AROMATIC NOTES of HOLIDAY JOY by dōTERRA

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Happy holidays!!

Christmas is coming soon and if you want to know what’s one way to get into the holiday mood (as if wrapping presents and shopping didn’t do it I’m sure), this essential oil blend will definitely get you there!

This blend is sweet and spicy, but also crisp and refreshing. All the scents you recognized as being typical for Christmas is in here. But, this blend does not include carrier oil which is important to be combined with since it contains hot and warming oils which can make skin sensitized over prolonged use.

Diffuse this blend throughout the house or apply topically to disinfect and promote a peaceful mood. The sweet and warming notes make this a nice grounding blend, while the fresh and airy notes make this blend uplifting.

Cheers,
Natalie

 

SCENTS of CHRISTMAS

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Happy holidays!
When you think Christmas in North America, you don’t tend to think coconuts and limes. Have you ever thought why?
Both those foods are cooling and if you’re in Australia celebrating Christmas, it would be a perfect addition to your routine, whether it be through food or through essential oils. But for Christmas in North America and Europe, it just seems out of place during this time of the year and for good reason. Cooling ingredients on top of cooling/cold weather outside just creates further imbalance.
As humans, we have this intuitive nature to create balance as to not go too much or too little. I’m not sure about you, but those scents and flavors don’t make me feel balanced at all during this time of year. Below are some of the most classic scents of the holidays, especially if your located in the northern hemisphere. Add these oils to your everyday winter routine whether it be topically or diffused aromatically. Got your chai ready?
 

SPICES

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Cinnamon || Cinnamomum zeylanicum
This hot and spicy favorite could be just what you need during those cold, wet days of winter when snow is in the forecast. A nice oil for stimulating the root chakra, but watch out on those cold bone dry winter months as it can be too drying on the skin and nasal membranes.
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The cheaper cousin of the cinnamon known to be dry and hot. Flavors of sweet and spicy make it naughty and nice. I just had to for this one, it’s the holidays after all.
 
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A favored Indonesian spice with potent warming and antioxidant benefits. Virus inoculated and spirits warmed, a wonderful addition to the holiday spice list. Apply this oil wherever an extra antioxidant boost is needed such as the throat, liver or stomach.
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Nutmeg || Myristica fragrans
This Ayurvedic favorite is rich and sweet, spicy and woody. A wonderful spice to add to your routine during the cold winter months whether it be through diet or essential oil.
 

FIRS

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Douglas Fir || Pseudotsuga menziesii
When you smell Christmas trees, you’re actually smelling a north American conifer tree called Douglas fir. Fresh, airy and woody balances out those hot and heavy notes from the spices typically known during the holidays. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and let that fresh fir scent take you to an evergreen forest. Aaahhhh!
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Siberian Fir || Abies Sibirica
Another coniferous tree, but this time from the Eurasian region with that same classic pine tree shape. It’s pine needles are dry and airy which balances out the heaviness of sweet-smelling oils. It’s als o clean and fresh which is nice for diffusing when opening your windows just isn’t likely.
 

RESINS

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Frankincense || Boswellia carterii/frereana/sacra
This warm and spicy oils has roots dating back to biblical times. It’s dry, clean properties have been used in religious ceremonies for centuries through the use of incense. This can evoke feelings of tranquility even during times of holiday stress.
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Myrrh || Commiphora myrrha
The warm and woody notes of myrrh essential oil make it a pleasant addition to any formula during the cold winter months. Myrrh’s versatility makes is not too hot compared to spices, and not too crisp compared to coniferous trees. Either way, peace and happiness.
 

CITRUS

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Winter can be bone dry or moisture rich. Oranges may not be so suitable after that fresh coating of snow, but it’s brilliant for those deceivingly clear beautiful days during the winter which makes you run for some moisture and warmth. In comes the sweet heaviness of oranges which balances out the dry light weather outside.

ESSENTIAL OILS for COLD RAINY WEATHER

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Hi lovely readers,

I hope that wherever you are, you’re having the best day ever! Now, I’m not sure about you, but weather definitely plays a role in my life. I absolutely love playing around with variables when it comes to essential oils, which is why pairing them to the weather and your constitution is so much fun!

Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) run on the foundation of knowing your constitution and doing things in your life that will help maintain balance. When you know the fundamentals, it becomes much easier to know what to wear, eat, drink, say, even think. I take a holistic approach to health and wellness, and always tell my clients this fundamental principle of essential oils: They are not magic potions by any means, instead they work by amplifying the body’s natural ability to repair itself when we give our body what it needs from the inside out. It’s very similar to supplements, which is what essential oils are classified as under the US FDA. Supplements are of no use if the diet and lifestyle are wrong. Supplements boost what you already have in existence, for example, taking vitamin C (ascorbic acid) supplements while also consuming vitamin c rich foods daily like lemon juice, oranges and camu berry.

So what does that have to do with the weather? EVERYTHING! Whatever the weather is outside, it can either make you feel balanced (basically your favorite season) or it can make you feel sick and miserable (your least favorite season). Here I’m going to explain some essential oils that are perfect for cold and rainy weather, while also using the Chakra system to figure out the right placement of the oils on the body.

 

The Chakras have a special order which is associated with many things such as a certain color, certain organs, certain bodily functions, certain emotions, certain foods, etc.

Violet – Crown Chakra

Indigo – Third Eye Chakra

Blue – Throat Chakra

Green – Heart Chakra

Yellow – Solar Plexus Chakra

Orange – Sacral Chakra

Red – Root Chakra

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Weather Profile for Shanghai November 2016: Cold & Damp

I massaged 1 drop of oregano oil, a hot dry oil which I always dilute heavily, on the area of the Root Chakra to promote dry warmth to travel upwards as I walked to work. I then massaged 1 drop of ginger essential oil on my lower abdomen which is the area of the Sacral Chakra to provide warmth to the uterus. Because my cycle was approaching, I massaged geranium and cypress essential oils to the breasts which are in the area of the Heart Chakra to promote the circulation of stagnant qi. Since I have a thyroid imbalance, I massaged clove bud essential oil on my throat, directly over the thyroid to provide a warming boost of antioxidants. Finally, I massaged clary sage essential oil onto my temples and the top of the spinal cord to promote emotional well-being at a time when estrogen can easily become off balance.

When the weather is cold, go for warming to hot essential oils, keeping in mind your true constitution so that you don’t veer too hot or not warm enough. When the weather is damp, go for dry essential oils, keeping in mind where on the body you retain water so that you can target those general areas and feel more comfortable throughout the day.

Stay vibrant my friends!
Natalie

Splendid Summers || Repelling Bugs

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Summer is here, and it’s time to play! The outdoors are definitely calling. But with summer comes having to deal with certain nuances like any other season. Here, I’m talking bug bites! As a person with very fair skin and prone to redness, think lobster red, you can really tell when something is off! Bug bites, rashes and burns are all synonymous with summer and I’ve had the pleasure of having experience with all of those. Yay me right? From first hand experience, I can tell you that essential oils are extremely helpful for all three. Here, I’ll be focusing on insect bites and how to repel them using essential oils.

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Low sugar intake makes you less attractive to mosquitos

I have relatively sensitive skin, more so in particular when it comes to bug bites. I’ve had many of those so called “relaxing vacations” where I tried to fill them with restful nights sleep, only having it turn out to be an “insomnia itchfest” due to my legs (oh my poor legs) becoming a buffet table for mosquitos. I learned later on that my love of sweet foods in the summer was causing higher carbon dioxide to be released from my sweat due to high glucose in my blood. Couple that with the fact that I had chronic inflammation from poor quality foods I used to eat and it was no wonder why my mosquito bites were always so painful! I mention this because essential oils are more effective when you practice a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Essential oils work by boosting the body’s natural abilities. So when you do get a mosquito bite, that itchy sensation is less intense and the swelling less severe, thus assisting your body to recover more quickly.

Optimize effectiveness of essential oils with a balanced lifestyle

Previously, I used DEET, a powerful chemical used as the active ingredient in most commercial bug repellants which is not only toxic to animals and the environment, but also to human health. Essential oils work just as well, is safe for the environment and actually promotes human health! Making your own bug repellent is incredibly quick and easy to do. When you make it yourself, there’s no need to use other toxic ingredients like artificial fragrance, butane, ethanol, etc. You can safely and naturally repel insects with very basic ingredients using essential oils and distilled water, while still maintaining great health so you can enjoy your summer. I decided to make the switch to using essential oils years ago when I was living in tropical Singapore and it was the only bug repellent I could get my hands on. It worked beautifully and smelled much more pleasant than the chemical stuff. Significantly less bug bites later and I’ve never looked back!

 

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You will be very tempted to use peppermint for everything during the summer, which is to say that it’s good at repelling bugs, but use sparingly. Peppermint can cause skin sensitivity if not diluted and/or exposed to harsh direct sunlight. Melaleuca is the way to go to repel bugs while providing a gentle coolness that is safe for sun exposure. Other essential oils that repel mozzies include lemongrass, geranium, arborvitae, eucalyptus, rosemary and cedarwood. But if you’ve already been bitten, Lavender, chamomile and frankincense with fresh aloe vera gel will relieve a heaty bug bite in no time!

 

The Fragrance Loophole

In the most recent summit on Natural Cancer Prevention, they mentioned a wonderful topic about the elusive ingredient “fragrance” IT IS EVERYWHERE! You can barely escape it’s path when it comes to personal care products. It’s in everything from the obvious perfumes and colognes to even personal care products that proclaim they’re “unscented” An oxymoron in ever scents (pun intended)! And many times, where there is fragrance, there are other carcinogenic ingredients such as triclosan, parabens and phthalates.

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Why is this ingredient “fragrance” so elusive? Well, do you know what fragrance really is? None of us do, except for the proprietary inventors of this ingredient. It can truly be ANYTHING. Or how Well + Good explained it, a complicated cocktail of many confidential ingredients. Personal care product companies such as Proctor & Gamble don’t have to disclose what the ingredient “fragrance” actually is on its ingredient list because the U.S. FDA has a self-regulatory policy for personal care products. They can keep the ingredient “fragrance” a proprietary secret from the public, and due to self-regulation, those ingredients that make up “fragrance” could be nasty carcinogenic chemicals. Many people tend to use fragrances from infancy, meaning they get a lifelong exposure to these toxins.

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Janet Nudelman, Director of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics from The Natural Cancer Prevention Summit by Health Talks Online

To make matters a bit worse, fragrance is not the only elusive ingredient. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics recommends looking out for the ingredients parfum, perfume, essential oil blend and aroma as well since they all fall under that elusively unregulated category of potentially toxic ingredients. Rarely have a I seen even one ingredient listed on a perfume or cologne bottle/box. They only ever mention top and base notes, but what are these products truly made of? Something smells fishy if you ask me.

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Essential oils are pure plant essences which work synergistically with our bodies.

To make life easier, safer and smell a whole lot better, stick with using pure therapeutic grade essential oils in your daily life and you can obviously use them in place of synthetic perfume or cologne. They have such a vivid and potent aroma that last longer on the skin when blended with a viscous carrier oil. Plus, you have the added benefit of essential oils being beneficial to all parts of the body, from our blood to our cells.

How Essential Oils Work

Essential oils are uniquely fascinating plant substances. And here you thought they were just “pretty” scents, but actually they are much more than that! People do seem to understand how essential oils work on an emotional level, simply because when we smell them, it livens and brightens our mood. Our mood can change dramatically by just smelling essential oils, making us become instantly brighter and more relaxed. However, something else is going on deep inside the body when we use essential oils. Depending on how we use them, it can provide us with an even greater benefit that we may not notice or feel.

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Interestingly, an essential oil is not even an oil at all. They are called oils mainly because they are lipid (fat) soluble rather than water soluble. Essential oils evaporate quickly, especially with the presence of heat, so to get the maximum benefits, it’s preferred to use them with carrier oils when applied topically. Many people use essential oils topically for transdermal penetration because anything that we put on our skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream through our vast amount of pores. Using a carrier oil sends a steady stream of molecules into the blood stream compared to neat (or undiluted) application which sends a rapid flood of essential oil molecules into the blood.

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When you smell an essential oil, those volatile molecules contain particles so nano in size, they can even cross the blood-brain barrier. Not many substances on the planet can do that. This is one of the reasons why when our olfactory senses become stimulated by these molecular substances, our mood can instantly change. Every essential oil also has a different chemical makeup of constituents that make it beneficial for different purposes. For example, lavender essential oil contains linalyl acetate which helps to induce a feeling of relaxation and calm. Too much of this constituent coursing through our bodies however, can create the opposite effect, thus stimulating our nervous system to the point where it prevents us from falling asleep. This is what we mean by essential oils being potent substances, because more is not necessarily better. 

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Essential oils work even at an intracellular level by oxygenating, and literally excreting, toxins from our cells because they can penetrate through the cellular wall membrane. This is why many essential oils have antioxidant benefits. Clove essential oil in particular has the most ORAC (antioxidant) units than any other substance, even food! Myrrh essential oil is a bit far behind at second highest. Due to their powerful properties of penetrating the human body, it is imperative to always use CPTG quality essential oils to receive the maximum, and safest, benefits.

 

Top 3 Ways to Use Cedarwood Essential Oil

For Repelling Insects

I love being outdoors and getting direct sunlight on my skin as much as possible. This is why, I adore summer! But where there is a Yin, there is a Yang. With summer, comes pesky insects. Sometimes, the insects are so bad, it makes me wish I was back in winter, a little. Fortunately, since embarking in this natural lifestyle of using essential oils, I’ve realized how multi-purpose even just one essential oil can be, which is the case for Cedarwood.

Try blending Cedarwood with other bug repelling essential oils and make your own bug repellant! It’s incredibly easy as long as you have all the tools and ingredients, which is to say, is not very many.

DIY Bug Repellent Recipe: use a spray nozzle cap on an empty 15ml essential oil bottle and make your own handy repellent spray. Add 3/4 witch hazel water with cedarwood, arborvitae, melaleuca, rosemary and peppermint essential oils and mix gently. Learn how you can get a free 15ml bottle of dōTERRA peppermint essential oil plus access to wholesale prices on dōTERRA products below.

 For Speedy Skin Recovery

I primarily bought cedarwood essential oil to heal skin abrasions and cuts more quickly since it was one of the least expensive essential oils to begin with. Cedarwood is great for treating cuts caused by shaving and manicures. I also love using it for treating blemishes.

Try blending cedarwood essential oil with other skin soothing essential oils to make your own aftershave product. It can be used on any part of the body that you shave to disinfect cuts, calm inflammation and speed up healing.

DIY Aftershave Recipe: use a pump nozzle cap on an empty 30ml bottle (if possible) and make your own soothing aftershave oil. Add 10ml witch hazel water and 17ml jojoba oil with cedarwood, melaleuca, lavender and chamomile essential oils, and mix gently. To learn how you can get a free 15ml bottle of dōTERRA Cedarwood essential oil in the month of May plus access to wholesale prices on dōTERRA products, see below.

 For Relaxing Sleep

Resinous essential oils from trees are known to be grounding to the mind and emotions, and cedarwood oil is no exception. It has a mild depth that’s never overpowering which makes it wonderful to help induce sleep. Like most wood resin essential oils, they pair well with herbs to calm and soothe the nervous system. 

I love blending cedarwood with lavender in my diffuser to engulf my bedroom with a deeply relaxing scent that calms my racing thoughts and grounds me to that moment which is, to GET SOME SLEEP and who doesn’t need a relaxing night’s sleep? Don’t have a diffuser? Try making a simple DIY pillow spray.

DIY Pillow Spray Recipe: use a spray nozzle cap on any glass bottle and make your own sleepytime pillow spray. Add distilled filtered water with cedarwood, lavender and chamomile essential oils, mix gently and spray directly onto pillow before bedtime. You can email me at natg83@aol.com for more information on how to save on and gain free dōTERRA products.