Motherhood, while rewarding, can be exhausting. Many mothers sacrifice their physical, mental, and emotional needs for their children. There are no sick days or sleeping in when you are a mom. You are the rock of your family. Constant pressure and stress takes a tremendous toll on the body. Essential oils can be the saving grace a mom needs to help rest and refuel.
Lack of sleep leads to chronic health issues. When you are sleeping your body is healing and repairing itself. During sleep the brain is able to clear out toxins, repair daily wear and tear, catalog information made during the day to improve memory and cognition, and create and store memories. The body manufactures hormones during sleep that promote tissue growth throughout your body to help you recover from injuries or your last workout, and prevent premature aging. Blood pressure drops when you sleep, giving your hard working heart a rest and a chance to repair. Your immune system produces white blood cells as you sleep boosting the immune system and protecting you from illness and disease. A good night’s rest can help a mom feel more patient, focused, and energized. There are essential oils that effectively increase the quality and quantity of sleep.
Lavender: One of the top oils for sleeping, lavender has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure putting the body in a more relaxed state. Researchers have monitored the brain waves of subjects that smelled lavender before bed and saw that it increased the amount of deep or slow-wave sleep. It was also shown that lavender helps you fall into restorative slow-wave sleep more quickly and that it will help you stay asleep for longer periods of time. The subjects reported deeper sleep and felt more vigorous in the morning, confirming the findings. (National Sleep Foundation; https://sleepfoundation.org/bedroom/smell.php) Another study found that infants cried less and slept more deeply after a bath with lavender oil. *Lavender is safe during pregnancy, safe when breast feeding at a 1% dilution and is gentle enough for use in baby and childcare.
Roman Chamomile: Researchers have reported that this oil can serve as a mild sedative to calm nerves and reduce nightmares, insomnia, and other sleep difficulties. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/) *Roman chamomile is safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding at a 1% dilution and is gentle enough for use in baby and childcare.
Ylang Ylang: European psychotherapists treat emotional exhaustion and insomnia with ylang ylang. It relaxes and calms excited emotional states and lowers blood pressure. A study in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that inhaling the aroma of ylang ylang helped increase feelings of calmness and help release negative emotions. Ylang Ylang has an immediate positive effect on mood and is said to expand the heart. *Ylang Ylang is safe during pregnancy and when breast feeding at a 1% dilution. Do not use on infants. Only safe for children 2 years and older.
Sleepy Time Blend
(makes one roll on)
Fill the rest of roll on with a carrier oil of your choice such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil. Apply on pulse points and temples before bed for best results.
*Not safe for use on children under 2 years of age.
Energy & Mood
What mom doesn’t want or need more energy? Many moms express feeling moody and own frequent or unexpected changes in mood as their new normal after having children. Lack of energy and mood imbalance can be due to adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands are responsible for the fight or flight response to stress and support the healthy function of your thyroid to regulate metabolism and hormones. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the body is continually exposed to acute or chronic stress and your adrenal glands can no longer meet the physical demands of stress. Moms experience stress in life from all spectrums. Lack of sleep and constant stress make moms more susceptible to adrenal fatigue resulting in a lack of energy. Essential oils and herbs act as adaptogens to help protect your body from stress and help your body heal and restore natural levels of energy and endurance while promoting a positive and stable mood and outlook.
Lemon: Lemon essential oil refreshes the mind and builds optimism. It helps restore and improve dopamine levels. Dopamine is a chemical in your brain that regulates emotions and the motivation to act. It is the neurotransmitter that mediates ‘rewards’ or pleasure. A team of Vanderbilt scientists mapped the brains of “go-getters” and found that they had higher dopamine levels in their prefrontal cortex. (http://blog.idonethis.com/the-science-of-motivation-your-brain-on-dopamine/) Lemon can help you overcome obstacles and provide a clearer perspective. It makes it easier for you to get out of stress and depression that can cause fatigue. *Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is safe for infants and children at a .25% dilution
Basil: Basil essential oil fights fatigue, improves mental alertness, and has a clarifying effect on the brain. It stimulates adrenal glands and relieves mental fatigue. *Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is safe for children 2 years and older at a .25% dilution
Peppermint: This oil will perk you up when feeling fatigued. It helps provide relief from stress and anxiety, depression and mental fatigue. Peppermint supports and balances the adrenal glands. *Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Is it safe for children 6 years and older at a 1% dilution.
Tulsi Holy Basil: This powerful oil is used to protect the body from stress and anxiety. It supports uplifting feelings of radiance and joy to the mind, body, and spirit. An effective adaptogens, it helps support and prevent adrenal fatigue. *Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Holy Basil is not safe for infants or children under the age of 6.
Anise: Anise stimulates the secretion of enzymes and hormones to give the metabolism a boost. It supports the optimal function of the nervous system and the brain to increase alertness. Anise helps to support and balance the adrenal glands. *Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is safe for children 6 years and older at a .25% dilution.
Energy/Adrenal Aid Blend
(makes one roll on)
Fill the rest of the roll on with a carrier oil of your choice such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or almond oil. Apply to pulse points or over adrenal glands located on your back above your kidney area.
*Not safe for children, pregnant women, or when breastfeeding.
For many moms it is not uncommon to place themselves last on the care list. One of the most common needs that get looked over is a skin regimen. After a long day they may skip washing their face or go days without moisturizing. Over time neglecting your skin can cause early aging, excessive acne, and skin conditions. It is important that you put as much effort into yourself as you do others. Doing things for yourself allows you time to relax and rejuvenate. When you set aside time for yourself your body has a chance to heal and refuel. Get back your glow by incorporating essential oils into your skin regimen. When using essential oils, it is important to choose carrier oils that nourish your skin and support the absorption of the essential oils. Jojoba oil is packed full of vitamin E, vitamin B, silicon, and minerals such as copper, zinc, and chromium. Jojoba’s rich antioxidant profile makes it a superior healing oil that naturally slows signs of aging, soothes fine lines and wrinkles, prevents breakouts, and alleviates dryness. This versatile oil can be applied anywhere on the body because it mimics the same oil that we naturally produce. Jojoba works by forming an oily layer on the surface of skin that traps water in the skin providing deep moisturizing benefits.
Frankincense: Frankincense reduces the appearance of sunspots, aging and works to even out skin tone. Frankincense protects skin cells, and reduces acne, blemishes, and the appearance of large pores and wrinkles. It strengthens your skin by improving elasticity. Reduce the appearance of surgery scars or marks from pregnancy by applying Frankincense to areas of damaged skin daily. *Safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding at a 1% dilution, and is safe to use for children 2 years and older at a 0.25% dilution
Lavender: This powerful antioxidant improves cellular function of skin by fighting free radical damage and encouraging your body to produce more antioxidants. Lavender is a great oil to use at night to promote restful sleep, relaxation, and beautiful skin. *Lavender is safe during pregnancy, safe when breast feeding at a 1% dilution and is gentle enough for use in baby and childcare.
Grapefruit: Uplift your mind & body with grapefruit essential oil. This oil is great for promoting detoxification while leaving the skin soothed and clean. Its disinfectant properties make it effective for acne & skin rashes. The rich vitamin C content of grapefruit extract helps to neutralize free radicals that damage skin. Adding a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner will give you shiny healthy hair. *Safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding at a 1% dilution and is safe for children 6 months and older at a 0.25% dilution.
Carrot Seed oil: Retain your youthful skin with carrot seed oil and look younger than all your friends! The antioxidant profile in this oil helps to repair damage done to your tissues by free radicals, helps to prevent further damage, and protects your skin from wrinkles. Carrot seed oil works to detoxify tissues and nourish skin. *Avoid during pregnancy and breast feeding. Carrot Seed oil is safe for children 6 months and older at a 0.25% dilution.
Anti Aging Serum
(makes 1 dark 1 oz glass dropper bottle)
Passion in life is the energy to do, be, and achieve the things that fulfill your desires. Passion inspires you to create the life you want. Women feel passionately about many elements in their lives. Personal goals, jobs, projects, friendships, partners, and families each host a sense of passion that helps fulfill life. As wonderful and authentic as passion is, it is often suppressed by the same factors that once nourished it. When daily life, stress, disappointment and financial strain take precedent, the things that incite passion can feel put on the back burner. If you don’t take the time to cultivate passions that bring you joy, life can feel tedious and empty. Thankfully the sense of smell is tied directly to memory and emotion. Using essential oils to reconnect with the passionate part of your being can be very empowering.
Frankincense: This oil is known to uplift and calm, allowing the mind to connect to inner vision and personal understanding. This aroma has the ability to help the mind channel energy away from negative feelings and anxiety. The molecular structure of Frankincense mimics the body’s natural occurring sex hormones encouraging the body to awaken sexually. Frankincense allows your body to release built up energy and worries that get in the way of your passion. *Safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding at a 1% dilution, and is safe to use for children 2 years and older at a 0.25% dilution
Myrrh: Myrrh is commonly used in meditation to open channels and release your ego in order to expose your true essence, allowing your soul to express real passion. Adding myrrh to massage oil stimulates the circulatory system and gets the heart pumping. The strong earthy aroma makes it a lovely base for a natural perfume. *Avoid during pregnancy and breast-feeding. It is safe for children 2 years and older at 0.25% dilution.
Neroli: A gentle floral smelling oil that creates a refreshing sense of energy during periods of stress. Neroli is known to create some serious heat. It has aphrodisiac qualities that create a sense of healing and empowerment. It is known to rekindle desire and romance. *Safe during pregnancy and breast feeding at a 1% dilution, and is safe for children 6 months and older at a 0.25% dilution.
Ylang-Ylang: Ylang-Ylang energizes passion by reducing reactions to everyday stressors and increasing motivation and desire. It will help attract the love and affection you desire. Increase personal connections by diffusing Ylang-Ylang in an area you and your loved ones congregate. *Ylang Ylang is safe during pregnancy and when breast feeding at a 1% dilution. Do not use on infants. Only safe for children 2 years and older.
Patchouli: Known for its use in tantric ceremonies in India, patchouli has a long history of inspiring passion. The deep, musty, earthy aroma can be used for depression and to enhance feelings of passion and happiness. You can wear this as a perfume to emit pheromones that attract passion and desire. Diffusing patchouli will create an ambient environment, release performance anxieties and welcome a lover’s touch. *Safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding at a 1% dilution, and is safe for children 2 years and older at a 0.25% dilution.
Rose Absolute: This oil provides a calming aroma that symbolizes love, purity and innocence. Rose Absolute is closely tied to memories of romance and friendship. Roses, commonly given as an omen of appreciation and affection on Valentine’s Day hold a tie in the subconscious mind as an expression of love. It is a stimulating aphrodisiac that promotes feelings of love and trust and helps one overcome frigidity and impotence. *Safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding at a 1% dilution, and is safe for children 6 months and older at a 0.25% dilution.
(makes one roll on)
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Essential oils are very highly concentrated and potent and it is important to always check the specific safety data provided. Keep out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets. For external use only. Avoid contact with mucus membranes and eyes. If any essential oils have contacted your eye, wash out with a vegetable oil such as olive oil, not water.
Some oils may cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. It is recommended to perform a patch test before use. To patch test, place one drop on the back of your wrist and leave for an hour or more. If irritation or redness occurs wash the area with olive oil then cold water and do not use the oil.
We do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils except while under the care and direction of a qualified health practitioner.
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