OnGuard – The Oil of Protection

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A combination of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary, this essential oil blend provides a natural alternative for immune support.

With the cold and flu season hitting us with a great force this year, I have turned to this beautiful blend to support my family in getting well and getting back to enjoying life!

This essential oil blend is so versatile, and as a result is one of the most popular of the doTERRA essential oils.

Here are some of the ways I use OnGuard with my family and in my fitness studio:

Sniffle Season Relief

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When the cold and flu season hits we always diffuse the OnGuard Protective Blend. I love it because it smells like Christmas to me! And a friend of mine said it reminded him of a Moroccan spices market, which brought back beautiful memories for him.

I also blend the Protective Blend with other doTERRA essential oils, such as Lemon, Tea Tree, Easy Air and Oregano to provide immune and respiratory support for the whole family.

Finally, I also like to apply OnGuard Protective Blend diluted with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, to the bottom of my feet or the kids feet when we just need an boost of immunity support!

Natural Antiseptic Floor Cleaner

I simply add 5-10 drops to a bucket of warm water and it cleans all of my hard floor surfaces. I love the way my floors both shine and smell after a clean with OnGuard.

Cleaning Studio Equipment

Adding 10-15 drops of OnGuard essential oil in a spray bottle of water provides me with a natural cleaner for my equipment, which I love given the number of young children and babies that come to my studio.

Protection On-The-Go

Going out with children means always being prepared to clean dirty hands. I love to use a small spray bottle filled with 10 drops of OnGuard essential oil and water or fractionated coconut oil.

Healthy Immune Boosting Snack

For a healthy snack to boost our immune system, I soak some sliced apples in water and a few drops of OnGuard. The kids really love the taste, and I feel great that they are having a healthy snack that will assist in keeping them well.

I also love using the other doTERRA OnGuard Products, including:

Foaming Hand Wash: My kids love the scent of this hand wash, and the way it provides so much foam makes hand washing so much more fun!

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Cleaner Concentrate: As with the OnGuard essential oil, I love washing my floors with this natural cleaner, both over my tiles, my hard floors and in my studio.

Protecting Throat Drops: A favourite with my husband to soothe a sore or scratchy throat. They can also used to boost immunity when travelling.

Natural Cleansing Toothpaste: I love the taste of this toothpaste, and the clove in the OnGuard essential oil this toothpaste contains is fabulous for oral health.

 For more information on OnGuard click here

 

Emotionally, OnGuard is the oil of protection. This blend of essential oils extend beyond the physical level by aiding an individual in standing up for themselves and warding off domineering personalities and other negative influences, which enables them to live in integrity with their true self.

Would you like to know more about doTERRA® essential oils and products…..

If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA® therapeutic essential oils and how you can use essential oils to support you and your family’s health and wellbeing, contact me to have a chat or go to my doTERRA®website to find out more about doTERRA®.

Disclaimer: All information provided are recommendations & advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise requirements with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist, midwife or health professional.
For further advice about your individual health, wellness and fitness needs, speak to a health professional, women’s health physiotherapist and/or pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional.

 

 

 

Peppermint – The Oil of a Buoyant Heart

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Since having doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil in my toolbox of essential oils, I have truly come to appreciate the wonderful properties and uses of this beautiful oil.

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint. Peppermint is renown for having many medicinal properties, including helping to alleviate occasional stomach upsets and promoting a healthy respiratory function.

Peppermint is also used in many of our daily household products, such as toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum, as it is assists in oral hygiene.

Personally, I have not always been a huge fan of the scent or taste of peppermint (even in my chocolate!), preferring the citrus scents and flavours of wild orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime.

However, doTERRA’s Peppermint Essential Oil is now used almost daily in my home, and here are some of the many ways I like to use it to support my health and the health and wellbeing of my gorgeous family:

Invigorating Morning Wake Up

Do you sometimes wake up feeling, well, ‘blah’, for use of a better word? Or, do you want the kick of a coffee without actually having to drink coffee?

Place a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil in your hands, rub palms together, cup over your nose and breathe deeply.

Or, put a drop of peppermint oil onto your thumb and then place it on the roof of your mouth. Take a few deep breaths and you will definitely feel awake, energised, and ready to take on your day!

Also, this is a perfect use just before a workout to increase alertness, invigorate the lungs and awaken your senses!

And, diffused with lemon, wild orange and/or frankincense, an uplifting environment is created, which will definitely leave you feeling revitalised.

A Natural Antihistamine

A blend of peppermint, lavender and lemon is a natural alternative to try to deal with hay fever, either diffusing the blend or taking it in a veggie capsule (also available from doTERRA®), as this blend assists with clearer breathing and supporting healthy respiratory function.

Instant Cool Down

On a hot day, a spray bottle of peppermint oil and water is the perfect combination to cool you down and invigorate you.

Also a spritz of peppermint oil and water is amazing before a workout to energise you, or during a workout to cool you down and keep you going!

Ease a Headache

Apply to temples for soothing comfort. Also, applying to the back of the neck will help ease strPeppermint 1ess and tension.

For a gorgeous blend to relieve headaches, combine with eucalyptus and frankincense essential oils, and apply to the neck, temples and forehead.

Tummy Calmer

A couple of drops in water each morning and/or before each meal is reported to support digestion.

Or, do what I love to do, and add it to my smoothie to not only invigorate me but also support my digestion.

For new mums that are breastfeeding, please be mindful of topical or internal use of peppermint essential oil. Though everyone reacts differently, peppermint oil has been reported to affect milk supply for some women by decreasing or stopping milk production. It is recommended that peppermint essential oil be avoided if you have any sensitivity at all, and only diffused if you would still like to continue with some of the benefits of this beautiful oil.

Emotionally, peppermint is the oil of a buoyant heart. It invigorates the mind and body, and reminds us that life can be happy and there is nothing to fear.

Would you like to know more about doTERRA® essential oils and products…..

If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA® therapeutic essential oils and how you can use essential oils to support you and your family’s health and wellbeing, contact me to have a chat or go to my doTERRA®website to find out more about doTERRA®.

Disclaimer: All information provided are recommendations & advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise requirements with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist, midwife or health professional.
For further advice about your individual health, wellness and fitness needs, speak to a health professional, women’s health physiotherapist and/or pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional.

 

Frankincense – The King of Oils

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Renown as one of the most prized and precious essential oils,

Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits.

Known as the king of oils, nearly all ancient religions have used frankincense in their spiritual practices, and it is known to be extremely powerful. As many know, this gorgeous essential oil was given as a gift to Christ after his birth.

This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of imperfections.

As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function.

When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

These varied applications make it the perfect essential oil to include in your collection, whether you be trying to conceive, carrying precious cargo or already have little ones to care for and nurture:

Sunburn relief:  Blend frankincense with lavender and a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, and apply to the affected areas.

This blend is also very soothing and aids in healing, therefore many women have used this blend postpartum.

Ease aches and pains: Blend with ice blue and and a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, and ease away aches and pains. Or use with a cold compress after working out, or with a hot compress to soothe tired muscles or occasional cramps.

Promote relaxation and lift your mood: Apply Frankincense to the bottoms of your feet or diffuse to relax and calm mood swings. This oil is used during pregnancy and labour to help calm expectant mums, especially blended with other essential oils such as roman chamomile and bergamot.

Use Frankincense to relieve anxiety and create a positive mood by combining it with such essential oils as peppermint and wild orange. Either place in your hands, rub hands together and inhale deeply, or diffuse for obtain the lift.

Great for skin:  Add 1 -2 drops to your daily moisturiser to reduce the appearance of blemishes and rejuvenate the skin.

Overworked Hands?:  Apply Frankincense to your hands and massage in after housework or gardening to soothe and rejuvenate.

Strong, beautiful nails: Apply a drop of frankincense to strengthen weak nails.

Frankincense is harvested in Somalia as part of doTERRRA’s® Co-Impact Sourcing Initiative. The frankincense harvesters are provided with greater opportunities for income, while providing doTERRA® with access to skilled harvesters who help accomplish the intricate steps of frankincense resin harvesting.

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Emotionally, Frankincense is the oil of truth and enlightenment. It is said that this beautiful oil helps you understand your purpose and uncovers your divine truth.

 

For more information about doTERRA’s® Frankincense Essential Oil:

https://doterra.com/US/en/difference-co-impact-sourcing-frankincense

https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/spotlight-frankincense-oil

Would you like to know more about doTERRA® essential oils and products…..

If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA® therapeutic essential oils and how you can use essential oils to support you and your family’s health and wellbeing, contact me to have a chat or go to my doTERRA®website to find out more about doTERRA®.

 

Disclaimer: All information provided are recommendations & advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise requirements with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist, midwife or health professional.
For further advice about your individual health, wellness and fitness needs, speak to a health professional, women’s health physiotherapist and/or pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional.

 

3 Simple Ways To Manage Your Stress

Well, I can’t believe that Christmas is only weeks away. And, I don’t know about you, but my calendar is already being filled with end of year events, school assemblies, Christmas activities and, some where in all that, ensuring Santa visits our home this Christmas!

This is the time of the year where we are so busy that we don’t really have a chance to stop and breathe. And, this can be a time of much stress for many of us (even if we don’t admit it!) as we are pulled in so many directions during what is supposed to be a season of “joy”,”peace” and “good will to all”.

So, this really is a good time to remind ourselves how important it is to look after our emotional wellbeing and manage our stress levels.

Our emotional wellbeing is just as important, if not more important, than our physical wellbeing. And if we are emotionally not in a good place, then, let’s face it, our physical wellbeing suffers.

For anyone who knows me well will know that I have truly high expectations of myself, and those closest to me. And, being a perfectionist means that for many years I have put a lot of pressure on myself, causing myself much stress, and, as a consequence my health has suffered.

I have been on my own journey this year. A journey to become a healthier, happier, less stressed version of me.

And, until this year, I really did not understand or appreciate just how much chronic stress impacts on your hormones – do you?

[Check out this YouTube video by Naomi Judge where she explains the interaction between stress, your thyroid, blood sugar, progesterone and estrogen.]

So, this month, I really want to share with you 3 simple ways I have learnt to help look after my emotional wellbeing, particularly managing my stress that, as mums, we face every day…

1. Include Movement and Exercise In Your Life

In a recent article in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise it has been demonstrated that it is important to stay fit, particularly in relation to ones cardiovascular fitness, especially during periods of high stress.

The researchers demonstrated that the relationship between an individual’s perception of stress and cardiovascular risk factors is moderated by fitness.

When an individual is stressed, they also generally suffer from impaired mental well-being and an increase in depressive symptoms. Stress also raises the likelihood of cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and an unfavourable blood lipid profile.

shutterstock_196137764Interestingly, it is generally during periods of high stress that individuals reduce the amount of time they participate in exercise. Sound familiar?

Therefore, being in good shape, and including some form of movement or exercise in our daily routines, especially during periods of high stress, is so important for our health, both our physical and emotional health.

2. Take Time To Be Mindful

Over this past year I have really become so very aware of just how powerful our mind, in particular, our thoughts, impact the way we feel every day.

And, more importantly, I have truly come to appreciate how we really do have a choice every day as to how we approach the day no matter what is going on. This might be obvious to many, but it’s taken me almost 39 years to really understand the power of the mind.

As part of this, I have learnt to enjoy more quiet time – whether it be through movement and exercise, yoga, meditation or a simple walk outdoors. And, I encourage you to do the same.

shutterstock_324606446Meditation is a wonderful stress management tool to have in your emotional wellbeing toolbox. And, I have found, it is following these brief moments of being still and in the moment that I have more clarity and the answers to so many different issues become clear.

And, it is when you have clarity, you really do appreciate all that is good in your life and that there is a way forward, no matter what the situation.

However, if meditation is really not for you then just breathe, keep a gratitude journal, or find an activity where you can just be present in the moment, such as going for a walk and being aware of all the sights, sounds and smells.

3. Discover The Amazing Benefits Of Pure Essential Oils

The scent of smell is very powerful. It has been shown to have effects on mood, stress and feelings of anxiousness. Why? Well when we inhale scents and smells, they communicate with the olfactory system that then stimulates our limbic system, which is responsible for basic emotions and drives memories.

Therefore, img_4818when we diffuse or inhale pure essential oils, such as lavender and lemon, studies have shown, and from my own experience, theses scents can help to relieve stress and anxiety. They also help with relaxation and improve the ability to focus.

Learning the benefits of the many gorgeous pure essential oils available, and how blending them can provide support when your feeling stressed to relax and balance, or, if your mood is low, to uplift and energise, is a wonderful way to manage your stress and support your emotional wellbeing.

 

Please know – not all stress is bad. In fact, we do need some stress to ensure that we know how to act in the moment and fast if necessary.

However, excess amounts of stress, especially over a long period of time, can harm our health. And, in reality, no amount of nourishing food or supplements are going to make a difference if you do not learn to manage your stress. And if you do not include some form of regular stress management in your daily routine, you will simply be sabotaging your efforts with exercise as well. Believe me – I know!

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Jody is a pregnancy and post-natal specialist, with tertiary qualifications in exercise science and registered as a Level 3 Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia.
Jody is also a mum of two small children under 5, and therefore understands the demands and challenges of being a mum.
Jody is passionate about educating, energising and empowering pregnant and post-natal women through the provision of safe but effective exercise programs and fitness sessions.
Contact me today to see how I can help you with your fitness and health!
Disclaimer: This article is advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise program with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist or midwife.
For further advice about your individual fitness needs, speak to a pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional, women’s health physiotherapist or health professional.

Lemon – The Oil of Focus

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Lemon essential oil is one of the most versatile of the essential oils, with multiple benefits and uses. Taken from the rind of the lemon, this essential oil has uplifting, invigorating and refreshing properties.

Lemon naturally cleanses the body & aids digestion. Simply add a drop or two of Lemon essential oil to still or sparkling water and sip throughout the day.

I love to start my day with a glass of water, a drop of Lemon essential oil and some organic lemon slices so I obtain all the health benefits lemons provide.

Some other ways to use your lemon essential oil are:

During Pregnancy: Use to assist in easing constipation and help support the body in its circulation of excess fluid, therefore assisting the body in reducing swelling/edema.

Supports Healthy Respiratory Function: Take internally, with lavender and peppermint, to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort. Or diffuse the same blend of oils to ease any respiratory discomfort.

Diffuse: To create an uplifting and energising environment. It has been shown to improve mood, nourish the mind and assist concentration.

Natural Cleaning: Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces.

Simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.

Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.

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Emotionally lemon is the oil of focus. It nourishes the mind and aids concentration. The crisp scent of lemon improves the ability to focus. Lemon dispels confusion and bestows clarity.

 

 

Would you like to know more about doTERRA® essential oils and products…..

If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA® therapeutic essential oils and how you can use essential oils to support you and your family’s health and wellbeing, contact me to have a chat or go to my doTERRA®website to find out more about doTERRA®.

Disclaimer: All information provided are recommendations & advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise requirements with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist, midwife or health professional.
For further advice about your individual health, wellness and fitness needs, speak to a health professional, women’s health physiotherapist and/or pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional.

Lavender – The Oil of Communication

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Pure lavender oil is one of the gentlest of the essential oils, but also one of the most powerful. It is all things calming to the body, and it is amazing for your mood and for your skin.

Further, due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times, especially for Mumas & Mumas-To-Be:

Quick Fix: Dilute 1 part lavender essential oil with 3 parts fractionated coconut oil (or other organic carrier oil such as jojoba oil or almond oil) in a spray bottle or roller bottle to help clear up skin irritations, such as chaffing. Great for little ones!

A Sleep Time Trick: Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to promote a restful night’s sleep, for all members of the family.

Take Out The ‘Ouch’:  Put on insect bites to reduce the sting  and encourage q16x9-1152x648-after-sun-soothing-spray-us-english-webuicker healing. Use on burns to encourage faster healing. Relieve the pain & sensitivity of sore gums, dry or chapped lips and occasional scrapes. And, use to assist with soothing skin after too much sun.

Clear Your Mind: Apply to the temples and the back of the neck to lessen the effects of stress and anxiety, which comes with both pregnancy and being a Mum. And, if you have time, add it to bath water with epson salts or magnesium flakes to soak away the day’s stress and to promote a restful nights sleep.

Care For Your Baby Belly: Rub lavender essential oil mixed with fractionated coconut oil (or other organic carrier oil such as jojoba oil or almond oil) onto an itchy tummy while pregnant.

Baby Massage: Dilute 1 – 2 drops of lavender oil in 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (or other organic carrier oil such as jojoba oil or almond oil) and gently massage, allowing your baby to enjoy the benefits of your touch and attention.

Emotionally lavender is the oil of communication. It aids verbal expression. It calms the insecurities that are felt when we risk our true thoughts and feelings. Lavender addresses the fear of being seen and being heard.

Lavender encourages emotional honesty and insists that we speak our innermost thoughts and desires. It is through open and honest communication that we experience unconditional love and acceptance.

Through lavenders courageous spirit, one is free to share their true self with others.

Would you like to know more about doTERRA® essential oils and products…..

If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA® therapeutic essential oils and how you can use essential oils to support you and your family’s health and wellbeing, then come along to my next doTERRA® workshop (contact me for dates), contact me to have a chat or go to my doTERRA®website to find out more about doTERRA®.

Disclaimer: All information provided are recommendations & advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise requirements with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist, midwife or health professional.
For further advice about your individual health, wellness and fitness needs, speak to a health professional, women’s health physiotherapist and/or pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional.