The Magic of Nature ~Essential Oils

 

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The Magic of Nature

I have always believed that Nature provides us with everything that we need to be Healthy, Happy, and Sensuous.  Recently, I became aware of a new way to get more in touch with Nature, and my Sensuous Self . . . Essential Oils.  Essential Oils are highly-concentrated essences from plants that make a plant magical.  They are derived from trees, flowers, herbs, grasses, and resins, using low pressure distillation or cold pressing.  Essential oils are compounds within the plants that are the plants’ natural defense mechanisms.  They help protect the plant.  These compounds are beneficial, and can be used to help us in similar ways.

“Stress Away” got me started.  A friend of mine gave me a drop of “Stress Away.”  I put the drop in my hand, then rubbed my hands together, cupped my hands over my face, and inhaled.  As a psychiatric RN, working night shift in a stressful environment, I discovered that just inhaling the “Stress Away” made me feel more relaxed.  “Stress Away” is a blend of essential oils created by Young Living that includes Vanilla, Lime, Copaiba, Cedarwood, Ocotea, and Lavender. . . .  I love this Essential Oil so much that I’m getting a “Stress Away” Rollerball for several people on my gift-giving list this year!

Here are a few of my Favorites:

Frankincense Oil . . .  I love what it does for my complexion, and how it makes me feel more serene and connected to my Inner Wisdom.  I put a drop in my hand, rub my hands together, and then press them against my face as I inhale.

Lemon Oil . . . Lemon oil is energizing and cleansing.  I enjoy putting a drop or two of real lemon or orange oil in a glass of water every day.  I use a few drops of Stevia to sweeten it.

Lavender . . . I made a Lavender Spray by adding 5 drops of real Lavender Oil in a 3 oz. spray bottle filled with water.  Spraying real Lavender water on my pillow helps me sleep more peacefully and awaken with more energy.

“Thieves” Blend . . . I consider “Thieves” Essential Oil… essential for me to use while I’m at work.  I put a few drops into my Diffuser and it clears the air without having to resort to harsh chemical sprays.  “Thieves” also supports Healthy Immune Function, and helps me feel more relaxed and grounded.  The “Thieves” Blend was designed by Gary Young, YoungLiving.com , and was inspired by a Legend of Four 15th Century Thieves, who used aromatic herbs to keep them healthy, while they were robbing the dead and dying.

What can I say? . . . I ended up buying the Premium Starter Kit which gives me a 24% discount. . . .  This is very helpful, because I keep finding new Essential Oils to Love.

Why I Chose Young Living Essential Oils . . .

Young Living has been in business for over 20 years, and offers the “Seed to Seal” Promise for their Oils. This means that they are in charge of each step of production, beginning with choosing the Seeds and continuing on until each bottle is Sealed.  Young Living’s Farms and Partner Farms are Organic, Sustainable, and Beneficial to the Environment, as well as the People who work with them, and the surrounding areas.

Those are all great reasons to Love this Company!  But, the main reason I love Young Living is that their Essential Oils are 100% High-Quality, Pure, and Therapeutic. These Pure, Therapeutic Essential Oils can be used aromatically, topically, and internally as a dietary supplement.

I never really meant to sell the products when I signed up.  But, whenever I have my Diffuser running at work, everyone wants to know what’s in it, and then, one thing leads to another.

You can find more information about Young Living Products on the website, YoungLiving.com.  I also would encourage you to do your own research to understand more about the many ways Essential Oils can be used to promote a Healthy Lifestyle.

If you know someone who sells Young Living Essential Oils – Great!  If not, you can use my number to order products from YoungLiving.com. #3056729

Enjoy the Magic of Nature that is found in Essential Oils to help you become the Sensuous, Sexy, Healthy and Happy Person you want to be!

Peggy Durham

YoungLiving.com

Enroller/Sponsor ID # 3056729

You can also email me if you have any questions.

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

SensuousLifeCoach.com

If you would like to learn more ways to get in touch with the Sensuous, Healthy, Vibrant Person inside of you, my Book, “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach,” is available on Amazon.com.

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Have a Happy, Healthy, Sensuous Heart! Magical Magnesium

 I have had high blood pressure, aka “Hypertension,“ on and off since I was 20 years old. After lots of investigation, it was determined there was no medical reason for the issue, and that it was most likely due to Stress.

So, one of my goals in Life has always been . . . to learn how to cope with Stress in a Healthy Way, and to do it as often as possible. I’m sure that this is something that has shaped my Life. Tension seems to be something I’ve been trying to figure out for years, and many of the things that I have tried have worked well. I started transcendental meditation back then, and my Blood Pressure was managed extremely well.  But that’s another story. . . .  There are many other things that I do . . . that relate to trying to be Less Tense or More Peaceful, like Yoga, Eating Healthy Food, Expressing Feelings, etc.  And, I sometimes remember that worrying about it has the opposite effect.  Yin and Yang . . . it’s all about Balance.

“Balance in Everything is the Key.” Almost Famous Quote

                     Peggy Durham ~ Sensuous Life Coach

Most recently, I have been having some heart palpitations or PVC’s (Premature Ventricular Contractions).   My cardiologist says that they are common, and usually do not cause any problem.  And, if you have heart palpitations, you should definitely see a doctor about them first.  Then what?  I figured that there might be something I could do to make them go away.  Of course, I had to read everything I could find on the “whys” and the possible solutions.  So, what I have learned so far is that you need to check your Lifestyle, and look for triggers for the PVC’s. There are several possible causes which include caffeine, alcohol, exercise, high blood pressure, anxiety, or an underlying heart problem.  It might also be related to a mineral deficiency in your Diet.

Our bodies are Electric, and the Heart’s rhythm is Electrical.  It makes sense that if some of the minerals in your Body are out of whack, the Electrical System may not work as well.

Magical Magnesium

Apparently, we are all a little low in Magnesium.  And, Magnesium is the Calming Mineral.  So, I’m pretty sure I’m low in that one.  We have a problem getting enough of that Calming Mineral because of our Diets (too many processed foods, white flour, and sugar), and also because Soils are not as rich in mineral content like they used to be. Magnesium is important for so many reasons in our bodies, and low magnesium levels have been shown to have an impact on Depression, Diabetes, Asthma, PMS, Migraines, Fibromyalgia, High Blood Pressure, Heart Failure, Pre- Eclampsia, Colorectal Cancer, and Restress Leg Syndrome.  In addition, Magnesium levels usually decrease after Menopause.

There are many things that contain Magnesium.  Here is a list from Baylor University, where studies have been done concerning the benefits of Magnesium in preventing many of the Issues mentioned above.  A diet with whole grains, and lots of fruits and vegetables is a good start.

                                                 Dietary Sources 

Rich sources of magnesium include: Other good dietary sources of this mineral include: Many herbs, spices, and seaweeds supply magnesium:
Tofu

Legumes

Whole grains

Green leafy vegetables

Wheat bran

Brazil nuts

Soybean flour

Almonds

Cashews

Blackstrap molasses

Pumpkin and squash seeds

Pine nuts

Black walnuts

Peanuts

Whole wheat flour

Oat flour

Beet greens

Spinach

Pistachio nuts

Shredded wheat

Bran cereals

Oatmeal

Bananas

Baked potatoes (with skin)

Chocolate

Cocoa powder

Agar seaweed

Coriander

Dill weed

Celery seed

Sage

Dried mustard

Basil

Fennel seed

Savory

Cumin seed

Tarragon

Marjoram

Poppy seed

Source: Magnesium | University of Maryland Medical Center

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/magnesium#ixzz3m5zajkts

I eat a Healthy Diet most of the time, but I was still having Heart Palpitations.  So, my plan was to take a supplement for a while to see how it works.  I read all about which type of Magnesium to take, and the opinions vary.  I decided to buy the magnesium supplement, “Heart Calm,” and have been trying it this past week.  So far, my heart palpitations have stopped.  I will continue to do my own research on Magnesium supplementation in my body.  I have also felt more calm, and am sleeping better. Awareness of your Body is very important, and necessary for figuring out what works for you. . . . Be sure to check with your doctor before adding any supplement.  Other supplements I take include a Multivitamin, called “Alive!” and a , “Omega-3”Fish Oil Pill by Body Vega.

I believe that one of the Keys to having a Happy, Healthy, Sensuous Heart is having enough Magnesium.  Other things that you can do to improve the Magnesium in your Life, besides improving your Diet and supplementation, is to make Compost and grow Veggies in Rich, Organic Soil.  You can also absorb a small amount of Magnesium by taking a Bath in Epsom Salts.

Please share this information with someone who might benefit from it.  Let me know how increasing Magnesium in your Life works for you.  I’d love to hear from you.

Until later,

Peggy Durham

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

If you would like to learn more ways to get in touch with the Sensuous, Healthy, Vibrant Person inside of you, my Book, “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach,” is available on Amazon.com.

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Sensuous Gardening Get Dirty

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Playing in the dirt has more benefits than we ever realized.  Over the years we have heard about many ways to increase the “feel good” chemicals in our brains by doing things like eating Dark Chocolate, and doing Yoga or Running.  But now, Gardening has been shown to be an excellent way to improve our Brain Chemistry,Immune System function, and even the way our brains work.   So, what is it about Gardening that helps us in so many ways?  The secret is in the Dirt . . . it’s Magical!
For those of us who are Gardeners, we have always known that Gardening helped us feel good.  But, now there are even more reasons to add Gardening to your Life.   As a Society, we are cleaner than ever with antibacterial soaps and products everywhere we go.  Some of these chemicals can disrupt our endocrine systems.  So, as it turns out, we need to be a little dirtier to be healthy.   This is where Gardening comes in.  When you get your hands into rich, organic soil, you are giving your Body and Mind something essential.  Soil is full of all kinds of microorganisms that we need to be happier and healthier.  Apparently, there are microorganisms in soil that can trigger the release of Serotonin, the “feel good” chemical in the Brain, which is a natural anti-depressant.   There are lots of healthy bacteria that live naturally in the soil.  In fact, a particular strain, named mycobacterium vaccae, has been studied quite a bit. This particular bacterium has been shown to improve Immune Function, increase Serotonin production, and also increase the neuron firing process in the Brain that relates to alertness.
Apparently all of our childhood play, like making mud pies, playing with Tonka trucks in the dirt, rolling around in the dirt, or even playing in a Fairy Garden, had a purpose.   So, get Dirty any way you can.  Find some Heathy, Organic Soil, and go for it.  Getting Dirty will not only improve your overall mood, but it will also help you become more in touch with your Sensuous Self.   Getting in touch with Nature is a vital part of nurturing your Creative, Sensuous Self, as well as helping your overall Mental and Physical Health.
So, no excuses. . . . You can garden anywhere.  You can garden in your yard, in a container on your patio, or even inside your home in a south-facing, sunny window.  Grow something you love.  Start from seeds, or just buy a plant and transplant it into a larger container.  Basil, Impatience, and Lettuce are easy to grow, and can be grown inside or out.  A patio tomato is also nice to have in the summer.  I really like growing cherry tomatoes for salads.
The act of picking veggies, herbs, and flowers is also beneficial to our mental health, because it connects us to our primitive, passionate Nature, and naturally increases Dopamine in the Brain. . . . another “feel good” chemical.   So, be sure to remember . . . Get Dirty. . . . It will make you happy, and increase your connection to the Sensuous, Sexy, Vibrant Person inside of you!  Play in the dirt with your children to help them appreciate Nature, and understand our connection to the Natural World.  And most of all . . . Have Fun!

Peggy Durham   Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com
Author of “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach”  Link to Book on Amazon.com

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