Essential Oils For Mental Health


Emotional health is a topic that has become more openly discussed in recent years.  It seems that many people today are dealing with feelings of being overwhelmed, anxiousness,, stress, and depression.  Often, these same feelings trigger anger, frustration, fear and grief. When these emotions begin to interfere with a person’s ability to enjoy daily life, damage relationships or affect their job, it is something that needs to be addressed.  

Therapy can be very helpful and just talking about these feelings with someone can help greatly.  Unfortunately, many people resort to medications first to help them feel better. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications come with side effects and are linked to long term health issues. Studies indicate that there is improvement for patients in the short term, but long-term benefit is not as effective.  

Essential oils can provide safe and natural support without negative effects.  First and foremost, a healthy diet can great impact mental health. Avoiding processed foods and focusing on whole, plant-based foods will have a positive effect on the mind and body.  Getting quality sleep and daily exercise are additionally important to restore and rejuvenate the body.

So how does aromatherapy affect your mental health?  As you inhale an essential oil, it triggers a response in the olfactory bulb, which is responsible for our emotions.  Certain oils can trigger different responses.

How do you use essential oils for improving mental health?  Simply inhale a drop or two of the essential oil right from the palm of your hand.  Rub a couple of drops together in your hand, cup your hands over your mouth and inhale deeply.  You can also use a diffuser. Keep it next to your bed or in the main room of your home. Add 6-8 drops of the essential oil of your choice to the diffuser and enjoy the aroma for the desired effect.  Another popular way to use your oils is to add a few drops to a small spray bottle with water and make a mist. Spray on to your pillow before bed or in the car on your way to work.

Lastly, you can apply the oils to your skin.  Rub a few drops over your heart, back of neck or bottoms of your feet.  Add a few drops of a “carrier oil” such as coconut oil or sweet almond oil to prevent any skin sensitivity.  

So which oils are best for mental health?  Here are my top picks:

    1. Lavender.  As one of the most popular oils, lavender is known to ease sadness, soothe anxiety, and promote relaxation and sleep.  Diffuse a few drops in your bedroom before going to sleep. Add a drop or two to your body lotion after a shower. Apply 2 drops with a carrier oil over your heart area and to your wrists to help with anxiety.
    2. Bergamot. Bergamot is a citrus oil that is known as a powerful mood booster.  Citrus oils are generally known for their uplifting properties. Bergamot especially can help reduce anxious feelings, ease depression and sadness and increase energy.  Add a few drops to your diffuser along with lavender or alone. Apply to bottoms of your feet morning and night. Be careful of citrus oils and going out into sun. Citrus oils are photosensitive, so avoid the sun for at least 12 hours after applying these oils.
    3. Frankincense.  Frankincense is known as the king of essential oils for all of its many healing properties.  It is also known as a spiritual oil and helps to calm the mind, promote relaxation, ease depression.  It is also considered a grounding oil which helps to promote peace and clarity. You an use frankincense during prayer or meditation.  Apply a drop or two to your pulse points. Add a few drops to your body lotion or anywhere you have pain or inflammation. Apply over your heart area when you are feeling sad or depressed.
    4. Wild Orange.  Citrus oils are mood boosting and help to relieve depression.  Wild orange is particularly energizing and helpful for anxiousness, fear, stress and nervousness.  Mix a few drops of lavender and wild orange to your diffuser for a “stress free” blend. Add frankincense and wild orange your massage oil.  
    5. Clary Sage. Clary Sage is best known for its mood balancing and uplifting effects.  Used often in women’s blend, it can help balance mood due to PMS and menopause, postpartum depression and anxiety and insomnia.  Add a few drops to your bath or at the base of the shower. Apply to ovary area during or before your monthly cycle. Add a few drops to your diffuser with wild orange and lavender for a beautiful, relaxing aroma.





Uses For Fractionated Coconut Oil

Regular coconut oil has been popular for a few years now, but you may not have heard about fractionated coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil contains caprylic acid and capric acid, which are used in cosmetics. While you can consume fractionated coconut oil, it’s best used for a variety of cosmetic purposes because it’s odorless and colorless.

1. Moisturizer

Fractionated coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and absorbs quickly into your skin, so you won’t have that greasy feeling many traditional lotions leave behind. Frequent use of fractionated coconut oil as a moisturizer will give you the smooth, silky skin we all desire.

2. Carrier Oil

If you are using fractionated coconut oil as a moisturizer, you can add your favorite fragrance to essential oil. Not only does this makes your essential oils last longer, but it also let’s you take advantage of an essential oils benefits. doTerra recommends you use one-part essential oil to at least five parts of their fractionated coconut oil.

3. Hair Conditioner

Fractionated coconut oil can be used as a natural conditioner. By applying a few drops on a daily basis, you can use this oil to hydrate damaged hair for a glossy and silky-smooth appearance. For those with frizzy air or hair that easily tangles, fractionated coconut oil can be used to manage wild hair.

4. Makeup Remover

As busy moms and professional women, we tend to wear a lot of makeup. Instead of using harsh cleansers, you can use fractionated coconut oil to remove your makeup. It even works on waterproof makeup. All you need to do is apply some oil to a clean tissue.

These are just a few of the many uses for fractionated coconut oil. Many people like using it for massages, as a natural alternative to sunscreen, and as part of an exfoliating scrub. It’s a very versatile oil.  Get your bottle today on doTerra’s online store.

Healthy Nutrition Tips for Kids and Teens

How many children do you know that struggle with their weight?  Years ago, most children were lean and trim.  With the changes in the food industry today, it seems that so many children are not only suffering from obesity, but also suffer from skin issues, food allergies, eating disorders, and high cholesterol, just to name a few.

There are some disturbing statistics on childhood obesity. For ages 6-11, the prevalence of obesity increased from 4% in 1971-1974 to 18% in 2009-2010.  And for ages 12-19, the prevalence of obesity increased from 6.1% – 18.4% for the same time frame.

So the question is, why are children overweight?  There are a variety of reasons.  Genetic factors, lack of physical activity, larger portion sizes and unhealthy eating patterns can play a big part in this problem.  Obesity is diagnosed as the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same sex.   Today, nearly 1 out of 4 children and teens are overweight.

Sadly, those extra pounds put children at risk for developing serious health problems including diabetes, asthma, heart disease, as well as the emotional toll on self-esteem.

In addition to obesity, food allergies are a major cause for concern as well.  Statistics for food allergies indicate increased allergies by 50% between 1997 and 2011.  1 in 13 children are affected by food allergies.  Many researchers believe this is due to the GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that are in our food.

Here are some tips you can incorporate into your family to help your children adopt healthier habits:

  1.      Be a role model. You can’t expect your children to eat vegetables while you are sitting there eating a bag of chips.    Disguise the taste of healthier foods.  Add vegetables to a soup by pureeing it.  Slice up an apple with an organic caramel dip.  Add vegetables to a fruit smoothie (they won’t even notice it).
  2.     Cook more meals at home and cook in bulk.  Committing to this part will have a huge impact on your children’s health.  Restaurant food has more sugar and unhealthy fat than when you cook at home.
  3.     Take your kids shopping with you and teach them how to read labels and pick out produce. Have your kids prepare meals and healthy snacks with you, such as chopping vegetables, shredding carrots, etc.
  4.     Keep healthy snacks available at all times.  Cut up vegetables, fruits, oatmeal muffins, roasted chick peas, organic chips and hummus are all good choices
  5.     Limit portion sizes and do not force children to finish their plate.  Their bodies will tell them when they are full.  Force-feeding can lead to dysfunctional eating habits.
  6.     Statistics indicate that children that eat breakfast have a better memory, more stable moods and energy, and score higher on tests.  Breakfast does not need to be time- consuming.  A simple piece of fruit or sprouted toast and apple butter is a quick and healthy choice.
  7.     Sit down to dinner as a family.  Regular meals provide emotional comfort for the kids and foster a connection.  You can also teach by example and monitor their eating habits.
  8. Limit sugar and refined carbohydrates (these foods are stripped of fiber and nutrients. And can include many breakfast cereals).  Added sugars and processed foods cause spikes in blood sugar, fluctuations in mood and energy and increases health problems.
  9. Stick to choosing complex carbs, which high in nutrients and fiber.  Foods such as potatoes, beans, quinoa and other grains are good choices.  Natural sugar from fruits is a good choice as well, due to the nutrients and vitamins they contain.
  10. Encourage exercise.  Lead by example and do something together.   This could be as simple as taking a walk with the family dog. 

7 Steps To a More Natural Home

As a mom, I want to be sure that my kids live in a home that is free of as many harmful products as possible. Most of us are unaware of common products in our homes that can cause serious health problems.  Unless you begin to look into what is contained in these common products, people just do not realize they can cause allergies, asthma, endocrine disruption, and even cancer.  

In my journey toward a more natural lifestyle, I started to think about the safety of the products I was using on myself and my children.  Most of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the body.  I decided to make some gradual changes toward making better choices for the health of my family.

Here are my top 5 steps toward creating a more natural and toxin-free home.

    1. Replace processed foods with real foods.  This may seem tough at first but my advice to you is to involve your kids in the process.  Take them on a shopping trip and make a game of trying to find healthier versions of the foods they like.  Or involve them in the kitchen with you by helping to peel carrots or arrange different vegetables on a veggie platter. Kids love to help.
    2. Make your own green cleaning products.  Eliminate harmful inhalation of traditional cleaning products.  Replace with inexpensive and effective products such as vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils.  
    3. Replace personal care products with natural alternatives.  There are many natural products with less chemicals you can purchase such as deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo and lotions.  You can also save money by making your own simple recipes with products such as coconut oil, cornstarch, witch hazel and essential oils.
    4. Reduce waste that you create in your home.  We are all trying to help the environment and reduce the amount of trash we create.  Recycle empty containers and use them for other things.  Make your own cleaning supplies with empty wine bottles.  Use empty mason jars for storing small objects such as cotton balls and arts and crafts.  
    5. Use alternative remedies for common ailments.  Before turning to over the counter medications for common ailments, consider using essential oils or home remedies for minor conditions.  For example, melaleuca essential oil is great for acne and can be a very effective form of treatment with no side effects, such as dry skin from traditional medications.

Moving toward a more natural lifestyle will take time.  Little changes will make big changes in your health.  Visit my website for more info on healthy tips, recipes and essential oils.