Stop Sugar Cravings with Peppermint Essential Oil

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In honor of National Sugar Awareness Week, I wanted to share an amazing tip for curbing sugar cravings:  Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil!!

Sometimes I get these crazy cravings for sugar… and they can be hard to resist sometimes.  I had weaned myself down to a just one piece of candy instead of a handful of cookies, however, sugar is still sugar… and sugar likes to take up residence in my midsection if I eat too much of it. :-/  So, I am super thankful that I learned this great tip:

  • Simply place a drop of Peppermint Vitality essential oil on the back of a clean hand, then touch just the tip of your tongue to the oil. Then close your mouth and allow the oil to cleanse your palate and reset your tastebuds… it might even clear your sinuses too. Be sure to wash your hands afterwards so that you don’t accidentally transfer any remaining peppermint essential oil to your eyes or nose…ouch… but if that does happen, simply put a drop of carrier oil (like coconut oil or olive oil) over the peppermint oil and that should ease any discomfort.

I have tried this several times and it really works well for me.  By putting the oil on the tip of my tongue I get the flavor of the peppermint without any heat or discomfort.  It also freshens my breath and enhances my alertness!!  Definitely a win-win!!

NOTE: I do not recommend trying this with another brand of oil; not all essential oils are labeled for internal or dietary use so be sure to read the label.

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Lemon Essential Oil Is Less Acid than Lemon Juice

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SEED TO SEAL SPOTLIGHT “…Because citrus juice has been proven to cause tooth enamel erosion, there have been some questions about the effect of citrus essential oils on teeth as well.
As part of Young Living’s unwavering commitment to quality and safety, our Research and Development team — led by renowned oral care expert and former Section President of the American Association of Dental Research Dr. Michael Buch — performed a series of laboratory tests to determine if citrus essential oils, like citrus juices, significantly lower pH levels in the mouth.
Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Orange, and Grapefruit essential oils and juices were all tested.

Each of the fruit juices was found to be at least 10X more acidic than its corresponding Young Living essential oil. In fact, the Young Living essential oils caused only minimal pH changes to the water (averaging less than 1pH unit.)

The bad news? Citrus juice does indeed erode tooth enamel over time.

The good news? It’s safe to continue enjoying citrus taste by adding Young Living essential citrus oils to beverages instead of drinking a glass of orange juice or by squeezing a wedge of lemon into water.”
– Source: The Essential Edge, April 2016, Young Living Essential Oils

WHY DRINK WATER WITH LEMON VITALITY ESSENTIAL OIL?  The benefits of lemon includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene; and Lemon essential oil has cleansing and purifying properties. Drink in your water every day and reap the benefits!

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Panaway to Soothe Away Sore Muscles

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Do you live in an area that has been affected by the ice storms?  Are your back and shoulders sore from breaking up all that ice?  If so, help is on the way in the form of Panaway essential oil blend!!!  This is a great oil to use for soothing muscles after outdoor activities or a workout session! Not only does it work great, but it has an amazing wintergreen scent.

Best way to use Panaway for sore muscles:  combine a drop of Panaway with a few drops of carrier oil (such as coconut or jojoba oil, but not vegetable or canola oil) and soothe it over the area that needs attention!  Repeat as often as needed!

One of the things I like about this oil different from Deep Relief (wish is a great oil for occasional pain as well) is that Panaway includes Helichrysum. Helichrysum is known for helping to increase circulation to the site of application, reduce scarring, control bleeding, improve hearing, as well as reducing pain! This is a great oil blend especially when you consider all the things that helichrysum can do.

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Do You Have A Dream???

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Today our nation is remembering Martin Luther King Jr.  One of the many things MLK Jr. is remembered for is his, “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. While MLK Jr. was talking about ending racism and calling for equality in civil and economic rights, I hope that we can also take a little time today to reflect upon our own dreams!!  Do you have a dream?  Do you have something that you are passionate about, that puts a fire in your belly?  Something that motivates you to get out of bed each day?  Something that at the end of your life you will have peace in knowing that you did all you could to realize that dream?  I hope that you do; everyone should live with that kind of passion!

One essential oil blend that Young Living has that can help people with their dreams is Dream Catcher!  “This blend may help to open the mind, to enhance dreams, and to help one visualize their dreams and hang onto them until they become a reality.  It may also serve to protect one from the negative dreams that tend to steal our vision.  Children love the smell of this blend, and it may even help them to sleep more soundly.” (Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley)  This oil isn’t in my essential oil “tool box” yet but I am planning to add it this month.  One of my sons could use the sleep support… and I would like to have it for those times when my dream seems out of reach!  Sounds like an amazing blend that we could all benefit from!

I believe that God has put a dream in each of our hearts.  If you don’t know your dream, please search deep in your soul until you find it!!  Then, chase that dream with all your heart and soul!  God wouldn’t put it in your heart and mind if He couldn’t put it in your hands!!!  DREAM BIG!!!

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Immune System Support Diffuser Recipe

15 - immune support diffuser recipeIt is that time of year when lots of people are sick.  If you would like to support your immune system to stay well, this is a good diffuser recipe to try.

Immune System Support

  • 1-4 drops of Thieves Essential Oil blend
  • 1-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Diffuse in your bedroom(s) at night and/or in your living/dining room area during the day so that your whole family can benefit.

The Thieves essential oil blend in this diffuser recipe is nothing short of amazing when it comes to promoting healthy immune systems!  You can read the story behind the name of this oil here.

The Lemon essential oil in this recipe is to help keep your air clean and is an uplifting scent.

Remember it is easier to stay healthy than it is to get healthy!!!

Here’s to good health!!

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