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essential oils for PCOS

Essential oils for PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.

The 3 main features of PCOS are:

  • irregular periods – which means your ovaries do not regularly release eggs (ovulation)
  • excess androgen – high levels of “male” hormones in your body, which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair
  • polycystic ovaries – your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs (but despite the name, you do not actually have cysts if you have PCOS)

If you have at least 2 of these features, you may be diagnosed with PCOS.

Polycystic ovaries

Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless follicles that are up to 8mm (approximately 0.3in) in size. 

The follicles are underdeveloped sacs in which eggs develop. In PCOS, these sacs are often unable to release an egg, which means ovulation does not take place.

It’s difficult to know exactly how many women have PCOS, but it’s thought to be very common, affecting about 1 in every 10 women in the UK.

More than half of these women do not have any symptoms.

Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

If you have signs and symptoms of PCOS, they’ll usually become apparent during your late teens or early 20s.

They can include:

  • irregular periods or no periods at all
  • difficulty getting pregnant as a result of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate
  • excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks
  • weight gain
  • thinning hair and hair loss from the head
  • oily skin or acne

PCOS is also associated with an increased risk of developing health problems in later life, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels.

What causes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it often runs in families.

It’s related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin.

Insulin is a hormone that controls sugar levels in the body.

Many women with PCOS are resistant to the action of insulin in their body and produce higher levels of insulin to overcome this.

This contributes to the increased production and activity of hormones like testosterone.

Being overweight or obese also increases the amount of insulin your body produces.

Treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

There’s no cure for PCOS, but the symptoms can be treated. Speak to a GP if you think you may have the condition.

If you have PCOS and you’re overweight, losing weight and eating a healthy, balanced diet can make some symptoms better.

Medicines are also available to treat symptoms such as excessive hair growth, irregular periods and fertility problems.

If fertility medicines are not effective, a simple surgical procedure called laparoscopic ovarian drilling (LOD) may be recommended.

This involves using heat or a laser to destroy the tissue in the ovaries that’s producing androgens, such as testosterone.

With treatment, most women with PCOS are able to get pregnant.

What is the best way to use essential oils for PCOS?

Diffusion– For many oils, diffusion is the most effective method. It can be accomplished in a variety of ways including simply opening a bottle, using a vaporiser or diffuser (check manufacturer instructions) or a warmer.

Topical– In this method, essential oils are applied directly to the skin. Usually, oils are diluted in a carrier oil, but some may be used “neat.” fractionated coconut oil or roller ball bottles are popular methods of application. Many women have success using the topical method in conjunction with reflexology.

Ingestion– Some very specific oils can be ingested, but if you choose this option, proceed with extreme caution and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

So, what are the best essential oils for PCOS?

Clary Sage

This is one of the best all-around oils for PCOS. Clary sage fights acne, relieves anxiety, depression and stress, and boost hair growth. Importantly, it also works toward hormone balance and fertility.  

Geranium

Geranium stimulates the adrenal cortex, helping to balance emotions, alleviate anxiety & depression and improve focus. It is particularly good for balancing hormones, improving fertility, and increasing progesterone.  Geranium even helps balance out the oils in your skin for help fighting acne!

Ylang Ylang

One of the oldest applications of ylang ylang is as an antidepressant. It works to balance your cortisol & adrenals (reducing stress) as well as to promote emotional balance. As an added bonus, women with PCOS often see improvements in fertility and hair growth.           

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankinsense Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil is another essential oil which is invaluable for both men and women.

It is an Adrenal Adaptogen, which helps to calibrate the stress response in both men and women, helping to restore us to a state of homeostasis.

Ceaderwood

Who doesn’t love the smell of Ceaderwood? Good news! Ceaderwood can help reduce insulin resistance (support blood sugar balance) and even help you lose weight.  

Lavender

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils for good reason. While it is best known for promoting relaxation and relieving stress, it can also help bring emotional balance and reduce anxiety and depression. That makes it a home run for the whole family! If that isn’t enough, women with PCOS can see added benefits including reduction in hirsutism (unwanted hair), hair growth, hormone balance, and improvement in acne.

Melaleuca

A Natural anti biotic and anti inflammatory for Blemishes and skin irritations.

Bergamot

Just a wonderful Uplifting citrus to help lift feelings of low mood and energy levels a real feel good oil.

Essential oils and Chakra Balancing

Using Essential Oils To Balance Your Chakras

“Chakra”, which is the Sanskrit word for “wheel”, refers to seven site specific concentrations of energy emanating from the body. Each of these Chakra centres govern its own expression of associated bodily, emotional and spiritual energy, yet each are linked and in tune with all the others.

When one or more of the chakras is over- or under-expressing its associated energy, itmanifests as an imbalance in the body, mind and spirit. When all of the chakras are balanced in their expression, then the physical, mental and spiritual well being is manifested.

Essential Oils Promotes Chakra Balancing

Within the practice of aromatherapy, the influence that aromatic plant essential oils have on the body, mind and spirit, can be adapted to promote greater balanced chakra functioning. By applying essential oils one can either activate and energize sluggish chakra functions or calm and quieten over-active ones. Balancing oils are good candidates for maintaining support of well-regulated chakras.

A combination of both activating and calming oils will tend to have an overall balancing and supportive benefit to the chakras. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Root Chakra – (Nutmeg / Cloves / Patchouli / Vetiver / Bergamot) A foot massage is a great way to balance the root chakra which regulates your sense of groundedness and stability. Nutmeg will activate a sluggish root chakra, while patchouli and vetiver calm an over active one. Choose a balancing essential oil such as bergamot to help maintain a smoothly functioning root chakra.

Sacral Chakra – (Cardomom / Orange / Ylang Ylang / Neroli / Bergamot / Sweet Orange / Sandalwood) The sacral chakra, which influences your sensuality, benefits from a lower back massage. Spicy cardamon essential oil awakens a dormant sacral chakra, while ylang ylang and neroli calm . Look to sweet orange and sandalwood to maintain a well functioning sacral chakra.

Solar Plexus Chakra – (Chamomile / Eucalyptus / Juniper Berry / Vetiver / Helichrysum / Citrus Bliss / Grapedruit / Lemon) A gentle tummy massage influences the functioning of the solar plexus chakra which influences your gut instincts. Apply eucalyptus and juniper berry to activate the solar plexus, and vetiver or helichrysum to calm an over active one. Good balancing oils to apply to an already well expressed solar plexus chakra are citrus bliss, grapefruit and lemon.

Heart Chakra – (Palmarossa / Lavender / Sweet Marjoram / Geranium / Rose)

The emotional centre that is the heart chakra readily benefits from a supportive perfumed annointing oil, applied to the breast bone or massaged into the middle back area. Palmarossa essential oil will open the heart chakra, while lavender and sweet marjoram will quieten it down. Try regular applications of geranium or rose essential oil to maintain a well functioning heart chakra.

Throat Chakra – (Lemon / Lavender / Roman Chamomile / Vanilla / Coriander Seed / Ginger) A body spray applied to chest and neck areas is an efficient way to influence the functioning of the throat chakra which influences your expressiveness and communication. Turn to lemon essential oil to open a sluggish throat chakra, and vanilla or Roman chamomile to calm. Coriander seed and ginger are balancing oils to maintain the even expression of the throat chakra.

Third Eye Chakra – (Rosemary / Clary Sage / German Chamomile / Frankincense / Sandalwood) The visionary, awareness supporting third eye chakra can be influenced with an anointing oil applied to the forehead or through simple diffusion and inhalation. Rosemary and Clary Sage essential oils will open a sleeping third eye chakra, while German chamomile will stabilize and focus this visionary chakra. Frankincense or sandalwood are good choices to maintain a clear and balanced third eye chakra.

Crown Chakra – (Lavender / Neroli / Vanilla / Frankincense) A room diffusion applied to the airspace around you is the best way to balance the transcendent crown chakra which occupies the space above the crown of your head. Spicy sweet lavandin clarifies a low functioning crown chakra, while neroli or vanilla calm. Look to frankincense to maintain a well functioning crown chakra.

Essential oil for weight loss

Smart and Sassy Oil Blend

SMART & SASSY

This essential oil blend is designed as a natural way to manage hunger cravings, calm the stomach and uplift your mood. It’s a blend of five essential oils: Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, and Cinnamon.

Boost your energy before exercise: Finding the energy and enthusiasm to exercise can sometimes be tricky. Add a few drops of Smart and Sassy to your water before you head to the gym, exercise class, put Joe Wickes’ [cruel] workout video on, or go for a run. It’ll give you a revitalising energy boost.

Help control your cravings: Add 8 drops of Smart and Sassy to 1/2 litre of water and drink throughout the morning.

Diffuse during a workout session: With its vibrant, spicy aroma, Smart and Sassy is perfect for lifting your mood and energy levels during a workout. Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser.

Essential Oils to repel flies

Flies are annoying pests that you probably notice around your Plants, kitchen or sink drains.

Getting rid of flies naturally is fairly easy. Once you disturb their environment and make sure that surfaces are clean and dry, your problem should disappear quite quickly, but they will come back.

Worse still, if you like house plants and growing fruit and vegetables they may even increase in number so how can we keep them at bay effectively?

Flies can quickly become a nuisance in your home and before you know it, you have a large number of flies infesting your property.

Natural apple cider vinegar and honey fly trap

A tried and tested method of getting rid of flies, is to make a trap with apple cider vinegar (ACV). Apple cider vinegar makes an effective fly trap because the acetic acid has insecticidal properties. ACV has a sweeter smell than regular vinegar and this lures the drain flies to the trap. For a quicker response add some honey too.

Essential oil spray for killing flies

You can also use an essential oil spray to destroy flies naturally and safely. Many essential oils contain insect repellent properties. They are toxic to flies, insects, and can help get rid of ants, but can safely be used around the house and kids.

You can use any of the essential oils used in the essential oil fly spray because they all have proven efficacy against insects. Other great essential oils for getting rid of pesky flies are:

  • Peppermint oil
  • Melaleuca oil (Tea Tree)
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemongrass oil

How to use:

All you need to make a spray to get rid of flies for good is a few drops of essential oil, some liquid soap, water, and a spray bottle.

  • Fill a spray bottle almost to the top with water.
  • Add 5 – 10 drops of your favourite essential oil. (You can use just one, or experiment with a combination to get a smell that you love).
  • Add 1-2 drops of dishwashing liquid.
  • Shake well.
  • Spray on the drain flies to kill them. You can then wipe the surfaces with a clean paper towel to remove the dead flies and clean the surface.

For House Plants

  • For plants Soak a few cotton buds in the solution and stick them around the plants.

3 of these oils can be found in the Family Essentials Kit

Essential Oil Journal

Keeping an Essential Oil Journal

An Essential Oil Journal is a wonderful way for essential oil enthusiasts to keep detailed records of their oils, blends, recipes, and more

From recording an issue you want to resolve and trying different oils and recipes to help with it.

To experimenting with blends and advising others and keeping track of how people are getting on with samples.

Whenever you find an interesting idea or project using essential oils, write and store it in your journal.

Running out of an oil? Make a shopping list ready for your next order or LRP date.

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Zendocrine blend

Zendocrine Detoxification Blend

Zendocrine detoxification blend is a fairly new essential oil blend to support the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances,  cleanse the body of toxins and support healthy liver function, while also purifying and detoxifying systems of the body.

With more people turning to essential oil blends to promote overall health, I wanted to look into the benefits of Zendocrine.

What is Zendocrine?

Zendocrine is on of our doTERRA essential oils blend products. This detoxification blend offers a host of benefits, but primarily its uses include:

  • Supporting healthy liver function.
  • Detoxifying systems of the body.
  • Body system purification.
  • Supports the body’s ability to cleanse the body of toxins.

Essential oil blends are volatile aromatic compounds found in the bark, flowers, roots, seeds, and stems of the plant. What is a volatile aromatic compound? They are small organic molecules changing from a liquid or solid state into a gas; all at room temperature. When volatile aromatic compounds move through the air, they in-turn affect the sensory glands; making essential oil blends ideal for use in aromatherapy.

Benefits of Zendocrine

While doTERRA offers key benefits of Zendocrine, there are additional benefits of essential oil blends. The primary benefits of Zendocrine include:

  • Body system purification.
  • Claims to cleanse the body of toxins.
  • Supports healthy liver function.
  • Additional benefits of essential oils include:
  • Complementary treatment to massage therapy and acupuncture.
  • Positive effects on nausea and vomiting.

INGREDIENTS

Zendocrine Ingredients

Zendocrine ingredients are listed in a proprietary blend, including:

  • Tangerine peel
  • Rosemary leaf
  • Geranium flower/leaf
  • Juniper berry
  • Cilantro herb

Tangerine Peel

Tangerine, as with other citrus fruits, has been studied extensively for its health benefits. The Chemistry Central Journal concluded, “metabolites in Citrus…work synergistically to exhibit anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory properties.”

Rosemary

Rosemary is used in culinary dishes throughout the world, but also offers health benefits. According to the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “uses of rosemary are antibacterial, antioxidant, improving cognitive deficits, and anti-inflammatory.”

Additionally, the journal Psychiatry Research found “smelling rosemary increases free radical scavenging activity and decreases cortisol levels.”

Geranium

Geranium is an essential oil studied for its benefits on stress reduction. According to the Journal of Caring Sciences, “Aroma of essential oil of geraniums can effectively reduce [stress]…and can be recommended as a non-invasive anti-[stress] aid.”

Juniper Berry

Juniper is native to Europe, North and South America. According to the journal International Scholarly Research Notices, juniper has been used in “herbal medicine…as [an] antidiarrheal, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antiseptic.”

Research presented in the journal Antioxidants concluded, “antioxidant research of juniper essential oil provided the existence of several mechanisms which enabled [free] radical scavenging.”

Cilantro

Cilantro is another plant often used in culinary dishes possessing both nutritional and medicinal properties. Based on research presented in the journal Fitoterapia, cilantro offers “anti-inflammatory properties.”

Zendocrine Uses

Aside from the claimed benefits of Zendocrine, uses of the essential oil include:

  • Aromatic
  • Topical
  • Internal

Aromatic

As a part of an aromatic essential oil regimen, users will add Zendocrine to a diffuser of their choice. You’ll add three to four drops of Zendocrine to your diffuser.

Topical

Zendocrine can be used topically. You can create a Zendocrine detox bath by adding three or four drops to your bath. Some also add Epson salts as well. An additional topical application of Zendocrine is applying directly to the skin. The company recommends applying one to two drops to a particular area. doTERRA suggests diluting Zendocrine with a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil) to minimize skin sensitivity.

Internal

You’ll add one to two drops of Zendocrine to your citrus drinks, water or tea. doTERRA suggests diluting one drop in four ounces of liquid before adding to a dink.

Zendocrine Side Effects

Instead of focusing on side effects found in Zendocrine blend, I have looked at any potential side effects of Zendocrine ingredients.

Tangerine Peel

One of the potential side effects of using tangerine essential oil is skin reactions. According to the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, “To avoid any possible adverse skin reactions, it is recommended to dilute Citrus oils with a carrier oil before topical use.”

Something often missed regarding side effects from tangerine essential oil is the potential interaction with prescription medication.

Rosemary Leaf

While there’s no mention of adverse effects of using rosemary essential oil, there are some positive side effects. According to the journal Scientia Pharmaceutica, in an animal study, mice were exposed to “.5 mL of rosemary for a period of an hour [resulting] in locomotive activity of mice was increased.”

Geranium Flower/Leaf

Some users may notice side effects from this particular ingredient. However, according to the Dental Research Journal, research has “not observed any reportable side effects in patients receiving Geranium.”

Juniper Berry

According to Toxnet Toxicology Data Network, some reported side effects of juniper include “difficulty in breathing, wheezing, and coughing.”, so I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone with asthma or respiratory conditions.

Cilantro

Cilantro is generally safe to use. However, according to the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, cilantro may have a “sedative” effect.WARNINGS

Zendocrine Warnings

There are warning and cautions mentioned on the official website regarding Zendocrine.

  • Possible skin sensitivity.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Consult a doctor if you’re pregnant, nursing or under the care of a doctor.
  • Avoid contact with the eyes, inner ears or sensitive areas.

Where to Buy Zendocrine

You can buy Zendocrine from the official doTERRA store. You’ll spend:

  • 15-milliliter bottle – £28

Customers signing up for a wholesale account receive a 25 percent discount; lowering the price to:

  • 15-milliliter bottle – £21

If you don’t like the taste and want to just take internally there are Zendocrine Capsules also available.

Zendocrine Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • There is research to support health benefits of some ingredients in Zendocrine.

Cons:

  • May cause skin irritation.
  • Science shows possible side effects.

BOTTOM LINE

What Users Are Saying

“Suggest to rub 3-6 drops on to your liver area under your right ribcage before bed. I find it relieves fatigue, helps with digestion and reduced headaches if I stay out too late. it smells a little funky but washes out easily from clothes and bedding.”EDH

“Smells amazing, but with a hint of stink bug, but overall the smell was divine after about ten minutes. I didn’t think that the product did anything for my gallbladder which is the reason for the purchase.”Miajoycat

The Bottom Line on Zendocrine

Zendocrine is a detoxification blend from doTERRA International with claims to cleanse the body of toxins, promote body system purification and support healthy liver function. As a part of an essential oil regimen, Zendocrine is an ideal solution for cleansing the body of free radicals slowing down bodily systems, leaving you feeling heavy and weighed down.

essential oils for horses

Essential Oils for Horses

Doterra essential oils for horses uses and benefits

Horse owners all over the world are beginning to understand the health benefits of essential oils in Doterra remedies

Aromatherapy has been used on humans for many, many years as a complimentary therapy for a large range of ailments. Horses too can also reap the benefits. Here are some common ailments that have been seen to benefit from complimentary aromatherapy. Below I have presented a few Doterra Essential Oil Remedies that has work for us.

Doterra remedies from top to tail

Behavioural troubles

Fear, crib biting, spookiness and worry are all common behavioural problems that can be soothed the negative effects they have on the horse can be reduced with the use of Doterra essential oils for horses. Different scents can be used for different causes/effects. Each horse is different so it is advised that you consult a qualified aromatherapist in order to have them work with you on the behavioural problems present.

Doterra oils for horses recipe for hot legs

There is a commonly used mix that can be made in large quantities, making it very useful on competition yards or when eventing in teams. It is very versatile due to this.

Heat in the legs recipe

  • 4 parts peppermint oil
  • 2 parts juniper berry oil
  • 1 part yarrow oil

This should be mixed and stored in a dark glass opaque bottle with dipper or spray applicator ready for use.

This Doterra essential oils for horses mixture can be added to a base gel to make a cooling preparation for application to legs etc. It can also be added to water to dilute and soak bandages or leg wrap in. When these are then applied to the horses legs they will provide cooling properties to tired legs. This is very rewarding and therapeutic after a long days exercise. The amount of oil to dilution depends on the quantity you have made etc. An hour applied to the legs in this way will be just what the horses legs need after a strenuous days competing.

Muscle Aches

  • 2 parts peppermint oil
  • 1 part rosemary oil
  • 1 part marjoram oil
  • 1 part ginger oil
  • 1 part yarrow oil
  • 1 part lavender oil

These ingredients should be blended with a base gel.

This mixture when applied to an arnica base gel is a wonderfully soothing and beneficial topical application when applied / massaged in when tired and hard-worked.

  • Do not apply this to broken skin.

Treatment of mud fever

As most of us will be aware there are many products out there out there that can be used in the treatment of mud fever. These, whilst proven and often effective still apply chemicals in one form or another that are usually man-made. Doterra oils for horses offers a way of treating mud fever with solely natural Doterra remedies ingredients.

Mud fever recipe

  • 2 parts melaleuca (tea tree) oil
  • 1 part lavender oil
  • 1 part yarrow pom oil
  • Half part garlic

Applied to (ideally) aloe vera or seaweed base gel. This can be applied twice a day for two weeks. Any longer than this and a qualified aromatherapist should be contacted.

Doterra oils for horses

Uses of Doterra oils for horses

There are so many more uses for essential oils, and lots more more Doterra remedies for the treatment and support of ailments. It is important to mention that aromatherapy should not be used as a replacement for any treatments suggested by your vet.

If you would like for information about Doterra essential oils for horses – Click here or PM me on Facebook.

Mothers love diffuser blend

Mother’s Love Diffuser Blend

With all the corona virus situation at the moment unless we are key workers, we may be at home home schooling children, caring for others in the household, phoning and checking on loved ones and juggling businesses and housework.

Check out our diffusers here.

So this is my favourite diffuser blend of the moment.

Mother’s Love Diffuser Blend

Credit Advanced Oil Magic Book

This blend brings a sense of comfort and safety so it is perfect at this time when we all need emotional support.

Place the water in the diffuser (Recommended with Doterra Diffusers).

2 Drops Myrrh

4 Drops Wild Orange

1 Drop Frankinsense

2 Drops Lavender

Give it a try and let me know in the comments what you think and how your doing.

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What are your favourite blends? Comment below.

Melissa essential oil uk

Melissa Essential Oil

With the ability to positively affect mood, Melissa essential oil is often used to reduce tense feelings, promote relaxation, and calm feelings of nervousness.

Primary Benefits

  • May help to support a healthy immune system
  • Calms tension and nerves
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation

Melissa officinalis, also known as lemon balm, received the name “Melissa” because of its sweet, fresh, citrus-like fragrance, which was known to attract bees (Melissa is Greek for “honey bee”). As one of our rarest and most expensive oils, Melissa has a wide range of health benefits and uses.* Melissa is used as a flavour in teas and ice cream as well as with some fish dishes. Because of its positive effect on mood, Melissa has long been used to calm feelings of tension and nervousness. Diffusing Melissa at night can help initiate a restful sleep environment and promote emotional well-being. Melissa may also help to support a healthy immune system.

Why is it sooooooo expensive?

Melissa oil is not common and it is very expensive because 7 tonnes are needed to produce 1 kg (21/4 lb) oil. It is very special, I personally treat myself to 1 bottle a year and make it last. I mix up fractionated coconut oil with 10 drops in my rose quarts roller bottle and use it as a perfume if I feel in need of comfort.

 
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