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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

The breathing process is one of the most basic functions of the body and one that we often take for granted. A simple head cold and blocked nose can make a person feel dizzy and miserable. Sinus problems in particular can cause a lot of pain and leave people suffering with headaches, migraines and sleep loss due to congestion. Essential oils can be of great help to the respiratory system and effectively assist in clearing airways and easing congestion in a natural way.

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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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Modern living can be chaotic at times and technology, social media and the feeling we need to be constantly available or ‘plugged in’ can raise anxiety levels and leave us feeling emotionally stressed out. A recent study from the University of Glasgow found that social media & the need to be constantly available online can cause depression, anxiety and decrease sleep quality for teenagers.

Nourishing the body with the right foods, taking time away from technology and meditation are just some of the ways we can combat raised anxiety levels. To help experience healthy moods, natural plant remedies can also prove really beneficial as our sense of smell has a strong influence on our emotions. Inhaling essential oils provides the fastest route into the body where they can then have a significant benefit on our mood. Diffusing essential oils (small device that disperses essential oils into the air) is an effective way to inhale them and it is also a chemical free alternative to air using fresheners.

There are so many oils to choose from to help manage mood. The following are a few of the top oils to help with anxiety:

 

Wild Orange

Uplifting and invigorating, wild orange is commonly used for emotional balance. Applying wild orange to pulse points or simply smelling this fresh oil can help with anxiety and nervousness. It also contains powerful antioxidants to support overall health and is an ideal oil to use for energising the mind and body.

Bergamot

Bergamot is delicate citrus oil used to reduce tension and stress. One of the top uses for Bergamot is insomnia and using it topically or aromatically can help to balance emotions. Diffusing this elevating oil is ideal way to help the body when feeling anxious or when stress levels are high

Frankincense

Frankincense is often referred to as the ‘King’ of oils and has been used for thousands of years by nearly all ancient cultures. It is renowned for its healing properties and is commonly used to reduce inflammation and to relieve anxiety and chronic stress. Frankincense oil helps to promote feelings of peace which makes it an ideal oil to inhale or diffuse when feeling anxious. Applying some oil topically under the nose and on the back of the neck can help ease tension and bring wonderful focus to meditation.

Lavender

Lavender essential oil is hugely popular and known to help with all things calming. Rubbing lavender over the heart and inhaling it can help with anxiety. It is an ideal oil to use when stress or anxiety are causing sleep problems.

Essential oils can offer practical, effective and powerful benefits for our emotional wellbeing. Using the power of plants to reduce stress, anxiety and tension is a safe and effective way to help safeguard our mental health.

 

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.…

CONTACT CAROLINE:

Honest About Health

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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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.…

WEBSITE HONEST ABOUT HEALTH

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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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.…

 HONEST ABOUT HEALTH

caroline@honestabouthealth.com