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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.
Run, run as fast as you can! Let’s face it, you’ll probably catch me within the first two meters because I’m getting too old to sprint. I may be slow, but I still love to run, walk, hike, trot, and saunter – and my hardworking feet do the brunt of the work.
This year I’ve spent more time listening to my body. It’s telling me to take better care of my feet. One natural treat I use is a gingerbread sugar scrub … it’s a deliciously scented combination of warm essential oils, sweet sugars for exfoliation, and natural carrier oils for hydration. But be warned … you’ll likely love it so much that you’ll want to double or triple the batch so that you can share it with friends and neighbors. It also makes an excellent gift.
If you do share this scrub, be sure to let the recipient know about the benefits of the organic essential oils they’ll be using. Certified organic ginger has a natural power to protect your skin from outside threats and sweet organic clove supports healthy skin resilience and is deeply relaxing to muscles and mind.
You can use the scrub to work down calluses and to remove dead skin on your feet (and hands too). Work it between your toes for stimulating and beneficial aromatherapy massage. It’s easy to use; wet your feet while you are taking a shower or bath (or use it outside the bathroom with a towel underneath your feet to keep things clean). Scoop about a teaspoon of the scrub into your hand and spread it across the skin of your damp feet. Massage it against thicker skin and across areas that need massage support. To make the experience feel smoother, wet your hands again as you work. When you are done, rinse away the sugars with warm water, but leave the oils to absorb for more benefits. Follow with a healthy layer of Energize Lotion for a balanced and hydrating finish.
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe
6 drops certified organic ginger essential oil
4 drops certified organic clove essential oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup carrier oil of your choice
¼ cup almond oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice
½ teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)
Mason-style jar with lid
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except oils. Gradually add carrier oil & almond oil until scrub reaches a thick but spreadable consistency. Add essential oils and blend well. Scoop into mason jar and seal.
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.