Oo La La Lavender

DoterraLavender1NutritionalEquilibriumshare

I’m often asked what I use lavender essential oil for. I have bottles of it all over the house. 😉

Lavender is divine. Such a calming and beautiful aroma.  Aside from that though, there are many uses/benefits of lavender.

– About Lavender –

Lavender is an oil that has been used for millennia and noted for its cleaning and healthful properties.  Through modern scientific testing its time proven properties have been confirmed.  It is one of the most popular of the essential oils. There are multiple types of Lavender (from different plants) so it is important to have lavandula angustifolia. The preferred Lavender is steam distilled from the flowering tops of plants with some of the finest quality from Europe. DōTerra Lavender is steam distilled from the flowering tops of plants from France (fine high altitude) and Bulgaria (super high altitude).  These are joined together in equal ratios.

Nutritionalequilibriumlavender

Here’s a great list of the many uses for lavender!

Body and Mind

  1. Target Acne, at the Source: Bacteria thrive in sebaceous glands that over produce sebum…that waxy stuff that can be associated with acne. Lavender helps balance sebum and control break outs.
  2. Minor Burns, Major Relief: When you’ve slightly overdone it in the sun, a little lavender oil is helpful in preventing peeling skin. It aids in your skin’s healing without scarring as well!
  3. First-Aid Relief: Lavender has disinfecting properties. It’s great for the skin, and wonderful for relief from cuts and scrapes, especially if the cut or scrape is located wherever it’s difficult to keep covered. Basic First-Aid kits are often geared toward minor skin irritation, scrapes, rashes, and so forth.  Lavender is great for all those, not to mention its calming properties!
  4. Diffuse and Apply Topically For Beauty Sleep: Ahh, I LOVE to diffuse lavender essential oil. (As well as Serenity blend, which contains Lavender!). This puts my kiddos & I to sleep so fast. 🙂 Just a couple of drops applied to the soles of the feet and/or pillows helps to calm and sooth them so they actually want to go to bed, and 10 minutes of diffusing and they are in dream land.
  5. Alleviate Feelings of Earaches:  Slightly warm lavender, mix with olive oil and gently massage around the ears (not in the ears) and near glands in the throat.
  6. A Hood of Wonder: Next time you have a cold or the flu, remember the lavender steam hood. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, and inhale the vapor slowly and deeply.
  7. Horrific Heels & Foot Fatigue: If you’ve been wearing sandals all summer, and your heels need some help, 8 drops of lavender in a hot foot bath is the answer. Your porous feet will thank you.
  8.  Dry Climate relief: If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, or even eczema and don’t want to mess around with chemical smelling lotions, or steroid creams, add lavender to fractionated coconut oil and comfort will be yours!
  9. Lavender Oatmeal Face: Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, and add 5-8 drops of lavender oil.  When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub! A little goes a long way.
  10. Target Acne, at the Source: Bacteria thrive in sebaceous glands that over produce sebum…that waxy stuff that can be associated with acne. Lavender helps balance sebum and control break outs.
  11. A Woodworker’s Friend:  Do you work with wood or handle wood? Rather than dig a hole in your finger trying to catch that splinter, add a few drops of lavender, let the splinter swell and slip out.
  12. Allergies, Sinuses & Congestion :  Lavender can calm down unruly sinus issues, defiant allergies and other respiratory issues. Just apply on the back of your neck, and chest.
  13. Rub a Dub Dub: Rather than using regular soap and warm water at baby’s bath time, add about seven drops of lavender oil to the warm water.  Your tot’s skin will be pampered and smell great!
  14. Soak Away Stress: Your muscles are tight. Anxiety and deadlines are eating at you. Your heart is racing. Where’s the pressure release valve?  Right here, with lavender. Add to a warm bath, soak it in, soothe.

Home Use

  1. Take the Bite Out of It: Insects, are not too fond of the smell of lavender. In fact, they hate it. If you forget to go the prevention route, lavender soothes bites, itching and inflammation.
  2. Therapeutic Dish or Laundry Soap: If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, especially if you’re using an all-natural blend, you can add lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits and antibacterial properties. It transforms your cleaning experience!
  3. Lavender candles: Ahhh the long lost art of candle making. If you’ve ever made candles you know how fun it can be. When you add lavender, the smell that is released is intensely therapeutic!
  4. Skip the Aerosol Chemical Sprays: Next time you are deodorizing the bathroom, think of lavender and water in a spray bottle. Lavender’s antibacterial, antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic properties can only help.
  5. Lovable Linens: What does your linen closet smell like? Probably cotton. Maybe old cotton. Energize your linens with lovely smelling lavender.  It leaves no oil marks and leaves things invigoratingly fresh.
  6. Wood Floors, Like New: A tired wood floor is, well … tired. Commercial floor polishes often contain harsh chemicals. Woods love oil.  Just add lavender to your cleaning system and your floor can look like new!
  7. Help That Trusty Ball Cap: A well-worn, much loved ball cap can look great, but smell like a wild animal. Add 4-5 drops of lavender to make it bearable. It will be your favorite hat if you have a headache too!
  8. Homemade Room Freshener: Put baking soda and a 5-6 drops of lavender oil in a small Mason jar. Punch holes in the lid. Place in smelly areas (near garbage can, dirty clothes), shake jar often. Smile.
  9. Pet Smells No More: Add a skiff or two of your baking soda and lavender mixture to carpets and vacuum up!  If you have pets, (especially the un potty trained variety), fight back with lavender!

Cooking

  1. Bake Like the Best: Lavender is a nice addition to lavender blueberry banana bread, lemon lavender cookies, lavender sugar cookies, lavender muffins, lavender cakes, lavender frosting. You could gift a ball jar of lavender infused goodies!
  2. Soften Citrus Flavors: Use in delicate lemon sauces or in powerful orange marmalades, citrus salads, real lemonade and more!
  3. Amazing Marinades and BBQ: Baste on the grill with maple syrup or a garlic and rosemary blend, spread over roasted vegetables, marinade tofu or fruit pieces in maple & lavender, yum!
  4. Tea: Are you a tea enthusiast? Have you hadlavender in your tea yet? You m u s t try!

Is that all? Probably not. The uses are endless!

What do you use lavender essential oil for? 🙂

If you haven’t had the chance to try this lovely essential oil, and would be interested in trying a FREE sample, please feel free to contact me! I would be happy to send you some!

Click here to check out ALL the essential oils! 🙂

Much love and light,

Angie ❤

doTERRA_Banner_B

 

IAHC-badgeHHCAmbassador  

Advertisements

Meet Miss Holistic Health Practitioner

NutritionalEquilibriumEvent2

Hello everyone!

It’s me! 🙂

This was my table at a wellness fair at a local wellness center, All Natural Training and Wellness in Salisbury, Mass.

((Where I will soon be teaching group fitness classes! Are you local? Would you be interested in trying a free class?!))

I had so much fun promoting my holistic health coaching and pure essential oils!

So, what exactly does a holistic health coach do? Well…

You can watch this video for a quick answer:

Coaching involves a conversation where one person listens and then advises another person on any subject matter. Over time this term has been used for coaches in education, athletics and music.

As a holistic health coach, I encourage individuals to explore their inner strength and wisdom, improving their confidence and making changes and improvements from within.

 The health coaching model is embedded in the fields of psychology, social work, nursing, eastern philosophy, holistic health and wellness management.

A wellness vision is a creative statement by the client that reveals his/her highest potential and can include nutritional, physical, emotional, social, spiritual and financial realms of their life. A new life vision empowers one to see new possibilities along with a specific and clear direction, which can be manifested through inner creativity, wisdom and power. It allows one to activate their imagination and then think, feel, speak and ultimately see the manifestation of their unified highest potential. A wellness vision is a tool a health coach uses to help the client move to new levels of wellbeing by connecting the client to their own truth and wisdom that is held within.

  The manifestation of a wellness vision is done through the process of goal setting. Goal setting is a collaborative behavior change technique used between the coach and the client. During the motivational interviewing process, after strengths, values and desires are determined and the client’s vision is set in place, specific goals are set so the client is able to move in the direction of his/her newly formed desires.

In other words, we help transform your dreams into reality!

I can help you work through your frustrations and uncertainty. Through the good days, and the not so good days.

Are you living the life of your dreams? What action steps could you take to make your life reflect your desires?

If you would like to know more about me, what I do as a health coach, my programs or how you could become a heath coach, please feel free to email me! HealthCoachAB@gmail.com (or comment here!) I would be more than happy to help!

Much Love and light to you!

Angie

IAHC-badge HHCAmbassador

Purely Essential: Top 7 Uses For Essential Oil of Peppermint

Pure Essential Oils

The first time I ever tried pure essential oils was when I received a free sample from a friend who is a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA International. I remember my 2 year old had the hiccups. Not just gentle hiccups, but those violent almost painful hiccups. I remembered reading that peppermint oil could cure the hiccups in seconds and of course, I thought back to all those “cures” from when I was a kid myself trying to get rid of pesky hiccups. I figured, “what do we have to lose?”

2 drops of peppermint oil on the back of his neck and 1 second later, the hiccups were gone, vanished!

DoterraPeppermintBeadlettesNutritionalequilibrium

I couldn’t believe that my mom didn’t know this. I couldn’t believe the whole world didn’t know this!

Then I got a headache. I happened to be talking with my Wellness Advocate friend, and she said “3 drops of peppermint oil on the back of your neck!” 🙂 I thought, “waahht?”

3 drops of peppermint oil on the back of my neck, and 10 minutes later, my headache was completely gone! How much would you pay for something that you do not have to ingest, and it takes away headaches (and hiccups!) in minutes? Oh, and it’s completely natural, not poisonous to your liver. Contains no pesticides, synthetic chemicals or additives. 100% pure essential plant oil.

🙂

If you don’t believe me, please, request a FREE sample. ( HealthCoachAB@gmail.com) I would be happy to send you one! You can put it in your medicine cabinet, and when the time comes, it will be there for you. Just make sure you come back and tell me how amazed you are! That’s my favorite part of sharing! 🙂

So obviously those are my personal top #1 & 2, Here’s 3-7….

3.) Sore Muscles: Because peppermint oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, it not only can relieve pain and inflammation but can also calm the spasms that cause muscle cramps.

  • Dilute with fractionated coconut oil and rub entire area which is sore.

4.) Stress Relief: Like many other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression, anxiety, and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature.

  • For stress relief, combine peppermint & lavender essential oils to help relieve tension while absorbed through your body’s largest organ: your skin.
  • Aromatherapy is amazingly effect as well. If you are new to diffusing or have yet to try, I highly recommend it! You can find diffusers for as little as $15.00.

5.) Energy/Alertness: Peppermint oil powerfully affects and improves mental clarity and raises energy levels. If you’re trying to cut back on caffeine, this may be a blessing to your mid-afternoon lull.

  • Rub a drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room to improve concentration and accuracy.
  • Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders repeatedly to keep energy levels up during the day.
  • Inhale before and during a workout to help boost your mood and reduce fatigue.

6.) Colds/Congestion: Menthol provides effective relief from many respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and the common cough & cold. It is often an ingredient in natural chest rubs to help with congestion.

  • Massage 2-3 drops (along with a carrier oil) onto chest or drop into a humidifier to help clear sinus and lung congestion.
  • If you’re head is feeling stuffed or you can’t stop coughing, try a peppermint essential oil steam. Pour boiling water into a metal or glass bowl, and add a few drops of essential oil (On Guard blend, eucalyptus and rosemary are good combinations with peppermint). Drape a towel over your head and position your face 10-12 inches above the bowl and breathe in the steam.

7.) Indigestion: One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion is peppermint. Peppermint oil is very helpful in digestion asithas a carminative property of expelling gas (from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension).

  • Massage several drops on your abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe motion sickness or general nausea.
  • Drinking mint tea has long been the antidote to an upset stomach.
  • Inhaling peppermint oil is also said to help curb the appetite by triggering a sense of fullness.

Those are my top 7 uses for peppermint essential oil. 🙂 There are many, many more. I encourage you to do some research on these amazing essentials.

What do you use your essential oils for?

I would love to hear from you! 🙂

Much love & light,

Angela

 IAHC-badge HHCAmbassador

Work With Me!

image

I can help you! ❤

Like I promised, I want to share some pictures today of my clean eats and drinks from my recent Summerlicious Glow Cleanse.  🙂

image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image

My gosh I have so many more pictures! I’ll have to save them for another post. 🙂

If you are interested in the meal plan for my Summerlicious Glow Cleanse, I’m still offering the content at the super low introductory rate of just $10 (!!)

If you need some one to work directly with you, side by side every step of the way ask me about my 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month programs. 🙂

I am here to coach you through the good days and the not so good days.

Much love & light to you,

Ang

The Very Best Vegan Recipe Ever

Hello! Welcome to Wholistic Balance! This is my very first post, and I am super excited to share with you! I am currently enrolled at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying to make a career out of helping others with their wellness goals. The knowledge that I have gained over the past 4.5 months is life changing! I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this program and share with the world. 🙂 If you ever have any questions for me, feel free to comment here, or send me an email at WholisticBalanceAB@gmail.com or you can contact me via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WholisticBalanceab
I look forward to connecting with lots of like minded people here, so please don’t be shy! Say Hi. Let me know how you feel about my content. 🙂
Now, onto The Very Best Vegan Recipe Ever! This recipe is adapted from it’s original that I found Here. I have cooked this beautiful meal about a hundred times now. This is my go-to vegan meal to take to family gatherings/holidays where non-vegans attend. I have received only highly positive feedback from every single vegan/vegetarian/and omnivore that has tried this meal. I am so happy to share my version of this dish because over the years of making it, we’ve really created a master piece! Did I mention that this recipe is also super good for your body? 😉  Please cook this and let me know how you LOVE it!

image

You will need:

For Tofu:

1 block of tofu of your choice, or Beyond Meat (my fav)

1tbsp pure maple syrup

2tsp organic tamari

dash black pepper

Instructions:

If using tofu, make sure to press as much moisture out of the tofu as possible. 🙂

Then sauté on med high-high for 2 minutes on each side. Allow a good sizzle. Then add tamari, maple, and pepper.

For Pineapple Quinoa:

1 pineapple, sliced small (I like to squish mine to get a lot of the juices flowing)

1.5cup dry quinoa (which will make about 4 cups cooked)

1 sm onion, chopped

2 tsp garlic, minced

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped

2 carrots, shredded

1 cup kale, chopped

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/4 cup + a splash for sauté maple syrup

1/4 cup tamari

1/4 cup coconut oil

Himalayan pink salt

Instructions:

Bring 1cup of water + 1cup vegetable stock to a boil. Rinse your quinoa thoroughly to remove bitter saponin. Add quinoa to boiling water/broth, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 12 – 15 minutes.

While quinoa cooks sauté onions, peppers, and mushrooms Until tender, 6-10 minutes.

In another frying pan, sauté the pineapple in the coconut oil until it’s warm all the way through. Then add the maple syrup, tamari, garlic and nutritional yeast to the pineapple.

When quinoa is done cooking add the kale to the quinoa and allow to wilt from the heat of the quinoa with the lid on for about 5 minutes. Now add the sautéed veggies & shredded carrots to the quinoa.

Serve topped with a generous amount of the pineapple maple sauce – And enjoy! Is this not the best ? 🙂

Thank you for taking time to read my first post! ❤

image