Essential Oils

Seasonal Support

Spring is in the air, which means so too is the pollen! Tree blossom can cause havoc this time of year, so if you are someone who is typically affected then read on.

Essential oils can offer incredible support to those who suffer with seasonal symptoms. Why? Because they support our bodies at a cellular level. There are many single oils and oil blends that support the respiratory system and the immune system, two systems which are so often aggravated by seasonal changes. Although essential oils cannot cure, they can massively support the symptoms you experience.

You can enjoy the benefits of essential oils by inhaling them (aromatherapy) or applying them with carrier oil (topically) or ingesting them (internally)*. Just one drop of essential oil contains 400 million trillion molecules. These molecules are so tiny and so powerful that once inhaled or absorbed, they will cover every single cell in your body within 20 minutes. They can even cross the blood/brain barrier into the thinking/feeling part of your brain known as the limbic system. This is why essential oils are so effective in supporting our emotions and mental well being.

So which essential oils support seasonal changes?

Lavender

This essential oil is soothing and calming to the respiratory tract and also the skin. Apply topically with carrier oil to the chest or neck to ease any seasonal discomfort.

Lemon

Lemon is detoxifying, cleansing and supports lymphatic drainage. This oil is also highly mood boosting. Diffuse with Peppermint for the ultimate morning pick me up combo.

Peppermint

The menthol in this oil is incredibly powerful for awakening the senses and opening the airways. One drop on the back of the neck supports breathing and head discomfort. You can also use Peppermint+ in your water for a refreshing drink that soothes and supports.

R.C.

Also known as Respiratory Care, this blend of three eucalyptus plants and lavender is a must to support breathing. Diffuse at night to support a restful sleep or mix with coconut oil to make a chest/foot rub.

Purification

Dust and spores can cause problems for allergy sufferers, so use Purification to cleanse the air in your home. This blend contains rosemary, tea tree, citronella, lemongrass, lavandin and myrtle. Diffuse throughout the season alone or with lemon for a fresh, clean fragrance in your home.

There are many more, but these are the key essential oils we recommend. I take my seasonal roller bottle with me everywhere this time of the year so I can get all the oily goodness on the go!

Seasonal Support roller

Lavender EO 5 drops
Lemon EO 5 drops
Peppermint EO 5 drops
Purification EO 5 drops

add to a 5ml Roller Bottle and top up with carrier oil

You can get a free Young Living account and buy individual essential oils at 24% off, or you can grab a Premium Starter Kit which includes all the above oils plus eight more, a medical grade diffuser and more! Click here to select membership with or without a Premium Starter Kit.

For more information on seasonal support or to get hold of these essential oils, please get in touch. 

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*Please note, that Young Living are the only company to have a line of essential oils known as Plus Oils (UK) and Vitality Oils (US) for internal use that pass the stringent regulations.

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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/

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Faith

Fall in love with autumn

Autumn (or Fall to my American readers) is hands down my favourite season. There is nothing better than walking in the last of the summer sunshine breathing in the sweet smell of chestnut trees, my eyes feasting on the vibrant russets and golds all around me while savouring the crunch of fallen leaves beneath my feet. Creation sings and begs the world to gaze upon it’s beauty and, for me, there is simply no other season that compares.

While enjoying one of many walks through our local park recently, I couldn’t help but think how terribly sad it was that such beauty was temporary; that these exquisite trees who proudly displayed their autumnal décolletage were about to lose the very leaves that gave them this beauty. Furthermore, this beauty was at its most splendid right before it was lost.

When something is beautiful, attractive or successful we don’t like to let it go.

I have found that almost every autumn I have been faced with a difficult decision or experienced a turbulent time as a result of a change in attitudes of those around me, the environments that I am in or the circumstances that present to me. From redundancies to cancer scares and two house moves, the past autumn seasons have brought me to somewhat painful periods where I have fallen from the heady heights of a blissful summer holiday and hit the ground of reality with an unceremonious thud. As the beauty of health, home stability or financial security that defined me fell from my fingers I had two options – panic and scrabble around amongst the fallen leaves of my life, or embrace the new season and allow my heart and soul to rest and heal in the winter.

Because after winter comes spring.

The circle of life is perpetual, and as winter follows autumn, so spring will follow winter, and with it the promise of regeneration and new life.

Don’t be frightened of letting go of this season’s leaves. You are not defined by your job, the success of your latest deal, or the pay packet in your purse. You are not defined by the friends that support you or your marital status. You are not defined by your current health situation.

People will come and go in your life, health will improve and decline, love will ebb and flow, finances will increase and decrease and the only way to navigate the changes in life is to know when to let go of people, possessions and positions.

The Message Bible puts it this way;

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

2-8 A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

9-13 But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

There is a time for everything, there is a time to gain and a time to lose, there are some friends that you have for a season and some you have for a lifetime. There are some positions and promotions that you must accept and many more that you must turn down, there are many doors that you could open but more still that you need to firmly close. My friend, if you are in a season of change, don’t panic. Embrace the pruning and the shedding, the dying away of the old and look forward to the new life that will spring forth in due course.

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