Apply, Repeat, Again….

I often get asked, why do I need to apply my essential oils 3 times a day? Why don’t they just last all day? They are too much work….

Here’s the thing, essential oils can be looked at like vitamins. Here’s how – your body obsorbs the essential oils and the body uses the essential oils until they are gone. The body obsorbs vitamins and uses what it can. The essential oils are obsorbed through your skin, nose or mouth. The body usually takes a few hours to obsorbe the essential oils and to get the full benefit of the oils. Thus, you need to apply, re-apply and repeat. Unlike vitamins, when you re-apply and repeat with your essential oils, the body uses the essential oils to benefit the body and mind and doesn’t just get rid of the essential oils through waste.

Defusing essential oils can be done for a longer period of time, usually 2 to 4 hours. If you are in the same room as the defuser, your body will breathe in the essential oils, through your nose and skin, and get the benefits of the essential oils for the entire time that the oils are defused, plus approximately 2 additional hours. The defuser has the same effect. For example, when my kids wake up in the morning with a stuffy nose they don’t understand or have said that their oils aren’t working. I explain that the defuser turned off in the middle of the night and that the oils are no longer working. I ask them if they were up coughing through out the night or if they had a stuffy nose during the night. They answer no, so that’s how we know that the oils work. Plus, when they put their “immunity” oils on in the morning their stuffy nose is cleared up within a few minutes.

Although it maybe hard to remember, but with essential oils it is very beneficial to apply, re-apply and repeat. Just make sure that you aren’t adding essential oils more times a day then you should be, the body can only obsorbe so much and it can be wasteful or cause issues within the body. Always, read the directions and follow the recommendations for application – neat, deluted, oral or all of the above.

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Water… End Your Love Hate Relationship With It

School is underway and, in my house, that means packing snacks and water bottles every day…  Three weeks into school and I am hearing, and I am guessing you are as well, “can I have Gatorade or something besides water today?”  Of course the answer is no, school requires water only.  But there is a way around it–it’s good for them and they will enjoy it.  Add fruit, herbs and veggies to their water!

If you are like me you do this to your water, so why not to your kids?  I have added cucumbers, lemons, limes, strawberries and oranges.  The issue that we have run into at our house is that we end up throwing away the fruit, herbs, and veggies because they go bad before they make it into the water.  If they hadn’t gone bad, at times my water started to taste like the rind of the fruit, the taste was over-powering or the fruit started to get water logged and tasted gross.

So I ended up giving up my love-hate relationship with my water.  I tried cutting up the fruit, cucumbers and herbs into the sizes that I wanted for my water and put them in the freezer.  I cut the herbs or folded them (depending on what it is) and placed it in an ice cube tray and froze that as well.  Depending on what I had in the freezer, I would take a slice, cube or both and place it in my water.  It is amazing!  The fruit, herbs and or veggies thaw throughout the day and flavor the water.  It’s not over-powering and the water does not taste like rind by the end of the day.  

I no longer have a love-hate relationship with water.  I love my “flavored” water and have noticed the amount of water I have been drinking increased due to the flavor.  My kiddos love it as well.  They get to pick their “flavor” each day and they have told me that they are now drinking three or four water bottles of water during their school day.

 

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