Stop the munchies by inhaling peppermint or placing a drop under your tongue

*Beat the afternoon slump with this*

‘Focus Blend’

-15 drops peppermint

– 20 drops wild orange

Combine in a 15ml glass roller bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil. Apply the mixture to the back of your neck, base of your skull, forehead & temples for an energising boost!

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. 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.…

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Lack of sleep can lead to a myriad of health problems both physically and mentally. We all know that not getting enough sleep can cause irritability and decreased focus but if continuous can lead to more serious health issues such as poor digestion, adrenal fatigue, weight gain, compromised immunity and even depression. Any sleep deprived new parent would agree that a continuous lack of sleep is a particularly cruel form of torture. No doubt we have all, at one time in our lives, experienced feelings of frustration when lying in bed counting the hours left until dawn, wondering why your brain just won’t switch off. You’re not alone. According to an Amarach study, one third of Irish adults say they don’t get enough sleep. The bad news is the problem can get worse with age as our sleep patterns tend to change once again. The good news is there are natural remedies that can safely and effectively help you sleep.

Remedies in the form of essential oils can promote ease in falling asleep, staying asleep and achieving a more restful sleep. There are numerous benefits to using pure therapeutic grade essential oils to promote a good night’s sleep.

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Top 4 Essential Oils for Sleep

  1. Lavender

Lavender serves in all things calming and is likely to be the most used essential oil globally. It’s widely known that Lavender promotes emotional balance and is commonly used for sleep issues. Before bed, apply Lavender topically to the soles of the feet or diffuse in a room

  1. Vetiver

Vetiver is a natural tranquiliser and known as the oil of ‘tranquillity’. If suffering from insomnia, apply this oil to the bottoms of your feet or to the spine. Diffuse vetiver in the bedroom at night to aid a restful night’s sleep.

  1. Majoram

Majoram blends well with Lavender and is another great oil for emotional balance. It has a calming effect and helps ease feelings of anxiety. If feeling stressed about sleeping, apply Majoram to the back of the neck and soles of the feet before bed

  1. Roman Chamomile

Roman chamomile is often used for overexcitement which makes it a popular choice for parents. Diffusing at night promotes emotional balance and helps with insomnia.

Sleep Promoting Bath Recipe

To help you fall asleep, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to 1 cup of Epsom salts then dissolve in a warm bath. Lavender promotes sleep and Epsom salts provide a good source of magnesium to promote relaxation.

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. 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 to promote a good night’s sleep so you can feel energised every day.…

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caroline@honestabouthealth.com

Essential Health Lemon

Sometimes the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle can feel overwhelming. When we feel unwell it’s hard to know where to begin or to find the motivation to make big changes. When I first discovered essential oils, I loved how simple they were to use and how easy it was to add them to my daily routine. Small changes can make a big difference. Did you know there is an essential oil that can give you beautiful skin, boost your mood AND clean your house?

It takes approximately 45 lemons to produce a 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil. Essential oils are natural extracts from the seeds, stems, flowers, roots and bark of plants. Choosing certified pure essential oils that are natural and therapeutic grade; will provide you with the safest and most effective health benefits. 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.

Is lemon water part of your daily routine? Instead of chopping up lemon wedges first thing in the morning, I now add a drop of lemon essential oil to my water – much simpler and far more effective! Adding lemon to water aids digestion, helps to rid the body of toxins, boosts immunity and helps you feel energised.

Some of the key therapeutic benefits of Lemon Essential oil:

  • Cleanses and Purifies
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Promotes a positive mood
  • Aids in digestion and metabolism

Here are some ways you can incorporate lemon in your daily life

  1. Energising

Massage over your shoulders & feet for an energising boost. Feels wonderful right after your morning shower plus you’ll smell amazing

  1. Sore Throat

Add to your hot water & honey mixture. The lemon will fight both bacteria and viruses & help you recover quickly

  1. Anxiety

Anxiety is something we all feel from time to time. Rub 2-3 drops of lemon oil in your cupped hands then inhale deeply. The scent will lift your mood and help clear your mind.

  1. Cold sores

When you feel run down and the familiar tingle begins, douse it with a few drops of lemon oil

  1. Beautiful skin

Create your own homemade exfoliant by adding 4-5 drops of lemon oil to oatmeal & water

  1. Detox

Add to drinking water or rub on ears & ankles to cleanse and balance pH. Make some refreshing homemade lemonade by adding lemon to sparkling water.

  1. Cleaning

Avoid harsh chemicals and create your own stain remover for clothes by combining ½ cup white vinegar with 20 drops of lemon essential oil.

Lemon essential oil is a wonderful oil to have to hand at all times. It can uplift your mood and improve your health in a natural and practical way! 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 getting started with essential oils…

 

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caroline@honestabouthealth.com