This coming week we are featuring several authors and venders who sell through AromaTools.com.
To start off the week, today’s post is from Dr. Mariza Snyder, author of Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils.
As stress threatens our health on a daily basis, we all owe it to ourselves to practice some self-care rituals for mind, body, and soul. But if you are like me, your on-the-go lifestyle often doesn’t allow you to take the time that you need to really center and find a pause in your life. When I was struggling with my health, I realized how necessary it was to put myself first at moments throughout the day to keep my sanity and to be able to put my best effort into my patients, my clients, my colleagues, and my friends and family. It’s all about finding those little windows of time and maximizing the opportunity!
Do yourself a huge favor and reduce your stress levels today. Awareness is the first step.
Don’t assume that you function well on stress. This is a lie that many of us tell ourselves.
Though society has conditioned us to think that stress can properly fuel a productive day, in reality, we are doing more damage than good to our bodies by allowing ourselves to become stressed.
While short-term stress helps protect you from danger, prolonged stress wreaks havoc on your hormones and your bodily systems. An overabundance of cortisol (the stress hormone) causes our bodies to shift to survival mode and shut down what they deem unnecessary—reproductive and digestive systems—in favor of a fight-or-flight response.
Your body may be exhibiting symptoms of stress that you have learned to live with as simply “weird cycles” or tummy troubles. Minimizing stress in your life could help treat these physical problems.
RITUAL: Breathe on the Hour
Set your alarm to buzz every hour, on the hour, throughout the day. Each time the alarm buzzes, simply inhale deeply through your nose, hang in that calming pause for a count of 3, and then exhale slowly through your mouth.
Breathing this way sends signals to your brain that all is well in the world. You are in control (even if you feel like you’re not!).
You will be amazed at the power of simple breaths.
EO BOOST: Lavender
To enhance the moment even more and calm your mind and body, try inhaling from a dram of high-quality lavender essential oil. The calming esters will soothe your soul and keep you in a sustained sense of calm.
Add a drop or two to your pulse points as well (especially the wrists), and extend that easy-breezy feeling through the rest of the hour to your next breathing break.
Stress makes us crave sugary mid-morning and late-afternoon snacks, but these very “boosts” often swing you way up and send you crashing down. This perpetuates an endless cycle of nasty sugar addiction in our bodies in addition to our already-imbalanced hormones.
Food and beverages need to convey the right messages to your system, so you need to start adding in the good and subtracting the bad.
Quick changes you can make today:
RITUAL: Green Smoothies in the AM
To start your day with a punch of nutrients that will sustain you through those cravings, try a green smoothie for breakfast. The 5 minutes of prep time are well worth the energy and nutrition that they provide. I never leave home without mine!
EO BOOST: Citrus Oils
You’ve not had a smoothie until you’ve zinged it with the tang of citrus essential oil. My favorites are lemon and Wild Orange, but try some lime for a zesty kick!
Servings: 1 | Time: 5 minutes | Difficulty: Easy
Note: To add some caffeine and powerful antioxidants, add 1½ tsp. organic matcha green tea powder in step 2!
Nature does wonders for our mind, body, and soul, especially when combined with a pause in our day.
I know you’re sitting there thinking, “Right . . . but who has time for nature in a busy day?”
Everyone does! Here’s how:
EO BOOST: Peppermint
Nothing helps to amp up your focus and open those respiratory pathways like a hit of high-quality peppermint essential oil! Simply inhale from the bottle, or dab a drop under your tongue for instant minty power. And it will make your breath kissably fresh and smooth!
Did you know that not drinking enough water can cause premature aging, inflammation, and gut issues? Yikes!
RITUAL: Drink Up
Get yourself a super-cool glass or stainless steel water bottle, and carry it everywhere. Infuse it with some fruits, berries, and fresh herbs to give your tongue some extra pizzazz.
EO BOOST: “Spike” the Infusion
Looking for an awesome flavor with sustained benefits for your system? Try high-quality essential oils in your water infusion! Grapefruit is one of my go-tos to help curb cravings and boost my productivity. Here is one of my fave recipes:
Servings: 1 | Time: 5 minutes active | Difficulty: Easy
Look no further than high-quality essential oils for a quick and sustaining way to reduce your stress and increase your focus instantly! Ultrasonic cool-air diffusers are an amazing way to provide lasting benefits in a larger space, but sometimes you just don’t have that option. Check out these tricks for daily diffusion:
EO BOOST: Meet Your Needs
Rosemary: Instant focus and improved memory/concentration
Lavender: Calm and relaxation
Peppermint & Wild Orange: Morning wake-up or midday pick-me-up
Bergamot: Relaxation and energy at the same time
Clary Sage: Support for a woman’s needs
Frankincense: Calm and connection
Cardamom: Respiratory health, balance, and mental clarity
If you are an on-the-go mom looking for some quality ways to take care of your family and keep yourself healthy and energized at the same time, please check out my best-selling book here at AromaTools, Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils. In addition to ready-to-go recipes that you can immediately put to use for everyone in your family, there is an entire chapter devoted to self care for moms. Indulge and treat yourself to a book that will benefit you for years to come and provide you with the skills to become a healer in your own home!
Dr. Mariza Snyder is a wellness practitioner and the author of 6 books: the best-selling The DASH Diet Cookbook and Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils, as well as The Low Glycemic Index Slow Cooker, The Antioxidant Counter, The Water Infusion Detox Book, and The Matcha Miracle. For the past 9 years she has lectured at wellness centers, hospitals, conferences, and corporations on hormone health and essential oils, nutrition, and detoxification. She is also the creator of the Women’s Balance Summit, an online event first held in 2016 with over 30 internationally acclaimed wellness experts, designed to empower women to create the health and life they deserve.
Dr. Snyder has been featured on Fox News, MindBodyGreen, Dr. Oz, the Huffington Post, and in Women’s Health, Shape, and Self magazines. She received her BS degree from Mills College in 2002, majoring in biochemistry, and graduated cum laude with a doctorate of chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West in 2008.-->
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