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Top Essential Oils for Mood Imbalances

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Balance your Moods with Essential Oils

Moods can be a tricky thing to balance in everyone, we are all biochemically different. What works for one may not always work for someone else. Essential oils have hundreds of different compounds allowing them to be used for multiple different things rather than just one thing.  When I feel that my emotions are out of sorts and need to be balanced, I always switch it up and see what oils I am drawn to that day. I love to close my eyes and inhale and see what resonates with me most.

Ever wonder how on earth can essential oils really affect your body and your moods? Inhaling any scent whether it be from an essential oil, chemicals, or foods; the smells work with the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system helps control: heart rate, blood pressure, memory, breathing, stress levels, even your digestion.

Emotional triggers that can be linked with smells, this can be a good thing, from smelling pine trees and it reminding you of the holidays. However, It can also trigger bad memories, causing your heart to pound, you feeling hot, your breathing gets swallow bring your back to a difficult time.

Essential oils that are used in Aromatherapy as a nervine and calmative, relaxation, or mood balancing.¹

  • Clary Sage
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Sandalwood
  • Wild Orange
  • Vetiver
  • Clary Calm®
  • Serenity™

This may be overwhelming and these oils only start to skim the top of the essential oils that have been found to help. There are even customized blends that have been shown to help balance moods. Furthermore, it is important to remember not all essential oils are treated equally and are not governed.

If you were wanting to learn how you can help balance your mood with essential oils, sign up for a one-on-one session or do a group class for FREE.

 

Source¹

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How Stress affects your Digestion

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Stress vs. Digestion

When it comes to digesting our food, often our first thought is: I chew my food, I swallow it and my body will do the rest. In an ideal world, this would pretty much be the case.

Mental Health plays a huge role in our bodies physical overall health, and it can end up creating a terrible vicious circle which feels like it is impossible to get out of. Have you ever felt tired after eating, or all the time, bloated after eating, lack of energy, often feel like your anxiety is on a rollercoaster ride and is up and down?

When you are stressed out our body naturally goes into a fight or flight mode. What happens in this mode? It kicks into survival and focuses all of your bodies energy into protecting itself. It will focus on keeping your main organs functioning such as your lungs, heart brain, etc. However, to stops focusing on digesting your food.

When this response is working correctly, it will go up and come back down. However, when suffering from mental health issues you are in a chronic state of stress leaving your body in a constant stage of fight of flight. This leads to your body working much harder, leaving you tired and results in improperly digested food. This is because, your stomach is not going to produce the acid and bile needed to break down the foods, leaving it up to your poor intestines, causing you to be bloated and gassy. Over time of improper digestion, it will cause irritations in your gut lining which could lead to leaky gut, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, and food sensitivities.

So what happens to your mental health when your gut is in this shape? It actually can cause it to become worse, or cause further symptoms. I have talked about serotonin before in my previous blogs, and how it is a hormone that helps us feel happy. But did you know that you have FAR more receptors (little slots that the serotonin plug into) in your gut? Resulting in an imbalance of moods.

In the end, you can see how it is one vicious circle. You might be wondering: “how in the world am I suppose to get better?” That is where I would come into play. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist specializing in Mental Health, I am able to help make a customized dietary and lifestyle plan to help support any imbalances you may.

Book a free consultation with me to learn how I can help you.

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10 Top Uses for Bergamot Essential Oil

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What can bergamot help me with?

Bergamot essential oil really needs to be talked up just a little bit more. This is a very powerful essential oil that is very versatile, that have so many different uses, however, I am going to talk about top 10 uses.

First off I want to talk about the importance of sourcing. I have made a blog about sourcing and why it is so important if you have not read it go check it out here. Essential oils are no different from your food, and you want to get the most nutrients you possibly can. Unlike our food essential oils are not governed, and unfortunately having that sticker on the label saying 100% pure or natural, literally means nothing. Great way to check out your essential oil, is to ensure your essential oil bottle has a Lot number, allowing you to check the testing that has been done on the oil to ensure the purity.

When it comes to synthetics, our bodies don’t know what to do with them naturally, and often can offset out bodies normal functions. It really can be causing you more harm, and cause more damage to your body currently has. No one needs that.

When we use essential oils there are 3 different ways that you can use them. You can find this information over at my Essential Oil Page. When it comes to bergamot, primarily the essential oil will be used topically or aromatically.

Ok, let’s get to these top 10 uses!

Helps to relieve¹:

  1. Headaches.
  2. Colds and coughs.
  3. Digestive discomfort symptoms.
  4. Acne symptoms.
  5. Boils symptoms.
  6. Eczema, and dermatitis symptoms.
  7. Minor skin irritation.
  8. Cuts.
  9. Bruises.
  10. Burns.

Way to go Bergamot, this is one heck of a powerful essential oil, and I feel that it is often forgotten about. Who can say that they wouldn’t use bergamot?

If you are new to essential oils and you are looking to get started but not sure how to, go check out my Essential Oil Classes page and request a class or a one-on-one to learn how essential oils can help you.

¹Source

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Low Carb Diets and your Mental Health

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Are Carbs Really Evil?

There has been a craze about low-carb diets for centuries, most commonly people know the Atkins diet, where every scientist said how horrible that diet really was. I think most currently common is the Ketogenic diet, which does have a lot of good scientific research backing it up. But when struggling with mental health it becomes a whole new world.

Now, I am not talking about a big old donut full of carbs from Timmies. Or about a can of pasta or bowl of cereal that says “whole grains” either. I am talking about non-processed whole grains, oats, rice, quinoa, millet, etc.  These beauties help play a role in producing many neurotransmitters that basically help balance and control our moods.

Most people now of days know the importance of protein, whether it is completely based off of plant protein or animal protein. We know we need protein for our body’s to function. Proteins make our amino acids which are the building blocks for our tissues, muscles, and cellular function. When it comes to mental health Tryptophan (amino acid) can be converted into neurotransmitters, which are crucial for mental health.

So where do the whole grains come into play?

Whole grains are rich in many nutrients, one of them being Tryptophan. They are also very rich in vitamin B6 and folic acid. These 2 nutrients need to be present in order for the wonderful amino acid to be converted to serotonin which elevates moods. Also, they are rich in magnesium which has a calming effect on the body. Some whole grains contain vitamin B3. An insufficient amount of B3 in the diet it will result in the body using tryptophan to make it. With tryptophan being used to make B3, it will start to become depleted. This takes away from the amount of serotonin made, which can result in an imbalance in your moods. YAY Science

Unfortunately, carbs and grains get a bad rap for most of the health issues revolved around nutrition. I assure you carbs are good for you, and they are vital to many things, as it is our bodies primary source of fuel for energy. Stay focused on whole foods, and your body will love you for it. Our bodies know what to do with whole foods. They come with an added bonus, natural enzymes. So, each food has the ability to start breaking itself down, less work for your body.

If you are one to want to try this ketogenic diet out, do it properly. Work with a professional that knows about the diet and about whole foods. A lot of ketogenic foods focus on eggs and cream cheese daily. Check out my blog about Food and Mental Health, and learn why you should rotate your diet.

Struggling with your mental health? Looking for help on the next steps? Check out my Freedom Ready Programs.