I often get asked what my favourite essential oil or doTERRA product is and it's a very tough one to answer because I don't just have one favourite but several. Each essential oil can be used for a range of things from mood support, digestive support to pain relief. Peppermint might work for one person's headache but for another person Frankincense is the oil that gives them relief. Our bodies are different that way but the great thing with essential oils is that one oil doesn't just help with one element but can help with several, so if the first one you try doesn't work for you, move on to the next one.
Back to my favourite product and if I really had to chose, I'd chose Deep Blue and no it's not because it's on this month's promo :) It's truly been a life saver on days where my legs just wanted to give in and not let me stand tall or the tension in my back or neck would interfere with my day to day life.
Deep Blue is a blend with the following oils in it: Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile and Osmanthus.
It comes as a 5ml oil, a diluted roller bottle, a roller bottle part of the Touch oils and as a rub. The rub comes in a 4oz tube and is infused with the Deep Blue blend and as a little goes a long way, it lasts a long time. The first year one tube lasted an entire year and I used it frequently. But then Mike discovered the incredible rub and started using it before and after his runs and well now we have a tube each.
So what can you use it for? Here are a few suggestions:
The Deep Blue rub is used by massage therapists as well as athletes before and after workouts. It's a great addition to your gym bag and to have on hand whether you are an elite athlete or just enjoy working out as well as if you suffer from any kinds of pain or tension.
For the month of March, you can receive a FREE Deep Blue rub and a Deep Blue Touch with any single order of 200PV or more - that's $86.57 worth of free products! This offer is valid for most markets with a few variations, so please contact me if you are interested in taking advantage of this offer or go order here. It's available for new members too as well as retail customers and current members. Being a member does not require you to sell the products. It's just a cheaper way for you to get these products into your home.
Disclaimer: The info in this post are for educational purposes and provided only as information. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases and the use of essential oils are not to be replaced with medical care. Readers are advised to discus essential oil use with their medical advisor.
February thank you for being over and thank you for being a short month so it was over faster! At least that's how I feel this time around. And I know I'm not the only one who has been in a funk or so it seems at least.
So what to do when you are in a funk, lost your motivation and just want to move to a deserted island?! Heck what do you do when all of the above happens? After realizing I don't have enough money to buy a deserted island I put that on the back burner and did something crazy! Like really crazy! I asked for freaking help!!!!! Can you believe it?! And who did I ask for help? My family? My friends? No, I asked the universe! And before you think, man what's she been drinking now, keep reading. I got a not so subtle hint to get off Facebook. Take a break from any drama/negativity that sometimes seems to fill Facebook. Take a break from not always being there for everyone else. I needed to take care of ME! So I did! And it was so so good that I almost extended my "vacation" but I also missed my friends and my mum was like where have you been?? No posts for a whole weekend; she was starting to get concerned as Facebook is the way she can follow our lives abroad.
Below is my top 10 of different ways to get out of your funk but I wanted to elaborate on a few of them.
Staying hydrated is key to a range of health benefits such as fatigue, headaches, trouble concentrating but has also been linked to anxiety. So if you feel scattered or anxious, try opting up your fluid intake.
Smell/apply essential oils:
It's amazing how these bottles of essential oils can change your frame of mind. I'm not saying it's as simple as smelling some Lavender and the world suddenly becomes a better place. The oils don't do the work for us but will help us look within and foster the right environment for healing. My favourite book to help me is "Emotions & Essential Oils - A Modern Resource for Healing".
Essential oils can help uplift and/or ground you but also bring out the adventurous you, the fun you, the spontaneous you and we all need to find that person when stuck in a funk.
If you want to learn more about essential oils, head over to our Essential Oil page or contact me here.
Top 10 ways to get out of your funk:
1) Have a soak in the bath
2) Dance/listen to happy music
3) Smell/apply essential oils
4) Watch a funny movie
5) Write in your journal/gratitude journal
6) Go outside
7) Spend time with people who inspire and support you
8) Stay hydrated
9) Doodle or colour in your colouring book
10) Play games with friends
What's your favourite ways to get out of your funk? Share in the comments and give me some more ideas.
In my workbooks (if you didn't read the post about them, you can do that here) there's a page about ritual days. Every week you have things you'd like to do or needs to be done, so the point is to turn each week into ritul days. Some suggestions could be: Adventure Saturdays, Switch off Sundays, go-to-bed-early Wednesday, creative Tuesday etc. I came up with the following for my week:
Social Media Monday: prepare photos and text for the week's various social medias, edit any needed text in about sections, explore new accounts etc
Blog Post Tuesday: The title kind of gives it away :) Writing blog posts.
Webinar Wednesday: Catch up on webinars from the last week.
Study Thursday: most of the day will be spent studying for my course.
Reading Friday: Get some readnig done - anything from personal development to fun books.
Run/Date Saturday: Time with Mike which let's be honest, almost only happens if I go on a run with him ;)
Self-care Sunday: Time to take care of me; bath, face mask etc.
This obviously doesn't mean I can't do anything else on those days. It's a help to actually get stuff done whether business or pleasure and whether it's watching 1 or 2 webinars, write 1 or 3 blog posts, it's a way to get stuff done and not have 10 projects going at once and not finsihing any of them.
I'm loving my self-care Sunday as I often forget to take care of myself and we all know that we need to fill our own cup before being able to help others. So every Sunday I have a bath with Epsom salt and some yummy essential oils. I love the combo Frankincense and Deep Blue, especially after taking up running. It's a great combo to help with aches and pains. I then use doTERRA's Body Butter which has Wild Orange, Douglas Fir, Frankincense, Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Jojoba seed oil and Avocado oil in it. It's a thick moisturizer which absorbs quickly into the skin. It's especially great for elbows, hands and kness who may need a bit more moisturization. Both Wild Orange and Douglas Fir are purifying benefits to the skin and Frankincense is rejuvenating to the skin.
Sunday evening I also use a mud mask which it's just fabulous! It's a natural earth clay mask which provides purifying and detoxifying benefits helping reduce wrinkles, fine lines and appearances of pores. You only leave it on for max 10min (start with a couple of minutes your first time and work up to 5-10min). It leaves my skin so soft and clean and a friend told me it also works great for detoxing your armpits!
I have also started dry skin brushing. I have done it before but with moving etc, it got put on hold but with Self-Care Sunday, I thought perfect time to add it in again.
The skin is our largest organ and 1/3 of your body's toxins are excreted through the skin, and this is where dry brushing comes in as a great help to unclog the pores and help the toxins excrete and not get trapped in the skin.
All you need is a natural bristle brush preferable with a long handle, so you can reach all over your body. Start with your feet and work up towards your heart with small strokes or in a circular motion. Avoid sensitive areas including your face. It's recommended to do 1-2 times a day but I do just the one time. After brushing, jump in the shower and afterwards add your favourite body lotion/oil. You should do dry brushing either in the shower/bathtub or on tiles, so it's easy to clean up the falling skin.
Benefits of dry brushing:
So that's my Self-Care Sunday! How do you take time out for yourself and your body? I'd love to hear from you and get more ideas.
I can't believe this is the first blog post about Mr. Felix! He's the centre of the family if you ask him but don't tell the cat that! However the last week has been all about Felix as he went in for surgery last Thursday. He had a broken tooth and needed an extraction and while under anesthetic, he had a dental clean too. One extraction, however, turned into 3, so we had a poorly dude afterwards. Loaded with pain medications I got ready for a couple of days of looking after him day and night.
We got home around 6pm and no surprise Felix was tired. I got his dinner ready with his pain medications as prescribed by the vet. He wasn't allowed any exercise so afterwards I got one of our pet travel cages out, put his blanket inside with a blanket on top and because he was pacing around prior to this, I put a diffuser on with two blends of essential oils called Balance (the Grounding Blend) and Serenity (the Calming Blend).
Felix's favourite essential oil is Balance - now I hear you ask, how do I know? Before using essential oils on Felix, I ask his permission or in some cases which oil he prefers. Leave the cap on the bottle and let your dog sniff the bottle. If he/she turns their head straight away, it's a no. If however they keep sniffing, you got your yes. Felix will not leave the Balance bottle alone which is why I say it's his favourite.
Balance is a blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile and fractionated coconut oil. The blend helps promote grounding feelings as well as helping you feel relaxed.
I added Serenity to the diffuser as well as it's another great blend for relaxation and has a calming aroma which would help Felix settle down and it worked great. I had the diffuser running an hour before bedtime too and he was more calm and settled down for the night quickly. He woke up twice during the night and I put the diffuser on for another hour and I found him quickly settling and falling back asleep again.
We continued this for the next couple of nights and it was a peace of mind that he got the rest he needed and felt relaxed, so he could recover without issues and without stressing about.
Not all essential oils can be used on dogs, so it's important to do some research before you start with your own dog. A dog's brain is only 1/10 the size of a human but the part which controls smells is 40 times larger than in humans. A dog's sense of smell is about 1,000 - 10,000,000 (depending on the breed) times more sensitive than a human's. A human has about 5 million scent receptors and a dog has anywhere between 125 million to 300 million!
So when using essential oils which are so potent, it's important not to overwhelm your dog. Never leave your dog alone in a room with a diffuser - you want them to be able to leave the area if they get overwhelmed by the aromas. Only use a couple of drops in the diffuser and if you are using the oils topical, it's very important to dilute the oils with an edible carrier oil.
Not all essential oils can be used on dogs and if your dog is prone to seizures, the list is longer. Some oils to avoid are: Wintergreen, Thyme, Clove, Oregano and Deep Blue. But there are so many you can use and it's great to have tools for minor things where a vet isn't needed but your dog isn't feeling at its best. Tummy problems, joint pain, repellent spray, support the immune system and help them be relaxed and settled like the ones I mentioned in this post; essential oils are great tools for your dog too. A great resource is My dog oiler where you can find recipes, info about dilution and usage. And of course you can ask us. We'd love to help out and share what we have used with Felix and if you want more info on essential oils in general, contact us for more info here.
Disclaimer: The info in this post are for educational purposes and provided only as information. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases and the use of essential oils are not to be replaced with medical/veterinarian care. Readers are advised to discus essential oil use with their medical advisor/vet.
I have been experimenting in the kitchen this past week but not with food recipes but in stead with various products for Mike and I. I made a list with products we could make at home in our process of eliminating the toxic load on our bodies and it's been a fun experiment.
First up is a shaving cream and aftershave recipe for Mike as well. Mike has been using them this week and despite having to get used to a different texture of shaving cream, he's loving it. It does its job and he smells amazing so it's a win.
2/3 cup shea butter
2/3 cup cocoa butter
1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil
5 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Tea Tree
5 drops Peppermint
1) Place the butters and fractionated coconut oil in a double boiler and melt.
2) Mix in your choice of essential oils.
3) Let it cool down.
4) Whip with hand mixer until light and fluffy.
5) Store in container.
3 tbsp witch hazel
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
5 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Peppermint
1 drop Rosemary
1 drop Tea Tree
1) Place all ingredients in a bottle.
2) Shake well and dab onto the skin after shaving.
With hair wax we always have trouble finding one that does the trick and it seems every time it's time to buy a new one, the prices have gone up again. So I'm happy that we found a recipe which we are happy with. It has great texture and is easy to apply. It gives the hair a nice shine to it and holds it in place.
1/3 cup Shea butter
1/4 cup beeswax
1/4 cup jojoba oil
2 tbsp arrowroot powder
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
5 drops Rosemary
5 drops Peppermint
1) Place Shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler and melt.
2) Leave it on the heat after melted for 15-20min.
3) In the meantime add jojoba oil to a bowl with the arrowroot powder and combine. Add Vitamin E and essential oils of your choice. (I chose Rosemary and Peppermint as they add shine and stimulate hair growth.)
4) Take the mix off the heat and add the oil mix to it.
5) Mix with a hand mixer until it has a thick texture.
6) Put into a jar and store in a cool space.
7) Apply a little to your hair and style as normal.
It's been fun to experiment with these recipes and I'm really happy with the end results. We are one step closer to getting rid of toxic products in our home and going all natural.