Did you know that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep? This is a statistic directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society has recommended that adults, aged 18-60 years, sleep at least 7 hours each night in order to promote health and well-being.
Getting less than the recommended amount of sleep on average can lead to increased risk of obesity, depression, loss of sex drive, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and mental distress just to name a few.
Surprisingly, 37.9% of adults have reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the previous month. Even worse, drowsy driving is responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 non-fatal injuries annually in the United States! A lack of sleep can also cause your immune system to have trouble fighting common infections.
So how can we help our body get enough sleep?
Turning off electronic devices before bed and regular exercise can help the mind relax, but what if that isn’t enough? Essential oils such as Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Stress Away, and Frankincense can promote relaxation and a better night’s sleep. In fact, Lavender and Vetiver were my conversion oils. I first started using essential oils thanks to this blend to help me fall asleep and stay asleep longer. They made me a believer in the power of essential oils.
Lavender has natural calming and sedative properties. Some studies have shown that Lavender can decrease heart rate and blood pressure, and therefore putting your body into a more relaxed state. Smelling Lavender before bed can give you a deeper sleep, and feel more vigorous in the morning. Lavender is also very safe to use on the bottoms of children’s feet.
Vetiver oil is often used for its amazing calming properties. It has a way of relieving anxious feelings and anger, which can be directly related to sleep quality. I recommend Vetiver in all of my sleep blends for its extremely grounding properties.
Cedarwood essential oil is one of the most cost effective essential oils for sleep. Its woodsy aroma is very comforting. If you aren’t keen on the scent, mix it with some other essential oils like Lavender. In fact, my favorite seep blend consists of Lavender, Vetiver, and Cedarwood in a roller bottle!
Stress Away essential oil blend is exclusive to Young Living. It includes Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Ocotea, Lavender, and Vanilla. This oil does just what you would expect it to. After a long day at work it is a great stress reliever before bed.
Frankincense essential oil is an ancient oil. Given by the Wise Men to baby Jesus, this oil is as good as gold! Not only is the smell amazing, but the sedative properties help the mind relax and balance emotions.
Using Essential Oils
Any of these oils can be used topically or aromatically in a diffuser. In fact, some of my best night’s sleep has come after using essential oils in both of these ways.
To use topically, I prefer to use a roller bottle and rub the selected oils on the back of my neck and the bottom of my feet. Be sure to read the label to determine if the oil should be diluted. I always recommend diluting essential oils with coconut oil for children.
For diffusing, I love to use Young Living’s Dew Drop Diffuser that came with my Premium Starter Kit. The Kit comes with the diffuser, as well as 11 other essential oils, including Lavender, Stress Away, and Frankincense for a great night’s sleep!
The Premium Starter Kit is the best way to get started with using essential oils around your home and it is how I started as well! You can order your kit here or message me on Facebook at Amanda Jayne Oils & Fitness. Happy oiling!
Essentials oils have been around for hundreds of years. They provide treatment for various health problems that have plagued mankind since the beginning time.
Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, joint pain, muscle injuries, sinus headaches, migraines, back pain, the list goes on and on. The list is even longer for what the drug companies can produce to provide pain relief. But the problem with these drugs is how they are affecting our bodies. There is nothing natural in them, they oftentimes have serious side effects and worse yet can become addicting to the consumer.
Essential oils are natural, they have no real side effects unless there is an allergy and they are not addictive. Our bodies are able to easily utilize the components of essential oils in many more ways than just the pain relief.
Peppermint Essential Oil, used topically relaxes muscles in the lower back, reduces pain due to fibromyalgia and tension headaches. It also has an antispasmodic effect on the digestive track. Peppermint also relieves nausea, stomachache, and indigestion. To take internally, just one drop in a gelatin capsule is all that is needed. This oil is very potent and should not be taken internally without the capsule. You should also take great care to not touch your eyes or other sensitive areas if you have touched the oil during application.
Rosemary Essential Oil is useful for treating rheumatism, joint pains and muscle soreness. It is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, memory enhancer and appetite stimulant. Being a culinary herb, rosemary essential oil is also wonderful when added to your favorite dishes instead of the plant.
Lavender Essential Oil is the go to oil for a migraine or tension headaches. It is not only soothing, but the aroma also relaxes with its mild sedative effect. This is important when stress and/or anxiety may be the cause of the headache. Inhaling this sweet smelling oil is in most cases all that is needed to bring relief. Diluting one or two drops with fractionated coconut oil can be applied to the neck and forehead for faster results.
There are some essential oils that can be combined together to get the benefit of their combined action. Making your own is the best way to do this. Always test each oil to insure that you are not allergic or have sensitivities to the oils.
"I was born and raised in the Western New York area and over the years I have been treated symptomatically for many different things. This resulted in 15+ operations with many being for the same reason. All that was being offered to me was treatment of my symptoms with no real desire to finding the root cause.
Homemade Bath Bombs, makes two (you can easily double or triple)
4 oz. baking soda
2 oz. corn starch
2 oz. citric acid
2 oz. Epsom salt
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon essential oil
1 1/4 teaspoon oil (I like coconut or olive oil here)
1-2 drops food coloring (optional)
In a bowl combine the dry ingredients (the first four listed above). Whisk to remove any clumps, corn starch tends to be clumpy. In a small glass jar stir together the wet ingredients (the last four ingredients listed). If you're using coconut oil, give it a quick melt in the microwave or stove top first so it will more easily combine with the other ingredients. Slowly pour the liquid mixture in with the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If you see the mixture fizz or foam, you may be adding the liquid too quickly. Once all the wet ingredients are combined with the dry, take a small amount in your hand and squeeze it together. It should stick together fairly well in one or two big chunks. If it's still too powdery to hold together, just add a tiny bit more water and mix until it does hold together.
Then fill each half of your bath bomb mold* with the mixture until it's just overflowing a little. Press together, then gently remove one side of the mold. Place the bath bomb on a tray and allow to dry out just a little (10-12 minutes) before removing the other side. Once you are ready to remove the other side, gently invert the bath bomb so the uncovered side is facing down, then gently remove the other half of the mold from the top. The key word, if you haven't noticed, is gently. These can fall apart on you very easily if you're not careful. If a bath bomb does crack in half while you're removing it, you can gently press it back on top of the other half, or remove all the mixture back to the mixing bowl and start the molding process again. I had this happen to a few, so don't fret, it's easy to fix.
Once they are completely out of the mold, allow them to dry out for 8 hours or overnight. Once very dry, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and store in a dry place until you're ready to use them, or you can gift them to friends.
*I bought my molds from Amazon. But you could also use those plastic holiday ornaments that come apart or Easter eggs for the molds if you already have either of those on hand.
In case you're curious, the flavors I created included: lemongrass (green), lavender (purple), and peppermint (white and red).
You can add dried flower buds, like lavender buds, to these pretty easily. Just remember to use food grade dried flowers to avoid flowers that might have been grown with pesticides as you don't want to soak in a bath with that. No thanks! Do keep in mind that after using a bath bomb with dried petals, you will have to remove these from your tub. So if that bothers you, then leave the buds out.
If you want to create two tone bath bombs, like my peppermint ones, just mix up your batter in two separate bowls and only add the food coloring to one. Easy!
Raindrop Technique For over a decade, I have watched professionals – from chiropractors to osteopaths, medical doctors, naturopaths, physical therapists and massage therapists – apply this technique with profound response and success. — D. Gary Young Raindrop Technique™ is a truly remarkable procedure that combines a variety of energetic and natural modalities. Developed by D. Gary Young in the 1980's, it includes the use of several powerful essential oils which support the immune system, both as aromatics and as direct topical agents in effleurage or finger-stroking, applying through a series of specific techniques for the spinal muscles, and moist heat via a warm compress.
D. Gary Young developed the Raindrop Technique® based on (1) his research with essential oils as effective in strengthening the body's natural defenses, (2) his knowledge of the Vita Flex technique and its reflect points in the feet, and (3) information on finger stroking and its effect on the muscles and the nervous system which he learned from the Lakota people in South Dakota.
While visiting with the Lakota people, Gary learned that for several generations, before the US/Canadian border was established, the Lakota Indians migrated across the Canadian border into the northern regions of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. There, they often witnessed the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. Those who were ill or had complicated problems would stand facing the Aurora Borealis, hold their hands toward the lights, and inhale deeply. The Lakota believed that when the Aurora Borealis was visible, the air was charged with healing energy. They would mentally 'inhale' this energy whispering "Woimnayankel", and stretch their arms and hands out to receive this energy, then release the energy to the person, allowing the energy to pass through their spine and on to other areas of the body through neurological pathways. Many experienced dramatic transformative effects through this practice. (excerpt from Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition)
Despite initial skepticism, as the years have gone by and dramatic positive results continue to accumulate, study after study has suppported and verified the principles upon which Raindrop Technique™ is based. As this research accumulates, it is becoming clear that the elements of Raindrop Technique™ may help support the immune system, but also benefit significantly other body systems including mental and emotional functions.
Of the 416 people we surveyed who had received Raindrop treatments, the overwhelming majority reported their experience was positive (97%), pleasant (98%), made them feel better afterward (98%), and resulted in improved wellness (89%). 99.9% said they would choose to receive Raindrop again. — David Stewart, PhD, in "A Statistical Validation of Raindrop Technique"
To order the Raindrop Technique kit, please click on open your account. This will take you to an enrollment page to create your own Young Living account allowing you to buy anything you want whenever you want! Make sure you click WHOLESALE MEMBER to save more money off your order. There is NO need for you to have a minimum order or have to sell the product by choosing wholesale member. You will be able to attend any 716Health class for FREE and bring one guest for joining our group!
Raindrop Technique® Essential Oil Collection — combines the art of aromatherapy with the techniques of Vita Flex and massage in the application of essential oils to various areas of the body. This collection provides a revolutionary means of bringing balance and harmony to the body – physically, mentally, and emotionally. The oils in this collection present a synergistic power of multiple oils and blends.
How to use: Refer to the individual products for specific ingredients and usage.
Kit Ingredients: Seven Single Oils (5ml bottles) and Two Oil Blends:
Thyme — As a dietary supplement, it is one of the strongest antioxidants known, with an ORAC score of 159,590.
Basil — helps relax muscular tissues; soothes the body; helps restore mental alertness and lifts the spirit; ORAC Scale: 54,000.
Peppermint — excellent for relaxing muscles aches; also helps to drive the other oils into the tissues; balances circulation and cools tissues; improves concentration, focus and mentual acuity; ORAC Scale: 37,300
Oregano — high in antioxidants and scores 15,300 on the ORAC antioxidant scale; supports the immune system; supports digestive and respiratory systems.
Wintergreen — supports the structural system while relaxing muscles; ORAC Scale 101,800.
Cypress — supports the circulatory system; in Chinese medicine, cypress is known for its purifying, cleansing and circulation enhancing properties; relieves muscle spasms; ORAC Scale: 24,300.
Marjoram — soothes muscles and helps relieve discomfort and is soothing to the respiratory system; calms nerves; known to the Romans as the "herb of happiness"; known to the Greeks as the "joy of the mountains"; ORAC Scale 139,905.
Valor® — helps balance energies within and surrounding the body giving one courage, confidence and self-esteem; supports the muscular and skeletal systems. Valor is a blend of Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense and Spruce.
Aroma Seiz™ — formulated to help relax and calm the muscles along the spine promoting circulation; also relieves tension. Aroma Siez™ is a blend of Basil, Marjoram, Lavender, Peppermint and Cypress.
The Raindrop Kit also contains one 4-oz. bottle of Ortho Ease® Aromatherapy Massage Oil and one 4-oz. V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex. The Raindrop collection also includes an instructional DVD and brochure that will teach you how to perform the Raindrop Technique® on your family.