Tuesday, November 1, 2016

'Tis the Season

Some of my favorite oils featured this month with Young Living:

Frankincense is my all time favorite scent. I love using it for bedtime relaxation on soles of feet, back of neck, or diffusing - also for skin care putting a drop with my facial moisturizer or plain old coconut oil.

Christmas Spirit is great for diffusing this time of year. It's a blend of Orange, Cinnamon, and Spruce.  

And, Peppermint is great for a pick me up with a drop in the mouth for fresh breath or a drop in the hands, rub together and smell to clear the sinuses.

I would love to share more about these products with you if you are interested.   Let me know if I can  support you in becoming part of the Young Living Family.  Members get many benefits - one of which is purchasing the oils at wholesale prices (a 24% discount).  Contact me or go online to join using my member # 1333337.  

Feel free to share how you use your oils or any questions you may have.  We are inspired by each other!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Monthly Comfort

Turning to my Clary Sage oil again for comfort.  I go for it each month when I am menstruating and feeling crampy.  I put a drop or two in my hand and rub it on my abdomen.  An act of self-love: so nuturing to rub the sore belly and allow the clary sage to relax the cramps and sooth my belly.  I look forward to using it because I love the smell.  I put it on several times a day, because I deserve that much love.  We all do!

Pair that with a cup of Red Raspberry Leaf tea and I'm feeling pampered.  I was even motivated by seeing Robin Rose Bennett at our Holistic Moms Network Natural Living Conference this weekend to get back to steeping some Red Raspberry Leaf with Stinging Nettle for an infusion that will be ready to drink tomorrow.  She has wonderful recipes for herbs and instructions for making infusions in her book:  The Gift of Healing Herbs:  Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life.

I would love to share more about this information with you if you are interested.   And, let me know if I can help support you in becoming part of the Young Living Family.  Members get many benefits - one of which is purchasing the oils at wholesale prices (a 24% discount).  Contact me or go online to join using my member # 1333337.  Feel free to share how you use your oils or any questions you may have.  We are inspired by each other!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Learning about and using Lavender

I found this great article about lavender, debunking the myth that it mimics estrogen, and listing many great uses for it.  I have used lavender essential oil on my daughter's boo boos to clean and heal them.  We use it at night to help relax and get a good night's sleep.  And, I have it lined up as one of the oils I use daily with coconut oil to moisturize my face daily.  Others include frankincense, myrrh, copaiba, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), and geranium.  I love how my skin feels using the cleanser from Ann Marie Gianni and coconut oil with essential oil as moisturizer.  My skin has never felt so clean and smooth.  I'm not sure which contributes the most as I have been using these two together for awhile now.

Go to this link for the article:

Friday, October 3, 2014

This is Young Living

Below is Young Living's recent Seed to Seal Video.  Check it out.  I haven't posted an essential oils blog in so long.  Life is Good.  Busy.  And with its usual ups and downs.  Just like everyone else.    Using Young Living Essential Oils and products has become an established practice in our daily life.  It has been over two and a half years that we have grown our interest, knowledge, and utilization of these products.  And, we feel our lives have changed for the better because of it.

Here are some of our daily routines:

1)  Now that cold and flu season is returning, we put Thieves on our feet in the morning before putting on socks and sometimes at night before bed as well - especially if we have been around others who are sick.

2)  Our bedtime oils to aid in relaxation and sleep include: Frankincense, Lavender, and Peace & Calming.

3)  My morning routine includes:  Valor on wrists and Joy on my heart center.  Sometimes I include Harmony on my solar plexus and White Angelica over my head and whole body.

4)  During the day, I often use Deep Relief when I feel my neck getting stiff or my knee getting cranky.

5)  One of my favorite drinks this summer was putting a drop of orange into a glass, followed by some ice, and water, plus a couple peppermint leaves from the garden.

6)  Abundance is another favorite oil of mine.  I like to put it on my wrists like a perfume.  I also do this with Valor and Joy on occasion, depending what energy I want to create for myself.

I would love to share more about these products with you if you are interested.  Check out the video.  And, let me know if I can help support you in becoming part of the Young Living Family.  Members get many benefits - one of which is purchasing the oils at wholesale prices (a 24% discount).  Contact me or go online to join using my member # 1333337.  For those who are already online, feel free to share how you use your oils or any questions you may have.  We are inspired by each other!

Here's to your health and happiness!

Monday, October 7, 2013

How we use essential oils to boost immunity and care for cold symptoms

Autumn is here.  The leaves are falling like snowflakes outside my window.  Along with the beauty of the season comes the potential for congestion, runny nose, sore throat, cough, etc.  Unfortunately, our family has already experienced these symptoms.  Whether they were from allergies or cold virus, I don't know.  What I am thankful for is the practice of using essential oils to help alleviate these symptoms.

At this time of the year, my family gets back into the habit of putting Thieves oil on the soles of our feet every morning before putting on socks and shoes as a foundational practice to strengthen the immune system.  Thieves is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils.  When one of us starts to get symptoms, we increase the frequency of this practice, putting it on at bedtime and other times during the day to strengthen the immune system's response.  Additionally, we use our Home Diffuser during the day to help the affected family member get well and to help protect the unaffected ones.  Diffusing Thieves helps eliminate airborne bacteria.  When I was having some symptoms last month, in addition to putting Thieves on the soles of my feet, I brought my diffuser and Thieves along to my yoga classes for a nice aromatherapy experience as well as protection from and intervention for illness for my students and myself.  Last year, I did this for all of my children's yoga classes as well.

In addition to using Thieves, we use the blend RC to help with congestion.  RC is a blend of three types of eucalyptus, myrtle, pine, marjoram, lavender, cypress, tsuga, and peppermint essential oils.  We apply to chest and back or diffuse it to breathe it in.  It is a pleasant aroma to experience whether with cold symptoms or not.

Also for nasal congestion, we use Peppermint oil.  I like to put a drop on my hand and rub them together.  Then cup my hands together and breathe in the Peppermint.  Start slow.  It can be a strong scent depending on your response to it.  If it isn't too strong, cup your hands all the way to your nose and breathe in deeply.  You will notice a difference within a few breaths, maybe the first.  Just be careful not to get it in your eyes because it will burn.  If you accidentally do, close your eyes gently to let it pass.

I am happy to report that my daughter's symptoms lasted only a day.  My symptoms lasted a few more days; however, they weren't as intense or debilitating and didn't stay around as long as they could have.  I feel the foundational practice of using Thieves daily and the intervention of using it along with RC and Peppermint as needed, helped us navigate this first episode of the season.  We will continue our practices with essential oils throughout the fall and winter.  And, I will continue to share our experiences with you.  I would love to hear about your practices with essential oils.  Let me know if you are interested in using any of these blends or products for yourself and your family.

Perhaps I'll see you in yoga class or at the next Holistic Moms Network Meeting.
Wishing you all the best!

May we know peace in our hearts, peace in our homes, and peace in the world.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

How we used essential oils on summer vacation, Part 3

My daughter and I had so much fun exploring Disneyland, California Adventure Park, and SeaWorld SanDiego (thanks to recommendations from friends). She loved meeting the characters at Disney and seeing the shows at SeaWorld.

The thing about SeaWorld compared to Disney is the lack of shade.  So even though we did our daily sunscreen routine and wore our sun hats, I still got some sunburn on my upper back.  When we got back to the hotel, late, my daughter asleep, after driving back to the hotel with the gas tank on empty -- I mean the indicator was on the last line by the time we pulled into the hotel -- I put on my favorite Indu aromatherapy lotion and added a few drops of Lavender oil to soothe my skin and calm my nerves.  I did the same to my tired and blistered feet.  Applying the lotion and adding lavender helped to soothe my sunburned skin as well as help me to relax after a long and overstimulating day and have a good night's sleep.  I did the same to my daughter as she was sleeping even though she fared better in the sun - just a rosy pink to her skin - thank heavens.  I found that my sunburn didn't sting or bother me for this episode as it has in the past.

I recently read a newsletter post from my friend, health coach, and essential oils mentor, Amara Wagner about making a spray bottle of water with Lavender and Peppermint in it to soothe sunburn.  I still need to do that.  Sounds like a great idea with the cooling qualities of Peppermint, the soothing qualities of Lavender, and the anti-inflammatory properties of both.

One of our last uses of the oils on vacation came during the plane ride home.  All was going well with the exception of some serious turbulence that my daughter thought was fun just having come off of 4  days of amusement park rides.  It was getting late and we wanted to try to get her to sleep but she had other plans.  So I got out my Peace & Calming, put some on myself, had my husband smell it because he was also tired and a bit stressed, and then put some on my daughter to help her calm down and get some rest.  She did then allow us to put on her pajamas and she drifted off to sleep.  I think it helps that she knows that is part of our nighttime routine at home.  Just about every night we put an essential oil on her feet and our own before bed (as well as diffuse a second oil sometimes).  Usually, Peace & Calming or Lavender to help get a good night's sleep or Thieves if we were around someone who was sick that day to boost our immunity.  For example, the night we arrived in CA and had just spent 6 hours on the plane, we all rubbed a couple drops on the soles of our feet before bed. My husband asked, did you bring the Thieves?  Of course.  And also, the night we arrived home from our trip -- round 2 of 6 hours on the plane, we put it on.  Probably some of you feel the same way about being on the plane for so long and breathing the same air with so many people.  The potential to catch an illness seems pretty high.  We all stayed healthy during our vacation and after : )

And so, that is how we used essential oils on our vacation.  I'm so glad we had them.

Stay tuned for more sharing about how we use essential oils.  We use them everyday, multiple times a day.  How about you?  I would love to hear from you.  And if you have any questions about the oils I use or how to get them, drop me a line:  angelacays@aol.com.  I would be happy to support you on your journey into essential oils.

And, one final reminder about the free essential oils workshop Amara Wagner and I are giving at Highland Yoga in Butler on Tuesday, August 13th from 10:30am-12:00pm after my 9am yoga class.  Let us know if you are coming.  We look forward to seeing you there to share our passion about essential oils in person.

All the best to you!

May we know peace in our hearts, peace in our homes, and peace in the world,

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How we used essential oils on summer vacation, Part 2

I bought a diffuser last year which I love. Then I bought a second one so we could have one for upstairs and one for downstairs.  We used it daily during cold and flu season last year, often diffusing Thieves blend to help boost our immune system and kill cold and flu germs in the air, or diffusing RC to help alleviate cold symptoms of cough or congestion (in addition to applying these oils topically which I'll discuss more in depth in another blog post).  We also used it nightly diffusing either Thieves or Frankincense or Lavender or Peace & Calming in our daughter's room to help boost her immunity, fight cold and cough, or help her calm down and get a good night's sleep.

Given that we were going to be spending 6 nights in a hotel, I decided to pack my diffuser.  You know how hotel rooms can get smelly and really dry at night when you sleep.  When we arrived and made a shopping trip for some supplies, I purchased a gallon of distilled water to use in the diffuser.  I ended up diffusing Peace & Calming each night to settle us down from the activities of the day so we could enjoy a good night's sleep.  And, beyond enjoying the scent of the oil, the diffuser sends out cool mist that humidifies the air so that the hotel room would be less dry through the night. Then every time we came back to the room following our adventures to Disney or just to the hotel pool or restaurant, we were met by a wonderful smelling room that had been cleaned by someone else.  Yay!

On the days we went to the pool, my daughter made fast friends with the children and some of the adults who were present.  One day, there was a mom there with her two children, one of whom appeared to be on the Autistic spectrum.  I could see that she had her hands full when they first arrived at the pool and the daughter was putting gobs of sunscreen in her mouth in a matter of seconds.  My heart went out to her. A good bit later as the mom was trying to get her daughter to pack up and go back to the hotel room,  the daughter got upset and started thrashing her body and slammed her head into her mom's jaw.  I could read the mom's distress in her body language from across the pool.  I felt compelled to approach to see if she was ok and if there was anything I could do to help.  When I asked if she was ok, she responded that she could feel her jaw swelling and she was in pain.  (I immediately think of oils these days with any issue.  I had Lavender, Peppermint, and Deep Relief Roll On in my little purse that I brought to the pool.)  So I told her I had some Lavender essential oil which has anti-inflammatory and calming properties and she could put some on her jaw to help reduce the swelling which she did.  Then I offered that it may help her daughter calm down if she wants to rub a few drops on the bottom of her feet.  I also told the mom to smell the oil in her hands and to put her hands in front of her daughter's nose so she could also breathe it in so that they both could benefit from getting the effects via aromatherapy as well as topical application.  She did and felt that it was helping them.  She was so thankful for the kindness.  And it felt good to be able to offer something to her.  I think compassion and presence is a wonderful gift to offer anyone and beyond that it lessens my sense of helplessness or powerlessness when I can offer an essential oil to help alleviate physical, mental or emotional suffering.  The loving action and ritual of rubbing essential oils on the body and smelling the oil which invites deep breathing and the symbol of care in human touch is all part of the healing.   I especially feel good about being able to offer this to my family.  As a mom and a wife, it empowers me to feel like I have some additional tools to take care of my daughter, my husband, and myself and I like that feeling.

If you think you would like to utilize some of these essential oils in your life, I am happy to talk to you about the line of oils I use personally with my family and how you can get them for yourself.  Feel free to drop me a line:  angelacays@aol.com or RSVP to join Amara Wagner and me at a free information session about essential oils on Tuesday, August 13th from 10:30am - 12pm at Highland Yoga in Butler, NJ.

Stay tuned for one more installation on essential oils from our vacation...

May we know peace in our hearts, peace in or homes, and peace in the world.