Anyone who knows me, knows that Roses are my favorite flowers. I love growing them. I love the way they smell. I love the gigantic variety amongst them. I even have one in my logo. If you've been to my office in La Mesa (or when you visit soon), you'll find a beautiful rose garden in front of the building (pic above). It was a huge confirmation that my office was the right choice for my new business (and yes I do believe the Universe sends us signs).
While I was in Arizona recently, I discovered a new essential oil company, NHR Organic Oils, which has me really excited. NHR is located in England, a place where Aromatherapy has a long and respected place in the healing profession. I also want to complement the AZ store, Zona's Oils, in their excellent sourcing!
I was thrilled to acquire Rose essential oil. I've never had this particular oil before but have always desired it. I got poking around the internet and found this great article "19 Surprising Benefits of Rose Essential Oil." One of it's benefits is fighting depression and relieving anxiety. Used on a regular basis, rose essential oil can encourage positive emotions like joy, happiness, and hope. It seems rose essential oil would benefit many including seniors both on an emotional level while also boosting their immune systems. I look forward to using my new rose oil during therapeutic massage sessions to add some extra umph to the healing outcomes!
In honor of Earth Day, I thought it fitting to share a major reason why I purchase and use dōTERRA essential oils and products in my business. Ethics are important to me, which includes respecting and honoring other people and our planet. I like that dōTERRA feels the same way:
"Cō-Impact Sourcing is an initiative that seeks to develop long-term, mutually beneficial supplier partnerships while creating sustainable jobs and providing reliable income in underdeveloped areas. dōTERRA is committed to the ethical treatment of its suppliers by providing on-time payments at fair prices. Growers and harvesters are encouraged to form cooperative groups to share collective benefits and bargaining power while improving skills and capacity."
There are many examples, Douglas Fir essential oil is one. dōTERRA's sourcing of this oil from New Zealand is helping to alleviate the environmental impacts this species (invasive in New Zealand) has had on the native plants there. In case you're curious about this oil's properties, Douglas Fir essential oil is used for it's energizing and calming properties.
Happy Earth Day to Everyone!
Recently I was sharing essential oil information at a health and wellness fair. At my table, I was diffusing Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) essential oil (EO). Aside from the wonderful smell, people were asking me about its uses. I was familiar with EO users talking about its immunity support and had heard stories of cancer patients using it but had no factual data on the subject. So I went to PubMed and looked it up. I found multiple articles, many too technical for my purpose. However, I did find a study done in the UK that used aromasticks in a cancer clinic with very good results:
So indeed, factual data does exist!
Had my 6 months cleaning at Dr. Wu's a few weeks ago and the hygienist was amazed with how great my teeth and gums were. I puzzled over this a bit . . . I knew that my electric toothbrush (Phillips Sonicare) had greatly improved the maintenance of my dental hygiene, but that's been the case for the last several years. So what had changed?
It dawned on me that I had changed toothpaste. I attended the mini health fair within the Del Mar Fair last summer and had purchased a new toothpaste, Davids. It's fluoride and sulfate free. It uses peppermint essential oil - so it also tastes good!
Ethically I also approved of its recyclable material and that it was 100% American made - really, what's not to like?! So I wanted to give a shout out about it and let others know what a great product it is.
I will probably write many future posts on the wonders of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia = “true” lavender) but for now just want to share my recent enlightening experience.
A few weeks ago, I fell in my work’s parking lot landing directly on my knee and scraping it up pretty badly on newly laid pavement. Needless to say, the scrape wound was large and ugly. It started healing and sometime around day four I wondered whether applying lavender essential oil would help it to heal. My reasoning was that if lavender works so well on burns and skin issues, would it work well on my knee? So I applied lavender on my knee before going to bed. In the morning, I was truly amazed (and I wish that I had taken before and after pictures!) – the size and redness of my wound had greatly diminished, just from one application.
There are so many reasons why lavender is helpful for wounds. It contains antibacterial and antiviral properties. Therapeutically it works as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifier. It’s best known for it’s relaxation effects – and let’s face it, whenever we get hurt it makes us a little stressed. It’s also known to aid improvement of scar tissue.
You’ll often hear people say that Lavender should always be in your first aid kit, wound care is one reason why. Lavender is an all-around great essential oil to have on hand. If you don’t have some, I encourage you to add some to your home supplies!