Breathing

Breathing

When I was a little girl, my family and I shared our summer holidays in ‘Macrae’, a beautiful beachside suburb of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.  The water was sparkly green-blue and sometimes grey as the mood of the sky reflected back a predictable color and pattern for most of our summer.

I would play and swim for hours on that beach, walking up to Rosebud pier and back and accumulating and intensifying every freckle that is still on my skin today.      I used to dive under the water and hold my breath for as long as physically possible, and rejoice in the inhalation of new oxygen as I burst out of the water for embracing life.  I shuddered at the thought of not being able to breathe, not being able to take in those deep inhales, and express those necessary exhales. (more…)

Annie’s Gut Support Essential Oils

Annie’s Gut Support Essential Oils

Everyone at some point in time will have a Gut issue or require some help with their digestive process due to poor food choices, stress, allergies, and anatomical rebellion (my term for when the body has a genuine fault due to no fault of the lifestyle choices, but more likely a situation that one is born with).

The Gut reflects back to you how the rest of the body is dealing with life!  It’s a connective factory in its own right which needs to be fully appreciated and respected.   With that in mind lets have a look at these suggested oils, and what we can do with them:

Doterra has the right sort of food-grade essential oils that support the gut so well, you just need to know how to use them!  That’s what this article is all about, helping you to get the most out of oils when it comes to gut stuff!

Digestzen: (otherwise known as Digestive Blend)

Single oils in this blend are – Ginger, Peppermint, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Coriander, and Anise.

Upset stomach – apply 2 drops over the stomach area.  I add a little Fractionated Coconut oil (FCO) to my palm, then add 2-3 drops, rub the palms together and do a clockwise rub over the abdominal area.  For general maintenance or anxiety, it’s a good one to diffuse in the room and rub on the stomach, as it calms the digestive system.  May need to be reapplied several times in a day, and is safe to do so.

In my selection, I suggest 10ml roll-on and the 15ml one, so that you can easily apply the roll-on when in a hurry and for less oil wastage. The roll-on blend can stay in a sports bag, travel bag, or handbag for finding quickly.

Lemon:  Use lemon essential oil as an uplifting aroma, diffuse in rooms to freshen the environment.  Use internally by applying a drop to a glass or mug, adding room temperature filtered water, or warmer water.  Stir and sip on this throughout the day.  Cleans the body effectively and helps to change the pH. Consume 3-4 times in a day!

Lime & Fennel:  Lime can be used in the same way as lemon, however, combined with Fennel (which is also in the Digestive Blend), it can be used as a tonic.  Apply 3 drops Lime & 3 drops Fennel into empty 2 liter Glass Jug.  Add room temperature water to half, then hot water from the kettle to top it up.  Serve Lime and Fennel warm to improve the Enteric Nervous System, which in turn improves concentration, reduces anxiety, and clears the mind.  Drinking Lime and Fennel helps to break down undigested proteins in the small bowel, thereby increasing the metabolism, improving assimilation and utilization of nutrients and helping you to feel more energetic.  Can be drunk all throughout the day.

Oregano:  Convenient in the 10ml roll-on bottle, apply to improve the immune system, to help as an overall parasite cleanse.  Apply to bottoms of feet 3 times a day, (same time preferably) for 10-day periods towards the full moon, to help disturb parasites.  Can do for up to 3 months until you reach the desired result.  See Annie for more on this.

Suggested times for application are: 7.30am – 1.30pm – 7.00pm.  Oregano can also help the respiratory system.  Antibacterial – apply 1 drop of Oregano to 3 drops of FCO and apply to the liver area and bottoms of feet.

On Guard:  As a protective blend On Guard can be used to massage the throat, make sure you add to FCO.  On Guard is a hot oil and can upset sensitive/young skin without diluting!  What’s in the blend?  Orange, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary. Dilute 1 drop in 15 drops of FCO massage the thymus to stimulate the immune system, and massage under the arms to stimulate the lymphatic system.

Annie’s Candida Sweet Tooth Suggestion:  Cut up 1 apple into fine slices, soak in water that covers the apple pieces.  Add 1-2 drops of On Guard, and 1 drop of lime essential oil.  Soak for 10 minutes before stirring the pieces around a little and chew each piece slowly and methodically for thorough digestion.  The action of chewing stimulates the stomach acids to go to work gently while changing the chemistry of the body and ultimately reducing unnatural cravings.  Note:  It’s unlikely after consuming this that you will want something sweet, as the On Guard essential oil blend changes your taste buds, so you won’t be able to enjoy anything sweet let alone crave it!

Peppermint Beadlets:  Peppermint essential oil enclosed in little tiny balls made out of Guar Gum, Agar, Carrageenan, and vegetable gums.  They are quite effective on long trips to pep you up, and convenient for bad breath (halitosis).  Just place one in your mouth or crush the beadlets in your mouth for an explosion of Peppermint oil.   Note:  There are also On Guard beadlets which can be added to your Gut Support oils and blends.  When you are fasting, cleansing, or eliminating foods from your diet the beadlets can be very useful to keep your mouth feeling fresh and kissable!  (If you have ever fasted and tried to kiss your partner or kids, they will tell you how bad your breath smells).

Peppermint:  Although this essential oil is included in the Digestive Blend, it still deserves to be included in the Gut Support Essentials, in its own right, and that’s because peppermint essential oil is so valuable for allergies, headaches, nausea, and congestion.

Allergies:  if you apply peppermint to Lavender and Lemon with 5ml at least of FCO, apply to the temple area (careful not too close to eyes), and/or a few drops on a handkerchief, to keep near you when seasonal threats are upon you, inhale.  It works for me!

Use Peppermint in tea - 1 drop of peppermint in a 2-liter glass jug with warm to hot water makes a very soothing gut tea, especially if I add 1 – 2 drops of Fennel, this tonic helps with cramps and irritable bowel syndrome.  You can apply peppermint essential oil to the abdomen with FCO and carry out a light massage much like what was suggested for the Digestive roll-on blend.

Peppermint essential oil can assist with making Colon Polyps, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Diarrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Halitosis, Migraines, Motion Sickness, Gastric ulcers, and vomiting, more bearable.  Can it cure these issues?  No, I’m not saying that however, some of my clients have experienced significant improvements in their overall health.  The best way to use peppermint first is to remove the lid, smell the aroma in, take a deep breath, and continue to inhale until you are not aware of the strength of the smell.  Diffusing this oil around your kitchen area, alternating between the citrus oils and Digestive blend for a different and complementary effect.

Just using these essential oils in simple and effective ways will support your gut and digestive system in a measurable way.  As with everything, start slowly and record your experiences.  For more help with these single oils and blends contact Annie on 0402 166 187. x

3 Reasons Why Cold Weather Can Be Good For You

3 Reasons Why Cold Weather Can Be Good For You

3 Reasons why Cold Weather can be Good For You:

I’m not a winter person, not one little bit, I say that every year!  However, I think it’s important to look for the benefits, the plus side to winter, to experiencing cold temperatures and how for most of us a change in temperature can be very good for the immune system. (more…)

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil – Spice of Life.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil – Spice of Life.

 

When I think of Cinnamon Oil, I think of apple pies and cinnamon buns, and the aromatic effect of that memory is bliss, because I associate the sweetness and the warmth of life with the aroma of ‘Cinnamon.’  It may surprise you that Cinnamon bark essential oil is also diffused to help with sweet cravings and added to food for that extra flavour and very pleasing and an exceptional satisfying aroma.

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Annie’s Toasted Muesli – Winter Warmer

Annie’s Toasted Muesli – Winter Warmer

Sometimes it’s just nice to have a bowl of homemade muesli, it warms you up in winter and satisfies the urge to enjoy something that is grounding and warm.  This is where Annie’s homemade muesli comes into its own.

Here’s what you will need.

  • one large baking tray
  • 500 gms organic rolled oats
  • 250 gms sunflower seeds
  • 250 gms pepita’s (pumpkin seeds)
  • 100 gms shredded coconut
  • 100 gms shaved coconut pieces
  • 100 gms walnut pieces
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 drop of cinnamon bark essential oil (optional)

Optional extra ingredients – 

  • 100 gms sultanas
  • 100 gms dried currants
  • 100 gms dates

Putting it together –

Begin by spreading out the oats on your prepared baking tray.  Follow on with the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and walnut pieces.  Drizzle the honey over the top and gently stir in the more vulnerable ingredients like the coconut and walnuts.

Place in a hot oven and bake for 5 minutes, keep an eye on it, don’t walk away or get involved with another task, it’s very easy for this to burn.  After 5 minutes, come back stir the unheated ingredients to allow for a more even toasting effect.  Bake a further 5 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.  Add one drop of cinnamon bark essential oil.  Tossing the muesli through the essential oil adds a warming aroma.

If you desire more sweetened muesli add the sultanas, dried currants, and dates.  If not you can leave out those ingredients.

Store in an airtight container either in the refrigerator or in the coolest part of your pantry.  Store in a glass jar if possible.

Serve with fresh apple pieces and muesli mix soaked in hot water.  Delicious.

 

 

 

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