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FEB

Barriers Keeping You From Living Your Best Life

We all want to be the best versions of ourselves, but why is that so hard? There are dozens of barriers (some we create, and some we don’t) that make reaching our full potential challenging. We have categorized these barriers into three main areas; Environmental, Emotional, and Physical.  Check out the list below and identify the main barriers keeping you from succeeding. Once you have a name for the problems, you’re able to solve them one by one.  Environmental Barriers Poor Air Quality Contaminated Water Smoke Chemicals Processed Foods Harmful UV Rays Pesticides   Emotional Barriers Stress Anxiety Anger Abuse Financial Worries Troubled Relationships Poor Work Environment   Physical Barriers  Slowing Metabolism Chronic Disease Weakened Immune System Neurological Disorders Sedentary Lifestyle Inflammation Old or Current Injuries  We believe in a total solution that works to fight against all of these barriers. The main components are Attack, Defend, Restore, and Protect.    Attack- Immediately fight the signs and symptoms of cellular stress Defend- Build a robust immune response against free radical attack Restore- Reset your nutritional balance and build new healthy habits Protect- Safeguard your body from the effects of harmful contaminants.    To learn how our products at Be Young Total Health cover all of these components, visit beyoungth.com.   

Essential Oil Discussion

11

FEB

5 Essential Oils to Treat Spring Allergies

As the weather warms up, we think of sunshine, green grass, and allergies. For some, allergies are just as predictable and reliable as new flowers blooming in a garden and much less enjoyable.  Essential oils have anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and antiseptic properties, making them ideal for allergy symptoms like itchy and puffy eyes, congestion and sinus issues, and sneezes. Instant relief can come when using an essential oil diffuser to inhale or add a few drops of diluted oil to your bath or shower. You can also apply the diluted oils topically under the nose, down the neck, or behind your ears. Learn more about diluting your oils HERE.  If you’re looking for a natural solution to this itchy problem, here is a list of essential oils that help relieve allergy symptoms without a trip to the pharmacy.  Eucalyptus The health benefits of eucalyptus oil have attracted the attention of the entire world. Eucalyptus is one of the most researched essential oils and is known for reducing inflammation and pain.  To treat a cough:  Add one drop of Loyol Eucalyptus with two drops of Loyol Dill and one drop of each Loyol Turmeric, Garlic, and Ginger.  Add essential oil mixture to 1½ cups of raw honey and stir well.  Heat 2 cups of distilled water and 2 cups apple cider vinegar just hot enough to help the honey incorporate.  Add honey shake well.  Use one teaspoon for children up to 3 times daily and one tablespoon for adults three times daily or as needed. Lemongrass Lemongrass has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which make it a perfect companion to allergy season. Enjoy a cup of warm Lemongrass tea or add it to your diffuser for sinus relief.  Lavender Lavender, one of the most used essential oil in the world. When your immune system is under attack from the spring blossoms, add one drop of Loyol Lavender under your tongue for an immune stimulant.  Peppermint The proven benefits of using peppermint make it the go-to essential oil for those pesky allergy headaches. To treat a headache: Mix 1-2 drops of Loyol peppermint to 1-2 teaspoons of honey. Add honey and peppermint mixture to 8 oz of water.  Allow time for it to dissolve.  Drink slowly over 5-10 minutes while inhaling the aroma of the tea.  Enhance by putting 1-2 drops of Aeroma peppermint behind your ears, back of the neck, and temples. Rosemary Did you know rosemary is one of the most potent essential oils on the planet? Paracelsus, a renowned German-Swiss physician, valued rosemary oil because of its ability to strengthen the entire body. When you feel the full-body effects of allergies, that sounds like the perfect fit.  We wish we could take away those blossoms and pollen that spark your allergies, but the next best thing is teaching you how to treat them naturally. Shop these five essential oils at beyoungth.com   

Essential Oil Discussion

05

JAN

Medical and Supplemental Aromatherapy Guidelines

Medical and supplemental aromatherapy is one of five main uses of aromatherapy. Understanding each use will ensure your body receives the maximum benefits. Medical aromatherapy is used to treat clinically diagnosed medical issues. It is based on the practices of Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who is known as the founder of modern aromatherapy. He was a French chemist who would massage patients with essential oils during surgery. It has become a well-known and popular way of utilizing essential oils today. Unless they are being used as a food additive, where the amount of essential oil contained within the entire meal is so minute, it is always advised that you consult your primary healthcare provider before making any dietary changes that involve essential oils.  As a general rule, if you decide to use essential oils as an oral dietary supplement, do not exceed the recommended daily dose indicated on the label, and use only for short durations of time.  It is important to take breaks when using essential oil as a dietary supplement. Do not use an essential oil orally as a dietary supplement for more than 3-5 days consecutively without a break of at least 3-4 weeks. (This does not apply if you are using essential oil as a flavor enhancer in your recipes.)  When using essential oils as a food additive, the essential oil will be diluted in the rest of the meal, such as a sauce, soup, smoothie, tea, coffee, etc. The dilution of the essential oil within the meal is much easier for the body to use regularly. It also adds robust and delicious flavors.  Ways to use essential oils as a dietary supplement:  Herbal Tea: Essential oils can be taken as an herbal infusion, either with a tea bag or loose herbs. Simply add 1-2 drops of the essential oil of choice to steeped tea.  Water, Juice, or Milk: Essential oils can be mixed into one tablespoon of water, juice, or milk for easier ingestion. Do not exceed one drop of essential oil.  Honey or Sugar: The essential oil can be added to a half teaspoon of honey or raw sugar. Do not exceed one drop of essential oil.  Cider Vinegar: The essential oil can be mixed into two tablespoons of honey blended with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of water. Do not exceed one drop of essential oil.  Vegetable Capsules: Essential oils can be placed into vegetable capsules with any safe carrier oil. Vegetable capsules are particularly useful if a combination of oils is used. Do not exceed three drops of essential oil.  You can learn more about aromatherapy classifications HERE and Olfactory and Psycho Aromatherapy HERE.

Essential Oil Discussion

05

JAN

Top 7 Spots for Massage Aromatherapy

Massage aromatherapy incorporates essential oils into a massage or a topical treatment. Typically, the essential oils are combined with a carrier oil, thereby diluting the essential oil before application. Massage aromatherapy is designed around the relaxing and soothing aromas that prepare the mind and the tissues for the massage technique to be applied.  This form of aromatherapy is typically incorporated into a professional massage offered through a licensed therapist. It is not uncommon for recipients to continue using the essential oils that were applied during the session in an ongoing topical approach without the specific massage techniques.  Topical aromatherapy is a popular method of using essential oils that is relatively safe as long as the essential oils are pure and used correctly. In general, spice essential oils such as black pepper, cardamom, cassia, cinnamon bark, clove, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, ginger, and juniper berry should be diluted to avoid dermal sensitivity.  Because they are photosensitive, citrus oils such as sweet orange, bitter orange, neroli, orange petitgrain, mandarin, lemon, etc., should never be applied topically if exposure to direct sunlight is expected within 12 hours. Many citrus essential oils contain furocoumarins, a specific constituent class that can cause the skin to react differently to UV rays. Free radicals and singlet oxygen are also formed during the process and can inflict damage on cellular membranes, organelles, and proteins. If exposed to UV radiation after topical application of photosensitive oil, the skin may become temporarily darkly pigmented, red, or irritated.  It is typical for essential oils such as peppermint or fennel to have a warming effect. This warming sensation would not be considered an irritation. However, if the area has any or all of the following sensitivity signs, additional dilution is recommended: sensitive to touch, raised, bumpy, red, and hot. Essential oils typically found within the flowers, leaves, petals, or blossoms of the plants tend to be relatively safe with mild to no adverse side effects and can be used with very little to no dilution. The oils include basil, bay laurel, coriander, cumin, fennel, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, marjoram, palmarosa, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sage, spearmint, tarragon, and tea tree, to name a few.  If you are new to essential oils, it is always wise to start with a sensitivity patch test. The sensitivity patch test is simple to do. Take the essential oil of choice and apply one drop at the desired dilution on the popliteal fossa (back of the knee) or antecubital fossa (front of the elbow). The skin in these areas is surprisingly sensitive. This patch test will allow you to determine skin sensitivity before applying the essential oil to larger areas of the body. If you experience irritation, continue to dilute the essential oil and retest until there is no noticeable irritation. Be sure to wash with soap and water, thoroughly dry the area, and wait ten minutes between each sensitivity patch test.  For further information about safely diluting essential oils, see our blog post HERE. Recommended massage and cosmetic applications  Apply directly to a sore muscle after a hard workout  Apply to the face for complexion and beauty regimens  Apply to the forehead, neck, and temples for headache or tension  Apply to the base of the skull for mood and emotional support  Apply to the abdomen for digestive support and comfort  Apply to the chest for help with breathing  Apply to the bottoms of the feet for whole-body benefits