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Strengthening Exercises with Essential Oils

Strengthening Exercises with Essential Oils

Early morning exercise isn’t for everyone, but it is something that I have come to love. Taking a run on the treadmill is a sure way to wake up. Going for a 30 minute swim at the gym has kick-started many of my days.

However, some of my very favorite early morning exercise times have been a lot slower paced. Last year when I was pregnant with Baby Oilist, it was the early morning hours that I spent doing the hundreds of kegels, pelvic tilts and other homework exercises from our Bradley birth class.

Strengthening Exercises with Essential Oils

To keep me awake and making my way through these relaxing exercises, I had some of my favorite grounding essential oils nearby and would often deeply inhale while I worked out. Even being full of baby and the exhaustion that can come with that, I loved those exercise times. My body started craving those stretches and my mind would look forward to the awakening time of deep breathing and inhaling my favorite essential oils.

Fast forward a year, and many of my exercise times are slow, controlled and strengthening. I have come to love many of the Yoga with Adriene videos. These are great for women and are upbeat, doable and completely FREE on YouTube.

Strengthening Exercises with Essential Oils

The benefits of doing deep breathing, learning balance and stretching tight places has made a difference for me day-to-day. When balancing children, keeping up with a schedule and all the busyness that comes with that, I love these quiet, peaceful, challenging times of exercise.

Once again I like to keep my essential oils nearby to multiply the benefits of my deep breathing. Feeling more alive and having increased wellness (as well as being able to think more clearly!) is how I like to start my day.

Exercise is a wonderful time to really get to know your essential oils by smell. Search your essential oil stash and pick one or two a day to deeply inhale during your workout.

Here are my top four favorites for the slower paced exercise workouts:

Grounding

Grounding™ – “Is a relaxing and balancing blend of essential oils that provides a stabilizing influence.”

Valor

Valor® – “Its woodsy, positive scent comes from a blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Rosewood, and Frankincense. Its powerful yet calming scent is versatile enough that you can integrate it into your morning and bedtime routines and anywhere in between.”

Frankincense

Frankincense – “Has been sought after since ancient times. The complex aroma of this oil can elevate many aspects of your life. Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment when you diffuse or inhale this empowering oil—a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts.”

Peace and Calming

Peace & Calming® – “Is a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. This fragrant oil is a wonderful addition to your meditation, evening routine, or playtime with the kids. With a comforting, fresh aroma, Peace & Calming oil creates a relaxing environment that’s especially great for homes with children.”

Try out these oils the next time you roll out your mat or are lifting weights. Or experiment with other essential oils and let us know your favorites!

Loving through the Realities of Daily Life

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I have an amazing husband. Almost every single morning he makes a pan of eggs for our breakfast. He sets aside 15 precious minutes in the early morning for us to connect and talk before the hustle and bustle of work and children. He loves to talk, and he loves to listen…and not just listen, but he is really good about tuning in and thinking about what I am saying. He is a kind man. Have I mentioned that every night he reads bedtime stories to our Little Oilist and washes the dinner dishes? Yes, I have one amazing man.

I also have some amazing daughters. They are SO cute. Every morning they wake up happy to see me and want to cuddle. They have the cutest girly giggles. They love to dance to music. They have beautiful eyes – one with the brightest, biggest blue eyes and the other with the warmest framed brown eyes. I love looking into those eyes and kissing those chubby cheeks. Yes, I am one blessed mommy.

But you didn’t come here to hear me gush about Daddy Oilist.

Or Little Oilist or Baby Oilist.

And that is okay.

Though to be totally candid, on some occasions, we don’t feel all “gushy” about each other either. We are all humans and a work in progress. We love each other SO much and though we have never had any big disagreements, sometimes little, silly, daily issues can start to grind on us. Issues with leaving on time, forgetting to do what we committed to do, crabbiness and the like start to wear on those around us.

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Here is where I let you on in my secret for changing my attitude to these common frustrations before they fester and become big problems:

Pick a time when there are no frustrations between you and your closest family members or those that you are in contact with the most. Make a cup of tea or go to a coffee shop; relax. Enjoy smelling some of your essential oils. While you are happy and peaceful create a list of 50 things you love about those people closest to you. If you can, write out that list with the loving mindset you had for that person on the day you married him or the day you birthed him. By writing quickly and with a loving heart, you will most likely get to 50 things before you know it.

Place your list(s) somewhere very safe where you won’t forget.

The next time there is a small conflict, issue or irritation, don’t say anything you might later regret. Instead pray, put on your chosen oil (smell deeply and RELAX) and read your list. Before you get through it, you will probably be smiling and have a much kinder, loving attitude toward that amazing person in your life.

I have found this to be so effective. I love dwelling day-to-day on the wonderful qualities of my husband and daughters. They are a blessing, and so are yours.

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Here are some ideas for appropriate essential oil blends:

Forgiveness™ – “Contains a synergistic blend of soothing and uplifting essential oils that may enhance the ability to release hurtful memories and move beyond emotional barriers. The process of growth can only proceed when we have the ability to forgive and let go of negative emotions.”

Gratitude™ – “Is a soothing blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils designed to elevate the spirit, calm emotions, and bring relief to the body while helping to foster a grateful attitude.”

Common Sense™ – “Is a proprietary blend of Young Living essential oils formulated to enhance rational decision-making abilities leading to increased wellness, purpose, and abundance.”

Harmony™ – “Is an exquisite blend that promotes physical and emotional well-being by bringing harmonic balance to the energy centers of the body. The liberating, balancing, and calming essential oils in this blend open us to new possibilities while contributing to an overall feeling of well-being.

Peace & Calming® – “Is a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. This fragrant oil is a wonderful addition to your meditation, evening routine, or playtime with the kids. With a comforting, fresh aroma, Peace & Calming oil creates a relaxing environment that’s especially great for homes with children.”