I recently had a wake up call regarding my health. Another reminder that I need to make personal some of those healthy changes that I teach to others. I know what is true, I know what I need to do. Making change is often best done one step at a time. Big goals can be overwhelming. Or is this just how it is for me? The finish line seems so far away - and then when it comes to healthy choices - we are never truly finished. Right?
Recently, in a coaching session I was turned on to the 5% rule. What if today, I just give 5% more toward the goal. Don't take it all on in a day. So, I've been doing that. Of course, I have chosen to do the easiest 5% up until now. Now I'm at the hard stuff, hard for me. After a full month or more of not doing even the 5% more, I recruited accountability - someone who inspires me through the level of discipline they are committed to, and doesn't pretend that it is easy - and I asked my wonderful sister-in-law to hold me accountable to my fitness goals. Best thing I could have done! Knowing that she is going to ask gives me that additional motivation to get moving. She is good at it too!
So, as I tackle my goals one step at a time (literally) and learn to approach wellness as prevention instead of repair, I immediately wanted to share this article.
"It is the culmination of daily choices that will create the sum total of our health-care outcomes; do we chose to repair or prevent?"
Right now, I still have some repairing to do. It is definitely more difficult than preventing! Thing is, just one preventative change can affect many outcomes. My first step toward a lifestyle of wellness and prevention was implementing the use of essential oils into my every day life. I am so glad that I did! Using essential oils has given me the energy and strength to tackle the other bad habits I had adopted.
I am determined to focus our energy on powerful and productive health habits.
Learn more from Dr. David Steuer, specifically some of the steps that we can take toward wellness from a prevention perspective: READ ON...
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN
Top Three Essential Oils You Need: 99 Ways To Use Lavender, Lemon And Peppermint
There are so many amazing essential oils out there, but knowing which ones to start
with can be confusing! If this sounds familiar, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to introduce you to the three most popular essential oils from doTERRA that I always recommend; the Beginners Trio Kit of lavender, lemon and peppermint. I’m also going to share with you how to use them andhow to reap some fabulous benefits for you and your family. Remember that these are powerful oils and shouldn’t be applied without a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. You can also use sweet almond oil or even olive oil. You can read more about using essential oils safely here.
Lavandula (common name lavender) is part of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Lavender flowers are usually purple, a colour associated with the crown chakra, for higher purpose and spiritual connectivity. This symbolism is so appropriate as lavender is often used for healing and. doTERRA source their lavender essential oil from Bulgaria where the sunny, dry Black Sea climate coupled with dry, well drained, sandy soils are ideal for this aromatic plant.
With a distinct aroma and countless applications, lavender essential oil has been used for centuries topically, internally and aromatically. Known for its sweet-floral aroma and calming properties, the major constituents of lavender oil include linalool and linalyl acetate. The versatile nature of this lovely oil make it a doTERRA favourite, and a must-have to keep on hand at all times.
33 Lavender Oil Uses And Benefits:
As my go-to Swiss Army knife essential oil, lavender is always in my holiday first-aid kit (read more here). Here’s a list of how to use lavender and some of the benefits:
Fun fact: it takes around 16 kilos of lavender flowers to produce just one 15ml bottle of lavender essential oil! If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and uses of lavender essential oil you can watch this video:
Have you tried any of these suggestions? What is your favourite way to use lavender?
doTERRA sources lemon essential oil from citrus orchards in Sicily, Italy. Through Co-Impact Sourcing®, doTERRA has provided a business opportunity for families who have grown lemon and bergamot for generations continue their family tradition of running an orchard. Clean, fresh, citrusy lemon essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile oils, with variety of uses and benefits, not just in the kitchen. The high limonene content makes it a powerful antioxidant and a cleansing agent so its deodorising and purifying properties are often used in cleaning and preservative products and diffusers. Lemon may also aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function when taken internally.
33 Lemon Oil Uses And Benefits:
Fun fact: In one year, a single lemon tree has the potential to produce around 250kgs of lemons, and it typically takes around 45 lemons to fill a 15mL essential oil bottle. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and uses of lemon essential oil you can watch this video:
Did you know about all the skincare applications for lemon essential oil? What are your favourite ways to use this lovely citrus oil in your home?
The peppermint plant is a versatile perennial herb that has been cherished since ancient times and is now used by cosmetic, culinary, and health industries around the world. It’s well known for its ability to help digestive health, promote healthy respiratory function, and provide flavour enhancement too. No wonder it’s one of doTERRA’s best-selling essential oils.
The main chemical component of peppermint is menthol which gives it the fresh and minty scent. It also makes it energising and invigorating, and is very cooling to the skin, and can be used topically to relieve feelings of tension.
33 Peppermint Oil Uses And Benefits:
Fun fact: Peppermint’s scientific name is Mentha piperita. In ancient Greek Mythology, Minthe (also known as Mentha), a nymph, was transformed by Queen Persephone into a sweet-smelling mint.
Have you ever used peppermint as a breathing aid? Or in recipes? How do you like to use it?
Post by: Tanya Maidment