12 Essential Oils for a Peaceful Mind

12 Essential Oils for a Peaceful Mind

12 Essential Oils for a Peaceful Mind

What robs you of your peace of mind?

Is it the situation with your kids that keeps happening?  The annoying in-law?  The continual negative comments from a spouse? 

Truthfully, peace of mind is negatively affected by rage, wrath, fury, outrage, anger, irritability, indignation, annoyance, resentments, and vexation.  Those types of emotions are harmful and affect mental functioning and knock out your optimisim. 

Although it’s your job to work on your emotions, and get to the root of what triggers them and in turn, steals your peace of mind, we do have some helpful tools to get the process started.

Beacuase of thier impact on the Limbic region of the brain, essential oils can help us attain peace of mind. 

When using oils for this purpose, the was method of application is either inhaling or applying topically:

  • Cedarwood
  • GermanChamomile
  • Coriander
  • Melissa
  • Myrtle
  • Neroli
  • Orange
  • Palmarosa
  • Rosemary
  • Tangerine
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang

Ephesians 4:31-32 gives us the God solution for negative emotions that steal out peace of mind: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

The solution is BE kind, BE compassionate, BE forgiving.  

You cannot simply remove what you don’t like, you have to reprogram and take action to fill the space where negative emotions want to live. 

Kayla Howard

Kayla Howard

LSHC, ISSA PT, AC

Kayla Howard loves doing life from her home in the woods where she is the master real food chef, homeschool teacher, goat shepherdess, head gardener, Licensed Spiritual Healer Coach (LSHC), Certified Raindrop Harmonics Specialist (CRHS) and Certified Aromatherapy Coach. Her passion is vibrant health in beautiful homes!

Matching Oils to People

Matching Oils to People

Have you ever used a plant-based remedy for a symptom, because it worked for someone else, or because the book said it would work, only to have it not work at all?

In the western mindset, we tend to see herbs, oils, and natural remedies through a lense of:  “I have this symptom, what will take it away?”  But matching essential oils to people isn’t about symptoms in the way we have been taught.   It’s a simple and beautiful art.

 

    alchemy noun

    al·​che·​my | \ ˈal-kə-mē  \

        Definition of alchemy

        2 : a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way

 

Welcome to the Alchemy of Essential Oils!

Join me as we unearth a new way of matching oils to people through a process of looking at the whole person and the whole plant. 

We’ve been trained to choose oils based on a single issue we want to support, but we’re so much more than a single issue– we’re complex beautiful creations.  

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Your Brain + Essential Oils

Your Brain + Essential Oils

(My notes from Dr. Oli Wenker Workshop @ YL Convention 2017)

These are some notes that I took while attending a class this summer on Brain Health and the gut connection. It’s going to be simple bullet points for you so that I avoid putting my spin on a subject that I am not a professional on — 😉

• The brain works with a mixture of electrical and chemical signals.
• Neuro-Transmitters are made in the gut. When your gut isn’t working, your brain will be missing what it needs to function properly.
• Gut difference is what makes the most difference between people.
• You are 99% microbial – therefore, using chemicals topically or internally destroys your genetic information.
• 70-75% of you immune system sits in your gut.
• People in MOON SUITS farm many of our crops, because what they are putting on our food is SO TOXIC.
• You are exposed to at least 380 chemicals everyday. You are eating stuff everyday that is killing you and your genetic code.
• When a child is treated with 1 week of antibiotics, it increases their chance of getting Alzheimer’s by 4 times.
• Your microbial system is NOT recovered even 6 months after antibiotics, and has been shown to not be fully recovered in some people even after 10 years.
• Your hippocampus is in charge of emotions, memory, inhibitions and balance.
• You can create a new brain. It is regulated by your microbes…Change your food by removing round-up/chemicals, and eat probiotics. If you eat bad stuff, you will shrink your hippocampus.
• Exercise increases the size of your hippocampus.
• To provide more balance between male/females, use more emotional essential oils on men, and more logical essential oils on women.
• It takes 3 seconds for your brain to react to essential oils.
• Oils that stimulate the left (logical) side of your brain are: Peppermint, Lemon, Rosemary, Cloves, Cinnamon Bark, Thieves
• Oils that simulate the right (more emotional) side of your brain: Lavender, cedarwoord, StressAway, Lime, Frainkincense, Copiaba.

My personal summary: Use therapeutic grade essential oils every single day, multiple times per day, eat CLEAN, use clean supplements, and take your probiotics.

Should Christians Use Essential Oils?

Bible essential oils

Should Christian Use Essential Oils?

Should Christian use essential oils? What does the Bible really say about essential oils AS WE KNOW them today?

This certainly is a controversial subject.  I’ve had people write me and say they can’t use essential oils because they are new age, tell me that only some companies are suitable for Christian folk, or just plain state that medicine is more “holy” than natural solutions.   Today, I want to give you my perspective, as a Christian, and hopefully demystify some of the issues surrounding essential oils use.

The First mention of oils in the Bible is in Gen. 37:25.  After that, there are many, many references to essential oils in the Bible. Now, keep in mind, the Bible implies a lot about essential oils and aromatic plants, more than it outright explains.   It seems that most people were very familiar with them, such as we would be with a lot of over the counter tools that we use today. We might write a history of our family, but never include instructions for using first aid anointment, because we “know” how to use it—it’s a given in our culture.

Here are some terms used in the Bible: 

Ointment (balm, gum, spices, anointing oil)

(An oily or unctuous substance, usually compounded of oil with various spices and resins and aromatics, and preserved in small alabaster boxes or cruses, in which the delicious aroma was best preserved. Some of the ointments have been known to retain their: fragrance for several hundred years. They were a much-coveted luxury, and often very expensive. –ED.)

  1. Cosmetic . –The Greek and Roman practice of anointing the head and clothes on festive occasions prevailed also among the Egyptians, and appears to have had place among the Jews. (Ruth 3:2)
  2. Funereal . –Ointments as well as oil were used to anoint dead bodies and the clothes in which they were wrapped. (Matthew 26:12)
  3. Medicinal . –Ointment formed an important feature in ancient medical treatment. (Isaiah 1:6Jeremiah 8:22John 9:6Revelation 3:18) etc.
  4. Ritual.–Besides the oil used in many ceremonial observances, a special ointment was appointed to be used in consecration. (Exodus 30:23,3329:737:2940:9,15) A person whose business it was to compound ointments in general was called an “apothecary.” (Nehemiah 3:8) The work was sometimes carried on by woman “confectionaries.” (1 Samuel 8:13)
  1. Various fragrant preparations, also compounds for medical purposes, are so called (Exodus 30:25Psalm 133:2Isaiah 1:6Amos 6:6John 12:3Revelation 18:13).

We actually know more about how oils were used in the Biblical culture from reading other ancient texts.  For example: the Egyptian embalming process included Cedarwood, frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, juniper and cinnamon.   In the New Testament, sandalwood (aloes) was also common for burial.  The woman who anointed Jesus feet used “costly perfume” which in that day was essential oil before we had ways to produce chemicals in a lab.

But, let’s back up for a moment, and think foundation-ally. Essential oils were designed by God; they are the “lifeblood” of the plants that HE created.  Furthermore, it indicates in Ez 47:12 and Revelation 22:2 that God intended or intends plants to be used for wellness.  This includes dried herbs, tinctures, essential oils–and yes–when needed, medicine.

Since God created plants, and essential oils come from plants, essential oils are NOT new age, or satanic.  They are CREATIONS OF GOD.

With the foundation in place, now we can examine where the New Age influence comes in, and if it impacts whether we should, or should not use essential oils in Christian homes.

Mis-Belief #1 Essential Oils Contain God.

False!  Essential oils are not little molecules of God.  Anyone who says this have a false belief.  They are creations of God, but they do not contain God.  All healing comes from God.   This is where it gets tricky to understand… how does all healing come from God, yet certain substances seem to produce XYZ reliable results?   The power is not in the essential oil, but in God.  God created the earth and all that it contains.  He set up laws, and workings within the earth, and gave each thing a purpose.

Mis-Belief #2  The Medical System is More Godly than Natural Solutions

The church in general has buried it’s head and refused to have anything to do with a lot of natural solutions. We rely on science and logic to treat things that plague us instead of seeking God.  This is a very sad mis-belief.

The medical field has been a wonderful gift to mankind and if I was in a car accident, I wouldn’t want someone standing over me with essential oil…I want a paramedic!

The problem comes into effect when we place all our faith in a man made system.  Our wellness should never be 100% in the hands of another human. We should take responsibility for our own health!   WE should not be surrendered to a secular health care system that tells us what to do like robots, but should be seeking God’s healing through prayer and healthy lifestyles as He told us how to live.

Mis-Belief #3 Essential Oils Are New Age

Piffle farts!  We already established that God created plants, and He owns all creation.  There is no way that essential oils in and of themselves are New Age.  Christians need to stop being so terrified of a BIG devil and acting like they have a small God. God is so much greater than anything counterfeit, He is REAL.  He is TRUTH.   You are not going to be accidentally drawn into the occult by using essential oils.  As Christians, we should not be allowing the New Age movement to take and twist what God created to be good for people.

And as to what company you should buy your oils from?  You can make a stink about that when you stop shopping at the local grocery store that sells pornographic magazines, and start shopping at only Christian owned stores who only buy from suppliers who are also Christian. Sorry, just not valid argument unless you’re willing to carry it all the way.

How SHOULD Christian be using essential oils?

The Bible clearly speaks of prayer AND anointing with oil. The fascinating thing about what we read in the Bible, and all the ways God told the Israelites to conduct themselves, is that today, Science and practice prove there was reason for everything God commanded.  For example; the washing that God commanded kept His people from getting a lot of disease.  We know that today, and practice it in all hospitals now.   For that reason, I have to assume there is something important about the combination of praying and anointing with oil.

One of the ways I use essential oils is by waiting on the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to show you what to use, how to use it, etc.. Learn more about what is found in nature. Learn more about His foods that He created for us to sustain us. It’s all about God, not about becoming “pharmacists” of essential oils. The separation of God from medicine is a deadly mistake!

Anointing is mentioned 156 times in the Bible, (usually referring to oil, but occasionally to mud, or a spiritual anointing).   Anointing oil always contained aromatics, if not 100% aromatic.  The word “Anoint” actually means to “cover, rub, or smear the head or body with oil.”

And not just people were anointed with oil, but also things in the temple, food, shields (Is 21:5).

We can anoint each other and pray, anoint our doorposts and pray, anoint ourselves while praying… etc…

Am I against science? NO! Not at all!   I think God hid things for us to discover! But we as Christians should not rely on science, or believe that science provides all the answers to life.   Science should no become a false God. Christians should not DEMAND evidence from science. Science cannot explain God, but we believe in God…we cannot expect science to explain life. We are not above those in the Bible who worshipped idols…When we do not seek God first for healing, but look to someone on earth to fix our issues, are we not the same Essential oils and herbs also have the potential to become an idol.

Most important point is this; Seek God FIRST. 

 

3 Ways Essential Oils Are Adulterated and How You Can Tell

3 Ways Essential Oils Are Adulterated and How You Can Tell

3 Ways Essential Oils Are Adulterated and How You Can Tell

by Kayla Howard

Essential oils are not cheap to make.  In fact, pure essential oils are expensive, labor intensive, and subject to all kinds of hard work.  They are pricey, as any pure product, carefully grown and extracted should be.  In order to make essential oils less costly, some companies will “extend” essential oils.  That means, they will stretch them by diluting them in some way.  

Essential oils blends are often blended with a fatty oil base, and if it is sold as such, that is NOT adulteration.  Some oils however are sold a “pure” essential oil, when they actually have been extended in some way, and then sold cheaper.  Here are some basic ways that essential oils may be “extended” and how you can identify if it is pure, if it is what the label says it is, or if it is contaminated. 

Extended with Fatty Oil

As stated before, essential oil blends are often blended with fatty oils such as almond oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil. In the case of a essential oils being clearly marked as a blend, and the fatty oil being listed in the ingredients, this is NOT an adulteration!  This is a great way to use essential oils.  

If however, your oil is labeled and sold as 100% pure essential oil, and DOES NOT include the fatty oil in the ingredients, you have an impostor!  You can tell if an oil has been extended with fatty oil by the greasy feel on your skin.  A pure essential oil will not leave a greasy feel on your skin after a few moments.  You may also tell if an EO has been extended with a rancid fatty oil simply by the smell.  Most of us are familiar with the smell of rancid fatty oils. YUCK!  

Another test is to place your essential oils on paper.  Most pure EO will not leave an oily mark when dried, however, some pure essential oils will leave a mark, especially expressed oils (citrus) or absolutes. 

Extended with Alcohol

Another common way to extend an essential oil, and therein making it cheaper, is by adding alcohol to the EO.   Ethyl Alcohol is a common substance added to EO to extend them.  It’s very hard to detect this by smell, but it is possible.  You’ll need to become familiar with the scent of ethyl alcohol in order to identify this adulteration, (which is in my opinion, a true adulteration). 

Extended with Another Similar Oil or Surfactants & Emulsifiers

Finally, EO may be extended by adding a similar smelling EO which is cheaper to produce to a more expensive oil.  For example, true lavender may be extended with lavandin, or Rose EO could be extended with geranium, (although most often, Rose oil is simply purely synthetic).    This is the hardest form of adulteration to detect, and can only be really guarded against by knowing your supplier. 

Surfactants & Emulsifiers may be added to EO to extend them as well.  A simple way to test your essential oil for this adulteration is by placing a drop in water.  Pure essential oils will float on the top.  Emulsified mixtures will dissolve in water and produce milk or opaque solutions.  

There you have it–lots of tools to test you essential oils!  Obviously, essential oils can be contaminated or adulterated in other ways, these are simply the most common and easy to identify!