Peace & Calming Essential Oil: Emotional Support

9
Jan
2014

Peace & Calming Essential Oil: Emotional Support

Chaos seems inevitable. Chaos is not a positive condition. It is a negative one and can have an impact on our mental and physical well-being. 

I have learned over the last year how much I have to be in-tune with my body and how I can help myself from allowing my emotions to overtake my body, which leads to increased emotional unbalance and hopelessness for me. I’ve shared how I have been able to support my emotions and approach life with more zest than ever before using 100% pure essential oils from Young Living, prayer, and watching my diet. 

If we adults experience stress, don’t you think our children do as well? They just don’t know what to “call it”.  

As I began my journey using essential oils in my home, I have opened my eyes to the huge benefit of using oils as a supportive measure to help everyone’s emotional state. Rather than always waiting until things are ready to blow, I can have a plan of action to prevent things from escalating.

Our four year old has some issues regulating his emotions and acting out in random behavior, which I believe stem from inherited issues as well as from being in foster care, but these are unique struggles he will need to learn to address as he matures. One thing I have noticed is when I diffuse a particular oil in our home, he generally calms down and is much easier to communicate with. The oil is the same one that I find relief in when I am feeling overloaded and in a chaotic state – Peace & Calming.

What Is in Peace & Calming Essential Oil Blend?

Peace & Calming is a gentle, fragrant blend of five different oils. It is very supportive at the end of the day to promote relaxation and peace and also to promote rest.  

  • Tangerine Essential Oil (Citrus nobilis) is a calming essential oil with a sweet, tangy aroma, similar to Orange. It helps with occasional nervous irritability. An excellent oil to help uplift the spirit and bring about a sense of security, Tangerine is also rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene.
  • Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind. It is rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene and aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration.
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata) has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favorite. Ylang ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, and it may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension, and nervous irritability.
  • Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemon cablin), sometimes called “the scent of the sixties,” has a musky, earthy, exotic aroma. In Eastern cultures, it is commonly used around the house to provide general support for health and to help release negative emotions.
  • Blue Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum annuum) supports the nervous system by relaxing and easing stress and irritation.

How To Use Peace & Calming Essential Oil:

Aromatically:

Young Living Home DiffuserWhen diffused, it helps calm tension and uplifts the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. Diffusing before bed can be very useful for little ones in order to lower their energy level and prepare them for bed. Anyone else know what I am talking about? Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and full day. We have had several of those days in the past few weeks from busy days during the holidays!

We run our diffuser almost constantly at home. We actually have several diffusers. We have this one, two of these and two Young Living Home diffusers that come in the Premium Starter Kit too! Diffusing is a popular way to share the oils with even those that aren’t interested in putting them on their body. It is like a sneaky way to get them in!

Topically:   

When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest, or settle one down after a tantrum or outburst. We have a period of time where I was always rubbing Peace & Calming on my little guy, and me for that matter too! It was helpful to bring us all down to be able to express ourselves on a more “adult” level.

Massage Peace & Calming on the reflect points of the feet and back of the neck for a soothing effect. This is by far one of my favorite ways to use it! You can also apply it to the bottom of the feet, wrists, and outside of ears.

As part of the morning ritual before my little guy leaves for preschool, we put some Peace & Calming on his wrists and he rubs them together. He loves the smell and I can often see him smelling his wrists while on the drive to school.  

Rub Peace & Calming essential oil blend behind overactive pets’ ears to calm them down. 

Peace & Calming also makes a great addition to a bath. Just pour a few drops into a handful of Epsom salts and add to your bath water or your kiddo’s bath water!

I know that using Peace & Calming essential oil in our home has helped everyone handle their emotions just a bit better. I began applying Peace & Calming on my son’s wrists before he goes to school this week and today my son’s teacher mentioned to me she could tell a difference in his behavior and performance. She wasn’t sure why the change and thought perhaps is was just due to coming back from vacation. When she learned I had been applying different oils we were both very encouraged!

We are now going to experiment with diffusing Peace & Calming in her classroom all next week and see if she can tell a difference in her students and their performance and cooperation. I am excited to share the results!  

UPDATE: Well, I am excited to say that my son’s preschool teacher really missed NOT having the diffuser in her classroom and has ordered her own Premium Starter Kit to continue!

To learn more about the amazing world of Young Living essential oils, click here

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am just a mom sharing my experience in order to help others, not a doctor.  

Make the Wait Count

27
Oct
2012

Welcome to Day 27 of 31 Days of Mom Mojo – Tackling Time Management.

This is the key to time management – to see the value of every moment.             M. Schneerson

It never fails – you hurry up to get out of the house to an appointment and then you end up waiting.  It is frustrating and can add to your stress level pretty darn quick!

Instead of getting frustrated with waiting time, put that time to good use. I’ve learned over the years that I will in evidently end up waiting during some time in my day.  Whether it is at a Dr. appointment, the bank, picking up a child from school or sporting practice or even the gas pump, waiting is part of a mom’s day.

As you look over your daily to-do list, identify places that you are likely to have to wait. You can go prepared knowing that you will likely be waiting and be in a frame of mind to meet it with expectance rather than frustration.

Here are dozen ways to use wait time productively and make the time pass faster. [Read more…]

Minimizing Time Wasters

26
Oct
2012

Welcome to Day 26 of 31 Days of Mom Mojo – Tackling Time Management.

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.    Mason CooleyAs you move forward and begin to use your time more efficiently you’ll want to be sure you cut out those time wasters that creep in to steal precious minutes.  Regardless how productive you try to be, there are time wasters that need to be identified and managed to really get the most from every hour of the day.

Evaluate your day and eliminate non-productive activities. We took at look at our daily schedules and logged how we used our time back in Day 3.

But now let’s really dig in to see about eliminating those pesky time wasters that sneak their way in.  Some time wasters will be obvious, others will not and some you may feel that you didn’t have any control over changing.  But wait – I’ve got a few suggestions!

TV

Cutting out TV all together is probably not realistic, but try turning it on only for the morning and evening news, or programs you really want to watch.  Don’t have it on constantly, you will get catch up watching something that really wasn’t a priority for you.

Grocery Shopping

If you make multiple trips to the grocery store during the week – you are wasting time.  Even though it takes some time to plan out meals and create a complete grocery list, it will save you a ton of time in the end.

Newspapers or Magazines

How many newspapers or magazines do you subscribe to? I have friends who subscribe to several magazines each month.  I used to subscribe, but when I found myself feeling overwhelmed with reading them before the next one came, I quit.  If this is something you truly enjoy, then make sure it is a self-care time item and not a time waster taking you away from other tasks.   {if you are a magazine and catalog lover, don’t fret – I’ll share a way to get that time in without wasting time!}

Email & Social Media

The time spent on the computer going through email and checking in on facebook and/or twitter and pinterest can get away from you quickly.  Be cautious and intentional with the time you set aside for these tasks.  If need be, set a timer to remind you to move on to another task so you don’t let an hour slip away.

Phone Calls

When you make a call, have a purpose in mind before dialing.  Try to keep on point and let the person you are calling know, “I’ve only got a minute.” Another great phrase to start to wrap up a call with a talkative friend is, “Is there anything else before we let each other go?”  That also lets the caller know your time is limited.  Sometimes I will set a timer before I get on the phone, if I am at home and then I can use the timer ringing as a reason to have to say goodbye {oh no, my secret is out!}

The best investment I’ve made is a headset that can attach to my home phone.  I am able to multi-task while visiting with a friend or while waiting on hold.  I love mine and it was only $12.  Totally worth every penny!

Sorting Mail

There is no way around it, you have to sort through the mail you get on a daily basis or you will end up with late bills or missed invitations.  But you do not have to waste your time filtering through the junk mail that clutters up your mailbox.  I will sort my mail on the way back from the mailbox and already have my junk mail in my hands to pop into the recycle bin.  This eliminates touching it more than once.

Here are some tips on how you can help stop (or significantly decrease) the flood of junk mail coming into your home. Getting your name off of mailing lists is an important step in stopping junk mail. There are several approaches to this.

Register to have your name removed from mailing lists. There are two main resources to help you accomplish this. One is a free service called the National Do Not Mail List, offered by DirectMail.com, which makes the list available to mailing list owners and users for one reason only: so they can remove (or add) your name to their lists based on your stated preferences. When you complete the online National Do Not Mail List form, you can indicate if there are any mailings you would like to receive (a list is provided). You can choose as many or as few—or none—as you want.

The second service is offered by the Direct Marketing Association, which historically was free but which now charges $1. You can register online. Your request is good for five years, and you can let them know what mail you want to get as well as what you don’t want. I just registered my name and address.

Tired of getting flyers and coupon booklets addressed to “occupant” or “resident”? You can contact some of the mailers directly and ask to be removed from their lists; for example, Valassis/Red Plum and Valpak.

With some deliberate and specific effort, you can greatly reduce the amount of junk mail you receive, giving you more time and less trash!

Misplacing Items

How many times are you running through the house trying to find keys, shoes or your purse?  Maybe it is another member of the family.  If you are wasting time locating items that do not have a standard resting place, it is time to create one.  Pick a place to keep keys, your shoes and your purse.  The same goes for backpacks and other items that kids may have trouble locating.  This will save needless searching and definitely lower the stress.

Appointments

If at all possible try to schedule one of the first appointments of the day or one right after lunch.  It’s less likely that you’ll end up having to wait – which is always a big time waster.  If you can, try calling before you head out to the appointment to check if the service provider is running on time.

What other time wasters can you identify?

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Weekly Household Quick Tip

13
Aug
2012


Tackling this daily task in the Weekly Household Planner:

Exercise

I shared some ideas on this topic a few months ago, but as the school year approaches and we begin to start NEW routines, I thought it would be good to approach it again, especially since I’ve been able to get back into a routine that is easy and helping me stay a little more balanced.  We all need that!

I thought if might be helpful to share some of the most effective fat burning workouts.  A lot of us feel you have to work out for hours on end to burn fat, but the reality is much different.

As you begin on a regimen of fat-burning exercises, it helps to know a bit about how weight loss works. Within each fat cell are drops of oil made up of triglycerides. These drops of oil are, essentially, the body’s fuel reserves. If you continue eating more calories than you burn, the body continues to store up the triglycerides in your fat cells.

During weight loss (which can be initiated through fat-burning workouts), hormonal triggers cause the fat cells to release these stored-up triglycerides. Then they are processed primarily by the liver to give you the extra energy your body needs to keep up with your exercising.

So for fat-burning workouts to be effective, the above cycle needs to be set into motion. Many sources claim to have the best exercises; in sorting through them, you can discern some common threads to put together an optimal fat-burning workout. Here are some ideas and tips on how to get the most fat-burning out of your exercise time. [Read more…]

Goals, Girlfriends, Guts and Glory

20
Oct
2011


This past weekend I hit a personal goal of mine – to complete a half-marathon. I traveled several hours from home, along with my family who wonderfully support me and are my biggest cheerleaders to compete in the Girlfriend’s Half Marathon in Vancouver, Washington.

As we drove home I reflected on the journey to get to the finish line and how critical it was for me to have this goal set before me.  Something that I was completely responsible for achieving – it didn’t rely on anyone else but me to make the time to train, keep my focus and continue to have confidence in myself.  As moms, we tend to lose these personal goals and focus all of our energy on our family, which can have us feeling a little resentful.

This little idea of running happened about 6 months ago when I ran across this great blog,  Five Kids is a Lot of Kids where the talented writer, Beth had me laughing til I would almost pee my pants.  Her take on motherhood and real life adventures is so refreshing I was hooked immediately.

Then she mentioned in a post that she was planning to run in the Grilfriend’s Half Marathon and to make a long story short – I decided to sign up to run with her and her girlfriends!  Actually she was very gracious and was thoroughly excited to have me.

So the goal was set. [Read more…]