We talk a lot about removing toxins from OUR lives, from our children's products, from our food, from our beauty products... but what about our pets?
Pets can benefit from essential oils too
Have you been curious about the quality of the most common pet products?
The ingredients in most pet care products (especially food) are quite disturbing, yet when pet owners search for natural, safe and effective products, they realize firsthand how holistic options are slim-pickin's.
Thankfully, there are more options than most pet owners realize and it will all be divulged in our upcoming FREE interactive class where we’ll explore just how easy, safe, and effective DIY holistic products can be made and how it can benefit your pet(s).
We'll also be going over a few safety tips.
Are you in?
Multivitamins and supplements in general are debated within the health world. Some people think vitamins are just a scam so that companies can make more money while other people act as if vitamins are magical little pills that can somehow erase the damage of a junk food diet. Neither of these two thought processes are correct.
The truth is that we do need vitamins. Why? Even an amazing diet rich in organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein does not meet 100% of our bodies’ nutritional demands. Our bodies simply cannot extract as many nutrients out of the food today because the food itself does not have as much nutrients available. Compared to produce from a few decades ago, the food we eat today has declined in nutrient levels due to the soil quality decreasing. That means that if we were able to get 100% of our iron from produce in 1975, now we max out at 63%. Taking a multivitamin allows the body to obtain all of the nutrients it needs.
As a general warning, not all vitamins are created equally. Some are made with synthetic vitamins and include fillers. Some of the best vitamins are "whole food" vitamins. You might also read "plant based" vitamins. Both of those terms refer to the fact that the vitamins are sourced from foods or plants - not synthetic sources.
When and how to take vitamins
If you have walked into a health food store, you might be overwhelmed when it comes to taking a vitamin. So many choices! The three main forms of multivitamins include: gel cap, veggie cap pill, chewable tablet, and gummy. Now.... I hate swallowing pills. But I strongly suggest you to avoid the gummy option if you can as they are loaded with sugar. If you can't swallow pills, look for chewable forms if you can.
Breakfast of champions
Take your multivitamin after you've eaten breakfast. Studies show that taking a multivitamin before bed can actually cause sleeplessness because of the B vitamins. If you are taking multiple supplements and pills, be sure to speak with your doctor about timing because some vitamins should not be taken with meals, juice, etc.
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It's no surprise that beards are trending. Just look at Instagram and Pinterest... beards are everywhere. Although to be fair.... there's nothing really trending about them because the concept of beards is as old as well... humanity. But I digress.
If you or a man in your life has jumped on the beard train, let's take care of that beauty, shall we?
Follow these tips and your beard will be one to admire:
How to make your own manly beard oil
Not only will your beard be healthy, it will also smell manly and stimulate hair growth thanks to pure essential oils.
To make a beard balm:
Where to get the essential oils?
If you're new to essential oils, you'll want to read this. If you're ready order, go here or here. Feel free to email me with questions or to order.
Have you tried this recipe yet? How do you like it! Comment below!
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Counting sheep. Catching some zzz’s. Getting some shut eye. Going off to dream land. There are some many different ways to refer to sleep, but no matter what you call it, sleep is necessary for life. It’s not a perk or right or privilege but 1000% required to not only function but to thrive. Yet, so many people struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep. Throw in a baby who needs to be taught how to sleep, and you might find yourself in a sleep-deprived hot mess.
But fear not. Quality sleep is not just a dream (pun intended). There are many things you can to help create a better sleep environment for yourself without resorting to a sleeping pill or other medication. Essentials oils can be quite useful in promoting feelings of relaxation and calm. In fact, ancient Romans used essential oils for many purposes, including as a sleep aid.
Tips for creating a peaceful sleep environment
1. Avoid electronics for at least an hour before bed (Why? Read here.)
2. Avoid eating dinner 2-3 hours before bed
3. Apply essential oils topically
4. Use a diffuser or make a linen spray
5. Use amber lights
Essential oils that promote peaceful sleep
Using a 10 mL roller bottle, add your essential oils and then top it off with fractionated coconut oil. Diluting your oils depends on your age. A common rule of thumb to follow is as follows:
This recommendation is based on doTERRA oils which are Pure Certified Therapeutic Grade. I would not recommend using any oils bought at a drugstore since many cheaper oils are adulterated by fillers or chemicals. As always, speak with your doctor if you have any concerns about your specific health conditions and oil usage.
Whether you diffuse these oils or create a linen spray or apply them to your feet, exploring the world of essential oils can bring some of the deepest, most restful sleep to your bedroom. Happy snoozing!
Need more information on sleep? Attend a FREE online course SLEEPING with INTENTION. Join here. New to using oils? Start here: introduction to oils.
I also offer consultation via the phone to discuss which oils would work best for you and your situation. Feel free to email me!
Oh, Peppermint Oil! Banisher of Headaches! How I love thee.
I was a little hung up on my obsession with peppermint oil's headache fighting powers, that for a long time I didn't investigate what else this oil could do.
And it turns out, peppermint oil has no shortage of uses. Peppermint (which is actually a hybrid of water mint and spearmint) is one of the oldest herbs/oils to be used. It stars prominently in eastern medicine. Let's take a look at what peppermint oil does exactly.
Peppermint oil is a vasodilator
Say what?? That's just the technical word to explain that peppermint oil dilates blood vessels... which means that peppermint oil:
How does that benefit runners?
Bodies need oxygen to function, but they especially need a good flow of oxygen during intense aerobic activities like running. Applying peppermint oil to the bottoms of your feet improves circulation of your feet during running. Of course, this won't make you automatically qualify for the summer Olympics BUT it will assist you if you put in the work too. (No short cuts here, people!)
You'll get the same effect by rubbing some on your chest before doing push-ups.
Other uses and benefits of peppermint essential oil
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There's few smells more feminine and soft than the scent of Rose; however, true geranium essential oil comes close. Often dubbed as the "poor man's rose," geranium certainly does not lack in aroma or power. In fact, geranium has come to be one of my favorite staples. Of course, it smells wonderful and has the added bonus of reminding me of childhood visits to an English tea shop in Florida, but geranium oil is so much more than just a pleasant floral scent.
Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil
1. Balance hormones
2. Reduce stress
3. Lessen feelings of sadness
4. Alleviate effects of menopause
5. Support healthy skin
6. Lessen fatigue
7. Reduce inflammation
8. Improves circulation (thanks to its cicatrisant properties)
9. Lifts mood
10. Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Soothing hand salve recipe
The ancient Egyptians used geranium oil in their skincare - and for good reason! This oil supports healthy, glowing skin. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and blemishes.
I have made so many many batches of this salve. It's super thick and is exactly what my hands need during cold weather or after an intense dish-washing session. Plus, it smells heavenly.
What you will need:
•1/4 cup raw Shea butter
•5-10 drops geranium oil
Melt the Shea butter in a double boiler. Add in the geranium oil and stir. Pour into your tin and let it cool. It will harden and solidify as it cools.
I used ten drops because I know my hands need extra loving. Start with less drops and increase as necessary.
Need help ordering geranium oil? Check out more info at www.katietrudeau.com/EO or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In my last blog post, I explored the benefits of essential oils on emotional health. We dug deep into some science and explored how the chemical makeup of each oil gives it its ability to do its magic on the emotional centers in the brain. In today's post, I'm going to cover how essential oils affect our physical health.
Just to reiterate, it is the chemical structure and makeup of each oil that allows it to provide certain benefits to the human body. It's not just magic potions, but real chemical interactions that are happening. Essential oils do not magically heal the body; rather, oils support the BODY so that the body can do its thang.
As such, essential oils can be used to:
Maintaining and supporting health
Often times we go to the doctor only when we are sick, but being healthy is more than just "sick care." We want to focus as much on preventive care and maintaining a healthy status.
Essential oils can do just that.
Disclaimer: Remember, I am not a medical doctor. These statements are not meant to treat, cure, or diagnose any disease or disorder. Please speak with your doctor regarding your own unique medical conditions and needs.
Do you want to regain control of your health and/or eliminate toxins from your vitamin regimen? I'm available for phone or Skype consultations to see how EO can fit into your plan for a healthy life; you can email me to set it up. Need more info on EO? Check out my Essential Oil 101 guide here.
Do you already use EO to maintain health? Comment below and let me know!
Many years ago, I thought essential oils were just another option to make your house smell nice. I didn't realize at first that essential oils were power houses for mental and physical health!
Once I started to explore what essential oils really were, I discovered that essential oils are extremely useful in influencing and supporting our emotional health.
The answer to that question lies with science. Each oil has its own unique chemical makeup; those unique chemicals are what gives each oil its own superpower. Some oils energize us while others calm us down. For instance, a main chemical component in lavender oil is linalool. Linalool is found in many plants including roses, lavender, and basil. This component is what causes the brain to calm down and experience a decrease in stress. This is backed up by studies which show that, in animal studies, the vapors of linalool stimulated feelings of calm. In addition, certain blood cells were "brought into equilibrium" by the scent of linalool-containing lavender.
Long story short: the science backs up what we have always known: stopping to smell the flowers IS actually good for your mental health!
As humans, we experience an incredible range of emotions in a single day (or even just the span of an hour!). While not every emotion we feel is pleasant, essential oils are there to help us manage our mood.
Because each oil has a unique chemical structure and aroma, each oil is then able to create a different chemical reaction in the brain, which causes different emotions and internal responses. We already know that our sense of smell produces powerful mental and emotional responses - this is why cinnamon reminds me of Christmas or why the smell of hay always takes me back to my Grandmother's farm. This is also the reason why it is so easy to use essential oils to influence our emotions.
Which essential oils to use to influence moods
My favorite invigorating oils are:
If you are feeling weighed down by a heavy burden, doTERRA's Forgive blend counteracts negative feelings of guilt and regret and increases feelings of relief. Diffuse it during mediation or apply to pulse points.
Calming and soothing
Of course, lavender tops the list of calming and soothing essential oils, but the list is not limited to that one oil. Dr. Axe also recommends:
Some of the most energizing oils are the citrus gang. Lemon, grapefruit, and wild orange. I also like to diffuse peppermint and lemon together for a fresh burst of energy. Peppermint taken internally is also another go-to of mine. If you prefer, the Peppermint beadlets energize you while freshening yoru breath - win win!
Alleviate negative emotions
Ease feelings of anger and frustration
Some of the most overwhelming emotions, anger and frustration can be a huge obstacle to joyful living. Oils to help alleviate these emotions include: Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and the Forgive Blend.
If you have a to-do list that is a mile long but zero motivation to get it done, then doTERRA's Motivate blend is key. Key oils in this blend include:
Remember that you should never ingest oils unless they are of the highest quality, free from pesticides, fillers, and adulterants. If an oil price is "too good to be true" then you are most likely getting synthetic oil. If you would like more information on how to order Certified Pure Thereapuetic oils, check out my overview here.
What emotions do you want to experience more of in your life? Imagine a more grounded, peaceful atmosphere in your home. Motivating and inspiring. What emotions do you want to get rid of? Fear, anxiousness, guilt, unease.
Join us for a free webinar on emotions and essential oils and learn how to THRIVE. Sign up here: http://cordomum.synduit.com/SEDW0001
Comment below or email me to set up a free consultation to learn what essential oils may help you.
Disclaimer: Remember, I am not a medical doctor. These statements are not meant to treat, cure, or diagnose any disease or disorder. If you feel that you are suffering from a deep depression or need other attention, please speak with your doctor.
Chia seeds are one of my favorite seeds because they are ... dare I say... fun? I like to put them in juice and let it sit and watch them expand. I put a lot of chia seeds and end up with a sort of faux bubble tea drink.
But apart from my bizarre love of their texture when they soak up a liquid, chia seeds are a superfood for a reason. Chia seeds are powerful antioxidants with the power to assist in weight loss, improve heart health, support insulin levels, strengthen bones, energize us, and boost metabolism. There really isn't a reason why you shouldn't be eating some of these each day!
I made refrigerator oatmeal each night and chia seeds play a starring role in my recipe.
Easy overnight oats recipe I say easy and I mean it. No measuring required for this recipe.
I have a cereal bowl that comes with a lid so I use that, but feel free to use whatever container you want.
Now the magic is to put all of those ingredients together and let it do it's thing. It's up to you how big or small you make your portion, but the key is to make sure you have enough milk so the seeds and oats can absorb it. If it's too low on milk, add a splash more.
The cinnamon is beneficial for heart health but it also adds a kick of flavor to the oatmeal. It's easier to cut out sugar with the cinnamon, but if you need a little extra sweetness, opt for real maple syrup or coconut sugar.
What is your favorite way to eat chia seeds? Comment below.
I've had super sensitive skin my whole life, but it wasn't until I went away to college that my skin problems got worse. I developed eczema on my hands and I've suffered with it ever since.
I've tried what feels like every single product on the market: lotions, soaps, etc. You name it, and I've tried it. The majority of products left me unsatifised with the results or even worse - with hands that were stinging from the product that was intended to soothe me!
It was my battle with eczema that first led me to the essential oils path, and I haven't looked back since. One of the most soothing and healing balms was something I created in my kitchen. The rich shea butter and calming lavender oil work together to heal and calm the itchy and painful symptoms of eczema.
This balm is thick and I like to put it on at night right before bed so it can soak in all night.
What you'll need2-3 drops of lavender oil
1 Tablespoon of 100% real shea butter
Warm the shea butter slightly in your hands so it's easier to mix. Add the lavender drops and mix together in your hands. Apply to the affected areas.
All out of lavender oil? Because of the therapeutic nature of this balm, it is especially important to make sure you are using pure, unadulterated oils. You can refresh yourself with my Essential Oil 101 post, or my post on how to order oils, and let me know if you have any questions.
Have you tried this recipe? Comment below!