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Get Some Sun
The Benefits of Sunlight
Want better sleep and a better mood? Get some sun. What is more natural than sunlight? When the sun is out, try to get as much of it as you can. Go for a walk (especially with friends). Numerous studies show that sunlight is good for your natural circadian rhythm, so you’ll feel sleepier at night and feel more awake during the day.
All energy on earth (except for volcanoes) is from the sun. All life on the surface of our planet depends on sunlight. A new study has found that getting enough natural sunlight each day could help reduce insomnia and improve mood. This study was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders and involved over 400,000 people.
The coauthor Sean Cain writes: “In this study, we observed that the greater time spent in outdoor light during the day was associated with fewer depressive symptoms, lower odds of using antidepressant medication, better sleep, and fewer symptoms of insomnia.”
Greater time in outdoor light was also associated with lowered odds of lifetime major depressive disorder and better outcomes across a range of mood and sleep measures. Additionally, too much light at night throws off your circadian (day-night) rhythm. So stop staring at artificial screens late at night. (1)
7 Essential Oils for the Holidays
When the Holiday season is approaching, turn to Aromatherapy to add to the ambiance. Here are some ideal Essential Oils to enhance your home as you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa this year.
Peppermint Essential Oil provides a boost of energy when you need it. Peppermint is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory. This means that it may help reduce pain caused by headaches, tight muscles, and upset stomachs. Its menthol component also helps to open congested airways.
Used as an ingredient in many favorite treats, Cinnamon provides a cozy sense of warmth and comfort. Additionally, Cinnamon can encourage a physical feeling of warmth as well. For example, adding a drop to a Winter massage may help heat the skin and the soul.
This Essential Oil helps to create a pleasant and secure emotional state of being. As for physical benefits, we love that Ginger is incredible for digestion. If Thanksgiving indulgences have pushed your tummy to the limit, apply Ginger with a carrier oil to the stomach and massage in a circular motion to help relieve nausea and indigestion.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic care is made up of two parts. First, a subluxation, a physical distortion causing nerve interference or stress, is located in a person’s body. This is done using various instruments and tools that may range from the highly sophisticated, such as X-rays and MRIs, to the relatively simple (body measurement and multiple tests). In the hands of an expert, a simple tool can be very accurate.
Now comes the specialized procedure to correct, release or (the most commonly used word) adjust the patient’s subluxation. This is done to undistort the distortion in a person, correct the hidden stress, and release nerve stress. There are many chiropractic adjustment techniques; over 100 are taught today.
Typically, the adjustment involves introducing force or energy to the part of the body where the subluxation resides to unlock it, to put the part in motion so that the body will reposition the offending part.
An adjustment may take a moment, but its beneficial effects may be lifelong.
What Happens When You Receive an Adjustment?
The chiropractic adjustment or correction is a procedure performed by your chiropractor using his/ her hands or a special instrument. The purpose of this procedure is to correct a condition or abnormality that is called a subluxation.
A subluxation is an unhealthy state of your body reflected in your spine, structural system, muscles, and nerves. Some people refer to the subluxation as a blockage, others as interference, others as stagnation of energy. Subluxations may be caused by physical, emotional, and toxic stress. They are very common and are found in every age group. For example, they may be found in newborns due to birth trauma, in children (from falls and accidents), and in fact, in anyone who lives on a planet with gravity (that means all of us).
Because of the many things that can cause a subluxation, the moment your subluxations are corrected (adjusted or released), hundreds, if not thousands, of body functions and activities may be affected.
Essential Oils And The Brain
What’s one thing everyone has in common? We ALL have a brain! The brain is a powerhouse in our bodies, so why not take care of it to the best of your ability?
There are many ways essential oils can be used to support the neurological system. So let’s talk about which oils we can use to promote optimal brain health and how to use them to target the brain.
The number one essential oil for supporting the brain is frankincense. Throughout history, frankincense has been used and discussed for its healing properties. One of the most impressive findings with frankincense oil is how it moves through the blood-brain barrier and can penetrate deep within the brain. It has the ability to access parts of the brain; very few things can, man-made or otherwise. Its anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antitumor, antidepressant, immune stimulant, and overall sedative properties make for an extremely therapeutic and beneficial experience for the brain. Another way frankincense helps the brain is with focus. Many times in history, it is referred to as an oil that helps with meditation, prayer, and communication with non-physical sources. The brain and mind are intertwined. Frankincense steady’s the mind, eases impatience, and provides support for those struggling with hyperactivity.
Basil is another essential oil that supports the brain and mind. Its aroma is invigorating and cooling, which brings in energy while also calming the mind. If you struggle with frequent headaches or nagging tension, adding basil into your essential oil routine will support your brain and body with those symptoms. Basil blends wonderfully with bergamot, another essential oil that can promote positive brain activity and mindset. Together they make a great team due to the intensity of basil’s aroma and the sweetness of bergamot.
All three oils – frankincense, basil, and bergamot – are extremely versatile and work together to support the mind and brain. They are all easy to use as they can be applied without a carrier oil. Adding a few drops of
each to the diffuser or individually in your workspace or place of prayer or meditation will bring an enhanced experience as well as many health benefits. For support of neurological symptoms such as focus issues, headaches, or mood concerns applying to the back of the neck or behind the ears is a great and fast-acting way to support your body. Applying essential oils behind the ears allows for quick entry to the bloodstream due to the thin skin and massive amounts of blood flow, blood vessels, and veins located there while also being localized for fast neurological support.
Just the Essentials
These essential oils are versatile, powerful, and easy to use.
Lavender: widely known for its ability to ease nerves and support a healthy nervous system; however, that is just one of many ways it can be used. How many times have you had a sunburn in the summer? Lavender is a powerhouse for skin, specifically burns. It is said that lavender can take the redness out of sunburn overnight while soothing the burning sensation. Other skin issues that lavender can help with are fungal infections, dry skin of all levels, and blemishes.
Frankincense: one of the most important essential oils to keep around. Although high-quality frankincense can be on the more expensive side, it is worth every penny. Frankincense is special for its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. Very few things can penetrate that barrier in both eastern and western medicine. Those with focus issues, brain fog, or neurodegenerative illnesses could benefit from the use of frankincense due to its known ability to work with the brain. It is also known to even out skin complexion and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, making it perfect for adding to your skincare routine. Cuts, scrapes, and bruises are also on the list of ways frankincense can be used in the home. It supports healing on a cellular level while reducing long-term effects like scarring.
Lemon: full of vitamin C, making it great for strengthening fingernails for all my ladies looking to grow healthier, longer-natural nails. Lemon oil is also known to boost overall mood. Its scent is uplifting and promotes positive mindsets. Those who struggle with seasonal depression have said that diffusing lemon essential oil brightens their mood and boosts their overall mental wellbeing. Lemon essential oil is antibacterial and antiviral, making it supportive to a healthy home and immune system. It is perfect for everyone in your home!