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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.

February 21, 2017
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Embracing Emotions

Emotions are part of the human experience. They are more than just thoughts and feelings; they are part of a biological process. Every emotion we experience releases chemicals in the body. These chemicals can have a profound effect on one’s overall health.

In maintaining a healthy body, it is important to process and own one’s emotions. Some research suggests that trapped emotions can cause ailments in the body. In the book Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, Karol K. Truman says, “Psychoneuroimmunology is concerned specifically with the impact of mental attitudes on the body’s resistance to disease, especially exploring the links among and between the mind, the brain and the immune system.”

Dr. Bradley Nelson further discusses the possible effects of emotions on health in the book The Emotion Code. “Trapped emotions can cause you to make the wrong assumptions, overreact to innocent remarks, misinterpret behavior and short-circuit your relationships. Even worse, trapped emotions can create depression, anxiety and other unwanted feelings that you can’t seem to shake. They can interfere with proper function of your body’s organs and tissues, wreaking havoc with your physical health, causing pain, fatigue and illness.”

It is important to release the negative emotions we experience by first embracing them. Embrace your emotions by writing them down, meditating, and being honest with yourself and others about your feelings. Dr. Bradley Nelson writes, “Your thoughts are immensely powerful. Whenever you say what you’re thinking or write something down, you’re using the energy of your thoughts to affect the world around you. It is through thought, belief and intention that all things happen.”

Essential oils may further aid in processing and releasing of emotions. They can be diffused, applied topically, or ingested. There are some great tips on how to manage your emotions, including the use of essential oils, in the booklet “What to Do in an Emotional Emergency.”

For further information on which essential oil blends to use and how essential oils can help you embrace and release your emotions, see the Reference Guide For Essential Oils.

Source: Reference Guide For Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 42, 43, 457.