5 Top Essential Oils for Fall

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5 Top Essential Oils for Fall

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NOTE:  This is a revamp of my article from last year.  It was a popular article, so I wanted to share it again this year.  Enjoy!

It’s Fall, y’all!! This time of year Fall is in the air and it smells divine. The sights and scents of Fall are here and of course, we all love the spicy smells in our homes. It doesn’t all have to be pumpkin spice, however.  Here are my 5 top essential oils for Fall.  They not only smell amazing, but the spices themselves are very good for our health.  Try some of these blends and leave me a comment!

Cardamom typically found in Chai tea, is a wonderfully powerful antimicrobial spice. Try using a drop of Cardamom essential oil in a few tablespoons of water as a chemical-free alternative to your mouthwash in order to fight oral infections. The aroma is uplifting and works as a stimulant thus Cardamom is best used in the morning.

SPICY CHAI:

3 drops cardamom essential oil

2 drops cassia essential oil

2 drops clove essential oil

1 drop ginger essential oil

Clove is a wonderful antioxidant and therefore helpful in boosting immunity. We could all use a little extra boost in our health when the seasons begin to change and the temperatures drop.

Ginger essential oil has been known to help light our internal fires and get our blood moving. Both Clove and Ginger will come to the rescue when dealing with any type of digestive upset. Ginger helps to warm the digestive tract, while Clove reduces bacteria found in the gut.

Of course, we couldn’t leave out the wonderfully aromatic smell of pumpkin pie.

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Pumpkin Pie:

2 drops Ginger
2 drops Cassia
1 drop Clove
1 drop Vanilla
2 drops Cardamom

Cinnamon essential oil not only smells divine but also increases heart health by raising the internal body temperature and improving circulation. Regular use of the powdered spice, as well as the essential oil of Cinnamon, has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart attack.

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Black Pepper has been known to aid in the reduction of cold hands and feet while also delivering a powerful punch of Vitamin K. Try a drop or two in your lotion and apply topically to the body before heading out into the chilly fall weather. The warm, mild aroma of Black Pepper will remind you of freshly ground peppercorns combined with a soft floral scent. While you may not desire to diffuse it by itself, it can blend well with any of the above oils to make a wonderful diffuser blend.

Citrus essential oils smell wonderful also. This blend is one of my personal favorites.

Warm Citrus:

This blend is less fruity and more earthy than citrus spice and is best 5 top essential oilswith a smooth and somewhat mellow patchouli as this will be the scent that lingers longest after you turn off your diffuser.

4 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Ginger
1 drop Patchouli

In my opinion, all of these 5 top essential oils can simply be added to your diffuser for a fantastic fall scent and as an added bonus, each essential oil listed above can help decrease muscular strain and joint pain when applied to the body topically with a carrier oil and always diluted properly.  If you are considering giving essential oils or aromatherapy as gifts read more HERE.

I highly recommend Edens Garden essential oil products. You can shop for any of these products in my Amazon store located here. Enjoy!! 

Note: The above link points to an affiliate link to Amazon.com. As an affiliate of Amazon.com, I receive a very small commission if you click on the link or make a purchase using the link. That commission goes toward the maintenance and support of this blog site. Thank you!

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What Are the Benefits of CBD for Pets?

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What Are the Benefits of CBD for Pets?

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Since the publication of my last article, Cannabis Aromatherapy – How Effective Is It, I’ve been doing more research and reading on the benefits of CBD for pets. My personal use of CBD and hemp oil has proven to be effective for me, so I decided that possibly my pets could also benefit. I have an older Border Collie who is beginning to show signs of aging in her hips. I want to make her life as painless and productive as possible in her older years and CBD sounds more the way I want to go than pharmaceuticals. So, this article and more to come on the benefits of CBD for people and pets.

These days, our pets are living longer, but like their humans, the process of growing older bring related health issues. Especially with dogs, the aging process brings reduced mental acuteness, decreased appetite and chronic pain along with arthritis. Anxiety and other stress related are a problem for dogs of all ages as well. As more information about the benefits of CBD for people is released, pet owners are wondering if the use of CBD can also benefit their pets.

Let’s review what CBD’s are for a moment. CBD’s are the common name for Cannabidiols, which are a molecule which is found in hemp. Hemp is not the same as marijuana but is a type of marijuana which can be legally grown and sold because it contains only a small amount of THC. THC essence which makes you “high”. There is less than 0.3% of THC in hemp, so it won’t get you or your dog high.

How Does CBD Work?

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The process of how CBD works is complicated and you can read more about the entire explanation here if you want to know all the details.

Effectively, CBD works naturally with your pet’s natural nervous and immune systems much in the same was as it does with humans. Your pets will reap the benefits of CBD by feeling less anxious, more relaxed, confident and the use of CBD will promote overall good health.

According to Dr. Robert Silver, a licensed and nationally renowned holistic veterinarian, CBD’s act like a key turning on or off certain functions within cells, reducing pain, inflammation, and anxiety. Further, he’s seen CBD’s improve appetite, turn on an immune cell so it works better, reduce seizures, and even reduce tumor spread by inhibiting the growth of blood vessels feeding it. Dr. Caroline Coile, Ph.D. and author of the book Cannabis and CBD Science says that, beyond their anti-aging benefits, cannabidiols may simply make pets feel better, improving their comfort, mood, activity, and appetite, so they feel and act like a younger version of themselves”.

What are the benefits of using CBD for Dogs?

By using CBD, your pet’s medical conditions can be treated benefits of CBDwithout the serious side effects of pharmaceuticals. As with any nature based treatment, CBD is not a magical cure-all. It can be used to treat discomfort, relieve extreme pain and enhance their overall well-being. CBD gives pet owners another option rather than euthanizing their beloved pets.  Some of the potential benefits of using CBD for dogs are:

  • Reducing pain
  • Reducing stress and anxiety (including separation anxiety)
  • Reducing nausea
  • Improving general wellness and health
  • Stimulating appetite
  • Lowering blood sugar levels
  • Minimizing aggression disorders and noise phobias
  • Combating degenerative diseases and aging
  • Increasing cognitive function
  • Increasing muscle repair after strenuous exercise
  • Improving circulation
  • Promoting bone growth
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Increasing cognitive function
  • Reducing or helping to control seizures
  • Inhibiting cancer cell growth
  • Reducing or helping to control seizures

The Bottom Line

Just as in humans, supplements can work differently with each pet. Your pet may show rapid improvement with CBD or it may take a few weeks to work. So my answer is Yes, CBD can benefit your pets. I am becoming more and more convinced that CBD works for pets and people too! I would like to hear your feedback on whether or not you would use CBD to treat your pet.

*A good source for CBD for pets can be found on PetReleaf.com. You can read their blog and articles for more information as well. You can read more about what Veterinarians and the AMA are saying about the use of CBD or medical marijuana here.


 

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Cannabis Aromatherapy – How effective is it?

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Cannabis Aromatherapy – How effective is it?

As many of you may already know, the fragrant essence of plants, including cannabis, comes from terpenes. Terpenes are naturally occurring molecules, or compounds, produced by plants. These cannabis aromatherapycompounds are varieties in all kinds of combinations that have evolved in plants to keep predators away and attract animal and plant pollinators.  Read on to learn more about the effectiveness of cannabis aromatherapy.

The essential oils used in conventional aromatherapy are derived from the extraction of these terpenes into oils. The National Institutes of Health says that “aromatherapy is the inhalation of the scent of essential oils that are extracted from plants, often from under the surface of leaves, bark, or from peel”.

When these terpenes are inhaled, they travel into the limbic system, which is a primitive brain structure which regulates behavior, emotion, and mood.  Otherwise known as cannabis aromatherapy.

Note: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved cannabis as a treatment for any medical condition so you should consult your doctor for all health recommendations.

How Terpenes Can Help with Relaxation and Insomnia

There are many plants such as lavender, citrus, hops, black pepper and pine have scents which can make people feel more relaxed or help promote sleep. The scents that will be most effective in providing help with insomnia and relaxation can be found in terpenes that have been used over the years in herbal and folk medicine. These are considered the primary terpenes in cannabis, which include linalool, limonene, and a-pinene. Cannabis flower oil and hemp essential oils properties are considered calming, uplifting and relaxing. Using hemp essential oil in a diffuser is thought to aid in concentration and clear thoughts. These are the properties that are used in aromatherapy to encourage the emotions. While hemp oil is not made from the cannabis flower, it is often used as a carrier oil for the cannabis flower essential oil.

  Based on a large amount of research into cannabis research, we cannabis therapyhave come to a more clear understanding of the exact way terpenes affect the human body. This research also has shown how they interact with the more well-known molecules of the cannabinoids CBD and THC. As mentioned earlier, terpenes have been used for many years in folk medicines and continue to be used in today’s herbal medicine practices. One study found that “lavender can help people relax and limit the agitation of Alzheimer patients”1. You can read more on the subject of dementia and essential oils on one of my earlier posts from 2016. 

What Are the Differences between Cannabis Essential Oils and Hemp Seed Carrier Oils?

Cannabis Essential Oil is produced by the steam distillation of the cannabis flower. The active components are myrcene and caryophyllene, which are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. These come in several different formulations. Listed below are the types of essential oil formulations available from Eden’s Garden 2., one of my favorite sources for essential oils. Here is an extract of Eden’s Garden’s recent post discussing these differences:

CBD – Extracted from the Hemp Plant, Cannabidiol is a potent phyto-cannabinoid that is non-psychoactive.

Cannabis CO2 Total –  A concentrate extracted from the flowers of cannabis by the use of carbon dioxide and a great amount of pressure. Typically, CO2 Totals have a thicker semi-solid consistency, often referred to as cannabis “mud”. The process produces an extract that contains the highest amount the plant’s heavier extractable components which are typically the most medicinally valuable, and a minimal amount of the volatile aromatic essential oil components. 

Cannabis CO2 Select – Closer to an essential oil than the CO2 total, the select is extracted from the flowers of cannabis using relatively lower pressure. Generally, the CO2s select is comprised of the plant’s most volatile essential oil components in addition to a smaller amount of the heavier molecules which cannot be steam distilled.  The cannabinoid content of the cannabis select is typically cannabis therapyin the 3-5% range. As the cannabis essential oil basically has no significant level of cannabinoids, one can think of the CO2 select as sort of a hybrid between the CO2 total and the essential oil.  In general, all CO2 selects are chemically closer to the essential oil profile but almost always having a richer, fuller, higher quality aromatic profile than the essential oil, due to the inclusion of the heavier components that the standard essential oil production methods cannot access.

Hemp Seed Carrier Oil – Filled with vitamins and antioxidant properties, Hemp Seed Oil is produced through a cold pressed method. The oil is pale to golden yellow. Hemp Seed Carrier Oil can help reduce toxins, clear skin and improve overall health.”

Properties of Myrcene and Caryophyllene

Listed below are the properties of the terpenes of myrcene and caryophyllene so you can see how the medicinal values match up. You can mix the cannabis essential oil with either single essential oils, or one of your favorite blends and take advantage of the increased medicinal value and create your own cannabis aromatherapy! 

Caryophyllene

Scent – Spicy, Woody, Black Pepper, and cloves

Most Common Effects – None detected

Medicinal Value – Autoimmune disorders, anti-inflammatory; good for arthritis.  Also found in black pepper, cloves, and cotton.

Myrcene

Scent – Musky, cloves, earthy, herbal with notes of citrus and tropical fruit.

Most Common Effects – Sedating, relaxing

Medicinal Value – Antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic; good for muscle tension, sleeplessness, pain, inflammation, depression.  Also found in Mango, lemongrass, thyme, and hops.

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If you want to learn more about terpenes click HERE.

Practical Uses for Cannabis Oil

Make You Own Scents

Try this recipe for a wonderful, relaxing non-chemical scent that is helpful in promoting relaxation after any stressful situation or to help get you through a tough day.

cannabis aromatherapyMix a few drops of lavender essential and a few drops of a citrus-scented essential oil of your choice with cannabis essential oil in a small dark bottle to form a calming, refreshing perfume. Add a few more drops of hemp carrier oil and store the bottle in a dark, cool place for a few days. As with any essential oil, make sure you rub a small amount of cannabis essential oil on the inside of your wrist to test for sensitivity. In most cases, cannabis oil can be applied directly to your skin, but you can use it with hemp seed carrier oil to get maximum fragrance and effectiveness. Shake the bottle before application and viola, your own personal perfume!

Using Cannabis Essential Oil in Your Home

This versatile oil can also be a good replacement for those insect repellants which are full of toxic chemicals.

Since cannabis oil is made from the flowers of the plant, it contains the properties of limonene, which is similar to the properties of citronella. Citronella is a very common insect repellant on its own and can repel any number of insects, such as gnats, mosquitoes, and other common annoying flying insects. That makes it a perfect oil to add to your portable diffuser to make your deck or patio a much more pleasant place. If you have no skin sensitivity, you can also use as a personal repellant to rub on your skin! You can read more about using essential oils as natural insect repellents here

Some research has shown that essential oils carry anti-fungal properties which can be effective in treating plant fungi which attack your garden and patio plants. If you are currently fighting Cannabis aromatherapywith this problem, you can try mixing cannabis essential oil with lemongrass oil with water and spraying on your plants.   Make sure you repeatedly shake your container to keep the oils from separating.

In answer to our initial question, “How Effective is Cannabis Aromatherapy”?  My answer is:  Highly Effective.  I would love to hear your comments and thoughts.  Leave me a comment or question below and we can further discuss!

Sources:

1. National Institute of HealthEfficacy of aromatherapy (Lavandula angustifolia) as an intervention for agitated behaviours in Chinese older persons with dementia: a cross-over randomized trial.

2. Eden’s GardenWhat Is Cannabis Essential Oil


 

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How Essential Oils Can Benefit Your Pet

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Guest Post:  How Essential Oils Can Benefit Your Pet

It’s my pleasure to introduce Jessica Williams of Essential Oil Diffuser as a guest blogger today. Jessica is a writer, a foodie, and an adventurer. She writes about the benefits of holistic approaches to life and wellness and will be writing today on how essential oils can benefit your pet. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her article and hope you will too!

How Essential Oils Can Benefit Your Pet

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Pets make life better. If you’re a pet owner, you already know this. Your little four-legged friend is there for you to share your secrets, greet you when you come home, cheer you up when you’re sad, and they really only ask for love in return.

Of course, our love is going to be unconditional, we’ll share pictures, maybe too many pictures of them whenever we can, but we can also do more.

Pretty much as aromatherapy is beneficial for us, the same can be recommended for pets’ physical and psychological wellness. That’s right; essential oils can truly benefit your pet friend, and that’s why many pet owners are using them. Given that they are readily available, quick and easy to use, there’s no reason to avoid giving your dog or cat a dose of these useful oils. Remember, dilution is key. The best rule is 1 drop of oil, per 50 drops of a carrier oil. As always, make sure you discuss with your vet if your pet is taking medication.

Why Essential Oils

Essential oils have been with us for quite some time, and their significance in relations to our wellness has been growing owing to these products’ benefits becoming more and more mainstream. In fact, with a seemingly endless number of users and a whole host of applications, the reason for the rising popularity isn’t a wild guess.

your petThe oils are applied to animals in similar ways to how we use them. They can be taken orally or rubbed on the skin, and their benefits aren’t limited to just dogs and cats. Many people are finding out that these oils working like a charm for calming down frightened or restless pets, including horses and pigs.

Often called aromatic oils, essential oils have been in use across the planet for as long as there has been a record of civilization. From medieval Europe, Persia, and Greece to ancient China and Egypt, essential oils have been used for a number of purposes. Each culture applied them differently, depending on religion, location, and other factors. But the belief that they supported better health was common across all users.

Essential Oils And Pets – What’s The Relationship?

Don’t forget your four-legged friends – how essential oils can benefit them,” Dr. Richard Palmquist

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Truth be told, oils have multiple desirable effects that, in a unique way, aid in the normal working of the body. Key among them is reducing anxiety and inflammation, taming oxidative processes, and battling harmful micro-organisms and toxins. In fact, just the same way humans benefit from them, essential oils are simply “essential” to the little, spirited friends.

1. Lavender Oils

When your Chihuahua, Frenchie or German Shepherd is battling anxiety and aggression, the best remedy is giving him or her a bit of lavender oil. The familiar aroma has calming effects and it just takes a few drops! Combine with the same amount of chamomile or sandalwood, for an, even more, relaxing mixture.

2. Neroli Oils

Nothing helps fight stress more than neroli oils. If your pet is battling stressful moments suffering from extreme shock, grief or other losses, a few drops should be more than enough to relax them. If you can’t find this substance, bank on vetiver oil, cardamom or lime oils makes a great substitute.

3. Orange

Yet another essential oil for your pet, orange is perfect for deodorizing their skin. The pleasant smell is also ideal for repelling fleas and ticks so they’ll be free to play outside all year long!

4. Ginger Oils

Ginger is one useful plant, and when its oil is used, the non-toxic and non-irritating substance helps initiate digestion in sick dogs and cats. Hairballs are no fun for anyone anyways.

5. Eucalyptus

One popular oil whose usage is continually increasing is eucalyptus oil. Due to its antiviral and anti-inflammatory features, it is fast becoming the oil of choice to help with illnesses or illness prevention. Like us, it is perfect for relieving your pet’s chest pains or breathing problems. Also, fleas are repelled by the smell, so you won’t have to spend money on those unnatural pills or spray to keep them away.

6. Spearmint

The list of how essential oils are beneficial in pets couldn’t end without mentioning Spearmint oil. I know fluffy animals are cute, but if your dog or cat needs to lose a little bit of weight, for medical reasons, not because they’re not adorable, spearmint is your answer. Also helpful with managing diarrhea and nausea, making our friend’s lives, and our stress levels, better. 

Last but not least, whatever oils you choose for your pets, always make sure you’re buying quality products. Our friends deserve the best and it’s the very least we can do to show we appreciate their unconditional love.

By:  Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams is a writer, a foodie, and an adventurer. She will go to your petextraordinary lengths in the search for good foods and will try any food at least once. Traveling to different parts of the world has opened her eyes to the benefits of holistic approaches to life and wellness and is always happy to chat or learn from others. Visit her at Essentialoildiffuser.io or on twitter.

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4 Aromatherapy Gift Giving Ideas

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Aromatherapy Gift Giving Ideas

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Aromatherapy is enjoying tremendous growth. This increase in popularity is not just for the pleasant scents associated with aromatherapy but the benefits it can provide. Now that more people are taking advantage of those properties, an aromatherapy gift is an ideal gift for friends, family or any gift giving opportunity. There are so many ways you can give aromatherapy to not only friends and family but to just about anyone. Read on while we explore just a few aromatherapy gift ideas.

1. Aromatherapy Gift Sets

You can always purchase aromatherapy gift sets that include various tools for relaxation in one set. A better gift, however, would be a hand-crafted massage oil with some light scented essential oils mixed with a high-quality carrier oil along with the recipe for that blend, with details on your recommendation of where to purchase the next refill. Add a soothing music CD or a book on massage techniques and that is a very unique and well-appreciated gift. You get the idea on how you can customize a gift set for any occasion.

2. Aromatherapy Spa Packages

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For very special occasions, nothing beats being pampered from head to toe. You can purchase aromatherapy spa packages in several different variations that will leave your gift recipient forever grateful to you. Check local resources such as Google or Groupon for spa locations in your area or the area of the recipient that offer the sessions you are looking to give. Those could be anything from a one-time massage session to an all-day luxury session. Talk about a well-appreciated aromatherapy gift!

3. Aromatherapy Books

Your local bookstore can be a great place to shop for an aromatherapy gift. You can find books on essential oils, aromatherapy herbs, aromatherapy recipes, and aromatherapy use. Not only are these useful, but usually they contain gorgeous photos and can serve as great coffee table books. You get the idea. And if you can’t find anything local, or don’t want to go out to shop, there is always Amazon.com You can also check out my reading list for aromatherapy and essential oils here

4. Handmade Aromatherapy Gifts

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The choices are endless here. You can easily personalize a gift by making your own aromatherapy gift. It might sound daunting, but it can be as simple as purchasing a couple of already blended essential oils and adding a bottle or two of carrier oils.  Or if you are familiar with essential oils already, blending a special blend that you think would work well as a gift and placing them in a basket or a pretty box. Another great aromatherapy gift idea is a homemade candle with essential oils added to it. The internet is an endless resource for recipes for essential oils recipes, candle making and even soap making instructions for aromatherapy use.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there is some pretty unique and easily personalized aromatherapy gift giving ideas available. Hopefully, there are enough ideas here to get you started.   And believe me, your gifts will be well appreciated! I would love to hear any of your thoughts on giving or receiving aromatherapy gifts!


 

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Infographic: 3 Stress Relieving Essential Oils

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We can all become overwhelmed during stressful times

Try these 3 go to stress relieving essential oils:

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Peppermint – Peppermint’s refreshing nature makes it ideal for providing relief from stress, mental exhaustion, and depression. It is also used for increasing focus on cognitive tasks, stimulating mental activity and can clear the mind.

Lavender – This refreshing essential oil increases mental activity while removing restlessness and nervous exhaustion.

Vetiver – Vetiver essential oil falls into the category of a nervine, or tonic for the nerves.  It can also heal the damage done to the nerves by stress, shock, and fear.

What are your top essential oils for stress relief?

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8 Blogging Tools I Can’t Live Without

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8 Blogging Tools I Can’t Live Without

This article is a copy of an article I recently published on my other blog, My Wealthy Retirement.  I had such a great response to this article on blogging tools that I wanted to share it

blogging toolsWhether you are a newbie or an experienced blogger, having the right blogging tools can make your life a whole lot easier.  My list is structured into sections, which will allow you to choose or evaluate the best tool for your purposes. I’ve added comments as to what each tool does along with a link. Keep this list handy as a reference and share it out if you think it is useful! If you want to add to the list, enter into comments below.

1.  Desktop Tools

Grammarly: Free grammar and spell checker. My pet peeve is finding what I thought was going to a great article on the subject I was seeking, but then finding tons of spelling and grammar errors. A must have for non-English speakers.

Hemmingway Editor: a web-based tool with tons of editing options. Especially good for using when writing blog content because it can resolve your “passive” content issues. I use the web version because it doesn’t recognize the Open Office documents.

Open Office Suite: Free open source package very similar to Microsoft Office Suite except it’s FREE. It is also available for Mac OS.

Gimp: Free Open source image editor software that compares with Photoshop. Also available in Mac OS version.

Evernote: Cloud-based notes and project tracker can be synced from your phone to your desktop. Use it to make notes when you are away from your computer.

2.  Keyword Tools

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Übersuggest: Free keyword idea generator. Use it to quickly find keywords for your content and email campaigns.

Google Keyword Planner: The most popular keyword research tool on the internet

3.  Content Idea Tools

Quora: If you aren’t a member yet, sign up. It’s free and a great source for content, as well as giving you another source to get some reliability by answering questions. You can read more about attracting “friendly” visitors from Quora to your site in this bit of training I recently published.

Hubspot: Also free to use. Tons of great information for bloggers on various subjects. I like their Blog Topic Generator.

4.  Blog Post Title Tools

CoSchedule: Free 14 day Trial. Many free tools and helpful information

Tweak Biz Title Generator: Comprehensive title generator. Just enter your topic

5.  Stock Images Sources

blogging toolsWIKIMEDIA COMMONS – (Wikipedia’s parent company) I like them because there is an information block underneath the image which gives you the details on sharing. It’s a bit like Wikipedia in the layout, but if you are looking for something unique, this is a good place to look.

Pixabay: Great source for free images. There are lots of opportunities here. If you are a photographer you can upload photos for review and submission. They have a mobile app as well.

6.  Images for social media tools

Piktochart: the best free Infographic tool out there for creating images and infographics. They also offer a reasonably priced upgrade packages.

Canva: free images for social media creations. Pay attention when working with Canva as there is a charge for some of their templates other than that, they are my top choice.

7.  Affiliate Marketing Sites

Commission Junction: great affiliate offers, one of the oldest & most reliable affiliate marketplaces

ShareASale: they feature a lot of affiliate programs to choose from

Peerfly: an excellent marketplace for big ticket items and unique niches

8.  Bonus – Email Marketing Tools

SendPulse: Free up to 2500 subscribers, they will auto upgrade you after you hit that limit. Offers templates, autoresponder, templates and a/b testing.

MailChimp – up to 2000 subscribers and 12000 emails per month for free. Their plans are very reasonable after that.

The Bottom Line

blogging toolsI personally use the majority of these blogging tools and highly recommend them. The ones I don’t use are highly recommended by other successful bloggers.

If you are considering blogging or building a website and haven’t gotten started yet because you are thinking it will be too overwhelming, click here to get started for FREE! You can have your website up and running in 30 minutes and get all the training you need to start your own blog and start earning some extra income!

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The Complete Guide To Dry Brushing Skin

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Me, I am a total advocate of dry brushing.  This article is all about Dry Brushing and the benefits you can gain by performing dry brushing on a daily basis.  Enjoy this guest post on dry brushing skin!

Guest post by BY  from Positive Health Wellness

You can read the entire article here

The Complete Guide To Dry Brushing

If you want to add some essential oils to that routine you can refer to my article on dry brushing from 2016.

Please share your thoughts or questions about dry brushing with us!

 

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Aromatherapy Jewelry – Carry Your Favorite Scents With You

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Aromatherapy Jewelry – Carry Your Favorite Scents With You

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There are a wide variety of ways you can carry your favorite essential oils scents with you. There are necklaces and bracelets that are crafted to allow you to enjoy your favorite scents throughout your day and look snazzy doing it! Listed below are some of the most popular types of jewelry, along with a few tips on making the most of the experience.

Leather and Rope Aromatherapy Jewelry

This type of jewelry comes in several different styles. Banded with a locket to hold a diffuser pad or beaded with a charm to hold a lava stone or pad. There are also those that are leather and rope texture that suggest that you drop the oil directly onto the leather. Dropping the oil directly onto the leather is less than ideal because it could result in the oil coming in direct contact with your skin and causing irritation.

Beaded Jewelry

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These are typically made with porous beads such as lava stone that are meant to absorb the essential oil and allow the scent to slowly diffuse. Care must be taken with this style also to not allow the oils to come in direct contact with the skin.

Hand Blown Glass or Crystal Jewelry

Worn as pendants, these small vessels are meant to have the essential oil dropped directly into them and then be closed with a cork. The cork absorbs the oil, allow it to disperse out and drift up. The cork can easily become too moist and leak out onto clothing or skin. It is advisable to make sure only a drop or two of oil is used.

TerraCotta Aromatherapy Jewelry

If you are a child of the 60’s or 70’s you may remember these. They are formed flat with a design and can be hung around the neck with a piece of cording or leather. I remember mine fondly! When using terracotta you must also be careful and not use too much oil. It can soak through the stone and get on your clothes or your skin. The one downside with this type of jewelry is that you might want to have more than one as the scent can remain in the stone for days.

Locket Style Pendants and Bracelets with Felt Pads

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Locket style pendants and bracelets come in many different varieties and as pendants around the neck or as bracelets. They consist of a container that opens to allow you to drop your favorite essential oil on a pad or stone and then close the container. This is my favorite style. The pads are felt and are easily replaceable as well as inexpensive. When the scent is gone you simply toss the pad or wash it and replace it with a new scent.

 

These are only a few of the varieties of aromatherapy jewelry available. Some come with an essential oil but most do not come with oils. If you are looking for a particular scent or blend check out my favorite brand of essential oils in my Amazon store. Whatever style you choose, enjoy your newfound ability to carry your favorite scents with you!

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please keep essential oils out of direct reach of children and pets.


 

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Top Essential Oils To Relieve Colds and Flu Symptoms

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My Top Essential Oils for Colds and Flu Season Relief

colds and fluI love the cooler weather, but I don’t love colds and flu season!  Now that it is here, the nasty cold and flu bugs are all around and even following your best practices, someone in your household is bound to get sick.  Using Aromatherapy with essential oils can help everyone feel much better!

Essential oils can be used as natural remedies during the winter cold and flu season and have been used for many years. My recommendation for the most effective oils is Frankincense, Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Oregano. Peppermint helps relieve headaches which are caused by congestion. Eucalyptus works as a decongestant and soothes respiratory issues. Oregano is a proven antibacterial and helps fight sinus infections.

How do they work?

These essential oils contain molecules that work together to relieve the symptoms and to help support the body’s overall health. We all know from experience that colds and flu bugs develop a resistance to prescription medications. This doesn’t happen with when using aromatherapy with essential oils because the oils themselves are unique due to the environment from which they were grown in as well as how they are stored. These factors give essential oils the ability to fight off colds and flu more effectively than some prescription and over-the-counter medications.

You should start using your essential oils as soon as symptoms develop and continue using until you (or your household) are fully healed. It is much easier to manage those nasty symptoms if you catch them early. You can use most oils applied to your skin with a carrier oil. Be careful with Lemon, as it can cause photosensitization if you spend time in the sun. You can apply the oils two to three times per hour to alleviate the symptoms and keep a diffuser running to not only get the oils into your bloodstream more quickly but also to keep your home humidified to help with dryness and congestion, not to mention the wonderful scent!

Why choose these oils?

Frankincense is a very potent oil that boosts the immune system. The wonderful thing about Frankincense is that it very mild and it may be applied to any part of your skin. I don’t recommend applying any oil without diluting during the application. If you want to apply oils directly to your skin, make sure you do a patch test first, preferably on the inner wrist as the skin is very thin there.

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As previously mentioned, Lemon oil is an excellent oil that is beneficial in boosting your immune system. Use it in your diffuser for comfort and to deliver directly to your immune system. Some recommend dropping a couple of drops of the oil in water and drinking during the day. I do not recommend ingestion of any oil. You can achieve almost the same benefit by adding the juice of a fresh lemon to your tea or water. Remember, don’t apply directly to your skin and then go out into the sun.

Last but not least is Oregano oil. Most aromatherapists will tell you that oregano oil is the is the most commonly used oil for treating colds and flu. However, use caution when using oregano oil because it is considered a “hot” oil and may make your skin tingle. Make sure you use a carrier oil like 100% olive oil with it and do not apply near your face or eyes. It works well when applied to the shoulders and back. I’ve also read that it works well when applied to the bottom of the feet, but I have not tried applying to the feet, so have no opinion on that application method.

Let’s consider some recipe ideas!

 

For your diffuser: add 5 drops each Lemon, Peppermint & Eucalyptus; add Oregano to help disinfect the air. You can mix and match the oils as needed.

As a room spray: add 20 drops of Oregano to 2 oz of distilled water in a clean spray bottle.

Inhale: You can sniff Peppermint, Frankincense, and Eucalyptus directly from the bottle or add to a carrier oil and rub on your chest so that you inhale them. Just remember to wash your hands afterward to avoid getting in your eyes.

If you would like to purchase a diffuser, carrier oils, and essential oils, check out my Amazon store!

Just remember, using essential oils is no substitute for medical attention. If you are not getting better or you have a fever that isn’t going away, seek medical attention from your physician or clinic.

What are some of your favorite oils to use for colds and flu? Leave me a comment below!

 

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