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Benefits and Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil

5 Aug

The essential oil of Frankincense is quite popular in our modern era. And, with good reason. Frankincense has been valued since ancient times for its medicinal, aromatic, cosmetic and spiritual applications. Today, we know that this essential oils is naturally beneficial for:

  1. Better respiration
  2. Anti-Inflammatory properties
  3. Helping to relieve stress and anxiety
  4. Helping to support the immune system
  5. Skin care

Below I have shared a couple of recipes that have been popular with attendees to my sessions on the Benefits and Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil. Our next class is scheduled for August 12th at our Annapolis location starting at 5:30pm. These classes are free. Your Body Needs…Frankincense is sold undiluted in 5ml or 10ml, it is organic and from a sustainable source. You will love the quality of our Frankincense.

Stop the Noise Blend.

To help slow down and deepen breath.

  1. Bath: Add 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops clarysage and 2 drops lavender essential oils. Take deep breaths as you inhale the aroma.
  2. In a diffuser: Add 4 drops frankincense, 3 drops clarysage and 4 lavender OR 4 drops frankincense, 2 drops rose, 2 drops ylang ylang and 3 drops orange essential oils.

Anti-Inflammatory or Joint Conditions.

  1. In 15ml of cold pressed carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, safflower) add 5 drops of frankincense, 7 drops of lavender and 2 drops of thyme essential oils. Apply as needed.
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Aromatherapy Empowerment

11 Mar

It is really interesting to see the heightened interest people have in aromatherapy and the positive effects it is having on their lives. Since the moment I heard about aromatherapy it made absolute sense to me. Using the proper principles of aromatherapy allows you to absolutely take more control of your health, beauty and well being. It is simply a fact. Essential oils are packed with therapeutic goodness, are free from synthetic chemicals, and smell wonderful. Knowing that I can use essential oils for a whole variety of purposes allows me to take better care of myself. I know that I cannot eliminate all the toxins in my life – let’s face it …we are constantly surrounded by dangerous particles infiltrating our air which we are exposed to everyday. I view it as my responsibility to eliminate the unnecessary toxins in my life that I have control over. Some solutions take a little longer to figure out – recently, I made the decision to dye my hair on a regular six week cycle. Up until then, I only ever dyed it so infrequently that I wasn’t so concerned about exposure to chemicals. I dreaded getting it done because the rest of the day I would have a headache from the fumes that I was not used to. I am still dyeing my hair and sadly I have to say the last time I did, I left headache free which is probably telling my body it is getting used to the harsh chemicals. I am searching for a more natural solution to my hair dying dilemma but at least I know that when I get home every day, I walk into a home free from synthetic candles, offensive plug –in scented units or overly fragranced spray fresheners. Thanks to my essential oils, I have a clean and ambient home the safe way.

 

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Love your salads more!

7 Nov
Instead of That… Do This!Instead of pre-bottled dressing for your salad, try using a simple mixture of olive oil and vinegar!

All my life, I have been using only olive oil and vinegar to dress my salads.  Because of my Italian background, it would never occur to me to purchase a bottle of salad dressing – Italians live on pure olive oil and vinegar dressing.  It is no wonder that studies consistently show the Mediterranean countries are the healthiest in the world.  There are many reasons why this simple dressing is so beneficial.  Substituting olive oil, a monounsaturated fat, for saturated fats or polyunsaturated fats can:

  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Inhibit the growth of some cancers
  • Benefit people at risk for or with diabetes
  • Lessen the severity of asthma and arthritis
  • Actually help your body maintain a lower weight

Olive oil is extremely healthy for you and though the cost may be higher there is no comparison in terms of the nutrition and the versality of it.  Vinegar is also known to help regulate blood sugar and benefit the digestive system, improving the absorbtion and utilization of several essential nutrients.

Why not pre-made dressings?
They AREN’T cheap, they ARE high in calories and usually fat (which clogs up your arteries), and all the bottles will clog up your fridge too.

Why simple olive oil and balsamic(or other)vinegar?
Extremely healthy.  The nutritutional benefits of the olive oil are many.  Olive oil is versatile in the kitchen – you can use it to cook with as well.  Balsamic vinegar is also very good for you and practically born to dress salad.  It tastes wonderful.  Red wine, white, cider or any other vinegar can also be used.  One bottle will last a long time because you don’t need to use very much.

It is important not to confuse pure olive oil with regular vegetable oil.  Pure olive oils should have a deep green/yellow color and a rich, thick consistency.  Next time you’re eating out, ask for pure olive oil and vinegar.   Chances are they have some.

To use on your next salad, simply drizzle the olive oil then the vinegar over the salad lightly and toss.

 

 

 

 

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Tired Muscles Aromatherapy Recipe

2 Jul

Here is a quick pick-me-up recipe for you to apply when your muscles are feeling tired and sore. 

4  drops of rosemary essential oil

5 drops of peppermint essential oil

4 drops of ginger essential oil

Add the drops to 1 Tablespoon of coldpressed almond or grapeseed oil. Apply the blend to affected areas of the body.

To get you started here are some quality pure essential oils .

Love your salads more!

21 Jun
  

When in Rome do as the Romans do! One of the many legacies of ancient Rome is its unique cuisine. But you don’t need to be in Rome to start eating tasty healthy food. 

 

 

The Romans are popularly know for their use of olive oil. It is important not to confuse pure olive oil with regular vegetable oil.  Pure olive oil should have a deep green/yellow color and a rich, thick consistency. Olive oil is versatile in the kitchen – you can use it to cook with or to dress cold dishes. 

Instead of pre-bottled dressing for your salad, try using a simple mixture of olive oil and vinegar!

The nutritutional benefits of the olive oil are many. Balsamic vinegar is also very good for you and practically born to dress salad.  Red wine, white, cider or any other vinegar can also be used.  One bottle will last a long time because a little goes a long way.

On account of my Italian background, I have been using olive oil and vinegar to dress my salads all my life. It is no wonder that studies consistently show that Mediterranean countries are the healthiest in the world.  Substituting olive oil, a monounsaturated fat, for saturated fats or polyunsaturated fats can: 

  • REDUCE blood pressure
  • Inhibit the growth of some cancers
  • Benefit people at risk for or with diabetes
  • Lessen the severity of asthma and arthritis
  • Help your body maintain a lower weight
  • IMPROVE your skin (retains moisture)

Why not pre-made dressings?
They are HIGH in cost and calories, and usually fat (which clogs up your arteries), and all those bottles clog up your fridge too.

To use on your next salad, simply drizzle the olive oil then the vinegar over the salad lightly and toss.

Next time you’re eating out, ask for pure olive oil and vinegar.  Chances are they have some.

BON APPETIT!

YBN Essential Oil Line

1 Jun

Even though aromatherapy has become a popular commodity, there still remains some confusion among people regarding its benefits. Understanding true aromatherapy can open up an exciting new world for you.

First, you need to understand exactly what it is so you don’t get fooled into purchasing misdirecting, rubbish products that claim to be the real thing, though is not. Pure essential oils are the foundation of aromatherapy. Essential oils are extracted from plants and other natural resources. They then go through the proper distillation process. These concentrated oils are indispensable to us – many industries cannot live without them such as the cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical industry. These industries purchase the greatest amount of essential oils available on the market to add to their products.

Each essential oil has its own versatile uses- for example, lavender is a wonderful relaxant and highly beneficial in skin care. You can purchase essential oils for your home and use them in numeral ways. It is critical that you purchase pure essential oils and not fragrant oils or adulterated oils. If your oils are not pure, then you will not gain the therapeutic rewards from the product. Check back here soon to learn ways in which you can use these pure essential oils for aromatherapy purposes. Now go Buy Essential Oils!

Massage Therapy vs Pampering Massage

4 May

Your Body Needs is a massage therapy studio – but we are not a spa. We don’t use terms such as “indulging” or “pampering” to refer to our massages. There are still many people who think of spa locations when they need a massage. A spa is often the choice should you be looking to take a few hours to be spoiled with royalties such as a robe and perhaps a light refreshment. Some of the choices at spas will be a massage of sorts. Most of the time, their massages tend to be light touch and have an assembly line feel to them. This is fine if it works for you and you don’t mind paying premium prices when all you need is a good massage.  A good massage is one that is unique and directed to your body’s needs. It should start with a conversation about the treatment you will be receiving that day between you and your therapist and you should feel a part of the treatment process. So, if your body is feeling tired and sore – it isn’t pampering that you need- your body needs therapy. Massage therapy is highly effective in the promotion of your health and preventive maintainance. Take the time to find the right massage for you and your body’s needs. To learn more about the benefits of a massage therapy go to http://www.yourbodyneeds.com/mt_benefits.html

Veggies are not our enemy.

27 Apr

The other day while checking out from the grocery line, I was truly stunned when a teenage cashier asked me what it was he was holding – it was garlic. Then he asked  me for the name of the next vegetable – that was broccoli. I couldn’t help myself at this point – I said, “Boy, you really don’t know your vegetables too well”. His response, ” Oh, they don’t teach you this stuff in school.”  I don’t know if that is true or not, although I must say as a parent, I have never been asked to bring in any healthy treats – it is always donuts, cookies, cupcakes, chips and nothing fresh or homemade because of fear it may be contaminated. (Oh, the irony!)

It puzzles me how detached people remain regarding vegetables. Although there is a growing trend to advocate healthy eating, it still seems to have a “come on you need to sacrifice”  attitude, as if vegetables  are the horrible compromise. Unless, we change our attitude toward this, we will always be running in place and not making any strides forward. Our bodies are born to be drawn to food that comes from the earth – it sustains us and keeps us functioning. But, for a great many, their bodies have gotten so used to junk food that they need to retrain their bodies to crave healthy life-sustaining foods. It is possible to do this but you need to make that psychological switch in the way you think about healthy food. A TV commercial comes to mind that truly irritates me and is a good example of a reinforcement of the negative view on vegetables and healthy eating we have. A family is in a kitchen, the child is enjoying a store-bought microwave meal in which the dad is about to read out the healthy added vegetables. He keeps getting interrupted by the mom who is furiously banging pots and pans so to get her husband to keep from revealing the healthy ingredients. In other words, if the kid doesn’t know it is good for him, he’ll have a better chance of eating it. We need to stop this – before we begin to educate our kids, we need to educate the adults! Let’s stop pretending it’s the kids who hate vegetables by natural design.

Great Diffuser EO Blend

11 Apr

I love this essential oil combination – it will make even the most accustomed essential oil users tilt their head and ask, “what combination of EO’s is that?” It is 6 drops of grapefruit; 3 drops of cedarwood; 3 drops of bergamot and 4 drops of rosemary. Combine these EO’s in a tea light diffuser or nebulizer for a refreshingly clearing blend.

Throat Inflammation

10 Apr

Someone asked me what they can do to reduce inflammation in the throat. Essential oils of lemon, thyme, eucalyptus or tea tree would be good choices for steam inhalation because of their antiseptic and anaesthetic properties. Combine a total of 3 to 4 drops of one of two of these oils for the inhalation method. Also, a warm  salt water gargle with one drop of chamomile and one drop thyme is effective. Do not swallow the water – just gargle.