Are you in touch with your pleasures?

Are you in touch with your pleasures?

Am I happy? Do I follow my bliss? What is my path in life? These are just a few of the many questions that we ask ourselves on a daily basis. Some of us look into the future for our happiness….once I land my perfect job I will be happy. When I move to ____ I will be happy. When I retire I will be happy. When I pay off my debt, then I will truly be happy.

Why not be happy right now?

Happiness is not something that we “find” in the outside world. Happiness is found within ourselves. That may sound strange to you, or something you have heard hundreds of times, but sit and really think about that. Happiness should be found from within. If you think someone else is going to do it for you, you are wasting your precious time. The more you focus on things that are abundant in your life, the more you place focus on things you are grateful for, the more of it you will find. This I promise you.

Stop saying yes!

One of the main sources of unhappiness is the constant over-scheduling of our lives. How many times have you thought to yourself…if only I had more time for me! Why don’t you? Do you over schedule yourself? Say yes when you really want to say no? Spend most of your time doing things for other people? I still fall back into this habit having two boys under 10, but more often than not, I make sure to carve time out just for me, and happiness begins to creep in.

Wouldn’t it be great to say, “I am sorry, but I can’t fit that into my schedule.”
Make a list

One of my first mentor’s Dr. Deb Kern taught me to do things that make me happy. Sounds simple right? For many people it isn’t. Most mom’s are martyr’s and the first thing that may come to mind are things like spending more time with your kids, or doing things for them, seeing them smile, etc. These are NOT the kind of things I am talking about. The things that make you happy have to have NOTHING to do with another person. This is ALL about YOU.

Grab a piece of paper and a pencil. Make sure you are alone so you can have some real time to think. I want you to write a list of pleasures. Don’t leave anything out. What do you like to do? What makes you happy? What are your talents? What is something that you used to love to do only you feel you have no time for it anymore…write that down! Pleasures should include your deepest desires. Ones that may make you blush if someone else read your list. Do not leave anything out. The list may be hard to write at first, but don’t give up!

Now sit back and read what you wrote. How many things on your pleasures list do you do everyday? None? One? Many?

My list

I found when I first made my list that I barely touched any of those things in a weeks time, or even a month! It was truly a shocking realization for me. I stared at my list and thought, where did I go wrong? When did I stop doing these things? I make sure to revisit the list often to check in with myself and make sure that I am staying on track. I know exactly where my list is at all times, because the more I do these things the more I find that I love and have to add to my list! I make sure to do at least 3 of these things every day.

I will give you a few examples of how I make that work.

*I love to write and can sit for hours at a time..but I am always sure to take breaks for a few pleasures. I get up from my desk at least once an hour and dance. Unbridled, do not care who sees me dancing. I have a favorites play list on YouTube and I move my body to songs that stir up real feelings within me. Songs that can easily make me laugh or bring me to happy tears, songs that help to me to truly find release.  I sing…loudly. When I sit back down I feel amazing!

*I take aromatic baths a few times a week. I lock the door so my boys can’t come in and ask me for the million things that kids do the moment mom steps in the bathroom.

*I sit in the sun of a window (since it is winter), or on my deck in the summer and do my yoga and meditation practice.  (Vitamin D is great for you too!)

My list is over 50 pleasures strong. Your first list may only have a dozen things, and that is ok. I guarantee your list will grow the more you practice.

Develop a mindset that is focused on finding and following your bliss. This means allowing time and energy to explore different things. Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone.  At least a little bit. What humbles you? bringing you to your knees? What do you stand gaping, open-mouthed in awe of? Who do you love impossibly and with every inch of possibility? …is it Art? Painting? Singing? Dancing? Writing? Gardening? Cooking? What would you do even if you weren’t getting paid for it? Think about it….then do it. You can’t “find your bliss” by doing the day to day routing with no changes..no excitement. No excuses, do not say I will start tomorrow or I do not have time. Make the time!

Follow Your Bliss

Yes you can!

The first step is to be willing to make a change. When you are constantly worried or “stressed out”, this is not only the energy you are living in, but the energy you attract. You make bad decisions from a stressed state, “I can’t”, “I won’t”, or worse, say yes when you really can’t afford to.

Once you begin to focus on your pleasures list you will find that you can make decisions using your heart and your body, not your brain or your ego. Your heart wants the best for you; your ego operates from an entirely different place.

Get in touch with your heart

You will see once you begin thinking more about yourself, and doing things that make you happy, that you become centered and more peaceful. When working from this quieter place, you can make better decisions for your greater good. You will begin to say yes because you really want to, and no when you need to.

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“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”-Joseph Campbell

It is time!

Most of all if you are unhappy in a situation change it. I realize some things can’t happen overnight, but they can be done. I have had the pleasure of hearing stories of people selling everything they own….down to towels and sheets and moving across country, children in tow to start a new life. People quitting their job because it was not their life calling to start a whole new venture, no promises, no guarantees and been happier than ever before. Going back to school in their 40’s to start a whole new career. Leaving their husband of years without a career of their own, but needed to stand on their own two feet. I have heard story upon story of brave souls who made the change, who took that first scary step into the abyss…..to be happier than ever. You can do it too.

 

“Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.” –Deepak Chopra

 

It is never too late to turn things around. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that I am not a medical practitioner. The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. By using this website, you assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions.

Three Unsung Herbal Heroes for Winter Health

Three Unsung Herbal Heroes for Winter Health

Guest blog by: Elizabeth Russell M. Ed, HHP, NPM, HRM of Lizbeth Botanicals11728851_891029734265794_4017313169761371666_o

 

Staying healthy in the winter can often seem like a challenge.  We are under a constant barrage of cold and flu viruses, temperature extremes, and even poor holiday eating habits, which can lower our resistance and lead to uncomfortable symptoms.

Remember, it is recommended that you consult with your primary healthcare professional, rather than self-diagnosing, because sometimes we need that medical expertise.  From there, however, you can choose to use herbs to help maintain your winter health.

A few well-known popular herbs for winter health include echinacea Echinacea officinalis and elderberry Sambucus nigra for boosting the immune system, peppermint Mentha piperita and spearmint Mentha spicata are great for stomach upsets, and nettles Urtica dioica for allergies.

However, there are many other useful herbs, some of them easily obtainable from your own backyard or nearby field.  Here is a quick view of some often “unsung herbal heroes”:

Juniper berry Juniperus communis

Juniper berry Juniperus communis is a small, bluish berry that grows on the evergreen juniper bush.  The berries can be harvested and are generally dried before use.  This bush is often used in landscaping, so be careful when harvesting to make sure no pesticides have been used.

These berries can be dried and used as a pepper substitute or roasted and used as a coffee substitute.  Adding a few berries to wintertime dishes gives a lovely seasonal flavor.  In case the flavor seems familiar, Juniper is often used as a base for gin or other liquors.

Juniper berry Juniperus communis

Juniper berries contain useful substances such as vitamin C, tannic acid, volatile oil and resin.  Juniper berry may be helpful for inflammatory conditions, and reducing infection (both bacterial and viral).  This small, yet tasty, berry is considered antiseptic, anti-viral, diuretic, and stomachic, which makes it helpful with infection, fluid retention and stomach issues.  A positive aspect of juniper’s diuretic action is that it does not decrease the electrolyte levels in the body, even while increasing fluid output.

Cautions state to avoid using for too long, or with blood pressure, blood sugar or kidney issues, as it can make problems worse.  It should not be used with seizure disorders.  As an emmenagogue, it works on female reproductive organs, so use during pregnancy and nursing is not recommended, in amounts greater than what is found in food.

Sumac Rhus typhina

Sumac Rhus typhina, also known as Staghorn sumac, is one of the best wild antioxidants.  It is considered by Native Americans to be a sacred and healing tree.  The seeds, bark, and roots can all be eaten, although it’s the seeds that are most beneficial during the winter with their high vitamin C content.

The bark and roots are astringent, diuretic, tonic and refrigerant, making it good for getting rid of excess fluid, toning the body systems, and combating fever.  This wonderful plant promotes healing, both internally and externally.  Gathered in the spring, young shoots can be eaten or dried.  Roots and fruit (berries) are gathered in the fall and can be dried.  The berries can also be used fresh, to make a lemonade-type beverage, hot “tea” or even a jelly that is high in vitamin C.

Staghorn sumac Rhus typhina

Like juniper berry, sumac is also an emmenagogue herb, so use during pregnancy and nursing should be avoided.  In addition, sumac can have an effect on blood sugar levels, so caution is indicated with consuming large quantities.

White pine Pinus strobus

White pine Pinus strobus, is another wild plant that is known for its high levels of vitamin C, and has a great many benefits, among which are its demulcent, expectorant and antiseptic actions.  These make it very helpful with respiratory complaints such as coughs and bronchitis, as it will help soothe membranes, release phlegm and kill infection.  A steam inhalation is one of the best methods used with the upper respiratory tract.

The antiseptic action of the sap (or a pine salve) is helpful with many skin issues, including cuts, scrapes, and burns.  As a tea, pine can be beneficial for problems with the kidneys and bladder, due to its diuretic action.

White pine Pinus strobus

Food options for white pine include making a tea from the fresh needles and a type of “gum” from the sap.  The seeds can be used as a flavoring for cooked foods, and young shoots can be used to make a type of candy.

Staying healthy in the winter months doesn’t have to be boring or taste bad.  And it doesn’t have to be limited to teas, syrups and lozenges, either!  Being able to diversify the herbs we use helps keep us healthier by not overusing the same ones.  Being able to harvest from your own backyard is also a bonus.

 

Stay healthy and herb wisely!

 

Elizabeth Russell, M. Ed, HHP, NPM, HRM is an Intuitive Wellness Coach, Herbalist, Reiki Master, Meditation Instructor, and Artist.  She graduated with Honors from the American College of Healthcare Sciences with certifications in Holistic Health Practice, Natural products Manufacturing, and Herbal Retail Management.  She is founder and owner of Lizbeth’s Botanicals an all-natural bodycare product line.

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Resources (weblinks):

http://altnature.com/gallery/sumach.htm
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Photo Credits

Juniper berry photo credit:http://www.flickr.com/photos/53197974@N05/11333256495
Sumac photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/66762373@N04/22597699277
White Pine Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50697352@N00/8012971212

10 Ways to Feel More Grounded Every Day

10 Ways to Feel More Grounded Every Day

This blog first appeared on the ACHS health and wellness blog here

Developing a wellness plan sounds overwhelming, but it does not have to be. Like most plans for wellness, the hardest part is staying on course.

Before we get started, I want to emphasize that wherever you are on any given day is exactly where you should be. There is no room in life for self-sabotage or limiting beliefs. Always love yourself! Look for the positive in every situation, and you will be on your way to wellness.

This article will not be about eating or exercise. The “wellness” that most of us struggle with is our thoughts: our emotional and mental wellness. The goal is to master your mind instead of being its slave.

Here are 10 ways to foster mental and emotional wellness and a stress-free life that work for me:

1. Accomplish Your To-Do List

Many of us have incredibly long to-do lists. Sometimes it feels as if the list never gets shorter.

I recommend picking three things from your to-do list every day, and focus on those three things. Narrowing your focus helps you to feel less overwhelmed with all there is to do. At the end of the day, look at the three things you completed and enjoy your accomplishment.

2. Evaluate, Don’t Dwell

When encountering a problem in life or a change of plan, it’s important to take a step back and evaluate. If you step out of a situation and give yourself time to calm down, you may realize it was not much of a “problem” after all.

Once a problem is identified, think about possible ways to solve it. Ignoring the problem is not the answer. Once you have made a decision on how to handle the issue, move on. Don’t dwell on it.

3. Sidestep Drama

You can probably identify things in your life that trigger stress or negative feelings. This could be a person, place, or situation. If there are people or things that throw you off course, I suggest avoiding them altogether.

If it is something that cannot be avoided, try creating a mantra to repeat when needed, such as “I can handle whatever comes my way.” It’s simple, yet can be very effective. Surround yourself with people that lift you up.

4. Remember: You’re Responsible for Your Own
Happiness

If you work with clients everyday this section is especially for you!

So many of us spend our days working hard, doing what needs to be done, and graciously helping others, but not spending much time on ourselves. I have an exercise for you. It’s time to make a list.

Make a list of all the things you can think of that make you happy. Spend 15 minutes on this exercise. Do you like to read, paint, sing, dance, do yoga, spend time in nature, read a book, or take a bath? Make the list as thorough as you can. When you are done, look it over. How many of those things do you do everyday? You are responsible for you own happiness; start doing things every day that make you happy.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

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5. Don’t Forget to Breathe

Let’s face it; there are times when a problem cannot be fixed. When you hold on to things for too long, it can become an energy leak.

One method I use to let things go, stay present, and reset my mind is through my breath.

Try a technique called the 4–7-8 breathing technique. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “The 4-7-8 Breath (also known as the Relaxing Breath) is the perfect, portable stress antidote, as it puts the practitioner in a relaxed state almost immediately. It takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.” [1]

Breathe in through your nose slowly to the count of four. Hold that breath to a count of seven, and then slowly exhale through your mouth to a count of eight. Perform this exercise five to ten times for maximum benefits.

“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne W. Dyer

6. Take Electronic Vacations

By electronic vacations, I don’t mean take all of your electronics and sit on the couch all day. What I mean is put them away. There is plenty to see around you. Turn off your electronics and look around. Do not let the beauty of real life pass you by. Electronics have their purpose, but our society is addicted. Getting back to nature would do all of us a lot of good!

7. Practice Guided Imagery

Guided imagery or guided visualization is a great tool to utilize when you need to take your worried mind to a quiet, blissful sanctuary. Do you have a favorite place that helps all the stresses of life melt away? This may be a place you went on vacation or a place that resides only in your imagination.

To utilize this relaxation tool, get comfortable either sitting or laying down, and begin to focus on your breath. Close or soften your eyes and transport yourself to your favorite place. Take in all of the sights, smells, and sounds. Five to 10 minutes in your happy place will leave you both relaxed and energized.

8. Forgive Yourself

We all make mistakes, but how we recover from them is important. Replaying mistakes over and over again is exhausting. You cannot go back and change it, so you have to move forward. Realize you did the best you could, and move on. Mantras work great as does tapping or the Emotional Freedom Technique. A great website that can teach you just how this works to diffuse negative feelings is: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/ [2]

“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

9. Take an Aromatherapy Bath

An aromatic bath is a nice treat at the end of a busy day and can help promote restful sleep.

Recipe:

1 cup quality Epsom salts

1T carrier oil such as jojoba oil OR full fat milk/cream

3-5 drops essential oil (Try lavenderLavandula angustifolia and Roman chamomile Chamaemelum nobile)

Directions: Mix together in a non-reactive container. Fill your bath and add a few drops into the water.

10. Pay it Forward

Contribute to your community or your field. Selfless compassion for others is very rewarding. Helping others lifts you up like nothing else can.

In the words of Helen Keller: Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Incorporate some of these ideas into your wellness plan, and I believe you’ll find yourself more grounded and at peace. If you can work to calm your mind from the busyness of life, you will be better equipped to help others and on your way to improved wellness.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a student of American College of Healthcare Sciences, the Institution that publishes this blog. However, all opinions are my own. This blog may contain affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

References

[1] Breathing Exercises, 4-7-8 Breath. Retrieved from:http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/VDR00160/Dr-Weils-Breathing-Exercises-4-7-8-Breath.html

[2] The Tapping Solution. Retrieved from: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/

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Digestive Sense: Defining How Our Emotions and the Food We Eat Affects Our Gut Health

Digestive Sense: Defining How Our Emotions and the Food We Eat Affects Our Gut Health

A big factor in determining our overall health involves an organ system that many of us ignore and disrespect. This system does so much for us but does not get the respect it deserves; that system is our gut. However, once our gut is in a state of distress, we are not likely to ignore it any longer. There are many things that can disrupt the function of our gut, which is also called our second brain. There is a strong relationship between the food that we eat as well as our levels of stress in regards to how our gut functions, and our overall health.

Have you heard the term your second brain? Contrary to what most know to be our one and only brain located in our head, our gut actually holds what is called the second brain. Dr. Alejandro Junger explains that your first brain serves as your intellectual hardware and your second brain-the gut-is your spiritual and emotional GPS. (Junger) Each of us has a digestive brain, or ENS (enteric nervous system), that has millions of neurons which, via multiple neurotransmitters, have the power to influence both our digestion and our psychological state. (Matveikova) So as Dr. Junger states, your second brain, or your gut, is where you’re spiritual and emotional center is. This is because 90% of your serotonin levels are produced there, with the remaining 10% being produced in the brain in your head. (Gershon) Therefore, if your digestive system is out of whack, your feel good hormones are also disrupted.

Stress, tension, never ending work, no vacations, and the standard American diet (SAD) exhaust the body and the mind and cause the systems of the body to become compromised—beginning with our digestive system. Do you show symptoms of stomach upset when you are under high levels of stress? How about when you make a less than healthy meal choice? Both of these things can result in the exact same symptoms. These can include:

  • Stomach upset
  • Constipation or diarrhea, gas, bloating
  • Cramping (IBS)
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Excess mucous
  • Sinus pressure
  • Skin eruptions
  • Joint pain
  • Inflammation of any kind

If you have many of these symptoms your digestive system is likely totally out of whack. Gut issues have also been linked to seemingly unrelated conditions like: obesity, arthritis, cancer, vaginitis, and even mental conditions including depression, attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder (ADHD), and bipolar disorder. (Wallace) Hippocrates stated that all disease begins in the gut. I think he was on to something.

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Even if you do not have some of the many symptoms mentioned above you may find yourself in another situation, that of developed food allergies or sensitivities.  I have had to learn, and troubleshoot my newly developed health issues the hard way. I did not have any of the classic digestive symptoms, but in the recent years have been under extremely high levels of stress. I have endured the loss of a parent, a severe car accident resulting in years of chronic relenting pain, a surgery, and the common life challenges that a mom of two young boys and being a full time student brings. My health issues started in the gut, but did not show it until I was way beyond a simple fix. You see, once the digestive system is under constant assault with stress, bad food choices, etc., the gastrointestinal (gut) microbiota is negatively affected, and this is the cause of the various possible health issues listed above.

It is important to sit and observe your gut, as it is trying to speak to you. Once symptoms arise such as painful bloating, cramps, and diarrhea, your gut is beyond talking and is now yelling. Observe your gut signals when there is no pain, both on an empty stomach and after meals. Is there rumbling, dull aches, throbbing, emptiness, or minor bloating? Listening to your gut can help to identify foods that are irritating, as well as our guts overall state of health during any given moment of the day.

It is equally important to observe your stresses. Everyone is stressed, and there are many ways to cope. Many are surprised when they learn that the amount of stress they are under directly correlates to the health of their gut. Stress is a normal part of life, but it is important to recognize and observe it, as well as to do things to find relief. When you are under undue stress, pay attention to how your feel. Is your stomach tight and in knots? Do you have more indigestion? Constipation? General stomach aches?

Meditation

Try to sit in silence and see what your gut is telling you when you are in a stressful situation. Maybe you have never paid attention before. You may find the sensations are very strong. This is the gut-brain connection at work.

Have you ever heard the phrase over 70% of your immune system lies in your gut? This is our gut microbiota, or gut bugs. For the most part we live in harmony with the bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms that typically inhabit the gut (called the gastrointestinal microbiota), and these have played a vital role in maintaining human health. Gershon stated that the rigors of the modern lifestyle, overuse of antibiotics, and the SAD diet have done much to restructure the once symbiotic relationship, resulting in significantly disrupted gut environment.

Some indicators of a happy and healthy gastrointestinal tract include 2-4 bowels movements per day, feeling good and energized not only after eating but all day long, sleeping well, and having no extreme mood swings or food cravings. These indicators are pretty rare; do you have all of them? What can we do to help to restore the gut microbiota of our gastrointestinal tract as well as our health? A good first step is to avoid processed foods; eat less from a box, bag, or can.  The main culprits of food sensitivity include but are not limited to: wheat, gluten, yeast, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, nuts, and coffee. Taking a high quality probiotic is critical to keep the balance of your microbiota healthy. Digestive enzymes are naturally produced in the body but are on the decline as we age. It is important to eat plenty of raw uncooked fruits and vegetables to get enzymes naturally; cooking kills the enzymes in our food. If you are having digestion issues, taking an enzyme may prove to be very helpful. Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fiber. Equally crucial to overall health is reducing stress. Do something every day that makes you calm, happy, and brings you back to what is really important in life.

Some simple ideas on how you can improve digestion when eating a meal:

  • Eat in a relaxed state
  • Take time in between bites
  • Make sure to chew your food thoroughly
  • Do not drink a lot of liquid during your meal

Another great recommendation is to keep a food journal. Recognizing what you have eaten before you became bloated, gassy, and irritable will be very helpful to finding out what is not working for you.

I hope that this short explanation of our digestive system has led to a better understanding of why it is vitally important to provide your body with the good food and good attitude it needs; and what can happen if you don’t. Remember, your digestive system is very complex, and is there to protect you; but it needs your constant attention so be sure to take care of it. 

 

References:

Gershon, M. (1999) The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines. New York, New York. HarperCollins Publishers

Junger, A., M.D (2013). Clean Gut-The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health. New York: HarperCollins Publishing Inc.

Matveikova, I., M.D (2014). Digestive Intelligence. Scotland, UK: Findhorn Press

Wallace, TC., Guarner, F., Madsen, K., Cabana, MD., Gibson, G., Hentges, E., Sanders, ME., (2011) Human gut microbiota and its relationship to health and disease. Nutr rev. Jul;69 (7); 392-403

 

Please note that I am not a medical practitioner. The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. By using this website, you assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions. 

 

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Carrier Oils-What are they and why should you use them?

Carrier Oils-What are they and why should you use them?

Do you have dry skin? Do you like massages? Do you use essential oils? Then you should familiarize yourself with the many carrier oils at your disposal. Carrier oils are fixed oils. They are pressed from the fatty portions of a plant (seeds, nuts, kernels) and unlike essential oils can go rancid over time. They nourish the skin as they have many nutrients and fatty acids, and they are essential to use when using essential oils for topical application.

Some carrier oils are odorless, light and penetrate the skin quickly while others can be overwhelming in an aromatherapy blend and leave an oily residue on the skin.

It is important to know the shelf life of your carrier oil and remember to always store in a dark cool spot.

Carrier Oils

 

Part II

Carrier Oils Part 2

Most everyone has a favorite carrier oil. Which one to use will depend on what you are trying to accomplish. I could not possibly pick just one, or even three favorites. I have at least 50% of these carrier oils at my disposal, and the more you use them the easier it will be to instinctively know which one to grab when making a product.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me. I am happy to help!

If you are interested in purchasing a carrier oil to try, Mountain Rose Herbs has a large variety of carrier oils, as well as essential oils, herbs and more. (Carrier oils are under ingredients) Click here to be redirected.

**Please note this is a affiliate link. I have chosen only Mountain Rose Herbs to be an affiliate as I stand behind their phenomenal products. For those unfamiliar…rest assured you will not pay any more for your product by using this link.

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Additional Resources/Recommendations

The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide by: Danielle Sade

Power of the Seed by: Susan Parker

 

Liquid Sunshine by: Jan Kusmirek

 

 

 

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