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Essential Oils, Positive Affirmations, and Chakras

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My favorite Essential Oil? Balance!

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This Doterra blend is my go-to staple and I don’t think that it is a coincidence that balance is also what I strive for most in my life.  I tend to have a lot of internal battles raging inside me as my Type-A, perfectionist side fights my creative, free-spirit side.  What I strive for most is a balance between the two where they can live in harmony. 🙂

I came across this handy chart for chakra balancing with essential oils on Pinterest and I decided to give it a try.  I liked the idea of targeting each chakra with a different oil to promote whole body balance. I made a roller bottle with each oil to easily apply them every day.  I don’t have DigestZen yet, so I substituted Bergamot instead.  I also used Wild Orange instead of Citrus Bliss because I need a little extra cheer in the morning. 😉

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These seven oils are an awesome oil routine that I have really grown to love!  But I wanted to take it one step further.  Each oil is supposed to be doing some positive work for my body and I wanted to make sure my brain was clued into what I was doing as well.  So, I decided to start including a daily affirmation with each oil.  Every morning, as I am applying the oils, I look at myself in the mirror while I recite an affirmation for each chakra.

  1.  Elevation – Today I choose to be happy.  I am the owner of my own emotions and no one else gets to control how I will feel today.

  2. Serenity – I see the best in others and in myself.

  3. Whisper – I am a woman with a voice and I will not stay silent.  I will use my voice to stand up for myself and what is right.

  4. Breathe – I breathe out fear and breathe in hope.

  5. Bergamot – I am confident in myself and my abilities.

  6. Wild Orange – I value my relationships with others and I strive to be a positive light in their day.

  7. Balance – I am balanced and grounded.

By verbally reciting these daily affirmations I become more mindful of what my body can use these essential oils to do.  It is a great morning routine that gets me ready for the day!  If you want to start your own chakra balancing essential oil routine, feel free to use the oils that make sense to you.  You can also change the affirmations to target your own personal goals.

To make the roller bottles I used 6 drops of each oil and filled the rest with fractionated coconut oil.  Now each oil is very easy to apply and my pure oils will last longer!

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My Journey with Doterra Essential Oils

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Hello, my name is Elise and I am a Doterra Essential Oil Wellness Advocate. Today I want to share with you a little bit about essential oils; what they are, what they have done for me, and what they can do for you.   But most importantly, I want to talk to you about finding your inner voice to determine your own personal health and wellness journey.  Essential oils have been and will continue to be a big part of my health and wellness journey.  I love their versatility and their holistic nature.  Maybe, after today they will be a part of your health and wellness journey too!

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The human body is an amazing creation.  The body is a self-healing, self-regulating mechanism. It is only when we interfere that health is not maintained.  These interferences come when we get distracted by everyday life and forget to provide ourselves with the daily support our bodies need to maintain themselves.  We don’t eat right, we forget to exercise regularly, we don’t get enough sleep, and we stress way too much.  Even though we know that all of these things are important to our general health and well-being, in the chaos of everyday life, we forget to listen to our inner voice.

Did you know that your brain is actually a super computer?  It is programmed to gather information, track patterns, and alert you to anomalies.  Our brains are constantly gathering this information to help sort through the multitude of questions we ask ourselves every day. Sometimes we ask our brains easy questions like – “Why am I so tired?” – answer – “You only got 5 hours of sleep last night – get some more sleep tonight and this problem won’t persist.”  Other questions can be more challenging with answers that need more research.

As I attended my first Doterra class I was instructed to think about my Top 3 Health Priorities.  To me that meant finally facing the hard questions – the health concerns that had been weighing on me, even though I hadn’t let my conscious-self aware of them yet. My subconscious had been working on them, trying to find the answers but the truth was I hadn’t given my brain enough information.  Like I said, your brain is a super computer and it can do amazing things – the key is giving it all the necessary information so it can do its job!  As I sat in my first Doterra class I was forced to bring these issues that had been in the back of my mind, gathering dust, to the forefront of my mind.  They were finally going to be given the attention they deserved! I was determined to start researching information to give to my brain, to do the work of finding answers.

The trick with these health questions that we sometimes ask ourselves is that the answers are not always easy to find.  It requires developing hypotheses based on what information you already possess and rigorously testing your hypothesis to provide answers to your unique health needs. This process is neither quick, nor is it easy.  It is not uncommon for us to get discouraged that the answers were not as easily attainable as we hoped and to give up seeking these answers out for ourselves.  The quicker, easier path to health and wellness, as we sometimes see it, is to go to the doctor and get a prescription for whatever ails us and be on our merry way.  I would like to encourage all of us to not automatically take the path of least resistance but instead to challenge our brains to come up with the answers and solutions to our health problems and concerns on our own.

Let me be perfectly clear – I am not saying that you should not go see a doctor when you are sick or experiencing a health crisis.  The medical profession as a whole is a wonderful resource to have in the 21st century and I feel very blessed to be living in this period of history.  The technological advances medicine has made are amazing and have improved the quality of life for all of us.  We have more solutions to medical problems than one doctor could learn in a lifetime.  It is quite remarkable what modern medicine has the capabilities to do.  However, the reality is, just like the rest of us, health professionals are very busy.  The government has stepped in and required so much more out of each patient visit than ever before.  While this should be a good thing, it does limit the amount of time they can actually devote to helping their patients as they try to keep on schedule.  Of course, most health care professionals are still doing a fantastic job of treating patients even as busy as they are.

Of course, the responsibility of our own health and healthcare needs ultimately falls to us. We are the expert of our own life experience and our brains already have all of the information about our daily routine, habits, symptoms, medications and conditions.  The doctors only have as much information as we give them.  So it is up to us to make sure we have all the information to give to them and that we advocate for our unique healthcare needs.   The daily choices we make have a big impact on our health and wellness and we need to take responsibility for that.

I began using Doterra Essential oils a few years ago when I was working in a chiropractic office.  My mother-in-law is actually who introduced me to them, but working for a chiropractor had opened my eyes to the field of holistic healthcare strategies and I was eager to learn more.  I could sense that some of the answers I was seeking were to be found with essential oils, but I needed to give my brain more information.

As I attended my first Doterra class and was pondering my top three health and wellness concerns, I found it a difficult task.  It was difficult because I hadn’t been listening to my inner voice in a while…. I am also fortunate to have experienced pretty good health thus far in my life. I always aced my annual exams, never experienced a trip to the E.R., wasn’t on any medications daily, and the only surgery I ever had was my wisdom teeth removal.  I didn’t have any chronic health problems. My mental health, however, wasn’t necessarily grading as an A+.  I was working a ton of hours at a very stressful job.  There was also a fair amount of conflict in my work life and I was experiencing serious anxiety because of it.

I wanted to do something about this anxiety because it was wreaking havoc on my family, social, and home life – as well as making it even harder to work at a stressful job.  I did not want this anxiety to become my chronic condition. Of course, there were medications I could take to control my anxiety.  I knew this was an option, but I was uncomfortable with the idea of taking a medication to control my emotions for an extended period of time when I knew that there were other, safer, more natural solutions to get me through this temporary situation.

I decided to listen to my inner voice and start working on my own hypothesis.  I bought the Doterra Essential Oil Blend called Balance and started wearing it instead of perfume.  I chose Balance because that is what I strive for in life and I thought the oil was aptly named. It helped keep me grounded, calm, and balanced through the ups and downs of my work life.  I also tried to cut back on my coffee consumption because I had read that caffeine may make anxiety worse.  I had started to pay more attention to what I was eating and drinking and tracking how it made me feel.  On the days I drank coffee, if I had an anxiety attack, the intensity was much more severe than on days when I didn’t drink coffee. I also met with a massage therapist who specialized in abdominal massage – which is where I was experiencing the physical symptoms of the anxiety. She was also interested in listening to my problems and getting down to the root cause of my anxiety and she let me talk it out. In addition to that, I met with a mental health counselor a few times to help me process my thoughts and emotions.  All of these things helped me manage my anxiety and even alleviate some of the symptoms, but the work stress was still there so it was not gone completely.  Finally, after months of agony I decided to quit my job – tremendously improving my anxiety levels.

It wasn’t an overnight fix, but using the Balance essential oil and decreasing my coffee consumption helped me get though the days, meeting with a massage therapist and mental health counselor helped me get through the weeks, and finally quitting my horrible job helped me get through the months.  I still wear Balance on my feet every morning and I would like to see my massage therapist more regularly, but my anxiety attacks are few and far between.  It flares up when I let life get to crazy and don’t take time to take care of myself properly and manage my stress level.

Doterra’s Balance blend is just one of the oils I use in my daily life to deal with my health and wellness concerns.  What health and wellness concerns would you like to tackle today?

Visit my Doterra page for more information or send me an email to schedule a private consult today!

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#swapitoutsunday – Eye Makeup Remover

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I’ve decided to start a new series called #swapitoutsunday (not my hashtag) where I will feature simple ways to replace less-than-great habits with positive new habits!  I, for one, typically embrace change and like to keep things interesting.  However, if I try to adopt too many things at one time, I end up getting frustrated that I am not able to keep up with all of the good habits I intended.  Others struggle with change and may need to take baby steps toward new ideas and habits.  Cue – #swapitoutsunday

I love coconut oil.  I have been using it for cooking and in my beauty regimen for some time now.  I am constantly finding out new things about coconut oil and ways it can apply to my life.  My most recent coconut oil discovery was that I can use it to replace my eye makeup remover!  *mind blown*  So, this week’s #swapitoutsunday is all about using coconut oil in place of eye makeup remover!

I have a jar of coconut oil in each bathroom so that I do not confuse it with the coconut oil used for cooking in my kitchen.  This also makes it readily available and easy to remember.  I have no excuse to use conventional eye makeup removers because the coconut oil is right there and just as easy to use!

To use: with clean hands get a small amount – about the size of a pea – of coconut oil on your fingers.  Rub the coconut oil on your eyelids and under your eyes.  Let it melt on your skin – shouldn’t take more than a few seconds, as your body heat should do the work.  Wipe away with a cotton ball. It is as simple as that!

But I would like to take this deeper.  I would like to explain why I believe coconut oil is a better choice than conventional eye makeup removers.  While my research is by no means exhaustive, I am working hard to back up my opinions with facts so we can all be well-informed.

Skin: Our Body’s First Line of Defense

Our skin acts as a barrier between us and the outside world – protecting us from harmful bacteria, chemicals, and irritations.  However, skin is not impermeable.  It does have the ability to absorb some of the things it comes in contact with. This does not mean that everything we come in contact with has a direct path to our blood stream. Whether or not our skin absorbs something it is exposed to depends on a number of different factors:

1. The length of exposure

The reason we wash our hands after using the bathroom and maintain a regular shower routine is to limit our exposure to harmful agents.  The longer you let bacteria, germs, or chemicals sit on your skin, the more likely they are to penetrate your skin’s protective layer.  The risk that you will touch your mouth, nose, or eyes also increases.  These organs may be more susceptible to permeation due to their thinner layers of skin, as in your eyelids, or their mucus membranes, as in your nose and mouth.  Germs and bacteria have an easier time getting to the blood stream through these ports.

2. The molecular size of the exposed element

Your skin is a waterproof covering  comprised of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous tissues/fat.  The offending agent may penetrate the first layer, but it has to break the skin barrier in order to be absorbed by your bloodstream for it to have the potential for internal damage.  The size of the molecules has a lot to do with whether or not it can get past the barrier.

3. The solubility of the the exposed element

The other determining factor in the harmfulness of an exposure would be the solubility of the exposed element.  “The epidermal cells that form the skin’s outermost layers are tightly knit together, but allow a certain amount of pliability. The cells are almost entirely full of the tough protein keratin, which resists attack by many kinds of chemicals.  The natural secretion of sebum from the millions of sebaceous glads, each associated with a hair follicel, is slightly oily at body temperature and spreads easily.  It furnishes the skin with partially water-repellent and antibiotic qualities, inhibiting the growth of certain microorganisms, and prevents hairs from becoming too brittle.” (Source: The Human Body Book by Steve Parker)  This oil also protects things from entering our system that are not lupid or fat soluble.

What if something does get through?

Skin is only our first line of defense; it is hardly our last.  Our immune system, circulatory system, and digestive system are all constantly working together to keep our whole body clean and healthy.  Our body is designed to filter out toxins, bacteria, and germs and remove them from our body.

So, if our body is so great at getting rid of bad things, why are so you concerned with switching to healthier options?

Our modern life is filled with a hailstorm of germs, bacteria, and chemicals.  While our bodies are adept at filtering all of these out and keeping us healthy, things like stress and worry can diminish our bodies abilities to fight back.  My goal is to limit the amount of chemicals I put on my body.  Even though my skin will keep a majority of harmful things out of my body, I still find more value in providing it with supplemental products that help it do its job instead of making it work harder.  Furthermore, if I know that it is safe to ingest, I know that it will be safe to put on my skin. Coconut oil is one such supplemental product that has a multitude of health benefits for our bodies.

Here is an awesome excerpt on the benefits of coconut oil!

“Coconut oil is an excellent skin conditioner containing medium-chain triglycerides, naturally occurring fats which deeply penetrate, moisturize and acts as a protective barrier against environmental and free radical damage. The oil also provides sun protection by screening 20 percent of ultraviolet exposure.

Coconut oil is rich in anti-oxidants and bursting with the natural microbial and antibacterial agents caphrylic and capric acids. . Its ability to smooth the skin while infusing with anti-oxidants makes it a perfect anti-aging moisturizer. Moreover, it contains vitamin E, another antioxidant popular for hastening the recovery of skin abrasions, burns and other trauma. (http://www.naturalnews.com)”

Sounds pretty great to me! Which is why I’m making the change to using coconut oil in place of eye makeup remover in today’s #swapitoutsunday

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