Getting ready to Shred!

Dear Moms,

This week I wanted to share with you my plans to do a shred for 10 days starting this Monday. I hear you say first of all what’s a shred and let me tell you I asked the same thing once I first heard about it!!

For me, the word shred initially conjured up images of small pieces of shredded lettuce and shredding my food into tiny pieces. However, this is not the case at all ;0)

What I learned about the shred 10 programme

Firstly, the shred runs for a 10 day period and it’s a time to jump-start your health and ‘shred’ certain foods and habits and focus on cleaner healthier foods thereby flooding our bodies with whole food nutrition.

We use this time to become more mindful of what we are eating and allow our body to have a break and a time to rejuvenate.

It’s part of the healthy living revolution that Juice Plus has rolled out and invites us ‘shredders’ to participate so we can ultimately achieve better health and energy whilst allowing our bodies to safely detox.

Also, this is not a programme that counts calories, there is no deprivation so you can eat as much as you like as you are only consuming whole foods.

Preparation

shakes image

In preparation for this, I’ve purchased the Juice Plus complete shakes (plant-based protein) to try them out before I started the shred. I’ve since purchased another set of shakes as we love them so much. Rok, Issey and I have either a chocolate or vanilla shake every morning for our breakfast. I’m also enjoying one in the afternoon or just before bedtime.

I’ve mentioned before in a previous blog post that I’ve started using the Juice Plus premium blend capsules which is a trio of fruit, vegetables and berry blends. Together with the shakes, my body is taking in over 45 fruits, vegetables and berries! So ensuring only whole foods, eliminating processed food and removing dairy, gluten, alcohol, artificial and refined sugars and caffeine for 10 days, I think my body will be very grateful!

And what I love is that I am getting all this for just €5.80/day (based on 30 days of capsules and shakes) and replacing my breakfast! How amazing is that?!! You know what’s interesting to me is that I used to pay €3.50 for a Starbucks back in my corporate days and sometimes would have two! So I think this option is a no-brainer for me.

juice plus trio

This January I took on a 7-day juice cleanse which was very challenging however this one seems far more achievable to me as I’m still eating food, I’ve also got more support as we have an online community that checks in with one another every day. Also, there is an amazing recipe book with tasty ‘shred approved’ recipes and I’ve also got my whole food capsules and shakes this time.  So I’m confident I’ll make it the whole way through the 10 days.  The only thing that may be difficult for me will be my morning small cup of coffee, so I plan on weaning myself off this slowly.

The key for me will be ensuring that I’ve stocked up on an array of pantry staples, fruits and vegetables and plan out what I will cook every day during the shred for lunch and dinner. This weekend I will be sitting down with Rok to plan this out and ensure we get off to a great start! So please watch this space, I’ll be reporting back soon on how I’m getting on. I’m actually very excited as I do love a challenge however also nervous of which habits might try and get the better of me, however, I’m so grateful that I got my Shred 10 community to check in with.

So, Moms, have you taken on a challenge like this before and if so how did you get on… as always I’d love to hear from you so please feel free to post in the comments below.

Wish me luck!

Love & Best wishes,

Lisa X

Resources

Shred 10 video

Learn more about Juice Plus 

The power of affirmations and how they’ve helped me

Dear Moms,

This week I wanted to talk about the topic of affirmations?!! I think the first time I stumbled upon affirmations was about 3 years ago when I watched a great movie on FMTV called ‘you can heal your life’ which is a Louise Hay film and speaks about how our thoughts and our language can hugely affect our lives. Shortly after that I downloaded some of her books to my kindle app and got straight to reading.

Firstly, I was amazed and humbled about all her work with Aids patients back in the 80s and that affirmation work was very popular back then however as I was merely a young child living in Ireland I hadn’t caught on to this great tool yet ;0

So now as a new mom, I was curious if affirmations could actually work for me. At this time, I was still recovering from chronic fatigue and peripheral neuropathy and was just about to go back to the corporate world full time. What I needed most was more energy and also less body pain so I started using affirmations and soon I found some favourites and here they are:

  • I say yes to life and life says yes to me (one of Louise Hay’s favourites)
  • I am willing to change and grow
  • I love myself just the way I am
  • I am enough
  • I forgive and set myself free
  • I listen with love to my body messages
  • All is well
  • I am in vibrant health
  • Only good lies before me
  • I am happy, calm and relaxed
  • I am always full of energy
  • I am the creator of my own life
  • I do the work I love

After a few weeks, I started to feel a bit lighter and had an increase in energy. I also started using affirmations if I was feeling a bit anxious about a situation and it helped me feel much calmer.  I did affirmation work in the shower, whilst I was driving, commuting on the train and found quite seriously that my mood was much better and also felt more energised.

What I discovered is that affirmations are simply replanting new seeds in our mind. It can be hard to do in the beginning as our mind is simply not believing what we are telling it…  So, from my research, a little trick that can help in this instance is to start with ‘wouldn’t it be nice’

For example,  wouldn’t it be nice if I am happy, calm and relaxed today… Wouldn’t it be nice if I could do the work I love…, wouldn’t it be nice if only good came into my life today? This statement will be accepted by our subconscious mind until we are able to use the ‘I am’ statement…

Where’s the reward?

So, for me, this took a least a month to feel some changes. You must ‘do the work’ and repeat your affirmations throughout the day (unfortunately, there are no shortcuts!) However, the reward is worth it. As Louise herself says ‘when you plant the seeds in the ground you don’t expect them to grow the very next day, you plant the seeds and then wait as you know they will grow in due time’  I know this can be hard, as some of us (including me) are conditioned to want results instantaneously, however, there is an element of trust and the planting the seeds analogy is a great reminder.

More than anything affirmations really helped me bring an awareness to what my daily self-talk was and what language I was speaking, for example, I became more aware/conscious of how I might put myself down, or how I would not accept a compliment. I was also more aware of my negative words and started to catch myself and be mindful of how I spoke about myself and others. Rok and I would try and hold each other accountable so that we didn’t fall into the negative talk trap/spiral.

Around this time, I gave up watching the news as I found it was so negative and energy draining, there was rarely any good news stories. So, I began to choose what information I wanted to hear and see myself. This was and still is very empowering.

Science has proven that affirmations do work by rewiring our brain! A study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology in 2015 showed that affirmations helped people at work perform better and calm their nerves! So, it’s not ‘woo woo’ stuff, thankfully it’s becoming more mainstream ;0

Nowadays, I still use affirmations, however, l don’t feel the need to use them as much, which shows how mich I have changed my thoughts and beliefs.  I also regularly share Louise Hay’s affirmations in our Mom’s private Facebook group as her work has really helped me and therefore I want to share this with other moms too.

Also, it’s important to point out (and even Louise Hay says this herself), there is no one panacea – affirmations are part of an self-help toolbox, just another tool to help you with your life’s journey. For me I used affirmations in conjunction with many other things like nutrition, exercise, meditation and energy work, a holistic approach!

Firstly, observing our self-talk can really help us get started on the right path and this helps us with other key areas of our life too, like ensuring we eat healthily and work out our body. Starting with the right mindset means we are able to create more successful habits.  Using this approach really helped me change my life both physically and mentally.

So, Moms, have you used affirmations before and if so please let us know if and how they have helped you.  Maybe you have a favourite… please feel free to share 🙂

Love and best wishes,

Lisa X

PS: ‘All is well’

Resources: 

References

4 Keys to Break Free from Worry

Dear Moms,

This week I thought I’d share my story about how I used to be a chronic worrier and how I’ve found some very useful keys that really help when worrying strikes. I’m grateful to report that with these keys my worrying has become less frequent 🙂

I think unless you are extremely lucky or an enlightened being worry does visit us for time to time, however, I didn’t realise how bad it was for me until I started watching my thoughts and observing how a little worry could turn into the worst disaster! On a scale of 1-10, I probably was at an 8 or 9 especially after becoming a mom. Most days I would spend a lot of my energy worrying?! Finding some relief was really warranted 🙂

Dare I say it but looking back I thought worry was actually beneficial that if I worried enough I’d be able to prevent bad things from happening, plotting out every scenario in my head. However it wasn’t until I took a step back and started researching/reading and practicing Reiki that I realised that I didn’t need to live like that especially since the activity of chronic worrying is so bad for our well being. Worrying causes our brain to think we are in danger, this starts a cascade of events – our brain signals our body to release stress hormones, then our immune system gets suppressed which in turn leads to us becoming more susceptible to illness.

It started for me in secondary school when I put a lot of pressure on myself to ‘succeed’, to get good grades and get into university. And, then worrying about jobs and climbing the career ladder, and then that turned into worrying about what people thought of me, or worrying if I made a mistake how it could affect my career etc.  After Issey was born I worried about her health and then my health and how I was going to manage my career and being a mom. It was exhausting… It wasn’t until my health really suffered that I started to review all the areas of my life and realised that this chronic worrying was a bad habit that I needed to change as a priority.

So if you find yourself getting into a worry trap here are 4 proven keys that have really helped me.

  1. Observe – as mentioned above I’ve learnt that simply observing my worrisome thoughts as they start to come in I have the ability to quickly stop them turning into worst case scenarios. This takes practice (the more you practice you are literally re-wiring your brain with what’s called new neural pathways to stop the spiral happening) I am now amazed how quickly I can turn my thoughts around, I just simply say thank you for showing up worrisome thought however I am not going to engage in you. I also find that affirmations help change the nervous energy in my body to more of a calm energy. My favourite affirmations are ‘all is well’, ‘only good lies before me’, ‘I am happy, calm and relaxed’ and ‘just for today I will not worry’ (this beauty is one of the five Reiki principles). I’ve also observed that worry happens for me when I am extremely tired,  haven’t eaten well (although this is extremely rare) and/or watched some news that was extremely worrisome. So now I ensure I put my sleep and food as a priority and decide what I watch, for example, we never watch the news anymore (growing up it was the first thing we saw in the morning and the last thing we saw at night!). I’ve broken the habit of news watching and we have removed our TV from our home so we only watch content on our devices that we choose for ourselves. I’m not suggesting you give up your TV however maybe observe how you feel after you watch something especially the news…
  2. Meditate – yes I am talking about meditation again ha! I have to tell you that my meditation practice has literally changed my brain and my personality, I am no longer the person I used to be and therefore no longer a chronic worrier! I always feel relaxed, refreshed and calm after doing a 10 or 20-minute meditation and this stays with me throughout the day. I see this as a daily habit I will never give up.
  3. Take purposeful action and then let go – when the worry doesn’t seem to be going away or it is indeed a very big worry then sometimes action is warranted. This may be in the form of writing out the worry on paper and then reviewing it later. What I find is most of the time on relection it doesn’t seem so bad… Depending on the worry another action maybe simply contacting someone to find out some more information… However, once I have done all that I can then I let it go and simply hand it over to a greater power in my case I will ask the angels for help ;0
  4. Practice Gratitude – yes I am also mentioning gratitude again 🙂  if you follow my blog or are part of the moms speaking your truth private facebook group you will know I am always talking about the simple yet extremely powerful practice of gratitude. Two things to mention about gratitude, firstly, if you feel worried just start thinking about what you are grateful for this will stop the worry trap (your brain can’t be worried and grateful at the same time!!) Did you know that if you earn more than $10/day you are better off than 80% of the rest of the world. This statistic always brings me back to reality and grateful for my home and my running water! The second thing with gratitude is that if you genuinely start practising it you will find worry doesn’t come to you as often. This gem of a practice is so powerful and changes your energy for the better. In our household every night before we go to sleep with Issey we all take turns to list out the things we are grateful for, this is a practice we want to instil in Issey so that she will believe it’s the norm and becomes a great habit of hers.

So Moms, if you try the above out I’m confident that it will help you, as it has truly helped me. My advice is not to try and implement everything at once maybe try one key out and see how you get on.

As always love to hear from you so please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below…

Love and best wishes,

L X

References:

How worrying affects your body 

Stress and the immune system

Anxiety and the immune system

Nerual Plasticity

Reiki Rays just for today

Statisitics 

 

A letter to my mom, ten years on…

Moms,

This week I am sharing a letter that I have written to my mom Nuala, she is now 10 years passed – however it still feels like yesterday…

For those of you who have experienced loss and grief I wanted to share how I work through it, part of this process is writing my mom letters, I have done this frequently over the years. For some reason over the last number of weeks, my mom has been in my dreams most nights so I thought it might be a good idea to write to her again – however this time I am sharing this with you all 🙂

Dear Mom,

It’s been over 10 years since you’ve passed and over the last number of weeks, I’ve been having very vivid dreams of you, chatting like old times and planning where we will go out for dinner, therefore it feels like a good time to write you a letter and share how I am getting on after so  many years.

The first thing I can say is grief is always with me – I don’t think it will ever go, it’s not a linear thing, it’s quite bumpy, sometimes forward and then sometimes back! However, I do feel I am able to some degree accept your loss now, it took a lot of soul-searching to finally feel at peace with this.

For me the memories have really helped, I have so many fond memories that I reminisce about (sometimes daily) and am so grateful for all our trips especially to Paris and our last trip to New York, but of course since your passing there are so many important occasions that I  wish you were able to make especially my wedding and the birth of Issey…. however it was not meant to be.

In so many ways you remind me of Issey she has a similar sense of humour and a zest of life, always full of energy and enjoying herself. People always said you were the life and soul of the party. I find that she has this trait. She also loves singing and dancing and would dance until her feet are sore, she loves music so much – just like you. She has the same cheeky giggle and just lights up a room when she enters her energy is so beautiful again just like you.

I know if she had met you, you two would have been best buddies and she would have loved her nanny so much. She, of course, knows about you and we talk about you daily – she also knows how much I miss you and I share this openly so she understands that grief is a human emotion and something we all go through.

Looking back I wish I had savoured every single moment a lot more especially near the end with you. There were times where we would lay down together on the bed while you got your oxygen and just hold hands and not say anything. For those times I wish I had stayed longer with you. I also wish we discussed death more and how your transition would go, however, it never seemed appropriate to bring it up, it almost seemed it was not happening so we didn’t discuss it. I think that’s the way you wanted it.

Knowing what I know now about death I would of said so many things to you before your passing such as it’s okay to let go and don’t worry about your children (as I know you were) and that it’s a beautiful place where you are going and that I know you will visit me frequently on this side in dreams and different synchronicities.  And, I know I will get to meet you again.

I would have also thanked you for being my mom, you were the most amazing and perfect mom for me. I believe I chose you without any doubt to be my mom and I am so grateful for all you did for me, the hours of helping me learn for exams, the encouragement, the love and our hug times.

I would have also shared with you how much I especially loved our catch ups, going out for lunch and dinner and thinking of the next places we would visit. Some of my funniest memories involved you being whisked away by a French man and having the craic while I sat downstairs on my own in a cafe in Montmartre wondering why you were taking so long in the toilet, only to find you laughing out loud and dancing around upstairs in the cafe’s loft.

Or the time in New York on our rickshaw ride when we laughed out loud the whole way back to our hotel and that you tipped our rickshaw guy $50 and asked him if he wanted to have a shower in our hotel as he was sweating profusely from taxing us around that night. Oh, it was such great fun!! My brother, sisters and I still laugh out loud about this 😉

Or how Rok and I were planning on taking you and dad on a surprise trip to Slovenia so you could see where Rok was from and meet his family, however, we never made it there but I now wish I had told you all about this.

Grief is a funny thing somedays I seem to be just fine,  and I think I am finally moving past it, however even 10 years on the grief can just hit me like a tonne of bricks and be all consuming and those days I try and give myself a break and let the sadness in and just be with it. Practising meditation and Reiki has also helped me, it has brought me so much peace. I often think you helped me find these wonderful practices. Of course Rok has been there for me chatting often late into the nights when I found it hard to sleep or just couldn’t make sense of what had happened. My Rok, my family and friends have been there when I needed them, I’ve bended a few ears over the years!!

So mom, please continue to visit me in my dreams and continue sending me signs like feathers, and butterflies as they always help me feel close to you… I will always miss you so much but I know I will see you again.

I LOVE you millions,

Lisa X

Resource: Books that have helped me with my grief

Anita Moorjani – Dying to be me

Anita Moorjani – What if this is heaven?

Mitch Albom – Tuesdays with Morrie 

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3 things I’ve done this year to stop my hay fever…

Hey Moms,

As it’s allergy season, I thought I’d share what’s worked for me this year. I’ve made 3 changes/additions to my lifestyle and this has made a significant difference for me. Normally I should be walking around with red streaming puffy eyes but this year this hasn’t been the case…

Just to give you some background, I developed hay fever at the age of 20! So I’ve had it for 16 years. It was a few months after coming to Dublin, I was on my university work experience and all of a sudden started to suffer badly from hay fever especially in the morning on my way to work. So as you do I went to the pharmacy and was given the standard antihistamines, however, they didn’t seem to work well, initially got some relief but symptoms started to come back and after a few months of trying this together with eye drops and nasal sprays I stopped. Over the years I have tried other pharmaceuticals but nothing seemed to help.

It normally starts late March for me until the end of September, eyes running non-stop and it looks like I am constantly crying… the result sore red puffy eyes. No point in wearing eyeliner and mascara!

My best friend and I refer to this as oh you’ve got runny eye again. At her wedding in September 2016, it looked like I was constantly crying, there were times this was the case ha! however the majority of the time I was suffering from hay fever (aka runny eye).

Nowadays, those of you who know me well know that I always try and reach for a natural remedy first, so this year I implemented 3 changes and I am so very pleased to share that I have no hay fever at the moment!  Yes, none!! Even on the high pollen count days…

So here are the things I’ve tried:

  1. Green smoothies: these have become a habitual morning routine in our household, Issey also loves helping me make these, they are very easy and quick to make.  It only takes approx. 5 mins to assemble and blend –  ingredients I used to include spinach/kale, nut milk or coconut water, seeds, frozen berries (use different ones every day), and banana (optional).  You can also add cacao powder, maca and other additions if you like. The result is delicious, and I strongly suspect it is helping me combat my hay fever symptoms….;0   There is evidence to suggest that increasing fruits and veggies (especially high in vitamin C) really helps with allergies as this produces an anti-inflammatory response in our body which in turns helps our immune system,
  2. Pollinosan by A. Vogel: I came across this as at the start of the hay fever season as I diligently started searching for natural hay fever remedies and this had some great reviews. Pollinosan is made up of all-natural herbs (which is great) I started taking these for a few days at the start of April, however, around the same time I also started taking the Juice Plus capsules which I will discuss below and after a few weeks I realised, my eyes had been clear….  I haven’t taken these tablets regularly though and therefore can’t claim its just down to these.  It’s important to note that that I’ve taken other A. Vogel products in the past and they have worked very well. Also, one of the downsides of Pollinosan is that it’s not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
  3. Juice plus whole food capsules: these little beauties were introduced to me by my friend AmyBrooke, I like to refer to her as my wellness warrior 🙂 she is the epitome of health and I finally decided to try the Juice Plus even though I thought they wouldn’t do much more for me as I considered myself pretty healthy… One of the benefits of taking them is more energy so I said to myself well if these capsules can give me more energy then brilliant (always important with a 4-year-old) I never even thought that these could help stop my hay fever. I’m so impressed with these that after taking them for 3 months I’ve decided to join the Juice Plus franchise as they have provided so many other benefits however that’s perhaps for another blog :0 The good news with these is that they are suitable for children as they have them in a chewable form! The premium blend I am taking contains 30 kinds of fruits, vegetables and berries.

For me I think (consistently) having my daily smoothie and taking the Juice Plus has been the winner as mentioned I haven’t been consistent with the Pollinosan however, I think it’s still worth a shot as everyone is different and I’m a believer in trying things to see if they can work for you. I have used other A. Vogel products with great success in the past.  And, I will still be bringing these with me on holidays just in case ;0

I will keep you posted on how I get on over the rest of the season and to see if my hay fever is finally gone 🙂 The real test will be on our holidays in Croatia in July – the last time I was there my eyes streamed nonstop!

Watch this space…

Moms, as always, I love to hear from you, do you or your family suffer from hay fever, have you found anything that works for you, if so please share with us as it could be very useful for other families, many thanks!

Best wishes, L X

 

References:

Pollinosan 

Juice Plus

Fruits and vegetables anti-inflammatory

Fruits and Veggies to reduce hayfever & use of Juice Plus:“Reproduced with permission from the Dr. Mitra Ray Newsletter 

Spring allergies

Foods to reduce Hay Fever 

 

 

What’s the meaning of fear?

Moms, this week I’m talking about fear…!!

You know that fearful feeling that crops up and stops us from following through with things we really want or instances where we would like to say something and hold back… For years fear kept me from doing things I really wanted. I had lots of fear of what people thought of me, fear of making a mistake, and fear of not being liked.

I had no idea what fear actually meant and how to move past it…

I thought that when fear showed up I needed to listen to it and take it seriously, such as, you can’t do that, say that, be that, who are you to discuss these things, you are not a great writer, speaker and even a great mom.

However, as some of you know I love reading and after several books about the power of your mind, I found out that fear is a good thing in the sense it is here to protect us.  It’s our body’s primal response to protect us from a potential threat, and in the case of real danger then this is a healthy warning to save our lives.  However other fears like the ones I’ve mentioned above can be irrational and they need to be called out, thought through and as is often the case – faced!  Otherwise, it can stop us from living our best lives.

You might have also heard of the old adage feel the fear and do it anyway. I used to think that was for only successful/lucky people however it turns out even successful people get fearful.  Yes, fear never leaves us, every time we do something new,  fear will appear, no matter how successful we become…

Therefore, knowing all this I decided to face my fear recently of public speaking, and did my first Facebook live (which is not a big thing for some people but for me it was!) I was panicked! Fearing all the worst case scenarios, saying the wrong thing, what will people think of me etc. However, I faced it and did it anyway and at the other side of my fear was a surprise, a feeling of excitement – I was so thrilled that I did it and was no longer as fearful about the next one.

I’ve also faced a number of other fears recently which has allowed me to change careers, stay at home with Issey, set up this blog and host a private mom’s Facebook group. Now doing all these things wasn’t easy however I believe anything worthwhile never is…

So sharing all this information about fear might help you understand it intellectually, but I also have some tools/tips that I use which have provided me much-needed clarity when fear shows up:

  1. Call it out and work through it:
    • You might be interested to know that our mind can’t distinguish between a real fear/threat or an irrational fear that crops up and tends to play on a loop (you know the ones that keep us from falling asleep at night ;0), the mind still believes you are in danger and sends all the necessary chemicals to your body to send you into fight or flight. When these chemicals are running through your body, it’s hard to put anything into perspective as you’ve got cortisol running through your veins and everything seems heightened.  So the best thing to do is call it out or even write it out,  and I use this little phrase I heard from Sonia Choquette ‘If I had no fear I would?’
    • This phrase will help to explore the fearful story and whether it’s rational or irrational?  Maybe the fear is just signalling us to slow down, and/or find out some more information… I always find that once I do this more rationality shows up and I start to feel more sure about things.
  2. Meditation:
    • Meditation has helped me overcome a lot of (engrained) fearful thoughts, it relaxes my mind and body, and it always calms everything down. I’ve also found the more I meditate the less fearful instances I have, so that has been truly beneficial to me and why I am sharing this as a tool to use when feeling fearful. Whatsmore at the start of my meditation if I am unsure of anything and/or feeling fearful I will ask myself in my mind ‘why is this fear here, why is this showing up?’ Every time I do this I always get a clear answer and then I can make an informed decision.
  3. Trust:
    • The last tip is trusting and believing in yourself that you will make the right decision no matter how fearful you are feeling about something.
    • Sometimes we just have to give ourselves credit and trust that the best outcome will materialise. I always live by the premise that ‘the Universe has our back’
    • I often say to myself that life is short, I am not going to live this exact life again, so why not try out all that life has to offer, even if certain things I try don’t work…. at the very least I know they are not for me.
    • It also sets an example for Issey that I am not afraid of failure and that life is ultimately an experience.

So Moms, please let me know your thoughts and experiences on fear. Maybe you have some other tools/methods that you use and I’d love you to share with us.

Please feel free to post your questions or comments below 🙂

Best wishes and Love, L X

 

My love of essential oils

Hello, lovelies,

This week moms I wanted to share with you my love of essential oils and how I use these beauties daily in my life.

We actually started using essential oils just shortly after having Issey when Rok’s mom introduced oil of oregano to us (thanks Katja!). She recommended it for a time when Issey looked like she was coming down with a cold and so we carefully tested this out one night. We used about a tablespoon of coconut oil (as a carrier oil) and mixed a drop of oregano in and once mixed tested it out on ourselves first to make sure it didn’t sting our skin.  Then happy with our mixture rubbed this on Issey’s feet and covered with her socks.  The next morning her runny nose and watery eyes had cleared and we were definitely impressed and so our journey with essential oils began. Note, it’s worth mentioning that the oil of oregano we use already has olive oil mixed in which reduces the potency, some oils you buy just have oil of oregano and these are very strong! So please always check this out first.

oil of oregano

We have been very fortunate over the last number of years (tip wood as they say in Ireland) with Issey’s health, it’s very rare that she gets sick, however, if we suspect the slightest hint of something brewing we are on the case, mixing up of our oil of oregano blend.

So after been intrigued with what we saw with the oil of oregano, (note over the years I’ve found that oil of oregano is extremely effective at stopping a cold sore breakout too) I quickly got to researching the benefits of essential oils and here are some of the things I found:

  1. Essential oils are nature’s medicine, boosting your immunity and protecting against infections – a lot of essential oils contain antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties!
  2. Helps balance hormones – balancing out estrogen and progesterone levels in the body (for e.g. use of either clary sage, geranium and/or thyme)
  3. Improve energy and boost brain function and enhance overall well-being.

Knowing all the benefits (which is notably backed by science) I thought about ways I could incorporate these powerful oils into our household… I started listening to webinars and learning how to create and experiment on my own, it’s actually very simple so let me share some of the ways we use essential oils around our home:

Relaxing Linen Spray this is beneficial to spray on your pillow just before sleep, to help you sleep soundly and also reduce the stresses of the day. It’s also nice to spray on fabrics to give them a fresh boost. I’ve given Linen Sprays as gifts to friends and family in the past and they love them.  My sisters will recall that I took the linen blend with me on holidays last year and would spray on all our pillows just before sleeping

linen sprayFirst, decide on a spray bottle: you can purchase different types of spray bottles on Amazon, both plastic and glass, however, I recommend you go for a glass bottle (the one I use in the links below). Glass is much better as its environmentally friendly and you won’t find any nasties leaching into your essential oil sprays, unlike plastic. However, if you want to bring this spray around with you in your handbag or if you’d like to bring on holidays then sourcing a plastic BPA free bottle is best.  So here is how you make the blend:

  • Add 100ml of filtered water – we use the Berkey filter water system for our family to avoid any fluoride in our water (link below)
  • 6 drops of ylang ylang – helps reduce anxiety and relax the mind
  • 9 drops of lavender – to calm, reduce anxiety and emotional balance
  • 21 drops of orange oil – excellent for soothing, uplifting and relaxing 

Voila! you have your linen spray it’s that easy I would recommend you make this every week to refresh the essential oils.


Essential oil cleaner

Household Cleaner: 

  • Add 100ml of filtered water to your spray bottle
  • 6 tsp of liquid Castille soap – we use Dr. Bonner (link below)
  • A large dash of white vinegar
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil 
  • 15 drops of orange oil 
  • 15 drops of lemon oil

Again it’s that easy you have a natural household cleaner – I use this on my kitchen worktops and the orange oil is great to cut through grease. Note, I sourced this household cleaner and linen blend from an Aromahead webinar (many thanks Aromahead!) I will share their website link in the resources below so you can check out some other useful blends.
DiffuserOil Diffuser: 

  • My essential oil diffuser was a lovely gift from Rok and it’s on in the morning and just before we go to bed.
  • I generally add orange oil to help generate an uplifting mood and also peppermint to reduce stress and help with clear breathing. But the choice is yours… 😉

So where can you buy reputable essential oils:  from my research I found that DoTerra is a reputable brand and they sell their oils through consultants online.  Alternatively, you can purchase essential oils from your local health store. That’s what we currently do and we use an Irish brand called Atlantic Aromatics and they supply organic and sustainable oils.

A caveat moms, to be prudent it’s a good idea to always test out a blend on yourselves first before applying anything topical on your little ones. Always do your own research (especially the brands as not all essential oils are created equal) and apply caution if pregnant or nursing. 

So Moms, as always let me know your thoughts this week on essential oils and if you use them and whether you decide to make a blend… 🙂

Best of luck and best wishes,

Love, L X

Resources

Glass Bottle 

Berkey Water Filter Ireland

Berkey Water Filter UK 

Atlantic Aromatics Essential oils

DoTerra Essential oils

Dr. Bronners Organic Castille Soap

Benefits of Essential oils 1

Benefits of Essential oils 2

Benefits of Essential oils 3

Benefits of Essential oils 4 

Credits:

Aromahead Institute