Meditation to Live Happier and Healthier

Meditation is a natural and powerful way to take a proactive approach to health and wellness. It is both simple and effective and has numerous positive health benefits from emotional, to physical to mental. This post is to share with you tips on how to use meditation to live happier and healthier.

How to use Meditation to Live Happier and Healthier

Research has shown many emotional benefits of meditation such as:

  • Lessons worry, anxiety and impulsivity
  • Improves mood and emotional intelligent
  • Increases optimism, awareness and relaxation
  • Reduces fear, loneliness and depression.
  • Helps to develop positive social development
  • Enhances Self-Esteem and Self-Awareness

Mental benefits include:

  • Improve information processing
  • Better cognitive skills and creative thinking
  • Increase mental strength and focus
  • Better decision making and problem solving abilities
  • Improve memory retention and recall

Physical benefits include:

  • Increase longevity
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Lesson inflammation and asthma
  • Improve immune system and energy level
  • Improve heart and brain health

How to Meditate

If you are new to meditation, you can click here for my tips for beginners on how to start a regular meditation practice. If you are looking for guided recordings to help you with your practice, you can download my album Journey to Bliss: Guided Hypno-Meditations to help you release blocks and negative emotions and improve your overall vibrational energy level.

When starting out, the amount of time is not important. Making time for 5-10 minutes twice a day will begin to show benefits and it will gradually become easier to meditate for longer periods of time. If you are like me and have a harder time quieting your mind here is a post I wrote about a meditation tool that helps me tremendously! The more you make your meditation a priority the easier it will become and the more your body will experience the benefits. I notice such a difference in my mindset, attitude, and how I emotionally process situations from days that I meditate compared to days that I don’t. If you think you are too busy to meditate for 20 minutes here is how I was able to incorporate meditation into my busy schedule.

Stop Wasting Money on Essential Oils

As a certified aromatherapist and health advocate, it makes me so happy that more people are looking towards natural ways to take a proactive approach to health and wellness. Unfortunately, with the popularity of essential oils, I see too many people wasting money on essential oils when they don’t need to be. This post will share with you some of my favorite tips and tricks on how to stop wasting money on essential oils.

 

Stop Wasting Money on Essential Oils:

If you use essential oils and want to learn about how to get the most bang for your buck, listen up! It is far too easy to waste money on essential oils and it’s unnecessary. These tips will make sure that you stop wasting money on essential oils and help you learn how to make your oils last longer!

Not all essential oils are created equal

If you are simply using essential oils to scent your house without looking for therapeutic type benefits, then most commercial grade oils will work. However, if you are searching for more of the mental, emotional and physical benefits that essential oils provide than the quality of oils is important.  The quality of the oils depends on factors such as the soil they are grown in, if pesticides, chemicals or weed killer was used on the crops, if the plants were harvested at the peak, how they were distilled, etc. And the truth is, that with the popularity of essential oils, there will be many companies that will try to make a buck selling anything as essential oils. Sadly, there is no rating system for essential oils and a bottle only needs to contain 5% essential oil in order to be labeled as “pure”. This means that they can spray pesticides, harvest off peak, and use chemical solvents to distill the oils, all resulting in lower grade oil quality. That is why it is important before you purchase your oils to find out if the company grows their own plants, owns their own fields, and controls the entire process from seed to seal – from the farm to the sealed bottle. After doing much research here is the company I found to be the best for my family.

One red flag that you are wasting money on essential oils is that they are cheap. (i.e. $4 a bottle) Why would companies sell oils cheap? Well, they are able to cut corners and don’t value the quality of the oils they sell. They could use pesticides to spray the crops so they have more to harvest and distill. They can use a chemical solvent to extract during the distillation process to pull more oil out, and if they dilute it with a cheaper oil or carrier oil they can stretch out the amount of oil that is distilled therefore selling more. All the while the quality is compromised unknown to the consumer. The bottle line, if you are paying a ridiculously low price for oils you may want to research into the company and their mission. Don’t be quick to buy oils just because it says “pure” on the label. Heck, I’ve even seen “pure” essential oils for sale at Walmart and even once at a gas station! No….just no……

It takes a great deal of effort to distill just a small amount of essential oils. For example, Rose oil which can be pretty pricey, takes 60 thousand pounds to provide one ounce of rose oil. Compare that to Lavender oil which is a reasonable cost and takes 220 pounds of flower to create 7 pounds of essential oil. With good quality essential oils, such as these that I use for my family, they cost more than the kind I used to buy at health food stores, but the benefits they provide are worth their weight in gold! The testimonies we experienced since making our wellness a priority and including these oils in our wellness regimen has been amazing. We are living happier and healthier than we were just a few years ago and to me that is true wealth! Click here to order high grade essential oils for yourself! 

A little bit goes a long way

As a society we are conditioned to think more is better. This is not the case when it comes to essential oils. Quality grade essential oils are very potent. All you need is a drop or two to get the job done. In the case of essential oils often times less is more! When you are using high quality oils they are potent and very effective. For example, one drop of peppermint tea is the equivalent to about 33 cups of peppermint tea.Most quality grade oils cost anywhere from $10-$30 a bottle. A 5ml bottle usually contains about 90 drops and a 15ml bottle contains about 250 drops. Each application is about 1-3 drops, which means even a 5 ml bottle will get you 45-90 applications. Your body can only process a certain amount of oils at a time so essentially (pun intended) the oils are wasted. Which leads me to my next tip…..

Dilute Dilute Dilute

I recommend dilution not just for babies and young children, but for everyone! This is because it will extend the life of your essential oils. If you are making health a priority and making a point to spend money on quality essential oils, you know that they are not cheap, but worth every drop. I mix everything with a carrier oil (a fatty oil such as coconut oil, avocado oil, apricot oil, etc.) because from what I learned in my aromatherapy course, it creates a natural time release factor which absorbs into the skin over a longer period of time, extending the benefits. The molecules in a fatty carrier oil are large compared to the tiny molecules that exist in high grade essential oils. Pairing an essential oil with a carrier oil combines the molecules and allows them to enter into the skin in layers which allows the body to absorb them for a longer timeframe, meaning you can experience the benefits without having to reapply as often.

Create Your Own Products & Roll Ons

This is one of my top tips for saving money on your oils. It’s a great way to extend the life of your oils because you can create personalized products that will last for at least a few weeks. Making your own products is SOOOO simple. You can make multiple product in a matter of minutes. You only need a few supplies and all natural ingredients to make healthy alternatives of personal and cleaning products that are completely toxin free! Here are some of my favorite DIY products:

 

Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World – Oola for Women Book Review

Life is hard. And it can be extremely difficult finding balance in an unbalanced world. But with great work comes great reward. As a busy work from home, homeschooling mom I am always looking for ways to focus on balancing my life and and making appropriate changes to live the best life possible. I have been long anticipating the release of this amazing book and was so excited when I was picked to receive an advanced copy of the book to review and share with my tribe. Here is my review of the book Oola for Women: How to Balance the 7 Key Areas of Life to Life with Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness Within You.

What is Oola?

So what is Oola? Oola is a state of awesomeness. It’s living a life that is balanced and growing in seven key areas of health and well-being. About unlocking the potential for greatness that lies within each of us, and finding true purpose and meaning for your life. The OolaGuys, Dr. Dave Braun (OolaSeeker) and Dr. Troy Amdahl (OolaGuru), have identified seven areas that people need to balance and grow to live a rich and fulfilled life. They are the masters at finding balance in an unbalanced world.

According to the Oola Guys there are 7 areas of life that we need to focus on in order to live a balanced and fulfilled life. These 7 key areas are:

  • Family
  • Faith
  • Friends
  • Fun
  • Finance
  • Field (career/job)
  • Fitness

Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World

Click here to take a test to see what areas of your life are out of balance, so you know what you need to focus on to find Oola Balance. Oola also has it’s own line of Aromatherapy oils with Young Living to help inspire and bring more balance into your life.The collaboration between Young Living and the OolaGuys, called Infused, allows you to engage all five senses and recruit the more than 30 trillion cells of your body into your process of inside-out change and self-improvement. This line of high grade essential oils was specifically designed to help activate the brain to bring balance into these key areas of life. As an aromatherapist I am very familiar with the emotional, mental and physical benefits from essential oils and feel that these powerful oils are a simple and effective way to bring about balance and harmony. You can find out more information about where to get these oils here.

Oola for Women

This book is a sequel to their popular first book titled: Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. This long awaited addition is geared directly to women and goes into detail with personal stories of people who have made changes to focus on getting their life into balance in each of these areas.  Oola for Women: How to Balance the 7 Key Areas of Life to Life with Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness Within You, is available on Amazon. You can get a copy of the book here and I highly recommend it! It was easy to read and filled with key information on how to get your life balanced so that you can be living the Oola life! As women, we tend to wear many hats and it can be hard to juggle them all. Having these 7 key areas of life to focus my attention on has been so wonderful in helping me to find balance without feeling overwhelmed. This book is great for women of all ages, regardless of marital or parental status. This book has great tips for how to life a more balanced and fulfilling life! I love how it’s broken down to share inspiration with others stories of overcoming obstacles, then helps you to set goals and make a plan towards becoming balanced in those areas where you need to focus some attention. I am looking forward to releasing some things that no longer serve my authentic self. To remove blocks and obstacles while achieving goals and finding balance in an unbalanced world. To living in Oola!!