From Young Living:
Dr. Peter Minke: Since absorption of essential oils into the blood is very fast and noticeable, I consider them ideal supplements for the #CardiovascularSystem.
#EssentialOils as supplements can be potent. With ‘sharper’ oils, penetration into the tissue and blood stream can be felt immediately in the mouth.
This month we experience taking Basil Vitality and Copaiba Vitality mixed together in a capsule.
Use of Basil and Copaiba date back to ancient times and are heralded as having many healthy properties.
Basil oil is up to 70% methyl chavicol and Copaiba oil is up to 70% beta-caryophyllene.
The combination of these two amazing oils needs to be experienced.
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs…
Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!
And you thought I was going to get all spiritual …
Handle every Stressful situation like a dog.
If you can’t eat it or play with it, pee on it and walk away
Ever wonder how to safely remove a tick?
Yep! The natives don’t call it “Tick Bush” for nothing.
Ever wonder what would be good to plant?
So now you know what plants to plant so bugs won’t plant themselves near you!
Kim Houston shares a homemade yoga mat cleaner.
1 glass spray bottle
3 parts water
1 part witch hazel or white vinegar
10 drops peppermint
10 drops lavender
5 drops lemongrass
5 drops tea tree oil
Cat Ebling and Dr. Josh Axe have put together some helpful advice on using essential oils to combat allergies.
1. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is at the top of the list when it comes to one of the most effective essential oils. Peppermint is a very effective alternative treatment that can help to clear congestion, open airways, unclog the sinuses, and help relieve a scratchy throat. Peppermint is also valuable for coughs, asthma, sinusitis, and bronchitis.
This study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology investigated the effects of peppermint oil on the trachea and the conclusion was that peppermint oil acts as an antispasmodic, making it extremely effective at calming a cough—without the harmful side effects of over the counter cough medicine. And this study shows the anti-inflammatory effects of peppermint oil, helping to stop the chronic inflammation of seasonal allergies and asthma.
Peppermint oil can be used topically, diffused in the air, or ingested in small amounts. Use about 5 drops of peppermint oil at home to diffuse in the air to help unclog sinuses and open airways. 1-2 drops of peppermint oil can be taken internally to help reduce inflammation in the body. You can also add a couple drops of oil to water, coffee, tea, etc.
Diffuse five drops of peppermint essential oil at home to unclog sinuses and treat a scratchy throat. This will also help to relax the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens like pollen. To reduce inflammation, take 1–2 drops of pure peppermint essential oil internally once a day. To relieve a headache, rub a drop of peppermint oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (stay away from the eyes) and on the back of the neck. To open up and unclog the nose and sinuses, you can also rub a small amount under the nose. I like to mix 10-12 drops of peppermint oil into a few tablespoons of coconut oil and put it in a tiny tupperware container, and then rub the coconut oil and peppermint oil mixture beneath my nostrils each day.
Peppermint is also a mood lifter and helps to make one feel more energetic and alert, and has even been shown to increase and improve your fitness workouts.
2. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has a variety of uses, and is a great oil to keep on hand for many different ailments. Lavender oil is excellent for seasonal allergies because it contains natural antihistamines which help to tone down your body’s reactions to pollen, dust, animal dander and other airborne allergens. Lavender oil is also an effective antibacterial cleaner in the home and can be used to disinfect many surfaces safely without creating the super bacteria that many toxic household cleaners do.
Rubbing a small amount on the palms and inhaling it periodically helps to clear your sinuses and reduce inflammation. It also smells great! One idea is to carry a few cotton balls with lavender oil in a container during allergy season, so you can use it as needed. Or try dabbing a bit on the forehead, cheeks and chest.
This oil is mild and will not irritate the skin. Lavender oil is also especially soothing for allergic reactions like rashes, blisters, insect bites, etc. You can rub directly on the affected area or add a few drops to a cool compress. Lavender is also very calming and relaxing and works well at nighttime near your bed. Use a diffuser for its anti-inflammatory, soothing properties and to help you sleep better. You can also try several drops of lavender oil in your hot tub or in a hot bath at night to help relax you before bed. Add some epsoms salt with your lavender in a night time bath for the extra benefits of magnesium for relaxation and muscle recovery.
3. Basil Oil
Basil has very powerful antioxidant capabilities, along with its anti-inflammatory properties. Basil also helps to not only strengthen the immune system, but it also has the ability to reduce the inflammation from allergies. Basil oil helps to balance and support the adrenal glands, which has much to do with lowering stress response, and balancing other hormones in the body.
Basil is also a scientifically proven, highly effective antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory substance. Basil is also very effective at fighting yeasts and molds and can help ward off an asthma attack or other illnesses such as colds and flu.
Dr. Josh Axe recommends one drop of basil oil taken internally by adding it to foods such as soups, drinks, salad dressings, etc. For the respiratory system, add 2-3 drops basil oil to a couple drops of coconut oil and apply topically to chest, back and temples.
4. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is that refreshing, slightly medicinal, menthol smell that helps to open up the sinuses and bronchial tubes. That cold, slightly numbing feel it produces in the nose actually helps to improve breathing.
Citronellal, one of the primary ingredients in eucalyptus, helps to treat and prevent respiratory infections as well as helping reduce the inflammation from allergies, according to a 2011 study in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Patients who were treated with eucalyptus spray reported an improvement in the severity of their most debilitating respiratory tract infection symptoms compared to participants in the placebo group.
Diffuse 5 or so drops of eucalyptus at home in your diffuser or apply it topically to the chest, back or temples. You can also try adding a couple drops of eucalyptus oil to a bowl or boiling water, and place a large towel over your head to keep the steam in, inhaling deeply for 5-10 minutes. This helps to treat any respiratory issues and any inflammation from allergies.
5. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil’s fresh, sunny smell will help to drain the lymph system (part of the immune system that cleans toxins and pathogens out of the body), and sooth respiratory issues. Lemon essential oil also fights bacteria, molds and viruses, all the while boosting your immune function. Lemon oil is especially effective, when diffused, at killing bacteria, molds and other allergens that are airborne.
Lemon water is also a great detox aid, stimulating the immune function by increasing white blood cell production. On the other hand, it helps to detox the liver, which helps to calm down the immune system and protect against overreaction to allergens. You can also add a couple of drops of lemon oil to water to help balance the body’s pH. Generally, when the body becomes too acidic, you become more prone to illnesses, so it’s a good idea to keep the pH in balance.
Lemon oil, with its fresh, clean, yummy smell also helps to kill germs and mold around the home, which are often allergic triggers as well. It works as well as bleach, without any harmful side effects. Add lemon oil to your laundry, or dilute with water for cleaning.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil should be on hand in everyone’s medicine cabinet. It has an amazing variety of uses from antibacterial to antifungal and everything in between. Tea tree oil is not to be ingested, but is safe for use on the skin without dilution. Tea tree oil works well for skin irritation, such as redness, inflammation, and even swelling from poison ivy or allergic rashes, insect bites and other allergic reactions.
Tea tree oil has the ability to destroy bacteria, molds and viruses that are airborne. A 2000 study conducted in Germany found that tea tree oil exhibits antimicrobial activity against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and fungi. These microbes lead to inflammation and force our immune system to work on overdrive.
Use tea tree oil on rashes and hives, or use as a household cleaner to eliminate bacteria and mold—common triggers for allergies. While tea tree oil can be used directly on skin, if you are sensitive, as many allergic people are, you can dilute with a carrier oil first.
Other effective uses for essential oils include taking 1-2 drops of lemon or peppermint oil internally to calm down an allergic reaction from foods; tea tree oil or basil oil work well on rashes, as well as lavender oil.
Use lemon oil and tea tree oil for cleaning around the house by adding about 40 drops of lemon oil, and 20 drops of tea tree oil to water and a small amount of vinegar. This kills bacteria, molds, dust mites, viruses and also catches any animal dander or pollen that may be floating around or sitting on the surfaces of your home.
And lastly, combining 2 or 3 drops of peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender oil together with coconut oil, makes a great massage oil, especially on the temples, back, chest and bottoms of the feet for allergies.
Essential oils are powerful aids in fighting off the effects of seasonal and other allergies, but combined with a clean healthy diet that eliminates all processed starchy foods, grains, sugars, and chemical preservatives, and is high in fresh, organic, antioxidant filled veggies goes a long way towards calming allergic reactions.
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I have so many people reach out to me to ask about how to take care of their crystals. Others are surprised and may not know the importance of properly caring for crystals. There are three C’s to keep in mind when caring for crystals: Cleansing, Charging, and Claiming. Let’s discuss the why and how of the proper care of crystals so you can enjoy all the benefits they have to offer.
What is cleansing for crystals and why is it important?
You’ve selected the perfect crystal and you excitedly bring it home, ready to wear it or place it in the perfect spot. But before you do, think about that crystal’s journey to you. First, it was removed from a mine by one or more miners. From there, it was likely passed off to different handlers, and then a crystal vendor. The vendor either sold it to a retailer or at a trade show. In either case, various customers handled and touched it before you did.
We know that one of the unique sponge-like properties of crystals is that they absorb energy. Think of all the passing around that occurs; your stone has collected a lot of energy. This is why cleansing your crystals is a crucial first step to giving them a fresh start.
I also recommend cleansing your crystals periodically, especially if you wear them or carry them with you or place them in areas where they are exposed to lots of energy. The more often a stone is used, the more often it should be cleansed. You may even notice that a particular stone feels heavier or looks more dull than usual. This is also a sign that it needs a little TLC.
How do I cleanse my crystals?
There are several methods for cleansing crystals. Here are a few of the techniques I have used.
Himalayan or sea salt bath
Salt is a traditional purifying agent, making it perfect for cleansing crystals. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of sea salt or Himalayan pink salt in one cup of water in a glass container. (Don’t use plastic or metal.) Submerge your crystals and allow them to soak overnight. Alternatively, you can use dry salt. Just use enough salt to completely bury your crystals.
One additional method for cleansing with salt is to place crystals near a Himalayan salt lamp. Make sure that the bulb in the lamp is large enough that the salt heats up when it is turned on. Turn the lamp on and place crystals nearby for at least 12 hours.
Rice is another simple and inexpensive way to cleanse crystals. Place organic rice in a container large enough for your crystals. Bury them in the rice completely, and allow them to “soak” for 24 hours.
Smudging is an ancient practice that clears disharmony and restores natural energy to crystals. Take your crystals outdoors, light the end of a sage bundle, and waft the crystals through the smoke for 30 seconds – 1 minute. You can also place the crystals in a bowl and hold the bundle close enough to fully envelop them in smoke.
When you first obtain your crystals, one of the methods above may be a better option. But for everyday regular cleansing, running water works well. A natural water source, such as a river or stream, is ideal, but simply running water from the faucet over your crystals is often sufficient. Allow them to enjoy the shower for at least a minute.
What does it mean to charge a crystal?
Charging, or energizing, crystals is a way of “waking up” the natural energy of the stone. When crystals are still part of the earth, they draw energy from it naturally. However, once they have been removed from their natural habitat, the energy stored within is not limitless. The energy must be periodically replenished.
How do I charge my crystals?
The simplest and one of the most effective ways to charge a crystal is with natural sun and moonlight. After cleansing, place your crystals outside or by a window with full sun and/or moon exposure for at least 24 hours. A full moon is the most effective, but even a partial moon will charge crystals.
You can also place your crystal in the pot of a healthy plant or bury it in the earth to charge it. Leave the crystal in the earth for 24-48 hours, rinse it off, and it is ready to go.
Put it with friends
That’s right, crystals need friends too! Certain crystals are wonderful for charging other crystals. Selenite is a crystal that absorbs negative energy while giving off positive energy. Selenite charging slabs are cut specifically for this purpose. If you have a slab, just place your crystals on the slab to charge them. Selenite also cleanses to a certain extent, so for maintenance, using it can accomplish both cleansing and charging. Selenite is unique because it never needs to be cleansed. It naturally transmutes negative energy, which is why it is so beneficial for cleansing and charging. Click here to purchase a selenite charging slab.
Clear quartz is another stone that can be used for charging. Simply place your crystal and the quartz together for at least 8-12 hours. Remember that the quartz does need to be cleansed occasionally. After you’ve used it to nurture other crystals, be sure to give it a wash and allow it to recharge as well.
How and why do I need to claim my crystals?
Claiming a crystal is another way to make sure that it does not carry any previous intentions of the people who may have handled it before you. This is the simplest part of crystal care. All you really need to do is set your intention for that crystal.