The Nose Knows

I have not found an appliance I have been more in love with! Love my Keurig, microwave, hair dryer, Crock Pot and Magic Bullet, but none hold a candle to my Home Diffuser!

Never heard of a diffuser? Neither had I before July 2013 until I entered the world of essential oils. And now I CAN NOT live without one! This is what it is! It combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy that safely releases essential oils into the air to eliminate odors and create a spa-like atmosphere. Sounds glorious right? Well let me tell you it is! What one product can take you back to your childhood, put you to sleep, help you when you are sick? None… The key is in the nose!

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The olfactory system includes all physical organs or cells relating to, or contributing to, the sense of smell. When we inhale through the nose, airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs and, almost immediately, the brain.

Molecules inhaled through the nose or mouth are also carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system. Thus, inhaled essential oils can affect the body through several systems and pathways.

Interaction with the Limbic System (Emotional Brain)

During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.”

The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance (Higley & Higley, 1998). This relationship helps explain why smells often trigger emotions. Knowing this, we can hypothesize how inhalation of essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects!

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.” Helen Keller

So, depending on the oil you place in the diffuser the reaction of the body is different.

Once taking 2 different sleep medications now just Cedarwood Oil, Peace and Calming Oil (tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli and blue tansy), valerian root and melatonin I can get a great night’s sleep. This was something I once thought an impossibility without a script! Natural products allow me to function daily with a clear brain. two years ago I would have NEVER believed this to be possible.

I now have 3 diffusers! One in my bedroom for sleep, kitchen for the common areas and in my classroom (my home away from home).

CAUTION: I had someone who had heard me talk about my diffuser and they ordered one online. Within a week theirs had broken and they wanted to know how long mine lasted. All I can say is Young Living’s diffusers come with a 1 Year warranty. I would NOT be buying mine online from Amazon or from Whole Foods as I like that I can return it within a year if it were to break. I can say my first two diffusers, that are over a year a still going strong. My latest one the Bamboo Diffuser used EVERYDAY!!

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From the scent of Christmas with cinnamon and orange to sleepy scents like cedarwood, Peace and Calming and Lavender to waking up with Lemon and Peppermint I will NEVER be without one of these handy appliances again. Addicted? YES!!!!!

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Life Changer – Raindrop Massage

In reading about Fibromyalgia and alternate treatments I came across Raindrop Therapy Massage. So my quest began to understand what this was and to have it done for me!

Of course there was NO ONE in my area who knew what this was or was trained in it!

So I placed an order for the Raindrop Therapy Kit… The day it came it took all my strength NOT to break it open! The kit contains a CD in which someone can follow the steps to do the massage.  I really wanted a trained massage therapist to do this for me. So my quest began!Raindrop Therapy

I started down my friend list and searched out anyone who knew a massage therapist. It took time but in the end I conquered and found a person with an open mind and heart. (Summer of 2014) I brought her my kit and off we set on the journey to healing!

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Let me just give the warning that this IS NO REGULAR massage! The oils are powerful stuff and will clean out your lymphatic system that gets clogged up and causes inflammation to run rampant in your system!

I explained to my therapist how I was feeling throughout the entire process and let me tell you my body went through a transformation through the message. The effects of clearing out your lymphatic system is not painless BUT let me say within a few days my body SHOCKED me… The joint pain, muscle pain, sludgy feeling subsided! I journaled my progression. It really was nothing short of AMAZING and NOT AT ALL WHAT I HAD EXPECTED!!!

Since that time I have had a second massage and I maintain a pain free body. This is from a place of darkness, one I NEVER could have believed would have be me! Literally from the brink of disability to functional and who would believe pain free.

So as maintenance I apply the oils in the Raindrop massage nightly in the form of Raindrop in a Bottle.

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What are the Benefits of Raindrop Technique?

* Balance and re-align the energy centers of the body

* Re-alings the spine in a non-manipulative manner

* Reduce stress and anxiety

* Reduce Inflammation in the body

* Relax muscles

* Relieve pain

* Create a hostile environment for viruses and bacteria along the spine

* Improve circulation

* Improve immune system functions

* Emotional well being and release

* Help detox the body systems

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It scares me now to think what IF I had never tried this… Blessings that this was put in front of me!

Lemongrass – Inflammation Reducer and Oh so much More!

My biggest improvement came after realizing that this Essential Oil was ESSENTIAL for me on a DAILY basis! I was taking 5 drops a day in a capsule, inflammation in my joints and muscles was decreasing!

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Then… the dreaded hysterectomy and the doctors told me no anti-inflammatories. I asked if Essential Oils that worked on inflammation counted? The doctor did a quick read on the internet of Lemongrass (Nope, he did not know too much about Essential Oils) and said “YES, You need to stop it for a week prior and up to two weeks after due to the risk of bleeding”. No anti-inflammories before and after surgery!  I did not think too much about it at first… It would just be a few weeks!

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Well as you know when things are going well somehow you seem to quickly forget about how bad things were. After three days my hands were sooo painful in the am I began to wonder WHAT is going on? When my knees and hips were back to feeling like I was 80 (NO, I am NOT even close) I knew something was up! My pain level quickly increased!

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I went through my routine and questioned, “What was different?” When I saw the lemongrass bottle sitting in the back corner of the counter where I moved it so I did not accidentally take it before my surgery I was hit like a TON of BRICKS! 5 little drops could do that? Well I SUFFERED and I do mean SUFFERED through the next three weeks and then once I returned the heavenly little bottle back to my stash of daily oils I bumped the 5 drops up to 10! My thoughts were if 5 did that what would 10 do! I started taking 5am and  5 pm! Well, I am happy to report with the maintainance of this I am virtually pain-free in the joints and muscles. (Of course, this in addition to my other daily oils)

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Just read at ALL of the benefits of Lemongrass Oil!!! Really, It IS QUITE AMAZING!!!

Analgesic: Things that are considered an analgesic reduce pain and inflammation. Lemongrass Essential Oil helps relieve pain in muscles and joints, as well as toothaches and headaches resulting from viral infections like cough, cold, influenza, fever. It also helps cure general body pain resulting from strenuous activities and athletics.

Antidepressant: Boosts self esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength, and it uplifts spirits and fights depression. This can be very helpful to drive away depression due to failures in their career, personal life, insecurity, loneliness, stagnation, death in the family and many other reasons. This also relieves anxiety. As an antidepressant, lemongrass can be systematically administered to patients of acute depression who are undergoing rehabilitation after acute shock. Basically, take it with your tea and relax.

Antimicrobial and Antibacterial: Lemongrass has antimicrobial properties which makes it an inhibitor of microbial and bacterial growth in the body, both internally and externally. It is also known to be effective in inhibiting bacterial infections in the colon, stomach, urinary tracts, wounds, respiratory system, and other organ systems. while also helping to cure diseases resulting from bacterial or microbial infections such as typhoid, food poisoning, skin diseases, and body odor.

Anti-pyretic: An anti-pyretic is an agent that brings down very high fevers. This is quite similar to a febrifuge but it is effective on very high fevers as well. This oil can bring down a fever when it is beginning to reach dangerous levels. This property of Lemongrass, which comes from its essential oils, is widely known and utilized. It is often served in tea for this very purpose.

Antiseptic: The antiseptic properties of Lemongrass Oil make it a good application for external and internal wounds as well as an ingredient of antiseptic lotions and creams. The antiseptic properties of this oil do not let the external and internal cuts and wounds become septic.

Astringent: An astringent helps the stoppage of blood flow by contraction of the blood vessels. If someone is bleeding profusely, you need to utilize an astringent to speed up clotting of the blood and stop the flow to save his or her life. The fact that lemongrass is an astringent helps in a different way too. It promotes contraction of gums, hair follicles, muscles, skin and blood vessels, thereby preventing loosening and falling out of teeth, hair loss and it reduces the flow of blood through the vessels. Some of these properties can be life-saving, so lemongrass is an essential source of astringent.

Deodorant: Lemongrass Oil is far better than many of the synthetic deodorants that are a big expense, a heavy impact on the environment, and have limited lasting power. Also, those types of deodorant can sometimes produce irritation on the skin and can exacerbate certain allergies. Lemongrass oil can be a far better choice as a deodorant because it does not do any of these things. In a diluted form, it serves as an efficient deodorant without any side effects. The best thing about this is that it is herbal, so there is no damage to your body or the environment.

Diuretic: Lemongrass Oil increases urination, both in frequency and in quantity. This may sound not that important but it can be very beneficial for health. When a person urinates, fats are lost from the body, because 4% of the volume of urine is composed of fats. Obviously, the more you urinate, the more you lose fat. Urination also promotes digestion and inhibits the formation of excess gas. It removes excess water from the body and reduces swelling. Its most important contribution is that it removes toxins from the body, not to mention its ability to reduce blood pressure. That is the reason that most pharmaceutical medications for lowering blood pressure induce frequent urination. Urination also helps clean out the kidneys.

Febrifuge: Lemongrass Oil helps bring down fevers by battling the infections from which the fever is caused, as well as by increasing perspiration, which induces sweating out of toxins.

Fungicidal: Lemongrass Oil has good fungicidal properties and may be used to cure fungal infections, both external and internal.

Insecticidal: Lemongrass is quite popular as an insect repellant due to its insecticidal properties. It kills insects and also keeps them away, but there isn’t enough research to know exactly which insects it affects, so there is no promise on cockroaches!

Nervine: Lemongrass Essential Oil acts as a tonic for the nerves and the nervous system in general. It helps cure many nervous disorders such as shaking hands or limbs, nervousness, vertigo, Alzihemer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and convulsions, sluggishness, and lack of reflexes. It strengthens the nerves throughout the body and stimulates them.

Sedative: Being a sedative is perhaps one of the most important and most appreciated medicinal properties of Lemongrass Oil. It has a great soothing, sedating and calming effects on mind, cures inflammations, itching of skin and it relieves tension and anxiety. This feature can help patients of insomnia as well.

Tonic: An agent which tones up and boosts health is a tonic. Lemongrass Oil is a tonic in a very clear sense. It tones all the systems functioning in the body, such as respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system and excretory system and facilitates absorption of nutrients into the body, thus providing strength and boosting the immune system.

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