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Some Basics

Lavender is one of the most trusted and utilized medicinal plants in the world. It’s sometimes referred to as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of essential oils due to its wide range of uses!

Interesting History

Some of its earliest uses include being used as an embalming agent for the ancient Egyptians, killing lice and fleas and being used as a flavoring agent to assist with calming the stomach. The Greeks, Persians, and Romans all added it to their bath water. It’s also recorded in many English herbal medicine recipes and folk remedies.

What Science Shows

There is strong scientific evidence that Lavender has beneficial properties for:

  • Anxiety
  • Menstrual pain
  • Caesarean pain
  • Agitated behavior (dementia)
  • Pain relief
  • Lice
  • Antidepressant

There is also emerging science that Lavender is beneficial in the following areas:

  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Memory/brain protection
  • Intestinal function
  • Canker sores
  • Respiratory function
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Oral health
  • Hair loss
  • Sleep aid
  • Headaches
  • Antibacterial.

5 ways I personally use Lavender in my home:

  1. I combine Tea Tree, Lavender and water in a mist bottle and use as a daily facial toner. I find this combination works well for breakouts and general redness.
  2. Every night I either diffuse Lavender in our bedroom or rub it onto my chest to help me fall asleep quickly and get a deep sleep.
  3. When I burn myself in the kitchen or with our log fire (which seems to be often) I’ll run the burn under cold water and then apply lavender essential oil to the burn.
  4. When I have a talking event I’ll wear lavender with lemon and wild orange to keep my anxiety at bay. This works wonders! And smells amazing too.
  5. I’ll run a hot bath, add Epsom salts and some lavender oil then light a few candles and as soon as I step into the hot water, I can feel the stress of the day melt away. So relaxing.

 

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** Please note that due to the very large amount of individual scientific studies applicable to this post, I cannot provide individual links within the post. If you wish to be directed to the journal published studies I gathered my info from, comment below stating exactly which application you would like the links to.

 

 

June 3, 2017
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Tea Tree – also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia.

Some Basics

There are 236 species of Melaleuca and 230 of them are native to Australia. This is why doTERRA sources their Tea Tree from Australia because this is where the purest and potent oils are found.

Interesting History

Our ancestors used to crush the leaves of tea tree plants to release their essential oils and use them as antiseptic and antifungal poultices. To relieve a headache, the leaves were chewed. For insect bites, the oils were rubbed directly onto the bite and bathing in tea tree water was common practice to improve general wellbeing. During World War II, Australian Soldiers carried it, earning it the name ‘First aid kit in a bottle’.

What Science Shows

There is strong scientific evidence that Tea Tree essential oil shows the following therapeutic properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • Oral health
  • Skin conditions & infections
  • Head lice
  • Acne and blemishes

There is also good scientific evidence showing that Tea Tree is beneficial in the following areas:

  • Dandruff
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-fungal

There is emerging science linking the benefits of Tea Tree to:

  • Warts
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anti-infectious
  • Hirsutism
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anticancer
  • Antiviral
  • Ocular itching
  • Antiseptic, wound healing

5 ways I personally use Tea Tree in my home:

  1. I combine Tea Tree, Lavender and water in a mist bottle and use as a daily facial toner. I find this combination works well for breakouts and general redness.
  2. I add Tea Tree to my shampoo to help combat my dandruff.
  3. I was traveling during the whole of May in a campervan and staying in caravan parks where I was using communal showers. After every shower, I rubbed Tea Tree diluted with fractionated coconut oil all over my feet and toes nails to ensure I didn’t pick up any funky feet issues from the showers.
  4. I carry tea tree diluted in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and use it as an instant, toxin free hand sanitizer when I’m traveling.
  5. I use it in my homemade bathroom and toilet cleaning products.

Keen to bring the best quality Tea Tree essential oil into your life? Click here to order.
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** Please note that due to the very large amount of individual scientific studies applicable to this post, I cannot provide individual links within the post. If you wish to be directed to the journal published studies I gathered my info from, comment below stating exactly which application you would like the links to.

March 3, 2017
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I’ve been taking for granted how blessed I am to have such a thorough understanding of toxins in beauty care and how adversely they used to affect my health before I changed to natural products about 4 years ago. I sometimes forget that I used to know nothing about this and I can still picture myself unknowingly purchasing all the latest beauty products, products that were literally poising me.

I want to share what I know with you. I want to empower you to make the same beautiful changes that I have made, so you can live your best, healthiest and happiest life. Lets dig in.

Did you know that our skin is our largest organ and that it absorbs approximately 60% of what is applied to it?

In less than 30 seconds, the toxins in our personal care products can enter our bloodstream and be cruising throughout our body causing all manner of problems – A disrupted endocrine system (do you feel like your hormones have gone crazy?), allergic responses and yes, cancer. But of course, there is no mention of that on your vanilla scented creamy body butter…  You might be surprised to hear that the average woman applies 500 chemicals to her body every day. Is that one of the craziest things you have ever heard? How can that even be possible? It breaks my heart, which is why I know I need to share this message, keep reading darling.

So what prompted my change to natural products? Knowledge baby, good old fashioned knowledge and of course, self love. Once I was clued up, there was no way that toxic crap was making its way onto my body – I only have one after all. 

When was the last time you looked at the ingredients list of your deodorant or shampoo? Try reading it out loud, I bet you can’t even pronounce the ingredients. I mean what the heck is Cyclopentasiloxane? Who knows, but it was getting sprayed into my pits on a daily basis 4 years ago! How about Poloxamer 407? I’d never heard of it but I was swishing it around in my mouth after I brushed my teeth along with some Carrageenan and Sodium lauryl sulfate. And thats just 4 ingredients from 2 products I was using every day…. scary right? Are you ready to take a look at your products?

If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, why would you put it on your skin? It ends up in the same place.

The sad thing is that not only do we have to deal with these toxic ingredients in our personal care products, but we also have to deal with misleading jargon such as ‘all natural’ and ‘organic’. There are currently no regulations that govern these terms on personal care products, which means thousands of unknowing women are leaving the store thinking they are going home to moisturise with a natural product, when in fact they are applying a (often expensive) cocktail of toxins to their face.

Know this about the beauty industry:

Less than 20% of ingredients have been tested for safety AND it’s not mandatory for companies to list ALL ingredients.  Say whaaaat? It’s true.

So whats a girl to do in a material world? Go ale’ natural of course. Problem solved (wink wink) No but really, you need to become a label reading goddess. Ignore the pretty stuff on the front, thats just advertising. The good bits are on the back. Read every ingredient and if you don’t know what something is, head to the EWG’s Skin Deep Database and look it up. If your feeling overwhelmed, I’m happy to help you – please email me on info@lifeessenceonline.com and we’ll work through it together.

As a last note, here is beginners list of things to avoid:

I’ve written another article discussing 4 ingredients to avoid, maybe you can start with those – click here.

Please take charge of your health (and your bathroom cabinet!) because your body deserves the very bloody best there is, and that does NOT include cheap, nasty toxins!