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My journey in life as a stay at home mom building a career and being a caregiver to my mother and husband. Balancing life, family, and the unexpected. Contact me on the Weekly Essential face book page or feel free to email me if you would like to know more about essential oils or a business opportunity kollette@weeklyessential.com. Essential oils not only changed my life but helped me be prepared for the unexpected in life and how to deal with it.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cedarwood - The Oil of Community and Calming

Do you ever feel like you are on an emotional roller coster ride sometimes? Do you experience the ups and downs of life or know someone who does? Cedarwood is a great calming essential oil. It helps you  occasionally stay calm and relaxed naturally.  If you are down, just open a bottle and smell. It just might make you feel better right away. It is also great for the skin. 



The Cedarwood I use comes from North America. The oil is steam distilled from the heartwood of the tree and is a base oil high in cedrol. Like the other base note oils Cedarwood has calming and relaxing properties. Cedrol also enhances fibroblast growth in the skin so it is very good for skin issues. This oil can be used aromatically and topically but is not recommended for internal use.

I recently had some energy work done (highly recommend) and Cedarwood was the oil I needed. What a great oil. One thing I love about sharing essential oils is that I am always learning something new everyday. Not only about essential oils, but listening to others stories, advice and opinions, and about myself. I invite you to try them and feel good and enjoy life. Learn to love yourself so you can enjoy this amazing life. This oil helps individuals in seeing that they are not alone.  

Cedarwood juniperusvirginiana



Cedarwood is steam distilled from wood.

Common Application Methods

Topical use: Dilute with a carrier oil for children and for those with sensitive skin. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern. 

Aromatic Use: Diffusing in a diffuser or inhale the aroma directly from the bottle. Place on a cotton ball to carry with you and smell throughout the day or place in car vent for diffusing in the car. 

Internally: Not for Internal Use

Emotions Addressed

Inability to form bonds or social roots, loneliness, feeling disconnected or separate from the human family, antisocial. 


Companion Oils

Marjoram, Birch, White Fir, Balance Blend, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Juniper and Rosemary

Body Systems Affected

Nervous and Respiratory Systems

Odor

Type: Bast Note (5-20% of the blend): Scent: Warm, soft, woody; Intensity: 3

Recipes

To occasionally calm your mood -  add 4 to 6 drops to your diffuser or open a bottle and inhale, take three deep breaths. 

Insects - blend 4 drops in diffuser or place on cotton balls and wipe around doors to keep insects out. 

Occasional Scalp issues- Apply 2-3 drops to shampoo. You may also put a few drops on the tips of your fingers and rub on scalp.

Soothing the skin - Add two drops of cedarwood to 1 teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut oil and apply to area of concern.

Surface cleaner - combine vinegar and water and spray countertops and bathroom surfaces, then a couple of drops or as many as you choose to countertops and wipe down.

Supports Immune System - Diffuse 2-4 drops in the diffuser, rub on chest and nose. Apply warm compress on chest for coughs. 

Too Much Salt - Apply 2-4 drops to 1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut oil and apply to the bottom of your feet twice a day. 


Yoga - Diffuse 2-4 drops of Cedarwood while practicing Yoga or apply to back of neck during the relaxation at the end or the bottom of your back. 





Enjoy Emotions and Essential Oils. If you know someone who suffers emotionally, this is a great book and it comes with a CD that explains how to use essential oils to heal emotionally. There is a story at the beginning of the book about a little girl named Kali, this is an amazing little girl and I am so grateful her parent shared this story to give us all hope to help those we love. Enjoy.




 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.


References:  Modern Essentials book fifth addition,  See Disclaimer on this website. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cassia - The Oil of Self-Assurance

When this oil was added to my collection it was because of my cousin, she shared a story that a woman lost weight with this oil. She would put it in her water when she wanted something sweet. So I tried it and WOW, this is a very strong oil, so be careful and make sure to dilute heavily. The Cassia I use comes from the family Lauraceae, grown in China and is distilled from the twigs and leaves of the tree.

It is great for so many things, but what I use it the most is for cooking. I just had a wonderful visit to San Diego to share the oils and my cousin hosted a cooking class. It was so much fun and we had a whipped cream cheese dip with Cassia oil in it and dipped fresh fruit. It was delicious. 

Cassia Cinnamommum cassia - The Oil of Self-Assurance



Cassia is Steam distilled from Bark.

Common Application Methods

Topical use: Dilute heavily with a carrier oil, I use Fractionated Coconut Oil, but any vegetable oil will work. A great oil to blend with a milder essential oil before applying on the skin. Apply to forehead, muscles, reflex points and directly on the area of concern.

You may diffuse with caution: it could irritate the nasal membranes if it is inhaled directly from the diffuser and from the bottle so again, BE CAUTIOUS. 

Internally, Cassia is recommended for soothing digestive problems. Add a drop to warm water with a honey and sip. You may use this oil as a flavoring in cooking, it is more intense in flavor than cinnamon. Cassia is not recommend for children under 6 years of age. 

Historical Uses

Cassia has been mentioned in recorded medical records dating back to the sixteenth century BC. Recording showed uses that include, ceremonies, anointing of soldiers and virgins, rituals of recognition, teas for distress, immune support, and reproductive complaints. Also used with other oils for spring cleansing. It is also mentioned in the Bible as the Holy Oil.  

Possible Uses

 Can provide some powerful support to blends when used in very small quantities. 

Emotions Addressed

Embarrassed, hiding, fear, humiliated, insecure, judged, shy, worthless.


Companion Oils

Cypress, bergamot, coriander, grapefruit, lavender, fennel, and melissa. 

Odor

Type: Middle Note (50-80% of the blend);Scent: spicy, warm, sweet.
Intensity: 5



Recipes

To lift your mood -  add 4 to 6 drops to your diffuser 

Sooth muscles and joints- blend 4 drops cassia and 2 drops patchouli with 12 drops fractionated coconut oil. Apply to painful areas several times a day and remember to drink plenty of water. 

To warm cold feet - Especially when associated with diabetes. Blend 4 drops of cassia, 4 drops frankincense, and 6 drops of lavender. Apply to bottoms of feet and put on cotton socks.

Need a Pick me Up - Add two drops of cassia and 4 drops of line to a veggie capsule and ingest.

Surface cleaner - combine cassia with fractionated coconut oil. 4 drops of cassia and 20 drops of fractionated coconut oil. 

Cream Cheese Dip- Use any cream cheese recipe of choice with 1 drop cassia per 2 cups of dip. You can also try Lime or Wild Orange. 








Enjoy Living Healthy and Happily Ever After. Great read and is where some of the recipes come from. This book includes recipes and affirmations. These women are amazing. I love this book. 




 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.


References:  Living Healthy and Happily Ever After. Modern Essentials Book, Emotions & Essential Oils, EverythingEssential.me See Disclaimer on this website. 
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.