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Seasonal Breathing

Seasonal Breathing

For those of you who need to breathe all year round, but might find it difficult from time to time, here's a hack for you:

The Beginning Oiler's Trifecta:  Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint.

Chances are, even if you’re totally new to essential oils and someone asked you to list 3, you’d probably list these. No home is complete without them. Individually, they can be used for literally hundreds of things to solve everyday problems. And the combination of these 3 oils together can be used in some pretty cool things, springy fresh-smelling diffuser blends,  dry shampoo, spa-like massages, bath salts, stress-relieving serums, and more.

But how I most love to use this combo for is seasonal respiratory support. Diffused, rolled on topically, and ingested, this combination does wonders for your breathing! And… they are all in the YL Premium Starter Kit

The kit comes with a diffuser, and with 8 other oils besides these that I use nearly every day in some capacity. They are the most commonly bought, must-have, workhorse oils, all in one kit. And - did I mention it’s the only YL product that is half off the retail price?

Yes, 11 oils is a lot - a lot of miracle working goodness, that is!  Follow my blog and there will never be a dust-collecting Starter Kit oil on your shelf. I promise.

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(And since we're talking about ingestion of oils here, I have to say:  don't bother with other brands. I beg you. Their labels say you can't ingest them.  But if, and only if, you're using Young Living oils, that's exactly what I am about to recommend. Most other brands are a waste of your $$...just remember, you get what you pay for!  Organic, high-quality stuff is always more expensive to produce, so yes YL is pricier than most.   In most shelf-bought, Amazon-hawked, or even some purportedly "organic" oils, you're getting over-processed, weakened oils at best, or petrochemical additive/pesticide/herbicide-laced oils at worst.  If your goal is to purge the toxins from your body and home, then huffing, drinking, or slathering chemical-laden essential oils totally defeats the purpose, right?)

That being said... let's get started.

Even if you're an oily beginner, you've probably heard there are 3 ways to use oils therapeutically: Aromatically, Topically, Internally. Let's talk about how to use the trifecta each of those ways.

Diffuse to Breathe Freely

When you inhale something, you are absorbing it into your body, for better or for worse.  This directly affects your:

  1. Nervous System (including the brain)

  2. Respiratory System (lungs, nose, sinuses, etc.)

Essential oils have wonderful effects on the brain when they are inhaled, and can affect your mind and emotions (for example - here's a study on inhaled oils' effects on workplace productivity and on incidental nervousness).

The "how and why" of oils and the brain is beyond scope of this post, so let's stick with #2: your respiratory system.

Newsflash:  inhaling a substance, be it Lysol or lavender, can have major effects on your respiratory system.  Choose wisely!  And lavender, my friend, is such a wise choice. When you combine the calming effects of lavender, the refreshing effects of lemon, and the cooling effects of peppermint to your nasal passages, it provides wonderful relief from those airborne irritants.

In addition to flushing my nasal passages quickly with saline solution every morning and night during these tricky seasons (just as I wrote about for the challenging winter season) to keep things clean, clear, and under control, I also breathe in oils to boost my nose's "calm factor".

Just this season I discovered that diffusing lemon, lavender, and peppermint in the morning, before I leave the house, really helps me start out on the right foot when it comes to breathing.  I put 3 drops of each in a diffuser and inhale directly for 10 minutes while I read in the morning, or if I'm in a hurry, in the kitchen as I'm making my smoothie and lunch before I run out the door. (Hint: instead of wasting all that water/oils after just 10 min of diffusing, I pour the leftover water into a jar and re-use it the next day!)

Roll it On

Sometimes I find myself needing some support in the middle of the day, especially when it comes to the sinus area.

And I never fear, because my sinus-support roller ball is here...in my purse, wherever I go.

To make:  Put an equal number of drops of lemon, lavender, peppermint, and carrier oil (like almond, grapeseed, fractionated coconut) in a roller ball bottle.

To use: Rub on the back of the neck, on your skull right behind your ears, and down your jaws (not sure why they say to put it there - but it really works!).  Repeat every 3-4 hours on really icky days. 

I put it on the sides of my nose directly too, especially if I feel uncomfortable pressure there, but not if I'm going to be in direct sunlight for a long time (citrus oils can make your skin sun-sensitive).

Taking it All In

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Believe it or not, if you have a white bottles of YL lemon, lavender and peppermint, you can eat your respiratory support! (The "Vitality" line of YL oils, put simply, is Young Living's oils specifically labeled for internal consumption, which means they are recognized by the FDA as dietary supplements. The same exact oil is in the colored bottles, though.)

If by chance I am overtaken on an especially irritating, yellow-dust-covered day by a crazy stuffy/itchy/messy moment ... cue the trifecta. This time, taken internally! Oh the relief... it's beautiful. Did you ever imagine this was possible without side effects (i.e., like those narcolepsy-inducing pink pills...if you know what I mean)?

To use: put 4 drops each into an empty capsule (I get a bag of them for cheap at the natural foods store) and swallow. Drink the whole glass of water.  Wait 3-5 minutes and revel in the calming, cleansing, cooling sensations - and be relieved.

So there you have it, folks.  3 workhorse oils, used 3 ways to support your respiratory system, toxin- and side effect-free, no matter the season.

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