Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day 46 - 90 Day Challenge - Insights on Serenity blend, Part 4 (Ylang Ylang)

Ylang Ylang is one of my favorite oils.  It is the fourth oil in Serenity blend.  While somewhat challenging to detect in the blend, on its own Ylang Ylang is an oil that I would call a personal narcotic.  Holy moly, this one is heady and could easily take me to Fiji in a heartbeat - not that I’ve been there!  Said to balance the pituitary gland, this one is a heavy hitting emotional oil as well. 



This Cananga odorata oil is actually a tree oil, whereas the other oils in Serenity thus far have been herbs.  Native to the Philippines and Indonesia, Ylang Ylang also grows in several islands of the South Pacific.  (No wonder I was thinking Fiji!) 

The word Ylang Ylang is said to have roots in Tagalog, either meaning “wilderness” or “rare”.  Our oil comes through a steam distillation of the actual flowers.  Ironically this oil is the inspiration for several perfumes, one of which is noted to be Chanel  No. 5.  When women wear perfumes, much of the intention is to make them smell pleasing, thereby increasing personal confidence in their communication and interaction with others.  It is no small wonder then, that Ylang Ylang is listed as a highly potent emotional oil in our Modern Essentials book, and as an oil supportive of the heart in Emotions & Essential Oils.  Both physically and emotionally, this is one of the first oils I think of when my heart finds itself in any kind of distress. 

Additionally, in researching this oil, I find several indications that this one supports sexual dysfunction.  It is said to affect frigidity, sex drive problems, hormone systems, influencing sexual energy and enhances relationships.   While you rarely see talk of this one on the Facebook boards, keep in mind that if you’re looking for solutions in this arena, Ylang Ylang could be a swift answer.

A few more surprising uses?  Ylang Ylang is noted to ease belly aches, sooth insect bites, is (another) antispasmodic (much like Marjoram and R. Chamomile), promotes thick, shiny hair growth, eases mental fatigue, and the biggest surprise: it is said to disinfect wounds and even prevent tetanus.  (Wonder how using this would go over in lieu of those tetanus boosters?) 



This one can be used Internally, Topically, and Aromatically.  Definitely a great one to add to homemade deodorants, soaps, lotions, body washes, pendants, diffusers, and keep handy in the handbags.  Men, want to surprise your special lady with some new perfume?  A few drops of this in a mini mister bottle with water and she will always be prepared on the go.

Do you use Ylang Ylang?  Let us know your favorite uses, and if you can detect it in Serenity! 

~Jen:)

Sources: 
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed.
Emotions & Essential Oils, 2nd Ed.
Using Essential Oils, A Beginner’s Guide

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Day 45 - 90 Day Challenge - Insights on Serenity, Part 3 (Roman Chamomile)

How are ya’ll enjoying our digging into Serenity?  I hope what’s been shared has been helpful. 


The third ingredient in this potent blend is Roman Chamomile.  This oil has been used for hundreds of years for helping calm children with earaches, fevers, stomachaches, colic, and teething pain.  I normally would have turned to Clove or something else before thinking of Chamomile for a toothache.  Ironically, my first experience with Roman Chamomile was in using it with supporting my daughter’s sleep habits.  It is noted to be very helpful with hyperactivity. 

Much like Lavender and Marjoram, it has very calming effects, but unlike those two, it is not in the Mint (Labitae) family, but rather in the Compositae, or daisy family.  It is said to ease irritability, anxiety, nervousness, and even restless leg syndrome.  Additionally surprising is its ability to neutralize allergic reactions and many skin conditions.  It is mild for use on children and infants, and is a great emotional support for all ages.



Overaching all of this, however, one should note that it is one of the oils highest in anti-inflammatory properties.  It’s right up there with heavy hitters, like Wintergreen and Frankincense.  (And I should also note, Basil, Bergamot, Myrrh and Rosemary are said to be comparably strong. See Modern Essentials, p. 290.)  Not my first thoughts for pain relief! 

Scientifically this is called either Chamaemelum nobile or Anthemis nobilis.  If we break down the name, you’ll once again find some surprising gifts of knowledge and understanding.  Using the “Chamaemelum” name, “Chamai” is Greek for “earth-apple”, and “mēlon” stands for “on the ground”.  Put the two together for “earth apple on the ground”.  Now open up your bottle of Roman Chamomile, and see if you don’t notice the sweetness of an apple smell in that bottle.  I would have never picked up on that!  It’s actually quite amazing to detect! 

Emotionally we learn beautiful things from the book Emotions and Essential oils. Roman Chamomile is known for calming insecurities regarding one’s spiritual or life path. I love how beautifully it is described: “People fear and believe that if they do what they love, they will end up destitute. Roman Chamomile says, 'Do what you love and everything will be a success.'” What a beautiful addition to the blend already calming through Lavender and Sweet Marjoram. Roman Chamomile adds quite a personality to the blend.

Do you have experiences with Roman Chamomile? I would love to hear about it! Please share your experiences with us, if so.

~Jen:)

Sources: 
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed. 
Emotions & Essential Oils, www.enlightenhealing.com/deo

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Day 44 - 90 Day Challenge - Insights on Serenity Blend, Part 2 (Sweet Marjoram)

The second oil in Serenity is listed as Sweet Marjoram.  As I read that I wondered, “Is this the same kind of marjoram as the one we carry as a single oil?”  After doing some research into the scientific names, I hope I can offer some clarification.  Taking a moment to study the details of these names offers some pretty cool insight to some of the intricacies of the properties of our oils. 

In each source that I used, it pointed toward Marjoram and Sweet Marjoram being the same, “Origanum majorana”.  It is also sometimes called Knotted Marjoram.  However, don’t get this plant confused with its sister, “Origanum vulgare”, also known as OREGANO!  Cool, right?  Both are in the Mint Family, or “Labiatae”. The Marjoram spice you might have in your cupboard is a mix of Oregano (also known as “Wild Marjoram”) and Sweet Marjoram plant.  So when we use Marjoram oil to flavor foods, we’re getting a much more pure version for flavoring!  Confusing???  Just a little!  Here's a little infographic to help remember.  (I'm a visual learner.)



The properties of Marjoram are plentiful.  My favorite it to use it for muscle spasms.  It’s also said to be helpful for arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, high blood pressure, congested sinuses or passages, menstrual problems, obstructions of the liver and spleen, and even viral infections.  Emotionally it tackles feelings of distrust, aloofness, and other symptoms of hard-heartedness.  In a nutshell, it calms things down.  It’s no wonder doTERRA included this as the second ingredient in Serenity.  

What do you use your Marjoram and Serenity for?  

~Jen:)

Sources:
A Golden Guide, Herbs and Spices, 1976. 
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed. 2013.
Emotions & Essential Oils, www.enlightenhealing.com/deo, 2013.


*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day 43 - 90 Day Challenge - Insights on Serenity Blend, Part 1 (Lavender)

Now that the 15th is past, if you're a Loyalty Rewards participant and aim for 125 PV in your order, you may have a new bottle of Serenity in your home!  I thought I’d take a few posts and elaborate on some of the main ingredients in Serenity blend to help us feel more comfortable in using it. 

Lavender is the first ingredient on the list.  Officially it is called “Lavandula angustifolia”.  Lavandula represents a genus of 30 species of plants which flower.  It is in the mint family called Lamiatae (or Lamiaceae).  "Angustifolia" stands for “narrow leaf” in Latin.  It used to be called Lavandula officinalis, so if you’re like me with old gardening books on your bookshelves, it may be listed under that name.  (I used A Golden Guide's Herbs and Spices as one of my main sources for this post.  It was printed in 1976!!!)  "Officinalis" comes from Latin as well, and describes substances or organisms which have medicinal or herbal uses. (Thanks Wikipedia!)


There are actually many varieties of Lavender.  doTERRA’s Lavandula angustifolia is grown in the “high altitudes of France”.  I suspect it may be near or in the Pyrenees mountains (but don’t quote me!).  
Some other varieties of Lavender include: 

Spike Lavender (aka Lavandin latifolia - which yields a camphor-like oil used mostly in soaps), 

Lavandin (a hybrid between Lavendula angustifolia and Lavandin, which yields more oil than its parents and is commonly used as an industrial source for essential oils), and 

Topped or French Lavender (used most often for sachets, perfume, and has a camphor-rosemary odor which acts as a great moth repellent). 


***Quiz question – which one of these varieties is the main ingredient in doTERRA’s Elevation blend?***


The list of items the Modern Essentials book lists that Lavender supports is so long!  My favorite property of Lavender is its anti-histamine qualities, but many enjoy it for promoting restfulness.  Emotionally it has been said to have calming properties, and spiritually it is suggested to support one’s “voice” or throat chakra.  I personally love it best for calming histamine reactions.  I have seen it work extremely well for both myself and my family during times of intense coughing fits and itchy, watery eyes.  Click here to see what scientific research has shownregarding that!  Lavender is GRAS (Generally recommended as safe for internal consumption) by the United States FDA.  Your mileage may be different though, as every body is different!  (As a sidenote, I only ingest oils which specifically are labeled safe for ingestion.  doTERRA's Lavender is labeled safe to ingest, however Serenity is only for topical or aromatic use.  Please be sure to follow labeling instructions of the brand you use!)  

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It’s no wonder Lavender is the first ingredient in Serenity!  We use it anytime we need support in “calming”.  Great before bed, during times of anxiety or stress, or even in preparation for public speaking events or other points where we want to be able to speak our thoughts clearly. 


If you have any questions about Lavender or Serenity, feel free to ask me, your enroller, your sponsor, or feel free to write doTERRA’s product support at productsupport@doterra.com.  If you would like help in purchasing some Serenity blend for your home, feel free to leave a comment or contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com.  

Feel free to share any of your favorite uses for Serenity.

Wishing you a blessed day full of true serenity!

~Jen:)

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day 42 - 90 Day Challenge - I Heart You, Melaleuca!

I am such a fan of Melaleuca this month. For those familiar with Tea Tree oil, this is one and the same!  (Scientific name: Melaleuca Alternifolia!) I usually end up with a few severe blemishes on my face each month, and in the summer months it's often worse. I know every body is different. For me, the blemishes are almost always cystic in nature, meaning they come with a lot of inflammation and soreness beneath the skin and in surrounding tissues. They usually are red for at least 3 weeks. I have not figured out their cause, but I assume they're cyclical/hormonal in nature.

This last round I had three on my forehead. Nice, right? I began using Melaleuca on them, just a dab on each. At first it actually tingled, and during a few applications it stung a bit, so I added some frac. coconut oil. Realizing that sometimes it's better to use oils frequently for fast results, I tried to apply it about 2-3x/day for several days.

I'm happy to say that the duration of this round was much shorter! I wish I had counted days so I could share a statistic! There was one that was on its way was staved off from taking it's full course, which is a first. Definitely noteworthy!

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Melaleuca is good for so many other things. My dad is currently using it on his feet for Athlete's foot. (This one is a bit slower and more arduous!) It's also very soothing for hemorrhoids and rectal fissures. We use it a lot during cold and flu season, but due to its cooling nature, it is marvelously cooling when sprayed on sunburns, as well as wind chapped skin. I have also heard one report of someone with a rash under the bra line that was quickly and effectively vanished with a few doses of Melaleuca.  We don't know the cause of the rash specifically, but it proved gentle and effective for support.  Such an awesome, awesome oil! How have you used your Melaleuca?

~Jen:)

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

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