My Favorite Essential Oils for Sleep

Are you looking for a natural sleep aid? In addition to numerous other health benefits, essential oils provide calming, soothing and stabilizing effects to your body that will help you to get all of the sleep that you need!

Clary Sage

The linalool and linalyl acetate in Clary Sage will provide feelings of calmness after a long day. In the Middle Ages, Clary Sage was used to soothe the skin.

This essential oil smells alluring and intoxicating. When I open a bottle of Clary Sage, I feel like I am being transported to a world of captivating beauty, similar to the world created by Monet, in his painting, “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny.” After diffusing Clary Sage in the living room, I discovered that it puts me into a sleepy trance!

Vetiver

Vetiver contains isovalencenol and khusimol which help to stabilize emotions. With its slightly sweet and enticing herbal scent, this thick essential oil is often used in perfumes. Tranquility in a bottle!

Cedarwood

Cedarwood contains cedrol and alpha-Cedrene which provide soothing benefits. Cedrol will also help to stabilize your mood. You can find Cedarwood in the biblical books of Leviticus and Numbers.

When I open a bottle of Cedarwood, it’s easy to imagine that I am under the stars and tall Red Cedar trees. The woody scent provides feelings of peace.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang contains carophyllene and germacrene-d which is a soothing chemical combination. Ylang Ylang has been used in perfumes (it has been called “The Perfume Tree”), weddings and religious ceremonies for centuries.

The floral scent of Ylang Ylang is sweet and uplifting. One whiff of it makes me feel happier and more relaxed. Ylang Ylang is like a healing balm for crazy emotions!

What are your favorite natural sleep aids?

This post was originally published on January 24, 2019; it was updated on November 1, 2019.

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Let’s Talk About Disease Prevention

“Have you had your cancer today?” This is what my pathophysiology teacher asked us when he was teaching us about cancer. He was trying to make the point that our bodies are constantly exposed to carcinogens all around us. It’s true that we are regularly exposed to toxins that cause disease. However, the empowering news is that positive physical, emotional and spiritual health changes can oftentimes prevent cancer and other diseases. You can improve your health and prevent disease with some of the ideas listed below!

  1. Pray without ceasing.
  2. Read the Bible.
  3. Call a friend when you need emotional support.
  4. Eliminate one unhealthy food from your diet.
  5. Switch to natural cleaning/personal care products.
  6. Talk to a counselor about your relationship problems.
  7. Find a work-out buddy or health accountability partner.
  8. Do CrossFit.
  9. Join a gym.
  10. Read an inspirational book.
  11. Get a massage.
  12. Make healthy smoothies.
  13. Add one healthy food to your diet.
  14. Buy grass-fed beef instead of conventional beef.
  15. Memorize encouraging Bible verses.
  16. Forgive the mistakes of yourself and others.
  17. Listen to soothing music.
  18. Buy raw, organic dairy instead of conventional dairy.
  19. Use pure essential oils to support your health.
  20. Add a multivitamin or healthy supplement to your diet.
  21. Add Epsom salts to your bath.
  22. Go for a 20-minute walk.
  23. Run in a 5k race.
  24. Run in a Warrior Dash race.
  25. Join a fun Meetup group.
  26. Open a window for at least 15 minutes everyday.
  27. Add more vegetables to your diet.
  28. Add more nuts and seeds to your diet.
  29. Drink green tea.
  30. Eat more avocados.
  31. Eliminate soda pop from your diet.
  32. Fast from social media for a week.
  33. Watch less TV.
  34. Travel to a sunny vacation spot.
  35. Do yoga.
  36. Turn off the notifications on your phone.
  37. Create a vision board to help you achieve your dreams/goals.
  38. Find one natural remedy and integrate it into your health routine.
  39. Visit a trusted integrative practitioner.
  40. Take a break from negativity and violence in the media.
  41. Start a new hobby.
  42. Tackle a new project.
  43. Join a Bible study at church.
  44. Devise a plan for financial freedom.
  45. Minimize your contact with toxic people.
  46. Adopt a pet.
  47. Volunteer your time for a worthy cause.
  48. De-clutter your bedroom and donate things you don’t need.
  49. Add kale to your diet.
  50. Make a list of enjoyable activities and do them on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis.
  51. Practice hospitality.
  52. Get your vitamin D level checked regularly and supplement as needed.
  53. Cook with organic butter and coconut oil instead of canola oil.
  54. Buy a non-toxic mattress.
  55. Buy organic pillows.
  56. Switch to safe cookware.
  57. Take a daily probiotic.
  58. Cook dinner instead of buying fast food.
  59. Stop adding extra salt to your food.
  60. Add blueberries to your smoothie.
  61. Eat desserts weekly instead of daily.
  62. See a financial advisor to help lessen stress from financial difficulties.
  63. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
  64. Rejoice in the Lord.
  65. When you have a negative thought, do the following. Stop the negative thought. Reject the negative thought. Replace the negative thought with a Bible verse or with a positive thought.
  66. Drink more water.
  67. Reduce trips to fast food restaurants.
  68. Take Revive Our Hearts’ 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.
  69. Switch to whole-food, non-GMO supplements.
  70. Shop at healthy grocery stores.
  71. Be generous with your time and talents.
  72. Set healthy boundaries.
  73. Trust in God.
  74. Visit a chiropractor.
  75. Cleanse your body with essential oils.
  76. Ask for help.
  77. Reject pride and be humble.
  78. Practice the Sabbath/take a day of rest.
  79. Take a nap.
  80. Learn to be content.
  81. Be kind to yourself and others.
  82. Start a gratitude journal.
  83. Spend time outdoors.
  84. Join a sports team.
  85. Be thankful.

Are you trying to improve your health? Don’t stress about making multiple changes all at once. Even the smallest change can make a positive difference!

This post was originally published on January 16, 2019; it was updated on October 18, 2019.

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The Switch To A Biological Dentist

To my dismay, my dentist recently referred my daughter to a pediatric dentist to have a whole lot of work done in her mouth. After listening to all of the work that had to be done, I felt anxious. Was all of it necessary? Was all of it safe? It was then that I remembered a conversation that I had with my co-worker about Holistic Dentistry.

According to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), Holistic Dentists/Biological Dentists try to do the following:

Always seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment, all the goals of modern dentistry, and do it while treading as lightly as possible on the patient’s biological terrain. A more biocompatible approach to oral health is the hallmark of biological dentistry.

Like other holistic practitioners, Biological Dentists try to see the body as a whole and tend to believe that each part of the body can have a profound effect on other parts of the body. Therefore, when Biological Dentists provide education for their patients, they take lifestyle habits, diet, and knowledge of toxicities into consideration. They try to avoid dangerous materials, including mercury/amalgam fillings. According to the IAOMT, mercury can cause or exacerbate the below:

  • Allergies, especially to mercury
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disorders/immunodeficiency
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Complaints of unclear causation
  • Hearing loss
  • Kidney disease
  • Micromercurialism
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Oral lichenoid reaction and oral lichen planus
  • Parkinson’s
  • Periodontal disease
  • Psychological issues such as depression and anxiety
  • Reproductive dysfunction
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Symptoms of chronic mercury poisoning
  • Thyroiditis

The holistic dentist that ultimately treated our daughter took a more conservative approach than the conventional dentist. He also gave me some good tips on how to change my daughter’s diet so that she would be able to avoid more cavities. Are you interested in a Holistic/Biological Dentist? If so, here are some questions that you can ask potential candidates. These questions come from The Autoimmune Solution by Amy Myers, MD.

Do you use a rubber dam? A rubber dam should be used to protect the patient when mercury fillings are being removed. If your dentist answers yes, he or she is far more likely to know how to remove fillings safely.

What do you do to protect yourself and your staff? If a dentist is taking mercury out of your mouth, that dentist and their staff are being exposed to it too. A dentist who doesn’t protect him or herself or the office’s staff might not be truly aware of the health hazards involved—and therefore won’t be fully aware of how to protect you.

Do you have an amalgam separator? When mercury is removed normally, it goes right into the local wastewater supply, a thought that just makes me shudder. An amalgam separator will separate out the mercury so it can be disposed of safely.

If you want to find a Biological Dentist, try searching at holisticdental.org or IAOMT.org. What do you think of Biological Dentistry?

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References

Dental Amalgam Mercury Fillings and Danger to Human Health. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://iaomt.org/resources/dental-mercury-facts/amalgam-fillings-danger-human-health/

Introduction to Biological Dentistry: Oral Medicine, Dental Toxicology. (n.d). Retrieved from https://iaomt.org/about-iaomt/introduction-biological-dentistry/

Myers, A. (2017). The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.  

Frankincense: The King of Health and Beauty

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11

As a child, I knew that frankincense was given to baby Jesus, but I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t really give it a second thought until I received my first box of essential oils in the mail. I was really excited to break open each bottle. When I picked up the frankincense, I thought, “This one was given to baby Jesus. It will smell good for sure!”

Unfortunately, it didn’t really smell that good to me. In fact, it smelled kind of odd to me.

A few weeks later, I put the bottle away. I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and many smells made me really nauseous.

After a few months, when the nausea went away, I decided to give the oils another shot. One person advised me to put two drops of frankincense into my facial moisturizer. So I did. Wow! If the skin on my face could talk, it would’ve said, “What was that?! That felt amazing!” I also used coconut oil and frankincense on my baby when he had irritated, oozing skin around his ears. It worked like a charm. I also discovered that frankincense combined with lavender, melaleuca and coconut oil made an effective “Owie Spray” that smelled like fresh flowers.

I now know why frankincense was given to baby Jesus and why it is called “The King of Oils.” I encourage you to go on PubMed and read about all the new research being done on frankincense. It is a powerful, yet gentle oil that rejuvenates the skin and helps to lessen skin imperfections. Also, two drops under the tongue or on the roof of your mouth will support your immune, nervous and digestive systems (please note that oral and internal use is not recommended with every essential oil brand).

Looking for a natural health and beauty boost? Try the King of Oils! As always, for the sake of your health, choose pure essential oils of the highest quality.

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This post was originally published on December 20, 2018; it was updated on September 29, 2019.

More Water, Better Water

Feeling thirsty? Instead of choosing sugary drinks that raise your blood sugar and sabotage weight loss efforts, reach for water! Here are a few tips about water.

Drink high-quality water. Tap water contains pharmaceutical residue, heavy metals and other contaminants that wreak havoc on your gut. For water purification, I highly recommend the Berkey filter. The main filters in the Berkey can last up to 15 years and the fluoride filters can last up to two years. The water from this high-performing filter tastes wonderful!

Don’t drink from plastic water bottles. I have read that water from store-bought plastic bottles are sometimes more contaminated than tap water because the water is not properly purified or regulated. Furthermore, if the plastic was sitting out in a hot warehouse or in the hot sun, the heat might have compromised the plastic and the plastic might be leaching into the water. This is a health hazard! Instead of buying water from the store, I filter my water and use Klean Kanteen water bottles.

Drink more water. I have seen conflicting research on the daily recommended intake of water. Therefore, instead of worrying too much about meeting a “water quota” everyday, just try to drink as much as you can. Try to choose water instead of any other drink.

If you don’t like the taste of water, add something to it. You can add some organic lemon to your water. Just make sure that you rinse your mouth after ingesting lemon because it can damage your teeth. You can also put a drop of lemon essential oil into your water. If the essential oil has been extracted from the lemon’s rind, you don’t have to rinse out your mouth as the rind will not erode your teeth. Lemon essential oil is great for cleansing the body! Please ensure that the essential oil that you use is pure as ingesting an essential oil that is not pure can be dangerous for your health.

Don’t forget about the water in your shower. Just like the water that you drink affects your health, the water that gets on your skin and hair will affect your health as well. Therefore, you might want to buy a shower filter to avoid some of the toxins in the water. I’ve heard good things about Aquasana filters.

Do you use a shower filter?

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This post was originally published on November 6, 2018; it was updated on September 24, 2019.