Essential Oils, Faith, Lifestyle, wellness

What brings joy?

For me, joy is found in good books, good coffee, good company, my good God and the great outdoors. So when restrictions limited contact with people, entrance to church and travel over the borders, like so many others, it hit me hard.

As a result, we have all had to get creative in finding joy in our new normal, and I began to redefine the bare bones of what I (and maybe we) really needed to feel joy.

Merriam-Webster defines joy as; ‘the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires’, ‘Delight – the expression or exhibition of such emotion, Gaiety.’

Note that top definition – emotions evoked by well-being. I don’t think I realised quite how essential being with people, being in Church and being outdoors was to my wellbeing – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

As an aromatherapist and wellness coach one thing I have always been proactive on is supporting my families wellness naturally. As so many things were removed from my control, this is one area where I did have control.

I could control what we listened to, what we watched, what entered our minds. Because what you see and hear on a daily basis affects your thought patterns, affects your emotional response, and affects your immune response. Increased stress hormone = lowered immune system, and at a time like this, that is one system you want running on all cylinders.

I could control what goes into and onto our bodies. By reducing exposure to toxins, (parfum, parabens, preservatives and the like) in food, soaps, detergents, cleaners and cosmetics, I can reduce stress on our immune system. This allows our bodies to heal, repair, restore on a cellular level, rather than fighitng micro battles on a daily basis.

Why is all this important to experiencing joy? Because when we feel well, we feel able to enjoy life more.

It’s hard to be joyful with an irritable bowel. It is hard to be happy with a throbbing head. It is hard to keep smiling with insomnia. When we aren’t well, we don’t want to be out or be with others, and this further depresses our mood and lowers our immune system.

Do I have all the answers for health and wellbeing? No, only Jesus does. But I do have an arsenal of natural remedies and years of experience that give us a good starting point.

If you are at a place where you want to explore how wellbeing supports your experience of joy the drop me a message.

R x

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Essential Oils, Lifestyle

The hidden dangers in your home

There is nothing like the waft of a mulled wine scented candle at Christmas. As the self-confessed candle queen, my home was filled with powerful scents in every single room.

That was until I realised I was slowly and steadily poisoning my whole family.

Scented candles, air fresheners and fabric softener are the top three poisons in our homes. My husband and my kiddos never liked my candles, often complaining about the smell and claiming it was overpowering. I thought they were just over sensitive, but turns out it was their body’s way of telling them to get the heck away from the products.

I don’t know why I’m surprised at their toxicity. Have you ever noticed that you get a tickly cough, sneezes, itching eyes or headaches when in a candle shop or cosmetics shop? This is because of synthetic fragrances that interfere with our health and wellbeing.

We all love scents. We go out of our way to smell good and make our home smell good. But very often the things we use to make a pleasant smell is a synthetic chemical blend known as fragrance or parfum. Many of these blends contain hundreds of chemicals.

Synthetic fragrances are hormone disrupters which means they hamper our body processes on a cellular level. In a nutshell, perfumes are making people ill. They contain phthalates which have been linked to asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, migraines, obesity, autism, ADHD, cancer and infertility.

Synthetic fragrances are found in air fresheners, candles, cosmetics, laundry detergent, perfumes and more. Because some are worn or soaked into fabrics, the individual acts like a walking diffuser, polluting the air of everyone around them. What is worse, during the winter we close our doors and windows to reduce ventilation, crank up the heating to dry our scent filled clothes, then light all the scented candles. Basically cocooning ourselves in a synthetic smog every evening.

But what about the natural fragrances products? Those infused with essential oils?

Well first off, well done for reading the packaging and seeking out more natural alternatives. But please know this: a label stating pure essential oil need only contain 5% pure oil in order to gain that title. It can also contain solvents, alcohol and fillers. This is why I only trust Young Living Essential Oils because they offer the unique Seed to Seal guarantee on all there products.

Now we know the risks we are not willing to put our health in jeopardy. We have now replaced our air fresheners and scented candles with child friendly diffusers in every room and we only use Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. We use Young Living essential oils to support our immune health, our emotional health and our physical health.

Since ditching the fabric softener and scented candles our chests are clearer, we haven’t had the annual trip to A&E with croup, we rarely have colds, our skin has improved and my cycles are more regular. It is incredible how the removal of a few chemical filled products has transformed our family life. We have more energy and are far healthier.

Instead of synthetic scents, we now diffuse authentic, 100% natural essential oils that fill our home with fragrance that calms, strengthens, invigorates, energises or motivates us.

Want to find out more? Message us for information, or better still create your free Young Living member account to ditch and switch the chemicals this Christmas and beyond.

R x

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Essential Oils, Faith, Lifestyle

The Secrets Of the Trees

I simply adore trees. I grew up climbing them, swinging on tyres in them, sitting under them and more. As a thirty something mom I love nothing more than finding shade in their boughs while watching my kiddos explore fallen trunks and exposed roots.

We can find refuge in nature. Better still, I love being barefoot outdoors, it somehow makes me feel more connected to God.  Staring up at the leafy canopy over head grounds me somehow. I feel like I can finally breathe deeper and think clearer. I find myself thinking ‘if only the trees could talk…’ and always feel like they have stories to tell, secrets to share. They know the Creator they are connected to, the power of nature. They beg us to come close, examine their bark, lounge in their branches, eat of their fruits.

Trees are so much more than just an element of nature.

They are part of an orderly universe, with a role to play in our health and well being. The problem is that this role has been overlooked for too long. We need trees and they need us. What is the first thing we do as a living creature? We breathe. What do we breathe? Oxygen. Where does it come from? Trees. More than that, the carbon dioxide we breathe is out is the very substance plants need to complete photosynthesis.

The earth is not a product of a collision of atoms,
it is the creation of an orderly world.

God created the world, and all living things in it. He created us out of the earth, so it makes sense that being surrounded by nature and connected to the earth should be a positive experience for us.

Since the world began, we have walked, worked, sat and slept on the ground and our bodies have connected with the earth. Nowadays we are so disconnected. We have plastics on our feet that insulate us. We are constantly bombarded by pollution from cars, aviation and industry, and by electromagnetic radiation from appliances, radio masts, Wi-Fi and even the device you are reading this blog from. The free radicals in radiation and the pollution in our environment causes untold damage to our bodies.

How can the trees and the earth help? Trees purify our air, absorbing greenhouse gases and replacing carbon dioxide with oxygen. Their leaves, fruits, sap and resins can be harnessed and distilled into essential oils to support whole body health and wellness. The Earth’s own magnetic field, which releases free electrons helps to eliminate free radicals in our bodies. Trees and plants are connected to the earth, and are essentially conductors to the Earth’s magnetic field.

This whole topic fascinates me, and leaves me ever more in awe of my amazing God. If you want to know more about how the trees and the earth’s energy can support your own health and wellness then check out the movie The Grounded on YouTube and these resources:

https://www.earthing.com/

https://gardencollage.com/heal/mind-spirit/real-healing-power-trees/

https://www.youngliving.com/blog/the-11-most-popular-essential-oils-and-their-superpowers/

R x

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Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Parenting

Back to School

First week into the new term and my emotions have been all over the place! The highs of the holidays followed by nervous excitement in the days leading up to the first day back all take their toll. Not to mention the fact that my middle son decided that the first day of Year 1 would be a great time to lose his second tooth. I was a hot mess.

I have a love-hate relationship with school. On one hand it is a place where I have seen my children thrive. They have learned new skills, made incredible friends (not to mention linked me to some pretty awesome mom friends!) and have grown in stature and confidence. However, I struggle with the fact that my kiddos spend over six hours of their day, five days a week, with people who I barely know. Their characters and their personalities are being influenced by people who undoubtedly have very different lives, loves and beliefs to me.

Now don’t get me wrong, I trust our teachers implicitly. The school that my children attend is excellent, the staff are kind and caring, having benefited from strong leadership and ethos. But sometimes I struggle with the fact that after a summer of freedom and learning through play, I am sending my small children into a classroom to sit still for a good portion of their day. I worry that someone may be mean to them or that they may end up playing alone. I worry that they might find the work too difficult, that they may feel overwhelmed or out of their depth. I worry that they may not be noticed or that they may be sad, or that they may simply be missing me.

Short of homeschooling, (which is something I have seriously considered, and decided that, for now at least, this isn’t an option for me) there is very little I can do to control or influence what happens in the classroom. But I can control what happens in the home.

You will know that essential oils play a massive part in our every day lives, and the children are no exception. We use them to support us physically and emotionally. I want to share with your our every day oily routine to help get the term off to a great start, for both me as a mama and for the children at school.

First and foremost we start every day by diffusing citrus oils. Citrus essential oils are true multitasking oils. They lift the mood and give you a natural pick-me-up, whilst calming the mind and boosting the immune system, making them a perfect way to start the day. We usually diffuse 2 drops each of grapefruit, orange and lemon essential oil which smell divine and make us feel soo good.

Next up we all have a swipe of our Immune Roller before getting dressed for the day. This roller includes Thieves, Frankincense and Lemon essential oil, all epic oils for supporting the immune system and helping the body during cold and flu seasons. Going back to school with lots of new children can be overwhelming for little bodies. Throw in the emotions of starting a new school/class and being away from home can make them very susceptible to coughs and colds. We use this roller day in, day out, but when it is back to school we go twice a day to keep all the bases covered.

Before we leave I use my Calm Roller Blend on the boys. It contains Vetiver, Lavender + Cedarwood essential oils which promote calm, focus and concentration. If they are particularly anxious we reach for Valor or Stress Away to help us feel cool and courageous. Meanwhile I am also rolling on Stress Away for the school run dash!

On pick up in the afternoon, the first thing we do is use our Thieves Hand Purifier. My kiddos have been touching who knows what and I want to make sure their hands are clean before giving them an after school treat. Then its back home where I am diffusing Stress Away and Peppermint. Stress Away helps them calm down after a busy day and Peppermint is amazing for focus and concentration while we wrap up any homework.

Finally, we will get everyone bathed and top up the bedroom diffusers. For the first week back we use Thieves and Orange or Thieves and Frankincense to keep that immune system boosted while they sleep. Ordinarily we go for sleepy vibe blends such as Peace & Calming or Lavender + Cedarwood. As they climb into bed we do another swipe of the Immune Roller on the soles of their feet before bedtime prayers.

And that my friends is how we use essential oils to go back to school! These natural, non-toxic products pack a punch and we wouldn’t be without them. If you have never used essential oils before and want to know how to get hold of some to support your family please drop me a line by clicking the join our team tab or follow this link as I would love to hook you up!

Have a blessed week Little Oilers

R x

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Essential Oils, Lifestyle

Ditch & Switch for summer

As reluctant city dwellers, we know all too well the difference between the air quality in the country and the air at home. Automobiles and air planes constantly pump pollution into our atmosphere, and it is having devastating effects. According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 7 million people die prematurely every year due to the toxins that we breathe in. Cities across the globe are now testing their air quality and taking steps to improve it. But did you know that the biggest poisons can often be found in our home?

Every day items that are found in our bathroom and kitchen cabinets can cause untold damage to our bodies. Chemicals found in scented candles, fabric softeners and air fresheners have been linked to cancer, infertility, asthma, eczema and more. Yet we keep on using them. Candles and air fresheners release synthetic fragrances and petrochemicals into the air. Chemicals in fabric softener penetrate the fibres of your clothes, and these are then absorbed into your blood stream and are continually outgasing in your wardrobe.

Chemicals cause chaos in our bodies

Chemicals are a real concern to us, and they should be to you too. They interrupt our endocrine system, the ‘hormone hub’ that is responsible for every single function in our bodies. If our hormones are interrupted our bodies cannot function and we become susceptible to illness.

The average woman applies over 300 chemicals to her body every day. 80 of those before breakfast. A quick Google of the ingredients of products in your bathroom cabinet will leave you reeling. We slather our kids and ourselves with toxins every single day.

But when you know better you can do better.

Since September 2017 we have been on a journey to eradicate chemicals in our home. We are ditching and switching everything from cosmetics to cleaning supplies, and we have never felt better. We replaced our scented candles with a Dewdrop Diffuser and we replaced our bleach and surface sprays with Thieves Household Cleaner.

Starting a chemical free journey can be very daunting at first, but Young Living have made it super simple for us. We joined Young Living with a Premium Starter Kit and began to use the oils to fragrance our home and boost our body systems. We then joined Essential Rewards, Young Living’s monthly subscription box to start adding new toxin-free products in to our daily routine. Over the course of three months it is possible to replace almost every chemical in your home with essential oil infused products, without breaking the bank.

We are the gatekeepers for our home.

We control what comes across our threshold and we can make informed choices to improve our health and well being. If you want to know more about chemical free living and start your own journey then please message me. I would love to help you ditch the junk for good.

R x

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Essential Oils, Faith

Why I love Essential Oils

Okay, so if you’ve been following any of my social media platforms in the last 6 months or so then you will know I have become slightly obsessed with essential oils. But do you know why? Let me tell you.

Last summer my life turned upside down in the most beautiful way, however with it came the weight of responsibility, unwanted anxiety and days of despair such as I have never known.

But Jesus. Oh, I have a Saviour who cares so much about ALL things, and He set about using my brokenness to set me up in business.

Jesus set about using my brokenness to set me up in business.

For God works all things together for the good of those who love Him. Romans 8:28

So, as I sat mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, trying to distract myself from my thoughts, I came across the lovely Lucy Wilman. I had been following Lucy for a few months through a mutual friend and she often talked about how she used essential oils at home with her family. I always thought of them as a ‘nice to have’ luxurious way to fragrance your home, but Lucy talked about them as if they could actually affect how you feel.

I usually added her posts to my list of ‘things-I-will-buy-when-I-finally-make-it-in-life’ and carried on scrolling, but one day a post struck a chord.

Lucy was sharing a Tired Mumma Survival Kit, and whats more, she was giving some away. I commented to enter and lo and behold, I won! Now the kit was actually designed to help restless babies settle down for the night, but it was my own struggles with sleep that this kit appealed to.

Tired Mama Kit

I received a sleepy balm containing Lavender + Frankincense essential oils in coconut oil, a sample of Peace & Calming essential oil and a roller bottle containing En-R-Gee essential oil and sweet almond oil for during the day.

I duly followed the instructions; rubbed the balm on my chest and added a drop of Peace & Calming to my pillow before bed. I laid my head down expecting the usual couple of hours of staring into space, followed by fitful bursts of sleep. The next thing I knew my iPhone alarm was going off and the children were chatting excitedly as they came into my room.

I had slept. All night.

I messaged Lucy asking her what wonder drug she had sent me. The reply came that these were no drugs, they were the pure essential oils, distilled and bottled by Young Living. Lucy told me that plants contain chemical constituents that can support every single system in the human body, physically and emotionally, with the power of nature alone.

As a keen nature lover and aspiring eco-warrior, I was all in. I saved for two months and bought my Premium Starter Kit. I then began an incredible journey learning how to maintain my children’s physical wellness, support my emotional wellbeing and how to rid my home of toxic chemicals.

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Since my kit landed on my doorstep last September, I have lived a healthier, happier life. Is it completely stress-free? Heck no. Have all my anxieties lifted? Nope. But they are few and far between, and when trouble does strike, I now have an arsenal of natural remedies to help support us through any event. From minor bumps to mental clarity, restful sleep to respiratory support, teething to tummy trouble; there is an oil for that.

Want to try essential oils for yourself? You can. Because not only am I a passionate oily mama, I am also an oily educator.

Jesus set about using my brokenness to set me up in business.

You see, not only did Jesus give me a natural way to support my health and my families health, He also gave me a business to build. I am now training in aromatherapy and sharing my knowledge with others. I am still at the start of my journey but am so crazy excited for my future. I would like to have you along for the ride, it is going to be epic!

R x

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