Ways To Use Lavender Essential Oil

 

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Lavender is the most versitile of all essential oils. I am so excited to share with you the many different ways to use lavender essential oil!  Lets get right to it:

  • Stress, Anxiety, Headaches: apply lavender essential oil to your temples, forehead and nape of neck
  • Reduce Heart Palpitations: simply breathing the lavender essential oil in with slow, deep breaths through the nose can calm a racing heart (make sure your doctor gives you the okay for your personal condition) This technique will also help calm your nerves before a stressful event
  • Aching Muscles: draw a bath with epsom salts and 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Acne: apply directly on acne or for very sensitive skin use with a carrier oil
  • Sinusitis: add 2 drops of both lavender and thyme essential oils to a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over your head and bowl and without letting your face touch the steaming water, breathe in slowly and deeply.
  • Menstrual Cramps: apply 3 drops of lavender essential oil onto your lower abdomin and massage, then cover with a hot compress
  • Insect bites and Stings: rub lavender essential oil onto the bite or sting to reduce swelling
  • Insomnia: add 3 drops of lavender essential oil on your pillowcase, or in an oil diffuser placed near your head while you are sleeping
  • Eczema: mix lavender essential oil with a carrior oil and rub onto dry, itchy skin
  • Cuts or Wounds: apply lavender essential oil on neat to prevent bacterial infection, ease pain and help aid in scar-free healing (do this for minor burns as well after running burned skin under cold water for at least 5 minutes)
  • lavender productsEaraches: for adults apply neat/for children dilute with olive oil…warm lavender essential oil bottle in a bowl of hot water for about 2 minutes, then message 2 to 3 drops onto the skin on the throat, jawline, behind the ear lobes and around the ears
  • Fabric deodorizer: add a few drops of lavender essential oil on laundry drier sheet to freshen scent of clothes
  • Shingles: lavender essential oil has been used to lesson the pain when gently rubbed on affected areas of the skin

Carry this bottle of magic around with you as your very own, all natural first aid, refreshener and bottle of zen! Try *Nature’s Truth Aromatherapy Lavender Essential Oil. It smells wonderful! *Mountain Rose Herbs have pretty fantastic Lavender Oil as well!

Rachel Grace

 

 

 

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Meditation Benefits Mental Health

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An amazing gift we can give our mental health is the gift of meditation.

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation benefits mental health, reduces anxiety and depression by lowering the blood lactate levels, decreases tension related pain, such as, ulcers, muscle/joint pain and tension headaches. It also lowers high blood girl-meditatingpressure. Meditation slows your respiration down, allowing you to naturally take longer and deeper breaths. This helps lower your stress levels by boosting your immune system, slowing the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Meditation also benefits mental health by clearing your mind, enabling you to make critical dicisions.

Where to begin

You may have thought about giving meditaion a try in the past but really didn’t know where to start. There is no time like the present to give it a go. I am here to help guide you.

  • First, make sure you are comfortable. No clothes constricting you, move any uncomfortable objects that you my be sitting/laying on. (You do not want to be thinking about how much something is bothering you while you are trying to get zen).
  • Focus: on an object that can be placed in front of you or in the palm of your hand that has a personal meaning to you
  • Visualize a place that calms you or makes you happy for example, maybe the beach or a favorite vacation spot
  • Use a mantra (word, phrase, thought, or feeling) on which you repeat in your head that makes you feel calm. Some of my favorites are: “I am healthy, I am Strong”, “Inhale peace, Exhale stress” or the most popular mantra used universally “om”
  • Use your “counting breath” I talked about in my Just Breathe post
  • Put on calming music, sounds of the ocean, sounds of nature or simply sit/lay/stand in silence.

Try any one of these techniques for one solid minute. I know this does not sound like a long time but trust me meditating can be harder than you think. It is so easy for your mind to wander. “I still have so much laundry to do”, “What should I make for dinner?”. After you feel comfortable meditating for one minute, up the minutes to two or three and so on. Once you are able to sit and clear all of that mind chatter you can find your way to meditate for mental health!mental-health-meditation-zen

Which is your favorite technique to use while meditating? Write in the comments below to let me know!

Rachel Grace

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Power Of Positive Thinking

inspiration-positive-thinkingThe power of positive thinking is truly incredible. Research has found that positive thinking can:

  • reduce stress
  • reduce depression
  • increase life span
  • increase your physical well-being
  • reduce risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • helps coping skills when dealing with hardships

“Nevertheless”

As one of my New Years resolutions I decided to get in the habit of positive thinking. I do this by using the phrase “nevertheless” when feeling anxious or something does not go as planned. For example: I have never written a blog before and I am so nervous, nevertheless I am proud of myself for doing something I have been wanting to do for years.

Look at the bright side!

Another way I have changed my way of thinking for the better is by constantly looking at the bright side of every situation. For example: I am currently in a flare with a chronic illness, but I am grateful for my friends and family who help me get through the pain and discomfort. Thinking of the good reduces the reality of the bad.sentiment-positive-thinking

Challenge yourself for one week to name at least one positive for every negative situation. Notice your stress levels after the week is up. I guarantee you will feel hopeful and appreciative.

I would love to hear how you are feeling after your week of positive thinking!!!

Rachel Grace

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Just Breathe

Go ahead, take a moment and breathe…You deserve it!just breathe

Have you ever noticed your breath when you are feeling overwhelmed? Not that thinking about breathing is the first thing on your mind when you are being hit with stress. I can tell you that most likely you are holding your breath, clenching your fists, or grinding your teeth completely unintentionally. This is normal…not good, but normal.

Breathing Techniques

I would love to offer you my tried and true breathing techniques that truly work, no matter how old you are, how overwhelmed or anxious you are feeling. With practice, you will master this technique…without anyone noticing you counting to yourself!

So here we go…

Breathing through your nose: Inhale for 8 counts – hold for 1 count – Exhale for 8 counts – hold breath out for 1 count (holding your exhalation after all the air is out relxes you).

Inhale for 6 counts – hold for 2 counts – Exhale for 6 counts – hold breath out for 2 counts

This breathing style will slow your heart rate and calm your racing mind because your focus is now on your “counting breath”.

Give it a try. If nothing else, you have learned to control your breathing! Go You!!

I would love to hear how you calm down when feeling overwhelmed. Write to me and let me know.

Rachel Grace

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