Introduction Plants are Magic!
Plants are magic!! They clear our air, fortify our soil, give us oxygen to breathe, but also they heal our ailments. Essential oils are exstracted from plants by distilling their essences into oil. These oils give us direct access to the healing power of plants. Essential oils give us the ability to take our health into our own hands with natural remedies to address mental, emotional and physical issues.
Using essential oils
There are two main ways to benefit from essential oils. Aromatically, by inhaling the scent of the oil and Topically, by absorbing the oil through the skin.
Uses of essential oils for health
Using essential oils for anxiety
Anxiety affects around 1 million Australians every year. Sufferers endure sweating, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, along with feelings of being out of control and powerless.
Doctors can prescribe medication or suggest therapy sessions to sufferers, but lately more and more people are turning to alternative therapy to reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
Essential oils can help to promote relaxation and relieve stress and anxiety by way of its scent, which stimulates the nasal receptors that send messages to the nervous system. They are also said to have a positive effect on our bodies chemical and energy systems.
The Best essential oils for anxiety
Bergamot Orange looks more like a lime, yet smells somewhere in between a lemon and an orange. The rinds of the fruit are cold pressed to create the oil. Bergamot has long been an ingredient in perfumes, but is now being used to promote relaxation. Smelling Bergamot oil brings on a sense of calm and is also a powerful mood lifter.
Tips to try:
1) Bergamot oil with mandarin oil to boost its mood enhancing properties.
2) Bath – Add 5 drops Bergamot
2 drops Niaouli
Carrier oil (almond)
3) Direct Inhalation – Rub 1 drop of Bergamot oil onto the palms of the hands. Place hands over nose and inhale deeply to quickly elevate the mood.
Clary Sage has a woody, herbal scent. It can ease tension and help to control cortisol levels in women. High cortisol levels may increase your risk of anxiety and depression, so using Clary Sage oil is wonderful for its calming abilities.
Tips to try:
1) Inhale Clary Sage directly from the bottle when you start to feel nervous or anxious.
2) Mix 1 drop Clary Sage into a moisturizer or a carrier oil and massage directly into the skin.
3) Indirect inhalation – Add 12 drops Clary Sage
10 drops Sandalwood
8 drops Jasmine
Into a small spray bottle. Shake the blend well then spray it into the air and walk directly through it whilst inhaling deeply.
Lavender oils steam distilled from the flowers of a lavender bush. It has many physical, mental and emotional benefits. Smelling Lavender can alleviate nervous jitters and improve one’s mood. It can also relieve body tension and headaches associated with anxiety.
Tips to try:
1) Direct Inhalation – To ease a headache rub 1 drop of Lavender oil into the palms of your hands then place your hands over your nose and inhale deeply.
2) Bath – Sprinkle a few drops of Lavender oil into a warm bath and immerse yourself into the water for 20 minutes, when feeling stressed.
3) Massage – Add 15 drops of Lavender oil to 30 ml of carrier oil and massage into the skin( alternatively blend into a moisturizer cream).
Essential oils must be diluted before being applied to the skin to avoid irritation.
Adults 15 drop oil to 1 once carrier oil
Children 3-6 drops oil to 1 ounce carrier oil
Almond, Coconut or Jojoba carrier oils are suggested.
Never ingest essential oils as they can be toxic
Using Essential oils for weight loss
Essential oils can be excellent supplements to a healthy diet and fitness routine. Not only do they improve bodily systems, but they can also be therapeutic to the mind.
The Best Essential oils for weight loss
1) Prevents bloating, reduces cravings and aids weight loss
2) Helps to release fatty acids into the bloodstream where the body then breaks them down and uses them for energy.
3) Add 5 drops of Grapefruit oil to your bath then soak for 30 minutes.
Fresh rinds from the lemon fruit are cold pressed to produce Lemon oil. It is known for its detoxifying and energizing properties. Lemon oil also fights intestinal parasites which are typically the reason for weight gain. The oil helps to detoxify the body by stimulating the liver, balancing metabolism and digestion.
Add 1-2 drops of Lemon oil to a glass of water to have before breakfast.
Warning: Lemon oil is a photosensitive so do not use on skin that may be exposed to direct sunlight
The leaves and twigs of the evergreen cinnamon tree are distilled to create cinnamon leaf oil. It has a sweet and spicy scent. Cinnamon reduces inflammation, prevents weight gain whilst boosting the immune system.
Cinnamon oil prevents sugar from turning into free fatty acids by breaking it down and converting it into energy for the day. To curb a sugar addiction, open the bottle and place it directly under your nose and inhale deeply.
Mix a few drops with a carrier oil to use for massage. Combine with Ginger oil to help curb cravings.
Rub Your Belly Fat Away!!!!
The three main issues that cause an enlarged stomach are
1) Bowel blockage
2) Stomach Fat
3) Sagging or loose skin
To deal with these issues there is a 4 step belly rub process….
What you will need
An area where you can lie comfortably on your back.
Eucalyptus Essential oil
Carrier oil (sweet almond)
To rub belly fat away, lay down on your back on a comfortable surface. Using the above massage oil, grab the skin of your belly between your thumbs and the first two joints of your fingers. Start horizontally at the lower part of your abdomen, just above the thighs and the top of the groin. Roll these folds of skin between your fingers. Work from the bottom of the groin to under the rib cage. Work your entire abdomen area, into your waist and around the sides of your stomach. Next repeat the process but vertically across your abdomen.
This massage is loosening the layer of stomach fat that is preventing you from having a flat stomach. You may feel sore the next day.
The massage therapy technique will work on getting stagnant bowels moving again. Using more oil, take the palm of your right hand and place it just above your groin area. Very firmly move it up then around and down to the left side of your groin. Do this massage for a few minutes.
Massage your belly with the tips of your fingers, starting at the bottom of your abdomen working your way to the rib cage. For this massage you must press firmly as you move your fingers upwards. Your liver benefits from this type of massage. Finally, place your fingertips about an inch away from your belly button and press down firmly, whilst moving your fingers vertically up and down. Do this for around 30 seconds.
The final step is to brush your entire stomach with a dry skin brush. Brush in an upward motion. If you wish to you can now wrap your mid section with a saran wrap and leave it in place while you go to sleep.
Healthy eating and exercise play a large role in losing belly fat. Drinking plenty of water and eating fresh produce every day also aid in weight loss. Aim to walk at least 3 times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes.
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