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Find Your Energy Button With Essential Oils

If I could choose one superpower, it would be to have an instant energy button option on my body. I would hit that button with gusto and confidence at every opportunity to keep me fabulous and functional. Luckily, I don’t have to wish for a superpower or worry that my superpower button will malfunction from overuse...and trust me, I would overuse it! Essential oils can help find more energy in the day. People may actually start thinking what superpower you recently acquired!

What Causes Energy to Plummet?

There are many reasons that may cause energy to go crashing. It’s important to discuss any major concerns with your doctor. But if you are looking for effective, quick, and more natural ways to help increase your energy, there are many options available. First, it’s important to think about the reasons that your energy is being sapped. Consider your environment, your diet, your job, and the way that you take care of your body and mind.

Lack of energy can also be caused by medical conditions. For example, anemia, problems with the thyroid, and diabetes are all medical conditions that can cause energy to plummet. There are also disorders such as Lyme Disease, MS, and fibromyalgia that affect energy greatly. From a mental health perspective, a person experiencing postpartum or major depression or PTSD, for example, may suffer from an extreme lack of energy. Or maybe you just became a new mom (Congrats on your new addition and condolences on your loss of precious shuteye!). Clearly, you need no other explanation for your lack of energy.

Whether your energy is taking a nosedive due to a medical reason, an environmental situation, lifestyle, or your hormones, pure, therapeutic grade essential oils can help and complement lifestyle changes in exponential ways. The wonderful news is that essential oils are safe, when used as suggested and when you choose high quality and appropriately derived versions. It is also easy to add to any lifestyle.

If you are considering that third cup of coffee (guilty!) or that extra shot (or two!) of espresso in your pick-me-up cup, take a moment to think of other ways to help enhance your energy levels.

Best Essential Oils to Energize Body and Mind

The options are truly endless when it comes to using essential oils to help energize your body and mind. Here are some of the best choices to help improve your energy levels and increase your productivity and emotional outlook. You can also opt to personalize your selections more with an individualized consultation. In the meantime check out these essential oils and blends for a great way to start your journey and create your own natural and personal superpower!

 

Citrus-Based Essential Oils

Citrus is known for its energizing properties. Have you ever peeled an orange and inadvertently felt a bit more clear headed? Or have you ever squeezed some lemon into your water and felt a burst of refreshment and energy? Some of the best oils for energizing are in the citrus family. These oils include wild orange, lemon, lime, bergamot, and grapefruit to name only a few. In addition to giving you that surge of energy you need, these oils also help enhance your mood. They are clean smelling and pleasant enough to not only use by diffusing into the air, but you can also add drops of these to water and other food or drink recipes. Other options include topical uses such as adding a few drops to fractionated coconut oil or another unscented lotion and applying directly to your skin. These are also great oils to clean with! This is a great way to keep your energy levels high while you are at home.

Pro Tip: Make an all-purpose spray for your home office or cubicle at work by using one of these citrus oils or the Citrus Bliss Blend!

Other Energy-Enhancing Essential Oils

There are a variety of other essential oils, besides citrus-based, that will help keep your energy levels in tip-top shape. Cassia oil not only is warm and uplifting, but it also helps with healthy digestion. Healthy digestion helps keep your body in great shape, which helps prevent energy depletion. You can add a few drops of this strong and spicy Cassia oil to a variety of citrus oils and diffuse for an energy-inducing aroma. This oil can be combined with clove and ginger as a great room diffuser, especially during the colder months.

Hawaiian Sandalwood oil is another option to help with declining energy levels. This sweet, woodsy aroma is rich and calming. It helps to ground and uplift. This oil is a great choice when you need something to help you focus and energize at the same time.

Rosemary is another hidden essential oil gem for helping with fatigue. This aromatic oil can be taken internally by adding one drop to every four ounces of liquid, used in recipes, and diffused. For an on-the-go energizing effect, add a few drops to a carrier oil and apply topically. The scent will absorb into your skin and energize you throughout your day. 

Pro Tip: Before making your morning coffee, instead begin your day by diffusing your favorite energy-enhancing scent, breathing deeply, and reading a positive affirmation. (Then you can start brewing your morning cup o’ Joe!)

 

Effective Energy Blends

If you are seeking energy without thinking too hard about it, you can take advantage of an already-thought-out blend of essential oils. There are countless blends that can help promote increases in energy and decreases in fatigue.

One great option is the Breathe Blend. This is a refreshing blend that promotes clean, clear, and easy breathing. Better breathing means more oxygen to your body and your cells. This naturally results in more energy for you! Citrus Bliss is another amazing blend. You may not be able to buy happiness, but you can come close with this invigorating scent. It energizes and refreshes with a combination of uplifting citrus oils including wild orange, clementine, mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit to name a few. 

Elevation Joyful Blend is another helpful blend when you need to elevate not only your mood, but your energy level. This blend uses lavender, ylang ylang, and tangerine along with a handful of other energizing essential oils to help promote wakefulness and decrease fatigue. You can add a few drops to a hot bath at the end of the day or start your day by diffusing to create an invigorating start to your day. 

Nothing zaps your energy like a well-nursed grudge. Use the Forgive Renewing Blend to help promote feelings of forgiveness, patience, and relief. This fresh-smelling essential oil blend will help counteract feelings of anger and frustration. Liberate these negative feelings by diffusing this blend to enhance the energy of any room or apply to your skin after diluting with fractionated coconut oil.

Pro Tip: Keep a roll-on blend in your bag with you for a quick burst of positivity and energy. These are easy to travel with, even on a plane, meeting federal travel regulations. 

Maximize Essential Oil Benefits With These Important Lifestyle Choices

Why not help your body and mind even more by adding these wonderful lifestyle changes to your essential oil regimen? Need an extra boost? Feeling chronically frustrated or fatigued? Add one small change per week for natural and cost-effective benefits.

 

     Consider supplements in your diet. Of course, it’s important to get as many vitamins and minerals by eating a whole-food, organic diet, but let’s face it: that’s not always easy. There are many supplements you can add to your day including capsules, powders, and essential oils. You can add these to your foods and drinks.

     Hydrating is one of those habits that is constantly being drilled into your brain. You know it’s important, but water can seem boring. Life gets in the way. Try making your daily water intake more exciting by experimenting with a variety of different ingestible oils. This will help to maximize your hydration goal. Bring a reusable bottle with you everywhere you go and add fresh fruit or essential oil drops to create unique and fun combinations!

     Sleep more. “Of course I need to sleep more,” you may be thinking. “How can I invent more hours in a day?” you may be grunting under your breath. This is one of those important lifestyle changes that adds up to huge benefits! There are many blends and essential oils that can help promote a more peaceful sleep. Additionally, you can try to get some extra sleep by going to bed 15 minutes earlier for a week. Then add 15 more minutes the next week. Keep doing this until you reach your ideal bedtime goal. Try to stop using electronics and start dimming your home’s lighting at least an hour before your actual bedtime.

If you, like many people in the world, struggle with energy deficiencies there are many ways that you can increase energy and send fatigue packing! If you are interested in a personalized consultation or would like more information on the oils, blends, and lifestyle changes above, reach out today!

Featured Writer, Lynne DeAmelio-Rafferty M.S., M.Ed, The Savvy Sentence

How To Use Essential Oils to Improve Focus and Concentration

It’s 2 in the afternoon. The afternoon slump is on the horizon. A quick, sugary snack or a cup of coffee is appealing. You realize that won’t last long and you will crash again sooner than later. Maybe you are studying for an exam or working on a report for work. You seem to be focused more on the birds landing on your windowsill. Or you suddenly find yourself planning the next 5 years of your life in your mind’s eye. There are many ways and reasons that we become unfocused and scattered.

Learning how to improve focus and concentration is key to your productivity and quality of life. In fact, you can improve focus and enhance concentration by improving your overall health and wellness at the same time. Essential oil is a great alternative to help stimulate the brain, improve concentration and help you focus. The best part is that it’s inexpensive, super effective, and easy to incorporate into your life. There are many different types of oils and oil blends that can help bring about these benefits. 

How Do I Use Essential Oils?

First, it is important to know how to use the different types of essential oils for focus and energy. For your health and wellness, make sure to choose pure, certified therapeutic grade essential oils.  There are many varieties of oils available, but if you are not using the purest and most authentically derived oils you will fall short of your health and wellness goals. Essential oil benefits are abundant if you choose the right kind. 

There are three main ways that you can use essential oils to help improve focus and concentration. The first way is by diffusing it into the air. The second way is to apply it topically to your skin and the third way is to ingest it, using it as a dietary supplement in foods and drinks. It is important to note that not all essential oils are created equally. Therefore, you cannot ingest any essential oil you find. Make sure to do your research to keep yourself safe. 

 

 

What Are the Best Essential Oils for Focus and Concentration?

Supporting the central nervous system is essential. This system is in charge of how our body and mind work and interact with each other and the world around us. By supporting this system, we provide our entire being with improved mental function, increased energy, and a much better quality of life. So, it’s important to choose high quality, pure oils to stimulate the brain and help you focus and concentrate.  

     Lemon essential oil helps uplift, energize, and enhance your mood. You can diffuse lemon in the air or even add a couple of drops to your water for a healthy, energy boost.

     Wild orange essential oil not only helps to uplift the mind and body, but it supports healthy immune system functioning. This is another oil you can add to your water for an extra boost of energy and immunity. Diffusing it in the air is another great choice for this delicious, energizing oil. 

     Peppermint essential oil is a common oil with many healing and focusing properties. It promotes clear breathing by helping your cells receive oxygen and ultimately promoting energy, focus, and concentration. You can also use a blended oil to help open your airway and breathe easier. This, in turn, helps circulate oxygen even more throughout the body, helping each system to function even better. 

     Tangerine essential oil can help soothe anxiety and manage stress with its uplifting aroma and benefits. For a quick pick-me-up, put 1-2 drops in the palm of your hands, rub them together and then cup your hands over your nose. Then inhale slowly a few times. This instant energy boost will instantly help to improve focus and attention. 

     Clary sage essential oil improves circulation, is great for your skin, and relieves stress. Proper circulation is essential to bringing nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. When your body has everything it needs to function properly, you will experience increased energy, less anxiety and stress, and improved concentration. You can apply this directly to your skin when it is combined with fractionated coconut oil. You can also diffuse it right into the air or add a couple of drops to water or a smoothie.

     Eucalyptus essential oil is one that can promote clear airways and enhance deep breathing. It can promote feelings of relaxation while also helping you to feel revitalized and invigorated. What better way to help focus and concentrate than by feeling revitalized. A few drops in the shower or diffusing it into the air is a great way to reap the benefits of this versatile oil. 

  

Additional Ways to Improve Focus and Concentration

Essential oils are a great way to help you naturally feel uplifted, energetic, and focused.  Let’s not forget some of the other lifestyle choices below to help enhance the abundant benefits of pure essential oils.  

Rest Well

This may seem like a no-brainer, but proper rest is a necessity. Get 8-10 hours of quality sleep per night. Remember that it’s not simply the number of hours that you sleep, but the quality of those sleeping hours. Looking to relax more before bed? Relax with a light yoga and meditation routine. Then sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow or diffuse it in a humidifier to decrease tension and promote deeper sleep.

Improve Lighting

If you are trying to work in an area without adequate lighting, you will end up straining your eyes and tiring your brain. Improving your lighting is another natural way to help improve focus and concentration. Work in a room with adequate lighting and diffuse an uplifting essential oil, like grapefruit or tangerine for added benefits. 

Hydrate

Drink lots of water! Eight to ten glasses of water per day is a good way to make sure you stay hydrated and energized. Some essential oils can be added to your water for a boost of energy, hydration, and flavor. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to invigorate and hydrate!

Control Noise

Some people thrive on background noise. Others need complete silence for concentration, productivity, and focus. If the second example describes you, consider investing in a pair of noise-canceling headphones. These will help cancel out noise and you can use them in while diffusing your choice of essential oil or rolling on an amazing blend to help you think and focus.

Fuel Your Body

Proper nutrition cannot be underestimated. Think carefully about what you are putting into your body. Eat to fuel your body. Try to eat organic and whole foods to eliminate toxins in your food. Make sure to eat a protein-rich breakfast and lots of fruits and veggies. Many therapeutic grade essential oils can be taken internally and used in recipes to enhance flavor and nutrition.

Focus on Fitness

We all know that regular exercise helps keep our waistline from getting too wide. We also are aware that regular exercise helps us feel better emotionally. Fitness activities can help promote concentration and focus, sleep better, and feel happier. After a workout, use an essential-oil infused cream to help soothe achy muscles. 

With a few simple and inexpensive actions, your mind will be sharp and focused in no time. Your central nervous system (and your boss) will thank you as your productivity increases and your sense of accomplishment rises. 

Learn more about how essential oils can help improve concentration and focus today!

 

Featured Writer, Lynne DeAmelio-Rafferty M.S., M.Ed, CEO of The Savvy Sentence 

 

Pesky Flakes in my Hair...Help!

For several months now, I've been working on some hair care formulas...yes, for those "pesky" flakes and itchy scalp.  Would love to share some wonderful ingredients with you of my findings. 

First of all...how did I get this??? 

Dandruff is a scalp condition characterized by the excessive shedding of dead skin cells.  A small amount of flaking on the scalp is normal as old skin cells die off and fall away, but dandruff results when the amount becomes excessive and visible.  It can be caused by multiple factors; hormone imbalance, poor hygiene, allergies, excessive use of hair sprays and gels, overuse of curling irons, cold weather, infrequent shampooing are the reasons that I found through multiple sources to be quite common.  There are also specialists that believe dandruff is caused by tiny fungus called Pityrosporum ovale. 

I came up with (3) products that I formulated and amongst these (3) I've included these ingredients...

Jojoba oil helps remove the sebum at the scalp which will then promote hair growth.  Also, helps protect hair strands from breaking and drying up.

Castile Soap is used because it’s a natural, biodegradable product that is free of artificial or petroleum-based additives.  It is very gentle on the hair follicle and scalp.

Macadamia Nut Oil contains Omega-7 which is an essential fatty acid that helps to restore palmitoleic acid in the body for skin and hair hydration.

Apple Cider Vinegar that is Raw and Unfiltered can help balance hair and sebum pH.  This is important because when kept between 4.5 and 5.5 pH, the scalp is then safeguarded against fungal and bacterial growth.  Not only can it safeguard though, the apple cider vinegar alone can act as a potent antimicrobial which can kill bacteria and fungus, which are common underlying causes for dandruff and hair loss.  There are many other benefits for using apple cider vinegar for healthy hair and scalp but these are the main ones I chose for my formula.

Clary Sage is a wonderful essential oil to use for hormonal imbalances.

Cedarwood essential oil is germ-destroying and purifying but I also used this oil because it can clear up congestion of dead skin cells.

Lavender essential oil is incredibly healing to our skin.  When there is agitation from the itching and from feeling itchy, it can bring calm.  If the dandruff cause is from allergens or dryness from any toxic products which could include hair sprays and gels, then lavender can help bring healing to the scalp.

Rosemary essential oil can be an enhancer when used with other essential oils.  It also stimulates hair follicles for continued growth and is an antiseptic. 

Thyme essential oil is very good for fungal infections.  Therefore, if the dandruff was caused by Pityrosporum ovale, then this is a great essential oil to use.  However, thyme is also very germ-destroying and purifying.

Cypress essential oil is very stimulating and can bring blood flow to an area that is in need of healing.  This oil was used because of how well it helps with circulation overall.  It happens to also be purifying and decongesting for skin cells.

Comments...has anyone else used some of the above ingredients with success? 

If you are interested in the (3) products that I formulated...just comment below or email me at Jennifer@TheHerbalCabinet.com 

Mama Needs Some Taking Care Of!

Let’s face it, being a Mom is hard work!  BUT being a “New Mom” is even harder!  Our Emotions are going haywire between exhaustion, elation and just plain ‘ole feeling erratic.  This blog would be way too long to tackle all of this but how about we talk about a little immediate assistance for New Mom who had a vaginal birth. 

Plan ahead and stock these in your home.  There are many resources online but my favorites include…

1.      Maxi Pads for additional bleeding and “Big” underwear.

2.      Postpartum Herbal Bath Bags for tearing of perineum (check out this link from yours truly http://theherbalcabinet.com/cart/postpartum-herbal-bath-bag ).

3.      Peri Squirt Bottle – make your own.  Use an 8 oz. bottle with a squirt top.  Now…I want you to use excellent quality essential oils.  Add 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil, 3 drops of Helichrysum and fill the rest with witch hazel.  Use each time you empty your bladder or have a bowel movement.  You’ll want to make a much larger bottle so that you can refill this often.

(My Soapbox:  You get what you pay for with essential oils and you are worth the best right?!?!  Use an excellent quality brand.)

4.      An Ice Pack.  Helps relieve pain around the perineum.

5.      Cold and warm compresses, combined with gentle massage, might help with breast and nipple pain.  I love recommending Myrrh essential oil topically on the breast and nipple to help with cracking and soreness, particularly right before a cold or warm compress.

6.      Comfy Clothes!

7.      Healthy snacks that include protein, healthy fats, veggies and whole fruit!  Portion out as much as you can ahead of time and store in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer to easily grab when needed.  Idea:  At your baby shower, ask for things like this to be made for you!

8.      Help with Meals…ask friends and family ahead of time to help with meals for a couple weeks.  This gives you more time to spend with your baby and helps you get your much needed rest.

9.      Clean House?  Do NOT worry about this!  It’ll get cleaned eventually.

10.   Lastly, get that essential oil diffuser going every day…day and night!  Some favorites are Myrrh with Wild Orange.  Myrrh is the “Oil of Mother Earth” and Wild Orange is very uplifting to our mood.

I’d love to hear your comments???

Want to Purchase Excellent Quality Essential Oils?  Contact me directly and I'll tell you how you can save 25% off by purchasing from me.

www.TheHerbalCabinet.com  Phone:  813-263-3919  Email:  Jennifer@TheHerbalCabinet.com

 

 

Raising Vibrations Radio...Interview with Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist

 

Reverend Raven interviews Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist in Saint Petersburg, Florida on Essential Oils for Natural Health Solutions

Copy and paste this link below into your web browser, sit back and enjoy!  (90-minute interview)

http://broadcaster.intuitalks.com/playback/presentation/0.9.0/playback.html?meetingId=2817ec155c3b4f107b127c999f86ad6d87aa518a-1469492556407