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March 28, 2017
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How to Balance Your Chakras Using Essential Oils

We are energetic and electric beings that send signals and frequencies out on a second-to-second basis. One of our most basic and subtle systems involves the chakras, which are points of energy concentration in the body. There are seven of them, starting at the base of the spine and progressing to the top of the head.

 

All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected. Usually, balancing one chakra will create change in another chakra. It is important that we balance the root chakra first—before proceeding to others—or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth. We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.

Chakras can be imbalanced by becoming blocked (underactive) or extremely tense (overactive).  When this happens, our whole being is compromised, often leading to illness and/or emotional blocks. This creates an unhealthy personal environment.

Here’s how to balance chakras using aromatherapy and crystals in tandem:

Root Chakra

Crystal: Red jasper

Essential Oil: Patchouli

The root chakra is the first chakra, located at the base of the spine. It is literally “the root” of being, and it establishes the deepest connections with among the physical body, the immediate environment, and the earth. The fight-or-flight response initiates from this chakra, which is primal and animal in nature. The energy of the root chakra allows us to harness courage and resourcefulness.

To ground yourself, rub the earthy scent of patchouli on your feet. Put a small piece of red jasper in the edge of your shoe to give you the stability and rootedness necessary for personal growth.

Sacral Chakra

Crystal: Carnelian

Essential Oil: Orange

The sacral chakra is the second chakra. It is associated with emotions, sensuality, and creativity. Its element is water, and it is characterized by flow and flexibility. The function of the sacral chakra is directed to the principle of pleasure. It is located about three inches below the navel at the center of the lower belly.

Reignite your passions and create an aphrodisiac blend with 3 drops each of orange blossom, ylang-ylang, rose, and sandalwood essential oils in one cup of grape seed oil. Leave your piece of carnelian (a crystal for life force and vitality) in the oil overnight to supercharge its properties.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Crystal: Citrine

Essential Oil: Lemon

The solar plexus chakra is located directly above the navel and below the rib cage. It radiates vital life energy throughout the entire body. It generates our willpower, ability to achieve, self-esteem, raw emotions, and self-discipline. The solar plexus chakra gives us mental understanding of our emotional self.

Use a citrine stone and lemon essential oil to accept your place in the universe and create appreciation for all of the people in your life. Inhaling lemon promotes healing and combats insecurity.

Heart Chakra

Crystal: Rose quartz

Essential Oil: Rose

The heart chakra is located in the heart region. When it is balanced, we have healthy self-esteem, spontaneity, a sense of humor, and the ability to make decisions and meet challenges. Imagine feeling as if nothing can hurt you—you are on top of the situations in your life. That sense is the province of the heart chakra.

Wear a malachite bracelet while you diffuse rose essential oil to promote compassion, love, and self-acceptance.

Throat Chakra

Crystal: Blue lace agate

Essential Oil: Eucalyptus

The throat chakra is the voice of the body. It is a pressure valve that allows energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If the throat chakra is out of balance or blocked, it can affect the health of the other chakras. When it is balanced, we can express what we think and feel.

Ritual bathing is cleansing and rejuvenating. Place a blue lace agate crystal on the side of the tub. Then add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to your bath. This combination will help you speak your truth and activate your ability to understand the unsaid.

Third Eye Chakra

Crystal: Lapis lazuli

Essential Oil: Rosemary

The third eye chakra, or brow chakra, is located just above the eyebrows in the center of the forehead. It pertains to the concept of “seeing,” especially in a spiritual and psychic sense. This is where “visionary abilities” emerge.

Having a strong sixth chakra allows you to access your inner guidance and intuition easily. Meditate on a lapis lazuli stone while burning a rosemary candle to awaken your intuitive abilities.

Crown Chakra

Crystal: Amethyst

Essential Oil: Lavender

The crown chakra is the seventh chakra at the top of the “chakra ladder.” This progression starts at the root chakra (grounding us on the earth) and progresses upward to the crown. The energy of the crown chakra allows us to experience oneness with everyone and everything in nature.

Both an amethyst crystal and lavender essential oil will help you connect to your inner consciousness. By putting a small piece of amethyst under your pillow each night, and then spraying a lavender mist on your sheets, you will simultaneously balance your crown chakra and get an amazing night’s sleep!

 

 

Summary

Root chakra draws energy from the earth’s magnetic core. It anchors our spirit in our worldly existence.

Sacral chakra promotes our ability to enjoy life in physical ways.  It governs our well-being, our sense of deserving a good life, and our capacity to develop a feeling of abundance.

Solar plexus chakra relates to self-value, confidence, self-esteem, and freedom of choice.  It reflects how we see ourselves and exercise our innate power.

Heart chakra keeps the life force invigorated.  It moves love through our lives and shields our hearts from emotional pain.

Throat chakra directs the life force toward creativity, self-expression, truth, and integrity.  It controls our ability to communicate clearly.

Third eye chakra is the center of our innate intelligence.  It drives on the distilled wisdom of our losses and pain.  It sees meaning, truth, and freedom.

Crown chakra is the center of bliss, beauty, and spirituality.  It allows us to deepen our connection with the source of our being.

About the Author


Shaline Miller is an integrative nutrition health coach, holistic nutrition consultant, essential oils educator, healthy cooking instructor, and author.  Her goal is to help mothers create a healthy, safe, environmentally-friendly home for their families. Shaline teaches essential oils classes, wellness seminars, and cooking classes in the San Diego and Orange County areas.

March 23, 2017
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Coriander

Coriander essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the seeds of the Umbelliferae (parsley) plant.

Historically, the Chinese have used coriander to treat dysentery, painful hernias, measles, nausea, piles (inflamed hemorrhoids), and toothaches.

Because of its estrogen content, coriander may help regulate and control the pain of menstruation. It has analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Coriander may aid arthritis, colds, colic, digestive issues, flu, infections, muscular pain, nausea, skin blemishes, and stiffness. Current research suggests that it can help normalize insulin levels and support pancreatic function.

Coriander’s woody, sweet, and spicy scent is a low stimulant. This oil can also ease stress and encourage calm when diffused.

Coriander can be taken orally, added to recipes, applied topically, or diffused.

See Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about coriander oil and many other pure essential oils.

Source:  Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, p. 68.

March 21, 2017
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Addressing Acne with Essential Oils

Acne is a pesky skin problem that usually begins in late adolescence. It occurs when there are deep blockages in skin pores, usually in the oil-producing areas of the body, such as the face, chest, and back. The resulting red blemishes can range from annoying to embarrassing. Unfortunately, teenagers are not the only ones afflicted with acne, since it can also result from hormone imbalance or stress.

Essential oils that balance the hormones and reduce stress can help. Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of water and lots of vegetables will also benefit your skin. Increasing lymphatic and circulatory flow will escort toxic wastes from the body and bring oxygen and nutrients to the skin. These cleansing processes are enabled through regular exercise. Sweating is also great way to release toxins from the skin.

Essential oils that can help clear up acne:

  • tea tree
  • chamomile
  • lavender
  • rosewood
  • clary sage
  • clove
  • eucalyptus
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • lemon
  • marjoram
  • patchouli
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • sandalwood
  • spearmint
  • thyme
  • vetiver
  • yarrow

Wash your skin gently and regularly to keep pores clean. Apply essential oils of your choice by diluting with water and misting them onto problem areas.

For further information on which essential oils to use and how they can help reduce acne, see Reference Guide for Essential Oils.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, p. 365-366.

March 16, 2017
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The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a common carrier oil for essential oils and a popular massage oil. It is also a centerpiece of healthy cooking and personal care. With good reason. Coconut oil enriches foods with beneficial fats, vitamins A and D, and iron. And it retains antioxidant properties even when heated. For body care, coconut oil effectively moisturizes all skin types, while helping acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. In hair care, it reduces protein loss, conditions follicles, and fosters re-growth of damaged hair. Coconut oil also whitens teeth and freshens breath.

Many other health benefits have recently appeared on the horizon. Some research suggests that coconut oil can improve or even reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. It can benefit people with hypothyroidism, since it boosts metabolism and supports overall thyroid health. When coconut oil replaces other oils in food preparation, it can promote weight loss. Coconut oil helps fight candida, viruses, and bacterial infections. It also gives athletes sustained energy levels in place of stimulants or drugs.

Since coconut oil offers so many health and beauty benefits, try making it a mainstay of your personal care, cooking, and daily supplementation.

 

 

 

March 14, 2017
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Healthy No-Bake Cookies

These tasty treats are full of protein and flavor. Enjoy them with a cold glass of rice or coconut milk for a healthy and delicious snack.

Healthy No-Bake Cookies

  • Servings: 20-24
  • Time: 15 minutes active; 30 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups (158 g) oats (quick or rolled)
  • 1/3 cup (54 g) chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup (24 g) cocoa or cacao powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
  • 1/2 cup (96 g) coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup (139 g) cooked quinoa*
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2–5 drops peppermint essential oil (or orange, cinnamon, or cardamom essential oil)

Instructions:

  1. Combine oats, chia seeds, cocoa or cacao powder, and sea salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine almond butter, honey, and coconut oil. Mix well, and then add cooked quinoa. Stir until well blended.
  3. Thoroughly combine the wet and dry ingredients together.
  4. Stir in 1 drop of essential oil at a time. Taste test the mixture as you add more oil for desired flavor.
  5. Press mixture in silicone molds or form portions by hand and put them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Place in the refrigerator until firm.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*Follow instructions for quinoa. Quinoa can also be cooked in a rice cooker as you would white rice.

March 9, 2017
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Oils for the Immune System

Winter isn’t over yet. This time of year, a lot of pesky bugs are going around. To avoid catching every illness that you come into contact with, it’s important to take care of yourself and your immune system.

The immune system fights disease and works to keep your body healthy. It can recognize and therefore protect the body from bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms and antigens. But in order for it to do its job, the lymphatic system and all the major organs need to be kept in good condition. Eating healthy whole foods, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep will help your organs function properly and strengthen the immune system.

There are several essential oils that can aid the immune system as well. They can be diffused, as well as diluted and massaged into the bottoms of the feet, along the spine, or under the arms. They are also helpful when added to a warm and relaxing bath.

Here are some of the best essential oils for boosting the immune system:

  • oregano
  • frankincense
  • lemon
  • clove
  • cumin
  • geranium
  • ginger
  • lavender
  • ledum
  • tea tree
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • white lotus

For further information on which essential oils to use and how essential oils can help boost your immune system, see the Reference Guide For Essential Oils.

Source: Reference Guide For Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, p. 493.

March 7, 2017
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Tangerine

Tangerine essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the Citrus nobilis or Citrus reticulata var. tangerine plant.

It has anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, laxative, and sedative properties. It primarily affects the emotional balance, immune system, and skin.

Tangerine oil may help cellulite, circulation, constipation, fat digestion, insomnia, liver problems, parasites, stress, and water retention. It has a wide variety of applications to aid in health and well-being.

Used aromatically, tangerine is sedating and calming due to the esters and aldehydes that it contains. The aroma is fresh, sweet, and citrusy.

It is generally regarded as safe for human consumption. It can also be diffused or used topically.

See the Reference Guide For Essential Oils to learn more about tangerine oil and many other pure essential oils.

Source:  Reference Guide For Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 141–42.

March 2, 2017
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Calming Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub uses a calming blend of rosemary essential oil and chamomile tea.

Calming Sugar Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (480 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Open the tea bags, and empty the leaves into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add sugar and rosemary essential oil.
  3. Mix well to incorporate all ingredients.
  4. Put in a 16 oz. PET jar, and pour the fractionated coconut oil over the mixture. The oil will seep into the mixture.
  5. To use, massage over skin, and rinse well with water.

Use this calming scrub in the bath or shower for a relaxing experience that also leaves your skin glowing. This is also a fantastic scrub to use for pedicures.

February 28, 2017
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Class Idea: Reference Guide Scavenger Hunt

Those who are new to using essential oils need guidance knowing how to use the samples that you give them. The Primary Usage Guide is the perfect companion to essential oil samples!

How Is This Booklet Useful?

The reference booklet is full of great information about essential oils. It explains their health and wellness benefits and lists the most common uses for specific oils. It also suggests the best essential oil blends and supplements to use for a large variety of health conditions. The booklet even serves as a calling card for you—there is a spot on the back to place your contact information.

Introduction to Essential Oils Class Idea

The goal of this class is to help your attendees learn about essential oils and show them how to find answers to their essential oil questions.

Start the class with a short lesson introducing and explaining the essential oils. You can use the “Introduction to Essential Oils” section found in the Primary Usage Guide. For even more information, you can also use the “Science and Application” section found in the Reference Guide for Essential Oils. Become familiar with the information in this section so that you can answer questions.

Conduct a scavenger hunt activity. Pass out a Primary Usage Guide to everyone in the class. (We recommend letting them take their booklet home with them as a free gift. Make sure to include your contact information on the back!)

Here’s how the scavenger hunt activity works:

  • You ask the class a question about an essential oil—how it is used, which oil can help certain symptoms, etc.
  • The class attendees try to find the answer in their booklets.
  • The first person to find the answer raises his or her hand and shares where the answer is found. (You can reward this person with a treat if you want!)
  • Everyone in the class turns to the correct page so they can review the answer themselves.
  • You repeat with a new question.

Doing a scavenger hunt activity is a fun way to give your students a reason to look through the Primary Usage Guide.  As they do, they will pick up some great information about essential oils and their uses and become familiar with how to find answers in the booklet. Doing this activity could increase the likelihood of your attendees trying and buying essential oils.

Open the class up for questions. Leave time to answer questions your attendees have. Try to keep the questions in this class focused more on the essential oils and their benefits. Refrain from marketing a particular brand of essential oils in this class. Your goal with this class is to help your attendees learn more about the essential oils and how to find information about which ones will help them with their health and wellness concerns.