Essential Oils for Almost Everything

Posted: 1294 days ago in Everything Else Health Lifestyle Wellness

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Essential Oils are everything to a girl.

How do you use them? When do you use them? Where do you use them? My simple answer to each of these questions is… for pretty much everything, almost all of the time, and practically everywhere. And there are many people from both today and long ago who would have the same answer. Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years. We know this, in part, because they have been referenced in Papyrus and Hieroglyphics and throughout The Bible. As far back as those sources date, they were used for both their medicinal and spiritual benefits. Today people continue to use these gifts from nature for those same purposes and in a variety of other ways as well. Not to mention, research is supporting their use more and more.

Everyday Oils blurredEssential Oils are helpful for everything from mini emergencies to much larger, more complex challenges. I can’t imagine not having essential oils because they are so useful! I always carry a few with me because I never know when I might need them! Once I spilled scalding hot water on my hand while meeting a client for tea and was able to whip out my Lavender and soothe the burn almost immediately. Another time, I arrived at a party just when the house full of kids came running in after they’d disturbed a bees’ nest and had been stung multiple times. Using Lavender and an oil blend called Purification saved the day and they were able to return to playing (away from the nest, of course) pretty quickly. In addition, because Oils are so versatile you can use them many times and for many things throughout the day.

Maybe you would you like to [fill in the blank] with essential oils:

  • alleviate muscle and joint pain from yesterday’s workout.
  • freshen your breath throughout the day.
  • support your digestive system after a hasty or spicy lunch.
  • calm your nervous system and alleviate minor anxiety before a big event or important conversation.
  • lift your mood on a dreary day.
  • maintain healthy blood sugar levels to reduce cravings.

Think about your day…Do you want to feel more relaxed (traffic?), focused (work deadline?), alert or energized (lack of sleep?) or feel less itchy, sneezy (is it Spring?), have that tickly feeling in your throat (everyone around you coughing?) or want to cleanse surfaces (grabbing a shopping cart?). Then you’d like Essentials Oils too!

Stress Away beachThis morning I added Lemon oil to my water because it’s detoxifying and uplifting, put a blend called Thieves on the bottoms of my feet to support my Immune System, added Lavender to my coconut oil to nourish my skin, used my favorite blend right now, Abundance instead of perfume, dropped Cinnamon in my breakfast (yummy), sprayed Purification on my dog to repel fleas and ticks before our walk, diffused Frankincense for a short Meditation, then put a blend called Brain Power on the back of my neck and temples to sit down and write this blog post and it’s not even lunchtime yet!

I truly believe every person on the planet can benefit from using essential oils… everyone can use immune, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, or endocrine system support at one time or another. Plus we all have rough days, get cuts or sunburns, like flavors in our food and drinks, get minor aches and pains, and want to have a restful night’s sleep. The list of benefits and uses is seemingly endless because remember, they’re Essential for Almost Everything Oils.

If you’re thinking about embarking on this fun and rewarding oily journey, it’s important to know that there are many essential oil grades on the market and they don’t all yield the same results. Therefore it is crucial to find the highest quality essential oils by working with someone who has studied essential oils, and by doing research for yourself (including contacting companies of interest to ask questions). PubMed, NIH, and NCBI are great places to start your research especially if you want to learn about a specific topic.

Ready to bring Essential Oils into your life? Feel free to visit my website to learn more about them and for instructions on the best way to purchase them. One of the greatest tools to have as you embark on this journey is a strong support system so if you choose to purchase your oils through my website, you will gain access to a Community of Health Coaches and many other passionate and knowledgeable people supporting you on your journey of learning and wellness! More details on my website, www.nourishtolive.com, about this amazing free group as well!

SPECIAL OFFER: The first 20 people to buy a Premium Starter Kit through my website will win a free bottle of Orange oil which is one of my very favorite oils and one I use every day! Please email me with the code DrTaniaEssentiallyEverything once your order is placed to qualify for this offer.

Molly Hauck

About Molly Hauck

Molly Hauck is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Essential Oil Educator, and founder of Nourish to Live located in Annapolis, MD.

Gluten Free Me (Part I)

Posted: 1554 days ago in Health Lifestyle

gluten-free-me-p1What’s all the to-do about gluten free, anyway?

Gluten is a protein that is found primarily in wheat products, though it sneaks in to some other grains like barley and rye, and products like soy-sauce.

Soy sauce? Yup.  

A small segment of the population has an autoimmune disorder called Celiac disease. Celiacs suffer damage to the lining of the small intestine with the ingestion of gluten. Think of gluten as ‘glue’, which is how it acts on the hair-like cilia of the intestine, interfering with the absorption of food.

Though only 1 in 100 people have Celiac disease, it is theorized that many more of us have a gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance.

What are some indications of gluten sensitivity, you say?

  • Chronic digestive issues like gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Musculoskeletal pain liken to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Laboratory tests can rule out Celiac disease, but the only way to determine if you have a gluten sensitivity is via an elimination diet. I did one for grins and giggles many years ago, and was happily shocked by how much better I felt without gluten in my life – and I felt pretty damn good with gluten in my life, so that’s saying something!

Since life is short and pizza is so, so good, I don’t practice living gluten free all the time. There is a price to pay for indulging though, so I try to do a gluten-free month once or twice a year. Mainly to give my body a break, but also to hit the ‘reset’ button on my diet so I’m less inclined to eat the stuff.

So, alas it’s time for another little gluten free cleanse in my life.

Interested in doing a gluten elimination diet yourself? I’ll talk more about that later this week, and give you an idea of what I’ve been eating in lieu of bagels, pasta and bread.

Currently eating gluten-free? Let me know what your go-to meals and snacks are!

xo.

The Benefits of Swimming

Posted: 1573 days ago in Lifestyle Wellness

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One of my goals this summer was to start swimming again.  

Prior to 2008, my relationship with pools and oceans could best be described as “drown-proof”. I liked being in the water, but had never done a lap, or swam for exercise. Then I had the bright idea to become the most Unlikely Triathlete. It was time to learn how to really swim, instead of just splashing around.

And guess what? I loved it!

For a few years I incorporated swimming into my fitness regime, alternating it with running, biking and weight lifting. Since then, my body has let me know that it needs more gentle exercise, so I learned to lean more heavily on yoga. But somewhere along the way, swimming fell to the wayside. And boy have I missed it.

And I didn’t know how much, until I got in the pool again a few weeks ago. Something about being in the water is so liberating! Part of me feels like a mermaid; the other part has such clarity of thought it’s almost frightening.

swimming-quoteOnce I get into the rhythm of my strokes, the laps are like moving meditation and stress management. All I can hear are the sounds of my breathing, regular and deep. I start by counting my strokes between each breath – 1, 2, 3, breathe, 1, 2, 3, breathe. The water sluicing over my skin feels surprisingly sensuous and therapeutic. I can feel my abs tighten with every long stroke.

Who knew you could get great abs from swimming? You can!

kickboard-swimmingThe benefits of swimming include the fact that it is an incredible full-body workout, while putting near zero stress on joints (read: fewer injuries!) in the process.

Even if you can’t swim, use a kick board to help with flotation or even just walk in the water as an effective way to exercise that’s so gentle to your body. In fact, I go r-e-a-l-l-y slowly, and still get a great workout.

What are you waiting for?! Jump in; the water’s great!

No Sweat.

Posted: 1910 days ago in Health

nosweatI can’t imagine not getting a good sweat on almost every day. 

In fact, I get a little ‘wiggy’ if I miss more than a day without one because something about sweating is extremely satisfying. And though no one, including me, wants their pits to stink, it pays to let nature take its course occasionally. 

Consider using a natural deodorant (which helps minimize odor) instead of an antiperspirant (which prevents sweating all together). 

Here’s my take on it

In addition to helping regulate body temperature, sweat is a great detoxifier. The area of our bodies that is most rich in sweat glands (our armpits), is also an area really rich in lymph nodes.  Coincidentally, the area most vulnerable to breast cancers is the upper, outer quadrant of our breasts… which is the real estate that flows right into our pits.

Are you with me here? If sweat helps to release toxins, and we are stopping our body’s ability to release those toxins under our armpits, does it not make sense that maybe, just maybe, those toxins are building up in that area? And perhaps the ingredients in antiperspirants may also be having an adverse affect on our bodies?

Since the medical studies on this subject have conflicting results, the bottom line is this: no one can be certain that using antiperspirants is NOT a causative factor in breast cancer. With breast cancer affecting 1 in 8 of us, don’t you want to make sure that you are doing all you can to tip the odds in your favor?

For more scientific detail on this, visit the National Cancer Institute’s website, here: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/AP-Deo

For those that are modest about their pit sweat, here is what I have to say: I am Italian. I sweat a lot. And my work as a chiropractor puts my armpits in close proximity to my patient’s noses. On days when I see patients, I do use an antiperspirant so as not to be offensive to anyone! However, I loofah my armpits when I shower to get any residue out of my pores. Most days, good hygiene paired with a deodorant like Tom’s of Maine, Burt’s Bees or Liquid Rock keep me fresh as a daisy all day long.

Breakfast of Champions

Posted: 1911 days ago in Wellness

breakfastofchampionsAre you as hungry as I am in the morning?  

I am vehemently against the thought of going without breakfast.  I do believe that it is the most important meal of the day, but if you are one of those people who literally can’t stomach the idea of eating so early, here are some tips to rev up your appetite and metabolism so that you don’t need to ‘push through’ or wait until lunchtime to eat.

Let me just take a moment to debunk a common myth. For those of you who think that skipping breakfast (or any meal for that matter) will help you lose weight, that is just plain wrong. Truth of the matter is, there is no better way to SLOW your metabolism than by skipping a meal. That’s because your body is really efficient most of the time, but If you starve it during your waking hours, it will ramp down its caloric usage for survival. Meaning? You will end up burning fewer calories, and quite likely GAIN weight.

Not quite the outcome you were hoping for, huh? 

If time constraints or lack of appetite are what’s keeping you from eating, consider this:

  • Perhaps breakfast foods are not your thing. Would you be more inclined to eat last night’s leftovers, a smoothie, or some cheese and crackers? Then go for it! We are as likely to eat dinner for breakfast than not in our house. The current brekky-du-jour for my kids? Chicken Tamales! Go figure!
  • Eating on the run. This is not my best recommendation, but if it’s that or nothing, then set yourself up for success by prepping some portable breakfast food each evening. Things like cheese sticks, nuts, yogurts, fruit, nut butters, and protein bars bars all come in individual serving sizes. In fact, I keep “emergency nuts” pretty much everywhere, since I get really bitchy when my blood sugar crashes and I need food more than air.  My friend Lisa calls this “hangry”.
  • Drink some lemon water (hot or cold) to get the ol’ juices flowing. This will often stimulate your appetite and your morning constitutional.

A good breakfast sets the barometer for a day of healthy eating, truly it does! My breakfast of champions today? Greek yogurt with fruit and granola. Yum!

What did you have for breakfast today?