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Once upon a time, the most common strategy for weight loss promoted restricting your food intake with low-calorie diets. Who knew, despite the promises for beach-ready bodies, that restrictive dieting could actually mess with your brain? With a strict schedule of things like plain celery and unsweetened yogurt, these diets promised great results … and occasionally delivered (in the short term)—just to pile on the pounds afterward in a never-ending rebound battle.
We were all casualties of this faulty dieting culture and it’s taken a couple of frustrating decades to figure out what went wrong. Experts now recommend a new, healthier (and slower) approach to weight management called intuitive eating. It may not seem sexy, but it’s a promising approach, and the health benefits of essential oils can assist you in finding success, stability and body satisfaction with this new strategy.
Intuitive eating isn’t a diet … and in fact thoroughly rejects dieting culture. But the idea of intuitive eating has a lot of nutrition experts, body coaches, and normal folk with a bit of extra weight interested in knowing more. Intuitive eating means honoring your hunger by giving your body adequate energy. With healthy habits and mindfulness, this approach strives to help you to avoid the primal drive in your brain that causes you—sooner or later—to overeat after skipping too many meals.
When you eat in a way that brings you pleasure, you feel satisfied and content. Creating this experience for yourself more often helps you to decide that you’ve had enough. Using an essential oils diffuser during meals can help you to slow down and savor the experience. Also, diffusing certified organic Grapefruit, Cinnamon Bark and Fennel will fill your senses with joy and long-term satiation.
Making Peace with Your Body and Mind
Eating intuitively encourages peace with food. It means ending self-imposed restrictions and strict “off-limits” categories. This sort of thinking, experts say, leads to feelings of deprivation that cause you to lose control. Quit classifying yourself as “good” when you deprive yourself, or “bad” if you indulge. Instead, just listen for signals in your body that tell you when you are no longer hungry. Observe the subtle signs communicating that you are comfortably full.
Find ways to comfort, nurture, entertain and resolve emotional issues without using food. This is where essential oils can also be a powerful ally. Do essential oils actually work for this purpose? Boredom, anger, loneliness and anxiety each have their own emotional source that food won’t fix. You can use aromatherapy to help you deal with the root of these emotions and fill your senses with deep satisfaction.
When you use an intuitive eating framework, you work to accept your body for what it is and strive for a realistic potential. Feel good about who you are, rather than motivating yourself by being critical, demanding or insulting. Don’t exercise like a robot. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calories you are burning. You don’t have to eat a perfect diet or look a certain way, to be a healthy person. It’s what you do and what you eat, consistently over the long term, that matters.
Essential oils have been used for health and healing for more than 6,000 years. Dating back as far as 4500BC, ancient Egypt, Greece, Persia, and other regions were renowned for their aromatic oils. Today, essential oils are commonly used in therapeutic baths, aromatherapy, topical lotions, and various health remedies. Essential oils are concentrated oils derived from the distillation of leaves, flowers, stems, bark and the roots of plants.
The majority of essential oils are clear in color but some have an amber tone such as lemongrass, patchouli, and orange. Likewise, the colors of some oils are light green, yellow and even dark blue. For the most part, essential oils are used externally as in aromatherapy or topically. However, some oils can be taken orally with specialized instructions.
Balancing moods, boosting energy levels, helping with sleep problems, relieving pain, nausea and stress, even easing certain skin issues like eczema and dry skin. In truth, the benefits of essential oils are wide-ranging in part because they contain many medicinal properties. Aromatherapy alone can be effective in treating psychological, physical and aesthetic conditions like acne and aging skin. Several essential oils have been shown to have antifungal and antiseptic properties that can be used for cuts, as a disinfectant and for other skin conditions. Additionally, some oils have been known to ease pain and reduce inflammation.
Of the many essential oils available, you’ll want to keep these in your medicine cabinet.
Lavender – relieves stress and anxiety, induces sleep, helps heal wounds
Orange – a strong antibacterial, great for acne, kills candida yeast
Lemon – improves digestion, relieves nausea, promotes weight loss, reduces acne
Tea Tree – an antiseptic for infections, athlete’s foot, bites, stings, lice, eczema, psoriasis
Eucalyptus – antiseptic, stimulate cardiac activity, relieve fevers (applied topically)
Peppermint – improves digestion, aids in nausea, respiratory issues and stomach problems
One of the best ways to enjoy essential oils is by diffusing them with a diffuser. This type of aromatherapy has a wide variety of health benefits when used properly. Some of the most effective aromatic scents to diffuse include:
Lavender – relaxing, lowers blood pressure
Cedarwood – calming, relaxing, helps with sleep
Peppermint – comforting and energizing, improves memory
Lemongrass – insect repellent, lower anxiety, alleviate stress
Lemon – improves mood, promotes well-being, increases energy
Frankincense – refreshes a room, relieves stress, reduces negative emotions
Cinnamon Bark – stimulates circulation, reduces irritability, increases concentration
One of the most popular and leading essential oils is CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD oil is one version composed of many parts of the hemp plant but contains no THC (it is non-psychoactive). As of late, there are over 20,000 published studies about CBD and its medical (health) benefits. Equally, cannabinoids for pets are now specially prepared to safely allow your animal to experience the benefits CBD.
When it comes to choosing an essential oil brand, you want the very best. But frankly, not all essential oils are created equal. At N8 Essentials, all of our essential oils are certified organic, so you know you’re getting the safest and most pure product on the market. Nevertheless, there are certain elements to look for and some very important features to consider before selecting a product.
Check for purity and quality. Although there is no standard definition for “pure”, the quality of the oil pertains to many factors. Look for a company that has high standards and uses certified organic oils. The making of the oil will often be monitored from start to finish, for example.
We pick our ingredients from a variety of high-integrity sources. Our essential oils are USDA certified organic. Essential oils with the USDA certified organic seal are the only essentials oils that have any oversight, regulation controls and protecting the environment protocols in place that includes the condition of the soil prior to planting all the way through to bottling. They are free of harmful pesticides and chemicals and are therefore the only essential oils available that protect the earth and the farmer, as well as having complete peace of mind in quality control.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years as a natural and safe solution for health and wellness. But it is always advised to talk to a healthcare professional before using products that you are unfamiliar with. Again, not all oils are created equal. Using oils that contain the best and most organic processes and ingredients (like N8 Essentials) is what you’ll want to locate.
Whether you are brand new to essential oils, or maybe they’re already a part of your daily routine, we’d love for you to see the benefits of high quality, certified organic essential oils. There is so much to learn about them and the rewards they can bring to you and your family. The possibilities are limitless.
Sometimes it’s your turn on center stage, spotlight firmly shining on your smiling face. Other times it feels right to take a more subtle approach – hanging out in the orchestra pit, for instance, or in the concession stand. Ultrasonic diffusers are a “center stage” method of dispersing essential oils. These beautiful and showy electronic products usually are designed with attention-getting glam and a geyser of mist to draw the eye. But there are also more subtle … but no less beneficial … ways of getting essential oils into the air around your family at home and at work.
The word “diffuse” simply means to spread a concentrated substance over a larger area. With essential oils, there are a few great ways to do this:
Cotton balls and cotton cloth are a great way to slowly diffuse essential oils without using a diffuser. Put a few drops of your favorite single or blend essential oil onto a plain cotton ball. Place the infused ball into a fan vent in your car, near an air conditioning vent at home, in the bathroom with the fan going or near your face as you sleep. Any air in motion will flow through, subtly diffusing the scent. How long it lasts will depend on how many drops you use and how quickly the air moves through the fibers.
Unfinished wood is another great medium to disperse essential oils in a room without requiring an electrical outlet. Some people use teakwood or reed diffusing sticks dipped in a container of full-strength essential oil to fill their room for aromatherapy benefits. Another method relies a natural medium … pinecones. To try this, place clean pine cones in a resealable plastic bag and sprinkle with drops of the essential oil single or blend of your choice. N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize Blend and Tranquil Blend are great candidates for this craft. Or try certified organic eucalyptus and cinnamon bark for a seasonal ambiance. Seal the bag and gently shake to disperse. Leave the cones in a bag, sealed for up to a week, to allow the fragrance to penetrate the wood. Use as a beautiful and deliciously scented home accent or share them as a personalized gift. Remember to store them in a sealed bag when not in use to extend the scent.
Terracotta pendants worn as a necklace are an affordable alternative to a diffuser. Essential oils are applied to the pendant and become absorbed into the clay. The scent slowly diffuses into the air as you breathe and it is a portable and personalized alternative to topical use.
It has been said that autumn is the year’s last, loveliest smile. There is certainly plenty to smile about this time of year. The intense colors on the horizon, the warm scent of apple and earth, and the cool air outside the window make you really aware of just how alive the world is … for now. Winter is on the way … which makes autumn such a valuable time of transition.
Autumn is a great time to refocus your attention and to build your energy. Fall diffuser combinations give aromatherapy support to help you do just that. The best scents for this season tend to be warm, intense and grounding. Traditional fall combinations include wood, spice and citrus. The bewitching fusion of these three classes of essential oil balance and fuel a fall blend to give it energy, ambiance and impact. Try combining certified organic cedarwood, clove and orange for a classic combination. Or, if you want something with a little more zing, try a mix of certified organic sandalwood, cinnamon bark and lime. Each combination will give you nuanced energy and mood, but both are great for the time of year.
Citrus oils such as certified organic orange and lime are classic tools for supporting mood and natural energy … especially when sunshine hours begin to dwindle. The balancing and grounding effects of a wood essential oils like certified organic cedarwood and sandalwood help to balance a blend and hold the scent together. The spice is for warmth and personality … but there is plenty of flexibility within a blend recipe for your preference. Choose a spice that you like, but that is not too intense for your family (some oils are considered too “hot” for young skin, and can cause irritation). Use less of the spice essential oil if you think that it might be an issue … an experiment with ratios until you find the perfect fall blend.
Cozy Home Diffuser Recipe
Combine all oils in a diffuser with room temperature water. Mist indoors to clear the room of a stuffy ambiance and for aromatherapy benefits such as positive attitude and focused motivation. Experiment with ratios and oils to find your favorite combination for the fall season.