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In a world full of plastics, paint and fiberglass it can be difficult to be a person with a passion for the truly authentic. But there is something so connecting about real wood, hard stone, veined leaf and soft petal that makes the pursuit worth the trouble. Exposure to the real elements of natural life create a meaningful connection that keeps you grounded to your reality … which is one of the reasons essential oils are so valuable physically, emotionally and spiritually.
But I was surprised to discover, a few years back, that one of the essential oils I’ve long known and loved was actually a complete imposter (of sorts). It’s wintergreen. I’d always grouped this sweet and mentholated scent in my brain along with mints such as the powerful peppermint. Then I found out the truth – this muscle-soothing and pain-reducing tool is NOT ACTUALLY A MINT AT ALL!
It’s not wintergreen’s fault, though, It’s mine. I’ve enjoyed the deep sweetness of this plant as a flavor addition to gum and candy … but it wasn’t until I began researching the source of the powerful natural constituents in certified organic wintergreen essential oil that I learned that the oil is actually sourced from the leaves of an evergreen shrub. Wintergreen has been used for centuries by tribes native to North America to help boost energy, tone the respiratory system and ease congested breathing. It is a natural antioxidant, produces feelings of energy and has immune-enhancing potential since it lowers inflammation and reduces pain.
The leaves of the wintergreen shrub in the wild are actually without taste or smell. But when the constituents in the leaves break down with heat, they take on a deep mentholated sweetness that rivals spearmint for its strength and aromatherapy satisfaction. Our certified organic wintergreen essential oil contains the active ingredient methyl salicylate, which makes up about 85 percent to 99 percent of the final essential oil. The potency and characteristics of organic wintergreen are too much for kids … keep it out of their reach and avoid exposure. But for healthy adults, this sweet and potent mint-like essential oil is the real deal … even if it isn’t the deal I expected.
If you’ve ever shared a house with a teenager (bless you and your cardiovascular health), then you’ll understand the challenge of trying and getting their lanky, unreasonably long limbs untangled from blankets and balanced on their colossal feet before noon. Medical professionals know that kids need more sleep … and parents know that teenagers often choose not to get it. It can make weekday mornings something of a challenge for families … especially in winter, when shorter days keep it dark many mornings and 7 a.m. still feels like the dead of night.
Good habits can help teens wake up and (here’s the key) stay awake in the morning. A regular bedtime, banning screens from the bedroom, and a healthy breakfast will give you a good start … and essential oil diffusion can be an important part of the routine. N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize Blend is a sweet combination of premier natural constituents designed to work on both a physical and mental level to naturally wake up body and brain. And, the great thing about this sweet blend is that you don’t necessarily have to be in your teenager’s face for them to enjoy the benefits. Placing a few personal care products in their stumbling path every morning can do the trick … Energize Blend infused shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion all offer the sweet natural energy found in these essential oils while your teenagers do what they do in the bathroom every morning … for an unreasonably long time.
Or, if you feel like getting more in their face for some morning attitude adjustment, there is a way to do that too. Diffuse a few drops of Energize Blend combined with certified organic clary sage and a drop or two of certified organic frankincense in their bedroom in the morning. The Energize Blend helps body and brain to move to a higher level of alertness, the organic clary sage works to balance and lift the mood, and grounding organic frankincense helps the aromatherapy effect to last beyond the first bell of the morning.
There is no guarantee that using Energize essential oil blend around your teen will mean they’ll save you any hot water this week, but at least they’ll have a smile on their face while they use it up.
Teenage Sunshine Energy Recipe
4 drops certified organic Energize Blend
1 drop certified organic clary sage
2 drops certified organic frankincense
Combine all oils in a diffuser with room temperature water. This “spiked” blend recipe adds mood balance and grounded mental resilience to the sweet and uplifting blend found in the Energize Blend. Mist in the morning for a positive attitude and energy, or use anytime your teenager needs an adjustment of attitude or a positive outlook.
Here’s a tough question to pose to yourself – can your body get through the day on its own reserves? Or do you routinely rely on outside stimulation … sugar and caffeine … to make it through to evening? If you’ve come to rely on outside crutches to muscle through your day, you need to ask yourself why? If you are eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep, why do you need to ingest inauthentic and unhealthy boosts just to have enough energy to make it to evening on a routine basis?
You aren’t alone. Many people get into bad habits to coax their physical or mental motivation through a routine. I’ve known several teachers that consider a giant diet soft drink after lunch a prerequisite for the job. And I spent several years with a jar of candy beside my desk to motivate me through long afternoons. But the truth is, although these habits don’t cause immediate harm to your physical or mental wellbeing, they aren’t especially good for you either.
Caffeine is, after all, a drug. Consuming too much can lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat and even muscle tremors. And refined sugar, although a sweet and welcome treat on occasion, carries empty calories and a host of other undesirable consequences for the body, including weight gain and blood sugar issues in the long term.
There is a healthier option to get yourself through a long day without resorting to caffeine or sugar for an afternoon pick-me-up. Essential oil aromatherapy can work on a natural and beneficial level to help you feel alert, energized, focused and motivated … without the empty calories or the effect of drugs. And, it comes from a completely natural source. N8 Essentials offers the Energize Blend, which is a sweet combination of certified organic citrus and mint essential oils specially designed to help you access the natural energy that is already in your body. It’s easy to use, and better for you than other less-than-healthy habits.
Try diffusing the Energize Blend in the afternoon when you need renewed feelings of motivation or focus. Open the lid and breathe it directly from the bottle, or access its beneficial constituents through our creamy Energize Lotion that comes infused with the delicious and motivating scent for a more discreet aromatherapy experience. If you have space, add this sweet scent to a diffuser to fill your room with an energizing and focusing ambiance that can carry you through to the evening, and even help you to look forward to tackling tomorrow.