How to Fight Stress with Essential Oils?

How to Fight Stress with Essential Oils?

If you are an anxious person like me, essential oils can ease your life. Since I was a kid, I have been struggling to control my stress. Most of the time I cannot sleep because ideas are spinning in my head. It also makes me panic, be really negative and I feel powerless regarding my situation.

If you are familiar with those effects (you might have others such as headaches, light eating disorders, looking old…), there are natural solutions that can help you. Essential oils and other natural and healthy practices support me during those rough times and I believe they can comfort you too.

How can essential oils fight stress?

Essential oils are composed of tiny molecules that go through your skin or lungs, into your blood and reach your brain. There, they act on the area that is causes stress, anxiety, panic, and even depression. This is how they can relieve you.

Besides, they are “adaptogen” so they can adapt to your issue naturally. Therefore, if you are restless, they calm you down and if you are depressed, they lift your mood up. Magic, isn’t it?

If you think that it is too good to be true, the Telegraph highlighted a study driven in Germany that proves it right. Indeed, those scientists explained that aromatherapy does work. They explain that “Brain scans showed the effect on a chemical called GABA on nerve cells was enhanced by the fragrances and helped soothe, relieve anxiety and promote rest.” Good news, essential oils have a strong positive impact on GABA. So are you know willing to try?

What oils should you use?

We count many essential oils that are supposed to reduce stress. However, we notice a lack of research concerning that topic. Thus, I decided to share here the oils that were scientifically tested.

Jasmine

According to the study I shared above, Jasmine essential oil would have the same effects than valium. Professor Hatt from the Ruhr University in Germany showed that jasmine fragrance increased the GABA effect by 5 times and acts as a strong sedative.

It is perfect if you enjoy the floral smell.

Lavender

Lavender is one my favorite because I can use it for almost everything. It soothes my skin, strengthens my hair and reduces my stress level. The relaxing effect is proven. Indeed, according to the US National Library of Medecine, lavender does calm the body and the mind.

Lemon

I also love lemon essential oil because it is fresh and I cannot get bored of it. A study published in the Behavioural Brain Research “suggest(s) that lemon oil possesses anxiolytic, antidepressant-like effects”. This essential oil is then a great help to reduce stress, to fight depression and to improve mood and sleep.

Ylang Ylang

I started using that oil in my diffuser by chance since I received it as a gift. Now I love it! I use it in my diffuser to relax and spread a delicious smell in my flat. There is no doubt that essential oils are safer than any air freshener.

Ylang Ylang has been used in aromatherapy for ages. A study published the US National Library of Medecine proved that it reduces stress because “The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure”

How to use relaxing essential oils?

There are many ways to use essential oils to relax.

  • You may inhale it by placing 1 or 2 drops in your palms.  
  • You can apply the drops directly on your skin: temples, wrists, neck… 
  • You could also put a few drops on a scarf and inhale it when you need to relax. This is convenient if you face a stressful day and that you need a relaxing effect to last. 
  • Adding a few drops to your bath or shower is nice too. It creates an essential oil steam that is perfect to inhale.  
  • Finally, you can use a diffuser for a long lasting benefit.  

I prefer using my diffuser so I can enjoy a nice smell in my whole apartment. It is perfect to relax after a long working day. Besides, it “turns off” my brain before I go to sleep. Adding a few drops of lemon oil would also calm you down while cleaning the air.

I also have a lavender bottle in my bag so I can use it on the go. In that case, I put 1 drop in my palms and inhale it. 

Other ways to fight stress naturally

Meditation & yoga

I usually do yoga just after work, before I go home. It is the perfect transition for me because it helps to balance my working and personal lives. It is hard for me to set boundaries but I found that yoga is ideal.

I prefer going to hot yoga classes and finish them with a savannah. That combination exhausts me and totally empties my brain. Once I am back home, I am ready to enjoy my night with a good cup of tea (never forget to hydrate after hot yoga), a warm shower and a movie.

If you do not have time to go to a yoga studio, you can practice at home. Some yoga apps guide you very well; you should give it a go!

If I really struggle to fall asleep because of stress, I also do some meditation exercises.

Disconnect

I noticed that I have anxiety when I receive stressful news at an inconvenient time. For instance, reading a work email after 8 pm makes me nervous. This is surely related to my difficulties to separate work and free time. Therefore, I decided to ignore work at those key moments. I try to disconnect and not think about work, which means no emails, texts or social media checking. To make it short, NO PHONE! Disconnect and your mental health will thank you.

I highly recommend to not checking your phone for 30 minutes after you wake up and one hour before you go to sleep. It has amazing effects on me. My day starts slowly and ends without overthinking.

Have you ever tried? I would love to read your thoughts about it.

This Guest Post was written by Marine from attitudeorganic.com.

Which Is The Best Cooking Oil?

Which Is The Best Cooking Oil?

If you’re anything like I was you find it confusing and get overwhelmed by the amount of cooking oil variations on the supermarket shelves. They all look the same and seem to do the same job so what is the difference between them all? Here I have simply broken down what you need to look for to help you choose which cooking oil is best for you.

Cооkіng оіlѕ саn bе a hidden ѕоurсе оf some very dаmаgіng іngrеdіеntѕ fоr bоth уоur сhоlеѕtеrоl levels аnd hеаlth оf уоur hеаrt. You need tо look аt the соntеntѕ for еасh оnе аnd watch оut fоr thоѕе оіlѕ containing high lеvеlѕ оf trans fatty асіdѕ.

Good Fats

Unѕаturаtеd Fаtѕ -Thеѕе fаtѕ are соnѕіdеrеd tо bе heart frіеndly, thеу аrе оf twо types.

  1. Mоnоunѕаturаtеd Fatty Aсіdѕ (MUFA)
  2. Polyunsaturated Fаttу Aсіdѕ (PUFA)

Bоth аrе hеаlthу fatty асіdѕ аnd lоwеr the tоtаl cholesterol and thе bаd cholesterol tоо. Thеу аrе vеrу hеаlthу in thеіr nаturаl form but once heated thеу create trаnѕ fаttу асіdѕ whісh аrе tоxіс.

Bad Fаtѕ

  • Sаturаtеd fаtѕ – Whеn consumed іn еxсеѕѕ it increases thе tоtаl сhоlеѕtеrоl аѕ wеll as thе LDL.
  • Trаnѕ Fаtѕ – Thеу increase the bаd сhоlеѕtеrоl that іѕ LDL and lower HDL or thе gооd сhоlеѕtеrоl.

So Whаt is the Bеѕt Cооkіng Oil tо Uѕе for сооkіng?

Peanut oil іѕ vеrу еffесtіvе for a hеаlthу heart. Thе оіl соntаіnѕ rеѕvеrаtrоl, whісh іѕ a аntіоxіdаnt that has been fоund tо reduce thе rіѕkѕ of саnсеr аnd heart disease.

Olіvе оіl іѕ аnоthеr vеrу gооd оіl fоr your everyday hеаlthу eating. It іѕ rich іn mоnоunѕаturаtеd fаt, аnd аntіоxіdаntѕ, and helps lоwеr уоur сhоlеѕtеrоl level, as well аѕ rеduсіng thе rіѕk оf cancer. It іѕ great to uѕе in cooking, but it is рrоbаblу thе hеаlthіеѕt whеn uѕеd unhеаtеd.

Canola оіl is frequently recommended by dосtоrѕ whо say іt helps to lоwеr уоur risk оf hеаrt dіѕеаѕе. Aѕ іt оffеrѕ a gооd fаttу асіd combination іn соmраrіѕоn tо ѕоmе оf the оthеr оіlѕ.

Vеgеtаblе оіlѕ can be a healthier орtіоn tо аvоіd ѕаturаtеd fats. But they оftеn undеrgо рrосеѕѕіng whісh саn make thеm less hеаlthу. Fоr example іnduѕtrіаl chеmісаlѕ are uѕеd whісh mаkеѕ thеm lеѕѕ hеаlthу. Pure vеgеtаblе oil is a bеttеr choice.

Аvосаdо oil is good and саn hеlр рrеvеnt or fіght dеаdlу diseases. Many of thе bеnеfіtѕ оf the fruіt аrе rеtаіnеd bу avocado оіl, mаkіng іt an іdеаl сhоісе for healthy сооkіng.

Sеѕаmе (Gіngеllу) Oіl – Thіѕ oil is rісh іn antioxidants аnd аlѕо has antidepressant properties. It contains vіtаmіn E аnd аlѕо сорреr, саlсіum, iron, and mаgnеѕіum. This оіl helps tо rеgulаtе thе blood рrеѕѕurе in thе bоdу, lower cholesterol and рrоtесt thе lіvеr.

Soyabean Oil – Thіѕ оіl contains PUFA аnd lenoleic аѕ well аѕ аlрhа-lеnоlеіс acid. Soyabean оіl ѕhоuld nоt bе uѕеd fоr frying as the PUFA gеtѕ оxіdіzеd and becomes toxic.

Also, sunflower oil ѕtаndѕ out as оnе оf thе bеѕt оіl fоr сооkіng.

Smоkіng Pоіnt of Oіl: Once oil hаѕ reached іtѕ ѕmоkіng point іt breaks down аnd bесоmеѕ denatured оr rancid аnd hеnсе nоt gооd for hеаlth. Do not overheat before consumption, if you must fry, use peanut oil.

This article was written by Rebecca, a blogger over at ImperfectMummy.com. Here you will find articles that focus on realistic parenting, plus tips for living with less chemicals.

Organic Products and Your Children’s Skin

Organic Products and Your Children’s Skin

Do you use organic products on your little ones? If you do, you realize how incredibly delicate your baby or child’s skin is and that it needs the very best care you can provide for them. Using organic products is not only the best way to keep their precious skin soft and nourished, but it also makes a significant difference to your child’s overall health.

I’m sure you’re wondering use organic on your child when you don’t even use it on yourself and your skins seem healthy, nourished and moisturized. And here is why you should be using organic for your child and maybe after this article I will make you change your skincare preferences.

It’s very easy to assume that your skin and your babies are exactly the same, but that’s just not true. Did you know that your babies skin absorbs and loses moisture much easier and faster than adult skin? This is because babies and younger children’s skin is 20% to 30% thinner than adult skin. Making it more fragile and less supple and strong than your skin. Your child has not built up the barriers that your skin has, this means that everything we put on our children’s skin is absorbed much more quickly into their bloodstream. This includes all those over the counter products that claim to be the safest on your babies skin. That is filled with harmful chemicals.

Dr. Spezia talks about the inner metabolism of a child and how the chemicals in some products are known as endocrine disruptors, meaning that they act very similar to hormones that your body naturally makes itself and interferes with the exact balance your baby’s metabolism needs to remain healthy.

Organic and Mom

It’s not just all about your baby when it comes to organic products, it’s also beneficial for you as a mother to know what you’re putting into your body that is being directly transferred to your babies body as well. Especially when your pregnant and breastfeeding if that is something you decide you want to do for your baby. Your baby absorbs everything you put on or into your body, so if you are using harmful chemicals on your skin your baby is receiving them as well. This doesn’t stop after your delivery either.

If you are a woman who plans to breastfeed or you are you either know or need to know the incredible benefits of breastfeeding but also the dangers that come along with it.

You have to be careful about what you are putting on your skin and into your body. Everything is transferred into the baby’s body by breast milk. All women know with breastfeeding it can lead to sore and cracked nipples. We have the perfect product that is completely organic that can be used on you and your little one. It’s called Nyp & Baby Balm. It has a high concentration of marigold extract. It is used as an antiseptic and helps protect your cells and encourage growth. Not only is it good for sore cracked nipples it can be used as a diaper rash cream, unlike the normal petroleum jelly you use which clogs pores and not allowing a healthy oxygen/ carbon dioxide exchange.

The benefits of everyone in your family using organic products is exponential. Organic products unlike over the counter store products have fewer pesticides and chemicals (all those things bad for your body) Using organic will help your overall health inside and out.

Organic skin care products use natural plant-based formulas that are rich in vital skin nutrients and antioxidants you can help nourish your skin and repair itself instead of using over the counter products that over dry and strip the skin’s natural balance with chemicals and synthetics.


This amazing post today is from our friend Veronica Bolton at BossPrincess101.com

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Hello, I am the creator of BossPrincess101. Being an influencer to mom and their babies has been so special to me. I love reviewing products and writing articles for different companies that I think would also benefit you! I am a stay at home working mom to a 19 month old boy named Maverik. I do not only own BossPrincess101, but I have my own virtual assistant company as well EmpoweredVA.

Traveling With Little Kids: Simple Tips To Make Life Easier

Traveling With Little Kids: Simple Tips To Make Life Easier

Many parents want to spend time with their children, and traveling as a family is one of the best ways to create happy memories. Whether it is a simple day trip or a week-long vacation, you want to be prepared to make sure your trip is as safe and stress-free as possible. Traveling with small children requires a lot of patience and preparation, so follow these tips to make the most of your trip as a family.

Do Your Research

Plan ahead so you can set your expectations. Read up on the rules and culture of the place you are going to visit. Always choose a place that is safe. Choose hotel or Airbnb accommodations that are child-friendly and danger-free. If possible, choose an accommodation that is close to the city center or station.

This ensures that you are near food establishments, grocery stores, and tourist attractions so that you do not have to travel very far to go from place to place. If you are planning on dining out, choose family-friendly restaurants to ensure that everyone will have a pleasant experience. When visiting a foreign city, research on the best kid-friendly destinations so that your children will have a wonderful experience.

Pack the Essentials

Travel light, but pack the most important things. Always bring bottled water, snacks, medicine, a first-aid kit, wipes, diapers, travel blankets, feeding essentials, and an extra set of clothes when going out with little kids. Bring a small toy or some form of entertainment that your child can play with while you are on the plane, train, bus or car.

Use a Light Umbrella-Type Stroller

Leave the bulky stroller behind. Use a portable and light-weight stroller that can easily be put away and stored. Do not expect all tourist areas to be stroller-friendly. Be prepared to fold it up and carry it if needed. Some restaurants or establishments might not be able to accommodate large strollers, so it is best to carry a small one that can easily be stored away.

Always have a Presence of Mind

When you are in a new place, it is easy to get over-excited. Never neglect your kids. Do not allow them to wander off by themselves, especially in crowded tourist areas. Keep your travel bag close to your body. If things get overwhelming, stop in a safe place and relax. Keep a head count of everybody and your things.

Put Some Form of Identification/Contact Information in Your Child’s Pocket

In case of an emergency, it is best to place some kind of identification in your child’s pocket. Some parents use a special type of bracelet or tag. Always prepare for the worst, just in case your child gets lost.

Keep Your Itinerary Simple

When traveling with small children, choose one or two places to visit in one day. Always remember that it takes more time and energy when traveling with kids. You will experience a lot of “breaks” – which includes diaper changes, snack breaks, etc. It can get extra tiring for parents and children when you are on the go. So in order to stay happy and sane, don’t go overboard when planning your itinerary.

Most of all, enjoy the moment. Stay chill, take lots of pictures, and savor the experience instead of rushing to go from place to place. When your children are all grown up, they will remember these experiences and will thank you for the beautiful memories you have created as a family.


These nifty tips are shared with us by our friend mommy from Carmela Granada of bellissimamma.it

She shares amazing experiences like this one:

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Why Your Mindset is so Important

Why Your Mindset is so Important

Our guest post for today is written by Jennifer Heckman. This wonderful mom is the mother and blogger of quirkymommy.com. She writes amazing content straight from her heart, so if you like this post be sure to check her out at her website.


How to Silence Your Inner Negative Nancy and Be the Super Mom You Were Meant to Be

Being a mom, in my opinion, is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Balancing your own life and work is hard enough, pile on the stress of taking care of other tiny humans and making sure they grow up to be happy, kind and well-adjusted people and you’re beyond swamped. This type of stress can lead to what I call the “spiral,” the endless Negative Nancy. The nagging voice in your head that is always telling you that you’re failing. That you’re not trying hard enough.

That your are dropping the ball in every aspect of your life. The more power we give to this voice, the more we lose of ourselves until we are nothing but a ball of stress, depression, anxiety, and resentment. That is why I have come up with this list for all you mommas and negative self-talkers alike, it’s time to shut the voice down and be who we have always wanted to be. These are some ideas on how to silence the voice.

Make a list of all the things you do in a day

I know there have been many days as a mom where I have run around like a chicken with my head cut off and wondered what I really accomplished that day. When your body is screaming for your bed, it’s hard to clarify in your mind what all you accomplished through the blur of taking care of your tiny humans. I challenge you to sit down at the end of your long, hard day and write it all down no matter how mundane it may seem in your head.

That little mundane thing you did for your kid made their day. It mattered to someone, someone you care and love about more than anything in the world. Look at the list and realize that you are superwoman. Remind yourself that even when it feels like you are accomplishing nothing, without that list you have just written down in front of you, your household will not run. Your kids would not be happy and taken care of. That, sister friend, is all the proof you need to know that you are in fact accomplishing amazing things each and every day.

Surround Yourself with People and Things that Lift You Up

This can be someone you know like a friend or a family member. It can also be a podcast, an author or a television show. Surround yourself with people who lift you up. Who give you strength and courage to fight that daily fight of keeping your household intact. Find a motivational podcast and listen to it while you are doing household chores. These voices help to drown out your inner negative nancy.

They help to show how thinking positively helps to manifest better things for you and your families lives. Read a self-help book before bed. A great place to start is Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Let their words be your mantra when you are struggling. You will get through this. You will be ok. You will get to the other end of this struggle and be better and badder than you ever were before. Stifle the urge to beat your self up with the negative nancy in your head, reach for the words of positive people instead.

Be the Change

If you really want to improve, you cannot just improve in your wishes and dreams. You have to do it yourself. This means staying away from people and things that do not serve you anymore. By do not serve you, I mean things that only continue to take away from you, not replenish you. People and things that continue to drain you, but somehow still hold a powerful grip on your life. For me, this was walking away from a job that had been slowly killing me inside for nine years.

It lured me with its false sense of security, but that security wasn’t worth it in the end when I was struggling to get out of bed in the morning. Be the change. Walk away from the emotional vultures in your life. They lure you in with a false sense of hope and security and leave you bereft of happiness and the energy to improve your circumstances. You don’t have to make these changes right away, one at a time is fine. Notice that while it hurts and it is scary to cut these ties initially, the end result is a better life for yourself and your family. Cut those negative ties. Let them go and be free.

Make a Plan

Every dreamer needs to have a plan. If you do not like where you are at in life, whether it’s your job, your family situation, your health, etc., you need to make a solid plan to change these things. Journal. Start your journey with putting your thoughts down on paper. This makes it real. This puts those wishes out there in the world and makes it a tangible thing to focus on.

Write down the specific steps it takes to make this dream happen and put everything you have in you to make those dreams a reality. It can be little or small, but life is too short to deprive yourself of what you truly desire. Don’t be afraid to fail in this process. In fact, welcome all these failures because this is where you learn. Pick yourself back up and try again. Remind yourself that you have one life to live and pour all of your energy into making that your objective each and every day.

As I have recently been making some huge changes in my life, these are some of the things I have done to help shut up my inner negative Nancy. Nancy had never done anything good for me except to serve as a crutch when I was too lazy to try something new and change the things in my life that drug me down. Shut up your Nancy. Put her in the corner and put your fabulous self in charge. You are in control of this fight, not her. If you can do this, you will be capable of great things and living a life you truly love.


Check out also Jennifer’s other post which I like:

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Tips to Deal with Cradle Cap in Babies

Tips to Deal with Cradle Cap in Babies

This amazing article is from Roopali Kadam, the awesome mommy blogger behind TheHelloMomy. She writes terrific content for us mommies, our kids, travel, her personal experiences and so much more. Be sure to check her out at her blog TheHelloMomy.com.


My younger daughter has very sensitive skin, and she had suffered cradle cap as a baby. It started with dandruff on head and forehead area. Slowly yellowish and patchy scales formed on the skin. These scales began spreading on her hands and legs too. The skin becomes red, very rough to touch and she started itching for relieving it. She was not even 2 months old, and this scales made her cranky most of the time. Considering it as a skin allergy, we stopped using her baby soap, oil massage, moisturizer. But it did not help, and these scales started swelling. It was very painful to see my baby going through this.

We visited a pediatrician, and she referred a dermatologist for further consultation. Then we had a consultation with a dermatologist, and he prescribed some medication. I started applying prescribed ointments on her skin. But it didn’t help her and worsened the patches.  We immediately rushed back to the dermatologist, and he diagnosed the problem as a cradle cap in babies. It is a skin problem mostly observed in infants and also known as seborrheic dermatitis, crusta lactea, milk crust. It has symptoms like yellowish, patchy, greasy skin and rashes formed on baby’s head, eyebrow eyelid area.

We used all prescribed medicines /ointments for applying on the skin and also mild shampoo, soaps, moisturizer for her. But the patches reappeared on her skin. Then doctor started steroids for treating this problem, and after using it her skin got better, and dandruff also disappeared. Once we stopped steroids, the greasy patches appeared again. It happened repeatedly, and thus doctor prescribed medications. It went on till her first birthday. And after that thankfully it never reappeared. Every time we visited the doctor I got to know a few things about cradle cap and how to soothe baby having it. The good thing is cradle cap does not bother baby much except itching, and it goes away as baby grows. It is completely curable and gets better with medicines.

Following are Simple Tips to Deal with Cradle Cap on Babies.

1.Cleanliness

Maintaining clean surrounding around the baby is essential as irritants like dust, fungus, and fragrance might cause irritation, rashes in baby’s skin. While cleaning (Dusting, mopping, vacuum cleaning) take the baby out of the room and then the clean room. Increase the frequency of cleaning process, as you can keep the environment irritant-free. Poor hygiene does not cause Cradle cap but maintaining proper hygiene helps to avoid skin irritations.

2. Clothes

Make sure all baby clothes and other clothes near baby are soft and made using good quality cotton fabric. Mother /caretakers should wear soft cotton clothes, as baby gets exposed to their clothes. (Clothes made up of polyester, chiffon, nylon are harmful to baby’s gentle skin.)

3. Avoid Using a Few Things

It’s better to avoid using a few things when you have a baby at home. The list of things to avoid is deodorants, perfumes, essence sticks, and air fresheners, disinfectant sprays. There might be harmful chemicals in it, and it might worsen the cradle cap patches, swelling on the baby’s skin.

4. Bedding

Make sure mattress, pillow, blankets, towels used for baby are not too old and should be washed, cleaned regularly. Also, the cloth used for it should be cotton and soft. Old/ Dirty mattresses, a pillow might have dust, fungus in it and it may be an exact allergen to cause irritation or rashes in baby’s skin. Maintain clean bedding for baby, and it will be of great help to avoid skin problems.

5. Cloth Detergent

Regular cloth detergents have harsh ingredients/ chemicals in them. Using the regular detergent for washing baby clothes may cause irritation in the baby’s skin. Instead, use a liquid detergent especially made for baby clothes. It’s free of harsh chemical.

6. Itch Relieving Creams

When a baby has cradle cap, they keep on itching the skin. For soothing the itchy skin, use any dermatologist prescribed itch relieving cream on the affected area. This creams can be applied 2-3 times in a day. I used itchcam (itch relieving cream).

7. Winter Clothes

If it’s winter time and baby needs to wear protecting clothes then go for soft woolen clothes, thermal wear. Some type of wool may cause itching and irritation in the baby’s skin. Also, avoid blankets made from wool and instead use cotton blankets. Cotton clothes are gentle on baby’s skin and won’t cause irritation.

8.Bath and Massage

Avoid massaging baby as it may worsen the cradle cap patches, swollen skin. You can give a regular bath to the baby but after bathing, just pat dry her skin using a soft cotton towel.

9. Use Moisturizer

Apply prescribed/ mild moisturizer on baby’s skin every day. Moisturizers protect baby ’s delicate skin and help to heal cradle cap. I used Cetaphil moisturizer to keep baby’s skin soft, and it helped in healing her skin rashes fast.

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