Yoga- Healthy mind, Healthy body

Yoga has many benefits for the body. Health benefits may include increased fitness and normalisation of blood pressure. It is a known antidote of stress. Reported lower levels of stress, increased health and wellbeing from regular practice occurs as the practice of concentrating on poses and breath acts as a form of meditation. This all sounds good to me!

Diffusing essential oils in Yoga can enhance the uplifting experience when practising yoga. Some yoga studios are using essential oil based sprays to wipe down their yoga mats

For me getting to a yoga studio is not always practical as a parent. I have started practicing yoga at home and there have been a numerous benefits. I can practice any time, my children join in and I use my diffuser to enhance the experience. I am able to work on my strength and flexibility at home and I ALWAYS feel better afterwards

There are a few things I have been using to make my home yoga experience work for me.

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 Yoga Studio App  I recently purchased this app my iPhone and I love it.  Follow one fo their classes or customise your own. Not particularly tech savvy I have worked out how to mirror the screen to my TV and I have my own private class with the convenience of being at home.

I was not keen on using a Yoga mat that was made of synthetics. Recently I purchased a Cork Leaf yoga mat.  The first Australian company making natural yoga mats using recycled cork backed by natural tree rubber. Naturally anti-microbial, smooth and grippy. No need for a cleaning spray, simply let dry and roll away. I love that it feels cool under your feet. They also plant a tree for every yoga mat purchased! More expensive than some others on the market, the fact that it was natural was a big winner for me and as I am not paying for classes I felt that this offset the price. Definitely worth it. However now everyone loves the mat I might have to purchase another.

Essential oils you might like to try to diffuse are Bergamot for its uplifting properties, Frankincense* for its strenghtening and centering, Lavender* for calming and peppermint* for clear breathing. There are so many more options and sometimes it is a personal preference. Blending a couple of drops of different oils works well too. I choose Young Living Essential oils and you can read more why here

In our busy lives, I hope you can take some time out for yourself and benefit your mind and body by practicing yoga.

Belinda

*Essential Oils in Premium Starter kit

Sources

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pilates-and-yoga-health-benefits

https://www.youngliving.com/blog/energize-your-morning-with-aroma-yoga/

**This post has affiliate links


Who needs Clarity? I think we all do

Clarity- clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding. The state or quality of being clear.

We can all have so many thoughts in our minds it can be hard to have clarity. In a working situation, be it in private study, professional work, classrooms, lecture theatres, it is helpful to have a clear mind to maximise our ability to perform our best.

Clarity Essential Oil blend from Young Living works to clear the mind, improve mental alertness, increase energy, enable focus and  aid memory retention. Clarity contains the following oils

  • Basil- uplifting and refreshing
  • Peppermint- Purifying and stimulating
  • Coriander-acts as a stimulant when feeling low
  • Cardamon-boosts spirits in case of depression and fatigue
  • Rosemary- improves mental sharpness
  • Geranium-stability and balance. Also shown to reduce anxiety in labour
  • Bergamot-uplifting and relaxing. Great mood booster
  • Lemon- promotes clarity of thoughts
  • Ylang Ylang-promotes a calm and relaxed state
  • Jasmine*- stimulates the mood and improves concentration
  • Roman Chamomile- clears mental blocks
  • Palmarosa-stimilating and soothing for the mind and body

*absolute or essence rather than an essential oil

 

These are all fabulous oils to use on their own. When combined they are a powerhouse for improving your mind, concentration, focus.

Clarity Essential Oil blend can be diffused or applied topically

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For the month of January receive a FREE 5ml bottle of this oil with any order over 190PV. If you want to purchase a Premium Starter kit and start your essential Oil journey click here

Until the end of January you will receive a FREE lemongrass Essential oil when you become a new member. Young Living are always giving away oils! There is more information on my essential oils page. The more I use and find out about these oils, the more I love them. I am sure you will too.

Belinda

Sources

http://www.dictionary.com

http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/coriander-seed-oil.aspx

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-cardamom-essential-oil.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=rosemary+essentail+oil+memory

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26161367

https://www.youngliving.com/en_AU/


Emotions and Essential Oils

I love that Essential Oils can have an effect on your emotions. This was something that I knew nothing about but was pleasantly suprised when I started using them. After implementing them in my cleaning and using my diffuser, I started to realise how good they can make you feel. 1 drop of Lavender can relax the body and mind! When you inhale an Essential oil they interact with your limbic system in your brain. The great thing about this is different Essential oils can be used for relaxing, stimulating, energising, grounding. As essential oils affect people differently you may not get the same response that someone else does. Use this as a guide to find the Essential Oils that work for you. This is definitley not a finite list but one to help you get started. To experience Essential oils you can inhale them directly from the bottle, apply topically with some carrier oil or my favourite is to put them in a diffuser

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Calming/Anxiety

Lavender*, Frankincense*, Bergamot, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Rose

Energising

Lemon*, Orange, Rosemary, Peppermint*

Focus

Rosemary, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Basil, Black pepper, Lemon*, Peppermint*

Happiness

Frankincense*,Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon*, Orange, Sandalwood

Dffusing essential oils is in my opinion the best way to experience them. I love diffusing lavendar and cedarwood or Frankincense at night time before sleep. Anything citrus with some mint in the mornings to encourage everyone to get up and go when we are feeling a bit lethargic. Orange is a firm favourite of one of my boys when combined with Lavender.

When applying essential oils  topically, always dilute and less is always best. Please always follow a safety guideline when applying topically. As a general rule 2% for adults and 1% for children over 2

I would love to hear if you have had a positive experience with Essential Oils.

*Denotes essential oils in the Premium Starter kit. If you want to purchase click here to go to my Essential Oils page

 

Sources

https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/blog/2014/10/essential-oils-adhd/

http://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/emotional.asp


Favourite Food Blogs

The internet is great for inspiration in the kitchen. I am trying my best to feed our family a diet that is nourishing. I always tell my kids that you need to fuel it well so that it can perform and do the things you want it to do. Feeding it junk will make you feel like well, junk. It does not always happen but I make veggies a priority and try and teach the kids to listen to how they feel. If you feel sick after eating something, it’s not for you. Simple as that.

I have a few go to blogs for recipes that I thought I would share.

Well Nourished is a blog by Georgia  that makes cooking simple and has many variations to her recipes depending on intolerances or allergies. We love her banana bread and recipe ‘Meat free Monday’ (aka lentils) if you need dinner on the table in 20 mins. I have both her e-books and use them both. Fabulous

Thermobexta is full of wonderful recipes thay I make in my thermomix and has my go- to recipe for Tomato Ketchup. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

The Healthy Chef Teresa Cutter writes for the Sunday life Magazine. I love her granola recipe and always make a batch each week based on her web recipe. I like how her recipes are categorised into breakfast, lunch, dinner etc when you are looking for inspiration for a particular meal or want to try something a bit different

Skinny Mixers has such a great range of free recipes (thermomix based) for Asian, Mexican, Indian food. Perfect if you like to cook food with flavour! The satay is a must.

Quirky cooking   Love Jo’s range of recipes. We absolutely love her mayonaise and is definitely our go to for that

 

I am always keen to learn new recipes so if there is another blog that you would like to share, please share it!

Belinda

 


Essential Oils that won’t break the bank

There are many affordable Essential Oils that are under $25! Some oils are expensive due to the amount of plant required to produce the oil. The more plant required the more expensive the oil but good news is that there are many oils that are less expensive that have many uses.When I had a look at the prices and which oils were under $AUD25 (wholesale) I found that I actually had quite a few of them. Each 5ml bottle has 75-80 drops and each 15ml bottle has 250. Often all is needed is 1-2 drops so each bottle will go a long way. 5ml where stated, otherwise 15ml bottles under $25

Cedarwood

Beautiful woodsy aroma. Blends with Lavendar for promoting a calm restful sleep. can be diffused for aromatherapy benefits including respiratory support. Cedarwood and Rosemary can help encourgae healthy hair growth

Lemon

One of the most versatile oils. Powerful detoxification agent. Diffused provides a refreshing uplifting scent. Added to marinades provides a pop of flavour. Use as an airfreshner in a spray bottle or on your benches as a cleaner making the most of it’s antibacterial properties

Rosemary

Crisp fragrance. Rosemary on your scalp will promote flake-free, glossy locks. It helps stimulate circulation to encocurage healthy hair growth. I use it in a hair spray! Combined with lemon in a diffuser can provide concentration support. Can be used in cooking where rosemary is required, used as a compress for muscle pain and stiffness, inhaled to help clear your sinuses, the list goes on. Not suitable if pregnant or epileptic or high blood pressure.

Orange

This oil imparts feeling of warmth and happiness. Can help eliminate toxins. We love to diffuse it. One if my boys loves a drop on a tissue inside his pillow case as he goes to sleep. of course it is another culinary oil and can be used in smoothies, marinades anything that needs an orange flavour. I love it in raw chocolate

Nutmeg (5ml)

Has a spicy aroma and is able to stimulate the mind while refreshing the air. A favourite in kitchens and in the diffuser. Blends beautifully with orange, rosemary, bergamot, tea tree to name a few. Not suitable if epileptic, caution if pregnant.

Lemongrass

This has to be one of my favourites, although I do have many. A fresh aroma that is revitalising. Helpful at repelling insects- always in my bug spray. Popular ingredient in asian dishes. Refreshing aroma in the diffuser with the added bonus or deterring insects.

Ginger (5ml)

Spicy taste when added to food. Is soothing for digestive discomfort and can help with cold and flu symtpoms. Diffuse or massage

Spearmint (5ml)

Milder than peppermint, it has a sweet fragrance ideal for use in cleaning and to diffuse to freshen the air. As a flavouring in cooking it has a sweet minty taste. Can be used to replace peppermint in many instances and is a safer choice for children. I love it in the diffuser with lemon in combination.

Lime

An irresistable scent that has the ability to eliminate moodiness. Great natural air freshener. Blended with grapefruit, lemon and orange creates an uplifting and positive mix to diffuse.

Aside from cedarwood all these oils can be used in cooking. For the month of November Young Living is offering a free cook book demonstrating how to use Young Living  oils in your kitchen to new members who purchase a premium starter kit. If you would like to read some more about essential oils and/or purchase a premium starter kit, read my Essential Oils page or send me an email at belindajforsyth@gmail.com and I will be in touch.

Belinda

 

 

Sources

Young Living product Guide 2016

Essential Oils Natural Remedies

EO bar App

Wellbeing Magazine Issue 165

 


Thieves Household cleaner

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This product has to be one of the most versatile cleaners there is. I wanted to write about it to open your eyes to the number of uses there are from one bottle of Concentrate.

Firstly Thieves Household  Cleaner is made from Young Living’s Thieves Blend of Essential Oils- Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon bark, Clove, Lemon essential oils and plant and mineral based ingredients. It contains surfactants sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate and disodium 2-sulfolaurate which are made from renewable sources,biodegradable and septic safe. I have looked up all the individual ingredients on the Environmental working group website and they have no warnings.Unlike other cleaners you can buy from the supermarket, all the ingredients are on the bottle!

It is safe for any member of my family to use which is great when the kids are helping out.

This really is one product with many uses

The concentrate can be used in the following ratios water/cleaner ratio. Check the back of your bottle.

NB 1 capful=10ml

  • 30/1 Most cleaning applications
  • 15/1 Heavy degreasing
  • 50/1 light Degreasing

I have a 450ml spray bottle and add one capful of cleaner and top up with water for my shower, sinks, toilets, benches. I spray and then wipe off with a damp microfibre cloth. Showers will benefit from leaving for 5-10 mins before wiping/rinsing off.

Carpet

Here is a before and after photo of a very quick spray and blot with a microfibre cloth on my carpet. I was so impressed at how well it came up. I used 1/2 cap in a 450ml spray bottle, sprayed carpet, left for a few minutes and rubbed with a damp microfibre cloth.

Dishwasher

To keep your dishwasher in great working order, add one capful to the dispenser and wash on empty on the hottest setting. It can also be used as a replacement for your dishwasher detergent.

Jewellery Cleaner

Avoid paying for your jeweller to clean your rings and do it yourself. Add one capful to 1/2 cup vodka and soak rings for 20 mins. Clean with a soft brush and rinse and dry with a soft cloth. Sparkling jewellery with minimum effort. Keep your cleaner labelled in a jar for next time.

Windows/ Glass

Add 1/2 cap to a 450ml spray bottle with 2-3 drops lemon essential oil. Top up with water Spray and wipe with a microfibre cloth for a streak free finish.

Bathrooms

Use a  450ml spray bottle with 1 capful , or 1 capful to 250ml for heavier application. Spray and leave  for 10 minutes before using a small brush to clean grout if required. wipe with a microfibre cloth. Rinse and dry

Stain remover

For a stain remover spray, in a spray bottle(450ml) half fill with vinegar, add 1 capful of Thieves Household cleaner, 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil and then top up with water. Lightly shake before spraying clothing

Stubborn stains on ceramics or grout 

To eliminate stains from your bath, sink, toilet or ceramic cookware use 1/4 cup bi-carb soda mixed with enough cleaner (about 1 capful) to form a paste, scrub with a brush and rinse.

Car Wash

As this product is an excellent degreaser I recently used to to clean my car. Add a capful to a bucket of water. I scrubbed our rubber mats and cleaned the wheels with ease.

General cleaner

Using half a capful in a 450ml spray bottle you can clean kids toys, walls, tables, benches, yoga matt, gym equipment, cap upholstery, stainless steel, inside the fridge, the list is endless.

If you don’t have a Young Living account, you can purchase the cleaner as part of the Healthy Home Premium Starter kit for $289 here make sure you select Wholesale member.

The  Starter Kit includes

8 x Thieves products

    • Thieves® AromaBright Toothpaste 114 g
    • Thieves® Cleansing Bar Soap 100 g
    • Thieves® Dental Floss 50 m
    • Thieves® Dish Soap 355 ml
    • Thieves® Foaming Hand Soap 236 ml
    • Thieves® Fresh Essence Mouthwash 236 ml
    • Thieves® Household Cleaner 426 ml
    • Thieves® Spray 29.5 ml
    • 1 x DewDrop™ Diffuser

5 x 5 ml essential oils

    • Lavender 5 ml
    • Lemon 5 ml
    • Peppermint 5 ml
    • Purification 5 ml
    • Thieves® 5 ml

Standard PSK Contents

  • Stress Away™ 5 ml
  • 1 x AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier 29.5 ml
  • 10 x Love It? Share It! Business Cards
  • 10 x Love It? Share It! Oil Bottles
  • 2 x NingXia Red® Sachets
  • Product Guide & Price List
  • Member Resource Materials

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The benefits of having a Wholesale Membership

  • 24% reduction in future Purchases
  • order any time
  • no selling required
  • optional essential rewards program which offers additional savings
  • access to a private facebook group for questions, support, video tutorials

If you would just like the cleaner itself you can order as a Retail customer here  ( 426ML $52.95, 1.8l $183.95) This option is the available if only ordering 1-2 items, it will be 24% more expensive than a wholesale account.

Cost breakdown

With a wholesale membership, a 426ml bottle of Thieves cleaner($39.50)  will give you approximately  42 x 450ml bottles of cleaner! using approximately 10ml of concentrate per application. That is $0.92 per bottle/application. This bottle will last at least 6 months probably longer

A 1.8l($139.80) bottle will give you 180 x 450ml bottles of cleaner. That is $0.77 per bottle/application. This bottle I expect would last the average family at least a year and a half!

This product is a best seller, don’t let your supply run out

I would love to see schools,kindergartens, businesses use this product and reduce toxic chemicals. It can only be a win for everyone.

Would you like to see an experiment done by an 11 year old comparing Thieves essential oils and other commercial cleaners? click here

Please contact me if you have any questions belindajforsyth@gmail.com

Belinda x


Bathroom Beautiful with Essential Oils

Cleaning the bathroom in the past for me was grabbing what ever product off the supermarket isle shelves that promised to make my bathroom sparkling clean in the least amount of time. I never thought about what was in the product I was using or the affect it could have on my health. I was swayed by the packaging- I will admit that it had to look good! I did however feel quite ill using some of these products and thought that ‘they must not be good for me’ Moving on I have been eliminating the toxins from my home for many reasons but to take the stress of our bodies from these products.

The biggest problems in the bathroom can be soap scum and mould. I have found that by using a pure castile cake of soap like Dr Bonner’s (I buy mine here) reduces the amount of scum. Mould can also be a big problem and has detrimental effects to our bodies when we breathe in the spores.

Essential Oils can be used in the bathroom for their anti bacterial, anti-septic and anti-viral properties. Tea Tree Essential oil( known as Melaleuca Alternifolia) and Young Living’s Thieves Blend (Rosemary,Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Cinnamon) covers all these properties and are oils I use in my bathroom

Try these simple recipes at home. your bathroom will be clean and smell amazing!

Tiles and Glass ( this is not suitable on stone as vinegar can damage the surface)

  • 200ml spray bottle
  • 50/50 vinegar/water
  • 10 drops Thieves EO
  • 5 drops Tea tree EO

 

Thieves Household Cleaner– this versatile concentrate will last a long time. It is biodegradable, safe around children and pet’s and can be used in many areas around your home. I use this in my shower, toilet, bath, benches, everywhere that needs cleaning! Spray leave for 10-20 mins and wipe away with a microfibre cloth.

  • 450ml bottle
  • 1 capful of cleaner concentrate
  • water
  • Add 3-4 drops lemon EO and 1 tabs white vinegar for extra degreasing on mirrors and windows

If you are interested in any of these products you can buy them as a retail customer here through Young Living. Otherwise send me an email at belindajforsyth@gmail.com to discuss options.

 


What is your Dream?

I dream that we will no longer sell Junk- chips and Lollies in hospital waiting rooms. I dream that my children will not be offered soft drink at every sporting event. I dream that everyone will think twice about using personal products laden with chemcials on their skin. I dream that toxic chemicals will need to be proven safe before being sold. I dream that Organic food will be called food and the pesticide food  will be labelled accordingly.I dream babies won’t have in excess of 200 chemicals in their umbilical chord blood when born. I could go on but I think you get the idea. This is something that I can’t let go of. Once you have the knowledge it is hard to ignore. Please educate yourself, clean out your cupboards, take it all to the tip and ask how to safely dispose of it. Once you change, you will not look back. Your health will thank you for it.

Sometimes this is overwhelming and I certainly felt that way but I recommend replacing one thing at a time. Make the best choice everytime you buy. Remember you are voting with your dollar!

Unfortunately the big supermarkets don’t care about our health. You will need to look else where. I am not saying don’t shop there at all. All fruit and veg is better than No fruit and veg but always search for the best option.

Here are a list of some of my favourite online stores/apps/shops that are doing their bit to make the world a better place.

Nourished Life Online store for make-up and personal products

Bulk Wholefoods Online store for ordering organic and pesticide free wholefoods, personal care products too. Australia wide delivery.

Chemical Maze This is an App which lets you see what additives, preservatives and chemicals are in your food and personal products and cleaners. Search by name and number. This has been a great educational tool when shopping with my kids.

Think Dirty This is a free App. Scan barcoded products to check for ingredients. Not all Australian products are on here but they are adding more all the time.

The Food garden if you live in Central Victoria consider having a seasonal fruit and veg box delivered to your home. They are now donating half their profits to local farmers to encourage organic farming! How good is that.

Young Living essentail Oils No pesticides used in the growing of the plants used to produce their oils. They can effectively and safely be used to clean your home and replace many other products. Young Living thieves household cleaner is the best product I have ever used to clean my bathroom and benches. They have a range of personal care products from shampoos to deoderants and a kids range too. If this is something you are interested in please email belindajforsyth@gmail.com or call 0433589675 to discuss how I can help you.

Biome Fabulous online store with the best lunch boxes around. Natural cleaning products and all things eco.

Daylesford Health food and Organics a drive up the road from Ballarat, but a great selection and great prices. Also makes for a great lunch stop.

If I can encourage you to make a better choice that will be my reality, no longer a dream.

Belinda

 

Note: some of these links are affiliate links and I may receive a small comission at no cost to you,should you decide to purchase

 


Diffusing-More than just a scent

Essentail oils are plant extracts that are dervied by three process: steam distillation, resin tapping and cold pressing. The oil obtained from leaves, seeds, bark, skin of plants contains therapeutic properties that when diffused can have an amazing effect.

When I first received my Essential Oils I used a few drops in my diffuser. The diffuser uses ultrasonic technology to break down the oil with water into millions of microparticles and disperses them into the air. Diffusing essential oils is a perfect way to dispel odours and create a peaceful environment. Before I had a diffuser I had used some essential oils in an oil burner but I have since learnt that a cold air diffuser preserves their therapeutic properties. Using an oil will burner with a heat surce will destroy any therapeutic properties. There is more information in an article from Well Being Magazine that you might find useful

Essential oils when inhaled  reach our brain via the olfactory nervous system and can have an impact on our physical, emotional and spirirtual well being

Rosemary has been shown to improve memory and peppermint enhances mood and cognition( always use only 1-2 drops peppermint as it is strong). Lavendar supports nervousness, insomnia,helps to wind down and so many much more! Aide from it’s beautiful refreshing scent Lemon can enhance mood and concentration and was demonstrated in this study

Rosemary and lemon are perfect in the workplace for supporting concentration or for the studying student. Lavendar is perfect at bedtime.

Aside from the  support to mood, concentration and your emotions, Thieves essential oil has been studied for it’s effectiveness killing mould. Dr Close has used Thieves Essential oil, diffused for 48 hrs to kill mould spores. Watch a clip of Dr Close explain his findings.

As thieves is great at cleaning the air, it is perfect to diffuse for 30mins daily when you are suffering from a cough or cold.

Young Living has a number of diffusers but the three below are available with the Premium Starter Kit. There are a few different options and if you are interested in Essential oils visit my page on Essential Oils or email me at belindajforsyth@gmail.com


Removing Blue light from your Screens

Have you ever sat at the computer until late at night and then found it difficult to sleep? I know I have. Did you know about the affects of Blue light? Researches have shown that that exposure to light suppresses the secretion of melatonin which helps the body to sleep. Disruption of the production of melatonin can have negative affects on your body’s ability to sleep, disrupting your circadian rhythm.

I have known about this but have not known what to do about it and sometimes night time is the best time for getting some work done once the kids are in bed. Yesterday I came across f.lux software that will change the brightness on your computer screen to block out the blue light. Genius!! Wish I had found this sooner. Then today I was at work and mentioned it and one of the students (love when they teach me things, as they are way more tech savvy than me) also showed me how to alter the screen of my iphone! So I have thought that there are probably lots of other people out there who do not know about this function.  When you swipe up on your phone you will get the screen shown below. Tap on the brightness icon to adjust your settings and then you can set your phone to remove blue light from 7pm-7am.  if you don’t have an iphone your phone may have a similar setting just find your brightness settings and find out if this function is available

↑  brightness setting
Changing your settings will hopefully help with a better nights sleep for everyone. Don’t forget my previous post on magnesium salts that can also help your body to wind down.

Belinda

 

 

 

 

http://www.bluelightexposed.com/#what-are-the-effects-of-blue-light-exposure-on-our-health

https://justgetflux.com