Creating a healthy home does not have to be an exhausting endeavor. In fact, it can be more of an adventure even fun! You do not have to give up your lifestyle or make extreme changes to improve your home. You just need to open your eyes, and put your nose into action!
Today, many non-toxic and organic products are available at your local supermarket; making it easy for you to integrate these healthier options into your home cleaning regime slowly. We even have some products that are up there in the ‘easier, safer, and healthier class‘ it’s just a matter of reaching for one brand over another that leaves no toxic residue and smells pleasant and natural. Visit Healthy Home Solutions and you will see what I mean.
Know that with every significant change that you make, you are reducing your exposure to health hazards, you are making a better world. Get excited about making your home a better place to live, because your healthy home contributes to a healthy planet, and that’s a win-win. (more…)
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 FractionatedCoconut 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
If you have time to read this, you are probably one of the thousands, to hundreds of thousands to now millions of people that are affected at this time by the ripple effect of Corona Virus, or COVID-19.
When Should You Pay Attention To A Sneeze? There’s a lot of talk about the coronavirus in china right now, clients have been contacting me and asking me ‘Annie, how serious should we be taking this, and is this more about media hype and scaring the ‘crap out of everyone?’
To answer that, just like I told my clients, I am not a doctor and I do not prescribe! I say the most effective way I can help people is with ‘real’ prevention and immune building practices which I practice myself every day. In other words, I’m not asking anyone to do something that I’m –
a) not prepared to do myself,
b) not qualified to handle,
c) because my ego tells me I should know better.
So, with that said, if you are sneezing your head off, and you know it’s more than hayfever, and you are not getting over it, then you have to pay attention to the symptoms, out of respect for the people you hang around with! Read more….
When my son moved back home it was wonderful and challenging all at the same time. He came back with all his ‘stuff’. We needed more ‘stuff’ like a hole in the head, and that would have been more comfortable given what we went through over Christmas.
His well-intention gift to me was to paint my office walls and his room! ‘Mum, I’m going to paint your office, and brighten it up!’ “Okay, that’s great son, when did you plan on getting that done?” His reply ‘Oh, just before Christmas mum, so it’s ready for you for Christmas day.’
Sounded awesome at the time, but for our son to paint my office and his room, everything would have to be moved out first, and this is where the upheaval began but the decluttering opportunity arrived. (more…)