8 Things in Your Home that Cause Headaches

 

You arrive home after a busy day of work with one goal in mind: Finish your daily chores and responsibilities as quick as possible so you can plop down and relax.  You quickly throw on your sweats, pull your hair into a messy bun and get started on job #2. After a few of hours (which seem like 10),  aaahhhhh, the time has come.  You get comfortable, switch on your favorite reality show and then something terrible happens. A horrible headache sets in!

Does this sound familiar?  You’ve escaped hell (work), battled with hungry, cranky, and dirty(now clean) kiddos, wiped down every surface, and just as you relax you get a headache?!?! What in the What?  Well, I have something to tell you……your home and some of the items in it could be the cause.

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There are several products and environmental factors within your home that can trigger headaches.  The following 8 items are common culprits for your aching head.

1. Bright Lights

Bright fluorescent lights, TV, and computer screens are all around us. Cell Phone use is at an all-time high with individuals looking at their gadgets  an “average of five hours a day — that’s roughly one-third of their total waking hours (Gregoire, 2015).”  This type of screen time can be very harmful.  When a person is sensitive to bright lighting, they have a disorder called Photophobia. “Photophobia is a condition in which bright lights hurt your eyes (Delago, 2015).”  A person who has migraines or frequent headaches most likely has this disorder and should take appropriate steps and precautions to limit their exposure to bright lights.

Suggestions:  If you are sensitive to light and you feel they are the cause of your headaches there are a few options you can try.  

1.Eyekepper Glasses provide headache and dry eye relief caused by eye Strain from blue lights, UVB Light, and HEV light.

2.Switching to incandescent lights, warm fluorescent light bulbs or LED light bulbs can help.  These have a softer, less offending glow.

 

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2. Smell Goods (Candles, Air Fresheners, perfumes, Shampoo)


The majority of items in our homes that “smell good” contain “fragrance..” What makes a fragrance?  Well, truthfully, no one but the company(and those they are required to inform) knows. Fragrances are considered “trade secrets.”  Manufacturers aren’t required to disclose specific fragrance ingredients on product labels.  Instead, the generic term, Parfum, is listed.  This term alone can represent a mixture of potentially DOZENS of dangerous chemicals that cause headaches (and tons of other symptoms). The European Health Commission prohibits 1,300 chemicals,  shown to cause headaches as well as cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive problems, and birth defects, for use in cosmetic/perfumed products (European Prohibited Cosmetic List).  The United States ONLY bans 11 of these same chemicals(United States Prohibited Cosmetic List).  This information terrifies me when it comes to my family’s health and safety.

Suggestions: If you feel fragrances are the cause of your headaches the best choice is to remove those items from your home.  You can replace them with natural and organic ingredients that are safe and headache free.  Check out these links below for more information.

Pretty On the Outside, Dying on the Inside

Three Steps to a Natural Beauty Routine

Natural Beauty Toolkit

 

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3. Pets (Dander and Treatments)

Pets are an excellent addition to the family, but sometimes they carry hidden downfalls. Our furry friends are commonly allowed to roam the home and they leave minimal or no evidence of dander, saliva, urine, and feces. These “invisible” deposits then stick to furniture, carpet, beds, etc.  Many times parents hear their little one complain of a headache or even suffer from headaches themselves.  Even though sneezing, coughing, wheezing, or other allergy symptoms are not present the person, in fact, could be allergic to their pet. When most people think of allergies they think hay fever type symptoms. That’s not always the cases.  Allergies do come in the form of headache quite often.  For those of you that may have allergy headaches caused by their pet, there are some ways to help.

Suggestions: If removing your pet from your home is a no-go, here are some ways to calm down your headaches.

1.Bathe your pet frequently with allergen-reducing shampoo

2. Purchase a Pet Air Filter for your home ventilation system (Wal-mart).

3.  Apply or diffuse essential oils for immunity support.  Peppermint, lavender, lemon, rose, oregano, and clove oils are great choices.

 

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4. noise

Loud Noises have always been known to cause headaches but did you know that constant low sounds and repetitive sounds can cause them, as well.  “In one small study in Headache, 79 percent of people exposed to 50dB of white noise developed a headache, and 82 percent reported that the headache was the same or similar to their usual headaches, which were either migraines or tension-type headaches (Doherty, 2016).” Sound familiar?

Suggestions: Constant noise can be mind-numbing.  Here are some ways to quiet it down to silence those migraines.

1. Purchase Flesh Skin Colored Plugs s for help secretly calm the noise.

2. Use a white noise app or White Noise Machine.

3. Wear noise-canceling headphones.  Nowadays people walk around with all types of headphones, and these look no different than any other!

4. If you feel overwhelmed by the noises, take a walk and let yourself calm down.

 

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5. Household cleaners

According to the Organic Consumer Organization, “In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home( How Toxic, n.d.).”  Many store bought cleaning products contain chemicals that are neurotoxins. Neurotoxins alter neurons, affecting brain activity, causing a range of problems from headaches to loss of intellect (Household Cleaning, n.d).” 

Suggestions: If you feel cleaners are the cause of your headaches the best choice is to remove those items from your home.  You can replace them with natural and organic ingredients that are safe and headache free.  Check out these links below for more information.

Three Steps to a Natural Cleaning Routine

Natural Cleaning Toolkit

 

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6. Pesticides

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Pesticides are used in our home routinely to kill mice, insects, and mold.  The Toxic Action Center states, “Pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living things. This includes substances that kill weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungus (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides), and others (The Problem with Pesticides, 2015).” With low-level exposure headaches, digestive issues, mood swings can occur and over time pesticides can cause cancer, Parkinson’s disease, neurological problems, infertility, and reproductive harm.  

Suggestions: Pesticides are very dangerous to our health, but there are some safe and natural remedies to help.

1. Diatomaceous Earth – When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) it compromises their waxy coating so that their innards turn into teeny tiny bug jerky.

2. Essential Oils – Essential Oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, neem, tea tree, oregano, thyme….just to name a few have all shown to get rid of things like fleas, ticks, mice, spiders, beetles, and the list goes on.

3. Baking Soda/Vinegar for ant control.  Just sprinkle a little, and the bubbles release carbon monoxide into the air which kills the insects.

 

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7. Headbands/ponytail holders

People that wear ponytails or headbands often are doing more damage than they truly understand. Individuals that often put their hair up are causing the nerves in their head, overtime, to perceive it is being harmed.  According to Dr. Denise E. Chou, neurologist and assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, ” “When you put your hair in a tight bun or ponytail, or a weave or extensions, that will pull the nerves in the scalp. That pulling of the nerves will activate the sensory nerves even more,” Chou continues, “That can result in the headache itself, or it could be that the headache is beginning.”  

Suggestions:  It’s important to be careful and listen to your body.  If you are getting frequent headaches when wearing your hair up make sure to loosen or take down your hair.  

 

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8. Carbon Monoxide/radon

“According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly one out of every 15 U.S. homes is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Short term, radon can cause headaches, breathing issues, and dizziness. Over time, however, breathing in radon gas can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer. Another invisible, odorless, yet poisonous, gas is carbon monoxide (CO)–it’s responsible for killing almost 4,000 people in the United States each year. CO is produced when fuels from your fireplace, water heater, boiler or furnace burn incompletely, and it can fill a home without anyone taking notice. Once exposed, symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, unconsciousness and even death. (sixwise, 2016).”

Suggestions: If you feel that Radon or Carbon Monoxide are a concern in your home, I would suggest buying an at-home testing kit.

 

If you are suffering from constant and frequent headaches or migraines, it’s important to listen to your symptoms.  Always make sure to find the cause so that you are certain your headaches are not due to a more serious health concern!

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References:

Gregoire, C. (2015). You Probably Use Your Smartphone Way More Than You Think. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smartphone-usage-estimates_us_5637687de4b063179912dc96

Delago, A. (2015).What causes photophobia? 32 possible conditions. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smartphone-usage-estimates_us_5637687de4b063179912dc96

Martin, P.R., Reece, J., & Forsyth, M. (2006). Noise as a trigger for headaches: relationship between exposure and sensitivity. Headache, Jun;46(6):962-72.

Doherty, C. (2016).Coping with Noise Triggered HeadachesNoise as a Headache Trigger and Densitization as a Coping Strategy. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smartphone-usage-estimates_us_5637687de4b063179912dc96S

Another invisible, odorless, yet poisonous, gas is carbon monoxide (CO)–it’s responsible for killing almost 4,000 people in the United States each year. CO is produced when fuels from your fireplace, water heater, boiler or furnace burn incompletely, and it can fill a home without anyone taking notice. Once exposed, symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, unconsciousness and even death.

Sleepy Cream

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Do you or your loved ones toss and turn during the night? Does someone always wake up feeling unrested and cranky? Sleepy Cream can help! My daughter, Lainey, used to have HORRIBLE night terrors. Her grandmother suggested using Lavender Oil on the bottom of her feet. We were desperate and started applying lavender every night. After a week, her night terrors disappeared! This miracle sparked my interest. I began researching and “Sleepy Cream” was then created! Night terrors are no more, and now we ALL get a good nights rest!

How to Make Sleepy Cream

The first two ingredients you will need to make “sleepy cream” is coconut oil and cocoa butter.  Coconut oil is my FAVORITE carrier oil because of its versatility and texture. The antibacterial properties of coconut oil also protect the skin from potential pathogens. Cocoa butter has a heavenly smell and is a fabulous moisturizer for the skin.  

To begin, you will need to fill a saucepan 1/3 full of water and place it on the stove over medium-low heat.  As the water is warming put 1 cup of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons cocoa butter in a glass bowl.  Slowly lower the bowl of coconut oil and cocoa butter into water (if you have a double you can use that, instead). 

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Allow the two ingredients to melt completely.  It usually takes around 3 to 5 minutes. Once melted remove from heat and stir gently.  After stirring, place the melted mixture into the freezer for 8 to 10 minutes.  The coconut oil and cocoa butter will be “squishy” in the middle.  The outside edge of your concoction may be solid, but no worries…..it will mix up just fine once you begin blending.

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Now it’s time to whip it up!  Using either a standing or hand mixer, mix the contents of the bowl until it turns to a fluffy consistency.  If you find hard pieces simply fold them in and continue to mix until all is well blended. 

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Next, add the magnesium and essential oils.  Add one tablespoon of magnesium and mix with mixer.  Once the magnesium is blended add 20 drops Cedarwood, 20 drops Stress Away, 20 drops Lavender, and 8-10 drops Vetiver essentials oils. Once essential oils are added, mix one final time. TipI always wait to add the magnesium and essential oils after I have the coconut oil and cocoa butter blended to the consistency I like.  There have been times when my cream was either not harden enough or something (temperature, humidity) caused it to not “whip up” the way I preferred.  When this happens simply remelt the mixture and try again.

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Finally, place your cream in an oil-safe plastic or glass container to store for later! To use for improved sleep, apply to bottom of feet at bedtime for an awesome and interrupted night.  Sleepy cream can also be used as a calming body butter or hand cream!  It’s great for winter months when you have dry or cracked hands. Enjoy!

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Sleepy Cream Ingredients

  • 2 T cocoa butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 T magnesium oil
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 20 drops Stress Away essential oil
  • 8-10 drops Vetiver essential oil
  • Pot filled 1/3 full of water or double boiler
  • Glass bowl
  • Glass or oil-safe plastic container

How to Make Sleepy Cream

  1. Combine cocoa butter and coconut oil in glass bowl. Fill a pot on the stove 1/3 full with water, and place the glass bowl into the water.
  2. Turn the stove onto medium-low heat, and melt the contents of glass bowl on the stove for about 3-5 minutes. You want the water to be at a gentle simmer, not boiling, so lower the temperature if needed. Stir the contents of the jar every so often to help everything combine.
  3. As soon as the ingredients are melted and combined, remove the bowl from the water.
  4. Place the glass bowl into the freezer.
  5. After 8-10 minutes, remove bowl from freezer and blend contents with standing or hand mixer until fluffy.
  6. When mixture is fluffy, add magnesium oil and blend with mixer.
  7. Once magnesium oil is evenly dispersed, add Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood, and Stress Away essential oils and blend with mixture a final time.
  8. Scoop the mixture into glass or oil safe plastic container and rub on bottom of feet at night or use as a calming hand/body moisturizer. 

Have any questions? Have a “Sleepy Cream” success story? Do you make your own version of sleepy cream? SHARE BELOW!  I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Throbbin’ Noggin’ Roll-On

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Need an alternative for your little ones throbbin’ Noggin’?  Check out this video tutorial to learn how to make this awesome (and Effective) roll-on!

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Kale (and Other “Yucky” Vegetables)

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Kale

(and Other Yucky Vegetables)

Let’s face it……kids are stubborn.  They don’t understand the importance of a well-balanced diet or the reason why they’re cranky, sleepy, and down-right angry is because they’ve only eaten chicken nuggets for two weeks.  I cannot count the times I’ve prepared vegetables covered with butter, salt, and yes, even sugar, to only have my three little ones turn their nose’s up in disgust.  Desperate and exhausted from dealing with “vitamin deficient” tantrums, I decided it was time to get sneaky.  

My “aha” moment came one day while taking part in my every day, multi-tasking, mommy duties.  At this particular point in time, it was a typical Sunday afternoon. I was busy preparing chili and spaghetti to have in the fridge for the week, packing lunches for the kids for school the next day, and blending some vegetables to make veggie ice cubes to use in my smoothies.  Lainey (my middle child) LOVES to be with me in the kitchen and asked if she could help. 

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As we worked, she rambled on with her usual Lainey chit-chat, but during our conversation, a few comments she made stood out. While rinsing the veggies she exclaimed, “Gross, these leaves (kale) are nasty,” which was directly followed by,   “Yum, I can’t wait to eat chili, though!” My wheels started turning. “Hmmmmm……wonder what would happen if I put some of these in the chili/spaghetti?” I added a few already frozen cubes and guess what?  THEY NEVER REALIZED IT! How did they not know, you ask?  When I blend my vegetables, I use a Nutribullet, which finely chops whatever it is put against.  It’s an excellent machine!

How to make Veggie Cubes

To make the cubes, you first wash your vegetables.  For a better clean, I will spray mine down with an Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs brand) / water mixture, allow them to sit for 5 minutes, and then rinse. 

                  

Next, fill your Nutribullet cup 3/4 full of vegetables, add water to the “max” fill line, attach the blade, and blend for 45-60 seconds.  If you find any chunks or large pieces of vegetables just reattach the cup to the base and blend for another to 30 to 45 seconds. The results are amazing! The vegetables are chopped so finely someone may think you used a juicer.

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After blending, remove the blades and pour your liquefied mixture into ice cube trays.  The large cup that comes with the Nutribullet will typically fill 1 and 1/2 trays.  If you don’t want to make ice cubes, simply pour the blended veggies straight into the soup or meal you are preparing.  

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After pouring into the ice trays, place them in the freezer and allow to harden. Once they are completely frozen, pop the cubes in a freezer bag, and you have perfect healthy goodness right at your fingertips whenever you need to add some nutrition to your meal.

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When using ice cubes, I find green ones(kale, spinach, broccoli, green beans) work best when added to soups or other meals that include tomato sauce such as spaghetti or lasagna.  The sauce hides the green tint the veggies may create. Also (I know you’re wondering), the finely chopped pieces the blender leaves behind look more like pepper or some other seasoning. Due to their light color, blending veggies such as carrots, squash, cauliflower, and mushrooms are ideal when mixing with something cheese based such as macaroni and cheese.  I’ve even let the cubes melt and added the liquid to hamburger/turkey meat for meatloaf, burgers, and tacos.  The possibilities are endless!

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Buy vegetables in bulk for cheaper prices and prepare all at once!  It’s definitely a cheap way to make sure your kiddos (and husbands) are getting the nutrition they need!

Tip: I add the veggie cubes to the foods when they have approximately 10 to 15 minutes cooking time to go.  This way the nutrients are preserved as much as possible (cooking takes out some nutritional value).  This also allows time for the cubes to melt and warm to an appropriate temperature.

Love this idea? what meal did you use?  Do you have any other tricks? Share Below!  I would love to hear from you!

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Nutrition is the key to a healthy life and happy life.  If an individual is facing ANY type of health issue, minor or major, the first (and most overlooked) step that should be taken is changing their diet and supplementing.  Below are some recipes, tips, and tricks  focused on improving your health naturally with nutrition.

How to Make Bone Broth (Targeted Area of Health: Immune System, Joints, Digestion/Gut,                                                                       Skin/Nails)

How to Get Your Kid to Eat Kale (and other Yucky Vegetables)                                           (Targeted Area of Health: All)

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Essential Oils-Emotional Balance

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Balance Emotions with Essential oils

Essential oils have the ability to directly access and affect the brain’s limbic region, the center of emotion and memory. Many oils can be used to create a positive emotional state, help soothe grief, create an environment of relaxation at the end of a long day, and much more. Sometimes a busy schedule and the demands of daily life can make it nearly impossible to relax. Chronic stress can bring a host of health issues, including poor digestion, insomnia, weight gain, headaches, and more.  Do you sometimes toss and turn at night? Essential oil products can help soothe your mind and body, bringing tranquility and restfulness to your bedtime when occasional stresses or preoccupations keep you awake. Combat the emotional and physical toll of the stress in your life with our pure, relaxing essential oils.

The following essential oils and essential oil blends through diffusion, direct inhalation, and massage, have shown to help support and maintain overall emotional health.  They are listed by each emotion name, following which oils have shown to ease or promote each one.

Addiction Basil, Bergamont, Clary Sage,  Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Ocotea, Rose, Vetiver

Aggression Bergamont, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood (Atlas), Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Anger Bergamont, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Roman Chamomile,Cedarwood (Atlas), Clary Sage, Eucalyptus Radiata, Forgiveness, Geranium, Ginger, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mryhh, Neroli, Patchouli, Release, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Stress Away, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Apathy- Basil, Bergamont, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Ginger, Jasmine, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Rose

Burnout- Bergamont, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Ginger, Helichrusym, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Stress Away, Vetiver

Confusion- Basil, Bergamont, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Clarity, Cypress, Helichrusym, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Stress Away

Dissappointment- Basil, Bergamont,  Cardamom, Cypress, Chamomile(German & Roman),  Clary Sage, Cypress, Forgiveness, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Jasmine, Joy, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Orange,Stress Away, Rose

Fatigue(emotional/mental)- Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamin, Clove, Coriander, Eucalyptus Radiata, Ginger,  Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Juniper, Orange, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Fear- Basil, Bergamont, Cedarwood, Chamomile(Roman),  Clary Sage, Cypress, fennel, Frankincense,Hyssop,  Lavender, Lemon, Sandalwood, Stress Away

Fidgety Basil, Cedarwood, Chamomile(Roman or German), Clarity, Lavender, Vetiver

Frustration- Bergamont,  Chamomile(Roman or German), Ginger, Helichrysum, Joy, Lavender,  Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Stress Away

Grief- Bergamont, Chamomile(Roman), Jasmine, Joy,  Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Palo Santo, Rose, Sandalwood, Stress Away

Hysteria- Chamomile(Roman & German), Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Peppermint, Stress Away, Tea Tree

Impatience- Chamomile(Roman & German), Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint

Indecision-Clarity, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radia, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint

Jealousy– Jasmine, Rose

Irritability Chamomile (Roman), Clary Sage, Lavender, Lemon, Joy, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Stress Away, Vetiver

Mood Swings- Cardamom, Cedarwood, Geranium, Joy, Juniper, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli,  Stress Away, Ylang Ylang

Negativity Bergamont, Chamomile (Roman & German), Helichrysum, Hyssop, Joy, Lavender,  Lemon, Neroli,  Orange, Palo Santo,  Peppermint

Nervous– Chamomile (Roman & German), Clary Sage, Coriander, Frankincense, Geranium,  Joy, Lavender,  Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Palo Santo, Peppermint, Rose, Sandalwood, Stress Away, Vetiver

Panic- Angellica, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Neroli, Ylang Ylang

Sadness- Jasmine, Joy, Stress Away, Rose

Shyness- Black Pepper, Ginger, Jasmine, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose, Neroli, Ylang Ylang

Stress Bergamont, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Joy, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Palo Santo, Pathchouli, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Stress Away, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Worry- Cardamom, Chamomile (Roman & German), Clary Sage, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Joy, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Palo Santo, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Stress Away, Vetiver

 How do I choose what’s right for me?

There are so many oils listed for each emotion and yes, it can be a little overwhelming. I know that buying can be intimidating, but trust me, it’s SO worth it!  I was VERY skeptical in the beginning.  I was given my starter kit as a graduation present.  If you aren’t quite sure about oils, but would like to try them out, I would definitely recommend purchasing a Premium Started Kit.  This includes all the basics you need to begin such as a diffuser and the Everyday Essential Oil Kit.  The Everyday Essential oils include every home’s must haves, such as lavender, lemon, tea tree, frankincense, and more.  You save over $250 when you make this purchase!  Also, if you purchase the Premium Starter Kit, you will save 24% on all other Young Living oils and products (click here to learn why I choose Young Living Oils)! 

A great way to narrow down which ones you would like to purchase first is to self-reflect. Here are steps to decide which oils you would like to purchase to support your emotional health.

Step 1: Make a list of the most troublesome emotions

The best place to start is to reflect on why you seeking help at this time?  What emotions are you, or the person you are wanting to help, currently battling at this time? Unfortunately, most people aren’t having difficulties with only one emotion in their lives.  I recommend writing the top 2 to 5 emotions you feel may need so assistance.  

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Step 2: List oils only in your most worrisome emotion

To save time, only list the oils that are recommended for the emotion you are most experiencing.  It will make step 3 a lot easier!

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Step 3: Compare lists and Mark recurrent oils only

The third step is to look at your second most occuring emotion and as you review the list, ONLY mark oils you see n each one.  For instance,  Bergamont is listed as an oil used to help stress, as well as negativity; therefore, I checked my list.  I did not check Clary Sage, however, because it was listed for stress, but not negativity. Continue to follow this step until all lists are compared.

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Step 3

STEP 4: Highlight repeated oils

Now that you compared and mark the recurrent oils, you are able to see which oils are most needed for your personal emotional state.  Highlight each ones so you are able to clearly decipher which oils may be best to invest in, at this time. For instance, in the below list I can see oils I may want to purchase are bergamont, roman chamomile, joy, lavender, and peppermint.

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Step 4

Step 5Research and purchase

These steps are a great way to narrow down which oils may assist your current emotional needs, however, it is best to do your own research.  I personally prefer Young Living Essential Oils due to their seed to seal® promise of purity, as well as the integrity of the company (click here to learn why I choose Young Living Oils)!   Here are some resources to learn more about essential oils.

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Emotional Support

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if you’re happy, and you know it…… 

“If you’re happy, and you know it, clap your hands!”  How many times in your life have you cheerfully clapped, stomped, and shouted “HOORAY,”  along with this song? I would say that most children screamed each lyric and played out the motions, with real devotion to its meaning. Unfortunately, in today’s world, most American adults are singing a different tune.  “If you’re unhappy, and you know it, give a sigh!”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), about one in 10 adults in America reports being clinically depressed.  In fact, Americans say being the most unhappy in the world! The demands of life and the expectation to, “Keep up with the Jones,” leaves American citizens in constant stress and despair. Sustained or chronic stress, in particular, leads to elevated hormones such as cortisol, the “stress hormone,” and reduces serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine, which has been linked to depression.2  Since 1994, prescriptions for depression medicines have increased 400%. That is an amazingly scary statistic.

Stress and emotions

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. The majority of Americans are stressed due to three common issues.

stresschartA person’s job, finances, and relationships make up the majority of their emotional efforts. In many instances, stress in one area will trickle into the next, eventually causing turmoil in all three. For example, having trouble with your money almost always causes fights with your significant other.  If you are always worrying about paying your bills and that fight you had last night with your spouse, you will not be able to focus, which in turn, may cause issues at your job.  This above situation turns into a vicious cycle that causes constant and chronic distress.

Chronic stress can lead a person down a very slippery slope.   Stress brings on many negative emotions, which can severely effect a person’s health. PNI research suggests that chronic stress can lead to or exacerbate mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, cognitive (thinking) problems, personality changes, and problem behaviors.Not only does stress create emotional and behavioral disorders, it also suppresses your immune system, which makes it harder for your body to fight off illnesses.

emotions and Body Systems

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Stress creates negative emotions and negative emotions bring on illness.  Recent studies show emotions can be linked to pain in the body as well as occurrence of chronic disease. “Previous studies have linked stress to lowered immune system function, increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and altered brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, and hormonal balance.4  It has also been found to increase the rate at which tumors grow.5 One of the reasons for this has to do with the way the biological stress response promotes inflammation in your body.4

Emotions not only suppress your immune system, they can be linked to pain and malfunctions in other areas in our body systems. Grief can wreak havoc on your cardiovascular/circulatory system. Dr. Mercola stated, “Extreme grief (or any other extremely stressful event) can also have a devastating impact—not for nothing is the saying that someone “died from a broken heart.” In the days after losing a loved one, your risk of suffering a heart attack shoots up by 21 times.”

Anger is often connected to problems in the digestive system. For example, it can cause many issues in the gallbladder.  The gallbladder stores bile. When you body signals, the gallbladder releases the bile to aid in digestion.   “Problems in the gallbladder indicate trouble dealing with feelings and, particularly, clarifying them. Often they are angry and will not express their feelings. Anger triggers the sympathetic nervous system, energy rises up to the neck, shoulders, back and arms and irrigates the brain quite substantially, however, the person holds in their feelings. This confuses the nerves and, in turn, gives the gallbladder the wrong message.  Instead of releasing bile, the gallbladder stores it.”5

Emotion and Hormone Connection

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Hormones are special messengers in the body that control basic needs, such as hunger, as well as more complex functions like reproduction.  They are housed in several glands (adrenals, thyroid, and pancreas) which are part of the endocrine system. When a person’s hormones are unbalanced, many things can happen, especially mood swings. Emotional health is closely tied to hormones. Dr. Vliet, a researcher at Rockefeller University, indicated that hormones (especially estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone) significantly influence neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and serotonin), which affect moods. She also reported information concerning a study conducted by Yale.  In the study patients took part in a six month hormone therapy treatment.  After the six months, patients showed improvement in the areas of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.6

As shown, it is important to have balanced emotional health in order to achieve wellness. In the following, you will learn some natural ways to support your emotions.

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Many factors such as relationships, jobs,finances, toxin exposure, diet, exercise, and sleep patterns all affect a person’s emotion health.  It’s important to remember that everyone is in control of their own emotions.  Your first line of defense is yourself.  Try and strive for optimism and happiness, no matter what the circumstance.  However, there are some natural and non-toxic alternates you can choose for support.  Below are some resources to assist in balancing and improving your emotional health and wellness.

Essential oils-Emotion Support

 

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Resources:

  1. Center for Control and Disease Prevention. U.S. Department of of Health and Human Services. 2016, Web. 22 July, 2016
  1. Bruno, Karen. “Can stress cause depression?” WebMD. WebMD, LLC.web. 22 July, 2016

  2. Mills, H., Reiss, N., Dombeck, M. “Mental and Emotional Effect on Stress.”                                                  Mentalhealth.net.Centercite, LLC. 30 June, 2008.web. 22, July, 2016

  3. Mercola, J. “Imaging Technology Finally Reveals How Emotions Manifest in Your Body.” Mercola. 2016. web. 22 July, 2016.

  4. “Gallbladder.”Does Your Body Lie. Luís Martins Simões. n.d.Web. 22 July, 2016.

  5. Vilet, L.E.”New sights on hormones and mood.”Menopause Management.June/July 1993