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Essential Oil Spotlight: Balance

     Hey There, Well Beings!

If you are part of my Essential Oil Academy, you got to experience the Emotional Aromatherapy series. What you maybe didn’t know, is that these are the newer kids on the block when it comes to blends that support the emotions. The OG emotional support blends were Citrus Bliss, which we covered last week, Serenity, Balance, and Elevation. We spent some time covering Serenity in our Essentials for Sleep class, but this week I want to brag on Balance, the Grounding Blend a bit. (And don’t worry, because I’ll be talking about Elevation next week!)

Oh, Balance. This blend has such a special place in my heart. I often struggle to describe it’s lovely scent, but no trouble at all explaining how it makes me feel. When you struggle with anxiousness, a feeling of balance is something you learn to cherish; the ease with which you move through the day. The peaceful, even keel is almost meditative, and that’s such a blessing when you tend toward tension and tightness. Rolled over my heart, on the bottoms of my feet, and the back of my neck, Balance gives me this whole-body sense of calm and tranquility, and being that it’s grounding, I reach for this during meditation sessions when I’m struggling to quiet my mind. This little bottle of good feels contains Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus essential oils in just a touch of Fractionated Coconut Oil to help these perfect plant essences emulsify and merge together. The end result can only be described as divine.

This little bottle and I have been through some tough times together and it’s always had my back. <3

Speaking of Fractionated Coconut Oil, there isn’t enough present to properly dilute the blend, so you will still want to use safe dilution ratios when using this blend on the skin. It’s not so much though that you can’t put this beauty in your diffuser, though. I love to use this one at my desk when I’m working to meet a stressful deadline or in the evening when I’m winding down from a long day and my mind is still racing. As as long as you wipe the inside of your diffuser with a soft cloth once you’re ready to switch over to another oil and are good about running a regular cleaning cycle of water and white vinegar through every couple of weeks, you should be just fine.

The color is the prettiest green thanks to the naturally occurring constituent chamazulene, which makes it such a beautiful oil to add to clear glass rollers. I haven’t had any trouble at all with it staining my skin or clothes, but creature of the night that I am, I don’t wear a lot of light colors, so just keep this information in your back pocket and don’t go rolling it on your brightest whites.

Citrus Bliss and Balance is one of my all time favorite combos for emotional support.

This is another blend that I find isn’t a strain on my pocketbook because of the perks of having a wholesale membership, and when this is one of our BOGO offerings, I stock up because I use this oil multiple times a day, every single day. If you think Balance might be a perfect fit for you, I’m happy to share how I shop smart to get the best deals and get free oils each month. (If you have a wholesale membership to Sam’s Club or Costco, you’re already doing this.)  Let me know if I can help you, Love. It would be an honor to help change your life with this blend like it’s changed mine.

 

Wishing You Total Well-being,

 

Jennifer

Meditation for Beginners: The 4-7-8 Method

     Hey There, Well-Beings!

Several months back, I wrote about some of the misconceptions that I believe keep people from trying meditation. (You can find that post here.) The good news is that there are a number of very simple and super effective ways to get started with a meditation practice. One of the easiest is a meditation I still use whenever I feel stressed or anxious because of how well it works.

Photo by Chris Ensey on Unsplash

The 4-7-8 Method, at its core, is just an easy breathing exercise. Start by getting in a comfortable position. I find sitting in a supportive chair or lying down on my bed to be the best places, but feel free to stand, or even use this as a walking meditation if you wish. It’s really about what’s going to make you feel supported and relaxed, so don’t stress yourself further by trying to find the perfect place to perform this meditation. Wherever you are is the perfect place.  You begin by simply inhaling deeply through your nose to the count of 4, holding that breath in your lungs for a count of 7, and then completing the cycle by breathing out slowly through your mouth for a count of 8. From there you repeat the process until you feel calm and centered. Sometimes this happens quickly and other times it can take several cycles until you can feel your heart rate slow and your shoulders relax. There isn’t a magic number of cycles, so just focus on the breath and let your body respond. You’ll know when it’s working.

If you want to add something to the practice to make it feel really special and aid in the relaxation process, try adding an essential oil to the mix.  For this, I really love using Balance, dōTERRA’s Grounding Blend . The fresh, woodsy aroma reminds me of being in my favorite place in nature and I think it makes the experience feel sacred and allows me to slow down even further and relish the process. I apply one drop in the palm of my hands, rub them together, and cup my hands over my nose during the inhale part of the breathing cycle. It’s already pre-diluted in a base of fractionated coconut oil, so I like that it’s ready to go, especially when I’m looking at fending off panic. For single oils, I like Frankincense  and Lavender. Both are known for their relaxing properties, and are wonderful multipurpose oils that I get a lot of mileage out of.  If you don’t have time to dilute your oils, don’t worry! You can inhale directly from the bottle, without applying any to the skin and will still get the same benefit.

A final tip for using this powerful practice; should you find yourself struggling to fall asleep, give it a go instead of counting sheep. The repetitive nature of the exercise doesn’t just help you come back to yourself during high stress and panic episodes, but is fantastic for quieting the chatter that keeps our minds from winding down before sleep. All this from breathing.  Not bad for something you were going to do already!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,

Jennifer

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