Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia


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Aroma: Floral, Sweet


Aroma Note: Middle, Top

Properties: Analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, carminative, cholagogue, Choleretic, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, ypostensor, nervine, sedative, splenetic, sudorific tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.




Uses

Body: Abdominal cramps, Abscesses, acne, allergies, athlete's foot, boils, bruises, burns, colic, dandriff, dermatits, earache, eczema, flatulence, headache, inflammations, insect bites/stings and repellent, live, migraine, muscular aches and pains, nausea, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, sores, spots sunburn and wounds.

Respiratory: Asthma, bronchitis, flue, laryngitis, throat infections.

Mind and Emotions: Depression, insomnia, stress, tension, and shock.


Blend With: 
Rosemary, Clary sage, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Spearmint, Tea tree, Cypress, Pine, Lemon, Basil, Grapefruit, Ginger, Geranium, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Jasmine, Melissa , Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood



Safety: Skin sensitization has a moderate risk.



Skin Care Blend: 

Grape seed Oil
Lavender
Patchouli


Diffuser Blend:

Ylang Ylang
Lavender
Sandalwood


References
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils In Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health, and Well Being


Hiking Adventures! Me Vs Kids

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This weeks hiking adventure, was more like a walking adventure, was at Soos Creek Trail. Soos Creek Trail is a 6 mile paved trail, great for walking, biking and horse riding.  We brought the younger kids, while the older ones spent the day with their dads. This easy trail made it nice to keep track of the kids while letting them have a little bit of running room.

The trail wasn't as scenic as last weeks. But we did come across some wild life. We can't decide, is this a duck or a turkey? It wasn't afraid of us, he just let us walk by and got into the water and swam around for a little bit.

I tried out my new back pack, and I love it!! My Juboury Hydration Back Pack I think will be perfect for our hiking trips. What I like about it is.... 

1. The bladder has a large enough fill screw cap hole to put large ice cubes in it. I have and old fridge that doesn't make crushed ice, and I like really cold water. This does 2 things, it makes your back really cold while wearing it which can be nice if your working hard and sweating. If you put enough ice with little water, it will keep your water cold for a while too.

2. The water bladder didn't leak. If you look on Amazon one of the big complaints about these back packs is that they leak. Now this is the first time out, so if it starts leaking you'll be the first to know. 

3. It's lite weight! My last 2 hikes I was caring a full on sports back pack. I love that back pack because it has a gazillion pockets and so much room to put stuff in. But I really don't love it for hiking. It is huge and bulky and when I'm working hard it makes me feel like I'm caring a bolder. I may be exaggerating a little bit.

I also think I fixed the bug bite problem. Today I used DoTerra TerraShield. I dropped a few drops on each arm and legs. It totally worked. Now if your still skeptical and thinking, maybe there was no bugs to bite you. Well take a look at this down below.....

....mosquito breeding ground. Plus my friend got bitten, I forgot to share my oil, sorry friend! But I brought TerraShield with me and shared. She was not bitten again. 

3 things I learned today about hiking with Kids

1. Tired Legs? Play a game like I spy, look for critters, carry them piggy back for a little bit. We didn't have to many complaints about tired legs today, but we were always trying to keep them entertained with one thing or another, like that weird bird, and racing each other that they didn't really have time to think about it. Water/Snacks fixes tired legs!!! At least that is what my daughter told me, I wont argue.

2. Boys will try to touch every animal. Or at least the ones I've been around lately. That weird bird, yep, one of the boys almost touched it. I'm sure since that bird had no fear of humans that this would have not gone over well.

3. Pokemon Go!!!! So I know that I'm trying to get my children away from video games and out into nature, but when the drama of they are so tired that they cant walk another step and the car is a half mile away, you do what you need to do!!

That's it for today! I hope you have enjoyed this post, and I hope I have inspired you to go find some trails and get out in to the fresh air with your kids.





Hiking Adventures! Me Vs. Up Hills


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So I have decided to start a new series with my adventures of hiking. A friend and I have started hiking a couple of weeks ago in the lovely Pacific North West. I honestly don't know why we started hiking in the fall, probably not the best time to start an outdoor activity, but we have to start somewhere. We are also from the Seattle area and rain really doesn't bother us much. You'll see lots of hooded rain coats pictures soon, but rain or shine we will be out there. I doubt that these post will be Essential Oil related, but I'm finding out that hiking is so hard that it is hard not to write about it.


That's Me! 
To start off, I am not a hiker! Sunday was the 3rd time I've been hiking in my adult life, so I really don't know how to do this. So if your are a serious hiker and your reading this, I promise these post will be comical for you. I will make rookie mistakes and make sure to post about them.

First rookie mistake. Who knew there were bugs in the woods. Yep, this girl did not think about it. Nope not at all. I have 4 bites on the small little part of leg that was exposed. See that there, that is not a lot of bare leg. 4 little buggers found them to be a feast. But I've learned now, and I've got spray ready for them. OK so maybe I can work in essential oils here and there. My plan for those little pesky bugs next Sunday is TerraSheild. It's already blended so I can just rub in on any part exposed. Then for the spray I'll use  LemongrassLavender, and Geranuim. Drop these into a glass spray bottle with water and spray over your clothing. I'll let you know how that gos. I also have myself covered for today, a long time ago I made a bug bite blend. This was back when I wasn't writing my blends down, so I have no idea whats in it, but it seems to be working.


5 Things that I have learned about this hiking trip.....

1. Walking Up Hill Is No Joke.
I thought when I agreed to start these hiking adventures that it would be fairly easy. I know some of you are laughing right now. Seriously was only thinking of how many steps I could rack up with walking in the woods. I wasn't thinking it would be an actual cardio work out.

2. I am carrying a back pack that is way too big! 
The other ladies that I began to hike with but couldn't keep up with, had this amazing back pack that I had no idea existed. It was small but it had just enough room for her stuff. It also had a water bladder with a tube that came over the shoulder so she could drink water when ever she needed without stopping. I was in love!! I ordered one on amazon as soon as I got home. I'll let you know how I like it next week.

3. I love hiking down hill!
Hiking up hill is just not my thing. I can't breathe, everything starts to hurt. You go slower so it gives bugs time to bite you. 

4.You see some really beautiful nature.
Nature in itself is beautiful to me, but then you get to see cool things like this. Looks like an upside down giraffe to me. 

5. If your aunt flow is in town, those little doggy pooper baggies come in handy. I'll just leave that there.

So in closing. Hiking is hard but its really rewarding. There is something about getting out in nature that helps clear the stress and helps you come back to life with a fresh look. We are going hiking again next week. We plan on taking the kids, and my new back pack so I'll let ya know how that ends. For now enjoy pictures of the water fall!

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DIY Massage! 5 Ways You Can Massage Yourself.


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I am a massage therapist, I am not your massage therapist. This post is not prescribing, diagnosing, treating, or advising you on any medical condition. Always, every time consult your doctor when you are starting something new. These are my personal opinions only. 

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if everyone could get a massage at least once a month, but that is not always possible. For some it maybe financial that stops you, because not every insurance covers massage and it can be spendy, and some people don't have the time. That is me, I'm in that boat of not having the time!! But some people just don't like being touched. If your one who thinks that massage is a luxury and not something you need, there is research that supports regular massage can help improve:

Anxiety
Depression
Boosting immune function
Lowering blood pressure
Heart rate
Decreasing pain
Range of motion
Quality of sleep

Massage is a passion of mine and I'm extremely biased when it comes to my opinion on if people should get a massage. The answer will always be, Yes! But sometimes you just can't make it happen. Even me, a massage therapist who preaches to my clients when they haven't been in to get a massage in a while and their care has gone backward, can't find the time to get in and get a massage. So here are some tips that I do myself and tell every client how to do their own self-care between massages.

Before we start, massage from a therapist should not be straight painful, uncomfortable maybe, depending on what your aim is for that treatment but not painful, in my opinion. I tell my clients if you can breathe through it. It's fine. But when you start holding your breath to get through the stroke No good. Same with doing these techniques yourself.

Tennis Ball or Massage Ball 
Save one tennis ball from your dog and use if for yourself. I mostly use these for my glutes, I sit on them and maybe roll around a little. I've placed them up against a wall and roll them around on my back and in between my shoulder blades, but it doesn't get it deep enough for me. I do like it when I can get my husband roll them on top of my shoulders because his hands always seem to hurt after 5 minutes of massage. Here is a video I found of more ideas you can use the balls for.





Foam Roller
This thing is my favorite for the IT Band. Every client that comes in with IT Band issues has more success when they use foam rollers. It also very effective for lightly stretching out your Pectoral muscles, by laying on the foam roll mid back and arching your back over it. Let your head fall back, your arms fall to the floor and stretch. Most of us have rolled in shoulders which can cause tension in the upper back and shoulders. This stretch is amazing to help pull those shoulders back!! Here is a really cool video that shows you tons of ways to use a foam roller.




Trigger Point Hook
This is my favorite for getting my Traps and along my shoulder blades. But be careful one time I overused it and I was really sore for a week. Place the hook nob on the problem area and lightly pull. Remember it should feel good, none of these modalities should be painful.



Scalp Massager
These just feel good. I love to come home and just scalp massage myself.




Hand Held Massagers

These are kind of fun. But there is one thing I do use these for all the time, my hands. After a long day of using them, this is amazing to press one of those nubs all around my problem areas with light pressure and have the vibration work them out.





So there you have it. The 5 ways a massage therapist massages herself. How do you self-massage, or what is your top self-care technique. 

What's In My Diffuser This Week! 6




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Holy Crap this week went by sooo fast. This week has been so crazy for me. I found out that this morning my poor little Cosmo has get some dental work done, they are going to pull a lot of his teeth. Ill post pictures on Instagram if you follow me there. My daughter first day of kindergarten, I wanted to cry... But I didn't!!! I'm proud!!

Monday
Ginger
Nutmeg
Cinnamon Bark

Tuesday
Bergamot
Geranuim

Wednesday & Thursday
Jasmine absolute
Frankincense
Lemon
I've been putting this blend in my kids humidifiers at night. With school starting the kids are amped and have been having a hard time sleeping so I've been using this in there rooms at bed time to calm them down. It's probably not the most calming blend but the kids like it and I can get them stop and smell it for 5 minutes and then boom they sleep.

Let me know what's in your diffuser this week. I would love to know. How did your kids do with back to school? Did you diffuse anything to calm your littles? 

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BERGAMOT - Citrus bergamia


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Aroma: Citrus, Floral, Sweet

Aroma Note: Top Note

Properties: Analgesic, anthelmintic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, carminative, diuretic, deodorant, febrifuge, laxative, parasiticide, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic, wounds.




Uses

Body: Acne, Boils, cold sores, eczema, insect repellent bites, oily skin, psoriasis, wounds.


Respiratory: Colds, fever, flu, sore throat.


Mind and Emotions: Anxiety, depression, stress, and uplifting.


Blend With: 
Black pepper, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranuim, Jasmine, Mandarin, Nutmeg, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetivert and Ylang Ylang.

Safety: 
Can irritate the skin if oxidized. It is very important that you keep you oils in a cool dark place stored in a glass bottles.


Skin Care Blend: 

Frankincense
Geranuim
Bergamot


Diffuser Blend:
Black Pepper
Clary Sage
Bergamot




References
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs


What's In my Diffuser this Week 5

Starting now I'm probably going to have less Diffuser time on the weekends. We as a family do so many activities on the weekends that we aren't home much. But I'll definitely post what I do diffuse.

Monday
Lavender
Orange
Lemon
I didnt like this blend that well.

Tuesday
Lavender
Lemon

Wednesday

Family room
Lavender
Lemon

Kids Rooms
Lavender
Frankincense

Thursday

Kids Rooms
Lavender
Frankincense
Bedtime to help them sleep


I would Love to here what everyone else is diffusing. I'm trying to think of really good fall blends that will get me in the fall mood! I live in the Seattle area, and It was kind of funny because we have been having a pretty good summer here but the first day back to school it was raining. If feels so much like fall already, I even got my Pumpkin Spice Latte yesterday! This is my favorite time of year!!

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