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Who needs better sleep?!?! If you don’t, then you are a rarity. Many people don’t get enough sleep. And if they are in bed for 7+ hours a night, often they are up and down, tossing and turning. Essentials oils aren’t a magical cure but, when it comes to sleep, they can help tremendously.
Sleep is when our bodies heal, regenerate, and rejuvenate. According to the CDC, adults who sleep less than 7 hours a night are more likely to have chronic health conditions such as depression, diabetes, asthma, cancer, COPD, arthritis, and strokes. Sleep is necessary for our bodies to function properly.
If you’re trying to decide the best essential oil to use for sleep, you’re in luck. You have several options. I suggest starting with lavender. As you purchase more oils, add in a few others. You may find that lavender is all you need. Or it might be that a combination does the trick. We are all wired differently so it may take some play to determine what’s best for you.
The Best Essential Oils for Sleep
Wild Orange: The essential oil promotes deep rest and helps to calm a racing mind. It is commonly used for nervousness and reducing anxious feelings.
Marjoram: Often used to reduce body aches, Marjoram has sedative like properties and this makes it beneficial for rest.
Lavender: Lavender is known for it’s soothing and restful properties. It’s calming and relaxing. It’s a very mild essential oil and a great choice for babies, toddlers, and children.
Vetiver: Vetiver is an earthy scent. It impacts the nervous system and also has grounding and sedative like properties.
Juniper Berry: Juniper helps you to unwind and relax. It helps you to go to sleep more quickly and rest more deeply.
Cedarwood: Cedarwood is another essential oil that impacts the nervous system and has sedative like properties. It is an excellent aid that will help you rest.
Spikenard: Spikenard is another earthy scent. It was highly prized in Biblical items. It promotes relaxation and is grounding.
Roman Chamomile: Like lavender, Roman Chamomile is a great option for the littles. It is mild, calming, and relaxing. It’s one of the best essential oils for sleep.
Stay tuned for more. In a few days, I’ll let you know exactly HOW to use essential oils for sleep.
In the essential oil world, frankincense is knows as the King of Oils. There’s a good reason for this. It is potent, powerful, and amazingly versatile. Frankincense is considered a tonic as it has a positive impact on all of the body’s systems: respiratory, nervous, digestive, urinary, muscular, immune, etc.
Most of us know frankincense as one of the three gifts given to the Christ child. Along with myrrh and gold, frankincense would have had considerable value and was a lucrative trade item from 1000 B.C. – 400 A.D. But what exactly is frankincense? It’s actually dried sap from trees in the Boswellia genus family. These trees are native to Oman, Yemen, Somalia, and Ethiopia. After collecting the sap, it is allowed to harden into a resin which is later steam distilled producing an essential oil.
Chemically, frankincense essential oil is a complex mixture of monoterpenes such as alpha-pinene, Limonene, alpha-Thujene, and beta-Pinene. What does this mean to the average person who doesn’t have a degree in chemistry? The diverse chemistry works together to provide many benefits and therapeutic properties. Let’s take a look:
AND….it boosts the performance of all other essential oils
Amazing, right? Now let’s talk about how you actually use this stuff. In general, we use essential oils in 3 ways: aromatic, topically, and internally.
Aromatically. You can pop off the top and inhale. Put a drop in your hand, rub your hands together, cover your nose and inhale. It’s pretty simple. To receive more lasting benefits, try diffusing frankincense in an essential oil diffuser. Diffusers break up essential oils into tiny molecules which can be easily dispersed throughout the air. Everyone in the room receives the benefits.
Topically. Frankincense can be applied topically to the skin. We generally add a drop to fractionated coconut oil and massage into the needed area. Here is a dilution chart with suggested dilution ratios. When applying to the face, I add a drop of frankincense to my moisturizer. Frankincense is a mild oil and can be applied neat but, interestingly, essential oils are often MORE powerful when diluted.
Internally. Occasionally, you may choose to use frankincense essential oil internally. This can be particularly effective for GI issues. Simply add a drop of frankincense to 8 oz of water and drink. My daughter often has horrible head tension. A drop of frankincense pressed to the roof of the mouth really helps!
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Of course, we are also using our essential oils. And, of course, they are really helping. Essential oils are incredibly versatile and have some pretty awesome health benefits. Here’s just a little bit about what we are using and how we are using it.
Essential Oils & Broken Bones
Lemongrass. Lemongrass is good for connective tissue and tendon support. It also helps with the normal aches and pains associated with a broken bone. Lemongrass relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation.
Cypress. This essential oil is good for the circulatory system. After knee surgery, the circulation in my daughter’s foot was poor. A little massage with Cypress quickly brought blood flow back.
Deep Blue. This is a propiratory doTerra blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, ylang ylang, helichrysum, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and osmanthus. Individually, these oil support healing for the bones and ligaments and help with pain and inflammation. It’s a powerful combination.
Immortelle. This is another doTerra pr0piratory blend. It consists of frankincense, Hawaiian sandalwood, lavender, myrrh, helichrysum, and rose essential oils. If you know essential oils, then you know that these are all individual powerhouses. Mostly, I’m using this blend to help improve the skin and prevent scarring.
Marjoram. Marjoram helps with pain, sprains, and muscle spasms. It’s a much under-used essential oil but one to keep on hand to support aches and pains.
Frankincense. Frankincense helps reduce inflammation and also helps to reduce scaring. It is knows as the king of oils and for good reason. When we are dealing with a major issue, we always add in frankincense.
AromaTouch. This is a doTerra propriatory blend containing cypress, peppermint, marjoram, basil, grapefruit, and lavender. Notice that we are already using a few of these single oils. Because we are using the oils several times a day, sometimes I will opt for using just AromaTouch and frankincense. It’s just a bit easier.
Correct-X. This is an ointment that contains frankincense, helichrysum, melaleuca, cedarwood, and lavender. It soothes the skin and promotes physical and internal healing. We have been using this on the incisions on my girl’s leg. It keeps the area clean and will help the area heal nicely.
With essential oils, consistency is key. I try to use the oils a few times a day. I don’t use them all. Generally, I’ll pick a few and layer them. So, in the morning, I might use cypress, Deep Blue, and frankincense. Mid-day, I’ll grab AromaTouch and frankincense. At night when her leg is tired from the day’s activities, I use them all.
For ease of use, I have these pre-diluted in 10ml roller bottles. A 10ml roller bottle holds 180 drops so I will use about 20 drops of essential oil and then top with fractionated coconut oil. Diluting essential oils actually makes them even more effective because the essential oil absorbs more readily into the skin. You can read more on diluting essential oils here.
The oils have been a tremendous help. Often, my daughter will ask for them. Her pain is reduced and the scars are healing very nicely. Be sure and talk with your doctor about using alternatives. They really are a great addition to your healing.
It’s been a crazy few weeks in our household. 2 months ago, my daughter fell while skateboarding and injured her knee. We took a trip to urgent care where they diagnosed a bad sprain. One month, 3 x-rays, and an MRI later, we realized that it wasn’t a sprain but a very bad fracture. Surgery was scheduled and, fortunately, all went well. There are times when modern medicine is necessary and this was definitely one of those times.
I’m grateful for our skilled orthopedic surgeon as well as a medical facility with modern, cutting edge equipment. I did a lot of research and chose a surgeon with a great reputation and a ton of experience. Fortunately, our family uses Samaritan Ministries and we are able to choose our own doctors and have no limitations on second opinions or treatment plans. Again, I’m 100% grateful.
It was a pretty bad break and my daughter’s recovery process involves a lot of physical therapy. I am a believer in natural alternatives and quickly started researching herbs, essential oils, supplements, and alternative treatments that would promote bone and tissue healing as well as relieve discomfort. Here are a few things that are working for us.
Dr. Christopher’s Bone & Tissue. This is a blend of herbals that helps to regenerate healthy tissue and bones. My girl is taking the herbal supplement and the ointment. Both promote healing. Be sure and read the reviews on Amazon. Good stuff!
doTerra A-Z multivitamin. This is a whole foods based supplement. Bones are composed of many different minerals. The body needs vitamins and minerals in order to develop and thrive. Bones need minerals to grow and heal.
doTerra PBAssist Jr. This probiotic is designed specifically for children. During the surgery, my girl was given an IV antibiotic. Antibiotics kill the good and bad bacteria in the gut, thus, destroying the immune system. Probiotics are super important, especially after antibiotics. Research suggests that, after a single round of antibiotics, gut bacteria can be impacted for 6 months or longer.
doTerra IQMega. This is a fish oil flavored with wild orange. Not only is fish oil brain food, it supports healthy ligaments and joints.
Collagen is excellent for healing bones, ligaments, and tendons. Bone broth is a great source of collagen. An alternative is Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen. This is a powder that can be added to soups, smoothies, juice or even coffee.
Alternative Healing & Therapy for Broken Bones
Castor Oil Packs. I started researching castor oil packs a while ago and actually purchased a kit. The benefits are really crazy. Castor oil packs reduce inflammation and act as a lymphatic stiumlent. The first time I used a castor oil pack on my daughter’s knee, both her chiropractor and physical therapist noticed a huge reduction in swelling.
Craniosacral Massage. Craniosacral massage is a gentle massage technique that stimulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This type of massage has many benefits and it helps to flush anesthesia out of the body.
Yoga Therapy. We started off with a traditional physical therapist and it didn’t go so well. There was a lot of force involved. My mama intuition told me that we needed to find another physical therapist. We located a local practicioner who specializes in Yoga Therapy and it’s been phenomonial. It’s much more gentle and focuses on yoga type stretches and deep breathing. It’s one-on-one and feels like a private yoga session. Be advised, it’s still painful for my girl but her physical therapist is pretty awesome.
Massage Therapy. Physical therapy is a necessity; massage therapy is an amazing counterpart. After a month in a brace, my girl’s leg muscles quickly started to atrophy. Massage therapy helps to release the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that have become tight and unused. In order for the knee to operate effectively, all parts of her leg and foot need to be functional, too. Never overlook massage therapy in your own healing. Research shows that it can significantly help with pain, anxiety, muscular tension and relaxation. It might seem like a luxury but, truly, it’s a necessity.
When looking into alternatives, it’s best to work with your doctor. Most traditional doctors aren’t knowledgeable about supplements. Look for a natural-minded chiropractor, DO, or alternative practitioner that you resonate with. And, as always, do your own research. ‘
We have had great success incorporating these alternative supplements and modalities. Stay tuned for my next post where I will discuss using essential oils during the bone healing process.
Are you familiar with spikenard essential oil? You might have read the word “spikenard” or “nard” it in the Bible. It’s mentioned a few times. Let’s take a look at some scripture and then we will dig into the uses and benefits of spikenard essential oil. I think you’re gonna love it!
“While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.” — Mark 14:3
“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” — John 12:3
‘While the king was on his couch, my nard gave forth its fragrance.” — Song of Solomon 1:12
“Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard,” — Song of Solomon 4:13
We can tell by these verses that spikenard was highly prized. But just why was it so valuable?
Spikenard is native to Nepal and is a member of the Valerian family. If you are familiar with herbs, then you might recognize valerian as having calming and relaxing properties. Spikenard has the same characteristics.
Spikenard is a very chemically complex essential oil. Because it is so complex, it is good for MANY purposes. Dr. David Hill, doTerra’s Executive Chief Medical Officer, stated that spikenard was much like frankincense in that it is incredibly powerful and potent. Like frankincense, it can be used alongside any other oil for added kick. I’m a fan of layering essential oils when I use them. For example, if you are feeling stressed and apply Balance to your wrists, wait 10 or 20 seconds and apply a layer of spikenard. Extra kick!
Benefits of Spikenard Essential Oil
Mood stabilization, particularly anxious and sad feelings.
Supports healthy blood pressure levels.
Great for itching skin and mild wound care.
Digestive support. Helps with constipation.
Grounding and calming.
Supports healthy inflammatory response.
Promotes hair growth.
Calms feelings of anger and panic.
Promotes restful sleep.
Supports a healthy female reproductive system.
Boosts the immune system.
How to use Spikenard Essential Oil
Diffuse with other oils to support the mood as needed. Excellent combined with Wild Orange to release feelings of fear.
Dilute with a carrier oil (10% dilution) and apply to the creases in the elbows or back of the neck for calmness and relaxation.
Add a few drops with an unscented lotion, coconut oil, or doTerra’s hydrating lotion for skin support.
Dilute and apply topically to the belly for improved digestion.
Dilute and apply topically as a massage oil for sore muscles.
Layer on top of any other oil for extra power and potency.
To increase hair growth, add 5-10 drops to your shampoo or conditioner.
Can you see the diverse uses of spikenard? It’s good for so many things. Now that you are familiar with the uses and benefits of Spikenard essential oil, how will you use it?
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It’s back to school time. Whether your kiddos are learning at home or at a public or private school, the challenges that they face are the same: improving focus and concentration, reducing stressful feelings, building a strong immune system, and a getting a good night’s sleep. So let’s jump right in. Here are 7 diffuser blends that are great for back to school.
4 drops of Serenity
2 drops of wild orange
(use while studying and during test-taking to improve recall)
2 drops of rosemary
2 drops of peppermint
2 drops of lemon
1 drop of sandalwood
2 drops of frankincense
3 drops of lime
Test Stress Buster
2 drops of lavender
2 drops of marjoram
2 drops of clary sage
(an immune booster)
4 drops of OnGuard
2 drops of arborvitae
4 drops of Motivate
2 drops of frankincense
Rise n Shine
3 drops of spearmint
2 drops of wild orange
1 drop of lemon
As a homeschooling mama, I use several of these to get me going. I’m partial to doTerra’s Motivate Blend. That goes in my diffuser almost daily. And by the end of the day, I’m slathering myself in the Peace blend.
Have you tried any of these back to school diffuser blends? Which are your favorites?