Heal Headaches with Essential Oils

by Cassandra Philpot

July 2016

Headaches are a very common thing among many people in the world. Some people have worse headaches than others, but no matter what, headaches are awful. Massage is a wonderful way to go about getting help with headaches. I know, not everyone can get in for a massage when a headache strikes, but I can give you a few tips that might help relieve one anywhere.

Essential oils are amazing at helping relax, clam, and make you feel you better. Here a few oils that help relieve a headache:

  • Eucalyptus - anti-inflammatory, sinus headaches
  • Helichrysum - powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Lavender - anti-inflammatory, sedative properties. Good for alleviating headaches at night.
  • Roman Chamomile - same as Lavender, anti-inflammatory and sedative. Also good for alleviating headaches at night.
  • Peppermint - High amounts of menthol, which is known to help relax and ease tension for headaches and muscle pain. Stimulating and may interfere with sleep
  • Spearmint - Most recommended for headaches. High amount of menthol

Now I’m going to tell you a few things you can do with these oils to help with headaches. What you’ll want to do first is get a carrying oil ( JoJoba oil, sweet almond oil). There are other carrier oils out there that you can use. You can look more up online. Then you’ll want to take which ever oil listed from above you are going to using and combined the oil and carrying oil together in a bottle. You’ll want to use about 10-12 drops of essential oil for 1 oz. of carrier oil. Then you can take the mixed up oils put a few drops in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and massage the oils onto your forehead, back of the neck, and temples. Make sure not to get any near your eyes. Also, you might want to use more or less oils as needed. Sometimes too much essential oils scent can make a headache worse.

There are other things you can do with these oils as well, such as making a mist to spray onto your bed at night. Lavender is a great one for this. You’ll need a spray bottle, distilled water, and lavender essential oil. Use about 12-16 drops of essential oil and fill the bottle with distilled water. Shake and spray your bed. Be sure not to use too much of the spray or lavender, as it can act as a stimulant and keep you up.

Also if you have a chronic headache or migraine issue this will not fix the problem, and neither will massage. You should talk to you doctor about chronic headache issues. Use massage and these essential oil tips only as a way to help get some relief, and only if you feel it will help.

There are so many other things you can do with these oils. You can go online and look up all kinds of ways to use essential oils. If you need a place to buy essential oils Rebecca Geiger and myself (Cassandra Philpot) both sell Young Living Essential Oils. We’d be more than happy to help you get started on you essential oil journey today!

Grilled Watermelon Margarita

by Rebecca Geiger

June 2016

Yes, I said grilled!

 This cocktail is not just hydrating and delicious, it is also a natural sunscreen and cancer fighter.

 

 

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • Glass filled with ice
  • 1-1½ oz. clear Tequila
  • 1-1½ oz. Grilled Watermelon Puree* (below)
  • Sparkling water to top off cocktail
  • Lime wedge for garnish

*To make the Grilled Watermelon Puree, slice a 1-2 inch thick slice of seedless watermelon (with rind on) and grill on medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the rind, cut into chunks and put into a blender. Add the juice of 1 lime and a little sweetener (if you have to; grilling brings out more natural sweetness) and blend on high until completely smooth.

Healthful Note: Grilling the watermelon activates the lycopene carotenoid. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and acts as a natural sunscreen. It also helps prevent heart disease and many cancers. Other foods rich in lycopene are tomatoes and other red fruits and veggies. Although your body will absorb some lycopene from raw foods, it absorbs more from food that has been heated.

Have a Safe & Savvy Summer

By Rebecca Geiger

June 2016

It is summer tiem! It is time for grilling, sunbathing, vacationing, and just chilling out! If you are like me, you love going to the pool to cool off in the summer time. It is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. I also really enjoy grilling out, going to festivals and watching my plants grow in the garden.

All of these things require me to be in the sun and heat all day, which can get the best of me at times. Over the years, I have learned some tricks to make the most out of my summer by balancing the things I love to do with my own body’s needs.

Top 3 things you must consider while outside during the summer…

1. Hydration- You need to consume at least 50% of your body weight in ounces of water per day on the regular. When you are perspiring, this number goes up. Listen to your body and drink when thirsty, (or hungry, as this is sometimes a sign of dehydration rather than actual hunger). When in doubt, drink 6-8 ounces of water every hour you are outside.

2. Sunscreen- You need at least an SPF 30 (SPF 15 year round) to really be protected in the summer. If you didn’t know, I have to let you know that YOU STILL GET TAN WEARING SUNSCREEN. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. The increase in the brown color pigment, melanin, is what makes your skin get darker. Yes, this is definitely influenced by the sun, but not necessarily form the sun’s harmful rays that you need the protection from.

You must read this if you use spray sunscreen!

I am not even going to go there about the potential hazards on our ozone layer these spray sunscreens may still possess, but where I will go is here. Spray sunscreens prevent you from offering positive touch to your children.

There is so much talk about negative touch on children, which absolutely disgusts me, but I wish there was more talk on positive touch on children. There are amazing health benefits of touch, in general, and children should get to experience them.

You may already show your children loving touch, but you also may not. So, I am here to just remind you to take the opportunity to show your child loving touch by applying sunscreen in a lotion form (If you insist on using the spray, massage it in with your hands). Give them a little massage, and get them to do the same to you.

It is a great bonding experience. Oxytocin, the bonding hormone is activated by touch. Please read more about the research and benefits of touch here. http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/1666/The-Power-of-Touch

3 Shade- You don’t always have access to shade when you are enjoying the great outdoors, but with a little planning, you can make it work. Here is how I manage shade to help prevent myself from overheating.

When I go to the pool, I try to find a somewhat shaded area. If I can’t find a good area, I make one with an umbrella or an extra large towel.

If I am outside enjoying a festival or bbq, I always remember to wear sunglasses to shade my eyes. I know it seems obvious, but I see so many people squinting in the sun when they don’t have to. Our eyes are precious, and they need loving care, too. And, squinting causes premature wrinkles, which I know you don’t want.

Anyone who thinks gardening is so simple and effortless (like I used to), you are WRONG-O. It is hard work digging and pulling and hauling and dripping sweat. I have experienced major heat headaches after spending a couple hours gardening in the hot sun. To prevent myself from taking 4 ibuprofen and having to lie down for 30 minutes, I now just garden in the evening when the direct sun is no longer beaming down on me. I will find other, more pleasurable, ways of relaxing than being forced to by heat exhaustion.

Like, get a massage!

Summer time is supposed to be easy peezy, lemon squeezy (as my daughter says), and you should enjoy every minute of it. Just like its opposing season, Winter, you have to take precautions to protect yourself form the hazards of the sometimes harsh weather. Please enjoy your summer, but be savvy and take care of yourself!

 

 

 

Citronella for Summer

By Cassandra Philpot

June 2016

Citronella is a grass that grows mainly in Asian countries and some South Pacific islands. Citronella is named for its smell; it has a rich lemony smell to it. It’s not only known for its smell, but it has many benefits and uses as well. In this article I’ll explain the benefits and share some uses for citronella oil.

Citronella can be used for many wonderful health benefits. It can be used as an antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, and insect repellent. Most everyone has heard of, or used, a citronella candle in the summer time to keep the bugs away. Citronella oil is the same thing but in a purer form. If you have liver, stomach or intestine problems, citronella may be able to help with some types of inflammation.

Citronella oil helps fight off depression, anxiety, and many other issues like these. You can put a couple of drops in your palm, cup your hands, and take a few deep breaths in, or you could put a few drops on your wrists and the back of your neck, to help clam you down.

Plus, you can’t go wrong with a little citronella in your life in the summer time. You can use it to make your own bug repellent! Use citronella oil alone, or add other oil like peppermint or lemongrass. All you have to do is put a few drops on your clothes, skin, or a tissue and you’re good to go.

You could also mix the oils you want to use together with some distilled water, pour into a spray bottle, and BOOM, your very own chemical free bug repellent!

Here is a recipe I found that I thought I would share:

How-to Make Homemade Essential Oil Insect Repellent Spray

Makes 4 ounces

  • 2 ounces distilled or boiled water
  • 1.5 ounces witch hazel or vodka
  • 30 drops citronella essential oil
  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil* (optional, if you add this, add only 1 ounce of vodka or witch hazel

You can also add a few drop of citronella oil to a tea candle and light it. It should keep the bugs away, and no more buying over-priced citronella candles.

Keep in mind that a little citronella essential oil can help you out this summer. If you are interested in purchasing any Young Living Essential Oils, Rebecca and myself are Young Living representatives and can place an order for you. Just give us a call or e-mail. The Citronella Essential Oil comes in a 15 ml bottle and is $25.66 plus tax and shipping.

 

 

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