Orange you glad you’ve got tangerine oil?

Tangerine is a member of the citrus family; it closely resembles a mandarin orange.

Tangerine essential oil ((Citrus reticulata)) is cold pressed from the rind of the fruit.  The oil is orange-yellow in color and has a sweet orange fragrance.  Its aroma is very citrus-y (duh) and sweet.  ~via Sustainable Baby Steps blog

Tangerine supports the immune system, the integumentary System, the digestive system, and it supports our emotional well-being;  I call it my ‘Happy Oil’.

 

How can I use Tangerine Essential Oil aromatically?

  • Simply open the bottle and sniff!  #ThatSimple
  • Put 3-5 drops on a cotton ball and tuck it in your car vent
  • Put a few drops in a spray bottle with distilled water (and a pinch of Epsom salt) to freshen the air

 

Diffuser Blends:

  • Welcome Spring:  4 drops each of  Spearmint, Lemongrass, Tangerine,
  • Summer: 2 drops Lavender, 1 drop Spearmint, 1 drop Lime, 4 drops Tangerine
  • Just Beachy: 2 drops each of Bergamot, Spearmint, Tangerine
  • Happy Place: 2 drops each of Orange, Lime, Tangerine

 

How can I use Tangerine Essential Oil topically?

  • Refreshing Sugar Scrub: Mix 2 cups brown sugar, 1/4 Cup coconut oil, and 10 drops each Tangerine and Spearmint essential oils. Store in an air tight glass container.
  • Mood Lifting (non-toxic) Perfume: In a 10 ml roller bottle, combine 3 drops Ylang Ylang, 3 drops Bergamot, 9 drops Clary Sage, 9 drops Lavender, and 12 drops Tangerine essential oils. Top with fractionated coconut or other carrier oils. Apply to pulse points throughout the day.*

 

How can I use Tangerine Vitality Essential Oil internally?

  • Tangerine fruit dip: 2 8oz packages of cream cheese, 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup honey, 2 drops Tangerine Vitality oil.  Just mix, chill, and dip in!
  • Drop it in your daily shot of NingXia!
  • Drop it on your toothbrush.  #WhiteTeeth

 

How can I get Tangerine Essential oil for FREE? MAY PROMO2

*As with all citrus oil, avoid direct sunlight for a minimum of 12 hours after topical application.

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Because it’s the Human Touch that really matters.

I used to work across the hallway from a ‘seasoned teacher’… she encouraged me daily (sometimes on the hour) to just be, to just r-e-l-a-x.

That seasoned teacher is now a retired teacher who still cheers me on with her many mantras of good old fashioned truths:

Be available.
Be kind.
Be compassionate.
Be transparent.
Be real.
Be thoughtful.
Be yourself.

Read more about what really matters in the classroom (and in life), right HERE 

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If you MUST drink Coffee…

At the height of my addiction (caffeine is a drug), I kept a coffee maker on my nightstand; not kidding.

It was one of those coffee makers that was programmed to start brewing at a certain time of day (or very early morning in my life …3:47 am).

That coffee maker was my alarm clock; I literally woke up read as got up to the smell of coffee.

*Side note: Just the smell of coffee has an effect on your body (more of that later). 😉

Flash forward to the now:  Over the past few years, I’ve cut down to 1 cup of coffee …K-cup style on the busy mornings, French Press on the ‘got some time for this today’ days.  DD on those days I don’t like to talk about.

I cut back way back, I used to finish that entire pot of coffee on my nightstand before I left for work in the morning.   I downed my dosage because I learned that coffee lowers your body’s frequency; (frequency is a very big deal) …even just the smell of coffee can have THAT effect on your energy level.  Ironic, right?

My diffuser one of my many now sits where that coffee pot used to fire up my morning.   Daybreak is now filled with natural energy,  and mood maintaining peppermint essential oil,   not brown liquid.

Confession: ughh…I do still reach for that 1 cup of brown liquid per day.  I mix in a spoonful of coconut oil and top it with cinnamon vitality essential oil; this is my bridge to cutting the caffeine fix.   My goal for 2017 is to eliminate that cup of coffee completely.

btw..Ever wonder why Starbucks keeps that cinnamon shaker filled and ready for you? It does something to your coffee… go find that out.  #KnowBetter

 Now that I know better, I want to do better.  Stay tuned.cinnamon

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Forgiveness… my Favorite Eff word.

Raise your hand if you ever needed to ask for forgiveness.

Use that same hand to pat yourself on the back if you’ve gifted forgiveness.

Accept the apology;  keep your heart open.

 

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How to Use:

Diffuse, inhale directly, or apply topically.

Use generously.  Use often.  Give freely.

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It’s Okay to be Uncomfortable.

Yes; we oily fanatics get sick too.
I find it a challenge to accept being sick in any way; it proves that I’m human and that’s the tough part to accept when you’re a self-diagnosed Type A. (Yes, self-diagnosed and there isn’t one of my friends that would debate that label).
For the past 3-4 days, I’ve finally been getting my health back 100%. Being sick (with even a simple common cold)  puts life in perspective.
The big picture (chronic illness, or a life-altering diagnosis) makes a few sniffles, sore throat, congestion, and sinus issues seem just as they are: so minor.  Inconvenient at the most. Humbling at the least.
Recovering from the occasional health issue takes time (yes even for us oilers). The good news is, the time is surely shortened with those bitty bottles of nature’s goodness.
In this ‘hurry-up-fix-it world’ I could’ve easily reached for any OTC quick cure to help me get through the work days and the restless nights; yet because I know that sometimes a body just has to work though things, I chose to go with the natural flow.
I listened to my body, upped my daily oil regime, added more fluids, slowed down a bit (ouch), and hit the snooze button a few days in a row (without the guilt of a typical Type A).
I wanted no side effects, no toxins, no quick fix cover up that would trick my body in to doing more than it should’ve.  I had to feel the discomfort to realize that my body was talking to me and to know that I had to listen.
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I don’t like not feeling 100% (who does)? I’ve got sh#t to do (who doesn’t)?
What I’ve learned (and continue to learn) is that sometimes we have to give our body time to work through things, not rush it because we don’t have patience for it or because it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient to OUR day, our errands, or OUR plan.
Here is the point of my sharing this story with you…
It is the same with our physical being as it is with our spiritual health.
We (yes, us type A people too) simply have to let things run their course.
What I’m continuing to learn is that sometimes we have to sit in the UNcomfortableness to grow from the experience.  We can remind ourselves that this too shall pass (in its own time), and learn from what our body (and our soul) are trying to tell  teach us.
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…in fact often it starts with “faking it until you make it”.

The natural state of our brain is joy.

We don’t always feel joyful or even grateful.

Appreciating and embracing all of life’s experiences (the good and the uncomfortable) takes practice, patience, and perspective.  experience

“Every thought, word and action carries its own vibrational frequency. It comes back to the Law of Attraction- whether you “ask” for it or not, you are drawn to situations, people or objects that are in line with your vibrational resonance.”

Read (and learn) more here.

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Let your Light Shine. Safely.

I used to keep a cluster of those store-bought candles around the house; they don’t go bad you know.  <note sarcasm>

I’d be sure to run to the mall and grab them on sale…you know the store, you can smell it before you even walk in and grab that basket you’re about to fill up with lotions and potions.  Oh!  And that ‘buy two get one free’ sale?   It hooked me every. single. time.

I had a collection alphabetically organized in the linen closet that decorated our home for every possible occasion.  My arsenal ranged  from seasonal candy cane scented wicks at Christmas time to pumpkin spice as a mandatory gateway to welcome fall.

I hoarded candles that smelled like clean laundry, watermelon, fresh-cut grass, vanilla cupcakes, and even fresh-frying bacon.  How could that not be healthy?  <note continued sarcasm>

Then, I started questioning the benefits of those bargains I was collecting.

Curious what I discovered about those store-bought candles? Read this.

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Take your shoes off; it’s good for your soul.

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If you watch young children, they will show you how to get comfortable.

They sit on the floor in positions that can often be defined by a specific yoga pose; they don’t know that, they only know it feels natural, restful, and secure.

They walk barefoot; it’s an instinct,  we call it Earthing.

Earthing is a movement built upon the theory that connecting with the natural energy from the Earth can improve your well-being.

“Nature can do more

than physicians.”

―Oliver Cromwell

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Why that Smell brings up Memories.

I’ve always been a very emotional being; if you ask my best friend about this, she will tell you WE are the norm; we simply don’t have the ability to to stop our feelings from showing on our face.
Crying comes very easily to me; I often mask my fragile ability to control those emotions with humor. …that can be exhausting and it leads to a physical body filled up with stuck feelings.
I know that feeling is what we humans do.  I also know that emotions are simply our bodies energy in motion.  (E-motion).   Emotions ARE supposed to move in and out of our body.
So, how do we help our emotions travel while using them to better understand our bodies reaction and response to those sometimes overwhelming moments?
First, we need to realize that the strongest link to our emotional being is our sense of smell.
“Have you ever walked outside and caught a scent of something in the air that sparks memories or carries you back to your childhood? Perhaps you’ve had someone walk by or stand next to you in the elevator and wondered why you thought of your favorite aunt? How about walking in a room to smell fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in the oven and remember how you would help your mom bake cookies on special occasions?
Wonder why?

Your sense of smell is your most primal sense and it exerts surprising influence over your thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviors. Aromatherapy allows you to harness the olfactory power of plants, using their essential oils to enhance your physical and emotional health. Essential oils have been scientifically shown to be particularly helpful with <occasional> stress, mood, sleep, pain, nausea, memory, and energy.

You may be wondering how essential oils work. Because smells are carried directly to the brain, they serve as emotional triggers. The limbic system evaluates the sensory stimuli, registering pleasure, pain, danger or safety. This then creates and ultimately directs our emotional response, which can include feelings of fear, anger, depression and attraction. Our basic emotions and hormonal balance are in response to the most basic smells. This makes scents very powerful in our day-to-day lives because they’re a direct pathway to memory and emotion — which is why they <can offer support for our emotional well being>.

A certain fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. When smells are concerned, we react first and think later. All other physical senses are routed through the thalamus, which acts as the switchboard for the brain, passing stimuli onto the cerebral cortex (the conscious thought center) and other parts of the brain. Essential oils <support our ability> to access stored or forgotten memories and suppressed emotions so that we can acknowledge and integrate or release them.

The word ‘emotion’ can translate as ‘energy-in-motion.’ Emotion is the experience of energy moving through our bodies. This emotional energy actually works at higher speed than thought. Thought and images can take seconds or minutes to evoke a memory while an aroma can evoke a memory in milliseconds.”    ~via Urban Balance (edited info)

 

What does all this mean?

We can’t always control our feelings, nor should we try to fight them; we should feel them and learn how to understand their message.

Feeling the message our body is sending reminds us that we are alive; we are meant to feel life.   Our sense of smell is the strongest bridge to those feelings.

Emotions aren’t tangible, they can be visible though… to the open mind, the physical body, and to the teary-eyed.

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For more information on the the connection between our sense of smell and our emotional well-being, reach out to me here or message me.  macphersonshelley@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

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Spice up that Morning Coffee!

We know that drinking (or smelling or simply holding) a cup coffee can lower our bodies frequency.

…..“In one study the doctors took two young men who had a 66-hertz frequency. One held coffee and his frequency dropped to 58 in 3 seconds. The other gentleman drank it and his frequency dropped to 52 in 3 seconds.” 

If you’re not familiar with that study (or aware of the value of that information) hit up Google and read all about BODY FREQUENCY.

Still craving that morning jitter juice?   Consider adding a drop of Young Living Cinnamon Bark Vitality to that comfort cup.  Here are a few reasons why:

 

*Your Coffee Will Taste Better:

You’ll increase the drink’s sweetness without adding any sugary, health-busting products.

 

*You’ll Increase the Health Benefits of that Comfort Cup:

Not yet aware of how to help maintain your healthy diet with Cinnamon?  Read on…

 

*Cinnamon Puts Your Brain to Work:

The addition of cinnamon in your mug will help maintain your brain’s cognitive processing, support healthy brain function, and help you master your visual and motor responses.

 

*Cinnamon Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels:

If you prefer something sweet in your coffee, cinnamon is a healthier choice over sugar. The oil not only avoids the calories and damaging effects of sugar, but also benefits your entire body by maintaining healthy blood sugar levels (vs spikes that can occur after eating).

 

*Cinnamon Is Good for Your Healthy Heart:

Literally and figuratively.

 

*Cinnamon Helps Support a Healthy Immune System:

Dropping some cinnamon in your daily diet can help you maintain a healthy immune system.

 

*Cinnamon Is Full of Body-Supporting Spice:

So, even after doing your own research on the frequency lowering effects of that morning brew, you still can’t kick the comfort cup habit?

It’s okay!  …grab your French Press AND that bottle of Cinnamon Bark Vitality; consider it your morning balancing act.

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…add a drop of Young Living Cinnamon Vitality!

 

*Credit to wonderhhowto.com for the tips, tricks, info, and inspiration for this blog post.

http://www.ylwebsite.com/shelleymacpherson/contact … visit me here for more information on Young Living Essential Oils.

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