Rosemary

Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods such as stuffing, pork, roast lamb, chicken, and turkey. Along with its culinary applications, Rosemary has many benefits. Rosemary supports healthy digestion* and internal organ function.*Taken internally, it helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*Using aromatically, diffuse Rosemary while studying to maintain concentration or blend with Cardamom, Lemongrass, Geranium or Clary Sage for an energizing and uplifting scent.

For more fun with doTERRA’s Rosemary essential oil, check out this recipe for Rosemary dinner rolls.

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Satya—truth, acceptance & changes

I spend every Sunday morning in a really quiet space planing my classes for the upcoming week. I am usually marveled at how the old saying “the teacher teaches what the teacher needs to learn”. Just like that, I am knee deep into the teachings of Satya—or truth. This yama, or attitude/principle, is not just speaking our truth, but really looking at our feelings that come up around situations in our life, and the truth comes in when we either take action around the feelings, or not.

When we make changes in our life that are directly aligned with our desires, our purpose, our soul’s calling then we are living in satya. So to take action to create the outcome you want is far more effective than resisting or blaming.

Ghandi employed an even deeper level of satya that the called ‘satyagraha—a combination of satya and graham which means steadfast. Satyagraha is the unwavering path of what is honestly right. He cultivated change through his experiences.

Take this for example. When I learned my daughter was disabled, I had some serious acceptance to work through—and it comes and goes to this day. But rather than resist what IS, I looked hard at my honest feelings and then took action, I made changes and I did something AMAZING with all of it.

I know FOR CERTAIN that I would not be who I am, or do what I do, had I not come into my truth. Had I not delved into satya and then took actions on the feelings I was experiencing. Rather than become a victim I became a game changer….all thanks to her.

Helen Keller exemplifies this so perfectly. I know that for my clients with have suffered a TBI, the exploration of truth is going to be an amazing opportunity to accept and then take action. It is going to be an amazing week of teaching/sharing and receiving.

Tying this all together is the chance for renewal. Shedding old pains to make space for all that is ready to bloom.

Wellness Wednesday!

I read long ago that we should be drinking half our body weight in water each day! I do drink a lot—in fact, I start every day with 8oz of warm water and either lemon juice or a drop of lemon essential oil. When I head to work I fill a large bottle with warm water, 2 drops grapefruit and a splash of apple cider vinegar.

If you’re not a huge water drinker, check this out. We can get water from many foods.

Having plenty of water in your body helps your cells to walk to efficiently, combats fatigue, and helps to detox the body.

Drink up! 💧

Emotions

I don’t know about you but recently it seems that people I know are really struggling with emotions. This is such a busy time of year and many transitions and types of closures, specifically the changes of a school year or graduation.

When my kids were little I recall a bittersweetness to closing up a chapter. And the big closures like graduation brought out a mix of emotion. Anything from excitement and pride to fear and unknown.

When my girl transitioned out of the public school system it was by far the hardest time. The reality of what IS coupled with the exhaustion of what WAS and being finally done with IEP’s, meetings and hard years of advocating. When my boys graduated I was excited but I was also internally wishing they were still little and I had more of them.

I am also seeing people in my life really struggling with each other. Petty arguments that lead to ending of friendships, parents dying, financial woes, daycare issues, divorces and so much more.

I know for sure wish I would have had access and the knowledge that I do now with essential oils and the power that they have on emotions and our limbic brain as we all move through sticky situations in life.

My fave blend of these unique blends is Console or Forgive. I like the woodsy and floral combo of console as it contains Frankincense resin, patchouli, rose and more. Forgive is an awesome choice when life is chaotic because it is all about getting centered and grounded. This one contains woodsy and leafy essential oils of spruce, arborvitae, thyme myrrh, juniper berry and more. It’s like sitting in a forest. I take these two with in my bag because the come in a handy roller for easy application. They also come in a 5ml bottle for diffusing or topical application.

If the closing of chapters is impacting your wellbeing emotionally, let’s chat. Without care to your heartspace, emotions that are not addressed can lead to physical stuff and then it’s a cycle hard to overcome.

If you’d like ongoing education about essential oils email to be added to my essential oil online community. It’s a great place to learn how to use oils effectively.

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday!

A few years ago I came to realize that beating myself up over foods I truly enjoy needed to change. I now believe that moderation is key to everything in life. Denying myself the things that I love was only wearing down my happiness factor. Besides, eating one cookie on occasion isn’t going to hurt me!

Eat. The. Cookie. You will be glad you did. 🍪😀

More On the Brain

The other day I made a post about how essential oils affect the brain and I wanted to continue on that post today. Another way that essential oils affect the brain is through our smell receptors that travel up to the olfactory bulb. These smell receptors make direct links to the limbic system, a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain.

The limbic system connects to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, hormone balance, emotion, and mood. Different chemicals in odor molecules cause different nerve impulses to be sent

Depending on the type and amount of essential oils used, different body reactions can occur. Certain essential oils trigger the brain to release specific neurochemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, and enkephalin. These substances reduce pain and inflammation, calm and relax the body, and create a feeling of well-being. This is why essential oils can be so helpful when using them aromatically!

You can use essential oils aromatically by just adding a few drops to your diffuser with water or you can breathe in the aroma out of cupped hands or from the bottle. You can add 1-3 drops to a tissue or cotton ball & inhale, and you can also wear oils as perfume or in diffuser necklaces to get the aromatic benefits!